House of Lords Business

Thursday 10 March 2011 at 11.00am

Lord Blencathra will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any payments which could constitute bribes within the meaning of the Bribery Act 2010 have been paid from public funds to Libyan employees or officials in recent weeks.

Lord Strathclyde intends to move the following seven motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Family Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) (Amendment) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Code of Recommended Practice be referred to a Grand Committee.

†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.

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.

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)

Future Business 

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]

Postal Services Bill Committee (day 2) [Baroness Wilcox] 9th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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.

Energy Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Marland]

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

†Royal Assent

*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.

†European Union Bill Second Reading [Lord Howell of Guildford]

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

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.

†Public Bodies Bill [HL] Report [Lord Taylor of Holbeach]

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce regulatory burdens on British agriculture. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

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.

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

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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President, Jaguar Drivers’ Club

Building Regulations (Review) Bill [HL] Report [Lord Harrison]

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

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 11.00am

*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.

†*Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission to investigate the facts and circumstances of the events of June 2010 in Osh and its surrounding provinces.

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.

Lord Turnberg to call attention to standards of care in the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

Lord Low of Dalston to call attention to the impact of Government policies on disabled people; 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 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.

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.

Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of Government policies on disabled people.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 9 March and due for answer by 23 March.

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions are being taken to recover funds placed on deposit by United Kingdom charities and local authorities with Icelandic banks and not repaid. 
   HL7536

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what source of information the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs based his suggestion that President Gaddafi was en route to Venezuela.   HL7537

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury or the Financial Services Authority were consulted on the assumption underlying the "stress tests" due to be conducted by the European Banking Authority; and whether they agreed that these assumptions should be weaker than those used in the 2010 tests.   HL7538

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 March (WA 389), whether healthcare professionals providing fertility treatment and services that are subject to the provisions of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 are permitted to assist patients seeking the services of Dr Panayiotis Zavos for transfer of cloned human embryos at his clinics abroad; and whether National Health Service facilities could be used for making such arrangements.    HL7539

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their source of data on the extent of the gap in take-home pay between men and women in each of the United Kingdom’s job classifications.   HL7540

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislative, administrative or other measures they intend to take to reduce the pay gap between male and female workers in the United Kingdom.   HL7541

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received on how best to make apprenticeships accessible to dyslexics.   HL7542

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current apprenticeship schemes are compatible with the Disability Discrimination Act.   HL7543

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from disability groups about access to the apprenticeship qualification.   HL7544

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to include the right for servicemen and women on duty abroad to vote in person and in secret in United Kingdom elections and referenda in the Military Covenant.   HL7545

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make bilateral representations to the government of Turkey concerning the recent arrests of journalists, and the state of press freedoms there.   HL7546

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources are made available to local authorities for transport for students over 16 attending (a) full-time, and (b) part-time, further education colleges, sixth form colleges or school sixth forms.   HL7547

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make the provision of subsidised transport a mandatory requirement for students aged 16–19 attending further education colleges, sixth form colleges or school sixth forms.   HL7548

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what resource was allocated for each student aged 16–19 attending a full-time course at a further education or sixth form college for the provision of Guided Tutorial and Careers Advice in each of the years 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13, and 2013–14.   HL7549

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students studying full-time in higher education currently receive support for living costs through government grants and loans; and what is the total resource allocation.   HL7550

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students studying full-time in further education or sixth form colleges currently receive support for living costs through government grants and loans; and what is the total resource allocation.   HL7551

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Band 1, Band 2, and Band 3 senior civil servants and Permanent Secretaries were in post in May 2010; and how many there are now.   HL7552

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement by the Prime Minister made on Al Jazeera TV that "I don’t believe an in/out referendum is right, because I don’t believe that leaving the European Union would be in Britain’s interests" represents Government policy.   HL7553

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose to protect humans and canines against alveolar echinococcosis (AE) following the end of the requirement for the treatment of dogs with praziquantel 48 hours before admission into the United Kingdom.   HL7554

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Cuba to end the house arrest of Pastor Omar G. Perez and to allow full freedom of conscience and worship to the Apostolic movement.   HL7555

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with other states and international organisations about ways and means of evacuating foreign workers and families currently trapped in Libya.   HL7556

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt to intervene on behalf of the Eritrean refugees held hostage in the Sinai desert. 
   HL7557

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees about providing protection to the Eritrean refugees held hostage in the Sinai desert and others in similar situations.   HL7558

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to broadcasters whose programmes feature smoking; when; and with what result.   HL7559

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to imposing a levy on broadcasters whose programmes feature smoking.   HL7560

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require broadcasters to warn viewers when smoking is featured in a broadcast.   HL7561

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to extending the ban on smoking to public places that are not enclosed.   HL7562

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the St Andrews Agreement included agreement to build a new road of any type from the Irish border to Londonderry.   HL7563

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was any official discussion of transport facilities from the Irish border to Londonderry at the multi-party talks at St Andrews in 2006. 
   HL7564

Lord Boston of Faversham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written statement by Baroness Hanham on 7 March (WS 144–5) about the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation, why they did not include the London Borough of Tower Hamlets among the London boroughs to which the Corporation’s planning functions will be returned from 1 April 2011. 
   [I]

Category 5: Land and property

Residential holdings in London and Cumbria

 HL7565

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that wheelchair ramps fitted to taxis are kept in good working repair, and that taxi drivers know how to use them.   HL7566

Baroness Corston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future funding of the Together Women programme which diverts women from custody.   HL7567

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal obstacles there are to self-determination for the citizens of Gibraltar.   HL7568

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a serving British prison officer in Afghanistan is entitled to a campaign medal.   HL7569

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the eligibility criteria for a long service medal in the prison service.   HL7570

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what current and future prices per barrel of oil were used to calculate the figures in the Carbon Plan published on 8 March 2011.   HL7571

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the New Approach to Transport Appraisal will be amended to identify separately small time savings to enable Ministers to judge to what extent the appraisal of a scheme is dependent on them.   HL7572

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what time values for work travel and other travel are applied to (a) car users, (b) train users, (c) tram users, (d) bus users, (e) cyclists, and (f) pedestrians in the New Approach to Transport Appraisal.   HL7573

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 8 March 2011 (WA 397–8), how many lorries underwent an annual vehicle test in each of 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; and how many lorries failed the safety mirror requirements that came into effect in January 2007 and March 2009.   HL7574

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 8 March 2011 (WA 397–8), how many roadside checks of (a) United Kingdom lorries, and (b) foreign registered lorries, were conducted by the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency in conjunction with the police in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010; and of those checks how many (1) United Kingdom lorries, and (2) foreign registered lorries, failed the safety mirror requirements that came into effect in January 2007 and March 2009.   HL7575

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they had with London Midland prior to its announcement on 1 March regarding its consultation on reduced ticket office hours. 
   HL7576

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they propose to make available to voluntary and community organisations to help meet the costs of redundancy and severance payments incurred as a result of cuts in central or local government funding.   HL7577

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Wallace of Tankerness on 7 March (WS 145) on the Welsh referendum, whether they will bring forward legislation enabling the English to decide through a referendum whether they are in favour of establishing an English Parliament.   HL7578

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they have had with the tobacco industry about the proposals on the display of cigarettes and other tobacco products. 
   HL7579

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total numbers to date of civilian deaths and injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan; and how many of those injured or killed were children.   HL7580

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Verma on 8 March (HL Deb, cols 1518–20) concerning the decision of the European Court of Justice on insurance and gender discrimination, whether they will bring forward a Bill to repeal section 2 of the European Communities Act 1972 to enable Parliament to set aside that decision.   HL7581

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government with which countries they have a reciprocal health agreement.   HL7582

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government with which countries they have a reciprocal pensions agreement.   HL7583

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what services are available to service personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.   HL7584

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government with which countries they plan to do joint military exercises.   HL7585

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government with which countries they have done joint military exercises since 1990.   HL7586

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authorities have the power to lease land which they own to allotment societies or co-operatives on long leases in the case of (a) land used as statutory allotments, and (b) other land used for allotment gardens or intended for such use. 
   [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (b)

Member, Pendle Borough Council

 HL7587

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 3 March (WA 357–8), what kind of mediation aids were given to (a) Armenia, and (b) Azerbaijan.   HL7588

Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to continue the work of Creative Partnerships in schools, or to create something similar, after the withdrawal of funding in April.   HL7589

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take into account the findings of the report endorsed by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services DLA mobility: sorting the facts from the fiction as part of their review of the funding required to meet the mobility needs of those living in residential care.   HL7590

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

21 January (4 February)

HL6158 Lord Taylor of Warwick [CO]

24 January (7 February)

HL6199 Lord Greaves [DfE]

3 February (17 February)

HL6615 Lord Bates [DfE]

7 February (21 February)

HL6663 Lord Myners [CO]

8 February (22 February)

HL6716 Lord Myners [CO]

HL6717 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL6741 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6743 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6744 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]

HL6990 Lord Tyler [CO]

15 February (1 March)

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]

HL7141 Baroness Browning [DWP]

HL7142 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] 10

[DfT] 2

[DWP] 7

[HMT] 2

[HO] 6

[MoD] 2

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

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

European Union

Government

22 March

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

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

14 March

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

National Insurance Contributions

Government

14 March

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

29 March

Public Bodies [HL]

Government

23 March

Waiting for Third Reading

Energy [HL]

Government

15 March

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

Waiting for Royal Assent

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

Government

16 March

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 Legal Services Act 2007 (Approved Regulators) Order 2011

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2011

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

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2011

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

24th Report

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 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 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

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

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

Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2011

Draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2011

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

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

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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 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 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

24th Report

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

Draft Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 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

24th Report

Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) (Amendment) Order 2011

27 April

Libya (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011

30 April

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.

Thursday 10 March

European Union

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

10.00am

Monday 14 March

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Tuesday 15 March

HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom

Select Committee

in Brighton

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.00am

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

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

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 16 March

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

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

Wednesday 23 March

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

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 Wednesday 9 March 2011 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Leicester.

Select Committee Reports

1 Statutory Instruments 
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

17th Report on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:  
Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2011 
Draft Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Amendment of List of Responders) Order 2011 
Draft Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity 
Draft Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011 
Draft Employment and Support Allowance (Work-Related Activity) Regulations 2011 
Draft Equality Act 2010 (Public Authorities and Consequential and Supplementary Amendments) Order 2011 
Draft Family Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 2011 
Draft Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 
Draft Patents County Court (Financial Limits) Order 2011 
Draft Tax Credits Up-Rating Regulations 2011 
Draft Warm Home Discount Regulations 2011. (HL Paper 112)

2 European Union 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

The United Kingdom opt-in to the Passenger Name Record directive. (11th Report, HL Paper 113)

Public Business

3 Big Society: Britain in Bloom A question was asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes and answered by Baroness Hanham.

4 Pensions: Britons living abroad A question was asked by Lord Shipley and answered by Lord Freud.

5 Local authorities: redundancies A question was asked by Lord Beecham and answered by Baroness Hanham.

6 Arms trade: Libya and North Africa A question was asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool and answered by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint.

7 European Union Bill A bill to make provision about treaties relating to the European Union and decisions made under them, including provision implementing the Protocol signed at Brussels on 23 June 2010 amending the Protocol (No. 36) on transitional provisions annexed to the Treaty on European Union, to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and to the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community; and to make provision about the means by which directly applicable or directly effective European Union law has effect in the United Kingdom was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 55)

8 European Union Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 55–EN)

9 Joint Committee on Human Rights The Chairman of Committees moved that Baroness Stowell of Beeston be appointed a member of the Joint Committee in place of Baroness Morris of Bolton. The motion was agreed to.

10 Information Committee The Chairman of Committees moved that Lord Black of Brentwood be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Taylor of Warwick. The motion was agreed to.

11 Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill Lord De Mauley, on behalf of Lord Sassoon, moved that the bill be now read a second time. The motion was agreed to and the Committee was negatived. Then, Standing Order 46 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed.

12 Public Bodies Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 83. Amendments were agreed to. The House resumed.

13 Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 
Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 
Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2011 
Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2011 
Financial Assistance Scheme (Revaluation and Indexation Amendments) Regulations 2011 Social Security (Reduced Rates of Class 1 Contributions, Rebates and Minimum Contributions) Order 2011

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

14 Drug use and possession: Royal Commission A question was asked by Lord Norton of Louth and, after debate, answered by Baroness Neville-Jones.

15 Public Bodies Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 90. Amendments were agreed to. Clauses 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19 and Schedule 7 were disagreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 56)

The House adjourned at 12.30am on Thursday 10 March until 11.00am the same day.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.45pm.

Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Lord Freud moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Lord Freud moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2011. The motion was agreed to.

Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2011 Lord Freud moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2011. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2011 Lord Freud moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2011. The motion was agreed to.

Financial Assistance Scheme (Revaluation and Indexation Amendments) Regulations 2011 Lord Freud moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Revaluation and Indexation Amendments) Regulations 2011. The motion was agreed to.

Social Security (Reduced Rates of Class 1 Contributions, Rebates and Minimum Contributions) Order 2011 Lord Freud moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Social Security (Reduced Rates of Class 1 Contributions, Rebates and Minimum Contributions) Order 2011. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 5.41pm.

Papers 

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

Command Papers

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

1 Education-Support and aspiration: A new approach to special educational needs and disability: Government consultation document.    (8027)

2 Taxation-Agreement between the United Kingdom and Qatar for the Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion.    (8038)

3 Sentenced Persons-Agreement between the United Kingdom and Rwanda on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.    (8039)

4 Security-General Security Agreement between the United Kingdom and Spain concerning the Protection of Classified Information Exchanged between the Two Countries.    (8040)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 (1) Education (Head Teachers’ Qualifications) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011   (602)

(2) Further Education Teachers’ Qualifications (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011   (690)

laid under the Education Act 2002.

2 Teachers’ Pensions (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011, laid under the Superannuation Act 1972.   (614)

3 Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Act 2007 (Prescription of Information) (Amendment) Order 2011, laid under the Digital Switchover (Disclosure of Information) Act 2007. 
     (677)

4 Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.   (678)

5 National Lottery etc. Act 1993 (Amendment of Section 23) Order 2011, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.   (685)