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Weekly Information Bulletin: 1st December 2001


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Monday 3 December (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether a reduced rate of VAT will be applied to energy-saving materials sold direct to the public, in line with the reduced rate which applies when they are sold through professional installers (L. Ezra); What steps are being taken to retain experienced police officers (L. Janner of Braunstone); What action is being taken to promote broadband access so as to ensure that the United Kingdom meets its targets to be the leader for e-commerce in Europe by 2002 and for all citizens to be online by 2005 (L. St John of Bletso); What was the outcome in relation to international development of the Doha World Trade Organisation meeting (B. Whitaker).

Legislation - Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill - (committee stage - third day).

Unstarrred Question - Whether there will be a review the policy, procedure and responsibilities in relation to closure of magistrates courts in England and Wales and the effect of such closures on local justice and on the communities which the courts serve (L. Phillips of Sudbury).

Tuesday 4 December (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What proposals there are to increase the proportion of time which social workers spend on caring for children by reducing time spent on administration and the implementation of new Government initiatives (L. Northbourne); What plans there are to deem members of the clergy as employed, under the terms of section 23 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (B. Turner of Camden); What consideration has been given to ensuring that women have full civil rights in a future Afghan state (B. Thomas of Walliswood); Why the statement on House of Lords reform, which was made in the House of Lords on Wednesday 7th November (HL Deb, col. 205), was different from that which was made in the House of Commons (E. Ferrers).

Legislation - National Heritage Bill [HL] - (report stage); Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill - (committee stage - fourth day).

Delegated Legislation - Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Efficiency Obligations) Order 2001 - Motion for Approval.

Wednesday 5 December (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether the Department of Health's current discussions with pharmaceutical companies regarding Beta Interferon and Glatiramer Acetate represent a loss of confidence in the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (L. Clement-Jones); When it is expected that an announcement will be made on the decision on the financing of the Ilisu Dam (L. Beaumont of Whitley); Why Constitution Hill, which was closed for four months before May, has again been closed; and when it will be re-opened(L. Burnham).

Debates - The case for individual rights of access under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to information held by central government departments to come into force at the same time as publication schemes are implemented in November 2002 (L. Goodhart); The case for the Government's decision on British membership of the Eurozone to be based on wider considerations than the five economic tests (L. Taverne).

Unstarred Question - How it is intended to ensure the free movement of goods by rail through the Channel Tunnel (L. Berkeley).

Thursday 6 December (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - What change there has been since March 1997 in the number of in-patients waiting more than twelve months for treatment in the National Health Service (E. Howe); What support the Government are able to offer the Indonesian Government in responding to the activities of Laska Jihad in Maluku and Sulawesi (B. Cox); In the context of the proposals for House of Lords reform, what mathematical model has been applied or what actuarial research has been conducted to ensure that the total membership of the House can be capped at 600 in 10 years' time without any diminution in the existing numbers of life peers (L. Selsdon).

Legislation - Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill - (report stage - first day).

Delegated Legislation - The Local Government Commission for England (Transfer of Functions) Order 2001; Draft Regulatory Reform (Special Occasions Licensing) Order 2001; Social Security (Loss of Benefit) Regulations 2001 - Motions for approval.

Friday 7 December (11.00am)

Legislation - Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill [HL] - (committee stage - second day).


Monday 10 December

Legislation - Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill - (report stage - second day); Homelessness Bill (grand committee).

Unstarred Question - What steps will be taken to make the wording of Acts of Parliament easier to understand and more certain in their legal effect (L. Renton).

Tuesday 11 December

Legislation - Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill - (third reading); Homelessness Bill (grand committee).

Wednesday 12 December


Unstarred Question - What the current policy towards Gibraltar is; and what recent developments there have been (B. Hooper).

Thursday 13 December

Legislation - Christmas Day (Trading) Bill [HL] - (third reading); Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Bill - (consideration of commons amendments, if necessary); Office of Communications Bill [HL] - (third reading).

Delegated Legislation - Draft Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001; Draft Health Professions Order 2001 - Motions for approval.

Unstarred Question - What measures are being taken for long-term defences against floods, including the restriction on the building of new houses on flood plains.

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