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Monday 18 January 2010 at 2.30pm

*Oral questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the Bank of England Act 1998.

*Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Human Rights Watch report published on 12 December 2009, they will seek information from the government of Libya about (a) the whereabouts of Jaballa Hamed Matar, and (b) the circumstances in which Hamed Said Khanfoor and others have been detained since March 1990 and their expected dates of release.

*Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposed free trade agreements being negotiated by Peru and Colombia with the European Union.

*Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last reviewed the financing of services for those with dementia.

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon intends to move the following five motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

State Pension Credit (Disclosure of Information) (Electricity Suppliers) Regulations 2010 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Mandatory Life Sentence: Determination of Minimum Term) Order 2010 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2010 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Environment) Order 2010 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Video Recordings Bill Second Reading [Lord Davies of Oldham] 5th Report from the Constitution Committee

Digital Economy Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [The Lord President (Lord Mandelson)] 2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Video Recordings Bill Committee [Lord Davies of Oldham]

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Future Business

Tuesday 19 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of their consideration on preventing the issuing of arrest warrants for senior Israelis visiting the United Kingdom.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide in Iraq application and issuing facilities for visas for business visitors to the United Kingdom.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase the time between close of nominations and polling day for parliamentary elections, in order to allow for the return of postal votes.

†*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the comments by the Electoral Commission about the risk of possible incidents of electoral malpractice at the forthcoming general election.

Equality Bill Committee (day 3) [Baroness Royall of Blaisdon] 2nd and 3rd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the National Health Service and patient care of the increasing level of qualifications expected of staff and the entry requirements for qualifications. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Child Poverty Bill Committee [Lord McKenzie of Luton] 3rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Wednesday 20 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the present situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

*Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have investigated whether increased expenditure on contraceptive services globally would produce a greater reduction of carbon dioxide emissions than many green technologies.

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications of the reductions in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s budget for the United Kingdom’s ability to represent national interests overseas.

Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Bill [HL] Report [Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead]

It is expected that the Video Recordings Bill will be further considered.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Digital Economy Bill will continue.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the recommendations in the report of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly on Climate Change and Renewable Energy. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 21 January at 11.00am

*Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote sustainable livelihoods for the people of Afghanistan.

*Viscount Falkland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to make roads safer for cyclists.

*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received on the trial of seven leading members of the Bahá’í community in Iran; and what action they will take on that case with the United Nations Human Rights Council, and in particular, at the Universal Periodic Review in February.

Three oral questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, 15 minutes. Ballot will be drawn on 18 January at 2pm.

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to call attention to the prospects for multi-lateral nuclear disarmament and for strengthening nuclear non-proliferation; and to move for papers.

Lord Ramsbotham to call attention to the current state of Her Majesty’s Probation Service; and to move for papers.

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Morris of Manchester]

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Dholakia]

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Child Poverty Bill will continue in the Moses Room at 2pm.

Monday 25 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Howell of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in setting up the European Union External Action Service.

*Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will transfer responsibility for energy performance certificates from Communities and Local Government to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in the last six months to prevent illegal immigration through the use of “bogus” colleges and to close down student loan scams used to obtain visas.

*Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are rescinding the reciprocal health agreements with Guernsey, the Isle of Man and Jersey with effect from 1 April.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Equality Bill will continue.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Child Poverty Bill will continue in the Moses Room at 3.30pm.

Tuesday 26 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Renton of Mount Harry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures they propose to take to restore confidence in British-based banks.

*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest quarterly figure for total unemployment in the United Kingdom; and what is the latest monthly total number of claimants of unemployment benefit.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cause of the delay in adding the Traffic Director for London, abolished by the Greater London Authority Act 1999, to the list of bodies covered by the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government, etc.) (Modification) Order 1999 (SI 1999/2277).

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Digital Economy Bill will conclude.

The following three motions are expected to be debated together:

Charities Act 2006 (Changes in Exempt Charities) Order 2010 Baroness Crawley to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 18 November 2009 be approved. First Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Dinner break business)

Charities Act 2006 (Principal Regulators of Exempt Charities) Regulations 2010 Baroness Crawley to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 18 November 2009 be approved. First Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Dinner break business)

Viscount Eccles to move to resolve that this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to withdraw the draft Charities Act 2006 (Changes in Exempt Charities) Order 2009 and the draft Charities Act 2006 (Principal Regulators of Exempt Charities) Regulations 2009 because it has not been demonstrated how they fully accord with the Charities Act 2006 and with the principles of the Better Regulation agenda. (Dinner break business)

Wednesday 27 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require details of all non-British passports held by British passport holders to be registered with the Identity and Passport Service.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider allowing shares listed on the Alternative Investment Market to be eligible for ISAs.

*Lord Cope of Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly of March 2009 about improving the ability of the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the Garda Síochána to investigate and prosecute crimes across the border.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Equality Bill will conclude.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Child Poverty Bill will continue in the Moses Room at 3.45pm and that it will conclude.

Thursday 28 January at 11.00am

*Lord Trimble to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reduce the number of speed cameras in the United Kingdom.

*Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps can be taken to ensure the safety of Antarctic cruise ships.

*Lord Maclennan of Rogart to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the Attorney General should be empowered to review arrest warrants in private prosecutions against political persons.

Lord McNally to call attention to the case for a fairer and more progressive tax system; and to move for papers.

Lord Tyler to call attention to the case for further political and constitutional reform; and to move for papers.

Monday 1 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Consumer Association’s campaign to improve banking services for customers.

*Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of those paying the higher rate of income tax who have left, or plan to leave, the United Kingdom tax jurisdiction in the current and next financial years.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a statutory registration system for the practice of herbal medicine in the United Kingdom before April 2011; and what assessment they have made of the consequences of not doing so.

†*Lord Clinton-Davis to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take on the recommendations of Lord Justice Jackson’s Review of Civil Litigation costs.

Personal Care at Home Bill Second Reading [Baroness Thornton]

Tuesday 2 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they monitor the Homes and Communities Agency in respect of its statutory duty to deliver good design.

*Lord Hamilton of Epsom to ask Her Majesty’s Government who they expect to purchase Government debt when quantitative easing ends.

*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money from dormant bank accounts has reached front-line youth services to date.

Bribery Bill [HL] Report [Lord Bach]

Wednesday 3 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of people injured as a result of the recent bad weather; and what has been the cost to the National Health Service of treating those people.

*Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase food production in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Lloyd of Berwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for phasing out control orders in the light of the unanimous decision of nine Lords of Appeal in Ordinary in Secretary of State for the Home Department v AF (No 3).

Northern Ireland Assembly Members Bill [HL] Report [Baroness Royall of Blaisdon]

Thursday 4 February at 11.00am

*Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the last decade towards the target announced by the then Prime Minister at the 1999 Labour Party conference that everybody would have easy access to an NHS dentist within the next two years.

*Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions of British citizens or companies have taken place for corruption or bribery abroad.

*Lord Wright of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the European Union is taking to support President Obama’s call for a freeze on all future Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Three oral questions to the Secretary of State for Transport, 15 minutes. Ballot opens on 25 January and will be drawn on 1 February.

Monday 8 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how education in prisons will be funded after the Learning and Skills Councils are abolished in April.

*Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their expectations for the 2010 Kazakhstan chairmanship of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support building a third runway at Heathrow.

*Baroness Rendell of Babergh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote social tourism.

Tuesday 9 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to defend the human rights of Iranian refugees at Camp Ashraf; and with what other countries or agencies they are involved in those efforts.

*Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have following their estimate that, of 37,000 tonnes of cod, haddock, plaice, sole, anglerfish and other demersel species caught by English and Welsh registered vessels in the North Sea and south western waters during 2008, 9,400 tonnes were discarded.

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with universities about safeguarding social science and humanities research in the Future of Higher Education Framework; and what reassurances they have given.

Wednesday 10 February at 11.00am

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask the Leader of the House on how many occasions in the last 12 months she has intervened in the House to draw the House’s attention to the need to comply with the Companion to the Standing Orders; and what assessment she has made of the response of members.

*Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the treatment of the Tamil population in Sri Lanka.

*Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will implement their 1997 manifesto commitment on electoral reform.

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Motions for Balloted Debate

Ballot on 4 February for debate on 25 February. Time limit 2½ hours

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.

Lord Northbourne to call attention to the role and responsibilities of fathers in the United Kingdom in the 21st century; and to move for papers.

Lord Chidgey to call attention to the effectiveness of international sanctions on the military regime in Guinea following the signing of mining contracts with China; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Listowel to call attention to the progress made in implementing Care Matters, the policy for children in public care, and the responses of local authorities, the Local Government Association and voluntary and private service providers; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for enhancing the means available to the House of Lords to scrutinise legislation and public policy; and to move for papers.

Lord Campbell of Alloway to call attention to the constitutional function of the Supreme Court under the separation of powers and to the role of the Lord Chancellor in advising on conformity of proposed legislation with constitutional principle; and to move for papers.

Lord Butler of Brockwell to call attention to the implications for the House of Lords of the report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Reform of the House of Commons, Rebuilding the House (HC 1117, Session 2008-09); and to move for papers.

Lord Lucas to call attention to the place of trust in society; and to move for papers.

Lord Filkin to call attention to proposals for rebuilding public confidence in the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Selborne to call attention to the consultation document Policy options for geographic information from Ordnance Survey; and to move for papers.

Viscount Waverley to call attention to developments in central Asia; and to move for papers.

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Select Committee Reports

The date on which the Report was published is in italics

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Information Committee on Are the Lords Listening? Creating connections between people and Parliament (First Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 138). 15 July 2009

Lord Filkin to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee on What happened next? A study of post-implementation reviews of secondary legislation. (30th Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 180). 12 November 2009

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to move that this House takes note of the Annual Report 2008-09 of the House of Lords Information Committee (2nd Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 179). 12 November 2009

Lord Patel to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Genomic Medicine (2nd Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 107). 7 July 2009

Lord Richard to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Committee on the Barnett Formula (First Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 139). 17 July 2009

Lord Roper to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Codecision and national parliamentary scrutiny (17th Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 125). 21 July 2009

Lord Carter of Coles to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the revision of the EU Directive on the protection of animals used for scientific purposes (22nd Report, Session 2008-09, HL Paper 164). 10 November 2009

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Other Motions for Debate

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

Lord Hylton to call attention to the process for seeking political asylum in the United Kingdom and the management of detention centres and of methods of deportation; and to move for papers.

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to call attention to the language and terminology used in the House of Lords and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House; and to move for papers.

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to call attention to the ceremonial aspects of the House of Lords and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House; and to move for papers

Lord Dykes to call attention to the planned high speed train projects; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich to call attention to international development policies, and their effects on the poorest countries; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the social challenges facing the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the future role of the Royal Navy; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the role of China in relation to human rights, development and security; and to move for papers.

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Motions relating to Delegated Legislation

Baroness Noakes to move to resolve that this House regrets that Her Majesty’s Government have not provided Parliament with financial details relating to the Northern Rock companies affected by the Northern Rock plc Transfer Order 2009 (SI 2009/3226) and have so arranged the restructuring that the negative procedure has been used, thereby avoiding the scrutiny of an affirmative instrument. 4th Report from the Merits Committee

Flood Risk Regulations 2009 Lord Taylor of Holbeach to move that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 19 November 2009, be annulled. (SI 2009/3042). 2nd Report from the Merits Committee.

Lord Scott of Foscote to move to resolve that this House regrets that regulations 18 and 39 of the Official Feed and Food Controls (England) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/3255) give to authorised officials the right to enter any premises, including any dwelling house, without first obtaining the consent of the occupier of the premises or obtaining from a judge or magistrate a warrant authorising the entry.

Lord Scott of Foscote to move to resolve that this House regrets that the draft Pharmacy Order 2010 gives power to inspectors appointed under article 8 to enter and search any premises, including any dwelling house, without first obtaining the consent of the occupier of the premises or obtaining from a judge or magistrate a warrant authorising the entry and search.

†Baroness Thomas of Winchester to move to resolve that this House regrets that Her Majesty’s Government have not followed the advice of the Social Security Advisory Committee not to proceed with the draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Skills Training Conditionality Pilot) Regulations 2010. 5th Report from the Merits Committee.

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Questions for Short Debate

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that citizens of the United Kingdom are guaranteed adequate protection to enable them to enjoy the fundamental freedoms in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration the Ministry of Defence has given to the implications for British veterans of the 1990-91 Gulf War of the findings of the Congressionally mandated and funded United States Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War illnesses on the toxic effects of exposure to organophosphates and of the Nerve Agent Pre-treatment Sets (NAPS) tablets given to British troops deployed to the conflict.

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to requests by 3,400 Iranian dissident refugees in Camp Ashraf to resettle in the United Kingdom or another European Union country.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the state of local and regional newspapers.

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to holding an independent inquiry to examine the evidence relating to a change in the law on assisted dying for terminally ill adults.

Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what rules and conventions govern whether the extent clauses of Acts of Parliament implementing treaties which the United Kingdom has signed extend to particular Crown Dependencies and British overseas territories.

Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the dangers in shared surface street designs for blind and partially sighted people and other vulnerable pedestrians; and whether they will request local authorities not to introduce such schemes until their research on shared space is concluded.

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to counter discrimination on the ground of caste in the United Kingdom and overseas.

Baroness Murphy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to eliminate age discrimination in mental health services for older people.

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the conflict in the eastern Congo.

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the anticipated outcomes of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Trinidad.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Israel regarding its duties under international law and the road map for peace.

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to facilitate access to advice on pain management by those suffering from chronic pain.

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered co-locating public services in under-used church buildings.

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to tackle the causes of the long-term decline of the British pig industry.

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making with their review of the causes and effects of benzodiazepine addiction and withdrawal.

Lord Cotter to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the provision of social care for children and young people.

Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose, together with partner nations and international organisations, to combat piracy off the coast of Somalia.

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to carry out a comprehensive analysis of the causes of social exclusion and to draw up an interdepartmental strategy to deal with them.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Centre of Policy Studies’ publication How to save the BBC by Sir Antony Jay.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will sponsor a conference to consider how any justification for acts of violence or policies of religious or sexual discrimination by reference to the Christian, Islamic or Jewish religions can be discouraged.

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Howard League’s Commission on English Prisons Today.

Lord Jay of Ewelme to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the economic and security implications of the melting of the Arctic ice cap.

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enhance the teaching of citizenship.

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to review the work of the UK Border Agency, in particular the issuing of visas and passports.

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the wider benefits which come from adult education; and what steps they are taking to support and encourage institutions which seek to promote life-long learning.

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the United Kingdom of future world population growth.

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what future developments they envisage in the Chagos Islands.

Viscount Bridgeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of hospices in England.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the DiabetesUK publication Putting feet first.

Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Parkinson’s Disease, Please mind the gap: Parkinson’s disease services today.

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Population, Development and Reproductive Health, Better off dead.

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that the public interest is protected in the process of procuring rail services.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what developments there have been, and what their priorities are, in their relations with Azerbaijan.

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposed European Union Free Trade Agreement with Colombia; and what human and trade union rights measures they will seek to ensure are contained in the agreement before it is ratified by the European Union.

Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Thameslink programme.

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that scientific evidence on managing obesity is informing service provision.

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the state of prisons and in particular the welfare of female prisoners.

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the future of the upland regions of the United Kingdom.

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Questions for Written Answer

Tabled on 15 January and due for answer by 29 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 16 December 2009 (WA 236-37), how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has responded to the finding in the Hampton Implementation Review on the Authority on making more effective use of sanctions; and what sanctions the Authority would apply on a licensed centre that withholds information inappropriately or provides misleading information to the Authority. HL1333

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of North Korea about the arrest on 25 December 2009 of the human rights campaigner Mr Robert Park; and what assessment they have made of his whereabouts and health. HL1334

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the recent visit to Pyongyang of the United States envoy, Mr Stephen Bosworth, they have discussed with the government of the United States whether progress has been made in securing North Korea’s renewed participation in the six-party talks on security and nuclear disarmament. HL1335

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Disasters Emergency Committee and related United Kingdom rescue operations in Haiti are not delayed by administrative hurdles. HL1336

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to send military as well as civilian personnel to assist the rescue effort in Port-au-Prince. HL1337

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action against companies seeking to induce consumers to incur excessive interest charges on short-term loans agreed over the internet. HL1338

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce flashing orange traffic light modes on quiet junctions in the early night hours. HL1339

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing taxes similar to a capital levy on banks in receipt of public money, similar to the proposals of the government of the United States. HL1340

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to publicise any effects of deep cuts in public spending on the economy. HL1341

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Myners on 5 January (WA 29), when the Financial Services Authority will write to Lord Lucas. HL1342

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the NHS expenditure was in cash and real terms on (a) acute hospital services, (b) mental health trust services, (c) general practitioner medical services, and (d) Primary Care Trust community services, for each year from 1996-97 onwards; and what proportion of total NHS expenditure those service areas represented in each of those years. HL1343

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the National Health Service and Department of Health combined expenditure was on (a) pharmaceuticals, and (b) influenza and other vaccines, in cash and real terms in (1) 1996-97, (2) 2003-04, (3) 2005-06 and (4) 2008-09; and what the estimated expenditure is in 2009-10 for those items. HL1344

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on public health and health promotion combined in (a) 1996-97, and (b) 2008-09, in cash and real terms. HL1345

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the expenditure was on adult social care in cash and real terms in each year from 1996-97 to 2008-09 inclusive; what the percentage increase was in real terms in each year; what was the real terms increase in NHS expenditure in each of those years; and what adult social care expenditure was in each of those years as a percentage of NHS expenditure. HL1346

Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will await the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on the rights of the indigenous people of the Chagos Islands before declaring the Chagos Islands a marine protection area. HL1347

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will co-ordinate and publicise the United Kingdom’s activities on climate change in United Nations agencies following the Copenhagen conference. HL1348

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the United Kingdom’s representation in United Nations agencies will promote policies to deal with the effects of climate change on water resources, energy from non-fossil fuel sources, aviation, ocean environment and shipping; and how those actions will be reported to Parliament. HL1349

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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.

18 November (2 December)

HL4 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [MoD]

HL5 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [HO]

HL6 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [MoJ]

HL32 Lord Newby [DfCSF]

HL33 Lord Newby [BIS]

HL36 Lord Newby [DEFRA]

HL37 Lord Newby [DoH]

HL43 Baroness Northover [DfID]

HL46 Baroness Northover [AGO]

HL47 Baroness Northover [DECC]

HL48 Baroness Northover [DfT]

19 November (3 December)

HL53 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [DWP]

30 November (14 December)

HL403 Lord Hylton [DfID]

3 December (17 December)

HL579 Lord Berkeley [MoD]

7 December (21 December)

HL611 Lord Hylton [DfID]

HL615 Lord Laird [NIO]

8 December (22 December)

HL657 Lord Fearn [DCMS]

9 December (23 December)

HL727 Lord Hunt of Chesterton [HMT]

10 December (24 December)

HL737 Baroness Neville-Jones [MoJ]

HL738 Baroness Neville-Jones [MoJ]

HL769 Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer [DfID]

HL770 Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer [DfID]

14 December (29 December)

HL815 Baroness Tonge [DfID]

HL835 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL838 Lord Laird [NIO]

15 December (29 December)

HL851 The Earl of Sandwich [DfID]

HL868 Lord Laird [NIO]

16 December (30 December)

HL905 Lord Laird [DCMS]

HL906 Lord Campbell-Savours [DoH]

HL907 Lord Campbell-Savours [DoH]

HL908 Lord Campbell-Savours [DoH]

HL909 Lord Campbell-Savours [DoH]

HL911 The Earl of Sandwich [DfID]

HL922 Lord Dykes [FCO]

HL926 Lord Harries of Pentregarth [GEO]

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

[AGO] 1 [BIS] 1 [DCMS] 2 [DECC] 1 [DEFRA] 1 [DfCSF] 1
[DfID] 8 [DfT] 1 [DoH] 5 [DWP] 1 [FCO] 1 [GEO] 1
[HMT] 1 [HO] 1 [MoD] 2 [MoJ] 3 [NIO] 4

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Bills in Progress

Type of Bill To be considered
To be heard by the Examiners on Thursday 21 January at 11.00am
Canterbury City Council Private 21 January
Nottingham City Council Private 21 January
Waiting for Second Reading
Children’s Rights [HL] Private Member’s
Constitutional Reform [HL] Private Member’s
Marine Navigation Aids [HL] Private Member’s
Damages (Asbestos-related Conditions) [HL] Private Member’s
Patient Transport [HL] Private Member’s
Health and Social Care (Independent Living) [HL] Private Member’s
Video Recordings Government 18 January
Personal Care at Home Government 1 February
Committed to a Special Public Bill Committee
Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) [HL] (Law Commission Bill) Government 26 January
Committed to a Select Committee
City of Westminster [HL] Private
Committed to a Grand Committee
Child Poverty Government 19 January
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Digital Economy [HL] Government 18 January
Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL] Private Member’s 21 January
Equality Government 19 January
Building Regulations (Amendment) [HL] Private Member’s
Powers of Entry etc. [HL] Private Member’s
Consumer Emissions (Climate Change) [HL] Private Member’s
Live Music [HL] Private Member’s
Waiting for Report
Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) [HL] Government 20 January
Northern Ireland Assembly Members [HL] Government 3 February
Bribery [HL] Government 2 February
Waiting for Third Reading
Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) [HL] Private Member’s 21 January
Marriage (Wales) [HL] Private Member’s
London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) [HL] Private
Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL] Private
Sent to the Commons
Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions [HL] Private Member’s
Beverley Freemen [HL] Private
London Local Authorities [HL] Private
Bournemouth Borough Council [HL] Private
Manchester City Council [HL] Private

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Measures in Progress

To be considered
Waiting for Commons Affirmative Resolution
Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure
Vacancies in Suffragan Sees and Other Ecclesiastical Offices Measure
Crown Benefices (Parish Representatives) Measure

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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 Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments
Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications and Deemed Applications) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2010
Draft Passengers’ Council (Non-Railway Functions) Order 2010
Draft Electronic Commerce Directive (Hatred against Persons on Religious Grounds or the Grounds of Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2010
Draft Employment Relations Act 1999 (Blacklists) Regulations 2010
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Directed Surveillance and Covert Human Intelligence Sources) Order 2010
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources: Code of Practice) Order 2010
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Surveillance and Property Interference: Code of Practice) Order 2010
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Extension of Authorisation Provisions: Legal Consultations) Order 2010
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) Order 2010
Draft Child Trust Funds (Amendment) Regulations 2010
Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2010
Draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2010
Draft Data Protection (Monetary Penalties) Order 2010
Draft Rail Vehicle Accessibility (London Underground Metropolitan Line S8 Vehicles) Exemption Order 2010
Draft Personal Accounts Delivery Authority Winding Up Order 2010
Draft National Employment Savings Trust Order 2010
Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) Regulations 2010
Draft Welfare of Racing Greyhounds Regulations 2010
Code of Audit Practice 2010 for Local Government Bodies
Code of Audit Practice 2010 for Local NHS Bodies
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Pharmacy Order 2010
Draft Charities Act 2006 (Changes in Exempt Charities) Order 2010
Draft Charities Act 2006 (Principal Regulators of Exempt Charities) Regulations 2010
Draft Local Government (Wales) Measure 2009 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2010
Draft Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Mandatory Life Sentence: Determination of Minimum Term) Order 2010
Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Environment) Order 2010
Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
Draft State Pension Credit (Disclosure of Information) (Electricity Suppliers) Regulations 2010
Draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2010
Draft Communications Act 2003 (Disclosure of Information) Order 2010
Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Health and Health Services and Social Welfare) Order 2010
Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Skills Training Conditionality Pilot) Regulations 2010 5th Report
Draft Gambling Act 2005 (Operating Licence Conditions) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
Draft Infrastructure Planning (Decisions) Regulations 2010
Draft Motor Vehicles (International Circulation) (Amendment) Order 2010
Draft Asylum (Designated States) Order 2010
Draft Overhead Lines (Exempt Installations) Order 2010

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Negative Instruments

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires To be considered
4th Report
Northern Rock plc Transfer Order 2009 4 February
5th Report
Draft School Admissions Code 6 February
Social Security (Housing Costs Special Arrangements) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 22 February

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Legislative Reform Orders in Progress

Report To be considered
First-stage super-affirmative draft Order laid before the House and referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee
Draft Legislative Reform (Industrial and Provident Societies and Credit Unions) Order 2010
Second-stage super-affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee
Draft Legislative Reform (Dangerous Wild Animals) (Licensing) Order 2010 3rd 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. Only the next meeting of each Committee is listed below. Further details of these meetings, and of planned further meetings, may be found in the House of Lords Committees Weekly Bulletin.

Monday 18 January
European Union Sub-Committee B Internal Market 4.00pm
Tuesday 19 January
European Union Sub-Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade 10.30am
Science and Technology Select Committee 10.30am
Merits of Statutory Instruments Select Committee 3.30pm
Economic Affairs Select Committee 3.30pm
European Union Select Committee 4.00pm
Administration and Works Domestic Committee 4.15pm
in Committee Room G
Wednesday 20 January
Communications Select Committee 10.00am
European Union Sub-Committee D Environment and Agriculture 10.15am
Constitution Select Committee 10.30am
Information Domestic Committee 3.45pm
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee 3.45pm
European Union Sub-Committee E Law and Institutions 4.00pm
Thursday 21 January
Privileges Sub-Committee on Lords’ Interests 9.30am
European Union Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs 9.30am
European Union Sub-Committee C Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy 10.30am
Tuesday 26 January
Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Bill [HL] Special Public Bill Committee 11.00am
Human Rights Joint Committee 1.30pm
House Domestic Committee 4.00pm
Wednesday 27 January
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Select Committee 10.30am
Audit Domestic Committee 3.45pm
Tuesday 2 February
Procedure of the House Domestic Committee 3.45pm

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Minutes of Proceedings of Friday 15 January 2010

The House met at 10.00am.
Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Chichester.

Private Business

1   Canterbury City Council Bill The bill was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and referred to the Examiners.

2   Nottingham City Council Bill The bill was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and referred to the Examiners.

Public Business

3   Building Regulations (Amendment) Bill [HL] Lord Harrison 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.

4   Powers of Entry etc. Bill [HL] Lord Selsdon 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.

5   Consumer Emissions (Climate Change) Bill [HL] Lord Teverson 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.

6   Live Music Bill [HL] Lord Clement-Jones 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.

The House adjourned at 2.15pm until Monday 18 January at 2.30pm.

Michael Pownall

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 Paper

The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, Draft—Draft International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill, together with Explanatory Notes.   (7792)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

(1)   Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Commencement No. 13, Transitory and Transitional Provisions and Electronic Communications) Amendment Order 2010    (47)

(2)   Care Quality Commission (Registration) Amendment Regulations 2010    (49)

laid under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

ISBN 9780 108457678

 
 
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