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Business without Debate

Volume 490: debated on Monday 30 March 2009

Interleaving of Bills and Explanatory Notes

Resolved,

That this House approves the First Report of the Procedure Committee (House of Commons Paper No. 377).—(Mark Tami.)

Business of the House

Motion made,

That, at the sitting on Tuesday 21 April, notwithstanding Standing Order No. 20 (Time for taking private business) the Private Business set down by the Chairman of Ways and Means shall be entered upon (whether before, at or after 7.00 pm), and may then be proceeded with, though opposed, for three hours, after which the Speaker shall interrupt the business.—(Mark Tami.)

Object.

Delegated legislation

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 118(6)),

Family Proceedings

That the draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2009, which was laid before this House on 25 February, be approved.—(Mark Tami.)

Question agreed to.

administration

Ordered,

That Mr Simon Burns be discharged from the Administration Committee and Alistair Burt be added.—(Mr. Frank Roy, on behalf of the Committee of Selection.)

On a point of order, Madam Deputy Speaker. At 2 o’clock this afternoon we learned that the Senior Salaries Review Body was recommending a 2.3 per cent. pay rise for Members of Parliament, yet the Armed Forces Pay Review Body’s report has been sitting with Ministers for weeks without an announcement having been made. It is simply not acceptable for MPs to know their pay award while the men and women serving on the front line do not know theirs. Has a Minister applied to you for leave to come to the House to explain the report and what he plans to do about it?

I have received no notification or request from any Minister, but the hon. Gentleman’s comments are now on the record.