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Weekly Information Bulletin: 3rd March 2001


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Monday 5 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether steps will be taken to end age discrimination in the Civil Service (L. Janner of Braunstone); Whether German beef imported as carcasses may lawfully be described as British produce after it has been processed into minced beef, pies, beefburgers or other prepared foods (L Tebbit); What are the implications in law pertaining to the word "arbitration" which made it impossible to introduce an "arbitration system" at the same time as the Draft Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) (Charges) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2001 (C. Mar); Whether the Prime Minister, during his visits to the United States, will seek to persuade the Bush Administration to have a more flexible approach than its predecessor to the current dispute with the European Union over its banana import policy (L. Renton).

Legislation - Parliamentary Referendum Bill [HL] (third reading); Private Security Industry Bill [HL] (report stage - 2nd day); Vehicles (Crime) Bill (committee stage - 1st day).

Motion - To resolve, that it is desirable that a Select Committee be appointed to consider all the circumstances surrounding the crash of Chinook helicopter ZD 576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994 (L. Chalfont).

Tuesday 6 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether introducing mandatory rate relief for community amateur sports clubs will be considered (L. Phillips of Sudbury); When it is intended to introduce regulations under sections 74 and 74A of the New Roads and Streetworks Act 1991, as amended by the Transport Act 2000, to enable charging for streetworks on highways (L. Brabazon of Tara); What is the position on the granting of Objective One status to areas of Wales, and what progress has been made on implementation (L. Islwyn); How the development of a civil society in Indonesia being helped by the Government (L. Alton of Liverpool).

Legislation - Capital Allowances Bill (third reading); Vehicles (Crime) Bill (committee stage - 2nd day).

Unstarred Question - Action proposed to be taken in the light of the Department of Trade and Industry's Foresight Report The Age Shift on the implications of demographic change in the United Kingdom (B. Greengross).

Wednesday 7 March (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Plans to introduce legislation prohibiting the purchase of farm produce for less than the cost of production from British farmers (L. Geraint); Response to the report from the Theatre Trust that many of Britain's most historic and best-loved theatres are uncomfortable and unsafe (L. Harrison); Whether the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), in assessing the cost effectiveness of disease-modifying drugs in multiple sclerosis, will take into account all relevant cost savings to health and social services and the social security system (L. Addington).

Delegated Legislation - Maximum Number of Judges (Northern Ireland) Order 2001; Local Government Best Value (Exclusion of Non-commercial Considerations) Order 2001; (The following 2 items will be debated together) Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2001; Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2001; (The following 2 items will be debated together) Pig Industry Restructuring (Capital Grant) Scheme 2001; Pig Industry Development Scheme 2000 (Confirmation) Order 2001; Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2001 - Motions for Approval.

Debates - Report of the Task Force on potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects (L. Tanlaw); Current political, social and economic challenges facing Southern Africa (L. St John of Bletso).

Thursday 8 March (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - Whether the decision to withhold, on the grounds of national security, the range of the FV432 armoured ambulance's Clansman radio, given that the information concerned is printed on page 424 of Volume I of the 1986 British Defence Equipment Catalogue will be reviewed (E. Atlee); Whether they winter fuel payment to severely disabled people under 60 years of age will be extended (L. Ashley of Stoke); How many health action zones have been established which will permit girls as young as 12 to have the "morning after" pill (B. Young).

Legislation - Social Security Fraud Bill [HL] (third reading); International Criminal Court Bill [HL] (report stage).

Unstarred Question - Whether the possibility of a world shortage of oil should influence strategic plans for the electrification of a greater part of the railway system (L. Bradshaw).

Friday 9 March (11.00am)

Legislation - Wild Mammals (Protection)(Amendment) Bill [HL] (second reading).

Debates - Report of the European Union Committee on Enlargement and EU External Frontier Controls (17th Report, Session 1999-2000, HL Paper 110) (L. Wallace of Saltaire).

Delegated Legislation - Deregulation (Sunday Licensing) Order 2000; Regulation of Investigatory Powers (British Broadcasting Corporation) Order 2001; Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Designation of Public Authorities for the Purposes of Intrusive Surveillance) Order 2001 - Motion for Approvals.


Monday 12 March

Legislation - Hunting Bill (second reading).

Tuesday 13 March

Legislation - Health and Social Care Bill (committee stage - 3rd day).

Unstarred Question - Reasons for deciding not to renew the appointments of three members of the Board of Visitors at Haslar Prison in the Triennial Review on 31st December 2000 (L. Avebury).

Wednesday 14 March


Delegated Legislation - AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS.

Thursday 15 March

Legislation - Health and Social Care Bill (committee stage - 2nd day).

Unstarred Question - What action is being proposed to alleviate student poverty, and to address the anomalies arising between support systems in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England (B. Walmsley).

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