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Order of Business Tuesday 18 December 2007

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House of Commons
Order of Business

At 11.30 a.m.
Private Business
Note: Private Business is not debated at this time, and may not be proceeded with if opposed.
Second Readings
   1. Bournemouth Borough Council Bill [Lords]
   2. Manchester City Council Bill [Lords]

  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 Health
Dr Evan Harris (Oxford West & Abingdon): What steps he is taking to ensure that sufficient paediatricians undertake child protection work; and if he will make a statement.
Hugh Bayley (City of York): What the timescale is for his Department's review of the NHS funding formula.
Mr John Spellar (Warley): What his Department's policy is on severance payments in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West): Whether he plans to include ovarian cancer in the awareness and early diagnosis programme announced in the Cancer Reform Strategy.
Ann Coffey (Stockport): Whether he plans to increase the funding available for the social care of the elderly.
John Mann (Bassetlaw): What research he has commissioned on misuse of prescription drugs.
Sarah McCarthy-Fry (Portsmouth North): What plans he has to improve primary care services in areas of greatest health need.
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby): If he will make a statement on levels of access to NHS dentistry in Leicestershire and England.
Mr Bob Laxton (Derby North): What steps his Department is taking to reduce the prevalence of liver disease.
Mr Charles Walker (Broxbourne): What financial support his Department provides to patients seeking specialist medical treatment in countries outside the EU.
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): What guidance he has issued on the prescribing of Lucentis; and if he will make a statement.
Bob Russell (Colchester): If he will exempt from prescription charges people with cystic fibrosis.
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): What steps the Government has taken to make hospitals cleaner since 1997.
Dr Doug Naysmith (Bristol North West): When he expects that cardiac rehabilitation will be offered to at least 85 per cent. of heart attack and re-vascularisation patients in accordance with the National Service Framework for Coronary Heart Disease 2000.
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): What plans he has for the future long-term funding of the social care system.
Lorely Burt (Solihull): What plans he has to improve early access to stroke services.
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): What representations he has received on a national plan for liver services; and if he will make a statement.
Mr Neil Turner (Wigan): What steps he is taking to reduce health inequalities in England.
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed): What steps he has taken to ensure that rural proofing is carried out by primary care trusts in rural areas.
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston): What recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the ban on smoking in public places for public health.
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): What recent research he has commissioned into levels of patient satisfaction with the NHS.
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): Pursuant to the Westminster Hall debate of 27th November 2007, Official Report, column 58-66WH, what steps he is taking to ensure that people in the East Midlands receive timely treatment for age-related macular degeneration.
At 3.15 p.m.
Topical Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
The Members listed below have been selected by ballot to ask a Topical Question.
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst): If he will make a statement on his departmental responsibilities.
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):
Barbara Keeley (Worsley):
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West):
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):

At 12.30 p.m.
  Urgent Questions (if any)
  Ministerial Statements, including on climate change negotiations in Bali.

Preliminary Business
Notices of Presentation of Bills
[No debate]
Norman Baker
   Bill to make provision for the recording and publication of specified expenses incurred by certain public servants; to promote transparency in the use of public funds; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
[No debate]
Mr Alistair Carmichael
   Bill to prohibit the supply of devices and substances designed to impair the recognition of vehicle registration marks by speed cameras and other authorised traffic control devices; and for connected purposes.
Formal first reading: no debate or decision.
Ten minute rule Motion
[Up to 20 minutes]
Mr Andrew Dismore
   That leave be given to bring in a Bill to clarify the meaning of ‘public function’ in section 6 of the Human Rights Act 1998.
   The Member moving and a Member opposing this Motion may each speak for up to ten minutes (Standing Order No. 23).

Main Business
  indicates Government Business
[Until 7.00 p.m.]
The Prime Minister
   That this House do now adjourn.
   Proposed subject for debate: Matters to be considered before the forthcoming Adjournment
Debate may continue until 7.00 p.m. (Order of 20th November).
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
   That Mark Pritchard be discharged from the Environmental Audit Committee and Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger be added.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
[No debate after 7.00 p.m.]
Rosemary McKenna, on behalf of the Committee of Selection
   That Daniel Kawczynski be discharged from the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee and Miss Anne McIntosh be added.
If opposed, this item cannot be taken after 7.00 p.m.
At the end of the sitting:
   Proposed subject: Regulation of debt collection agencies and the death of Mrs Beryl Brazier (Mr Mark Todd).
   Debate may continue until 7.30 p.m. or for half an hour, whichever is later (Standing Order No. 9).

9.30 a.m.
The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House (private)
9.45 a.m.
   Subject: Financial Stability and Transparency.
   Witnesses: The British Bankers Association and the Building Societies Association; Mervyn King, Governor of the Bank of England, and Sir John Gieve, Deputy Governor (Financial Stability) (at 10.45 a.m.).
Home Affairs
10.00 a.m.
Room 8 (private)
10.15 a.m.
   Subject: Police Pay.
   Witnesses: Chief Inspector Jan Berry, Chair, Police Federation; Chief Constable Steve Green, Nottinghamshire Police (at 11.15 a.m.).
International Development
10.00 a.m.
Room 6 (private)
10.30 a.m.
   Subject: Maternal Health.
   Witness: Baroness Vadera, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for International Development.
Culture, Media and Sport
10.15 a.m.
The Grimond Room, Portcullis House (private)
10.45 a.m.
   Subject: Tourism.
   Witnesses: VisitLondon; Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM, Welsh Assembly Minister for Heritage, VisitWales and VisitScotland (at 11.30 a.m.).
[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: Formal Government response to consultation on simplifying business support.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Homes and Communities Agency.
Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Local government.
Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport: Correction to Written PQ 165260.
Secretary of State for Defence: Chinook MK 3.
Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Single Farm Payment Scheme.
Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council 26th to 27th November.
Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Agriculture and Fisheries Council 17th to 19th December.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Sanctions regimes currently implemented by the UK.
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs: Visit by Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic.
Secretary of State for Health: Community hospitals.
Secretary of State for Health: NHS Pension Scheme valuation at 31st March 2004.
Secretary of State for the Home Department: Immigration–visitors.
Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills: Skills pledge management information.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland: Announcement on Northern Ireland’s Adult Male Prison Estate.
Prime Minister: Council of Europe and Western European Union.



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