House of Commons

Session 2010-11
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Order of Business Tuesday 14 September 2010

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.

House of Commons
Order of Business

At 2.30 pm
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]

  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 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Mr Matthew Offord (Hendon):  What recent assessment he has made of the political situation in the Middle East; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Aidan Burley (Cannock Chase):  What initiatives he plans to introduce to reinvigorate the Commonwealth; and if he will make a statement.
Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran):  What recent discussions he has had with his Sri Lankan counterpart on access to detainees in that country by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
Mr Chuka Umunna (Streatham):  What steps he plans to take to improve his Department's monitoring of human rights overseas.
Paul Uppal (Wolverhampton South West):  What recent assessment he has made of the state of UK relations with countries in South-East Asia.
Henry Smith (Crawley):  What his policy is on the process for UK ratification of future EU treaties.
Stephen Pound (Ealing North):  When he last discussed human rights issues with his Sri Lankan counterpart.
Steve Baker (Wycombe):  What steps he plans to take to promote self-determination for Kashmir.
Karen Lumley (Redditch):  What steps his Department is taking to ensure political stability in the Maldives.
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):  What representations he has made at EU level on the affordability of EU external action programmes.
Mark Menzies (Fylde):  What reports he has received on the case of Ebrahim Hamidi, sentenced to death on charges of homosexuality in Iran.
Damian Hinds (East Hampshire):  What his most recent assessment is of the state of the UK's bilateral relations with Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.
Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak):  What his most recent assessment is of the state of UK-Iranian relations; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Mark Spencer (Sherwood):  What his most recent assessment is of the state of the UK's bilateral relations with Zimbabwe; and if he will make a statement.
Sir Malcolm Rifkind (Kensington):  What his policy is on Iran; and if he will make a statement.
Barry Gardiner (Brent North):  What recent discussions he has had with the UN High Representative for Human Rights on the situation of Tamils in detention camps in Sri Lanka.
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):  What recent assessment he has made of the implications for the UK of Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.
Philip Davies (Shipley):  What assessment his Department has made of the advantages and disadvantages to the UK of Turkey's accession to the EU; and if he will make a statement.
Chris Skidmore (Kingswood):  What his policy is on the process for UK ratification of future EU treaties.
Alun Cairns (Vale of Glamorgan):  What recent assessment he has made of UK relations with Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):  What assistance his Department has given to the government of Mexico to counter narco-terrorism.
Mr Michael McCann (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow):  What recent assessment he has made of the effects of terrorist acts by Hamas on the Middle East peace process.
Paul Flynn (Newport West):  What assessment he has made of progress in reducing levels of corruption in Afghanistan.
At 3.15 pm
Topical Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
The Members listed below have been selected by ballot to ask a Topical Question.
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):  If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside):
Andrea Leadsom (South Northamptonshire):
Dr Daniel Poulter (Central Suffolk and North Ipswich):
Amber Rudd (Hastings and Rye):
Andrew George (St Ives):
Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun):
Margot James (Stourbridge):
Ian Austin (Dudley North):

At 3.30 pm
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements, including on Report of the Billy Wright Inquiry

Preliminary Business
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Catherine McKinnell
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require certain public procurement contracts let by public authorities to include a commitment by the contractor to provide apprenticeships and skills training; 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
[Until 10.00 pm]
Debate may continue until 10.00 pm.
[No separate debate]
Mark Hoban
   That the following provisions shall apply to the Equitable Life (Payments) Bill:
   1.   The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.
Proceedings in Committee, on consideration and on Third Reading
   2.   Proceedings in Committee, any proceedings on consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed at one day’s sitting.
   3.   Proceedings in Committee and any proceedings on consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption on the day on which those proceedings are commenced.
   4.   Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after the commencement of those proceedings or at the moment of interruption on that day, whichever is earlier.
   5.   Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings on the Bill in Committee and on consideration and Third Reading.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 83A(7)).
EQUITABLE LIFE (PAYMENTS) BILL [MONEY]: Queen’s Recommendation signified
[No separate debate]
Mark Hoban
   That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Equitable Life (Payments) Bill, it is expedient to authorise the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Treasury or a government department by virtue of the Act.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).
[Up to one and a half hours]
Sir George Young
   That Nick Harvey be discharged and Sir Paul Beresford and John Thurso be appointed as members of the House of Commons Commission under the House of Commons (Administration) Act 1978.
   The Speaker will put the Question not later than one and a half hours after proceedings begin (Standing Order No. 16(1)).
[No debate]
Secretary Vince Cable
   That the draft Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty for Persistent Misuse of Network or Service) Order 2010, which was laid before this House on 25 March 2010, in the previous Parliament, to be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
[No debate]
Secretary Liam Fox
   That the draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2010, which was laid before this House on 2 June, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
[No debate]
Secretary Theresa May
   That the draft Equality Act 2010 (Consequential Amendments, Saving and Supplementary Provisions) Order 2010, which was laid before this House on 14 July, be approved.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Employment prospects for young people in Wirral (Alison McGovern).
   Debate may continue until 10.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Superannuation Bill Committee
10.30 am
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (public)
4.00 pm
   Subject: To take evidence on the Bill.
   Witnesses am: Cabinet Office, Hay Group (until no later than 12 noon); Mercer, Keith Bradford (Member of the CBI Employment Policy Committee), Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (until no later than 1.00 pm).
The programme of witnesses is provisional and subject to agreement by the Public Bill Committee.

Witnesses pm: Council of Civil Service Unions, Prospect, FDA (until no later than 5.15 pm); Fiona Draper (Independent Consultant), Public and Commercial Services Union (until no later than 6.30 pm).
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee
10.30 am
Room 12
   To consider the Motion in the name of Sir George Young relating to the Electoral Commission.
Public Accounts
9.00 am
Room 6 (private)
9.30 am
   Subject: Tackling Inequalities in Life Expectancy in Areas with the Worst Health and Deprivation.
   Witnesses: Richard Douglas CB, Acting Permanent Secretary, and Mark Davies, Director, Health Inequalities and Partnerships, Department of Health, and Dr Ruth Hussey, Regional Director of Public Health and Senior Medical Director for NHS North West and DH North West.
Standards and Privileges
9.30 am
Room 13 (private)
9.30 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.45 am
   Subject: (i) Financial Regulation; (ii) Appointment of Dr Martin Weale to the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (at 11.00 am).
   Witnesses: (i) Professor Charles Goodhart CBE, London School of Economics and Political Science, and Lord Myners of Truro CBE; (ii) Dr Martin Weale CBE, external member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England (at 11.00 am).
Political and Constitutional Reform
9.45 am
Room 18 (private)
10.00 am
   Subject: Government Proposals for Voting and Parliamentary Reform.
   Witnesses: Jenny Watson, Chair, Peter Wardle, Chief Executive, Andrew Scallan, Director of Electoral Administration and Lisa Klein, Director of Party, and Election Finance, Electoral Commission.
Business, Innovation and Skills
10.00 am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.30 am
   Subject: New Local Enterprise Partnerships.
   Witnesses: British Chambers of Commerce, CBI, EEF, Federation of Small Businesses, and Institute of Directors.
10.00 am
Room 8 (private)
10.15 am
   Subject: Drink and Drug Driving Law.
   Witnesses: Sir Peter North CBE QC; RAC Foundation, Automobile Association, and Association of British Drivers (at 11.15 am); Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, Brake, and Association of Chief Police Officers (at 12.00 pm).
10.00 am
Room 16 (private)
Home Affairs
10.30 am
Room 15 (private)
11.00 am
   Subject: (i) Immigration Cap; (ii) Firearms Control.
   Witnesses: (i) Highly Skilled Migrant Forum, Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association, and Sir Andrew Green KCMG, Migration Watch UK (at 11.30 am); (ii) British Shooting Sports Council, National Rifle Association and National Small-bore Rifle Association, and British Association of Shooting and Conservation (at 12.00 pm).
Culture, Media and Sport
11.00 am
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
11.30 am
   Subject: DCMS Accounts 2009-10 and Responsibilities of the Secretary of State.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State and Jonathan Stephens, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Public Administration
11.30 am
Room 5 (private)
12.00 pm
   Subject: Who does UK Grand Strategy?
   Witnesses: Rt Hon William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary, and David Frost, Director of Strategy, Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Sir Peter Ricketts KCMG, National Security Adviser, Tom McKane, Director General of Strategy, Ministry of Defence, and Robert Hannigan, Director General, Defence and Intelligence, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (at 1.00 pm).
[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 Defence: Army Inspector’s Review into the implementation of policy training and conduct of detainee handling.
Secretary of State for Defence: Grob Tutor Service Inquiry.
Secretary of State for Defence: Ministry of Defence’s Formal Response to the Service Complaints Commissioner’s Second Annual Report.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Equine infectious anaemia update.
Secretary of State for Justice: Implementation of the Bribery Act 2010.
Secretary of State for Justice: Trustee Exemption Clauses.