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House of Commons
Session 2009 - 10
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Weekly Information Bulletin
Weekly Information Bulletin: 19th December 2009

White Papers and Green Papers
received since last Bulletin

WHITE PAPERS are issued by the Government as statements of policy, and often set out proposals for legislative changes, which may be debated before a Bill is introduced. Some White Papers may invite comments.

GREEN PAPERS set out for discussion, proposals which are still at a formative stage.

Not all discussion papers are published and put on general release: some are sent only to a predetermined list of consultees. This is a matter solely for the Department concerned.

Papers to which an ISBN and price are appended are normally available through The Stationery Office. For others, application should be made to the department concerned. External links provided in this section are correct as at the time of going to press, however they are not updated after that date.

White Papers

Work and Pensions Building Britain's Recovery: Achieving Full Employment
Cm 7751, ISBN: 010 1775120. £26.60

Green Papers

Work and Pensions Supporting People into work: the next stage of Housing Benefit reform
Copies from:
Housing Benefit Review Consultation Team
1st Floor
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NA
Tel: 020 7449 5340
Comments to:
Housing Benefit Consultation Team
Department for Work and Pensions
1st Floor
Caxton House
Tothill Street
London SW1H 9NA
Comments by: 22nd February 2010

Impact Assessments received since the last Bulletin

Date Title Contact

Other Papers

Cabinet Office: Autumn Performance Report 2009, Cm 7763, ISBN: 010 1776325, £14.35

Department for Children Schools and Families: Autumn Performance Report 2009, Cm 7759, ISBN: 010 1775922, £26.60

Department for Communities and Local Government: Autumn Performance Report 2009, Cm 7770, ISBN: 010 1777025, £19.15

Department for Culture, Media and Sport: The Digital Switchover Help Scheme, Cm 7771, ISBN: 010 1777124, £9.50

Department of Energy and Climate Change: Energy Markets Outlook Report, HC 176, 010296137, £26.60

Department for Environment food and Rural Affairs: Autumn Performance Report 2009, Cm 7735, ISBN: 010 1773522, £19.15

Department for International Development: 2009 Autumn Performance Report, Cm 7768, ISBN: 010 1776820, £19.15

Government Equalities Office: Autumn Performance Report 2009, Cm 7761, ISBN: 010 1776127, £7.95

Ministry of Justice: Civil Law Reform: A Draft Bill, Cm 7773, ISBN: 010 1777322, £9.50

Ministry of Justice: Report of the Inquiry into the circumstances of the Death of Bernard (Sonny) Lodge at Manchester Prison on 28 August 1998, HC 127, ISBN: 010 2963113, £26.00

The Law Commission and The Scottish law Commission: Consumer Insurance Law: Pre-Contract Disclosure and Misrepresentation, cm 7758, ISBN: 010 1775823, £34.55

Northern Ireland Office: Autumn Performance Report 2009, Cm 7752, ISBN: 010 1775229, £14.35

Parliamentary and Health service Ombudsman: Cold Comfort: the Administration of the 2005 Single Payment Scheme by the Rural Payments Agency, HC 81, ISBN: 010 2962765, £26.60

Security Industry Authority: Annual Report and Accounts 2008/09, HC 79, ISBN: 010 2961645, £26.60

Technology Strategy Board: Annual Report and Accounts 2008-2009, HC 132, ISBN: 010 2963120, £9.50

European Union Documents to be considered

EU documents recommended for debate by the European Scrutiny Committee

Progress of documents to be considered by the House is noted in the “European Union Documents” list, in the Vote Bundle, and on the Parliament website at: .

Members and others with access to the Parliamentary Information Management Services (PIMS) database can check the status and progress of EU documentation.

Enquiries can be directed to the European Scrutiny Select Committee office on 020 7219 5467/1548.

The European Scrutiny Select Committee meets each Wednesday at 2.30pm when the House is sitting. Under Standing Order No. 143, the Committee examines: “any proposal under the Community Treaties for legislation by the Council acting jointly with the European Parliament”. This includes draft Regulations and Directives, Decisions of the Council and Budgetary documents. The Committee examine the documents for political and legal implications, and decides whether it should be considered further in European Standing Committee, or for the most important documents, on the floor of the House. Recommendations for further consideration are noted in the list of “Memoranda” in the days Votes and Proceedings.

Reports of the European Scrutiny Committee are available from TSO or on the parliament website at:

For further information on EU Legislation and Scrutiny Procedures see HCIO Factsheet L11 produced by the House of Commons Information Office, available in hardcopy on request or to download from the Parliament website.

COM documents are available for consultation in the 44 European Documentation Centres (most of which are in university libraries) or the 22 European Information Centres.

SEC documents are not normally available for public consultation. The occasional important one on policy issues may be available in the above centres. For information about your nearest ED or EIC Tel: 020 7973 1992 (London Office of the European Commission) or Tel: 01482 465941, (ED Librarian, University of Hull).

Members of Parliament may obtain copies from the Vote Office by reference to the yellow demand form, quoting the number after the COM or SEC number.

COM Documents and EC legislation are available from The Stationery Office. Contact details are shown on the back cover of this Bulletin.

European Union Website:

European Standing Committee A

Dairy Market Situation 2009 (12289/09 and Addendum 1) – to be considered 25.1.2010

European Standing Committee B

Financial Management (12139/09 and Addenda 1 and 2) – to be considered 18.01.2010

European Union Police Mission in Afghanistan – to be considered 18.01.2010

Commission Communication: Enlargement Strategy and main challenges 2009-2010 (14513/09) – to be considered 19.01.2010

EU/Japan Agreement: Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters (Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum) – awaiting consideration

Future Relations between the EU and the Overseas Countries and Territories (15647/09) – awaiting consideration

Financial Services (15049/09 and Addenda 1 to 3) – awaiting consideration

European Court of Auditors’ Annual Activities funded by the Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth European Development Funds (Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum) – awaiting consideration

European Court of Auditors’ (ECA) Annual report on Implementation of the Budget concerning the financial year 2008 (Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum) – awaiting consideration

European Defence Agency Three year Financial Framework postponement and 2010 Budget adoption (16275/09) – awaiting consideration Council Guidelines for the Work of the Agency in 2010 (16462/00) – awaiting consideration

Head of the European Defence Agency’s Report to the Council (Unnumbered Explanatory Memorandum) – awaiting consideration

European Standing Committee C


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