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Weekly Information Bulletin: 19 February 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:

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:

Home Affairs Committee: Mr Aiden Burley discharged, Michael Ellis added

International Development: Mr James Clappison discharged, Sam Gyimah added

Science and Technology Committee: Alok Sharma discharged, Stephen McPartland added

Select Committee Meetings
14 – 18 February 2011

Monday 14 February

Communities and Local Government
Subject: Localism
Witnesses: Paul Burstow MP, Minister of State, and Andrew Larter, Deputy Director for Local Government and Regional Policy, Department of Health; Rt Hon Greg Clark MP, Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government (at 4.45 p.m.)

Subject: Access to Justice: Government’s proposed reforms for legal aid
Witnesses: Professor Roger Bowles, University of York; Ministry of Justice officials (at 5.15 p.m.)

Tuesday 15 February

Armed Forces Bill
Subject: Formal consideration of the Bill

Energy and Climate Change
Subject: Electricity Market Reform
Witnesses: Alstom, DONG Energy, GE Energy and Statoil; Carbon Capture and Storage Association, Energy Networks Association, and National Grid (at 11.15 a.m.)

Subject: Complaints and Litigation
Witnesses: Ann Abraham, Health Service Ombudsman, and Department of Health officials; NHS Litigation Authority, Department of Health and Ministry of Justice officials (at 11.45 a.m.)

Public Accounts
Subject: BBC Digital media initiative
Witnesses: Mark Thompson, Director General, Erik Huggers, Director of Future Media and Technology, Anthony Fry, Trestee, BBC Trust. BBC

Business, Innovation and Skills
Subject: Rebalancing the Economy: Trade and Investment
Witnesses: Stephen Phillips, Chief Executive, China-Britain Business Council, Dr Kerry Brown, Head of Asia Programme, Chatham House, Professor Peter Nolan, Cambridge University; Paul Anderson, International Sales Director, JSR Genetics Ltd, Steve Young, Head of Business Development and Sales, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, Simon Carter, and Joan Turley (at 11.45 a.m.)

Subject: Impact on transport of recent adverse weather conditions
Witnesses: David Quarmby CBE and Brian Smith, Independent Review of Winter Resilience; Network Rail and Association of Train Operating Companies (at 11.00 a.m.); Highways Agency and Local Government Association (at 11.45 a.m.)

Culture, Media and Sport*
Subject: Football Governance
Witnesses: Greg Clarke, Chairman, and Andy Williamson, Chief Operating Officer, Football League; Gordon Taylor OBE, Chief Executive, Paul Elliott MBE, Trustee, and Brede Hangeland, Management Committee Member, The Professional Footballers Association (at 11.45 a.m.)

Home Affairs
Subject: Implications for Justice and Home Affairs area of accession of Turkey to EU
Witnesses: Steve Coates, Deputy Director, Serious Organised Crime Agency; Abigail Stepnitz, National Coordinator, Poppy Project (at 12.30 p.m.)

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

Armed Forces Bill
Subject: Formal consideration of the Bill

Joint Committee on Human Rights
Subject: The Human Rights Implications of UK Extradition Policy
Witnesses: Crown Prosecution Service; David Bermingham (at 3.00 p.m.)

Wednesday 16 February

Science and Technology
Subject: UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation, Strategically important metals
Witnesses: (i) Sir Paul Nurse, Chief Executive and Director, Sir David Cooksey GBE, Chairman, and John Cooper, Chief Operating Officer, UK Centre for Medical Research and Innovation; (ii) Charles Emmerson, Senior Fellow, Chatham House, Dr Jonathon Di John, Lecturer in Political Economy, School of Oriental and African Studies, Anthony Lipmann, Managing Director, Walton, Lipmann and Co, and former Chairman, Minor Metals Trade Association, and Charles Swindon, Chair, Trade and Lobby Committee, Minor Metals Trade Association (at 10.15 a.m.)

Public Administration*
Subject: Funding of the Voluntary sector
Witnesses: Nick Hurd MP, Parliamentary Secretary, Cabinet Office, and Justine Greening MP, Economic Secretary, HM Treasury

Subject: Access to Justice: Government’s proposed reforms for legal aid
Witnesses: Jonathan Djanogly MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice

Scottish Affairs*
Subject: The Scotland Bill
Witnesses: Alan Trench, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, The Constitution Unit, University College London, Professor Iain Mclean, Professor Drew Scott, Professor Andrew Hughes Hallet; Rt Hon Michael Moore MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, and Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (at 4.00 p.m.)

Subject: The Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR) within the wider context of the National Security Strategy (NSS)
Witnesses: Professor Mike Clarke, Director, and Professor Malcolm Chalmers, Professorial Fellow in British Security Policy, RUSI, Professor Hew Strachan DL, University of Oxford, and James Blitz, The Financial Times

Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Subject: The draft National Policy Statement on Waste Water
Witnesses: Richard Benyon MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Northern Ireland Affairs
Subject: Northern Ireland as an enterprise zone
Witnesses: Rt Hon the Lord Heseltine CH; Professor Greg Lloyd, University of Ulster (at 4.00 p.m.)

Environmental Audit
Subject: Sustainable Development in the Localism Bill
Witnesses: Town and Country Planning Association, Friends of the Earth, Campaign to Protect Rural England; Department for Communities and Local Government officials (at 3.30 p.m.)

Thursday 17 February

International Development*

Subject: The Humanitarian Response to the Pakistan Floods
Witnesses: The humanitarian response to the Pakistan floods Witnesses: Islamic Relief, Médecins Sans Frontières, Confederation of British Humanitarian Agencies; Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development (at 11.00 a.m.)

Armed Forces Bill
Subject: Formal consideration of the Bill

Friday 18 February