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Order of Business Tuesday 24 April 2007

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House of Commons
Order of Business

 
At 2.30 p.m.
  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 Health
 1
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): What recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the use of information technology in the NHS.
(133172)
 2
Robert Key (Salisbury): What recent assessment she has made of the extent of cost shunting between NHS hospitals and local authorities.
(133173)
 3
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath): If she will make a statement on the future of acute hospital services.
(133174)
 4
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): If she will make a statement on Clinical Assessment, Treatment and Support services in Chorley.
(133175)
 5
Ms Dawn Butler (Brent South): How much her Department plans to spend on community hospitals and services in 2007-08.
(133176)
 6
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): What measures she is taking to ensure that children are not accommodated with adult mental patients.
(133177)
 7
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan): What the pay level of a newly-qualified student nurse would be if their pay had risen in line with average earnings since 1997.
(133178)
 8
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): What steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infection in Gloucestershire.
(133179)
 9
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): What healthcare provision her Department makes available to victims of human trafficking who have applied for asylum.
(133181)
 10
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting): If she will make a statement on the future of maternity services in England.
(133183)
 11
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): If she will make a statement on NHS financial performance in the year 2006-07.
(133184)
 12
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): What assessment she has made of access to NHS dentistry services in (a) 2005-06 and (b) the 2007-08 financial year.
(133185)
 13
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): What progress has been made in this Parliament in reducing hospital waiting times.
(133186)
 14
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): If she will take further steps to improve the public awareness of how to prevent healthcare-acquired infections.
(133187)
 15
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): What recent assessment she has made of the availability of health visitors; and if she will make a statement.
(133188)
 16
Andrew Miller (Ellesmere Port & Neston): How much her Department is planning to spend on community hospitals and services in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(133189)
 17
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): What recent assessment she has made of waiting times to receive a digital hearing aid.
(133190)
 18
Jessica Morden (Newport East): If she will make a statement on the progress of work with suppliers to consider further ways of reducing incoming call charges for hospital patients.
(133191)
 19
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): What progress has been made towards implementing the smoke-free legislation in England.
(133193)
 20
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): What the current maximum waiting times are for hip surgery in (a) Leicestershire, (b) Warwickshire and (c) England.
(133195)
 21
Mr David Drew (Stroud): In what ways health mutuals work in co-operation with the NHS.
(133196)

At 3.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
 
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1
CARERS (IDENTIFICATION AND SUPPORT)
[Up to 20 minutes]
Barbara Keeley
 
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require health bodies to identify patients who are carers or who have a carer; to require identified carers to be referred to sources of help and support and to make further provision in relation to such arrangements; to make provision in relation to the responsibilities of local authorities and schools for the needs of young carers 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
OPPOSITION DAY (9th allotted day)
[Until 10.00 p.m.]
 
MODERNISING MEDICAL CAREERS
Mr David Cameron
Mr Andrew Lansley
Tim Loughton
Mr Stephen O’Brien
Dr Andrew Murrison
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
 
   That this House acknowledges the UK’s exceptional history of medical training which has produced some of the best medical professionals in the world; supports medical training designed to improve patient care which is well implemented, flexible and applied in a way which ensures the necessary level of clinical experience; believes that these objectives have been undermined by poor planning, inadequate consultation and lamentable implementation; notes with particular concern the flawed electronic application process (MTAS) which has breached legitimate expectations that selection for entry to programmes must be open, fair and effective; regrets the lack of ministerial leadership for MTAS and the failure of the Government’s review to deliver strategic solutions; accepts that training posts are competitive but believes that insufficient allowance has been made for the number of trainees coming through the Foundation years in addition to the Senior House Officer (SHO) route; calls on the Government to create additional training posts to allow transition for SHOs into specialty training in 2007, 2008 and 2009; deeply regrets the distress and loss of goodwill among junior doctors in training; and further calls on the Review Group led by Sir John Tooke to listen to the medical profession in reviewing the structure of Modernising Medical Careers to ensure that the original principles, including flexibility, are sustained and command the confidence of the medical profession.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Modernising Medical Careers):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Hewitt
Mr Secretary Reid
Andy Burnham
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘recognises the international reputation for excellence of medical training in the UK; acknowledges the need to modernise medical careers to ensure all doctors are properly trained to nationally recognised standards, including a fairer and more transparent process for applying for specialist training; notes that Modernising Medical Careers (MMC) will deliver training to a consistently high standard which, combined with the expansion of the number of doctors, will provide high quality safe care by appropriate skilled medical staff; notes the wide consultation that took place on MMC and the strong support for the need to improve doctors’ training amongst doctors’ representatives including the medical royal colleges and the British Medical Association; welcomes the external review that is already being conducted into how MMC has worked to date and the changes made as a result; and supports the longer term review recently announced to ensure MMC works well in the future.’.
 
FUTURE OF LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Mr David Cameron
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Alistair Burt
Mr Eric Pickles
Mr Robert Syms
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
 
   That this House notes that council tax has soared by 92 per cent. across England since 1997, with even higher increases in Wales due to the Government’s council tax revaluation; notes with concern proposals in the Chancellor’s town hall finances report for regular council tax revaluations, higher council tax bands and new taxes for the collection of household rubbish; observes that frontline services such as weekly rubbish collections, social services and libraries are under increasing pressure; and calls for local people to be given a greater say in the provision of local public services through democratically elected local government rather than unaccountable regional government.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Future of local government):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Hewitt
Secretary Ruth Kelly
Mr Phil Woolas
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes the transformation in local government since 1997 and the dramatic improvements in performance across a wide range of front-line services; recognises the achievements of local authorities and their staff with a record number of authorities awarded three or four stars for their performance by the Audit Commission in 2006; contrasts this with the under-investment and poor morale that the Government inherited in 1997; applauds the Government’s radical and devolutionary local government White Paper as the next stage in the reform of local public services, strengthening local leadership and partnership working and empowering local communities; believes that the measures set out in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill will strongly promote sustainable communities, improving local environmental quality and the quality of life of local residents; congratulates the Government on the way in which it is providing stable funding for local government, increasing overall grants to councils by 39 per cent. in real terms since 1997 with the average council tax increase in England at 4.2 per cent. for 2007-08; and therefore supports the Government in implementing the White Paper and the Bill.’.
Sir Menzies Campbell
Andrew Stunell
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Dan Rogerson
Tom Brake
 
   Line 5, leave out from `rubbish’ to end and add `regrets that neither the Government nor Her Majesty’s Opposition have proposed the reform of local government finance, or the devolution of powers and responsibilities to local communities; and calls for the establishment of a new relationship between Whitehall and local government through an agreement incorporating the provisions of the European Charter of Local Self-Government, the scrapping of nationally set targets for local authorities, the giving of local people a greater say in running local services including the right to abolish the position of elected mayor where they no longer want it, abolition of the Council Tax and its replacement with a tax based on people’s ability to pay and the introduction of a fairer voting system to make local authorities more accountable.’.
   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 10.00 p.m.
3
CONSERVATION OF THE EUROPEAN EEL
[No debate]
Mr Ben Bradshaw
 
   That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 13139/05, Draft Council Regulation establishing measures for the recovery of the stock of European eel; recognises the long outstanding need to conserve and enhance the European eel stock; and approves the Government’s intention to vote for the adoption of this proposal, provided it makes suitable provision to allow for the restocking of glass eel to European inland waters.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
4
AVIATION AGREEMENTS
[No debate]
Gillian Merron
 
   That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 8656/06, Draft Decisions on the signature and provisional application and conclusion of the air transport agreement between the European Community and its Member States, on the one hand, and the United States of America, on the other hand; and endorses the Government’s approach to discussions on this document.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
5
ADJOURNMENT (MAY)
[No debate]
Mr Jack Straw
 
   That this House, at its rising on Thursday 3rd May 2007, do adjourn till Tuesday 8th May 2007.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).
6
DRAFT CLIMATE CHANGE BILL (JOINT COMMITTEE)
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Mr Jack Straw
 
   That this House concurs with the Lords Message of 23rd April, relating to the Joint Committee of Lords and Commons appointed to consider and report on the draft Climate Change Bill, presented to both Houses on 13th March (Cm. 7040), that—
(1)   
the Committee appointed by this House do meet the Lords Committee as proposed by their Lordships; and
(2)   
notwithstanding the Resolution of 18th April, it be an instruction to the Joint Committee on the draft Climate Change Bill that it should report by 25th July 2007.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
 
At the end of the sitting:
7
ADJOURNMENT
 
   Proposed subject: Plant science and climate change (Dr Ian Gibson).
   Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEES
PUBLIC BILL COMMITTEES
1
Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Bill [Lords] Committee
10.30 a.m.
Room 11 (public)
 
4.00 p.m.
(public)
   Further to consider the Bill.
2
Mental Health Bill [Lords] Committee
10.30 a.m.
Room 9 (public)
 
4.30 p.m.
(public)
   To consider the Bill.
EUROPEAN STANDING COMMITTEE
3
European Standing Committee
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
   To consider EU Documents Nos. 5282/07 and 5354/07 relating to Energy Policy for Europe.
SELECT COMMITTEES
4
Treasury
9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
9.45 a.m.
(public)
   Subject: The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England: ten years on.
   Witnesses: Kate Barker, Dr Andrew Sentance, Professor Tim Besley, and Professor David Blanchflower, External members, Monetary Policy Committee; Mervyn King, Governor, Rachel Lomax and Sir John Gieve, Deputy Governors, and Paul Tucker and Charles Bean, Executive Directors, Bank of England (at 10.45 a.m.).
5
Communities and Local Government
10.00 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
10.20 a.m.
(public)
   Subject: Equality.
   Witness: Trevor Phillips OBE, Chair, Commission for Equality and Human Rights.
6
Defence
10.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
10.30 a.m.
(public)
   Subject: Strategic Lift.
   Witnesses: Ministry of Defence officials.
7
Environmental Audit
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
 
10.20 a.m.
(public)
   Subject: Beyond Stern: Forecasting, Cost-Effectiveness and Climate Change.
   Witnesses: Office of Climate Change; Energy Saving Trust (at 11.00 a.m.); WWF-UK and RSPB (at 11.40 a.m.).
8
International Development
10.00 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
9
Trade and Industry
10.00 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
10.30 a.m.
(public)
   Subject: Recent developments with Airbus.
   Witness: Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister of State, Department of Trade and Industry.
10
Welsh Affairs
10.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
 
10.30 a.m.
(public)
   Subject: Globalisation and its impact on Wales.
   Witnesses: Jim Leng, Chairman, and Philippe Varin, Chief Executive, Corus; Michael Leahy OBE, General Secretary, Community (at 11.15 a.m.).
11
Culture, Media and Sport
10.15 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
 
10.30 a.m.
(public)
   Subject: Public Service Media Content.
   Witnesses: Mark Thompson, Director General, and Caroline Thomson, Chief Operating Officer, BBC; S4C, STV, Institute of Local Television (at 11.30 a.m.).
12
Home Affairs
10.15 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
13
Standards and Privileges
10.30 a.m.
Room 13 (private)
14
Defence
2.45 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
3.00 p.m.
(public)
   Subject: UK operations in Afghanistan.
   Witness: General David Richards CBE DSO, Commander, Allied Rapid Reaction Corps.
15
Administration
3.30 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
16
Home Affairs
3.50 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
4.15 p.m.
(public)
   Subject: Future of the Home Office.
   Witness: Rt Hon John Reid MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department.
17
Constitutional Affairs
4.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
4.15 p.m.
(public)
   Subjects: (i) Public Guardianship Office (ii) Freedom of Information Follow Up.
   Witnesses: (i) Richard Brook, Chief Executive, Public Guardianship Office; (i) and (ii) Rt Hon Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]
Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
1
Secretary of State for Defence: Iraq.
2
Prime Minister: Interim Chair of the Committee on Standards in Public Life.

 

 

 
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