Weekly Information Bulletin: 12th May 2007
Forthcoming Business of the House of Lords
14 May - 18 May 2007
Monday 14 May (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the value of the United Kingdom's membership of the Seven Nation Initiative on Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament; and what are their intentions with regard to the future work of the group, particularly in the run up to the next review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in 2010; Lord Crickhowell to ask Her Majesty's Government what percentage of the total capital value of new hospital building projects, with a value of £29.7 million or above, built since 1997 relates to hospitals situated in Parliamentary constituencies which currently have a sitting Labour Member of Parliament; Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government when, following decisions taken at the March European Council on climate change, they expect the last incandescent light bulb to be switched off in the United Kingdom; Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the decision to exclude some 22,000 Gurkha veterans who left service before 1997 from the new pension arrangements available to Gurkha veterans who retired after July 1997.
Legislation - Pensions Bill (Second Reading); Greater London Authority Bill (Grand Committee stage, fifth day - Moses Room, 3.30pm).
Delegated Legislation - Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Quality and Safety) Regulations 2007; Human Tissue (Quality and Safety for Human Application) Regulations 2007
Question for short debate - on when and how the proposals in the Department of Health report Mending hearts and brains, in respect of Stroke victims, will be implemented (L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank).
Tuesday 15 May (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Lord Bishop of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government what provision they are making for extra policing in Liverpool during its year as European Capital of Culture; Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will review the law on the compensation of victims of rape and other sexual offences; Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty's Government why they have overridden the Scrutiny Reserve resolution relating to the work of the European Union Select Committee on 157 occasions in the last three years.
Legislation - Alcohol Labelling Bill [HL] (Committee stage); International Tribunals (Sierra Leone) Bill [HL] (Committee Stage); Legal Services Bill [HL] (Third reading); Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (Report Stage).
Wednesday 16 May (3.00pm)
Oral questions - Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty's Government how far their war against terror extends in geographical terms; and what are the main activities which they include within the term global terrorism; Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made on the 19,000 2005 Single Farm Payments currently being reviewed by the Rural Payments Agency; Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their latest estimate of changes in the level of support for the Arts as a consequence of the rising cost of the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Legislation - Offender Management Bill (Committee stage, first day).
Thursday 17 May (11.00am)
Oral questions - Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty's Government why there is a £10 charge for refunding rail tickets purchased online, but not for refunding tickets purchased at stations; Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will ensure that there are effective procedures for referring all detained asylum applicants who allege previous torture or rape, to the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture, or to other medical practitioners experienced in the field; Lord Hamilton of Epsom to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to deal with leaks from terrorist inquiries so that public safety is not endangered; Lord Elton to call attention to the proceedings of the Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions on 22 and 23 February; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 21/2 hours); Lord Baker of Dorking to call attention to the effect upon heritage and the Arts of the transfer of Lottery funds to the 2012 London Olympic Games; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 21/2 hours)
Legislation - Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill [HL] (Grand Committee stage, second day - Moses room, 2.00pm).
Debates - On cluster munitions (L. Elton); On the effect on heritage and the arts of the transfer of lottery funds to the 2012 Olympic Games (L. Baker of Dorking).
Secondary Legislation - Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2007; Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007; Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Corresponding Amendments) Order 2007- Motions for approval
Friday 18 May (11.00am)
Legislation - Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill [HL] (Second Reading); House of Lords (Amendment) Bill [HL] (Second Reading).
Provisional Future Business of the House of Lords
21 May - 25 May 2007
Monday 21st May (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Lord Ezra to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to increase gas storage capacity; Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty's Government whether adequate specialist therapy is available to patients leaving hospital following strokes, in particular speech therapy; and what steps they are taking to ensure such therapy is available in all areas. Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to increase the uptake of the Child Trust Fund; Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty's Government whether Ministers decided not to follow advice from officials on the impact on the finances of pension schemes of the abolition of tax credits.
Legislation - Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill (Consideration of Commons amendments stage); Offender Management Bill (Committee stage, second day).
Question for short debate - on whether current methods of funding for research for Universities are sufficient (B. Sharp of Guilford).
Tuesday 22nd May (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government how many home inspectors there are who are qualified to issue energy performance certificates required to market homes for sale after 1 June 2007; and how home owners wishing to sell privately will know how and where to make contact in their area. Baroness Noakes to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will publish the report on the costs of identity cards which was due by 31 March 2007 under the terms of section 37 of the Identity Cards Act 2006; Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in response to the defeat of the Gambling (Geographical Distribution of Casino Premises Licences) Order 2007 in the House of Lords on 28 March, they will introduce two Orders separating the supercasinos from the other proposed casinos.
Legislation - Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill (Third reading); International Tribunals (Sierra Leone) Bill [HL] (Third reading); Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (Consideration of Commons amendments).
Delegated Legislation - Home Information Pack Regulations 2007- Motion to revoke
Wednesday 23rd May (3.00pm)
Oral questions - Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of the federal government of Switzerland's calculation that Swiss membership of the European Union would be nine times more expensive than Switzerland's current bilateral arrangements with the European Union, a similar position applies to the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union; Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty's Government when the conclusions of the internal Department for Constitutional Affairs examination of different electoral systems in the United Kingdom will be published; Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the impact of climate change on the United Kingdom's tourism industry.
Legislation - Offender Management Bill (Committee Stage, day 3); Statistics and Registration Service Bill (Committee stage, day 3)
Thursday 24th May (11.00am)
Oral questions - Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made in implementing their policy of end-to-end offender management; Lord Blaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the peace plan signed by 22 Arab nations on 28 March; Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to the government of Burma with regard to continuing offensives and threats of further offensives against the Karen people inside Karen State and in camps for the displaced in Thailand.
Debates - Conservative; On EU Committee report on mobile phone roaming charges (L. Freeman)