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Order of Business Wednesday 11 February 2009

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+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.


House of Commons
Order of Business

 
At 11.30 am
  Prayers
 
  Ministerial Statements (if any)
Afterwards
Notes:
  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 International Development
 1
Christine Russell (City of Chester): What support the Government is providing to non-governmental organisations and charities who are delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Gaza.
(255785)
 2
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): What progress has been made on the policy of incentivisation for growing crops other than opium poppy in Afghanistan.
(255786)
 3
Ann Winterton (Congleton): What recent discussions he has had with his overseas counterparts on developing a co-ordinated approach to the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.
(255787)
 4
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): What recent discussions he has had with the Sri Lankan government on aid to that country; and if he will make a statement.
(255788)
 5
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): What the Government's objectives are for the forthcoming Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative global conference.
(255789)
 6
Hugh Bayley (City of York): What steps his Department is taking to reduce the effects of the global economic downturn on poor people in developing countries.
(255790)
 7
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): What steps his Department is taking to reduce maternal morbidity in developing countries.
(255791)
 8
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): What plans his Department has for aid to Thailand.
(255793)
 9
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): What monitoring his Department has undertaken of the provision of development-related small loans and microfinance initiatives in developing countries in the last 12 months.
(255794)
 10
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): In what ways his Department is working with the government of Guyana to promote the preservation of the rainforest in that country.
(255795)
 11
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): What steps his Department is taking to encourage pharmaceutical companies to develop infant formulae for anti-retroviral therapies for use for children in developing countries.
(255796)
 12
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): What recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.
(255797)
 13
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): What assessment his Department has made of the effect of the global economic downturn on the conditionality of international development aid; and if he will make a statement.
(255798)
 14
Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire): What recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Gaza.
(255799)
 
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
 Q1
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 11 February.
(255800)
 Q2
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):
(255801)
 Q3
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):
(255802)
 Q4
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):
(255803)
 Q5
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):
(255804)
 Q6
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):
(255805)
 Q7
Mr Bill Olner (Nuneaton):
(255806)
 Q8
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):
(255807)
 Q9
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):
(255808)
 Q10
Angela Watkinson (Upminster):
(255809)
 Q11
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown):
(255810)
 Q12
Philip Davies (Shipley):
(255811)
 Q13
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):
(255812)
 Q14
Mr Tom Harris (Glasgow South):
(255813)
 Q15
John Mann (Bassetlaw):
(255814)

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

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
1
CLIMATE CHANGE (SECTORAL TARGETS)
[Up to 20 minutes]
Mr Martin Caton
 
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to set targets relating to energy generation and consumption; to make provision for the sectoral targets to be met; 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).
   Note: Provision has been made for a Business Motion to be moved at 7.00 pm (Standing Order No. 15).

Main Business
  indicates Government Business


2
OPPOSITION DAY (5th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 pm]
 
HOUSING WAITING LISTS
Mr David Cameron
Grant Shapps
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Mr Stewart Jackson
Justine Greening
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
 
   That this House notes that social housing waiting lists have increased to a record 1.8 million families, over 4.5 million people, over the last 12 months; recognises that the Government’s policies have reduced levels of house-building across all tenures; cautions that the number of families waiting for social housing is rising to record figures; expresses serious concern that the number of children living in temporary accommodation has doubled in the last 10 years; warns that the Government’s changes to the system for counting rough sleepers will drastically under-estimate the problem; further notes that the Government’s top-down policies with regard to housing have strangled it with red tape; and is concerned about the implications of the Government’s housing policies for the future supply of housing in general and for families and the most vulnerable in society in particular.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Housing waiting lists):
Mr Nick Clegg
Dr Vincent Cable
Sarah Teather
Julia Goldsworthy
Dan Rogerson
Mr Paul Burstow
(a)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that the UK has a chronic shortage of social housing, forcing millions of families and vulnerable people into temporary and low quality accommodation; notes that 2.45 million properties have been purchased in the UK since 1980 from a council stock that previously stood at over five million; further notes that this lost stock has not been replaced because of the previous Conservative Government’s prohibition on local authorities using full right to buy receipts for investment in new housing; deplores the continuation of this prohibition by the current Labour Government; believes the social housing crisis is exacerbated by the Housing Revenue Account system which taxes council tenants’ rents while also preventing local authorities from sufficiently maintaining old housing or from building new housing for rent; and calls on the Government to allow local authorities to retain tenants’ rent and right to buy receipts in order to reinvest in social housing in the local area.’.
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Ms Harriet Harman
Secretary Hazel Blears
Mrs Margaret Beckett
Mr Iain Wright
(b)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that the Government is investing over £8 billion between 2008 and 2011 to increase the supply of social and affordable housing, has invested over £29 billion since 1997 to bring social housing up to a decent standard and has made £205 million available for a mortgage rescue scheme to support the most vulnerable home owners facing repossession so they can remain in their home; further notes that there has been a 74 per cent. reduction in rough sleeping since 1998, that the long term use of bed and breakfast accommodation as temporary accommodation for families provided under the homelessness legislation has ended and that since 2003 the number of people who have been accepted as owed a main duty under the homelessness legislation has reduced by 60 per cent.; further notes that the Government has helped more than 110,000 households into low cost home ownership since 2001; believes that the introduction of enhanced housing options services provides tailored housing advice reflecting a household’s individual circumstances while choice-based lettings schemes give social housing applicants greater choice over where they want to live; and further believes that the Government has taken measures to make best use of the social housing stock such as tackling overcrowding and under-occupation.’.
 
FUTURE OF ROYAL MAIL
Mr David Cameron
Mr Kenneth Clarke
Mr Mark Prisk
John Penrose
Mr Jonathan Djanogly
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
 
   That this House welcomes the Hooper review of UK postal services; and urges the Government to implement rapidly the review’s proposals for the partial privatisation of Royal Mail.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Future of Royal Mail):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Paul Murphy
Secretary Jim Murphy
Secretary Hilary Benn
Secretary James Purnell
Secretary Hazel Blears   
Mr Pat McFadden   
Ian Pearson
(a)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes the threats to the future of the Royal Mail and welcomes the conclusion of the Hooper Report that, as part of a plan to place the Royal Mail on a sustainable path for the future, the current six days a week universal service obligation (USO) must be protected, that the primary duty of a new regulator should be to maintain the USO, and that the Government should address the growing pensions deficit; notes that modernisation in the Royal Mail is essential and that investment must be found for it; endorses the call for a new relationship between management and postal unions; urges engagement with relevant stakeholders to secure the Government’s commitment to a thriving and prosperous Royal Mail, secure in public ownership, that is able to compete and lead internationally and that preserves the universal postal service; further notes the Conservatives’ failure to invest in Royal Mail when they were in power in contrast with Labour’s support for both Royal Mail and the Post Office; and notes that legislation on these issues will be subject to normal parliamentary procedures.’.
Mr Nick Clegg
Dr Vincent Cable
John Thurso
Lorely Burt
Mr David Heath
Mr Paul Burstow
(c)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes the contents of the Hooper review of UK postal services; welcomes its conclusion that the existing universal service obligation should be protected; believes that the Government should take this opportunity to confirm its commitment to maintaining and strengthening the national Post Office network; recognises that investment in Royal Mail is essential for it to modernise and thrive in a competitive marketplace; commends the principle of employee share ownership; and calls on the Government to legislate accordingly, as a matter of urgency.’.
Mr Mike Weir
Hywel Williams
Stewart Hosie
(b)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘review’ to end and add ‘but does not accept its recommendation that the Royal Mail should be part-privatised; believes this would endanger the universal service obligation and lead to reduced service, particularly in rural areas of Scotland and Wales; and further believes Royal Mail should remain in public ownership and that Her Majesty’s Government should abandon all attempts at part-privatisation of the company.’.
   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 pm.

At 7.00 pm
BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE
[No debate]
The Prime Minister
 
   That, at this day’s sitting, consideration of any Lords Messages that may be received may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 15).

3
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
[No debate]
Secretary Paul Murphy
 
   That the draft Welsh Ministers (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2008, which was laid before this House on 16 December, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
4
CONTRACTING OUT
[No debate]
Secretary Geoff Hoon
 
   That the draft Contracting Out (Highway Functions) Order 2009, which was laid before this House on 21 January, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
5
ASYLUM
[No debate]
Mr Phil Woolas
 
   That this House takes note of European Union Documents No. 16913/08 and Addenda 1 to 3, draft Directive laying down minimum standards for the reception of asylum seekers, No. 16934/08 and Addenda 1 to 3, draft Regulation on the establishment of ‘EURODAC’ for the comparison of fingerprints for the effective application of the Regulation establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection, and No. 16929/08 and Addenda 1 to 3, Regulation establishing the criteria and mechanisms for determining the Member State responsible for examining an application for international protection lodged in one Member State by a third country national or stateless person; supports the Government’s aim of making more efficient the arrangement for identifying the Member State responsible for determining a claim for international protection (and, where appropriate, for removing to that country the person applying for protection); and supports the Government’s aim of ensuring that minimum standards for the treatment of those seeking protection in the EU support the maintenance of an effective asylum system that grants protection to those who need it and identifies and swiftly returns those who do not.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(11)).
6
USE OF THE COMMONS CHAMBER (UNITED KINGDOM YOUTH PARLIAMENT)
[No debate after 7.00 pm]
Ms Harriet Harman
 
   That this House welcomes the work of the United Kingdom Youth Parliament in providing young people with an opportunity to engage with the political process and bring about social change; notes that many hon. Members from all parts of the House are actively involved in the work of the UK Youth Parliament; and accordingly resolves that the UK Youth Parliament should be allowed for this year alone to hold its 2009 annual meeting in the Chamber of this House.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 pm.
 
Note: The House may be asked to consider any Lords Messages which may be received.
Note: The Speaker will not adjourn the House until any Message from the Lords has been received and any Committee to draw up Reasons which has been appointed at this day’s sitting has reported (Order of 10 February).
 
At the end of the sitting:
7
ADJOURNMENT
 
   Proposed subject: Effect on small businesses of recent changes to immigration rules (Mr Christopher Chope).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEES
DELEGATED LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
1
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 pm
Room 12 (public)
   To consider the draft Criminal Defence Service (Information Requests) Regulations 2009.
SELECT COMMITTEES
2
Energy and Climate Change
9.00 am
Room 8 (private)
 
9.15 am
(public)
   Subject: Energy Prices and Future Investment.
   Witnesses: Phil Bentley, Managing Director, British Gas, Centrica, Martin Lawrence, Managing Director, Energy Sourcing and Customer Supply, EDF Energy, Jim Macdonald, Commercial Director, Retail, E.ON UK, Guy Johnson, Director of Regulation, RWE npower, Ian Marchant, Chief Executive, Scottish and Southern Energy and Nick Horler, Chief Executive, Scottish Power.
3
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
4
Work and Pensions
9.15 am
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
5
Public Administration
10.45 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
11.00 am
(public)
   Subject: Equitable Life.
   Witness: Ian Pearson MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury.
6
Foreign Affairs
2.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
2.30 pm
(public)
   Subject: Global Security: The Middle East.
   Witnesses: Dr Hani Albasoos, Palestinian Institute for the Study of Conflict Resolution and Governance, Ms Nomi Bar-Yaacov, Adviser on Middle Eastern Affairs and Dr Ahron Bregman, King’s College London; Professor Iain Scobbie, School of Oriental and African Studies (at 4.00 pm).
7
Scottish Affairs
2.00 pm
Room 8 (private)
 
2.15 pm
(public)
   Subject: Commission on Scottish Devolution.
   Witness: Sir Kenneth Calman KCB DL, Chairman, Commission on Scottish Devolution.
8
Treasury
2.15 pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
2.30 pm
(public)
   Subject: Banking Crisis.
   Witnesses: Eric Daniels, Group Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group, John Varley, Group Chief Executive, Barclays, Stephen Hester, Group Chief Executive, Royal Bank of Scotland, Antonio Horta-Osorio, Chief Executive, Abbey Bank and Paul Thurston, UK Managing Director, HSBC.
9
European Scrutiny
2.20 pm
Room 19 (private)
 
2.30 pm
(public)
   Subject: Recent Scrutiny Performance by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
   Witness: Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
10
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.30 pm
Room 5 (private)
 
3.00 pm
(public)
   Subject: Cross-border Co-operation.
   Witness: Paul Goggins MP, Minister of State, Northern Ireland Office.
11
Transport
2.30 pm
Room 6 (private)
 
2.45 pm
(public)
   Subject: Taxes and Charges on Road Users.
   Witnesses: Royal Dutch Touring Club and German CBI; Paul Clark MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Department for Transport and Angela Eagle MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury (at 3.30 pm).
12
Public Accounts
3.30 pm
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Hearing with the Comptroller and Auditor General Designate.
   Witness: Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General Designate.
13
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
14
Selection
4.45 pm
Room 13 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEE
15
Statutory Instruments
3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statement to be made today
1
Secretary of State for Defence: Defence planning assumptions.

 

 

 
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