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Oversight of UK spending on Ebola in West Africa

Public Accounts Committee holds evidence session at 9.45am, Thursday 11 December 2014

What's on

Thursday 11 December 2014

House of Commons

Main Chamber

Time Business
9:30am Oral Questions

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, including Topical Questions; Church Commissioners and the Public Accounts Commission and Speakers' Committee on the Electoral Commission

Business Statement

Leader of the House

Backbench Business

(i) Fishing industry (ii) Ukraine and UK relations with Russia

Adjournment - Mr Ben Bradshaw

NHS services in Devon

Westminster Hall

Time Business
1:30pm - 4:30pm

(i) Debate on reports from the International Development Committee: Strengthening Health Systems in Developing Countries (HC 246, 2014-15), and the Government response (HC 816, 2014-15) and Recovery and Development in Sierra Leone and Liberia (HC 247, 2014-15) (ii) Debate on the Eleventh Report from International Development Committee: Disability and Development (HC 947, 2013-14), and the Government response (HC 336, 2014-15)

General Committee

Time Business
11:30am - Room 9, Palace of Westminster Sixth Delegated Legislation Committee

Draft Water Industry (Specified Infrastructure Projects) (English Undertakers) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

Select Committee

Time Business
9:30am - Room 5, Palace of Westminster High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill

High Speed Rail (London-West Midlands) Bill - Dr Christopher Eaglen, Peter and Margaret Hughes, Hampton-in- Arden Parish Council and Hampton-in- Arden Society

9:45am - Room 15, Palace of Westminster Public Accounts

Oversight of UK spending to tackle Ebola in West Africa - Mark Lowcock, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Development, Professor Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser and Director of Research and Evidence, Department for International Development and Fergus Drake, Director of Global Programmes, Save the Children

9:45am - The Wilson Room, Portcullis House International Development

Beyond Aid: The Future UK Approach to Development - Kathryn Tyson, Director of International Health and Public Health Policy, Department of Health ; Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Secretary of State for International Development, Liz Ditchburn, Director General Policy and Louise Thomas, Head of Trade for Development, Department for International Development

House of Lords

Main Chamber

Time Business
11:00am Oral Questions

Whether NHS GPs are bound by the Hippocratic Oath

Oral Questions

When UK balance of trade will be in surplus

Oral Questions

British parents living abroad waiting a minimum of eight weeks for baby’s passport

Oral Questions

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Food Poverty’s recent report, “Feeding Britain”


Economic leadership for cities

Short Debate

Support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria


The case for establishing new global development goals in 2015


Encouraging more bilateral trade between the UK and Sri Lanka

6:15pm Estimated Rising Time

Grand Committee

Time Business
1:00pm Short Debate

Encouraging prosecutions of offenders under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003

Short Debate

Impact of Sharia law in the UK, particularly on women

Short Debate

Benefits of the mandatory display on food premises of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme certificate

Short Debate

UN Secretary-General’s statement on drug policy urging Member States to "conduct a wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options"

Short Debate

Reducing the rate of tuberculosis in the UK

6:00pm Estimated Rising Time

Select Committee

Time Business
1:30pm - Room 4A, Palace of Westminster Ecclesiastical Committee

Consideration of Measures

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