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Weekly Information Bulletin: 20th April 2002


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Monday 22 April (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What consideration has been given to the role of specialist advisers following recent remarks by the Cabinet Secretary, Sir Richard Wilson (L. Sheldon); What policies are being pursued internationally in respect of the elections in Zambia and Zimbabwe (L. Steel of Aikwood); Whether it is intended to require policemen who wish to continue to serve after the end of their normal term to sign a four year contract (L. Burnham); Whether any views have been intended, or expressed to the House of Lords' Offices Committee about where, if anywhere, Members of the House of Commons, who have offices there but have not taken the oath, may go in the House of Lords (L. Lamont of Lerwick).

Legislation - Proceeds of Crime Bill - (committee stage - 1st day); Employment Bill - Grand Committee - (9th day) - Committee Room 4.

Delegated Legislation - Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 - Prayer to Annul.

Tuesday 23 April (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether a Children's Commissioner will be appointed in all parts of the United Kingdom (B. Walmsley); What the response is to the report by Professor Paul Bernd Spahn on the feasibility of a tax on foreign exchange transactions commissioned by the Germany Ministry for Economic Co-operation and Development (B. Whitaker); What the assessment is of the situation in Angola, following the agreed cease-fires (L. Hylton); What steps are being taken to assist progress towards a settlement of the problems between Israel and the Palestinians(L. Blaker).

Legislation - Tax Credits Bill - Second Reading.

Debates - EU Committee Report on Energy Supply: how secure are we? (14th Report, HL Paper 82) (L. Brooke of Alverthorpe); Report of the EU Committee Report on The European Arrest Warrant (16th Report, HL Paper 89) - (L. Scott of Foscote).

Wednesday 24 April (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - When the replies to the Green Paper on Planning will have been digested and when the government will be in a position to announce any decisions (L. Peyton of Yeovil); What action has been taken by the Marine Accident Investigation Branch to investigate at least three serious incidents that have occurred on the River Humber since the new pilotage service was introduced on 12th December 2001 (L. Berkeley); Whether there is contentment with the detection rate of illegal meat imports (L. Rotherwick).

Debates - Resources needed to give effect to the Government's policies for education and skills (L. Dearing); Current protection of children and young people in the United Kingdom (L. Eames).

Legislation - Borough Freedom Family Succession Bill [HL] - (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - Draft Northern Ireland Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme 2002 - Motion for Approval.

Thursday 25 April (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - Whether overseas-based Arab commercial television operators will be met to discuss the potential for the transmission of news programmes and documentaries in the English language by satellite throughout the United Kingdom (L. Campbell-Savours); When a formal response will be produced to the Report of the Policy Commission on the Future of Farming and Food, indicating how it is intended to take forward the recommendations therein; and whether the costs of doing so have been calculated (B. Miller of Chilthorne Domer); Why the proposals by the Lord Chancellor's Department on mental incapacity law reform have not been followed by legislation (L. Ashley of Stoke).

Legislation - Police Reform Bill [HL] - (third reading).

Unstarred Question - What long-term plans there are to deal with the problems of speeding by drivers - (V. Tenby).


Monday 29 April

Motion - to approve an Humble Address to Her Majesty to celebrate Her Golden Jubilee.

Legislation - National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill - (report stage - 1st day).

Unstarred Question - Whether it is considered that cultural attitudes towards the employment of disabled people in the performing arts are a barrier to their successful employment in this area (B. Anelay of St Johns).

Tuesday 30 April

Legislation - National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill - (report stage - 2nd day).

Unstarred Question - What the definition of "rural" is when used in respect of public policy.

Wednesday 1 May

Debates - The case for a Civil Service Act clarifying the respective responsibilities of Ministers, political advisers and civil servants (L. Holme of Cheltenham); The work of universities in widening participation, as set out in Universities UK's forthcoming report Social Class and Participation in Higher Education (B. Warwick of Undercliffe).

Unstarred Question - By what criteria the United Kingdom's entry for the European Capital of Culture for 2008 will be selected (L. Luke).

Thursday 2 May

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

Unstarred Question - Provision of care for sufferers of Parkinson's disease (L. Harrison).

Friday 3 May

Legislation - Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill - (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) Visual Recording of Interviews) Order 2002 - Motion for Approval.

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