Business Today: Chamber for Wednesday 24 June 2015

11.30am Prayers

Followed by

 QUESTIONS

OP buttonOral Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland

1Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish)
What recent progress has been made on implementation of the Stormont House Agreement; and if she will make a statement. (900425)

2Jo Stevens (Cardiff Central)
What steps the Government is taking to tackle low pay in Northern Ireland. (900426)

3John Woodcock (Barrow and Furness)
What steps the Government is taking to tackle low pay in Northern Ireland. (900427)

4Andrew Stephenson (Pendle)
What progress has been made on implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. (900428)

5Ms Margaret Ritchie (South Down)
What discussions she has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the implementation of greater fiscal flexibility for Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement. (900429)

6Jim Shannon (Strangford)
What discussions she has had with Ministers in the Northern Ireland Executive on security of police officers. (900430)

7Jake Berry (Rossendale and Darwen)
What recent assessment she has made of the political situation in Northern Ireland. (900431)

8Pat Glass (North West Durham)
What recent discussions she has had on the security situation in Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement. (900432)

9Mr David Hanson (Delyn)
What steps the Government is taking to ensure that a viable budget can be set by the Northern Ireland Executive. (900433)

10Tom Elliott (Fermanagh and South Tyrone)
What recent discussions she has had with the Northern Ireland Executive on welfare reform. (900434)

11Suella Fernandes (Fareham)
What progress has been made on implementation of the Stormont House Agreement. (900435)

12Conor McGinn (St Helens North)
What assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the role of the British-Irish Council. (900436)

13Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire)
What steps she is taking to increase the sustainability of the Northern Ireland Executive's finances. (900437)

14Alec Shelbrooke (Elmet and Rothwell)
What steps the Government is taking to strengthen and rebalance the Northern Ireland economy. (900438)

15Alex Cunningham (Stockton North)
What steps the Government is taking to tackle low pay in Northern Ireland. (900439)

At 12 Noon

OP buttonOral Questions to the Prime Minister

Q1Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)
If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 24 June. (900510)

Q2Richard Harrington (Watford) (900511)

Q3Andrea Jenkyns (Morley and Outwood) (900512)

Q4Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk and Malton) (900513)

Q5Teresa Pearce (Erith and Thamesmead) (900514)

Q6William Wragg (Hazel Grove) (900515)

Q7Rishi Sunak (Richmond (Yorks)) (900516)

Q8Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole) (900517)

Q9Crispin Blunt (Reigate) (900518)

Q10Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire) (900519)

Q11James Cartlidge (South Suffolk) (900520)

Q12Jo Churchill (Bury St Edmunds) (900521)

Q13Debbie Abrahams (Oldham East and Saddleworth) (900522)

Q14Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South) (900523)

Q15Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury) (900524)

 

 URGENT QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS

12.30pm

OP buttonUrgent Questions (if any)

OP buttonMinisterial Statements (if any)

 Presentation of Bills

Presentation of Bills: no debate (Standing Order No. 57)

OP buttonAssisted Dying (No. 2)

Rob Marris

Bill to enable competent adults who are terminally ill to choose to be provided with medically supervised assistance to end their own life; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonAccess to Medical Treatments (Innovation)

Chris Heaton-Harris

Bill to make provision for access to innovative medical treatments; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonDefence Expenditure (NATO Target)

Sir Gerald Howarth

Bill to make provision about the meeting by the UK of the NATO target for defence expenditure in each member state to constitute not less than 2 per cent of gross domestic product; to make provision for verification that NATO’s criteria for defence expenditure are met in calculating the UK’s performance against this target; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonHospital Parking Charges (Exemption for Carers)

Julie Cooper

Bill to make provision for exempting carers from hospital car parking charges; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonNHS (Charitable Trusts Etc)

Wendy Morton

Bill to make provision for, and in connection with, the removal of the Secretary of State’s powers under the National Health Service Act 2006 to appoint trustees; to make provision transferring to Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity the right to a royalty conferred by Schedule 6 to the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonCompulsory Emergency First Aid Education (State-funded Secondary Schools)

Teresa Pearce

Bill to require the provision of Emergency First Aid (EFA) education by all state-funded secondary schools; to require that EFA education include cardiopulmonary resuscitation and defibrillator awareness; to provide for initial and continuing teacher education and guidance on best practice for delivering and inspecting EFA education; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonRiot Compensation

Mike Wood

Bill to repeal the Riot (Damages) Act 1886 and make provision about types of claims, procedures, decision-making and limits on awards payable in relation to a new compensation scheme for property damaged, destroyed or stolen in the course of riots.

OP buttonOff-patent Drugs

Nick Thomas-Symonds

Bill to require the Secretary of State to seek licences for off-patent drugs in new indications; to require the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence to conduct technology appraisals for off-patent drugs in new indications; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonHomes (Fitness for Human Habitation)

Ms Karen Buck

Bill to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to require that residential rented accommodation is provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonPavement Parking (Protection of Vulnerable Pedestrians)

Simon Hoare

Bill to make powers available to highway authorities to make further provision for the safety, convenience and free movement on pavements of disabled people, older people, people accompanying young children and other vulnerable pedestrians; to clarify, strengthen and simplify the law relating to parking on pavements in England and Wales; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonLocal Government Finance (Tenure Information)

Dame Angela Watkinson

Bill to amend the Local Government Finance Act 1992 to make provision for collecting information about tenure and the details of private landlords; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonOn-demand Audiovisual Services (Accessiblity for People with Disabilities affecting Hearing or Sight or both)

Lilian Greenwood

Bill to require the appropriate regulatory authority of on-demand audiovisual programme services to draw up a Code relating to the provision of subtitles, signing and audio-description for persons with disabilities affecting their hearing or their sight or both; to require the appropriate regulatory authority to consult before issuing any such Code; to make provision for minimum requirements to be included in the Code; to require that on-demand programme services providers observe the requirements of the Code; to provide for regular consultation about and review of the minimum requirements; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonHighways (Improvement, Traffic Regulation and Traffic Management)

Sir William Cash

Bill to make provision for the prioritisation of maintenance of unclassified roads; the management of heavy commercial vehicle traffic; the regulation of the use of certain roads by such vehicles; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonCriminal Cases Review Commission (Information)

William Wragg

Bill to extend the Criminal Cases Review Commission’s powers to obtain information.

OP buttonHigher Education (Information)

Heidi Allen

Bill to require information to be made available to prospective undergraduate students about what is provided to students for the tuition fees charged, how tuition fee resources are expended and what is expected of students; to establish transparency in how tuition fees are spent; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonRepresentation of the People (Young Persons’ Enfranchisement and Education)

Vicky Foxcroft

Bill to reduce the voting age to 16 in general elections, elections to the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the European Parliament, local government elections and referendums; to make provision about young people's education in citizenship and the constitution; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonCrown Tenancies

Mark Pawsey

Bill to provide that Crown tenancies may be assured tenancies for the purposes of the Housing Act 1988, subject to certain exceptions; to modify the assured tenancies regime in relation to certain Crown tenancies; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonMental Health (Independent Advocacy) (England)

Mr Geoffrey Cox

Bill to amend the Mental Health Act 1983 to make further provision for powers and responsibilities of independent mental health advocates for qualifying patients in England; and for connected purposes.

OP buttonHealth and Safety Executive (Powers)

James Cleverly

Bill to confer further powers on the Health and Safety Executive.

OP buttonAssessment of Government Policies (Impact on Families)

Caroline Ansell

Bill to require ministers to carry out an assessment of the impact of government policies on families by giving statutory effect to the family test; to place a duty on the Secretary of State to make a report on the costs and benefits of requiring local authorities to carry out equivalent tests on their policies; to require the Secretary of State to establish, and make an annual report on, indicators of and targets for the government’s performance in promoting family stability; and for connected purposes.

 

 BUSINESS OF THE DAY

1. OPPOSITION DAY (3RD ALLOTED DAY)

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

OP buttonA&E services

Ms Harriet Harman

Andy Burnham

Liz Kendall

Mr Jamie Reed

Andrew Gwynne

Ms Rosie Winterton

That this House notes that hospital A&E departments have now missed the four-hour A&E target for 100 weeks in a row; further notes that trusts are predicting record deficits this year; believes the pressures on hospitals are a consequence of declining access to out-of-hospital services under this Government, including fewer older people receiving social care and more people waiting a week or more for a GP appointment; further believes the increasing bill for agency staff is also adding to the pressure on hospitals; notes that the Government plans to stop the weekly reporting of A&E data; believes this decision will make the NHS less transparent and make it harder for patients to judge the performance of their local hospital; and calls on the Government to reinstate the publication of weekly A&E data and to set out how it will tackle hospital deficits in 2015 in order to protect services.

OP buttonSport and the 2012 Olympics legacy

Ms Harriet Harman

Chris Bryant

Andy Burnham

Clive Efford

Luciana Berger

Ms Rosie Winterton

This House notes that the number of people participating in regular sport or physical activity has fallen significantly since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; fears that the Government has squandered the Olympic legacy it was bequeathed in 2010; believes that increasing participation in a wide range of sports is key to creating the next generation of elite athletes and to improving the health and wellbeing of the nation; and urges the Government to take urgent action to boost participation and support local grassroots sports clubs and associations.

Notes:

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

 ADJOURNMENT DEBATE

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

OP buttonFuture of Public Health England at Porton Down: John Glen

 

 

 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 three hours (Standing Order No. 10(1)).

9.30am

OP buttonThat this House has considered science and research in the UK and regional economies: Paul Blomfield

11.00am

OP buttonThat this House has considered leaseholders and housing association ballots: Jim Fitzpatrick

Notes:

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

2.30pm

OP buttonThat this House has considered superfast broadband roll-out: Matt Warman

Relevant Documents:

Sixth Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Session 2013-14, Rural Communities, HC 602, and the Government response, HC 764; Seventh Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Session 2014-15, Rural broadband and digital-only services, HC 834, and the Government response HC 1149.

4.00pm

OP buttonThat this House has considered free childcare provision and nursery providers: Julian Sturdy

4.30pm

OP buttonThat this House has considered National Breastfeeding Week: Alison Thewliss

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)).

The debate at 4.30pm will last for up to an hour.

 

 WRITTEN STATEMENTS

 Statements to be made today

Secretary of State for Defence

1.Additional UK Contributions to NATO Assurance and Deterrence Efforts

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.

 Select Committees

OP buttonHigh Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

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

Witnesses: Clive Medcraft; Fred and Jean Dawson; Toby and William Dalton; West London Composting Limited; Martin and Jennifer Grundon; The Governing Body of Ruislip High School and The Governing Body of Ruislip Gardens Primary School; The Governing Body of Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School; Keri Brennan and Terence Brennan; Jeremy Seaborn and others; and Christine Leonard

Room 5

9.30am (public)

OP buttonHigh Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill

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

Witnesses: As for morning session, unless already heard

Room 5

2.00pm (public)

OP buttonSelection

Room 13

4.00pm (private)

 

 ANNOUNCEMENTS

 FORTHCOMING END OF DAY ADJOURNMENT DEBATES

OP buttonTuesday 30 June to Monday 6 July (deadline 24 June)

Applications should be made in writing to the Table Office by 7.00pm or rise of the House, whichever is the earlier, today, Wednesday 24 June. The ballot will take place on Thursday 25 June.

 FORTHCOMING WESTMINSTER HALL DEBATES

Applications for 90, 60 and 30-minute debates should be made to the Table Office by 10.00pm or rise of the House, whichever is the earlier, on the deadline dates listed below. Members may submit applications to the Table Office in person, or from their own email account, or send a signed application through the post. Application forms are available from the Table Office or through the intranet at http://intranet.parliament.uk/tableoffice/.

The ballot takes place on the day following the deadline. Members will be informed of the outcome by the Speaker’s Office.

OP buttonTuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 July (deadline 29 June), Tuesday 21 July (deadline 13 July), and Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 September (deadline 7 September)

The following Departments will answer:

Attorney General; Cabinet Office; Defence; Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Justice; Scotland; Transport; Wales; and Work and Pensions

OP buttonTuesday 14 July and Wednesday 15 July (deadline 6 July) and Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 September (deadline 20 July)

The following Departments will answer:

Business, Innovation and Skills; Communities and Local Government; Culture, Media and Sport; Education; Energy and Climate Change; Health; Home Office; International Development; Leader of the House; Northern Ireland; Treasury; and Women and Equalities

 

 

 FURTHER INFORMATION

 Business of the Day

 

Documents and reports relating to the business being held in the Chamber are available on the Commons Business Briefings webpage

 Written Statements

 

Text of today’s Written Statements

 Select committees

Select Committees Webpage

 Standing Orders Relating to Public Business

 

Text of Standing Orders relating to public business

 

 

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