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Weekly Information Bulletin: 28th March 2009

Business of the House of Commons
20 March - 27 March 2009

Friday 20 March

The House sat at 9.30am

Private Members' Bills -

Fuel Poverty Bill - Mr David Heath (2R) (Deb adj; 2R ordered to be resumed 12.6.09)

Protection of Children (Encrypted Material) Bill - Sir Paul Beresford (2R) (Ordered for 2R: 8.5.09)

British Museum Act 1963 (Amendment) Bill - Mr Andrew Dismore (2R) (Ordered for 2R: 15.5.09)

Protection of Garden Land (Development Control) Bill - Mr Paul Burstow (2R) (Ordered for 2R: 12.6.09)

Airport Expansion (Parliamentary Approval) Bill - Susan Kramer (2R) (Ordered for 2R: 12.6.09)

Scottish Banknotes (Acceptability in United Kingdom) Bill - David Mundell (Deb adj: 06.3.09; 2R ordered to be

resumed 27.3.09)

Adjournment - Royal Hospital Haslar - Sir Peter Viggers

The House rose at 2.54pm

Monday 23 March

The House sat at 2.30pm

Oral Questions - Home Office, including Topical Questions

Statement - Spring European Council - Prime Minister

Statement - Rights and Responsibilities - Jack Straw

Bill Presented - Short Selling and Bank Accounts Bill - Mr Frank Field (Bill presented and read the First time)

Programme Motion - Coroners and Justice Bill (Programme Motion No. 3 agreed on Division)

Legislation - Coroners and Justice Bill (day 1) - Report Stage (Bill as amended, considered)

Adjournment - Blacklisting practices in the construction industry - Mr Michael Clapham

The House rose at 10.34pm

Tuesday 24 March

The House sat in Westminster Hall between 9.30am-2.00pm

Westminster Hall Private Members' Debates -

09.30-11.00Rural economy during the recession - Mr James Gray
11.00-12.30Sri Lanka and the Commonwealth - Siobhain McDonagh
12.30-13.00Commuter services on the West Coast Main Line - Mr Mark Lancaster
13.00-13.30Government support for the steel industry - Mr Ian Cawsey
13.30-14.00Proposals for a university for North Northamptonshire - Mr Philip Hollobone

The House sat at 2.30pm

Oral Questions - Health, including Topical Questions

Statement - International Terrorism - Jacqui Smith

Ten Minute Rule Bill - Pension Credit and Personal Expense Allowance (Duty of Consultation and

Review) Bill - Mr Paul Burstow (Bill presented and read the First time)

Legislation - Coroners and Justice Bill - Report Stage (day 2) and Third reading (Bill as amended, further considered and read the Third time).

Adjournment - Lessons to be learned from the MSC Napoli incident - Mr Hugo Swire

The House rose at 10.44pm

Wednesday 25 March

The House sat in Westminster Hall between 9.30am-5.00pm

Westminster Hall Private Members' Debates -

09.30-11.00Protection of Ashraf residents under the Geneva Convention - Andrew Mackinlay
11.00-11.30Hajj pilgrims and UK tour operators - Mr Roger Godsiff
14.30-16.00Building Colleges for the Future programme - Dr John Pugh
16.00-16.30Asbestos in schools - Paul Rowen
16.30-17.00Livestock industry and its effect on climate change - Kerry McCarthy

The House sat at 11.30am

Oral Questions - International Development; Prime Minister

Speaker's Statement - Availability of Government papers to Members

Ten Minute Rule Bill - Cohabitation (No.2) Bill - Mary Creagh (Bill presented and read the First time)

Debate - Opposition day (9th allotted day) - (i) Inquiry into War in Iraq (Motion, agreed as amended, on Division);

(ii) Implications of business rates and the recession for businesses (Motion, agreed as amended, on Division)

Adjournment - Reducing unplanned teenage pregnancy rates in Nottingham - Mr Graham Allen

The House rose at 7.47pm

Thursday 26 March

The House sat in Westminster Hall between 2.30pm and 5.30pm

Westminster Hall - a debate on the 1st Joint Report from the Committee on Arms Export Controls,

HC 254 (Session 2007-08) entitled 'Scrutiny of Arms Export Control (2008): UK Strategic Export Controls Annual Report 2006, Quarterly Reports for 2007, Licensing Policy and Review of Export Control Legislation', and the Government's response, Cm 7485.

The House sat at 10.30am

Oral Questions - Treasury, including Topical Questions

Business Statement - Leader of the House

Statement - Council Tax - John Healey

Debate - Defence in the UK

Adjournment - Future of Public Houses - Mr Laurence Robertson

The House rose at 6.29pm

Friday 27 March

The House sat at 9.30am

Private Members' Bills -

Royal Marriages and Succession to the Crown (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill - Dr Evan Harris (2R)

Children in Care (Custody) Bill - Mr Stephen Crabb (2R)

Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Bill - Willie Rennie (2R)

Broadcasting (Television Licence Fee Abolition) Bill - Mr Christopher Chope (2R)

European Union (Audit of Benefits and Costs of UK Membership) Bill - Mr Christopher Chope (2R)

Presumption of Death Bill - Mr Tim Boswell (2R)

Exercise of Reasonable Discretion Bill - Mr Tim Boswell (2R)

Scottish Banknotes (Acceptability in the United Kingdom Bill) - David Mundell (2R Deb adj 6.3.09; to resume 2R)

Adjournment - Housing subsidy in Barking and Dagenham - Jon Cruddas

The Weekly Information Bulletin went to press before the House rose

Written Ministerial Statements
23 - 27 March 2009

20.3.09Gurkha Pensions - Mr Kevan Jones
20.3.09General Affairs and External Relations Council - Caroline Flint
20.3.09Highways Agency Business Plan (2009-10) - Jim Fitzpatrick
23.3.09Business Rates - John Healey
23.3.09Food and Environment Research Agency - Hilary Benn
23.3.09Iraq (Locally-Employed Staff) - David Miliband
23.3.09NHS Patients (Additional Private Care) - Alan Johnson
23.3.09"The Learning Revolution" White Paper - Mr John Denham
24.3.09Independent Schools Non-Maintained Special Schools and Boarding Schools (Safeguarding

Arrangements) - Ed Balls

24.3.09G6 Meeting (Berlin) - Jacqui Smith
24.3.09Human Trafficking - Vera Baird
25.3.09Transport, Telecommunications and Energy council (Telecoms Council) - Mr Pat McFadden
25.3.09Payments Council (OFT Review) - Ian Pearson
25.3.09Rural Economy and Affordable Housing - Margaret Beckett
25.3.09Resource Efficiency Support - Hilary Benn
25.3.09Conflict Resources 2009-10 - David Miliband
25.3.09Oakhill Secure Training Centre - Mr David Hanson
25.3.09Law of Bribery - Mr Jack Straw
25.3.09EU Transport Council - Mr Geoffrey Hoon
26.3.09Her Majesty's Land Registry - Mr Michael Wills
26.3.09Binyam Mohamed - Vera Baird
26.3.09Driving Tests and Instructors - Jim Fitzpatrick
26.3.09Road and Rail Capacity: East of England - Mr Geoffrey Hoon

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