Viewing guide: The pick of the week ahead in Parliament

The next week in Parliament may be dominated by the backbench debate on an EU referendum - and the subsequent fallout. But there is plenty of action elsewhere, featuring everything from an EU commissioner to a dog-loving peer.

Monday begins with Iain Duncan Smith and his team taking work and pensions questions in the Commons and then as an appetiser to the day's main course, the prime minister will update MPs on events at the weekend's European Council meeting - and since this now seems to be a two-part summit, a further statement may have to follow, later in the week. After that, we have the biggest backbench debate so far - on the Conservative David Nuttall's motion calling for a national referendum on Britain's membership of the EU. Because this is a backbench debate, Mr Nuttall, rather than a minister, will open proceedings, and the frontbenchers from all parties will get their chance later on. The Commons day ends with an adjournment debate on live animal exports from the Port of Ramsgate - with Conservative MP Laura Sandys continuing her campaign to stop the "barbaric and totally unnecessary" trade.

On the committee corridor, News International's former Executive Chairman Les Hinton gives evidence about the Hacking Scandal to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, via videolink from New York. The committee is confining its investigations to discrepancies in the evidence it was given during its earlier hacking inquiry. And the Foreign Affairs Committee holds its postponed hearing on piracy off the coast of Somalia with piracy victims Paul and Rachel Chandler. The session will examine their experiences after their yacht was hijacked by pirates in October 2009 and will focus on the initial naval response to the hijacking, the Chandlers' time as hostages, and efforts by the Foreign Office to secure their release.

The Public Accounts Committee probes another great defence spending debacle - this time around the delivery of armoured vehicles. The session will be based on this report from the National Audit Office which warns that the Armed Forces are facing a significant shortage in the principal armoured vehicles they require, until at least 2024-2025.

The Communities and Local Government Committee continues its look at the National Planning Policy Framework, the keystone of the government's proposed new planning system. Witnesses include: The FA, The Theatres Trust, WWF-UK, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, and Shelter.

There's also a sitting of the high-powered super-committee on the National Security Strategy. They're talking to Oliver Letwin, Minister for Government Policy in the Cabinet Office, and may seek to untangle the lines of responsibility for security matters at the heart of government where the new National Security Council is now in operation.

In the Lords, peers' main business is the report stage of the Education Bill - and there's also a short debate on the regulations on animal experiments. But detailed consideration of the Welfare Reform Bill - a radical reshaping of social security - is going on in parallel in grand committee.

Tuesday in the Commons begins with Foreign Office questions, and then a kind of digestif for those who have not yet had their fill of euro-referenda. Maastricht veteran Bill Cash has a Ten Minute Rule Bill - he wants to amend the government's "referendum lock" legislation on transfers of power to Brussels to ensure that if the Eurozone countries create a single economic government, the British people will be consulted in a referendum; the argument being that even if Britain doesn't join, the creation of such a formidable core group within the EU would completely change its nature. MPs will the polish off the Public Bodies Bill - which is designed to cull the quangos.

While all that is going on, the Commons' parallel chamber, Westminster Hall, will host debates on: localisation of business rates in the North East; sex and relationship education in primary schools; community groups and the distribution of lottery funding; regionalisation of North West fire and rescue control centres, and prescription of Ritalin and similar drugs to treat behavioural disorders in young children.

Bank of England Governor Mervyn King faces questions from the Treasury Committee on "quantitative easing" - the policy of "printing money" to counter the recession. Is it working? Is it stoking inflation? Pointy-headed but vital.

The Charity Commission bosses Dame Suzi Leather and Sam Younger are before the Public Administration Committee - expect the reverberations of the Fox affair to result in questions about their handling of the now defunct Atlantic Bridge organisation and about whether various think tanks and pressure groups deserve the tax advantages of charitable status.

The Health Committee continues its inquiry into adult social care - with the Kings Fund and Age UK among the main witnesses

Justice Secretary Ken Clarke tops the bill at the Home Affairs Committee's latest session on policing large scale disorder - riots, to you and me. Alas, Ross Kemp, who has produced a series of documentaries about gang culture will not now be joining him. But Waltham Borough Council will be.

Over in the Lords it's day one of what promises to be a marathon committee stage for the Health and Social Care Bill. The Minister in charge of the bill, Earl Howe, has sent out a 70-page document to peers, going through the issues raised during last week's two-day second reading debate. There are an awful lot of them, as Labour's Lady Thornton remarks. With no agreement yet on the total number of committee days to be devoted to the bill, peers could still be raising detailed issues come March. On Tuesday Labour will be tabling a "probing amendment" on the principles of the Health Service in England. This they suggest, rather mystifyingly, will illustrate how their frontbench in the Lords plans to watch the government's every move during the bill's route throughout the Lords. It sounds like they plan to reopen debate on the basic principles of the bill.

The Lords Communications Committee will continue its inquiry into the future of investigative journalism with expert witnesses in including Roger Bolton, former Editor of Panorama and This Week and Roger Graef, Producer of "The Trouble with Pirates" and "Kids in Care". In a second session they will question Lord Allan of Hallam, Director of Public Policy EU, for Facebook and others on data journalism, probing the credibility of online data, the risks that need to be considered when sourcing information for investigations online and the impact of social media on investigative journalism.

Wednesday kicks off with questions to the International Development Secretary Andrew Mitchell - look out for backbench Tory angst over the size of the aid budget and the recent complaints from the Public Accounts Committee that the department has failed to "keep its eye on the financial ball". Then it's prime minister's question time - expect fallout from the referendum debate.

Then, pausing only for a Ten Minute Rule Bill from Labour MP Julie Hilling, who wants emergency life support skills to be included in the National Curriculum, MPs will move on to an opposition-day debate. Proceedings will end with an adjournment debate on "funding from the public purse of trade union officials", so-called "pilgrims".

In Westminster Hall the non-controversial debates cover: BBC local radio; public health issues in Bexley; prevention of avoidable deaths from epilepsy; effect of fuel poverty on vulnerable groups and - enticingly - seagulls in coastal towns. That last one is being raised by the Waveney MP Peter Aldous. He wants to highlight the increasing nuisance caused by their scavenging, noise and, er, mess.

No less than three cabinet ministers are on parade before their departmental select committees: Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith, Environment Food and Rural Affairs Secretary Caroline Spelman and Defence Secretary Phillip Hammond. He debuts in his new role, in a session about Libya.

And the Science and Technology Committee will quiz Health Minister Anne Milton about the evidence base for the official guidelines on safe alcohol consumption - with earlier witnesses warning against sending any message that it is safe to drink more per week than the current maximum of 21 units for men, will she stick by current advice?

First aid teams will be on hand for The Public Accounts Committee's first update session to rounding up progress on committee recommendations which have not been accepted or implemented by government departments. In the dock will be officials from: Work and Pensions (Community Care Grant), MoD (MoD Estates), the Treasury and others. They should beware. This committee doesn't take kindly to having its recommendations rejected or ignored.

In the Lords, it's the third reading of the Liberal Democrat peer Lord Redesdale's Dog Control Bill - which creates a new system emphasising owner responsibility for canine misbehaviour and adds the alluring concept of "Dogbos" to regulate delinquent hounds. The government opposes the bill, but has so far failed to administer a humane killer - it may pass the Lords, but is unlikely to get through the Commons. Peers then turn to their second and final day of detailed scrutiny of the Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill.

And so to Thursday, when Vince Cable and his team will take Business, Innovation and Skills questions. Then it's back to Europe, with a debate on the UK's chairmanship of the Council of Europe. That's followed by an adjournment debate on BAE Systems job losses in Lancashire. In Westminster Hall, the Conservative Margot James launches a Backbench debate on NHS care for older people.

Fish is on the menu at the Environment Food and Rural Affairs Committee, where Maria Damanaki, EU Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Commissioner, will be grilled (sorry) about her proposals to reform the Common Fisheries Policy in time to prevent 90% of EU fish stocks disappearing.

And the Culture Media and Sport Committee has its the annual session with the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt. This session's about his work and responsibilities, which means they can ask about anything they fancy.

In the Lords there are debates on the changing world of employment, the effect of government policies on family budgets and on transforming water from a source of conflict into a basis for cooperation in the Middle East.

Neither House sits on Friday.

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