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Order of Business Wednesday 7 June 2006

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 11.30 a.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 Wales
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): What recent meetings he has had with Cabinet colleagues to discuss agriculture in Wales.
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): What estimate he has made of the number of people in Wales affected by the recent Law Lords judgement on compensation for asbestos-related illnesses; and if he will make a statement.
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): What discussions he has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on encouraging the promotion of Welsh produce in England.
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): If he will make a statement on the future of the Post Office network in Wales.
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): When he last met the Welsh Assembly Minister for Health to discuss the performance of the NHS in Wales.
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): What discussions he has had with the First Minister on maximising the opportunities for Wales from the 2012 Olympic Games.
Albert Owen (Ynys Môn): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect of pensions policy on the people of Wales.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): What recent meetings he has had regarding the treatment of Welsh patients in hospitals in England.
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): What discussions he has had with Ministers of the Welsh Assembly Government on agriculture in Wales.
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside): If he will make a statement on progress with the Respect agenda in Wales.
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): What recent meetings he has had on police force restructuring in Wales.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): If he will make a statement on the future of regional airports in Wales.
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the effect of pensions policy on the people of Wales.
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): When he last met the Health Minister of the Welsh Assembly to discuss NHS dentistry in Wales.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Roger Berry (Kingswood): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 7th June.
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston):
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):
Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye):
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):
Barbara Keeley (Worsley):
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):

At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
David Taylor
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to align cigarette manufacturing standards with international best practice so as to reduce the number of fires and fatalities in the home caused by cigarettes.
   The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business
OPPOSITION DAY (16th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Mr George Osborne
Mrs Theresa Villiers
Mr Mark Francois
Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House notes the overpayment, fraud and incompetence in the administration of the tax credit system; is concerned about the impact of this incompetence on the most vulnerable members of society; and calls upon the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the author of the tax credit policy, to explain to this House what measures are being undertaken to address these problems.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Administration of Tax Credits):
The Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Hutton
Mr Stephen Timms
Dawn Primarolo
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘supports the Government’s strategy to make work pay and to provide financial support to families through tax credits; welcomes the fact that 6 million families and 10.1 million children are benefiting from tax credits, with take-up substantially higher than in any previous system of income-related financial support for in-work families, and with 93 per cent. of families on incomes below £10,000 claiming their entitlement to child tax credit compared with 57 per cent. for family credit inherited by the Government; notes that tax credits have reduced the tax burden on low to middle income families such that more than 3 million families pay no net tax; further notes that tax credits are central to the Government’s goal of abolishing child poverty; further notes that since 1996-97, 700,000 children have been lifted out of relative poverty, compared with a doubling of child poverty in the previous 20 years; welcomes the fact that tax credits respond flexibly as people’s circumstances change; acknowledges the information technology and administrative problems that accompanied the early stages of implementation; further welcomes the progress made in improving administration following measures announced by the Government last year; and further welcomes the package of measures announced in the Pre-Budget Report to strike a balance between providing flexibility to respond to changes and maintaining certainty of income for families.’.
Sir Menzies Campbell
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr David Laws
Danny Alexander
Julia Goldsworthy
Mr Paul Burstow
   Line 5, at end add `including action to prevent systematic maladministration in handling tax credit overpayments, steps to prevent the unfair repayment by claimants of tax credit overpayments due to official error, a new right of appeal to an independent tribunal on disputed overpayments, additional measures to prevent fraud, a published assessment by HM Treasury on the case for a return to fixed, 6 monthly, awards, and fresh political leadership on the issue of tax credits to replace the state of denial and complacency which has characterised HM Treasury’s response to this crisis since 2003.’.
Mr David Cameron
Alistair Burt
Tim Loughton
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House takes note of the immense contribution to society made by those honoured during the recent Volunteers Week and forthcoming Carers Week; recognises and values the significant economic and social benefits resulting from the work of volunteers and carers, often performed in difficult circumstances requiring the most selfless qualities; further notes the need to ensure that the fewest possible barriers are placed before those wanting to volunteer and act as carers; believes that encouragement should be given to all, especially the young, to consider volunteering as a contribution to the welfare of a healthy society; and expresses its thanks to all those who act as role models for volunteering and caring.
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 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Asthma services  (Willie Rennie).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

First Standing Committee on Delegated Legislation
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the draft Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) Regulations 2006.
Science and Technology
9.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Scientific advice, risk and evidence: how Government handles them.
   Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Stern, Head of Government Economic Service, Cabinet Office; Professor Sir Gordon Conway KCMG, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for International Development, Professor Paul Wiles CB, Chief Scientific Adviser, Home Office, and Professor Frank Kelly, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Transport (at 10.30 a.m.).
Education and Skills
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Citizenship Education.
   Witnesses: Commission for Racial Equality; Professor Linda Colley, Princeton University, Civitas and the Institute of Education (at 10.30 a.m.).
Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Pension Reform.
   Witness: Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Crossrail Bill
10.00 a.m.
Room 5 (public)
Office of the Deputy Prime Minister: Housing, Planning, Local Government and the Regions
1.30 p.m.
Bristol Temple Quay, Regis House, 1 Friary, Temple Quay, Bristol (private)
1.45 p.m.
   Subject: Is there a future for Regional Government?
   Witnesses: Government Office for the South West, South West Regional Assembly, South West Public Transport Users Forum, Cornish Constitutional Convention, and Bristol Partnership; Centre for the Rural Economy, University of Newcastle (at 2.30 p.m.).
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: East Asia.
   Witness: Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Treasury Sub-Committee
2.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Independence for Statistics.
   Witnesses: Dr Ivan Fellegi, Chief Statistician of Canada, Statistics Canada (via video link); Statistics Commission (at 3.00 p.m.); Rob Wishart, Chief Statistician, Scottish Executive, and Professor Denise Lievesley, Chief Executive, Information Centre for Health and Social Care (at 3.30 p.m.); Office for National Statistics (at 4.00 p.m.).
Crossrail Bill
2.30 p.m.
Room 5 (public)
Environmental Audit
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.50 p.m.
   Subject: Reducing Carbon Emissions from Transport.
   Witnesses: Friends of the Earth and Sustrans.
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
3.30 p.m.
   Subject: Organised Crime in Northern Ireland.
   Witness: Paul Goggins MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Northern Ireland Office.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: Local Transport Planning and Funding.
   Witnesses: Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State, and Mr Bob Linnard, Director, Regional and Local Transport Policy Directorate, Department for Transport.
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Department for Work and Pensions: Using leaflets to communicate with the public.
   Witnesses: Mr Leigh Lewis CB, Permanent Secretary, and Mr Simon McDowell, Communications Director, Department for Work and Pensions.
4.00 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
4.45 p.m.
Room 13 (private)
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 4.00 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
Statutory Instruments
4.00 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
Leader of the House: Business Questions—New Hospital Schemes (Correction).
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Decent homes announcement.
Secretary of State for Education and Skills: Open competition to appoint a chair and members for the new Ofsted Board.
Secretary of State for Transport: Transport grant and advice programmes.



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