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House of Commons

Session 2010-11
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Summary Agendas and Orders of Business

Order of Business Monday 4 April 2011

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.


House of Commons
Order of Business

 
At 2.30 pm
  Prayers
Afterwards
Notes:
  indicates a question for oral answer.
 
[R] indicates that the Member has declared a relevant interest.
 
Questions for oral answer not reached receive a written answer
 
Supplementary questions will also be asked. Other Ministers may also answer.
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
 1
Mr Dave Watts (St Helens North):  What recent assessment he has made of the likely change in the provision of services by local authorities as a result of reductions in the level of Government funding to such authorities.
(50339)
 2
Jason McCartney (Colne Valley):  What assessment he has made of the potential benefits to Kirklees district of the New Homes Bonus.
(50340)
 3
Mark Pawsey (Rugby):  What assessment he has made of the potential benefits to Rugby of the New Homes Bonus.
(50341)
 4
Julie Hilling (Bolton West):  What assessment he has made of the likely effect on the community and voluntary sectors of reductions in the level of Government funding for local authorities.
(50342)
 5
Mr Chuka Umunna (Streatham):  What assessment he has made of the equity of the distribution of Government funding for local authorities.
(50343)
 6
Stephen Gilbert (St Austell and Newquay):  What plans his Department has to establish trusts to assist communities in providing homes for local people.
(50345)
 7
Guto Bebb (Aberconwy):  What steps his Department is taking to support home ownership and first-time buyers.
(50346)
 8
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):  If he will bring forward proposals to increase the powers of local authorities to tackle unauthorised development.
(50347)
 9
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):  What assessment he has made of the potential effect on levels of homelessness of the proposed changes to rules on the changes in the treatment of tenancies in under-occupied social housing.
(50348)
 10
Richard Graham (Gloucester):  What assessment he has made of the potential benefits to Gloucester of the New Homes Bonus.
(50349)
 11
David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale):  What steps his Department is taking in respect of levels of pay of senior staff in local authorities.
(50350)
 12
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):  What steps his Department is taking to protect green spaces from development.
(50351)
 13
Heidi Alexander (Lewisham East):  What assessment he has made of the potential effect on regions in England of the New Homes Bonus.
(50352)
 14
Nic Dakin (Scunthorpe):  What assessment he has made of the likely effects of reductions in Government funding on the number of people employed by local authorities in 2011-12.
(50353)
 15
Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark):  What steps his Department is taking to support home ownership and first-time buyers.
(50354)
 16
Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell):  What recent representations he has received on local authority funding for leisure facilities.
(50355)
 17
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds):  What recent representations he has received on the levels of remuneration for local government executives.
(50356)
 18
Christopher Pincher (Tamworth):  What change in Band D council tax he expects (a) on average in local authorities in England and (b) in Tamworth borough between 2010-11 and 2011-12.
(50357)
 19
Caroline Nokes (Romsey and Southampton North):  What plans he has for the future of rules governing the use of section 106 monies collected by local authorities.
(50358)
 20
Robert Halfon (Harlow):  What recent estimate he has made of the average change to council tax bills for households in (a) Harlow, (b) Epping Forest and (c) Essex between 2010-11 and 2011-12.
(50359)
 21
David Rutley (Macclesfield):  What mechanisms his Department is using to achieve efficiency savings in its budget for 2011-12.
(50360)
 22
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):  What estimate his Department has made of the likely number of new social housing starts between May 2010 and April 2015.
(50362)
 23
Jane Ellison (Battersea):  What steps his Department is taking to increase the flexibility of access to shared ownership schemes for first-time buyers.
(50363)
At 3.15 pm
Topical Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
The Members listed below have been selected by ballot to ask a Topical Question.
 T1
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset and North Poole):  If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
(50329)
 T2
Tim Farron (Westmorland and Lonsdale):
(50330)
 T3
John Mann (Bassetlaw):
(50331)
 T4
Tony Baldry (Banbury):
(50332)
 T5
Duncan Hames (Chippenham):
(50333)
 T6
Damian Hinds (East Hampshire):
(50334)
 T7
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington):
(50335)
 T8
Charlie Elphicke (Dover):
(50336)
 T9
Mark Lancaster (Milton Keynes North):
(50337)
 T10
Karen Lumley (Redditch):
(50338)

At 3.30 pm
  Urgent Questions (if any)
 
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
1
OPPOSITION DAY (14th allotted day)
[Until 10.00 pm]
 
GOVERNMENT REDUCTIONS IN POLICING
Edward Miliband
Yvette Cooper
Sadiq Khan
Caroline Flint
Vernon Coaker
Ms Rosie Winterton
 
   That this House notes the Association of Chief Police Officers’ statement that there will be 12,000 fewer police officers because of the Government’s cuts to central government funding for the police; considers that chief constables across England and Wales are being put in an impossible position by the Government’s 20 per cent. cut to central government funding; notes that Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said the police budget could be reduced ‘at best’ by 12 per cent. and that ‘a cut beyond 12 per cent. would almost certainly reduce police availability’; further notes that HMIC has said that 95 per cent. of police officers do not work in back office roles; regrets that because of the Government’s 20 per cent. cut frontline police officers are being lost in every region of England and in Wales; is deeply concerned by recent statements from police forces and authorities that show the level of cuts being forced upon them by the Government, amounting to 1,158 police officers in the South West, 1,428 police officers in the South East, 1,215 police officers in the East of England, 579 police officers in Wales, 783 police officers in the East Midlands, 1,573 police officers in the West Midlands, 573 in the North East, 3,175 in the North West, 1,242 in Yorkshire and the Humber and 1,200 in London; calls on the Government to think again; and rejects the cuts to frontline police officers the Government is forcing upon police forces.
   As an Amendment to Edward Miliband’s proposed Motion (Government reductions in policing):
The Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Kenneth Clarke
Secretary Theresa May
Secretary Eric Pickles
Danny Alexander   
Nick Herbert
(a)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes the Government’s comprehensive proposals to cut crime and increase the democratic accountability of policing while dealing with the largest peacetime deficit in history; supports the Government’s determination to help the police make savings to protect frontline services; congratulates the police forces that are increasing the number of officers visible and available to the public; notes that the Opposition’s spending plans require reductions in police spending; and regrets its refusal to support sensible savings or to set out an alternative.’.
 
GOVERNMENT’S GREEN POLICY
Edward Miliband
Meg Hillier
Mary Creagh
Ed Balls
Mr John Denham
Ms Rosie Winterton
 
   That this House recognises that the UK has an opportunity to lead the world in green technology and manufacturing; notes that the UK has plunged to 13th place in global clean energy investment rankings; affirms its commitment to clean coal, renewable energy and safe new nuclear power; regrets the delay in the introduction of a fully-functioning Green Investment Bank; further regrets the damage to the UK’s renewable energy industry caused by the Government’s review of the feed-in tariff; notes that the Budget breaks the Government’s promise to meet the zero carbon homes target; further notes that the Government has no strategy for sustainable food production or to develop low-carbon opportunities from forestry and the natural environment; notes that the Government is backtracking on plans for the mandatory reporting of carbon emissions by businesses as legislated for in the Climate Change Act 2008; is concerned that these decisions will hamper the UK’s ability to reach its emissions reduction targets of at least 80 per cent. below 1990 levels by 2050; and calls on the Government to adopt the Committee on Climate Change recommendations on the fourth carbon budget and to deliver a strategy for green growth, jobs and sustainable development.
   Relevant documents:
   First Report from the Environmental Audit Committee, Embedding Sustainable Development across Government, after the Secretary of State’s announcement on the future of the Sustainable Development Commission, HC 504, and the Government response, HC 877.
   Uncorrected evidence taken before the Environmental Audit Committee on 31 March 2011, on Embedding Sustainable Development, the Government’s response, HC 877-i.
   Second Report from the Environmental Audit Committee, The Green Investment Bank, HC 505.
   The selection of matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).
Debate may continue until 10.00 pm.
2
LEGAL SERVICES
[No debate]
Secretary Kenneth Clarke
 
   That the draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Approved Regulators) Order 2011, which was laid before this House on 14 March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
 
At the end of the sitting:
3
ADJOURNMENT
 
   Proposed subject: Treatment of Bradley Manning (Ann Clwyd).
   Debate may continue until 10.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEES
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE
1
European Committee B
4.30 pm
Room 10 (public)
   To consider European Union Document No. 5037/11 and Addendum, relating to the Commission Communication on Removing cross border tax obstacles for EU citizens.
SELECT COMMITTEES
2
Welsh Affairs
2.00 pm
The Council Chamber, Abbey Building, Swansea University (private)
 
2.30 pm
(public)
   Subject: Inward Investment in Wales.
   Witnesses: Swansea University; e-skills Wales, Energy and Utility Skills Limited, and Morrisons (at 3.15 pm).
3
Scottish Affairs
2.15 pm
Far Linklater Room, University of Aberdeen (private)
 
2.30 pm
(public)
   Subject: Student Immigration System in Scotland.
   Witnesses: Joy Elliot, NUS NEC, Robin Parker, President Elect, NUS, Leslie McIntosh, Scottish President, University and Colleges Union, and Helen Martin, STUC Assistant Secretary; Professor Iain Diamond, University of Aberdeen, Shona Cormack, Robert Gordon University, Professor John Duffield, Edinburgh Napier University, and Alastair Sim, Director, Universities Scotland (at 3.15 pm).
4
Public Accounts
3.30 pm
Room 15 (private)
5
Communities and Local Government
4.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
4.20 pm
(public)
   Subject: Audit and Inspection of Local Authorities.
   Witnesses: Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, National Audit Office; Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Department for Communities and Local Government (at 4.50 pm).
6
Science and Technology
4.00 pm
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
7
Foreign Affairs
5.00 pm
Room 13 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEES
8
Defamation Bill
4.00 pm
Room 6 (private)
9
Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills
4.00 pm
Room 3 (private)
 
4.15 pm
(public)
   Subject: Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, Rt Hon Charles Clarke, former Home Secretaries, and Lord Goldsmith QC, former Attorney General; Professor Clive Walker, University of Leeds, and Professor Conor Gearty, London School of Economics (at 5.00 pm).
OTHER COMMITTEE
10
Speaker’s Committee for IPSA
5.00 pm
Room 5 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

PUBLICATION OF SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
Saturday 2 April
Time of publication
No.
1
Treasury
00.01 am
HC 612
   Competition and choice in retail banking (Ninth Report).
Monday 4 April
Time of publication
No.
2
Education
11.00 am
HC 924
   Looked-after Children: Further Government Response to the Third Report from the Children, Schools and Families Committee Report (2008-09) (Fifth Special Report).
3
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
11.00 am
HC 922
   Future flood and water management legislation: Government response to the Committee’s First Report of Session 2010-11 (Third Special Report).
4
Welsh Affairs
11.00 am
HC 896
   Proposed Legislative Competence Orders relating to Organ Donation and Cycle Paths (Sixth Special Report).
5
Welsh Affairs
11.00 am
HC 918
   The proposed amendment of Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006: Government Response to the Committee’s Second Report of Session 2010-11 (Seventh Special Report).

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
1
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Corporate capital gains degrouping charges—simplification.
2
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Office for Budget Responsibility: Commencement of statutory Office and Charter for Budget Responsibility.
3
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: New Homes Bonus Final Allocations Year 1.
4
Secretary of State for Defence: Armed forces redundancy process.
5
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change: Review of the UK oil and gas regulatory regime.
6
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Afghanistan Monthly Report to Parliament, February 2011.
7
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: FCO Services (Performance Targets 2011-12).
8
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Government response to the consultation on disability living allowance reform.
9
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: State pension reform.