Tuesday 21 October 2008

Pressing Matters of Concern

Energy and the Environment are topics which will receive much attention in the House of Lords this week. Today there will be two related questions -

Lord Harrison will ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that United Kingdom investment in science is sufficient to meet the key economic and environmental challenges facing the United Kingdom.

Lord Renton of Mount Harry will ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to Electricite de France’s proposed takeover of British Energy to become the principal provider of nuclear energy in the United Kingdom.

On Wednesday Lord Ezra will ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their forecasts for the security and prices of energy supplies during the coming winter.

The main legislative business of the day will be the Report Stage of the Energy Bill. Further details of this bill can be found at http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2007-08/energy.html. On Thursday the Committee Stage of the Planning Bill is expected to conclude. The concerns of Friends of the Earth about this bill can be read at http://community.foe.co.uk/campaigns/rights/planningbill.html whilst the detail can be viewed at http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2007-08/planning.html. The House of Commons Library Research Papers can be accessed under "Related Information".