The agenda

Written by What's happening on 17 April 2012 in News
Everything happening in politics today

What's happening

10.30 The health select committee hold an evidence session on the government's alcohol strategy

10.30 Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing gives evidence to the energy and climate change select committee on the impact of potential Scottish independence on energy and climate change

10.30 Jack Straw gives evidence to the justice select committee on the post-legislative scrutiny of the Freedom of Information Act

11.00 Newspaper editors from The Times, the Daily Mail, The Sun, the Daily Telegraph and the BBC give evidence to the home affairs select committee on the use of private investigators

12.15 Metropolitan police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe gives evidence to the home affairs committee on the work of his force

13.30 David Cameron meets Li Changchun, a high-ranking member of China's ruling party, at No 10 Downing Street. Officially a 'goodwill visit' to promote bilateral trade, but discussions are expected to focus on the death of British national Neil Heywood in November

14.00 Nick Clegg and Brian Paddick take part in a youth vote Q&A at the Ministry of Sound in London

14.10 Andrew Mitchell gives evidence to the international development select committee on a global fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria

14.30 William Hague takes foreign office questions in the Commons

15.25 David Willetts and Damian Green give evidence to the Lords science and technology sub committee on higher education in STEM subjects

16.30 The Commons considers the Lords' amendments to the Legal Aid Bill

15.30 Home secretary Theresa May is expected to update MPs on the Abu Qatada case and the possibility of deportation

17.00 Andrew Mitchell makes a speech on climate change and disaster risk reduction in London

What's been said

Taliban attacks on Kabul are further proof that the west's vision for Afghanistan was a fantasy, says Carne Ross in The Guardian

The 'anti-politics' vote won't do people any good, argues Steve Richards in The Independent

It's time for Cameron to work out which side he’s on, says Rachel Sylvester in The Times (£)

Funding of political parties is a side issue – the challenge is how to finance good public services, says Mary Riddell in the Daily Telegraph

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