Saturday, 22 March 2008

The Week Ahead

Congress continues its Easter Break (although the Senate will meet in pro forma session - in order to ensure that there are no abuses of the recess appointments system).

Westminster returns on Tuesday.


Tuesday 25 March
The House will sit in Westminster Hall between 9.30am-2.00pm

Westminster Hall Private Members' Debates -
09.30-11.00 Remploy
11.00-12.30 Prison policy
12.30-13.00 Mission in Helmand Province
13.00-13.30 Rural development overseas
13.30-14.00 Town and village greens and planning

The House will sit at 2.30pm

Oral Questions - Foreign and Commonwealth Office, including Topical Questions
Presentation of Bill - Sustainable Energy (Local Plans) Bill - Alan Simpson
Debate - Opposition Day (8th allotted day) - Iraq Inquiry
Motion - To approve the Local Government Finance Special Grant Report (No.129) [HC 256]
Adjournment - Tina Thompson and war widows pensions - Lynda Waltho

Wednesday 26 March

The House will sit in Westminster Hall between 9.30am-5.00pm

Westminster Hall Private Members' Debates -
09.30-11.00 Government policy on park home sites
11.00-11.30 Delivery of public services in the South West by Southwest One and IBM
14.30-16.00 Development of nuclear weapons at Aldermaston
16.00-16.30 Changes in planning law affecting high street shops
16.30-17.00 Recycling of plastics

The House will sit at 11.30am

Oral Questions - Northern Ireland; Prime Minister
Legislation - Local Transport Bill [HL] - Second reading
Adjournment - Co-operative model in education in Portsmouth - Sarah McCarthy-Fry

Thursday 27 March

The House will sit at 10.30am

Oral Questions - Innovation, Universities and Skills, including Topical Questions
Business Statement - Leader of the House
Topical debate - to be announced

Motions - relating to House of Commons Business:
i) Parliamentary Contribution Pension Fund
ii) 7th Report of the Standard and Privileges Committee on Employment of family members through the staffing allowance, Session 2007-08, [HC 436]
Adjournment - Boston's road infrastructure - Mark Simmonds

The House will sit in Westminster Hall between 2.30pm and 5.30pm for a Debate on Strategic Export Controls: 2007 Review, First Joint Report from the Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees, Session 2006-07, HC 117, and the Government's response, Cm 7260


Tuesday 25th March

Children and Young Persons Bill [HL] - Third Reading
Health and Social Care Bill - Second Reading

Wednesday 26th March

Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill - Report

Thursday 27th March

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to call attention to financial inequality in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Howarth of Newport to call attention to the case for encouraging high-quality architecture in the United Kingdom and for ensuring that design quality is taken into account by local planning authorities; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Alcohol Labelling Bill [HL] - Committee