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Weekly Information Bulletin: 20th January 2001


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Monday 22 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - If advice has been taken on whether the freezing of the state retirement pension for pensioners resident overseas is compatible with the Human Rights Act 1998 (L. Goodhart); How many British serviceman, believed to have become prisoners of war in the Korean War 1950-53, have not yet been accounted for (L. Campbell of Croy); What action is proposed to take to review the effectiveness of the Financial Services Authority following the judgement of the House of Lords in the case of Equitable Life (L. Steel of Aikwood); Whether the present level of recruitment and retention of police officers, particularly in areas of high housing cost is satisfactory (L. Bradshaw).

Legislation - Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [HL](committee stage).

Delegated Legislation - Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000 - Motion for Approval. (L. Alton of Liverpool is to move, as an amendment thereto, to leave out all the words after "That" and insert this House declines to approve the draft Regulations laid before the House on 27th November until a Select Committee of the House of Lords has reported on the issues connected with human cloning and stem cell research).

Tuesday 23 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether the extension of compulsory powers for treatment to those suffering from personality disorder, which is proposed in the White Paper Reforming the Mental Health Act, will violate the human rights of those concerned (B. Perry of Southwark); What steps are being taken to amend sections 8 (in particular subsections (c) and (d)) and 9 of the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 to include crack cocaine (B. Hanham); Whether it is considered that more urgent action should be taken to reduce the danger that a war using nuclear or other means of mass destruction might render Earth uninhabitable by mammals (L. Jenkins of Putney); Whether the introduction of any additional Council Tax bands is being considered (L. Bowness).

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

Delegated Legislation - Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope)(Amendment) Regulations 2001; Access to Justice Act 1999 (Bar Practising Certificates) Order 2001 - Motions for Approval.

Wednesday 24 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether Non-Commissioned Officers have been told to reduce their decibel levels when instructing recruits on the parade ground (E. Ferres); Whether Railtrack is in breach of its licence obligations to operate a reliable rail infrastuture (L. Berkeley); Plans for promoting the treatment of, and research into, Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and for the further provision of services to those afflicted with this disease (L. Roll of Ipsden).

Debates - To call attention to the Parliament Acts and the Salisbury Convention in the light of recent constitutional developments (L. Simon of Glaisdale); To call attention to the case for 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 - Whether the working practices of the H M Coroner Service will be modernised to meet the needs of a multi-faith Britain (L. Ahmed).

Thursday 25 January (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - Why asylum seekers living in London are being required to travel for interviews at cities in the North of England; and how it is proposed to prevent such inconvenience (L. Hylton); What plans there are to mark the year 2001 as the European Year of Languages (B. Hooper); Whether the Commemoration of the Holocaust on 27th January will be extended to include other examples of genocide, as defined by United Nations criteria, and the Armenian massacre in 1915 (B. Cox).

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

Unstarred Question - What steps are being taken to promote the marketing of British tourism to visitors from overseas (B. Anelay of St Johns).


Monday 29 January

Legislation - Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Bill [HL] (second reading); Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [HL] (Grand Committee 2nd day - Moses Room).

Delegated Legislation - Prescriptions only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment (No.3) Order 2000 (S.I. 2000/3231) - Motion to Annul.

Tuesday 30 January

Legislation - Private Security Industry Bill [HL] (committee stage - 3rd day); Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [HL] (Grand Committee 3rd day - Moses Room).

Unstarred Question - Plans to ensure sufficient financial support for British Competitors at the next Olympics (L. Brougham and Vaux).

Wednesday 31 January

Debates - Conservative Debates.

Legislation - Parliamentary Referendum Bill [HL] (second reading).

Thursday 1 February

Legislation - Social Security Fraud Bill [HL] (committee stage - 1st day).

Unstarred Question - Response to the Health and Safety Commission's draft Approved Code of Practice and Guidance on Passive Smoking at Work (L. Faulkner of Worcester).

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