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Order of Business Wednesday 14 May 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 Northern Ireland
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): How many people were in custody in Northern Ireland for defaulting on fine payments at the latest date for which figures are available.
Ann Winterton (Congleton): What recent discussions he has had with his counterpart in the government of the Republic of Ireland on cross-border fishing issues.
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): What recent assessment he has made of the level of gang violence in Northern Ireland.
David Simpson (Upper Bann): What steps he is taking to contribute to the resolution of the Drumcree/Garvaghy Road parading dispute.
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell): What his most recent estimate is of the final cost of the Bloody Sunday inquiry.
Dr William McCrea (South Antrim): What the timetable is for the implementation of the proposed compensation schemes relating to criminal damage in Northern Ireland.
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): What recent representations he has received on the pay scales of prison officers in the Northern Ireland prison service.
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down): What recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland.
Christopher Fraser (South West Norfolk): What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the prospects for the Northern Ireland economy.
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): If he will make a statement on the devolution of criminal justice and policing to Northern Ireland.
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): How many Catholics were recruited as police officers by the Police Service of Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 14th May.
Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye):
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):
Mr Ronnie Campbell (Blyth Valley):
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):
Nigel Griffiths (Edinburgh South):
Barry Gardiner (Brent North):
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire):
Ms Dawn Butler (Brent South):
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne):

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
David Taylor
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to regulate the prescription of anti-psychotic drugs for people with dementia in care homes; to require the introduction of protocols for the prescribing, monitoring and review of such medication; to make dementia training, including the use of anti-psychotics, mandatory for care home staff; to require care homes to obtain support from specified external services; 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
OPPOSITION DAY (12th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Mr Andrew Mitchell
Mr William Hague
Mr Mark Lancaster
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House is gravely concerned by the immense suffering and damage caused in Burma by Cyclone Nargis; notes that 200,000 people may have died and that two million people lack access to healthcare, clean water and sanitation, food and shelter; salutes the work of the Department for International Development’s staff and British NGOs, including Save the Children and Merlin, in responding to the disaster; is further deeply concerned by the restrictions placed on the international humanitarian relief effort by the government of Burma; asserts that the international relief effort is motivated solely by humanitarian concerns; calls on the government of Burma immediately to grant unrestricted access for the international humanitarian effort, including the delivery of aid supplies, and the admittance and free movement of aid workers; further calls on the UN Secretary General to visit Burma immediately to make clear the united desire of the international community to secure access for the international relief effort; further calls on China, India, Thailand and other countries with influence over the Burmese regime to make every possible effort to persuade the Burmese government to allow the international relief effort full access; prefers that humanitarian action should be supported by the government of Burma and believes that this approach is more likely to be successful but concludes that the international community has a responsibility to protect the Burmese people and should consider all options for getting help to those who need it, including using direct aid drops.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Burma):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Miliband
Mr Secretary Alexander
Ms Harriet Harman
Meg Munn
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes with horror the devastating impact of Cyclone Nargis upon the people of Burma; recognises the vast scale of humanitarian assistance needed urgently to prevent further loss of life; is appalled at the unacceptably slow pace at which the Burmese authorities have so far allowed in international expertise for the relief effort, and at their lack of capacity to distribute aid to the affected areas; calls upon the Burmese authorities to allow immediate and unfettered access for both the delivery of aid and for its distribution inside Burma; strongly welcomes the UK Government’s initial £5 million pledge to the relief effort for emergency items; strongly supports the UK Government’s exchanges with key international partners in order to bring about a concerted international effort for access for humanitarian assistance; in this regard, welcomes the visit to countries in the region by Ministers from the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; urges countries in the region to increase their efforts to persuade the Burmese authorities to allow in unfettered international assistance and to ramp up the delivery of aid; and strongly supports continued efforts of the United Nations to secure access and ensure aid is delivered to those in need.’.
Mr David Cameron
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr George Osborne
Justine Greening
Mr Mark Hoban
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House notes with concern the increases in Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) imposed in the Budget; notes that between 2006 and 2010 revenues from graduated VED will have more than doubled; observes that the majority of motorists who currently pay graduated VED will now pay more; deplores the Government’s decision to abolish the exemption from higher graduated VED rates for cars that emit more than 186g of carbon dioxide per kilometre and were registered between March 2001 and March 2006, and the fact that this was not stated clearly at the time of the Budget; considers that these changes will hit those on low incomes hardest and be a further burden on hard-working families already struggling to cope with soaring living costs; further notes that, although graduated VED revenues will total £4.4 billion by 2010-11, carbon emissions from motoring are expected to reduce by less than one per cent. as a result of the new VED regime; believes that any increases in environmental taxes should be offset by tax reductions elsewhere; and calls upon the Government to abandon its planned increases in VED.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Vehicle Excise Duty):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Hilary Benn
Ms Harriet Harman
Secretary Ruth Kelly
Yvette Cooper
Jane Kennedy   
Angela Eagle   
Kitty Ussher
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘recognises that the Government must balance the huge benefits cars bring in freedom and mobility with the need to cut the carbon they emit which contributes to climate change, the most serious and pressing global environmental challenge the world faces; supports the Government’s strong record with the UK as one of only four countries on course to meet its Kyoto targets; welcomes the introduction by the Government of the Climate Change Bill; notes efforts are needed to cut emissions across the economy; further notes that cars, vans and lorries account for nearly a quarter of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions; recognises the importance of providing incentives to use cleaner and more fuel-efficient cars and for manufacturers to bring forward new, cleaner models; and welcomes the fact that the Government’s approach has contributed to the proportion of least-polluting cars on UK roads rising by more than a third, while the proportion of most-polluting cars has fallen by a quarter, since 2001.’.
   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 7.00 p.m.
The Prime Minister
   That at this day’s sitting, Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the Motions in the names of Sir Stuart Bell and Ms Harriet Harman, relating to the Church of England Marriage Measure, and Yvette Cooper, relating to Banks and Banking.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 41A(3)).

[No debate]
Sir Stuart Bell
Ms Harriet Harman
   That the Church of England Marriage Measure (HC 511), passed by the General Synod of the Church of England, be presented to Her Majesty for Her Royal Assent in the form in which the said Measure was laid before Parliament.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
[No debate]
Yvette Cooper
   That the draft Cash Ratio Deposits (Value Bands and Ratios) Order 2008, which was laid before this House on 2nd April, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Access to specialist services for sufferers of muscular dystrophy (Nia Griffith).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).
Temporary and Agency Workers (Equal Treatment) Bill Committee
9.30 a.m.
Room 10 (public)
   Further to consider the Bill.
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the draft Cash Ratio Deposits (Value Bands and Ratios) Order 2008.
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 p.m.
Room 11 (public)
   To consider the Home Information Pack (Amendment) Regulations 2008 (S.I., 2008, No. 572).
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: The Work of Ofsted.
   Witness: Christine Gilbert CBE, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills.
Culture, Media and Sport
1.00 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
1.05 p.m.
   Subject: Harmful Content on the Internet and in Video Games.
   Witnesses: Kevin Brennan MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Rt Hon Margaret Hodge MP, Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Vernon Coaker MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office.
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Sub-Committee on After Leitch: Implementing Skills and Training Policies
2.00 p.m.
The Sullivan Room, Leeds Town Hall, Leeds (public)
   Witnesses: Digital 2010, University of Bradford, North Lindsey College, Leeds Chamber of Commerce and Industry, NG Bailey, Barnsley Learning Net, and Skillsfast-UK.
Scottish Affairs
2.00 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
2.15 p.m.
   Subject: Employment and Skills for the Defence Industry in Scotland.
   Witnesses: Skills Development Scotland and Govan High School.
European Scrutiny
2.15 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Subsidiarity.
   Witness: Professor Alan Dashwood, University of Cambridge.
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: Road Safety.
   Witnesses: University of the West of England, University of York and SWOV (Netherlands Institute for Road Safety Research); Automobile Association, Motorcycle Action Group, Association of British Drivers, Road Haulage Association, and Unite-the Union (at 3.45 p.m.).
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
3.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Rising Prices: Protecting Consumers After Regulatory Withdrawal.
   Witnesses: Sarah Chambers, Chief Executive, Postcomm, Alistair Buchanan, Chief Executive, Ofgem, and Ed Richards, Chief Executive, Ofcom.
Treasury Sub-Committee
3.30 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
As soon as convenient after Sub-Committee Meeting
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Treasury Sub-Committee
As soon as convenient after Main Committee Meeting 4.05 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private) (public)
   Subject: Child Trust Funds Follow Up.
   Witnesses: Kitty Ussher MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury, and HM Revenue and Customs.
4.45 p.m.
Room 13 (private)
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 3.45 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
Draft Marine Bill
10.00 a.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
Statutory Instruments
3.45 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill
4.00 p.m.
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.15 p.m.
   Witnesses: Admiral the Lord Boyce, GCB, OBE, DL, Former Chief of the Defence Staff, Field Marshal the Lord Bramall, KG, GCB, OBE, MC, Former Chief of the Defence Staff, and Marshal of the Royal Air Force the Lord Craig of Radley, GCB, Former Chief of the Defence Staff; Professor Robert Hazell, University College London (at 5.00 p.m.).
[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: ECOFIN 14th May 2008.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Support for first time buyers.
Secretary of State for Defence: Baha Mousa.
Secretary of State for Justice: Oakhill Secure Training Centre.
Leader of the House: Government’s draft legislative programme 2008-09.
Prime Minister: Prison Service Pay Review Body Appointment.



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