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Weekly Information Bulletin: 24th December 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:

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:

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs: Mr David Anderson discharged; Barry Gardiner added

Select Committee Meetings

20 – 24 December 2010

Monday 20 December

Science and Technology
Subject: Technology Innovation Centres
Witnesses: Pam Alexander, Chief Executive, South East England Development Agency (SEEDA), Richard Brook OBE FREng, President, Association of Independent Research and Technology Organisations, Nigel Perry FREng, Chief Executive, Centre for Process Innovation, and Professor Keith Ridgway OBE FREng, Research Director, Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre

Communities and Local Government
Subject: Localism

Witnesses: Mencap, Sitra, Age UK and The Runnymede Trust; Eugene Sullivan, Chief Executive and Peter Wilkinson, Managing Director for Policy, Research and Studies, Audit Commission, Steve Freer, Chief Executive, CIPFA, and Jessica Crowe, Executive Director, Centre for Public Scrutiny (at 5.00pm)

Tuesday 21 December

Culture, Media and Sport
Subject: London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games
Witnesses: Hugh Robertson MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Sport and the Olympics), DCMS

Home Affairs
Subject: (i) The Government’s Report of Counter-Terrorism (ii) The role of the Chief Scientific Advisor
Witnesses: (i) Lord Carlile; (ii) Bernard Silverman, Chief Scientific Advisor to the Home Office (at 12.30pm)

Communities and Local Government
Subject: CSR outcome for Communities and Local Government
Witnesses: The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP, Minister for Housing and Local Government, Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister for Decentralisation, Department for Communities and Local Government

Wednesday 22 December


Thursday 23 December


Friday 24 December


Forthcoming Select Committee Meetings
10 – 14 January 2011

Monday 10 January


Tuesday 11 January

Subject: i) Preappointment hearing with the Chair Elect of the Judicial Appointments Commission ii) Draft Sentencing Guidelines on assault
Witnesses: ii) Professor Nicola Padfield, Professor Andrew Ashworth, and Professor Neil Hutton

Subject: Competition and Choice in Banking; Financial Regulation
Witnesses: Barclays Bank


Subject: The cost of motor insurance
Witnesses: Provisional witnesses: European Secure Vehicle Alliance, Association of Chief Police Officers (tbc), Lloyd’s Market Association and Mark Boleat; The Credit Hire Organisation, the Claims Standards Council and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers; and Mike Penning MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Transport


International Development
Subject: The Future of DFID’s Programme in India


Welsh Affairs
Subject: S4C


Wednesday 12 January

Subject: The role and performance of Ofsted
Witnesses: CfBT, Tribal, and Cerco; Christine Gilbert CBE, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, and Ofsted officials


Business, Innovation and Skills
Subject: Rebalancing the Economy: Trade and Investment


Public Administration
Subject: Departmental Business Plans and Implementation of the Government’s reform agenda
Witnesses: Rt Hon Oliver Letwin MP, Minister of State, Cabinet Office


Foreign Affairs
Subject: The Role of the FCO in UK Government


Environmental Audit
Subject: Green Investment Bank
Witnesses: Justine Greening MP, Economic Secretary to the Treasury, HM Treasury


Public Accounts
Subject: Youth Justice
Witnesses: Sir Suma Chakrabarti, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice and John Drew, Chief Executive, Youth Justice Board


Thursday 13 January


Friday 14 January


N.B. Room numbers and witnesses to be announced. All committee details provisional.

[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.