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Weekly Information Bulletin: 29th January 2011

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:

Panel of Chairs: Mr Dai Harvard, Mr Alan Meale and Mr Lee Scott nominated

Select Committee Meetings
24 – 28 January 2011

Monday 24 January

Committees on Arms Export Controls*
Subject: Strategic Export Controls
Witnesses: Mark Prisk MP, Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; Alistair Burt MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office (at 5.00pm)

Communities and Local Government
Subject: Localism
Witnesses: Baroness Eaton DBE DL, Chair, Local Government Association, and Simon Parker, Director, New Local Government Network; Rt Hon Nick Herbert MP, Minister of State for Policing and Criminal Justice, Home Office, and Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, Minister of State, Department for Work and Pensions (at 5.10pm)

Tuesday 25 January

Standards & Privileges
Subject: Matter relating to privilege referred on 9 September: Hacking of Members’ mobile phones
Witnesses: Professor A W Bradley, Lord Lester of Herne Hill QC, and Rt Hon Lord Nicholls of Birkenhead

Treasury
Subject: Fundamental principles of tax policy
Witnesses: Mirrlees review team

Energy and Climate Change
Subject: Electricity Market Reform
Witnesses: Professor Dieter Helm CBE, University of Oxford; E3G, Oxera, Green Alliance, and Policy Exchange (at 11.00am)

Transport
Subject: Bus services after the spending review
Witnesses: Professor Peter White, University of Westminster, Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transportation and TAS Partnership Ltd; Passenger Focus, Bus Users UK, Age UK and Campaign for Better Transport (at 11.15am)

Public Administration
Subject: Civil Service Reform and Principles of Good Governance
Witnesses: Professor Christopher Hood, All Souls College, University of Oxford, Dr Martin Lodge, London School of Economics, and Professor Martin Smith, University of Sheffield; Professor Andrew Kakabadse, Cranfield School of Management, Andrew Haldenby, Reform, and Julian McCrae, Institute for Government (at 11.30am)

Public Accounts
Subject: Health Landscape Review
Witnesses: Una O’Brien, Permanent Secretary, Department of Health, and Sir David Nicholson KCB, Chief Executive, NHS

Business, Innovation and Skills
Subject: Rebalancing the Economy: Trade and Investment
Witnesses: CBI, Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses, and Forum of Private Business

Justice
Subject: The operation of the Family Courts
Witnesses: Barnardos, Gingerbread, and the NSCPP; Family Law Bar Association, Law Society, and Resolution (at 11.15am)

Culture, Media and Sport
Subject: Funding of the arts and heritage
Witnesses: Dame Liz Forgan, Chair, and Alan Davey, Chief Executive, Arts Council England

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: The draft National Policy Statement on Waste Water
Witnesses: Thames Water, London Councils and Greater London Authority

Home Affairs
Subject: (i) Equalities (ii) The work of Child Exploitation and Protection Centre (iii) Undercover Policing
Witnesses: (i) Trevor Phillips OBE, Chair, and Helen Hughes, Interim Chief Executive, Equality and Human Rights Commission; Lynne Featherstone MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Equalities, Home Office (at 11.30am) (ii) Peter Davies, Head of Child Exploitation and Protection Centre (at 12 noon); (iii) Acting Metropolitan Police Commissioner Tim Godwin, and Commander Bob Broadhurst (at 12.30pm)

Back Bench Business
Subject: Proposals for backbench debates
Witnesses: Members of Parliament

Wednesday 26 January

Science and Technology
Subject: Strategically important metals
Witnesses: Geological Society, Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining, and Royal Society of Chemistry; British Metals Recycling Association, The Design Council, and The Environmental Sustainability Knowledge Transfer Network (at 10.15am)

Work and Pensions
Subject: White Paper on Universal Credit
Witnesses: Mike Brewer, Deputy Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies, Dr Patrick Nolan, Reform, and Dr Stephen Brien, The Centre for Social Justice; Carers UK, Family Action and Building and Social Housing Foundation (at 10.30am)

Education
Subject: Services for Young People
Witnesses: Liam Preston, Young Chair, British Youth Council, Charlotte Hill, Chief Executive, UK Youth, Susanne Rauprich, Chief Executive, National Council for Voluntary Services, and Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive, National Youth Agency

Foreign Affairs
Subject: The Role of the FCO in UK Government
Witnesses: Sir Jeremy Greenstock, GCMG, Chairman, UN Association-UK, former UK Ambassador to the UN; Sir Peter Ricketts, GCMG, National Security Adviser (at 3.30pm); Alastair Newton, former member of the FCO’s Senior Management and Director of UKTI USA (at 4.30pm)

Scottish Affairs
Subject: Supporting Scotland's Economy
Witnesses: Federation of Small Businesses, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, The Confederation of British Industry, and Scottish Council for Development and Industry

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: The impact of Common Agricultural Policy reform on UK agriculture
Witnesses: George Lyon MEP, Rapporteur to the European Parliament report on the future of the Common Agricultural Policy after 2013; Brian Pack OBE, Chair of the inquiry into future support for agriculture in Scotland (at 4.00pm via video conference)

Public Accounts
Subject: HMRC Civil Investigations
Witnesses: Mike Eland, Director General, Enforcement and Compliance, Marie-Claire Uhart, Director, Specialist Investigations, and Donald Toon, Director, Central Compliance, HM Revenue and Customs

Thursday 27 January

Treasury*
Subject: UKFI
Witnesses: Sir David Cooksey, Chairman, Robin Budenberg, Chief Executive, Keith Morgan, Head of Wholly Owned Investments, and Jim O’Neil, Head of Market Investments, UKFI

Friday 28 January

None

Forthcoming Select Committee Meetings
31 January – 4 February 2011

Monday 31 January

Justice
Subject: Pre-appointment hearing ,
Witnesses: Christopher Stephens, preferred candidate

4:45pm

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Tuesday 1 February

Treasury
Subject: Competition and choice in the banking sector
Witnesses: Douglas Flint, Group Chairman, and Joe Garner, Deputy Chief Executive UK, HSBC plc; Neville Richardson, Chief Executive, The Co-operative Financial Services (at 11.00am); Graham Beale, Chief Executive, and Chris Rhodes, Executive Director, Group Product and Marketing, Nationwide (at 11.40am)

10:00am

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Political and Constitutional Reform*
Subject: Prisoner voting
Witnesses: Aidan O’Neill QC, Eric Metcalfe, Human Rights Policy Director, JUSTICE, and Rt Hon the Lord Mackay of Clashfern KT

10:00am

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Transport
Subject: EU transport policy
Witnesses: Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport

10:15am

Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster

Public Accounts
Subject: (i) Department for Work and Pensions: customer error (ii) Defence procurement
Witnesses: (i) Robert Devereux, Permanent Secretary, and John Oliver, Director, Benefit and Performance, Department for Work and Pensions; (ii) Bernard Gray, Chief of Defence Materiel, Ministry of Defence (at 11.30am)

10:30am

Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

Business, Innovation and Skills
Subject: Rebalancing the Economy: Trade and Investment
Witnesses: Nick Fry, Chief Executive, Mercedes GP, Sir Roger Bone, President, Boeing UK Ltd, Sir Victor Blank, former Chairman, Lloyds Banking Group, Lord Powell of Bayswater KCMG, and Paul Skinner, Chair, Infrastructure UK; Katherine Bennett OBE, Vice President, Airbus, Graham Chisnall, Managing Director, Commercial Aerospace & Operations, and Stephen Phipson CBE, Vice President of Security, ADS and President, Smiths Detection, and Bob Keen, Head of Government Relations, BAE Systems plc (at 11.45am)

10:30am

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Health*
Subject: Complaints and Litigation
Witnesses: Cure the NHS, Action against Medical Accidents, and The Patients Association; Panel of patients and complainants (at 11.45am)

10:30am

Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

Justice
Subject: Access to Justice: Government’s proposed reforms for legal aid
Witnesses: Royal Courts of Justice Advice Bureau, Free Representation Unit, Nottingham Law Centre, CAB, Law Centres Federation and the National Pro Bono Centre

10:30am

Committee Room 5, Palace of Westminster

Public Administration
Subject: Civil Service Reform and Principles of Good Governance
Witnesses: Lord Armstrong of Ilminster GCB CVO, Lord Wilson of Dinton GCB, and Lord Turnbull KCB CVO; Ian Watmore, Chief Operating Officer, Efficiency and Reform Team, Cabinet Office, Sir Suma Chakrabarti KCB, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, and Dame Helen Ghosh DCB, Permanent Secretary, Home Office (at 11.30am)

10:30am

Committee Room 20, Palace of Westminster

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: The impact of Common Agricultural Policy reform on UK agriculture
Witnesses: Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board; British Retail Consortium and Food and Drink Federation (at 11.45am)

11:00am

Committee Room 18, Palace of Westminster

Home Affairs*
Subject: Student Visas
Witnesses: Tony Milns, English UK, and Elizabeth McLaren, British Council; Professor Steve Smith, President of Universities UK, and Professor Edward Acton, Vice-Chancellor, University of East Anglia (at 11.30am); Professor Dave Wark FRS, Imperial College London, and Simeon Underwood, Academic Registrar, London School of Economics (at 12 noon)

11:00am

Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

Home Affairs
Subject: The Government’s Review of Counter-Terrorism
Witnesses: Lady Pauline Neville-Jones, Minister of State for Security and Counter-Terrorism

12:40pm

Committee Room 8, Palace of Westminster

Back Bench Business
Subject: Proposals for backbench debates
Witnesses: Members of Parliament

1:00pm

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Joint Committee on Human Rights*
Subject: The Human Rights Implications of UK Extradition Policy
Witnesses: Fair Trials International, JUSTICE, and Liberty; people who have experience of extradition proceedings (at 3.00pm)

2:20pm

Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

Wednesday 2 February

Work and Pensions
Subject: Work Programme: providers and contracting arrangements
Witnesses: Community Links, Councillor Stephen Houghton, Leader of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council, Christopher Knee, Chief Executive Officer, St. Loye’s Foundation, and The Prince’s Trust; Kirsty McHugh, Chief Executive and Rob Murdoch, Chair, Employment Related Services Association, Sean Williams, Managing Director, G4S Welfare to Work, Richard Johnson, Managing Director, Serco Welfare to Work, and Laurie Russell, Chief Executive, The Wise Group (at 10.30am)

9:30am

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Energy and Climate Change
Subject: Electricity Market Reform
Witnesses: Good Energy, First:Utility, Drax Power, International Power, and Renewable UK; Centrica Energy, EDF Energy, E.ON, RWE Npower, Scottish and Southern Energy, and ScottishPower (at 10.45am)

9:45am

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Education
Subject: , Annual Report of the Chief Schools Adjudicator
Witnesses: Dr Ian Craig, Chief Schools Adjudicator

10:30am

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Scottish Affairs*
Subject: The Scotland Bill
Witnesses: Professor Sir Kenneth Calman KCB, Chancellor, University of Glasgow, and Professor Jim Gallagher CB FRSE; Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (at 4.00pm)

2:30pm

The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Public Accounts
Subject: HMT Asset Protection
Witnesses: Sir Nicholas Macpherson KCB, Permanent Secretary, and Tom Scholar, 2nd Permanent Secretary, HM Treasury

3:30pm

Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

Environmental Audit*
Subject: Green Investment Bank
Witnesses: The Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

5:00pm

The Wilson Room, Portcullis House

Thursday 3 February

Armed Forces Bill
Subject: Armed Forces Bill
Witnesses: Officials from the Armed Forces Bill Team, Ministry of Defence; Officials working on the Military Covenant Policy, Ministry of Defence (at 11.30am)

10:30am

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Armed Forces Bill
Subject: Armed Forces Bill
Witnesses: Dr Susan Atkins, Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces

2:15pm

The Grimond Room, Portcullis House

Friday 4 February

None

[The decision of a Committee to sit in public may be rescinded without notice]

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