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Weekly Information Bulletin: 17th November 2007

Forthcoming Business of the House of Lords
19 - 22 November 2007

Monday 19 November (2.30pm)

Oral questions - Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their justification for the recent statement made by the Prime Minister that "millions of jobs are dependent on our membership of the European Union". Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their reaction to the fall in the number of secondary school pupils achieving GCSE success in modern languages. Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty's Government how many destroyers and similar surface vessels they regard as necessary to dispose of their commitments. Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty's Government how many Regulatory Reform Orders have been put forward by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform in the last year

Legislation - Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (Second Reading)


Tuesday 20 November (2.30pm)

Oral questions - Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have made an assessment of the effectiveness of existing legislation to help disabled people. Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to review the effect of the reduction in 1998 of the age of criminal responsibility to 10 years old. Lord Elton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Parliament will be able to amend the new European Union Treaty

Legislation - Local Transport Bill [HL] (Second Reading)

Motion - on the Pre-Budget Report 2007 for the purposes of the EC (Amendment) Act 1993 - motion to approve

Delegated Legislation - Armed Forces (Service Complaints Commissioner) Regulations 2007; Armed Forces (Redress of Individual Grievances) Regulations 2007; Legislative and Regulatory Reform (Regulatory Functions) Order 2007; Regulators Compliance Code; Company and Business Names (Amendment) (No.2) Regulations 2007; Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (Powers of District and JP Courts) Order 2007; Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 - motions to approve. (Grand Committee, Moses Room, 3.30pm)


Wednesday 21 November (3.00pm)

Oral questions - Lord Renton of Mount Harry to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they are proposing any changes in the relationship between the Bank of England, the Financial Services Authority and HM Treasury. Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty's Government when they plan to incorporate the Convention on the Rights of the Child into domestic legislation. Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will encourage or oblige United Kingdom tobacco manufacturers to introduce the self-extinguishing fire safety cigarette

Legislation - Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill [HL] (Second Reading)

Debate - on the Communications Committee Report on the Chairmanship of the BBC (L. Fowler)


Thursday 22 November (11.00am)

Oral questions - Lord Blackwell to ask Her Majesty's Government which articles of the former Treaty establishing a Constitution for Europe will not be reflected in the consolidated European Union Treaty base if the proposed European Union Reform Treaty is adopted. Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to inform Parliament about the implications for British involvement in the United States missile defence system of recent United States-Russian negotiations on the system and its future deployment. Baroness Miller of Hendon to ask Her Majesty's Government why they resisted proposals to impose lower "roaming" mobile telephone charges to customers than were ultimately fixed by the European Union, and what benefits ensue to United Kingdom users from the higher charges that now apply instead of the lower ones that were proposed

Debate - on the planning, action, and support required by the Armed Forces to enable them to meet the long- and short-term challenges they face (B. Park of Monmouth)

Delegated Legislation - Social Security (National Insurance Credits) Amendments Regulations 2007; Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007; Housing Benefit (State Pension Credit) (Local Hosing allowance and Information Sharing) Amendment Regulations 2007; Housing Benefit (Local Housing Allowance, Miscellaneous and Consequential) Amendment Regulations 2007; Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2007 - motions to annul


Provisional Future Business of the House of Lords
26 - 30 November 2007

Monday 26 November (2.30pm)

Oral questions - Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect to meet the Metropolitan Police Commissioner to discuss security policing procedures in London. Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans in place to respond to any future Turkish invasion of northern Iraq. Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have for further high-speed railway lines within the United Kingdom. Lord Razzall to ask Her Majesty's Government what consideration they have given to rethinking the eradication of poppy cultivation in Afghanistan

Motion - to approve Procedure Committee report


Tuesday 27 November (2.30pm)

Oral questions - Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government, in the light of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007-08 settlement, whether they have decided to increase funding for bee health. Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the evidence from the Cambridge-led Primary Review, they are proposing to change the regime of testing in primary schools in England. Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to remember the lives lost in the Iraq war and to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq on 20 March 2003


Wednesday 28 November (3.00pm)

Oral questions - Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the level of aid to Burma and the border areas. Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any further plans to close British Embassies in Latin America. Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty's Government what is the impact of the spending overrun on the 2012 London Olympic Games upon spending on the Arts

Legislation - Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [HL] (Second Reading)


Thursday 29 November (11.00am)

Oral questions - Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to improve the United Kingdom's international competitiveness in the light of the fall from second to ninth place in the World Economic Forum's annual league table. Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty's Government which Government department holds responsibility for issues concerning obesity. Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to help in the world-wide fight against HIV/AIDS

Debates - Labour debates


Friday 30 November (10.00am)

(Sitting will start at 10am provided the House approves the relevant part of the Procedure Committee report on 26th November)

Legislation - House of Lords Bill [HL]; Disabled Persons (Independent Living) Bill [HL]

 
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