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Weekly Information Bulletin: 12th July 2008

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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More details of current Select Committee inquiries can be found on the Parliament website:

http://www.parliament.uk/what_s_on/hoc_news4.cfm

Committee on Arms Export Controls

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Scrutiny of Arms Export Controls (2008): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2006, Quarterly Reports 2007, licensing policy and review of export control legislation

Report to be published on 17 July

 

 

Business and Enterprise Committee

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Committee to revisit the role of pubcos

Inquiry announced: Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 29 September

Companies House

One-off oral evidence session concluded: Report in preparation

Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 July

Energy Prices

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Spring Supplementary Estimates

Oral evidence in progress

The UK Construction Industry

Report to be published 16 July

Turkey: Trade and EU Accession

Report published 30 June

Children, Schools and Families

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Child Poverty

One-off Oral evidence to be published 17 July

Diversity of School Provision: Faith Schools

Oral evidence in progress

Diversity of School Provision: Links between independent and maintained schools

Oral evidence in progress

Early Years Foundation Stage

One-off oral evidence completed

Learning & Skills Council

One-off evidence session concluded 9 July

Looked-after Children

Oral evidence in progress

National Curriculum

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 7 July

National Tests

One-off evidence session announced 14 July

Public Expenditure

Oral evidence announced

Next evidence session 16 July

Schools Commissioner and Schools Adjudicator

One-off oral evidence to be published 3 July

Sustainable Schools & Building Schools for the Future

Oral evidence in progress

Oral evidence to take place 14 July

The Department for Children, Schools and Families and the Children's Plan

Government Response published 7 July

The Work of Ofsted

Oral evidence concluded: Draft report awaited

 

 

Communities & Local Government

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Community Cohesion and Migration

Report to be published 16 July

Planning Skills

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Provision of Public Toilets

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Balance of Power: Central & Local Government

Oral evidence in progress

The Tenant Services Authority

Inquiry announced

Towns: Follow Up

Report published: awaiting Government response

 

 

Culture, Media & Sport

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

BBC Annual Report 2007-08

One-off Oral evidence session concluded 10 July

Department of Culture, Media & Sport Annual Report

One-off Oral evidence session announced to take place 17 July

Draft Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Draft Heritage Protection Bill

1st evidence session 1 July

Harmful Content on the Internet and in Video Games

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Tourism

Report published 10 July

 

 

Defence

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Ministry of Defence Main Estimates 2008-09

Report published 7 July awaiting Government Response

Recruitment and Retention in the Armed Forces

Oral evidence in progress

UK Defence: commitments and resources

Oral evidence concluded

Further written evidence invited

UK national security & resilience

Oral evidence in progress

 

 

Environmental Audit

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Carbon Capture & Storage

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Climate change and local, regional and devolved government

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Exports Credits Guarantee Department

Oral evidence in progress

Greener Homes for the future? An environmental analysis of the Government's house-building plans

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Halting UK Biodiversity Loss

Oral evidence in progress

Making Government operations more sustainable: A progress check

Report published 14 July: awaiting Government response

Post-Kyoto: The International Context for Progress on Climate Change

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Reaching an international agreement on climate change

Report published 8 July: awaiting Government response

Vehicle Excise Duty

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Environmental Audit Sub-Committee

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Environmental Labelling

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

 

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

British Waterways: follow up

Report published 1 July

Defra science

Invitation to help frame inquiry

Defra's Departmental Report 2007 and Defra priorities

Oral evidence concluded: evidence to be published 17 July

Draft Marine Bill - Coastal Access Provisions

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Energy efficiency and fuel poverty

Invitation to help frame inquiry

The potential of England's rural economy

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 16 July

Waste Strategy for England 2007

Written evidence invited

 

 

European Scrutiny

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

The Conclusions of the European Council and the Council of Ministers: Follow-up Report

Report in preparation

Developments in the European Union

Oral evidence in progress

Subsidiarity and the Role of National Parliaments

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Foreign Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Developments in the European Union

Oral evidence in progress

FCO Annual Report

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 9 July

Global Security: Japan and Korea

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Human Rights

Report to be published 29 July

Overseas Territories

Report published 6 July: awaiting Government response

Health

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Dental Services

Report published 2 July

Foundation Trusts and Monitor

One-off oral evidence session held 3 July

Health Inequalities

Oral evidence in progress

Modernising Medical Careers

Government Response published

Report published 8 May (HC 25-I). Government Response published 2 July

NHS Next Stage Review

Oral evidence in progress

1st evidence session 17 July

Our NHS our future

Oral evidence concluded

The Responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Health

Oral evidence concluded

Home Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Human Trafficking

Oral evidence in progress

Managing Migration: Points-Based System

Oral evidence in progress

1st evidence session 8 July

Policing in the 21st Century

Oral evidence in progress

next evidence session 15 July

Joint Committee on Human Rights

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Allegations of Torture in Iraq

Oral evidence concluded: Report in Preparation

British Bill of Rights

Oral evidence concluded: Report in Preparation

Immigration and Human Rights

Oral evidence in progress

Policing and Protest

Oral evidence in progress

The Use of Restraint in Secure Training Centres

Government response published 9 July

Innovation, Universities, Science & Skills

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Engineering (incorporating Plastic Electronics & Nuclear case studies)

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence (nuclear case study) sessions 16 July

Formation of DIUS

Oral evidence concluded

Higher Education Issues

Oral evidence concluded

Introductory hearing with the Government Chief Scientific Adviser designate

Oral evidence concluded

Role of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser

Oral evidence concluded

Sainsbury Review

Oral evidence concluded

The Office for Fair Access (OFFA)

One-off evidence session held 2 June

The use of Government statistics in evidence-based policy-making

Oral evidence concluded

Innovation, Universities, Science & Skills Sub-Committees

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

After Leitch: implementing skills and training policies

Oral evidence in progress

Next oral evidence session 8 October

Quality Assurance Agency: Recent Reports on Standards in Universities

Report published 17 July: Awaiting Government Response

International Development

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Burma: follow-up

One-off evidence session concluded 9 July

Co-ordination for Aid Effectiveness

Oral evidence concluded

Department for International Development Annual Report 2008

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 July

DFID and China

Oral evidence in progress

DFID and the African Development Bank

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

DFID's Programme in Nigeria

Inquiry postponed

Humanitarian And Development Situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories

Oral evidence concluded

The World Food Programme and Global Food Security

Oral evidence concluded

Working Together to Make Aid More Effective

Report to be published 17 July

Joint Committee on the Draft Constitutional Renewal Bill

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Constitutional Renewal Bill

Oral evidence in progress

Joint Committee on the Draft Marine Bill

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Draft Marine Bill

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

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)

24th Report of 2007-08 published 8 July

25th Report of 2007-08 to be published 15 July

Scrutinising Statutory Instruments: Departmental Returns, 2007, Second Special Report, 2006-07 (HC 915)

Second Special Report of 2007-08 to be published

Justice

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Administration of Justice

One-off Oral evidence session took place 2 July

Devolution: A Decade On

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 8 July

Judicial Appointments Commission

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

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

Justice Reinvestment

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 July

Ministry of Justice: Aims & objectives

Oral evidence concluded

Uncorrected oral evidence on website: HC 987i-ii

The work of the Crown Prosecution Service

Inquiry announced

Towards Effective Sentencing

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Liaison

 

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

 

Oral Evidence from the Prime Minister

Oral evidence took place 3 July

 


Modernisation of the House of Commons

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Regional accountability

Report published 10 July: awaiting Government Response

Northern Ireland Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Inquiry into Policing and Criminal Justice in Northern Ireland

Report published 7 July: awaiting Government Response

Northern Ireland Office Departmental Report

Inquiry announced

1st evidence session 16 July

Political Developments in Northern Ireland

One-off oral evidence session concluded 2 July

 

 

Public Accounts

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Compensating victims of violent crime

Report in preparation

Data loss at HM Revenue and Customs

Report in preparation

DEFRA Single Payment Scheme: follow-up

Report in preparation

Housing Market Renewal: Pathfinders

Report published 3 July

Implementing crisis resolution home treatment services in England

One-off oral evidence session announced

Increasing employment rates for ethnic minorities

Report in preparation

Leaving the Services

Report in preparation

Management of Large Business Corporation Tax by HMRC

Report in preparation

Managing change in operational PFI projects

Report in preparation

Nuclear Decommissioning Authority: Taking forward decommissioning

Report published 10 July: Awaiting Government response

Pay modernisation in the NHS - GPs Contracts

Report in preparation

Progress in Tackling Benefit Fraud

Report published 8 July: Awaiting Government response

Securing Host Nation Sporting Success in 2012

Report in preparation

The delivery of the Administrative Burdens Reduction Programme, 2007

Report published 1 July

Use of office property by government departments

Report in preparation

 

 

Public Administration

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Better Government

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Charities & Public Benefit

Oral evidence in progress

next evidence session 8 July

Data Handling Procedures in Government

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session 17 July

Good Government

Oral evidence in progress

1st evidence session 17 July

Lobbying

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Public Services: Putting people First / When Citizens Complain / After the Citizens Charter / User Involvement in Public Services

Two reports published; 1 further report in preparation

When Citizens Complain Report published 24 March; User Involvement in Public Services Report published 7 May

Third Sector Commissioning

Report published 9 July:

Awaiting Government response

Quadripartite Committee

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Road Safety

Oral evidence in progress

 

 

Regulatory Reform

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Draft Legislative Reform (Consumer Credit) Order 2008

Report published on 10 July

Draft Legislative Reform (Local Authority Consent Requirements) (England and Wales) Order 2008

Report published on 10 July

Getting Results: The Better Regulation Executive and the Impact of the Regulatory Reform Agenda

Report to be published 17 July

 

 


Scottish Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Commission on Scottish Devolution

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Credit Unions in Scotland

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 9 July

Experience of the Scottish Elections

Report published 18 May: HC 78: Government Response published 2 July

 

 

Transport

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Delivering a Sustainable Railway: A 30-year Strategy for the Railways?

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Draft Marine Navigation Bill

Oral evidence concluded: Report in Preparation

Freight Transport

Report to be published 19 July

Network Rail engineering delays over the new year period

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

Road Safety

Oral evidence concluded: Report in Preparation

Follow-up session 16 July

School Travel

Oral evidence in progress

The opening of Heathrow Terminal 5

Oral evidence concluded: Report in Preparation

Transport Security: Travelling without Fear

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

 

 

Treasury

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Financial Stability and Transparency

Government Response Published 10 July

Offshore Financial Centres

Oral evidence in progress

Private Equity

Report published: continuing scrutiny

Regulation of Oil Markets

Inquiry announced

1st evidence session 15 July

The May Inflation Report

Oral evidence concluded

 

 


Treasury Sub-committee

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Estate Management in the Chancellor's Departments

Oral evidence concluded

 

 

Welsh Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Globalisation and Its Impact on Wales

Oral evidence concluded

Proposed Legislative Competence Order in Council: Dealing with Vulnerable Children

Inquiry announced

Proposed Legislative Competence Order in Council: Housing

Oral evidence in progress

Provision of cross-border public services for Wales

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 15 July

 

 

Work & Pensions

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Department of Work & Pensions Autumn Performance Report

One-off oral evidence concluded

Dept for Work & Pensions Departmental Annual Report

One-off evidence session announced

Evidence to be held 9 July

Employment Support Allowance

One-off evidence session held 2 July

Health and Safety Commission and Executive

Government response published 2 July

The Government carers strategy

Oral evidence concluded: Report in preparation

The Pension Service

One-off oral evidence session concluded

The Personal Accounts Delivery Authority

One-off evidence session concluded 7 July

 
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