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Weekly Information Bulletin: 17th November 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 2007-08 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

Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Committee

(formerly Trade & Industry)

 

Trade with India: One year on

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 30 October

Economic Relations with Turkey

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions end November

Creating a Higher Value-added Economy

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions end November

The UK Construction Industry

Oral evidence in progress

The Work of the Office of Fair Trading

Report published 24 October

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

Report published 8 November: awaiting Government response

Royal Mail

One-off oral evidence session concluded

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

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Evidence published 7 November: HC 1123 i-vii

 

Implementation of the report of the Women and Work Commission

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Communities &

Local Government

(Formerly ODPM)

 

DCLG Annual Report 2007

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Existing Housing stock & Climate Change

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 19 November

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

One-off oral evidence concluded

The Supply of Rented Housing

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

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

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 13 November

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

Draft Sentencing Guidelines

Continuing Scrutiny: oral evidence in progress

oral evidence session 23 October

Culture, Media & Sport

BBC Annual Report 2006-07

Oral evidence concluded

On-Course Horserace Betting

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Ticket Touting

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Tourism

Oral evidence in progress

Public Service Media Content

Report in preparation

Report to be published 15 November

London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games

Continuing scrutiny: Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 November

Defence

Defence Equipment 2007

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 29 January

MoD Annual Report and Accounts 2006-07

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 28 November

UK Operations in Iraq

Oral evidence concluded

Medical Care for the Armed Forces

Oral evidence in Progress

Next evidence session 27 November

UK Defence: commitments and resources

Oral evidence concluded

UK/US Defence Trade and Cooperation Treaty

One-off oral evidence session announced 21 November

Defence Equipment 2007

Oral evidence in progress

The Future of NATO and European Defence

Oral evidence in progress

Further written evidence invited, Submissions due by 3 December Next evidence session 20 November

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

Special Educational Needs: Assessment and funding

Report to be published 25 October

Post-16 Skills Training

Government response to be published 29 October

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

Government response published 22 October

The Work of the Education and Skills Committee

Report published 29 October

Creative Partnerships and the Curriculum

Report published 31 October

Environmental Audit

 

2007 Pre-Budget Report and Comprehensive spending review

Inquiry announced

Structure of Government and the challenge of climate change

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 29 October

Trade, Development and Environment: The Role of FCO

Government response published 16 October

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

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Are biofuels sustainable?

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 November

Personal Carbon Allowances

Oral evidence in progress

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

Report published 30 July

Government response published 13 November

Environmental Audit Sub-committee

Environmental Labelling

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 12 December

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Defra priorities

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Waste Strategy for England 2007

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions extended to the end of November

Flooding

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 21 November

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

Environmental Liability Directive

Inquiry announced

Implementation of the Environmental Liability Directive

Government response published 17 October: HC 1058

The potential of England's rural economy

Written evidence invited

Climate Change: citizen's agenda

Oral evidence in progress

UK Government's "Vision for the Common Agricultural Policy"

Government response published 13 November: HC 546-I

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

Sub-committe

British Waterways

Government response published 17 October: HC 1059

Veterinary Surgeons Act 1966

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions extended to the end of November

European Scrutiny

Temporary Workers Directive

Oral evidence in progress

Intergovernmental Conference for a Reform Treaty

Oral evidence concluded

Consumer protection: sale of timeshare

Oral evidence concluded

The Conclusions of the European Council and the Council of Ministers

Oral evidence concluded

Next evidence session 14 November

Special Framework of Assistance for traditional suppliers of bananas

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Foreign Affairs

 

Global Security: Iran

Oral evidence in progress

Global Security: The Middle East

Government response published on FCO website 9 October: Cm 7212

Developments in the European Union

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 21 November

Global Security: Russia

Report in preparation

Report to be published 25 November

Overseas Territories

Inquiry announced written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 15 October

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Annual Report 2006-07

Report published

Report published 19 November

Health

National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE)

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Written evidence published 17 May: HC 503-II

 

Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 2007

Oral evidence in progress

1st evidence session 22 November. Written evidence to be published 16 November

 

Dental Contracts

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 6 December

 

Modernising Medical Careers

Oral evidence in progress

Written evidence to be published 14 November: HC 25-II. 1st evidence session 15 November

 

The Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health

Oral evidence concluded

Home Affairs

 

The Accession of Bulgaria and Romania to the EU: Twelve months on

Oral evidence in progress

1st oral evidence session 27 November

Counter-Terrorism Proposals

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 21 November

Domestic Violence

Oral evidence in progress

The Work of the Home Office

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Evidence to be published 29 October: HC 980-i

A Surveillance Society?

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 November

Justice and Home Affairs Issues at European Union Level

Government response published 23 October

Police Funding

Report published 19 July: HC 533:

Government response to be published 29 October

Towards Effective Sentencing

Oral evidence in progress

Future of the Home Office

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Evidence to be published 29 October: HC 499-i

Joint Committee on Human Rights

The human rights of adults with learning difficulties

Continuing Scrutiny:

Oral evidence session 12 November

A British Bill of Rights

Oral evidence in progress

The human rights of older persons in healthcare

Government response to be published 16 November

The Use of Restraint in Secure training Centres

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Human Trafficking

Follow-up report published 18 October

Innovation, Universities

& Skills

Sainsbury Review

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 21 November

International Development

 

DFID Departmental Report 2007

Report published 15 November

Development Assistance in Insecure Environments: Afghanistan

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 November

DFID and the World Bank

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 November

Maternal Health

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 22 November

Cross-departmental working on development

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

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

Government response published 23 October

Modernisation of the House of Commons

Scrutiny of the draft Queen's Speech

Oral evidence in progress

Regional accountability

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 23 November

Recall and dissolution

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 30 November

Debating departmental objectives and annual reports

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 7 December

Northern Ireland Affairs

Northern Ireland Prison Service

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 21 November

Public Accounts

The compensation for former Icelandic water trawlermen

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

The Budget for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

Implementing crisis resolution home treatment services in England

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 17 December

 

Review of Shared Services in Central Government

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 12 December

 

Overseas Territories

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 10 December

 

The Carbon Trust

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session
5 December

 

The privatisation of Qintiq

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session
3 December

 

Housing Marker Renewal: Pathfinders

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 19 November

 

The Pensions Regulator

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 21 November

 

Sustainable employment: Helping people gain skills in work

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 26 November

 

Government on the internet: Progress in delivering Information and Services Online

One-off oral evidence session announced

Evidence session 28 November

 

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 published 25 October : awaiting Government response

Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform - Coal Health Compensation Scheme

Report in preparation

Heritage Lottery Fund

Report published 23 October

Pay Modernisation: A new contract for NHS consultants in England

Report in preparation

Report to be published 22 November

 

Big Science - Public Investment in Large Scientific Facilities

Report published 13 November

Managing the Defence Estate: Quality

Report in preparation

Report to be published 29 November

Filing of VAT and Company Tax returns

Report in preparation

Report to be published 4 December

Rural Poverty in Developing Countries

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The BBC's Management of risk

Report in preparation

Prescribing costs in Primary Care

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Thames Gateway: Laying the Foundations

Report published 15 November

 

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

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The management of staff sickness absence in the Department for Transport and its agencies

Report in preparation

Report to be published 20 November

 

HM Treasury: Tendering and benchmarking in PFI

Report in preparation

Report to be published 27 November

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

 

Helping newly registered businesses meet their tax obligations

Report to be published 25 November

 

Department for Transport: Vehicle Excise Duty

Report in preparation

 

The performance of the government as a shareholder

Report in preparation

Estimating and monitoring the costs of building road in England

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 8 November

Passport Agency- Biometric passports

Report in preparation

Department of Health

Oral evidence in progress

National programme for IT

Report in preparation

Department for Work and Pensions: Helping people from workless households into work

Report in preparation

Reducing reliance on landfill

Report published 30 October

Helping newly registered businesses meet their tax obligations

Report to be published 1 November

HMRC Standard Report: Tax Credits: PAYE

Report in preparation

Department of Health: Improving services and support for support for people with dementia

Report in preparation

Patient choice at the point of GP referral

Report in preparation

Public Administration

 

Propriety and Honours: Lesson learned

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Freedom of Information

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Centre of Government

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Evidence published 26 October

Third Sector Commissioning

Oral evidence in progress

Final evidence session 20 November

Confirmation Hearings

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Evidence published 26 October

Public Services: Putting People First

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Ethics and Standards: The Regulation of Standards in Public Life

Report published 29 April

Evidence published 26 October

The Work of the Cabinet Office 2006-07

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 November: Evidence published 16 July

Lobbying

Oral evidence in progress

1st evidence session 29 November

The Business Appointment Rules

Government response published 24 October

Regulatory Reform

 

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

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

Science & Technology

Scientific developments relating to the Abortion Act 1967

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 31 October: HC 1045-i

Science and Innovation Investment Framework 2004-2014: Annual Report 2007

One-off oral evidence concluded

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

Government response published 24 October

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 published: awaiting Government response

Report published 22 October: HC 903

International policies and activities of the Research Councils

Government response published 25 October

The Last Report

Report published

Report published 7 November: HC 1108

Space Policy

Government response published 23 October

Scottish Affairs

Scotland Office Annual report 2007

Evidence published 23 October

Experience of the Scottish Elections

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Poverty in Scotland

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence sessions 26 & 27 November

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

1st Report 2007-08 to be published 20 November

Statutory Instruments (Select Committee)

Business under Standing Order No 151 (10)

Continuing scrutiny: Report in preparation

1st Report 2007-08 to be published 20 November

Quadripartite Committee

The UK 2005 Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 17 January

Transport

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the Draft Local Transport Bill

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Department for Transport's Annual Report 2007

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Rail white paper

Oral evidence session in progress

1st oral evidence session 9 January

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

Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions was 9 October

Galileo: Recent developments

Report published: awaiting Government response

Report published 12 November

The future of BAA

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 21 November

Ticketing on public transport

Oral evidence in progress

0Next evidence session 5 December

The Transport Innovation Fund

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Public Private Partnership and London Underground

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 7 November

Freight Transport

Oral evidence in progress

1st oral evidence session 16 January

 

Transport Security: Travelling without Fear

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Treasury

 

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

Report published 9 October

2007 Pre-Budget Report

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Financial Stability and Transparency

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 13 November

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 published 15 October

Climate change and the Stern review

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Globalisation: prospects and policy responses

Report published 16 October

Treasury Sub-committee

HM Treasury: administration and expenditure 2006-07

Oral evidence concluded

 

HM Revenue and Customs: administration and expenditure 2006-07

Inquiry announced: written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 3 December

 

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

Welsh Affairs

Globalisation and its Impact on Wales

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 20 November

Provision of Cross-Border Public Services for Wales

Inquiry announced

Energy in Wales: Follow-up

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Proposed Legislative Competence Order in Council

Oral evidence in progress

Orders in Council

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Work & Pensions

Personal Accounts

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Health and Safety Commission and Executive

Written evidence invited: one-off oral evidence Session announced

Deadline for submissions 15 November: Evidence session 28 November

The Best start in Life

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session 21 November

Child Poverty

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 7 November

Benefits Simplification

Government response published 16 October

 

 
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