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House of Lords Business

Tuesday 29 June 2010 at 2.15pm

Lord German,  
†Baroness Hussein-Ece and 
†Baroness Ritchie of Brompton will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose to increase awareness of the environmental and scientific importance of the Chagos archipelago.

*Baroness Seccombe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the process will be for reviewing quangos across Government.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have concerning the performance of the Student Loans Company as regards its general duties and its support for disabled students.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Belarus-Russia gas dispute on gas supplies to Europe.

London Local Authorities Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees to move that the Commons message of 23 June be now considered; and that the promoters of the London Local Authorities Bill [HL], which was originally introduced in this House in Session 2007–08 on 22 January 2008, should have leave to proceed with the Bill in the current Session according to the provisions of Standing Order 150B (Revival of bills).

Business of the House Lord Strathclyde to move that Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the order paper) be dispensed with on 5 July to allow the motion to approve the draft State Pension Credit Pilot Scheme Regulations 2010 to be taken after the motion standing in the name of Earl Attlee.

Lord Strathclyde to move that this House takes note of the case for reform of the House of Lords.

Lord Steel of Aikwood to move that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government, notwithstanding their proposals for Lords reform whose legislative timetable is unclear, to table motions before the summer recess enabling the House to approve or disapprove-

(a) a scheme to enable members of the House to retire,  
(b) the abolition of by-elections for hereditary peers,  
(c) the removal of members convicted of serious criminal offences,  
(d) the creation of a statutory appointments commission.

Future Business 

Wednesday 30 June at 3.00pm

Lord Touhig will be introduced.

*Lord Renton of Mount Harry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the proposal to phase out analogue radio and replace it entirely with digital radio.

*Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what controls they propose to put in place to ensure that private health insurance companies adhere to their industry codes of practice.

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue their membership of the European Defence Agency.

†*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report in the British Medical Journal on the effect of spending cuts on public health.

†House Committee The Chairman of Committees to move that Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Bradley, resigned.

Local Government Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Hanham]

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

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatment of stroke victims, in the light of the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Progress in improving stroke care. (1½ hours)

Thursday 1 July at 10.45am

†Baroness Donaghy, 
Lord Hutton of Furness and  
†Lord Boateng will be introduced.

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to other countries about harassment, intimidation and assassination of journalists, and the implications for democracy and accountable governance.

*Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making to collect backdated non-domestic rates in respect of port-side operators.

*Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to reform party funding and to limit donations to political parties.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn on Tuesday 29 June at 2pm.

Baroness Perry of Southwark to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals to devolve power to local communities; and to move for papers.

Lord Howe of Aberavon to call attention to the objectives of the United Kingdom’s foreign policy in the face of changing hazards and opportunities; and to move for papers.

Monday 5 July at 2.15pm

Baroness Sherlock,  
Lord Bannside and  
Baroness Drake will be introduced.

*Lord James of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assess the assurances given by the previous administration on the completion date and costs of the renewable energy programme required to meet the European Union target of a 20 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of wealth is held by the richest 10 per cent of the population.

*Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. [I]

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Commissioner, Equality & Human Rights Commission

*Lord Campbell of Alloway to ask Her Majesty’s Government what process will be used by the House of Lords reform committee to give instructions to Parliamentary Counsel for a draft bill.

State Pension Credit Pilot Scheme Regulations 2010 Lord Freud to move that the draft State Pension Credit Pilot Scheme Regulations 2010 laid before the House on 10 March be approved. 11th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, Session 2009–10, 16th Report from the Merits Committee, Session 2009–10

Earl Attlee to move that this House takes note of the case for safe and sustainable transport and its role in generating future economic growth and prosperity.

Tuesday 6 July at 2.15pm

Lord McFall of Alcluith, 
Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise and 
Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top will be introduced.

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the independence of the Office for Budget Responsibility is guaranteed.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make proposals for Sundays to be as far as possible work-free, following requests to the European Union Council of Ministers.

*Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to meet the costs of any future outbreak of farm animal disease.

Wednesday 7 July at 3.00pm

Lord Willis of Knaresborough will be introduced.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of citizens denied the opportunity to vote at the general election on 6 May because of the 10pm deadline or other administrative difficulties; and what steps they propose to take to prevent those problems in future. [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (c)

Chairman, Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd, Weybridge

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of the Rural Payments Agency.

*Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the regional electoral group representing the United Kingdom’s interests on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Executive Board regarding the withdrawal of the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences in the light of the human rights record of the government of Equatorial Guinea.

†Academies Bill [HL] Report [Lord Hill of Oareford]

Thursday 8 July at 10.45am

Quentin Davies Esq will be introduced as a Baron, 
The Rt Hon Angela Smith will be introduced as a Baroness, and 
The Rt Hon John Prescott will be introduced as a Baron.

*Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to meet the need for new housing.

*Lord Waddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to restore individual freedoms and civil liberties.

*Lord Clinton-Davis to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the roles of Niall Ferguson and Andrew Roberts with regard to the history curriculum for schools in England.

Lord Chidgey to call attention to developments in regional post-conflict stabilisation in eastern and central Africa; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Baroness Ford to call attention to the level of affordable housing; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Friday 9 July at 10.00am

Defamation Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Lester of Herne Hill]

Dog Control Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Redesdale]

Monday 12 July at 2.15pm

Sir Michael Spicer, 
The Rt Hon Michael Wills and 
Dolar Popat Esq will be introduced as Barons.

*Lord Pannick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to increase the retirement age of Supreme Court judges to 75.

*Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Chief Inspector of Prisons’ thematic review on Muslim prisoners’ experiences.

*Baroness Trumpington to ask the Chairman of Committees what steps are being taken to restore the frescos in the Royal Gallery.

*Lord Lloyd of Berwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward proposals for reforming the law of murder.

Tuesday 13 July at 2.15pm

The Rt Hon Helen Liddell will be introduced as a Baroness, 
Guy Black Esq will be introduced as a Baron, and 
Angela Browning will be introduced as a Baroness.

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the BBC World Service.

*Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for improving the dietary health of the population. [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)

President, Campden BRI (advice to food, drink and allied industries)

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals to introduce biometric passports.

Wednesday 14 July at 3.00pm

Baroness Wheeler will be introduced.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of tourism to the United Kingdom economy.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the management and procedures of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to ensure that patients suffering from the most prevalent conditions of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease are properly treated.

*Lord Plumb to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Task Force on Farming Regulations will make their recommendations.

Thursday 15 July at 10.45am

Wilfrid Stevenson Esq and 
John Shipley Esq OBE will be introduced as Barons, and 
Helen Newlove will be introduced as a Baroness.

*Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to encourage more women to take up places on committees and on the boards of public bodies and listed companies.

*Lord Rix to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be responsible for promoting opportunities in schools for students with special educational needs and disabilities to have access to new and innovative technologies, following the decision to close down Becta. [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

President, Royal Mencap Society

*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following their proposal that Parliament could only be dissolved if 55 per cent or more of MPs vote in favour, what procedures would follow if a government lost a vote of confidence, but fewer than 55 per cent of MPs voted for a dissolution.

Monday 19 July at 2.30pm

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase general practitioners’ awareness of the symptoms of prostate cancer.

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria used for nominating peerages for representatives of different professions, with particular reference to the nursing profession.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take under Article 125 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to ensure that neither the European Union nor any member state shall be liable for or assume commitments of another member state.

Tuesday 20 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions as regards the Large Combustion Plant Directive and the generating plants concerned.

*Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will transfer responsibility for the Debt Management Office to the Bank of England.

*The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the issues experienced with mapping in England and Wales within the Single Farm Payment scheme have been overcome.

Wednesday 21 July at 3.00pm

*Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how, in considering proposals for reform of the House of Lords, they define the present role of members of the House of Lords.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of illegal motorway advertisements; and whether they will issue revised guidance to local authorities on the matter.

*Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the strategy and work of the Office of Civil Society, now in the Cabinet Office.

Thursday 22 July at 11.00am

*Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the outcome of the Review Conference on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court held in Kampala, Uganda, from 31 May to 11 June.

*Lord Dixon-Smith to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the practice of skin testing for bovine tuberculosis followed by the slaughter of reactors will eliminate the disease from the national herd.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the impact of the points-based visa system on visiting artists and performers.

Monday 26 July at 2.30pm

†*Baroness O’Cathain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the dairy industry.

†*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the letting of residential properties by classifying them as businesses in the same way as holiday lettings. [I]

Category 5: Land and property

London property let at commercial rents

†*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup.

†*Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve diplomatic relations and dialogue with Russia.

Tuesday 27 July at 2.30pm

†*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they will provide for trafficked children.

†*Lord Livsey of Talgarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reached conclusions on the findings of the Department for Food and Rural Affairs funded Dutch Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) study of the likely impact on United Kingdom farmers if the Common Agricultural Policy direct payments were removed by 2013.

†*Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed disability issues with the Royal Association of Disability and Rehabilitation.

Wednesday 28 July at 3.00pm

†*The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to use the aid budget for Ministry of Defence purposes in Afghanistan.

†*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the trend in net lending by banks to United Kingdom businesses.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the advice from the Committee on Climate Change to extend the carbon capture and storage competition to include gas demonstration projects.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Date of next ballot and debate day to be confirmed. Time limit 2½ hours

Lord Harrison to call attention to the standards and practices of public and private zoos in the United Kingdom and their relationship to European Union legislation; and to move for papers.

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to call attention to the contribution of creative and cultural industries to the economic and social wellbeing of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to call attention to reform of the law, and to the strategy and support services, in relation to violence against women; and to move for papers.

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

Lord Desai to call attention to measures to alleviate poverty at home and abroad; and to move for papers.

Lord Fowler to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s plans for the BBC; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to human rights abuses worldwide and to the recommendations of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission on how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office pursues human rights questions; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to call attention to the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the military covenant; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for reducing the size of the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bishop of Chester to call attention to the role of marriage and marriage support in British society 11 years after the report on Funding for Marriage Support by Sir Graham Hart; and to move for papers.

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to call attention to the situation of Dalits worldwide; and to move for papers.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

Baroness Cohen of Pimlico to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (3rd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 48). 10 February 2010 [I]

Category 1: Directorships

Non-executive Director, LSE plc (London Stock Exchange)

Category 1: Directorships

Non-executive Director, Borsa Italiana SpA

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Non-executive Director, LSE plc (London Stock Exchange)

Lord Krebs to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Nanotechnologies and Food (First Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 22). 8 January 2010 [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)

President, Campden BRI (advice to food, drink and allied industries)

Lord Goodlad to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Constitution Committee on The Cabinet Office and the Centre of Government (4th Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 30). 29 January 2010

Lord Fowler to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on Digital switchover of television and radio in the United Kingdom (2nd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 100). 29 March 2010

Lord Vallance of Tummel to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on Private Finance Projects and off-balance sheet debt (First Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 63). 17 March 2010 [I]

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Member, Supervisory Board, Siemens AG (engineering and services)

Other Motions for Debate 

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to human rights abuses worldwide and to the recommendations of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission on how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office pursues human rights questions; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for international development policy; and to move for papers.

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the 150th anniversary of the Opium Wars and to China’s role in the world in the 21st century; and to move for papers.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to move that this House takes note of the Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit) (Existing Awards) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/ 875). First Report from the Merits Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Bew to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their approach to reform of the House of Lords.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will halt the decline in biodiversity in the United Kingdom; and what resources will be allocated to that work. [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

Vice President, Wildlife Link

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to provide access to multi-disciplinary pain management services in the National Health Service for those experiencing chronic pain.

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with their review of dependence on, and withdrawal from, benzodiazepines and other prescribed drugs.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have regarding prisons.

Lord Haskel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage low carbon technologies in the market place.

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to moves by the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions upon Iran for its defiance of United Nations resolutions on its nuclear activities. [I]

Category 7: Overseas visits

Visit to Paris with wife, 20-21 June 2009, to speak at rally in defence of freedom in Iran; return rail fare, transport, meals and overnight hotel for self and wife paid for by members of the National Council of Resistance of Iran

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance they attach to the teaching of modern languages in schools and universities.

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

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that fellow signatories to the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets fulfil the obligations of the Declaration in relation to the restitution of wrongfully seized property.

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to ensure that financial provision on divorce is determined on fair and settled principles.

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the operation of proportional representation for elections to the European Parliament.

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £420 million allocated for the Personal Care at Home Act 2010 to support the disabled and elderly will be used for that purpose.

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their proposals for the bus industry.

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to preserve United Kingdom academic health partnerships.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Diabetes UK report Putting feet first.

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the principles of global health are taught at all levels of medical education.

The Lord Bishop of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure the safety of children, especially children in the care of local authorities, from being groomed for sexual exploitation.

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.

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 Jay of Ewelme to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are they taking to support African countries in their efforts to adapt to climate change.

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose for the future of the Uplands. [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (d)

Vice President, Open Spaces Society

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the value of manufacturing to the United Kingdom economy.

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce regulatory burdens on British agriculture.

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.

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations they are making for declaring the Olympic Truce accompanying the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in their relations with Azerbaijan.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken steps to promote civil society in Thailand; and, if so, how.

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

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what public procurement lessons they have learnt from the railways.

The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the military covenant will be covered by the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making with the decennial review of the Civil List and grant-in-aid to the Royal Family.

Baroness Ford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to increase the provision of epilepsy services.

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of allied health professionals in maintaining the health and social well-being of people with long-term neurological conditions.

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of bills subject to pre-legislative scrutiny.

Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider changing the voting arrangements for British citizens residing abroad and members of the armed forces serving abroad.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 28 June and due for answer by 12 July.

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 21 June (WA 142–3), whether they will amend the Representation of the People (England and Wales) Regulations 2001 (SI 2001/341) so that those applying to register to vote who state their nationality to be other than British or that of a European Union country are asked to state their specific immigration status or declare they have a right of abode.   HL815

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the tribunal that investigated Bloody Sunday has the power to bring perjury charges against witnesses; and whether the Crown Prosecution Service can pursue perjury charges in relation to evidence given to the tribunal in England.   HL816

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the international conference being arranged by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) in autumn 2010, for which the Northern Ireland Office has given authority for the carry over into 2010–11 of unspent funds from Atlantic Philanthropies in respect of NIHRC’s work promoting a bill of rights for Northern Ireland, will include representatives of those who favoured the advice presented to the Government by NIHRC and those who did not.   HL817

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government which departments, agencies and other organisations were requested by an official of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to sponsor or finance Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd since its formation; for what purpose; and on what dates.   HL818

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills requested, or was provided with evidence of, the educational qualifications, training and experience in electronics, communications and transmission systems relating to broadband technology and its delivery of Adrian Wooster, Chief Technical Officer of Community Broadband Network Ltd and Independent Networks Co-operative Association Ltd; if so, when; what checks they carried out into his statement of previous positions held and his education; and when they carried out those checks.   HL819

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 24 June (WA 207), why the note of the meeting on 30 March does not cover discussion on the formation, management and the grant aiding of Independent Network Co-operative Association Ltd that informed the last 15 minutes of the meeting; which ministers and senior management the Head of Broadband Policy and Programmes referred to on 10 June in an email reply to Guy Jarvis; why the note was not passed to the Permanent Secretary; and whether they will place it in the Library of the House.   HL820

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the State of the nation report: poverty, worklessness and welfare dependency in the UK includes a bullet point about Disability Living Allowance (DLA) under the heading "There is a high degree of persistence among claimants of many low-income and out-of-work benefits" when DLA is not an out-of-work benefit.
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 23 June (WA 182–3 and 184), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has not permitted embryos or gametes provided by patients for a particular research project to be used in separate research; how the HFEA ensures that does not take place when it is not required to hold information about the use of eggs in research; and whether they propose any legislation on the matter.   HL822

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 June (WA 184), what information is held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority regarding the generation of 278 cybrid embryos after which work was discontinued, as reported in The Independent on 13 January 2009 and 5 October 2009; and what was the total recorded number of non-human eggs used in such attempts.   HL823

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 19 January (WA 225), when the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority ceased to hold raw data regarding the number of eggs collected per patient and the percentage of eggs used to create embryos used in treatment, cryopreserved or donated to research.
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Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the comments in reports of the Independent Monitoring Board on HM Prisons Grendon and Spring Hill about the effect of cuts on both prisons and the effect on HMP Spring Hill of having short-term prisoners who may not engage with resettlement services.   HL825

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be any retrospective element to the change made by the Assured Tenancies (Amendment) (England) Order 2010 (SI 2010/908) when it comes into force in October.   [I]

Category 5: Land and property

London property let at commercial rents

 HL826

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to share the view, expressed in paragraph 4.15 of the White Paper Rights Brought Home (Cm 3782), that the provisions of the Seventh Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights "reflect principles already inherent in our law"; and, if so, whether they will ratify the Seventh Protocol.   HL827

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an impact assessment has been undertaken on the effects of the budget on the community-led voluntary sector.   HL828

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the community-led voluntary sector will play in the policies set out in Building the Big Society; and what effect public expenditure reductions will have on its role.   HL829

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what reductions in support for the community-led voluntary sector they plan for the forthcoming financial years.   HL830

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have (a) to increase the supply of rented housing to meet demand, and (b) to increase the number of first-time house buyers.   HL831

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to introduce property tax reforms.   HL832

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any money from the National Lottery earmarked for community-led and charitable projects will be spent on mainstream public services.
   HL833

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make commencement orders under the Equality Act 2010.   HL834

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what process is used to decide on the commencement of uncommenced legislation; who makes such decisions; and how they are made public.   HL835

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the outcome of the most recent six month review of the Education (School Premises) Regulations 1999 (SI 1999/2) relating to toilet and water provision.   HL836

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration has been given to selling the Commonwealth Development Corporation in order to reduce the deficit.   HL837

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given funds to the Trades Union Congress; and, if so, how much in the last five years.   HL838

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their timetable for the review of the taxation of non-domiciled individuals set out in The Coalition: our programme for government.   HL839

Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had about the present condition of Parliament Square.   HL840

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what stance they will take on the proposal of the European Commission to introduce a bond levy on member states which break the debt rules under the Stability and Growth Pact when it is discussed on 12 July at the Economic and Financial Affairs Council.   HL841

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their stance on the European Commission paying journalists to accompany the President of the Commission and other Commissioners on media-sensitive meetings and missions.   HL842

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their stance on the European Union proposal on the standardising of food labels reported to ban the sale of eggs by number.
   HL843

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their stance on proposals by the European Union to extend subsidies for the coal industry until 2023.   HL844

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union Commissioners and officials receive a higher salary than the Prime Minister.   HL845

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the salaries, allowances and expenses available to Members of the European Parliament.   HL846

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated United Kingdom contribution to European Union plans to build an advanced high voltage, direct current network dedicated to renewable power.   HL847

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union member states are involved in the plan to build an advanced high voltage, direct current network dedicated to renewable power; and what are their individual contributions.   HL848

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they and other co-operating governments will contribute to the storage of the European Union transitional renewable energy grid to overcome intermittence in supply.   HL849

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government which renewable energy sources they and each of their eight partners are expected to contribute to the planned advanced high voltage, direct current network for renewable power in the European Union.   HL850

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the plan by the United Kingdom and eight other European Union member states to build a transnational renewable energy grid will be finalised.   HL851

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their timetable for creating mechanisms to give British people a direct say in how an element of the aid budget is spent, as set out in The Coalition: our programme for government.   HL852

Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional revenue would come from (a) employers, and (b) employees, if the upper earnings limit for National Insurance contributions were to be abolished.   HL853

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 24 June (WA 201–2), whether the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments was followed in making appointments to the Independent Commission on Banking.   HL854

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom’s representative on the Basel Committee will support proposals for a global standard for a net stable funding ratio.   HL855

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of not adopting common global accounting standards on systemic financial risk and regulatory arbitrage.
   HL856

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the adoption of global accounting standards; and what is their estimate of the timetable.   HL857

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the Chancellor of the Exchequer stated in his speech to the Lord Mayor’s Banquet on 16 June that "The FSA became a narrow regulator, almost entirely focused on rules based regulation".   HL858

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people will sit on both the Financial Policy Committee and the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England; and who will chair those committees.   HL859

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

26 May (10 June)

HL98 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL99 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

27 May (11 June)

HL116 Lord Laird [HMT]

HL119 Lord Laird [HO]

9 June (23 June)

HL352 Lord Dubs [HO]

10 June (24 June)

HL369 Baroness Morris of Yardley [DfE]

HL395 Lord Laird [HO]

HL404 Lord Berkeley [MoD]

14 June (28 June)

HL423 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [NIO]

HL424 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL430 Lord Greaves [DfE]

HL435 Lord Ashcroft [MoD]

HL458 Lord Laird [HMT]

HL459 Lord Laird [NIO]

Number of questions allocated to each department which are unanswered after 10 working days.

[DfE] 2

[HMT] 2

[HO] 6

[MoD] 2

[NIO] 2

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

9 July

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

9 July

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

Local Government [HL]

Government

30 June

Leeds City Council

Private

Reading Borough Council

Private

Waiting for Report

Academies [HL]

Government

7 July

Waiting for Third Reading

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

Private

Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL]

Private

Sent to the Commons

Allhallows Staining Church [HL]

Private

Kent County Council (Filming on Highways) [HL]

Private

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 Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty for Persistent Misuse of Network or Service) Order 2010

Draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums (Civil Sanctions) Order 2010

Draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2010

Fishing Boats (Electronic Transmission of Fishing Activities Data) (England) Scheme 2010

Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Consequential Amendments No. 3) Order 2010

Draft Terrorism Act 2006 (Disapplication of Section 25) Order 2010

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Disclosure of Information by SOCA) Order 2010

Draft Pensions Regulator (Contribution Notices) (Sum Specified following Transfer) Regulations 2010

Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Draft Youth Rehabilitation Order (Review by Specified Courts) Order 2010

Draft State Pension Credit Pilot Scheme Regulations 2010

16th Report, Session 2009–10

5 July

Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing and Local Government) Order 2010

Draft Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (Directions to OFCOM) Order 2010

16th Report, Session 2009–10

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

1st Report

Home Information Pack (Suspension) Order 2010

3 July

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

3 July

2nd Report

Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2010

11 July

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

Report

To be considered

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Licensing) (Interim Authority Notices etc.) Order 2010

8th Report, Session 2009–10

Super-affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee following first-stage scrutiny

Report

60-day scrutiny period expired

Draft Legislative Reform (Industrial and Provident Societies and Credit Unions) Order 2010

8th Report, Session 2009–10

25 June

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.

Tuesday 29 June

European Union

EU Sub-Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 30 June

Communications

Select Committee

10.00am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Thursday 1 July

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policies and Consumer Protection

9.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee C Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy

10.30am

Monday 5 July

Privileges and Conduct

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in the Moses Room

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market,Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Tuesday 6 July

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Thursday 8 July

Audit

Domestic Committee

2.00pm

Wednesday 14 July

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 15 July

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 28 June 2010   

The House met at 2.15pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Exeter.

1 Lord Kennedy of Southwark Roy Francis Kennedy, Esquire, having been created Baron Kennedy of Southwark, of Newington in the London Borough of Southwark, for life by Letters Patent dated 21 June 2010, was introduced between Baroness Gould of Potternewton and Baroness McDonagh, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Baroness Benjamin Floella Karen Yunies Benjamin, OBE, having been created Baroness Benjamin, of Beckenham in the County of Kent, for life by Letters Patent dated 26 June 2010, was introduced between Lord Dholakia and Baroness Scott of Needham Market, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3 Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale The Rt Hon Jack Wilson McConnell, having been created Baron McConnell of Glenscorrodale, of the Isle of Arran in Ayrshire and Arran, for life by Letters Patent dated 28 June 2010, was introduced between Baroness Smith of Gilmorehill and Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

4 Oath Maurice Lord Saatchi took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

5 Lord Flowers The Lord Speaker informed the House that Lord Flowers, a member of the House, had died on 25 June 2010.

Private Business

6 Allhallows Staining Church Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees informed the House that, pursuant to Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of Bills), the bill had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declaration of the agent. The bill was presented, read a first time, passed though all its remaining stages pro forma and sent to the Commons.

7 Kent County Council (Filming on Highways) Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees informed the House that, pursuant to Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of Bills), the bill had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declaration of the agent. The bill was presented, read a first time, passed though all its remaining stages pro forma and sent to the Commons

8 London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees informed the House that, in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of Bills), the bill had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declaration of the agent. The bill was presented and read a first time. It was then deemed to have been read a second time and reported from the Select Committee

9 Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees informed the House that, in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of Bills), the bill had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declaration of the agent. The bill was presented and read a first time. It was then deemed to have been read a second time and reported from the Unopposed Bill Committee

10 Leeds City Council Bill The bill was brought from the Commons; the declaration of the agent having been deposited in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of bills). The bill was read a first time.

11 Reading Borough Council Bill The bill was brought from the Commons; the declaration of the agent having been deposited in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of bills). The bill was read a first time.

Public Business

12 Commonwealth Games: Delhi A question was asked by Lord Harries of Pentregarth and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

13 Immigration: Refugee and Migrant Justice A question was asked by Lord Avebury and answered by Lord McNally.

14 Nuclear posture review A question was asked by Lord Hannay of Chiswick and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

15 Climate change: United Nations Framework Convention A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by Lord Marland.

16 Financial provision for Members Lord Strathclyde made a statement.

17 G8 and G20 summits Lord Strathclyde repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

18 Academies Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 30. An amendment was agreed to. The House resumed.

19 Gulf war illnesses A question was asked by Lord Morris of Manchester and, after debate, answered by Lord Astor of Hever.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

20 Academies Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 76B. Amendments were agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 10)

The House adjourned at 12.33am on Tuesday 29 June until 2.15pm the same day.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Statutory Instrument (Standing Order 70)

The following negative instrument was laid before the House on 25 June:

Export Control (Burma) (Amendment) Order 2010, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.
         (1675)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 (1) Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Rate Relief) (England) (Amendment) Order 2010 
       (1655)

(2) Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2010   (1656)

laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988.

2 (1) Zoonoses and Animal By-Products (Fees) (England) Regulations 2010   (1668)

(2) Medicines for Human Use (Prescribing by EEA Practitioners) (Amendment) Regulations 2010
       (1673)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

3 Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, laid under the Immigration Act 1971.   (-)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report by the Parliamentary Ombudsman of an investigation of a complaint about the Pensions Regulator, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967.

2 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

3 (1) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

(2) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(3) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

4 Report for 2010 of Local Government Financial Statistics for England, laid under the Local Government Act 1972.