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Weekly Information Bulletin: 30th January 2010

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 announcements and changes:

Justice: Virendra Sharma discharged, Rosie Cooper added


Select Committee Meetings

25 - 29 January 2010

Monday 25 January

Northern Ireland Affairs
Subject: Policing and Justice in Northern Ireland
Witnesses: Al Hutchinson, Police Ombudsman, Barry Gilligan, Chairman, and Adrian Donaldson, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Policing Board; Jim Scholes, Acting Director, Public Prosecution Service, David Lavery, Director, Northern Ireland Court Service, and Chief Inspector Dr Michael Maguire and Deputy Chief Inspector Brendan McGuigan, Criminal Justice Inspectorate ; Chief Constable Matt Baggot CBE QPM

Children, Schools and Families
Subject: Young people not in education, employment or training
Witnesses: Professor Jocey Quinn, London Metropolitan University, Professor Richard Pring, Oxford University, Professor Rob Macdonald, Teeside University, and Dr Sue Maguire, Warwick University

Public Accounts
Subject: Improving Dementia Services in England-an Interim Report
Witnesses: Sir David Nicholson KCB, Chief Executive of the NHS, David Behan CBE, Director General - Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships and Sir Ian Carruthers OBE, Chief Executive, South West Strategic Health Authority, Department of Health, and Professor Sube Banerjee, Section of Mental Health and Ageing and Chief Investigator, King's College London

Communities and Local Government
Subject: Work of the Government Equalities Office
Witnesses: Maria Eagle MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Communities and Local Government, and Jonathan Rees, Director General, Government Equalities Office


Tuesday 26 January

Northern Ireland Affairs
Subject: Policing and Justice in Northern Ireland
Witnesses: Ronnie Spence, Chairman, Brian McCaughey, Director, Cheryl Lamont, Assistant Director, and Gail McGreevy, Head of Communications, Probation Board for Northern Ireland, and Robin Masefield, Director, Northern Ireland Prison Service

Treasury
Subject: Financial institutions - Too important to fail
Witnesses: Mervyn King, Governor, Paul Tucker, Deputy Governor - Financial Stability, and Andy Haldane, Executive Director - Financial Stability, Bank of England

Business, Innovation and Skills
Subject: Motor sport and aerospace industries
Witnesses: Ian Lucas MP, Minister for Business and Regulatory Reform, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

International Development
Subject: DFID's Assistance to Zimbabwe
Witnesses: Professor Teddy Brett, and Dr Steve Kibble, and Donald Steinberg, Deputy President (Policy), International Crisis Group; Christian Aid, CAFOD, and World Vision

Home Affairs
Subject: Counter-Terrorism Measures in British Airports
Witnesses: Lord West of Spithead, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism and Stephen Smith, Director, Office of Security and Counter-Terrorism, Home Office; Paul Clark MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, and Niki Tomkinson, Director of Transport Security, Department for Transport; Philip Baum, Editor, Aviation Security International, and Managing Director, Green Light Ltd., and Colonel Richard Kemp CBE

Welsh Affairs
Subject: Wales and Whitehall
Witnesses: Sir Emyr Jones Parry, All Wales Convention; Gerald Holtham, Independent Commission on Funding and Finance for Wales

Joint Committee on Human Rights
Subject: Human Trafficking
Witnesses: Alan Campbell MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office

Environmental Audit
Subject: Adapting to Climate Change
Witnesses: Professor Lord John Krebs, Chairman, Adaptation Sub-Committee of the Committee on Climate Change; Rt Hon Hilary Benn MP, Secretary of State, and Professor Robert Watson, Chief Scientific Adviser, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Justice
Subject: Pre-legislative Scrutiny of the Draft Civil Law Reform Bill
Witnesses: Professor Hugh Beale, University of Warwick, and Professor Andrew Burrows, University of Oxford


Wednesday 27 January

Energy and Climate Change
Subject: The Proposals for National Policy Statements (NPSs) on Energy
Witnesses: E.ON, EDF Energy, RWE Npower, and Association of Electricity Producers; Centrica, Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern, and UK Business Council for Sustainable Energy

Committees on Arms Export Controls
Subject: Strategic Export Controls
Witnesses: Ivan Lewis MP, Minister of State, Mr David Hall, Deputy Head, Counter Proliferation Department, and Mr David Vincent, Head of the Arms Trade Unit, Counter Proliferation Department FCO

Children, Schools and Families
Subject: Young people not in education, employment or training
Witnesses: Demos, New Philanthropy Capital, Private Equity Foundation, and Rathbone

Science and Technology
Subject: Bioengineering
Witnesses: Rt Hon Lord Drayson, Minister for Science and Innovation, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Dan Norris MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, and Dr Mark Bale, Deputy Director of Health, Science and Bioethics, Department of Health

Scottish Affairs
Subject: Scotland and the UK: cooperation and communication between governments
Witnesses: Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, Secretary of State for Justice, Rt Hon Jim Murphy MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, and Dr Jim Gallagher, Director General, Devolution, Ministry of Justice

Transport
Subject: The proposal for a National Policy Statement on Ports
Witnesses: Infrastructure Planning Commission; Paul Clark MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: The National Forest
Witnesses: Forestry Commission; Huw Irranca-Davies MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Energy and Climate Change
Subject: The Proposals for National Policy Statements (NPSs) on Energy
Witnesses: People Against Wylfa B, and Stop Hinkley; Radiation Free Lakeland, Kirksanton Residents, and Braystones Residents; Shut Down Sizewell Campaign, Communities Against Nuclear Expansion, and Blackwater Against New Nuclear Group

Public Accounts
Subject: MoD: Major Projects Report 2009
Witnesses: Sir Bill Jeffrey KCB, Permanent Under Secretary, General Sir Kevin O'Donoghue KCB, CBE, Chief of Defence Materiel and Vice Admiral Paul Lambert CB, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff (Capability) Ministry of Defence


Thursday 28 January

Health
Subject: Commissioning
Witnesses: John Parkes, Chief Executive, NHS Northamptonshire, and Julie Garbutt, Chief Executive, NHS Norfolk; Dr Pauline Brimblecombe, GP, Maureen Donnelly, Chair, and Paul Zollinger-Read, Chief Executive, NHS Cambridge, and Stephen Graves, Director, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Public Administration
Subject: Defra's response to the Ombudsman's report on the Single Payment Scheme
Witnesses: Ann Abraham, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman and Gwen Harrison, Director of Investigations, Office of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman; Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Permanent Secretary, Defra, and Tony Cooper, Chief Executive, Rural Payments Agency

International Development
Subject: DFID's Programme in Nepal
Witnesses: Mr Michael Foster MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development


Friday 29 January

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.


Forthcoming Select Committee Meetings
1 - 5 February 2010

Monday 1 February

London Regional Committee
Subject: London's population and the 2011 Census
Witnesses: Professor David Martin, Royal Statistical Society, and Keith Dugmore, Demographic User Group

2:15pm

Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Children, Schools and Families
Subject: The Gifted and Talented Programme
Witnesses: National Association for Able Children in Education, National Association for Gifted Children, Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, Villiers Park Educational Trust, and Professor Deborah Eyre; Diana R Johnson MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Children, Schools and Families, CfBT Education Trust, and Professor John Stannard CBE (at 4.45pm)

3:45pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts
Subject: The Decent Homes Programme
Witnesses: Mr Peter Housden, Permanent Secretary and Sir Bob Kerslake, Chief Executive, Homes and Communities Agency, Department for Communities & Local Government

4:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster


Tuesday 2 February

Business, Innovation and Skills
Subject: Further Education funding and the Skills Funding Agency
Witnesses: South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Association of Colleges, and Local Government Association

10:30am

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Home Affairs*
Subject: The Government's Approach to Crime Prevention
Witnesses: Home Office Design and Technology Alliance, and Telecommunications United Fraud Forum; Association of Chief Police Officers (at 11.00am); Chris Huhne MP (at 11.30am); Rt Hon Iain Duncan Smith MP, Graham Allen MP, and Nottingham Crime and Drugs Partnership (at 12 noon)

10:30am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Welsh Affairs
Subject: Wales and Whitehall
Witnesses: Constitution Unit, University College London; Swansea Law School, University of Wales Swansea, Wales Governance Centre, and The Law Society (at 11.15am)

10:30am Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Liaison*
Subject: Oral Evidence from the Prime Minister
Witnesses: Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP, Prime Minister

2:00pm The Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House
South West Regional
Subject: Prospects for South West economy
Witnesses: EEF South West, Federation of Small Businesses, CBI, and South West Chambers of Commerce; Alliance of Sector Skills Councils, Universities South West, and Regional Infrastructure for Social Enterprise (at 4.15pm)

3:15pm Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Justice
Subject: The work of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons
Witnesses: Dame Anne Bowers DBE, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

4:15pm The Wilson Room, Portcullis House


Wednesday 3 February

Energy and Climate Change
Subject: The Proposals for National Policy Statements (NPSs) on Energy
Witnesses: Law Society, and Planning and Environment Bar Association; Environment Agency, and Natural England (at 10.30am)

9:30am

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Work and Pensions
Subject: Local Housing Allowance
Witnesses: Chartered Institute of Housing, Local Government Association, and Institute of Revenue Ratings and Valuation; Helen Goodman MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Work and Pensions (at 10.30am)

9:30am Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Children, Schools and Families
Subject: Teaching of STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)
Witnesses: Professor Sir John Holman, National Science Learning Centre, Professor Peter Main, Institute of Physics, Dr John Oversby, History and Philosophy for Science Teaching project, Reading University, and David Perks, Physics Teacher

9:30am The Wilson Room, Portcullis House
Science and Technology*
Subject: The impact of spending cuts on science and scientific research
Witnesses: Professor Brian Cox, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Manchester, Lord Broers, and Nick Dusic, Director, Campaign for Science and Engineering; Iain Gray, Chief Executive, Technology Strategy Board, Dr Tony Peatfield, Director of Corporate Affairs, Medical Research Council, Professor Michael Sterling, Chair, Science and Technology Facilities Council, and Professor Alan Thorpe, Chair, Research Councils UK (at 10.30am)

9:30am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Home Affairs*
Subject: (i) The National DNA Database (ii) The Government's Approach to Crime Prevention
Witnesses: (i) Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys (ii) Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Minister for Policing, Crime and Counter-Terrorism, and Stephen Rimmer, Director-General, Crime and Policing Group, Home Office (at 10.50am); Chris Grayling MP (at 11.40am)

10:30am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster
Joint Committee on Human Rights*
Subject: Counter-terrorism policy and human rights: control orders
Witnesses: Gareth Peirce, Solicitor, Birnberg Peirce, and Sean Mcloughlin, Solicitor, The Rights Partnership; Helen Mountfield, Barrister, Matrix Chambers, Angus McCullough, Barrister, One Crown Office Row, and Thomas de la Mare, Barrister, Blackstone Chambers (at 3.00pm)

2:15pm Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster
Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: Dairy Farmers of Britain
Witnesses: Stephen Yates; Bill Mustoe, Chairman, and Jim Maguire, Finance Director, First Milk (at 4.00pm)

3:00pm Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster
Energy and Climate Change
Subject: The Proposals for National Policy Statements (NPSs) on Energy
Witnesses: Infrastructure Planning Commission; Local Government Association (at 4.15pm)

3:05pm The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Public Accounts
Subject: Sale of British Energy
Witnesses: Moira Wallace OBE, Permanent Secretary, and Mark Higson, Chief Executive, Office for Nuclear Development, Department of Energy and Climate Change, and Stephen Lovegrove, Chief Executive, and Richard Nourse, Director, Shareholder Executive

3:30pm Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster


Thursday 4 February

Health
Subject: Commissioning
Witnesses: Chris Ham, Professor of Health Policy and Management, University of Birmingham, and Dr Jennifer Dixon, Director, The Nuffield Trust; Rt Hon Mike O'Brien QC MP, Minister of State, Gary Belfield, Director General Commissioning and System Management, and Dr David Colin-Thomé, National Clinical Director for Primary Care, Department of Health (at 11.00am)

10:00am

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Public Administration*
Subject: Committee on Standards in Public Life
Witnesses: Sir Christopher Kelly KCB, Chair, Committee on Standards in Public Life

10:00am The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House
Welsh Affairs*
Subject: Wales and Whitehall
Witnesses: Carwyn Jones AM, First Minister for Wales, and Dame Gillian Morgan DBE, Permanent Secretary, Welsh Assembly Government

10:30am Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster


Friday 5 February

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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