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Order of Business Tuesday 16 October 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.
The Chairman of Ways and Means
   Broads Authority Bill: That the promoters of the Broads Authority Bill, which was originally introduced in this House on 23rd January 2007, should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the Bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, according to the provisions of Private Business Standing Order 188A (Suspension of bills).

  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
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): What steps the Government is taking to raise awareness of digital switchover in Scotland; and when he last discussed this matter with Ofcom and Digital UK.
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): Whether the frequency and format of his meetings with the First Minister have changed since May.
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): What recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on post office closures in Scotland.
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk): What discussion he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on generation of electricity by wind farms in Scotland.
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow East): What recent estimate he has made of the number of children in the City of Glasgow area living in poverty.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): What steps his Department is taking to foster trade links between Scotland and Malawi; and if he will make a statement.
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): If he will make a statement on the most recent figures on levels of employment in Scotland.
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on energy supply issues.
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): When he next expects to meet Ministers from the Scottish Executive to discuss policy on drugs in prisons.
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): What recent assessment he has made of economic trends in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): What assessment he has made of the performance of the Scottish economy in the last quarter.
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): What discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on international aid and development.
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): What recent discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers on the Glasgow Commonwealth Games bid.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): What assessment he has made of the future for clean coal in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
At 3.00 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell): What assessment has been made of the effect of the introduction of home information packs on the housing market.
Mr John Leech (Manchester, Withington): What assessment she has made of the level of satisfaction amongst older sheltered housing residents with floating support under Supporting People.
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): What plans the Government has to increase the supply of social housing.
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): What steps her Department is taking to provide affordable homes for people living in Wirral South.
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): What assessment she has made of the level of need for additional affordable housing; and if she will make a statement.
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): What recent assessment has been made of the effect of the introduction of home information packs on the housing market.
Norman Baker (Lewes): What plans she has to improve the local accountability of planning decisions.
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): If she will make a statement on the Government's response to the flooding in summer 2007.
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): Which housing organisations received funding from the National Affordable Housing Programme; and how much each has been awarded.
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): When she expects elections to take place for a Northumberland unitary authority.
Mrs Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): What representations she has received on the Planning White Paper.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): If she will hold discussions with the Home Secretary on the potential impact of migration on the Government's plans for housing.
Dr Nick Palmer (Broxtowe): If she will review the impact of floors and ceilings in the local government settlements on Broxtowe local authority.
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): When she expects to be able to determine the planning appeal by Hitchens in Longford.
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham): What plans she has for further reform of local government structures; and if she will make a statement.

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Mr Peter Bone
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require persons of 17 years and under to wear a safety helmet when riding a bicycle; 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
[Until 10.00 p.m.]
The Prime Minister
   That this House do now adjourn.
   Proposed subject for debate: Defence policy
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That the Measure passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, entitled Dioceses, Pastoral and Mission Measure (HC 998), laid before the House on 26th July 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: Protection of children from sex offenders (Mr Jim Hood).
   Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill
10.30 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (public)
4.00 p.m.
   To take evidence on the Bill.
   Witnesses (a.m.): Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Minister of State, Maria Eagle MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and officials, Ministry of Justice; Vernon Coaker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and officials, Home Office (until no later than 1.00 p.m.).
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill Committee
10.30 a.m.
Room 10 (public)
4.00 p.m.
   Further to consider the Bill.
Second Delegated Legislation Committee
4.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Tajikistan) Order 2007.
Northern Ireland Affairs
9.00 a.m.
Stormont Hotel, Belfast (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Northern Ireland Prison Service.
   Witnesses: Dr Philip McClements, Associate Director for Health Care, Northern Ireland Prison Service, and Professor Roy McClelland, Emeritus Professor of Mental Health, Queens University.
Regulatory Reform
9.30 a.m.
Room 19 (private)
9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.45 a.m.
   Subject: Financial Stability and Transparency.
   Witnesses: Dr Matt Ridley, Chairman, Adam Applegarth, Chief Executive, and Sir Ian Gibson and Sir Derek Wanless, Non-Executive Directors, Northern Rock plc.
10.00 a.m.
Room 5 (private)
Environmental Audit
10.00 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
10.20 a.m.
   Subject: Reducing Carbon Emissions from UK business: The Role of the Climate Change Levy and Agreements.
   Witnesses: EEF, and UK Steel; Chemical Industries Association, SABIC Europe, UK Emissions Trading Group, and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Ltd (at 11.05 a.m.).
International Development
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
10.30 a.m.
   Subject: Maternal Health.
   Witnesses: Thoraya Ahmed Obaid, Executive Director, UNFPA, UN Population Fund, and Francisco Songane, Director, Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health; Dr Grace Kodindo, Columbia University (at 11.30 a.m.).
Culture, Media and Sport
10.15 a.m.
Room 7 (private)
Standards and Privileges
10.30 a.m.
Room 13 (private)
European Scrutiny
2.15 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Intergovernmental Conference and Draft Reform Treaty.
   Witness: Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.
3.30 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
Constitutional Affairs
4.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Scottish Affairs
4.00 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statement to be made today
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Publication of Benefit Fraud Inspectorate reports.



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