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TODAY IN PARLIAMENT, WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER

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Scottish Office ministers answer questions in the Commons. ...
Scottish Office ministers answer questions in the Commons.

The Scottish and home secretaries will make statements on the Cullen report on gun control.

Written answers are expected on: tax concessions to smaller landlords under the Housing Act; help for Torbay and Shepway to deal with storms and flooding; tax relief on payments by patients in nursing homes; local needs and housing association planning applications; Basildon New Towns Commission; winding up the New Town Commission; local authority community alarm systems; sick pay rules.

Issues raised for debate by backbenchers include sections and orders under the 1989 Children's Act (Mike Gapes) and A5 improvements in Ynys Mon (Ieuan Wyn Jones).

A backbench bill on a Scottish parliament is introduced.

The education and employment select committee hears from Kensington, Wandsworth and Westminster LBCs on the operation of the nursery vouchers scheme.

The Lords debates takes a motion on asylum application, and debates the Public Order (Amend) Bill.

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