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Weekly Information Bulletin: 17th March 2007


Select Committees: Current Inquiries

Select Committee evidence is published as a House of Commons Paper; there is generally a delay of 4-6 weeks before the material is available. When published it is also made available on the Parliament website. All HC paper numbers shown are from the 2005-06 session unless otherwise stated. Select Committees may also publish uncorrected transcripts of Ministers' evidence on the website as soon as the transcript is available. Hard copies of Select Committee publications can be purchased from The Stationery Office, contact details are shown on the back page of this bulletin.

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COMMITTEE

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Administration

ICT

Written evidence invited

Communities &

Local Government

(Formerly ODPM)

 

DCLG Annual Report 2006

Report to be published 19 March

The Supply of Rented Housing

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 19 March

Coastal Towns

Report published 7 March: awaiting Government response

Is there a future for Regional Government?

Report published 14 March: awaiting Government response

 

Leasehold and major works

One-off oral evidence concluded

Constitutional Affairs

Devolution: A decade on

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 16 April

Freedom of Information follow up

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 March

Implementation of the Carter Review of Legal Aid

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Attorney General

Further written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 16 April

 

Judicial Appointments Commission

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 March

 

Family Justice: the operation of the family courts

Report published 11 June: awaiting Government response

Crossrail Bill

Crossrail Bill

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence sessions 20 & 22 March

Culture, Media & Sport

Tourism

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 16 March

Public Service Media Content

Oral evidence in progress

Caring for our collections

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

New media and the creative industries

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Defence

UK Defence: commitments and resources

Oral evidence concluded

UK operations in Afghanistan

Written evidence invited: oral evidence in progress

Deadline for submissions 30 March: 1st evidence session 20 March

The Future of the UK's Strategic Nuclear Deterrent: The White Paper

Report published 7 March: HC225-I&-II: awaiting Government response

 

Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06

Government response to be published 12 March

 

Iraq

Evidence published

Joint oral evidence session with Foreign Affairs Committee 11 January

 

Defence Procurement 2006

Government response published 26 February: HC 318

Education & Skills

14-19 Specialised Diplomas

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Post-16 Skills Training

Oral evidence in progress

The Work of Ofsted

Oral evidence concluded

The Bologna Process

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The future sustainability of the higher education sector: purpose, funding and structures

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 21 March

Bullying

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Sustainable Schools

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Citizenship Education

Report published 8 March: awaiting Government response

Environmental Audit

 

Beyond Stern: forecasting, cost-effectiveness, and climate change

Inquiry Announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 19 March

The Voluntary Carbon Offset Market

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 March

Pre-Budget 2006

Report to be published 19 March

Policy Appraisal & Regulatory Impact Assessments

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Climate Change Bill

Inquiry announced

Environmental Audit Sub-committee

Trade, Development and Environment: International Trade and the World Trade Organisation

Government response published 13 March

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

The potential of England's rural economy

Written evidence invited

Climate Change: citizen's agenda

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

UK Government's "Vision for the CAP"

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Sub-committee

British Waterways

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 16 April

Rural Payments Agency (Sub-committee)

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

European Scrutiny

The Conclusions of the European Council and the Council of Ministers

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 17 April

 

The European Commission's Annual Policy Strategy for 2008

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 17 April

 

The Work of the Committee in 2005-06

Report published 15 March

 

Fisheries

Evidence published 14 March

Foreign Affairs

 

Human Rights Annual Report 2006

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Developments in the European Union

Oral evidence in progress

South Asia

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

Global Security

Oral evidence in progress

Health

Patient and Public Involvement in the NHS

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 2006

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Workforce planning

Oral evidence concluded: Report to be published 22 March

The Electronic Patient Record and its use

Inquiry announced:

written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 16 March

 

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Inquiry announced:

written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 23 March

Home Affairs

 

Knife Crime

Written evidence invited: One-off oral evidence session announced

Deadline for submissions 16 March:

Oral evidence session 27 March

Towards Effective Sentencing

Oral evidence in progress

1st oral evidence session 20 March

Justice and Home Affairs Issues at European Union Level

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Young Black People and the Criminal Justice System

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Draft Sentencing Guidelines

Continuing scrutiny: Response to the Sentencing Guidelines Council consultation on 'Reduction in Sentence for a Guilty Plea' Draft Revised Guideline published on the Committee's website on Wednesday 14 March

Joint Committee on Human Rights

 

The human rights of older persons in healthcare

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 26 March

Counter-terrorism policy and human rights (CTP): intercept evidence

Written evidence received

Report published 4 March

Meaning of "public authority" under the Human Rights Act

Written evidence invited

International Development

 

DFID Assistance to Burmese Internally Displaced People and Refugees on the Thai-Burma Border

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Submissions due by 13 April

Vietnam: DFID's Country Programme

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Submissions due by 13 April

Fair trade and Development

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 27 March

Water and Sanitation

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

EU Development and Trade Policies: An Update

Report published 14 March: awaiting Government response

Modernisation of the House of Commons

Strengthening the role of the backbencher

Oral evidence in progress

Making better use of non-legislative time

Oral evidence in progress

Northern Ireland Affairs

Tourism in Northern Ireland and its Economic Impact and Benefits

Report published 15 March: awaiting Government response

 

Assets Recovery Agency

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 21 March

Procedure

Written Parliamentary Questions

Oral evidence in progress

Public Petitions

Report in preparation

Early Day Motions

Report in preparation

Public Accounts

 

Upgrade of the Bangor to Belfast Railway

One-off oral evidence session announced

One-off evidence session 19 March

Joint venture between the Health and Social Care Information Centre and Dr Foster

Report in preparation

Staging the London Olympic and paralympic games in 2012

Report in preparation

Assets Recovery Agency

Report in preparation

Biometric passports

Report in preparation

Legal Aid and Family Breakdown

Report in preparation

The Academies Programme

Report in preparation

The performance of the government as a shareholder

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 19 March

Management of cost increases on road building schemes in England

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 26 March

Out of Hours Patient Care

Report published 15 March: awaiting Government response

Passport Agency- Biometric passports

Report in preparation

Department of Health

Oral evidence in progress

Clinical Governance in Primary Care Trusts

Report in preparation

Central Government's use of consultants

Report in preparation

Ensuring the effectiveness of personal advisors

Report in preparation

Progress update on the efficiency Programme

Report in preparation

The Provision of Out-of-hours care in England

Report published 14 March: awaiting government response

National programme for IT

Report in preparation

Smarter food procurement in the public sector

Report published 6 March: awaiting government response

Ministry of Defence: Reserve forces

Report in preparation

Ministry of Defence: Major Projects Report 2005

Oral evidence in progress

NHS financial management

Report to be published 20 March

The termination of the PFI contract for the National Physical Laboratory

Report published 13 March: awaiting Government response

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Resource Accounts 2004-05

Report in preparation

Progress in combat identification

Report in preparation

The restructuring of British Energy

Report in preparation

Patient choice at the point of GP referral

Report in preparation

HM Treasury: Update on PFI debt refinancing and the PFI equity market

One-off oral evidence session announced

Progress in tackling pensioner poverty

One-off oral evidence session announced

ASPIRE - the re-competition of outsourced IT services

One-off oral evidence session announced

 

Working with non-governmental and other civil society organisations to promote development

Report to be published 22 March

 

A foot on the ladder: low cost home ownership assistance

Report to be published 27 March

Public Administration

The Work of the Cabinet Office 2006-07

Oral evidence in progress

Review of Government Communications

Oral evidence in progress

A Debt of Honour

Oral evidence in progress

Public Services: Putting People First

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 22 March

Skills for Government

Oral evidence in progress

Ethics and Standards

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Politics and Administration: Ministers & Civil Servants

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Regulatory Reform

Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) Order 2007

Report in preparation

Proposal laid on 18 December

Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007

Proposal laid on 18 December

Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Collaboration etc Between Ombudsmen) Order 2007

Report published on 15 March

Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Game) Order 2007

Report published on 15 March

Scrutiny of Regulatory Reform Orders

Committee's 2nd Report on Revised Standing Report published on 14 March

Proposal for the Regulatory Reform (Public Service Vehicles) Order 2006

Report published on 7 February

Awaiting Draft Order to be laid

Science & Technology

Government proposals for the regulation of hybrid and chimera embryos

Oral evidence in progress

Cooksey Review

Report to be published 15 March: awaiting Government response

Space policy

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 19 March

Research Council Institutes

Oral evidence concluded: Report to be published 22 March

OSI Scrutiny 2006

Report in preparation

Science Question Time

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)

Business under Standing Order No 151, followed as necessary by meetings of the Select Committee on Statutory Instruments for business under Standing Order No 151(10)

Continuing scrutiny: Report in preparation

12th Report 2006-07 to be published 20 March

Scottish Affairs

Poverty in Scotland

Oral evidence in progress

Quadripartite Committee on Strategic Export Controls

The UK 2005 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls

Oral evidence in progress

Trade & Industry

 

Europe moves East: The impact of the 'new' EU Member States on UK business

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 16 March

Recent developments with Airbus

Oral evidence in progress

The Future of UK Manufacturing Industry: Public Procurement

Oral evidence in progress

The Future of UK Manufacturing Industry: Skills Shortages

Oral evidence in progress

The Future of UK Manufacturing Industry: Marketing UK Plc

Oral evidence in progress

The Government's Energy Review: UK dependence on gas and coal imports

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Reasons for success & failure in the UK automotive industry

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Trade & Industry

Sub-committee

Implementation of the report of the Women and Work Commission

Oral evidence in Progress

Transport

The Draft EU-US Air Transport Agreement

Oral evidence in progress

The Transport Innovation Fund

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 20 March

Passengers' experience of air travel

Written evidence invited: oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 28 March

The new National Boatmasters' Licence

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Government's Motorcycling Strategy

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Novice Drivers

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 21 March

Driver and Vehicle Registration and Licensing in Northern Ireland

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Transport Security: Travelling without Fear

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

The Work of the Civil Aviation Authority

Government response published 13 March

Treasury

 

Progress on the efficiency programme in the Chancellor's departments

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 18 April

The 2007 Budget

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence sessions 26, 28 & 29 March

Bank of England February 2007 Quarterly Inflation Report

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 27 March

Unclaimed assets within the financial system

Oral evidence in progress

The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England: ten years on

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 March

Climate change and the Stern review

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Comprehensive Spending Review: emerging issues

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Globalisation: its impact on the real economy

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Treasury Sub-committee

Administration of tax credits: follow up

One-off oral evidence concluded

Progress on the efficiency programme in the Chancellor's departments

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 18 April

 

National Savings and Investments Annual Report and Accounts 2005-06

Evidence published 15 March

 

The merger of HM Customs and Excise and Inland Revenue

Evidence published 14 March

Welsh Affairs

Globalisation and its Impact on Wales

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 March

Energy in Wales: Follow-up

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Orders in Council

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Welsh Prisoners in the Prison Estate

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation


Work & Pensions

Benefits Simplification

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 5 April

Personal Accounts

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Child Support Reform

Report published 15 March: awaiting Government response

Jobcentre Plus

One-off oral evidence session concluded

 

DWP Autumn Performance Report

One-off oral evidence session announced

One-off evidence session 28 March



 
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