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Order of Business Wednesday 14 December 2011

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.


House of Commons

Order of Business


 

At 11.30 am

  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 Minister for the Cabinet Office

* 1

Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell):  What assessment he has made of the potential effects of planned changes to Government procurement on UK businesses bidding for contracts.

(86418)

* 2

Mark Tami (Alyn and Deeside):  What assessment his Department has made of the role of the big society initiative in tackling social exclusion.

(86420)

* 3

Jonathan Ashworth (Leicester South):  What assessment his Department has made of the role of the big society initiative in tackling social exclusion.

(86421)

* 4

Jim McGovern (Dundee West):  Whether his Department has considered altering its guidance on the disposal of official Government documents.

(86422)

* 5

Richard Fuller (Bedford):  What recent progress he has made in establishing Big Society Capital.

(86423)

* 6

Mark Pawsey (Rugby):  What assessment he has made of the potential effects of planned changes to Government procurement on UK businesses bidding for contracts.

(86424)

* 7

Mr Mark Spencer (Sherwood):  What assessment he has made of the potential effects of planned changes to Government procurement on UK businesses bidding for contracts.

(86425)

* 8

Ian Murray (Edinburgh South):  What steps he is taking to encourage employee mutuals to develop and run central Government services.

(86427)

* 9

Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley):  How small and medium-sized enterprises in Calder Valley constituency can bid for central Government ICT and facilities management contracts.

(86428)

* 10

Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):  What progress he has made in reaching agreement with trades unions on the Government's proposed reforms to public sector pensions.

(86429)

* 11

Julie Hilling (Bolton West):  What steps he is taking to support the voluntary sector.

(86431)

At 11.53 am

Topical Questions to the Minister for the Cabinet Office

The Members listed below have been selected by ballot to ask a Topical Question.

* T1

Tom Blenkinsop (Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland):  If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.

(86433)

* T2

Miss Anne McIntosh (Thirsk and Malton):

(86434)

* T3

Dr Daniel Poulter (Central Suffolk and North Ipswich):

(86436)

* T4

Karl Turner (Kingston upon Hull East):

(86437)

* T5

Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):

(86438)

* T6

Harriett Baldwin (West Worcestershire):

(86439)

* T7

Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark):

(86440)

* T8

Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):

(86441)

* T9

Graham Evans (Weaver Vale):

(86442)

At 12 noon

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.

* Q1

Richard Fuller (Bedford):  If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 14 December.

(86403)

* Q2

Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough):

(86404)

* Q3

Yvonne Fovargue (Makerfield):

(86405)

* Q4

Mrs Jenny Chapman (Darlington):

(86406)

* Q5

Sheryll Murray (South East Cornwall):

(86407)

* Q6

John Robertson (Glasgow North West):

(86408)

* Q7

Julian Sturdy (York Outer):

(86409)

* Q8

Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):

(86410)

* Q9

Chris Kelly (Dudley South):

(86411)

* Q10

Thomas Docherty (Dunfermline and West Fife):

(86412)

* Q11

Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley):

(86413)

* Q12

George Eustice (Camborne and Redruth):

(86414)

* Q13

Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway):

(86415)

* Q14

David Rutley (Macclesfield):

(86416)

* Q15

John Cryer (Leyton and Wanstead):

(86417)

 

At 12.30 pm

  Urgent Questions (if any)

 

  Ministerial Statements (if any)

 

Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion

1

VICTIMS OF CRIME (CODE OF PRACTICE)

[Up to 20 minutes]

Priti Patel

 

   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for a code of practice to be observed by all those working in the criminal justice system setting out the rights of victims of crime and their families; 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

2

CARRY-OVER (BILLS BROUGHT IN UPON A WAYS AND MEANS RESOLUTION)

Sir George Young

 

   That—

   1.   Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills) shall be amended as follows—

(a)   

in line 7, after the word ‘motion’, insert the words ‘(other than a motion relating to a bill brought in upon a ways and means resolution)’, and

(b)   

in line 23, at end, insert the words ‘(other than a bill brought in upon a ways and means resolution)’; and

   2.   the following new Standing Order be made—

‘(1)   

The Speaker shall put any question necessary to dispose of proceedings on a carry-over motion of which a Minister of the Crown has given notice under Standing Order No. 80A (Carry-over of bills) relating to a bill brought in upon a ways and means resolution—

(a)   

forthwith if the motion is made on any day before the bill is read a second time, or on the day the bill is read a second time; or

(b)   

not more than one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the motion if the motion is made at any other time.

(2)   

The following paragraphs of this order shall apply to any bill ordered to be carried over to the next Session of Parliament in pursuance of a carry-over motion to which paragraph (1) applies.

(3)   

If proceedings in committee on the bill are begun but not completed before the end of the first Session, the chair shall report the bill to the House as so far amended and the bill and any evidence received by the committee shall be ordered to lie upon the Table.

(4)   

In any other case, proceedings on the bill shall be suspended at the conclusion of the Session in which the bill was first introduced.

 

(5)   

In the next Session of Parliament, a Minister of the Crown may, after notice, present a bill in the same terms as the bill reported to the House under paragraph (3) of this order or as it stood when proceedings were suspended under paragraph (4) of this order; the bill shall be read the first time without question put and shall be ordered to be printed; and paragraphs (6) to (13) shall apply to the bill.

(6)   

In respect of all proceedings on the bill, any resolution which the bill was brought in upon in the first Session shall be treated as if it were such a resolution of the House in the next Session and any reference in any resolution upon which the bill was brought in to a Bill or Act of the present Session shall be treated in the next Session as a reference to a Bill or Act of that Session.

(7)   

In respect of all proceedings on the bill, the bill shall be treated as a bill brought in upon ways and means resolutions.

(8)   

If the bill was read a second time in the first Session, it shall be read a second time without question put.

(9)   

If the bill was not set down for consideration at any time in the first Session, any committal order in respect of the bill shall apply to proceedings on the Bill in the next Session (subject to paragraphs (10) and (11)).

(10)   

If the bill was reported from a public bill committee under paragraph (3), it shall stand committed to a public bill committee in respect of those clauses and schedules which were committed to a public bill committee in the first Session and not ordered to stand part of the bill in that Session.

(11)   

If the bill was reported from a committee of the whole House under paragraph (3), it shall stand committed to a committee of the whole House in respect of those clauses and schedules which were committed to a committee of the whole House in the first Session and not ordered to stand part of the bill in that Session.

(12)   

If the bill was read a second time in the first Session and was not set down for consideration at any time in that Session, any order of the House giving leave for a committee on the bill to sit twice on the first day on which it meets in the first Session shall apply to the first day on which the committee meets in the next Session.

(13)   

If the bill was set down for consideration at any time in the first Session, the bill shall be set down as an order of the day for (as the case may be) consideration, further consideration or third reading.

(14)   

Notices of amendments, new clauses and new schedules given in respect of parts of the bill not disposed of in the first Session shall be reprinted as notices in respect of the bill as presented and proceeded with under paragraph (5).’.

3

THIRD READING (BILLS BROUGHT IN UPON A WAYS AND MEANS RESOLUTION)

Sir George Young

 

   That Standing Order No. 77 (Third reading) be amended by adding at the end—

‘(2)   

The third reading of a bill brought in upon a ways and means resolution may be taken at the same sitting of the House as its consideration on report.’.

4

SESSIONALITY (SUPPLY)

Sir George Young

 

   That, notwithstanding the practice of the House as to the legislative authorisation of (a) appropriation of expenditure and (b) maximum numbers for defence services, legislative authorisation of appropriation of Votes on Account and maximum numbers for defence services may take place on a day not later than 5 August in the Session following that in which the founding resolutions for the forthcoming financial year were agreed to by the House.

5

CONSIDERATION OF ESTIMATES

Sir George Young

 

   That—

(1)   

Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates) shall apply for the remainder of this Session as if, for the word ‘Three’ in line 1, there were substituted the word ‘Five’;

(2)   

Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates) shall be amended in accordance with paragraphs (3) to (7) of this order;

(3)   

in line 1, leave out ‘before 5 August,’;

(4)   

in line 13, at end, insert ‘Provided that the foregoing provisions of this paragraph shall not apply on any day on which time has been allocated pursuant to paragraph (2)(b) of Standing Order No. 24 (Emergency debates).’;

(5)   

leave out lines 25 to 34 and insert—

 

‘Provided that on days on which time has been allocated pursuant to paragraph (2)(b) of Standing Order No. 24 (Emergency debates) or the Chairman of Ways and Means has set down opposed private business under paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business), proceedings under this sub-paragraph shall not be entered upon until the business in question has been disposed of and may then be proceeded with for three hours, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 9 (Sittings of the House).’;

(6)   

in line 38, leave out ‘hour prescribed under paragraph (5)’ and insert ‘day and hour prescribed under paragraph (6)’;

(7)   

in line 40, leave out paragraph (5) and add—

‘(5)   

Any estimates on which questions have been deferred to another day in accordance with the provisions of paragraphs (4) and (6) of this order, together with any questions so deferred, and all other estimates appointed for consideration on any previous day or half day allotted under this order shall be set down for consideration on the day to which the questions have been deferred.

(6)   

On the day to which the provisions of paragraph (2) or (4) of Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) apply which falls after or on any day or half-day allotted under this order, the Speaker shall, at the time prescribed in paragraph (1) of that order, put, successively, any questions deferred under paragraph (4) of this order on any previous day or half day allotted under this order, any questions deferred under paragraph (4) of this order on the day and any questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on all other estimates appointed for consideration on any day or half day allotted under this order.’;

(8)   

Standing Order No. 15 (Exempted business) shall be amended, in line 41, by leaving out ‘(5)’ and inserting ‘(6)’; and

(9)   

Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall be amended, in line 23, by leaving out ‘(5)’ and inserting ‘(6)’.

6

QUESTIONS ON VOTING OF ESTIMATES, &C.

Sir George Young

 

   That Standing Order No. 55 (Questions on voting of estimates, &c.) shall—

(1)   

apply for the remainder of this Session with the following amendments—

(a)   

in line 1, leave out ‘paragraphs (2), (3) or (4)’ and insert ‘paragraph (2) or (4)’;

(b)   

in line 2, leave out ‘the Speaker shall at the moment of interruption’ and insert ‘, at the moment of interruption or as soon thereafter as proceedings under the proviso to paragraph (3)(b) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates) have been disposed of, the Speaker shall (after putting any questions required to be put under paragraph (6) of Standing Order No. 54)’;

(c)   

in line 9, leave out ‘6 February’ and insert ‘18 March’;

(d)   

in line 14, at end, insert—

‘(c)   

votes relating to numbers for defence services;

(d)   

excess votes, provided that the Committee of Public Accounts has reported that it sees no objection to the amounts and modifications to limits on appropriations in aid necessary being authorised by excess vote.’;

(e)   

in line 15, leave out paragraph (3); and

(f)   

in line 33, leave out ‘paragraphs (2), (3) or (4)’ and insert ‘paragraph (2) or (4)’.

(2)   

be amended with effect from the start of next Session as follows—

(a)   

in line 1, leave out ‘paragraphs (2), (3) or (4)’ and insert ‘paragraph (2) or (4)’;

(b)   

in line 2, leave out ‘the Speaker shall at the moment of interruption’ and insert ‘, at the moment of interruption or as soon thereafter as proceedings under the proviso to paragraph (3)(b) of Standing Order No. 54 (Consideration of estimates) have been disposed of, the Speaker shall (after putting any questions required to be put under paragraph (6) of Standing Order No. 54)’;

(c)   

in line 6, leave out the words ‘and limits on appropriations in aid,’;

(d)   

in line 9, leave out ‘6 February’ and insert ‘18 March’;

(e)   

in line 14, at end, insert—

‘(c)   

votes relating to numbers for defence services;

(d)   

excess votes, provided that the Committee of Public Accounts has reported that it sees no objection to the amounts necessary being authorised by excess vote.’;

(f)   

in line 15, leave out paragraph (3);

(g)   

in line 29, leave out ‘, and limits on appropriations in aid,’; and

(h)   

in line 33, leave out ‘paragraphs (2), (3) or (4)’ and insert ‘paragraph (2) or (4)’.

   The Speaker will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Sir George Young relating to Bills brought in upon a ways and means resolution, Sessionality (supply), and Consideration and voting of estimates not later than one and a half hours after their commencement; and such Questions will include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved (Order of 12 December).

   An explanatory memorandum relating to Motions Nos. 2 to 6 is available in the Vote Office.

7

PUBLIC BODIES: SCRUTINY OF DRAFT ORDERS

Sir George Young

 

   That the following new Standing Order be made—

‘(1)   

Subject to paragraph (2), the select committee charged with reporting on a draft order for the purposes of section 11(5) and (6) of the Public Bodies Act 2011 shall be—

(a)   

the select committee appointed under Standing Order No. 152 (Select Committees related to Government departments) appointed to examine the expenditure, administration and policy of the Department of the Minister who has laid the draft order, or

(b)   

in respect of a draft order laid by a Minister in the Cabinet Office, the Select Committee on Public Administration.

(2)   

The Liaison Committee may report that it has designated a select committee appointed under Standing Order No. 152 (Select committees related to Government departments) or the Select Committee on Public Administration as either—

(a)   

an additional select committee charged with reporting on a specified draft order for the purposes of section 11(5) and (6) of the Public Bodies Act 2011, or

(b)   

the select committee charged with reporting on a specified draft order for the purposes of section 11(5) and (6) of the Public Bodies Act 2011 in place of the select committee to which paragraph (1) applies.’.

   The Speaker will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motion in the name of Sir George Young relating to Public bodies: scrutiny of draft orders not later than three hours after the commencement of proceedings on Motions Nos. 2 to 6, and such Questions will include the Questions on any Amendments selected by the Speaker which may then be moved (Order of 12 December).

   An explanatory memorandum and relevant documents are available in the Vote Office.

8

OPPOSITION DAY (Un-allotted half day)

[Up to three hours]

 

EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON UNEMPLOYMENT

Edward Miliband

Mr Liam Byrne

Ed Balls

Mr Chuka Umunna

Stephen Timms

Ms Rosie Winterton

 

   That this House believes that the Government’s policies of cutting spending and raising taxes too far and too fast have resulted in the UK economy flat-lining for 12 months, well before the recent Eurozone crisis; notes that unemployment has reached a 17-year high and over-50s unemployment has risen sharply; further notes that slower growth and higher unemployment makes it harder to get the deficit down and that the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts a further rise in unemployment to 8.7 per cent., a rise in the benefits bill of £29 billion, and an increase in projected borrowing of £158 billion; agrees with the IMF’s warning that ‘consolidating too quickly will hurt the recovery and worsen job prospects’ and that the Government should ‘have a heightened readiness to respond, particularly if it looks like the economy is headed for a prolonged period of weak growth and high unemployment’; and, in light of the Office for Budget Responsibility forecasts published on 29 November 2011, calls on the Government to reconsider its refusal to adopt the Opposition’s five point plan for

 

   jobs which includes creating 100,000 jobs for young people and building 25,000 affordable homes using funds raised from a tax on bank bonuses, bringing forward long-term investment projects, temporarily reversing the January 2011 VAT rise, a one-year cut in VAT to 5 per cent. on home improvements, and a one-year national insurance tax break for every small firm which takes on extra workers.

   The selection of the matter to be debate this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition.

   Proceedings on the Motion in the name of Edward Miliband may continue, though opposed, for three hours, and will then lapse if not previously disposed of; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) will not apply (Order of 6 December).

9

SOCIAL SECURITY

[No debate]

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

 

   That the draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Jobseeking and Work for Your Benefit) (Amendment and Revocation) Regulations 2012, which were laid before this House on 21 November, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES ON UNEMPLOYMENT

 

At the end of the sitting:

10

PRESENTATION OF PUBLIC PETITIONS

[No debate]

 

   Park End Community Centre (Middlesbrough) (Tom Blenkinsop)

 

   BAE Systems jobs in the Humber Region (Diana Johnson)

 

   Alternatives to a nuclear power station at Hinkley Point (Somerset) (Tessa Munt)

Presentation of petitions: no debate or decision (Standing Order No. 153).

11

ADJOURNMENT

 

   Proposed subject: Pedestrian access through railway stations  (Paul Blomfield).

   Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

 

COMMITTEES

PUBLIC BILL COMMITTEE

1

Live Music Bill [Lords] Committee

9.30 am

Room 9 (public)

   To consider the Bill.

SELECT COMMITTEES

2

Science and Technology

9.00 am

Room 16 (private)

 

9.15 am

(public)

   Subjects: (i) The Census and Social Science; (ii) Engineering in Government: Follow-up.

   Witnesses: (i) Local Government Association, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Royal Statistical Society and Royal Geographical Society; Economic and Social Research Council and Office for National Statistics (at 10.00 am) (ii) Professor Sir John Beddington CMG, Government Chief Scientific Adviser (at 10.45 am).

3

Education

9.15 am

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)

4

Work and Pensions

9.15 am

Room 15 (private)

 

10.00 am

(public)

   Subject: Automatic Enrolment and the National Employment Savings Trust.

   Witness: National Employment Savings Trust.

5

Scottish Affairs

9.30 am

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)

 

9.45 am

(public)

   Subject: Crown Estate in Scotland.

   Witnesses: Rt Hon Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State and Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Scotland Office, and Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury.

6

Defence

10.00 am

Room 8 (private)

7

Environmental Audit

10.00 am

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)

 

10.10 am

(public)

   Subject: Green Economy.

   Witnesses: Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, HM Treasury, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Department of Energy and Climate Change Officials.

8

European Scrutiny

2.00 pm

Room 19 (private)

9

Scottish Affairs

2.00 pm

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)

 

2.30 pm

(public)

   Subject: Health and Safety in Scotland.

   Witnesses: Frank Mulholland QC, Lord Advocate and Elaine Taylor, Head of the Health and Safety Division, Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal.

10

Northern Ireland Affairs

2.15 pm

Room 5 (private)

 

2.30 pm

(public)

   Subject: Fuel Laundering and Smuggling.

   Witnesses: Bill Williamson, Acting Director of Excise, Customs, Stamps and Money, John Whiting, Assistant Director, Criminal Investigation, and Alan Lee, Regional Director for Criminal Investigation, HM Revenue and Customs.

11

Environmental Audit and Energy and Climate Change Committees

2.30 pm

The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)

12

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

2.30 pm

Room 16 (private)

 

4.00 pm

(public)

   Subject: Greening the Common Agricultural Policy.

   Witness: Professor Charles Godfray, University of Oxford.

13

Procedure

3.00 pm

Room 20 (private)

14

Public Accounts

3.00 pm

Room 15 (private)

 

3.15 pm

(public)

   Subject: Managing Preparations for the Olympics.

   Witnesses: Jonathan Stephens, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Paul Deighton, Chief Executive, LOCOG, Peter Hendy, Commissioner, Transport for London, and Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office; Jonathan Stephens, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Andrew Altman, Chief Executive, Olympic Park Legacy Company (at 4.00 pm).

15

Treasury

3.15 pm

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)

 

3.30 pm

(public)

   Subject: Independent Commission on Banking: Final Report.

   Witnesses: Peter Sands, Chief Executive, Standard Chartered Bank; Bob Diamond, Chief Executive and Antony Jenkins, Chief Executive, Retail and Business Banking, Barclays PLC (at 4.30 pm).

16

Statutory Instruments

As soon as convenient after 3.45 pm

Room 7 (private)

17

Communities and Local Government

4.00 pm

Room 8 (private)

 

4.15 pm

(public)

   Subject: Performance of the Department for Communities and Local Government in 2010-11.

   Witnesses: Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister for Decentralisation and Cities, and Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Minister for Housing and Local Development, Department for Communities and Local Government.

18

Selection

4.45 pm

Room 13 (private)

19

Transport

5.00 pm

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)

 

5.05 pm

(public)

   Subject: Autumn Economic Statement: Transport.

   Witness: Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for Transport.

JOINT COMMITTEE

20

Statutory Instruments

3.45 pm

Room 7 (private)

OTHER COMMITTEE

21

Speaker’s Committee on the Electoral Commission

3.30 pm

Speaker’s Study (private)

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

 

PUBLICATION OF SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

Wednesday 14 December

Time of publication

No.

1

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

00.01 am

HC 1465

   The draft National Policy Statement for Hazardous Waste (Eleventh Report).

2

Public Administration

00.01 am

HC 902

   The Big Society (Seventeenth Report).

 

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1

Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: Pre-Council Written Ministerial Statement: EU Foreign Affairs Council 14 December 2011.

2

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Annual European Union finances statement.

3

Secretary of State for Education: New schools.

4

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change: Review of the UK oil and gas regulatory regime.

5

Secretary of State for Health: Revenue allocations to primary care trusts 2012-13.

6

Secretary of State for the Home Department: Consultation on the cross-government definition of domestic violence.

7

Secretary of State for Justice: Publication of the consultation on introducing fees into the employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.

8

Secretary of State for Transport: Carriage of passengers and their luggage by sea.

9

Secretary of State for Transport: Funding decisions for local authority major transport schemes.

 

 

Prepared 14th December 2011