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Order of Business Wednesday 28 January 2009

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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
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire): What assessment he has made of the contribution of the rural economy to economic performance in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): When he next expects to meet representatives of small business organisations in Wales to discuss the regulatory burden on them.
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): What recent discussions he has had with the Chair of the All Wales Convention on the work of the Convention.
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): What recent estimate he has made of levels of employment in South Wales.
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on prospects for manufacturing industry in Wales.
Ann Winterton (Congleton): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on levels of economic inactivity in Wales.
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): What estimate he has made of the number of job losses in Wales since 1 December 2008.
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on policy to ensure banks in receipt of public support assist small businesses in Wales.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the implications for Wales of the Defence Training Review Programme.
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy): If he will work with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the National Assembly for Wales to ensure the effective implementation of the provisions of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill in Welsh waters.
Mr Martin Caton (Gower): What recent discussions he has had with Welsh Assembly Government Ministers on the cash flow of manufacturing companies in Wales.
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): What assessment he has made of the levels of support from the Government available to small businesses in Wales.
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): What the level of public expenditure per head of population in Wales was in 2008.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
John Battle (Leeds West): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28 January.
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield):

At 12.30 pm
  Urgent Questions (if any)

Ministerial Statements (if any)
Main Business
  indicates Government Business
OPPOSITION DAY (2nd allotted day)
[Until 7.00 pm]
Mr David Cameron
Mrs Theresa Villiers
Greg Clark
Mr Nick Clegg
Norman Baker
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House urges the Government to rethink its plans for a third runway at Heathrow Airport and to give full consideration to alternative solutions; regrets the Government’s heavy reliance on data supplied by BAA in assessing the case for expansion and notes the likely forthcoming break-up of BAA’s ownership of three of London’s airports following the investigation by the Competition Commission; believes that the consultation paper Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport was deeply flawed, as it paid insufficient regard to the costs of air and noise pollution in the surrounding areas and the commitment to curb carbon dioxide emissions to tackle climate change; regrets the fact that provisions to improve high-speed rail lines from Heathrow to major cities have not been fully explored, along with the potential of other UK airports to handle more long-haul flights; and urges the Government to initiate a consultation on a new national planning policy statement on the theme of airports and high-speed rail.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Government policy on a third runway at Heathrow Airport):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Hoon
Secretary Edward Miliband
Secretary Hilary Benn
Secretary Hazel Blears
Mr Pat McFadden
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes the Government’s commitment in the 2003 Aviation White Paper to limit noise impacts and to be confident both that statutory air quality limits will be met and that public transport will be improved before expansion is permitted at Heathrow; welcomes the Government’s new enforceable target to reduce UK aviation carbon dioxide emissions below 2005 levels by 2050, and the commitment that increases in capacity at Heathrow, beyond the additional 125,000 movements a year already agreed, will only be approved after a review in 2020 by the Committee on Climate Change of whether the UK is on track to meet this independently monitored target; notes that development at Heathrow will be conditional both on requirements that the size of the 57 decibel noise contour will not increase compared with 2002 and on adherence to the requirements of the European Air Quality Directive; notes the decision not to proceed with mixed mode, thereby ensuring that neighbouring residents will have predictable respite from aircraft noise; welcomes the proposal that new slots at Heathrow should be ‘green slots’ using the most efficient planes; recognises the economic and social importance of Heathrow; and welcomes proposals on ultra-low carbon vehicles and new rail links to the west of Heathrow and new high-speed services from London to the Midlands, the North and Scotland linked to Heathrow, to the benefit of the UK as a whole.’.
Mr Mike Weir
Angus Robertson
Mr Angus MacNeil
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Adam Price
Hywel Williams
   Line 11, leave out from ‘flights’ to end and add ‘notes that the proposed third runway would cater mainly for short-haul flights; believes that high-speed rail lines could take many passengers who would otherwise use short-haul flights; calls on the Government immediately to bring forward a proposal to construct high-speed rail links not only to Birmingham but to Scotland and Wales; and considers that until such time as such rail links are available to every area, priority for landing slots at Heathrow should be given to flights from areas not served by such rail links.’.
   The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).
Debate may continue until 7.00 pm.
[No debate]
Stephen Timms
   That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 15661/08, draft Regulation on Credit Rating Agencies, and endorses the Government’s approach.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(11)).

At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Trading Standards, tooth whitening and the EU Cosmetics Directive  (Sir Paul Beresford).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Coroners and Justice Bill Committee
6.00 pm
Room 13 (private)
   (Programming Sub-Committee)
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills
9.00 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 am
   Subject: Students and Universities.
   Witnesses: Universities UK, Russell Group, Million+ and the 1994 Group; GuildHE, 157 Group and University Alliance (at 10.15 am).
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Work and Pensions
9.15 am
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
International Development
10.00 am
Room 15 (private)
Foreign Affairs
2.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 pm
   Subject: Global Security: Non-Proliferation.
   Witnesses: Dr Dan Plesch, Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy, School of Oriental and African Studies and Roy Isbister, UK Working Group on Arms; David Hayes, Export Group on Aerospace and Defence (at 3.30 pm).
Scottish Affairs
2.00 pm
Room 16 (private)
2.15 pm
   Subject: Credit Unions in Scotland.
   Witness: Ian Pearson MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury.
2.15 pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 pm
   Subject: Banking Crisis.
   Witnesses: Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, Financial Reporting Council, Professor Prem Sikka, University of Essex and Professor Michael Power, London School of Economics; PricewaterhouseCoopers, KPMG and Independent Audit (at 3.15 pm); Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Ratings (at 4.00 pm).
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 pm
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.00 pm
   Subject: Securing Food Supplies up to 2050: The Challenges for the UK.
   Witnesses: Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, City University; Professor John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser (at 4.00 pm).
European Scrutiny
2.30 pm
Room 19 (private)
2.30 pm
Room 8 (private)
2.45 pm
   Subject: Taxes and Charges on Road Users.
   Witnesses: Transport for London and London Mayoral Team, Greater London Authority and the SPARKS Programme; Nottingham City Council, Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council and Local Government Association (at 3.30 pm); Highways Agency (at 4.15 pm).
Public Accounts
3.30 pm
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Management of Tax Debt.
   Witnesses: Lesley Strathie, Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive, Mike Eland CB, Director-General, Enforcement and Compliance, Nick Lodge, Director, Debt Management and Banking and Dave Hartnett CB, Permanent Secretary for Tax, HM Revenue and Customs.
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.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Ministerial chair appointment.
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Child poverty.
Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families: Next steps for early learning and childcare.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Metropolitan Police Commissioner.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Report by the Consultative Group on the Past.
Secretary of State for Transport: Response to the consultation on RTFO levels.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Personalised conditionality and support—the Gregg Review.



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