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Order of Business Tuesday 8 May 2007

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 2.30 p.m.
Private Business
Note: Private Business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Second Reading
Whitehaven Harbour Bill [Lords]

  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
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): How much was spent in Scotland by the Ministry of Defence in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith): If he will make a statement on the application of the draft Climate Change Bill to Scotland.
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): What events (a) have taken place and (b) are planned in Scotland to mark the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union.
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): What steps he has taken to secure future international sporting events for Scotland.
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): When he next expects to meet Ministers in the Scottish Executive to discuss the effect in Scotland of the legislation governing the classification of drugs.
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): Whether he plans to bring forward proposals to increase the decision-making powers of the Scottish Executive.
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): What discussions he has had with the First Minister on eligibility for voter registration for those with second homes in Scotland.
Rosemary McKenna (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East): When he last met Ofcom to discuss digital switchover; and if he will make a statement.
Mr John Baron (Billericay): What recent discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers on levels of poverty in Scotland.
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): What the rate of employment was in Scotland in each quarter of 2006-07.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): How many school leavers from Scotland opted for university education in England in the last year for which figures are available.
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): What recent discussions he has had with energy companies on the costs of energy in Scotland.
Ann Winterton (Congleton): When he plans to meet the First Minister following the Scottish Parliament elections; and what he plans to discuss.
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): What involvement his Department has had in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games bid, with particular reference to the formal bid expected to be presented to the Commonwealth Games Federation in London on 9th May.
At 3.00 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): What minimum requirements her Department stipulates for the energy efficiency of new and refurbished homes.
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): What plans she has for a council tax revaluation in England.
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): Whether she has any plans to introduce reforms to the council tax as recommended by the Lyons Report.
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): What steps she is taking to create more affordable housing (a) to rent and (b) to buy.
Dr John Pugh (Southport): If she will make a statement on the trend in costs of demolition in Pathfinder areas.
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): What local bodies and individuals within Northumberland are included in her Department's consultation on local government reorganisation in Northumberland.
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): What recent discussions she has had with HM Treasury on the introduction of home information packs.
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): What further powers she is planning to delegate to local government.
Martin Linton (Battersea): What estimate she has made of the number of tenants who have participated in the tenancy deposit scheme.
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): What plans she has for funding for community-based projects in Bexhill and Battle during 2007.
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): If she will make a statement on the reorganisation of councils in North Staffordshire.
Bob Russell (Colchester): What discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on increasing spending on affordable housing in the next Comprehensive Spending Review.
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): If she will make a statement on the future level of social housing stock.
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): Whether the Government is on target to achieve a positive average annual change in the Green Belt in each region over the period 2002-07.

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

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
OPPOSITION DAY (10th allotted day)
[Until 10.00 p.m.]
Sir Menzies Campbell
Dr Vincent Cable
Chris Huhne
Martin Horwood
Mr Roger Williams
Mr Paul Burstow
   That this House calls on the Government to set targets for carbon emissions informed by science and not political convenience which will help to hold global warming to within two degrees of pre-industrial levels; recognises that the best current estimate is that this requires stabilisation at between 400 and 450 parts per million of carbon dioxide equivalent in the atmosphere; and urges Ministers to inject a new sense of urgency into efforts at home by setting out an annual action plan to curb the UK’s own carbon emissions, establishing a climate change committee of the Cabinet to ensure joined up government, tackling quickly the most rapidly growing emissions in the transport sector by a more steeply graduated vehicle excise duty and a rebasing of air passenger duty onto the emissions of each flight, offset by other tax cuts, speeding up the effort to curb the waste of energy and the high emissions from buildings not just by raising thermal efficiency requirements in new homes but also by renovating existing homes, changing the incentives on energy companies so that they make more money by saving and not selling more energy, providing comprehensive insulation packages funded mainly by energy mortgages repayable through utility bills and setting an example by ensuring that all future buildings on the Government’s own estate are built to the highest energy efficiency standards.
   As an Amendment to Sir Menzies Campbell’s proposed Motion (Action on climate change):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary David Miliband
Secretary Ruth Kelly
Secretary Douglas Alexander
Ian Pearson
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes publication of the draft Climate Change Bill, which will make the UK the first country in the world to establish a long term legal framework for managing the transition to a low carbon economy, setting ambitious binding targets to cut carbon emissions by 26 to 32 per cent. from the 1990 level by 2020 and at least 60 per cent. by 2050, which can be revised in light of significant developments in international policy and climate science, and establishing an independent Committee on Climate Change to advise on setting statutory five year carbon budgets and to report to Parliament annually on progress; further welcomes the Government’s comprehensive approach to reducing emissions from all sectors of the economy and the proposals in the energy review to cut carbon emissions by up to a further 25 million tonnes of carbon per year by 2020; recognises that home energy use for heating, lighting and appliances accounts for more than a quarter of domestic UK carbon emissions; applauds the Government’s proposals to improve building standards so that from 2016 all new housing developments must be zero carbon; recognises the Government’s commitment to improving the energy efficiency of existing homes and tackling fuel poverty through Warm Front and the Energy Efficiency Commitment; welcomes the Budget 2007 report statement that by the end of the next decade all householders will have been offered help to introduce energy efficiency measures; and looks forward to further development of policies in this area.’.
Sir Menzies Campbell
Dr Vincent Cable
Norman Lamb
Sandra Gidley
Dr John Pugh
Mr Paul Burstow
   That this House is concerned that despite mental illness affecting one in six adults in the UK the proportion of NHS spending allocated to mental health has decreased in the last 10 years, despite the growing burden on the disability benefit system and criminal justice system of dealing with mental illness; recognises that historic under-funding of mental health services has been exacerbated by the Government’s top-slicing of budgets in order to bring the NHS out of deficit; notes the damaging impact that this has had on providing access to mental health services, with particular regard to the unacceptably poor state of many acute mental health wards in providing appropriate settings for the treatment of children and young people, addressing the race inequalities in the mental health system and improving patient safety through, for example, the eradication of mixed sex wards; further notes the warning in last year’s Health Select Committee Report on NHS deficits that cuts in mental health services are simply unacceptable; calls on the Government to deliver on its promise to ensure that trusts whose budgets were top-sliced in the last financial year will get their money back this year and to take active steps to ensure that within each health economy mental health trusts receive their fair allocation of funding; and further urges the Government to accelerate its implementation of Lord Layard’s report, which says that expanding therapy services could be paid for by the savings this would create for expenditure on benefits.
   As an Amendment to Sir Menzies Campbell’s proposed Motion (Mental health services):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Patricia Hewitt
Mr Secretary Reid
Ms Rosie Winterton
Mr Ivan Lewis
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes the extra £1.65 billion spent on mental health services since 2001; supports the record number of staff working in mental health since 1997 including almost 9,400 more psychiatric nurses and over 1,300 more consultant psychiatrists; further welcomes the lowest suicide rates since records began; recognises the work of the 700 new mental health teams in the community; notes the national patient survey, which shows that 77 per cent. of community patients rate their care as good, very good or excellent; recognises that between 2001 and 2005 £1.6 billion capital was spent by mental health trusts on improvements to mental health wards; further welcomes the Government’s commitment to expanding access to psychological therapies; and further welcomes the Government’s Mental Health Bill, which will update the legislation to reflect advances in knowledge and new ways of treating people, particularly in the community.’.
   The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats (Standing Order No. 14(2)).
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
[No debate]
Ian Pearson
   That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 5422/07 and Addenda 1 and 2, Commission Communication: Limiting Global Climate Change to 2 degrees Celsius—the way ahead for 2020 and beyond; endorses the Government’s support for the ambitious reduction targets that the EU has put forward; and supports the Government’s objective of ensuring that European policy on climate change continues to demonstrate the leadership that is necessary to galvanise the international community to work towards a global and comprehensive post 2012 agreement.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Mr Jack Straw
   That the Cattle Identification Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 529), dated 19th February 2007, be referred to a Delegated Legislation Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Government policy on organised dog fighting  (Mr Greg Hands).
   Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Finance Bill Committee (except Clauses Nos. 1, 3, 7, 8, 12, 20, 21, 25, 67 and 81 to 84, Schedules Nos. 1, 18, 22 and 23, and new Clauses relating to microgeneration)
4.30 p.m.
Room 10 (public)
   To consider the Bill.
Mental Health Bill [Lords] Committee
10.30 a.m.
Room 9 (public)
4.30 p.m.
   Further to consider the Bill.
European Standing Committee
4.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
   To consider EU Document No. 7124/07 and Addendum 1 relating to EU Development Policy.
First Delegated Legislation Committee
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
   To consider the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations (S.I., 2007, No. 775).
9.00 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.15 a.m.
   Subject: The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England: Ten years on.
   Witnesses: Court of the Bank of England; Brendan Barber, General Secretary, TUC and Richard Lambert, Director General, CBI (at 10.00 a.m.).
Communities and Local Government
10.00 a.m.
Room 20 (private)
Environmental Audit
10.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.20 a.m.
   Subject: Beyond Stern: Forecasting, Cost-Effectiveness and Climate Change.
   Witness: Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research.
Culture, Media and Sport
10.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.30 a.m.
   Subject: Public Service Media Content.
   Witnesses: Greg Dyke; BSkyB (at 11.00 a.m.); Mark Wood, Chief Executive, ITN, Doughty Media Limited, Magic Lantern Productions Limited (at 11.30 a.m.).
Trade and Industry
11.15 a.m.
Room 13 (private)
2.00 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
Home Affairs
2.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: UK operations in Afghanistan.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Des Browne MP, Secretary of State for Defence and officials, Ministry of Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Department for International Development.
3.30 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Constitutional Affairs
4.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.15 p.m.
   Subject: Reform of the coroners’ system and death certification - follow up.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC, MP, Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, Lord Hunt of Kings Heath OBE, Minister of State, Department of Health.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: British Waterways Sub-Committee
4.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.30 p.m.
   Subject: British Waterways.
   Witness: British Waterways.
[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: Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN).
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Informal ECOFIN: 20th and 21st April 2007.
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Northern Ireland.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Revised Code of Conduct for Local Councillors.
Secretary of State for Defence: RAF Communications Hub delay.
Secretary of State for Defence: Service Life Insurance Scheme.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Young adult offenders.
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: 26th to 28th April EU Informal Competitiveness Council Meeting in Wuerzburg.
Secretary of State for Trade and Industry: Mr Richard Steele.
Secretary of State for Transport: South West Regional Planning Assessment for the Railways.

General Committee Notices
        A Public Bill Committee will meet on Tuesday 8th May at 10.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. and Thursday 10th May at 9.25 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. further to consider the Mental Health Bill [Lords].
        A Public Bill Committee will meet on Tuesday 8th May at 4.30 p.m. and Thursday 10th May at 9.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m. to consider the Finance Bill.
        A Public Bill Committee will meet on Wednesday 9th May at 10.00 a.m. and 2.00 p.m. further to consider the Sustainable Communities Bill.
        A European Standing Committee will meet on Tuesday 8th May at 4.30 p.m. to consider European Union Document No. 7124/07, relating to EU Development Policy.
        The First Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Tuesday 8th May at 4.30 p.m. to consider the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Regulations (S.I., 2007, No. 775).
        The Second Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Wednesday 9th May at 2.30 p.m. to consider the draft Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Corresponding Amendments) Order 2007.
        The Third Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Thursday 10th May at 8.55 a.m. to consider the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations (S.I., 2007, No. 320).



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