A guide to highlights coming up in Parliament
A short week ahead in Westminster - but MPs and Peers are managing to pack quite a lot in, particularly on the committee corridor.
Monday in the Commons opens with education questions followed by a ministerial statement marking the publication of the report of the independent public inquiry into the murder, in 1999 of Rosemary Nelson, a solicitor from Lurgan in Northern Ireland. The main aim is to establish if there was any police, army or intelligence service complicity in her death. That is followed by two Opposition Day debates - first on the ultra-topical issue of Sentencing (will Justice Secretary Ken Clarke bat for the government, I wonder?) and then on Policing and Crime. Over in the Lords peers continue their committee stage perusal of the European Union Bill.
The day's biggest excitement in Committee land will be the Public Accounts Committee's post mortem on one of the great public procurement fiascos of recent years - the NHS National Programme for IT. This was supposed to allow doctors to access patient treatment records anywhere in England, (imagine a Birmingham man with complex medical problems needing treatment while on holiday in Cornwall etc). But despite billions being spent, a report by the financial watchdog the National Audit Office has said that objective now looks undeliverable.
This session with NHS chief executive David Nicholson and the two main contractors could result in the whole programme being dumped, MPs on the Committee say.
Other committee highlights include Martin Narey, former chief executive of the National Offenders Management Service, at the Justice Committee and Foreign Office minister Jeremy Browne, on the tension between international human rights issues and efforts to boost UK economic interests.
Tuesday sees Nick Clegg resuming his role as parliamentary piñata at Deputy Prime Minister's Questions. Expect lots of goading from both sides about the AV referendum and his newly published proposals for the Lords. Then there's a backbench debate on "Eurozone Financial Assistance" requested by the European Scrutiny Committee. Under their new(ish) chairman, Bill Cash, this committee has repeatedly used its power to force debates on European issues onto the floor of the House - the debates may be dominated by the usual Eurosceptic suspects, but at least this House of Commons is being asked to take notice of issues that once tended to be waved through.
There's also an interesting looking Ten Minute Rule Bill requiring the publication of national care standards for autism spectrum disorders, something which could have important ramifications for carers. After which the House rises for its Whitsun break - and does not return until Tuesday 7 June. The Lords, meanwhile have Third Reading debates on the Fixed Term Parliaments Bill and the Postal Services Bill.
Committee hearing of the day will probably be the Transport Committee's final session on the government's controversial proposals to close coastguard stations. The committee went walkabout to meet coastguards at Falmouth and Stornoway this week, and as a result there may be some interesting exchanges with their guest of honour, the Transport Minister Mike Penning - who was being accused of trying to stop Coastguards from speaking directly to the Committee. This allegation may even be raised in the Chamber on a point of order, and the phrase "contempt of parliament" has been whispered.
There's an unusual joint session of the Welsh Affairs and Culture, Media and Sport Committees for a joint pre-appointment hearing with Huw Jones, the preferred candidate for new Chair of S4C, the Welsh language TV channel which was brought under the BBC's organisational umbrella after running into financial difficulties. Both committees have published reports on S4C.
UPDATE: A very nice man from S4C rings to say that (a) they're dealing with budget cuts, so it's not quite "financial difficulties" and (b) S4C is contemplating "partnership" with the BBC as a result, but it's not a done deal yet.
The Public Administration Committee opens its inquiry into the Big Society with a panel of wise persons including Only Connect chief exec Danny Kruger; commentator Polly Toynbee; former government advisor Lord Glasman; and Shaun Bailey, the government ambassador on Big Society. The committee chairman Bernard Jenkin is not normally seen as a card carrying Cameroon - so this could evolve into something rather sparky.
The Home Affairs Committee hears from Sir Denis O'Connor, HM Chief Inspector of Constabulary and Nick Gargan, chief executive, National Policing Improvement Agency as they continue to survey the "New Landscape in Policing. And the Defence Committee will speak to, among others, Air Chief Marshall Sir Brian Burridge and Admiral Sir Jonathon Band about the government's Defence Review and the National Security Council.
On Wednesday, the Lords keeps calm and carries on without the Commons. Peers will continue their scrutiny of the European Union Bill at committee state (this will be day 8) although they will adjourn to hear President Obama give a speech in Westminster Hall.