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Weekly Information Bulletin: 4th April 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.


Select Committee publications are available to view on the Parliament website:

www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/select.htm

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

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

Automotive Assistance Program

One off oral evidence session; Written evidence invited

Creating a Higher Value-Added Economy

Report in preparation

Digital Britain

Report in preparation

Enterprise Finance Guarantee System

One off oral evidence session; Written evidence invited

Exporting out of recession

Oral evidence in progress

Independent Review of the UK Postal Services Sector

Report published on 1 April

Post Offices - securing their future

Oral evidence in progress

PubCos

Report in preparation

The Insolvency Service

Report in preparation

Work of the Department in the current economic crises

Oral evidence in progress

Children, Schools and Families

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Allegations against School Staff

Inquiry announced; Deadline for written submissions

18 May

Child Health Strategy

Oral evidence in progress

Diversity of Schools Provision: Trust Schools

Oral evidence in progress

Early Intervention

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Early Years Foundation Stage

One-off evidence completed

Looked-after Children

Report in preparation

National Curriculum

Report published on 2 April

National Curriculum Tests

Oral evidence concluded

School accountability

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session 22 April

Sustainable Schools and Building Schools for the Future

Oral evidence concluded

Teacher Training

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session on 20 April

Training of Children and Families Social Workers

Inquiry announced; Deadline for written submissions 8 May

The Protection of Children in England: Lord Laming's Progress Report

Oral evidence concluded

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

Local Authority Investments

Report in preparation

Supporting People

Inquiry announced

The Balance of Power: Central and Local Government

Report in preparation

The Tenant Services Authority

Inquiry announced

Traditional Retail Markets

Oral evidence in progress

Culture, Media & Sport

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Commercial Operations of the BBC

Report to be published on 7 April

London 2012 Games and Paralympic Games

Continuing scrutiny

Press Standards, Privacy and Libel

Oral evidence in progress

The Future for Local and Regional Media

Inquiry announced; Deadline for written submissions 13 May

The Licensing Act 2003

Report in preparation

Defence

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Defence Support Group

Report in preparation

Helicopter capability

Inquiry announced; Deadlines for submissions closed

MOD Annual Report and Accounts 2007-08

Report published on 30 March

MOD'S performance against expenditure plans

Report in preparation

Readiness and recuperation for the contingent tasks of today

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session on 28 April

Russia: a new confrontation

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 21 April

The Comprehensive Approach

Inquiry announced; Deadline for submissions on

9 May

The work of the Service Complaints Commissioner

Report in preparation

UK national security and resilience

Report in preparation

Energy and Climate Change

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

The future of Britain's Electricity Networks

Oral evidence in progress

The work of the Committee on Climate Change

Oral evidence concluded

The work of the Department of Energy and Climate Change

Oral evidence concluded

UK offshore oil and gas

Oral evidence concluded

Environmental Audit

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Carbon Budgets

Inquiry announced: Deadline for submissions 27 April

Carbon budgets

Oral evidence concluded

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

Inquiry announced

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions from deforestation

Report in preparation

Reducing CO2 and other emissions from shipping

Report in preparation

The role of carbon markets in preventing dangerous climate change

Oral evidence in progress

The scientific basis for carbon reduction targets

Oral evidence concluded

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

Report in preparation

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

Waste Strategy for England 2007

Report in preparation

European Scrutiny

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Commission Communication: The impact of the free movement of workers in the context of EH enlargement

Report published

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 21 April

Global Security: Israel and Occupied Palestinian Territories

Oral evidence in progress

Global Security: Non-Proliferation

Report in preparation

Global Security: The Middle East

Oral evidence concluded


Health

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Alcohol

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session on 23 April

Operating Framework for the NHS in England

Oral evidence in progress

Patient Safety

Report in preparation

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 concluded

Managing Migration: Points-Based System

Oral evidence in progress

Police Authorities

Oral evidence concluded

Policing Process of Home Office leak inquiries

Report in preparation

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

Business and human rights

Inquiry announced; Deadline for written submissions 1 May

Children's Rights

Oral evidence concluded

Counter-terrorism policy and human rights (CTP)

Continuing scrutiny

Immigration and Human Rights

Oral evidence in progress

Legislative Scrutiny

Continuing scrutiny; Report to be published on 15 and 16 April

The UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities

Report to be published on 17 April

UK Legislation relating to Genocide, Torture and related offences

Written evidence invited: Deadline for submissions closed

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

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 28 April

Innovation, Universities, Science & Skills

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

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

Report published on 27 March

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 on 29 April

Subjects for Scrutiny: Have your say (First session: Capital investment for Further Education Colleges)

One-off evidence session on 20 May

Technology Strategy Board

One-off oral evidence session concluded

International Development

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

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

Oral evidence in progress

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 29 April

Urbanisation and Poverty

Inquiry announced: Deadline for written submissions for evidence on 24 April

Justice

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Devolution: A Decade On

Report in preparation

Draft Sentencing Guidelines

Continuing scrutiny; call for evidence on the Fraud Guideline, deadline 24 April

Justice Issues in Europe

Inquiry announced; Deadline for submission 1 June

Justice Reinvestment

Report in preparation

Legal Services Board

Oral evidence concluded

Office for Criminal Justice Reform

One-off oral evidence session concluded

The Role of the Prison Officer

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 21 April

The work of the Criminal Cases Review Commission

One-off oral evidence session concluded

The work of the Crown Prosecution Service

Report in preparation


Liaison

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Matters relating to select committees

Continuing scrutiny

Northern Ireland Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Cross-border co-operation

Oral evidence in progress

Northern Ireland Rights Bill

Oral evidence concluded

Omagh: 10 years on

Oral evidence in progress

The Consultative Group on the Past

Oral evidence in progress

Procedure

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Written Parliamentary Questions

Report in preparation

Public Accounts

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Animal Health

Report in preparation

Assessment of the Capability Reviews Programme

One-off oral evidence session postponed

Building the Capacity of the Third Sector

One-off evidence session on 27 April

Building schools for the future

Report in preparation

Central government's management of service contracts

Report in preparation

Crown Courts Administration

Report in preparation

Data loss at HM Revenue and Customs

Report in preparation

DEFRA Single Payment Scheme: follow-up

Report in preparation

DoH/NHS: End of life care

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

Report in preparation

Independent Police Complaints Commission

Report published on 31 March

Investing for development: the Department for International Development's oversight of CDC Group plc

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

Report in preparation

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

Northern Rock

Report in preparation

Rail Franchising

Report in preparation

Pay modernisation in the NHS: Agenda for change

Report in preparation

Planning for Homes

Report in preparation

Primary Schools: teaching mathematics

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

Postponed

The National Offender Management Information System

One-off oral evidence session on 27 April

The Warm Front Scheme

Report in preparation

Type 45 Destroyer

Report in preparation

Use of office property by government departments

Report in preparation

Public Administration

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Charities & Public Benefit

Oral evidence concluded

Executive pay in the Public Sector

Oral evidence in progress

Next evidence session on 30 April

Good Government

Report in preparation

Leaks and Whistleblowing in Whitehall

Oral evidence concluded

Official Language

Inquiry announced

Outside appointments in the Senior Civil Service

Oral evidence in progress

Regulatory Reform

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Draft Legislative Reform (Local Governments) (Animal Health Functions) Order 2009

Report published on 2 April

Draft Legislative Reform (Minor Variations to Premises Licences and Club Premises Certificates) Order 2009

Report published on 2 April

Themes and Trends in Regulatory Reform

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence session on 28 April

Scottish Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Banking in Scotland

Oral evidence in progress

Credit Unions in Scotland

Oral evidence concluded

Crisis in Scottish press industry

Oral evidence in progress

Commission on Scottish Devolution

Oral evidence concluded

Enforcement of the national Minimum Wage

Oral evidence in progress

Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland

One-off oral evidence session concluded

Implications for the Scottish economy of the current economic climate

One-off oral evidence concluded

Scotland and the European Union

Oral evidence in progress

Transport

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Department for Transport Annual Report 2008

Report in preparation

Rail fares and franchises

Report in preparation

Taxes and charges on road users

Report in preparation

The effects of adverse weather conditions on transport in the United Kingdom

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

Use of airspace

Oral evidence in progress

Evidence sessions on 22 April

Treasury

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Banking Crises

Oral evidence concluded

Banking Crises: International Dimensions

Inquiry announced

Economics of Housing Market

Oral evidence concluded

Offshore Financial Centres

Oral evidence concluded

Oil Regulation

Oral evidence concluded

Treasury Sub-committee

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Evaluating the efficiency programme

Oral evidence in progress

Welsh Affairs

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Digital Inclusion

Oral evidence in progress

English Language Broadcasting in Wales

Written evidence invited: Deadline for submissions

closed

Legal Services Commission Cardiff Office

Oral evidence concluded

Ports in Wales

Written evidence invited; Deadline for submissions

1 May

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

Report in preparation

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

Oral evidence in progress

Proposed Legislative Competence Order in Council: Dealing with Vulnerable Children

Inquiry announced

Provision of cross-border public services for Wales: Health

Report published on 27 March

Provision of cross-border public services for Wales: Transport

Oral evidence concluded

The potential benefits of the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics for Wales

Report in preparation

Work & Pensions

INQUIRY

STAGE & NOTES

Autumn Performance Review

Oral evidence concluded

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

Oral evidence concluded

Jobcentre Plus

Oral evidence concluded

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

Oral evidence concluded

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

One-off oral evidence session concluded

 
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