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Weekly Information Bulletin: 13th October 2007

Forthcoming Business of the House of Lords
15 - 19 October 2007

Monday 15 October (2.30pm)

Introductions - B. Hussain-Warsi and B. Neville-Jones

Oral questions - Lord Ezra to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to avoid any difficulties in gas supplies in the coming winter. Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty's Government what is their response to the recent report by the National Audit Office which indicates that one third of the United Kingdom's largest businesses pay no corporation tax. Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty's Government whether lower and middle income people have adequate access to debt and pensions advice.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the proposed Speaker's Conference will include consideration of the outcome of the review of voting systems

Legislation - Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (Report stage, day 3)

Motion - Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003- motion to disapprove


Tuesday 16 October (2.30pm)

Oral questions - Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty's Government what action they are taking to support the British Library Centre for Conservation in maintaining its current standard as a training facility for book and audio conservators. Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty's Government why they are reducing their contribution to Marshall Scholarships both in nominal and real terms; and whether they will take any steps to reverse this trend. Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty's Government whether there has been a recent increase in the number of hornets coming into the south of England from Europe, either as a result of climate change or in imported wood; and whether the sting of such hornets is a significant risk to health and safety

Legislation - Greater London Authority Bill (Consideration of Commons Amendments stage)


Wednesday 17 October (3.00pm)

Oral questions - Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty's Government how many government referendums have been held in the United Kingdom since May 1997 and on what subjects. Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty's Government whether, during the forthcoming Saudi Arabian state visit, they intend to discuss issues of democracy and human rights in the Middle East. Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they are making in increasing the flow of rail freight traffic through the Channel Tunnel

Legislation - Legal Services Bill [HL] (Consideration of Commons Amendments stage)


Thursday 18 October (11.00am)

Oral questions - Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will make a decision on the planning appeal concerning the proposed Caythorpe gas storage facility. Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty's Government what recent representations they have received relating to the problem of lubricant contamination of the air supply in aircraft cabins and cockpits, with particular reference to disclosures in the Australian Senate. Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty's Government when they expect all United Kingdom military forces to leave Iraq, following the recent move to Basra airport

Legislation - UK Borders Bill (Third reading)


Provisional Forthcoming Business of the House of Lords
22 - 26 October 2007

Monday 22 October (2.30pm)

Oral questions - Lord Beaumont of Whitley to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in developing renewable energy policies other than through the European Emissions Trading Scheme.

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will bring forward the increased spending allocations for flood defences from 2010-11 to 2008-09. Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the main changes being made in the work of prisons and Young Offenders Institutions to enable the Prison Service to keep within its budget. Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty's Government when they will give effect to their pledge to consult Parliament about whether the Prime Minister should be required to seek the approval of the House of Commons before asking the Monarch for a dissolution

Legislation - Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill (Third reading)


Tuesday 23 October (2.30pm)

Oral questions - Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty's Government what measures they are taking to protect British charities and non-governmental organisations from terrorist attacks or hostilities conducted by foreign governments when abroad. Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they will take to ensure that civil servants are not compelled to retire at the age of 60 or 65. Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty's Government why they propose to increase business taxes when the country may face an economic downturn

Delegated Legislation - European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Tajikstan) Order 2007; Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) Representations and Appeals Regulations 2007; Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007; Criminal Defence Service (Very High Cost Cases) Regulations 2007- motions to approve


Wednesday 24 October (3.00pm)

Oral questions - Baroness Miller of Hendon to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will put proposals to banks, building societies and financial services providers with a view to reducing the number of personal bankruptcies, mortgage repossessions and Individual Voluntary Arrangements; and whether they will introduce legislation on these matters in the absence of co-operation from these lenders. Viscount Bridgeman to ask Her Majesty's Government whether they will make representations to Royal Mail about its withdrawal of collections on Sundays and Bank Holidays, due to take effect from 28 October. Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty's Government what contribution they will make to the world summit on tackling human trafficking to be held in Vienna from 13 to 15 February 2008

Legislation - Serious Crime Bill [HL] (Consideration of Commons amendments)


Thursday 25 October (11.00am)

Oral questions - Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty's Government whether the doctrine of Cabinet collective responsibility applies to Her Majesty's current Ministers. Baroness Rendell of Babergh to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress has been made in combating the crime of female genital mutilation, and whether a reward by the Metropolitan Police of £20,000 for information leading to prosecution has assisted the Government's efforts. Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham to ask Her Majesty's Government what are the consequences for the health of individuals and for demands on the National Health Service of people regularly working for more than 48 hours per week.

Legislation - tbc

 
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