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Weekly Information Bulletin: 27th October 2001


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Monday 29 October (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Improving the state of London Underground (L. Peyton of Yeovil); Whether the Government are developing new initiatives to promote the learning of foreign languages in the current European Year of Languages (L. Quirk); What steps are being taken to avoid further non-combatant casualties from air attacks in Afghanistan (L. Jenkins of Putney); How has the consultation on the document Draft National Strategy for Sexual Health and HIV been implemented (B. Massey of Darwen).

Legislation - Office of Communications Bill [HL] - (committee stage - 1st day).

Delegated Legislation - Special Educational Needs Code of Practice - Motion for approval.

Tuesday 30 October (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What are the policies for guiding the United Kingdom and the international community in adapting to the likely consequences of climate change; and whether such policies will be published for consultation before the World Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2002 (L. Hunt of Chesterton); What action is being taken concerning identifiable members of terrorist organisations at present in the United Kingdom (L. Campbell of Croy); What representations have been received from the government of Norway about the discharge of nuclear waste from the Sellafield plant, and the decision to start the commercial manufacturing of Mox.(L. Faulkner of Worcester); Since the General Election how many private sector industrial and commercial redundancies have been announced in the United Kingdom (L. Roberts of Conwy).

Legislation - British Overseas Territories Bill [HL] (third reading); Land Registration Bill [HL] - (report stage).

Unstarred Question - Whether there has been an assessment of the threat of ballistic missiles and how best to counter it (L. Archer of Sandwell).

Wednesday 31 October (2.30pm)

Introductions - The Baroness Michie of Gallanach and Conrad Black, Esq.

Oral Questions - Whether the government are satisfied with their progress with specialist schools (L. Dormand of Easington); Whether the work of the Food Standards Agency has been satisfactory since its inception (B. Oppenheim-Barnes); Whether increasing the Contingency Reserve for the discretionary Social Fund will be considered (E. Russell).

Debate - The current and long-term problems of the railway industry (L. Marsh).

Legislation - National Heritage Bill [HL] (second reading).

Thursday 1 November (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - Whether adding legacies to charities to the existing nil rate band for inheritance tax will be considered. (L. Saltoun of Abernethy); Is it a treasonable act for British subjects to take up arms against either the forces of the global alliance against terrorism in general or the Anglo-American forces in particular (L Tebbit); When is it anticipated that the proposed Protocol to the Biological Weapons Convention, providing for effective investigation and enforcement, will be agreed (L. Archer of Sandwell).

Legislation - European Communities (Amendment) Bill (second reading).

Unstarred Question - what steps are being taken to increase the involvement of women in the democratic process (B. Gould of Potternewton).

Friday 2 November (11.00am)

Legislation - Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - The European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation) Order 2001; The European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation) Order 2001; Immunities and Privileges The European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (European School) Order 2001; Immunities and Privileges The European Communities (Privileges of the European School) Order 2001; Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Amendment of Enactment) Order 2001; The Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified organisations) Order 2001 - Motions for approval.


Monday 5 November

Debate - The situation in Afghanistan (L. Bach).

Unstarred Question - Reducing prisoner recidivism (E. Dundee).

Tuesday 6 November

Legislation - Office of Communications Bill [HL] (committee stage - second day).

Unstarred Question - Whether it is considered that the standards of those doctors employed by the Benefits Agency, who medically examine claimants, are satisfactory (L. Ashley of Stoke).

Wednesday 7 November

Debates - Reviewing of the Barnett formula (L. Barnett); Planning for the possibility of a successful terrorist attack on the United Kingdom using a weapon of mass destruction (L. Lucas).

Legislation - Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [HL] (second reading).

Thursday 8 November

Legislation - Land Registration Bill [HL] (third reading).

Delegated Legislation - AFFIRMATIVE ORDERS: Social Security (Jobcentres plus interviews) Regulations 2001;

Social Security (Jobcentres plus interviews) Regulations 2001 - prayer to annul.

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