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Order of Business Tuesday 15 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
London Local Authorities 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 Transport
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): What policies he has considered to encourage the use of public transport.
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): What assessment he has made of the barriers to entry to the rail industry.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): When the Highways Agency expects to publish detailed proposals on the improvement of the A14 around Kettering.
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): What measures he is taking to reduce noise from aircraft at regional airports.
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): If he will make a statement on the future of rural and branch railway lines.
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): What his policy is on the setting of rail fares.
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): What plans he has to seek changes in the system of baggage handling operations at UK airports; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell): When he plans to make retro-reflective markings mandatory on all newly registered heavy goods vehicles.
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): What change there has been in the number of rail passenger journeys since 1997.
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test): What plans he has to enhance the role of community transport in the provision of bus services.
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): What funding his Department has provided for the half price coach fare scheme for pensioners and disabled people.
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham): If he will make a statement on the Railways for All Accessibility Strategy.
Mr Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk): If he will make a statement on the future of rural and branch railway lines.
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): Whether he plans to apply public service obligations to UK regional air services following the EU-US agreement on transatlantic air travel.
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston): What the growth of railway usage has been in the UK compared to other EU countries in the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): What estimate he has made of the capacity of junction 16 on the M4 per day; and what change he expects there to be to future capacity.
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): What assessment he has made of the economic and environmental impact of the system of allocating landing slots at airports and alternatives to it.
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): If he will make a statement on the procedures for awarding franchises on the East Coast Main Line.
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde): What steps his Department is taking to increase spending on railways in the North West; and if he will make a statement.
At 3.10 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
Meg Hillier (Hackney South & Shoreditch): What guidance her Department issues to prisons on the issuing of permits for visitors.
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): What assessment she has made of the recommendations of the Corston review of vulnerable women in prison; and if she will make a statement.
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): What representations she has received on disenfranchised postal voters in recent elections.
Tony Baldry (Banbury): What assessment she has made of the effect of changes to the legal aid system on access to justice.
Hugh Bayley (City of York): What support the Government provides for the families of homicide victims.
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): What representations she has received on voting irregularities in recent elections.
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North): What plans she has to bring forward proposals to strengthen the law on electoral fraud.
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): Which prisons she plans to visit before the end of June 2007.
Anne Milton (Guildford): What assessment she has made of the effect of her legal aid changes on access to justice.
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): Which prisons she intends to visit before the end of June 2007.
Chris Mole (Ipswich): What discussions she has had with the Electoral Commission on performance standards for electoral administrators.
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): What further steps her Department plans to take to increase voter registration.
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): If she will place a duty on electoral registration officers to use all available databases to compile the electoral register.
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): Whether she plans to review her decision on the merging of magistrates' courts in Lancashire.
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): What assessment she has made of the adequacy of facilities for victims and witnesses in magistrates' courts.

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

Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
[No debate]
Jo Swinson
   Bill to make provision for elections to the Scottish Parliament to be held under the single transferable vote system.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Mr David Amess
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make further provision for the protection of copyright; and for connected purposes.
   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 (11th allotted day)
[Until 10.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Mr William Hague
Dr Liam Fox
Mr George Osborne
Mrs Theresa May
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House supports the principle that parliamentary approval should be required for any substantial deployment of British Armed Forces into situations of war or international armed conflict; and, in the light of the Fourth Report from the Public Administration Committee, Session 2003-04, ‘Taming the Prerogative: Strengthening Ministerial Accountability to Parliament’, HC 422, and the Fifteenth Report of the House of Lords Constitution Committee, Session 2005-06, ‘Waging War: Parliament’s role and responsibility’, HL 236, calls on the Government to bring forward proposals to give effect to this principle, including mechanisms to ensure that the capability to react rapidly in emergencies is maintained.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Parliamentary approval for participation in armed conflict):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Margaret Beckett
Mr Jack Straw
Secretary Des Browne
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes the precedents set by the Government in 2002 and 2003 in seeking and obtaining the approval of the House for its decisions in respect of military action against Iraq; is of the view that it is inconceivable that any Government would in practice depart from this precedent; taking note of the reports of the Public Administration Select Committee, HC 422 of Session 2003-04, and of the Lords Committee on the Constitution, HL 236 of Session 2005-06, believes that the time has come for Parliament’s role to be made more explicit in approving, or otherwise, decisions of the Government relating to the major, or substantial, deployment of British forces overseas into actual, or potential, armed conflict; recognises the imperative to take full account of the paramount need not to compromise the security of British forces nor the operational discretion of those in command, including in respect of emergencies and regrets that insufficient weight has been given to this in some quarters; and calls upon the Government, after consultation, to come forward with more detailed proposals for Parliament to consider.’.
   The selection of the matter 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 and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Corresponding Amendments) Order 2007, which was laid before this House on 28th March, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Volunteering and the centenary of scouting (Mr David Amess).
   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)
10.30 a.m.
Room 10 (public)
4.30 p.m.
   Further 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. 6192/07 relating to Diplomatic and Consular Protection of Citizens in Third Countries.
First Delegated Legislation Committee
4.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
   To consider the draft Lord Chancellor (Modification of Functions) Order 2007.
Second Delegated Legislation Committee
4.30 p.m.
Room 14 (public)
   To consider the draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2007.
8.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
8.35 a.m.
   Subjects: (i) Globalisation: Its Impact on the Real Economy (ii) Unclaimed Assets in the Financial System.
   Witnesses: (i) Sir Martin Sorrell; (ii) Grant Thornton (at 9.30 a.m.); Balance Foundation (at 10.00 a.m.); Charity Bank and Skipton Building Society (at 10.30 a.m.).
9.30 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
10.00 a.m.
   Subject: The Work of Defence Estates.
   Witnesses: Vice Admiral Timothy Laurence MVO ADC, Chief Executive, Mr David Olney, Director-General Operations, Mr Bill Clark OBE, Agency Secretary, and Mr Mike Martindale, Finance Director, Defence Estates, Ministry of Defence.
Environmental Audit
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
Culture, Media and Sport
10.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.30 a.m.
   Subject: Public Service Media Content.
   Witnesses: Ed Richards, Chief Executive Officer, and Tim Suter, Partner, Content and Standards, Ofcom.
Scottish Affairs
3.45 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
4.15 p.m.
   Subject: Poverty in Scotland.
   Witnesses: Energywatch and Energy Action Scotland; Alistair Buchanan, Chief Executive, and Sarah Harrison, Managing Director, Corporate Affairs, Ofgem (at 5.15 p.m.).
Public Administration
3.50 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.00 p.m.
   Subject: Ethics and Standards.
   Witness: Sir Alistair Graham.
Constitutional Affairs
4.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill
2.00 p.m.
Room 4a (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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Single Payment Scheme.
Secretary of State for Health: Recruitment to medical training.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Launch of the illegal working action plan and consultation.
Leader of the House: Government response to the report of the Constitutional Affairs Committee on Party Funding.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Draft Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill and public consultations on the draft Bill and the Regulators’ Compliance Code.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Child maintenance.



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