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Order of Business Wednesday 22 November 2006

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+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.

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 Northern Ireland
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West): What steps are being taken to ensure the highest standards of cleanliness in hospitals in Northern Ireland.
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): What plans he has to change the Pledge of Office for Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive.
Mr Peter Robinson (Belfast East): If the Government will adhere to the Sewel Convention in relation to Northern Ireland legislation if powers are devolved to a Northern Ireland Assembly.
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): What representations he has received on the revaluation of domestic rates in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): What steps are being taken to ensure recruitment in the public sector in Northern Ireland demonstrates equality of opportunity to people irrespective of religious affiliation.
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): What progress has been made since 7th November 2006 on implementing changes to the Northern Ireland rating system.
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): What plans he has for the number of psychologists to be employed in the NHS in the Province over the next three years.
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South): What steps he is taking to tackle knife crime in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
David Simpson (Upper Bann): If he will make a statement on the recent performance of the Northern Ireland economy.
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): What recent discussions have taken place with representatives of local government on strengthening local democracy in Northern Ireland.
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): What progress has been made towards securing the support of political parties in Northern Ireland for the Police Service of Northern Ireland.
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): What steps his Department is taking to reduce domestic violence in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): What percentage of students graduating from teacher training in Northern Ireland were able to obtain full-time jobs as teachers in each of the last four years.
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): What his most recent assessment is of the security situation in Northern Ireland.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): If he will make a statement on the implementation of the St Andrews Agreement.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Christine Russell (City of Chester): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 22nd November.
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):
Steve Webb (Northavon):
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):
Meg Hillier (Hackney South & Shoreditch):
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife):
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):

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

Preliminary Business
  indicates Government Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
[No debate]
Secretary John Reid
   Bill to make provision about the provision of probation services, prisons and other matters relating to the management of offenders; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business

Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 7.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).

QUEEN’S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): Adjourned Debate on Question (15th November). Adjourned Debate on Question (15th November). [Until 7.00 p.m.]
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
   Motion made, and Question proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
   Most Gracious Sovereign,
   We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament—(Alun Michael).
‘but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech fails to announce proposals for a strategy for Iraq providing for a phased withdrawal of United Kingdom armed forces; deplore the further erosion of traditional British freedoms that will result from the Government’s proposals on security and terrorism, increasing intrusion into private lives without commensurate improvements in public safety or the repeal of existing and unnecessary laws and regulations; and further regret that the measures proposed to address global warming lack ambition and are not sufficient to establish the United Kingdom as a world leader in combating climate change.’.
‘but humbly suggest that the Government review its policy in Iraq and present its strategy for examination by the House at the earliest opportunity.’.
   As Amendments to the Address, at end add—
Sir Menzies Campbell
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr Michael Moore
Mr Nick Clegg
Chris Huhne
Mr Paul Burstow
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Alex Salmond
Jon Trickett
Mr Douglas Hogg
Claire Short
David Taylor
   Proposed subjects for debate: Foreign Affairs and Defence.

[No debate]
The Prime Minister
   That, at this day’s sitting, consideration of any Lords Amendments and Messages that may be received may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Mr Secretary Hain
the matter of Lifetime Opportunities - the Government’s Anti-Poverty and Social Inclusion Strategy for Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;
the Committee shall meet in Northern Ireland on Tuesday 12th December at one o’clock; and
at that sitting-
the Committee shall take questions under Standing Order No. 110 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)), and shall then consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above;
the Chairman shall interrupt proceedings not later than four o’clock; and
at the conclusion of those proceedings, a motion for the adjournment of the Committee may be made by a Minister of the Crown, pursuant to paragraph (5) of Standing Order No. 116 (Northern Ireland Grand Committee (sittings)).
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Mr Secretary Hain
the matter of the Government’s Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen’s Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;
the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Wednesday 13th December at nine o’clock and between two o’clock and four o’clock to take questions under Standing Order No. 103 (Welsh Grand Committee (questions for oral answer)) and to consider the matter of the Government’s Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen’s Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales under Standing Order No. 107 (Welsh Grand Committee (matters relating exclusively to Wales)).
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
   Note: The House may also be asked to consider any Lords Messages which may be received.
   Note: The House shall not adjourn until any Message from the Lords has been received, any Committee to draw up Reasons has reported and the Speaker has reported the Royal Assent to any Act agreed upon by both Houses (Order of 16th November).

At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Prostate cancer  (Mr Christopher Fraser).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

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: Mr Vernon Coaker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, and Professor Sir Michael Rawlins, Chairman, Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.
Education and Skills
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Bullying.
   Witnesses: Barnardo’s, The National Autistic Society, SARI, and The Advisory Centre for Education; Steve Sinnott, General Secretary, NUT, and Professor Peter Smith, Goldsmiths College, and Head, Research and Advisory Group, Anti-Bullying Alliance (at 10.45 a.m.).
Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: The Government’s Employment Strategy.
   Witnesses: Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion and Local Government Association; Employment Related Services Association, Association of Learning Providers, and Public and Commercial Services Union (at 10.30 a.m.).
Environmental Audit Sub-Committee on Trade, Development and Environment
9.20 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: The UN Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
   Witness: Barry Gardiner MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Modernisation of the House of Commons
9.30 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: South Asia.
   Witnesses: Lord Desai, retired Professor, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Martin Wolf, Financial Times; Victoria Schofield, and Professor Sumantra Bose, London School of Economics and Political Science (at 3.30 p.m.).
Treasury Sub-Committee
2.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: HM Revenue and Customs Departmental Annual Report 2005-06.
   Witnesses: HM Revenue and Customs officials.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: Climate change: the “citizen’s agenda”.
   Witnesses: Ofgem; Institution of Civil Engineers and Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (at 4.00 p.m.).
European Scrutiny
2.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: Community Restorative Justice.
   Witnesses: Ms Olwen Lyner, Chief Executive, and Mr Pat Conway, Director of Services, Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NIACRO); Dr Duncan Morrow, Chief Executive, Community Relations Council (at 4.00 p.m.).
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: The Ports Industry in England and Wales
   Witnesses: DP World, Chamber of Shipping, CMA CGM, and Road Haulage Association; MDS Transmodal (at 3.45 p.m.); Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport (at 4.15 p.m.).
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: The right of access to open countryside.
   Witnesses: Mrs Helen Ghosh, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Dr Helen Phillips, Chief Executive, Natural England.
Constitutional Affairs
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
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Sale of lessor companies.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Thames Gateway Interim Plan.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Update to 2002 written answer.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Winter Supplementary Estimates.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Applications for naturalisation by members of the British armed forces.

Private Members' Bills

The Speaker has appointed 10 o'clock on Thursday 23rd November and Committee Room 10 as the time and place for holding the Ballot for Private Members' Bills.


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