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Order of Business Wednesday 13 January 2010

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House of Commons
Order of Business

 
At 11.30 am
  Prayers
Afterwards
Private Business
Note: Private Business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Second Reading
London Local Authorities Bill [Lords] (By Order).
 

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 Scotland
 1
Bob Spink (Castle Point): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the morale of members of the armed forces based in Scotland returning from active service.
(309549)
 2
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): What recent discussions he has had with Scottish Executive Ministers on the resilience of cross-border transport links to extreme weather conditions.
(309550)
 3
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): When he next expects to visit Ayrshire to discuss levels of employment in the area.
(309551)
 4
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): When (a) he and (b) his officials last attended a meeting of the British-Irish Council.
(309552)
 5
Mr Andrew Pelling (Croydon Central): If he will hold discussions with Ministerial colleagues to develop policy on promotion of Scottish culture throughout the UK.
(309553)
 6
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the economic benefits to Scotland of proposed high speed cross-border rail links.
(309554)
 7
Willie Rennie (Dunfermline and West Fife): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the operation in Scotland of the payment for results system for the New Deal.
(309555)
 8
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): What discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on steps to assist households in Scotland in severe fuel poverty which are not connected to the mains gas grid.
(309556)
 9
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): What assessment he has made of the effectiveness of policies to reduce the level of youth unemployment in Scotland.
(309557)
 10
John Howell (Henley): What recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on measures to promote employment in Scotland.
(309558)
 11
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): If he will ask the First Minister to introduce in the Scottish Parliament a legislative consent resolution in respect of the provisions of the Anti-Slavery Day Bill introducing a national day to raise awareness of the need to eradicate all forms of slavery.
(309559)
 12
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South): When he last met broadcasters in Scotland to discuss the future of regional news in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(309560)
 13
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): How many freedom of information requests his Department has received in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(309561)
 14
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North): What recent discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues on the entry into administration of Globespan Airways Limited in Scotland.
(309562)
 15
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): What recent assessment he has made of the prospects for the banking sector in Scotland.
(309563)
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
 Q1
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 13 January.
(310396)
 Q2
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): What discussions he has had with hon. Members on an all-party approach to early intervention since 9 December 2009.
(310397)
 Q3
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):
(310398)
 Q4
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):
(310399)
 Q5
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):
(310400)
 Q6
Alun Michael (Cardiff South & Penarth):
(310401)
 Q7
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):
(310402)
 Q8
Bob Spink (Castle Point):
(310403)
 Q9
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):
(310404)
 Q10
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):
(310405)
 Q11
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):
(310406)
 Q12
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):
(310407)
 Q13
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):
(310408)
 Q14
Mr Eric Martlew (Carlisle):
(310409)
 Q15
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):
(310410)

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

Preliminary Business
Notices of Presentation of Bill
1
UNITED KINGDOM PARLIAMENTARY SOVEREIGNTY
[No debate]
Mr William Cash
 
   Bill to reaffirm the sovereignty of the United Kingdom Parliament; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
Ten minute rule Motion
2
VETERANS’ WELFARE
[Up to 20 minutes]
Mr Michael Moore
 
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to review and report to Parliament annually on the support provided to armed forces veterans across the United Kingdom in respect of access to health services, access to welfare schemes and access to other support; 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).


Main Business
  indicates Government Business
3
OPPOSITION DAY (2nd allotted day)
[Until 7.00 pm]
 
EDUCATION, TRAINING AND SKILLS FOR YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE RECESSION
Mr David Cameron
Mr David Willetts
Mr John Hayes
Mr David Evennett
Mrs Maria Miller
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
 
   That this House notes with concern the increase in the number of young people not in employment, education or training and the fall in the number of apprenticeship starts; further notes that there will be a shortage of university places in 2010 and that the continuing problems with the Student Loans Company will impact on those students beginning their studies this year; calls on the Government to clarify its position on university places after the annual Higher Education and Funding Council for England grant letter and on imposing fines on those higher education institutions that take on more students to meet the 50 per cent. participation target; further calls on the Government to consider proposals for the rapid expansion of apprenticeships and to free further education colleges from stifling bureaucracy so they may meet the needs of young people; and urges the Government to offer 10,000 additional university places in order to build aspiration, opportunity and a competitive economy.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Education, training and skills for young people in the recession):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Ed Balls
Secretary Yvette Cooper
Mr Secretary Hain
Mr Secretary Woodward
Secretary Jim Murphy   
Mr Pat McFadden   
Mr David Lammy
Kevin Brennan   
Mr Iain Wright
(a)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘recognises the Government’s commitment to maintaining investment in apprenticeships, higher education and skills and its commitment not to repeat the mistakes of past recessions, and to ensure that young people are not trapped in long-term unemployment; notes that since 1997 there have been 339,000 extra students in higher education, more than ever before, and that public funding has increased by over 25 per cent. in real terms creating the world-class higher education sector enjoyed today; further notes the Government’s commitment to managed growth in higher education to sustain quality and success in widening access, creating the most diverse student population ever; commends the Government’s commitment to helping graduates through the downturn; further notes that investment in apprenticeships today is over £1 billion in 2009-10, and that in 1997 there were only 65,000 starts compared to 240,000 in 2008-09; further notes the success of Train to Gain in supporting over 1.4 million course starts; commends the September Guarantee offering all 16 and 17 year olds an apprenticeship, school, college or training place; and acknowledges the Government’s investment of £1.2 billion in the Future Jobs Fund to guarantee a job, training or work experience for every young person unemployed for 12 months, and the graduate guarantee giving graduates unemployed for six months a guarantee of a high-quality internship or training, or help to become self-employed.’.
 
ENERGY SECURITY
Mr David Cameron
Greg Clark
Charles Hendry
Gregory Barker
Sir George Young
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
 
   That this House notes the impending retirement of over 20 gigawatts of UK generating capacity, the ongoing depletion of North Sea oil and gas reserves and the nation’s growing dependency on imported fossil fuels; further notes the high and volatile prices of those imports and the threats to the constancy and adequacy of their supply; regrets that British energy policy has failed to change with these circumstances and that, consequently, the nation’s energy security has been compromised, as exemplified by the low levels of UK gas storage capacity; acknowledges that fundamental reforms to the energy policy framework are required in order to attract the investment required to guarantee reliable, affordable and sustainable energy supplies; calls upon the Government to take immediate action to ensure diversity in new electricity generating capacity and adequate levels of natural gas storage; and, recognising that energy efficiency is the most cost-effective means of meeting Britain’s energy needs, further calls upon the Government to implement policies capable of accelerating the deployment of efficiency improvements to millions of domestic and non-domestic buildings, in particular to the homes of the growing number of fuel-poor households.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Energy security):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary David Miliband
Secretary Hilary Benn
Secretary Ed Miliband
Mr Pat McFadden
Mr David Kidney
(b)
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that around 20 gigawatts of new power generation is either under construction or has been consented to; believes that during a time of historically low temperatures and the highest ever gas demand in recent days, the country’s energy infrastructure has shown resilience; further notes the increase in gas import capacity by 500 per cent. in the last decade, and the increase in the diversity of sources of gas, including liquefied natural gas and gas imports through interconnectors with Norway and continental Europe; commends the Planning Act 2008, which has created the circumstances for greater onshore gas storage as well as for new nuclear power stations and other low carbon energy infrastructure, and the Energy Act 2008 which has created the circumstances for greater offshore gas storage; backs the development of the grid to make it ready for a low-carbon energy mix; supports the Government’s drive towards greater energy efficiency in homes through programmes such as Warm Front, the Carbon Emissions Reductions Target and Community Energy Savings Programme, all of which contribute to fighting fuel poverty, and in businesses through programmes such as the forthcoming Carbon Reduction Commitment Energy Efficiency Schemes; commends the Government’s wider plans to embark on the Great British Refurb, where up to seven million homes will have whole house makeovers by 2020; and further supports an approach based on strategic government and dynamic markets that maintains the country’s energy security as well as developing more diverse energy supplies, including clean coal, renewable and nuclear energy.’.
Mr Nick Clegg
Dr Vincent Cable
Simon Hughes
Martin Horwood
Malcolm Bruce
Mr Paul Burstow
(c)
 
   Line 5, leave out from ‘supply’ to end and add ‘further notes that the UK is still rich in coal, gas and oil resources and has the huge potential to develop its renewable resources of wind, wave, tidal power, biogas and other sources of supply; welcomes the construction and successful operation of the two important interconnectors with Norway and the Netherlands and the huge contribution to energy security that these and other new sources of energy now give to the UK; condemns statements by Her Majesty’s Official Opposition designed to alarm and mislead the public about energy security and which only add to the worries of the poor and vulnerable at times of particularly cold weather and concern about fuel costs; and believes that the objectives of UK energy policy should be to maximise energy efficiency, reduce harmful emissions of greenhouse gases, deliver a national programme of home insulation to ensure that every home is a warm home by 2020, and work towards a zero carbon, energy independent and non-nuclear Britain in a Europe where energy security is maximised by a European energy supergrid at the earliest possible opportunity.’.
Mr Mike Weir
Angus Robertson
John Mason
Stewart Hosie
(a)
 
   Line 11, after ‘storage’, insert ‘and to ensure that OFGEM takes immediate action to reform the system of transmission charges to allow fair and full access to the National Grid for Scotland’s abundance of renewable energy’.
   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.
4
BROADCASTING
[No debate]
Secretary Ben Bradshaw
 
   That the draft Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2010, which was laid before this House on 23 November, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
5
CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
[No debate]
Mr Secretary Hain
 
   That the draft Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2009, which was laid before this House on 24 November, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
6
CRIMINAL LAW
[No debate]
Secretary Jack Straw
 
   That the draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Mandatory Life Sentence: Determination of Minimum Term) Order 2009, which was laid before this House on 25 November, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
7
SECTION 5 OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES (AMENDMENT) ACT 1993
[No debate after 7.00 pm]
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary David Miliband
Ms Harriet Harman
Ian Pearson
 
   That, for the purposes of its approval under section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, the Government’s assessment as set out in the Pre-Budget Report 2009 shall be treated as if it were an instrument subject to the provisions of Standing Order No. 118 (Delegated Legislation Committees).
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 pm.
8
NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY (JOINT COMMITTEE)
[No debate after 7.00 pm]
The Prime Minister
Ms Harriet Harman
 
   That—
 
   the Lords Message of 7 January communicating a Resolution relating to National Security Strategy (Joint Committee), be now considered;
 
   this House concurs with the Lords in the said Resolution;
 
   and the following Standing Order be made:
(1)   
There shall be a Select Committee, to consist of 12 Members, to join with the Committee appointed by the Lords as the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, to consider the National Security Strategy.
(2)   
The committee shall have power to send for persons, papers and records, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House, to report from time to time, and to appoint specialist advisers either to supply information which is not readily available or to elucidate matters of complexity within the committee’s order of reference, and to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom.
(3)   
The quorum of the committee shall be three; and
(4)   
Unless the House otherwise orders, each Member nominated to the committee shall continue to be a member of it for the remainder of the Parliament.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 pm.
9
NATIONAL SECURITY STRATEGY
[No debate after 7.00 pm]
The Prime Minister
Ms Harriet Harman
 
   That Mr James Arbuthnot, Margaret Beckett, Sir Alan Beith, Des Browne, Malcolm Bruce, Mike Gapes, Dr Kim Howells, Peter Luff, Mr Paul Murphy, Sir Malcolm Rifkind, Paddy Tipping and Keith Vaz be members of the Select Committee appointed to join with a Committee of the Lords as the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 pm.
10
ADJOURNMENT (FEBRUARY)
[No debate]
Ms Harriet Harman
 
   That this House, at its rising on Wednesday 10 February 2010, do adjourn till Monday 22 February 2010.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).
 
 
At the end of the sitting:
11
ADJOURNMENT
 
   Proposed subject: Sovereignty of Parliament (Mr William Cash).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEES
DELEGATED LEGISLATION COMMITTEES
1
Eighth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 pm
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the draft Pharmacy Order 2010.
2
Ninth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 pm
Room 12 (public)
   To consider the draft State Pension Credit (Disclosure of Information) (Electricity Suppliers) Regulations 2010.
SELECT COMMITTEES
3
Energy and Climate Change
9.00 am
Room 16 (private)
 
9.15 am
(public)
   Subject: Proposals for National Policy Statements on Energy.
   Witnesses: Sustainable Development Commission; Campaign to Protect Rural England, Friends of the Earth, RSPB and WWF (at 10.15 am).
4
Science and Technology
9.00 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
9.30 am
(public)
   Subject: Geoengineering.
   Witnesses: Dr Jason J. Blackstock, Centre for International Governance Innovation, Canada, Dr David Keith, Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy, Energy and Environmental Systems Group, and John Virgoe, expert in geoengineering governance (witnesses will be giving evidence via video link); Sir David King, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and former Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Dr Kilaparti Ramakrishna, Senior Advisor of Environmental Law and Conventions, United Nations Environment Programme (via video link), and Dr Maarten van Aalst, Associate Director and Lead Climate Specialist at the Red Cross/Red Crescent Climate Centre (at 10.15 am); Joan Ruddock MP, Minister of State, Professor David MacKay, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Professor Nick Pidgeon on behalf of Research Councils UK (at 11.00 am).
5
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
9.30 am
(public)
   Subject: Sure Start Children’s Centres.
   Witnesses: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Royal College of General Practitioners and Royal College of Midwives; Rt Hon Dawn Primarolo MP, Minister for Children, Young People and Families, Department for Children, Schools and Families, and Liz Railton, Chief Executive, Together for Children (at 10.30 am).
6
Work and Pensions
9.15 am
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
9.30 am
(public)
   Subject: Local Housing Allowance.
   Witnesses: Shelter, Citizens Advice and Mencap; National Landlords Association, British Property Federation and Scottish Association of Landlords (at 10. 30 am).
7
Foreign Affairs
2.00 pm
Room 6 (private)
8
Procedure
2.00 pm
Room 20 (private)
9
Scottish Affairs
2.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
2.30 pm
(public)
   Subject: (i) Banking in Scotland, (ii) The Scotland Office White Paper and the recommendations of the Calman Commission.
   Witnesses: (i) Lord Myners CBE, Financial Services Secretary, HM Treasury, and Robin Haynes, Head of Financial Services, Scotland Office (ii) Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland (at 3.00 pm).
10
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
3.00 pm
(public)
   Subject: Defra’s Food Strategy.
   Witness: Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
11
European Scrutiny
2.30 pm
Room 19 (private)
12
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.30 pm
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
13
Transport
2.30 pm
Room 8 (private)
 
2.45 pm
(public)
   Subject: Draft National Policy Statement For Ports.
   Witnesses: Town and Country Planning Association, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and Planning and Environment Bar Association; Local Government Association and Regional Development Agencies (at 3.30 pm); County Surveyors’ Society, Highways Agency, Network Rail and Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (at 4.15 pm).
14
Energy and Climate Change
3.00 pm
Room 16 (private)
 
3.05 pm
(public)
   Subject: Proposals for National Policy Statements on Energy.
   Witnesses: Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace and WWF.
15
Public Accounts
3.30 pm
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Venture Capital Support to Small Businesses.
   Witnesses: Simon Fraser, Permanent Secretary, Department for Business Innovation and Skills, and Rory Earley, Chief Executive, Capital for Enterprise Ltd.
16
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
17
Selection
4.45 pm
Room 13 (private)
JOINT COMMITTEE
18
Statutory Instruments
3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

PUBLICATION OF SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
Wednesday 13 January
Time of publication
No.
1
Children, Schools and Families
12.00 pm
HC 187
   Work of the Committee in 2008-09 (Third Report).
2
Work and Pensions
11.00 am
HC 92
   Work of the Committee 2008-09 (First Report).

Written Ministerial Statement to be made today
1
Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills: Government’s response to the Competition Commission’s recommendations on the UK supply of groceries.

 

 

 
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