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Wednesday 23 January 2008 at 3.00pm

Prayers will have been read

*Oral questions, 30 minutes

*Lady Saltoun of Abernethy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the names of the organisations or individuals to whom licences have been issued during the last 18 months by Natural England to release grey squirrels into the wild; and whether the locations of the releases were on Forestry Commission or privately owned land.

*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of their ambition to reconnect Parliament with the public, whether they will make it a condition of broadcasting licence agreements that broadcasting organisations should state briefly in their main news bulletins the forthcoming day’s business in both Houses of Parliament.

*Lord Giddens to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the likelihood of achieving their target to halve child poverty by 2010 compared with 1999.

*Lord Desai to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are offering to the government of Pakistan to ensure a free and fair election on 18 February.

Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill [HL] Lord Davies of Oldham to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 5
Schedule 1
Clauses 6 to 14
Schedule 2
Clause 15
Schedule 3
Clauses 16 to 31.

†Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008 Lord Rooker to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 5 December 2007 be approved. 5th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 22 January

Climate Change Bill [HL] Committee (day 6) [Lord Rooker] 2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) Order 2008 Lord West of Spithead to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 17 December 2007 be approved. 6th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill [HL] Committee (day 2) [Lord Jones of Birmingham] 2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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Future Business

Thursday 24 January at 11.00am

*Earl of Mar and Kellie to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will participate in debates on Scottish sovereignty with a community development ethos.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend the Tier Two Boatmaster’s Licence to include up to three miles offshore for small and local passenger vessels.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tonnes of dead fish are thrown back into the sea each year under the European Union’s common fisheries policy; and what prospect they see of ending this practice.

†*Lord Luke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the signing of the contract for the two new aircraft carriers.

Lord Fowler to call attention to the position in Iraq and the lessons to be drawn; and to move for papers.

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to call attention to the role of non-governmental organisations delivering services on behalf of the Government, and related questions of accountability; and to move for papers.

Earl Howe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their aims in reviewing Part IX of the Drug Tariff, with particular reference to stoma and incontinence products.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 2.00pm

†Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with overcrowding and capacity on railway services. (1 hour)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in view of the absence of a coroners bill in the legislative programme. (1 hour)

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the development of the Central American Integration System. (1 hour)

†Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to contribute to the Vienna Forum on the United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (13 to 15 February 2008); and to introduce policies to eliminate the modern-day slave trade in all its forms both at home and abroad. (1 hour)

Monday 28 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Wedderburn of Charlton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to companies in the private sector on pay increases.

*Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the judgment given by Mr Justice Weir in the case of The Queen v Sean Hoey.

*Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposed cuts in primary healthcare in rural Northumberland.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to support the policy in England to remove all mixed wards in hospitals except for emergency admissions.

†Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading and Retention of Data) Regulations 2008 Lord Bassam of Brighton to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 28 November 2007 be approved. 4th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 22 January

†Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2007 Lord Davies of Oldham to move that the Order laid before the House on 13 December 2007 be approved. 6th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 22 January

†Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2008 Lord Rooker to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 4 December 2007 be approved. 6th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, Considered in Grand Committee on 22 January

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill [HL] Report (day 3) [Lord Darzi of Denham]

†European Communities (Finance) Bill Second Reading (and Committee negatived) [Lord Davies of Oldham] (Money Bill)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room

Tuesday 29 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to date to the Exchequer arising from Metronet going into administration in July 2007.

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to invite a larger number of observers from other states to observe the next United Kingdom parliamentary elections to demonstrate that the principle of reciprocity applies to international oversight of election procedures.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the position on the removal of unexploded landmines and other ordnance still lying in the Falkland Islands following the 1982 conflict.

Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts Bill [HL] Report [Lord Davies of Oldham]

†Greater London Authority Elections (Election Addresses) (Amendment) Order 2008 Lord Bach to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 9 January be approved. 6th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill Committee [Lord McKenzie of Luton] 3rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Wednesday 30 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Ezra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their long-term policy for electricity generation.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering limits on expenditure by political parties during general elections and on publicity and advertising between general elections.

*Baroness Knight of Collingtree to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the recent reports about the levels of malnourishment of patients in NHS hospitals.

Local Transport Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Bassam of Brighton]

Payments into the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund etc. Order 2007 Lord Davies of Oldham to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 25 October 2007 be approved. First Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee, First Report from the Merits Committee

Lord Clement-Jones to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert “but this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to mitigate the impact of this draft Order through exploration of other funding options and to guarantee that the Arts, heritage, sport, charity and voluntary sectors adversely affected by the draft Order benefit from any increase in land value in the Olympic site following completion of the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games”.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Bill Second Reading [Lord Bassam of Brighton]

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Bill will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room and that it will conclude

Thursday 31 January at 11.00am

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards meeting the 78 recommendations made in 2002 by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child regarding children’s rights in the United Kingdom.

*Baroness Hanham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, with regard to the proposals by Southern Rail to withdraw the Gatwick airport service (Watford to Brighton), they have taken into account the three Route Utilisation Strategies which highlighted the dangers of adding extra passengers to the interchange at Clapham Junction.

*Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in preventing the transport of live horses for slaughter across national boundaries.

Lord Guthrie of Craigiebank to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s consultation paper on War powers and treaties (Cm 7239); and to move for papers.

Lord Ramsbotham to call attention to the case for the setting up a Women’s Justice Board; and to move for papers.

It is expected that the following three items will be debated together.

†Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 Lord Bach to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2007 be approved. 6th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

†Companies Act 2006 (Amendment) (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 Lord Bach to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2007 be approved. 6th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

†Small Companies and Groups (Accounts and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2008 Lord Bach to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2007 be approved. 6th Report from the Statutory Instruments Committee

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill will continue at 2.00pm in the Moses Room

Monday 4 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of key workers still exists in planning for a possible influenza pandemic.

*Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their plan to manage post-graduate medical education.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask the Chairman of Committees what arrangements have been made to accommodate Members and staff during the work on 1 and 2 Millbank.

*Lord Geddes to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many game licences were issued in the 12 months prior to their abolition on 1 August 2007.

Children and Young Persons Bill [HL] Report [Lord Adonis]

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

†Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) Order 2008 Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 16 January be approved. (Dinner break business)

†Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 16 January be approved. (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Employment Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Jones of Birmingham]

Tuesday 5 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their proposals to try to avoid another Northern Rock-type crisis include the question who should be the lender of last resort.

*Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they are proposing to the law governing the holding of peaceful demonstrations in Parliament Square.

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the role of juries in rape trials.

†Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Committee [Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

†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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room

Wednesday 6 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendation of INQUEST in its submission on the Review of Restraint that an independent inquiry should be established to examine the wider issues concerning the treatment of children in the youth justice system.

*Lord Rotherwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact studies are carried out prior to licences being given for the release of grey squirrels into the wild.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the Councillors Commission report Representing the Future.

Lord Blaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the prospects for a resolution of the political, economic and human problems in Zimbabwe. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill will continue.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Employment Bill will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room

Thursday 7 February at 11.00am

*Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial assistance they are providing to the countries in South-East Africa that are affected by the recent flooding.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will release their strategic review of the Blue Badge Scheme.

*Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report produced by Woodnewton Associates in December 2007, Aviation and Climate Change: Public Opinion and the Scope for Action.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill will continue at 2.00pm in the Moses Room and that it will conclude

Monday 18 February at 2.30pm

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that local authorities act in accordance with the guidance High Hedges Complaints: Prevention and Cure.

*Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government whom they propose to consult about the recommendations on prison building in Lord Carter of Coles’s Review of Prisons.

*Baroness Prosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support the work of the police service in Northern Ireland.

Tuesday 19 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support from other countries there has been for the United Kingdom’s proposal for a uranium enrichment bond as a means of tackling the proliferation risks arising from the worldwide growth in civil nuclear power.

*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing a new bank holiday in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss further financial reforms of the European Union farming support system at forthcoming meetings with the governments of Germany and France.

Wednesday 20 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the rate of recruitment of United Kingdom nationals to all levels of the European Commission is satisfactory.

†*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will prepare a package of fiscal measures to support any interest rate reductions.

†*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the planning and accountability for a sporting legacy from the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games in the elite and participatory sectors.

Thursday 21 February at 11.00am

*Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of shortages of donated organs, what is their policy on the use of mechanical assistance devices such as heart pumps in the National Health Service.

†*Baroness O’Cathain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the policy of the Royal Parks on private events held in Victoria Tower Gardens.

Thursday 28 February at 11.00am

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to call attention to the case for strengthening families, community cohesion and social action; and to move for papers.

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Motions for Balloted Debate

Ballot on 5 February for debate on 21 February. Time limit 2½ hours

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to call attention to financial inequality in the United Kingdom; 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 Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for more post-legislative scrutiny by Parliament; and to move for papers.

Lord Tombs to call attention to issues facing the electricity supply industry and to the case for a strategic decision mechanism; and to move for papers.

Lord Harrison to call attention to the British Humanist Association’s reports Quality and Equality: Human Rights, Public Services and Religious Organisations and The Case for Secularism: A Neutral State in an Open Society; and to move for papers.

Baroness Williams of Crosby to call attention to the impact of national tests and league tables on educational achievement; and to move for papers.

Lord Howarth of Newport to call attention to the case for encouraging high-quality architecture in the United Kingdom and for ensuring that design quality is taken into account by local planning authorities; and to move for papers.

Lord Patel to call attention to the recommendations of the Tooke report on modernising medical careers; and to move for papers.

Lord May of Oxford to call attention to the trend in the incidence of HIV/AIDS; and to move for papers.

Baroness Uddin to call attention to efforts to support families of children with special educational needs; and to move for papers.

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Select Committee Reports

The date on which the Report was published is in italics

Lord Grenfell to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Commission’s Annual Policy Strategy for 2008 (23rd Report, Session 2006-07, HL Paper 123). 4 July 2007.

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Other Motions for Debate

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

Lord Northbourne to call attention to the role of parents in enabling their child to achieve good outcomes at school; and to move for papers.

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

Earl of Sandwich to call attention to the targets of the Millennium Development Goals in the poorest countries and the action required to achieve them by 2015; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s policies on multi-culturalism and community cohesion; and to move for papers.

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Motions relating to Statutory Instruments

Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007 Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 20 December 2007, be annulled (SI 2007/3521). 7th Report from the Merits Committee

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Questions for Short Debate

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to human rights abuses in West Papua.

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 Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they see as the eventual destination of the project of European Union.

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve support for the British motorsport industry to ensure it does not lose its global leadership.

Viscount Falkland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to support the training of disabled people on computers in their own homes.

Lord Best to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to remove barriers caused by housing benefit restrictions that prevent young people leaving hostels and supported housing projects.

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what improvements have been made in the management of infectious animal diseases.

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether every citizen of the United Kingdom will be protected in the exercise of their freedoms as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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

Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to develop their policies to link the Arts with healthcare.

Lord Beaumont of Whitley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop the production of renewable energy in the United Kingdom so as to reduce the United Kingdom’s vulnerability to global gas and oil price fluctuations.

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the programme for updating the definitive maps of rights of way and in particular the 25-year time limit on making claims for changes.

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to act upon the findings of the National Audit Office Report on the Overseas Territories.

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.

Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the system for managing prisoners serving indefinite sentences.

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

Lord Rix to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the social care needs of adults with a learning disability will be considered in the forthcoming Green Paper on adult social care.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce hospital-acquired infections.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use the Migrant Integration Policy Index to inform debates on migrants in Europe.

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.

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to tackle the issue of fly-tipping.

Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help parents of school age children, especially those on low incomes, to spend quality time with their children at weekends.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of inheritance tax and capital gains tax.

Baroness Trumpington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will examine the present contributions of the police and the Home Office in the identification, prevention, solving and reduction of crime.

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

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the co-ordination of fire safety and emergency services across the European Union.

Lord Lloyd-Webber to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the level of public support for the refurbishment of West End theatres, with particular reference to the problems and costs caused by the fact that many theatres are listed buildings.

Lord Rotherwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks of flooding from inland rivers in the United Kingdom and the role of the Environment Agency as the delegated body for managing it.

Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the preparation of legislative proposals to Parliament.

Baroness Neuberger to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health report on the cost to business of mental ill health at work, what support they are providing to business to deal with mental ill health at work; and what plans they have to ensure that the public sector leads in this area.

Baroness Rendell of Babergh to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to combat the increasing threat to women’s health of obesity during pregnancy and childbirth.

Lord Radice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the work of the British Association for Central and Eastern Europe.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to ensure that, for customers with personal bank accounts, United Kingdom banks levy the same charges for transfers and payments between the United Kingdom and other European Union member states as they levy in domestic transactions, in accordance with European Commission objectives.

Lord Lyell of Markyate to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the workings of the Border and Immigration Agency in relation to visas for students whose courses include short periods of unpaid work experience.

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Questions for Written Answer

Tabled on 22 January and due for answer by 5 February.

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in cases of enforced disappearance in Turkey and Chechnya in Russia; and, if so, how those judgments will affect future policy towards and dialogue with these countries. HL1537

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Court of Human Rights has heard any cases arising from the deportation from Russia since 2006 of Georgian citizens without court orders or appeal procedures; and what stage the inter-state case initiated by the government of Georgia has reached. HL1538

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they supported the resolution of the Council of Ministers of May 2007 (CM/Res CMN(2007)7) on the implementation of the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities in Russia; and whether the government of Russia have responded to that judgment. HL1539

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Russia, following the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in Barankevich v Russia (No. 10519/03), concerning freedom of assembly and freedom of worship. HL1540

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the complainants in the cases of Bitiyera and X v Russia (No. 57953/00 and No. 37392/03) and Musayev and Others v Russia (No. 57941/00 and No. 58699/00 and No. 60403/00) have received the damages awarded to them by the European Court of Human Rights. HL1541

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek ways to improve and allocate the processing of cases pending from Russia before the European Court of Human Rights. HL1542

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Rooker on 21 January (WA 13-14), when they will report on the measures they have taken to comply with Article 9(4) of the Aarhus Convention. HL1543

Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Environment Agency and the Environment Agency Wales will return to Mr Douglas Gowan the original sworn witness statements and other evidential material relating to Brofiscin Quarry and other matters, submitted by him in response to request by the Agencies from January 2006 onwards. HL1544

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the findings of the Boundary Commission on local government in Suffolk. HL1545

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to issue new guidance on the granting of bail in Northern Ireland. HL1546

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what process led to the appointment of Chris Sidote as chairman of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Consortium; how many applications there were; and who carried out the interviews. HL1547

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what expenses the Northern Ireland Human Rights Consortium has incurred to date; for what purpose; and how they are monitored. HL1548

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding they have made available for the cases to be made in Northern Ireland for—

(a) the need for a separate bill of rights;

(b) the need not to have a separate bill of rights; and

(c) the need not to have a bill of rights. HL1549

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to date of the Saville Inquiry; and when the Inquiry expects to report. HL1550

Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue guidance on the interpretation of the phrase “parental responsibility” in Part I of the Children Act 1989. HL1551

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union Gendarmerie Force will assist with the 2012 Olympic Games in the United Kingdom; and what role they foresee for this force in the United Kingdom. HL1552

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the introduction of the London low emission zone, whether they intend to monitor improvements in air quality in the coming weeks. HL1553

Lord Hayhoe to ask the Chairman of Committees how many laptop computers have been reported lost or stolen within the Palace of Westminster in the most recent 12 months for which figures are available. HL1554

Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), on what evidence the decision to suspend adoptions of Guatemalan children by United Kingdom residents was based. HL1555

Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), under what powers the Minister acted in reaching the decision to suspend adoptions of Guatemalan children by United Kingdom residents, given that the relevant sections of the Children and Adoption Act 2006 are yet to be implemented. HL1556

Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), by what criteria and timescales the decision to suspend adoptions of Guatemalan children by United Kingdom residents will be monitored and reviewed. HL1557

Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), what consultation took place before the decision to suspend adoptions of Guatemalan children by United Kingdom residents; and with whom. HL1558

Lord Haworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Adonis on 6 December 2007 (WS 215), how many adopters’ dossiers for the adoption of Guatemalan children by United Kingdom residents had been reviewed by the Department for Children, Schools and Families at the time of the decision to suspend adoptions and will now not be processed. HL1559

Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 21 January (WA 2), what was the total of the 50,764 underpayments made in 2007 to Armed Forces personnel. HL1560

Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 21 January (WA 2), what was the greatest single underpayment to any one serviceman or woman in 2007; and what was the greatest single overpayment in the same year. HL1561

Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Taylor of Bolton on 21 January (WA 2), whether all pay errors made in 2007 in relation to Armed Forces personnel have been rectified; and whether comparable errors in 2008 will be avoided. HL1562

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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.

6 November (20 November)

HL78 Lord Pearson of Rannoch [HO]

7 November (21 November)

HL143 Lord Avebury [CO]

8 November (22 November)

HL203 Baroness Valentine [HO]

15 November (29 November)

HL297 Lord Marlesford [HO]

6 December (20 December)

HL836 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DoH]

HL856 Lord Beaumont of Whitley [CLG]

10 December (24 December)

HL892 Earl Baldwin of Bewdley [DoH]

HL893 Earl Baldwin of Bewdley [DoH]

11 December (27 December)

HL903 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DoH]

12 December (27 December)

HL955 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL963 Lord Hylton [HO]

13 December (27 December)

HL986 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [DWP]

HL990 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [MoD]

HL991 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [DfT]

14 December (28 December)

HL1008 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DoH]

HL1015 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [HO]

HL1024 Lord Hanningfield [DfBERR]

HL1034 Lord Harrison [DCMS]

17 December (31 December)

HL1055 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [HO]

HL1056 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [CO]

HL1066 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [FCO]

18 December (2 January)

HL1102 Earl of Sandwich [HO]

7 January (21 January)

HL1114 Lord Berkeley [DfBERR]

HL1118 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [NIO]

HL1123 Baroness Hollis of Heigham [DWP]

HL1124 Lord Hylton [NIO]

HL1145 Baroness Neville-Jones [HO]

HL1146 Baroness Neville-Jones [HO]

HL1149 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DoH]

HL1150 Lord Alton of Liverpool

HL1152 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL1153 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL1157 Lord Dykes [DfBERR]

HL1170 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DEFRA]

HL1171 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DEFRA]

HL1177 Lord Kilclooney [HO]

HL1187 Lord Ouseley [CO]

HL1189 Lord Ouseley [DCMS]

HL1192 Lord Ouseley [HMT]

8 January (22 January)

HL1197 Baroness Hanham [HO]

HL1198 Baroness Hanham [HO]

HL1199 Baroness Hanham [HO]

HL1200 Lord Howell of Guildford [HO]

HL1201 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [MoJ]

HL1213 Lord Greaves [CLG]

HL1219 Lord Beaumont of Whitley [CLG]

HL1227 Lord Denham [DCMS]

HL1228 Lord Denham [DCMS]

HL1230 Lord Denham [DCMS]

HL1231 Lord Denham [DCMS]

HL1232 Lord Williamson of Horton [DfID]

HL1234 Lord Vinson [FCO]

HL1235 Lord Vinson [FCO]

HL1237 Lord Laird [CO]

HL1239 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL1240 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL1242 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [CLG]

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

[CLG] 4 [CO] 4 [DCMS] 6 [DEFRA] 2 [DfBERR] 3 [DfID] 1
[DfT] 1 [DoH] 6 [DWP] 2 [FCO] 3 [HMT] 1 [HO] 14
[MoD] 1 [MoJ] 1 [NIO] 7

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Bills in Progress

Type of Bill To be considered
Waiting for Second Reading
European Communities (Finance) (Money Bill—16 January) Government 28 January
Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Government 30 January
House of Lords (Amendment) [HL] Private Member’s
Retail Development [HL] Private Member’s
London Local Authorities [HL] Private
London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) [HL] Private
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL] Private
Committed to a Select Committee
Crossrail Government
Committed to a Grand Committee
Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions [HL] Government 23 January
Child Maintenance and Other Payments Government 29 January
Employment [HL] Government 4 February
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Climate Change [HL] Government 23 January
House of Lords [HL] Private Member’s
Disabled Persons (Independent Living) [HL] Private Member’s
Powers of Entry etc. [HL] Private Member’s
Alcohol Labelling [HL] Private Member’s
Kidney Transplant [HL] Private Member’s
Criminal Justice and Immigration Government 5 February
Waiting for Report
Human Fertilisation and Embryology [HL] Government 28 January
Dormant Bank and Building Society Accounts [HL] Government 29 January
Children and Young Persons [HL] Government 4 February
Waiting for Third Reading
Local Transport [HL] Government 30 January
London Local Authorities and Transport for London Bill Private
Sent to the Commons
Transport for London [HL] Private
Bournemouth Borough Council [HL] Private
Manchester City Council [HL] Private

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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 Cornwall (Structural Change) Order 2008 7th Report
Draft Shropshire (Structural Change) Order 2008 7th Report
Draft Local Authorities (Alcohol Disorder Zones) Regulations 2008 8th Report
Draft Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 (Duty to Share Information and Disclosure of Information for Security Purposes) Order 2008
Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2008
Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2008
Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2008
Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) (Amendment) Order 2008 4 February
Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2008 4 February
Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (Amendment) Regulations 2007
Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading and Retention of Data) Regulations 2008 28 January
Draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008 23 January
Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2008 28 January
Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2007 28 January
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Payments into the Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund etc. Order 2007 First Report 30 January
Draft Regional Learning and Skills Councils Regulations 2007
Draft Companies (Late Filing Penalties) and Limited Liability Partnerships (Filing Periods and Late Filing Penalties) Regulations 2008
Draft Statutory Auditors (Delegation of Functions etc.) Order 2008
Draft Companies (Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2008
Draft Large and Medium-sized Companies and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 31 January
Draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment) (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2008 31 January
Draft Small Companies and Groups (Accounts and Directors’ Report) Regulations 2008 31 January
Draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) Order 2008 23 January
Draft Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (Representations and Appeals) (Wales) Regulations 2008
Draft Northumberland (Structural Change) Order 2008 7th Report
Draft Wiltshire (Structural Change) Order 2008 7th Report
Draft County Durham (Structural Change) Order 2008 7th Report
Draft Greater London Authority Elections (Election Addresses) (Amendment) Order 2008 29 January

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Negative Instruments

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires To be considered
7th Report
Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula (England) Regulations 2007 25 February
8th Report
Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2008 5 March

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Legislative Reform Orders in Progress

Regulatory Reform Committee To be considered
Super-affirmative draft Orders reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee
Draft Legislative Reform (Local Authority Consent Requirements) (England and Wales) Order 2007 First Report

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Committees

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

Wednesday 23 January
Communications Select Committee 9.45am
Constitution Select Committee 10.30am
European Union Sub-Committee D Environment and Agriculture 10.30am
Science and Technology Sub Committee II Genomic Medicine 10.30am
Information Committee Domestic Committee 3.45pm
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee 4.00pm
European Union Sub-Committee E Law and Institutions 4.15pm
Thursday 24 January
European Union Sub-Committee G Social and Consumer Affairs 10.00am
European Union Sub-Committee C Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy 10.30am
European Union Select Committee 4.15pm
Monday 28 January
Intergovernmental Organisations Select Committee 3.30pm
European Union Sub-Committee B Internal Market 4.00pm
Tuesday 29 January
European Union Sub-Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade 10.30am
Science and Technology Sub Committee I Waste Reduction 11.00am
Economic Affairs Select Committee 3.30pm
Science and Technology Select Committee 3.30pm
Wednesday 30 January
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Select Committee 10.30am
European Union Sub-Committee F Home Affairs 10.30am
Lords’ Interests Sub-Committee 3.45pm
Tuesday 5 February
Merits of Statutory Instruments Select Committee 3.30pm
Tuesday 19 February
Crossrail Bill Select Committee 11.30am

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Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 22 January 2008

The House met at 2.30pm
Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Manchester.

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Select Committee Report

1   Merits of Statutory Instruments   
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

8th Report, on the following affirmative instrument:

Draft Local Authorities (Alcohol Disorder Zones) Regulations 2008;

and on the following negative instrument:

Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2008. (HL Paper 39)

Private Business

2   London Local Authorities Bill [HL]

3   London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) Bill [HL]

The bills were presented and read a first time.

4   London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees informed the House, in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 91 (Special circumstances), that he had received a report on the bill from the Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport, stating that, in the Minister’s opinion, the promoters have failed to undertake an adequate assessment of the compatibility of their proposals with the European Convention on Human Rights in respect of Clauses 14, 15 and 24.

Public Business

5   Bank of England A question was asked by Lord Roberts of Conwy and answered by Lord Davies of Oldham.

6   House of Lords: Appointments Commission A question was asked by Lord Steel of Aikwood and answered by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath.

7   Duty-free allowance A question was asked by Lord Marlesford and answered by Lord Davies of Oldham.

8   Schools: geography A question was asked by Baroness Walmsley, on behalf of Lord Greaves, and answered by Lord Adonis.

9   Retail Development Bill [HL] Lord Cotter presented a bill to provide support for small retail premises; to establish the Office for Retail Planning; to make provision about retail planning and development; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 23)

10   Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

11   Draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading and Retention of Data) Regulations 2008

12   Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2007

13   Draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008

14   Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2008

The Grand Committee reported that it had considered the instruments.

15   Middle East A question was asked by Lord Alderdice and, after debate, answered by Lord Malloch-Brown.

The House adjourned at 9.51pm until Wednesday 23 January at 9.45am for judicial business, 3.00pm for public business.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading and Retention of Data) Regulations 2008 Lord Bassam of Brighton moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading and Retention of Data) Regulations 2008. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2007 Lord Davies of Oldham moved that the Grand Committee do consider the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2007. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008 Lord Rooker moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) Order 2008. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2008 Lord Rooker moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2008. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 6.35pm

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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.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1   East Kent Hospitals National Health Service Trust (Transfer of Trust Property) Order 2008, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.   (83)

2   Condensed Milk and Dried Milk (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2008, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990.   (85)

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Judicial Business

Tuesday 22 January

1   Stack (Appellant) v Dowden (Respondent) Further to the Order of the House of 25 April 2007 (26th Report, Session 2006-07; [2007] UKHL 17) it was ordered that the appellant do pay or cause to be paid to the respondent her costs of the appeal to this House, the amount of such costs to be certified by the Clerk of the Parliaments if not agreed between the parties.

2   Bank of Nova Scotia and others (Respondents) and others v Koo Golden East Mongolia (a body corporate) The petition of Koo Golden East Mongolia praying for leave to appeal was presented and referred to an Appeal Committee (lodged 18 January).

3   R (on the application of Bancoult) (Respondent) v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Appellant) The appeal was set down for hearing and referred to an Appellate Committee (lodged 21 January).

Wednesday 23 January at 9.45am

Judgment in the following causes:

Phillips and another (suing as administrators of the estate of Christo Michailidis) (Appellants) v Symes and others (Respondents) and others

Fleming (t/a Bodycraft)(Respondent) v Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellants)

Condé Nast Publications Limited (Respondents) v Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (Appellants)

At 10.30am

In Committee Room No. 1

Further hearing by the Appellate Committee in the following cause:

R (on the application of Edwards and another (Appellant)) v Environment Agency and others (Respondents)

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