The Week in Westminster: 11-15 February 2013

With Michael Gove’s ears still burning from being made to stand at the front of the class with his hands behind his back following his humiliating EBacc u-turn, the Annual Ofsted Report, due to be given by Sir Michael Wilshaw and John Goldup next Wednesday morning, will be quite an important performance indicator for the education policy talking heads.

The Tuesday afternoon Home Affairs select committee on leadership and standards in the police should provoke interest from all sides of the political spectrum. The police have had a lot of bad press of late, from phone-hacking, to Hilsborough, to Andrew Mitchell. There will also be an adjournment on Monday in the House of Commons about police violence at hunts.

An adjournment put forward by Roger Williams MP on reforming the common agricultural policy on Tuesday will also be worth a watch, if only to see which of the most excitable Eurosceptics get the wildest look in the eyes when discussing it.


Monday 11 February 2013

Oral Questions – Home Office, including Topical Questions
Statement – European Council
Legislation – European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] – Committee of the whole House
Legislation – European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] – Report stage
Legislation – European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] – Third reading
Backbench Business – Local government finance settlement for rural authorities
Adjournment – Policing violence at hunts – Chris Williamson

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Oral Questions – Deputy Prime Minister, including Topical Questions; Attorney General
Ten Minute Rule Motion – Gift Vouchers and Insolvency – Mr Michael McCann
Debate – Opposition Day (17th allotted day) – (i) Education (ii) Infrastructure
Adjournment – Common Agricultural Policy reform – Roger Williams

Wednesday 13 February 2013

Oral Questions – Scotland
Science Technology and Engineering (Careers Information in Schools) – Peter Luft
Motion – Police Grant and Local Government Finance reports
Motion – Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2013; Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2013
Adjournment – Future childcare policy – Lucy Powell

Thursday 14 February 2013

Oral Questions – Culture, Media and Sport, including Topical Questions; Women and Equalities
Business Statement – Leader of the House
Backbench Business – (i) Protecting future generations from violence against women and girls (ii) Preventing sexual violence in conflict
Adjournment – Coventry and Warwickshire city deal – Chris White

Friday 14 January 2013

The House will not be sitting




Oral Questions

Exemption of private companies providing services to the NHS from corporation tax – Lord Winston

Developing a different relationship with the European Union – Baroness Morgan of Ely

Limiting the ongoing closure of public libraries across the country – Baroness Bakewell

Predicting the number of jobs that would be created by leaving the European Union – Lord Davies of Stamford


Mental Health (Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill – Third reading – Lord Stevenson of Coddenham


Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill – Second reading – Baroness Stowell of Beeston


Oral Questions

Modifying the automatic increases in business rates in the light of trading conditions in 2012–13 – Lord Naseby

Plans to commemorate the centenary of the First World War – Lord Clark of Windermere

Plans to encourage a reduction in domestic food waste – Baroness Jenkin of Kennington

FSA's executive settlement procedures in the light of discounts applied to fines levied as a result of misconduct in relation to the setting of the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR) and the Euro Interbank Offered Rate (EURIBOR) – Lord Bates


Hertfordshire County Council (Filming on Highways Bill – Second reading


Scrap Metal Dealers Bill – Third reading – Baroness Browning


Public Service Pensions Bill – Report stage – Lord Newby

Short Debate

UK women’s safety in light of the Government report 'An Overview of Sexual Offending in England and Wales' – Lord Desai



Prisons (Property) Bill – Third reading – Lord Ramsbotham

Oral Questions

Constitutional convention of cabinet collective responsibility – Baroness Miller of Hendon

Regulation of healthcare assistance in the light of the Health and Care Professions Council’s preliminary finding that there are significant shortcomings in a voluntary register – Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

Average daily capacity at Heathrow Airport over the last six months – Lord Spicer

Orders and Regulations

Welfare Reform SI approval motions: i) Universal Credit Regulations 2013; ii) Universal Credit (Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2013; iii) Jobseeker’s Allowance Regulations 2013; iv) Employment and Support Allowance Regulations 2013; v) Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) Regulations 2013; vi) Universal

Credit, Personal Independence Payment, Jobseeker’s Allowance and Employment and Support Allowance (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 2013; vii) Social Security (Payments on Account of Benefit) Regulations 2013; viii) Social Security (Loss of Benefit) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 – Lord Freud

Building Regulations &c. (Amendment) Regulations 2012 – Motion to Regret – Baroness Tonge


Oral Questions

"One Billion Rising" campaign's aim to draw attention to the level of domestic violence worldwide – Baroness Gale

Progress of the academy school programme – Baroness Seccombe

Ensuring that the NHS benefits from the establishment of Healthcare UK to market the NHS brand abroad – Baroness Gardner of Parkes


Succession to the Crown Bill – Second reading – Lord Wallace of Tankerness