House of Lords Business

Tuesday 8 March 2011 at 2.30pm

Lord Glasman and 
The Lord Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how local and regional women’s organisations will be involved in the Big Society agenda.

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the development of credit unions in the United Kingdom.

*Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to assist pregnant women who no longer qualify for a maternity grant and a health in pregnancy grant.

*Lord Gordon of Strathblane to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intervened in the case before the European Court of Justice on gender discrimination in insurance policies and annuities.

Business of the House Lord Strathclyde to move that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Wednesday 9 March to allow the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill to be taken through its remaining stages that day.

†Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills Lord Strathclyde to move that it is expedient that a joint committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on the draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills presented to both Houses on 11 February (Cm 8018) and that the committee should report on the draft Bills by 9 June.

Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work Experience) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 26 January be approved. 15th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 March

Postal Services Bill Committee [Baroness Wilcox] 9th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Energy Bill [HL] Report (day 2) [Lord Marland]

†Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (Continuance in Force of Sections 1 to 9) Order 2011 Baroness Neville-Jones to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 3 February be approved. 15th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Future Business 

Wednesday 9 March at 3.00pm

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role played by the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom campaign, and similar schemes in communities, in their Big Society agenda.

*Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they will give to British pensioners living abroad whose United Kingdom state pensions are not uprated annually.

*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the redundancy costs to be met by local authorities in the current and next financial years; and what they forecast to be the impact on local authority budgets of the proposed restriction to £200 million of permission to capitalise those costs.

†*Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their policy on the sale of arms and military equipment in the light of events in Libya and North Africa.

†Human Rights The Chairman of Committees to move that Baroness Stowell of Beeston be appointed a member of the Joint Committee in place of Baroness Morris of Bolton, resigned.

Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill Second Reading [Lord Sassoon] (Money Bill)

†Public Bodies Bill [HL] Committee (day 9) [Lord Taylor of Holbeach] 5th, 6th and 11th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee, 6th Report from the Constitution Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Freud] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Freud] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following three motions are expected to be debated together:

Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Freud] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Freud] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Financial Assistance Scheme (Revaluation and Indexation Amendments) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Freud] 15th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Social Security (Reduced Rates of Class 1 Contributions, Rebates and Minimum Contributions) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Freud] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Thursday 10 March at 11.00am

Lord Blencathra will be introduced.

*Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact changes to the Disability Living Allowance will have on people with autism.

*Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review current policies on prostitution.

*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Community Security Trust recording the second highest annual total of anti-Semitic incidents in 2010.

Administration and Works The Chairman of Committees to move that the Report from the Select Committee on the use of electronic devices in the House (First Report, HL Paper 92) be agreed to.

†Fixed-term Parliaments Bill Lord Wallace of Tankerness to move that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 4
The Schedule
Clause 5.

Baroness Hooper to call attention to recent developments in the British overseas territories; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Avebury to call attention to the situation in Zimbabwe; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

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. (1½ hours)

Monday 14 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their proposed development of the Health Visitor service will be targeted at those families in greatest need.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the government of Botswana about its complying with the 1966 constitution, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and recent court judgments in its dealings with bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

*Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether under their plans for an elected House of Lords the Prime Minister could be a member of the House of Lords.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that paramedics and ambulance crews across the country are adequately trained in the diagnosis and treatment of those with sickle-cell disease.

National Insurance Contributions Bill Report [Lord Sassoon]

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Postal Services Bill will continue.

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 3 February be approved. 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Dinner break business)

Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 3 February be approved. 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Dinner break business)

Tuesday 15 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the motion passed by the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly on 22 November 2010 which noted the delay in the introduction of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland as promised in the Belfast Agreement and called upon Her Majesty’s Government to fulfil their obligation in that regard.

*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the life peers they have appointed should be peers for life

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to mitigate and eventually eradicate the hijacking of United Kingdom shipping by Somali pirates.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill Committee [Lord Wallace of Tankerness] 10th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 8th Report from the Constitution Committee

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move to resolve that this House regrets that the Transfer of Functions (Dormant Accounts) Order 2010 (SI 2010/2967) makes a very limited amount of money available to the Big Society Bank in comparison to the cuts being made to voluntary organisations and youth services. 19th Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Baroness Butler-Sloss to move that this House takes note of the Transfer of Functions (Dormant Accounts) Order 2010 (SI 2010/2967). 19th Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Pensions Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [Lord Freud]

Wednesday 16 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide for sufficient capacity in the London airport system to accommodate the forecast expansion of passenger demand.

*Baroness Knight of Collingtree to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure prompt action when widespread maltreatment of patients in NHS hospitals is reported.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote and support the rule of law in the countries of the Middle East.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Postal Services Bill will continue.

Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability for Work and Limited Capability for Work-Related Activity) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 10 February, be annulled. (SI 2011/228) 23rd Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Road Vehicles (Powers to Stop) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Shutt of Greetland] 15th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord McNally] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Marine Licensing (Licence Application Appeals) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Marine Licensing (Notices Appeals) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Thursday 17 March at 11.00am

*Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in improving gender and ethnic diversity in judicial appointments.

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the comments made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Governor of the Bank of England in his letter of 16 February on inflation targets.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement repeated by Baroness Neville-Jones on 16 February (HL Deb, cols 714–15) on the sex offenders register, to what extent the statement took account of ministers’ duty to uphold the independence of the judiciary under section 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

Baroness Williams of Crosby to call attention to the United Kingdom’s record on legislation regarding bribery, tax avoidance, corruption and money laundering; and to move for papers.

Baroness Walmsley to call attention to the cost-effectiveness, and impact on quality of life, of early intervention in the first few years of a child’s life; and to move for papers.

Monday 21 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are giving to British pig farmers.

*Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace HMS Endurance as the Antarctic ice patrol vessel.

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political situation in Somalia.

*Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the decision of Remploy Ltd, the largest specialist employer of disabled people in the United Kingdom, to make redundancies among the workforce.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill will continue.

Lord Howell of Guildford to move that, in accordance with section 6 of the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008, this House approves Her Majesty’s Government’s intention to support the adoption of draft European Council Decision EUCO 33/10. (Dinner break business)

Tuesday 22 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the sales of tenancy farms by local authorities, what plans they have to assist individuals to enter the farming industry and to encourage innovation in farming.

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have reached on the future regulation of the arms trade in the light of recent events; and what action they are taking to ensure a successful outcome to the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in 2012.

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate in 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

Wednesday 23 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the extradition of Gary McKinnon.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will launch a consultation on the current exemptions from regulation under section 2 of the Video Recordings Act 2010.

*Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the Welsh Assembly Government concerning possible changes to the law in Wales relating to organ donation.

Thursday 24 March at 11.00am

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role that learning English as a foreign language plays in the integration of people from different backgrounds.

*Baroness Williams of Crosby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the cost of the reorganisation of the National Health Service and what proportion of that is due to redundancy and early retirement.

*Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what means exist for them to challenge judgments of the European Court of Human Rights which have overruled decisions of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in ways which the Government consider unfounded in law.

Lord Lawson of Blaby to call attention to Government policies to promote enterprise, growth and the fundamental rebalancing of the economy; and to move for papers.

Monday 28 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the present arrangements for evicting unlawful occupants of private premises.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people sleeping rough in London; and what proposals they have to reduce the number.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the recommendation on gaps in the National Preventive Mechanism made in the first annual report of the United Kingdom’s Preventive Mechanism under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include the Ebbw Valley Line in the development of the business case for the electrification of the Cardiff Valley lines.

Tuesday 29 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of preventable sight loss in the United Kingdom; and whether they will include that issue in the proposed Healthy Lives, Healthy People strategy.

*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with communities affected by flooding about their proposed flood defence allocations.

*Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for implementing the increased maximum ethanol content in petrol; and what effect the change will have on the engines of classic and vintage vehicles. [I]

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Wednesday 30 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quality and quantity of physical education in schools.

*Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they plan to give 16–19 year olds in further education.

*Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Afghanistan about recent proposals to take control of women’s shelters.

Thursday 31 March at 11.00am

*Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific initiatives they are planning to implement the Olympic Truce for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

*Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to remove the threshold of 40 per cent of the electorate having to vote "yes" in ballots on trade union recognition in order to secure a positive result in addition to a simple majority.

†*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask the Chairman of Committees what consideration can be given to widening the scope of House of Lords prayers into devotions encompassing other Christian traditions and the faiths that are represented in the House.

Lord Hollick to call attention to the case for a growth strategy for the economy of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Monday 4 April at 2.30pm

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the recent public consultation on the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation.

*Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the timeliness of the dispatch and return of postal ballots for voters in the armed forces.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the resources available to the Ministry of Defence match the United Kingdom’s military commitments.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have reorganised primary care trusts with effect from April; and how that relates to the further reorganisation proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill.

†Tuesday 5 April at 2.30pm

†*The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Burundi’s role in long-term regional stability and regional integration strategies in the light of their decision to cease bilateral aid for Burundi.

†*Lord Clinton-Davis to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their decision to withdraw discretionary funding to the International Labour Organization.

†*Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast of the effect that proposed efficiency savings will have on the availability of joint replacement procedures in the National Health Service.

†Wednesday 6 April at 3.00pm

†*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the evidence of telephone hacking by newspapers, and what action they propose to take.

†*Lord Campbell of Alloway to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the Council of Ministers to give consideration to the Joint Declaration by the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom regarding the financial management of European Union funds, made at the Economic and Financial Council on 15 February, before the European Union Budget for 2010 is discharged.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballots on 4 April for debates on 28 April and 5 May. 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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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 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 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.

Baroness Afshar to call attention to measures for maintaining the standard of higher education in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Wills to call attention to Government policy on experiments on animals; and to move for papers.

Lord Luke to call attention to the teaching of history in schools; and to move for papers.

Lord Myners to call attention to the Government’s strategy for restoring economic growth; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the proposed cuts to the BBC World Service; and to move for papers.

Lord Clement-Jones to call attention to the case for a policy to strengthen the United Kingdom’s national heritage; and to move for papers.

Lord Patel to call attention to the White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England; and to move for papers.

Lord Rana to call attention to the case for a global living wage, according to the cost of living in the country in question; and to move for papers.

Lord Greaves to call attention to the role of community cohesion and the integration of individuals within the British multicultural society, in particular the role played by teaching and learning English as a second language; and to move for papers.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to call attention to the role of the Crossbench peers in the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

Lord Lingfield to call attention to the education of boys; and to move for papers.

Lord Tanlaw to call attention to the devolution of time zones; and to move for papers.

Lord Wigley to call attention to the Government’s plans for the S4C Welsh language television channel; and to move for papers.

Lord Davies of Stamford to call attention to the absence of any legal impediment or sanction restricting the flow of ransom money to pirates or terrorists in Somalia or elsewhere; 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

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 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 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.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to call attention to the decline in numbers of police officers and police community support officers; and to move for papers.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the historic relationship between Egypt and the United Kingdom and the current level of bilateral trade; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty to call attention to the case for increasing the amount of public space in the United Kingdom and improving access to it; and to move for papers.

Lord Turnberg to call attention to standards of care in the National Health Service; 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.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to call attention to the report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability; and to move for papers.

Lord Desai to call attention to the challenges posed by multiculturalism, in particular how to accommodate practices of diverse faiths; and to move for papers.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to call attention to the decision taken by the House Committee and the Administration and Works Committee to end without report to or discussion in the chamber the daily delivery of Hansard to members living in London; and to move for papers.

Lord Williams of Elvel to call attention to the European Convention on Human Rights; 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

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.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to ensure that the quality of teaching of school-age sport increases the levels of participation in sport in later life.

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the regulations governing experiments on animals.

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to secure the future of Citizens Advice Bureaux in the Big Society, in light of the reductions in funding.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the levels of interest charged by, and the practices of, certain loan and credit companies.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent report by the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly on The Irish community in Britain: follow-up report.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of radiotherapy treatment for patients with cancers and how that affects outcomes in cancer patients.

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures in the Health and Social Care Bill will ensure early diagnosis of dementia.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s relationship with Morocco.

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact Council Directive 1999/74/EC will have on the competitiveness of the United Kingdom egg industry from 1 January 2012.

Lord Loomba to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the first United Nations International Widows Day on 23 June.

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist the governments of south and north Sudan to consolidate the rule of law and to strengthen democratic and transparent governance and adherence to human rights following their separation into two countries on 9 July.

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how relations with Pakistan have been affected by the end of military rule.

Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce any legal impediment or sanction on the payment of ransoms to pirates or terrorists in Somalia or elsewhere.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 7 March and due for answer by 21 March.

The Lord Bishop of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners in United Kingdom prisons were sentenced abroad and subsequently transferred to the United Kingdom; from which countries they were transferred; what are the types of crimes for which they were convicted; and what are the average lengths of their sentences.   HL7406

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they give to members of the Royal Family engaged in official representative work that involves lobbying.   HL7407

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are planning to take in response to representations by the British Medical Association about the changes proposed to the National Health Service by the Department of Health.   HL7408

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 March (WA 307), whether enterprises that provide financial advice will be able to take their own decisions about pricing based on individual business needs after the introduction of the Retail Distribution Review.   HL7409

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 March (WA 307), what assessment they have made of the effect that the Retail Distribution Review will have on prices charged for the provision of financial advice.   HL7410

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 1 March (WA 307), what assessment they have made of the effect that the Retail Distribution Review will have on the market relating to the provision of financial advice.   HL7411

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the changes proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill will affect the principle of universal access to healthcare.   HL7412

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether freezing orders made in respect of Libyan assets and the movement of funds include those of the Central Bank of Libya and businesses incorporated outside Libya, but known or believed to be owned by Libyans.   HL7413

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether assets and accounts associated with Mr Laurent Gbagbo, the former President of Ivory Coast, have been frozen.   HL7414

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 February (WA 269–70), what was the outcome of their consideration as to whether any changes should be made to the process by which the Financial Services Authority answers parliamentary questions.   HL7415

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 February (WA 269–70), what is their assessment of the likely impact on the independence of the Financial Services Authority of a requirement to publish their answers to parliamentary questions in the Official Report.   HL7416

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the reasons why the monetary aggregate "M4 less intermediate other financial companies" is not growing in real terms; and whether they propose to take any action.   HL7417

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the competition implications of vertical silos where derivative exchanges also own clearing houses; and whether they propose to take any action.   HL7418

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of China concerning the detention of Mao Hengfeng.   HL7419

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Nicaragua regarding the alleged incidence of rape and sexual abuse of girls and women.   HL7420

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 28 February (WA 203), of the landmines laid during World War II that remain to be cleared in North Africa, what estimate they have made of the proportion which were laid by (a) Allied forces, and (b) Axis forces.   HL7421

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the accommodation provided in messes in the United Kingdom for servicemen and women has en suite facilities for (a) Officers, (b) Warrant Officers and Sergeants, and (c) junior ranks.   HL7422

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firearms certificates are presently in force in the United Kingdom.   HL7423

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the number and types of firearms held by citizens in possession of a firearms certificate in the United Kingdom.   HL7424

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the United Nations General Assembly to include mental health in the forthcoming UN summit on Non Communicable Diseases in New York in September.   HL7425

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the independent evaluation of the local social impact of public services.   HL7426

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards are in place to ensure that power devolved to local levels will not become disproportionately concentrated.   HL7427

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in proposing that local authorities should in future be the lead commissioners for water fluoridation schemes in line with section 3.9 of the public consultation on the White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People, they will also provide that no new scheme should be introduced unless it can be shown that the local population is in favour.   HL7428

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 28 February (WA 229), (a) whether the statement by the National Fluoride Information Centre that naturally and artificially fluoridated water have "exactly the same effects" is consistent with the conclusion by researchers in the Newcastle bioavailability study that although the study found "no statistically significant difference", there were "observed differences [in absorption] between the two types of fluoride"; (b) why only 20 subjects were included in the study, with the power to detect only a relatively large statistically significant difference; and (c) why neither they nor the National Fluoride Information Centre have referred to the caveats to that effect by the authors in Section 6 of the original June 2004 report of the Newcastle study, who wrote of the "limits imposed by the small number of subjects".   HL7429

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 20 December 2010 (WA 248–9), (a) what status an uncontrolled comparison of dental decay figures in one city with another has in the hierarchy of medical evidence, and (b) whether their claim for a beneficial effect of water fluoridation in Birmingham compared with Manchester takes account of the absence of supporting studies in the report of the York systematic scientific review which they commissioned in 1999.   HL7430

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the "stand-off" and elevation safeguards applicable to military establishments in regard to planning applications at or adjacent to the periphery of such establishments; how the safety and security interests of the Services are protected; and who has responsibility to make representations on their behalf.   HL7431

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to define in what circumstances food can be labelled as "local" or from a specified location.   HL7432

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation covering food labelling, including country of origin labelling; and, if so, when.   HL7433

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the report by Foresight, The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability.   HL7434

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what training they provide to UK Border Agency officials in juxtaposed control zones to enable them to identify trafficked children.   HL7435

Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast of the costs of permanently repatriating British military units from Germany.   HL7436

Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast of the savings that will be achieved by the scrapping of the Nimrod maritime surveillance aircraft.   HL7437

Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what is their forecast of the reduction in the number of NHS employees which will be achieved by the proposed NHS reforms, and (b) what is the number of such reductions which will be achieved through redundancies.   HL7438

Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Royal Air Force squadrons they propose to abolish.   HL7439

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the enforcement of Forced Marriage Protection Orders in Pakistan is being hampered by a view that the definition of forced marriages in the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 is incompatible with Sharia law there. 
   HL7440

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal mechanisms are in place to ensure, in cases to which the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 applies, the mutual recognition of legal remedies and the swift repatriation of United Kingdom and United Kingdom-Pakistani nationals from Pakistan to the United Kingdom.   HL7441

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether charges are imposed for emergency passports or travel to the United Kingdom from overseas in cases involving transnational practices in violation of the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007.   HL7442

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether public funding for proceedings under the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 are means- and merits-tested.   HL7443

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure, in accordance with the judgment of Mr Justice Singer in Re SK (An Adult) Forced Marriage: Appropriate Relief [2005] 3 All ER 421, that sufficient public funding is made available so that forced marriages cases "can be investigated by the court properly".   HL7444

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal mechanisms are in place to ensure, in cases to which the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 applies, the mutual recognition of legal remedies and the swift repatriation of United Kingdom and United Kingdom-Bangladeshi or United Kingdom-Indian nationals from Bangladesh or India to the United Kingdom. 
   HL7445

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessments have they made of the road safety implications of allowing longer lorries to use the United Kingdom road network.   HL7446

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any study has been made of the implications for road surfaces of allowing longer lorries to use the United Kingdom road network, particularly the "scrubbing" effect that such lorries may have on roundabouts, damaging road surfaces; and, if so, what were the findings.   HL7447

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their latest assessments of the necessary reductions in carbon emissions by 2020 and 2050 which are within the remit of the Department for Transport.   HL7448

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are able to take to assist Eritrean and other asylum seekers evacuated to Malta from Libya; and what discussions they are having with their European Union counterparts about the plight of Asian and African nationals trapped in Libya.   HL7449

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 3 March (WA 356–7), regarding the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), what are the strategic objectives and measurable performance indicators used to judge IPPF’s work; and whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the annual narrative reports for the IPPF general funding and the Governance and Transparency funding.   HL7450

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of fighting between the Misseriya and Dinka Ngok tribes in Abyei, Sudan.   HL7451

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to assist in the development and growth of a competitive market in the United Kingdom for companies providing green building materials and energy systems required to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions.   HL7452

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in deciding whether to introduce spray-water systems to suppress smoke in buildings, ships and aircraft, either in isolation or in conjunction with water sprinkler systems; and what international research they have reviewed in making their decision.   HL7453

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of clothing and textiles currently bought in the United Kingdom can be classified as (a) sustainable, and (b) ethical.   HL7454

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46–7), what was the trade balance between the United Kingdom and the European Union between 2005 and 2009 inclusive; how many United Kingdom jobs are lost as a result of any trade deficit; and how many jobs in the rest of the European Union depend on exports to the United Kingdom.   HL7455

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46–7), what is the impact on the formulation of United Kingdom foreign policy of the United Kingdom’s share of voting rights in the European Union decision-making process.   HL7456

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46–7), whether third countries have equal access through the World Trade Organisation to European Union markets without the necessity of European Union or European Economic Area membership.   HL7457

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46–7), what plans they have to review the impact of European Union legislation on United Kingdom economic activity not directly involved with the European Union.   HL7458

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46–7), whether benefits for British citizens arising from the free movement across European Union member states of people for work or study and enjoyment of free or reduced healthcare costs in European Union member states could also be achieved through bilateral agreements, as is the case with some countries outside the European Union.   HL7459

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 February (WA 46–7), what would be the cost of carrying out a cost-benefit analysis of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.   HL7460

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what correspondence they have had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission during February 2011; and whether copies of such correspondence and the responses will be placed in the Library of the House.   HL7461

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average payment made to farmers in England in the last financial year for which figures are available.   HL7462

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what taxis were used by the staff of the Northern Ireland Office during the week commencing 21 February 2011; by whom; at what cost; and to where. 
   HL7463

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the ban on Mike Savage, also known as Michael Alan Weiner, from entering the United Kingdom.   HL7464

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what planes were hired from the private airline sector for the recent removal of British citizens from Libya; at what cost; which planes had any technical problems; and for what duration.   HL7465

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Post Office about the selection of subjects for its stamps.   HL7466

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ask for the release of all writers and journalists recently arrested in Iraq, following the appeal of the Writers’ Union.   HL7467

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Turkey about (a) the alleged blocking of the satellite transmissions of Roj TV, and (b) attacks on the website of Firat News Agency, Amsterdam.   HL7468

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the government of Turkey about the importance of ensuring access to communication in the run-up to the forthcoming election.   HL7469

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are providing emergency assistance to the United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) to aid persons fleeing Libya; and whether they will call on Tunisia and Egypt to cooperate with the UNHCR to the best of their abilities. 
   HL7470

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

21 January (4 February)

HL6158 Lord Taylor of Warwick [CO]

24 January (7 February)

HL6199 Lord Greaves [DfE]

1 February (15 February)

HL6490 Baroness Hughes of Stretford [DfE]

3 February (17 February)

HL6615 Lord Bates [DfE]

HL6619 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

7 February (21 February)

HL6663 Lord Myners [CO]

8 February (22 February)

HL6716 Lord Myners [CO]

HL6717 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL6718 Lord Condon [DfE]

HL6741 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6743 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6744 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6745 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6763 Lord Empey [MoD]

HL6782 Lord Laird [DfE]

9 February (23 February)

HL6807 Lord Beecham [DfE]

HL6808 Lord Beecham [DfE]

HL6839 Lord Laird [CO]

10 February (24 February)

HL6871 Lord Kinnock [DfE]

HL6873 Lord Kinnock [DfE]

14 February (28 February)

HL6951 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL6952 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL6953 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL6954 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL6955 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL6968 Lord Greaves [DfE]

HL6990 Lord Tyler [CO]

15 February (1 March)

HL7024 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [DfE]

HL7025 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [DfE]

HL7029 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL7030 Baroness Thomas of Winchester [DWP]

HL7048 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [DWP]

HL7049 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [DWP]

HL7050 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [DWP]

HL7051 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [DWP]

HL7078 The Countess of Mar [DfT]

HL7079 The Countess of Mar [DfT]

16 February (2 March)

HL7110 Lord Craig of Radley [MoD]

HL7112 Lord Beecham [DfE]

HL7133 Baroness Hollins [HMT]

HL7141 Baroness Browning [DWP]

HL7142 Baroness Browning [DWP]

HL7144 Baroness Browning [DWP]

HL7145 Baroness Browning [HMT]

HL7159 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DCLG]

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

[CO] 5

[DCLG] 1

[DfE] 17

[DfT] 3

[DWP] 8

[HMT] 3

[HO] 6

[MoD] 2

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) (Money Bill-3 March)

Government

9 March

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

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

Parliament Square (Management) [HL]

Private Member’s

Electric Personal Vehicles (Use on Highways) [HL]

Private Member’s

Charities [HL] (Consolidation Bill)

Government

Sports Grounds Safety Authority

Private Member’s

Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession)

Private Member’s

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

Transport for London [HL]

Private

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

Pensions [HL]

Government

15 March

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Public Bodies [HL]

Government

9 March

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Fixed-term Parliaments

Government

15 March

Postal Services

Government

8 March

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

Energy [HL]

Government

8 March

National Insurance Contributions

Government

14 March

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Budget Responsibility and National Audit [HL]

Government

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

Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2011

Draft Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity

23rd Report

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Approved Regulators) Order 2011

Draft Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011

Draft Equality Act 2010 (Public Authorities and Consequential and Supplementary Amendments) Order 2011

Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2011

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2011

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2011

Draft Patents County Court (Financial Limits) Order 2011

Draft Family Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 2011

Draft Warm Home Discount Regulations 2011

Draft Employment and Support Allowance (Work-Related Activity) Regulations 2011

Draft Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Amendment of List of Responders) Order 2011

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2011

Draft Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2011

Draft Charities (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Order 2011

Draft Companies Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Offshore Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations 2011

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

Draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Revaluation and Indexation Amendments) Regulations 2011

9 March

Draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

9 March

Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2011

9 March

Draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2011

9 March

Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

9 March

Draft Social Security (Reduced Rates of Class 1 Contributions, Rebates and Minimum Contributions) Order 2011

9 March

Draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2011

Draft Road Vehicles (Powers to Stop) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Order 2011

16 March

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority Order 2011

16 March

Draft Marine Licensing (Licence Application Appeals) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Marine Licensing (Notices Appeals) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011

16 March

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work Experience) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

8 March

Draft Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Consequential Amendments to the Mobile Homes Act 1983) Order 2011

Draft Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment of Schedule 1 and Consequential Amendments) (England) Order 2011

Draft Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Jurisdiction of Residential Property Tribunals) (England) Order 2011

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 (Continuance in Force of Sections 1 to 9) Order 2011

8 March

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

21st Report

Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) (Amendment) Order 2011

Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2011

14 March

Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2011

14 March

Draft Licensing Act 2003 (Royal Wedding Licensing Hours) Order 2011

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

19th Report

Transfer of Functions (Dormant Accounts) Order 2010

17 February

15 March

23rd Report

Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability for Work and Limited Capability for Work-related Activity) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

6 April

16 March

National Policy Statement 

Scrutiny time expires

To be considered

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 8 March

HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom

Select Committee

10.00am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

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

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

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 9 March

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 10 March

European Union

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

10.00am

Tuesday 15 March

Science and Technology

Sub-Committee I Behaviour Change

3.45pm

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 16 March

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 17 March

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs

9.30am

Tuesday 22 March

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 29 March

Procedure

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Monday 4 April

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 5 April

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 7 March 2011 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Leicester.

Select Committee Report

1 Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

Eleventh Report, on the following bill: 
Public Bodies Bill [HL] Government amendments. (HL Paper 108)

Public Business

2 Census day A question was asked by Lord Newby and answered by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

3 Education Maintenance Allowance A question was asked by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch and answered by Lord Hill of Oareford.

4 Immigration: asylum seekers A question was asked by Lord Avebury and answered by Earl Attlee.

5 People trafficking A question was asked by Baroness Doocey and answered by Earl Attlee.

6 Communications The Chairman of Committees moved that Lord Inglewood be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Dixon-Smith, resigned; and that Lord Inglewood be appointed Chairman of the Committee in place of the Earl of Onslow. The motion was agreed to.

7 Public Bodies Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 60A. An amendment was agreed to. The House resumed.

8 Sports Grounds Safety Authority Bill A bill to confer further powers on the Football Licensing Authority and to amend its name; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 52)

9 Sports Grounds Safety Authority Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 52–EN)

10 Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Bill A bill to amend the law relating to the distribution of the estates of deceased persons; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 53)

11 Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 53–EN)

12 Social Fund Maternity Grant Amendment Regulations 2011 Lord Touhig moved to resolve that this House regrets that Her Majesty’s Government have laid before Parliament the Social Fund Maternity Grant Amendment Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/100) at unnecessary speed and without providing more information on the impact on new mothers and children in low-income families; and notes with concern that the Regulations will remove funds from some of the poorest families during the crucial early months of a child’s life. After debate, the motion was disagreed to (see division list).

13 Public Bodies Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 66. Amendments were agreed to. The House resumed after amendment 82.

The House adjourned at 1.13am on Tuesday 8 March until 2.30pm the same day.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Seed Marketing Regulations 2011, laid under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964.   (463)

2 Seeds (National List of Varieties) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.   (464)

3 London Thames Gateway Development Corporation (Planning Functions) (Amendment) Order 2011, laid under the Local Government, Planning and Land Act 1980.   (549)

4 Town and Country Planning (Mayor of London) (Amendment) Order 2011, laid under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.   (550)

5 (1) Local Government Pension Scheme (Benefits, Membership and Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2011   (561)

(2) National Health Service Pension Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2011   (591)

laid under the Superannuation Act 1972.

6 Gender Recognition (Application Fees) (Amendment) Order 2011, laid under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.   (628)

7 Justices’ Clerks (Amendment) Rules 2011, laid under the Courts Act 2003.   (633)

Division on 7 March 2011 

Social Fund Maternity Grant Amendment Regulations 2011

Division No. 1

Lord Touhig moved to resolve that this House regrets that Her Majesty’s Government have laid before Parliament the Social Fund Maternity Grant Amendment Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/100) at unnecessary speed and without providing more information on the impact on new mothers and children in low-income families; and notes with concern that the Regulations will remove funds from some of the poorest families during the crucial early months of a child’s life. The House divided:

Contents 112

Not-contents 149

Contents

Adams of Craigielea, B.

Bach, L.

Bassam of Brighton, L. [Teller]

Beecham, L.

Berkeley, L.

Bilimoria, L.

Bilston, L.

Blood, B.

Borrie, L.

Brett, L.

Brookman, L.

Browne of Ladyton, L.

Cameron of Dillington, L.

Campbell-Savours, L.

Carter of Coles, L.

Clancarty, E.

Clark of Windermere, L.

Collins of Highbury, L.

Corbett of Castle Vale, L.

Crawley, B.

Davies of Coity, L.

Davies of Oldham, L.

Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.

Desai, L.

Dixon, L.

Donoughue, L.

Drake, B.

D’Souza, B.

Elder, L.

Elystan-Morgan, L.

Farrington of Ribbleton, B.

Faulkner of Worcester, L.

Foster of Bishop Auckland, L.

Foulkes of Cumnock, L.

Gale, B.

Gibson of Market Rasen, B.

Gilbert, L.

Golding, B.

Grantchester, L.

Griffiths of Burry Port, L.

Grocott, L.

Harris of Haringey, L.

Hart of Chilton, L.

Haskins, L.

Haworth, L.

Hayter of Kentish Town, B.

Healy of Primrose Hill, B.

Hollis of Heigham, B.

Howarth of Newport, L.

Howe of Idlicote, B.

Hoyle, L.

Hughes of Stretford, B.

Hughes of Woodside, L.

Hunt of Chesterton, L.

Hunt of Kings Heath, L.

Hylton, L.

Jones, L.

Jones of Whitchurch, B.

Jordan, L.

Judd, L.

Kennedy of Southwark, L.

King of Bow, B.

Layard, L.

Lea of Crondall, L.

Leicester, Bp.

Liddell of Coatdyke, B.

Liddle, L.

Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.

Low of Dalston, L.

McAvoy, L.

McDonagh, B.

McIntosh of Hudnall, B.

McKenzie of Luton, L.

Martin of Springburn, L.

Masham of Ilton, B.

Massey of Darwen, B.

Maxton, L.

Meacher, B.

Morgan, L.

O’Loan, B.

Patel, L.

Pitkeathley, B.

Prescott, L.

Quin, B.

Reid of Cardowan, L.

Rendell of Babergh, B.

Rooker, L.

Rosser, L.

Rowlands, L.

Royall of Blaisdon, B.

Scotland of Asthal, B.

Simon, V.

Soley, L.

Stern, B.

Stevenson of Balmacara, L.

Stone of Blackheath, L.

Taylor of Bolton, B.

Thornton, B.

Touhig, L.

Triesman, L.

Tunnicliffe, L. [Teller]

Turnberg, L.

Wall of New Barnet, B.

Walpole, L.

Wheeler, B.

Whitaker, B.

Whitty, L.

Wigley, L.

Wilkins, B.

Wills, L.

Woolmer of Leeds, L.

Young of Norwood Green, L.

Not-contents

Addington, L.

Ahmad of Wimbledon, L.

Alderdice, L.

Anelay of St Johns, B. [Teller]

Arran, E.

Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon, L.

Astor of Hever, L.

Attlee, E.

Avebury, L.

Barker, B.

Bates, L.

Berridge, B.

Bew, L.

Blackwell, L.

Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury, B.

Boswell of Aynho, L.

Bridgeman, V.

Brinton, B.

Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, L.

Brougham and Vaux, L.

Browning, B.

Burnett, L.

Byford, B.

Caithness, E.

Cathcart, E.

Clement-Jones, L.

Cormack, L.

Craigavon, V.

Crathorne, L.

De Mauley, L.

Deben, L.

Denham, L.

Dholakia, L.

Dixon-Smith, L.

Dobbs, L.

Doocey, B.

Dykes, L.

Eaton, B.

Eccles, V.

Eccles of Moulton, B.

Elton, L.

Falkner of Margravine, B.

Faulks, L.

Fearn, L.

Fookes, B.

Fowler, L.

Framlingham, L.

Freud, L.

Garden of Frognal, B.

Gardiner of Kimble, L.

Gardner of Parkes, B.

Geddes, L.

German, L.

Goodlad, L.

Greenway, L.

Hamwee, B.

Harris of Richmond, B.

Henley, L.

Heyhoe Flint, B.

Higgins, L.

Hill of Oareford, L.

Howe, E.

Hunt of Wirral, L.

Hussain, L.

Hussein-Ece, B.

Inglewood, L.

James of Blackheath, L.

Jenkin of Kennington, B.

Jenkin of Roding, L.

Jolly, B.

Jopling, L.

Kirkwood of Kirkhope, L.

Knight of Collingtree, B.

Kramer, B.

Lawson of Blaby, L.

Lester of Herne Hill, L.

Lingfield, L.

Linklater of Butterstone, B.

Loomba, L.

Lucas, L.

Luke, L.

Mackay of Clashfern, L.

Maclennan of Rogart, L.

McNally, L.

Maddock, B.

Maginnis of Drumglass, L.

Mancroft, L.

Marks of Henley-on-Thames, L.

Marlesford, L.

Mawhinney, L.

Mayhew of Twysden, L.

Morris of Bolton, B.

Neville-Jones, B.

Newlove, B.

Nicholson of Winterbourne, B.

Northover, B.

Norton of Louth, L.

O’Cathain, B.

Palmer of Childs Hill, L.

Plumb, L.

Popat, L.

Randerson, B.

Rawlings, B.

Razzall, L.

Reay, L.

Ribeiro, L.

Risby, L.

Ritchie of Brompton, B.

Roberts of Conwy, L.

Roberts of Llandudno, L.

Ryder of Wensum, L.

Sassoon, L.

Seccombe, B.

Selborne, E.

Selkirk of Douglas, L.

Selsdon, L.

Shackleton of Belgravia, B.

Sharkey, L.

Sharples, B.

Shaw of Northstead, L.

Sheikh, L.

Shipley, L.

Shutt of Greetland, L. [Teller]

Skelmersdale, L.

Spicer, L.

Stedman-Scott, B.

Steel of Aikwood, L.

Stewartby, L.

Stoneham of Droxford, L.

Stowell of Beeston, B.

Taverne, L.

Taylor of Goss Moor, L.

Taylor of Holbeach, L.

Teverson, L.

Tonge, B.

Trenchard, V.

True, L.

Tugendhat, L.

Tyler of Enfield, B.

Verma, B.

Waddington, L.

Wallace of Saltaire, L.

Wallace of Tankerness, L.

Wasserman, L.

Wei, L.

Wheatcroft, B.

Wilcox, B.

Wolfson of Sunningdale, L.

Younger of Leckie, V.