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Session 2010-11
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Order of Business Thursday 2 December 2010

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.


House of Commons
Order of Business

 
At 10.30 am
  Prayers
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 Transport
 1
Stella Creasy (Walthamstow):  What steps his Department plans to take to promote cycling proficiency; and if he will make a statement.
(27880)
 2
Julian Smith (Skipton and Ripon):  What steps he is taking to encourage sustainable local travel.
(27881)
 3
Simon Hughes (Bermondsey and Old Southwark):  What recent discussions he has had with the Mayor of London on the future of the South London Line.
(27882)
 4
Caroline Lucas (Brighton, Pavilion):  What steps his Department is taking to promote cycling as a means of transport.
(27883)
 5
Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South):  What recent discussions he has had with local authority leaders on the future of funding for major local authority transport schemes.
(27884)
 6
Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire):  What steps he is taking to encourage sustainable local travel.
(27886)
 7
Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central):  What assessment he has made of the effects of reductions in road safety grants and the ending of Government funding for speed cameras on the number of road traffic (a) accidents and (b) fatalities.
(27888)
 8
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham and Rainham):  What progress has been made on the sale of High Speed 1; and if he will make a statement.
(27889)
 9
Gavin Shuker (Luton South):  What steps he is taking to ensure that the Thameslink project is completed on time.
(27890)
 10
Barry Gardiner (Brent North):  What plans he has for the future age of eligibility for the national concessionary travel scheme.
(27892)
 11
Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty):  What plans he has for the future funding for the National Station Improvement Programme and Access For All grants.
(27893)
 12
Priti Patel (Witham):  What recent representations he has received on future expenditure on roads in Essex; and if he will make a statement.
(27894)
 13
Mr David Amess (Southend West):  What steps he is taking to encourage sustainable local travel.
(27895)
 14
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):  What steps he is taking to encourage greater use of low-emission vehicles.
(27896)
 15
Diana Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):  What recent assessment he has made of the effects of the outcomes of the Comprehensive Spending Review in respect of the Bus Service Operators' Grant on local bus services and fares.
(27897)
 16
Jonathan Reynolds (Stalybridge and Hyde):  What steps his Department is taking to reduce overcrowding on trains.
(27898)
 17
Mark Pawsey (Rugby):  What steps his Department is taking to reduce the number of road traffic accidents involving young people.
(27899)
At 11.05 am
Topical Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
The Members listed below have been selected by ballot to ask a Topical Question.
 T1
John Mann (Bassetlaw):  If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
(27872)
 T2
Tony Baldry (Banbury):
(27873)
 T3
Gavin Barwell (Croydon Central):
(27874)
 T4
Robert Halfon (Harlow):
(27875)
 T5
Mr John Baron (Basildon and Billericay):
(27877)
 T6
Tom Brake (Carshalton and Wallington):
(27878)
 T7
David Rutley (Macclesfield):
(27879)
At 11.15 am
Oral Questions to the Minister for Women and Equalities
 1
Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock):  What plans she has to increase the number of female company directors.
(27900)
 2
Joseph Johnson (Orpington):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
(27901)
 3
Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South):  If she will bring forward legislative proposals to amend the requirements for the disclosure of historic convictions for consensual homosexual intercourse for the purposes of preventing discrimination.
(27902)
 4
Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth):  What steps the Government is taking to ensure that disabled people are able to participate in elections and referendums.
(27903)
 5
Charlie Elphicke (Dover):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on reform of the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
(27904)
 6
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):  What steps she has taken to increase protection from domestic violence for women.
(27905)
 7
Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East):  What assessment she has made of the likely effect on women of the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review in the Spending Review period; and if she will make a statement.
(27906)
 8
Chi Onwurah (Newcastle Upon Tyne Central):  What recent assessment she has made of trends in the employment of women; and if she will make a statement.
(27907)
 9
Simon Wright (Norwich South):  What recent representations she has received on the rules relating to homosexual and bisexual blood donors.
(27908)

At 11.30 am
  Urgent Questions (if any)
 
  Business Question to the Leader of the House
 
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Main Business
1
BACKBENCH BUSINESS (12th allotted day)
[Until 6.00 pm]
PUBLICATION OF INFORMATION ABOUT COMPLAINTS AGAINST MEMBERS
Mr Kevin Barron
Sir George Young
Sir Paul Beresford
Annette Brooke
Heather Wheeler
Dr Alan Whitehead
Mr Oliver Heald
(1)   
That this House approves the Sixth Report of the Standards and Privileges Committee, Session 2010-11, HC 577; and
(2)   
That accordingly—
   a.   The Commissioner may publish papers relating to complaints rectified or not upheld since the beginning of financial year 2008-09 and information about complaints received and matters under investigation since the beginning of financial year 2010-11.
   b.   Standing Order No. 150 be amended, by inserting the following new paragraph after paragraph 10.
“(10A)   
The Commissioner shall have leave to publish from time to time—
(a)   
information and papers relating to—

(i) matters resolved in accordance with paragraph (3) of this order;

and

(ii) complaints not upheld;

 
and
(b)   
information about complaints received and matters under investigation.”
POWER OF THE PARLIAMENTARY COMMISSIONER FOR STANDARDS TO INITIATE INVESTIGATIONS
Mr Kevin Barron
Sir George Young
Sir Paul Beresford
Annette Brooke
Dr Alan Whitehead
Mr Oliver Heald
(1)   
That this House approves the Seventh Report of the Standards and Privileges Committee, Session 2010-11, HC 578; and
(2)   
That accordingly Standing Order No. 150 be amended, by leaving out paragraph (2)(e) and inserting in its place:
“(e)   
to investigate, if he thinks fit, specific matters which have come to his attention relating to the conduct of Members and to report to the Committee on Standards and Privileges or to an appropriate sub-committee thereof, unless the provisions of paragraph (3) apply.
(2A)   
In determining whether to investigate a specific matter relating to the conduct of a Member the Commissioner shall have regard to whether in his view there is sufficient evidence that the Code of Conduct or the rules relating to registration or declaration of interests may have been breached to justify taking the matter further.”
LAY MEMBERSHIP OF THE COMMITTEE ON STANDARDS AND PRIVILEGES
Mr Kevin Barron
Mr Oliver Heald
Matthew Hancock
 
     That this House agrees with the principle as set out in the Twelfth Report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life that lay members should sit on the Committee on Standards and Privileges; and invites the Procedure Committee to bring forward proposals to implement it.
   The Second Report of the Committee on Standards and Privileges, Session 2009-10, Implementing the Twelfth Report from the Committee on Standards in Public Life, HC 67, is relevant.
   The Speaker will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings on the Motions in the name of Mr Kevin Barron relating to Publication of information about complaints against members, Power of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards to initiate investigations and Lay membership of the Committee on Standards and Privileges not later than one and a half hours after the commencement of proceedings on the first such Motion. (Order of 25 November).
INDEPENDENT PARLIAMENTARY STANDARDS AUTHORITY
Adam Afriyie
Mr Graham Brady
Tony Lloyd
Lorely Burt
 
     That this House regrets the unnecessarily high costs and inadequacies of the systems introduced by the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA); calls on the IPSA to introduce a simpler scheme of office expenses and Members’ allowances that cuts significantly the administrative costs, reduces the amount of time needed for administration by Members and their staff, does not disadvantage less well-off Members and those with family responsibilities, nor deter Members from seeking reimbursement of the costs of fulfilling their parliamentary duties; and resolves that if these objectives are not reflected in a new scheme set out by the IPSA in time for operation by 1 April 2011, the Leader of the House should make time available for the amendment of the Parliamentary Standards Act 2009 to do so.
   As an Amendment to Adam Afriyie’s proposed Motion (Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority):
   (a)
John Mann
 
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘recognises that the establishment of the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) as an independent body was necessary owing to the inability of Members to establish a transparent, fair and affordable system for reimbursing legitimate expenses; further recognises the huge and appropriate public anger against Members and apologises unreservedly to the British people; trusts that IPSA can continue to develop a fairer and more cost-effective expenses system; offers it the House’s full co-operation in making the current system less expensive and time-consuming to administer; and calls on IPSA to introduce a simpler scheme of office expenses and Members’ allowances that cuts significantly the administrative costs of the scheme, reduces the amount of time needed for administration by Members and their staff, and does not disadvantage less well-off Members and those with family responsibilities’.
Debate may continue until 6.00 pm.
COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS (AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS) (No. 1)
Margaret Hodge
Mr Richard Bacon
Matthew Hancock
James Wharton
Stephen Barclay
Joseph Johnson
Nick Smith   
Mrs Anne McGuire   
Stella Creasy
 
   That Standing Order No. 148 (Committee of Public Accounts) be amended in paragraph (1), as follows:
 
   in line 7, after ‘records’, insert ‘, to sit notwithstanding any adjournment of the House’.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 6.00 pm.
COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS (AMENDMENT OF STANDING ORDERS) (No. 2)
Margaret Hodge
Mr Richard Bacon
Matthew Hancock
James Wharton
Stephen Barclay
Joseph Johnson
Nick Smith   
Mrs Anne McGuire   
Stella Creasy
 
   That Standing Order No. 148 (Committee of Public Accounts) be amended in paragraph (1), as follows:
 
   in line 8, after ‘time to time,’, insert ‘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,’.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 6.00 pm.
At the end of the sitting:
2
ADJOURNMENT
 
   Proposed subject: UK passport contract  (Mr Michael Meacher).
   Debate may continue until 6.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

COMMITTEES
PUBLIC BILL COMMITTEES
1
Postal Services Bill Committee
9.00 am
Room 9 (public)
 
1.00 pm
(public)
   Further to consider the Bill.
2
National Insurance Contributions Bill Committee
1.00 pm
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (public)
   To take evidence on the Bill.
   Witnesses: British Chambers of Commerce, Federation of Small Businesses, and London Councils (until no later than 2.30 pm); Cambridgeshire Chamber of Commerce, Southampton Chamber of Commerce, Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, London First, East London Small Business Centre, and Wenta
(until no later than 3.30 pm); HM Treasury and HM Revenue and Customs
(until no later than 4.00 pm).
   The programme of witnesses is provisional and subject to agreement by the Public Bill Committee.
EUROPEAN COMMITTEE
3
European Committee B
2.30 pm
Room 10 (public)
   To consider European Union Document No. 12564/10 and Addenda 1 and 2, relating to a Draft Directive on the right to information in criminal proceedings.
SELECT COMMITTEES
4
Liaison
9.15 am
The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House (private)
5
Political and Constitutional Reform
9.45 am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
10.00 am
(public)
   Subject: Prospects for Codifying the Relationship between Central and Local Government.
   Witnesses: Local Government Association, Sir Merrick Cockell, Leader, Kensington and Chelsea Council, Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, and Lord Bichard.
6
Treasury
10.30 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
 
10.45 am
(public)
   Subject: European Regulation.
   Witnesses: David Benson, Global Chief Risk Officer, Nomura, Andrew Baker, Chief Executive, Alternative Investment Management Association, and Martin Abbott, Chief Executive Officer, London Metal Exchange.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

PUBLICATION OF SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
Thursday 2 December
Time of publication
No.
1
Energy and Climate Change
00.01 am
HC 523
   Emissions Performance Standards (First Report).
2
European Scrutiny
11.00 am
HC 428-viii
   (Eighth Report).
3
Transport
00.01 am
HC 460
   Drink and drug driving law (First Report).

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
1
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: Confirming tax and tax credit rates and thresholds for 2011-12.
2
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: National addressing.
3
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change: Warm home discount consultation.
4
Secretary of State for Health: Office of the Health Professions Adjudicator.
5
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Publication of the cross-government equality strategy ‘Building a Fairer Britain’ and announcement of a machinery of government change.
6
Solicitor General: Human trafficking.
7
Secretary of State for Transport: EU Transport Council: 2 December 2010.
8
Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: Employment programmes for disability-related barriers to work.