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Weekly Information Bulletin: 27th January 2001


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Monday 29 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - What are the latest estimates of the amount of combined heat and power to be installed by 2010 (L. Ezra); Why was the commitment to publish by November 2000 a Green Paper on mercenary activity not fulfilled (L. Avebury); What qualifies a child born in the United Kingdom to hold a British Passport (B. Rendell of Babergh); How it is intended to promote land reform in the transition economies of Central and Eastern Europe, in the context of their White Paper Eliminating World Poverty: Making Globalisation Work for the Poor (L. Faulkner of Worcester).

Motion - Tribunals of Inquiry (Evidence) Act 1921 - To set up a Public Inquiry into matters arising from the deaths of patients of Harold Shipman.

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; Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2001; European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (The Convention on Mutual Assistance and Co-operation between Customs Administrations (Naples II)) Order 2001 - Motions for Approval.

Tuesday 30 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether there have been any recent discussions with Corus on the future of the British Steel Industry (L. Islwyn); How soon it is expected that the extra public funds being made available to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will lead to a positive improvement in the financial position of farmers (L. Renton of Mount Harry); What discussions are taking place with the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission in the United Kingdom about planning future developments of the Scheme (L. Thomson of Monifieth).

Legislation - Private Security Industry Bill [HL] (committee stage - 1st day); Special Educational Needs and Disability Bill [HL] (Grand Committee 3rd day - Moses Room).

Unstarred Question - What plans there are to ensure sufficient financial support for British competitors at the next Olympics (L. Brougham and Vaux).

Wednesday 31 January (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether it is proposed to accede to the request from Railtrack plc for an early payment of a £1 billion subsidy (L. Barnett); What advice has been received from the Government's adviser on crime, Lord Birt, about the increase in the level of serious crime (L. Dholakia); What action is being taken to protect individuals and the public from attacks and intimidation by those or claim to represent animal rights (L. Campbell of Croy).

Debates - Number of police, state of morale and the level of violent crime (L. Tebbit).

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

Delegated Legislation - (The following two items will be debated together) Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 ; Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 - Motions for Approval.

Thursday 1 February (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - Whether steps will be taken in appropriate cases to exercise the power to remove British nationality from individuals who are proven to have been personally involved in the commission of war crimes (L. Janner of Braunstone); What bodies are entitled to intercept items carried by the Royal Mail; in what circumstances; and under what powers (B. Gardner of Parkes); What progress has been made towards the development of the European Rapid Reaction force (L. Blaker).

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

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


Monday 5 February

Legislation - Criminal Defence Service (Advice and Assistance) Bill [HL] (report stage); European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL](second reading).

Debate - Report of the European Union Committee on How is the euro working? (18th Report, Session 1999-2000, HL Paper 124); Report of the European Union Committee on Unsustainable Fishing: What is to be done with the Common Fisheries Policy? (3rd Report, HL Paper 12).

Tuesday 6 February

Legislation - Social Security Fraud Bill [HL] (Committee stage - 2nd Day).

Unstarred Question - What dangers are seen in the widening differentials in earnings, and what steps are proposed to take to address them (L. Phillips of Sudbury).

Wednesday 7 February


Delegated Legislation - AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS.

Thursday 8 February

Legislation - International Criminal Court Bill [HL] (Committee stage - 1st Day).

Unstarred Question - Implementation of the recommendations made by the Maclean Report concerning the costs of inspection and regulation of slaughterhouses (L Willoughby de Broke).

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