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Order of Business Wednesday 23 January 2008

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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.
Consideration of Bill, as amended
Broads Authority Bill
[Amendments to be proposed by the Promoters.]
[A copy of the proposed Amendments may be obtained from the Vote Office or inspected in the Private Bill Office.]
  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 Scotland
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): What recent discussions he has had with the Chief Executive of Ofcom on the future of broadcasting in Scotland.
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the acceptance of Scottish banknotes outside Scotland.
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): If he will make a statement on the progress of the Post Office Network Change Programme in Scotland.
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): What discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on preserving the skills base at the Defence Aviation Repair Agency, Almondbank.
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): What recent discussions he has had on the quality of television reception in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): If he will make it his policy to make a regular report to the House on his discussions with the First Minister of Scotland.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): What discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the planning process for applications to build a new nuclear power station in Scotland.
Mr Tom Clarke (Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill): What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on HM Treasury's review of support for the families of disabled children.
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Lochaber): What recent assessment he has made of the contribution of the Post Office network to the social and economic wellbeing of the Highlands and Islands; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the performance of the Royal Navy Search and Rescue team based at HMS Gannet in relation to civilians.
Mr David Amess (Southend West): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on winter fuel payments for pensioners in Scotland.
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): What discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive and the Ministry of Defence on the development of the skills base in Scotland in preparation for construction of the two aircraft carriers.
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): If he will make a statement on levels of household debt in Scotland.
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): What recent devolution cases the Advocate General has considered; and if he will make a statement.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 23rd January.
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk):
Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge):
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston):
Steve Webb (Northavon):
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock):
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):
At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements, including on Obesity strategy.
Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Anne Snelgrove
   That leave be given to bring to a Bill to make provision for the regulation of Christmas savings schemes; 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
APPOINTMENT OF THE COMPTROLLER AND AUDITOR GENERAL (The agreement of the Chairman of the Committee of Public Accounts has been signified)
[Up to one and a half hours]
The Prime Minister
   That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, praying that Her Majesty will appoint Timothy John Burr to the Office of Comptroller and Auditor General.
An explanatory memorandum is available in the Vote Office.
   The Speaker will put the Question necessary to dispose of proceedings not later than one and a half hours after their commencement (Standing Order No. 16(1)).
SALE OF STUDENT LOANS BILL: As amended in the Public Bill Committee, to be considered.
[Until 7.00 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 6.00 p.m., and proceedings on Third Reading shall, so far as not previously concluded, be brought to a conclusion at 7.00 p.m. (Order of 22nd November).
[No debate]
Dr Kim Howells
   That this House take note of European Union Document No. 15869/07, Commission Communication, The Euro-Mediterranean Partnership—Advancing Regional Co-operation to Support Peace, Progress and Inter-Cultural Dialogue; and agrees that the Barcelona Process may have potential to help promote UK objectives, provided it focuses not on process but on effective delivery through partnership.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: NHS maternity services in East Sussex  (Mr Nigel Waterson).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Innovation, Universities and Skills
9.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Renewable Electricity-Generation Technologies.
   Witnesses: Institute of Physics, UK Energy Research Centre, British Wind Energy Association, and Renewable Energy Association; Research Councils UK, and Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (at 10.15 a.m.).
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Social Mobility.
   Witnesses: Dr John Goldthorpe, Nuffield College, Oxford University, Professor Stephen Machin and Dr Jo Blanden, Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics.
Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Health and Safety.
   Witnesses: Professor Frank Wright, University of Warwick, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, and Chris Jackson, solicitor; CBI, EEF, and Federation of Master Builders (at 10.30 a.m.).
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: Overseas Territories.
   Witnesses: Mr Louis Olivier Bancoult, Leader, Chagos Refugee Groups, and Mr Richard Gifford, Sheridans Solicitors.
Treasury Sub-Committee
2.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Counting the Population.
   Witnesses: Charles Bean, Chief Economist, Bank of England and officials, and HM Treasury officials; Local Government Association, Slough Borough Council, Islington Council, Manchester City Council, and NHS Confederation (at 3.30 p.m.).
Environmental Audit Sub-Committee on Environmental Information
2.20 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Environmental Labelling.
   Witness: Joan Ruddock MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: Flooding.
   Witnesses: Sir Michael Pitt, Chair, ‘The Pitt Review-Learning lessons from the 2007 floods’; Chairmen of Regional Flood Defence Committees (Midlands, Thames, and Yorkshire) (at 4.00 p.m.).
European Scrutiny
2.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.30 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
2.30 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subjects: (i) Network Rail Engineering Delays Over the New Year Period; (ii) Delivering a Sustainable Railway: a 30-Year Strategy for the Railways?
   Witnesses: (i) Network Rail and Bechtel; (ii) Network Rail (at 3.45 p.m.); and Office of Rail Regulation (at 4.30 p.m.).
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: DEFRA: A Progress Update in Resolving the Difficulties in Administering the Single Payment Scheme in England.
   Witnesses: Mrs Helen Ghosh, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Tony Cooper, Interim Chief Executive, Rural Payments Scheme.
4.45 p.m.
Room 13 (private)
Liaison Sub-Committee
5.30 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 Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: UK renewable energy strategy and the EU Renewable Energy Directive.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: New strategic framework for the FCO.
Secretary of State for Health: Response to the Report from the Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.
Secretary of State for Justice: Joint statement by the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice on a partnership model for the operation of Her Majesty’s Courts Service.
Leader of the House: Sir John Baker Review: Terms of reference.



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