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Monday, 23 February 2015

Business This Week - House Of Representatives

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD
On Monday, the House is not in session.

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24TH
On Tuesday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 212 - Drinking Water Protection Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Bob Latta / Energy and Commerce Committee)
2) H.R. 734 - Federal Communications Commission Consolidated Reporting Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Steve Scalise / Energy and Commerce Committee)
3) H.R. 1020 - STEM Education Act of 2015 (Sponsored by Rep. Lamar Smith / Science, Space, and Technology Committee)

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25TH AND THE BALANCE OF THE WEEK
On Wednesday and Thursday, the House will meet at 10:00 a.m. for morning hour and 12:00 p.m. for legislative business.
On Friday, the House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business. Last votes expected no later than 3:00 p.m.
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) S. 227 - Strengthening Education through Research Act (Sponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander / Education and the Workforce Committee)
H.R. 529 - To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to improve 529 plans (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. Lynn Jenkins / Ways and Means Committee)
H.R. 5 - Student Success Act, Rules Committee Print (Subject to a Rule) (Sponsored by Rep. John Kline / Education and the Workforce Committee)
Possible Consideration of H.R. 240 - Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015
 
 
 
 
 

Business this week - House of Lords

Monday 23 February 2015
TimeBusiness
2.30pmOral Questions
Business rates reform, steps taken to support UK high streets
Effect of VAT on finances of sixth form colleges and non-maintained special schools
Crown Prosecution Service performance following recent budget cuts
Discussions with European Union member states regarding the handling of conflict in Ukraine
Legislation
Modern Slavery Bill - Report stage - Lord Bates
Short Debate
Hotels and facilities for disabled people
 
Tuesday 24 February 2015
TimeBusiness
2.30pmOral Questions
Proposals to include animal welfare in the National Curriculum
Plans to acknowledge the service of Gurkha battalions to the UK
Dignity and privacy of women at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre
Assessment of the ability of the UK’s armed forces to participate fully in any NATO-led Baltic defence operations
Legislation
Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences) Bill - Committee of the whole House - Baroness Berridge
Legislation
Consumer Rights Bill - Consideration of Commons amendments - Baroness Neville-Rolfe
Orders and Regulations
Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 - Fatal Amendment Motion - /
Debate
Concerns expressed by local authorities in England and Wales over the growth of high street betting machines
 
Wednesday 25 February 2015
TimeBusiness
3pmOral Questions
Access to finance for small businesses
Assessment of broadband services in rural areas and city technology hubs in the UK
Whether soils in England will sustain long-term food production
Legislation
Modern Slavery Bill - Report stage (Day 2) - Lord Bates
Short Debate
Mental health services
Thursday 26 February 2015
TimeBusiness
11amOral Questions
Economic impact of the increase in Entrepreneurs’ Relief
Syrian refugees becoming permanent residents
Local Government Association’s report tackling obesity
Legislation
Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill - Committee of the whole House
Orders and Regulations
Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5 and Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2015
Short Debate
The effect of the EU regulation on British agriculture
 
Friday 27 February 2015
TimeBusiness
10amLegislation
International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill - Report stage - Lord Purvis of Tweed
Legislation
Control of Horses Bill - Second reading
Legislation
Local Government (Religious etc. Observances) Bill - Second reading
Legislation
Local Government (Review of Decisions) Bill - Second reading

Business this week - House of Commons

 
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Monday 23 February 2015
TimeBusiness
2.30pmOral Questions
Defence, including Topical Questions
Statement
European Council - Mr David Cameron
Legislation
Serious Crime Bill [HL] - Report stage
Legislation
Serious Crime Bill [HL] - Third reading
Adjournment
Oesophageal cancer - Mike Weatherley
 
Tuesday 24 February 2015
TimeBusiness
11.30amOral Questions
Health, including Topical Questions
Ten Minute Rule Motion
Nature - Sir John Randall
Legislation
Pension Schemes Bill - Consideration of Lords amendments
Motion
Consideration of an allocation of time motion
Legislation
House of Commons Commission Bill - Second reading
Legislation
House of Commons Commission Bill - Committee of the whole House
Legislation
House of Commons Commission Bill - Report stage
Legislation
House of Commons Commission Bill - Third reading
Motion
Motions relating to Procedure Committee reports on business in Westminster Hall (HC 236 2014-15), Queen's and Prince of Wales's consent (HC 871 2014-15), and E- petitions (HC 235 2014-15)
Backbench Business
Mental health and unemployment
Adjournment
Economic effects of decrease in exploration and appraisal drilling - Mrs Mary Glindon
 
Wednesday 25 February 2015
TimeBusiness
11.30amOral Questions
Scotland
12pmPrime Minister's Question Time
Ten Minute Rule Motion
Employment of People with Disabilities (Reporting) - Debbie Abrahams
Debate
Opposition Day debate (18th allotted day) - Subject to be announced
Adjournment
Care for childhood cancers - Nicola Blackwood
 
Thursday 26 February 2015
TimeBusiness
9.30amOral Questions
Culture, Media and Sport, including Topical Questions; Women and Equalities
Business Statement
Leader of the House
Statement
Select Committee Statement on the publication of the Fourth Report from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, session 2014-15: Future of the BBC (HC 315 2014-15)
Backbench Business
(i) Equitable life (ii) Epilepsy
Adjournment
Government support for victims of child sexual exploitation in Rotherham - Sarah Champion
 
Friday 27 February 2015
TimeBusiness
9.30amLegislation (Private Members Bills)
Health Service Commissioner for England (Complaint Handling) Bill - Report stage - Mr David Davis
Legislation
House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL] - Report stage - Sir George Young
Legislation
Office for Budget Responsibility (Political Party Policy Costings) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
Armed Forces (Prevention of Discrimination) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
Jobs Guarantee Scheme (Research) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
Terms and Conditions (Migrant Workers) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
Fixed Odds Betting Terminals (Betting Shops) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
High Cost Credit Services (Retail Premises) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014 (Repeal) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
Letting Agents (Fees) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
Firearm and Shotgun Licensing (Domestic Violence) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (Statutory Requirement) Bill - Second reading - Caroline Lucas
Legislation
Sex and Relationships Education (Curriculum) Bill - Second reading - Diana Johnson
Legislation
Tyres (Buses and Coaches) Bill - Second reading - Steve Rotheram
Legislation
Public Services (Ownership and User Involvement) Bill - Second reading - Caroline Lucas
Legislation
Armed Forces (Prevention of Discrimination) (No. 2) Bill - Second reading - Thomas Docherty
Legislation
National Defence Medal Bill - Second reading - Stephen Gilbert
Legislation
Electronic Cigarettes (Advertising and Legal Age of Purchase) Bill - Second reading - Geraint Davies
Legislation
Buses (Audio Announcements) Bill - Second reading - Jim Shannon
Legislation
Railways Bill - Second reading - Caroline Lucas
Legislation
Low Pay Commission (National Minimum Wage) Bill - Second reading - Dan Jarvis
Legislation
Housing (Affordability, Supply and Tenant Protection) Bill - Second reading - Caroline Lucas
Legislation
Off-Road Vehicles (Registration) Bill - Second reading - Mr David Ward
Legislation
Fracking (Measurement and Regulation of Impacts) (Air, Water and Greenhouse Gas Emissions) Bill - Second reading - Geraint Davies
Legislation
Working Time Directive (Limitation) Bill - Second reading (Day 2) - Mr Christopher Chope
Legislation
Zero Hours Contracts Bill - Second reading (Day 2) - Ian Mearns
Legislation
Funeral Services Bill - Second reading - Mrs Emma Lewell-Buck
Legislation
Bat Habitats Regulation Bill - Second reading (Day 2) - Mr Christopher Chope
Legislation
Energy (Buildings and Reduction of Fuel Use) Bill - Second reading - Dr Alan Whitehead
Legislation
Houses in Multiple Occupation (Energy Performance Certificates and Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards) Bill - Second reading - Dr Alan Whitehead
Legislation
Sugar in Food and Drinks (Targets, Labelling and Advertising) Bill - Second reading - Geraint Davies
Legislation
Defence Expenditure (NATO Target) Bill - Second reading (Day 2) - Mr Christopher Chope
Legislation
Convicted Prisoners Voting Bill - Second reading (Day 2) - Mr Christopher Chope
Legislation
Benefit Entitlement (Restriction) Bill - Second reading - Mr Christopher Chope
Legislation
Road Traffic Regulation (Temporary Closure for Filming) Bill - Second reading (Day 2) - Iain Stewart
Legislation
Illegal Immigrants (Criminal Sanctions) Bill - Second reading (Day 2) - Mr Christopher Chope
Legislation
House of Lords (Maximum Membership) Bill - Second reading - Mr Christopher Chope
Legislation
EU Membership (Audit of Costs and Benefits) Bill - Second reading - Mr Christopher Chope
Legislation
Wild Animals in Circuses Bill - Second reading - Jim Fitzpatrick MP
Legislation
Medical Innovation Bill [HL] - Second reading - Michael Ellis
Legislation
Living Wage (Reporting) Bill - Second reading - Heidi Alexander

 
Adjournment
Investigation of deaths in mental health settings - Mr Charles Walker
 
WESTMINSTER HALL
 
Monday 23 February 2015
TimeBusiness
4.30pm - 7.30pm
Debate on an e-petition relating to ending non-stun slaughter to promote animal welfare - Mr Philip Hollobone
 
Tuesday 24 February 2015
TimeBusiness
9.30am - 11am
Yemen - Keith Vaz
11am - 11.30am
Police numbers in Wales - Chris Evans
2.30pm - 4pm
Public procurement of infrastructure in the South West - Mr Gary Streeter
4pm - 4.30pm
Allegations of misconduct and human rights abuse by a British oil exploration firm in Democratic Republic of Congo - Tessa Munt
4.30pm - 5pm
Effects of mining in Goa by UK-listed companies - John McDonnell
 
Wednesday 25 February 2015
TimeBusiness
9.30am - 11am
Access to careers advice for 14 to 19 year-olds - Stephen Lloyd
11am - 11.30am
Police widows' and widowers’ pensions - Richard Graham
2.30pm - 4pm
UK contribution to preventing conflict in Gaza - Mr Michael McCann
4pm - 4.30pm
Transport infrastructure in West and South Cumbria - Mr Jamie Reed
4.30pm - 5pm
Bullying on school buses - Annette Brooke
 
Thursday 26 February 2015
TimeBusiness
1.30pm - 4.30pm
Low carbon electricity generation - Mr Tim Yeo

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Walking in the Footsteps

I did make it to Stony Stratford yesterday - and walked the length of the shopping area on what was Watling Street (now called "High Street") across the river  bridge and into Old Stratford.

Behind the High Street are the remains of St Mary Magdalene church. It was seriously damaged in the 18th Century, but its medieval tower remains.


A lovely garden has been set to commemorate  the (probable) site of the Stony Stratford Eleanor Cross. These marked the overnight resting places of the body of Edward I's wife - as it was taken from her place of death in Nottinghamshire to Westminster.




The Bridge marks a significant point in the border between England and Danelaw. Alfred the Great signed a treaty with the Viking leader, Guthrun.  The border ran from the north along Watling Street until it met the River Ouse - then followed that river towards Bedford. The photograph below shows where the border made this turn.


Friday, 20 February 2015

The road to Runnymede goes through Milton Keynes!

I've been using some of the (small) amount of free time I have at the moment, to read up about the events leading up to the meeting at Runnymede. Using my modern atlas of France, I've been able to plot (approximately) his itinerary during the disastrous campaign of 1214.



By 800 years ago this week King John had moved into the Midlands (much of the time in previous months he had been in London or southern England). After a few days in Woodstock (just to the north of Oxford - and close to the site of Blenheim Palace - in fact, after Woodstock Palace was destroyed during the Civil War of the 17th Century - stones from it were used to construct Blenheim) - he moved to Silverstone (now the centre for motor racing). From there he travelled to Northampton, spending a night in Blisworth. Northampton had a grand castle - reputedly his father's favourite castle in England. Sadly little now remains - but the station, built on much of the site, is still known as Castle Station.

Then - 800 years ago today - he left Northampton to join the main route from the Midlands to London. He came to Stony Stratford - now part of Milton Keynes. It is an ancient town (though of medieval origin rather than Roman). In Roman times, there may have been some settlement across the Great Ouse river in what is now known as Old Stratford, but the Roman Road (Watling Street) ran through countryside in what is now Stony. (I am writing this from home - in Furzton, which adjoins Watling Street - it was countryside until only 30 years ago).

Stony, because of its strategic position on a major river crossing on this ancient, but continuously important road, has had many royal visitors. It was there that the boy king Edward V was met and taken into 'protective custody' by his uncle, the future Richard III. 

If I have time, I may well pop up to Stratford sometime today - and after popping to my favourite bakers (Woodstocks - by coincidence) - I'll drive home on exactly the route King John took, exactly 800 years previously.