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Weekly Information Bulletin: 27th December 2000


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Monday 15 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Promoting the employment of professionals over the present retirement ages where there is need for their services and where they are competent to perform those services (L. Janner of Braunstone); Intended action to be taken to mitigate the impact of no-win, no fee litigation on school liability for injuries incurred during the playing of traditional schoolyard games (L. McNally); What action is required to reduce the impact of natural disasters on developing countries in the light of the White Paper on International Development (L. Hunt of Chesterton); Whether the freezing of the state retirement pension for pensioners resident overseas is compatible with the Human Rights Act 1998 (L. Goodhart).

Legislation - International Criminal Court Bill [HL] (second reading).

Unstarred Question - What further consideration is being given to the needs of Gulf War veterans with still undiagnosed illnesses and of the dependants of those who have died (L. Morris of Manchester).

Tuesday 16 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether there are plans to publish regulations on the standards to be observed in care homes (L. Clement-Jones); Whether the Lower Airspace Radar Service (LARS) provision in the south east of England is satisfactory (L. Rotherwick); Following the Nice European Council, whether the United Kingdom tax veto will necessarily be used on all issues (L. Barnett); In light of the National Audit Office's report on a Public Private Partnership for London Underground, whether the National Audit Office will be asked to undertake a similar assessment of the proposed Public Private Partnership scheme for the National Air Traffic System (L. Smith of Clifton).

Legislation - Social Security Fraud Bill [HL] (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - Child Support (Information, Evidence and Disclosure and Maintenance Arrangements and Jurisdiction) (Amendment) Regulations 2000; Child Support (Collection and Enforcement and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000; Child Support (Maintenance Calculation Procedure) Regulations 2000; Child Support (Maintenance Calculations and Special Cases) Regulations 2000; Child Support (Variations) Regulations 2000; Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No.2) Order 2000; Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase (No.2) Order 2000 - Motions for Approval (all to be debated together).

Wednesday 17 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Cutting waiting lists for ophthalmic care in the National Health Service (B. Knight of Collingtree); Whether in the light of the Human Rights Act 1998 when will the law be amended to allow members of the House of Lords to vote in Parliamentary elections (L. Parekh); What progress has been made with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office enquiry into how Mr Rafiu Odetayo, a black British citizen, who spent a month in prison in Germany after British consular officials refused to recognise his citizenship (B. Whitaker).

Debates - Marriage and traditional family values (B. Young); The record of H M Prison Blantyre House as a resettlement prison, and to the circumstances in which a search of the Prison in May was conducted by officers from other prisons and the Prison's Governor removed from the Prison (L. Mayhew of Twysden).

Unstarred Question - Whether the refusal to pay for personal care for elderly and disabled people in residential homes will be reconsidered (L. Ashley of Stoke).

Thursday 18 January (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - What measurers are being taken to build closer bilateral relations with the European Union applicant states in the period before they become full members (L. Wallace of Saltaire); Whether the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 will be amended in the light of recent continued refusal of the Carlton Club to admit women as full members (L. Faulkner of Worcester); Whether disabled people will be banned from serving in the Armed Forces (L. Ashley of Stoke).

Legislation - Culture and Recreation Bill [HL] (second reading).

Friday 19 January (11.00am)

Legislation - Psychotherapy Bill [HL] (second reading); Parliament Acts (Amendment) Bill [HL] (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - Terrorism Act 2000 (Code of Practice on Audio Recording of Interviews) Order 2001 - Motion for Approval.


Monday 22 January

Legislation - Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [HL] (committee stage); Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [HL] (second reading); Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [HL] (Grand Committee 1st day - Moses Room).

Tuesday 23 January

Legislation - Regulatory Reform Bill [HL] (committee stage - 1st day); Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [HL] (Grand Committee - 2nd day - Moses Room)

Wednesday 24 January

Debates - To call attention to the Parliament Acts and the Salisbury Convention in the light of recent constitutional developments (L. Simon of Glaisdale); Giving more support to disadvantaged boys and young men so that they may grow up to become good citizens and good fathers (L. Northbourne).

Unstarred Question - Modernisation of the working practices of H M Coroner Service to meet the needs to a multi-faith Britain (L. Ahmed).

Thursday 25 January

Legislation - Regulatory Reform Bill [HL] (committee stage - 2nd day).

Unstarred Question - Promoting the marketing of British tourism to visitors from overseas (B. Anelay).

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