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Order of Business Wednesday 28 November 2007

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 11.30 a.m.
[No debate]
Secretary James Purnell
   That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, That she will be graciously pleased to give directions that there be laid before this House a Return of the Report from the Right Honourable Sir David Hirst, Chairman of the Spoliation Advisory Panel, in respect of three Rubens paintings now in the possession of the Courtauld Institute of Art, London.
No debate.

  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 Scotland
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): If he will make a statement on the Gould Report on the recent Scottish elections.
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on the award to Glasgow of the Commonwealth Games in 2014.
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): What recent discussions he has had with Scottish Ministers on electricity generation in Scotland.
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the provision of assistance to pensioners in Scotland with the cost of heating.
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian): When he last met Ofcom to discuss digital switchover in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire): What recent estimate he has made of the value of the Scottish whisky industry to the economy of Scotland.
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock): When he last met Ofcom to discuss digital switchover in Scotland.
Mr David Amess (Southend West): What recent discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues on the Gould Report on the Scottish elections.
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North): What his Department's procurement policy is in relation to Remploy factories in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): What public expenditure per person is planned for Scotland in each of the next five years.
Philip Davies (Shipley): What recent discussions he has had with the First Minister of Scotland on further devolution of powers to Scotland.
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): What recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Justice on constitutional arrangements affecting Scotland.
Mr Ian Davidson (Glasgow South West): What support the Government intends to provide for the holding of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014.
At 12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister
Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 28th November.
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West):
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):
Mr Michael Ancram (Devizes):
Natascha Engel (North East Derbyshire):
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands):
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):
Andrew George (St Ives):
Mr Khalid Mahmood (Birmingham, Perry Barr):
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):
Miss Anne Begg (Aberdeen South):
Mr Ken Purchase (Wolverhampton North East):
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):
Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):
At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
  indicates Government Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
[No debate]
Secretary Ed Balls
   Bill to make provision about education and training; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
OPPOSITION DAY (2nd allotted day)
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
Mr David Cameron
Mr George Osborne
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Mark Hoban
Mr David Gauke
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House is deeply concerned at the Government’s failure to protect the personal details of 25 million citizens; believes this security breach is due to systemic failures at HM Revenue and Customs; notes the inconsistencies between the version of events set out by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his statement of 20th November and that revealed by the Government emails released by the National Audit Office on 22nd November; and calls on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to provide a comprehensive explanation about how the security breach occurred, why previous warnings about data security were ignored and what policy changes will be introduced to protect the public in future.
   As an Amendment to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (HM Revenue and Customs Data Loss):
The Prime Minister
The Chancellor of the Exchequer
Mr Secretary Straw
Secretary Jacqui Smith
Ms Harriet Harman
Mr Andy Burnham
Jane Kennedy   
Angela Eagle   
Kitty Ussher
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘approves of the decisive action taken by the Government when it became aware of the data loss by HM Revenue and Customs, including the collaborative work undertaken in association with the UK Payments Association, the British Bankers Association and the Building Societies Association and through them individual banks, building societies and other financial institutions which enabled them to put in place appropriate safeguards and monitor any irregular activity; welcomes the decision of the Chancellor of the Exchequer to initiate an urgent investigation by the Metropolitan Police and his appointment of Mr Kieran Poynter to conduct an independent review of HM Revenue and Customs’ data handling procedures; acknowledges the steps which have already been taken to improve the department’s data transfer processes; and notes the Chancellor’s assurance that he will keep the House fully informed of further developments.’.
Mr David Cameron
Nick Herbert
Mr Edward Garnier
Mr Henry Bellingham
Mr David Burrowes
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
   That this House considers that the Government’s management of the prisons system continues to be a national disgrace; notes that within the last two weeks the prison population has reached a record high of 81,547; further notes that a quarter of all prisoners are in cells designed for one fewer person; is gravely concerned that numbers of suicides in custody are rising; notes that the large majority of people in prison are serious, violent or persistent offenders who need access to effective rehabilitation which is not generally available; notes that two-thirds of prisoners re-offend within two years of their release, resulting in substantial cost to the criminal justice system; is concerned that at least 8,500 people have been released early from prison under the End of Custody Licence Scheme; notes that the Government has scaled back the prison building target for 2007 from 2,500 new places to only 700; expresses concern that the Government may be planning to link resources to sentencing as a means of reducing the prison population; disapproves of proposals to abolish magistrates’ powers to impose a suspended sentence; and calls upon the Government to introduce honesty in sentencing, halt the End of Custody Licence Scheme and take immediate steps to ensure adequate prison capacity to hold all those sentenced by the courts in the interests of public safety.
   As Amendments to Mr David Cameron’s proposed Motion (Government Management of the Prisons System):
The Prime Minister
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
Secretary Jack Straw
Secretary Jacqui Smith
Secretary Ed Balls
David Hanson
   Line 1, leave out from ‘House’ to end and add ‘welcomes the Government’s record which since 1997 has brought more offences to justice leading to a 32 per cent. reduction in overall crime and a 31 per cent. reduction in violent crime according to the British Crime Survey; welcomes the fact that the most violent and dangerous offenders are sent to prison for longer; also welcomes increased prison capacity by over 20,000 places and the commitment to building a further 9,500 prison places, of which 8,500 will be delivered by 2012; recognises that the Government has dramatically reduced the number of escapes and absconds since 1997; notes the increase in prison funding by 37 per cent. in real terms and probation service funding by 72 per cent., including a tenfold increase in funding for drug treatment in prison; recognises the improved links between custody and the community through end to end offender management and other measures; notes the introduction of a flexible and tough new community order which provides a real alternative to custody for less serious offenders; recognises the great strides made in improving the culture within prisons though the Decency Agenda; and further notes the reduction of the overall re-offending rate for prison and community sentences by 5.8 per cent.’.
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr David Heath
Mr Nick Clegg
David Howarth
Simon Hughes
Mr Paul Burstow
   Line 10, leave out from ‘Scheme’ to end and add ‘is concerned that the plans to remove the power of magistrates’ courts to impose suspended sentences will increase rather than reduce the prison population; calls upon the Government to introduce honesty in sentencing; believes that many prisoners are held in prison who should more appropriately be placed in secure mental health provision or drugs rehabilitation centres; furthermore believes that very short-term custodial sentences of three months or less are proven to be ineffective and have very high levels of recidivism and should be replaced by more effective community sentencing; and believes that if steps were taken in these respects the prison population could be substantially reduced, rehabilitation and prison education improved, re-offending discouraged and the public properly protected.’.
   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 p.m.
[No debate]
Secretary Jack Straw
   That the Order of 8th October 2007 in the last Session of Parliament (Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (Programme)), as varied by the Order of 11th October 2007 in that Session (Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (Programme) (No. 2)), be further varied by the substitution in paragraph 2 (time for conclusion of proceedings in Public Bill Committee) for the words ‘Thursday 29th November 2007’ of the words ‘Tuesday 4th December 2007’.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 83A(7)).
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That, on Tuesday 18th December, the House shall meet at half past Eleven o’clock and references to specific times in the Standing Orders of this House shall apply as if that day were a Wednesday.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
[No debate]
Ms Harriet Harman
   That this House, at its rising on Tuesday 18th December 2007, do adjourn till Monday 7th January 2008.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Bangladesh (Jeremy Corbyn).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).
Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee
2.30 p.m.
Room 9 (public)
   To consider the Secure Training Centre (Amendment) Rules 2007 (S.I., 2007, No. 1709).
Innovation, Universities and Skills
9.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: Higher Education Issues.
   Witnesses: Bill Rammell MP, Minister of State, Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Professor David Eastwood, Chief Executive, Higher Education Funding Council for England.
Children, Schools and Families
9.15 a.m.
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Work and Pensions
9.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.30 a.m.
   Subject: The Health and Safety Commission and Executive.
   Witnesses: Judith Hackitt CBE, Chair, Health and Safety Commission and Geoffrey Podger CB, Chief Executive, Health and Safety Executive.
Modernisation of the House of Commons
9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.35 a.m.
   Subject: Scrutiny of the Draft Queen’s Speech.
   Witnesses: Rt Hon Alan Williams MP, Chairman, Liaison Committee, Rt Hon Alan Beith MP, Chairman, Justice Committee, Dr Tony Wright MP, Chairman, Public Administration Committee, and Robert Wilson, Clerk, Liaison Committee.
10.00 a.m.
Room 15 (private)
10.30 a.m.
   Subject: Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07.
   Witnesses: Bill Jeffrey CB, Permanent Under Secretary of State, and Trevor Woolley CB, Finance Director, Ministry of Defence.
Foreign Affairs
2.00 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
2.30 p.m.
   Subject: Global Security: Iran.
   Witnesses: Dr Kim Howells MP, Minister of State, Antony Phillipson, Iran Co-ordinator, and Paul Arkwright, Head of Counter Proliferation Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Northern Ireland Affairs
2.15 p.m.
Room 6 (private)
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
2.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
3.00 p.m.
   Subject: Flooding.
   Witnesses: Association of British Insurers, Norwich Union and Royal SunAlliance; Ofwat (at 4.00 p.m.).
European Scrutiny
2.30 p.m.
Room 19 (private)
2.30 p.m.
Room 21 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: E-petitions.
   Witnesses: Douglas Carswell MP, Andrew Miller MP, and Richard Allan, Cisco Systems.
2.30 p.m.
Room 8 (private)
2.45 p.m.
   Subject: The future of BAA.
   Witnesses: British Airways, American Airlines and easyJet; BAA and Ferrovial (at 3.15 p.m.); Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport (at 4.15 p.m.).
Public Accounts
3.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Government on the internet: Progress in delivering information and services online.
   Witnesses: Alexis Cleveland, Cabinet Office, Alan Bishop, Chief Executive, Central Office of Information and John Suffolk, Chief Information Officer.
4.45 p.m.
Room 13 (private)
Statutory Instruments
As soon as convenient after 4.00 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
Statutory Instruments
4.00 p.m.
Room 7 (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform: EU Energy Council meeting, Brussels, 3rd December 2007.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: Post-Education, Youth and Culture Council.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Tackling money laundering and terrorist financing.
Secretary of State for International Development: Bangladesh: Cyclone Sidr update.
Solicitor General: Government’s response to the Consultation on Convicting Rapists and Protecting Victims.



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