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Weekly Information Bulletin: 9th November 2002

NOTICEBOARD

Weekly Information Bulletin

The next Bulletin will be published on Saturday 16 November 2002

State Opening of Parliament

The new session of Parliament will start with the State Opening of Parliament and Queen's Speech on Wednesday 13th November

Opposition Front Bench Changes

Oliver Heald has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions

Liberal Democrat Front Bench Appointments

Norman Baker appointed Shadow Secretary of State for the Environment. Andrew George appointed Rural Affairs and Food Spokesman. Dan Foster appointed Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. Edward Davey will shadow the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister with responsibility for Local Government and the Regions. David Laws appointed Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury. Sandra Gidley appointed to the Shadow Cabinet as Spokesperson for women. The post of Parliamentary Private Secretary to Charles Kennedy has been abolished. Norman Lamb has been appointed as Shadow Minister for the Treasury. John Barrett has been appointed Shadow Minister for International Development. Colin Breed has been appointed Shadow Minister for Defence. David Heath has been appointed Shadow Minister at the Home Office. John Pugh has been appointed Shadow Minister for Education. Patsy Carlton has been appointed Shadow Minister for Health. Matthew Green has been appointed Shadow Minister for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. Sue Doughty appointed Shadow Minister for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Roger Williams has been appointed as Shadow Minster for Rural Affairs. Paul Holmes has been appointed as Shadow Minister for Work and Pensions. Adrian Sanders has been appointed Shadow Minister for Culture, Media and Sport. Richard Allan has been appointed Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office. Alistair Carmichael has been appointed Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland Alan Reid has been appointed Whip.

House of Commons calendar

The Leader of the House has announced the Commons calendar for the next year:

The House will rise for the Christmas recess on Thursday 19 December 2002 and return on Tuesday 7 January 2003 The House will rise for the half term week on Thursday 13 February 2003 and return on Monday 24 February 2003 The House will rise for the Easter recess and constituency week on Thursday 10 April 2003 and return on Monday 28 April 2003 The House will rise for the Whitsun recess on 22 May 2003 and return on Tuesday 3 June 2003 The House will rise for the Summer recess on Thursday 17 July 2003 and return on Monday 8 September 2003 The House will rise for the conference recess on 18 September 2003 and return on Tuesday 14 October 2003 These dates are subject to the progress of business

Non Sitting Fridays In 2001/2002

29 June, 6 July, 7 and 14 December 2001 and 15 February, 22 March, 3 and 17 May, 14 and 28 June 2002.

Private Members' Bills in 2001/2002

26 October, 2, 23 and 30 November 2001; 11, 18 and 25 January, 15 March, 12 & 19 April, 10 May, 21 June and 19 July 2002.

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