Saturday, 12 January 2008

The week ahead

In the House of Commons major items of Business will be

Monday 14 January
Oral Questions – Home Office, including Topical Questions
Legislation – Education and Skills Bill – Second reading

Tuesday 15 January
Oral Questions – Communities and Local Government, including Topical Questions
Motion – To approve the payments into the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund Order 2007
Legislation – European Communities (Finance) Bill – Consideration in Committee
Legislation – European Communities (Finance) Bill – Remaining stages
Adjournment – Role of regional ministers – Daniel Kawczynski

Wednesday 16 January
Oral Questions – Wales; Prime Minister
Debate – Opposition Day (6th allotted day) – i) Pensioner Poverty, ii) Human Trafficking

Thursday 17 January
Oral Questions – Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, including Topical Questions
Business Statement – Leader of the House
Topical Debate
Legislation – Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill – Remaining stages
Westminster Hall – A debate on extending participation in sport

In the House of Lords there may be the committee stage of the House of Lords Bill. An announcement of this has been carried in the House of Lords Business for some time, but is omitted in the Weekly Information Bulletin published today. I will make enquiries and post news on Washminster.

Main Business in the House of Lords is due to be

Monday 14 January
Legislation – Climate Change Bill [HL] (Committee stage, day 5)
Legislation – Children and Young Persons Bill [HL] (Grand Committee, day 2)

Tuesday 15 January
Legislation – Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] (Report stage, day 1)
Legislation – Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill [HL] (Grand Committee, day 4)
Question for short debate – on the European Committee Report European Wine: A Better Deal for All

Wednesday 16 January
Legislation – Local Transport Bill [HL] (Report stage)
Legislation – Children and Young Persons Bill [HL] (Grand Committee, day 3)

Thursday 17 January
Delegated Legislation – Home Information Pack (Amendment) Regulations 2007- motion to annul

The House of Representatives returns on Tuesday, with a quorum call at 6.30pm to establish a quorum for the Second Session of the 110th Congress. The veto by the President of the National Defense Authorization Act will be addressed afterwards. The House will meet at 10am on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday for legislative Business. Two bills are scheduled for consideration under the suspensions procedure, including one - "Condemning the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and reaffirming the commitment of the United States to assist the people of Pakistan in combating terrorist activity and promoting a free and democratic Pakistan".

Other legislation expected

H.R. 2768 - S-MINER Act (Rep. George Miller (CA) – Education and Labor)
H.R. 3524 - HOPE VI Improvement and Reauthorization Act of 2007 (Rep. Waters – Financial Services)

The Senate will continue to convene in pro forma sessions, but will not return for legislative business until the following week.

That week should be very interesting at Westminster. The Bill concerning the EU Reform Treaty [Lisbon Treaty] will have its second reading on Monday 21st. The recommended pay increase for MPs will be discussed on Thursday 24th. Both have the potential for lively debate.