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House of Lords Business

Tuesday 21 December 2010 at 2.15pm

Lord Cormack, 
†Lord Sharkey and 
†Lord Ribeiro will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

†*Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the United Nations, the European Union and the African Union about the results of the presidential election in the Ivory Coast.

†European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Indonesia) Order 2010 Lord Howell of Guildford to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 15 November be approved. 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 20 December

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

Welfare of Farmed Animals (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Lord Henley to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 November be approved. 7th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 8 December

Mutilations (Permitted Procedures) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Lord Henley to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 November be approved. 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 8 December

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

†Lord Alton of Liverpool to move that the order of commitment be discharged.

Identity Documents Bill Consideration of Commons Reason [Baroness Neville-Jones]

Consolidated Fund Bill Second Reading (and remaining stages) [Lord Sassoon] (Money Bill)

†Loans to Ireland Bill Second Reading (and remaining stages) [Lord Sassoon] (Money Bill)

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

Royal Assent

Future Business 

Wednesday 22 December at 11.00am

Fiona Shackleton LVO and 
Dee Doocey OBE will be introduced as Baronesses.

*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 whether the funding for the Language Assistants Programmes run by the British Council is still under review.

*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.

†*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the research study by the National Institute of Economic and Social Research which suggests that caste discrimination and harassment within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010 exists in the United Kingdom, they will bring caste within the list of protected characteristics in that Act.

†Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2010 Baroness Wilcox to move that the Order laid before the House on 29 November be approved. 10th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 20 December

†Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Order 2010 Lord Wallace of Saltaire to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 29 November be approved. 10th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 20 December

Energy Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Marland]

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Marland to move that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

Monday 10 January at 2.15pm

Susan Kramer and 
Patience Wheatcroft will be introduced as Baronesses, and 
Alistair Cooke Esq OBE will be introduced as a Baron.

*Lord Campbell of Alloway to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the expenditure on accounts for the Budget signed off by the European Court of Auditors shall be excluded from the contribution imposed on member states.

*Baroness Prosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the launch of UN Women on 1 January, what plans they have to provide a financial contribution to the new agency and when an announcement will be made,

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to amend the Act of Settlement to afford equal rights to the Throne for daughters of the sovereign and Roman Catholics.

*Baroness Williams of Crosby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider omitting from school league tables children on free school meals or statemented as having special educational needs.

†Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [HL] Lord Sassoon to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 3
Schedule 1
Clauses 4 to 20
Schedule 2
Clauses 21 and 22
Schedule 3

Clauses 23 to 26
Schedules 4 and 5
Clause 27
Schedule 6
Clauses 28 to 31.

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

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Tuesday 11 January at 2.15pm

Nicholas True, Esq CBE will be introduced as a Baron, 
Judith Jolly will be introduced as a Baroness, and 
Richard Spring Esq will be introduced as a Baron.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the financial impact on consumers of the changes proposed to the United Kingdom’s private electricity networks.

*Lord Borrie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the potential effects on United Kingdom competitiveness of the announcement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in June 2010 forecasting that Air Passenger Duty revenue would increase from the current rate of £1.9 billion to £3.8 billion per annum by 2015–16.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what European Union policy priorities they will seek to promote during the Hungarian presidency from January to June 2011.

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

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

It is expected that the following five motions will be debated together:

Revised Draft Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN–1) Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland]

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Fossil Fuel Electricity Generating Infrastructure (EN–2) Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland]

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN–3) Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland]

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Gas Supply Infrastructure and Gas and Oil Pipelines (EN–4) Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland]

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Electricity Networks Infrastructure (EN–5) Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland]

Wednesday 12 January at 3.00pm

Tina Stowell MBE will be introduced as a Baroness and 
Paul Strasburger Esq will be introduced as a Baron.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of underwriting fees in the United Kingdom finance and insurance market.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the guidance on the dimensions and weight of mobility scooters suitable for use on public transport, as recommended in the Department for Transport’s 2006 report Carriage of Mobility Scooters on Public Transport Feasibility Study.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of hand-luggage restrictions operated by airlines on professional musicians and on the United Kingdom’s music economy.

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

Thursday 13 January at 10.45am

Jonathan Marks Esq QC, 
Gordon Wasserman Esq and 
Julian Fellowes Esq will be introduced as Barons.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce statutory regulation of qualified and competent herbal medicine practitioners by the Health Professions Council at the earliest opportunity.

*Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the benefit to the nation of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Purchase Grant Fund.

*Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask the Leader of the House what assessment he has made of the importance of behavioural and procedural conventions in the Chamber.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 2.00pm

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, volumes I and II (EN–6) Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland]

†Monday 17 January at 2.15pm

†Rajinder Loomba Esq CBE, 
†Tariq Ahmad Esq and 
†Howard Flight Esq will be introduced as Barons.

†*Lord Phillips of Sudbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to reduce the volume and complexity of new legislation.

†*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure a viable local network of post offices.

†*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support tourism throughout the regions of the United Kingdom, particularly in the run-up to the Olympics and other international sporting events.

†*Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British embassies they intend to close as a result of the deployment of the European Union external action service.

†Tuesday 18 January at 2.15pm

†Robert Edmiston Esq, 
†Sir Michael Lord and 
†Stewart Wood Esq will be introduced as Barons.

†*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Chancellor of the Exchequer has excluded potential privatisation proceeds from his deficit reduction plans.

†*Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will come to a decision on the future of the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court. [I]

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†*Lord Rotherwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take regarding the decline of farmyard bird populations.

†Wednesday 19 January at 3.00pm

†Sir Reg Empey OBE and 
†Monroe Palmer Esq MBE will be introduced as Barons.

†*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the rate of inflation.

†*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review scientific developments in stem cell research, as recommended by the Select Committee on Stem Cell Research (Session 2001–02, HL Paper 83), with a view to ascertaining whether research on human embryos is still necessary.

†Thursday 20 January at 10.45am

†Stanley Fink Esq and  
†Benjamin Stoneham Esq will be introduced as Barons and 
†Elizabeth Berridge will be introduced as a Baroness.

†*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel on import restrictions affecting Gaza.

†*Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the recent compromise agreement reached through the conciliation procedure on the proposed European Regulation on bus and coach passenger rights, and what further steps they are taking to meet the United Kingdom’s obligations under Article 9 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

†*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the government of St Lucia following Hurricane Tomas.

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.

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.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to call attention to the progress of the Friends of Yemen Group and the Government’s plans for the Group’s forthcoming conference in Riyadh; and to move for papers.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to call attention to the interim report of the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector; and to move for papers.

Lord Lee of Trafford to call attention to the military and industrial opportunities arising from greater Anglo-French defence co-operation; and to move for papers.

Lord Addington to call attention to the future of NATO and changing relations within its membership; and to move for papers.

Baroness Hussein-Ece to call attention to the economic and strategic role of Turkey in Europe and the Middle East; and to move for papers.

Lord Luce to call attention to the stability of the region of Yemen, the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean; and to move for papers.

Lord McFall of Alcluith to call attention to challenges in the personal banking sector, including in particular the phasing out of cheques; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the response of the international community; 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 

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 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 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.

Lord Parekh to call attention to the role of Christianity in British public life; 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 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.

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.

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 and maternal morbidity.

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.

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.

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.

Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for promoting social enterprise.

Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the military and industrial opportunities arising from greater Anglo-French defence co-operation.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future of NATO and changing relations within its membership.

Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the strategic importance of Turkey in Europe and the Middle East.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of democracy in Nigeria, and whether Nigeria is best served by the current form of its political structures.

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the stability of the region of Yemen, the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Lord Rotherwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the range of provisions and facilities for general aviation.

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Kosovo.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to reduce the number of imprisoned mothers with their infants; and what alternative plans they have to address this situation.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 20 December and due for answer by 7 January.

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 14 December (WA 175), whether they will place in the Library of the House any legal or accounting advice they have received on the definition of a "contingent liability".   HL5414

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iceland with regard to their resumption of the large-scale killing of fin whales.
   HL5415

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they forecast the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills will save by restricting free tuition for those who want to take an English for Speakers of Other Languages course to persons who receive active benefits.   HL5416

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults taking an English for Speakers of Other Languages course they forecast will pay (a) a full fee for their course and (b) no fee, in each of (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13, and (3) 2013–14.   HL5417

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether (a) adults with a European Union passport, and (b) British citizens who receive inactive benefit, will be expected to pay a fee for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (1) 2011–12, and (2) 2012–13.   HL5418

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of the Northern Ireland Executive (NIE) proposal that HM Treasury would lend £175 million and donate £25 million towards the rescue of the Presbyterian Mutual Society, the £25 million to be provided by the NIE was to be a loan or a donation comparable to that by HM Treasury.   HL5419

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to university authorities concerning invitations to speak to universities or student union or society audiences to speakers with a history of promoting anti-Semitism; and what steps they will take to protect Jewish and other students from anti-Semitic, Islamophobic or other racist behaviour on campus.   HL5420

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homes will not receive funding from the Homes and Communities Agency to be brought up to the Decent Homes Standard, as a result of the decision to withdraw funding from local councils which had completed 95 per cent of their original programme.   HL5421

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report on the Royal Bank of Scotland is addressed; and whether PwC has placed any restrictions on the publication or release of the report to third parties.   HL5422

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Bank of England’s recent record in forecasting inflation.   HL5423

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government under whose instructions the Cabinet Secretary produced a paper on possible policy responses to a stalling in economic recovery (referred to as "Plan B"); and which Ministers received this report.   HL5424

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) Ministers, and (b) officials, in HM Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and (c) Directors, and (d) officers, of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) were interviewed in the course of the production of the PricewaterhouseCoopers review for the FSA on the Royal Bank of Scotland.   HL5425

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence of a failure of directors’ fiduciary governance at the Royal Bank of Scotland ahead of the collapse of that bank.
   HL5426

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Skilled Persons (Section 166) Reports the Financial Services Authority has commissioned in each of the calendar years from 2000 to 2009 inclusive and for the first eleven months of 2010; how much was charged in aggregate by the producers of those reports for each year and the first eleven months of 2010; and what percentage of each aggregate annual fee was paid to the "big four" accounting firms.   HL5427

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the International Criminal Court’s motion to indict several high-ranking Kenyan politicians, including the finance minister and a former national police chief, for crimes against humanity during the aftermath of Kenya’s election in 2007 and early 2008.   HL5428

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Kenya and the International Criminal Court (ICC) about providing sufficient witness protection in the context of the ICC’s motion to indict several high-ranking Kenyan politicians for crimes against humanity.   HL5429

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to exempt churches and church halls from the requirement to have a television licence in order to show the live broadcast of the royal wedding to their congregations.   HL5430

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward proposals to enable the Prudential Regulatory Authority to publish reports following an investigation of a bank without the consent of the bank concerned where it is in the public interest to do so.
   HL5431

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hill of Oareford on 11 November (WA 109), in respect of each local authority, how many looked-after children had (a) five to nine, and (b) ten or more, placement moves in the year ending 2008.   HL5432

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role youth work plays in their strategy for young people.   HL5433

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have removed the requirement that each nursery be led by a graduate professional.   HL5434

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the UNICEF report Report Card 9: The children left behind, published on 3 December.   HL5435

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether university tuition fees for child care workers will be subsidised.   HL5436

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are seeking to make midwifery more attractive to practitioners.   HL5437

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) which resulted in the patient being hospitalised have been reported to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) since 1999 by centres 076, 162 and 170; and how many incidents of OHSS have been reported to the HFEA since 1999 in which any of those licensed clinics became aware of OHSS that was less severe.   HL5438

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the governments of Iraq and the United States about violence against Christians in Iraq.   HL5439

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what forecasts they have made of (a) baseload electricity prices, and (b) consumer electricity prices, now and in 2030, taking into account grid costs, capacity payments for wind and solar energy back-up, and renewable subsidies.   HL5440

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to make local authority personnel charged with completing the Alternative Provision Census aware of paragraph 2.2.1 of Claiming Back Funding For College and Special Needs: guidance from Government October 2010.
   HL5441

Lord Bassam of Brighton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 14 December (WA 169–70) and the answer by Lord McNally on 1 December (HL Deb, col 1673), how and when the Prime Minister will fulfil the commitment to appoint peers to the House of Lords to reflect the political party share of the vote at the last General Election; and what assessment they have made of the numerical composition of the House of Lords once the commitment has been met.   HL5442

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the NHS Safe and Sustainable review of children’s congenital cardiac services in England and Wales decided to exclude the option of keeping open the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit.   HL5443

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the NHS Safe and Sustainable review of children’s congenital cardiac services publicly announced that the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit would be closed ahead of the completion of the review process and the publication of a public consultation document.   HL5444

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what opportunities supporters of the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit (a) have had, and (b) will have, to participate in the NHS Safe and Sustainable review of children’s congenital cardiac services in England.   HL5445

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all panel members had an opportunity to approve the independent review of paediatric cardiac surgery and clinical governance at the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit before it was published in July.   HL5446

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether some members of the Safe and Sustainable review of children’s congenital cardiac services panel were also members of the independent panel which reviewed paediatric cardiac surgery and clinical governance at the John Radcliffe Hospital’s Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit.   HL5447

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much time was given to the Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust to review the draft of the independent review of paediatric cardiac surgery and clinical governance at the Paediatric Cardiac Surgery Unit before the final report was published in July.   HL5448

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union has an accession fund; and, if so, how much money (in pounds) is in the fund.   HL5449

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Crown Prosecution Service is taking action to reduce the predominance of women employees in the service, who outnumber men by a factor of three to one.   HL5450

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that interest and participation in competitive sport by children in state primary schools is not inhibited by inappropriate health and safety rules, the discouragement of winners, and the discouragement of parental involvement.   HL5451

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask the Leader of the House, further to his Written Answer on 15 December (WA 194) concerning September sittings, whether the necessity for sitting in September will be reviewed in the light of progress of business.   HL5452

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government for whom the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) acts in extradition cases involving an application by another state; and whether the CPS regards an application from such a state to restrict the liberty of any individual involved as one that should be dealt with by a similar standard of proof as would apply to a United Kingdom citizen in a criminal case.   HL5453

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 15 December (WA 201–2), whether they will make direct representations to the government of Turkey concerning the difficulties facing United Kingdom Anglicans there.   HL5454

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 15 December (WA 202), whether they will make direct representations to the government of Turkey concerning the difficulties over worship facing United Kingdom Roman Catholics in Antayla.   HL5455

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 15 December (WA 202), when they last drew those facts about freedom of worship in the United Kingdom to the attention of the Turkish authorities directly, rather than through European Union channels.   HL5456

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last made representations to the government of Egypt over the religious freedoms of Coptic Christians.   HL5457

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they had observers present during the Egyptian parliamentary elections on 28 November and 5 December; and, if so, whether they regarded the elections as having been free and fair.   HL5458

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings have taken place between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health about including participation in health research commissioned by the National Institute for Health Research in the new rules on the reimbursement of expenses for participation.   HL5459

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Criminality Survey 2000.   HL5460

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police stations have closed since May, by police force.   HL5461

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of police funding cuts on the number of police stations in operation.   HL5462

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of police funding cuts on the amount of contact time between police forces and members of the public.   HL5463

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of why the West Midlands Police Force has decided to reduce the number of police officers allocated to the Ladywood and Perry Barr wards in Birmingham.   HL5464

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of recruits in training or expected to be in training at Hendon Police College in every year between 2010 and 2015.   HL5465

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of recruits in training or expected to be in training, by police college, in 2010 and in every year to 2015.   HL5466

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken, following recent calls by human rights non-governmental organisations, to request the United Nations Security Council to implement effectively the UN Fact-Finding Mission’s Report on the 2009 Gaza Conflict by assessing measures taken by the Israeli and Palestinian authorities to ensure accountability for serious violations of international law and referring the situation to the International Criminal Court under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.   HL5467

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent reports of young Palestinian children being arrested by the Israeli authorities and made subject to illegal transfer, detention and interrogation methods without family accompaniment; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel on this matter.   HL5468

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards will be put in place if there is to be increased trade with Sudan to prevent United Kingdom companies becoming complicit in human rights abuses and to ensure that marginalised communities benefit from the trade.   HL5469

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 8 December (WA 70), what measures are being taken to increase the representation of women in Northern Ireland in public and political life.   HL5470

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 8 December (WA 70), what discussions the Northern Ireland Office had with other government departments during the redrafting process of the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, published on 25 November; and what plans exist to integrate provisions relating to the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in Northern Ireland into the National Action Plan.   HL5471

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that a new International Labour Organization Convention on Domestic Work would ensure increased legal protection for domestic workers and help to make all relevant actors accountable worldwide; and whether they will reconsider their position from the International Labour Organization Conference in June 2010 and support a robust binding Convention in June 2011.   HL5472

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consequences of replacing the need for a personal licence to carry out experiments on animals with a requirement for registration.   HL5473

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the number of Home Office Inspectors reviewing animal experiments.   HL5474

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the ethical review process for animal experiments.   HL5475

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the time taken to process claims for Income Support.   HL5476

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the time taken to process Income Support has increased over the last six months.   HL5477

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the time taken to process Income Support to increase in 2011.   HL5478

Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will end the practice of not uprating pensions of United Kingdom pensioners living overseas.   HL5479

Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the administrative cost to the Department for Work and Pensions of uprating the frozen pensions of United Kingdom pensioners living abroad while they are visiting the United Kingdom or the European Union or countries with whom there are reciprocal agreements.   HL5480

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

3 November (17 November)

HL3642 Lord Touhig [CO]

HL3643 Lord Touhig [CO]

HL3644 Lord Touhig [CO]

10 November (24 November)

HL3879 Lord Lucas [DfE]

15 November (29 November)

HL4096 Lord Bassam of Brighton [DfE]

22 November (6 December)

HL4371 Lord Bassam of Brighton [DfE]

HL4396 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL4409 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [HMT]

24 November (8 December)

HL4537 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

25 November (9 December)

HL4601 Lord Touhig [CO]

HL4617 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

HL4623 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL4666 Lord Marlesford [DfT]

29 November (13 December)

HL4673 Lord Avebury [DfE]

HL4736 Baroness Scott of Needham Market [DfT]

30 November (14 December)

HL4786 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

HL4792 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL4808 Lord Liddle [DfE]

1 December (15 December)

HL4828 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL4830 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL4845 Lord Dholakia [HO]

HL4848 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

2 December (16 December)

HL4874 Lord Stevens of Kirkwhelpington [DfE]

HL4891 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL4906 The Earl of Sandwich [DH]

3 December (17 December)

HL4925 Lord Taylor of Warwick [GEO]

6 December (20 December)

HL4948 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL4969 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DH]

HL4970 Lord Hylton [DfID]

HL4974 Lord Liddle [CO]

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

[CO] 5

[DfE] 12

[DfID] 1

[DfT] 4

[DH] 2

[GEO] 1

[HMT] 1

[HO] 4

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Consolidated Fund (Money Bill-13 December)

Government

21 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

Torture (Damages) [HL]

Private Member’s

Energy [HL]

Government

22 December

Devolution (Time)

Private Member’s

Loans to Ireland (Money Bill-15 December)

Government

21 December

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 Committee of the Whole House

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

Public Bodies [HL]

Government

21 December

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies

Government

10 January

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

21 December

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

Budget Responsibility and National Audit [HL]

Government

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

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

Private Member’s

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Reason

Identity Documents

Government

21 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

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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

14th Report

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

21 December

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

21 December

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

21 December

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

22 December

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

22 December

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

Draft Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2010

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

15th Report

Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2010

26 January

Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2010

26 January

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

Report

To be considered

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Civil Partnership) Order 2010

4th Report

National and Marine Policy Statements 

Scrutiny time expires

Considered

Draft United Kingdom Marine Policy Statement

28 January 2011

15 December

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

31 January 2011

11 January

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

31 January 2011

11 January

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

31 January 2011

11 January

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

31 January 2011

11 January

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

31 January 2011

11 January

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

31 January 2011

13 January

Draft National Policy Statement for Waste Water

17 May 2011

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

Draft order under paragraph 2 referred to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Draft Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (Remedial) Order 2010 [17 March]

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 21 December

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

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

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Science and Technology

Sub-Committee I Behaviour Change

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 22 December

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

12.00 noon

Tuesday 11 January

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Wednesday 12 January

HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom

Select Committee

10.00am

Constitution

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 13 January

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

Tuesday 18 January

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 19 January

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Tuesday 25 January

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 26 January

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 10 February

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 20 December 2010 

The House met at 2.15pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

1  Lord Lingfield Sir Robert George Alexander Balchin, Knight, having been created Baron Lingfield, of Lingfield in the County of Surrey, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 17 December 2010, was introduced between Lord Wakeham and Lord Boyce, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2  Lord Feldman of Elstree Andrew Simon Feldman, Esquire, having been created Baron Feldman of Elstree, of Elstree in the County of Hertfordshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 17 December 2010, was introduced between Lord Harris of Peckham and Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3  Lord Dobbs Michael John Dobbs, Esquire, having been created Baron Dobbs, of Wylye in the County of Wiltshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 18 December 2010, was introduced between Lord Tebbit and Lord Hunt of Wirral, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Private Business

4  Private Bills The Examiners certified that the Standing Orders which are applicable to the petitions for the following bills have been complied with:

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc; 
City of London (Various Powers); 
Transport for London.

Public Business

5  Crime: age of responsibility A question was asked by the Earl of Listowel and answered by Lord McNally.

6  Benefits A question was asked by Lord German and answered by Lord Freud.

7  National Health Service: targets A question was asked by Lord Wills and answered by Earl Howe.

8  Individual Savings Accounts A question was asked by Lord Lee of Trafford and answered by Lord Sassoon.

9  Business of the House Lord Strathclyde moved that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill be taken on one day) be dispensed with tomorrow to allow the Loans to Ireland Bill to be taken through all its remaining stages that day. The motion was agreed to.

10  HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom The Chairman of Committees moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom, and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:

L Fowler (Chairman) 
L Gardiner of Kimble 
B Gould of Potternewton 
B Healy of Primrose Hill 
B Hussein-Ece 
L McColl of Dulwich

B McIntosh of Hudnall 
B Masham of Ilton 
L May of Oxford 
L Rea 
B Ritchie of Brompton 
B Tonge;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

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

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

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

That the Committee do report by 20 July 2011;

That the Report of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House.

The motion was agreed to.

11  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 43A. The House resumed.

12  European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Indonesia) Order 2010 
Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Order 2010 
Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2010

The Grand Committee reported that it had considered the draft statutory instruments.

13  European Council Lord Strathclyde repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

14  Immigration: High Court ruling Baroness Neville-Jones repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

15  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 44A. An amendment was considered. The House resumed.

16  Severe winter weather Earl Attlee repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

17  National Health Service: global health A question was asked by Lord Crisp and, after debate, answered by Earl Howe.

18  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 45ZA. The House resumed after clause 9 was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 1.14am on Tuesday 21 December until 2.15pm the same day.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.30pm.

European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Indonesia) Order 2010 Lord Howell of Guildford moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Partnership and Cooperation Agreement) (Republic of Indonesia) Order 2010. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Order 2010 Lord Wallace of Saltaire moved that the Grand Committee do consider the Crime (International Co-operation) Act 2003 (Designation of Participating Countries) (England, Wales and Northern Ireland) (No. 2) Order 2010. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2010 Baroness Wilcox moved that the Grand Committee do consider the Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2010. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 4.21pm.

Papers 

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

Command Papers

The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

   1 Animals-Memorandum to the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on the Post-Legislative Assessment of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.    (7982)

   2 Defence-Equipment, Support and Technology for UK Defence and Security: Government consultation document.    (7989)

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following negative instruments were laid before the House on 17 December:

1 (1) Family Procedure Rules 2010   (2955)

   (2) Family Procedure (Civil Partnership: Staying of Proceedings) Rules 2010   (2986)

laid under the Courts Act 2003.

2 (1) Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Asbestos) Regulations 2010      (2984)

   (2) Merchant Shipping and Fishing Vessels (Health and Safety at Work) (Artificial Optical Radiation) Regulations 2010   (2987)

laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

Human Rights Remedial Order

The following Remedial Order was laid before the House for approval by resolution under paragraph 2(a) of Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998 and referred to the Joint Committee on Human Rights:

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

   1 Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) (Elected Representatives) (Amendment) Order 2010, laid under the Government of Wales Act 2006.   (2961)

   2 Prescription Only Medicines (Human Use) Amendment Order 2010, laid under the Medicines Act 1968.   (2998)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Army Pensions (Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975 and Attributable Benefits Scheme) (Amendment) Warrant 2010, laid under the Pensions and Yeomanry Pay Act 1884.

2 Naval and Marine Pensions (Armed Forces Pension Scheme 1975 and Attributable Benefits Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2010, laid under the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act 1865.

3 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2003.