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Weekly Information Bulletin: 20th October 2007

Select Committees: Current Inquiries

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COMMITTEE

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Communities &

Local Government

(Formerly ODPM)

 

Local Government Finance: Council Tax Benefit

Report published 7 August

Existing Housing stock & Climate Change

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 26 September

Introductory hearing with the new Secretary of State: Rt Hon Hazel Blears MP

One-off oral evidence concluded

Local Government Finance: Supplementary Business Rate

Report published 7 August

Equalities

Report published 2 August

The Supply of Rented Housing

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games

Continuing scrutiny: Oral evidence in progress: Government response published

Government response published 26 March: Cm 7071

New media and the creative industries

Government response published

Government response published July 2007, Cm 7186

Planning White Paper

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Constitutional Affairs

Towards Effective Sentencing

Oral evidence concluded

Uncorrected oral evidence on website: HC 621 i-v

Devolution: A Decade On

Inquiry postponed

Judicial Appointments Commission

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Uncorrected oral evidence on website: HC 416-I & ii

Oral evidence concluded

Uncorrected oral evidence on website: HC 938 i

Ministry of Justice: Aims and objectives

The Constitutional Role of the Attorney General

Report published 19 July: awaiting Government r

The creation of the Ministry of Justice

Report published 26 July: awaiting Government response

Public Guardianship Office

Evidence published 10 October

Accommodation for the New Supreme Court

Evidence published 9 October

House of Lords Reform and Party Funding

Evidence published 9 October

Asylum and Immigration Tribunal: the appeals process

Evidence published 1 December

Crossrail Bill

Crossrail Bill

Oral evidence in progress

Culture, Media & Sport

BBC Annual Report 2006-07

Oral evidence concluded

On-Course Horserace Betting

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 12 October

Ticket Touting

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Tourism

Oral evidence in progress

Public Service Media Content

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Public confidence in broadcasting

Oral evidence in progress


Defence

Defence Equipment 2007

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 30 October

Ministry of Defence Main Estimates 2007-08

Government response to be published 12 October

UK operations in Afghanistan

Government response to be published 12 October

UK Operations in Iraq

Oral evidence in progress

The Work of the Defence Estates

Report published 14 September

Medical Care for the Armed Forces

Oral evidence in progress

UK Defence: commitments and resources

Oral evidence concluded

Strategic Lift

Government response to be published 12 October

The Future of NATO and European Defence

Oral evidence in progress

Joint Committee on the draft Climate Change Bill

To consider and report on the Draft Climate Change Bill

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Report published 3 August

Joint Committee on the draft Human Tissue & Embryos Bill

To consider and report on the Draft Human Tissue & Embryos Bill

Report published 3 August: evidence published 8 August

Education & Skills

Departmental Restructuring and Public Expenditure on Education and Skills

One-off oral evidence concluded

Special Educational Needs: separation of assessment of need from funding of provision

inquiry announced

Post-16 Skills Training

Oral evidence concluded

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

Oral evidence concluded

The Work of the Children's Commissioner

One-off oral evidence concluded

Sustainable Schools

Report published 9 August: awaiting Government response

Creative Partnerships and the Curriculum

Oral evidence concluded; Report in preparation

Uncorrected evidence published 8 October

14-19 Specialised Diplomas

Government response to be published 15 October

Post-16 Skills Training

Report published 2 August: awaiting Government response

The Work of Ofsted

Government response to be published 15 October

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

Government response to be published 15 October

Environmental Audit

 

Structure of Government

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Trade, Development and Environment: The Role of FCO

Government response to be published 16 October

Reducing carbon emissions from UK business: The role of the Climate Change Levy and Agreements

Next evidence session 16 October

Are biofuels sustainable?

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 25 September

Personal Carbon Allowances

Oral evidence in progress

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

Report published 30 July

The Voluntary Carbon Offset Market

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Report published 23 July

Environmental Audit Sub-committee

Environmental Labelling

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 5 October

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

Inquiry announced: Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 24 September

Defra priorities

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 17 October

Waste Strategy for England 2007

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 26 October

Flooding

Inquiry announced written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 13 September

Climate Change: international policy post-2012

Inquiry announced

Defra's Departmental Report 2007

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Badgers and cattle TB: final report of the ISG

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 October

Environmental Liability Directive

Inquiry announced

Implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive

Government response to published 17 October: HC 1058

Climate Change: citizen's agenda

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 13 September: HC 88-I

The potential of England's rural economy

Written evidence invited

Climate Change: citizen's agenda

Oral evidence in progress

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Sub-committe

British Waterways

Government response to published 17 October: HC 1059

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 24 September

European Scrutiny

Temporary Workers Directive

Oral evidence in progress

Intergovernmental Conference for a Reform Treaty

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 16 October

Consumer protection: sale of timeshare

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 17 October

European Union Intergovernmental Conference

Report published 9 October

The Conclusions of the European Council and the Council of Ministers

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 14 November

The European Commission's Annual Policy Strategy for 2008

Report published 31 July: awaiting Government response: HC 519-II

Special Framework of Assistance for traditional suppliers of bananas

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Consideration of European Documents

Continuing scrutiny:

Report to be published 12 October

Foreign Affairs

 

Foreign Policy Aspects of the Detention of Naval Personnel by the Islamic Republic of Iran

Report published 22 July

Global Security: Iran

Oral evidence in progress

Global Security: The Middle East

Report published 13 August

Developments in the European Union

Oral evidence in progress

Global Security: Russia

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Overseas Territories

Inquiry announced written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 15 October

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2006-07

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Health

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Oral evidence in progress

Written evidence published 17 May: HC 503-II. Further evidence session 18 October

 

Dental Contracts

Inquiry announced

 

Modernising Medical Careers

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions extended to 26 October

 

The Electronic Patient Record

Report published 13 September

 

The Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health

Oral evidence concluded

Home Affairs

 

Counter-Terrorism Proposals

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 22 October

Domestic Violence

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 1 October

Police Funding

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 19 July: HC 533

The Work of the Home Office

One-off oral evidence session concluded

A Surveillance Society?

Oral evidence in progress

Towards Effective Sentencing

Oral evidence in progress

Joint Committee on Human Rights

 

Allegations of Torture in Iraq

Oral evidence in progress

A British Bill of Rights

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 31 August

Highly Skilled Migrants: Changes to the Immigration Rules

Report published 7 August: awaiting Government response

The human rights of adults with learning difficulties

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The human rights of older persons in healthcare

Report published 14 August

Human Rights Policy

One-off oral evidence concluded

Evidence published 10 October

The Use of Restraint in Secure training Centres

Written evidence invited

Counter-terrorism policy and human rights (CTP)

Continuing Scrutiny

Report published 30 July

International Development

 

DFID Departmental Report 2007

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Development Assistance in Insecure Environments: Afghanistan

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 23 October

DFID and the World Bank

Inquiry announced: Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 12 October

Maternal Health

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 16 October

Cross-departmental working on development

One-off oral evidence announced

Evidence session 17 & 18 October

The prospects for sustainable peace in Uganda

Report published awaiting Government response

Report published 24 July

Cross-departmental working on development

One-off oral evidence announced

Evidence session 17 October

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

Report published 25 July

Vietnam: DFID's Country Programme

Report published 24 July

Northern Ireland Affairs

Northern Ireland Prison Service

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 16 October

Political Developments in Northern Ireland

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Procedure

Written Parliamentary Questions

Oral evidence to published on website: HC 336-I & ii

 

The Legislative Process

Report published 7 September

Public Accounts

 

DEFRA: The delays in administering the 2005 Single Payment System Scheme in England

One-off oral evidence session announced

Helping newly registered businesses meet their tax obligations

Report in preparation

Heritage Lottery Fund

Report in preparation

Heritage Lottery Fund

Report to be published 30 October

Pay Modernisation in the NHS: the impact of the new consultants' contract

Report in preparation

 

Big Science - Public Investment in Large Scientific Facilities

Report in preparation

Managing the Defence Estate

Report in preparation

Filing of VAT and Company Tax returns

Report in preparation

Rural Poverty in Developing Countries

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

BBC Risk Management

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Prescribing costs in Primary Care

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Thames Gateway: Laying the Foundations

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Public Accounts

 

Building for the Future: Sustainable Construction and refurbishment on the government estate

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The shareholder Executive and Public Sector Businesses

Report published 20 September

Attendance Management in the Department for Transport and its Agencies

Report in preparation

 

Improving the PFI tendering process;

Benchmarking and market testing the ongoing service component of PFI projects

Report in preparation

Improving the use of temporary nursing staff in NHS acute and foundation trusts

Government response published 11 October

ASPIRE - the re-competition of outsourced IT services

Government response published 11 October

Modernisation of the West Coast Mainline

Government response published 11 October

DEFRA: The delays in administering the 2005 Single Payment System Scheme in England

Report published 6 September

Environment Agency Flood Risk Management: building and maintaining flood defences in England

Report in preparation

Upgrade of the Bangor to Belfast Railway

Report in preparation

 

Tackling anti-social behaviour

Government response published 11 October

 

VAT missing trader fraud

Government response published 11 October

 

Sure Start Children's Centres

Government response published 11 October

 

Helping newly registered businesses meet their tax obligations

Report to be published 25 November

 

Assets Recovery Agency

Report to be published 12 October

Biometric Passports

Report published 10 October

Legal Aid and Family Breakdown

Report to be published 23 October

The Academies Programme

Report to be published 18 October

The performance of the government as a shareholder

Report in preparation

Management of cost increases on road building schemes in England

Report in preparation

Passport Agency- Biometric passports

Report in preparation

Department of Health

Oral evidence in progress

Clinical Governance in Primary Care Trusts

Report published 13 September

Ensuring the effectiveness of personal advisors

Report published 9 October

Progress update on the efficiency Programme

Report published 11 October

National programme for IT

Report in preparation

Ministry of Defence: Major Projects Report 2006

Report published 11 September

BBC outsourcing: the contract between the BBC and Siemens Business Service

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 28 June

Ministry of Defence: Reserve forces

Government response published 11 October

Ministry of Defence: recruitment and retention

Government response published 11 October

Child Support Agency: implementation of the Child Support Reforms

Government response published 11 October

The right of access to open countryside

Government response published 11 October

Foreign and Commonwealth Office Resource Accounts 2004-05

Report in preparation

The restructuring of British Energy

Government response published 11 October

Reducing reliance on landfill

Report to be published

Report to be published 30 October

VAT missing trader fraud

Report published 26 July

Helping newly registered businesses meet their tax obligations

Report to be published 1 November

Assessing the value for money of OGCbuying.solutions

Government response published 11 October

Dr Foster Intelligence: A joint venture between the Information Centre and Dr Foster LLP

Government response published 11 October

Central Government's use of consultants

Government response published 11 October

Staging the London Olympic and paralympic games in 2012

Government response published 11 October

Legal Aid and Family Breakdown

Report to be published 16 October

Improving Procurement in Further Education colleges in England

Report published 4 October

Heritage Lottery Fund

Report to be published 23 October

Patient choice at the point of GP referral

Report in preparation

Lobbying

Inquiry announced: Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 21 September

The Ministerial Code: the case for independent investigation

Report published 6 September

Public Administration

 

Freedom of Information

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Centre of Government

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Third Sector Commissioning

Oral evidence in progress

Confirmation Hearings

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Public Services: Putting People First

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Skills for Government

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 3 August

Publication of Political Memoirs

Report published 25 July

Legislative Reform (Local Authority Consent Requirements) (England and Wales) Order 2007

Laid

On 25 July

Draft Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007

Report published 23 July

Regulatory Reform

 

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

Report Published on 7 February 2006:

Awaiting Draft Order to be laid

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

Report published on 2 April:

Awaiting Draft Order to be laid

Scientific developments relating to the Abortion Act 1967

oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 October

Chairman of the Medical Research Council: introductory hearing (Research Council Scrutiny)

Awaiting Government response

Government response to be published 24 October

Science & Technology

Improving Research Conduct and Preventing Scientific Fraud

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Renewable Energy Generation Technologies

Inquiry announced

Funding of Science & Discovery Centres

Report in preparation

Report to be published 22 October

International policies and activities of the Research Councils

Awaiting Government response

Government response to be published 25 October

Research Council Institutes

Government response to be published 30 July

Cooksey Review

Government response to be published 30 July

Awaiting Government response

Government response to be published 23 October

Space Policy

Investigating the Oceans

Report in preparation

Report to be published 18 October

Scotland Office Annual report 2007

One-off Oral evidence session concluded

Poverty in Scotland

Oral evidence in progress

Scottish Affairs

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

26th Report to be published 16 October

The UK 2005 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls

Report published 7 August

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)

Trade with India: One year on

Oral evidence in progress

Quadripartite Committee

Economic Relations with Turkey

Oral evidence in progress

Trade & Industry

 

Creating a Higher Value-added Economy

Oral evidence in progress

Recent developments with Airbus

Report published 26 June Evidence published 25 July: HC 427-II

The UK Construction Industry

Oral evidence in progress

The work of the Minister for Trade and Investment

Evidence published 11 October

The Work of the Office of Fair Trading

Oral evidence in progress

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

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Future of UK Manufacturing Industry: Public Procurement

Oral evidence concluded: report in preparation

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

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Trade with Brazil and Mercosur (the common Market of the Southern Cone)

Government Response published 26 July: HC 982

The Future of UK Manufacturing Industry: Marketing UK Plc-UKTI's five-year strategy

Government Response published 26 July: HC 982

Implementation of the report of the Women and Work Commission

Oral evidence in Progress

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Local Transport Bill

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Delivering a sustainable railway: a 30-year strategy for the railways?

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 9 October

Trade & Industry

Sub-committee

Gallileo: Recent developments

Oral evidence concluded

Transport

The draft Local Transport Bill and the Transport Innovation Fund

Awaiting Government response

Government response to be published 17 October

Passengers' experience of air travel

Awaiting Government response

Government response to be published 17 October

The new National Boatmasters' Licence

Awaiting Government response

Government response to be published 17 October

Novice Drivers

Awaiting Government response

Government response to be published 17 October

The Eddington Transport Study

Government response published

Government response published 2 August

Ticketing on public transport

Oral evidence in progress

The Draft EU-US Air Transport Agreement

Government response published

Government response published 3 August

The Transport Innovation Fund

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Public Private Partnership and London Underground

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 17 October

Freight Transport

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 9 October

Driver and Vehicle Registration and Licensing in Northern Ireland

Government response published

Government response published 2 August

Transport Security: Travelling without Fear

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Financial Inclusion follow-up: saving for all and shorter term saving products

Report to be published

Report published 9 October

 

2007 Pre-Budget Report

Written evidence invited: oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 & 17 October

The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review

Written evidence invited: oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 & 17 October

Treasury

 

Financial Stability and Transparency

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 16 October

The May 2007 Inflation Report

Oral evidence concluded

Private Equity

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Progress on the efficiency programme in the Chancellor's departments

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Unclaimed assets within the financial system

Awaiting Government response

Government response to be published 15 October

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

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 18 September

Climate change and the Stern review

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Comprehensive Spending Review: prospects and process

Report published

Report published 25 June

Globalisation: prospects and policy resposes

Report published

Report published 16 October

Royal Mint Annual Report 2006-07

Oral evidence concluded

Office of Government Commerce: expenditure and administration in 2006-07

Oral evidence concluded

Counting the Population

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 28 November

Treasury Sub-committee

The efficiency programme in the Chancellor's departments

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 23 July

 

Globalisation and its Impact on Wales

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 30 October

 

Energy in Wales: Follow-up

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

Proposed Legislative Competence Order in Council

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 1 October

Welsh Affairs

Orders in Council

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Personal Accounts

One-off oral evidence session announced

Government response 14 June: Oral evidence session 17 October

The Best start in Life

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 26 September

Social Fund

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 23 May


Work & Pensions

Government response to Freud and Leitch Reviews

One-off oral evidence session concluded

The Pension Service

One-off oral evidence session concluded

DWP Autumn Performance Report

One-off oral evidence session concluded


 
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