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House of Lords Business

Friday 18 May 2007 at 11.00am

Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Baker of Dorking]

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Baker of Dorking to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

House of Lords (Amendment) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Avebury]

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Avebury to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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Future Business

Monday 21 May at 2.30pm

*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.

Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Bill Commons Amendment [Lord Rooker]

Offender Management Bill Committee (day 2) [Baroness Scotland of Asthal] 7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current methods of funding for research infrastructure are sufficient to allow all universities to engage in basic, innovative and applied research. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Tuesday 22 May at 2.30pm

*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 whether, in light of the rising costs shown in the latest Identity Cards Scheme Cost Report, they have any plans to review the implementation of the identity cards scheme.

*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.

International Tribunals (Sierra Leone) Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Triesman]

Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Bill Third Reading [Lord Davies of Oldham]

†Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill Commons Amendment [Baroness Ashton of Upholland]

Baroness Hanham to move that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Home Information Pack Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/992), to take account of the Report on the Regulations by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee and not to lay further regulations concerning Home Information Packs until after full consideration by the Government and Parliament of the pilot schemes and of the representations of stakeholders and consumers. 18th Report from the Merits Committee

Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Georgia.

Wednesday 23 May at 3.00pm
Prayers will have been read

*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.

Statistics and Registration Service Bill Committee (day 3) [Lord Davies of Oldham] 7th Report from the delegated Powers Committee

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Offender Management Bill will continue, before the Statistics and Registration Service Bill

Thursday 24 May at 11.00am

*Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing their policy of end-to-end offender management.

*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.

*Lord Blaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the election of Zimbabwe to the chair of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.

Lord Howe of Aberavon to call attention to the conduct of the machinery of government and to the role of an independent civil service and judiciary; and to move for papers.

Lord Inglewood to call attention to the state of the countryside and to the provision of public services in rural areas; and to move for papers.

Lord Freeman to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Mobile Phone Charges in the EU: Curbing the Excesses (17th Report, HL Paper 79).

Royal Assent

Monday 4 June at 2.30pm

*Viscount Falkland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to place appropriate limits on the number of betting shops, particularly in inner cities.

*Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the relocation of the Office for National Statistics to Newport can be undertaken without disruption to the production of key economic and social statistics.

*Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make the Olympic site an exemplar site of sustainable development; and whether any features of the current design recognise the features already on site that could be exemplars of sustainable city living.

*Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the two inquiries set in hand by the Secretary of State for Defence on 16 April following the seizure of Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel by the Iranian authorities on 23 March have been completed.

Victims of Overseas Terrorism Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Brennan]

Pensions Bill Committee [Lord McKenzie of Luton] 9th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to make sports medicine more readily available through the National Health Service so as to support healthy living programmes, particularly those aimed at combating obesity through greater physical activity. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Tuesday 5 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following recent elections in Scotland, what plans they have for changes in financial policies.

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish a Royal Commission on the Constitution.

*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.

North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 Lord Rooker to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 10 May be approved. (Dinner break business) 17th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) (Further Education) Regulations 2007 Lord Adonis to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22 March be approved. 14th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee (Dinner break business)

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Offender Management Bill will continue

Wednesday 6 June at 3.00pm

*Baroness Murphy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in developing a national monitoring system of critical health outcomes for people with a mental health condition or learning disability following the reports by the Disability Rights Commission and Mencap.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the denial of some National Health Service treatment to certain obese people and smokers, given that treatment is provided to drug addicts, alcoholics and those suffering from anorexia.

*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the expected reduction in the growth of public expenditure following the Spending Review will provide scope to reduce the corporate tax burden and improve British competitiveness.

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role and contribution of the creative industries to the economy and well being of the United Kingdom. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Pensions Bill will conclude

Thursday 7 June at 11.00am

*Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the low take-up of the disability living allowance.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place in the National Health Service to ensure that cancer patients are aware of the financial support available to them through the benefits system.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since other transport museums are open to the public free of charge, they will consider granting free entry to the National Waterways Museums at Ellesmere Port, Gloucester Docks and Stoke Bruerne.

Lord Dear to call attention to current arrangements for policing in England and Wales, and to possible improvements; and to move for papers.

Lord Hastings of Scarisbrick to call attention to the Parliamentary and anti-slavery legacy of William Wilberforce in the context of multi-cultural Britain; and to move for papers.

Lord Wakeham to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on The Current State of Monetary Policy (First Report, HL Paper 14).

Friday 8 June at 11.00am

Television Advertising (Food) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Thornton]

European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Pearson of Rannoch]

Monday 11 June at 2.30pm

*Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether progress so far made in the salvage and recovery operation of the MSC Napoli is satisfactory.

*Lord James of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the operational implementation of the Battlefield Identification System following its prototype test in 2001.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they next plan to meet the government of France to discuss European Union issues of mutual interest.

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial aid has been given in the last 12 months to refugees caused by the Iraqi conflict.

Tuesday 12 June at 2.30pm

*Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the development of the Youth Justice Board in light of the transfer of responsibility for the Board to the Ministry of Justice.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the proposal for 69 passport personal interview offices.

*Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they are taking to help reduce the amount of logging taking place in the rainforests of the Amazon, the Congo Basin and Indonesia.

Wednesday 13 June at 3.00pm

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation before the next general election to enable Members of the House to have the right to vote in a general election.

*Lord McNally to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued guidance to Government departments that, in the event that a report from the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee expresses serious criticism of a Statutory Instrument laid before Parliament, they should consider the option of withdrawing or revoking the Instrument and re-laying it in amended form.

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for increasing the number of convictions for the offence of rape.

Thursday 14 June at 11.00am

*Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the security and efficiency of the administration of the Identity and Passport Service.

*Lord Plumb to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farmers have applied for the Farm Waste Exemptions; and how many field officers are being trained to police the operations.

*Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held discussions with BAA about the case for improving conditions for travellers at Heathrow Airport.

Lord McNally to call attention to the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union and to the contribution which the European Union can make to the pursuit of United Kingdom national interests and to the management of global problems; and to move for papers.

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Select Committee Reports

The date on which the Report was published is in italics

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Heritage (9th Report, Session 2005-06, HL Paper 256). 16 November 2006

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Other Motions for Debate

Lord Dykes to call attention to the economic and social conditions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank; and to move for papers.

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to call attention to developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

Baroness Stern to move that this House takes note of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, Cm. 6907, presented to Parliament on 24 July; and requests that Her Majesty’s Government do not ratify it until the Joint Committee on Human Rights has reported on its implications.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to conflict in Africa; and to move for papers.

Baroness Byford to call attention to services to the public in rural areas; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for changing the form in which legislation is presented to Parliament; and to move for papers.

Lord Hylton to call attention to the current treatment and condition of migrant workers; and to move for papers.

Lord Dykes to call attention to bank charges and costs to individual customers; and to move for papers.

Lord Teverson to call attention to the current operations and future development of the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme; and to move for papers.

Lord Teverson to call attention to the growth of private equity in the financing of British industry; and to move for papers.

Lord Morris of Manchester to call attention to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Disabled People; and to move for papers.

Lord Mitchell to call attention to the management of information technology projects in the public sector; and to move for papers.

Lord Cobbold to call attention to the report Drugs—facing facts by the RSA Commission on Illegal Drugs, Communities and Public Policy, published in March 2007; and to move for papers.

Earl of Glasgow to call attention to the opportunities and challenges facing the United Kingdom tourism industry; and to move for papers.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the present condition of the Royal Navy; and to move for papers.

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to call attention to the education and visitor facilities in Parliament; and to move for papers.

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Motions relating to Statutory Instruments

Earl Attlee to move to resolve that this House regrets the Government’s decision to exempt the police and the armed forces from the provisions of the Vehicle Drivers (Certificates of Professional Competence) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/605).

Earl of Mar and Kellie to move to resolve that the proposed alterations in the provisions of the Highway Code, laid before the House on 28 March, be not made.

Social Security, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2007 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move to resolve that this House calls upon the Government to revoke the Regulations laid before the House on 2 May (SI 2007/1331). 21st Report from the Merits Committee

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Questions for Short Debate

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the First Report from the Committee for Privileges, Code of Conduct and Members’ Interests, (Session 2003-04, HL Paper 69) in particular its recommendation that Members of the House in receipt of pensions from the European Union do not normally need to declare such pensions as a financial interest when taking part in debates on European Union matters; and, if so, why.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to honour their commitment that family carers of people with lifelong severe intellectual impairment should be at the heart of decision-making about their relatives’ accommodation, health care and support.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support moves towards developing an inclusive semi-permanent conference table to address the problems of the Middle East.

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the future of British architecture.

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on their capital building programme.

Baroness Neuberger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the British Medical Association’s report, Child and adolescent mental health—a guide for healthcare professionals, published in June 2006.

Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their decision on the provision of Alternatively Secured Pensions.

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the development of the Central American Integration System.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting Liverpool in preparing for its role as European Capital of Culture 2008.

Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote the United Nations Convention on disability.

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the performance of the British Airports Authority is satisfactory.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they are giving to the Gambling Commission to ensure that the integrity of sport is not compromised by the growth of the betting industry.

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to address the causes and impact of human trafficking.

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to dispense with the Barnett formula.

Lord Lloyd of Berwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in moving the Supreme Court to the Middlesex Guildhall.

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to secure implementation of their response to the Report of the All Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Anti-Semitism concerning anti-Semitism on university campuses.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake a full analysis of the prospects for United Kingdom membership of the eurozone including the risk that further delay will make it harder to achieve United Kingdom membership.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before the 40th anniversary of the occupation of the Palestinian Territories in June, they will make representations to the government of Israel about the return of those territories.

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies have been made of the impact of the provisions of the 8th Company Law Directive on the competitive position of the City of London.

Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards the introduction of an allocated mentor and protected time for all newly qualified social workers.

Baroness D’Souza to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan.

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the plans outlined in the Department of Health document, Improving access to audiology services in England; how they intend to ensure that audiology is regarded as a priority area by strategic health authorities and primary care trusts; and what specific role they envisage for the independent sector.

Lord Waddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assist those who served the Crown in Southern Rhodesia before the unilateral declaration of independence, and in many cases afterwards, for whose pensions the government of Zimbabwe took responsibility under the Independence Constitution but who are no longer receiving any pension.

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they are holding in connection with the revision of their alcohol harm reduction strategy.

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to substitute long distance passenger travel within the United Kingdom from air to rail.

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to support families of children with special educational needs.

Lord Saatchi to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current anti-Americanism in the world.

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the issue of identity theft.

Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to repeal legislation under the Legislative and Regulatory Reform Act 2006.

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve osteoporosis services within the National Health Service.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they are considering to end global terrorism.

Lord Layard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for implementing the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s guidelines on the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders.

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the enforcement of a code of conduct for special advisers to Ministers.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of planning and fiscal policy on the availability of new residential property.

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness of their new arrangements for child protection.

Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conduct of solicitors and the role of the Legal Complaints Service and Solicitors Regulation Authority in the British Coal Respiratory Disease Litigation.

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Questions for Written Answer

Tabled on 17 May and due for answer by 31 May.

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what way the Council of Europe and the European Union are involved in the Bologna Process for universities. HL3873

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the planned dates for the completion of digital switchover in the United Kingdom for (a) television, and (b) radio. HL3874

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to answer Lord Laird’s Question for Written Answer (HL2656), due for answer on 27 March, before the end of May. HL3875

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland on 8 January (WA 23), whether the average costs of deportation appeals before the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal include the costs of asylum appeals (whether brought against deport decisions or non-deport decisions); what is the average cost of an asylum appeal where the Home Office is represented by (a) a presenting officer, and (b) Treasury counsel; whether the average costs relate only to a hearing before the Tribunal or, in addition to other proceedings, including Case Management Review Hearings, other “for mention” hearings, adjourned hearings, and any onward reconsideration applications and hearings. HL3876

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates have been made of savings to the National Health Service in the event that the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guidelines for the management of dyspepsia in adults in primary care, published in August 2004, were fully implemented by all primary care trusts. HL3877

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies have been commissioned on the level of implementation in primary care trusts of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guidelines for the management of dyspepsia in adults in primary care. HL3878

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to locate and close down illegal radio stations operating on FM frequencies which might interfere with transmissions to and from aircraft. HL3879

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans for the Royal Navy to extend fishery protection duties to include the waters surrounding the coasts of Scotland and Northern Ireland. HL3880

Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing the level of individual support, including individual supervision, for staff at Yarls Wood Detention Centre. HL3881

Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions during the period 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2006 local authorities objected to residential assessments in proceedings under section 38 of the Children Act 1989; and on how many occasions during that period local authorities made no objection. HL3882

Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average cost to the legal aid system of residential assessments in proceedings under section 38 of the Children Act 1989 during the period 1 January 1999 to 31 December 2006; and what estimates have been made of (a) the medium and longer term impacts on children and families referred for residential as opposed to other forms of assessment; and (b) the medium and longer term costs to the state of each form of assessment. HL3883

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask the Chairman of Committees how much water the House of Lords has used in each of the last five years. HL3884

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask the Chairman of Committees how many of the lavatories in the House of Lords installed before 2000 are fitted with water saving devices in their cisterns, such as hippos, as recommended by water companies. HL3885

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask the Chairman of Committees whether any study has been made of possible reductions in the House of Lords’ water usage. HL3886

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will reconsider, on both financial and environmental grounds, the decision to provide bottled water in committee rooms rather than tap water in carafes. HL3887

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government which departments, if any, carry out assessments of ecosystem services as part of their operations; and what guidelines they have issued to encourage departments to factor the economic, social and environmental value of ecosystem services into their decision-making process. HL3888

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord President (Baroness Amos) on 13 October 2005 (HL Deb, col 488) that the Department for International Development’s work also involves the development of market-based approaches to the provision of ecosystem services such as water, biodiversity and carbon, what progress they have made in the development of market-based mechanisms for the provision of ecosystem services. HL3889

Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Musician Unions 2006 survey State of the Nation is an adequate guide to assessing the impact of the Licensing Act 2003 on the performance of live music. HL3890

Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research and statistical analysis is being commissioned to enable distinctions to be made between complaints about incidents of recorded and live music. HL3891

Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of busking have been prohibited since the Licensing Act 2003 came into force. HL3892

Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the distinction between licensable public performances and exempt private performances of live music under the Licensing Act 2003. HL3893

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to accede to requests from the government of the United States for the extradition of British subjects alleged to have infringed United States laws prohibiting online gambling; and whether they have received any such requests to date. HL3894

Lord Brougham and Vaux to ask Her Majesty’s Government what data they hold on the number of sets of registration plates produced in each of the last ten years for new vehicles and as replacements for vehicles already registered and on the road. HL3895

Lord Brougham and Vaux to ask Her Majesty’s Government what survey data they hold regarding the number of vehicles displaying illegal vehicle registration marks over each of the last ten years. HL3896

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many citizens living in each British Overseas Territory and in receipt of United Kingdom state pensions are affected by the regulations freezing their pensions at the level current on the date they left the United Kingdom. HL3897

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government which British Overseas Territories are (a) subject to, and (b) not subject to the frozen pension regulations. HL3898

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost of removing the frozen pension regulations for citizens who are resident in British Overseas Territories. HL3899

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they recognise the Albanian royal family and support the efforts they are making towards national reconstruction. HL3900

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal by the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games to build shooting ranges at the Royal Artillery Barracks at Woolwich at an estimated cost of £18 million, with a further cost of £8 million to demolish the construction after the Games, satisfies value for money and lasting legacy criteria. HL3901

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks to human health, food standards and the world environment posed by the use by the state controlled cotton sector in Uzbekistan of organophosphate defoliant butifos and other toxic chemicals, described in the Environmental Justice Foundation’s report The Deadly Chemicals in Cotton. HL3902

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government under what criteria performance related bonuses are paid to employees of the Rural Payments Agency. HL3903

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much publicly procured food is produced in the United Kingdom each year. HL3904

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the need for a base line number of state vets formerly called the State Veterinary Service, now renamed Animal Health. HL3905

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of re-naming the former State Veterinary Service with the title Animal Health. HL3906

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the United Kingdom agricultural industry’s annual total borrowing for the year 2000 to 2006 inclusive. HL3907

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to join the Eurozone. HL3908

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Triesman on 14 May (WA 5), if Article 308 of the Treaty establishing the European Community (TEC) cannot be used by the Community to widen its competencies beyond what is needed to attain the objectives mentioned in the Treaty (a) why they did not veto; and (b) how do they justify the following European initiatives, which rely on Article 308 TEC for their legality—

(i) the seven Council Directives and Regulations mentioned in the letter of 2 March 2004 from the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs to the Chairman of the House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee;

(ii) the 30 Council Directives and Regulations passed since 2004 and mentioned in the document placed in the Library of the House on 17 April by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, which appear to fall outside the objectives of the TEC; and

(iii) Proposals for Council Decisions and Regulations 8205/05, 8210/05, 10774/05, 5865/06, 13852/06 and 16933/06. HL3909

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government which clauses in the existing European Union Treaties justify the European Union’s competence in the fields of energy, tourism, space, health, and justify its external action service. HL3910

Baroness Morris of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for Train to Gain in 2006-07 in each English region; and what proportion of this budget has been spent in each region. HL3911

Baroness Morris of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of training undertaken as part of Train to Gain which would not otherwise have taken place. HL3912

Baroness Morris of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of employer investment as part of the Train to Gain scheme; and what proportion of this investment would have been made without assistance from the scheme. HL3913

Baroness Morris of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many, and (b) what proportion of individuals in each region undertaking training as part of the Train to Gain scheme (i) were referred to a training provider by the Train to Gain brokerage service or (ii) were provider generated. HL3914

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Questions unanswered after 14 days

The questions asked on the dates shown in bold were due for answer by the dates in brackets. The Government department responsible for answering each Question is shown in square brackets.

13 March (27 March)

HL2656 Lord Laird [NIO]

28 March (11 April)

HL3061 Duke of Montrose [SO]

HL3074 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [HO]

29 March (12 April)

HL3093 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL3114 Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract [DTI]

16 April (30 April)

HL3165 Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn [HO]

HL3194 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL3212 Lord Ouseley [HO]

HL3215 Lord Ouseley [HO]

HL3216 Lord Ouseley [HO]

17 April (1 May)

HL3221 Countess of Mar [DEFRA]

HL3238 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [DWP]

HL3239 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [DWP]

HL3240 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [DWP]

HL3261 Lord Smith of Leigh [DoH]

18 April (2 May)

HL3300 Lord Tyler [HO]

HL3312 Lord Laird [NIO]

19 April (3 May)

HL3348 Countess of Mar [DEFRA]

HL3349 Countess of Mar [DEFRA]

HL3350 Countess of Mar [DEFRA]

20 April (4 May)

HL3362 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL3363 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL3364 Lord Marlesford [HO]

25 April (9 May)

HL3439 Lord Jenkin of Roding [DTI]

26 April (10 May)

HL3460 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [HO]

HL3461 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [HO]

HL3462 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [HO]

HL3473 Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer [DCMS]

HL3474 Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer [DCLG]

HL3476 Lord Hylton [HO]

30 April (14 May)

HL3497 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL3498 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL3499 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL3501 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL3505 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL3513 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DEFRA]

HL3526 Lord Colwyn [DEFRA]

1 May (15 May)

HL3527 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL3529 Lord Hylton [DTI]

HL3536 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL3537 Lord Marlesford [HO]

2 May (16 May)

HL3551 Baroness Miller of Hendon [DTI]

HL3560 Lord Astor of Hever [MoD]

HL3562 Lord Astor of Hever [MoD]

HL3563 Lord Astor of Hever [MoD]

HL3564 Lord Astor of Hever [MoD]

HL3569 Lord Harrison [DCMS]

HL3570 Lord Leach of Fairford [HO]

HL3577 Lord James of Blackheath [DCMS]

HL3583 Baroness Hollis of Heigham [DWP]

HL3584 Baroness Byford [DTI]

HL3585 Baroness Byford [DEFRA]

3 May (17 May)

HL3598 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL3599 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL3600 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL3601 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL3602 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL3615 Lord Dykes [MoD]

HL3618 Lord Astor of Hever [MoD]

HL3619 Lord Astor of Hever [MoD]

HL3622 Baroness Turner of Camden [DCLG]

HL3623 Baroness Turner of Camden [DCLG]

HL3624 Baroness Turner of Camden [DCLG]

HL3625 Baroness Turner of Camden [DCLG]

HL3627 Lord Morris of Aberavon [MoD]

Number of questions allocated to each department which are unanswered after 14 days.

[DCLG] 5 [DCMS] 3 [DEFRA] 7 [DoH] 2 [DTI] 5 [DWP] 4
[HO] 22 [MoD] 8 [NIO] 8 [SO] 1

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Bills in Progress

Type of Bill To be considered
Waiting for Second Reading
European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL] Private Member’s 8 June
Bailiffs (Licensing) [HL] Private Member’s
Leasehold Information [HL] Private Member’s
Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) [HL] Private Member’s 18 May
Television Advertising (Food) [HL] Private Member’s 8 June
Torture (Damages) [HL] Private Member’s
House of Lords (Amendment) [HL] Private Member’s 18 May
House of Lords [HL] Private Member’s
Royal Commission (Slavery) [HL] Private Member’s
Life Peerages (Residency for Taxation Purposes) [HL] Private Member’s
Building Societies (Funding) and Mutual Societies (Transfers) Private Member’s
UK Borders Government
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL] Private
Committed to a Select Committee
Bournemouth Borough Council [HL] Private
Manchester City Council [HL] Private
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Public Demonstrations (Repeals) [HL] Private Member’s
Interception of Communications (Admissibility of Evidence) [HL] Private Member’s
Statistics and Registration Service
(Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)
Government 23 May
Offender Management Government 21 May
Alcohol Labelling [HL] Private Member’s
Vehicle Registration Marks Private Member’s
Pensions Government 4 June
Waiting for Report
Development Orders (Microgeneration) [HL] (formerly Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration [HL]) Private Member’s
Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) [HL] Private Member’s
Greater London Authority Government
Waiting for Third Reading
Corruption [HL] Private Member’s
Victims of Overseas Terrorism [HL] Private Member’s 4 June
Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Government 22 May
International Tribunals (Sierra Leone) [HL] Government 22 May
London Local Authorities and Transport for London Private
Sent to the Commons
Concessionary Bus Travel [HL] Government
Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress [HL]
(Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)
Government
Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) [HL] Private Member’s
Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement [HL] Government
Mental Health [HL] Government
Further Education and Training [HL]
(Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)
Government
Government Spending (Website) [HL] Private Member’s
European Union (Information, etc.) [HL] Private Member’s
Parliament (Joint Departments) [HL]
Palliative Care [HL] Private Member’s
Disabled Persons (Independent Living) [HL] Private Member’s
Piped Music etc. (Hospitals) [HL] Private Member’s
Serious Crime [HL]
(Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)
Government
Legal Services [HL] Government
Whitehaven Harbour [HL] Private
London Local Authorities [HL] Private
Transport for London [HL] Private
Waiting for consideration of Commons amendment
Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Government 21 May
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Government 22 May

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Affirmative Instruments in Progress

The Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee has drawn attention to certain instruments in the reports indicated

Merits Committee To be considered
Waiting for consideration by the Statutory Instruments Committee
Draft Armed Forces, Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2007
Draft Armed Forces (Alignment of Service Discipline Acts) Order 2007
Draft Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment Regulations 2007
Draft Armed Forces (Service Police Amendments) Order 2007
Draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 2007
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment) (Further Education) Regulations 2007 5 June
Draft Lord Chancellor (Modification of Functions) Order 2007
Draft Trade Marks (Relative Grounds) Order 2007
Draft North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 5 June

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Negative Instruments

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires To be considered
18th Report
Home Information Pack Regulations 2007 24 May 22 May
Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) Regulations 2007 24 May
20th Report
Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) (No. 2) Order 2007 24 May
21st Report
Social Security, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2007 20 June

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Regulatory Reform Orders in Progress

The Regulatory Reform Committee has reported on Orders in the reports indicated

Regulatory Reform
Committee
To be considered
Proposals reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee
Draft Regulatory Reform (Public Service Vehicles) Order 2005 14th Report
Draft Regulatory Reform (Game) Order 2007 5th Report
Draft Regulatory Reform (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) Order 2006 5th Report
Draft Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007 5th Report
Order referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for second-stage scrutiny
Draft Regulatory Reform (Collaboration etc. between Ombudsmen) Order 2007

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Committees

Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheet

Monday 21 May
Economic Affairs Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill 3.30pm
European Union Sub-Committee B Internal Market 4.00pm
Human Rights Joint Committee 4.00pm
Tuesday 22 May
Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill Joint Committee 1.00pm
Regulators Select Committee 3.00pm
Draft Climate Change Bill Joint Committee 3.30pm
European Union Select Committee 4.15pm
Wednesday 23 May
Communications Select Committee 9.45am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Select Committee 10.30am
European Union Sub-Committee F Home Affairs 10.30am
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee 4.00pm
European Union Sub-Committee E Law and Institutions 4.15pm
Thursday 24 May
European Union Sub-Committee G Social and Consumer Affairs 9.30am
European Union Sub-Committee C Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy 10.30am
Tuesday 5 June
European Union Sub-Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade 10.30am
Economic Affairs Select Committee 3.30pm
Merits of Statutory Instruments Select Committee 3.30pm
Committee for Privileges Domestic Committee 4.00pm
Information Committee Domestic Committee 4.15pm
Wednesday 6 June
Constitution Committee Select Committee 10.30am
Liaison Domestic Committee 4.15pm
in Committee Room G
Tuesday 12 June
Science and Technology Sub-Committee I Allergy 11.00am
House Committee Domestic Committee 4.00pm
Wednesday 13 June
Science and Technology Sub-Committee II Personal Internet Security 3.30pm
Tuesday 19 June
Science and Technology Select Committee 11.00am
in Room 134, 2 Millbank

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Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 17 May 2007

The House met at 11.00am
Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Leicester

Public Business

1   Asylum seekers: torture victims A question was asked by Lord Hylton and answered by Baroness Scotland of Asthal.

2   Terrorism: inquiries A question was asked by Lord Hamilton of Epsom and answered by Baroness Scotland of Asthal.

3   Roads: Nichols report A question was asked by Lord Berkeley and answered by Lord Bassam of Brighton.

4   Cyclists: Highway Code A question was asked by Lord Haskel and answered by Lord Bassam of Brighton.

5   Business of the House The Lord President (Baroness Amos) moved that the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Heritage (9th Report, Session 2005-06, HL Paper 256) be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

6   Pensions Bill Baroness Morgan of Drefelin, on behalf of Lord McKenzie of Luton, moved that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Pensions Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 11
Schedule 2
Clauses 12 and 13
Schedule 3
Schedule 1
Clauses 14 and 15
Schedule 4
Clauses 16 and 17
Schedule 5
Clauses 18 and 19
Schedule 6
Clauses 20 to 25
Schedule 7
Clauses 26 to 30.

The motion was agreed to.

7   Cluster munitions (Balloted debate) Lord Elton moved for papers relating to the proceedings of the Oslo Conference on Cluster Munitions on 22 and 23 February. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

8   Post Offices Lord Truscott repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

9   Olympic Games 2012: heritage and the Arts funding (Balloted debate) Lord Baker of Dorking moved for papers relating to the effect upon heritage and the Arts of the transfer of Lottery funds to the 2012 London Olympic Games. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

10   Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 Lord Evans of Temple Guiting moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 29 March be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

11   Parliamentary Constituencies (England) Order 2007 Lord Evans of Temple Guiting moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 26 February be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

12   Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 (Corresponding Amendments) Order 2007 Baroness Andrews moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 28 March be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

13   Armed Forces: Steven Roberts inquiry A question was asked by Lord Astor of Hever and, after debate, answered by Lord Drayson.

The House adjourned at 6.22pm until Friday 18 May at 11.00am.

Paul Hayter

Clerk of the Parliaments

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Papers

All statutory instruments laid before the House are accompanied by an Explanatory Memorandum presented by command of Her Majesty, unless otherwise indicated.

Command Papers

The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

1   Health—Human Tissue and Embryos (Draft) Bill.   (7087)

2   Departmental Report—

   (1)   Report for 2007 of the Department for Education and Skills.   (7092)

   (2)   Report for 2007 of the Department of Health.   (7093)

   (3)   Report for 2007 of the Communities and Local Government: Community, Opportunity, Prosperity.   (7094)

   (4)   Report for 2007 of the Department for Transport.   (7095)

   (5)   Report for 2007 of the Home Office.   (7096)

   (6)   Report for 2006-07 for the Deputy Prime Minister’s Office.   (7102)

   (7)   Report for 2007 of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.   (7103)

   (8)   Report for 2007 of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.   (7104)

   (9)   Report for 2007 of the H M Revenue and Customs.   (7107)

   (10)   Report for 2007 of the Cabinet Office.   (7108)

   (11)   Report for 2007 of the Northern Ireland Office.   (7111)

   (12)   Report for 2007 of the Law Officers’ Departments.   (7114)

   (13)   Report for spring 2007 of the Government Actuary’s Department.   (7115)

   (14)   Report for 2007 of the National Savings and Investments Department.   (7116)

3   Communities and Local Government—

   (1)   Government Response to the Communities and Local Government Committee’s Report on the Department of Communities and Local Government Annual Report 2006.   (7125)

   (2)   Government Response to the Communities and Local Government Committee’s Report on Coastal Towns.   (7126)

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Assistants to Justices’ Clerks (Amendment) Regulations 2007, laid under the Courts Act 2003.   (1448)

Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for 2006-07 of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government: Review of Performance in Complying with Statutory Timetable for Planning Decisions, laid under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004.

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Judicial Business

Thursday 17 May

1   R (on the application of Malik) (Petitioner) v Waltham Forest NHS Primary Care Trust and another (Respondents) The petition of Zafar Iqbal Malik praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 24 April).

2   Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and another (Respondents) v Deprince (Petitioner) The petition of Mitzie Deprince praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 2 May).

3   Brampton Manor (Leisure) Limited (Petitioners) v McLean and another and others (Respondents) The petition of Brampton Manor (Leisure) Limited praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee.

4   Appeal Committee The 50th Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made:

Doherty (FC) (Petitioner) and others v Birmingham City Council (Respondents) That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31 May.

Doherty (FC) (Petitioner) and others v Birmingham City Council (Respondents) That the petition of the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government that she might be heard or otherwise intervene in the said appeal be allowed.

5   Appeal Committee The 51st Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made:

Madarassy (Petitioner) v Nomura International plc (Respondents) That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d); and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

AL (Serbia) (FC) (Petitioner) v Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31 May.

Brown (Petitioner) v London Borough of Croydon and another (Respondents) That leave to appeal be refused; that the respondents be at liberty to apply for their costs in accordance with direction 5.1(d); and, if the application is granted, that the amount thereof be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

6   Appeal Committee The 52nd Report from the Appeal Committee was agreed to and the following Orders were made:

Secretary of State for the Home Department (Respondent) v AF (Petitioner) That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31 May.

Secretary of State for the Home Department (Petitioner) v AF (Respondent) That leave to appeal be given; and that the petition of appeal be lodged by 31 May.

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