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Weekly Information Bulletin: 20th December 2008

Business of the House of Commons
15 - 19 December 2008

Monday 15 December

The House sat at 2.30pm

Oral Questions - Home Office; including Topical Questions

Statement - EU Council/Afghanistan, India and Pakistan - Prime Minister

Debate on the Address - Economy, Pensions and Welfare

Adjournment - Regulation of the grocery sector - Andrew George

The House rose at 11.13pm

Tuesday 16 December

The House sat in Westminster Hall between 9.30am-2.00pm

Westminster Hall Private Members' Debates -

09.30-11.00BBC World Service - Mr Greg Hands
11.00-12.30Treatment of Christians in Iraq - Mr Edward Leigh
12.30-13.00National Parks in England - Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger
13.00-13.30Implementing the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation - Paddy Tipping
13.30-14.00Secondary school reorganisation in Colchester - Bob Russell

The House sat at 2.30pm

Oral Questions - Health; including Topical Questions

Speaker's Statement - Duties and responsibilities of Members

Statement - Royal Mail - Mr McFadden

Statement - Family Justice - Mr Straw

Statement - Sutherland Inquiry - Ed Balls

Debate - Estimates (1st allotted day) - i) energy prices, fuel poverty OFGEM (agreed to); ii) dental services (agreed to)

Presentation of Bill - Consolidated Fund Bill (Bill presented and read a First time)

Motion - Adjournment (Christmas) (agreed to)

Adjournment - Physical contact between teachers and pupils - Norman Baker

The House rose at 10.33pm

Wednesday 17 December

The House sat in Westminster Hall between 9.30am-5.00pm

Westminster Hall Private Members' Debates -

09.30-11.00Operation of libel laws - Mr Denis MacShane
11.00-11.30Freeze on settlement building in the occupied Palestinian Territories - Martin Linton
14.30-16.00Support for the British Motor Industry - Sandra Gidley
16.00-16.30Dartford river crossing tolls - James Brokenshire
16.30-17.00Single and double summer time - Mr David Kidney

The House sat at 11.30am

Oral Questions - International Development; Prime Minister

Speaker's Statement - Speaker's Committee on the search of offices on the Parliamentary Estate

Statement - Pitt Report - Hilary Benn

Legislation - Consolidated Fund Bill - Second and Third reading (Bill read a Second and Third time)

Programme Motion - Banking Bill (Programme) (No.3) (Motion) (agreed to)

Legislation - Banking Bill - Third reading (Bill read a third time)

Motion - Value Added Tax (Change of Rate) Order 2008 (negatived on division)

Motion - resolution relating to Parliamentary pensions (agreed to)

Motions - Electoral Commission (agreed to)

Adjournment - Cervical cancer screening of young women - Mr Fraser Kemp

The House rose at 7.15pm

Thursday 18 December

The House sat at 10.30am

Oral Questions - Treasury; including Topical Questions

Statement - Iraq - Prime Minister

Business Statement - Leader of the House

Presentation of Bill - Policing and Crime - Jacqui Smith (Bill presented and read a First time)

Motion - on the Christmas recess adjournment

Royal Assent - Consolidated Fund Act 2008

Adjournment - Sri Lanka - Mr Andrew Pelling

The House sat in Westminster Hall between 2.30pm and 5.30pm

Westminster Hall - a debate on the 9th Report from the Foreign Affairs Committee, Session 2007-08, HC 533 on Human Rights Annual Report 2007, and the Government's response, Cm 7463

The House rose at 6.31pm

Friday 19 December

The House did not sit

Written Ministerial Statements
8 - 12 December 2008

15.12.08RAF Puma ZA938 (Board of Inquiry) - Mr Bob Ainsworth
15.12.08Autumn Performance Report - Mr John Hutton
15.12.08EU Energy Council - Mr Mike O'Brien
15.12.08Private Sewers and Lateral Drains - Huw Irranca Davies
15.12.08General Affairs and External Relations Council - Caroline Flint
15.12.08Autumn Performance Report - Alan Johnson
15.12.08Dioxins in Meat Products - Dawn Primarolo
15.12.08Autumn Performance Report 2008 - Jacqui Smith
15.12.08Control Order Powers - Vernon Coaker
15.12.08Use of Restraint in Juvenile Secure Settings - David Hanson
15.12.08Autumn Performance Report 2008 - Mr Geoffrey Hoon
15.12.08Renewable Transport Fuel Targets (Gallagher Review) - Mr Geoffrey Hoon
15.12.08Benefit Uprating - James Purnell
15.12.08Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council - Jonathan Shaw
16.12.08Snatch Land Rover - Mr John Hutton
16.12.08Afghanistan Roulement - Mr John Hutton
16.12.08UNFCCC Climate Change Negotiations - Edward Miliband
16.12.08Environment Council - Edward Miliband
16.12.08Independent Mental Health Advocate - Phil Hope
16.12.08Independent Complaints Audit Committee (UK Border Agency) - Mr Phil Woolas
16.12.08Correction of Statement - Mr Jack Straw
16.12.08Freedom of Information Quarterly - Mr Michael Wills
16.12.08Intestate Succession - Bridget Prentice
16.12.08Guaranteed Minimum Pension Calculation - Mr Liam Byrne
16.12.08Bus Service Operators Group - Mr Geoffrey Hoon
16.12.08EU Transport Council - Mr Geoffrey Hoon
16.12.08Freight Discussion Document - Jim Fitzpatrick
16.12.08Autumn Performance Report - James Purnell
17.12.08Speech, Language and Communications Needs - Ed Ball
17.12.08Zero Carbon Homes and Non-domestic Buildings - Margaret Beckett
17.12.08British Waterways Board (Salaries) - Huw Irranca-Davies
17.12.08Single Payment Scheme - Jane Kennedy
17.12.08Family Legal Aid Reform - Mr. Shahid Malik
17.12.08Cremation Regulations - Bridget Prentice
17.12.08Justice and Security (Northern Ireland ) Act 2007 (Independent Reviewer's Report) - Paul Goggins
17.12.08Private Hire Vehicles (Bus Provisions) - Paul Clark
17.12.08Child Dependency Increases - Jonathan Shaw
18.12.08Automated Teller Machines - Ian Pearson
18.12.08Finance Bill (Technical Tax Amendments) - Mr Stephen Timms
18.12.08Gypsy and Traveller Caravan Count - Mr Iain Wright
18.12.08Television Food Advertising (Children) - Andy Burnham
18.12.08Energy Markets - Edward Miliband
18.12.08Uplands Entry Level Stewardship Scheme - Hilary Benn
18.12.08Work Restrictions for Romanian and Bulgarian Nationals - Mr Phil Woolas
18.12.08Appointment to the UK Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and Western - Mr Gordon Brown
18.12.08Northern Ireland - Mr Shaun Woodward
18.12.08Airport Security -Mr Geoffrey Hoon
18.12.08Transport Governance Reviews - Paul Clark
18.12.08Local Transport Plans - Paul Clark

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