Policy and Politics: In the Chamber - A digest of sessions with a sector agenda

HOUSE OF COMMONS

- The Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill had its second reading on Monday

- There is an adjournment debate today on facilities for dementia and Alzheimer's sufferers, and the closure of the Briseham Unit in Brixham

HOUSE OF LORDS

- The Charities Bill had its second reading on Tuesday

- Questions to ministers on Monday included whether the Government is still committed to independent living for disabled people

- Questions tomorrow will be on progress the Government hopes to make on the International Finance Facility for the relief of world poverty at the G8 finance ministers meeting on 10 June

- On Monday, Lord Naseby will ask whether the Government is satisfied with the progress of reconstruction following the emergency relief given in response to the Asian tsunami

- The Commissioner for Older People (Wales) Bill will have its second reading on Tuesday

- The Equality Bill will begin its second reading on Wednesday

WESTMINSTER HALL

- There will be a debate on Thursday on the National Service Framework for coronary heart disease

- There is a debate today on the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on local communities

- There is a debate today on fair trade and developing countries (Huw Irranca-Davies, Labour, Ogmore)

SUMMER RECESS

- The House will rise on 21 July and return on 10 October

WINTER RECESS

- The House will rise on 20 December and return on 9 January

SCOTTISH PARLIAMENT

- The Protection of Children and Prevention of Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill was passed on Thursday last week

- The Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Bill entered stage 3 on Thursday

- The Health Committee considered the Smoking, Health and Social Care (Scotland) Bill at stage 2 (day four) on Tuesday

For Hansard reports and information on committees, see www.parliament.uk.

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