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Order of Business Thursday 23 November 2006

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 10.30 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 Education and Skills
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): What representations he has received on the future of the Basford Hall College campus of New College, Nottingham; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): If he will make a statement on the recent changes in provision of adult education courses at colleges in England.
Philip Davies (Shipley): What changes there have been in the number of places on adult learning courses in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North): What measures local education authorities are considering to increase the take-up of healthy school meals.
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): If he will take steps to bring pay for staff in colleges into line with that paid to staff in schools who teach the same subject at the same level.
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): If his Department will place greater emphasis on the teaching of geography in schools.
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): What changes there have been in the number of adult learning courses in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): What resources are available to schools which offer education to pupils who have been excluded from other schools; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): What funding the Higher Education Funding Council has allocated for training doctors at the Leicester University Medical School for 2006-07.
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): If he will issue advice to higher education institutions on how to ensure the compliance of their policies on outside speakers with their statutory duties.
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): What progress has been made in developing vocational catering qualifications for school canteen staff; and if he will make a statement.
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): How many complaints from graduates about repayment errors have been received by the Student Loans Company in the past 12 months.
Hugh Bayley (City of York): What skills training his Department gives to assist workers who have been made redundant to find alternative jobs.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): What resources are being made available to local education authorities in (a) England and (b) Northamptonshire to teach immigrant children whose first language is not English.
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): What measures his Department is taking to promote science in schools.
Helen Jones (Warrington North): What assessment he has made of the effect on higher education institutions of planned changes to NHS commissioning of training for nurses, midwives and other health professionals.
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): What steps he is taking to improve further education.
John Mann (Bassetlaw): What assessment he has made of the impact of the Building Schools for the Future Programme.
At 11.20 a.m.
Oral Questions to the Solicitor General
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): What the average length of a fraud trial has been over the last five years.
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South): What steps the Crown Prosecution Service is taking to tackle diversity and equality issues within the service.
Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): What response the Law Officers have made to the recent acquittal of the British National Party leaders.
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): What specialist training staff in the Crown Prosecution Service receive in dealing with cases of domestic violence.
John Bercow (Buckingham): If he will take steps to ensure that proceedings are initiated against those suspected of responsibility for the death in Iraq of Terry Lloyd.
Hugh Bayley (City of York): What consideration the Government has given to changing its policy on sentences for manslaughter following cases the Law Officers have referred to the Court of Appeal for review.
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): What steps he is taking to ensure that the Crown Prosecution Service and Serious Fraud Office co-operate with international agencies in criminal cases with international dimensions; and if he will make a statement.
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): What account the Crown Prosecution Service takes of the views of the victims of crime when pursuing prosecutions; and if he will make a statement.

At 11.30 a.m
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
QUEEN’S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): Adjourned Debate on Question (15th November). Adjourned Debate on Question (15th November). [Until 6.00 p.m.]
[Until 6.00 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.)
   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


‘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.’.
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Alex Salmond
Jon Trickett
Mr Douglas Hogg
Claire Short
David Taylor
Mr Richard Shepherd   
Richard Ottaway   
Colin Burgon
Angela Browning   
Mr Neil Gerrard   
Mr Robert Marshall-Andrews
Lynne Jones   
Mr Colin Breed   
Mrs Ann Cryer
Glenda Jackson   
Ms Diane Abbott   
Sir Peter Tapsell
Mr Peter Bone   
Mr David Amess   
Robert Neill
Mr Roger Gale   
Mr Richard Bacon   
Mr Nigel Evans
Sammy Wilson   
Mr Eddie McGrady


‘but humbly suggest that the Government review its policy in Iraq and present its strategy for examination by the House at the earliest opportunity.’.
Mr David Cameron
David Davis
Mr Edward Garnier
Chris Grayling
Mr Owen Paterson
Mr Patrick McLoughlin


‘but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech contains no measures enabling the Government to fulfil its commitments to the people of the UK on their security, public services and the quality of their daily lives; further regret the absence of proposals to permit telephone intercepts and post-charge interviews to be introduced as evidence in order to strengthen the Government’s ability to prosecute those involved in terrorism, or to tackle rising violent crime, overcrowded prisons and the mismanagement of dangerous offenders; welcome those measures which will deliver additional public protection in practice but deplore proposals such as the removal of trial by jury and the circumvention of the criminal justice system which will be costly, counter-productive and which will undermine democracy and the rule of law; and further regret the absence from the Gracious Speech of plans to police the road network more effectively, to catch more drivers without insurance, road tax or appropriate licences, to encourage motorists to choose cars with lower carbon dioxide emissions, to tackle the competitive problems faced by British hauliers or to deal with the gridlock on the roads and the overcrowding on the railways and on public transport systems in cities.’.
   Proposed subjects for debate: Home Affairs and Transport.
Debate may continue until 6.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Cluster munitions  (Mr Martin Caton).
   Debate may continue until 6.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

9.15 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: The scope of Financial Services Authority insurance regulation.
   Witnesses: Financial Services Consumer Panel and Holiday Travel Watch; Association of British Travel Agents (at 10.00 a.m.); The Office of Fair Trading (at 10.30 a.m.); and Ed Balls MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, and officials (at 11.00 a.m.).
9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.00 a.m.
   Subject: Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 2006.
   Witnesses: David Nicholson CBE, NHS Chief Executive, Hugh Taylor, Acting Permanent Secretary, and Mr Richard Douglas, Director of Finance, Department of Health.
Public Administration
9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.00 a.m.
   Subject: Government Communications.
   Witness: Howell James CBE, Permanent Secretary, Government Communication, Cabinet Office.
[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: EU finance.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Local Government Pension Scheme.
Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs: Legal services reform.
Secretary of State for Education and Skills: Communication Aids Project.
Secretary of State for International Development: A new development partnership with Pakistan.
Secretary of State for International Development: Increased UK and international aid to Yemen.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Report by the Delay Action Team.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Publication of Benefit Fraud Inspectorate reports.

Standing Committee Notices
        A Public Bill Committee will meet on Tuesday 28th November at 10.30 a.m. and 4.00 p.m. and Thursday 30th November at 9.10 a.m. and 1.30 p.m. to consider the Welfare Reform Bill.
        A European Standing Committee will meet on Tuesday 28th November at 4.30 p.m. to consider European Union Document No. 9898/06, relating to consultation on fisheries management proposals.
        A European Standing Committee will meet on Tuesday 28th November at 4.30 p.m. to consider European Union Document No. 10755/06, relating to the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights and European Union Document No. 13104/06, relating to the Fundamental rights and citizenship programme.
        The First Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Tuesday 28th November at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2006.
        The Third Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Wednesday 29th November at 2.30 p.m. to consider the draft Double Taxation Relief (Taxes on Income) (Poland) Order 2006.
        The Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Thursday 30th November at 8.55 a.m. to consider the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (CM 6918).
        The Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Tuesday 28th November at 4.30 p.m. to consider the draft Water and Sewerage Services (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

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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