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Weekly Information Bulletin: 6th June 2009

Select Committees

Select Committees are set up to examine the work of Government Departments, and now constitute the main investigatory system by which the House overseas the exercise of Government responsibilities and the development of public policy and expenditure.

The following information on Select Committees is available on the Parliament website:

Select Committee membership: www.parliament.uk/directories/hciolists/selmem.cfm

Links to Select Committee home pages containing information on the work of the Select Committee and its publications: www.parliament.uk/parliamentary_committees/parliamentary_committees16.cfm

For further information on Select Committees see HCIO Factsheet P2 produced by the House of Commons Information Office, available in hardcopy on request or to download from the Parliament website.

Membership:

None


Select Committee Meetings
1 - 5 June 2009

Monday 1 June

Foreign Affairs
Subject: Global Security: Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories
Witnesses: Rt Hon Tony Blair, Representative of the Middle East Quartet

11:00am The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Children, Schools and Families
Subject: Training of Children and Families Social Workers
Witnesses: Hilary Tompsett, Chair, Joint Universities Council Social Work Education Committee; Jane Haywood, Chief Executive, Children's Workforce Development Council, and Rosie Varley OBE, Chair, and Mike Wardle, Chief Executive, General Social Care Council

3:45pm The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: (i) Ofwat's Price Review 2009 (ii) Draft Flood and Water Management Bill
Witnesses: (i) Consumer Council for Water (ii) National Flood Forum (Draft Flood & Water Management Bill inquiry only).

4:30pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Communities and Local Government
Subject: Housing and the credit crunch
Witnesses: Council of Mortgage Lenders: Michael Coogan, Director General National Housing Federation: David Orr, Chief Executive Home Builders Federation: John Stewart, Director of Economic Affairs Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association: John Heron, Deputy Chairman, IMLA Communities and Local Government: Rt Hon Margaret Beckett MP, Minister for Housing; Richard McCarthy, Director General, Housing and Planning Homes Communities Agency Sir Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive, Tenant Services Authority: Peter Marsh, Chief Executive.

4:30pm The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts
Subject: The Maritime and Coastguard Agency's Response to the growth of the UK merchant fleet
Witnesses: Mr Peter Cardy, Chief Executive, Sue Ketteridge, Director of Finance and Governance, and Mr Paul Coley, Assistant Director Seafarers and Ships, Maritime and Coastguard Agency, Department for Transport.
4:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster


Tuesday 2 June

Environmental Audit
Subject: The role of carbon markets in preventing dangerous climate change
Witnesses: Mike O'Brien MP, Minister of State, David Capper, Head of EU Emissions Trading System, National Carbon Markets, Jill Duggan, Head of International Emissions Trading, International Climate Change, and Chris Dodwell, Head of Policy, International Climate Change, Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC).

10:20am Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Business and Enterprise
Subject: Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme
Witnesses: Federation of Small Businesses, Forum of Private Business, CBI; Barclays, Lloyds TSB, Royal Bank of Scotland.

10:30am Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster
International Development
Subject: Urbanisation & Poverty
Witnesses: IIED, One World Action, Consortium for Street Children; Development Planning Unit, UCL.

10:30am Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Defence
Subject: Helicopter capability
Witnesses: Rear Admiral Simon Charlier, Chief of Staff, Carrier-Strike and Aviation, Rear Admiral Tony Johnstone-Burt, Commander, Joint Helicopter Command, Brigadier Kevin Abraham, Head of Joint Capability; Quentin Davies MP, Minister for Defence Equipment and Support, Adrian Baguley, Head of Helicopters 2, Commodore Russ Harding, Director of Equipment Capability (Air & Littoral Manoeuvre, Ministry of Defence).

10:30am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Culture, Media and Sport
Subject: Press standards, privacy and libel
Witnesses: Mark Stephens, Partner, IP & Media, Finers Stephens Innocent LLP, Ms Charmian Gooch, Director, Global Witness; Barbara Follett MP, Minister for Culture, Creative Industries and Tourism, Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

10:30am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Welsh Affairs
Subject: Ports in Wales
Witnesses: Dr Anthony Beresford, Cardiff Business School and Calum Couper, Port of Cardiff and Chair Wales Freight Group.

11:00am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Joint Committee on Human Rights
Subject: Policing and Protest
Witnesses: Mr Vernon Coaker MP, Minister of State for Policing, Crime and Security and Mr Christian Papalentiou, Head of Public Order Unit, Home Office.

2:30pm Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Joint Committee on Draft Bribery Bill
Subject: Draft Bribery Bill
Witnesses: Rt Hon Lord Robertson of Port Ellen; Gary Campkin, Confederation of British Industries, Andrew Berkley, International Chamber of Commerce, Rosina Robson, Federation of Small Businesses; and Derek Marshall, Society of British Aerospace Companies, Brinley Salzman, Defence Manufacturers Association, James Maton, UK Anti-Corruption Forum.
3:45pm The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House


Wednesday 3 June

European Scrutiny
Subject: Commission Communication: Driving European recovery
Witnesses: Lord Myners, Financial Services Secretary to the Treasury.

9:30am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Health
Subject: Patient Safety: the lessons of Mid-Staffordshire
Witnesses: Ben Bradshaw MP, Minister of State, Department of Health; Witnesses to be confirmed but will include representatives of the Mid-Staffs Foundation Trust and the Royal College of Nursing.

9:30am

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Treasury Sub Committee
Subject: Evaluating the Efficiency Programme
Witnesses: Andrew Hudson, Managing Director, Public Services and Growth, HM Treasury, Louise Tulett, Finance Director, Treasury Group, and Nigel Smith, Chief Executive, Office of Government Commerce; Lesley Strathie, Chief Executive, Simon Bowles, Chief Finance Officer, and John Keelty, Director Departmental Transformation Programme, HM Revenue & Customs.

2:30pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Joint Committee on Draft Bribery Bill
Subject: Draft Bribery Bill
Witnesses: British Aerospace Systems, Thales Group, Lockheed Martin; and Jeremy Cole, Lovells, Louise Delahunty, Simmons & Simmons, Monty Raphael, Peters and Peters.

3:00pm The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: (i) Ofwat's Price Review 2009 (ii) Draft Flood and Water Management Bill
Witnesses: Environment Agency Professor Martin Cave, Independent Review of Competition and Innovation in Water Markets.
3:00pm The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Public Accounts
Subject: Assessment of the Capability Reviews Programme
Witnesses: Sir Gus O Donnell KCB, Cabinet Secretary and Head of the Home Civil Service, and Brian Etheridge, Director, Civil Service Performance and Review, Cabinet Office

3:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Joint Committee on Human Rights
Subject: Business and Human Rights
Witnesses: Professor John Ruggie, UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights
4:30pm Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster


Thursday 4 June

None


Friday 5 June

North West Regional Committee
Subject: Industry and innovation in the North East
Witnesses: Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce, CBI, TUC and bank representatives

12:15pm Whickham Room, Gateshead Council


Forthcoming Select Committee Meetings
8 - 12 June 2009

Monday 8 June

East Midlands Regional Committee
Subject: East Midlands Development Agency; Regional Economic Strategy
Witnesses: East Midlands Universities Association; East Midlands Environment Link, Natural England, and the Environment Agency (at 11.15 am).

10:15am

Tupton Village Hall, Tupton, Derbyshire

West Midlands Regional Committee
Subject: The impact of the current economic and financial situation on businesses in the West Midlands Region
Witnesses: British Ceramic Confederation; Unite the Union (at 11.15 am); Local Government Association, Staffordshire County Council, North Staffordshire Regeneration Partnership, and Stoke City Council (at 12.00 noon).

10:30am Evolution Boardroom, Staffordshire University, Stoke
South West Regional
Subject: Impact of the current economic situation on the South West and the Government's response
Witnesses: Federation of Small Businesses and CBI South West; Citizens' Advice Bureau, Advice UK, Shelter, and National Housing Federation (at 11.35 am); Unite, and Learning Skills Council (at 12.25 pm).

10:45am Swindon Railway Museum, Swindon
Speaker's Conference
Subject: Speaker's Conference (on Parliamentary Representation)
Witnesses: Lorraine Barrett AM, Commissioner for the Sustainable Assembly, and Claire Clancy, Chief Executive, National Assembly for Wales; National Federation of Women's Institutes, MENCAP Cymru Partners in Politics, All Wales Ethnic Minority Organisation, and Stonewall Wales (at 3.00 pm).

2:00pm Committee Room 3, Senedd Building, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff
Children, Schools and Families
Subject: (i) Teacher Training and (ii) Social Mobility
Witnesses: (i) Toni Fazaeli, Chief Executive, Institute for Learning, David Hunter, Chief Executive, Lifelong Learning UK, Stella Mbubaegbu CBE, Association of Colleges, and Dr Michael Thrower, General Secretary, Principals' Professional Council (ii) Rt Hon Alan Milburn MP, Chair, Panel on Fair Access to the Professions, and James Turner, Policy Director, and Lee Elliot Major, Director of Research, Sutton Trust (at 4.45 pm).

3:45pm Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills
Subject: Office for Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research (OSCHR)
Witnesses: Professor Sir John Bell, Chair, and Sir Alex Markham, Chair, Translational Medicines Board, Office for Strategic Coordination of Health Research.

4:15pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Communities and Local Government
Subject: Supporting People
Witnesses: Audit Commission; Sitra, and the National Housing Federation

(at 4.55 pm); Unison, and the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (at 5.30 pm).

4:20pm The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: (i) Ofwat's Price Review 2009 (ii) Draft Flood and Water Management Bill
Witnesses: Severn Trent Water, Thames Water, and Yorkshire Water.

4:30pm The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts
Subject: Financial Management in the Home Office
Witnesses: Sir David Normington KCB, Permanent Secretary, and Helen Kilpatrick, Director General, Financial and Commercial, Home Office.

4:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster


Tuesday 9 June

Treasury*
Subject: Banking Crisis: International Dimensions
Witnesses: Bretton Woods Project.

9:45am

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Environmental Audit
Subject: Carbon Budgets
Witnesses: Professor Sir Brian Hoskins, CBE, FRS, member, and David Kennedy, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change; Aubrey Meyer, Co-founder, and Terry O'Connell, Director of Corporate Relations, Global Commons Institute (at 11.40 am).

10:20am Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Defence
Subject: The Comprehensive Approach
Witnesses: Professor Malcolm Chalmers, RUSI, Professor Theo Farrell, King's College and Brigadier (retired) Ed Butler, C for C Ltd.

10:30am The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Home Affairs*
Subject: The Cocaine Trade
Witnesses: Drugscope; Professor John Strang, Director, National Addiction Centre (at 11.00 am).

10:30am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Welsh Affairs
Subject: Ports in Wales
Witnesses: Giovanni Mendola, Directorate-General for Energy and Transport, European Commission, Maritime Transport, and Ports Policy Unit; Road Haulage Association, Rail Freight Group, and Freight Transport Association (at 11.15 am).

10:30am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Joint Committee on Human Rights*
Subject: Business and Human Rights
Witnesses: Amnesty International, Action Aid, CORE Coalition, and Sapna Malik, Leigh Day Solicitors; Trades Union Congress, and Institute of Employment Rights (at 2.45 pm).

1:45pm Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Justice
Subject: The role of the Prison Officer
Witnesses: Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Minister of State, Phil Wheatley CB, Director General, and Stacey Tasker, Head of Training, National Offender Management Service, Ministry of Justice.

4:15pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House


Wednesday 10 June

Work and Pensions
Subject: Health and Safety Executive
Witnesses: Judith Hackitt, Chair, and Geoffrey Podger, Chief Executive, of the Health and Safety Executive.

9:30am

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Children, Schools and Families
Subject: Training of Children and Families Social Workers
Witnesses: Liz Davies, London Metropolitan University, Dr Eileen Munro, London School of Economics, and Professor Michael Preston-Shoot, University of Bedfordshire; Association of Directors of Children's Services, and Cafcass

(at 10.30 am).

9:30am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Energy and Climate Change
Subject: Low carbon technologies in a green economy
Witnesses: Andrew Simms, Policy Director and Head of the Climate Change Programme, New Economics Foundation; Douglas Parr, Chief Scientific Adviser and Policy Director, Greenpeace (at 10.30 am).

9:45am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Business and Enterprise
Subject: Automotive Assistance Program
Witnesses: Unite the Union; Ian Pearson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (at 2.30 pm).
2:00pm The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Scottish Affairs
Subject: Dunfermline Building Society
Witnesses: Graeme Dalziel, former Chief Executive, Jim Faulds, former Chairman, and Jim Willens, former Chief Executive, Dunfermline Building Society; Liz Kelly, Group Counsel, Tony Prestedge, Group Development Director, and Alison Robb, Divisional Director, Group Strategy & Planning, Nationwide Building Society (at 3.15 pm).

2:15pm Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Treasury Sub Committee
Subject: Evaluating the Efficiency Programme
Witnesses: Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Financial Secretary, and Angela Eagle MP, Exchequer Secretary, HM Treasury.

2:30pm Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: (i) Ofwat's Price Review 2009 (ii) Draft Flood and Water Management Bill
Witnesses: Ofwat.

3:00pm The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Foreign Affairs
Subject: Human Rights
Witnesses: To be confirmed.

3:30pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts
Subject: Road Safety
Witnesses: Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary, and Mike Fawcett, Head of Road User Safety, Department for Transport.

3:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Joint Committee on Draft Bribery Bill
Subject: Draft Bribery Bill
Witnesses: Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, Richard Alderman, Director, Serious Fraud Office, and Detective Chief Superintendent Steve Head, Association of Chief Police Officers; Malcolm Jack, Clerk of the House of Commons, and Michael Pownall, Clerk of the Parliaments (at 5.00 pm).

3:45pm The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House


Thursday 11 June

Welsh Affairs
Subject: Proposed Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Environment) Order 2009
Witnesses: Keep Wales Tidy; Welsh Local Government Association, and Environment Agency Wales (at 10.15 am).

9:45am

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Joint Committee on Draft Bribery Bill
Subject: Draft Bribery Bill
Witnesses: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; Transparency International UK, and the Corner House (at 11.30 am).

10:45am Committee Room 4a, Palace of Westminster


Friday 12 June

None

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice]

All public select committee meetings are webcast
Select committees marked with * will be taken by BBC Parliament
Recorded information about forthcoming select and standing committee meetings over the next two sitting days is available on:[Tel 020 7219 2033]. Please note: The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded, and the place altered without notice and Committees which sit at short notice may not be included in this list.

 
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