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Weekly Information Bulletin: 25th May 2002

Forthcoming Business of the House of Lords
27 May - 30 May 2002

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

Monday 27 May (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What is the future of "defined benefit" occupational pension schemes and the effect that Financial Reporting Standard 17 has on such schemes (L. Alexander of Weedon); At the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg in September, will it be advocated that governmental and intergovernmental bodies include natural disaster reduction as an essential element in their organisational and funding policies for sustainable development (L. Hunt of Chesterton); Whether adequate use is being made of Community Service Orders as alternatives to custodial sentences in the United Kingdom; and, if not, what steps will be taken (L. Marlesford); What will be the status of the recommendations of the Convention on the Future of Europe and what means will be open to (a) the United Kingdom Parliament and (b) Her Majesty's Government to influence the policies implemented and the institutions established as a result (L. Elton).

Legislation - Public Trustee (Liability and Fees) Bill [HL]- (second reading); Proceeds of Crime Bill - (committee stage - 3rd day).

Unstarred Question - whether, when forming an Alcohol Strategy, the stress and expense which alcohol abuse causes the National Health Service will be taken into account (B. Masham of Ilton).

Tuesday 28 May (2.30pm)

Oral Questions -Whether substantial representations concerning the use of fireworks have been received and what response has been offered (L. Hardy of Wath); What effect the different balloting methods and polling times had in the local government elections on 2nd May, and whether there are plans to standardise these in the future (B. Gardner of Parkes); On what basis the amount of hospital downrating is calculated and by whom it is calculated (L. Higgins) ; How will help to revive inter-Congolese dialogue and peace prospects in the Great Lakes region be given (E. Sandwich).

Legislation -Education Bill - (committee stage - 6th day); Tax Credits Bill - (grand committee - 4th day) - Committee Room 4.

Delegated Legislation - Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002; Regulatory Reform (Carer's Allowance) Order 2002; Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966 (Schedule 3 Amendment) Order 2002; Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2002 - Motions for approval.

Wednesday 29 May (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether the speed at which traffic is moving in London is satisfactory (L. Renton of Mount Harry); What steps are being taken to implement the commitments made by the United Kingdom at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on Children and reflected in the outcome document A World fit for Children (L. Paul); Whether the arrangements at airports to deal with the consequences of a failure of the National Air Traffic Services computer system are satisfactory (L. Waddington).

Debates - The effect of regeneration policies upon the economic, social and environmental quality of life of urban areas, especially upon those most in need - (L. Woolmer of Leeds); The economic and social conditions necessary for the success of small and medium-sized enterprises - (L. Harrison).

Legislation - Dignity at Work Bill [HL] - (third reading); Industrial and Provident Societies Bill - (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) 2002 - Motion for approval.

Thursday 30 May (11.00am)

Oral Questions - Why taxi drivers seeking to renew their licences now have to fill in an extra form costing £12, on top of the three-year licence fee of £120 (B. Strange); What is being done to help alleviate the effects of famine in southern Africa this year (L. Astor of Hever); Whether the results of the postal ballot experiment in the recent local government elections will lead to the promotion of the use of online voting in all elections (L. Mitchell).

Legislation - Employment Bill - (report stage - 1st day).

Unstarred Question - What is the state of the United Kingdom's relations with Kazakhstan (V. Waverley).

Provisional Future Business
10 June - 13 June 2002

Monday 10 June

Legislation - Adoption and Children Bill - (second reading); Marine Wildlife Conservation Bill - (second reading).

Delegated Legislation- Landfill (England and Wales) Regulations 2002- Motion for approval.

Tuesday 11 June

Legislation - Employment Bill - (report stage - 2nd day); Justice Northern Ireland Bill - (grand committee - 1st day) - Committee Room 4.

Unstarred Question - What plans there are to re-distribute health funding towards the areas of greatest health need (L. Smith of Leigh).

Wednesday 12 June

Legislation -Tax Credits Bill - (report stage - 1st day).

Unstarred Question - Whether the principles contained in the White Paper Valuing People (2001) and its subsequent official guidance will be implemented by allowing the retention at St Ebba's, Epsom, of 12 acres to form a village community for people with learning disability or mental handicap (L. Renton).

Thursday 13 June

Legislation - Tax Credits Bill - (report stage - 2nd day); Justice Northern Ireland Bill - (grand committee - 2nd day) - Committee Room 4.

Delegated Legislation - European Union Extradition (Amendment) Regulations 2002; Criminal Defence Service (Representation Order Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2002; Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2002; Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2002 - Motions for approval.

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