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Order of Business Wednesday 10 October 2007

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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 Wales
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): What discussions he has had with National Assembly for Wales colleagues on future funding of Cardiff's Women's Safety Unit; and if he will make a statement.
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): What steps he has taken to assist in the improvement of cross-border rail links in North Wales.
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): What discussions he has had with the First Minister since the signing of the One Wales document on the impact of the implementation of that document on the governance of Wales.
Angela Watkinson (Upminster): What discussions he has had with the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the cross-border applications of emergency animal health measures.
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): What recent assessment he has made of employment levels in Swansea East.
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): What measures the Government is planning to tackle economic inactivity in Wales.
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): What discussions he has had with Ministers in the National Assembly for Wales Government on the treatment of patients from England for cancer in Welsh hospitals.
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell): What estimate he has made of the number of lone parents with children aged between five and 16 years in Wales he expects to move into work as a result of the Government's proposed changes to the benefit regime.
Mrs Betty Williams (Conwy): What discussions he has had with the First Minister and the Secretary of State for Transport on railway services in Wales.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): What assessment he has made of the future for clean coal in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the cross-border variations in emergency animal health measures.
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): When he last discussed the average street price of heroin in Wales with the Home Secretary.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 10th October.
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe):
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):
Damian Green (Ashford):
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill):
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):
Dr Stephen Ladyman (South Thanet):
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):

At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements, including on Health and Social Care.

Preliminary Business
Notices of Presentation of Bills
[No debate]
Dr Alan Whitehead
   Bill to make further provision in relation to microgeneration; to promote local energy provision and energy efficiency; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
[No debate]
David Howarth
   Bill to fix the date of the next general election and all subsequent general elections; to forbid the dissolution of Parliament otherwise than in accordance with this Act; to allow the House of Commons to change the day of the week on which a general election is held; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
OPPOSITION DAY (19th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Michael Gove
Mr Nick Gibb
Mrs Maria Miller
Tim Loughton
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House notes with concern the facts that fewer than half the nation’s schools are good according to the measure preferred by Ministers, that 40 per cent. of children leave primary school without having reached the standard in reading, writing and arithmetic demanded by the Government and that more than a million young people are not in education, employment or training; and therefore calls for an improvement in the leadership and culture of the Department for Children, Schools and Families to make it a stronger and more effective voice for better education.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Department for Children, Schools and Families):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Johnson
Mr Secretary Denham
Mr Secretary Balls
Jim Knight
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘commends the real and substantial improvements achieved over the past decade in educational standards and welcomes the Government’s commitment to a world class education for all; applauds the unprecedented investment in education over this period, so that per pupil revenue spending has increased nationally by £1,840 per pupil (66 per cent.) in real terms between 1997-98 and 2007-08 and that by 2010-11 there will have been a seven fold increase in real terms in capital investment since 1996-97; acknowledges the proportion of pupils achieving the required standard in English at age 11 increased from 63 per cent. in 1997 to 80 per cent. in 2007 and in maths from 62 per cent. to 77 per cent.; further acknowledges that the proportion of pupils achieving five good GCSEs (at A*-C grades) increased from 45.1 per cent. in 1997 to 58.5 per cent. in 2006 and from just 35.6 per cent. to 45.3 per cent. for those achieving five good GCSEs including English and maths; notes that in 1997 there were 616 schools where less than 25 per cent. of pupils achieved five good GCSEs and that this number fell to 47 in 2006; welcomes the proposal to raise the participation age for education or training to 18 years; further welcomes the launch of the first five Diplomas as a key step towards this objective; and further commends the 10 Year Youth Plan and the creation of the Department for Children, Schools and Families, bringing together strategic leadership for all services to drive up standards, tackle poverty and ensure all children and young people have a safe, secure and happy childhood.’.
Mr David Cameron
Mr Eric Pickles
Grant Shapps
Alistair Burt
Robert Neill
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House notes the growing concern over the effect of Home Information Packs (HIPs) on a fragile housing market; observes that the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors has warned that the introduction of HIPs has already led to a downturn in the market for both four and three bedroom homes; recalls that the Government was warned against introducing HIPs from across the housing industry; is concerned that none of the revised secondary legislation for HIPs was scrutinised or debated by the House before its implementation; calls for Home Information Packs to be scrapped and Energy Performance Certificates to be implemented separately; and asserts that ending stamp duty for first time buyers up to £250,000 would do far more to help home buyers and sellers.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Home Information Packs and Stamp Duty):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Jacqui Smith
Ms Harriet Harman
Secretary Hazel Blears
Yvette Cooper
Mr Iain Wright
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘believes that the ongoing reform of the home buying and selling process should revolve around the interests of the consumer and environmental sustainability; considers that the most important thing for the housing market is macroeconomic stability including sound public finances; therefore further believes that unfunded tax cuts including on stamp duty would be irresponsible; further believes that increased house building to deliver more affordable homes is essential to help first time buyers; further considers that the introduction of Home Information Packs and Energy Performance Certificates can improve the process of home buying and selling for consumers and provide them with vital information about the energy efficiency of homes and practical suggestions about how to cut fuel bills and reduce carbon emissions; and notes that the Government continues to work with industry to consider further reform of the home buying and selling process in order to maximise the benefits for consumers.’.
Sir Menzies Campbell
Dr Vincent Cable
Andrew Stunell
Paul Holmes
Tom Brake
Mr Paul Burstow
   Line 7, leave out from ‘implementation’ to end and add ‘calls for the immediate publication of the full results of the HIPs pilot studies prior to any expansion of the scheme; and asserts that first time buyers would be helped most by the provision of more affordable housing through shared equity schemes and Community Land Trusts.’.
   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.
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That the Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No. 9) (England and Wales) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 2471), dated 17th August 2007, and the Secure Training Centre (Amendment) Rules 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 1709), dated 13th June 2007, be referred to a Delegated Legislation Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Ms Harriet Harman
Mr Secretary Woodward
   (1)   the matter of Youth Offending in Northern Ireland be referred to the Northern Ireland Grand Committee;
   (2)   the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Tuesday 23rd October at half past four o’clock; and
   (3)   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 two and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the matter referred to the Committee; 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.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Proposals for a written constitution (Keith Vaz).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Education and Skills
8.55 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.00 a.m.
   Subject: Creative Partnerships and the Curriculum.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MBE MP, Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism, Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Jim Knight MP, Minister of State for Schools and Learners, Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Science and Technology
9.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
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: Developments in the European Union.
   Witness: Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
Treasury Sub-Committee
2.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: (i) Office of Government Commerce (OGC): expenditure and administration in 2006-07; (ii) The Royal Mint Annual Report 2006-07.
   Witnesses: (i) Nigel Smith, Chief Executive, OGC, and officials; (ii) David Barrass, Deputy Master and Chief Executive and Andrew Stafford, Chief Executive-elect, The Royal Mint (at 3.30 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: Northern Ireland Prison Service.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Baroness Corston, and Jenny Hall.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: Galileo: Recent developments.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State for Transport, Ian Woodman, Director, Maritime and Dangerous Goods, and Elizabeth Duthie, Divisional Manager, Galileo Programme Division, Department for Transport.
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: HM Revenue and Customs Standard Report: Tax Credits and PAYE.
   Witness: Paul Gray CB, Chairman, HM Revenue and Customs.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
4.15 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.30 p.m.
   Subject: Flooding.
   Witness: Environment Agency.
4.45 p.m.
Room 13 (private)
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 4.00 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
Human Rights
2.00 p.m.
Room 4A (private)
2.15 p.m.
   Subject: Restraint in Secure Training Centres.
   Witness: Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Minister of State, Ministry of Justice.
Statutory Instruments
4.00 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
Public Accounts Commission
10.30 a.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 Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Submission of Government evidence to the Low Pay Commission.
Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families: Capital investment in schools, 2008-11.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Flood defence spending.
Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills: Annual uprating of loans, grants and fees for higher education students: amendments to the memorandum of 2nd July 2007.



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