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House of Lords Business

Friday 3 December 2010 at 10.00am

Re-Export Controls Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Alton of Liverpool]

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

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

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

Future Business 

Monday 6 December at 2.30pm

*Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their proposed housing benefit changes on the number of homeless children.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision of a number of police forces forcibly to retire police officers who have 30 years or more service.

*Baroness Williams of Crosby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the requirements for a child to be eligible for a pupil premium.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will mark the centenary of the Parliament Act 1911.

†National Security Strategy The Chairman of Committees to move that a Select Committee of ten members be appointed to join with a Committee appointed by the Commons as the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, to consider the National Security Strategy:

L Cope of Berkeley
L Fellowes
L Foulkes of Cumnock
L Harris of Haringey
L Lee of Trafford

B Manningham-Buller
B Ramsay of Cartvale
L Sterling of Plaistow
B Taylor of Bolton
L Waldegrave of North Hill;

That the Committee have power to agree with the Committee appointed by the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place in the United Kingdom;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the reports of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers; and

That the evidence taken by the Committee shall, if the Committee so wishes, be published.

†Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill Committee (day 2) [Lord McNally] 7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee and 6th Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [Lord Sassoon]

Tuesday 7 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of "bankruptcy", as the term was used by Lord Sassoon on 1 November (HL Deb, col 1552).

*Baroness Boothroyd to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement by the Northern Ireland Secretary to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on 8 September, that he was "open to suggestions" from Sinn Fein on ways to vary the Parliamentary oath of allegiance to enable its MPs to take their seats at Westminster, reflects Government policy.

*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the forthcoming Autism Act 2009 statutory guidance will be effective in delivering the vision set out in the strategy document Implementing fulfilling and rewarding lives.

Superannuation Bill Third Reading [Lord Wallace of Saltaire]

Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant Bill Second Reading (and remaining stages) [Lord Sassoon] (Money Bill)

Wednesday 8 December at 3.00pm

*The Lord Bishop of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how, when taking the Youth Justice Board into the Ministry of Justice, they will ensure that there remains a distinct focus on youth justice separate from the adult system.

*Lord Glentoran to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the proposed cuts in public expenditure, how they will maintain the standard expected from HM Coastguard; and how they will protect the international reputation of the organisation.

*Baroness Hughes of Stretford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decision to withdraw the grant from the Youth Sport Trust; and what consultations were undertaken before the decision was made.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill will continue.

Lord James of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how their plans for disposing of the Tote take account of the interests of horse and dog racing. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 7th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Road Safety (Financial Penalty Deposit) (Appropriate Amount) (Amendment) Order 2010 Consideration in Grand Committee [Earl Attlee] 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Post Office Network Subsidy Scheme (Amendment) Order 2010 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Wilcox] 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and 13th Report from the Merits Committee

National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2010 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Wilcox] 6th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and 12th Report from the Merits Committee

Thursday 9 December at 11.00am

*Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to shorten the time taken to approve adoptions, particularly adoptions of infants.

*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage economic growth.

*Lord Tomlinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the British Chamber of Commerce’s eight-point plan for the European single market.

Lord Pendry to call attention to the role of sport in the health and wellbeing of children and young people; and to move for papers.

Baroness Thornton to call attention to the impact of cuts in grants to local authorities on the provision of social care and other public services; and to move for papers.

Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2010 Lord Wallace of Tankerness to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 25 October be approved. 6th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [HL] will continue at 2.00pm in the Moses Room; and that it will conclude.

Monday 13 December at 2.30pm

*Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that disabled people are involved in the decisions taken by Ministers that affect them.

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to alleviate the hardships suffered by people living in Gaza.

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Parliament is able effectively to hold them to account.

*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assess the impact on Family Courts of the increased number of litigants in person who will have to represent their own cases if they no longer qualify for legal aid. [I]

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Chairman, Bar Standards Board

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill will continue.

Tuesday 14 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government which powers they are seeking to repatriate from the European Union.

*Lord Davies of Coity to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce restrictions on opening times for retail premises on Remembrance Sunday.

*Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 October (WA 326–7), on what they spent the £1.5 million allocated to the British Indian Ocean Territory fund in 2009–10.

Public Bodies Bill [HL] Committee (day 4) [Lord Taylor of Holbeach] 5th and 6th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

†Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2010 Lord Henley to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 29 November be approved.

Lord Henley to move that, for the purpose of section 24 of the Higher Education Act 2004, the higher amount should be increased to £9,000, and to £4,500 in the cases described in regulation 5 of the draft regulations in Command Paper Cm 7986, and that the increase should take effect from 1 September 2012.

Wednesday 15 December at 3.00pm

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

*Lord Elton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of China in the development of the infrastructure and economy of Burma and of its implications for that country and the region.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to change the National Census due in March 2021.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill will continue.

Thursday 16 December at 11.00am

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on women of their economic policies.

*Baroness Miller of Hendon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the public disorder that took place at Millbank Tower on 10 November, they will introduce public order legislation prohibiting the wearing of masks or disguises at otherwise lawful demonstrations, marches and protest meetings.

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Indonesia regarding the initiation of a dialogue with the indigenous West Papuan opposition.

Lord Moynihan to call attention to the implications of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Touhig to call attention to the reorganisation of the National Health Service; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Royal Assent

Monday 20 December at 2.30pm

*The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the age of criminal responsibility as recommended in the recent report on youth justice by the All Party Parliamentary Group for Children.

*Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their proposals for tailoring the benefits system to individuals’ needs.

*Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they propose the role of targets in the National Health Service should be.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government why shares listed on the alternative investment market are excluded from eligibility from Individual Savings Accounts.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill will conclude.

Tuesday 21 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announcements by the Prime Minister to appoint a number of new life peers as "working peers", what is their definition of a "working peer".

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that prisoners receive a healthy diet and are treated reasonably.

*Lord Taverne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to discourage United Kingdom universities from offering Bachelor of Science degrees for courses in alternative medicines, such as aromatherapy, reflexology and Chinese medicine.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Public Bodies Bill [HL] will continue.

Wednesday 22 December at 11.00am

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of government investment in science will be protected from cuts in public expenditure; and what advice they are giving to research institutions that are affected by any cuts.

*Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government why funding for the British Council to run Language Assistants Programmes for candidates from England and Wales has been suspended.

*Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote reform of the European Union’s Common Fisheries Policy.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 21 December for debate on 13 January. 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.

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.

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

Lord Hylton to call attention to Israel’s compliance with international law; and to move for papers.

Lord Bates to call attention to progress towards a United Nations Olympic Truce Resolution for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and to move for papers.

Baroness Taylor of Bolton to call attention to the level of co-ordination between Government departments on the use of soft power in the interests of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Turnberg to call attention to proposed new funding arrangements in the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for making greater use of pre-legislative scrutiny; and to move for papers.

Baroness McDonagh to call attention to the levels of electoral registration; and to move for papers.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to call attention to constituency boundaries for seats in the House of Commons; and to move for papers.

Baroness Hooper to call attention to recent developments in the British Overseas Territories; and to move for papers.

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope 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 Dykes to call attention to the current position of the print media market and to the supervision of newspapers published in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Judd to call attention to the political situation in Chechnya and the North Caucasus, and its implications for global security; and to move for papers.

Baroness Browning to call attention to the procedures used to assess for benefits those on the autistic spectrum, those with learning disabilities and those with mental health conditions; and to move for papers.

Lord Boateng to call attention to the role of agriculture and science in achieving the Millennium Development Goals; and to move for papers.

Baroness Greenfield to call attention to the impact of digital technologies on the mind; and to move for papers.

Baroness Walmsley to call attention to the case for early intervention in public services; and to move for papers.

Lord Barnett to call attention to the case for a change in the Barnett formula to a basis of need; and to move for papers.

Lord McColl of Dulwich to call attention to obesity and its implications for public health in the next decade; and to move for papers.

Lord Crickhowell to call attention to the case for the early introduction of a statutory lane rental scheme for the management of roadworks in London; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bishop of Liverpool to call attention to the outcomes of the Cancun summit on climate change; and to move for papers.

Lord Boswell of Aynho to call attention to the Government’s third response to the all-party Parliamentary inquiry into anti-Semitism; and to move for papers.

Baroness Knight of Collingtree to call attention to the custody arrangements for children of defendants in the British courts; and to move for papers.

Lord Kakkar to call attention to the impact of the European Union on healthcare in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Avebury to call attention to the situation in Zimbabwe; and to move for papers.

Lord Parekh to call attention to the role of Christianity in British public life; and to move for papers.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

Lord Carter of Coles to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Adapting to climate change: EU agriculture and forestry (8th Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 91) 30 March 2010.

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Setting priorities for publicly funded research (3rd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 104). 1 April 2010

Lord Broers to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Radioactive Waste Management: a further update (2nd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 95). 25 March 2010

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.

Lord Hylton to move to resolve that the European Union should use its powers to prevent access to the European Union without a visa by Israeli citizens and to remove duty-free access for Israeli goods if Israeli breaches of international law continue.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the future role of non-departmental public bodies; and to move for papers.

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope 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 Crisp to call attention to the new generation of diagnostic and therapeutic agents available for cancer; 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.

Lord Dykes to call attention to the case for co-ordinated European Union defence policies; and to move for papers.

Lord Mawson to call attention to the case for a co-ordinated approach towards regeneration, in particular the new metropolitan districts in north west England and east London; and to move for papers.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to call attention to the levels of annual interest charged and other practices by some loan and credit companies; and to move for papers.

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

The Earl of Clancarty to call attention to public funding of the arts; and to move for papers.

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

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.

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

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.

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 steps are they taking to support African countries in their efforts to adapt to climate change.

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.

Viscount Bridgeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of hospices and palliative care services.

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.

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.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with international partners to bring to trial Joseph Kony and other leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army at the International Criminal Court.

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to introduce the new generation of diagnostic and therapeutic agents available for cancer.

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

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to meet Millennium Development Goal Five on improving maternal health.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all children with diabetes are able to benefit from an education at school.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve corporate governance and accountability with respect to social and environmental issues.

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effects of the recent European Union trade agreement concerning banana imports, and its impact on African, Caribbean and Pacific banana producers.

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

Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the proposed changes to the National Health Service will not damage front-line and specialised services.

The Lord Bishop of London to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect to be the effects on listed places of worship of the ending of the listed places of worship grant scheme in March 2011.

The Lord Bishop of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress at the climate talks in Cancún.

Baroness Morris of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the United Nations International Year of Youth; and, if so, how.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will work with the government of the United States to ensure that Israel complies with United Nations resolutions and international law.

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress in the Middle East peace process.

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose to encourage people to participate in the Big Society.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take measures to increase the display of European Union flags alongside the national flag on official buildings in the United Kingdom.

Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support and promote the ethical and sustainable fashion and clothing industry.

Baroness Murphy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, No Health without Public Mental Health: the Case for Action.

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will maintain public confidence and patient safety following the abolition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority.

Viscount Bridgeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the disparity between procedures for health professionals from outside the European Union seeking to practise in the United Kingdom and the requirements for those coming from within the European Union.

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to establishing a Royal Commission on the law governing drug use and possession.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution the railway heritage sector makes to education, tourism and the regional economy.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current provision of specialist neuromuscular services in England.

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the points-based visa system introduced in November 2008 as it affects non-European Union artists, performers, academics and others intending to work in the United Kingdom.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in securing funding for the Women’s Community Projects established under the Diverting Women from Custody Programme, when Government funding ends in March 2011.

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage early diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis and to ensure appropriate treatment.

Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will implement proposals for auto-enrolment and specifically the recommendations of the Department for Work and Pensions review Making automatic enrolment work.

Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will implement the recommendations in the Common Sense Common Safety report by Lord Young of Graffham.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-social Behaviour.

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the present arrangements for monitoring and patrolling motorways.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Air Passenger Duty banding on the Caribbean and other developing economies.

Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to recognise the contribution made by women put on active service by the Special Operations Executive in the Second World War.

Lord Mitchell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve interfaith dialogue in multicultural Britain.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the impact of the Spending Review 2010 on the National Probation Service.

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the Barnett Formula to a basis of need.

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to offer support to 16–18-year-old students in full-time education.

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions they are making to support Sudan following the forthcoming referendum.

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the recent election in Burma will affect their policy towards the pro-democracy movement and the provision of humanitarian aid.

The Earl of Selborne to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to implement the agreement reached at the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010.

Lord Pannick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to increase the retirement age for all Supreme Court Justices to 75.

Baroness Rendell of Babergh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase public awareness of female genital mutilation in the United Kingdom and to bring prosecutions under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce obesity in the United Kingdom.

Viscount Younger of Leckie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to secure the future of sports in maintained schools in the context of Spending Review 2010.

Viscount Tenby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to reduce casualties and promote safety on the roads.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking regarding tax avoidance by business figures in the United Kingdom.

Lord Boswell of Aynho to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to tackle anti-Semitism and what assessment they have made of the success of the cross-government working group on anti-Semitism.

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote paediatric continence.

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the continued support of user-led organisations that support disabled people and the personalisation agenda.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they view relations between the United Kingdom and Taiwan, and what plans they have to improve them.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to implement the proposals in the Public Health White Paper.

Lord Parekh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of economic, political and cultural relations between the United Kingdom and India.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 2 December and due for answer by 16 December.

Lord Howard of Lympne to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners in England and Wales carried out work in each of the years 1990–2010.   HL4873

Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of Spending Review 2010 on the funding of centres for musical education and performance by local authorities.   HL4874

Lord Patel of Blackburn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to end the difference between the levels of tuition fees paid by English students and those paid by Welsh, Scottish or European Union students.   HL4875

Lord Rana to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran to involve them in conflict resolution in Afghanistan.   HL4876

Lord Rana to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announcement that NATO forces have set a timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan, what representations they have made to neighbouring countries to ensure a smooth withdrawal of those troops.   HL4877

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 1 December (WA 449–50), how many of the 128 regimental secretaries are retired military officers; how many are retired or serving civil servants from the Ministry of Defence; and whether civil servants and retired military officers have an equal opportunity of appointment to those posts.
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Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost to public funds to date of installing e-Borders; and what they expect the cost to be over each of the next five years.
   HL4879

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made since May to the contractual agreements for the installation of the e-Borders system in the United Kingdom.   HL4880

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the United Kingdom’s personal savings ratio.   HL4881

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in the last ten years HM Treasury’s measure of excess capacity in the economy has been wrong by a margin greater than 1.5 per cent.   HL4882

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 24 November (WA 353–4), what percentage of Questions for Written Answer allocated to HM Treasury since 25 May were answered within the 10 working days target.   HL4883

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Sassoon on 30 November (WA 437) to a question asking whether the Bank of England or HM Treasury monitors trends in public confidence in the ability of the Monetary Policy Committee to meet the inflation target set by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, referring to an answer given on 15 November (WA 162) about surveys measuring expectations for inflation, whether they will now answer the question about confidence in the Monetary Policy Committee.   HL4884

Lord Rowlands to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost in 2009–10 of (a) the Disability Living Allowance Advisory Board, and (b) the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee.
   HL4885

Lord Rowlands to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost in 2009–10 of the Environmental Protection Advisory Committee.   HL4886

Lord Rowlands to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost in 2009–10 of the Inland Waterways Advisory Council.   HL4887

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in response to the decision by the drugs company Eli Lilly to delay the introduction of new Alzheimer’s treatment.
   HL4888

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many 16 to 24 year olds currently claim Jobseekers Allowance.   HL4889

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a British Bill of Rights.   HL4890

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage competitive sports in schools.   HL4891

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in response to the findings by the Royal College of Physicians that patients receive poorer care at weekends due to a shortage of consultants.   HL4892

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to provide more funding for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder.   HL4893

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Union concerning the adherence to human rights clauses in European Union Association agreements by countries party to those agreements.   HL4894

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adherence to human rights clauses in the European Union–Israel Association agreements.   HL4895

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adherence to human rights clauses in the European Union–Morocco Association agreement.   HL4896

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they permit the United States base at Diego Garcia to store cluster munitions.   HL4897

Lord Williams of Elvel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Natural England have satisfied the provisions of section 3 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 to consult such bodies as have an interest in planning application DCNW2008/1289/F to Herefordshire County Council.   HL4898

Lord Williams of Elvel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the response of Natural England to planning application DCNW2008/1289/F to Herefordshire County Council is consistent with its obligations under section 2 of the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act 2006 on conserving and enhancing the landscape.   HL4899

Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether advertisements claiming that 84 per cent of burglars avoid homes with burglar alarms are correctly attributed to the Home Office; and, if so, what evidence this figure is based on.   HL4900

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 1 December (WA 449), whether they will sponsor research into the identification of the military personnel who were killed or who disappeared in Ireland from 1916 to 1923, for the purpose of their commemoration.   HL4901

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the proposed changes to university fees, students from European Union countries will be charged the same as those from the United Kingdom; whether any European Union rules require that students of different nationalities are charged identical fees; and how many European Union students from outside the United Kingdom have enrolled in universities in the United Kingdom in each of the last three years.   HL4902

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the block grants to Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will be adjusted if those countries do not adjust the maximum cap in university fees so that students from those countries pay the same as English students.   HL4903

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 24 November (WA 362), what is the annual number of confirmation of acceptance of studies for non-European Union foreign students assigned to each individual private sector college and school; and how many such acceptances relate to students attending private schools.   HL4904

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 25 November (WA 374), how the posting by a civil servant of the 5 November speech of the Home Secretary and Minister for Women and Equality on the Equality Act 2010 without removal of political content would have breached the guidelines set out in the Civil Service and ministerial codes; and whether they would consider permitting the posting of ministerial speeches while drawing attention to any content deemed political.   HL4905

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the newly established "Steering Group of Officials" in the Department of Health who will review benzodiazepines and other prescribed drugs; and whether they will co-opt experienced practitioners from outside the Department.   HL4906

Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 11 November (WA 126), why there are no specific rewards or sanctions in place to incentivise the UK Border Agency Border Force to meet its targets on immigration queues.   HL4907

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation Sportscoach UK had with independent sports teachers and coaches in its review of the UK Coaching Certificate.   HL4908

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord McNally on 1 December (HL Deb, col 1474), what is the empirical basis for the claim that the House of Commons has come to "a settled and consistent view" on the need to reform the House of Lords.   HL4909

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

5 October (19 October)

HL2293 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [CO]

21 October (4 November)

HL2977 Lord Taylor of Warwick [FCO]

25 October (8 November)

HL3131 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [MoD]

27 October (10 November)

HL3312 Lord Laird [FCO]

HL3313 Lord Laird [FCO]

3 November (17 November)

HL3642 Lord Touhig [CO]

HL3643 Lord Touhig [CO]

HL3644 Lord Touhig [CO]

8 November (22 November)

HL3726 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL3735 Lord Bassam of Brighton [MoD]

9 November (23 November)

HL3779 Lord Bassam of Brighton [DfE]

HL3784 Lord Bassam of Brighton [HO]

HL3827 Lord Taylor of Warwick [MoD]

HL3833 Lord Laird [CO]

10 November (24 November)

HL3852 Lord Bassam of Brighton [DfT]

HL3879 Lord Lucas [DfE]

HL3928 Lord Quirk [DfE]

HL3930 Lord Quirk [DfE]

11 November (25 November)

HL3984 Lord Hoyle [MoD]

HL3985 Lord Hoyle [MoD]

HL3998 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DfID]

12 November (26 November)

HL4062 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL4076 Lord Bassam of Brighton [CO]

HL4078 Lord Bassam of Brighton [BIS]

HL4085 Lord Laird [CO]

HL4086 Lord Laird [CO]

15 November (29 November)

HL4095 Lord Bassam of Brighton [MoD]

HL4096 Lord Bassam of Brighton [DfE]

HL4108 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL4127 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL4135 The Earl of Sandwich [DfT]

HL4153 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [HMT]

16 November (30 November)

HL4180 Lord Bassam of Brighton [HO]

HL4217 Baroness Morris of Yardley [DfE]

HL4223 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [HO]

17 November (1 December)

HL4256 Lord West of Spithead [MoD]

HL4276 Viscount Astor [DfT]

HL4277 Viscount Astor [DfT]

18 November (2 December)

HL4310 Lord Laird [HMT]

HL4317 Lord Taylor of Warwick [HO]

HL4320 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DWP]

HL4323 The Earl of Clancarty [HO]

HL4330 Lord Stevenson of Balmacara [DfT]

HL4336 Lord Moonie [MoD]

HL4337 Lord Moonie [MoD]

HL4344 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DfE]

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

[BIS] 1

[CO] 8

[DfE] 11

[DfID] 1

[DfT] 5

[DWP] 1

[FCO] 3

[HMT] 2

[HO] 5

[MoD] 9

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

3 December

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

3 December

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) [HL]

Private Member’s

Wind Turbines (Minimum Distance from Residential Premises) [HL]

Private Member’s

Referendum (European Union) [HL]

Private Member’s

Demonstrations in the Vicinity of Parliament (Removal of Authorisation Requirements) [HL]

Private Member’s

Savings Accounts and Health in Pregnancy Grant (Money Bill-23 November)

Government

7 December

Torture (Damages) Bill [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Commitment

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

Committed to a Select Committee

City of Westminster [HL]

Private

Leeds City Council

Private

Reading Borough Council

Private

Canterbury City Council

Private

Nottingham City Council

Private

Committed to a Grand Committee

Budget Responsibility and National Audit [HL]

Government

6 December

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

Public Bodies [HL]

Government

14 December

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies

Government

6 December

Waiting for Third Reading

Superannuation

Government

7 December

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

Private

Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL]

Private

Sent to the Commons

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. [HL]

Government

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

Private Member’s

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

Returned to the Commons Amended

Identity Documents

Government

Waiting for Royal Assent

Finance (No. 2) (Money Bill-9 November)

Government

16 December

Equitable Life (Payments) (Money Bill-11 November)

Government

16 December

Local Government [HL]

Government

16 December

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

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2010

Draft Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Order 2010

Draft Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2010

14 December

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2010

Draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2010

12th Report

8 December

Draft Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

8 December

Draft Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

8 December

Draft Post Office Network Subsidy Scheme (Amendment) Order 2010

13th Report

8 December

Draft Road Safety (Financial Penalty Deposit) (Appropriate Amount) (Amendment) Order 2010

8 December

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 2010

9 December

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

7th Report

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Indonesia) Order 2010

Draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2010

Draft Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2010

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

Report

40-day period expires

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Civil Partnership) Order 2010

4th Report

3 December

National Policy Statements 

Scrutiny time expires

Considered

Revised Draft Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN–1)

31 January 2011

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Fossil Fuel Electricity Generating Infrastructure (EN–2)

31 January 2011

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN–3)

31 January 2011

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Gas Supply Infrastructure and Gas and Oil Pipelines (EN–4)

31 January 2011

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Electricity Networks Infrastructure (EN–5)

31 January 2011

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, volumes I and II (EN–6)

31 January 2011

Draft National Policy Statement for Waste Water

17 May 2011

Remedial Order in Progress under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998 

Proposal for order under paragraph 3 reported by the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Draft Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (Remedial) Order 2010

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 6 December

Procedure

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Tuesday 7 December

European Union

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

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Science and Technology

Sub-Committee I Behaviour Change

3.45pm

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 8 December

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 9 December

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs

9.30am

European Union

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

10.00am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 14 December

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 15 December

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Tuesday 21 December

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 2 December 2010 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle.

Public Business

1  European Union: budget A question was asked by Lord Campbell of Alloway and answered by Lord Sassoon.

2  Sham marriages A question was asked by Baroness Sharples and answered by Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

3  Public libraries: funding A question was asked by Lord Harrison and answered by Baroness Rawlings.

4  Standards in public life A question was asked by Lord Tyler and answered by Lord McNally.

5  Business of the House Lord McNally, on behalf of Lord Strathclyde, moved that the debates on the motions in the names of Lord Alton of Liverpool and Lord Janvrin set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours. The motion was agreed to.

6  Human rights (2½-hour debate) Lord Alton of Liverpool moved for papers relating 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. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

7  Philanthropy (2½-hour debate) Lord Janvrin moved for papers relating to the case for encouraging philanthropy. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

8  Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) (Temporary Accommodation) Amendment Order 2010 Lord Knight of Weymouth moved that this House takes note of the Income-related Benefits (Subsidy to Authorities) (Temporary Accommodation) Amendment Order 2010 (SI 2010/2509). After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 5.18pm until Friday 3 December at 10.00am.

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.

Command Paper

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

Education-Draft Higher Education (Higher Amount) (England) Regulations 2010.    (7986)

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Education (School Attendance Targets) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.    (2838)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Accounts for 2009–10 of the Social Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

2 (1) Report for 2009–10 of the General Optical Council (Fitness to Practise)

(2) Report for 2009–10 of the General Optical Council

laid under the Opticians Act 1989.

3 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of Sportscotland National Lottery Distribution Fund, laid under the National Lottery etc Act 1993.