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Order of Business Tuesday 9 May 2006

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 2.30 p.m.
  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 Scotland
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): If he will visit the Scottish Parliament to discuss cross-border health issues.
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): If he will meet the Disability Rights Commission to discuss the rights of disabled children in Scotland.
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): What devolution issues the Advocate General has considered since 28th March 2006.
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North): What assessment he has made of the potential in Scotland for generation of electricity from renewable sources.
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): If he will make a statement on economic trends in Scotland.
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine): What discussions he has had with the Department for Trade and Industry on the number of post offices required by Royal Mail to meet its universal service obligation for postal services in Scotland.
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): When the Joint Ministerial Committee last met.
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North): What assessment he has made of the future of Scotland's manufacturing industry.
Anne Moffat (East Lothian): What steps he is taking to ensure that the Energy Review takes account of the views of the energy industry and energy consumers in Scotland.
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): If he will make a statement on levels of personal debt in Scotland.
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): What representations he has received on the socio-economic effects of the Barnett formula in Scotland.
John Thurso (Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross): What discussions he has had with Ministers in the Department for Trade and Industry on the commercial development of tidal energy in the Pentland Firth; and if he will make a statement.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): If he will make a statement on the voting rights of hon. Members representing Scottish seats on issues which do not affect Scotland.
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): What recent discussions he has had with the BBC and Cabinet colleagues on television licences in Scotland.
At 3 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
Barbara Follett (Stevenage): What measures are being taken to increase the number of women working in the judiciary.
Ann Winterton (Congleton): If the Government will take further steps to ensure postal voting is not vulnerable to fraud.
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): What the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal's workload of immigration appeals was at the latest date for which figures are available.
Jonathan Shaw (Chatham & Aylesford): What process she intends to follow in order to fulfil her party's manifesto commitment to reform the House of Lords.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): What the level of unpaid fines was in 2004-05.
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): If she will make a statement on the report of Lord Carter's review of legal aid.
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): Whether she expects a free vote to be held on the future composition of the House of Lords.
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): What recent discussions she has had with the Home Department on anonymity during court proceedings for those accused of sexual offences.
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North): Whether her Department has considered recent studies on the merits of compulsory voting; and if she will make a statement.
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): What recent estimate she has made of the incidence of electoral fraud.
Bob Russell (Colchester): How many court houses have been built by means of a private finance initiative in the last five years.
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): When she next expects to meet representatives of the lay magistracy to discuss the modernisation of courts in East Anglia.
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): What criteria the Legal Services Commission will use to award local franchises for services to asylum seekers.
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): What steps her Department is taking to increase voter turn-out.
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): What guidance her Department has issued on the applicability of the Human Rights Act 1998 to residential homes for the elderly in the context of private providers of public functions.
At 3.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Leader of the House and the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward plans for the House to sit in September.
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the cost was of storing statues owned by the House but not on display in 2005-06.
Chris Bryant (Rhondda): To ask the Leader of the House, when and how he plans to reform parliamentary scrutiny of EU legislation.
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Leader of the House, if he will bring forward proposals to allocate parliamentary time on the floor of the House for debates on motions to be chosen by back bench hon. Members.
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what plans the Commission has to review the use of voice messages in the lifts in Portcullis House.
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the procedures are for approving expenditure by the House of between £100,000 and £1 million; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what steps the Commission has taken to increase the recycling of office waste on the House estate.
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Leader of the House, what recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues regarding tabling of parliamentary questions during recesses.

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Bob Spink
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to reclassify methylamphetamine as a category A drug.
   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 (15th allotted day)
[Until 10.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Stephen O’Brien
Tim Loughton
Mr John Baron
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House notes the current financial crisis and associated job losses, ward and bed closures and service reductions in the NHS; believes that these are consequences primarily of the failures of management at the Department of Health; further notes the Secretary of State for Health’s denial of responsibility for this situation and her failure to recognise the realities within the NHS; sees a lack of leadership within the Department of Health; and, in addition to turnaround teams in NHS Trusts, calls on the Government to appoint a turnaround team to the Department of Health.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s Motion (Management of the National Health Service by the Department of Health):
The Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Reid
Ms Secretary Hewitt
Andy Burnham
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘recognises the effective leadership given by the Department of Health in managing the NHS; acknowledges that the majority of NHS organisations are living within their budget and providing patients with better services; welcomes the turnaround in the NHS since 1997 as a result of the dedication and commitment of staff, backed by the Government’s programme of investment and reform; congratulates the Government for trebling investment in the NHS by 2008 compared with 1997; welcomes the recruitment of more than 300,000 extra staff in the NHS since 1997 including 85,000 more nurses; notes that waiting lists are now at their lowest since records began with over 370,000 fewer patients waiting for an operation than in March 1997; further welcomes the fact that all patients can now expect to wait no longer than six months for their operation and that 98 per cent. of patients are now seen, treated or admitted within four hours in accident and emergency departments; and applauds the NHS for saving more lives than ever before, including 43,000 more people saved from cancer and 87,000 saved from coronary heart disease.’.
Sir Menzies Campbell
Dr Vincent Cable
Steve Webb
Sandra Gidley
John Pugh
Mr Paul Burstow
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that the poor management of the NHS by the Department of Health under the previous Conservative government was one of the reasons why the Conservatives were overwhelmingly rejected by the electorate in 1997; welcomes the additional resources which have been allocated to the NHS since 1997 and notes that the Conservatives opposed the increase in National Insurance contributions which is currently contributing over £8 billion per year to the NHS; does not believe that the management of the NHS would have been enhanced by the Conservatives’ policy of subsidising patients to buy their way out of NHS provision; regrets the financial mismanagement of the NHS under the present Government; further notes that most of the costs and targets faced by NHS trusts are determined centrally but that the Government blames deficits solely on local mismanagement; further notes the complete failure of the Department of Health to budget accurately for the costs of the new contractual arrangements for GPs, consultants and other NHS staff; believes that the pace of the NHS reform is too rapid and disruptive, leading to pressure on trusts for emergency financial recovery plans rather than long-term strategic improvements in efficiency; further notes that a recent opinion poll for the BBC found that the Liberal Democrats were the most trusted of all the major political parties to manage the NHS; and further believes that real efficiency improvements could be achieved if the NHS were to be substantially decentralised and made genuinely locally and democratically 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.
[No debate]
Secretary Ruth Kelly
   That the draft Planning (Application to the Houses of Parliament) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 19th April, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
[No debate]
Mr Secretary Hain
   That the draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Revised Code of Practice for the Identification of Persons by Police Officers) (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, which was laid before this House on 15th March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Mr Jack Straw
   That the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC 1016), dated 30th March 2006, be referred to a Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Mr Bob Ainsworth
   That Mr Geoffrey Hoon and Liz Blackman be discharged from the Select Committee on Modernisation of the House of Commons and Mr Jack Straw and Paddy Tipping be added.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Proposed closure of RAF Hythe (Dr Julian Lewis).
   Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Standing Committee A
10.30 a.m.
Room 14 (public)
4.30 p.m.
   To consider the Finance (No. 2) Bill (except Clauses Nos. 13 to 15, 26, 61, 91 and 106 and Schedule 14, and new Clauses relating to the effect of provisions of the Bill on section 18 of the Inheritance Tax Act 1984).
Standing Committee E
10.30 a.m.
Room 9 (public)
4.00 p.m.
   Further to consider the Education and Inspections Bill.
9.45 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.00 a.m.
   Subject: Financial Inclusion.
   Witnesses: Brian Pomeroy, Financial Inclusion Taskforce; Adam Crozier, Chief Executive, Royal Mail Group, Alan Cook, Managing Director, and Graham Halliday, Director of Banking and Financial Services, Post Office Ltd.
Crossrail Bill
10.00 a.m.
Room 5 (public)
Culture, Media and Sport
10.00 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.30 a.m.
   Subject: New media and the creative industries.
   Witnesses: British Screen Advisory Council; Anthony Lilley, Magic Lantern Productions, Mark Oliver, Oliver & Ohlbaum Associates Ltd, and Claire Enders, Enders Analysis Ltd (at 11.30 a.m.).
10.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Home Affairs
10.00 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.15 a.m.
   Subject: Immigration Control.
   Witnesses: UKCOSA, and Dr Karen Wilson; British Association for Adoption and Fostering, Africans Unite Against Child Abuse, and Southwark Social Services (at 10.45 a.m.); Brent Registrar, Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), Southall Black Sisters, and Brides without Borders (at 11.15 a.m.).
International Development
10.15 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
10.30 a.m.
   Subject: Private Sector Development.
   Witnesses: Bob Fitch, Project Director, Financial Deepening Challenge Fund, Enterplan, and Ann Grant, Vice Chair, Standard Chartered Capital Markets Ltd; Walter Gibson, Head, Global Health through Hygiene Programme, Unilever, and Sue Clark, Director, Corporate Affairs, SABMiller and Chair of Business Action for Africa (at 11.30 a.m.).
Environmental Audit
10.30 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
Standards and Privileges
10.30 a.m.
Room 13 (private)
Trade and Industry
10.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
Crossrail Bill
2.30 p.m.
Room 5 (public)
3.30 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
4.00 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Scottish Affairs
4.00 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions
4.20 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (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 Defence: Defence Storage and Distribution Agency—Key Targets 2006-07.
Secretary of State for Defence: Defence Transport and Movements Agency—Key Targets 2006-07.
Secretary of State for Defence: Defence Aviation Repair Agency—Key Targets 2006-07.
Secretary of State for Defence: Disposal Services Agency—Key Targets 2006-07.
Secretary of State for Defence: British Forces Post Office—Key Targets 2006-07.
Secretary of State for Defence: Defence Analytical Services Agency—Key Targets 2006-07.
Secretary of State for Defence: Defence Communication Services Agency—Key Targets 2006-07.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Outcome of the Agriculture and Fisheries Council: 25th April 2006.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Payments Agency.
Secretary of State for Health: Annual accounts for the National Blood Authority and UK Transplant.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Security Industry Annual Report 2004-05.
Secretary of State for International Development: DfID Departmental Report.
Prime Minister: Re-appointment of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.
Secretary of State for Transport: Helicopter Search and Rescue—The Next Stage.



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