House of Commons

Session 2010-11
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Order of Business Wednesday 16 March 2011

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.

House of Commons
Order of Business

At 11.30 am
  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 Wales
Stuart Andrew (Pudsey):  What recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) the Welsh Assembly Government on Big Society initiatives in Wales.
Jonathan Lord (Woking):  What assessment she has made of the outcome of the referendum on devolving primary law-making powers to the National Assembly for Wales.
Andrew Stephenson (Pendle):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on expenditure on broadband projects in Wales.
Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire):  What assessment she has made of the outcome of the referendum on devolving primary law-making powers to the National Assembly for Wales.
Karen Lumley (Redditch):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on measures to attract inward investment to Wales.
David Mowat (Warrington South):  What recent representations she has received on the mechanism for calculating the block grant settlement for the Welsh Assembly.
John Howell (Henley):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues on measures to attract inward investment to Wales.
Mr Mark Williams (Ceredigion):  What assessment she has made of the effect on the Welsh economy of recent trends in the cost of fuel.
Neil Carmichael (Stroud):  What recent discussions she has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on upland farming in Wales.
Graham Evans (Weaver Vale):  What recent discussions she has had with Ministerial colleagues and Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government on energy policy in Wales.
Jessica Morden (Newport East):  What recent estimate she has made of the number of jobs to be lost in the public sector in Wales as a result of the reductions in public expenditure in 2011-12.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):  What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Transport of electrification of the rail network in south Wales.
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):  What assessment she has made of the outcome of the referendum on devolving primary law-making powers to the National Assembly for Wales.
Nia Griffith (Llanelli):  What discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the future of the Environment Agency's national laboratory services located in Wales.
Martin Caton (Gower):  What discussions she has had with Ministers in the Welsh Assembly Government on the implications for the economy of west Wales of the Government's proposed programme of rail electrification.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Gregg McClymont (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East):  If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 16 March.
Gavin Williamson (South Staffordshire):
Nigel Adams (Selby and Ainsty):
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):
Steve McCabe (Birmingham, Selly Oak):
Lindsay Roy (Glenrothes):
Stuart Andrew (Pudsey):
Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent):
Mr Gareth Thomas (Harrow West):
Robert Halfon (Harlow):
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):
Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr):
Simon Wright (Norwich South):
Mr Bernard Jenkin (Harwich and North Essex):
At 12.30 pm
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
  indicates Government Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
[No debate]
Secretary Jeremy Hunt
   Bill to amend the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Steve Rotheram
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to require the Secretary of State to create Special Urban Development Zones; to set out the criteria on which such Zones must be designated, including criteria relating to Housing Market Renewal Initiative status and areas of multiple deprivation; 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
OPPOSITION DAY (13th allotted day)
[Until 7.00 pm]
Edward Miliband
Ed Balls
Ms Angela Eagle
Maria Eagle
Kerry McCarthy
Ms Rosie Winterton
   That this House recognises that rising world oil, food and commodity prices are increasing the cost of living and adding to the squeeze on families on low and middle incomes across Britain; believes this has been compounded by the Government’s decision to increase VAT to 20 per cent., which will cost a family with children an annual average of £450, has helped to push up the consumer prices index annual inflation to 4 per cent. and, according to the House of Commons Library, is adding £1.35 to the cost of filling up a vehicle with a 50 litre tank; notes that the AA announced last week that the cost of unleaded petrol has now reached an average of £6 a gallon and that the fuel duty stabiliser promised in the 2010 Conservative Party manifesto has not yet been announced or implemented; further notes that the previous administration regularly postponed planned fuel duty rises when world oil prices were increasing sharply, as they are now; and demands that the Government takes immediate steps to reverse January’s VAT rise on road fuels, using the extra £800 million from the bank levy and securing the appropriate EU derogation, in order to provide relief to hard-pressed motorists and, at the time of the Budget, looks again at the annual duty rise due in April.
   As an Amendment to Edward Miliband’s proposed Motion (Fuel prices and the cost of living):
The Prime Minister
The Deputy Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Vince Cable
Secretary Chris Huhne
Secretary Philip Hammond
Secretary Caroline Spelman   
Mr Secretary Moore   
Secretary Cheryl Gillan
Danny Alexander   
Mark Hoban   
David Gauke
Justine Greening
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that the Government inherited the largest deficit in UK peacetime history and that the previous Government and current Opposition has no credible plan to deal with the deficit; further notes that this Government has already taken steps to support families and that those on low and middle incomes will benefit from April 2011 from a £1,000 increase in the income tax personal allowance, above-indexation increases in Child Tax Credit and that pensioners will receive new ‘triple-lock’ increases in the basic State Pension; further notes the significant impact on fuel prices in the UK of the dramatic increase in the world oil price to over $100 per barrel and the impact on households and business; notes that the previous Government increased fuel duty no less than four times between December 2008 and April 2010, proposed introducing a fuel escalator from 2011 and planned for a further series of six consecutive fuel duty rises up to 2014; nonetheless recognises the significant impact of high fuel prices on motorists, hauliers and businesses and that the Government is considering a fair fuel stabiliser that could support motorists and businesses when oil prices are high; and in addition notes that a reduction in VAT on fuel would be deemed illegal under EU law and that the Chancellor will update the House on this issue at the time of the Budget.’.
Edward Miliband
John Healey
Andy Burnham
Hilary Benn
Liz Kendall
Ms Rosie Winterton
   That this House supports the founding principles of the National Health Service (NHS); therefore welcomes the improvements patients have seen in the NHS and supports steps further to ensure the NHS is genuinely centred on patients and carers, achieves quality and outcomes that are among the best in the world, refuses to tolerate unsafe care, involves clinicians in decision-making and enables healthcare providers to innovate, improves transparency and accountability, is more efficient and gives citizens greater say; recognises however that all of those policies and aspirations can be achieved without adopting the damaging and unjustified market-based reorganisation that is proposed, and already being implemented, by the Government; notes the strength of concerns being raised by independent experts, patient groups and professional bodies about the Government’s NHS reorganisation; further notes the similar concerns expressed by the Liberal Democrat Party spring conference; and therefore urges the Government to halt the implementation of the reorganisation and pause the progress of the legislation in order to re-think their plans and honour the Prime Minister’s promise to protect the NHS.
   As Amendments to Edward Miliband’s proposed Motion (Government’s NHS reorganisation):
Dr Sarah Wollaston
Mr Charles Walker
Tessa Munt
John Pugh
Mr Douglas Carswell
Andrew George
Mrs Anne Main   
Mike Crockart   
Stephen Gilbert
Martin Horwood
   Line 7, leave out from ‘say’ to end and add ‘and undertakes to listen to the concerns of patient groups, professional bodies and independent experts and work with them to achieve a strengthened NHS.’.
Greg Mulholland
Mr David Ward
John Pugh
Ian Swales
Mr John Leech
   Line 12, leave out from ‘and’ to end and add ‘calls for the Health and Social Care Bill to be amended to meet those concerns.’.
   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.
[No debate]
Secretary Theresa May
   That the Order of 1 March 2011 (Protection of Freedoms Bill (Programme)) be varied as follows:
   1.   Paragraph 2 of the Order shall be omitted.
   2.   Proceedings in the Public Bill Committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion on Tuesday 17 May 2011.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 83A(7)).
[Up to one and a half hours]
Mr David Lidington
   That this House takes note of draft European Council decision EUCO 33/10 (to amend Article 136 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union with regard to a stability mechanism for Member States whose currency is the euro) and, in accordance with section 6 of the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008, approves Her Majesty’s Government’s intention to support the adoption of draft European Council decision EUCO 33/10.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Lidington’s proposed Motion (Section 6 of the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008):
Mr William Cash
Mr Bernard Jenkin
Mr John Redwood
Mr Peter Bone
Mr Richard Shepherd
Mr Philip Hollobone
Mr David Nuttall   
Mark Reckless   
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr Edward Leigh   
Mr Douglas Carswell   
Richard Drax
Mr Andrew Turner   
Mr John Baron   
Mr David Davis
   Line 4, leave out from ‘2008’ to end and add ‘, and declines to approve Her Majesty’s Government’s intention to support the adoption of draft European Council decision EUCO 33/10 until the final version of the draft Decision has been deposited in the House.’.
   The Speaker will put the Questions necessary to dispose of proceedings not later than one and a half hours after their commencement (Standing Order No. 16(1)).
At the end of the sitting:
[No debate]
   Police Station (Wombourne, South Staffordshire) (Gavin Williamson).
Presentation of petitions: no debate or decision (Standing Order No. 153).
   Proposed subject: Classroom teaching assistants and single status in Cumbria (Tony Cunningham).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Coinage (Measurement) Bill Committee
9.30 am
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the Bill.
Fifth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 pm
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2011.
Science and Technology
9.00 am
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.15 am
   Subject: Astronomy and Particle Physics.
   Witnesses: Professor Phil Allport, Head of Particle Physics, University of Liverpool, Professor Mike Bode, Director of the Astrophysics Research Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, Professor Robert C. Kennicutt Jr., Plumian Professor of Astronomy and Experimental Philosophy Director, Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, Professor John Peacock, Head of the Institute for Astronomy, University of Edinburgh, Professor Steve Rawlings, Sub-Department of Astrophysics, Oxford University, and Professor Andrei Seryi, Director, John Adams Institute for Accelerator Science; Professor Keith Mason, Chief Executive, Science and Technology Facilities Council, and Sir Adrian Smith, Director General, Knowledge and Innovation, Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (at 10.15 am).
9.15 am
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 am
   Subject: 16-19 Participation in Education and Training.
   Witnesses: Haroon Chowdry, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Mick Fletcher, Independent Research Consultant, and Mark Corney, Independent Research Consultant; Ian MacNaughton, Principal, The Sixth Form College, Colchester, Dr Elaine McMahon CBE, Chief Executive and Principal, Hull College Group, David Lawrence, Principal, Easton College, Jane Machell, Principal, Alton College, and David Wood, Principal and Chief Executive, Lancaster and Morecambe College (at 10.15 am).
Work and Pensions
9.15 am
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
10.00 am
Room 15 (private)
10.15 am
   Subject: Domestic Fisheries Management–Implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy.
   Witness: Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
10.20 am
Room 16 (private)
Public Accounts Commission
10.30 am
Room 6 (private)
10.45 am
   Subject: NAO’s Estimates for 2011/12.
   Witnesses: Amyas Morse, Comptroller and Auditor General, Sir Andrew Likierman, Chair, Michael Whitehouse, Chief Operating Officer, and Jim Rickleton, Director General Finance and Commerce, National Audit Office.
European Scrutiny
2.00 pm
Room 19 (private)
Foreign Affairs
2.00 pm
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 pm
   Subject: Developments in UK Foreign Policy.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon William Hague MP, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs and First Secretary of State, Simon Fraser CMG, Permanent Under-Secretary, and James Bevan CMG, Director General Change and Delivery, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Scottish Affairs
2.00 pm
Room 6 (private)
Treasury Sub-Committee
2.00 pm
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.15 pm
   Subject: Administration and Effectiveness of HM Revenue and Customs.
   Witnesses: Mike Clasper CBE, Chairman, Dame Lesley Strathie DCB, Permanent Secretary and Chief Executive, and Dave Hartnett CB, Permanent Secretary for Tax, HM Revenue and Customs.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 pm
Room 16 (private)
Environmental Audit
2.30 pm
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.45 pm
   Subject: Impact of UK Overseas Aid on Environmental Protection and Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation.
   Witnesses: Department for International Development officials.
Public Accounts
2.30 pm
Room 15 (private)
3.30 pm
   Subject: Banking Support and Asset Protection Scheme.
   Witnesses: Eric Daniels, Chief Executive and Tim Tookey, Group Finance Director, Lloyds Banking Group, and Stephen Hester, Chief Executive, Royal Bank of Scotland.
3.00 pm
Room 20 (private)
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
5.00 pm
Room 13 (private)
Statutory Instruments
3.45 pm
Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Wednesday 16 March
Time of publication
European Scrutiny
11.00 am
HC 428-xix
   (Twenty First Report).
11.00 am
HC 865
   Credit Searches: Information Commissioner’s Office Response to the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2009-10 (Fourth Special Report).

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
Minister for the Cabinet Office: Public Bodies Reform Programme—Government response to the Public Administration Select Committee Report.
Secretary of State for Defence: Ex-Service personnel subject to probation supervision in England and Wales.
Secretary of State for Defence: RAF Brize Norton.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Cancellation of the ID card scheme and destruction of the National Identity Register.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Tier 1 and 2 Immigration Rules, settlement and asylum.
Secretary of State for Justice: Prisoner escort and custody services: Award of contract.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Sixth Report on the Independent Monitoring Commission.