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Weekly Information Bulletin: 4th April 1998

STANDING COMMITTEES

Standing Committees in the House of Commons have a number of different functions.

1.Standing Committees lettered A, B, C, etc, are constituted as often as necessary to consider Public Bills in detail. Their membership is announced after a Bill has been allocated to them, and the Committees are constituted afresh for each new Bill. The 1st and 2nd Scottish Standing Committees act similarly for Bills relating solely to Scotland. Special Standing Committees (SSC) or Special Scottish Standing Committees (SSSC) may be established to consider, and take evidence upon, Bills. For further details, see Factsheet 43 available from the Public Information Office.
2.Reports of debates in Standing Committees are printed in the Official Report of Standing Committee A (B, C etc) for each sitting. These are published by, and available from the TSO, and, unless the Committee sits late, are generally available the day after the sitting.
3.The Scottish Grand, Welsh Grand and Northern Ireland Grand Committees exist largely to debate matters remitted to them by the House. They are constituted afresh for each topic. The Committees also debate the principle of Bills relating to Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland if the Bills are referred to them under a motion by a Minister. Except for formal purposes this constitutes the Second Reading stage of such a Bill. The Committees also (at designated sittings) have a question time, debates on the motion for the adjournment and adjournment debates. For further information see Factsheet 65 available from the Public Information Office.
4.Delegated Legislation Standing Committees (formerly known as SI Committees) are constituted to deal with particular items of secondary legislation referred to them by the House. Their composition is not noted in this Bulletin. Any Member may attend and speak.
5.The European Standing Committees (ESC) lettered A and B are constituted for the duration of a Session and consider matters referred to them by the House. Their memberships are listed in issue No. 9. Chairmen are appointed for consideration of individual documents. Any Member may attend and speak. For further details see Factsheet 56 available from the Public Information Office. Committees A and B deal with matters within the responsibilities of different Departments. The list is as follows: ESC A: Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; Transport; Environment; Forestry Commission (and analogous responsibilities of Scottish, Welsh and Northern Ireland Offices): ESC B: Other Departments

CURRENT STANDING COMMITTEES, DETAILS OF MEMBERSHIP

BillCommitteeBulletin Issue and page
(amendments/additions)
Breeding and Sale of DogsANo 27 (p22), No 28 (p24), No 29 (p23)
Energy EfficiencyCNo 28 (p24)
Energy Conservation (Housing)DNo 28 (p24), No 29 (p23)
Teaching and Higher Education [HL]FNo 29 (p23), No 30 (p24)


STANDING COMMITTEE MEETINGS
30 MARCH - 3 APRIL 1998

TUESDAY 31 MARCH

SC F:Teaching and Higher Education Bill [HL] (Clause 1, as amended, agreed to. Schedule 1 agreed to)


WEDNESDAY 1 APRIL

ESCB:Chairman: Mr Peter Atkinson

Nos. 13035/97, Annexes I, IV and VI, relating to the Energy Framework Programme (1998-2002) and 5140/98, relating to Renewable Sources of Energy


THURSDAY 2 APRIL

SC F:Teaching and Higher Education Bill [HL] (Clause 2 disagreed to, Clauses 3-6,8,9&13, as amended, agreed to. Clauses 7, 10-12&14 agreed to)


FORTHCOMING STANDING COMMITTEE MEETING
6 - 8 APRIL 1998

TUESDAY 7 APRIL

SC F:Teaching and Higher Education Bill [HL], 10.30am & 4.30pm, Room 12
1st DLSC:Draft Institute of Legal Executives Order 1998, 10.30am, Room 9
2nd DLSC:Special Grant Reports - Metropolitan Railway Passenger Services Grant (HC 656) and Grant in aid of expenditure on rail services in the Strathclyde Passenger Transport area (HC 660), 4.30pm, Room 9
3rd DLSC:Value Added Tax (Supply of Services) (Amendment) Order 1998, 4.30pm, Room 10


SCOTTISH GRAND COMMITTEE, 10.30am, Room 10

Chairmen: Mrs Ray Michie, Mr Andrew Welsh

Debate: Health in Scotland

Adjournment Debate:Mrs Maria Fyfe on unemployment in Glasgow


WEDNESDAY 8 APRIL

ESC B:Chairman: Mr Peter Atkinson

No. 13289/97 on convergence of the Telecommunications, Media and Information Technology Sectors, 10.30am, Room 9

4th DLSC:Draft Hovercraft (Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) (Amendment) Order 1998; Draft Merchant Shipping (Convention on Limitation of Liability for Maritime Claims) (Amendment) Order 1998; Draft Hovercraft (Application of Enactments) (Amendments) Order 1998, 4.30pm, Room 9

 

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