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Order of Business Wednesday 16 January 2008

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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
Ian Lucas (Wrexham): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills on funding for research for universities in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): What discussions he has had with the First Minister on the manufacturing industry in Wales.
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): What discussions he has had with the First Minister on financial allocations to local councils in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the further steps he is taking to meet the Government's target to reduce child poverty in Wales.
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): What his policy is on increasing the National Assembly for Wales' legislative competence.
Paul Flynn (Newport West): What discussions he has had on preparations for the Ryder Cup to be held in Newport in 2010.
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the environment in Wales.
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan): What progress is being made on the Defence Training Programme at RAF St Athan; and if he will make a statement.
Ann Clwyd (Cynon Valley): If he will make a statement on the closure of Tower Colliery.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the transfer of jobs from RAF Cosford to RAF St Athan.
Mr David Amess (Southend West): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the future of the economy in Wales.
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): What recent representations he has received on the world heritage sites in Wales.
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the future of the economy in Wales.
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): What meetings he has had with Cabinet and Welsh Assembly Government colleagues on the co-ordination of policy on seaside towns in Wales.
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): What recent assessment he has made of levels of prison overcrowding in Wales.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Mr Robert Flello (Stoke-on-Trent South): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16th January.
Mr Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): What recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Darfur.
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):
Phil Wilson (Sedgefield):
Mr Mike Hall (Weaver Vale):
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South):
Barbara Keeley (Worsley):
Mr John Heppell (Nottingham East):
John Battle (Leeds West):
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough):

At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Mr Lee Scott
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to make provision about the education and training of children with autism and Asperger’s syndrome; 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
OPPOSITION DAY (6th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Chris Grayling
Mr James Clappison
Mr Nigel Waterson
Andrew Selous
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House expresses its very great concern that National Insurance numbers appear to have been issued to illegal immigrants.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (National Insurance numbers and illegal immigrants):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Jacqui Smith
Ms Harriet Harman
Mr Secretary Hain
Caroline Flint
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes the new checks and controls the Government has introduced to reduce illegal working by foreign nationals, which include measures to prevent illegal immigrants being issued with National Insurance numbers.’.
Mr David Cameron
David Davis
Mr William Hague
Damian Green
Mr David Lidington
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House believes that human trafficking is the modern equivalent of the slave trade, and, while welcoming the Government’s commitment to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings, regrets that this commitment has been delayed for more than a year since the Conservative Party first asked the Government to take this step, and will not come into effect during 2008; welcomes the forthcoming United Nations forum to fight human trafficking and urges the Government to take further immediate steps to help the victims of trafficking, including new measures to intercept traffickers and victims at our borders, better provision of refuge places, the use of telephone helplines, and a drive for better cooperation among national authorities within Europol and Eurojust, so that the United Kingdom can become one of the leading countries fighting human trafficking.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Human trafficking):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary David Miliband
Secretary Jacqui Smith
Ms Harriet Harman
Secretary Hazel Blears
Vera Baird   
Mr Vernon Coaker
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘condemns the trafficking of human beings as one of the most vile crimes to threaten our society; welcomes the Government’s commitment to make the necessary legislative and procedural changes required to ratify the Council of Europe Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings before the end of 2008; believes that ratification is an important milestone in the Government’s concerted strategy to protect the victims of trafficking and bring to justice those who exploit them; notes that the UK Action Plan on Trafficking, published in March 2007 on the same day as the UK signed the Convention, comprehensively pulls together the work already under way across Government to tackle trafficking and creates a platform for future work; praises the work of the UK Human Trafficking Centre, established in March 2006 as the central point of expertise and operational co-ordination in tackling human trafficking; supports the valuable work done as part of nationwide police-led anti-trafficking operations, including Pentameter 1 and 2; and notes the £4.5 million of government funding provided over the last five years for victim protection under the Poppy scheme, which supports adult women trafficked into the UK for sexual exploitation.’.

    Twenty-sixth Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Session 2005-06, Human Trafficking, HC 1127-I, the Government’s Response, Cm 6996, the Twenty-first Report from the Committee, Session 2006-07, Human Trafficking: Update, HC 1056, and the Fourth Report from the Committee, Session 2007-08, Government’s Response to the Committee’s Twenty-first Report of Session 2006-07, are relevant.

   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.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Post Office closures in Hastings and Rye (Michael Jabez Foster).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Second Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008.
Third Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 p.m.
Room 12 (public)
   To consider the Home Information Pack (Amendment) Regulations 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3301) and Housing Act 2004 (Commencement No. 10) (England and Wales) Order 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 3308).
Innovation, Universities and Skills
9.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Formation of DIUS.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon John Denham MP, Secretary of State, and Ian Watmore, Permanent Secretary, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills.
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Schools Commissioner and Schools Adjudicator.
   Witnesses: Jim Knight MP, Minister for Schools and Learners, and Sir Bruce Liddington, Schools Commissioner, Department for Children, Schools and Families; Dr Philip Hunter CBE, Chief Schools Adjudicator (at 10.45 a.m.).
Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Modernisation of the House of Commons
9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
European Scrutiny
2.15 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Draft Council Decision establishing the European Police Office (EUROPOL).
   Witness: Rt Hon Tony McNulty MP, Minister for Security, Counter-terrorism, Crime and Policing, Home Office.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: E-petitions.
   Witnesses: Tom Loosemore, Digital Media Adviser and Tom Steinberg, MySociety.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: Freight Transport.
   Witnesses: Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Highways and Transportation, Professor Alan McKinnon and English Regional Development Agencies; Freight Transport Association, Association of International Couriers and Express Services, and Road Haulage Association (at 3.30 p.m.); Nautilus UK, National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers and Unite (at 4.15 p.m.).
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Compensating victims of violent crime.
   Witnesses: Sir Suma Chakrabarti KCB, Ministry of Justice, Carole Oatway, Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, and Peter Handcock, Tribunals Service.
Treasury Sub-Committee
3.45 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.00 p.m.
   Subject: Counting the Population.
   Witnesses: Mr Keith Dugmore, Demographic Decisions, Professor David Rhind, Statistics Commission, and Professor David Martin, Royal Statistical Society.
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 the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Outcome of the Environment Council–20th December 2007.
Secretary of State for Health: Report from the Organ Donation Taskforce.
Leader of the House: Review Body on Senior Salaries: Review of parliamentary pay, pensions and allowances 2007–Government response.



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