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Order of Business Wednesday 7 November 2007

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 11.30 a.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements, including on Pakistan.

Preliminary Business
  indicates Government Business
Notices of Presentation of Bills
[No debate]
Mr Secretary Hain
   Bill to establish the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; to amend the law relating to child support; to make provision about lump sum payments to or in respect of persons with diffuse mesothelioma; and for connected purposes.
   Formal first and second reading: no debate or decision (Standing Order No. 80A and Order of 4th July 2007).
[No debate]
Secretary Jack Straw
   Bill to make further provision about criminal justice (including provision about the police) and dealing with offenders and defaulters; to provide for the establishment and functions of Her Majesty’s Commissioner for Offender Management and Prisons and to make further provision about the management of offenders; to amend the criminal law; to make further provision for combatting crime and disorder; to make provision about the mutual recognition of financial penalties; to make provision for a new immigration status in certain cases involving criminality; and for connected purposes.
   Formal first and second reading: no debate or decision (Standing Order No. 80A and Order of 8th October 2007).
[No debate]
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
   Bill to amend the definition of ‘the Treaties’ and ‘the Community Treaties’ in section 1(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 so as to include the decision of 7th June 2007 of the Council on the Communities’ system of own resources.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
QUEEN’S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): Adjourned Debate on Question (6th November).
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
   Motion made, and Question proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
   Most Gracious Sovereign,
   We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament—(Mr Richard Caborn).
   Proposed subject for debate: Home Affairs and Justice
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m.
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Ms Harriet Harman
Mr Secretary Hain
the matter of the Government’s Legislative Programme as outlined in the Queen’s Speech as it relates to Wales and Public Expenditure in Wales be referred to the Welsh Grand Committee for its consideration;
the Committee shall meet at Westminster on Wednesday 14th November at Nine o’clock and between Two o’clock and Four o’clock to consider the matter referred to it under paragraph (1) above.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Fraudulent transfers of land titles (Mr Peter Lilley).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: The Best Start in Life? Alleviating Deprivation, Improving Social Mobility and Eradicating Child Poverty.
   Witnesses: Every Disabled Child Matters, Barnardo’s, and Save the Children; One Parent Families/Gingerbread and Child Poverty Action Group (at 10.30 a.m.).
Home Affairs
10.00 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.15 a.m.
   Subject: Government’s Counter-Terrorism Proposals.
   Witness: Ms Claudia Sturt, Governor, HM Prison Belmarsh, HM Prison Service; Mr Mohammed Abdulkahar and Mr Abul Koyair, individuals detained by the Metropolitan Police following a counter-terrorist operation in 46 and 48 Lansdown Road, Forest Gate, on 2nd June 2006 (at approx. 11.00 a.m.).
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Welsh Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Orders in Council - Additional Learning Needs.
   Witnesses: Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office, and officials of the Wales Office and of the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.15 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Environmental Audit Sub-Committee on Environmental Information
2.20 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Environmental Labelling.
   Witnesses: Linking Environment and Farming; Rainforest Alliance, Tesco (at 3.10 p.m.).
European Scrutiny
2.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: Public Private Partnership and London Underground.
   Witnesses: Graham Pimlott, former Chairman, Metronet; Alan Bloom, Metronet PPP Administrator, Ernst and Young, and Tim O’Toole, Managing Director, London Underground (at 3.15 p.m.); Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP, Secretary of State, Lucy Chadwick, Director of Regional and Local Transport Delivery Directorate, and Paul Collins, Head of Regional Transport London and South East, Department for Transport (at 4.00 p.m.).
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Helping individuals understand and complete their tax forms.
   Witnesses: Paul Gray CB, Chairman, and Nick Lodge, Director, Customer Contact, HM Revenue and Customs.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
4.15 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.45 p.m.
   Subject: Flooding.
   Witnesses: Professor Edmund Penning-Rowsell, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University, and Professor Howard Wheater, Imperial College.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Double Taxation Convention between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.
Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: 13th Landward (onshore) oil and gas licensing round.
Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: Companies Act 2006.
Secretary of State for Children, School and Families: Extension of the free early education entitlement for three and four year olds.
Secretary of State for Defence: Appointment of the Service Complaints Commissioner.
Secretary of State for Defence: Afghanistan: Operational command and control.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Visit of Prime Minister Erdogan of Turkey.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Justice and Home Affairs Council 8th and 9th November 2007.
Leader of the House: Deposited papers.
Leader of the House: Government’s legislative programme: 2007-08.
Secretary of State for Justice: Appointment to the Boundary Commission for England.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: 17th Report of the Independent Monitoring Commission.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Queen’s Speech—Application of the Government’s legislative programme.
Secretary of State for Scotland: Queen’s Speech—Application of the Government’s legislative programme to Scotland.
Secretary of State for Wales: Government’s legislative programme as outlined in the Queen’s Speech as it relates to Wales.

Private Members’ Bills
        The Speaker has appointed 10 o’clock on Thursday 15th November and Committee Room 10 as the time and place for holding the Ballot for Private Members’ Bills.



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