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Order of Business Wednesday 4 June 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 Scotland
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): What discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the transfer of fishing licences and fixed quota allocations from Scottish fishing vessels.
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the carer's allowance in Scotland.
Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport on the nomination of the Antonine Wall as a World Heritage Site.
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): What recent discussions he has had with his Ministerial colleagues on postal services in Scotland.
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): Whether personal data held by the Scottish Executive and its associated public bodies will be held on the National Identity Register.
Eric Joyce (Falkirk): What representations he has received from the Scottish Executive on arrangements for collection of local taxation.
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): What steps the Government is taking to ensure a long-term stable economic environment for Scottish business.
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock): What recent discussions he has had with the representatives of anti-poverty groups in Scotland on the Government's policy on child poverty.
Mr Alan Reid (Argyll and Bute): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on postal services in Scotland.
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): What recent discussions he has had with the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the development of wave and tidal power generation in Scotland.
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the proportion of Scotland's energy requirements met by renewable energy.
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine): What discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the payment of pensions and benefits in Scotland through card accounts.
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on energy demand in Scotland.
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): When he next expects to meet Ministry of Defence officials to discuss HMS Gannet at Prestwick Airport.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 4th June.
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):
Mr Michael Clapham (Barnsley West & Penistone):
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe):
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):
Mr Anthony Wright (Great Yarmouth):
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): When he expects Government policy on reform of the House of Lords to be implemented.
At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Daniel Kawczynski
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish a bank holiday to celebrate the contribution of Polish citizens to Great Britain since 1940.
   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 (13th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Mr Francis Maude
Greg Clark
Mrs Theresa May
Mr Shailesh Vara
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House welcomes National Volunteering Week and the publication of the report of the Morgan Inquiry; recognises the outstanding contribution made by volunteers to what, sixty years ago, William Beveridge called ‘the vigour and abundance of voluntary action…which are the distinguishing marks of a free society’; notes that every week millions of people volunteer their time for others, providing indispensable personal care and attention in all of Britain’s communities; emphasises the continuing importance of volunteering even as the voluntary sector expands its paid workforce and takes on the delivery of public services; further notes that some voluntary organisations experience shortages of volunteers in key positions; supports the call of the Commission for the Future of Volunteering for ‘volunteering to become part of the DNA of our society’; congratulates employers who encourage and make time available for their employees to volunteer; and urges the Government to address the bureaucratic barriers that lie between volunteers and volunteering.
Mr David Cameron
Chris Grayling
Mr Nigel Waterson
Andrew Selous
Mr Mark Harper
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House deplores the fact that, even on the Government’s own figures, there are nearly two million pensioners living in poverty in the UK, that the poorest pensioners are seeing their incomes decline in real terms and that according to EU figures only pensioners in Latvia, Cyprus and Spain are more likely to fall into poverty; is concerned at the damage caused to many pensioners’ finances by the alarming rise in food, energy and fuel prices and in council tax; regrets the fact that some 2.25 million older households are suffering from fuel poverty; disagrees with the Government’s refusal to state when it intends to restore the link between average earnings and the basic state pension; notes with regret the Government’s decision to abandon its target for maximising the take-up of pension credit when some 1.7 million pensioners eligible are not claiming it; further deplores the sharp decline in private pensions savings since 1997; and calls on the Government to finally redeem its pledge, made in 1997, to ensure that ‘all pensioners should share fairly in the increasing prosperity of the nation’.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Pensioner Poverty):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Des Browne
Secretary Alan Johnson
Secretary Hilary Benn
Secretary John Hutton
Secretary Paul Murphy   
Mr Mike O’Brien   
Mr James Plaskitt
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes the policies of this Government to tackle pensioner poverty, which have lifted around two million pensioners out of absolute poverty and over one million out of relative poverty, and have led to spending of around £12 billion extra on pensioners compared with 1997; recognises that pension credit allows pensioners to live with dignity and rewards those who have saved for their own retirement; acknowledges the introduction of and increases to the winter fuel payment and further measures to ensure pensioners can keep warm; notes the provision of free off-peak bus travel granting freedom to pensioners and ensuring that they are not isolated in their own community; welcomes the long-term framework for pensions through the Pensions Act 2007, including re-linking the basic state pension to average earnings and ensuring equality for women and carers with men by 2025; and further welcomes the private pension reforms in the Pensions Bill which will enable individuals to take personal responsibility for their own retirement.’.
Mr Nick Clegg
Dr Vincent Cable
Jenny Willott
Paul Rowen
John Barrett
Mr Paul Burstow
   Line 9, after ‘pension’, insert ‘and urges the Government to reinstate the link immediately’.
   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 Secretary Murphy
   That the draft Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) Order 2008, which was laid before this House on 22nd April, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
[No debate]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That this House, at its rising on Tuesday 22nd July 2008, do adjourn till Monday 6th October 2008.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).
[No debate]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That the days appointed for the tabling and answering of written questions and for written ministerial statements under Standing Order No. 22B (Notices of questions etc. during September) shall be as follows:
Tabling days
   Wednesday 3rd, Monday 8th and Wednesday 10th September 2008
Answering days
   Wednesday 10th, Monday 15th and Wednesday 17th September 2008.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 22B(2)).
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That this House concurs with the Lords Message of 2nd June that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 30th April, it be an instruction to the Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill that it should report on the draft Bill by 22nd July.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That, at the sitting on Thursday 12th June, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business), opposed private business set down by the Chairman of Ways and Means may be entered upon at any hour and may be proceeded with, though opposed, for three hours, after which the Speaker shall interrupt the business.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Regulating internet service providers and internet content (John Robertson).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the draft Building Societies Act 1986 (Accounts, Audit and EEA State Amendments) Order 2008.
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills
9.00 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: National Curriculum.
   Witnesses: Civitas, Futurelab, Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, and Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts.
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Sub-Committee on After Leitch: Implementing Skills and Training Policies
9.30 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (public)
   Witnesses: Professor Lorna Unwin, University of London, Mick Fletcher, Education Consultant, Professor Alison Fuller, University of Southampton, and Professor Alison Wolf, King’s College London; Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, Engineering Employers Federation, Federation of Small Businesses, and Graham Schuhmacher, Head of Learning Services, Rolls-Royce plc (at 10.15 a.m.).
Modernisation of the House of Commons
9.30 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
Environmental Audit
2.00 p.m.
Room 16 (private)
2.10 p.m.
   Subject: Carbon Capture and Storage and Kingsnorth power station.
   Witnesses: Bob Taylor, Managing Director (Generation) E.ON UK; Malcolm Wicks MP, Minister for Energy, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (at 2.45 p.m.).
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
European Scrutiny
2.15 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: (i) Ageing well in the information society (ii) Scrutiny of European Documents.
   Witness: (i) Baroness Vadera, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform.
2.15 p.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Budget Measures and Low-Income Households.
   Witness: Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.30 p.m.
Room 5 (private)
2.30 p.m.
Room 20 (private)
2.30 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Reducing passenger delays by better management of incidents.
   Witnesses: Dr Mike Mitchell and Dr Gary Backler, Department for Transport, Iain Coucher, Network Rail, Dr Bill Emery, Office of Rail Regulation, and David Franks, Association of Train Operating Companies.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
4.15 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.30 p.m.
   Subject: Draft Marine Bill: Coastal Access Provisions.
   Witness: Natural England.
4.45 p.m.
Room 13 (private)
Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill
4.00 p.m.
Room 4A (private)
4.15 p.m.
   Witnesses: Baroness Prashar CBE, Chairman, Professor Dame Hazel Genn QC DBE, Commissioner, and Jonathan Sumption QC OBE, Commissioner, Judicial Appointments Commission; Chris Allison, Deputy Assistant Commissioner, Metropolitan Police, Dean Ingledew, Director of Community Protection, Westminster City Council, and Kit Malthouse, Deputy Mayor for Policing, Greater London Authority (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
Secretary of State for Defence: Agency key targets: 2008–09.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Government Response to the Review of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Environment Council—5th June 2008.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Avian influenza in Oxfordshire.
Secretary of State for Health: Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council: 9th and 10th June 2008.
Secretary of State for Justice: HM Land Registry–Framework Document 2008.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Agenda of Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council 9th June 2008, Luxembourg.



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