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Weekly Information Bulletin: 5th July 2003

NOTICEBOARD

Weekly Information Bulletin

The next Bulletin will be published on Saturday 12 July 2003

Departing Editor

The Information Office would like to thank Chris Randall for all her hard work as Editor of the Bulletin and wish her all the very best in her new post

Grand Committees

The Northern Ireland Grand Committee will meet on the 8th July to consider the draft Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

Cross Cutting Questions

The next cross cutting questions in Westminster Hall will take place on Thursday 17 July on the subject of Domestic Violence. Ministers will answer from the following departments: Home Office; Department of Health; Department for Education and Skills; Department for Constitutional Affairs and the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.

Changes to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet

Patrick Mercer has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Homeland Security; Humfrey Malins has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Home Affairs; Lord Moynihan has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Sport; Eleanor Laing has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Children; Bill Wiggin has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs; John Baron has been appointed as Shadow Health Minister; Andrew Robathan has been appointed as Shadow Minister for International Development; Nick Hawkins has been appointed as Shadow Solicitor General; Michael Fabricant has been appointed as Shadow Trade and Industry Minister; Laurence Robertson has been appointed as Shadow Trade and Industry Minister; David Cameron has been appointed as Shadow Minister in the Privy Council Office; Peter Duncan has been appointed as Shadow Scotland Minister; Nigel Waterson has been appointed as Shadow Minister for People with Disabilities; Paul Goodman has been appointed as Shadow Spokesman for Disabled People; Greg Knight has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport

House of Commons calendar

The Leader of the House has announced the Commons calendar for the next year:

Summer Recess

The House will rise for the Summer recess on Thursday 17 July 2003 and return on Monday 8 September 2003

Conference Recess

The House will rise for the conference recess on Thursday 18 September 2003 and return on Tuesday 14 October 2003

Christmas Recess

The House will rise no later than Monday 22 December and will return on or during the week commencing Monday 5 January 2004 (These dates are subject to the progress of business)

House of Lords calendar

The provisional dates of House of Lords recesses are:

Summer Recess

Should begin not later than the middle of July, the House will sit for two weeks in September (subject to progress of business Monday 8th - Thurs 18th September 2003). House rising and returning dates to be announced.

Palace Of Westminster Summer Opening

The Palace of Westminster will be open during the summer recess for guided tours of Parliament. The tours will take place from Saturday 26th July to Saturday 30th August and Friday 19th September to Saturday 5th October 2003. Tickets can be bought in advance by contacting Firstcall on telephone number 0870 9063773 Website: firstcalltickets.com

Private Members Bills in 2002/03

The remaining date for readings of Private Members Bills in 2002/03 is 11 July

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