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Order of Business Monday 27 November 2006

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 2.30 p.m.
  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 Work and Pensions
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): What progress is being made on implementing City Strategies on Welfare to Work.
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): What change there has been since 1997 in the number of people recorded in the Department's survey data as having income below 40 per cent. of median income.
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): What steps he is taking to reduce the level of debt owing to his Department arising from overpayment of benefits.
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): If he will make an additional payment to those entitled to heating allowance to reflect the recent increase in energy prices.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): How many pensioners are (a) eligible for and (b) claiming means-tested benefits in (i) Great Britain and (ii) Northamptonshire; and if he will make a statement.
Mr David Amess (Southend West): When he will respond to the Public Accounts Committee Report on contact centres, Department for Work and Pensions: Delivering Effective Services through Contact Centres, HC 1034, 2005-06; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): What progress has been made on reforms to the Child Support Agency; and if he will make a statement.
Anne Main (St Albans): What recent representations he has received on help available to unemployed people over the age of 50 years.
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): What provision is made for the extra cost on fuel and heating incurred by seriously disabled people under the age of 60 years during winter.
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): If he will make a statement on the plans announced in the Queen's Speech to reform the pension system.
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree): What assessment he has made of the impact of the Age Discrimination Regulations on state pensions.
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): If he will make a statement on the IT strategy of his Department and its agencies.
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): When he expects the successor to the Child Support Agency to be operational.
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): What recent representations he has received on the scheme to replace the Post Office Card Account in 2010; and if he will make a statement.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North): What plans he has to improve the provision of benefit services by his Department for people with disabilities.
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): What estimate he has made of the level of outstanding payments of child support; and if he will make a statement.
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): What Government support is available through the benefits system to people with disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): If he will make a statement on progress towards the Government's target to halve relative child poverty by 2010.
Tony Baldry (Banbury): What assessment he has made of the effect of a higher minimum wage on recipients of carer's allowance.
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): If he will take steps to ensure that more women are entitled to the full state pension.
At 3.20 p.m.
Oral Questions to the Leader of the House and the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey): To ask the Leader of the House, what consideration has been given to improving the chances of proposals for legislation from backbench hon. Members getting time for debate.
Barbara Follett (Stevenage): To ask the Leader of the House, what recent discussions he has had with colleagues about the sitting hours of the House.
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment he has made of the accountability of Government departments during the summer adjournment.
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what recent representations he has received on making the Commons estate a smoke-free environment.
John Robertson (Glasgow North West): To ask the Leader of the House, if he will take steps to increase the number of adjournment debates during the parliamentary session.
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many hon. Members have booked more than three private dining room lunches or dinners in the last 12 months.
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions he has had with the Royal Institute of British Architects on improving public accessibility to the proceedings on the floor of the House since June 2006; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment he has made of the role of Westminster Hall debates in providing time for hon. Members to debate issues of concern.

At 3.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements (if any)

Preliminary Business
Notice of Presentation of Bill
[No debate]
Mr Secretary Hain
   Bill to make provision about justice and security in Northern Ireland.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.

Main Business
QUEEN’S SPEECH (MOTION FOR AN ADDRESS): Adjourned Debate on Question (15th November). Adjourned Debate on Question (15th November). [Until 10.00 p.m.]
[Until 10.00 p.m.]
   Motion made, and Question proposed, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty, as follows:
   Most Gracious Sovereign,
   We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled, beg leave to offer our humble thanks to Your Majesty for the Gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament—(Alun Michael).
   As Amendments to the Address, at end add—
Sir Menzies Campbell
Dr Vincent Cable
Mr Michael Moore
Mr Nick Clegg
Chris Huhne
Mr Paul Burstow
‘but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech fails to announce proposals for a strategy for Iraq providing for a phased withdrawal of United Kingdom armed forces; deplore the further erosion of traditional British freedoms that will result from the Government’s proposals on security and terrorism, increasing intrusion into private lives without commensurate improvements in public safety or the repeal of existing and unnecessary laws and regulations; and further regret that the measures proposed to address global warming lack ambition and are not sufficient to establish the United Kingdom as a world leader in combating climate change.’.
Mr Elfyn Llwyd
Mr Alex Salmond
Jon Trickett
Mr Douglas Hogg
Claire Short
David Taylor
Mr Bernard Jenkin   
Mr John Whittingdale   
Dr Alasdair McDonnell
Mr Andrew Turner   
Mr Charles Walker   
Mike Penning
Mrs Nadine Dorries   
Mr Richard Benyon   
Mr Geoffrey Cox
Mr John Gummer   
Mr Edward Leigh   
Derek Conway
Mr Nick Hurd   
Mr Andrew Tyrie   
Mr Peter Atkinson
Miss Julie Kirkbride   
Mr Christopher Fraser   
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger
Mr Ian Taylor   
David Maclean   
Mr Michael Mates
Mrs Iris Robinson   
Mr Adam Holloway   
Mark Pritchard
Mr Rob Wilson   
Mr Andrew Pelling   
Mr John Horam
Mr Gordon Prentice   
Mr Anthony Steen   
Nia Griffith
Sir Peter Soulsby   
Daniel Kawczynski   
Grant Shapps
Mr Christopher Chope   
Mr Philip Hollobone   
Mr Greg Hands
David T. C. Davies   
Mr Stewart Jackson   
Mr Brooks Newmark
Frank Cook   
Mr Ronnie Campbell   
John Austin
Dr Hywel Francis   
Kelvin Hopkins   
Philip Davies
Mr Peter Lilley
‘but humbly suggest that the Government review its policy in Iraq and present its strategy for examination by the House at the earliest opportunity.’.
Mr David Cameron
Mr George Osborne
Mrs Theresa Villiers
Mr Philip Hammond
Mr Nigel Waterson
Mr Patrick McLoughlin
‘but humbly regret that the Gracious Speech does not contain measures to address Britain’s declining productivity growth since 1997; deplore the absence of measures to give the UK the right skills to take advantage of new global opportunities; further regret the absence of strong and binding measures to tackle climate change and environmental degradation; condemn the absence of measures to ensure real improvements in the public services and greater value for money for taxpayers; and further regret the absence of measures in the Gracious Speech to tackle the pensions crisis to which Government policy has contributed.’.
   Proposed subject for debate: Treasury and Work and Pensions.
Debate may continue until 10.00 p.m.
[No debate]
Mr Jack Straw
   That this House, at its rising on Tuesday 19th December 2006, do adjourn till Monday 8th January 2007.
To be decided without debate (Standing Order No. 25).
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Mr Jack Straw
   That, on Tuesday 19th December,—
the House shall sit 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; and
there shall be no sitting in Westminster Hall.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
   That Mr John Maples be discharged from the Foreign Affairs Committee and Mr Malcolm Moss be added.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
   That Mr Mark Lancaster be discharged from the Defence Committee and Mr Bernard Jenkin be added.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.
[No debate after 10.00 p.m.]
Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
   That Margaret Moran be discharged from the Science and Technology Committee and Mr Graham Stringer be added.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 10.00 p.m.

At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Christians in Pakistan and the case of the Karims  (Mr Gordon Prentice).
   Debate may continue until 10.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

Communities and Local Government
4.20 p.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.40 p.m.
   Subject: DCLG Annual Report 2006.
   Witnesses: Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary, Peter Unwin, Director General, Corporate Delivery, Joe Montgomery, Director General, Places and Communities, and Christina Bienkowska CBE, Director General, Strategy and Performance, Department for Communities and Local Government.
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Rural Payments Agency Sub-Committee
4.30 p.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
4.45 p.m.
   Subject: Rural Payments Agency.
   Witnesses: Tony Cooper, interim Chief Executive, Simon Vry, interim Chief Operating Officer, and Ian Hewett, Operations Director, Rural Payments Agency.
Public Accounts
4.30 p.m.
Room 15 (public)
   Subject: Delivering successful IT-enabled business change.
   Witnesses: Mr Ian Watmore, Head, e-Government Unit, and Mr John Oughton, Chief Executive, Office of Government Commerce.
Human Rights
4.00 p.m.
Room 4A (private)
[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice.]

Written Ministerial Statements to be made today
Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer: ECOFIN 28th November.
Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Review of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.
Secretary of State for Health: System management and reform.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Local policing.
Minister of the State, Department of Constitutional Affairs: Government community justice.



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