Order of Business Wednesday 29 February 2012

+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.


House of Commons

Order of Business


At 11.30 am Prayers

Afterwards

Notes:  * 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 Wales

*  1 Gavin Williamson (South Staffordshire): What steps she is taking to promote Wales as a destination for inward investment. (96367)

*  2 Mr David Hanson (Delyn): What assessment she has made of the effect of changes to feed-in tariffs on the Welsh economy. (96368)

*  3 Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth): If she will discuss with Ministerial colleagues the potential benefits of Wales being the test bed of The People's Rail revised governance proposals; and if she will make a statement. (96371)

*  4 Fiona Bruce (Congleton): What recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others on measures to reduce administrative burdens for businesses in Wales. (96373)

*  5 Jessica Morden (Newport East): What assessment she has made of the effects of Government funding reductions on women in Wales. (96374)

*  6 Chris Kelly (Dudley South): What recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others on measures to reduce administrative burdens for businesses in Wales. (96375)

*  7 Stuart Andrew (Pudsey): What recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others on the delivery of public services in Wales. (96376)

*  8 Kevin Brennan (Cardiff West): What plans her Department has to mark St David's Day. (96377)

*  9 Jonathan Edwards (Carmarthen East and Dinefwr): What discussions she has had on Barnett consequentials to Wales for High Speed 2. (96378)

*  10 Mr Wayne David (Caerphilly): What recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on crime levels in Wales. (96379)

*  11 Stephen Mosley (City of Chester): What recent discussions she has had with (a) Ministerial colleagues and (b) others on the promotion of tourism in Wales. (96380)

At 12 noon

Oral Questions to the Prime Minister

Unless otherwise indicated the Members listed below will ask a Question without notice.

*  Q1 Mr Andy Slaughter (Hammersmith): If he will list his official engagements for Wednesday 29 February. (97130)

*  Q2 Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central):  (97131)

*  Q3 Luciana Berger (Liverpool, Wavertree):  (97132)

*  Q4 Mr Nick Raynsford (Greenwich and Woolwich):  (97133)

*  Q5 Sheila Gilmore (Edinburgh East):  (97134)

*  Q6 Peter Aldous (Waveney):  (97135)

*  Q7 Mike Freer (Finchley and Golders Green):  (97136)

*  Q8 Julie Hilling (Bolton West):  (97137)

*  Q9 Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon and East Thurrock):  (97138)

*  Q10 Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):  (97139)

*  Q11 Gregg McClymont (Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East):  (97140)

*  Q12 Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk):  (97141)

*  Q13 David Morris (Morecambe and Lunesdale):  (97142)

*  Q14 Ian Swales (Redcar):  (97144)


At 12.30 pm Urgent Questions (if any)

Ministerial Statements (if any)


Preliminary Business

Ten minute rule Motion

1 FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS (REFORM) [Up to 20 minutes]

Steve Baker

That leave be given to bring in a Bill to enforce strict liability on directors of financial institutions; to require directors of financial institutions to post personal bonds as additional bank capital; to require personal bonds and bonuses to be treated as additional bank capital; to make provision for the insolvency of financial institutions; to establish a financial crimes investigation unit; and for connected purposes.

The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).


Main Business

2 EMERGENCY DEBATE: PROTECTING UK INTERESTS IN RESPECT OF THE NATURE AND CONTENT OF THE TREATY ON STABILITY CO-ORDINATION AND GOVERNANCE IN THE ECONOMIC AND MONETARY UNION [Up to three hours]

Mr William Cash

That this House has considered the matter of the legal and other action now to be taken by the Government in upholding the rule of law and protecting UK interests in respect of the nature and content of the Treaty on Stability, Co-ordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union.

Debate may continue for up to three hours (Standing Order No. 24).

indicates Government Business

† 3 WATER INDUSTRY (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) BILL: Second Reading  [Until 7.00 pm]

The First Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, Future Flood and Water Management Legislation, HC 522, the Fourth Report from the Committee, the draft National Policy Statement on Waste Water, HC 736, and the Government’s responses thereto, are relevant.

Debate may continue until 7.00 pm.


† 4 WATER INDUSTRY (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) BILL (PROGRAMME) [No separate debate]

Secretary Caroline Spelman

That the following provisions shall apply to the Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill:

Committal

1. The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Proceedings in Committee, on Consideration and on Third Reading

2. Proceedings in Committee, any proceedings on Consideration and proceedings on Third Reading shall be completed at one day’s sitting.

3. On that day, proceedings in Committee and any proceedings on Consideration shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour before the moment of interruption.

4. On that day, proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the moment of interruption.

5. Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings in Committee of the whole House, any proceedings on Consideration or proceedings on Third Reading.

Other proceedings

6. Any other proceedings on the Bill (including any proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments or on any further messages from the Lords) may be programmed.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 83A(7)).

† 5 WATER INDUSTRY (FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE) BILL [MONEY]:(Queen’s Recommendation signified). [No separate debate]

Mark Hoban

That, for the purposes of any Act resulting from the Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill, it is expedient to authorise-

(1) the payment out of money provided by Parliament of any expenditure incurred by the Secretary of State by virtue of the Act, and

(2) the payment of sums into the Consolidated Fund.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 52(1)(a)).

† 6 SUPPLY AND APPROPRIATION (ANTICIPATION AND ADJUSTMENTS) BILL: Second Reading. [No debate]

The Questions on Second and Third Reading of the Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill will be put without debate (Standing Order No. 56).

† 7 SOCIAL SECURITY [No debate]

David Gauke

That the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2012, which were laid before this House on 30 January, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

† 8 SOCIAL SECURITY [No debate]

David Gauke

That the draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Order 2012, which was laid before this House on 30 January, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

† 9 EDUCATION [No debate]

Secretary Michael Gove

That the draft Schools (Specification and Disposal of Articles) Regulations 2012, which were laid before this House on 19 January, be approved.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 118(6)).

† 10 SAFETY OF OFFSHORE OIL AND GAS ACTIVITIES [No debate]

Charles Hendry

That this House takes note of European Union Document No. 16175/11 and Addenda 1 to 4, relating to a Draft Regulation on the safety of offshore oil and gas prospection, exploration and production activities; supports the Government’s view that the UK has a proven, robust offshore environmental and safety regime; and further supports the Government’s intention to negotiate a legal instrument which ensures that high standards of health and safety and high levels of protection for the environment are maintained across Europe in respect of oil and gas operations, and that any new proposals do not negatively impact upon the present UK regime.

To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 119(11)).

† 11 BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (5 MARCH) [No debate after 7.00 pm]

Sir George Young

That at the sitting on Monday 5 March paragraph (2) of Standing Order No. 31 (Questions on amendments) shall apply to the motions in the name of Edward Miliband as if the day were an Opposition Day.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 pm.

† 12 BUSINESS OF THE HOUSE (6 MARCH) [No debate after 7.00 pm]

Sir George Young

That, at the sitting on Tuesday 6 March, notwithstanding the provisions of Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business), the Private Business set down by the Chairman of Ways and Means shall be entered upon (whether before, at or after 7.00 pm), and may then be proceeded with, though opposed, for three hours after which the Speaker shall interrupt the business.

If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 pm.

At the end of the sitting:

13 ADJOURNMENT

Proposed subject: Safety of private hire and hackney carriage drivers and passengers (Richard Fuller).

Debate may continue until 7.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).


COMMITTEES

SELECT COMMITTEES

1

Education

9.15 am

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)

9.30 am

(public)

Subject: Annual Report of HM Chief Inspector, Ofsted.

Witnesses: Sir Michael Wilshaw, HM Chief Inspector, and John Goldup, Deputy Chief Inspector, Ofsted.

2

Work and Pensions

9.15 am

Room 15 (private)

3

Treasury

9.30 am

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)

9.45 am

(public)

Subject: Bank of England 2012 Inflation Report.

Witnesses: Sir Mervyn King GBE, Governor, Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor Financial Stability, Charles Bean, Deputy Governor Monetary Policy, and Dr Adam Posen, External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England.

4

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

12.45 pm

Room 16 (private)

1.00 pm

(public)

Subject: Natural Environment White Paper.

Witnesses: Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office, and Chloe Smith MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury.

5

Defence

2.00 pm

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)

6

Environmental Audit

2.00 pm

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)

2.15 pm

(public)

Subject: Protecting the Arctic.

Witnesses: WWF; Client Earth (at 3.00 pm).

7

Scottish Affairs

2.00 pm

Room 6 (private)

8

Treasury

2.00 pm

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)

2.15 pm

(public)

Subject: Credit Rating Agencies.

Witnesses: Legal and General, National Grid, National Association of Pension Funds and Association of Corporate Treasurers; European Securities and Markets Authority and Financial Services Authority (at 3.15 pm).

9

Public Accounts

3.00 pm

Room 15 (private)

3.15 pm

(public)

Subject: Mobile Technology in Policing.

Witnesses: Bill Malloy, Head of Business Strategy and Improvement, Wiltshire Police, Alex Marshall, Chief Constable, Hampshire Constabulary, and Ailsa Beaton, Director of Information and Chief Information Officer, Metropolitan Police Service; Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Permanent Secretary, Stephen Rimmer, Director General, Crime and Policing Group, Home Office, and Nick Gargan, Chief Executive, National Policing Improvement Agency (at 4.00 pm).

10

Procedure

3.00 pm

Room 20 (private)

11

Statutory Instruments

As soon as convenient
after 3.45 pm

Room 7 (private)

12

European Scrutiny

4.30 pm

Room 19 (private)

13

Selection

4.45 pm

Room 13 (private)

14

Liaison

6.00 pm

Room 7 (private)

JOINT COMMITTEE

15

Statutory Instruments

3.45 pm

Room 7 (private)

OTHER COMMITTEE

16

Speaker’s Committee for the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority

4.00 pm

Room 21 (private)

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]


PUBLICATION OF SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

Wednesday 29 February

Time of publication

No.

1

European Scrutiny

11.00 am

HC 428-li

(Fifty-sixth Report).


Written Ministerial Statements to be made today

1Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: English for speakers of other languages.

2Secretary of State for Defence: Removal of agency status from the Ministry of Defence Police and Guarding Agency.

3Deputy Prime Minister: Electoral Registration: Annual Canvass 2012.

4Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Report on the Implementation of the Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong.

5Secretary of State for Health: Update on Winterbourne View.

6Secretary of State for the Home Department: Immigration (Employment-related settlement, Overseas Domestic Workers, Tier 5 of the Points-based System and Visitors).


Prepared 29th February 2012