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Weekly Information Bulletin: 14th November 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:

Links to Select Committee home pages containing information on the work of the Select Committee and its publications:

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 announcements and changes:

Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

David Simpson discharged; Mr Nigel Dodds added

Joint Committee on Tax Law Rewrite Bills

Mr Kenneth Clarke discharged; Mr David Gauke added

Transport Committee

Sammy Wilson discharged; Mr Jeffery M. Donaldson added

West Midlands Regional Select Committee

Mr David Kidney; Mrs Janet Dean

South West Regional Select Committee

Linda Gilroy discharged; Roger Berry

Select Committee Meetings
9 - 13 November 2009

Monday 9 November

Children, Schools and Families
Subject: Sure Start Children's Centres
Witnesses: Naomi Eisenstadt, former Head of Sure Start Unit, Department for Children, Schools and Families (Witness will be giving evidence via video link).

Committee on Issue of Privilege (Police Searches on Parliamentary Estate)
Witnesses: Dr Malcolm Jack, Clerk of the House, Jacqy Sharpe, Clerk of Committees, Michael Carpenter, Speaker's Counsel, and Veronica Daly, Assistant Speaker's Counsel.

Science and Technology Sub-Committee
Subject: Evidence Check: Literacy Interventions
Witnesses: Diana R Johnson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and Carole Willis, Director of Research and Analysis, Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Work and Pensions
Subject: Decision-making and appeals in the benefits system
Witnesses: Judge Robert Martin, President of the First Tier; Jonathan Shaw MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department of Work and Pensions, and Kevin Saddler, Chief Executive, Tribunal Service.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: Dairy Farmers of Britain
Witnesses: Milk Link; Stephen Yates, former Chairman of the Dairy Farmers of Britain Members Council.

Public Accounts
Subject: Promoting participation with the Historic Environment
Witnesses: Jonathan Stephens, Permanent Secretary, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Dr Simon Thurley, Chief Executive, English Heritage.

Communities and Local Government
Subject: Beyond Decent Homes
Witnesses: Southwark Borough Council, and Birmingham City Council; Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Homes, Sandwell Borough Council, and Sandwell Homes; National Housing Federation, Circle Anglia, and Hanover.

Tuesday 10 November

Communities and Local Government
Subject: Beyond Decent Homes
Witnesses: Care and Repair, Aged Concern/Help the Aged, and Foundations; National Energy Action, Sustainable Development Commission, and Sustainable Housing Partnership.

Subject: Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09
Witnesses: Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB, Permanent Secretary, and Jon Thomson, Director General Finance, Ministry of Defence.

Home Affairs
Subject: (i) The Home Office's Response to Terrorist Attacks (ii) The Cocaine Trade
Witnesses: Assistant Commissioner John Yates, Metropolitan Police Service; Keir Starmer QC, Director of Public Prosecutions, and Sir Ken Macdonald QC; HE Mauricio Rodriguez-Munera, Ambassador of Colombia.

Culture, Media and Sport
Subject: The Future of Local and Regional Media
Witnesses: Rob Woodward, Chief Executive, and Bobby Hain, Director, Broadcast Services and Regulatory Affairs, STV.

Welsh Affairs
Subject: The National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing) Order 2009
Witnesses: Ann Jones AM; Jane Davidson AM, Minister for the Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Welsh Assembly Government; Wayne David MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office.

Public Administration
Subject: Ministerial and other appointments from outside Parliament
Witnesses: Rt Hon Sir John Major KG CH ACIB.

Joint Committee on Human Rights
Subject: The work of the Equality and Human Rights Commission
Witnesses: Trevor Phillips OBE, Chair, Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Committee
Subject: The Work of Yorkshire Forward
Witnesses: Local Government, Yorkshire and Humber; Learning and Skills Council Yorkshire and Humber, and Yorkshire Universities.

Defence (Postponed)
Subject: The Green Paper and readiness and recuperation of the Armed Forces
Witnesses: Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, Secretary of State for Defence.

Subject: Justice issues in Europe
Witnesses: Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex.

Home Affairs
Subject: Role of the Home Secretary in relation to the UK-US Extradition Treaty
Witnesses: Rt Hon Alan Johnson MP, Secretary of State for the Home Office.

Wednesday 11 November

Energy and Climate Change
Subject: Low Carbon Technologies in a Green Economy
Witnesses: Sustainable Development Commission; British Electrotechnical and Allied Manufacturers Association, and Energy Services and Technology Association.

Public Accounts
Subject: Train to Gain: Developing the Skills of the Workforce
Witnesses: Simon Fraser, Interim Permanent Secretary, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and Geoff Russell, Acting Chief Executive, Learning and Skills Council.

Subject: Priorities for investment in the railways
Witnesses: Eurostar, Deutsche Bahn and Greengauge21; Association of Train Operating Companies, Virgin Group, and National Express; Network Rail.

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: Defra's Departmental Annual Report 2009
Witnesses: Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Permanent Secretary, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Treasury Sub Committee
Subject: Administration and expenditure of the Chancellor's departments, 2008-09
Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Macpherson KCB, Permanent Secretary, and Louise Tullett, Group Director, Finance, Procurement and Operations, HM Treasury.

Northern Ireland Affairs
Subject: Omagh: a decade after the bomb
Witnesses: Norman Baxter, former Head of Serious Crime Branch, and David McWilliams, former Detective Chief Inspector, Police Service for Northern Ireland.

Foreign Affairs
Subject: Global Security: UK/US Relations
Witnesses: Dr Robin Niblett, Director, Chatham House, Dr Dana Allin, Senior Fellow, International Institute for Strategic Studies, and Dr David Dunn, Reader in International Politics, University of Birmingham; Lord Wallace of Saltaire, and Professor Chalmers, Royal United Service Institute.

Thursday 12 November

Subject: Social Care
Witnesses: Baroness Young of Old Scone, Chair, Care Quality Commission, and UNISON; General Social Care Council, and Skills for Care.


The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Friday 13 November


Forthcoming Select Committee Meetings
16 - 20 November 2009

Monday 16 November


Tuesday 17 November


Wednesday 18 November

Northern Ireland Affairs
Subject: Television Broadcasting in Northern Ireland
Witnesses: Richard Williams, Chief Executive, and Rick Hill, Chairman, Northern Ireland Screen.


The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Thursday 19 November

Subject: Social Care
Witnesses: National Care Association, English Community Care Association, and UK Homecare Association; Partnership Life Assurance Company Ltd, and William Laing (at 11.15am).


The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Public Administration*
Subject: Official Statistics: 2011 Census Questions
Witnesses: Demographics User Group, Equality and Human Rights Commission, and Professor Philip Rees; Jil Matheson, National Statistician, and Glen Watson, Census Director, Office for National Statistics (at 11.00am).

10:00am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Friday 20 November


[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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