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Order of Business Wednesday 17 October 2007

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 11.30 a.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
   Transport for London Bill [Lords]: That the promoters of Transport For London Bill [Lords], which was originally introduced in the House of Lords in the previous session, 23rd January 2006, 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 International Development
Chris Bryant (Rhondda): What assessment his Department has made of the effects of migration on international development projects in Africa.
Tony Baldry (Banbury): Which countries are receiving budget support from the UK; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): What steps his Department is taking to improve health services in Africa.
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish): What impact he expects the comprehensive spending review to have on his Department's future spending plans.
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): What steps he is taking to help develop sustainable forestry in Africa.
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): If he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): If he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.
Philip Davies (Shipley): If he will make a statement on the Doha development round of international trade talks.
Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire): What research his Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the links between education on sexual health for women in developing countries and the economic performance of the country concerned.
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): What recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.
Jessica Morden (Newport East): What steps his Department is taking to help the poorest countries address the adverse impacts of climate change.
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): If he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): If he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Burma.
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): What recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia.
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): If he will make a statement on the Government's policies for combating corruption in aid recipient countries.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 17th October.
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North):
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):
Laura Moffatt (Crawley):
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):
Ann Winterton (Congleton):
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):
Clive Efford (Eltham):

At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements, including on Foresight review of obesity.

Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
[No debate]
Adam Price
   Bill to create offences in relation to the publication of false or misleading statements by elected representatives; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Mr Mark Hendrick
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision for the accessing of Pension Protection Fund benefits by people under the age of 50 who are suffering from a terminal illness; 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 (20th allotted day—first part)
Mr David Cameron
Mr Peter Ainsworth
Mr James Paice
Gregory Barker
Bill Wiggin
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House notes the swift action taken by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to impose movement controls when foot and mouth was first confirmed on 3rd August, in contrast to the Government’s failures in 2001; is alarmed that the outbreak originated from a laboratory site financed, licensed and inspected by the Government; notes that warnings about the inadequacies of the facilities at Pirbright were ignored; condemns this negligent approach to biosecurity; urges the Government to accept its responsibility for the situation facing farmers caused by the subsequent controls which for many has been compounded by the outbreak of bluetongue disease; and demands that the regulatory body for facilities using dangerous pathogens should be fully independent of the facilities’ major customers.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Government handling of the outbreaks of foot and mouth and bluetongue disease):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Hilary Benn
Mr Secretary Hain
Secretary Des Browne
Mr Secretary Woodward
Mr Jonathan Shaw
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘expresses great sympathy with farmers and the farming industry and acknowledges the difficulties they are facing as a result of the outbreaks of foot and mouth disease and bluetongue; recognises the work that has already been done by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Animal Health, farmers and their representative bodies and others in containing foot and mouth; agrees that the priority for the Government must be to work with the farming industry and others to support the resumption of market activity as quickly as possible; and notes the steps the Government has taken to deal with what happened at the Pirbright laboratory site.’.
   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 for three hours or until 4.00 p.m., whichever is later, and proceedings shall then lapse if not previously concluded (Order of 15th October).
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
The Prime Minister
   That this House do now adjourn.
   Proposed subject for debate: Dealing with bullying in schools
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.
[No debate]
Secretary Ruth Kelly
   That the draft Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007, which were laid before this House on 19th July, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: UK relations with the Maldives  (Mr David Amess).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

International Development
9.00 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
9.15 a.m.
   Subject: Cross-departmental Working.
   Witnesses: Michael Gidney, Director of Policy, Traidcraft, and Professor Alan Winters, University of Sussex; Gavin Hayman, Global Witness (at 10.00 a.m.); Professor Mark Pieth, Chairman, OECD Working Group on Bribery and Robert Ley, OECD (at 10.30 a.m.).
Science and Technology
9.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Scientific Developments Relating to the Abortion Act 1967.
   Witnesses: Royal College of Nurses, British Medical Association, Marie Stopes, and Dr Vincent Argent, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist; Family Planning Association, Alive and Kicking, Abortion Rights, and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (at 10.15 a.m.).
Education and Skills
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
9.15 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.45 a.m.
   Subject: Personal Accounts.
   Witnesses: Mike O’Brien MP, Minister for Pension Reform, Department for Work and Pensions, and Paul Myners, Chair, Personal Accounts Delivery Authority.
Trade and Industry
1.15 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
1.30 p.m.
   Subject: Royal Mail.
   Witness: Rt Hon John Hutton MP, Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
European Scrutiny
2.15 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Timeshare.
   Witness: Gareth Thomas MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
2.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: The 2007 Pre-Budget Report.
   Witnesses: HM Treasury officials.
2.30 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: The Public Private Partnership (PPP) and London Underground.
   Witnesses: Chris Bolt, PPP Arbiter; John Leech, President, RMT, Bob Rixham, and Brian Harris, Unite, and Gerry Doherty, General Secretary, and Andy Young, Regional Organiser, TSSA (at 3.30 p.m.); Terry Morgan, Chief Executive, Tube Lines (at 4.05 p.m.); Roger Evans, Chairman, London Assembly Transport Committee (at 4.35 p.m.).
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Vehicle Excise Duty.
   Witnesses: Clive Bennett, Chief Executive, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, and Stephen Hickey, Department for Transport.
4.45 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
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 Communities and Local Government: FireControl.
Secretary of State for Health: NHS final audited figures for 2006-07.

Written Questions tabled on Tuesday 16th October for answer today Note: These are ordinary written questions of which no previous notice has been given. For other questions for written answer today see the ‘Question Book’.
  1   Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will revise the criteria for granting Building Schools for the Future capital funding to local education authorities to ensure adequate funding for schools which have an intake of students from deprived areas but which are in relatively prosperous local authority areas, with particular reference to Stockport.


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