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Order of Business Wednesday 23 April 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 Ordered to Lie upon the Table
St. Austell Market Bill

  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 Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): What discussions he has had with the First Minister on the implementation of the identity card scheme in Scotland.
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): What representations he has received on assisting staff made redundant at Glaxo SmithKline's operation in Central Ayrshire constituency.
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the organisation of elections in Scotland.
Anne Moffat (East Lothian): What estimate he has made of the proportion of electricity generation capacity in Scotland that is (a) renewable, (b) fossil fuel and (c) nuclear.
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll and Bute): What recent discussions he has had with the Driving Standards Agency on test facilities for motorcyclists in Scotland.
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): Whether he plans to discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the remit of the Scottish Constitutional Commission on the fiscal powers of the Scottish Parliament.
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the use to which the Barnett formula paper will be put.
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine): What discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on policy to encourage new gas production in the West of Shetland area.
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): What discussions he has had with the First Minister on the contribution made by nuclear power to Scotland's energy needs.
Mr Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East): What assessment he has made of the most recent gross domestic product growth figures for Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): What discussions he has had with the First Minister on the co-ordination of international development work by the Scottish Executive and the Department for International Development.
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North): What estimate he has made of the value of the sub-sea oil and gas sector in the North Sea to the Scottish economy.
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North): What estimate he has made of the likely change to the grant to the Scottish Executive in the next Comprehensive Spending Review period.
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West): What recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the effects on people in Scotland of the national minimum wage.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 23rd April.
Mike Gapes (Ilford South):
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby):
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):
Lyn Brown (West Ham):
Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):
Mr John Spellar (Warley):
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):

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

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
OPPOSITION DAY (10th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mark Simmonds
Mr Stephen O’Brien
Mike Penning
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House supports the family doctor service, and recognises that it is the first point of contact for the majority of patients; further recognises the invaluable role that GPs have in the NHS; regrets the undermining and undervaluing of GPs by the Government; is concerned about the lack of empirical and clinical evidence for the establishment of polyclinics in every primary care trust; opposes the central imposition of polyclinics against local health needs and requirements; is further concerned about the delay in publishing evidence on the cost-effectiveness of walk-in centres; believes that patients should be able to choose the most convenient GP practice, whether close to home or work; calls for GPs to be given real budgets, incentives to make savings, the freedom to re-invest for their patients and the ability to innovate in contracts with healthcare providers; supports rewarding GPs who choose to provide services in deprived areas or areas of expanding population; and further supports the incorporation of patient-reported outcome measures into the Quality and Outcomes framework and the development of structures and services in general practice that are designed by GPs and primary care providers in response to patients’ needs and choice.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Family Doctor Services):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary David Miliband
Secretary Alan Johnson
Secretary Jacqui Smith
Secretary Ed Balls
Secretary James Purnell   
Mr Ben Bradshaw
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes the fact that the Government is providing £250 million, in addition to existing GP services, for 152 new state-of-the-art GP-led health centres open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week; notes that these will offer a wide range of health services including pre-bookable GP appointments and walk-in services; further notes that where patients previously had trouble seeing their GP or had to make numerous visits to a variety of health professionals, they will now be able to see a doctor more quickly, collect their prescriptions, get their eyes tested, have a variety of diagnostic tests or see a physiotherapist in the same building and at times convenient to the patient; further welcomes the additional centrally funded 100 GP practices to be located in the most deprived areas which will have a strong focus on promoting health and reducing inequalities; acknowledges the landmark agreement with GPs to extend surgery hours in evenings and on Saturdays and agrees that extended access will benefit hard-working families; further welcomes the extension of the role of pharmacies to be able to prescribe for and deal with minor ailments on the NHS, as well as promoting good health, supporting those with long-term conditions and preventing illnesses through additional screening and advice; recognises that the Government is on the side of patients; and agrees that extending access to GP services through extended hours and new GP health centres can have a real impact on health inequalities.’.
Mr David Cameron
David Davis
Mr David Ruffley
Damian Green
James Brokenshire
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House supports the dedication of police officers in the City of London Police, the Metropolitan Police Service and the British Transport Police but notes the unacceptable trend in teenage murders in London, including the shocking figure of 27 murdered in 2007; believes that Londoners’ daily experience of crime, particularly lower level crime and anti-social behaviour, is now far removed from some official statistics; is deeply concerned that violent crime in London as measured by the British Crime Survey is the highest of all the regions in England and Wales and that fear of crime in London is now also the highest of all the regions in England and Wales; further notes the link between gun crime and drugs; further believes that local communities should be given greater freedom to direct the efforts of their police force if streets are to be made safer; and condemns the current Mayor of London for his complacent attitude to these serious crime issues.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Crime In London):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Jack Straw
Secretary Jacqui Smith
Secretary Alan Johnson
Secretary Ruth Kelly
Tessa Jowell   
Mr Tony McNulty   
Mr Vernon Coaker
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘recognises the commitment and enthusiasm of the police officers of the Metropolitan Police Service, the City of London Police and the British Transport Police and further recognises the valuable contribution made by police community support officers and police staff to cutting crime in London; notes that police numbers in London now stand at record levels; welcomes the aim of the Mayor of London to add 1,000 more as part of his clear commitment to making London one of the world’s safest capital cities; supports the introduction of Neighbourhood Policing Teams in all 600 wards in London to give communities greater access to policing in their areas; praises the work of the Metropolitan Police Service, which enjoys high levels of public satisfaction; further recognises the success of its enforcement operations and actions to tackle violent crime which have led to major reductions in gun and knife crime; acknowledges the importance of community and faith organisations in helping to make communities safer; welcomes the significant falls in overall recorded crime in London; and notes that homicide levels in London are at their lowest for nine years.’.
   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.
[No debate]
Mr Phil Woolas
   That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 5849/08 and Addendum 1, Draft Decision on the effort of Member States to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions to meet the Community’s greenhouse gas emission reduction commitments up to 2020 and No. 5862/08 and Addenda 1 to 3, Draft Directive amending Directive 2003/87/EC so as to improve and extend the greenhouse gas emission allowance trading system in the Community; and supports the Government’s aim of contributing positively towards the negotiation of both instruments to maintain the ambition of the Commission’s legislative package and the strong EU leadership in tackling climate change and putting the EU on track to become a low-carbon economy.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(9)).
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That this House concurs with the Lords Message of 20th March, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on any draft Constitutional Renewal Bill presented to both Houses.
   That a Select Committee of eleven Members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords to consider the draft Constitutional Renewal Bill (Cm. 7342).
   That the Committee should report on the draft Bill by 17th July 2008.
   That the Committee shall have power—
to send for persons, papers and records;
to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House;
to report from time to time;
to appoint specialist advisers; and
to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom.
   That Mr Alistair Carmichael, Mr Geoffrey Cox, Michael Jabez Foster, Mark Lazarowicz, Martin Linton, Ian Lucas, Fiona Mactaggart, Mr Virendra Sharma, Emily Thornberry, Mr Andrew Tyrie and Sir George Young be members of the Committee.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Public family law (John Hemming).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills
9.00 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Culture, Media and Sport
10.30 a.m.
Room 13 (private)
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Scrutiny of Senior Diplomatic Appointments.
   Witness: Rt Hon Jack McConnell MSP.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
European Scrutiny
2.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
As soon as convenient after 2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Scrutiny of European Documents.
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: (i) Evasion of Vehicle Excise Duty (ii) National Probation Service: The Supervision of Community Orders in England.
   Witnesses: (i) Stephen Hickey, Director-General, Safety, Service Delivery and Logistics Group, and Anthony Boucher, Statistics Directorate, Department for Transport, and Noel Shanahan, Chief Executive, DVLA (ii) Sir Suma Chakrabarti KCB, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, and Phil Wheatley, Director-General, HM Prison Service (at 4.00 p.m.).
Northern Ireland Affairs
3.45 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
4.45 p.m.
Room 13 (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: Informal EU competitiveness council in Brdo, Slovenia, 16th April 2008.
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: OGC targets for 2008-09.
Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills: Implementation of the Research Excellence Framework.
Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills: Government Chemist Review 2007.
Secretary of State for Justice: Chair of the Legal Services Board.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Northern Ireland Prison Service Corporate and Business Plan 2008 to 2011.



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