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Weekly Information Bulletin: 11th May 2002

13 MAY - 16 MAY 2002

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Monday 13 May (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What is the view on the situation in Israel/Palestine (L. Steel of Aikwoood); What impact there has been on productivity in the Ministry of Defence, particularly in the department of defence logistics organisation, following the ban on the use of external consultants required to achieve objectives (L. Burnham); Whether the present arrangements for passing the results of Government-sponsored scientific research to British industry are satisfactory (L. Peyton of Yeovil); Within what time frame the Independent Television Commission expect to make a decision on the future of the digital terrestrial television platform vacated by ITV Digital; and what opportunity there will be for parliamentary scrutiny of that decision (L. McNally).

Legislation - Proceeds of Crime Bill - (committee stage - 2nd day).

Delegated Legislation - Draft Offshore Chemicals Regulations 2002 - Motion for approval; Building (Amendment) Regulations 2002 - Motion to annul.

Tuesday 14 May (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What is being done to improve access to regular dental care within a service that also encourages prevention and the continuing maintenance of good oral health (L. Colwyn); Whether before entering into the present negotiations with Spain about Gibraltar an undertaking was sought from the Spanish government that the ban on access to Gibraltar from Spain by air or ferry will cease (L. Waddington); What the investment policy is for the Commonwealth Development Corporation (B. Rawlings); What the reason is for the delay in reaching agreement on the new National Health Service pay system (L. MacKenzie of Culkein).

Legislation - Education Bill - (committee stage - 4th day); Tax Credits Bill - Grand Committee - (1st day) - Committee Room 4.

Delegated Legislation - Draft Dentists Act 1984 (Dental Auxiliaries) Order 2002; Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (both expected to be debated together); The Draft Deregulation (Correction of Birth and Death Entries in Registers or Other Records) Order 2002; Draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Miscellaneous Amendment) Regulations 2002; Draft Tax Credits (Decisions and Appeals) (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2002 (above two pieces of business expected to be debated together) - Motions for approval.

Wednesday 15 May (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What preparations are being made for the coming into force of the proposed Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (COM(2000)347) which requires the recycling and safe disposal of all household electrical waste (B. Wilcox); What the policy is on underspend of public expenditure by Government Departments (L. Barnett); What help is intended to be given to the 12 British planespotters convicted by a Greek court of espionage; and whether this case in any way changes the attitude towards the European Arrest Warrant as set out by the Lord Rooker in this House on 23rd April (HL Deb, cols. 229-235)(L. Lamont of Lerwick).

Debates - Armed Forces of the Crown (L. Burnham); Pension policy (L. Fowler).

Legislation - Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill - (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - TSE (England) Regulations 2002 - Motion to annul.

Thursday 16 May (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - Whether removing the VAT on audio-books will be considered on the grounds that these are extensively used by the visually impaired (B. Rendell of Babergh); What documentation is acceptable as proof of identity to permit British subjects to travel without let or hindrance within the European Union (L. Selsdon); Whether the intention is to add the British Transport Police to the ten police forces prioritised under the National Robbery Initiative (L. Bradshaw).

Legislation - National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill - (third reading); Mobile Telephones (Re-programming) Bill [HL] - (second reading); Tax Credits Bill - Grand Committee - (2nd day) - Committee Room 4.

Unstarred Question - What part is intended to be played in the Euro-Latin American Summit planned by the Spanish Presidency of the European Union, particularly in view of recent developments in Argentina and Mercosur (B. Hooper).


Monday 20 May

Legislation - Export Control Bill - (third reading).

Debate - Report of the European Union Committee on the European Policy on Security and Defence (11th Report, HL Paper 71) - (L. Jopling).

Tuesday 21 May

Debate - Report of the Leader's Group on Working Practices [HL Paper 111]; and to remit the Report to the Procedure Committee, with an instruction that it makes, by 8th July, recommendations for approval by the House as the implementation of the Report (L. Williams of Mostyn).

Legislation - Tax Credits Bill - Grand Committee - (3rd day) - Committee Room 4.

Delegated Legislation - Draft Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 - Motion for approval.

Wednesday 22 May

Debates - The case for the constitutional separation of powers between Church and State throughout the United Kingdom (L Maclennan of Rogart); Increased investment in the social services (B. Barker).

Legislation - Sex Discrimination (Amendment) (No.2) Bill [HL] - (report stage); Public Services (Disruption) Bill [HL] - (second reading).

Thursday 23 May

Legislation - Proceeds of Crime Bill - (committee stage - 3rd day).

Unstarred Question - What steps are intended to be taken to implement the recommendations of the section of the Chief Medical Officer's report Epilepsy - Death in the Shadows (B. Gould of Potternewton).

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