Business Today: Chamber for Wednesday 15 January 2014

11.30am Prayers

Followed by

 QUESTIONS

OP buttonOral Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1Ann McKechin (Glasgow North)
What steps she is taking to address the rising cost of living in Northern Ireland. (901918)

2Oliver Colvile (Plymouth, Sutton and Devonport)
What recent assessment she has made of the security situation in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement. (901919)

3Ian Paisley (North Antrim)
What assessment she has made of the potential effect in Northern Ireland of the Government's proposed further reductions in welfare expenditure. (901920)

4John Robertson (Glasgow North West)
What steps she is taking to address the rising cost of living in Northern Ireland. (901921)

5Sammy Wilson (East Antrim)
What recent discussions she has had with the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland on public order in Northern Ireland. (901922)

6Pamela Nash (Airdrie and Shotts)
What recent discussions she has had on security in Northern Ireland. (901923)

7Julie Hilling (Bolton West)
What recent assessment she has made of the effect of the Government's welfare reform policies on Northern Ireland. (901924)

8Ms Margaret Ritchie (South Down)
If she will hold discussions with the responsible minister in the Northern Ireland Executive on the number of middle grade Accident and Emergency doctors in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement. (901925)

9Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry)
What public funding will be made available to help implement an agreement on flags, parades and protests, and dealing with the past. (901926)

10Tom Greatrex (Rutherglen and Hamilton West)
What assessment she has made of progress in the Haass talks. (901928)

11Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South)
What assessment she has made of the outcome of the Haass negotiations. (901929)

12Neil Carmichael (Stroud)
What steps she is taking to promote employment in Northern Ireland. (901930)

13Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire)
What recent assessment she has made of the work of the Parades Commission. (901931)

14Mel Stride (Central Devon)
What recent discussions she has had with the Chief Constable of Northern Ireland on the security situation in Northern Ireland. (901932)

At 12.00 pm

OP buttonOral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1Keith Vaz (Leicester East)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 15 January. (901968)

Q2Henry Smith (Crawley) (901969)

Q3Paul Burstow (Sutton and Cheam) (901970)

Q4Andrew Bingham (High Peak) (901971)

Q5Cathy Jamieson (Kilmarnock and Loudoun) (901972)

Q6Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury and Atcham) (901973)

Q7Paul Maynard (Blackpool North and Cleveleys) (901974)

Q8Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South) (901975)

Q9Chris Evans (Islwyn) (901976)

Q10Jesse Norman (Hereford and South Herefordshire) (901977)

Q11John Stevenson (Carlisle) (901978)

Q12Mr Pat McFadden (Wolverhampton South East) (901979)

Q13Siobhain McDonagh (Mitcham and Morden) (901980)

Q14Naomi Long (Belfast East) (901981)

Q15Simon Hart (Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire) (901982)

 

 URGENT QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS

12.30pm

OP buttonUrgent Questions (if any)

OP buttonMinisterial Statements (if any)

 BUSINESS OF THE DAY

1. united kingdom register of places: Ten Minute Rule Motion

Up to 20 minutes (Standing Order No. 23)

Andrew Rosindell

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to establish a Commission to establish and maintain a national register of places within the United Kingdom, including but not limited to countries, counties, cities, towns, villages and hamlets, with a permanent identity defined by historical, social and geographical boundaries, separate from existing administrative and electoral boundaries; to grant each such place the right to its own coat of arms, flag and other symbols of local identity; and for connected purposes.

Notes:

The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to 10 minutes.

2. OPPOSITION DAY (17TH ALLOTTED DAY)

Until 7.00pm (Standing Order No. 9(3))

OP buttonBanking

Edward Miliband

Chris Leslie

Ed Balls

Mr Chuka Umunna

Cathy Jamieson

Ms Rosie Winterton

That this House believes that Government reforms have failed to deliver a competitive banking system which serves the interests of consumers or the needs of businesses and the British economy; is concerned that customers have limited choice and low levels of trust and confidence in the banking market; is disappointed that recent legislation has fallen short of the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking which called for action to diversify the sector and ensure that major new banking service providers are created; believes that banker remuneration remains unacceptably high; regrets the fact that it has taken the EU to act to rein in excessive bonuses in Britain in the absence of domestic action, but believes that the Government as a majority shareholder in RBS should not approve any request to increase the cap; and calls on the Government to prevent a return to business-as-usual in the banking sector, which continues to require real reform and competition so that the UK can earn its way out of the cost of living crisis.

OP buttonNational Minimum Wage

Edward Miliband

Rachel Reeves

Mr Chuka Umunna

Ed Balls

Ian Murray

Ms Rosie Winterton

That this House celebrates the 15th anniversary of the introduction of the National Minimum Wage, which falls this year, and the contribution it has made to making work pay, boosting living standards and tackling in-work poverty; notes that, before the National Minimum Wage was established, poverty pay was widespread and that the Conservative Party and many Liberal Democrat hon. Members opposed its introduction; further notes that families are on average £1,600 worse off a year and that the National Minimum Wage is now worth less in real terms than in May 2010; further notes that the Government has not backed up its promise to name and shame firms not paying the minimum wage; calls on the Government to strengthen enforcement of the National Minimum Wage, including by increasing fines for non-payment of the National Minimum Wage and giving local authorities enforcement powers; and further calls on the Government to encourage employers to pay a living wage and take action to restore the value of the National Minimum Wage so that the UK can earn its way out of the cost of living crisis and to help control the cost of social security.

Amendment (a)

The Prime Minister

The Deputy Prime Minister

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

Secretary Iain Duncan Smith

Secretary Vince Cable

Danny Alexander

Jenny WillottNicky MorganMr David Gauke

Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘notes that since 2010, the Government has increased the National Minimum Wage each year, despite the worst recession in living memory, to protect the income of the low paid and increase their wages relative to average earnings, and is cutting taxes for the low paid to boost take home pay by £705 a year, taking 2.7 million out of income tax altogether; welcomes increased employment under this Government, which is at its highest ever level; notes that the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has asked the Low Pay Commission for an assessment of how it might achieve a higher National Minimum Wage in the future without damaging employment; further notes that the Government has maintained a central enforcement body that covers all areas of the UK and ensures a consistent approach and high quality service; and further notes that the Government is quadrupling fines for employers in breach of paying the National Minimum Wage and has already made it easier to name and shame employers who flout the rules.’.

Notes:

The selection of the matters to be debated has been made by the Leader of the Opposition (Standing Order No. 14(2)).

3. legal aid and advice

No debate (Standing Order No. 118(6))

Secretary Chris Grayling

That the draft Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2013, which were laid before this House on 25 November, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

4. criminal law

No debate (Standing Order No. 118(6))

Secretary Chris Grayling

That the draft Costs in Criminal Cases (Legal Costs) (Exceptions) Regulations 2013, which were laid before this House on 25 November, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 7.00pm, the division will be deferred.

 ADJOURNMENT DEBATE

Until 7.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No. 9(7))

OP buttonStaffing of acute hospital wards: Andrew George

 

 

BUSINESS TODAY: WESTMINSTER HALL

 ORDER OF BUSINESS

The first part of the sitting will last for two hours. The second part of the sitting will last for two and a half hours (Standing Order No. 10(1)).

9.30am

OP buttonUK relations with the Kurdistan region of Iraq: Jason McCartney

11.00am

OP buttonFarmland bird populations: Sir John Randall

Notes:

The sitting will be suspended from 11.30am to 2.30pm.

2.30pm

OP buttonFuture Government funding for Transport for London and station staffing levels: John McDonnell

4.00pm

OP buttonManorial rights (England and Wales): Albert Owen

4.30pm

OP buttonPolice and Crime Commissioners and the Association of Chief Police Officers: Mark Reckless

The debate will arise on a motion for the adjournment, to be moved by a Minister.

The second part of the sitting will be suspended and time added if divisions take place in the main Chamber (Standing Order No. 10(1)).

 

WRITTEN STATEMENTS

 Statements to be made today

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

1.Outcome of Environment Council, 13 December 2013

Notes:

Texts of Written Statements are available from the Vote Office and on the internet at http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/hansard/commons/todays-written-statements/.

 

COMMITTEES MEETING TODAY

The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be changed without notice.

 Public Bill Committees

OP buttonHouse of Lords Reform (No. 2) Bill

To consider the Bill

Room 11

9.00am (public)

OP buttonDeep Sea Mining Bill

To consider the Bill

Room 9

2.30pm (public)

 Select Committees

OP buttonEducation

Subject: Underachievement in education of white working class children

Witnesses: Dr Christopher Wood, Ofsted, David Hughes, Chief Executive, National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, Dr Kevan Collins, Chief Executive, Education Endowment Foundation, and Professor Stephen Gorard, Professor of Education and Public Policy, Durham University; Vic Goddard, Principal, Passmores Academy, Essex, Dr John Stephens, National College of Teaching and Leadership, Heath Monk, Chief Executive, Future Leaders Trust, and David Jones, Federation Head, Holybrook Primary School and Parkland Primary School, Bradford (at 10.30am)

Room 15

9.00am (private), 9.30am (public)

OP buttonScience and Technology

Room 8

9.00am (private)

OP buttonWork and Pensions

Subject: Support for housing costs in the reformed welfare system

Witnesses: Steve McIntosh, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers UK, Dr Sam Royston, Poverty and Early Years Policy Adviser, The Children’s Society, Paul Anderson, Policy Manager, Homeless Link, Anna Page, Policy, Public Affairs and Research Manager, St Mungo’s, Andrew Fraser, Director, Public Health Science, Scottish Public Health Network and NHS Health Scotland, and Hilary Fisher, Director of Policy, Voice and Membership, Women’s Aid

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

9.15am (private), 9.30am (public)

OP buttonInternational Development

Subject: Department for International Development Annual Report and Accounts 2012-13

Witnesses: Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary, Joy Hutcheon, Director General for Country Programmes, and Richard Calvert, Director General for Finance and Corporate Performance, Department for International Development

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

9.30am (private), 10.00am (public)

OP buttonRegulatory Reform

Room 16

10.30am (private)

OP buttonNorthern Ireland Affairs

Subject: The banking structure in Northern Ireland

Witnesses: Des Crowley, Chief Executive, Bank of Ireland UK, and Ian Sheppard, Head of Corporate and Business Banking NI, and Sean Sheehan, Regional Manager NI, Bank of Ireland; Gerry Mallon, Chief Executive, Kevin Kingston, Deputy Chief Executive and Managing Director of Business and Corporate Banking, Danske Bank (at 3.15pm)

Room 5

1.45pm (private), 2.30pm (public)

OP buttonDefence

Room 17

2.00pm (private)

OP buttonEnvironmental Audit

Subject: Well-being

Witnesses: Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society, Cabinet Office, and officials

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

2.00pm (private), 2.30pm (public)

OP buttonEuropean Scrutiny

Subject: The application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in the UK

Witnesses: David Anderson QC, University of London, Professor Paul Craig and Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, University of Oxford, and Martin Howe QC, 8 New Square, Lincoln’s Inn

Room 6

2.00pm (private), 2.45pm (public)

OP buttonFinance and Services

Room 13

2.00pm (private)

OP buttonPublic Accounts

Subject: Confiscation orders

Witnesses: Peter Handcock CBE, Chief Executive, Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service, and Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, Crown Prosecution Service, Ministry of Justice , Mark Sedwill, Permanent Secretary, Home Office, and Keith Bristow, Director-General, National Crime Agency

Room 15

2.00pm (private), 2.15pm (public)

OP buttonScottish Affairs

Subject: The Referendum on Separation for Scotland

Witnesses: Professor Iain McLean, Professor of Politics, Official Fellow, Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Professor Adam Tomkins, John Millar Chair of Public Law, University of Glasgow, and Professor Kenneth Armstrong, Professor of European Law, University of Cambridge

Room 8

2.00pm (private), 2.30pm (public)

OP buttonTreasury

Subject: Bank of England November 2013 Financial Stability Report

Witnesses: Dr Mark Carney, Governor, Sir Jon Cunliffe, Deputy Governor, Financial Stability, Dame Clara Furse DBE, Member, and Richard Sharp, Member, Financial Policy Committee, Bank of England

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

2.00pm (private), 2.15pm (public)

OP buttonEnvironment, Food and Rural Affairs

Subject: Food Security

Witnesses: Professor Tim Benton, Professor of Population Ecology, University of Leeds, and Professor Ian Crute CBE, Chief Scientist, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Room 16

2.30pm (private), 3.00pm (public)

OP buttonProcedure

Room 20

3.00pm (private)

OP buttonStatutory Instruments

Room 7

As soon as convenient after 3.45pm (private)

OP buttonSelection

Room 13

4.45pm (private)

 Joint Committees

OP buttonHuman Rights

Room 3A

9.30am (private)

OP buttonStatutory Instruments

Room 7

3.45pm (private)

 COMMITTEE ON A PRIVATE BILL

OP buttonHigh Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

Room 18

2.00pm (private), 2.10pm (public)

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS PUBLISHED TODAY

 COMMUNITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

OP button5th Report: Further review of the work of the Local Government Ombudsman, HC 866

Time of publication: 00.01am

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Forthcoming End of Day Adjournment Debates

OP buttonTuesday 21 January to Monday 27 January

Applications should be made in writing to the Table Office by 7pm or rise of the House, whichever is the earlier, on Wednesday 15 January. The Ballot will take place on Thursday 16 January.

 Future Departments Answering in Westminster Hall

OP buttonWeek beginning 27 January

Applications for General or Short Debates should be made in writing to the Table Office by 7.00pm or the rise of the House, whichever is the earlier, on Tuesday 21 January. The Ballot will take place on Wednesday 22 January.

Attorney General; Business, Innovation and Skills; Deputy Prime Minister; Education; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Home Office; International Development; Justice; Transport; Wales; Work and Pensions.

 Determination of Business by the Backbench BUSINESS Committee

OP buttonThursday 16 January in the Chamber

General Debate on the current situation in Bangladesh: Simon Danczuk, Mrs Anne Main

Notes:

This debate replaces the previously scheduled debate on child neglect and the criminal law, which has been cancelled.

OP buttonMonday 20 January in the Chamber

General Debate on loan companies: Mr Adrian Bailey

OP buttonThursday 23 January in the Chamber

General Debate on a motion relating to the Shrewsbury 24 and release of papers: Mr David Anderson

General debate on Holocaust Memorial Day: Alistair Burt

 

 

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