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Weekly Information Bulletin: 21st 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:


Select Committee Meetings
18 - 20 November 2009

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.


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.

10:00am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Friday 20 November


Forthcoming Select Committee Meetings
23 - 27 November 2009

Monday 23 November

Welsh Affairs
Subject: Cross-border provision of public services for Wales: transport; follow-up
Witnesses: Arriva, and First Great Western; Regional transport consortia

(at 12.00 noon).


The Senedd, National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff Bay

Communities and Local Government
Subject: Beyond Decent Homes
Witnesses: Alison Inman, Chair, and Gwyneth Taylor, Policy Director, National Federation of Arms Length Management Organisations, and Paul Tanney, Chief Executive, East Durham ALMO; Richard Jones, Secretary, Residential Landlords Association (at 3.10pm).

2:30pm Council Chambers, Stockport Town Hall
Committee on Issue of Privilege (Police Searches on Parliamentary Estate)*
Witnesses: Deputy Assistant Commissioner John McDowall MBE, National Co-ordinator of Terrorist Investigations, and Chief Superintendent Ed Bateman, Head of Parliamentary Security, Metropolitan Police Service; Robert Quick QPM (at 4.50pm); Denis O'Connor CBE QPM, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary, Sir Ian Johnston CBE QPM DL, and Assistant Commissioner John Yates QPM, Metropolitan Police Service (5.20pm).

4:15pm The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts*
Subject: Services for people with rheumatoid arthritis
Witnesses: David Nicholson CBE, Chief Executive, NHS, Dr Alan Nye, General Practitioner and Clinical Advisor Elective Care, Gary Belfield, Acting Director General (Commissioning and System Management), and Professor David Colin-Thomé, National Director for Primary Care, Department of Health.

4:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

Tuesday 24 November

Business, Innovation and Skills
Subject: Broadband Speed
Witnesses: Ed Richards, Chief Executive, Ofcom; Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (at 10.30.m).


Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Subject: Bank of England November Inflation Report
Witnesses: Mervyn King, Governor, Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor, Paul Fisher, Executive Director, Markets, and Dr Adam Posen and Dr Andrew Sentance, External Members of the Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England.

9:45am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
International Development
Subject: DFID Annual Report 2009/DFID White Paper 2009
Witnesses: Nemat (Minouche) Shafik, Permanent Secretary, Department for International Development.

10:30am Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster
Subject: (i) Ministry of Defence Annual Report and Accounts 2008-09 (ii) The Green Paper and readiness and recuperation of the Armed Forces
Witnesses: Rt Hon Bob Ainsworth MP, Secretary of State for Defence, Rear Admiral Alan Richards, Assistant Chief of Defence Staff (Strategy & Plans) and Jon Thompson, Director General Finance, Ministry of Defence.

10:30am Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Culture, Media and Sport*
Subject: The Future of Local and Regional Media
Witnesses: John Fingleton, Chief Executive, and Alastair Mordaunt, Director of Mergers, Office of Fair Trading, and Ed Richards, Chief Executive, and Stuart Purvis, Content and Standards Partner, Ofcom; Mark Byford, Deputy Director-General, BBC, and Helen Boaden, Director, BBC News (at 11.30am).
10:30am The Grimond Room, Portcullis House
Welsh Affairs
Subject: The Proposed National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Local Government) Order 2009
Witnesses: Dr Brian Gibbons AM, Minister for Social Justice and Local Government, Welsh Assembly Government; Wayne David MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Wales Office (at 11.15am).

10:30am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Home Affairs
Subject: (i) New Identity Commissioner (ii) Police Service Strength
Witnesses: (i) Sir Joseph Pilling KCB, Identity Commissioner (ii) Deputy Commissioner Tim Godwin QPM, Metropolitan Police Service, and Chief Constable Gillian Parker QPM, Bedfordshire Police (at 11.00am); Dr Moira Hamlin, Chair, Avon and Somerset Police Authority, Simon Humberstone, Executive, IBM Global Business Services and Director, Southwest One Board, and Chief Constable Colin Port, Avon and Somerset Police (at 11.30am); Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Minister for Policing, Crime and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office (at 12 noon).

10:30am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Subject: The Work of the Ministry of Justice
Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Justice and Lord Chancellor.

4:15pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Yorkshire and the Humber Regional Committee
Subject: The Work of Yorkshire Forward
Witnesses: Tom Riordan, Chief Executive, Yorkshire Forward; Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP, Minister for Yorkshire and the Humber (at 5.15pm).

4:15pm Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Wednesday 25 November

Science and Technology Sub-Committee*
Subject: Evidence check: Homeopathy
Witnesses: Professor Jayne Lawrence, Chief Scientific Adviser, Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, Robert Wilson, Chairman, British Association of Homeopathic Manufacturers, Paul Bennett, Professional Standards Director, Boots, Tracey Brown, Managing Director, Sense About Science, and Dr Ben Goldacre, The Guardian; Dr Peter Fisher, Director of Research, Royal London Homeopathic Hospital, Professor Edzard Ernst, Director, Complementary Medicine Group, Peninsula Medical School, Dr James Thallon, Medical Director, NHS West Kent, and Dr Robert Mathie, Research Development Adviser, British Homeopathic Association (at 10.30am).


The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Scottish Affairs
Subject: Banking in Scotland
Witnesses: Federation of Small Businesses and Law Society of Scotland; Citizens Advice Scotland (at 3.30pm).

2:30pm Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Subject: Financial Services Authority Annual Report 2008-09
Witnesses: Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, Chairman, and Hector Sants, Chief Executive, Financial Services Authority.

2:30pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Subject: Priorities for investment in the railways
Witnesses: Rail Freight Group, DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd, and Freight Transport Association; Chris Mole MP, Parliamentary¦-Under Secretary of State, Department for Transport (at 3.15pm).

2:45pm Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: Pre-Appointment Hearing: Chair of Natural England
Witnesses: Poul Christensen CBE, Government's preferred candidate.

3:00pm The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts
Subject: Young people's sexual health: the National Chlamydia Screening Programme
Witnesses: Sir Hugh Taylor CB, Permanent Secretary, Dr David R Harper CBE, Director of Commissioning and System Management, and Dr Ruth Hussey OBE, Regional Director of Public Health/Senior Medical Director for NHS North West and DH North West, Department of Health, and Justin McCracken, Chief Executive, Health Protection Agency.

3:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
International Development
Subject: DFID Annual Report 2009/DFID White Paper 2009
Witnesses: Rt Hon Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for International Development.

3:30pm Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Thursday 26 November

Public Administration
Subject: Pre-appointment Hearing: Chair of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments
Witnesses: Rt Hon Lord Lang of Monkton DL.


The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Subject: Social Care
Witnesses: Age Concern and Help the Aged, Counsel and Care, and Alzheimer's Society; Mencap, Mind, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Carers UK (at 11.15am).

10:00am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Friday 27 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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