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Weekly Information Bulletin: 27th 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
22 - 26 June 2009

Monday 22 June

None


Tuesday 23 June

Treasury
Subject: Banking Crisis: Public Regulation
Witnesses: Professor Alan Morrison, Oxford University, Dr Andrew Lilico, Europe Economics and Dr Kern Alexander, University of Cambridge; Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, Chairman, Financial Services Authority.

Speaker's Conference
Subject: Speaker's Conference (on Parliamentary Representation)
Witnesses: Leonard Cheshire Disability and Scope; RNID and British Stammering Association; Labour Party Disabled Members Group; Baroness Campbell of Surbiton DBE.

Environmental Audit
Subject: Carbon Budgets
Witnesses: Professor Kevin Anderson, Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research; Professor John Mitchell OBE, Director of Climate Science and Dr Jason Lowe, Head of Mitigation Advice, Met Office.

International Development
Subject: Urbanisation & Poverty
Witnesses: GPA Consultants and UK Local Government Alliance for International Development; International Institute for Environment and Development and Homeless International.

Welsh Affairs
Subject: Ports in Wales
Witnesses: British Ports Association, Milford Haven Port Authority, and Associated British Ports; Swansea County Council and Pembrokeshire County Council.

Home Affairs
Subject: (i) The work of the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (ii) The Cocaine Trade
Witnesses: (i) Serious and Organised Crime Agency (ii) Independent Drug Monitoring Unit; Release.

Justice
Subject: Constitutional Reform and Renewal
Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor (Postponed).


Wednesday 24 June

Work and Pensions
Subject: Fuel Poverty
Witnesses: David Kidney MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Energy and Climate Change and Helen Goodman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions.

Children, Schools and Families
Subject: Training of Children and Families Social Workers
Witnesses: Sue Berelowitz, Deputy Children's Commissioner for England and Chief Executive, 11 Million, Cathy Ashley, Chief Executive, Family Rights Group, Enid Hendry, Director of Training, Consultancy and Safeguarding Information Services, NSPCC, and James Brown, Managing Director, Social Work 2000; Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Treasury
Subject: (i) May 2009 Inflation Report (ii) Banking Crisis: Regulation and Supervision
Witnesses: (i) Mervyn King, Governor, Charlie Bean, Deputy Governor, Paul Fisher, Executive Director Markets, and Dr Andrew Sentence and Kate Barker, External Members of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England (ii) Mervyn King, Governor, Andy Haldane, Executive Director Financial Stability, and Andrew Bailey, Executive Director Banking and Chief Cashier, Bank of England.

Transport
Subject: Major Road Network
Witnesses: RAC Foundation, Automobile Association, and Road Users Alliance; Road Haulage Association, British Chambers of Commerce, and Advantage West Midlands.

Northern Ireland Affairs
Subject: Consultative Group on the Past
Witnesses: Rt. Hon Shaun Woodward, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.

Joint Committee on Human Rights
Subject: Equality Bill
Witnesses: Vera Baird QC MP, Solicitor General, and Maria Eagle MP, Minister of State, Government Equalities Office.

Public Accounts
Subject: Tackling Healthcare Associated Infections in Hospitals
Witnesses: David Nicholson CBE, Chief Executive, NHS, Dame Christine Beasley DBE, Chief Nursing Officer for England, Professor Brian Duerden CBE, Inspector of Microbiology and Infection Control, Department of Health, and Professor Hilary Scholefield, Chief Nurse, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.


Thursday 25 June

Joint Committee on Draft Bribery Bill
Subject: Draft Bribery Bill
Witnesses: Rt Hon Baroness Scotland of Asthal QC, Attorney General.

Welsh Affairs
Subject: Proposed Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Environment) Order 2009
Witnesses: Wayne David MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office.

Public Administration
Subject: Official Statistics: 2011 Census
Witnesses: Dame Karen Dunnell, National Statistician and Chief Executive, Glen Watson, Census Director, Office for National Statistics, and Graham Emmons, Census 2011 Programme Director, Lockheed Martin UK.


Friday 26 June

None


Forthcoming Select Committee Meetings
29 June - 3 July 2009

Monday 29 June

South East Regional
Subject: The South East England Development Agency and the Regional Economic Strategy
Witnesses: South East Chamber of Commerce, Hastings Borough Council, Homes and Communities Agency, and Environment Agency

10:45am Brighthelm Centre, Brighton
Communities and Local Government
Subject: Supporting People
Witnesses: Hampshire Supporting People County Core Group, Westminster City Council, Stoke-on-Trent Supporting People, Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council, Cambridgeshire Supporting People team and Bath and North East Somerset Supporting People

4:20pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts *
Subject: Oversight of the Post Office Network Change Programme
Witnesses: Mr Simon Fraser, Permanent Secretary, Joanna Shanmugalingam, Director, Post Office Policy, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr Ed Mayo, Chief Executive, Consumer Focus, and Mr Alan Cook CBE, Managing Director, Post Office Ltd

4:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
West Midlands Regional Committee
Subject: The impact of the current economic and financial situation on businesses in the West Midlands Region
Witnesses: Ian Austin MP, Minister for the West Midlands, Advantage West Midlands, and Government Office for the West Midlands

4:30pm Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster
East Midlands Regional Committee
Subject: East Midlands Development Agency; Regional Economic Strategy
Witnesses: Phil Hope MP, Minister for the East Midlands, Tom Levitt MP, Deputy Regional Minister for the East Midlands, and Jonathan Lindley, Regional Director, Government Office for the East Midlands

7:15pm Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster


Tuesday 30 June

Treasury *
Subject: Mortgage arrears and access to mortgage finance
Witnesses: Which?, Citizens Advice, and Shelter; British Bankers' Association, Council of Mortgage Lenders, Building Societies Association, National Landlords Association, and Intermediary Mortgage Lenders Association (at 11:00am)

9:45am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Speaker's Conference
Subject: Speaker's Conference (on Parliamentary Representation)
Witnesses: Stonewall and the Centre for Women and Democracy

10:15am The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
Environmental Audit
Subject: Green jobs and skills
Witnesses: Sustainable Development Commission; Trades Union Congress (TUC)
(at 10:50am); Martin Baxter, Acting Chief Executive, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA) (at 11:40am)
10:20am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

International Development
Subject: DFID's Programme in Nigeria
Witnesses: Sam Unom, independent consultant, Dr Raufu Mustapha, Oxford Department of International Development, and Michael Peel, Financial Times

10:30am Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Welsh Affairs
Subject: Ports in Wales
Witnesses: Anglesey County Council, Cruise Wales; Liverpool City Council, Fred Olsen Cruises (at 11:00am); Irish Ferries and Stena Line (at 11:30am)

10:30am Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Business and Enterprise
Subject: The work of the Department in the current crisis
Witnesses: Universities UK; TUC (at 11:00am); CBI (at 11:30am)

10:30am The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Home Affairs
Subject: The e-Borders Programme
Witnesses: Chamber of Shipping; Dover Harbour (at 10:50am); TUI Travel PLC
(at 11:10am); Eurostar (at 11:30am)

10:30am Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Defence
Subject: The Comprehensive Approach
Witnesses: Lt Gen Sir John McColl KCB DSO CBE, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, Martin Howard CB, Assistant Secretary General (Operations), and Nick Williams, Deputy to Senior Civilian Representative (Kabul), NATO, and Robert Cooper CMG MVO, Director General for External Affairs, Council Secretariat of the European Union; Daniel Korski, European Council on Foreign Relations, Howard Mollett, Care International UK, and Stephen Grey, Sunday Times (at 11:15am)

10:30am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Joint Committee on Human Rights
Subject: Business and Human Rights
Witnesses: CBI; BP, Associated British Foods, Tesco, and Rio Tinto (at 2:30pm)

1:45pm Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Justice *
Subject: (i) Sentencing Guidelines: Principles of sentencing for youths (ii) Constitutional Reform and Renewal
Witnesses: (i) John Drew, Chief Executive, and Brendan Finegan, Director of Strategy, Youth Justice Board (ii) Dr Malcolm Jack, Clerk and Chief Executive, Andrew Kennon, Clerk of Journals, and Michael Carpenter, Speaker's Counsel, House of Commons
4:15pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House


Wednesday 1 July

Energy and Climate Change
Subject: Low carbon technologies in a green economy
Witnesses: Danny Stevens, Policy Director, Adrian Wilkes, Chief Executive, Environmental Industries Commission; Dr Gordon Edge, Director of Economics and Markets, British Wind Energy Association, and Philip Wolfe, Non-Executive Director, Martin Wright, Chief Executive, Renewable Energy Association
(at 10:15am)

9:15am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Children, Schools and Families
Subject: Academies
Witnesses: Lucy Heller, Managing Director, ARK Schools, Fiona Millar, journalist, Dr Daniel Moynihan, Chief Executive, Harris Federation of South London Schools, Alasdair Smith, National Secretary, Anti-Academies Alliance, and Nick Weller, committee member, Independent Academies Association

9:30am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Joint Committee on Human Rights
Subject: UK legislation relating to genocide and torture
Witnesses: Redress; Claire Ward MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice (at 2:15pm)

1:45pm Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

Treasury *
Subject: Banking Crisis: regulation and supervision
Witnesses: Lord Myners CBE, Financial Services Secretary, HM Treasury

2:30pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
International Development
Subject: Urbanisation & Poverty
Witnesses: Gareth Thomas MP, Minister of State, Department for International Development

2:30pm Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Transport
Subject: Future of aviation
Witnesses: Virgin Atlantic Airways, easyJet, Board of Airline Representatives in the UK, and Association of Independent Tour Operators; BAA Ltd, Airport Operators Association, Peel Airports Group, and TAG Farnborough Airport (at 3:45pm)

2:45pm The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Northern Ireland Affairs
Subject: A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland
Witnesses: Lady Trimble, Commissioner, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

3:00pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
European Scrutiny *
Subject: Ship-source pollution Directive and first reading agreements
Witnesses: Lord Bach, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice
3:30pm Committee Room 19, Palace of Westminster


Thursday 2 July

Treasury
Subject: Appointment of Professor David Miles to the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England
Witnesses: Professor David Miles, External Member of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England

9:30am The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Welsh Affairs
Subject: Proposed Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Environment) Order 2009
Witnesses: Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Welsh Assembly Government

9:45am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Health
Subject: Alcohol
Witnesses: Guy Parker, Chief Executive, Advertising Standards Authority, and Kate Stross, Director, Content and Standards, Ofcom; Derek Lewis, Chairman, The Drinkaware Trust, and David Poley, Chief Executive, Portman Group (at 10.50 a.m.); Sonya Branch, Senior Director, Markets and Projects - Goods, Office of Fair Trading, Professor David Foxcroft, Chair in Healthcare, Oxford Brookes University, and Alan Downey, UK Head of Healthcare, KPMG (at 11:40am)

10:00am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Public Administration
Subject: Lobbying - Six Months On
Witnesses: Alliance for Lobbying Transparency, Unlock Democracy and Friends of the Earth; Public Affairs Council Working Party, Public Relations Consultants Association, Chartered Institute of Public Relations Government Affairs Group and Association of Professional Political Consultants (at 10:30am)

10:00am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
European Scrutiny
Subject: EU Accession: Bulgaria, Romania and Croatia
Witnesses: RT Hon David Millband MP, Foreign Secretary

10:30am Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Welsh Affairs
Subject: Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Health and Health Services and Social Welfare) Order 2009
Witnesses: Jonathan Morgan AM, National Assembly for Wales

11:15am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster


Friday 3 July

North East Regional
Subject: Industry and Innovation in the North East of England
Witnesses: New and Renewable Energy Centre, Centre for Process Innovation, and Learning and Skills Council North East; One North East (at 10:40am)
9:30am Durham County Council

All public select committee meetings are webcast. Select committees marked with * will be taken by BBC Parliament.
Please note: The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded, and the place altered without notice. Committees which sit at short notice may not be included in this list.

 
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