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Order of Business Wednesday 23 May 2007

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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 Northern Ireland
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim): What progress has been made with the dismantling of the command structure of the IRA, with particular reference to the Provisional IRA Army Council.
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell): What recent discussions he has had with the representatives of loyalist paramilitary organisations in Northern Ireland on the decommissioning of their weapons.
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): What recent discussions he has had at a European level on the protection of winter quarters of whooper swans potentially affected by road proposals.
Lady Hermon (North Down): If he will make a statement on the drugs rehabilitation strategy for prisoners in Northern Ireland.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): What his assessment is of the terrorist threat posed by dissident Irish republican organisations.
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): What recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South): What progress has been made on loyalist decommissioning in Northern Ireland; and if he will make a statement.
Tony Baldry (Banbury): What responsibilities he has following the restoration of devolved government.
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): What recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Northern Ireland.
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim): How much has been allocated to the Police Service of Northern Ireland in 2007-08 for historical enquiries.
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): What plans he has to improve the effectiveness of policies to deal with organised crime in Northern Ireland.
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): What further progress is being made in the dismantling of paramilitary structures in Northern Ireland, with particular reference to the Provisional IRA Army Council.
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): What steps he plans to take to reduce crime in Northern Ireland under the continuing modernisation and review of the criminal justice system.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Andrew George (St Ives): What progress he will report to the forthcoming EU and G8 summits in respect of commitments to the Millennium Development Goals.
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): What research he has evaluated on early intervention measures to tackle the causes of inequality, deprivation and underattainment.
Mr John Grogan (Selby):
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): For what reason the numbers of frigates and destroyers to be deployed by the Royal Navy have been reduced from the total set out in the 1998 Strategic Defence Review.
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):

At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements, including on Energy White Paper

Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
[No debate]
Mr Graham Allen
   Bill to provide for the drawing up of a written constitution for the United Kingdom; for its consideration by the people and Parliament of the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Mr Gary Streeter
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require media organisations to disclose certain information about any payments made by them to individuals for the contribution of those individuals to articles or broadcasts in which they are involved; 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
OPPOSITION DAY (12th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
David Mundell
Mr Oliver Heald
Mr Henry Bellingham
Mrs Theresa May
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House considers that the rejection of 146,097 votes in the constituency and regional elections to the Scottish Parliament, the equivalent of over 1,000,000 in a UK general election, to be totally unacceptable and an affront to democracy; notes that the number of rejected ballots exceeds the winning majority in several constituencies and that different formats of the regional ballot paper were used in different parts of Scotland; further notes that serious concerns have been raised about the issuing of postal ballots for the elections and the electronic equipment and processes used for counting votes; further notes that repeated advice not to hold the local government elections under the newly introduced single transferable vote system on the same day as the Scottish Parliament elections was ignored by the Scotland Office and the then Scottish Executive; calls upon the Secretary of State for Scotland to accept responsibility for the failures in the conduct of the Scottish Parliament elections and to apologise to the people of Scotland; further notes that the Electoral Commission is to carry out an inquiry, but considers that such an inquiry should be independent of the Commission, which had a significant role in the conduct of the elections, if public confidence in the electoral process in Scotland is to be restored; and accordingly further calls upon the Government, working in conjunction with the Scottish Executive, to instigate such an inquiry.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Independent inquiry into the conduct of the Scottish elections):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Jack Straw
Secretary Douglas Alexander
David Cairns
Bridget Prentice
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that a statutory review of the Scottish Parliament elections is already underway conducted by the Electoral Commission as required by Parliament; further notes that, at the prior request of the then Scottish Executive, this review will also cover the Scottish local government elections; welcomes the appointment of an international authority on the management and organisation of elections, Mr Ron Gould, the former Assistant Chief Electoral Officer of Canada, to lead the review; further notes that his terms of reference include examining the role of the Electoral Commission in the preparation of the elections, as well as matters relating to postal ballot delays, the high number of rejected ballots, combining Scottish local government and Scottish parliamentary elections, and the electronic counting process; and believes that this statutory review which is now in progress should complete its report in order to inform decisions in relation to any further steps which may be necessary or appropriate.’.
Sir Menzies Campbell
Dr Vincent Cable
Jo Swinson
John Barrett
Mr David Heath
Mr Paul Burstow
   Line 8, leave out from ‘votes’ to end and add ‘further notes that any voter confusion that may have arisen from the requirement that voters use two different voting systems would be removed by operating the Scottish Parliament elections under the single transferable vote system; therefore calls for parliamentary time to be given to the debating of the Scottish Parliament Elections Bill; further calls upon the Secretary of State for Scotland to accept responsibility for the failures in the conduct of the Scottish parliamentary elections and to apologise to the people of Scotland; and welcomes the appointment by the Electoral Commission of Ron Gould as an independent expert to lead the inquiry into the conduct of the elections.’.
Mr David Cameron
Mr Andrew Lansley
Dr Andrew Murrison
Mr Stephen O’Brien
Tim Loughton
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That the salary of the Secretary of State for Health should be reduced by £1,000.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Salary of the Secretary of State for Health):
The Prime Minister
Mr Secretary Prescott
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ms Secretary Hewitt
Mr Secretary Reid
Andy Burnham
   Line 1, leave out from ‘that’ to end and add ‘this House believes that there is no need to reduce the salary of the Secretary of State for Health at a time when patient satisfaction is increasing, with nine out of ten in-patients saying their care has been good, very good or excellent, waiting times are at their lowest since records began, an extra 200,000 lives have been saved from heart disease and cancer since 1996 and investment in the NHS is being trebled by 2008.’.
   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: Variant Creutzfeld-Jakob disease and endodontic instruments (Sir Paul Beresford).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Sustainable Communities Bill Committee
10.00 a.m.
Room 10 (public)
2.00 p.m.
   Further to consider the Bill.
Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [Lords]
5.30 p.m.
Room 17 (private)
   [Programming Sub-Committee].
Education and Skills
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.
   Witnesses: Sir Cyril Taylor GBE, Chairman, and Elizabeth Reid, Chief Executive, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.
International Development
9.45 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
10.15 a.m.
   Subject: Cross-departmental working on development.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Ian McCartney MP, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, Department for Trade and Industry, and officials.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: Draft Climate Change Bill.
   Witnesses: Office of Climate Change; Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (at 4.15 p.m.).
Foreign Affairs
2.30 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: Global Security: Iran.
   Witnesses: Dr Ali Ansari, University of St Andrews, and Dr Frank Barnaby, Oxford Research Group; Lord Triesman, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (at 4.00 p.m.).
2.30 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: Transport Innovation Fund.
   Witnesses: Centre for Cities, the British Chambers of Commerce and Transport 2000; Association of Greater Manchester Authorities, Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive, Cambridgeshire County Council and the West Midlands Passenger Transport Authorities (at 3.30 p.m.); Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport (at 4.30 p.m.).
Modernisation of the House of Commons
3.00 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
Northern Ireland Affairs
3.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
Work and Pensions
4.00 p.m.
East Room, Leeds Civic Hall (private)
4.15 p.m.
   Subject: Benefits Simplification.
   Witnesses: Disability and Carers Service, Jobcentre Plus and Pension Service; Public and Commercial Services Union (at 5.00 p.m.).
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
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: Education, Youth and Culture Council.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Marine Fisheries Agency Performance Targets 2007-08.
Secretary of State for Health: Review of Part IX of the Drug Tariff.
Minister of State, Ministry of Justice: Tribunals Service Key Performance Indicators 2007-08.
Secretary of State for Transport: Funding for utility diversion work at Tottenham Court Road.
Secretary of State for Transport: Road Pricing Demonstrations Project.


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