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Weekly Information Bulletin: 28th February 2009

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 2008-09 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.

The website address for Select Committee publications is:

http://www.parliament.the-stationery-office.co.uk/pa/cm/cmselect.htm

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

Strategic Export Controls

Oral evidence in progress

Business and Enterprise Committee

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy

Report in preparation

Financial support to SMEs

Report in preparation

The Insolvency Service

Report in preparation

Post Offices - securing their future

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 24 March

PubCos

Report in preparation

Role and responsibilities of the regional development agencies

Report in preparation

Children, Schools and Families

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Diversity of Schools Provision: Trust Schools

Oral evidence in progress

Early Years Foundation Stage

One-off evidence completed

Looked-after Children

Report in preparation

National Curriculum

Report in preparation

National Curriculum Tests

Oral evidence concluded

School Accountability

Inquiry announced: Deadline for submissions closed

Sustainable Schools and Building Schools for the Future

Oral evidence concluded

Teacher Training

Inquiry announced: Deadline for submissions closed

The work of Ofsted

Oral evidence concluded

The Work of the Department for Children, Schools and Families

Oral evidence concluded

Communities & Local Government

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Communities and Local Government's Departmental Annual Report 2008

Report published on 24 February

Housing and the Credit Crunch

Report published on 24 February

Local Authority Investments

Oral evidence concluded

The Balance of Power: Central and Local Government

Report in preparation

The Tenant Services Authority

Inquiry announced

Traditional Retail Markets

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 2 March

Culture, Media & Sport

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Commercial Operations of the BBC

Report in preparation

London 2012 Games

Continuing scrutiny

Press Standards, Privacy and Libel

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 10 March

The Licensing Act 2003

Report in preparation

Defence

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Defence Equipment

Report published 26 February

Defence Support Group

Report in preparation

MOD'S performance against expenditure plans

Report in preparation

Readiness and recuperation for the contingent tasks of today

Oral evidence in progress

Russia: a new confrontation

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 17 March

UK national security and resilience

Report in preparation

Energy and Climate Change

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

The future of Britain's electricity networks

Inquiry announced

The work of the Committee on Climate Change

One-off oral evidence session on 4 March

The work of the Department of Energy and Climate Change

Oral evidence concluded

UK offshore oil and gas

Inquiry announced

Environmental Audit

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Carbon budgets

One off evidence session concluded

Forests: the future role of carbon markets in their protection and the timber trade

Inquiry announced

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 3 March

Reducing CO2 and other emissions from shipping

Report in preparation

The 2008 Pre-Budget Report

Report in preparation

The role of carbon markets in preventing dangerous climate change

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session on 31 March

The scientific basis for carbon reduction targets

Oral evidence concluded

Environmental Audit Sub-Committee

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Environmental Labelling

Report in preparation

Environment, Food & Rural Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Defra science

Invitation to help frame inquiry

Energy efficiency and fuel poverty (HC 1099, Session 2007-08 - publication of written evidence)

Report in preparation

Flooding: the Government's response to Sir Michael Pitt's review

Oral evidence concluded

Notifiable Animal Diseases Observatory

Continuing scrutiny

Ofwat's price review 2009

Inquiry announced: Deadline for submissions closed

Securing food supplies up to 2050: the challenges for the UK

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 4 March

Waste Strategy for England 2007

Report in preparation

Foreign Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Developments in the European Union

Oral evidence in progress

Global Security: Afghanistan

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 25 March

Global Security: Middle East

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 4 March

Global Security: Non-Proliferation

Oral evidence in progress


Health

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Alcohol

Inquiry announced: Written evidence invited

Deadline for submissions 12 March

Health Inequalities

Report in preparation

Patient Safety

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 5 March

Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 2008

Oral evidence in progress

Top-up fees

Report in preparation



Home Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Draft Citizenship & Immigration Bill

Oral evidence concluded

Human Trafficking

Report in preparation

Immigration Issues

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Knife Crime

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 10 March

Managing Migration: Points-Based System

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 3 March

Police Authorities

Oral session concluded

Policing Process of Home Office leak inquiries

Oral evidence in progress

The rights of Gurkhas to settle in the UK

Oral evidence concluded

Wheel Clamping on Private Land

Inquiry announced

The work of the Home Office

Oral evidence concluded

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Project CONTEST: The Government's Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Oral evidence in progress

Joint Committee on Human Rights

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

British Bill of Rights

Oral evidence concluded

Children's Rights

Written evidence invited: Deadline for submissions closed

Counter-terrorism policy an dhuman rights (CTP)

Report published on 27 February

Immigration and Human Rights

Oral evidence in progress

Legislative Scrutiny

Continuing scrutiny

Policing and Protest

Report in preparation

UK Legislation relating to Genocide, Torture and related offences

Written evidence invited: Deadline for submissions 13 March

UN Convention Against Torture (UNCAT): allegations of abuse and mistreatment involving UK agents in Pakistan

Oral evidence in progress

Innovation, Universities, Science & Skills

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Engineering (incorporating Plastic Electronics, Nuclear, Geo-Engineering and Engineering in Government case studies)

Report in preparation

Putting Science and Engineering at the Heart of Government Policy

Oral evidence in progress

Science and Technology Facilities Council

One-off oral evidence concluded

Science Question Time

Oral evidence in progress

Students and Universities

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 9 March

International Development

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Aid Under Pressure: Support for Development Assistance in Global Economic Downturn (incorp: Financing for Development)

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 4 March

DFID and China

Report in preparation

DFID's Programme in Nigeria

Inquiry to be resumed

Financing for Development

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Sustainable Development in a Changing Climate

Oral evidence in progress

Next session 3 March

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

Justice

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Devolution: A Decade On

Report in preparation

Draft Sentencing Guidelines

Continuing scrutiny

Justice Reinvestment

Report in preparation

Legal Services Board

Oral evidence concluded

Office for Criminal Justice Reform

One-off oral evidence session on 3 March

The Role of the Prison Officer

Oral evidence in progress

The work of the Crown Prosecution Service

Oral evidence in progress


Liaison

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Matters relating to select committees

Continuing scrutiny

Northern Ireland Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

The Consultative Group on the Past

Oral evidence in progress

Inquiry into Cross-border

co-operation

Oral evidence in progress

Public Accounts

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Animal Health

One-off oral evidence session on 18 March

Assessment of the Capability Reviews Programme

One-off oral evidence session on 25 March

Building schools for the future

Report in preparation

Central government's management of service contracts

Report in preparation

Crown Courts Administration

One-off oral evidence session on 16 March

Data loss at HM Revenue and Customs

Report in preparation

DEFRA Single Payment Scheme: follow-up

Report in preparation

Department for International Development: CDC - Investing to reduce poverty

One-off oral evidence session announced

DoH/NHS: End of life care

Report in preparation

DWP: Complaint handling

Report in preparation

Financial Management in the NHS: Report on the NHS Summarised accounts 2007/08

Report in preparation

HMRC: The Control and facilitation of imports

One-off oral evidence session on 9 March

HMRC Standard Report

Report in preparation

Independent Police Complaints Commission

Report in preparation

Leaving the Services

Report in preparation

Maintaining the Occupied Royal Palaces

Report in preparation

Major Projects Report 2008

Report in preparation

Management of Asylum Applications by the UK Border Agency

One-off oral evidence session on 4 March

Management of tax debt/EDS

Report in preparation

Managing change in operational PFI projects

Report in preparation

MoD: Renewal of the nuclear deterrent

Report in preparation

Natural England's Role in Improving the Condition of Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Report in preparation

Nomination of the new Comptroller and Auditor General

Report published 24 February

Northern Rock

One-off oral evidence session on 30 March

Rail Franchising

Report in preparation

Pay modernisation in the NHS: Agenda for change

One-off oral evidence session on 2 March

Planning for Homes

Report in preparation

Programmes to reduce household energy consumption

Report in preparation

Protecting the public: the work of the Parole Board

Report in preparation

Radio Production Efficiency at the BBC

Report in preparation

Securing Host Nation Sporting Success in 2012

Report in preparation

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Programme

One-off oral evidence session on 1 April

The Warm Front Scheme

One-off oral evidence session on 11 March

Type 45 Destroyer

One-off oral evidence session 23 March

Use of office property by government departments

Report in preparation

Widening participation in higher education

Report published 26 February

Public Administration

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Charities & Public Benefit

Oral evidence concluded

Equitable Life

Report in preparation

Good Government

Oral evidence concluded

Leaks and Whistleblowing in Whitehall

Oral evidence in progress

Next session on 5 March

Outside appointments in the Senior Civil Service

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session on 5 March

Regulatory Reform

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Themes and Trends in Regulatory Reform

Written evidence invited: Deadline for submissions closed

Scottish Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Banking in Scotland

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session on 4 March

Credit Unions in Scotland

Oral evidence in progress

Commission on Scottish Devolution

Oral evidence concluded

Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Scotland and the European Union

Oral evidence in progress

Transport

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Department for Transport Annual Report 2008

Report in preparation

Network Rail engineering delays over the new year period

Oral evidence concluded: report in preparation

Rail fares and franchises

Oral evidence concluded

School Travel

Report in preparation

Taxes and charges on road users

Oral evidence concluded

The enforcement activities of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA)

Report in preparation

The future of aviation

Inquiry announced: Deadline for written submissions closed

The major road network

Oral evidence in progress

The use of airspace

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 4 March

Treasury

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Banking Crises

Oral evidence in progress

Economics of Housing Market

Oral evidence concluded

Offshore Financial Centres

Oral evidence in progress

Oil Regulation

Oral evidence in progress

Regulation of Oil Markets

Inquiry announced

The work of the FSA in 2007-08

Oral evidence in progress

Welsh Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Digital Inclusion in Wales

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session 3 March

Legal Services Commission Cardiff Office

Inquiry announced: Deadline for written submissions closed

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed legislative competence Order in Council dealing with carers

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session 2 March

Pre-legislative scrutiny of the proposed legislative competence Order in Council on the Welsh language

Written evidence invited: Deadline for submissions 4 March

Proposed Legislative Competence Order in Council: Dealing with Vulnerable Children

Inquiry announced

Proposed Legislative Competence Order in Council: relating to red meat

Report to be published on 23 February

Provision of cross-border public services for Wales: Transport

Oral evidence in progress

The potential benefits of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics for Wales

Oral evidence concluded

Work of the Committee 2007-08

Report published on 26 February

Work & Pensions

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Department for Work and Pensions' commissioning strategy and the employment programme market

Report to be published on 5 March

DWPs' response to the economic downturn and the implications for welfare reform

Oral evidence concluded

Equality Bill: What steps should DWP take to achieve greater equality?

Oral evidence concluded

Pension, Disability and Carers Service

Evidence published

The work of the DWP's inquiry into the underlying causes of construction fatalities

One-off oral evidence session concluded

 
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