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Weekly Information Bulletin: 17th March 2001


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Monday 19 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What is the progress on the sale of the Millennium Dome (B. Noakes); What steps are being taken to promote British culture overseas (B. McIntosh of Hudnall); Whether it is planned to extend mandatory rate relief to village and rural public houses on the same basis as village Post Offices and stores (L. Beaumont of Whitley); What guidance is intended to be issued to County Councils and the electorate about access to the countryside for the purposes of campaigning in the forthcoming local elections (B. Blatch).

Legislation - Health and Social Care Bill (committee stage - 2nd day).

Unstarred Question - Views about the European Union Initiative 'Everything but Arms' (B. Young).

Tuesday 20 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - When it is proposed to accede to the 1970 UNESCO Convention on Means of Preventing the Illicit Traffic in Cultural Property, and to implement the other recommendations made last December by the Ministerial Advisory Panel on Illicit Trade, chaired by Professor Norman Palmer (L. Renfrew of Kaimsthorn); What plans there are to compensate British fisherman who can no longer make a living as a result of Government action (L. Mackie of Benshie); What has been the outcome of recent talks with the Commissioner for Transport for London on future responsibility for the London Underground (L. Ezra); What is the estimate of the cost savings to be made by relocating the Meteorological Office to Exeter (L. Newby).

Legislation - International Criminal Court Bill [HL] (third reading); Vehicles Crime Bill (report stage).

Delegated Legislation - Weights and Measures (Metrication Amendments) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/238) - Prayer to Annul.

Wednesday 21 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether the development of the Council of the Isles is satisfactory (L. Wallace of Saltaire); Whether it is intended to remove Crown immunity under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, including the present immunity which extends to the Palace of Westminster (L. Hunt of Wirral); Whether, in view of the recent BBC exposure of the scale of bogus marriages for payment, measures will be taken to reduce such practices, for example by greater powers for Registrars to check false addresses and better exchange of information about those who present themselves for unlawful or bogus marriages (L. Williamson of Horton).

Debate - Devolution to the English Regions (Bp. Durham); Reducing the burden of bureaucracy on universities (L. Norton of Louth).

Legislation - House of Lords Financial Powers Bill [HL] (second reading).

Thursday 22 March (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - What is the estimate of the income received by Iraq in respect of exports of (a) oil and (b) raw materials and foodstuffs, during the last three years (L. Hardy of Wath); What is the response to the recent report by the Chief Inspector of Prisons on H M Young Offenders' Institution Brinsford (L. Quirk); What measures are being taken to help improve relations with Taiwan (L. Faulkner of Worcester).

Legislation - Health and Social Care Bill (committee stage - 3rd day); Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [HL] (Grand Committee 5th day - Moses room).

Unstarred Question - Measures taken to relieve the plight of East Anglian pig producers in the light of the recent outbreak of classical swine fever (V. Cranborne).


Monday 26 March

Legislation - Hunting Bill (committee stage - 3rd day).

Tuesday 27 March

Legislation - Vehicles (Crime) Bill (third reading); House of Commons (Removal of Clergy Disqualification) Bill (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2001; Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2001 - Motions for Approval; Detention Centre Rules 2001 (S.I. 2001/238) - Prayer to Annul.

Wednesday 28 March

Legislation - Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill (second reading); Homes Bill (second reading); Parliament Acts (Amendment) Bill [HL] (third reading).

Thursday 29 March

Debates - Progress in implementing the Public Private Partnership in relation to NATS as established by the Transport Act 2000 (L. Macdonald of Tradeston); Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (6th Report, Session 1999-2000, HL Paper 123) (L. Walton of Detchant).

Friday 30 March

Delegated Legislation - Churchwardens Measure - Motion for approval; AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS.

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