House of Lords Business

Monday 17 January 2011 at 2.15pm

Lord Loomba, 
†Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon, and 
†Lord Flight will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill Committee (day 9) [Lord McNally] 7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee and 6th Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Energy Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Marland]

Future Business 

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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President, Scottish Veterans' Garden City Association

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

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

†Public Bodies Bill [HL] Committee (day 7) [Lord Taylor of Holbeach] 5th and 6th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Wednesday 19 January at 3.00pm

Sir Reg Empey OBE and 
Monroe Palmer Esq OBE 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.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cuts in police funding on crime rates.

†Constitution The Chairman of Committees to move that Lord Rennard be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Baroness Falkner of Margravine, resigned.

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

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Energy Bill [HL] will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room.

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.

Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to call attention to the constitutional and Parliamentary effect of coalition government; and to move for papers.

Friday 21 January at 10.00am

Marine Navigation Aids Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Berkeley]

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

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

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

†Dog Control Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Redesdale]

Monday 24 January at 2.15pm

Sir Richard Dannatt GCB CBE MC, 
The Rt Hon Dafydd Wigley, and 
Raymond Collins Esq will be introduced as Barons.

*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used to determine whether or not a constitutional change should be submitted to a referendum.

*Lord Lloyd of Berwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to reconsider their decision, announced in the Ministry of Justice green paper Breaking the Cycle: Effective Punishment, Rehabilitation and the Sentencing of Offenders, not to abolish the mandatory life sentence for murder.

*Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to repeal the Human Rights Act 1998.

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what part they are playing in the training of the Rapid Action Battalion in Bangladesh.

†National Insurance Contributions Bill Second Reading [Lord Sassoon]

The following three motions are expected to be debated together:

†Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Lord Knight of Weymouth to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 30 November, be annulled. (SI 2010/2835)

†Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendments Order 2010 Lord Knight of Weymouth to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 30 November, be annulled. (SI 2010/2836)

Lord Best to move to resolve that this House considers that because of the uncertain impact on children, homelessness and local authority resources of the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/2835) and the Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendments Order 2010 (SI 2010/2836), the Government should commission an independent review in their effects, to conclude one year after they have come into force, and annually thereafter, and present the report of each review to both Houses of Parliament.

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

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Energy Bill [HL] will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room.

Tuesday 25 January at 2.15pm

Qurban Hussein Esq will be introduced as a Baron, and 
Dame Joan Bakewell DBE and 
Rachael Heyhoe Flint OBE will be introduced as Baronesses.

*Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made regarding events involving Iraqi security forces at Camp Ashraf on 25 and 26 December 2010 and 7 January 2011.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the funding of national museums and galleries.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the performance of defence procurement.

†Postal Services Bill Second Reading [Baroness Wilcox]

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Jones] 9th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and 14th Report from the Merits Committee

†Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Hill of Oareford] 4th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Hill of Oareford] 9th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Wednesday 26 January at 3.00pm

Jonathan Kestenbaum Esq will be introduced as a Baron, and 
Eluned Morgan will be introduced as a Baroness.

*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order conform with the principle of habeas corpus.

The question in the name of Baroness Cox has been moved to Monday 7 February.

*Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate the ability of second home owners to register as voters in more than one constituency.

†*Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to promote the role of design in social and economic renewal.

Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [HL] Report [Lord Sassoon]

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Energy Bill [HL] will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room.

Thursday 27 January at 10.45am

George Magan Esq and 
Michael Grade Esq CBE will be introduced as Barons, and 
Anne Jenkin will be introduced as a Baroness.

*The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency funding the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has for disease outbreaks.

*Lord St John of Bletso to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to assist the government of Zimbabwe to expedite the processes enabling free and fair elections under the new constitution.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they provided to the Northern Ireland authorities during their recent difficulties with water supplies.

Lord King of Bridgwater to call attention to physical and mental rehabilitation of military veterans and their post-service welfare; and to move for papers.

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. (1½ hours)

Monday 31 January at 2.15pm

Oona King and 
Jennifer Randerson will be introduced as Baronesses, and 
Sir Gulam Noon MBE will be introduced as a Baron.

*Lord Gavron to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the impact on the economy of delays and cancellations at London Heathrow Airport in December 2010.

*Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to revise employment law; and, if so, what consultations have been undertaken, and with which organisations.

*Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Monetary Policy Committee missing its monthly inflation target repeatedly over the last ten years.

*Baroness Williams of Crosby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made for temporary exceptions to the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2009.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Energy Bill [HL] will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room.

Tuesday 1 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce road pricing for lorries in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that airport authorities will be able to deal adequately with snow and ice in the future.

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to limit bonuses to be paid to senior Royal Bank of Scotland staff.

Wednesday 2 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the proportion of multiple sclerosis patients who receive disease-modifying drugs.

*Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Japan to persuade them to modify their opposition to a whaling ban in their territorial waters.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will next hold talks with Eurozone representatives to discuss the present state of currency markets.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Energy Bill [HL] will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room and that it will conclude.

Thursday 3 February at 11.00am

*The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the International Crisis Group’s recent Report Congo: No Stability in Kivu despite Rapprochement with Rwanda.

*Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recognise Palestine as a sovereign state.

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the interest charged by loan and credit companies.

Monday 7 February at 2.30pm

*The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the recent low prices for milk in the major supermarkets on the United Kingdom dairy industry and its long-term sustainability.

*Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to focus international development aid on fragile and conflict-affected states.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether individuals currently receiving Disability Living Allowance who have invested money and payments in aids and adaptations will be disadvantaged as a result of the proposals in chapter two of the consultation paper on Disability Living Allowance reform published in December 2010.

†*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Sudan.

Tuesday 8 February at 2.30pm

*The Lord Bishop of Chester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the rules for reporting the arrest and questioning of individuals by the police before they are charged with any criminal offence.

*Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the growing gap between the rich and the poor in the United Kingdom.

Wednesday 9 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they forecast small businesses will play in the Big Society.

Thursday 10 February at 11.00am

*The Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to meet the aim stated in their equality strategy to tackle the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 25 January for debate on 10 February. 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.

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 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.

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

Lord Morris of Aberavon to call attention to the progress of the war in Afghanistan; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the report of the Rt Hon Frank Field MP Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults, published in January 2011; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty to call attention to public funding of the arts; 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the violence against Egypt’s Coptic minority.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the response of the international community.

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political situation in Chechnya and the North Caucasus, and its implications for global security.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the Academy of Medical Sciences A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 13 January and due for answer by 27 January.

Lord Boswell of Aynho to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportions of claimants of state retirement pensions (a) take their full entitlement on retirement, (b) defer their pension in favour of an enhanced pension taken subsequently, and (c) defer their pension in favour of a lump sum payment.
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Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the government of Australia following the recent flooding in Queensland.   HL5852

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK Financial Investments (UKFI) will be discussing bonus proposals with the Remuneration Committees of Lloyds Bank Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland before those committees make their determinations; and whether UKFI will exercise its right to vote on remuneration reports.   HL5853

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 367), whether the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has now received the necessary permissions from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) and others for the FSA to publish a report on the collapse of RBS.   HL5854

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 368), whether HM Treasury or the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has made proposals to, or entered into discussions with, Lloyds Bank Group and the Royal Bank of Scotland in respect of lending after existing lending commitments expire in March 2010.   HL5855

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Strathclyde on 10 January (WA 396), whether they intend to ensure that membership of the House of Lords will reflect the votes received in the last general election by all the political parties.   HL5856

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 10 January (WA 420), whether HM Treasury officials have had any meetings, conversations or correspondence with an organisation referred to by Lord James of Blackheath as Foundation X, or with its representatives or agents; and, if so, when those engagements took place; and who attended.
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord McNally on 10 January (HL Deb, col 1169), whether any objections have been raised by Commonwealth countries concerning affording equal rights of accession to the Throne to daughters of the Sovereign.   HL5858

Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the pre-September 1992 "with profit" annuitants of the Equitable Life scheme of compensation selected target bonus rates of return of 5–10 per cent in order to set their starting pension.   HL5859

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the Pensions Bill will have on the individual contributions employers make to their retirement funds.   HL5860

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that all children under five will receive a vaccination for swine flu.   HL5861

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the finding that one in six pupils gained A*–C grades at GCSE level in English, mathematics and science.
   HL5862

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that welfare reforms encourage mothers to return to work.   HL5863

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect abolishing primary care trusts will have on cancer care.   HL5864

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the removal of the mobility component of the disability living allowance will affect the ability of disabled people to leave their care homes.   HL5865

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 21 December 2010 (WA 285–7), which areas of United Kingdom national sovereignty have been ceded since 1972 under the European Treaties to (a) unanimity, and (b) majority voting, in the Council of Ministers; which areas are now shared with the European Parliament; and which remain under the sole control of the United Kingdom Parliament.   HL5866

Baroness Goudie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the statement by the government of Poland that "according to the international law Nagorno-Karabakh is an inseparable part of the Republic of Azerbaijan", what is their assessment of the border control arrangements within the occupied territories.   HL5867

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Thornton on 4 March 2010 (WS 184) and the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 13 October 2010 (WA74), whether they consider that the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) is "incredibly cheap", as described by the HFEA Chair in the Guardian on 11 January.   HL5868

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has spent on the services of Media Strategy or Hanover Communications; which other arm’s-length bodies have required the services of these companies; and what have been the total costs per annum of services provided by Media Strategy or Hanover Communications to each of the arm’s-length bodies concerned since April 2002.   HL5869

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact which the increase of VAT to 20 per cent will have on charities; what assessment they have made of the estimate of the Charity Tax Group that the 2.5 per cent rise in VAT will cost an additional £140 million in irrecoverable VAT; and why charities are not able to reclaim VAT in the same way as limited companies.   HL5870

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of malnutrition in North Korea and of winter food shortages.   HL5871

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical assistance they are able to give in encouraging and facilitating peace talks between North and South Korea.   HL5872

Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many voting shares they hold directly and indirectly in the Royal Bank of Scotland; and what this number is as a percentage of the total number of shares.   HL5873

Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the policy of the Remuneration Committee of the Royal Bank of Scotland with regard to bonuses.   HL5874

Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the bonus pool of the Royal Bank of Scotland is related to its performance; and to what extent payments from it to individuals are related to their performance.   HL5875

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that the Sudanese referendum on 9 January results in the formation of North and South Sudan as two separate countries, what assessment they have made of the funding commitments required to support both countries.
   HL5876

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the development of stronger links between credit unions and the Post Office.   HL5877

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-secretary of State for Transport, Norman Baker, on 10 January (HC Deb, col 31W), what are (a) the remuneration, (b) the contract length, (c) the business case, and (d) any other payments, associated with the staff appointed by Trinity Lighthouse Service on a fixed-term contract since May 2010.   HL5878

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Philip Hammond, on 20 December 2010 (HC Deb, col 1201–33), why "the developing European Jurisprudence in the area of property rights and the need for Governments to compensate" led the Secretary of State to point in his statement towards "more generous compensations becoming the norm" for HS2 and other future projects.   HL5879

Lord Hollick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the charitable-related VAT scheme will consider allowing charities the same opportunity as the National Health Service and other public bodies to recover 20 per cent of the irrecoverable VAT they pay.   HL5880

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Verma on 16 December (HL Deb, col 721), why the Women’s Budget Group report on the impact of Spending Review 2010 does not accurately reflect what the Government is doing in respect of the impact of Spending Review 2010 on women.   HL5881

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have contacted individual primary care trusts that have recently announced a suspension of, or restriction to, funding for infertility services to convey their expectation that, when commissioning services, they have regard to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence clinical guidelines on fertility and the impact that fertility has on people’s lives.   HL5882

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance is being given to primary care trusts to ensure that the cuts to services are not being targeted in a discriminatory manner; and what steps they are taking to ensure that the cuts do not discriminate against gender re-assignment cases; and whether they will ensure that their financial policies are equitable and have been subject to equality impact assessments.   HL5883

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and in what circumstances, European Union procurement and competition rules would apply to the award of contracts to social enterprises or mutuals, whether composed of former public sector staff or others as appears to be encouraged under the Localism Bill and the proposed reorganisation of the National Health Service.   HL5884

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations will apply to primary care trust staff transferring to posts under the proposed new system of general practitioner commissioning.   HL5885

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to change the current situation under which gas and electricity consumers pay relatively more for their fuel if their consumption is low or if they are on prepayment systems.   HL5886

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to amending the House of Commons Disqualification Act 1975 and the Ministerial and Other Salaries Act 1975 to ensure that no member of the Government from the House of Lords, whilst peers remain unpaid, is denied a ministerial salary; and whether they will ensure that the only ministers who receive no ministerial salary are members of the House of Commons who continue to be paid as Members of Parliament.   HL5887

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 10 January (WA 406), why they ended the practice of routinely publishing their press statements’ "Notes to Editors" on the Northern Ireland Office’s media centre website; how members of the public can find the biographical details of those appointed to public bodies; and whether they will in future add those details within press statements.   HL5888

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 10 January (WA 404), when the members of the Migration Advisory Committee were reappointed; whether there was a press statement issued publicising this fact; why all non ex-officio members appointed are labour market economists; and, as there are no fixed criteria for appointing members, whether they will increase its capacity by the appointment of additional members with other migration experience.   HL5889

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Jones on 3 December 2010 (WA 506), whether their policy is to continue to allow employers to bring in an unlimited number of non-EEA workers for up to a year using intra-company transfer visas if their earnings are under £24,000 per annum; and what is the advantage to the economy of allowing such migrants to compete with unemployed information technology workers in the United Kingdom.
   HL5890

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will amend the Civil Service Code to add a prohibition to the section that reads "carry out your fiduciary obligations responsibly (that is make sure public money and other resources are used properly and efficiently)" on not reallocating budget underspends and instead returning slippage money to the Treasury.   HL5891

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discipline those officials in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and UK Trade and Investment who have disregarded their policy on spending restraint and their commitment to cost savings in public sector expenditure.   HL5892

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 20 December 2010 (WA 265), whether European standard BS EN 60335-2-6:2003 for electric ovens and hobs, in its new Clause 7.10 on devices used to stop operational functions of electric ovens and hobs, means that manufacturers and retailers are now required to provide both tactile and visual signs of a switch being operated.   HL5893

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Hill of Oareford on 27 September (WA 460–1) and 8 November (WA 39) and the letters from HM Chief Inspector dated 21 July and 2 November 2010, how many school inspections were carried out by OFSTED in the years 2008–09 and 2009–10; and how many they estimate there will be in 2010–11.
   HL5894

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Hill of Oareford on 27 September (WA 460–1) and 8 November (WA 39) and the letters from HM Chief Inspector dated 21 July and 2 November 2010, how many school inspections were carried out by contractors in the years 2008–09 and 2009–10; and how many they estimate there will be in 2010–11.
   HL5895

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Hill of Oareford on 27 September (WA 460–1) and 8 November (WA 39) and the letters from HM Chief Inspector dated 21 July and 2 November 2010, how many people were engaged in each school inspection in the years 2008–09 and 2009–10; and how many they estimate there will be in 2010–11.
   HL5896

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Hill of Oareford on 27 September (WA 460–1) and 8 November (WA 39) and the letters from HM Chief Inspector dated 21 July and 2 November 2010, how many days school inspections took including preparation visits and follow-up in the years 2008–09 and 2009–10; and how many they estimate there will be in 2010–11.   HL5897

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Hill of Oareford on 27 September (WA 460–1) and 8 November (WA 39) and the letters from HM Chief Inspector dated 21 July and 2 November 2010, what was the cost per staff day of an OFSTED inspection carried out by (a) OFSTED staff, and (b) OFSTED contractors in the years 2008–09 and 2009–10; and how many they estimate there will be in 2010–11.   HL5898

Lord Reay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much electricity suppliers spent in each of the last five years on Renewable Obligation Certificates; and how much of this was in respect of (a) offshore, and (b) onshore, wind energy.   HL5899

Lord Reay to ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the feed-in tariff scheme for electricity microgeneration was introduced on 1 April 2010, how many installations have applied for accreditation; in each case of what capacity; how those applications were split between the four eligible technologies of anaerobic digestion, hydro, photo voltaic and wind power; and how many of those accreditations have been completed.   HL5900

Lord Reay to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Mr David Kidney, on 15 December 2009 (HC Deb, 1126W), whether they have revised the answer given that the Department’s modelling suggested that there would be 800,000 domestic-scale photo voltaic installations by 2020; if so, what they now expect; what will be the amount of electricity produced; and what will be the cost imposed on the consumer by the feed-in tariffs they will earn.   HL5901

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

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]

24 November (8 December)

HL4537 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

25 November (9 December)

HL4617 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

30 November (14 December)

HL4792 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

1 December (15 December)

HL4848 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

2 December (16 December)

HL4891 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

7 December (21 December)

HL4985 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL4987 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL4988 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

8 December (22 December)

HL5102 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DfE]

9 December (23 December)

HL5128 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL5154 Lord Jones [WO]

13 December (29 December)

HL5169 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL5236 Lord Laird [FCO]

14 December (30 December)

HL5244 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [DfE]

HL5254 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [WO]

15 December (31 December)

HL5301 Lord Beecham [CLG]

HL5317 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL5323 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL5337 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL5338 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [DfE]

16 December (4 January)

HL5349 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL5370 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DWP]

HL5383 Lord Beecham [DfE]

HL5390 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL5408 Lord Ashcroft [MoD]

20 December (7 January)

HL5422 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL5432 The Earl of Listowel [DfE]

HL5434 The Earl of Listowel [DfE]

HL5441 Lord Lucas [DfE]

HL5451 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DfE]

HL5461 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL5462 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL5463 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL5464 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL5465 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL5466 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL5473 Lord Wills [HO]

HL5474 Lord Wills [HO]

HL5475 Lord Wills [HO]

21 December (10 January)

HL5485 Lord Myners [CO]

HL5489 Lord Laird [HMT]

HL5498 Lord Quirk [DfE]

HL5499 Lord Quirk [DfE]

HL5505 Lord Morris of Manchester [MoD]

22 December (11 January)

HL5526 Lord Bates [DCMS]

HL5543 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL5550 Lord Laird [HO]

HL5551 Lord Laird [HO]

HL5559 Lord Alderdice [HO]

HL5560 Lord Brett [HO]

HL5561 Lord Brett [HO]

HL5562 Lord Brett [HO]

HL5563 Lord Brett [HO]

HL5569 Lord Moonie [CoC]

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

[CLG] 1

[CO] 1

[CoC] 1

[DCMS] 1

[DfE] 22

[DfT] 1

[DWP] 1

[FCO] 1

[HMT] 5

[HO] 19

[MoD] 2

[WO] 2

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

21 January

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

21 January

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

Devolution (Time) [HL]

Private Member’s

Pensions [HL]

Government

Postal Services

Government

25 January

National Insurance Contributions

Government

24 January

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

Energy [HL]

Government

17 January

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

21 January

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

Public Bodies [HL]

Government

18 January

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies

Government

17 January

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

Budget Responsibility and National Audit [HL]

Government

26 January

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

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

The Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee has drawn attention to certain instruments in the reports indicated

Merits Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2010

Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 3) 2010

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2011

Draft Offshore Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Draft Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Draft Investment Bank Special Administration Regulations 2011

Draft Investment Bank (Amendment of Definition) Order 2011

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement) (Republic of Serbia) Order 2011

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2011

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2011

25 January

Draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2011

14th Report

25 January

Draft Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011

25 January

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Youth Rehabilitation Order (Review by Specified Courts) Order 2011

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

24 January

Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2010

26 January

24 January

17th Report

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

16 February

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

Report

To be considered

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Civil Partnership) Order 2011

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.

Monday 17 January

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Tuesday 18 January

European Union

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

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Science and Technology

Sub-Committee I Behaviour Change

3.45pm

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 19 January

HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 20 January

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs

visit to
Swiss Cottage

European Union

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

10.00am

Tuesday 25 January

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 26 January

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 1 February

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 10 February

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 13 January 2011 

The House met at 10.45am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.

1  Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames Jonathan Clive Marks, Esquire, QC, having been created Baron Marks of Henley-on-Thames, of Henley-on-Thames in the County of Oxfordshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 11 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Goodhart and Baroness Falkner of Margravine, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2  Lord Wasserman Gordon Joshua Wasserman, Esquire, having been created Baron Wasserman, of Pimlico in the City of Westminster, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 11 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Gavron and Lord Taverne, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3  Lord Fellowes of West Stafford Julian Alexander Fellowes, Esquire, having been created Baron Fellowes of West Stafford, of West Stafford in the County of Dorset, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 12 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Northbrook and Lord Marland, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Public Business

4  Herbal medicines A question was asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch and answered by Earl Howe.

5  Heritage: Victoria and Albert Purchase Grant Fund A question was asked by Lord Howarth of Newport and answered by Baroness Rawlings.

6  House of Lords: conventions A question was asked by Viscount Montgomery of Alamein and answered by Lord Strathclyde.

7  Charities: VAT A question was asked by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and answered by Lord Sassoon.

8  Postal Services Bill A bill to make provision for the restructuring of the Royal Mail group and about the Royal Mail Pension Plan; to make new provision about the regulation of postal services, including provision for a special administration regime; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 38)

9  Postal Services Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 38–EN)

10  Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

11  Turkey (Balloted debate) Baroness Hussein-Ece moved for papers relating to the economic and strategic role of Turkey in Europe and the Middle East. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

12  Violence against women (Balloted debate) Baroness Gould of Potternewton moved for papers relating to reform of the law, and to the strategy and support services, in relation to violence against women. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

13  Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, volumes I and II (EN–6) The Grand Committee reported that it had considered the draft national policy statement.

14  National Health Service: front-line and specialised services A question was asked by Lord Turnberg and, after debate, answered by Earl Howe.

15  National Insurance Contributions Bill A bill to make provision for and in connection with increasing rates of national insurance contributions and a regional secondary Class 1 contributions holiday for new businesses was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 39)

16  National Insurance Contributions Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 39–EN)

The House adjourned at 6.05pm until Monday 17 January at 2.15pm.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 2.00pm.

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, volumes I and II (EN–6) Lord Marland moved that the Grand Committee do consider the Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, volumes I and II (EN–6). After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 3.56pm.

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 Children-Strengthening families, promoting parental responsibility: the future of child maintenance: Government consultation document.    (7990)

2 Parliament-Post-Legislative Assessment of the Parliament (Joint Departments) Act 2007. 
       (7998)

Affirmative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution:

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2011, laid under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965.