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Summary Agenda Wednesday 28 November 2007

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Summary Agenda
11.30 a.m.
Motion for Unopposed Return (without debate).
Oral Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland.
12 noon
Oral Questions to the Prime Minister.
12.30 p.m.
Urgent Questions, Ministerial Statements (if any).
(Deferred Divisions will take place in the ‘No’ Lobby between 12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.)
Presentation of Bill (without debate).
Opposition Day: (1) HM Revenue and Customs data loss; (2) Government’s management of the prisons system (may continue until 7.00 p.m.).
Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill (Programme) (No. 3) (Motion) (without debate).
Sittings of the House (no debate after 7.00 p.m.).
Adjournment (Christmas) (without debate).
At the end of the sitting
Adjournment Debate: Bangladesh (Jeremy Corbyn) (until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later).

Sitting in Westminster Hall
General Debates:
9.30 a.m.
Funding of further education in South Yorkshire (Eric Illsley).
11.00 a.m.
Welfare reform (Ms Karen Buck).
The sitting will be suspended from 11.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m.
2.30 p.m.
Economic partnership agreements and development (Tony Baldry).
4.00 p.m.
Operation of Heathrow Airport (Mr Mark Field).
4.30 p.m.
HIV/AIDS (Dr Gavin Strang) (until 5.00 p.m.).

Time limits on speeches
       A new temporary Standing Order on time limits on speeches, agreed on 25th October, will have effect for the current Session.
Backbench speeches
       The new Standing Order will allow as before for the Speaker to announce time limits on backbench speeches for the whole or for part of a debate. The new Order allows for the time limit to be varied upwards or downwards by a subsequent announcement from the Chair, if it becomes apparent that there is significantly more or less time than anticipated, so as to ensure maximum possible participation and the use of all the time available.
       No specific time limits are specified in the Order, but Mr Speaker has indicated that the limit will as hitherto normally be no less than three minutes and no more than 15 minutes. The provision of an additional minute plus the time of each intervention up to a maximum of two interventions remains.
Front bench speeches
       A time limit of 20 minutes may on occasion be applied to the opening front bench speeches of the Government, the Official Opposition and the second largest opposition party. A minute is added for each intervention (but no extra time for time taken by the intervention itself) up to a maximum of 15 interventions.
Time limits in topical debates
       The new temporary Standing Order on topical debates provides for a special regime of mandatory speech limits on front bench speeches as below–
       — Minister: 10 minutes (when opening the debate)
       — Official Opposition: 10 minutes (either at the outset or before the Ministerial wind-up)
       — Second largest opposition party: six minutes (either at the outset or before the Ministerial wind-up).
       In each case a minute is added for each intervention up to a maximum of 10 for Government and Official Opposition and six for the second largest opposition party, when they speak at the beginning of a debate. In topical debates, time limits are also likely to be imposed on backbench speeches in accordance with the Standing Order on Time Limits on Speeches (as above).


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