Sunday 20 January 2008

The Week Ahead

The European Union (Amendment) Bill has its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday. MPs have already been told that this legislation will dominate their lives for the next few weeks! Tuesday will see the 2nd Reading of the important Energy Bill. The Sale of Student Loans Bill is due to have its remaining stages taken on Wednesday. Motions relating to the Senior Salary Review Body Report - which includes MPs pay - will be discussed and voted on during Thursday's business. Private Members Bills will be debated on Friday.

In the House of Lords the second day of the Report stage of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill will be taken on Tuesday; the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill is due for its 2nd Reading on Tuesday and the Climate Change Bill continues its Committee Stage (day 6) on Wednesday. The Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill will be considered in Grand Committee on Monday and Wednesday. Debates initiated by Tory Peers will be conducted on Thursday into (1) Iraq and (2) the role of non-governmental organisations delivering services on behalf of the Government.

Monday is Martin Luther King Day in the USA. In the House of Representatives 16 bills are currently scheduled for consideration under the suspensions procedure. There will be a vote on Overriding the President’s Veto of H.R. 3963 , the Children's Health Insurance
Program Reauthorization Act of 2007.

The Senate returns on Tuesday. The Indian Health Bill (s.1200) is the first piece of legislation they are due to consider.