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House of Lords Business

Friday 20 July 2007 at 11.00am

House of Lords Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Steel of Aikwood]

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

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Future Business

Monday 23 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the results of the consultations about voting rights for those serving custodial sentences, and the Government’s response to those consultations, will be made known; and when any necessary legislation will be introduced.

*Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to present levels of incidence of human tuberculosis in light of current migratory patterns.

*Baroness Pitkeathley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to retain questions about carers and caring in the 2011 census.

*Lord Taylor of Holbeach to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to extend the country of origin definition in respect of food labelling.

Lord Bassam of Brighton intends to move the following four motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2007 Lord Bassam of Brighton to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 7 June be approved. 19th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Investigation of Protected Electronic Information: Code of Practice) Order 2007 Lord Bassam of Brighton to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 11 June be approved. 19th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data: Code of Practice) Order 2007 Lord Bassam of Brighton to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 11 June be approved. 19th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Railway Pensions (Transfer of Pension Schemes) Order 2007 Lord Bassam of Brighton to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 4 June be approved. 19th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Lord Rooker intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

Terrorism (Northern Ireland) Act 2006 (Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2007 Lord Rooker to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 28 June be approved. 22nd Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007 Lord Rooker to move that the draft Regulatory Reform Order laid before the House on 5 July be approved. 12th Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Lord Evans of Temple Guiting intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

Companies Act 2006 (Commencement No. 3, Consequential Amendments, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2007 Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 9 July be approved. 23rd Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2007 Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 20 June be approved. 21st Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) Order 2007 Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 2 July be approved. 23rd Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement) (Republic of Albania) Order 2007 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 20 June be approved. 21st Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

Housing Benefit (Loss of Benefit) (Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2007 Lord McKenzie of Luton to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 20 June be approved. 21st Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 17 July

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

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

†Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill Committee (day 7) [Baroness Andrews]

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2007 Lord Rooker to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 21 June be approved. 21st Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee (Dinner break business)

Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2007 Lord Rooker to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 6 June be approved. 20th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

UK Borders Bill Committee (day 5) [Lord Bassam of Brighton]

Tuesday 24 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prospects for the manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom.

*Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an enlarged diplomatic presence in Kabul indicates a new emphasis on reconstruction and development in Afghanistan.

*Baroness Rendell of Babergh to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to support the service provided by the InterAct Reading Service, which supplies professional actors to read to stroke patients in hospital.

Building Societies (Funding) and Mutual Societies (Transfers) Bill Report [Lord Naseby]

†Pensions Bill Commons Reasons [Lord McKenzie of Luton]

†Offender Management Bill Commons Amendments and Reasons [Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2007 Lord West of Spithead to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 2 July be approved. 22nd Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

Terrorism Act 2006 (Disapplication of Section 25) Order 2007 Lord West of Spithead to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 11 June be approved. 20th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

It is expected that the following two items will be debated together

Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2007 Lord Bassam of Brighton to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 28 June be approved. 22nd Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

Verification of Information in Passport Applications Etc. (Specified Persons) Order 2007 Lord Bassam of Brighton to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 28 June be approved. 22nd Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

If the Offender Management Bill is returned from the Commons, it will be considered.

Wednesday 25 July at 3.00pm Prayers will have been read

*Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the exclusive mandate given by the European Council on 23 June to any future intergovernmental conference on the European Union is legally binding.

*Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to require all public companies to disclose the pay gap between directors and their employees.

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire whether they will publish a paper setting out which aspects of the Justice and Home Affairs provisions of the European Union Treaties they have opted out of, and on which of those aspects they have formal or informal opt-in arrangements.

Further Education and Training Bill [HL] Commons Amendments [Lord Triesman]

Revised Funding Code Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that the draft Code laid before the House on 14 June be approved. 21st Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee (Dinner break business)

Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment etc.) (General Qualifications Bodies) (Alteration of Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2007 Lord Adonis to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 26 June be approved. 22nd Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee (Dinner break business)

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill will conclude.

Thursday 26 July at 11.00am

*Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they envisage British agriculture playing in reaching the Road Transport Fuel Obligation target.

*Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they now propose to take to combat the incidence of tuberculosis in cattle following the recent Independent Scientific Group report.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many commonholds have been registered under the Commonhold and Leasehold Reform Act 2002; and what encouragement they are giving to developers to build residential commonhold properties on the Olympic site.

Privileges The Chairman of Committees to move that the First Report from the Select Committee be agreed to. (HL Paper 140)

Sustainable Communities Bill Committee [Lord Marlesford]

The Lord President (Baroness Ashton of Upholland) to move that this House takes note of The Government’s Draft Legislative Programme (Cm 7175).

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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.

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.

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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).

Guidance issued under section 182 of the Licensing Act 2003 Lord Clement-Jones to move to resolve that this House disapproves the Guidance laid before the House on 28 June.

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Motions relating to Select Committee Reports

The date on which the Report was published is in italics

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to move that the First Report from the Information Committee on Improving Facilities for Educational Visitors to Parliament (HL Paper 117) be agreed to. 11 June 2007

Lord Wright of Richmond to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Schengen Information System II (SIS II) (9th Report, HL Paper 49). 2 March 2007

Lord Wakeham to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on The Impact of Economic Sanctions (2nd Report, HL Paper 96). 9 May 2007

Baroness Thomas of Walliswood to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Improving the mental health of the population: can the European Union help? (14th Report, HL Paper 73). 24 April 2007

†Lord Broers to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Radioactive Waste Management: an Update (4th Report, HL Paper 109). 3 June 2007

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

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.

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 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.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will support moves towards the establishment of fundamental rights, democracy, justice and the rule of law for the people of Gilgit and Baltistan, Azad Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere in the region.

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to fund increased training for health workers in developing countries; and what specific role they envisage for United Kingdom universities and National Health Service institutions.

Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local planning authorities take design quality into account when considering planning applications.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on work opportunities for prisoners.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the development of a National Strategy for Autistic Spectrum Disorder; and what consultations they are having with the three devolved administrations.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the implementation by local authorities of policies with regard to allotments.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made so far to implement the European Water Framework Directive.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the arrangements for preserving Government archives and preparing official histories.

Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the Millennium Development Goals are, or are not, being met in Afghanistan.

Earl Howe to ask Her Majesty’s Government how implementation of the Musculoskeletal Services Framework is progressing, with particular emphasis on health and employment issues.

Lord Bilimoria to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to develop the teaching of science and mathematics in the United Kingdom so that future generations may be equipped to compete effectively in the emerging global market place.

Lord Bilston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they propose to put forward in the further education field.

Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what issues they will raise at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Kampala.

Viscount Falkland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to encourage participation in boxing and other forms of martial arts in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are making to the normalisation of the situation in Zimbabwe.

†Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the negotiations to extend full citizenship to the Bihari living in refugee camps in Bangladesh.

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Questions for Written Answer

Tabled on 19 July and due for answer by 2 August.

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report in the Emergency Medical Journal of a significant rise in the number of attendances at the accident and emergency department of St Thomas’s Hospital related to alcohol between March 2005 and March 2006; and whether they will commission similar research on other accident and emergency departments. HL4978

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 18 July (WA 24) on British citizenship, whether they will publish in the Official Report paragraph 5 of the record of the meeting held in Kathmandu, Nepal on 22 November 2006 between Nepalese and United Kingdom Ministers to discuss aspects of Nepalese nationality law; and whether they will explain the basis for their statements that (a) they have insufficient knowledge of Nepalese law to comment on whether dual nationality is permitted in Nepal, and (b) Nepalese authorities have not advised them whether or not dual nationality is permitted under Nepalese law. HL4979

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the experience of the operation of the present concessionary bus fares scheme for pensions and the planned extension of the scheme in April 2008, they have any plans to review the arrangements for the distribution of funds amongst local authorities. HL4980

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jane Kennedy, on 12 July (HC Deb, col 1605), how long was the period to which she was referring when she said that non-domiciled taxpayers paid £3 billion in tax. HL4981

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will deal with proposals for the creation of unitary councils where such proposals fail to command a broad cross section of support from partners and stakeholders. HL4982

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they chose to reduce the total of frigates and destroyers from the 32 referred to in the Strategic Defence Review to 25; and whether they propose any further reduction. HL4983

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision to discontinue the investigation into BAE Systems Plc, in relation to the Al-Yamamah defence contracts with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, involved choosing to take this course even if it would be in breach of the United Kingdom’s obligations under Article 5 of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions. HL4984

Lord Lucas to ask the Leader of the House whether she will provide further details before the summer recess on how she proposes that backbench Members should be involved in evolving proposals for a wholly or mainly elected House of Lords. HL4985

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what precedents they are considering in planning eco-towns in the United Kingdom; whether they will pilot these plans on a small scale; whether they will draw on the experience of communities that already live in an environmentally sustainable fashion; and whether they have made an assessment of Chinese plans for Dongtan zero-carbon city. HL4986

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what incentives they offer households to manage their own energy and water needs off-grid and off-mains; and whether this way of living makes any contribution to energy and resource security in the United Kingdom. HL4987

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the savings in energy and emissions achieved each year by the lifestyle choices of off-grid and off-mains households and communities. HL4988

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the carbon footprint of different methods of road surface repair, including methods that incorporate road preservation techniques; and what advice they have issued to local Government on the basis of this assessment. HL4989

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the extent of the current backlog of road maintenance; what are the estimated costs of removing that backlog; and what is their estimate of the time needed for removing the backlog. HL4990

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will approve bids to create new unitary authorities on the basis that proposals meet their five criteria of affordability, a broad cross section of support, strategic leadership, neighbourhood empowerment and value for money. HL4991

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they were able to form a view on the justification for banning the manufacture of mercury barometers for domestic use if there is no estimate of the numbers of such barometers made. HL4992

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are making to the European Commission Secure European Truck Parking Operational Services Project; and what expectations they have of establishing common and high standards for both the security of goods moved around the European Union and the well-being of hauliers and truck drivers throughout the European Union. HL4993

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the extension of the Financial Services Authority’s recommendation for compulsory commission disclosure by independent financial advisers to include general and business insurance distributors, including brokers. HL4994

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will recommend that the Financial Services Authority should require the compulsory disclosure, to the small business consumer, of any or all contingent commissions, including profit and volume related incentives, between insurance providers and insurance distributors. HL4995

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government why Scottish Ministers have been removed from the list contained in the Veterinary Surgery (Artificial Insemination) (Amendment) Order 2007 (SI 2007/1767) of persons who may approve training courses in the artificial insemination of cows. HL4996

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25 June (WA 120), what revenue has been received by them between September 2004 and September 2006 from national non-geographic telephone numbers in use by—

(a) the Criminal Records Bureau;

(b) the Passport Service;

(c) the Immigration and Enquiry Bureau; and

(d) Siemens Business Service query letters. HL4997

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether under rule 12 of the Home Information Pack (No. 2) Regulations 2007 (SI 2007/1667) the public advertisement will contain details that enable readers to identify the location of the proposed marine mineral extraction. HL4998

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs publication, Set-Aside Handbook and Guidance for England—2007 update, why the RPA will apply area penalties to any farmer who has used the 2005 baseline offered under paragraph 1, but has calculated too low an area. HL4999

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs publication, Set-Aside Handbook and Guidance for England—2007 update, how many applications the RPA has had for permission to apply fertiliser to set-aside land used as a feeding ground for over-wintering migratory geese. HL5000

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the National Insurance Fund surplus at the end of each tax year since 1997-98 for which figures are available. HL5001

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last received representations from the government of Canada concerning the frozen pensions regulations for United Kingdom citizens who have retired to Canada; and what was the response to those representations. HL5002

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the three meetings held recently with Australian Ministers and officials at which the issue of not uprating the United Kingdom state pension paid to persons living in Australia was raised. HL5003

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the success or otherwise of measures taken to protect the endangered tope and basking shark (a) in United Kingdom waters, and (b) internationally. HL5004

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have been brought and convictions secured against those charged with breaching regulations on shark fishing since 1997. HL5005

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the workings of the regulations concerning tall hedges. HL5006

Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their response to the consultation document Convicting Rapists and Protecting Victims—Justice for Victims of Rape which was published in March 2006. HL5007

Lord Elton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 16 July (WA 7), whether for the convenience of Members who receive Hansard by post, and others with an interest in Academy Schools who do not have access to the Library of the House, he will place the information to which he referred in the Official Report. HL5008

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that dogs for blind people, helper dogs for disabled people and household pets are provided with emergency accommodation when people are evacuated from their homes because of flooding and other disasters. HL5009

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Malloch-Brown on 18 July (WA 26), whether, when they signed the European Union Constitutional Treaty in 2004, they agreed that the United Kingdom’s existing labour and social legislation, common law system, police and judicial processes, independent foreign and defence policy and tax and social security system would have been changed by the resulting constitution, had it come into force. HL5010

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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.

23 May (6 June)

HL3979 Lord Avebury [HO]

8 June (22 June)

HL4245 Lord Hylton [HO]

20 June (4 July)

HL4427 Lord Mason of Barnsley [MoD]

27 June (11 July)

HL4569 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL4570 Lord Hylton [HO]

28 June (12 July)

HL4604 Lord Hylton [HO]

2 July (16 July)

HL4617 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [DfBERR]

HL4630 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DEFRA]

HL4637 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [DWP]

3 July (17 July)

HL4650 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4651 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4652 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4653 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4654 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4655 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4663 Baroness Whitaker [DfID]

HL4673 Lord Inglewood [FCO]

HL4674 Lord Inglewood [FCO]

4 July (18 July)

HL4694 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4695 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4696 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4697 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4698 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4699 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4710 Viscount Waverley [HO]

HL4711 Viscount Waverley [HO]

HL4717 Lord Morris of Aberavon [MoD]

5 July (19 July)

HL4723 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff [DoH]

HL4729 Lord Ouseley [CLG]

HL4730 Lord Ouseley [HO]

HL4731 Lord Ouseley [HO]

HL4732 Lord Ouseley [CLG]

HL4736 Viscount Waverley [DfBERR]

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

[CLG] 2 [DEFRA] 1 [DfBERR] 2 [DfID] 1 [DoH] 13 [DWP] 1
[FCO] 2 [HO] 9 [MoD] 2

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Bills in Progress

Type of Bill To be considered
Waiting for Second Reading
Bailiffs (Licensing) [HL] Private Member’s
Leasehold Information [HL] Private Member’s
Torture (Damages) [HL] Private Member’s
House of Lords [HL] Private Member’s 20 July
Royal Commission (Slavery) [HL] Private Member’s
Life Peerages (Residency for Taxation Purposes) [HL] Private Member’s
Freedom of Information (Amendment) Private Member’s
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL] Private
Committed to a Grand Committee
UK Borders Government 23 July
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
Alcohol Labelling [HL] Private Member’s
House of Lords (Amendment) [HL] Private Member’s
Television Advertising (Food) [HL] Private Member’s
European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL] Private Member’s
Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Government 23 July
Sustainable Communities Private Member’s 26 July
Waiting for Report
Development Orders (Microgeneration) [HL] (formerly Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration [HL]) Private Member’s
Building Societies (Funding) and Mutual Societies (Transfers) Private Member’s 24 July
Waiting for Third Reading
Greater London Authority Government
Parliamentary Constituencies (Amendment) [HL] Private Member’s 23 July
London Local Authorities and Transport for London Private
Bournemouth Borough Council [HL] Private
Manchester City Council [HL] Private
Sent to the Commons
Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) [HL] Private Member’s
Government Spending (Website) [HL] Private Member’s
European Union (Information, etc.) [HL] Private Member’s
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
Victims of Overseas Terrorism [HL] Private Member’s
Corruption [HL] Private Member’s
Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) [HL] Private Member’s
Transport for London [HL] Private
Returned to the Commons amended
National Trust (Northern Ireland) Private
Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments and reasons
Further Education and Training [HL]
(Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)
Government 25 July
Pensions Government 24 July
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Government 23 July
Offender Management Government 24 July
Waiting for Royal Assent
Statistics and Registration Service
(Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)
Government

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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
Company and Business Names (Amendment) Regulations 2007
Draft Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007
Draft Police Reform Act 2002 (Standard Powers and Duties of Community Support Officers) Order 2007
Draft Criminal Defence Service (Very High Cost Cases) Regulations 2007
Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2007 23 July
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Investigation of Protected Electronic Information: Code of Practice) Order 2007 23 July
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data: Code of Practice) Order 2007 23 July
Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2007 23 July
Draft Railway Pensions (Transfer of Pension Schemes) Order 2007 23 July
Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement) (Republic of Albania) Order 2007 23 July
Draft Housing Benefit (Loss of Benefit) (Pilot Scheme) Regulations 2007 23 July
Draft Terrorism (Northern Ireland) Act 2006 (Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2007 23 July
Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) Order 2007 23 July
Draft Companies Act 2006 (Commencement No. 3, Consequential Amendments, Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2007 23 July
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003 (Commencement No. 2) Order 2007 23 July
Draft Revised Funding Code 25 July
Draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 (Northern Ireland Political Parties) Order 2007 23 July
Draft Disability Discrimination Act 1995 (Amendment etc.) (General Qualifications Bodies) (Alteration of Premises and Enforcement) Regulations 2007 25 July
Draft Data Retention (EC Directive) Regulations 2007 24 July
Draft Verification of Information in Passport Applications Etc. (Specified Persons) Order 2007 24 July
Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2007 24 July
Draft Terrorism Act 2006 (Disapplication of Section 25) Order 2007 24 July
Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Tajikistan) Order 2007

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Negative Instruments

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires To be considered
24th Report
Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 20 July
25th Report
Motor Fuel (Composition and Content) (Amendment) Regulations 2007 20 July

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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
Proposals reported following second-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee and considered in Grand Committee
Draft Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007 12th Report 23 July

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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 23 July
European Union Sub-Committee B Internal Market in Brussels
Human Rights Joint Committee 4.00pm
Tuesday 24 July
Draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill Joint Committee 1.00pm
Science and Technology Select Committee Allergy and Internet Security 3.00pm
Draft Climate Change Bill Joint Committee 3.30pm
Merits of Statutory Instruments Select Committee 3.30pm
European Union Select Committee 4.15pm
Wednesday 25 July
Communications Select Committee 10.30am
European Union Sub-Committee F Home Affairs 10.30am
European Union Sub-Committee C Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy 4.00pm
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee 4.00pm
European Union Sub-Committee E Law and Institutions 4.15pm
Thursday 26 July
European Union Sub-Committee G Social and Consumer Affairs 9.30am
Tuesday 9 October
European Union Sub-Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade 10.30am
Economic Affairs Select Committee 3.30pm
Wednesday 17 October
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Select Committee 10.30am
Refreshment Committee Domestic Committee 4.15pm
in Committee Room G
Monday 22 October
Procedure Committee Domestic Committee 4.00pm
Wednesday 24 October
Works of Art Domestic Committee 4.15pm
in Committee Room G

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Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 19 July 2007

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

1 Lord Darzi of Denham Sir Ara Warkes Darzi KBE, having been created Lord Darzi of Denham, of Gerrards Cross in the County of Buckinghamshire, for life by Letters Patent dated 12 July 2007, was introduced between Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and Lord Gavron, and took and subscribed the oath.

2 Royal Assent The Lord Speaker (Baroness Hayman) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

Rating (Empty Properties) Act c. 9

Appropriation (No. 2) Act c. 10

Finance Act c. 11

Mental Health Act c. 12

Concessionary Bus Travel Act c. 13

Vehicle Registration Marks Act c. 14

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act c. 15

Parliament (Joint Departments) Act c. 16

Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress Act c. 17

Whitehaven Harbour Act c. i

London Local Authorities Act c. ii

Public Business

3 Bees A question was asked by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer and answered by Lord Rooker.

4 Abortions A question was asked by Baroness Tonge and answered by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon.

5 Mariners: alcohol and drugs limits A question was asked by Lord Berkeley and answered by Baroness Crawley.

6 Armed Forces: inquests A question was asked by Lord Astor of Hever and answered by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.

7 Statistics and Registration Service Bill The Commons amendments were considered. Lords amendments 12, 13, 15, 20, 67 to 70 and 72 were not insisted on and Commons amendments 15D, 15E and 15F to the words restored to the bill by the Commons disagreement to Lords amendment 15 were agreed to.

8 House of Lords reform Lord Hunt of Kings Heath repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

9 Offender Management Bill The bill was returned from the Commons with certain amendments disagreed to with reasons for such disagreement, with certain amendments disagreed to but with amendments proposed in lieu thereof, with certain other amendments agreed to with amendments and with a consequential amendment to the bill and with the remaining amendments agreed to. The Commons amendments and reasons were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 99)

10 Lords’ Interests A question was asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch and, after debate, answered by the Chairman of Committees.

11 Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 235AB. Amendments were agreed to. The House resumed after Clause 221 stood part.

The House adjourned at 6.42pm until Friday 20 July 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 Finance—Public Expenditure 2006-07: Provisional Outturn: Government proposals. (7156)

2 Industrial Injuries—Report by the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council considering prescription for nasopharyngeal cancer due to exposure to wood dust. (7162)

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution:

1 Draft Traffic Management Permit Scheme (England) Regulations 2007, laid under the Traffic Management Act 2004.

2 Draft Police Reform Act 2002 (Standard Powers and Duties of Community Support Officers) Order 2007, laid under the Police Reform Act 2002.

3 Draft Criminal Defence Service (Very High Cost Cases) Regulations 2007, laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 (1) Court of Protection Fees Order 2007 (1745)

(2) Public Guardian (Fees, etc.) Regulations 2007 (2051)

laid under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

2 (1) Education (Assisted Places) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2007 (2001)

(2) Education (Assisted Places) (Incidental Expenses) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2007 (2002)

laid under the Education (Schools) Act 1997.

3 Patient Information Advisory Group (Establishment) (Amendment) Regulations 2007, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006. (2009)

Papers not subject to parliamentary proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report for 2006-07 of the Electoral Commission, laid under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

2 Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Duchy of Lancaster, laid under the Duchy of Cornwall and Duchy of Lancaster Act 1838.

3 Accounts for 2006-07 of the Wool Textile Industry, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Industrial Organisation and Development Act 1947.

4 (1) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Fire Service College, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(2) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

5 Report for 2006-07 of H M Chief Inspector of Court Administration, laid under the Justices of the Peace Act 1997.

6 Report for the period 25 September 2006 to 31 Match 2007 of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman, laid under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

7 Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of Forest Research, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Exchequer and Audit Departments Act 1921.

8 (1) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Economic and Social Research Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(2) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Natural Environment Research Council, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965.

9 Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Olympic Delivery Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Act 2006.

10 Third Report on the Secretary of State’s functions by the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, laid under the Communications Act 2003.

11 (1) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Appointments Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(2) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of Monitor—The Independent Regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(3) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the National Health Service Litigation Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(4) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the NHS Business Services Authority, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(5) Accounts for 2006-07 of the National Treatment Agency, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

12 Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of English Heritage, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Heritage Act 1983.

13 (1) Accounts for the period 1 April 2006 to 30 November 2006 of the Big Lottery Fund: Community Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(2) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the National Lottery Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(3) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Big Lottery Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(4) Accounts for the period 1 April 2006 to 30 November 2006 of the Big Lottery Fund: New Opportunities Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

(5) Accounts for the period 1 April 2006 to 30 November 2006 of the Big Lottery Fund: Millennium Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General

laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.

14 Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Valuation Tribunal Service, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Local Government Act 2003.

15 Report on the Operation in 2006 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991, laid under that Act.

16 (1) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(2) Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

laid under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003.

17 Accounts for 2006-07 of the Board of Trustees of the Tate Gallery, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Museums and Galleries Act 1992.

18 Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000.

19 Report and Accounts for 2006-07 of the Training and Development Agency for Schools, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Education Act 2005.

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Judicial Business

Thursday 19 July

1 Wilson (Respondent) v Jaymarke Estates Limited and another (Appellants) (Scotland) Further to the Order of the House of 20 June 2007 (38th Report Session 2006-07; [2007] UKHL 29), it was ordered that the appellants do pay or cause to be paid to the respondent his costs in this House (on the standard basis), the amount thereof to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

Correction

The following entry should have appeared in the Judicial Business of Wednesday 18 July:

1 Sempra Metals Limited (formerly Metallgesellschaft Limited) (Respondents) v Her Majesty’s Commissioners of Inland Revenue and another (Appellants) It was moved by Lord Hope of Craighead, That the 43rd Report from the Appellate Committee be agreed to; the motion was agreed to. It was ordered and adjudged that paragraph 3 of the Order of Mr Justice Park in the High Court of Justice Chancery Division of 16 June 2004 be varied to the extent that, with regard to the respondents’ claim for restitution, the calculation of interest over the premature tax period referred to in paragraph 1 of the said Order should be effected on the basis of compound interest at conventional rates calculated by reference to the rates of interest and other terms applicable to borrowing by the government in the market during the relevant period; that paragraph 2 of the Order of the Court of Appeal of 12 April 2005 be deleted; that save for the variation of the said Order of Mr Justice Park and the deletion of paragraph 2 of the said Order of the Court of Appeal, the said Order of the Court of appeal be affirmed and the appeal dismissed; that the application for an order for a reference to the Court of Justice of the European Communities be refused; and that the question of costs in this House be adjourned in order that the parties may make written submissions within 14 days. [2007] UKHL 34

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