The week in Westminster: May 13th to May 17th

By Jo-Anna K. Burnett

With the UN's road safety week and the government's consultation on a new victims' code coming to a close, Mark Spencer, MP for Sherwood, addresses sentences for people convicted for road traffic offences on Thursday. (See today's comment piece, "Our society excuses road crimes, but they kill us just the same.")

In the House of Lords, Baroness Parminter tackles taxing single use plastic bags, and Braoness Quin looks into the 'bedroom tax', the under-occupancy restriction for housing benefits recipients.

The House of Commons will debate the cost of living and economic growth, and the transport committee will look into accessible transportation for people with disabilities with a host of witnesses offering expert opinions. This week also sees MPs tackle the social care bill, which still has the potential to be hugely significant.

House of Commons

Monday, 13 May

Business – Debate on the Address: Health and social care

Adjournment – Cleveland Fire Authority: fire authority mutualisation – Tom Blenkinsop

Tuesday, 14 May

Oral Questions – Treasury, including Topical Questions

Business – Debate on the Address: Cost of living

Adjournment – Enforced monopolies in council sport provision – Charlotte Leslie

Wednesday, 15 May

Oral Questions – Wales

Prime Minister's Question Time

Business – Debate on the Address: Economic growth

Adjournment – Dangerous dogs and Jade Lomas Anderson – Julie Hilling

Thursday, 16 May

Oral Questions – Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, including Topical Questions; Church Commissioners, Public Accounts Commission and Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission

Business Statement – Leader of the House

Backbench Business – Mental Health

Adjournment – Sentencing for people convicted for road traffic offences – Mr Mark Spencer

Friday, 17 May

The House will not be sitting.

House of Lords

Monday, 13 May

Oral Questions – Steps to improve the implementation of the NHS 111 service – Lord Hunt of Kings Heath

UK clothing sector retailers ensuring that people working throughout their supply chains enjoy safe and secure working conditions – Baroness Young of Hornsey

Instructions to Government departments to outline the impact independence would have on their responsibilities in Scotland – Lord McAvoy

Proposals put forward by newspapers in response to the Leveson inquiry report – Lord Fowler

Debate on the address – Business, Economy, Local Government and Transport – Lord Deighton / Baroness Hanham

Tuesday, 14 May

Oral Questions – Local authorities requiring bailiffs to pay them part of the fees that bailiffs have charged to debtors – Lord Lucas

A levy on single use plastic bags in England – Baroness Parminter

Report by the Institute of Fiscal Studies on child poverty in the UK – Lord Dubs

An inquiry into the military and security implications of the failure of statutory safeguards concerning the sale and exports of false bomb detectors – Lord Maginnis of Drumglass

Debate on the address – Agriculture, Culture, Education, Energy, Health and Welfare – Lord Freud / Earl Howe

Wednesday, 15 May

Oral Questions – Under-occupancy rule for housing benefit – Baroness Quin

Dalit or Scheduled Caste aid programmes in India – Lord Harries of Pentregarth

Criteria for the allocations of direct budgetary support to developing countries in 2013–14 – Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale

Debate on the address – Defence, Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, International Development – Baroness Warsi / Lord Astor of Hever

Thursday, 16 May

Oral Questions – Funding available to enable self-excluded severely bullied children to return to education – Baroness Brinton

Rule that prevents patients of dispensing doctors who live within 1.6 kilometres of a pharmacy from collecting their medication from a doctor’s dispensary – The Countess of Mar

Government proposals for reform of the EU at the forthcoming meeting of the European Council – Lord Dykes

Debate – Contribution of outdoor activities to the UK economy and to the health and wellbeing of the population – Lord Greaves

Debate – Current level of growth in the UK economy – Lord Soley

Debate – Reports of the Adoption Legislation Committee on Adoption: Pre-legislative Scrutiny (1st Report, 2012-13, HL Paper 94) and Adoption: Post-legislative Scrutiny (2nd Report, 2012-13, HL Paper 127) – Baroness Butler-Sloss

Friday, 17 May

No business has been announced for this day.

Pick of committees

Monday, 13 May

Transport – Subject: Access to transport for people with disabilities
Witness(es): Bruce Thompson, Head of Transport Co-ordination Service, Devon County Council, Liz Chandler, Director of Corporate Development, Merseytravel and Stephen Golden, Head of Equality and Corporate Sustainability, Transport for London; Ewan Jones, Director, Community Transport Association and Declan O'Mahoney, Director, Motability; Iain Osborne, Group Director of Regulatory Policy Group, Civil Aviation Authority, Peter Duffy, Marketing Director, easyJet and Mark Hicks, Head of Passenger Services, Heathrow Airport
Location: The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Tuesday, 14 May

Energy and Climate Change – Subject: Smart meter roll out
Witness(es): Dr Sarah Darby, Environmental Change Institute, Oxford University, Dr Gary Raw, UCL Energy Institute , Professor Harriet Bulkeley, Durham University and Dave Openshaw, UK Power Networks; Dr Martyn Thomas CBE, Institute of Engineering and Technology and Alex Henney, EEE Ltd
Location: Room 8, Palace of Westminster

Treasury – Subject: Quantitative Easing
Witness(es): Dr Andrew Sentance CBE, former external member, Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England and Kate Barker CBE, former external member, Monetary Policy Committee, Bank of England
Location: Room 5, Palace of Westminster

Economic Affairs – Subject: Witness(es): Inquiry into Taxing Corporations in a global economy: is a new approach needed? First Session: Oral Evidence will be heard from Helen Jones, Senior Vice President, Global Tax, GSK, John Bartlett, Group Head of Tax, BP and Paul Morton, Head of Group Tax, Reed Elsevier Group, at about 3.35pm.
Location: Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster

Wednesday, 15 May

Science and Technology – Subject: Clinical trials
Witness(es): Professor Karol Sikora, Medical Director of Cancer Partners UK and Dean, University of Buckingham Medical School and Simon Denegri, NIHR National Director for Public Participation and Engagement in Research and Chair, INVOLVE; Tracey Brown, Managing Director, Sense About Science and Dr Helen Jamison, Deputy Director, Science Media Centre; Sir Kent Woods, Chief Executive, , Dr Janet Wisely, Chief Executive, Health Research Authority, Bill Davidson, Acting Deputy Director and Head of Research Standards and Support, Department of Health and Peter Knight, Deputy Director, Head of Research Information and Intelligence, Department of Health
Location: Room 8, Palace of Westminster