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Order of Business Monday 15 June 2009

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 2.30 pm
  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 Children, Schools and Families
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): What recent assessment he has made of educational standards in secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): When his Department will respond to the Macdonald review of personal, health and social education; and if he will make a statement.
Ann Winterton (Congleton): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on provision of health services in schools for children with sexually-transmitted infections.
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): What recent representations he has received on the adequacy of childcare provision in summer holidays.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): If he will take steps to reduce levels of pupil absence as a result of families taking holidays during school terms.
Mr Ian Cawsey (Brigg & Goole): What arrangements he has made to bring forward spending on school buildings to 2009-10.
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley): What his most recent assessment is of progress in the establishment of Sure Start children's centres.
Tony Baldry (Banbury): What recent estimate he has made of the number of secondary schools that do not have their own sports playing fields.
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood): How much he has allocated to the Primary Capital Programme in Blackpool for the next three years.
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): What steps he is taking to ensure the timely marking of standard assessment tests in 2009; and if he will make a statement.
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): What steps he is taking to improve the teaching of literacy in schools.
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): What steps his Department is taking to ensure that children diagnosed with autism are not excluded from mainstream education.
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): How many children of school age who have been permanently excluded from school are without schooling.
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): What recent assessment he has made of educational standards in secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): What steps he plans to take to improve careers advice for school pupils; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): What plans he has to improve inspections of children's services; and if he will make a statement.
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): What plans he has to bring forward spending on school buildings to 2009-10.
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): What steps he is taking to improve standards of children's social care; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): What plans there are to renew and refurbish the fabric of schools in Halifax.
Michael Fabricant (Lichfield): What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of language teaching in secondary schools; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): What recent assessment he has made of standards of educational achievement in primary schools.
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): If he will increase his Department's funding for local authority provision for vulnerable children in care homes.
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): What recent representations he has received on the retention of information on the outcomes of Criminal Records Bureau checks on teachers.
At 3.15 pm
Topical Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
The Members listed below have been selected by ballot to ask a Topical Question.
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam): If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):
Bob Russell (Colchester):
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):
Ann Winterton (Congleton):
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):

At 3.30 pm
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
OPPOSITION DAY (13th allotted day)
[Until 10.00 pm]
Mr David Cameron
Nick Herbert
Mr James Paice
Mr Richard Benyon
Miss Anne McIntosh
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House recognises the serious impact that the economic downturn is having across the country; notes the specific impact of the recession on rural communities, with recent job losses affecting key rural industries; further notes with concern that levels of economic inactivity are higher in rural areas and believes that increased redundancies will fall particularly hard on small rural communities; further notes that rural communities, already suffering from the closure of key services and the Government’s failure to provide affordable rural housing, are finding it harder to cope with rising unemployment, with those out of work lacking adequate support; is concerned that the recession is exacerbated by the burden of regulation, increased payroll costs and problems accessing credit for small businesses; believes that too little say has been given to people in rural areas with decisions taken centrally; and calls on the Government to show more respect to rural communities and return power to local people.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Impact of the recession on rural communities):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Pat McFadden
Secretary Hilary Benn
Secretary John Denham
Secretary Yvette Cooper
Jim Fitzpatrick
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘ recognises the serious impact that the economic downturn is having across the country and the support the Government is providing to people, communities and businesses to come out stronger and build Britain’s future; notes that the Government has introduced new measures to increase financial aid for rural businesses through the Rural Development Programme for England as a response to the economic downturn; welcomes the Taylor Report’s work on making sure rural communities have affordable housing and sustainable economic opportunities; commends the work of the Homes and Communities Agency to build 10,300 rural affordable homes between 2008 and 2011; applauds the Government’s commitment to connect communities and support local businesses with a minimum guarantee of 2MB broadband for virtually everyone in the country; notes that unemployment levels in rural areas remain below those in urban areas and is committed to helping maintain high levels of employment in rural areas; expresses serious concern about the impact on rural communities of the Opposition’s promised 10 per cent. cut to the budgets of most Government departments that assist people in rural areas; and supports the Government’s commitment to continue to work with the Commission for Rural Communities, Regional Development Agencies and local communities and businesses to help people through these difficult economic times.’.
Mr Nick Clegg
Dr Vincent Cable
Tim Farron
Mr Roger Williams
Mr David Heath
Mr Paul Burstow
   Line 3, after ‘industries;’, insert ‘believes that the farming economy has been particularly damaged by unfairness in the market and that a powerful food market regulator is needed to prevent farmers from being exploited’.
Mr David Cameron
Mrs Caroline Spelman
Justine Greening
Mr Stewart Jackson
Robert Neill
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House expresses concern over the above-inflation rises in business rates since April 2009 and plans for the 2010 business rates revaluation; notes that all rate-paying businesses have already been hit by five per cent. above inflation rises and that the withdrawal of transitional relief has disproportionately hurt small businesses already struggling to cope with the recession; further notes that regulations relating to the business rate partial deferral scheme are yet to be placed before the House; observes that the additional burden of empty property rates further undermines struggling businesses; expresses disappointment at the failure in the Budget to help businesses and local authorities by making small business rate relief automatic as in Wales; believes that councils should have the power to levy local business revenue rate discounts and be rewarded for local regeneration and business rate growth; and further notes that the retrospective business rates being imposed on firms in ports, many involved in the car industry, will hit firms with a £124 million increase in taxes, risking insolvency and job losses.

   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Impact of non-domestic rates on businesses):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary John Denham
Ms Rosie Winterton
Sarah McCarthy-Fry
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that the Government is providing real help to businesses, with targeted support through the £20 billion working capital scheme, the Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme making available £1.3 billion of Government-guaranteed lending, an aim to pay Government suppliers within 10 days, a cut in the main rate of value added tax to 15 per cent., a deferral in the increase in the small companies’ rate of corporation tax, free business health checks, over £100 million towards debt advice, the HM Revenue and Customs Business Payment Support Service benefiting over 100,000 firms by spreading a total of £2.5 billion of tax payments, and the extended rate relief for empty properties; recognises the Government’s commitment to the annual Retail Price Index cap means there has been no real terms increase in business rates since 1990; welcomes the Small Business Rate Relief scheme providing £260 million of support in 2007-08; supports the fairness achieved by revaluing properties every five years with transitional arrangements to phase in significant changes in rates bills; welcomes the deferral scheme enabling payment of 2009-10 rates increases to be spread over three years to be brought into force by regulations in July; further notes the Local Authority Business Growth Incentive Scheme has provided funding of almost £1 billion since 2005-06; welcomes support for businesses, including in ports, receiving unexpected and significant backdated rates bills by the introduction of an unprecedented eight years to pay; and believes these measures provide certainty, fairness and appropriate relief for businesses.’.
   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 10.00 pm.
[Up to 45 minutes]
Stephen Timms
   That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State in consequence of the Act.
   The Speaker will put the Question not later than 45 minutes after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).
[Up to 45 minutes]
Stephen Timms
   That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill, it is expedient to authorise—
the imposition of fees in connection with exemptions from prohibitions concerning registration, and
payments into the Consolidated Fund.
   The Speaker will put the Question not later than 45 minutes after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 52(1)(b)).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Vehicle scrappage scheme (Nadine Dorries).
   Debate may continue until 10.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Health Bill [Lords] Committee
5.00 pm
Room 13 (private)
   (Programming Sub-Committee)
First Delegated Legislation Committee
4.30 pm
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the draft Companies Act 2006 (Accounts, Report and Audit) Regulations 2009.
North West Regional Committee
11.00 am
Committee Room 1, Manchester Town Hall (private)
   Subject: Impact of the Current Economic Situation on the North West and the Government’s Response.
   Witnesses: CBI, Federation of Small Businesses and Chambers of Commerce North West; TUC (at 12 noon); Learning and Skills Council and Jobcentre Plus
(at 1.15 pm).
Children, Schools and Families
3.30 pm
Room 8 (private)
   Subject: Teacher Training.
   Witnesses: Training and Development Agency for Schools; Vernon Coaker MP, Minister for Schools and Learners, and Jon Coles, Director General, Schools Directorate, Department for Children, Schools and Families (at 4.45 pm).
Communities and Local Government
4.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
   Subject: Supporting People.
   Witnesses: Rethink, Mencap, Catch 22 and Refuge; Byker Bridge & Brighter Futures, Home Group Ltd and St Mungos (at 4.55 pm); Age Concern and Help the Aged, Anchor Trust and Brighton & Hove Sheltered Housing Action Group
(at 5.30 pm).
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
4.15 pm
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
   Subject: (i) Ofwat’s Price Review 2009 (ii) Draft Flood and Water Management Bill.
   Witnesses: Gloucestershire County Council, Hull City Council and Suffolk Coastal District Council.
Public Accounts
4.30 pm
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Supporting People with Autism through Adulthood.
   Witnesses: Hugh Taylor CB, Permanent Secretary, and David Behan CBE, Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health, Hardip Begol, Deputy Director, Special Educational Needs and Disability, Department for Children, Schools and Families, and Rebecca Sudworth, Head, Disability and Work, Department for Work and Pensions.
7.15 pm
Room 6 (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: 16-19 funding.
Secretary of State for Health: Correction to written answer.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Section D Race Relations Act 1976—Language analysis.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Control Order powers.
Secretary of State for Justice: Ministry of Justice Annual Report 2008-09.
Secretary of State for Scotland: Devolution: Commission on Scottish Devolution.
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Social Security (Industrial Injuries) (Prescribed Diseases) Amendment Regulations 2009.



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