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Weekly Information Bulletin: 3rd February 2001


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Monday 5 February (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether it is considered that a White Paper on Foreign Policy would offer a contribution to public understanding and debate comparable to that provided by the recent White Paper on International Development, Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor (L. Wallace of Saltaire); What are the financial and other implications of the delay, until 1st July, of the break-up of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA)

(L. Burnham); What plans are there to resolve the shortage of teachers and the difficulty of recruiting suitable head teachers (B. Perry of Southwark); Whether an assessment of progress in meeting their criteria for possible entry into European monetary union will be published before next election (L. Taverne).

Debate - Report of the European Union Committee on How is the euro working? (18th Report, Session 1999-2000, HL Paper 124); Report of the European Union Committee on Unsustainable Fishing: What is to be done with the Common Fisheries Policy? (3rd Report, HL Paper 12).

Legislation - Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [HL] (report stage); European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL](second reading) (Lord Plumb is to move, as an amendment to the motion that this bill be now read a second time, leave out "now" and at end insert "this day six months").

Tuesday 6 February (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What practical help other than financial or grant-aided assistance is being offered to the agricultural sector (B. Byford); Whether the bombing of non-combatants in Hiroshima and Nagasaki by nuclear weapons in 1945 is now being condemned (L. Jenkins of Putney); What is the policy towards Iraq in the light of the reports that it has resumed production of nuclear weapons (L. Blaker); Whether the performance penalty régime proposed when the National Air Traffic Control Service becomes a Public Private Partnership is consistent with the undertakings given to the House that safety would be of paramount importance in the new arrangements (L. Bradshaw).

Legislation - Social Security Fraud Bill [HL] (Committee stage - 2nd Day); Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [HL] (Grand Committee 4th day - Moses Room).

Unstarred Question - What dangers are seen in the widening differentials in earnings, and what steps are proposed to take to address them (L. Phillips of Sudbury).

Wednesday 7 February (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether a Speaker's Conference will be set up to examine the role and performance of both Houses of Parliament and their relationship to each other (L. Peyton of Yeovil); Whether, following recent concerns about contaminated food entering the United Kingdom, it will be ensured that adequate numbers of inspectors are appointed to cover all possible ports of entry (L. Luke); What measures have been taken to prevent the intimidation of people engaged in lawful activities; together with associated arson and criminal damage; and whether such measures have had any success

(L. Hylton).

Debates - H M Government's commitment to the White Paper Eliminating Global Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor (B. Whitaker); Nice Treaty and the case for European Union enlargement (L. Tomlinson).

Delegated Legislation - AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS.

Thursday 8 February (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - What proportion of the United Kingdom energy requirement is met from renewable sources at the present time and what it is expected will be met from renewables other than wind power five years hence (L. Hardy of Wrath); Whether there will be a delay designating approach channels to major United Kingdom ports under the European Habitats and Birds Directive until a common environmental and economic approach is agreed by all Member States

(L. Bekeley); Powers and Responsibilities of the Prime Minister's Press Secretary (L. Renton of Mount Harry).

Legislation - International Criminal Court Bill [HL] (Committee stage - 1st Day).

Delegated Legislation - Local Authorities (Executive Arrangements) (Access to Information) (England) Regulations 2000 (S.I. 2000/19) - Motion to Annul.

Unstarred Question - Implementation of the recommendations made by the Maclean Report concerning the costs of inspection and regulation of slaughterhouses (L Willoughby de Broke).


Monday 12 February

Legislation - Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [HL] (third reading); International Criminal Court Bill [HL] (committee stage - 2nd day).

Unstarred Question - Whether the proposal for a Constitutional Committee in the House of Lords is supported; and if so, what would be the role of such a Committee (L. Dean of Harptree).

Tuesday 13 February

Legislation - Regulatory Reform Bill [HL] (report stage).

Unstarred Question - Plans for sustaining the role and effectiveness of the Reserve Forces (L. Freeman).

Wednesday 14 February


Thursday 15 February

Legislation - Vehicles (Crime) Bill (second reading)

Friday 16 February

Debate - Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Society (3rd Report, Session 1999-2000, HL Paper 38); Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Air Travel and Health (5th Report, Session 1999-2000, HL Paper 121).

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