Summary Agenda Wednesday 12 December 2012

Summary Agenda

11.30 am



Notice of Motion for an Unopposed Return (without debate).

Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development, including at 11.53 am Topical Questions.

12 noon

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister.

12.30 pm

Urgent Questions (if any); Ministerial Statements, including on the Patrick Finucane Report.


Presentation of Bills (without debate).

Planning Act 2008 (Amendment)-Motion for leave to introduce a Bill under the Ten minute rule (Phil Wilson) (for up to 20 minutes).

Opposition Day:NHS Funding (for up to three hours).

Backbench Business: General Debate:Church of England Synod vote on women bishops (for up to three hours).

Statutory Instrument (Motion for approval) (without debate).

Standards and Privileges (Motion) (no debate after 7.00 pm).

At the end of the sitting

Presentation of Public Petitions (without debate).

Adjournment Debate: Consequences of the contamination of green waste (Sir Bob Russell) (until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later).

Sitting in Westminster Hall

General Debates:

9.30 am

Commonwealth trade (Andrew Rosindell).

11.00 am

Hospital food and animal welfare standards (Neil Parish).

The sitting will be suspended from 11.30 am to 2.30 pm

2.30 pm

Food poverty in the run up to Christmas (Luciana Berger).

4.00 pm

Affordable social housing in Walsall (Mr David Winnick).

4.30 pm

Literacy and drug conditions and custodial sentences (Guy Opperman [R]) (until 5.00 pm).



Members wishing to table Questions in person may do so in the usual way in the Table Office until 5.30 pm or the rise of the House, whichever is earlier, on Thursday 20 December. Thereafter, they may table Questions for oral and written answer electronically or by post, which will be treated as if tabled on Friday 4 January.


Under Standing Order No. 22(6), the Speaker has made the following arrangements for tabling Questions for oral answer when the House returns:

Last date for tabling*

Date for answer

Departments etc

Thursday 20 December

Monday 7 January

Home Office (T)

Thursday 20 December

Tuesday 8 January

Deputy Prime Minister (T)
Attorney General

Thursday 20 December

Wednesday 9 January

Prime Minister

Monday 7 January
(first sitting day after adjournment)

Thursday 10 January

Culture, Media and Sport (T)
Women and Equalities

* The latest time for tabling is 12.30 pm on each of these days.

The results of the shuffles on 20 December will be published on 21 December. They will be available from the Vote Office and on the internet at

For further details of last tabling days for other departments and answering bodies, see the Order of Questions rota available from the Vote Office and on the internet at


The latest time for tabling a Question for written answer on a named day before the Christmas Adjournment is 10.30 pm or the rise of the House (whichever is earlier) on Monday 17 December (for answer on Thursday 20 December). For Questions tabled after this time and before the rise of the House on Thursday 20 December, the earliest named day for a Question for written answer is Monday 7 January.

After the House has adjourned Questions tabled for ordinary written answer and for named day will be treated as having been tabled on Friday 4 January. Questions for ordinary written answer will be for answer on Tuesday 8 January, and Questions for named day written answer will be for answer not earlier than Wednesday 9 January.


The Backbench Business Committee has allocated Thursday 20 December for a pre-recess Adjournment debate, using the new style adopted in the 2010-12 session whereby, for the first half, debates are grouped by department and responded to by the relevant Minister. The second section of the debate will provide an opportunity for Members to raise general matters.

Members wishing to speak in the debate should inform the Table Office either in person, by email ( or by phone (3302 and 3303) not later than 12.00 pm on Friday 14 December. In so doing, it would be helpful to know the proposed topic for debate and the department expected to answer, where relevant.

The Backbench Business Committee will determine the departmental grouping of debates, and further details on the arrangements for the day will be published in Future Business B on Monday 17 December.

Continue to Order of Business

Prepared 12th December 2012