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Order of Business Thursday 17 January 2008

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 10.30 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 Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North): What steps he is taking to promote enterprise.
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): What steps he plans to take to improve the competitiveness of business.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): What assessment has been made of the impact on business efficiency of energy supply contracts which require 90 days' notice of termination.
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): What recent discussions he has had with energy supply companies on reducing fuel poverty.
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian): What steps his Department is taking to publicise the minimum wage legislation.
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): How many sub-post offices provisionally identified for closure will not now be closed following the post office consultation procedure.
Norman Baker (Lewes): What percentage of the UK's present energy needs would be met by the construction of one medium-sized nuclear power station; and at what estimated cost.
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for International Development on liberalising trade with developing countries.
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): If he will make a statement on the impact of post office closures on vulnerable people and rural communities.
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): What discussions he has had with the Post Office on the length and timing of the consultation period for closures of sub-post offices.
Angela Watkinson (Upminster): What percentage of small businesses closed within three years of starting up in the latest period for which figures are available.
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): What steps he is taking to prevent unscrupulous lending practices.
Ann Winterton (Congleton): If he will make a statement on the Post Office closure programme.
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): What his policy is on the financing of waste management from new nuclear power stations.
Ann McKechin (Glasgow North): What recent discussions his Department has had with the Scottish Executive on the use of offshore wind technology.
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): What role his Department and the Certification Officer play in regulating trade union political funds and donations to political parties.
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): What assistance his Department provides for the start-up of small businesses.
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): What assessment he has made of recent trends in fuel poverty.
Tony Baldry (Banbury): What steps his Department is taking to assist UK exports to China.
Anne Moffat (East Lothian): What steps his Department is taking to improve the regulation of temporary worker employment agencies; and if he will make a statement.
Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye): What estimate he has made of the likely annual net savings to Post Office Ltd of the closure of the St Leonards Green Post Office, the White Rock Post Office in St Leonards, the Hastings Old Town Post Office and the Tilling Green Post Office in Rye.
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): When he next expects to meet small business groups to discuss regulatory burdens.
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): What procedures his Department has for taking account of local opinion in its consideration of applications for wind farms.
At 11.15 a.m.
Topical Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
The Members listed below have been selected by ballot to ask a Topical Question.
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): If he will make a statement on his Department's responsibilities.
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South):
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):
Mr David Drew (Stroud):
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):
Tony Baldry (Banbury):

At 11.30 a.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Business Question to the Leader of the House

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
[Up to one and a half hours]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That this House has considered the matter of Kenya.
Debate may continue for one and a half hours (Standing Order No. 24A).
CHANNEL TUNNEL RAIL LINK (SUPPLEMENTARY PROVISIONS) BILL: Not amended in the Public Bill Committee, to be considered.
[Until 6.00 p.m.]
For Amendments, see separate Paper.
Third Reading will also be taken.
   Proceedings on Consideration shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 5.00 p.m. and proceedings on Third Reading shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 6.00 p.m. (Order of 20th November).
[No debate]
Secretary Hilary Benn
   That the draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008, which was laid before this House on 5th December, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
[No debate]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That this House, at its rising on Thursday 7th February, do adjourn till Monday 18th February 2008.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Government assistance for the peace process in Sri Lanka  (Simon Hughes).
   Debate may continue until 6.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).
Education and Skills Committee
9.30 a.m.
Room 7 (private)
   (Programming Sub-Committee)
Health and Social Care Bill Committee
9.00 a.m.
Room 9 (public)
1.00 p.m.
   Further to consider the Bill.
Housing and Regeneration Bill Committee
9.00 a.m.
Room 14 (public)
1.00 p.m.
   Further to consider the Bill.
Planning Bill Committee
9.00 a.m.
Room 11 (public)
1.00 p.m.
   Further to consider the Bill.
Pensions Bill Committee
9.30 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (public)
1.00 p.m.
   Further to take evidence on the Bill.
   Witnesses (a.m.): Pensions Policy Institute (until no later than 9.45 a.m.); British Chambers of Commerce and Federation of Small Businesses (until no later than 10.25 a.m.).

Witnesses (p.m.): EEF, The Manufacturers Organisation, Confederation of British Industry, and Association of Consulting Actuaries (until no later than 2.10 p.m.); Pensions Commission (until no later than 3.15 p.m.); Department for Work and Pensions (until no later than 4.45 p.m.).

Innovation, Universities and Skills
9.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
9.15 a.m.
   Subject: Funding for Equivalent or Lower Level Qualifications.
   Witnesses: Professor Brenda Gourley, Open University, Professor David Latchman, Birkbeck College, Gemma Tumelty, NUS, and Ms Sally Hunt, University College Union; Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills, and Professor David Eastwood, Higher Education Funding Council for England (at 10.15 a.m.).
9.30 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.00 a.m.
   Subject: Modernising Medical Careers.
   Witnesses: Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, Royal College of Surgeons, and Royal College of GPs; London Deanery, East Midlands Healthcare Workforce Deanery, and South Yorkshire and South Humber Postgraduate Deanery (at 11.15 a.m.).
Public Administration
9.45 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.00 a.m.
   Subject: Third Sector Commissioning.
   Witnesses: Emmaus UK Foundation, Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation, and Wai Yin Chinese Women Society; National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Association for Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations, and Directory of Social Change (at 11.00 a.m.).
Welsh Affairs
10.30 a.m.
Committee Room 3, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff (private)
11.00 a.m.
   [Enlarged by the Proposed Domiciliary Care LCO Committee of the National Assembly for Wales]
   Subject: The Proposed National Assembly for Wales Legislative Competence Order 2008: Charging for Non-Residential Social Care.
Witnesses: Gwenda Thomas AM, Deputy Minister for Social Services, and officials, Welsh Assembly Government.
International Development
11.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
11.30 a.m.
   Subject: Development Assistance in Insecure Environments: Afghanistan.
   Witness: Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for International Development.
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, Defence, Foreign Affairs and International Development (Quadripartite)
2.00 p.m.
Room 15 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Strategic Export Controls: Annual Report for 2006, Quarterly Reports for 2007, Licensing Policy, Review of Legislation and Parliamentary Scrutiny.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Des Browne MP, Secretary of State for Defence, Desmond Bowen, Policy Director, and Tony Pawson, Head, Defence Export Services, Ministry of Defence.
[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 Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Update on avian influenza in Dorset.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Winter flood risk.
Secretary of State for Health: Implementing the deep clean of the NHS.
Prime Minister: Cabinet committees.



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