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Weekly Information Bulletin: 2nd March 2002

4 - 8 MARCH

Enquiries about Lords business may be put to the Lords Information Office 020 - 7219 3107

Monday 4 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - How it is intended to ensure that CDC Capital Partners, formerly the Commonwealth Development Corporation, continues its development work to support the poorest of the poor in the Third World (B. Gardner of Parkes); Whether the progress of the Starter Home Initiative is satisfactory (B. Maddock); What further steps are being taken to stop illegal meat from entering the United Kingdom (L. Rotherwick); Whether current investigations of the terms of employment and retention of senior police officers include consideration of losses of gratuities and tax free benefits incurred by those who remain in the Force beyond 30 years (L. Janner of Braunstone).

Legislation - Electoral Fraud (Northern Ireland) Bill - (third reading); Export Control Bill - (committee stage - second day).

Unstarred Question - Whether there are plans to review the operation of the honours system (L. Dubs).

Tuesday 5 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What the legal position is regarding access for disabled people to buildings not constructed to modern standards (B. Trumpington); Following the decision by the European Court of Justice that "open skies" agreements negotiated between individual Member States and the United States are illegal, whether moves for the European Commission to negotiate all such future agreements on a Europe-wide basis will be supported(L. Berkeley); What is the view on the broadcasting on Channel 674 digital television of Al Jazeera in the United Kingdom (L. Campbell-Savours); Whether the Government consider themselves bound by the Growth and Stability Pact (L. Willoughby de Broke).

Legislation - Police Reform Bill [HL] - (committee stage - second day).

Unstarred Question - How is it intended to respond to the Gambling Review Report (L. Faulkner of Worcester).

Wednesday 6 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether it is policy to encourage local authorities to set up private housing sector departments and, if so, what the aim of this venture is (B. Knight of Collingtree); What action is being taken to improve security at the Channel tunnel and to preserve safety on trains passing through it (L. Campbell of Croy); Whether changes to the BBC charter will be considered when it next falls due for renewal so as to require a high standard of programming (L. Peyton of Yeovil).

Debates - Local government, its structures, powers and responsibilities (L Hanningfield); The present situation in Zimbabwe (L. Blaker).

Legislation - Disability Discrimination (Amendment) Bill [HL] - (committee stage).

Thursday 7 March (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - Whether, in view of the collapse of Enron and the Allied Irish Bank fraud case, new and additional financial regulations for public companies may be required in the United Kingdom (L. Watson of Richmond); What the response is to the recommendations of the recent report by the Prison Reform Trust and the Federation of Prisoners' Families Support Groups, 'Just Visiting: A review of the role of prison visiting centres', and to the significant decline in the number of prison visits since 1997 (E. of Listowel); How many local education authorities there are in England; how many have selection procedures for entry to secondary schools; and what action is being taken to end all selection procedures (L. Dormand of Easington).

Legislation - Police Reform Bill [HL] - (committee stage - third day).

Delegated Legislation - Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2002; Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2002 - motions for approval.

Friday 8 March (11.00 am)

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


Monday 11 March

Legislation - Education Bill - (second reading).

Unstarred Question - Whether the Chairman and Governors of the BBC are fulfilling their duty to produce political programmes which are impartial, wide-ranging and fair - (L. Pearson of Rannoch).

Tuesday 12 March

Legislation - Police Reform Bill [HL] - (committee stage - fourth day).

Unstarred Question - What new help is being considered for people with haemophilia who were infected with hepatitis "C" by contaminated National Health Service blood products and for the dependants of those who have since died (L Morris of Manchester).

Wednesday 13 March

Debates - The case for raising public awareness of the work of Parliament (L. Norton of Louth); Trafficking in human beings, especially children (L. Alton of Liverpool).

Legislation - Employment Bill - Grand Committee (first day).

Thursday 14 March

Legislation - National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill [HL] - (committee stage - first day); Employment Bill - Grand Committee (second day).

Delegated Legislation - AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS.

Friday 1 March

Legislation - Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill - (report stage).

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