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Order of Business Wednesday 12 December 2007

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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 Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): What assessment he has made of the contribution of the third sector to the development of social policy; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): How he measures the performance of his Department in co-ordinating the Government's programme across departments.
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): What recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on Government policy on families at risk of social exclusion.
Mr Kevan Jones (North Durham): What steps he is taking to increase opportunities for young people to volunteer for public service in their community.
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): If he will make a statement on the progress of the National Youth Volunteering Programme.
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the National Youth Volunteering Programme; and if he will make a statement.
Paul Clark (Gillingham): What steps the Government is taking to increase training opportunities for volunteers.
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): What assessment he has made of the contribution of the third sector to the development of social policy; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone): What assessment he has made of the effect of the activities of the Charity Bank in the North on local third sector organisations.
Bob Spink (Castle Point): What funding from the public purse was given to the voluntary sector for the delivery of public services in the last 12 months.
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): What procedures are in place to record hospitality or entertainment received by and offered to senior civil servants of his Department.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): How often he holds discussions with other Government departments on cyber-security and IT resilience.
Mr David S. Borrow (South Ribble): What support the Government plans to provide to encourage more young people to volunteer.
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): What the Cabinet Office's responsibilities are for information assurance across Government; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): What estimate he has made of the funding likely to be distributed to good causes in the County Palatine in 2008.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): Which Ministers he consulted before he took the decision to abolish the Defence Export Services Organisation.
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 12th December.
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield):
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):
Mr David Amess (Southend West):
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway):
Helen Jones (Warrington North):
Mr Mark Hendrick (Preston):
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield):
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):
Ms Dawn Butler (Brent South):

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

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 7.00 p.m. (Standing Order No. 15).
OPPOSITION DAY (4th allotted day)
Dr Vincent Cable
Nick Harvey
Willie Rennie
Bob Russell
Simon Hughes
Mr Paul Burstow
   That this House notes the commitment, bravery and professionalism of the UK’s armed forces in operations around the world; further notes with concern the detrimental impact that sustained operations on two fronts are having on the armed forces and their capabilities, resulting in critical overstretch; believes that the Government should conduct a new strategic defence review and reinforce it with regular reviews of defence after each general election; urges the Government to do more to honour its duty of care, notably through accelerating the improvement and upgrading of service accommodation, providing greater provisions for mental health and medical care for service personnel, ring-fencing the defence budget for welfare and introducing a Coroners Bill to help address delays in inquests into military fatalities; and calls on the Government to renew the Military Covenant and set up a cross-party Military Covenant Committee to monitor the state of the armed forces and their welfare.
   As Amendments to Dr Vincent Cable’s proposed Motion (Military Covenant):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Jack Straw
Secretary David Miliband
Secretary Jacqui Smith
Secretary Des Browne
Secretary Alan Johnson
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘recognises the commitment, bravery and professionalism of the armed forces in all their operations; further recognises the enormous contribution made by service families to the effectiveness of the UK’s armed forces and the debt owed by the nation to veterans; welcomes the major programme of improvements made by the Government to support all of these groups since 1997, including in the areas of medical support and improvement and replacement of sub-standard service accommodation; further welcomes the role played by ex-service organisations and other charities in contributing to the support of these groups and the Government’s commitment to working closely with such bodies to improve support in the future; and commends the Government’s decision to produce a cross-cutting Command Paper setting out the progress already achieved in this area and what more will be done in the future.’.
Mr David Cameron
Dr Liam Fox
Dr Andrew Murrison
Mr Gerald Howarth
Dr Julian Lewis
Patrick McLoughlin
   Line 6, leave out from ‘election’ to end and add ‘believes money wasted by the Ministry of Defence would have been better spent on accommodation and measures to improve life for service families and that this might have reduced overstretch caused by the failure of recruitment and retention; condemns the habitual breaching of harmony guidelines; urges the Government to renew its stated commitment to military-managed wards and to the mental health of service personnel and veterans; is appalled that bereaved families should have to wait so long for coroners’ inquests; and believes that the Government should demonstrate its commitment to repairing the broken military covenant by appointing a full-time Defence Secretary.’.
Dr Vincent Cable
Julia Goldsworthy
Mr Colin Breed
Tim Farron
Simon Hughes
Mr Paul Burstow
   That this House notes with dismay that the Chancellor of the Exchequer has presided over the first run on a UK bank for over one hundred years and that the taxpayer has now made approximately £30 billion worth of loans to Northern Rock without the Government providing evidence of either the exact amount or the security of the loan, over and above deposit guarantees; further notes that the current search for a private purchaser for Northern Rock faces enormous difficulties in the face of the high costs of credit and the conflicting interests of different groups of shareholders; applauds the important role played by the Northern Rock Foundation in the North East and regrets the potentially negative consequences for jobs in the North East should Northern Rock go into administration; further regrets that the Chancellor chose not to recognise the importance of Northern Rock as a large employer in the North East amongst his principles for assessing Northern Rock proposals; calls upon the Financial Services Authority to suspend trading of shares in Northern Rock immediately to prevent insider trading; and calls upon the Government to introduce legislation to allow for Northern Rock to be placed immediately in temporary public ownership as the only action that will guarantee the loans are paid back in full as soon as possible at the lowest risk to taxpayers.
   As an Amendment to Dr Vincent Cable’s proposed Motion (Northern Rock and the Banking System):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Hutton
Secretary Hazel Blears
Andy Burnham
Jane Kennedy
Angela Eagle   
Kitty Ussher
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘endorses the approach taken by the Government to Northern Rock to maintain financial stability, protect the interests of taxpayers and safeguard the position of depositors; welcomes the publication of a statement of principles underpinning the Government’s response to proposals received by Northern Rock with regard to its future; acknowledges that Northern Rock has announced that it is continuing to explore a range of options as part of its strategic review; recognises that the Government continues to keep all options open in relation to the future of Northern Rock; and notes the Chancellor’s assurance that he will keep the House fully informed of further developments with regard to Northern Rock.’.
   The selection of the matters to be debated this day has been made by the Leader of the Liberal Democrats (Standing Order No. 14(2)).
Debate may continue until 7.15 p.m., if the 7.00 p.m. Business Motion is agreed to.

At 7.00 p.m.
[No debate]
The Prime Minister
   That, at this day’s sitting, proceedings on the Motions in the name of Dr Vincent Cable may be proceeded with, though opposed, until a quarter past seven o’clock.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).
[No debate]
The Prime Minister
   That, at this day’s sitting, Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the Motions in the name of Mr Secretary Hain relating to Pensions; Mr Jim Murphy relating to the Funding of Political Parties; and proceedings on the Motions in the name of Dr Vincent Cable.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 41A(3)).

[No debate]
Mr Secretary Hain
   That the draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2007, which were laid before this House on 20th November, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
[No debate]
Mr Jim Murphy
   That this House takes note of European Document No. 1159/07, Draft Regulation amending Regulation (EC) No. 2004/2003 on the regulations governing political parties at European level and the rules regarding their funding; and agrees that the Government should support its adoption.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Assisted reproduction services in the NHS (Dr Ian Gibson).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Welsh Grand Committee
9.00 a.m.
Room 10 (public)
2.00 p.m.
   To consider 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.
Innovation, Universities and Skills
9.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Government Chief Scientific Adviser Designate: Introductory Hearing.
   Witness: Professor John Beddington CMG.
9.00 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.15 a.m.
   Subject: Towards Effective Sentencing.
   Witnesses: Lord Carter of Coles; Anne Owers CBE, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, Andrew Bridges, HM Chief Inspector of Probation, Paul Tidball, Prison Governors’ Association, and Juliet Lyon, Prison Reform Trust/Criminal Justice Alliance (at 10.00 a.m.).
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Work of Ofsted.
   Witnesses: Christine Gilbert CBE, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Vanessa Howlison, Director, Finance, Miriam Rosen, Director, Education, Michael Hart, Director, Children, and Melanie Hunt, Director, Learning and Skills, Ofsted.
Modernisation of the House of Commons
9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Environmental Audit
10.00 a.m.
Room 16 (private)
10.20 a.m.
   Subject: 2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review.
   Witnesses: Angela Eagle MP, Exchequer Secretary, Rebecca Lawrence, Head of Energy, Environment and Agriculture Team, and Lindsey Whyte, Head of Environment and Transport Tax Team, HM Treasury.
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: European Council.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Secretary of State, Shan Morgan, Director, Europe, Paul Berman, Legal Adviser, and Martin Shearman, Head of CFSP, Europe Directorate, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
European Scrutiny
2.15 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subjects: (i) Police Co-operation in Criminal Matters (ii) European Arrest Warrant.
   Witness: Meg Hillier MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office.
Environmental Audit Sub-Committee on Environmental Information
2.20 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Environmental Labelling.
   Witnesses: Sustainable Development Commission; Tesco (at 3.10 p.m.); Energy Saving Trust (at 3.50 p.m.).
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: Flooding.
   Witnesses: Richard Benyon MP, Rt Hon David Curry MP, Martin Horwood MP, Laurence Robertson MP, and Angela C. Smith MP; Met Office, UK Climate Impacts Programme and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (at 4.00 p.m.).
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: Ticketing on Public Transport.
   Witnesses: Campaign for Better Transport, London TravelWatch, TravelWatch South West and Passenger Focus; Tom Harris MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport (at 3.45 p.m.).
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Improving Corporate Functions Using Shared Services.
   Witnesses: Alexis Cleveland, Director-General, Cabinet Office, Peter Coates, Director of Finance, National Health Service, and Phil Wheatley, Director-General, HM Prison Service.
Northern Ireland Affairs
3.45 p.m.
Room 5 (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
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Free cash machines in low income areas.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Review of the Housing Revenue Account subsidy system.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Social and affordable housing investment.
Secretary of State for Health: Strategic review of funding for third sector organisations–consultation.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Control orders.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Publication of a summary of responses on the consultation paper on offensive weapons.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Terrorism Act 2000.
Secretary of State for International Development: EU General Affairs and External Relations Council: Economic partnership agreements, 10th December 2007.
Secretary of State for Justice: Bereavement damages.
Secretary of State for Justice: Review of the law on homicide.
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster: Grassroots grants: Appointment of Lead National Partner.



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