The Week in Westminster: 25-29 March 2013

The government takes a break after the Budget speech, but some business still occurs.

The Budget speech continues with a debate on housing, and Mary Macleod takes up the issue of succession to hereditary peerages and estates in the House of Commons.

In the House of Lords, Baroness Seccombe tackles poverty, and Lord Sheldon addresses suicides in prisons.

House of Commons

Monday 25 March 2013

Oral Questions – Home Office, including Topical Questions

Ten Minute Rule Motion – Succession to Hereditary Peerages and Estates – Mary Macleod

Debate – Conclusion of the budget debate: Housing

Adjournment – Energy intensive industries – Andy Sawford

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Oral Questions – Deputy Prime Minister, including Topical Questions; Attorney General

Ten Minute Rule Motion – UK Elected Representatives (Disclosure of Party Membership) – Mr David Hanson

Backbench Business – (i) Flood insurance (ii) Pre-recess Adjournment Debate

Adjournment – Energy infrastructure and the UK supply chain – Peter Aldous

Wednesday 27-29 March 2013

The House of Commons will be in recess. The House will next sit on Monday 15 April 2013.

House of Lords

Monday 25 March 2013

Oral Questions – Spending on infrastructure projects in the current financial year, and how it compares with the previous year – Lord Hollick

Suicides in prisons since January 2000 – Lord Sheldon

Bringing forward proposals to encourage greater interactivity of debate, and to allow time for interventions, in time-limited debates in the House and Grand Committee – Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer

The definition of poverty in the UK – Baroness Seccombe

Legislation – Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill – Third reading – Baroness Stowell of Beeston

Legislation – Crime and Courts Bill [HL] – Consideration of Commons amendments – Lord Taylor of Holbeach

Legislation – Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill – Committee of the whole House – Lord Freud

Legislation – Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill – Report stage – Lord Freud

Legislation – Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill – Third reading – Lord Freud

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Introduction(s) – Martha Lane Fox and Michael Berkeley

Oral Questions – Representations to the EU and US government about the long-term humanitarian implications of the increasing number of refugees from Syria – Lord Selkirk of Douglas

Deployment of autonomous weapon systems by UK armed forces – Lord Harris of Haringey

UK Government discussions with the Scottish Government regarding the arrangements for the referendum on independence – Lord Foulkes of Cumnock

Ensuring high quality out of hours GP medical care is in place – Lord Kennedy of Southwark

Legislation – Growth and Infrastructure Bill – Third reading – Baroness Hanham

Legislation – Justice and Security Bill [HL] – Consideration of Commons amendments – Lord Wallace of Tankerness

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Oral Questions – Increasing quantitative easing by £25 billion – Lord Barnett

Targets for increasing the proportion of biofuels in road transport fuel – Baroness Worthington

Continuation of reconnection and rehabilitation programmes for Polish rough sleepers in the UK – Lord Roberts of Llandudno

Orders and Regulations – Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2013 – Motion to Regret; Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 – Motion to Approve – Lord Bach/Lord McNally

Orders and Regulations – Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012 – Motions to Regret – Baroness Grey Thompson and Baroness Scotland of Asthal/Lord McNally

Legislation – Marine Navigation (No. 2) Bill – Committee of the whole House (Day 2) – Baroness Wilcox

Thursday 28-29 March 2013

No business has been announced for this day.


Pick of the select committees

Monday 25 March 2013


Subject: Budget 2013
Witness(es): Roger Bootle, Managing Director, Capital Economics, Michael Saunders, Chief UK Economist, Citigroup and Kevin Daly, Chief UK Economist, Goldman Sachs ; Institute for Fiscal Studies; Paul Smee, Director General, Council of Mortgage Lenders and John Cridland, Director General, CBI

Location: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House, 4 p.m.

Tuesday 26 March 2013

International Development

Subject: Global Food Security

Witness(es): Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director, UN World Food Programme, Dan Gustafson, Deputy Director General (Operations), Food and Agriculture Organisation and Marc van Ameringen, Executive Director, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition; Sir John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Government Office for Science, Kanayo Nwanze, President, International Fund for Agricultural Development and Dr Shenggen Fan, Director General, International Food Policy Research Institute

Location: Room 5, Palace of Westminster, 9:30 a.m.

Home Affairs

Subject: The work of the UK Border Agency

Witness(es): Rob Whiteman, Chief Executive, UK Border Agency and Simon Hayes, In-coming Director, International Directorate, UK Border Agency

Location: The Grimond Room, Portcullis House, 3 p.m.