Order of Business Wednesday 23 November 2011

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.

House of Commons
Order of Business

At 11.30 am
  * 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 Wales
* 1
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Dwyfor Meirionnydd):  What discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues and Ministers in the Welsh Government on the effects of fuel prices on (a) rural and (b) urban areas in Wales; and if she will make a statement.
* 2
Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East):  What recent assessment she has made of the level of unemployment in Wales.
* 3
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):  What recent estimate she has made of the number of 16 to 24 year olds who are unemployed in Wales.
* 4
Chris Evans (Islwyn):  What recent discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the effects in Wales of the rate of inflation.
* 5
Mr David Hanson (Delyn):  When she next expects to meet representatives of the solar industry in Wales to discuss the feed-in tariff consultation.
* 6
Caroline Dinenage (Gosport):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues and Ministers in the Welsh Government on the cross-border economic implications of the development of Enterprise Zones.
* 7
Mr Robin Walker (Worcester):  What recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others on the work of UK Trade and Investment in promoting inward investment in Wales.
* 8
Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port and Neston):  What recent assessment she has made of the level of unemployment in Wales.
* 9
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on measures to stimulate economic growth in Wales.
* 10
David Rutley (Macclesfield):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues and Ministers in the Welsh Government on support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Wales.
* 11
Stuart Andrew (Pudsey):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues and Ministers in the Welsh Government on support for small and medium-sized enterprises in Wales.
* 12
John Howell (Henley):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues and Ministers in the Welsh Government on cross-border economic implications of the development of Enterprise Zones.
* 13
Sarah Newton (Truro and Falmouth):  What recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others on broadcasting in Wales.
* 14
Jonathan Evans (Cardiff North):  What discussions she has had with the First Minister on Welsh exports to non-EU countries.
* 15
Jessica Morden (Newport East):  What recent assessment she has made of the state of the Welsh economy; and if she will make a statement.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
* Q1
Andrew Bingham (High Peak):  If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 23 November.
* Q2
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):
* Q3
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North):
* Q4
Simon Kirby (Brighton, Kemptown):
* Q5
Mr Edward Timpson (Crewe and Nantwich):
* Q6
Mark Menzies (Fylde):
* Q7
Chris Bryant (Rhondda):
* Q8
Mrs Mensch (Corby):
* Q9
Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen and Hamilton West):
* Q10
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll and Bute):
* Q11
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):
* Q12
Helen Jones (Warrington North):
* Q13
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon):
* Q14
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):
* Q15
Jim Shannon (Strangford):

At 12.30 pm
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Chris Skidmore
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to provide that any Member of Parliament who changes voluntarily his or her political party affiliation described on the ballot paper at the time he or she was elected is deemed to have vacated his or her seat; and for connected purposes.
   The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
OPPOSITION DAY (un-allotted day)
[Until 7.00 pm]
Edward Miliband
Mr Chuka Umunna
Ed Balls
Rachel Reeves
Mr Liam Byrne
Ms Rosie Winterton
   That this House notes with concern that UK economic growth is flatlining and was choked off well before the recent Eurozone crisis, that youth unemployment is now more than one million and that Government borrowing is therefore expected to be
£46 billion higher than forecast over the Parliament; further notes with regret that the Government has failed to deliver a credible growth plan, is undermining critical industries in which the UK must compete, is failing to use strategically procurement and other tools to drive growth and innovation, and is holding back regional growth with its flagship projects mired in inertia and with most business still waiting for Regional Growth Fund money seven months after the recipients were announced; therefore calls on the Government to deliver a growth plan that provides an immediate boost to the economy to increase demand and growth, including a £2 billion tax on bank bonuses to fund 100,000 jobs for young people and build 25,000 more affordable homes; and further calls on the Government to bring forward long-term investment projects to get people back to work, to reverse the damaging VAT rise of January 2011 for a temporary period giving families a £450 boost and providing immediate help for the UK’s high streets, to provide a one-year cut in VAT to five per cent. on home improvements, repairs and maintenance to help home owners and small businesses, and to provide a one-year national insurance tax break for small firms to help them grow and create jobs.
Edward Miliband
Caroline Flint
Mr Chuka Umunna
Mary Creagh
Ed Balls
Ms Rosie Winterton
   That this House believes that solar power gives families, community organisations and businesses greater control over their energy bills and will help the UK meet its renewable energy targets and reduce carbon emissions; notes that since the creation of the feed-in tariffs scheme under the last administration, introduced with cross-party support, nearly 90,000 solar installations have been completed in the UK and the number of people employed in the solar industry has increased from 3,000 to 25,000; believes that the Government’s cuts to feed-in tariffs go too far, too fast, will hit jobs and growth in the solar industry, undermine confidence in the Green Deal and deter investment in the wider green economy; regrets that the cuts to feed-in tariffs were announced with just six weeks’ notice and come into force before the consultation has even finished; further regrets that the Government’s plans would exclude nearly nine out of ten households from installing solar power under the feed-in tariffs scheme, will disproportionately hit social housing and community projects, and could affect thousands of households which have already installed solar power; and calls on the Government urgently to withdraw the 12 December 2011 deadline and bring forward more measured proposals that guarantee the continued growth of the solar industry, put feed-in tariffs on a sustainable footing and are fair to the public.
   As an Amendment to Edward Miliband’s proposed Motion (Government cuts to the feed-in tariff for solar power):
The Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Vince Cable
Secretary Caroline Spelman
Secretary Eric Pickles
Secretary Iain Duncan Smith   
Secretary Chris Huhne   
Gregory Barker
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that the previous administration only introduced a feed-in tariffs scheme following pressure from Liberal Democrat and Conservative hon. Members; further notes that during the period up to October 2011 over 120,000 UK solar installations had been completed; further notes that this is three times the deployment expected by the previous administration; recognises that no commercial-scale solar PV schemes were expected by the previous administration; further notes that the cost of PV panels has fallen by at least 30 per cent. since the current tariff was introduced and that the previous administration set the tariff levels for solar PV to deliver a five per cent. index-linked return; regrets that the previous administration did not draw on the experiences of Germany in setting a sustainable and predictable digression of tariffs; further notes that failing to act could add £26 to the domestic electricity bill of all consumers in 2020 including the 5.5 million people left in fuel poverty by the previous administration; further regrets that the previous administration did not introduce a community tariff; believes that the Government is right to bring the tariff levels back in line with the rates of return envisaged; acknowledges that it is right to link support under feed-in tarrifs to energy efficiency and the Green Deal ensuring the most cost-effective carbon abatement measures are introduced first; supports a consultation on the introduction of a community tariff; and further believes that the Government is putting feed-in tariffs on a long-term, fair and sustainable footing.’.
   The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition.
   Proceedings on the Motions in the name of Edward Miliband may continue, though opposed, until 7.00 pm, and will then lapse if not previously disposed of (Order of 14 November).
[No debate]
Secretary Eric Pickles
   That the draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Community Infrastructure Levy Functions) Order 2011, which was laid before this House on 7 September, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Clinical and financial case for bowel cancer screening at 50  (Guy Opperman).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 pm
Room 11 (public)
   To consider the draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Appeals from Licensing Authority Decisions) (No. 2) Order 2011 and the draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) (No. 2) Order 2011.
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 pm
Room 12 (public)
   To consider the Motion in the name of Mr Peter Lilley relating to the House of Commons Members’ Fund.
Science and Technology
9.00 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.15 am
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 am
   Subject: Attracting, Training and Retaining the Best Teachers.
   Witnesses: PTA-UK and National Governors’ Association; Professor Peter Tymms, Durham University, Sir Peter Lampl OBE, Chairman, The Sutton Trust, Professor John Howson, Director, DataforEducation.info, Professor Stephen Gorard, University of Birmingham, and Professor Kevin Mattinson, Keele University (at 10.10 am).
Work and Pensions
9.15 am
Room 15 (private)
9.30 am
   Subject: Proposal to replace Disability Living Allowance with Personal Independence Payment.
   Witnesses: Disability Alliance, Mind, National Autistic Society, RNIB, and Scope.
Welsh Affairs
10.00 am
Room 16 (private)
10.15 am
   Subject: Future of AHVLA Services in Wales.
   Witnesses: Farmers’ Union of Wales and the National Farmers Union Cymru.
Environmental Audit
2.00 pm
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.15 pm
   Subject: Green Economy.
   Witnesses: Renewable Energy Foundation, Renewable UK, and Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment; Green House, Friends of the Earth, and TUC (at 3.15 pm).
European Scrutiny
2.00 pm
Room 19 (private)
Scottish Affairs
2.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 pm
   Subject: Crown Estate in Scotland.
   Witnesses: Islay Energy Trust and Scottish Islands Federation; Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation, Orkney Fisheries Association, and Arran Seabed Trust (at 3.15 pm).
2.00 pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.15 pm
   Subject: Independent Commission on Banking: Final Report.
   Witnesses: Douglas Flint CBE, Group Chairman, HSBC and Stephen Hester, Group Chief Executive, Royal Bank of Scotland Group; Ana Botín, Chief Executive, Santander UK and Tim Tookey, Interim Group Chief Executive, Lloyds TSB Group (at 3.30 pm).
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.15 pm
Room 5 (private)
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 pm
Room 16 (private)
3.00 pm
   Subject: Greening the Common Agricultural Policy.
   Witnesses: Professor Tim Benton, University of Leeds; Natural England (at 3.45 pm); Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and The Wildlife Trusts (at 4.30 pm).
Public Administration
2.30 pm
Room 6 (private)
3.00 pm
   Subject: Role of the Head of the Civil Service.
   Witness: Sir Gus O’Donnell GCB, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service.
3.00 pm
Room 20 (private)
Public Accounts
3.00 pm
Room 15 (private)
3.15 pm
   Subject: Flood Risk Management.
   Witnesses: Bronwyn Hill, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Dr Paul Leinster, Chief Executive, Environment Agency.
International Development
3.15 pm
Room 8 (private)
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
4.45 pm
Room 13 (private)
Statutory Instruments
3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Wednesday 23 November
Time of publication
00.01 am
HC 1547
   Proposed abolition of the Youth Justice Board (Tenth Report).

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
Secretary of State for Education: Action plan for tackling child sexual exploitation.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Locarno Groups.
Secretary of State for Health: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: 1-2 December 2011.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Migration–Bulgarian and Romanian workers.
Secretary of State for International Development: Burma.
Secretary of State for Transport: Correction to the Written Answer to Parliamentary Question 71220.
Secretary of State for Transport: Draft Civil Aviation Bill.
Deputy Prime Minister: Thirteenth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.
Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment Law Review.

Prepared 23rd November 2011