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Weekly Information Bulletin: 10th February 2001


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Monday 12 February (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - When it is intended to publish the White Paper on local government finance (L. Bowness); In the light of the report by the All-party Parliamentary Group on Population, Development and Reproductive Health on Female Genital Mutilation, when steps will be taken to implement some or all of the 12 recommendations in the report (B. Rendell of Babergh); Whether Her Majesty's Government will refrain from referring peers who ask parliamentary questions for written answers to a departmental website, instead of including the information in the answer and publishing it in the official report (L. Renton); What steps are being taken to deal with the problem of uninsured driving (B. Turner of Camden).

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 (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - In view of the increased number of children and young people held in prison custody, when section 60 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 will be implemented in full and thus end the remanding of 15 to 16 year olds into prison service custody (L. Bishop of Lincoln); How the Working Time Directive will affect road transport operations in the United Kingdom and Europe (E. Atlee); What progress has been made in the payment of compensation to ex-miners suffering from dust-related diseases (L. Islwyn); What current proposals they have for the rate of Value Added Tax to be levied on the repair of church buildings (L. Geddes).

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 (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What steps are being planned in response to rising violence against National Health Service staff (L. Clement-Jones); Whether certain teaching hospitals have been instructed to spend £250,000 each of National Health Service money in preparing for the United Kingdom's adoption of the euro (B. Knight of Collingtree); What is the current status of Legacy's bid for the Millennium Dome (B. Noakes).

Legislation - Parliamentary Referendum Bill [HL] (committee stage).

Debates - Increase in the number of asylum seekers (L. Renton of Mount Harry); The case for strengthening the role of Parliament in calling the Government to account (L. Norton of Louth).

Thursday 15 February (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - When it will be possible for Lords who so wish to receive the answers to written Questions electronically (L. Lucas); What delays there now are in carrying out operations because hospitals are waiting for the disposable surgical instruments required to avoid the risks associated with variant CJD (L. Campbell of Croy); What the response is to the recent lecture by the Lord Chief Justice to the Prison Reform Trust on ways to reduce the number of people sent to prison (L. Hooson).

Legislation - Vehicles (Crime) Bill (second reading);

Delegated Legislation - Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Disapplication of Part IV for Northern Ireland Parties, etc) Order 2001; Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission (Procedure) Rules 2001 - Motions for Approval.

Friday 16 February (11.00am)

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).


Monday 19 February

Legislation - Regulatory Reform Bill [HL] (third reading); Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill (second reading).

Tuesday 20 February

Legislation - Special Educational Needs and Disability [HL] (report stage).

Unstarred Question - How it is proposed to deal with the penal situation described by the Director General of the Prison Service at its annual conference (E. Longford).

Wednesday 21 February

Legislation - Psychotherapy Bill (committee stage).

Debates - Shortage of qualified teachers, and the impact of inspections and bureaucracy in schools; the case for a Royal Commission on the misuse of drugs in the light of the Police Foundation Report: "Drugs and the Law" (the Runciman Report).



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