House of Lords Business

Tuesday 25 January 2011 at 2.15pm

Lord Hussain,  
Baroness Bakewell and 
Baroness Heyhoe Flint will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in their plans to give prisoners the right to vote.

†Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill Committee (day 13) [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

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

Future Business 

Wednesday 26 January at 3.00pm

†Lord Kestenbaum and 
†Baroness Morgan of Ely will be introduced.

*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.

*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.

†*Lord Young of Norwood Green to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to deal with the increase in the number of unemployed people aged between 16 and 24.

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

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

†Energy Bill [HL] Committee (day 4) [Lord Marland]

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

Viscount Younger of Leckie to call attention to the value of tourism to the United Kingdom economy; 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 2010.

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 2.15pm

Claire Tyler will be introduced as a Baroness, 
Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup GCB AFC will be introduced as a Baron, and 
Ruth Lister will be introduced as a Baroness.

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

*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.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to mark the 40th anniversary of Religions for Peace and its work on war, poverty and the environment.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution the railway heritage sector makes to education, tourism and the regional economy. (1 hour)

Wednesday 2 February at 3.00pm

Bryony Worthington will be introduced as a Baroness.

*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

David Gold Esq and 
Michael Storey Esq CBE will be introduced as Barons.

*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.

Lord Northbourne to call attention to the role of good early parenting in preparing a child for success in school; and to move for papers.

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

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

†Investment Bank Special Administration Regulations 2011 Lord Sassoon to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 January be approved. 12th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Investment Bank (Amendment of Definition) Order 2011 Lord Sassoon to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 10 January be approved. 12th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Monday 7 February at 2.30pm

Nicol Stephen Esq will be introduced as a Baron.

*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.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will exercise their right to opt out of the police and justice provisions of the Lisbon Treaty after 2014.

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.

*Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to monitor the ratio of the average total remuneration of a chief executive of a FTSE company to the median wage.

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

†Transport for London Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Chairman of Committees]

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.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to counter the spread of Sudden Oak Death in trees.

*Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the constitutional changes passed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s lower house on 11 January that eliminate a second round of voting in this year’s presidential elections in the Congo.

Monday 14 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they held with the Financial Reporting Council before the Council issued its proposals to allow companies to stop providing hard copies of annual reports and accounts.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements ensure that deported asylum seekers needing medical care and medication are able to be treated in the country to which they are deported.

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the report Early Intervention: The Next Steps will affect their policies on children.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that a proportion of the funding provided by the UK Film Council to the British Film Institute will be ring-fenced for the production of films whose target audience is children.

Tuesday 15 February at 2.30pm

*The Lord Bishop of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review prisoner transfer agreements.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the impact on universities of the proposed changes to the student immigration system.

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan for London Heathrow Airport to continue to be the world’s busiest airport in respect of international passenger traffic.

Wednesday 16 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have concerning the relationship between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England, in his capacity as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee.

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to build on the recent treaties with France on bilateral defence co-operation by exploring initiatives for diplomatic and foreign policy co-operation.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make a decision on the criteria for granting Tier 1 Post-study Work visas, following the recent consultation paper.

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.

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 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.

Lord Crisp to call attention to the role of childhood immunisation in developed and developing countries; and to move for papers.

Baroness Wheeler to call attention to the role and responsibility of carers and the support they require from public services and the voluntary and independent sectors; 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.

Lord Avebury to call attention to the human rights situation in Bahrain; 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.

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.

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.

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.

Baroness Greenfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of digital technologies on the mind.

Lord Kakkar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the European Union on healthcare in the United Kingdom.

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address variations in health and social care support for people after stroke identified in the Care Quality Commission’s special review, Supporting Life After Stroke.

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations; and what their plans are to support it.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 24 January and due for answer by 7 February.

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they provide to Trees for Cities. 
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 16 December 2010 (WA 227), where the evidence of sapling vandalism rates of 5 per cent came from; whether they have assessed the figures given by other agencies of a 25 per cent rate; why no data on the overall number or proportion of newly planted trees being vandalised are available; and whether they will recommend the single steel reinforcing bar staking method instead of twin stakes flanking a tree with a crossbar between to prevent vandalism.   HL6188

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 17 January (WA 115–6), why the number of grants of extension of leave to remain in the United Kingdom for students increased from 104,500 from Q3 2008 to Q2 2009 to 112,750 from Q3 2009 to Q2 2010; what are the main reasons for non-European Economic Area students applying for extensions of leave to remain; and for how long and how often such leave can be extended.   HL6189

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 18 November 2010 (WA 240), why they will not estimate the savings from increasing the pension age for civil servants who joined before 30 July 2007 by one year to 61; and what changes in costs were identified by the 2010 civil service superannuation scheme valuation.   HL6190

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what monies from (a) the Home Office, and (b) police authorities, have been allocated to the Police Superintendents’ Association nationally and locally in each of the past five financial years.   HL6191

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what monies from (a) the Home Office, and (b) police authorities, have been allocated to the Association of Chief Police Officers’ crime prevention programmes in each of the past five financial years; and whether they will place copies of the annual returns and accounts of those programmes in the Library of the House.   HL6192

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the implementation of the Children and Young Persons Act 2008.   HL6193

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many "virtual head teachers" have been appointed to promote the improved educational outcomes of children in care.   HL6194

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support children in care will receive in place of the Education Maintenance Allowance.   HL6195

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in care councils are established.   HL6196

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the Secretary of State for Education has met the Children in Care Council since his appointment. 
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Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to engage organisations representing patients with less common cancers in order to develop the outcomes framework for those conditions.   HL6198

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been withheld from each local education authority in respect of their estimate of the number of schools in their area that will convert to academies and open as free schools; and what is the withheld money as a proportion of the schools budget in each authority.   HL6199

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government which proposals for new free schools have been approved; in which local education authorities; in each case, what will be the funding from government funds for (a) capital, and (b) revenue purposes; how many pupils will be provided for; in what age groups; and what are the locations of the school buildings.   HL6200

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government which proposals for new free schools are under consideration; and what stage each proposal is at.   HL6201

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government which proposals for the conversion of schools to academies have been approved; in which local education authority each is located; in each case, what will be the government funding for capital schemes; how many pupils will be provided for; and in what age groups.   HL6202

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government which proposals for the conversion of schools to academies are under consideration; and what stage each proposal is at.   HL6203

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase investment in the National Health Service for the treatment of breast cancer.   HL6204

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to cut tax on petrol. 
   HL6205

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the implementation of the Equality Act 2010, what plans they have to ensure that public bodies do not discriminate against minority groups.   HL6206

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how local education authorities will be affected by the expansion of the academies programme.   HL6207

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the use of intensive community punishment as a replacement for prison sentences.   HL6208

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of jobs in the fire service that will be lost due to spending cuts.   HL6209

Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Colin Allars, recently appointed Director of Probation and Contracted Prisons, has practical experience of working in probation or prisons.   HL6210

Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Colin Allars, recently appointed Director of Probation and Contracted Prisons, is responsible for providing operational advice to Ministers or to the Chief Executive of the National Offender Management Service.   HL6211

Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government why, under the new management arrangements for the National Offender Management Service announced on 18 January, contracted prisons are to be run by the Director of Probation rather than the Director of Public Sector Prisons.   HL6212

Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the reported theft of around two million European Union carbon allowances, allegedly defrauding the European Union’s Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) of millions of euros, and the consequent suspension by the Commission of trading in carbon spot markets on 19 January, what measures they are taking to prevent further fraudulent activity affecting the ETS.   HL6213

Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom’s national carbon registry was closed as a result of the European Union Commission’s suspension of trading in carbon spot markets on 19 January; if so, when it will reopen; and what is their estimate of the weekly cost to carbon traders of the suspension of trading and the closure of national carbon registries. 
   HL6214

Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes of the National Litter Convention.   HL6215

Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other governments (a) in the European Union, and (b) outside the European Union, about their experiences of deposit refund schemes for drinks containers.   HL6216

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom armed forces co-operate with those of France and Germany; if so, how; and whether such co-operation is intended as a step towards the creation of European Union armed forces.   HL6217

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the German Finance Minister’s statement on 18 January that a new package of economic reforms to strengthen the European Union’s rescue fund and to co-ordinate European Union financial policy is under consideration; and whether they have been involved in the discussions.   HL6218

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the production by the European Commission of £4.4 million worth of 2011 diaries, 350,000 of which have been distributed to United Kingdom schools, which make no mention of Christian festivals but include dates of Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Chinese festivals.   HL6219

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was levied in penalties by the European Commission on United Kingdom central and local government in 2008–09; and what effect those penalties will have on central and local government services.   HL6220

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the penalties levied by the European Commission on the United Kingdom in 2008–09 will have on the United Kingdom’s net contribution to the European Union budget.   HL6221

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following figures from the European Commission showing that the Galileo project will need an additional €1.9 billion to cover its costs, they will re-examine the project and review their continued financial support for it.   HL6222

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many "legacy cases" still have to be decided by the UK Border Agency on the latest date for which figures are available; and when the remainder will be cleared if they are dealt with at the same average rate as cases decided in 2010.   HL6223

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 19 January (WA 34), how many times the scrutiny reserve resolution has been over-ridden in each House of Parliament during the last ten years.   HL6224

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 19 January (WA 34), what are the "significant economic benefits" which European Union membership brings to the United Kingdom which could not be enjoyed through free trade and friendly collaboration.   HL6225

Lord Lawson of Blaby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they wish to see the price of carbon-based energy, including coal, gas, oil products (such as petrol, diesel and fuel oil) and electricity generated by burning any of those, higher or lower than it is today.   HL6226

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

1 December (15 December)

HL4848 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

9 December (23 December)

HL5154 Lord Jones [WO]

20 December (7 January)

HL5451 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DfE]

21 December (10 January)

HL5498 Lord Quirk [DfE]

HL5499 Lord Quirk [DfE]

22 December (11 January)

HL5559 Lord Alderdice [HO]

10 January (24 January)

HL5583 Lord Moonie [MoD]

HL5584 Lord Moonie [MoD]

HL5585 Lord Birt [DfT]

HL5593 Lord Beecham [CLG]

HL5595 Lord Beecham [HMT]

HL5601 Lord Myners [CO]

HL5619 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [CO]

HL5620 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [CO]

HL5621 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [CO]

HL5632 Lord Condon [DECC]

HL5636 Lord Taylor of Warwick [HO]

HL5643 Lord Laird [CO]

HL5644 Lord Laird [CO]

HL5654 The Countess of Mar [DfT]

HL5674 Lord Tebbit [HO]

HL5685 Lord Berkeley [MoD]

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

[CLG] 1

[CO] 6

[DECC] 1

[DfE] 3

[DfT] 2

[HMT] 1

[HO] 4

[MoD] 3

[WO] 1

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

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

National Insurance Contributions

Government

Fixed-term Parliaments

Government

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

Transport for London [HL]

Private

9 February

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

26 January

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

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies

Government

25 January

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [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

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

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2011

Draft Control of Donations and Regulation of Loans etc. (Extension of the Prescribed Period) (Northern Ireland) Order 2011

Draft Online Infringement of Copyright (Initial Obligations) (Sharing of Costs) Order 2011

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) 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

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

3 February

Draft Investment Bank (Amendment of Definition) Order 2011

3 February

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

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.

Tuesday 25 January

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs

9.45am

HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom

Select Committee

10.00am

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

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Science and Technology

Sub Committee I Behaviour Change

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 26 January

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 27 January

House Committee

Domestic Committee

9.15am

European Union

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

10.00am

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

Wednesday 2 March

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 16 March

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 24 January 2011 

The House met at 2.15pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

1  Lord Dannatt General Sir Francis Richard Dannatt, GCB, CBE, MC, having been created Baron Dannatt, of Keswick in the County of Norfolk, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 19 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Bramall and Lord Bilimoria, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2  Lord Wigley The Rt Hon. Dafydd Wynne Wigley, having been created Baron Wigley, of Caernarfon in the County of Gwynedd, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 19 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Elis-Thomas and Lord Faulkner of Worcester, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3  Lord Collins of Highbury Raymond Edward Harry Collins, Esquire, having been created Baron Collins of Highbury, of Highbury in the London Borough of Islington, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 20 January 2011, was introduced between Baroness Prosser and Baroness Jones of Whitchurch, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Private Business

4  City of London (Various Powers) Bill [HL] The bill was presented and read a first time.

5  Transport for London Bill [HL] The bill was presented and read a first time.

Public Business

6  Constitutional reform: referendums A question was asked by Lord Grocott and answered by Lord McNally.

7  Crime: murder A question was asked by Lord Lloyd of Berwick and answered by Lord McNally.

8  Bill of Rights A question was asked by Lord Wills and answered by Lord McNally.

9  Bangladesh: Rapid Action Battalion A question was asked by Lord Judd and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

10  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 68. The House resumed.

11  Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Lord Knight of Weymouth moved that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 30 November 2010, be annulled. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

12  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 71B. Amendment 74BA was agreed to. The House resumed after amendment 74C.

The House adjourned at 1.35am on Tuesday 25 January 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.

Energy Bill [HL] The Grand Committee further considered the bill, beginning with amendment 20A. The Committee adjourned after clause 39 was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 7.37pm.

Papers 

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

Instrument Withdrawn

The following instrument, laid before the House on 10 January, was withdrawn:

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2011.

Affirmative Instrument

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

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2011, laid under the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for the period 12 January 2010 to 11 January 2011 on the implementation of Law Commission proposals, laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965.