House of Commons
Order of Business Thursday 15 March 2012
+ indicates Government business.
Timings are indicative only.
House of Commons
Order of Business
At 10.30 am Prayers
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 Business, Innovation and Skills
1 Grahame M. Morris (Easington): If he will commission an independent review of the regulation of pub companies. (100018)
2 Matthew Hancock (West Suffolk): What steps he is taking to promote apprenticeships; and if he will make a statement. (100019)
3 Peter Aldous (Waveney): What steps he is taking to enable small and medium-sized companies to offer high-quality apprenticeships to young adults. (100020)
4 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish): What assessment he has made of the level of applications to English universities for courses commencing in September 2012. (100021)
5 Stuart Andrew (Pudsey): What recent progress he has made in increasing inward investment. (100022)
6 Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): What steps he has taken to encourage universities to publish data about the employment of their graduates. (100023)
7 Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith): What assessment he has made of the ability of other departments to encourage business growth. (100024)
8 Damian Hinds (East Hampshire): What steps he is taking to ensure universal access to independent and professional careers advice and guidance. (100025)
9 Stephen Timms (East Ham): What recent assessment he has made of the UK's science base. (100026)
10 Nia Griffith (Llanelli): What representations he has received on the potential effects of his proposed reform of employment protection law. (100029)
11 Sajid Javid (Bromsgrove): What steps he is taking to promote the status of traditional craft industries. (100030)
12 Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire): What recent assessment he has made of potential savings to UK businesses resulting from deregulation. (100031)
13 Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West): When he proposes to bring in the Groceries Code Adjudicator Bill. (100032)
14 Angela Smith (Penistone and Stocksbridge): Whether his Department plans to develop an industrial strategy; and if he will make a statement. [R] (100033)
15 Michael Connarty (Linlithgow and East Falkirk): What his policy is on the retention of post offices in villages. (100035)
16 Alun Michael (Cardiff South and Penarth): What steps he is taking to promote observance of section 172 of the Companies Act 2006. (100036)
17 Ian Lucas (Wrexham): What assessment he has made of the level of applications to English universities for courses commencing in September 2012. (100037)
18 Nick Smith (Blaenau Gwent): What assessment he has made of the ability of other departments to encourage business growth. (100039)
19 Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): What steps he plans to take to improve access to finance for small and medium-sized businesses in the Northern regions. (100040)
20 Mr William Bain (Glasgow North East): What steps he plans to take to improve access to finance for small businesses. (100041)
At 11.15 am
Topical Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
The Members listed below have been selected by ballot to ask a Topical Question.
T1 Paul Blomfield (Sheffield Central): If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities. (100043)
T2 Peter Aldous (Waveney): (100044)
T3 Valerie Vaz (Walsall South): (100045)
T4 Fiona Bruce (Congleton): (100046)
T5 Gavin Williamson (South Staffordshire): (100047)
T6 Andrew Gwynne (Denton and Reddish): (100048)
T7 Guy Opperman (Hexham): (100049)
T8 Stephen Mosley (City of Chester): (100051)
At 11.30 am Urgent Questions (if any)
Business Question to the Leader of the House
Ministerial Statements (if any)
1 BACKBENCH BUSINESS [Until 6.00 pm]
CHARGING FOR ACCESS TO PARLIAMENT
Mr Adam Holloway
Mr Charles Walker
Mike FreerMs Diane AbbottMr Brian H Donohoe
Mr Graham BradyJohn MannJohn Glen
Martin VickersJulian SmithCharlie Elphicke
Nick de BoisChris WhiteSir Bob Russell
Sheryll MurrayCraig WhittakerKarl McCartney
Andrew RosindellChris KellyMr Angus Brendan MacNeil
David MorrisBarbara KeeleyLaura Sandys
Paul FlynnMr Denis MacShaneGavin Williamson
Andrew MillerMeg HillierSteve Brine
Steve RotheramSimon ReevellJohn Cryer
Mark LazarowiczMr Stewart JacksonDiana Johnson
Mr David BlunkettAndrew GeorgeSimon Hart
That this House accepts the need to make financial savings, but considers that the fundamental principle that the House of Commons is a people’s Parliament should not be put at risk; and concludes that since British citizens pay for Parliament, they should be free to visit it without paying, including the Big Ben Clock Tower.
As an Amendment to Robert Halfon’s proposed Motion (Charging for Access to Parliament):
Line 3, leave out from ‘risk’ to end and add ‘and invites the Commission to reconsider its current proposal to charge for Clock Tower tours.’.
The statement by the House of Commons Commission of 14 March, available from the Vote Office, is relevant.
REFORM OF THE COMMON FISHERIES POLICY
Miss Anne McIntosh
Ms Margaret Ritchie
That this House considers that the Common Fisheries Policy has failed to conserve fish stocks and failed fishermen and consumers; welcomes the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee’s report, EU proposals for reform of the Common Fisheries Policy; and calls on the Government to use the current round of Common Fisheries Policy reform to argue for a reduction in micro-management from Brussels, greater devolution of fishing policy to Member States, the introduction of greater regional ecosystem-based management and more scientific research to underpin decision-making in order to secure the future of coastal communities and the health of the marine ecosystem.
The Twelfth Report from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee, EU Proposals for Reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, HC 1563, is relevant.
Debate may continue until 6.00 pm.
At the end of the sitting:
Proposed subject: Effect of reductions to legal aid on legal aid providers (Karl Turner).
The Third Report from the Justice Committee on the Government’s proposed reform of legal aid, HC 681, and the Government response, Cm 8111, are relevant.
Debate may continue until 6.30 pm or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).
PUBLIC BILL COMMITTEE
Financial Services Bill Committee
Room 12 (public)
Further to consider the Bill.
Political and Constitutional Reform
The Wilson Room, Portcullis House (private)
Subject: Introducing a Statutory Register for Lobbyists.
Witnesses: Public Relations Consultants Association, Chartered Institute of Public Relations and Association of Professional Political Consultants.
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]
PUBLICATION OF SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
Thursday 15 March
Time of publication
Work and Pensions
Automatic enrolment in workplace pensions and the National Employment Savings Trust (Eighth Report).
Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
1Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: Employment law review.
2Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: Government announcement of proposals for reform of the UK’s competition regime.
3Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills: Pre Council Statement EU Foreign Affairs Council (Trade) 16 March 2012.
4Minister for the Cabinet Office: Annual report on handling Members’ correspondence.
5Minister for the Cabinet Office: Ministerial pensions: Increase in member contributions.
6Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Local planning regulations.
7Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Permitted development rights for installations of microgeneration equipment on non-domestic premises.
8Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change: Final report of Professor Hill’s review of fuel poverty.
9Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Publication of the report Determining the Extent of Use and Humaneness of Snares in England and Wales.
10Secretary of State for the Home Department: Equal civil marriage consultation.
11Secretary of State for the Home Department: Independent Review of Police Officer and Staff Remuneration and Conditions.
12Secretary of State for the Home Department: Justice and Home Affairs post-Council statement.
13Secretary of State for the Home Department: Opt-in decisions to be debated in Parliament on Government time in 2012.
14Secretary of State for the Home Department: Statement of changes in immigration rules.
15Secretary of State for Transport: EU Transport Council.
General Committee Notices
A Public Bill Committee will meet on Tuesday 20 March at 4.20 pm and Thursday 22 March at 9.30 am further to consider the Financial Services Bill.
European Committee A will meet on Monday 19 March at 4.30 pm to consider European Union Documents No. 18007/11, relating to a Commission Communication on Airport policy in the EU: addressing capacity and quality to promote growth, connectivity and sustainable mobility, No. 18008/11 and Addenda 1 to 3, relating to a Draft Regulation on groundhandling services at Union airports and repealing Council directive 96/67/EC, No. 18009/11 and Addenda 1 to 4, relating to a Draft Regulation on common rules for allocation of slots at EU airports (recast), and No. 18010/11 and Addenda 1 and 2, relating to a Draft Regulation on the establishment of rules and procedures with regard to the introduction of noise-related operating restrictions at Union airports within a balanced approach and repealing Directive 2002/30/EC.
The First Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Monday 19 March at 4.30 pm to consider the draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Order 2012.
The Second Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Monday 19 March at 6.00 pm to consider the draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2012 and the draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2012.
The Third Delegated Legislation Committee will meet on Thursday 22 March at 8.55 am to consider the draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 23) (Investment Companies) Regulations 2012.