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Order of Business Wednesday 10 December 2008

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 11.30 am
  Ministerial Statements (if any)
  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 Andrew Robathan (Blaby): What assessment he has made of the interim Calman Commission report.
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): What recent discussions his Department has had on Scotland's future energy needs.
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian): What discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the use of the Post Office card account in Scotland.
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): Whether he has discussed the findings in the interim report of the Commission for Scottish Devolution with the First Minister.
Mrs Anne McGuire (Stirling): What recent representations he has received on the management of the UK fishing quota in Scotland.
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire): What recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the creation of a Great Britain football team for the 2012 Olympics.
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): What recent discussions he has had on the operation of the devolution settlement.
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): What assessment he has made of the effect on the Scottish economy of the measures announced in the Pre-Budget Report.
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister on the future of the banking sector in Scotland.
Mr Jim McGovern (Dundee West): What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on ensuring that businesses in Scotland are complying with the national minimum wage.
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): What recent discussions he has had with representatives of mortgage lenders in Scotland.
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): What recent discussions he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the status of Scottish Water as a publicly-owned company.
John Mason (Glasgow East): What assessment he has made of the likely effect of recent changes in entitlement rules for income support on vulnerable people in Scotland.
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith): What discussions he has had with Scottish Executive Ministers on the provision of debt advice in Scotland.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Alison Seabeck (Plymouth, Devonport): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 10th December.
Mr David Amess (Southend West):
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):
Michael Jabez Foster (Hastings & Rye):
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):
Mr Andrew Mackay (Bracknell):
Mary Creagh (Wakefield):
Mr Ian McCartney (Makerfield):

At 12.30 pm
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
QUEEN’S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): Adjourned Debate on Question
[3 December].
[Until 7.00 pm]
   Motion made, and Question proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows:
   Most Gracious Sovereign,
   We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.
Mr David Cameron
Mr Andrew Lansley
Mr Stephen O’Brien
Michael Gove
Mr Nick Gibb
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   As an Amendment to the Address, at end add ‘but regret the absence of measures in the Gracious Speech to deliver reforms which would make public services genuinely accountable to patients and parents; believe that the measures proposed offer no prospect of raising long-term productivity or value for money in public services; object to the absence of measures to reduce bureaucracy; regret the failure to abolish centrally-dictated targets and support public services focused on outcomes; note the lack of commitment to improve public health and outcomes to reduce health inequalities; regret the failure to provide patients with meaningful information to improve local accountability; deplore the failure to bring forward proposals on social care; further regret the lack of measures to break the link between poverty and educational achievement and to raise standards in literacy; call for proposals to tackle the United Kingdom’s declining position in international education league tables and to give pupils in state schools the opportunity to sit the best examinations; note the lack of proposals to ensure higher standards of child protection; further regret the absence of measures to reverse the decline of science and to make schools accountable to parents rather than bureaucrats; and seek long-term reform of public services rather than short-term palliatives.’.
   Proposed subject for debate: Foreign Affairs and Defence
Debate may continue until 7.00 pm.
[No debate after 7.00 pm]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That, at the sitting on Tuesday 16 December, any Consolidated Fund Bill ordered to be brought in and read the first time shall be proceeded with as if its Second Reading stood as an Order of the Day, and Standing Order No. 56 (Consolidated Fund Bills) shall apply.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 pm.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: River Hull and River Humber flood risk management strategy (Mr Graham Stuart).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills
9.00 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 am
   Subject: Work of Ofsted.
   Witness: Christine Gilbert CBE, HM Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, Ofsted.
Work and Pensions
9.15 am
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 am
   Subject: DWP’s Commissioning Strategy and the Employment Programme Market.
   Witness: Rt Hon Tony McNulty MP, Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions.
Room 16 (private)
10.30 am
   Subject: (1) Legal Aid Reform (Follow-Up) (2) Crown Dependencies.
   Witness: Lord Bach, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Patrick Bourke, Head of European and International Division, and Mark Taylor, Head of Legal Analysis, Finance and Performance Division, Ministry of Justice.
Business and Enterprise
10.45 am
Room 7 (private)
Scottish Affairs
2.00 pm
Room 15 (private)
2.15 pm
   Subject: Implications for the Scottish Economy of the Current Economic Climate.
   Witnesses: CBI Scotland; Professor David Bell, University of Stirling (at 2.45 pm); Scottish Trades Union Congress (at 3.15 pm); Scottish Chambers of Commerce (at 3.45 pm).
2.15 pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 pm
   Subject: Pre-Budget Report 2008.
   Witness: Rt Hon Alistair Darling MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Culture, Media and Sport
2.20 pm
Room 21 (private)
2.30 pm
   Subject: BBC Commercial Operations.
   Witness: Lord Carter of Barnes CBE, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 pm
Room 8 (private)
3.00 pm
   Subject: Energy Efficiency and Fuel Poverty.
   Witnesses: E.On UK, RWE nPower, and Centrica; Ofgem (at 3.45 pm).
European Scrutiny
2.30 pm
Room 19 (private)
As soon as convenient after 2.30 pm
   Subject: Scrutiny of European Documents.
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.30 pm
Room 5 (private)
3.00 pm
   Subject: Cross-border co-operation.
   Witness: Northern Ireland Prison Service.
2.30 pm
Room 18 (private)
2.45 pm
Room 6 (private)
2.50 pm
   Subject: Enforcement Activities of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency.
   Witnesses: Traffic Commissioners: Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (at 3.30 pm); Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport (at 4.15 pm).
Foreign Affairs
3.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.30 pm
   Subject: Developments in the European Union.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon David Miliband MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and Matthew Rycroft CBE, Director EU, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Public Accounts
3.30 pm
Room 16 (public)
   Subject: Procurement of Goods and Services by HM Prison Service.
   Witnesses: Phil Wheatley, Director General, National Offender Management Service and Vincent Godfrey, Director of Procurement, Ministry of Justice.
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 3.45 pm
Room 7 (public)
4.45 pm
Room 13 (private)
Statutory Instruments
3.45 pm
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 Children, Schools and Families: Play Strategy: Delivering the Children’s Plan Vision for Play in 2020.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Disabled Facilities Grant.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: Review of listed events.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Food security.
Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills: EU Education Council–21 November 2008.
Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills: EU Informal Meeting of Ministers in Charge of Vocational Education and Ministers in Charge of Higher Education: Bordeaux 25 and 26 November 2008.
Secretary of State for Justice: Persistent young offenders.
Secretary of State for Justice: Progress on the Government’s response to the Report by Baroness Corston of a review of women with particular vulnerabilities in the criminal justice system.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: First annual report reviewing the operation of arrangements for handling national security matters in Northern Ireland.
Secretary of State for Transport: Local Transport Act 2008: Proposals for a new PSV impounding scheme.

Private Members’ Bills
        The Speaker has appointed 10 o’clock on Thursday 11 December and Committee Room 10 as the time and place for holding the Ballot for Private Members’ Bills.


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