Business Today: Chamber for Monday 15 December 2014

2.30pm Prayers

Followed by

 QUESTIONS

OP buttonOral Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

1Sir Nick Harvey (North Devon)
What steps his Department is taking to ensure the future of local welfare assistance schemes. (906608)

2Sir Bob Russell (Colchester)
If he will estimate the potential energy and financial savings which could be made through local authorities installing LED street lighting. (906609)

3John Pugh (Southport)
What assessment he has made of the recommendations of the report by the National Audit Office entitled Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities 2014, published in November 2014, HC 783. (906610)

4Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South)
What guidance his Department has given to local authorities on steps they can take to increase the rate at which new homes are built. (906611)

5Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree)
What assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report published by the National Audit Office entitled Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities 2014, published in November 2014, HC 783; and if he will make a statement. (906612)

6Steve Rotheram (Liverpool, Walton)
What assessment he has made of the effect of his Department's demand for a repayment from Social Enterprise North West on local businesses and services in the North West of England. (906613)

7Meg Munn (Sheffield, Heeley)
What additional support he is providing to local authorities to meet the demand for social care. (906614)

8Nick de Bois (Enfield North)
What steps he is taking to stop unfair parking enforcement practices. (906615)

9Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield South East)
What assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report published by the National Audit Office entitled Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities 2014, published in November 2014, HC 783; and if he will make a statement. (906616)

10Lilian Greenwood (Nottingham South)
What assessment he has made of trends in the level of (a) homelessness and (b) rough sleeping. (906617)

11Dr Matthew Offord (Hendon)
What steps his Department is taking to freeze council tax charges for 2015-16. (906618)

12Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield)
What progress he has made on delivering large-scale housing sites. (906619)

13Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire)
What estimate he has made of the number of small firms and shops in (a) England and (b) Derbyshire local authority area which will have a reduction in business rates in 2015-16. (906620)

14Jason McCartney (Colne Valley)
What assessment he has made of the rate of change in the number of empty homes since May 2010. (906622)

15George Hollingbery (Meon Valley)
What steps he is taking to encourage joint working in the provision of adult social care and other public services. (906623)

16Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West)
What progress he has made on delivering large-scale housing sites. (906624)

17Mr Steve Reed (Croydon North)
What assessment he has made of the implications for his policies of the report published by the National Audit Office entitled Financial Sustainability of Local Authorities 2014, published in November 2014, HC 783; and if he will make a statement. (906625)

18Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
What progress he has made on delivering large-scale housing sites. (906626)

19Jim Fitzpatrick (Poplar and Limehouse)
What estimate he has made of the number of firefighters who will retire early on medical grounds with a reduced pension after the introduction of the new Firefighters' Pension Scheme. (906627)

20Heather Wheeler (South Derbyshire)
What steps his Department is taking to freeze council tax charges for 2015-16. (906628)

21Jackie Doyle-Price (Thurrock)
What estimate he has made of the number of small firms and shops in (a) England and (b) Thurrock which will have a reduction in business rates in 2015-16. (906629)

22Eric Ollerenshaw (Lancaster and Fleetwood)
What steps his Department is taking to support coastal communities. (906630)

23Tim Loughton (East Worthing and Shoreham)
What steps he is taking to make it easier to (a) prevent and (b) remove illegal traveller encampments. (906631)

At 3.15pm

OP buttonTopical Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

T1Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire)
If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. (906599)

T2Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon) (906600)

T3Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) (906601)

T4Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley) (906602)

T5Mr Robin Walker (Worcester) (906603)

T6Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North) (906604)

T7Paul Uppal (Wolverhampton South West) (906605)

T8Miss Anne McIntosh (Thirsk and Malton) (906606)

T9John Mann (Bassetlaw) (906607)

 

 URGENT QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS

3.30pm

OP buttonUrgent Questions (if any)

OP buttonMinisterial Statements (if any)

 BUSINESS OF THE DAY

1. BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (TODAY)

Until any hour (If the 10.00pm Business of the House Motion is agreed to)

Mr William Hague

That at today’s sitting the motion in the name of Edward Miliband relating to the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) Regulations 2014 shall be proceeded with as if Standing Order No. 16 (Proceedings under an Act or on European Union documents) applied to it; and Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the motion.

 MOTION TO BE TAKEN AT 10.00PM

OP buttonBUSINESS OF THE HOUSE

No debate (Standing Order No. 15)

The Prime Minister

That, at this day’s sitting, the Business of the House (Today) Motion in the name of Mr William Hague and proceedings on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill may be proceeded with, though opposed, until any hour.

OP buttonDEFERRED DIVISIONS

No debate (Standing Order No. 41A(3))

The Prime Minister

That, at this day’s sitting, Standing Order No. 41A (Deferred divisions) shall not apply to the Motion in the name of Mr William Hague relating to Business of the House (Today).

 BUSINESS OF THE DAY

2. FIREFIGHTERS’ PENSION SCHEME (ENGLAND) REGULATIONS 2014

Up to 90 minutes (Standing Order No. 16(1), if the Business of the House (Today) Motion is agreed to)

Edward Miliband

Hilary Benn

Lyn Brown

John McDonnell

Ian Lavery

John Cryer

That the Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) Regulations 2014 (S.I., 2014, No. 2848), dated 23 October 2014, a copy of which was laid before this House on 28 October, be revoked.

3. COUNTER-TERRORISM AND SECURITY BILL: COMMITTEE (DAY 2)

Up to six hours (Order of 2 December)

Notes:

Proceedings will be taken in accordance with the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill Programme Motion agreed to by the House on 2 December: Proceedings on Chapter 1 of Part 1, new Clauses relating to Chapter 1 of Part 1, and new Schedules relating to Chapter 1 of Part 1 shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion three hours after their commencement; Proceedings on Chapter 2 of Part 1, new Clauses relating to Chapter 2 of Part 1, and new Schedules relating to Chapter 2 of Part 1 shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six hours after the commencement of proceedings in the Committee today.

For amendments, see separate paper (also available on the documents webpage for the Bill).

Queen’s Consent to be signified on Third Reading.

Relevant documents:

Oral evidence taken before the Home Affairs Committee on 3 December 2014, on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, HC 838

Written evidence to the Home Affairs Committee, on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, reported to the House on 3 December 2014, HC 838

Oral evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights on 26 November 2014, on counter-terrorism and human rights

Written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, on counter-terrorism and human rights, reported to the House on 26 November 2014, HC 836

Oral evidence taken before the Joint Committee on Human Rights on 3 December 2014, on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, HC 859

Written evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights, on the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, reported to the House on 3 December 2014, HC 859

4. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW

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

Secretary Alistair Carmichael

That the draft Scotland Act 1988 (River Tweed) Amendment Order 2015, which was laid before this House on 20 October, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 10.00pm, the division will be deferred.

5. PUBLIC PROCUREMENT

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

Secretary Michael Fallon

That the draft Single Source Contract Regulations 2014, which were laid before this House on 29 October, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 10.00pm, the division will be deferred.

The Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has drawn the special attention of both Houses to this instrument in its 15th report of Session 2014-15.

6. WATER INDUSTRY

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

Secretary Elizabeth Truss

That the draft Water Industry (Specified Infrastructure Projects) (English Undertakers) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, which were laid before this House on 11 November, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 10.00pm, the division will be deferred.

7. FINANCIAL SERVICES AND MARKETS

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

Andrea Leadsom

That the draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Carrying on Regulated Activities by Way of Business) (Amendment) Order 2014, which was laid before this House on 18 November, be approved.

Notes:

If this item is opposed after 10.00pm, the division will be deferred.

 PRESENTATION OF PUBLIC PETITIONS

No debate or decision (Standing Order No. 153)

OP buttonAccess to Co-operative Ground (Scunthorpe): Nic Dakin

 ADJOURNMENT DEBATE

Until 10.30pm or for half an hour (whichever is later) (Standing Order No. 9(7))

OP buttonHousing development in North Somerset: Dr Liam Fox

 

 

BUSINESS TODAY: WESTMINSTER HALL

 ORDER OF BUSINESS

The sitting will last for three hours (Standing Order No. 10(1))

4.30pm

OP buttonE-petition: (Standing Order No. 10(5))

Mark Hunter

That this House has considered the e-petition relating to Millie’s Trust campaign to train all nursery nurses in paediatric first aid.

Notes:

The subject for this debate was determined by the Backbench Business Committee.

The motion will be moved at the beginning of proceedings.

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

Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer

1.Charter for Budget Responsibility–Autumn Statement 2014 update

Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government

2.Public sector pension reform

Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

3.Agenda for December’s Agriculture and Fisheries Council

Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

4.OSCE Ministerial Council, Basel, 4-5 December 2014

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

5.Benefit Cap Review

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 buttonInfrastructure Bill [Lords] Programming Sub-Committee

Room 7

2.00pm (private)

 Delegated Legislation Committees

OP buttonFirst Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Transfer of Tribunal Functions (Transport Tribunal) Order 2014

Room 9

4.30pm (public)

OP buttonSecond Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2015

Room 10

4.30pm (public)

OP buttonThird Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Changes in Accounting Standards (Loan Relationships and Derivative Contracts) Regulations 2014

Room 11

4.30pm (public)

OP buttonFourth Delegated Legislation Committee

To consider the draft Bank Recovery and Resolution Order 2014, the draft Banking Act 2009 (Mandatory Compensation Arrangements Following Bail-in) Regulations 2014, the draft Banking Act 2009 (Restriction of Special Bail-in Provision, etc.) Order 2014 and the draft Banks and Building Societies (Depositor Preference and Priorities) Order 2014

Room 12

4.30pm (public)

 Select Committees

OP buttonHigh Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

Subject: High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

Witnesses: Kingsbury Parish Council; Kingsbury and District Stop HS2 Action Group; Sharon and Richard Meanley; Peter and Michaela Norman; Robert Davies and others; and Nigel and Janice Howes

Room 5

2.00pm (public)

OP buttonBusiness, Innovation and Skills

Subject: Government support for business

Witnesses: Rt Hon Matthew Hancock MP, Minister for Business and Enterprise, Adam Micklethwaite, Deputy Director, Business Support Delivery, and Jan Dixon, Deputy Director, Regional Growth Fund, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Guy Warrington, Director, English Regions, UK Trade and Investment

Room 6

2.30pm (private), 3.00pm (public)

OP buttonHouse of Commons Governance

Room 13

4.00pm (private)

OP buttonPublic Accounts

Subject: Control over funding for alternative higher education bodies

Witnesses: Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mick Laverty, Chief Executive, Student Loans Company, Madeleine Atkins, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England, and Rod Bristow, President, UK and Core Markets, Pearson

Room 15

3.00pm (private), 3.15pm (public)

OP buttonTransport

Subject: Investing in the railway

Witnesses: Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State, and Philip Rutnam, Permanent Secretary, Department for Transport

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

4.00pm (private), 4.05pm (public)

OP buttonHome Affairs

Subject: The work of the Home Secretary

Witnesses: Rt Hon Theresa May MP, Secretary of State for the Home Department

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

4.15pm (private), 4.30pm (public)

OP buttonPublic Administration

Subject: Civil Service Skills

Witnesses: Chris Last, Head of Civil Service Human Resources, Olly Robbins, Director General for the Civil Service, Cabinet Office, and Hilary Spencer, Director, Civil Service Learning; Rt Hon Francis Maude MP, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General (at 5.30pm)

Room 8

4.15pm (private), 4.30pm (public)

OP buttonPolitical and Constitutional Reform

Subject: The future of devolution after the referendum

Witnesses: Akash Paun, Fellow, Institute for Government, and Paul Swinney, Senior Economist, Centre for Cities

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

5.00pm (private), 5.15pm (public)

OP buttonHigh Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

Subject: High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

Witnesses: Kingsbury Parish Council; Kingsbury and District Stop HS2 Action Group; Sharon and Richard Meanley; Peter and Michaela Norman; Robert Davies and others; and Nigel and Janice Howes

Room 5

7.00pm (public)

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS PUBLISHED TODAY

 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

OP button2nd Report: Pre-appointment of the Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments (ACOBA), HC 759

Date and time of publication: Friday 12 December 10.00am

 JOINT COMMITTEE ON STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS

OP button16th Report, HC 332-xvi

Date and time of publication: Friday 12 December 10.30am

 SELECT COMMITTEE ON STATUTORY INSTRUMENTS

OP button2nd Report, HC 553-ii

Date and time of publication: Friday 12 December 10.30am

 Energy and Climate Change

OP button5th Special Report: The Green Deal: watching brief (part 2): Government Response to the Committee’s Third Report of Session 2014–15, HC 882

Date and time of publication: Friday 12 December 11.00am

 Environmental Audit

OP button7th Report: Connected world: Agreeing ambitious Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, HC 452

Date and time of publication: Monday 15 December 00.01am

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Forthcoming End of Day Adjournment Debates

OP buttonMonday 5 January 2015 to Monday 12 January 2015

Applications should be made in writing to the Table Office by 7pm or rise of the House, whichever is the earlier, on Wednesday 17 December. The Ballot will take place on Thursday 18 December.

 Future Departments Answering in Westminster Hall

OP buttonWeek beginning 5 January 2015

Applications for General or Short Debates should be made in writing to the Table Office by 7.00pm or the rise of House, whichever is the earlier, on Tuesday 16 December. The Ballot will take place on Wednesday 17 December.

Culture, Media and Sport; Defence; Communities and Local Government; Energy and Climate Change; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Health; Northern Ireland; Scotland; Treasury; Women and Equalities; Work and Pensions.

OP buttonWeeks beginning 12 January 2015 and 26 January 2015

Attorney General; Business, Innovation and Skills; Cabinet Office; Deputy Prime Minister; Education; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Home Office; International Development; Justice; Leader of the House; Transport; Wales.

OP buttonWeeks beginning 19 January 2015 and 2 February 2015

Culture, Media and Sport; Defence; Communities and Local Government; Energy and Climate Change; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Health; Northern Ireland; Scotland; Treasury; Women and Equalities; Work and Pensions.

 TABLING AMENDMENTS TO PUBLIC BILLS IN THE CHRISTMAS ADJOURNMENT 2014

Members wishing to table amendments to public bills in person, or via introduced staff, may do so in the usual way in the Public Bill Office until the rise of the House on Thursday 18 December. Such amendments will be available online, and in the printed provisional papers (‘the blues’), on Friday 19 December.

During the recess, Members may submit amendments in person, via introduced staff or, if signed, by other staff or by post.

The table below shows the deadlines, selection eligibility and first publication time, for amendments handed in during the recess.

For the avoidance of doubt: to be eligible for selection on 6 January, at either a report stage or a sitting of a public bill committee, amendments must have been tabled by 4.30pm on Tuesday 30 December.

 

Deadline for tabling

First day eligible for selection

First publication in hard copy*

Last sitting day

  

Rise of House, Thursday 18 December

Monday 5 January

Friday 19 December

During the recess

  

4.30pm, Tuesday 30 December

Monday 5 January

Wednesday 31 December

4.30pm, Friday 2 January

Wednesday 7 January

Monday 5 January

First sitting day back

  

Rise of House, Monday 5 January

Thursday 8 January

Tuesday 6 January

 

*Amendments are generally available online the morning following the deadline–provisionally ‘marshalled’ into the order in which they relate to the bill. In the printed ‘blues’, they appear in the order in which they were submitted.

 CHRISTMAS ADJOURNMENT 2014

Members wishing to table questions in person may do so in the usual way through the Table Office until 5.30pm or the rising of the House, whichever is earlier, on Thursday 18 December. Thereafter, Members may table questions for oral and written answer electronically or by post. Questions for written answer received after 18 December and before 4.30pm on Friday 2 January will be treated as if tabled on 2 January.

Questions for oral answer

Under Standing Order No. 22(6), the Speaker has made the following arrangements for tabling Questions for oral answer when the House returns:

 

Last date of tabling*

Date for answer

Departments etc.

Thursday 18 December

Monday 5 January

Home Office (T)

Thursday 18 December

Tuesday 6 January

Deputy Prime Minister (T)

  

Attorney General

Thursday 18 December

Wednesday 7 January

Cabinet Office (T)

  

Prime Minister

Monday 5 January**

Thursday 8 January

Business, Innovation and Skills (T)

 

The results of the shuffles on 18 December will be published on 19 December. They will be available from the Vote Office and on the internet at http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmfutoral/futoral.pdf

For further details of last tabling days for other departments and answering bodies, see the Order of Questions rota available from the Vote Office and on the internet at http://intranet.parliament.uk/Documents/intranet/table-office/Order-of-oral-questions-2015.pdf

Notes:

* The latest time for tabling is 12.30pm on each of these days

** First sitting day after adjournment

Questions for written answer

The latest time for tabling a Question for written answer on a named day before the Christmas Adjournment is 10.30pm or the rise of the House, whichever is earlier, on Monday 15 December (for answer on Thursday 18 December).

Time of tabling

Earliest date for named day answer

Monday 15 December before 10.30pm or rise of House

Thursday 18 December

From Tuesday 16 December until 5.30pm or rise of House on Thursday 18 December

Monday 5 January

From rise of House on Thursday 18 December until 4.30pm on Friday 2 January

Wednesday 7 January (Each Member may table up to five named day questions during this period.)

Monday 5 January

Thursday 8 January

 

 

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