Weekly Information Bulletin: 23rd June 2007
Forthcoming Business of the House of Lords
25 - 29 June 2007
Monday 25 June (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government what assistance they are providing to the government of Spain, both bilaterally and through the European Union, to reduce people- smuggling through West Africa and Spain; Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their estimate of the number of people resident for many years in the United Kingdom who are not listed in any official statistics; and what will be their status when identity cards are introduced; Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making in phasing out mixed-sex wards in National Health Service hospitals; Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty's Government how they intend to proceed with the Future Aircraft Carrier project.
Legislation - European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL] (Committee stage); Statistics and Registration Service Bill (Third reading); Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill (Consideration of Commons Amendments stage).
Question for Short debate - on what action is being taken to promote the United Nations Convention on disability (L. Ashley of Stoke).
Tuesday 26 June (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the recent, current and proposed legislation concerning Home Information Packs, waste disposal and the closure of post offices is required as a result of decisions made under European Union law; Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty's Government what role the charitable sector is playing in the mental health sector in the North West of England; Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions on Darfur they have had with the government of China; and whether they have raised the possible consequences for the Olympic Games in 2008 which may follow from international concern at its policies relating to Darfur.
Legislation - Greater London Authority Bill (Report stage, 2nd day); Rating (Empty Properties) Bill (Second reading).
Delegated Legislation - Trade Marks (Relative Grounds) Order 2007; National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 2007; National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2007; Limited Liability Partnerships (Amendment) Regulations 2007; Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2007; Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 2007; Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2007 (All above in Grand Committee, Moses Room 3.30pm)
Wednesday 27 June (3.00pm)
Oral questions - Lord Bilimoria to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will extend the International Graduates Scheme to allow non-United Kingdom nationals graduating from recognised universities the right to work in the United Kingdom for two years, along the lines of the Fresh Talent Scheme currently operated in Scotland; Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of China about the future of Hong Kong; Lord Blaker to ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they are making to the Southern African Development Community about Zimbabwe.
Legislation - Offender Management Bill (Report stage, 1st day).
Delegated Legislation - European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement amending the Cotonou Agreement) Order 2007; European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Amended Cotonou Agreement) (Community Aid Internal Agreement) Order 2007.
Thursday 28 June (11.00am)
Oral questions - Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to continue the Rural Social and Community Programme beyond March 2008.
Lord Bishop of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have undertaken an audit of the total environmental impact, including carbon emissions, of the building of the new range of nuclear power stations; Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will include tourism in the title of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to acknowledge the place of the tourism industry in the United Kingdom economy.
Legislation - Vehicle Registration Marks Bill (Committee stage).
Debates - Labour debates.
Question for Short debate - on the action to be taken to address the causes and impact of human trafficking (L. Sheikh)
Provisional Future Business of the House of Lords
2 - 6 July 2007
Monday 2 July (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Lord Ezra to ask Her Majesty's Government, in view of the increase in fossil fuel usage world-wide, why they are not proceeding faster with the application of carbon capture and storage technology; Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government how much revenue was raised by speed cameras on major roads in the United Kingdom during the last convenient 12-month period; and for what purpose those funds were used; Lord Janner of Braunstone to ask the Chairman of Committees what progress has been made in the cleaning of the exterior of the Palace of Westminster; and when this work will be completed; Lord Watson of Richmond to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, in view of recent developments in Madagascar, they will now consider re-opening the United Kingdom embassy in that country.
Legislation - Mental Health Bill [HL] (Consideration of Commons amendments); UK Borders Bill (Grand Committee, Moses room 3.30pm).
Debate - on the EU Committee report on VAT carousel fraud (B. Cohen of Pimlico).
Question for short debate - on the impact of the provisions of the 8th Company Law Directive on the competitive position of the city of London (L. Hodgson of Astley Abbotts).
Tuesday 3 July (2.30pm)
Oral questions - Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty's Government why individuals born after 1961 to a British mother and a father who is not a British national are entitled to British citizenship but those born before 1961 are not; Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the document Homeopathic Services which was sent to Primary Care Trusts during May 2007 was issued with the knowledge and approval of the Department of Health; and, if not, what authority the document has; Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will assist the development of regional autonomy for the Kurds of Eastern Turkey and Western Iran, similar to current arrangements in Northern Iraq.
Legislation - Rating (Empty Properties) Bill (Third reading); Offender Management Bill (Report stage, 2nd day).
Delegated Legislation - Working Time (Amendment) Regulations 2007; Companies (Political Expenditure Exemption) Order 2007; Regulatory Reform (Game) Order 2007; Regulatory Reform (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) Order 2007; Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000 (Amendment) Order 2007; Official Secrets Act 1989 (Prescription) (Amendment) Order 2007; National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Amendment of Schedule 7 to the Government of Wales Act 2006) Order 2007.
Question for short debate- on Palestine (L. Dykes).
Wednesday 4 July (3.00pm)
Oral question - Lord Barnett to ask the Leader of the House whether she will support a proposal to the Liaison Committee for the appointment of a select committee on a review of the Barnett Formula; Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to improve the academic performance of boys at GCSE; Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they have any plans to increase the number of grammar schools in England.
Legislation - Pensions Bill (Report stage).
Thursday 5 July (11.00am)
Oral questions - Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to achieve consistency in combating ticket touts and the exploitation of sport and arts supporters; Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government how they plan to deliver their assurance of continued employment for junior doctors after 1 August while the doctors progress through the second round of recruitment to speciality medical and training posts; Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support initiatives to safeguard and promote the development, production and distribution of films and television programmes for children which reflect the lives of children in the United Kingdom as well as in other countries.
Legislation - Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (Committee stage, day one); Concessionar y Bus Travel Bill [HL] (Consideration of Commons Amendments); UK Borders Bill (Grand Committee, Moses room 2pm).
Friday 6 July
The House will not be sitting