The week in Westminster: October 25th to October 29th

This is the week when the cuts start to sink in. Parliament has a lot of scrutinising to do.

In addition to round two, the setpiece debate on the comprehensive spending review in the Commons on Thursday, a range of select committees are hauling figures before them to help calculate the damage.

Vince Cable’s appearance on Tuesday is likely to be the highlight as he is grilled by MPs on planned changes to student finance.

COMMONS

Monday

Questions – culture, media and sport, leader of the House of Commons
Legislation – parliamentary voting system and constituencies bill
Adjournment debate – Future of Newport Passport Office

Tuesday

Questions – deputy prime minister, attorney general, church commissioners, public accounts commission
Ten minute rule motion – parliament (amendment)
Legislation – savings accounts and health in pregnancy grant bill
Adjournment debate – provision of maternity services

Wednesday

Questions – Scotland, PMQs
Ten minute rule motion – planning (developer bonds)
Legislation – postal services bill
Motion – to approve a European document relating to economic policy coordination
Adjournment debate – incidence of suicide and self-harm in a recession

Thursday

Questions – transport, women and equalities
Business statement – leader of the House
Debate – comprehensive spending review
Adjournment debate – European arrest warrants and extradition processes

LORDS

Monday

Questions – climate change panel, charities and war zones, Camp Ashra, first-time buyers
Legislation – terrorist asset-freezing bill
Orders and regulations – Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

Tuesday

Introduction – Lord Bishop of Birmingham
Questions – strategic defence review, value for money, cutting MPs, invoice payments
Legislation – superannuation bill
Orders and regulations – Scottish Parliament (Constituencies and Regions) Order 2010

Wednesday

Questions – Barclays Cycle Hire, prison population, mobile homes
Debate – higher education review

Thursday

Questions – pre-legislative scrutiny, armed forces discrimination, school run
Debate – excellence in education for all pupils and young people
Debate – patient-led health care, the focus on clinical outcomes, and the role of health professionals
Short debate – teaching modern languages in schools and universities

PICK OF THE COMMITTEES

Tuesday

11:30 – business secretary Vince Cable and higher education minister David Willetts, before business, innovation and skills committee, on: comprehensive spending review

Thursday

09:30 – Cabinet secretary Sir Gus O’Donnell, before public administration select committee, on: Work of the Cabinet Office