Political News: W/C 22nd February

Provisional parliamentary business has now been announced for this period, including the following that may be of relevance to you. Please note, the following may change at short notice. 


House of Commons 

Monday 22 February 

General debate: Covid-19 (from 3:30pm) 

Tuesday 23 February 

Ten Minute Rule Motion: Youth Courts and Sentencing - Rob Butler (from 12:30pm) 

Opposition Day Debate: Subject to be announced (from 12:45pm) 

Adjournment debate: Death of WPC Yvonne Fletcher - Bob Stewart 

Justice Committee - Oral evidence: Court Capacity, The Future of Legal Aid. Witnesses: Jane Russell, Committee Member, Employment Law Bar Association; Simon Mullings, Co-Chair, Housing Law Practitioners Association; Mr Chris Minnoch, Chief Executive Officer, Legal Aid Practitioners Group; Ian Townley, Director and Head of Costs, Broudie Jackson Canter. Location: Virtual meeting (2:30pm) 

Wednesday 24 February 

Prime Minister’s Questions (12pm) 

Consideration of Lords Message to the Covert Human Intelligence Sources (Criminal Conduct) Bill 

Fourth Delegated Legislation Committee – Debate: The draft Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) (Amendment) Regulations 2021. Location: Room 14, Palace of Westminster (2:30pm) 

Home Affairs Committee - Oral evidence: The work of the Home Secretary. Witnesses: Rt Hon Priti Patel MP, Home Secretary, Home Office; Matthew Rycroft CBE, Permanent Secretary, Home Office; Paul Lincoln, Director General, Border Force, Home Office. Location: Virtual meeting (10:30am) 

Human Rights (Joint Committee) - Oral evidence: The Government's response to covid-19: human rights implications of long lockdown. Witnesses: Lochlinn Parker, Head of Civil Liberties, ITN Solicitors; Kirsty Brimelow QC, Doughty Street Chambers; Gracie Bradley, Interim Director, Liberty; Owen Weatherill, Assistant Chief Constable, National Police Coordination Centre; John Apter, National Chair, Police Federation of England and Wales; Ben-Julian Harrington, Chief Constable, Essex Police. Location: Virtual meeting (3pm) 

Thursday 25 February 

Business Questions (from 10:30am) 

Deadline for Prime Minister’s Questions (on Wednesday 3 March) 

House of Lords 

Monday 22 February 

Oral questions: Level of food-related crime and the resources available to address such crime - Lord Rooker (from 1:30pm) 

Tuesday 23 February 

Orders and regulations: Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Lord Wolfson of Tredegar 

Wednesday 24 February 

Human Rights (Joint Committee) - Oral evidence: The Government's response to covid-19: human rights implications of long lockdown (see above) 

Thursday 25 February 

No relevant business currently scheduled 

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