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Weekly Information Bulletin: 27th April 2002


29 APRIL - 3 MAY 2002

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Monday 29 April (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether the British Retail Consortium's efforts to introduce a nationally recognisable PASS (Proof of Age Standards Scheme) for use by those aged 12 and over are supported (B. Gardner of Parkes); What progress has been made on reducing the time taken between the arrest and sentencing of young offenders (L. Corbett of Castle Vale); Whether it is proposed to offer to young offenders, as an alternative to community service, playing parts in special performances of Shakespeare's plays (L. Campbell of Croy); Whether the Tobacco Advertising and Promotion Bill has been referred to the European Commission under Directive 98/34 EC as amended by Directive 98/48 EC (L. Skelmersdale).

Motion to approve an Humble Address to Her Majesty to celebrate Her Golden Jubilee.

Legislation - National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill - (report stage - 1st day).

Unstarred Question - Whether it is considered that cultural attitudes towards the employment of disabled people in the performing arts are a barrier to their successful employment in this area (B. Anelay of St Johns).

Tuesday 30 April (10.00am)

The House will adjourn to Westminster Hall for the presentation of address to HM the Queen


Oral Questions - Whether the intention is to eliminate parish councils in England and Wales (B. Knight of Collingtree); Whether, in the reported talks with the Dutch Group TPG, the interest lay in the sale of all or part of the shareholding in Consignia, or in a partnership between the two concerns (L. Dearing); What measures are being taken to ensure that community amateur sports clubs claim all the new benefits outlined by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Financial Statement and Budget Report 2002 (B. Billingham); To what extent conciliation officers of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service have facilitated the negotiation of compromise agreements as a result of which employees have agreed to waive their future employment rights against their employer in exchange for stated improvements in existing or offered contract terms (L. McCarthy).

Legislation - National Health Service Reform and Health Care Professions Bill - (report stage - 2nd day).

Unstarred Question - What the definition of rural is when used in respect of public policy (L. Patten).

Wednesday 1 May (2.30pm)

Oral Questions - Whether it is expected to provide a response to the Report of the Select Committee on the Chinook ZD 576 accident before the summer recess (L. Chalfont); How many deaf-blind children there are in the United Kingdom, what educational provision is made for them and what is the estimated cost of such provision (L. Dormand of Easington);

What changes in the burden of taxation have occurred since 1997 (E. of Northesk).

Debates - The case for a Civil Service Act clarifying the respective responsibilities of Ministers, political advisers and civil servants (L. Holme of Cheltenham); The work of universities in widening participation, as set out in Universities UK's forthcoming report Social Class and Participation in Higher Education (B. Warwick of Undercliffe).

Unstarred Question - By what criteria the United Kingdom's entry for the European Capital of Culture for 2008 will be selected (L. Luke).


Thursday 2 May (3.00pm)

Oral Questions - What steps have been taken by the Information Commissioner and credit agencies to ensure that, when an individual applies for credit, such agencies reveal information concerning that individual alone, and that data on others in the same family or at the same address remain confidential (L. Higgins); Whether banks in England and Wales will be encouraged to make more £5 notes available in cash machines and at branch counters (L. Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay); Where it is considered that the national stadium should be sited (L. Glentoran).

Legislation - Education Bill - (committee stage - 1st day).

Unstarred Question - Provision of care for sufferers of Parkinson's disease (L. Harrison).

Friday 3 May (11.00am)

Legislation - Justice (Northern Ireland) Bill - (second reading).

Delegated Legislation - Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) Visual Recording of Interviews) Order 2002 - Motion for approval.


6 - 10 MAY 2002

Monday 6 May

House not sitting - Bank Holiday Monday.

Tuesday 7 May

Legislation - Education Bill - (committee stage - 2nd day).

Unstarred Question - What is being done to improve industrial relations with Consignia - (L. Hoyle).

Wednesday 8 May


- Sex Discrimination (Amendment) (No.2) Bill [HL] - (committee stage).

Thursday 9 May

Legislation - Education Bill - (committee stage - 3rd day).

Delegated Legislation - Court of Protection (Enduring Powers of Attorney) (Amendment) Rules 2002; Court of Protection (Amendment) Rules 2002 - Motions to annul (expected to be debated together).

Friday 10 May

Legislation - Dignity at Work Bill - (committee stage); Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill - (second reading); Copyright, etc. and Trade Marks (Offences and Enforcement) Bill - (second reading).

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