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Weekly Information Bulletin: 24th March 2001


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Monday 26 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What is the response to the Report of the National Association of Citizens' Advice Bureaux, published on 27th February, on Working Families' Tax Credit (L. Goodhart); What new help is being considered for people with haemophilia who have been infected with life-threatening illnesses by contaminated National Health Service blood products (L. Morris of Manchester); Following the announcement of the suspension of most Channel Tunnel rail freight services due to the introduction of charges on operators of £2,000 per illegal immigrant from 1st March, what action is being planned to take, in conjunction with the French authorities, to ensure that only those who are in a position to prevent illegal immigrants from boarding these trains are liable for these charges (L. Berkeley); What is the attitude to the manufacture of instruments of torture (B. Rendell of Babergh).

Legislation - Hunting Bill (committee stage - 1st day).

Tuesday 27 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - How the current service by Guardians ad litem to children in public law will be maintained if each case is fee-capped from 1st April 2001 (E. Listowel); What steps are being taken to stimulate manufacturing industry (L. Islwyn); Whether introducing a National Identity Card will be considered (B. Sharples); Whether an independent Inspector General of Hospitals, who would report to the Secretary of State for Health on cleanliness, patient handling, food standards and other non-medical and non-clinical matters relating to the administration of hospitals, will be appointed (L. Marlesford).

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 - The Lord Archer of Sandwell to move as an amendment to the above motion, leave out from "That" to the end and insert "this House invites Her Majesty's Government to withdraw the Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2001 and to lay an amended order removing the Harakat Mujahideen from the list of proscribed organisations"

-The Lord McNally to move as an amendment to the motion in the name of the Lord Bassam of Brighton, at end insert"; but that this House regrets that the Secretary of State did not make each of the organisations to be proscribed by this Order the subject of a separate Order so that the justification for the proscription of that organisation could be given independent consideration".

Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2001 - The Lord Thomas of Gresford to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end insert "but that this House regrets that the Government has failed again to bring compensation for injury and death caused by criminal activities back up to the level of common law damages for injury and death caused by negligence, as was paid for many years under the original Scheme" - Motions for Approval; Detention Centre Rules 2001 (S.I. 2001/238) - Prayer to Annul.

Wednesday 28 March (2.30pm)

Introduction - The Bishop of Peterborough.

Oral Questions - When it is expected to publish the consultation paper, first promised for spring 2000, in response to the Science and Technology Committee's report on the Management of Nuclear Waste (HL 41), published on 24th March 1999 (L. Tombs); How the announcement of the intention of the European Commission to investigate the local loop unbundling process in Member States, with particular reference to the European Commission campaign to have unbundled services up and running by January 2001 was responded to (E. Northesk); Whether, having regard to the facts stated during the debate on the motion that the Social Security Fraud Bill do now pass on 8th March, Part VI of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 ought to be the subject matter of a consolidation bill (L. Brightman).

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

Thursday 29 March (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - What is the estimate of the impact of the foot-and-mouth outbreak on the tourism industry in England (B. Anelay of St Johns); Whether the latest available figures show an increase in the number of accidents involving police vehicles (L. Campbell of Croy); When the result of the review of local government expenditure will be announced (L. Dixon-Smith).

Debate - Progress in addressing concerns and explaining and implementing the Public Private Partnership in relation to National Air Traffic Services 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 (11.00am)

Delegated Legislation - Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2001; (The following 2 items will be debated together) General Commissioners of Income Tax (Costs) Regulations 2001; Justices and Justices' Clerks (Costs) Regulations 2001; Churchwardens Measure; Street Works (Charges for Unreasonably Prolonged Occupation of the Highway) (England) Regulations 2001; New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiatives) Order 2001; Limited Liability Partnerships (Fees) (No 2) Regulations 2001 ; Weights and Measures (Intoxicating Liquor) (Amendment) (Order) 2001; Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2001; Local Authorities (Alternative Arrangements) (England) Regulations 2001; Greater London Road Traffic (Various Provisions) Order 2001; (The following 2 items will be debated together) Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2001; Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2001.

Provisional Future Business

Monday 2 April

Legislation - Criminal Justice and Police Bill (second reading); Social Security Contributions (Share Options) Bill (second reading).

Tuesday 3 April

Legislation - Children's Commissioner for Wales Bill (committee stage - 1st day).

Unstarred Question - Whether the progress being made by the National Institue of Clinical Excellence in their appraisal of Beta interferons and glatiramer acetates is satisfactory (B. Cumberlege).

Wednesday 4 April


Thursday 5 April

Legislation - Health and Social Care Bill (report stage).

Unstarred Question - What plans there are in light of recent events and of public opinion, to nationalise Railtrack (L. Beaumont of Whitley).

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