House of Lords Business

Monday 6 June 2011 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that their proposals for the reform of the National Health Service do not lead to a break up of the service.

*Lord McAvoy to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting the Brittle Bone Society.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the proposed withdrawal of cheques by the banks.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider making proposals to their European Union partners to strengthen economic, financial and monetary co-ordination within the Union.

†European Union Bill Lord Howell of Guildford to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 6
Schedule 1
Clauses 7 to 17

Schedule 2
Clauses 18 to 22.

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill Committee (day 4) [Baroness Browning] 13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 14th Report from the Constitution Committee, 11th Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Future Business 

Tuesday 7 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many multiple sclerosis nurses there are in England and Wales, and what proportion of people with multiple sclerosis do not have access to a specialist nurse.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hospital patients acquired an infection following their admission during 2010.

*Lord Tyler to ask the Leader of the House when he expects to respond to the recommendations of the Leader’s Group on Working Practices.

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill 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 House of Lords Reform Bill presented to both Houses on 17 May (Cm 8077), and that the committee should report on the draft Bill by 29 February 2012.

Lord Cunningham of Felling to move, as an amendment to the above motion, after "(Cm 8077)," insert "and, mindful of the need to protect the primacy of the House of Commons, that it be an instruction to the Committee to take into account the conclusions of the Joint Committee on Conventions which was noted with approval by both Houses".

Localism Bill Second Reading [Baroness Hanham]

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Representation of the People (Electoral Registration Data Schemes) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord McNally] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Electoral Registration Data Schemes Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord McNally] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Wilcox] 21st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Taxation of Equitable Life (Payments) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon] 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Wednesday 8 June at 3.00pm

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh The Leader of the House (Lord Strathclyde) to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty The Queen as follows:

"Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave

To assure Your Majesty that this House looks forward to the ninetieth birthday of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh;

To convey to Your Majesty the admiration that is felt by this House for His Royal Highness; and

To express the hope that His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh may long continue to enjoy good health and happiness."

His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh The Leader of the House (Lord Strathclyde) to move that a Message be conveyed to His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh as follows:

"Your Royal Highness,

We, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, warmly congratulate Your Royal Highness on Your Royal Highness’s forthcoming ninetieth birthday;

We express our gratitude for Your Royal Highness’s outstanding service to the nation, not only in supporting Her Majesty The Queen throughout Her Majesty’s reign but also in making Your Royal Highness’s own deep contribution to national life, in particular in Your Royal Highness’s distinguished naval service in the second world war and in Your Royal Highness’s creation of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which has done so much to encourage the development of young people;

We wish Your Royal Highness many happy returns."

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans HM Treasury has to ensure that inflation is reduced and consumers derive benefit when there is a reduction in oil prices.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many small and medium-sized enterprises have been helped by the Regional Growth Fund, and what other plans they have to help such businesses.

*Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of allotments.

†Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Bill [HL] (Law Commission Bill) Lord Sassoon to move that the bill be referred to a Second Reading Committee.

†European Union Bill Report [Lord Howell of Guildford]

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Setting priorities for publicly funded research (3rd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 104). (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Viscount Younger of Leckie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the work of the War Widows’ Association of Great Britain as it reaches its 40th anniversary. (1 hour)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to address the exploitation of migrant domestic workers, including those employed within diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

Thursday 9 June at 11.00am

*Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring forward proposals for incremental urgent reforms that would improve the functioning of the existing House of Lords, notwithstanding their proposals for more fundamental changes.

*Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will exclude the provision of healthcare insurance by an employer for an employee as a taxable benefit in kind.

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the adoption of the European Directive on Human Trafficking, what specific measures they will take to combat the trafficking of children and to support those trafficked.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill will continue.

Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011 Baroness Rawlings to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 14 February be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Lunch break business)

Friday 10 June at 10.00am

Dog Control Bill [HL] Report [Lord Redesdale]

Wind Turbines (Minimum Distance from Residential Premises) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Reay]

Demonstrations in the Vicinity of Parliament (Removal of Authorisation Requirements) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Tyler]

Monday 13 June at 2.30pm

*Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of postcodes in England and Wales will be covered by the 2011 Census Coverage Survey, and what are the anticipated benefits and costs of the Survey.

*The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their proposals for continuing research into human and animal transmissible spongiform encephalopathies.

*The Lord Bishop of Chester to ask Her Majesty’s Government why legislation to ensure compliance with the Grocery Supply Code of Practice, which has been operational since February 2010, has been delayed, and when it will be brought forward.

*Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to sell their shares in publicly owned banks; how the proceeds will be accounted for; and how the proceeds will be used.

Contracting Out (Local Authorities Social Services Functions) (England) Order 2011 Earl Howe to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 10 May be approved. 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Dinner break business)

It is expected that the Report stage of the European Union Bill will continue.

Tuesday 14 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Borrie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about proposals to close a number of magistrates’ courts in England and Wales.

*Baroness Knight of Collingtree to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of wind turbines in the United Kingdom currently operational or being built are expected to produce electricity at any one time.

*Lord Bilston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Spain regarding the action of the Spanish navy corvette Atalaya in British Gibraltar territorial waters on 3 May.

Education Bill Second Reading [Lord Hill of Oareford]

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

Wednesday 15 June at 3.00pm

*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 Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent elections to the Northern Ireland Assembly, what discussions they will hold with the political parties regarding the promotion of a Northern Ireland Bill of Rights in accordance with the 1998 Belfast Agreement.

*Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent speech by the United Nations Secretary-General on the lack of progress towards a political solution to a divided Cyprus.

It is expected that the Report stage of the European Union Bill will conclude.

Thursday 16 June at 11.00am

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they intend to take to prevent telephone hacking by newspapers.

*Baroness Flather to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their timetable for recognising the Armenian genocide.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take following the publication in March by the United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs of their report on key concerns affecting civilians in East Jerusalem.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill will conclude.

Monday 20 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the finding of the National Institute of Economic and Social Research concerning the existence of caste-based discrimination in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Rotherwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to fill vacant places in military pilot training programmes with foreign service personnel.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have put in place to ensure that people from ethnic minority backgrounds achieve admission to top universities.

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of people infected with Hepatitis C who remain undiagnosed.

Tuesday 21 June at 2.30pm

*The Lord Bishop of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Community Justice Centre in Liverpool and for the creation of other centres.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still intend to use the powers contained in the Localism Bill to appoint Councillor Mike Whitby, Conservative Leader of Birmingham City Council, as shadow mayor of Birmingham, following the recent local government election results.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making with disposing of the assets of Regional Development Agencies.

Lord Strathclyde to move that this House takes note of the Government’s proposals for reform of the House of Lords set out in Cm 8077.

Wednesday 22 June at 3.00pm

†*Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advocacy the Foreign Office is undertaking on behalf of persecuted religious minorities in Pakistan.

†*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what barriers they have identified in the negotiations for the accession of Turkey into the European Union and what steps they are taking to overcome them.

†*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the consultation, which concluded on 5 May, concerning the abolition of the regulations relating to the hallmarking of items made from precious metals.

It is expected that the debate on the motion that this House takes note of the Government’s proposals for reform of the House of Lords set out in Cm 8077 will conclude.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Money laundering: data protection for suspicious activity reports (6th Report, HL Paper 82). 20 January 2011

Lord Teverson to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU’s Police Mission in Afghanistan (7th Report, HL Paper 87). 16 February 2011

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.

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.

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone to call attention to the work of secure children’s homes in reducing children’s reoffending and the impact of budget cuts; and to move for papers.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the legacy of President Gorbachev and the development of democratic government; and to move for papers.

Baroness Stowell of Beeston to call attention to the report Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility; and to move for papers.

Lord Risby to call attention to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident; and to move for papers.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to call attention to proposals for the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Avebury to move that this House regrets that the UK Borders Act 2007 (Commencement No. 7 and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011 changes the law that applies to appeals that have already been lodged.

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.

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.

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 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.

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions they are making to support Sudan following the referendum in January 2011.

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.

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.

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.

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote paediatric continence.

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 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.

Lord Luke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for improving the teaching of history in schools.

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for improving transport links between London and the regions.

Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role that the arts and cultural and creative industries can play in international development, particularly in the Commonwealth.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Strategic Foresight Group’s report The Blue Peace on transforming water from a source of conflict into a basis for co-operation in the Middle East.

Lord St John of Fawsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the importance of the ecumenical movement to promote understanding and tolerance between different churches and different faiths.

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with Ministers of the National Assembly for Wales relating to year-end financial flexibility.

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will encourage the rebalancing of the Northern Ireland economy in order to stimulate private sector growth.

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what account they will take of the Faculty of Public Health Report Thinking Ahead: Why we need to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing in planning prioritisation for children’s services.

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they propose to the requirements for pension fund managers to disclose environmental, social and governance policies.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of extending the proposed High Speed 2 railway from Birmingham to Manchester, the East Midlands, Sheffield and Leeds with appropriate connections beyond to the West and East Coast Mainlines.

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of budget cuts on the work of secure children’s homes in reducing children’s reoffending rates.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of human rights and the political situation in Saudi Arabia.

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how extensions in the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and their transparency agenda will affect the availability of government records to the public.

The Earl of Glasgow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to establish a legal right for the terminally ill to choose how they will die, without legal ramifications for anyone assisting them.

Baroness Stowell of Beeston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendations of the report Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility and further develop their policies in this area.

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are meeting the mental health needs of children in the care of local authorities.

Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the final report of the Independent Monitoring Commission for Northern Ireland.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the International Labour Organisation report Decent work for domestic workers.

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support the victims of sex trafficking.

The Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to support the work of voluntary groups receiving public funding in deprived areas in the light of cuts in local authority budgets.

Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of their involvement in the European Financial Stability Mechanism and the consequences of the eurozone debt costs for the United Kingdom economy.

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they can enhance the United Kingdom’s role in United Nations specialised agencies through clarifying objectives and better communications.

Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the debt problems of Greece, Ireland and Portugal and of the United Kingdom’s potential obligations to provide financial support.

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the issues arising from the common law nature of the concept of fiduciary duty.

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for developing the role of the magistracy in the Big Society.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Fraud Investigation Service of the Department for Work and Pensions and other government anti-fraud agencies.

Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Royal College of Physicians’ audit of falls and bone health in older people, bearing in mind the increase in cases of osteoporosis.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 25 May and due for answer by 9 June.

Baroness Trumpington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to appoint an independent arbitrator to ensure that all of the United Kingdom racecourse owners and racecourse bookmakers resolve their disputes on pitch tenures before the August 2012 deadline.   HL9581

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farms will be established as part of their demonstration farms programme; how they will be geographically spread across England; what purpose they will serve; and whether there will be an assessment or review after a period of time.
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to include any LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) farms within their proposed demonstration farms project.
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Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the financial impact on small and medium-sized abattoirs of their plans to put in place a full cost recovery system.   HL9584

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will implement the recommendations of the Better Regulation Task Force chaired by Richard McDonald.   HL9585

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Office of the Public Guardian is proposing an increase in fees for vulnerable clients.   HL9586

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government by what percentage the Office of the Public Guardian are increasing fees imposed on vulnerable clients.   HL9587

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rights of women in Saudi Arabia; and whether they have made representations to the government of Saudi Arabia about how they could improve these.   HL9588

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reported deaths in the Gaza strip detention centre run by the Internal Security Agency; and what representations they will make to the government of national unity. regarding the human rights of detainees in Gaza.
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 April (WA 53), what assessment they have made of Israel’s compliance with the Quartet Principles.   HL9590

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the international community’s response to the United Nations’ Flash Appeal for Libya; and what contributions they will make to support this humanitarian work.   HL9591

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of United Kingdom official development assistance was allocated to OECD DAC codes 15230 (participation in peacekeeping operations) and 15220 (civilian peacebuilding, conflict prevention and resolution) in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2007–08, and (c) 2009–10 .   HL9592

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of United Kingdom official development assistance is allocated to OECD DAC codes 15230 (participation in peacekeeping operations) and 15220 (civilian peacebuilding, conflict prevention and resolution) in (a) 2011–12, (b) 2013–14, and (c) 2015–16.   HL9593

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be a "prudent limit" applicable to the new Budget Exchange system referred to in the Red Book on the 2011 Budget.
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Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to apply the Budget Exchange system in the same way across all departments of Government, including the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.   HL9595

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 15 July 2010 (WA 180), what assessment they have made of whether it is necessary to retain tolls on the Severn Crossing when the assets revert to government ownership.   HL9596

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government relating to the impact of Severn Bridge tolls on the economy of Wales.   HL9597

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children under the age of 11 who have gone missing in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years are still not accounted for.   HL9598

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether donkeys used by the British Army for burden-carrying are subject to United Kingdom animal welfare regulations.   HL9599

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake a review of the effectiveness of the governance of the Bank of England and the performance of the Court; and, if so, whether this process should be conducted by an independent party.   HL9600

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK Financial Investments have made representations to Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland to claw back past bonuses and benefits paid to executive directors in view of the fact that profits were substantially overstated as a result of the miss-selling of Payment Protection Insurance.   HL9601

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UK Financial Investments voted its shares in Lloyds Banking Group to approve the report endorsing the payments of bonuses to Mr Eric Daniels.
   HL9602

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether banks are on course to deliver their commitments under Project Merlin; and whether they will produce a report on progress made in due course.   HL9603

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference, projected budget and source of funding for the review by Sir David Walker and Mr Bill Knight into the review on the collapse of Royal Bank of Scotland carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers and of the review of that review by the Financial Services Authority; and whether Sir David Walker and Mr Bill Knight will have access to the report and working papers of PricewatehouseCoopers.   HL9604

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the review into the collapse of Royal Bank of Scotland commissioned by the Financial Services Authority from PricewaterhouseCoopers; and what were the terms of reference of the review.   HL9605

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the letter by the Secretary of State for Defence to the Prime Minister regarding the level of spending on international aid and development, they will review spending levels and recipient countries.   HL9606

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering any action to assist the international community in the apprehension of Muammar Gaddafi.   HL9607

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are considering in partnership with international partners to address the recent unrest in Syria.   HL9608

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Zimbabwe along with international partners to allow international observation of their forthcoming election.   HL9609

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Somalia to seek relocation of the British Office for Somalia, currently based in Nairobi, to Mogadishu and to reopen it as a British Embassy.   HL9610

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review and improve security for United Kingdom Embassy staff in Sana’a, following the recent surrounding of the United Kingdom Ambassador and the besieging of the Embassy of the United States by protestors.   HL9611

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government with which outside persons the Director-General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (or other OSCT officials) shared either parts of the successive drafts, or the entire drafts, of the Prevent Review.   HL9612

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government with which government consultants the Director-General of the Office for Security and Counter Terrorism (or other OSCT officials) has shared either part of the drafts or the entire drafts of the Prevent Review.   HL9613

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have registered a civil partnership in each year in each local authority area up until the last year for which records are available.   HL9614

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools in each of the London Boroughs and the City of London were refurbished under the building Schools for the Future Programme in each year until the programme was stopped.   HL9615

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hospitals were refurbished or had major building works in each of the London Boroughs and the City of London in each year since 1997.   HL9616

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homes in each of the London Boroughs are in an area with low speed broadband.   HL9617

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask the Chairman of Committees what action the Catering and Retail Services Department of the House of Lords is taking to make maximum use of fair-trade products.
   HL9618

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 23 May (WA 382), what action they are taking to ensure that homelessness statistics take full account of homeless people who migrate between friends and family, staying only for short periods of time in one place.   HL9619

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 23 May (WA 382), whether they intend to begin collecting comprehensive data on the number of homeless people who squat in properties.   HL9620

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 May 2011 (WA 372), how treatment of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis patients will be protected in the event of closure of a National Health Service Hospital providing healthcare facilities to patients with CFS/ME from all parts of the United Kingdom; and who is responsible for safeguarding the treatment.   HL9621

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will address the potential safety hazard to airline passengers and crew shown by the Cranfield University research into cabin air quality where crews were reported to be failing to use emergency oxygen during possible contaminated air events.   HL9622

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government which government body or individual is responsible for informing aircraft passengers when a contaminated air event may have or has occurred.
   HL9623

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the comparative rates for the occurrence of all cancers in airline crews, farmers, and Gulf War Veterans as a percentage of the whole population within the age range 25–55 years for each of the last 10 years.   HL9624

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Committee on Toxicity have made of the effects of inhalation of tricresyl phosphate (TCP) on human blood proteins; and whether any scientific studies have shown reproductive system changes as a result of exposure to TCP.
   HL9625

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Committee on Toxicity determine the dose of a toxic chemical when its vapour is inhaled in an enclosed space such as an aeroplane cabin or flight deck over a period of several hours.   HL9626

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what correspondence they had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission during April 2011; and whether they will place copies of any correspondence in the Library of the House.   HL9627

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider a policy of stationing regiments of the army near or in areas after which they are named and from which most recruits come.
   HL9628

Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the agreement by the French and Dutch Ministers of Agriculture that the Common Agricultural Policy budget should remain at least at its current levels in the next European Union 2014–20 budget.
   HL9629

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

26 April (12 May)

HL8640 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [HO]

HL8664 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

27 April (13 May)

HL8765 Lord Rooker [DfT]

3 May (17 May)

HL8859 Lord Roberts of Conwy [WO]

4 May (18 May)

HL8932 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

HL8934 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

HL8944 Lord Dykes [HO]

5 May (19 May)

HL8962 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [CO]

HL8963 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [CO]

HL8967 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

HL9000 Lord Marlesford [HO]

9 May (23 May)

HL9011 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL9013 Lord Avebury [HO]

10 May (24 May)

HL9054 Lord Teverson [DfE]

HL9064 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL9088 Lord Laird [DfT]

HL9089 Lord Pendry [DfE]

HL9090 Lord Pendry [DfE]

HL9091 Lord Pendry [DfE]

HL9092 Lord Pendry [DCMS]

HL9094 Lord Pendry [DCMS]

11 May (25 May)

HL9114 Lord Empey [FCO]

HL9116 Lord Empey [FCO]

HL9118 Baroness Stern [HO]

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

[CO] 2

[DCMS] 2

[DfE] 4

[DfT] 8

[FCO] 2

[HO] 5

[WO] 1

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

10 June

Referendum (European Union) [HL]

Private Member’s

Demonstrations in the Vicinity of Parliament (Removal of Authorisation Requirements) [HL]

Private Member’s

10 June

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

Human Trafficking (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) [HL]

Private Member’s

Coinage (Measurement)

Private Member’s

Mental Health (Discrimination) [HL]

Private Member’s

Education

Government

14 June

Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) [HL] (Law Commission Bill)

Government

Localism

Government

7 June

Transport for London [HL]

Private

Waiting for Commitment

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

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 the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills

Charities [HL] (Consolidation Bill)

Government

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

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

Police Reform and Social Responsibility

Government

6 June

Sports Grounds Safety Authority

Private Member’s

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

Private Member’s

Wreck Removal Convention

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

10 June

European Union

Government

8 June

Waiting for Third Reading

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

Energy [HL]

Government

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

Pensions [HL] (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

Public Bodies [HL] (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) [HL]

Private

Returned to the Commons Amended

Postal Services

Government

Fixed-term Parliaments

Government

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 Charities Act 2006 (Principal Regulators of Exempt Charities) Regulations 2011

Draft Charities Act 2006 (Changes in Exempt Charities) Order 2011

Draft Equality Act 2010 (Work on Ships and Hovercraft) Regulations 2011

Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2011

Draft Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2011

Draft Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 (Amendment) Order 2011

Draft Pensions Act 2007 (Abolition of Contracting-out for Defined Contribution Pension Schemes) (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2011

Draft Pensions Act 2008 (Abolition of Protected Rights) (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2011

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (The Law Society and The Council for Licensed Conveyancers) (Modifications of Functions) Order 2011

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Appeals from Licensing Authority Decisions) Order 2011

Draft Co-operation in Public Protection Arrangements (UK Border Agency) Order 2011

Draft Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty for Contravention of Information Requirements) Order 2011

Draft Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 (Juxtaposed Controls) (Amendment) Order 2011

Draft Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Draft Carbon Budget Order 2011

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Taxation of Equitable Life (Payments) Order 2011

7 June

Draft Representation of the People (Electoral Registration Data Schemes) Regulations 2011

7 June

Draft Electoral Registration Data Schemes Order 2011

7 June

Draft Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975 (Amendment) Order 2011

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2011

7 June

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

9 June

Draft Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of duration of non-jury trial provisions) Order 2011

Draft Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories) Order 2011

Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Disqualification from Parliament) Order 2011

Draft Distribution of Dormant Account Money (Apportionment) Order 2011

Draft Contracting Out (Local Authorities Social Services Functions) (England) Order 2011

13 June

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

29th Report

Jobseeker’s Allowance (Employment, Skills and Enterprise Scheme) Regulations 2011

8 June

31st Report

National Health Service (Primary Dental Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011

23 June

32nd Report

Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

24 June

Electronic Communications (Universal Service) (Amendment) Order 2011

24 June

Tobacco Advertising and Promotion (Display and Specialist Tobacconists) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

2 July

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

Report

Consideration

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Epping Forest) Order 2011 (Instrument also subject to Hybrid Instrument proceedings, First report from the Hybrid Instruments Committee)

14th Report

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

The date in brackets is the date of expiry of the statutory period

Urgent order under paragraph 4 referred to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Terrorism Act 2000 (Remedial) Order 2011 [21 October 2011]

Committees 

Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms in the Committee Corridor. Only the next meeting of each Committee is listed below. Further details of these meetings, and of planned further meetings, may be found in the House of Lords Committees Weekly Bulletin.

Monday 6 June

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Tuesday 7 June

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

Science and Technology

Sub Committee I Behaviour Change

3.15pm

Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 8 June

Constitution

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

11.00am

Economic Affairs

Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill

4.00pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 9 June

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policies and Consumer Protection

9.30am

European Union

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

10.00am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Monday 13 June

Draft Defamation Bill

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 14 June

HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

Select Committee

3.30pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 15 June

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 23 June

Consolidation Bills

Joint Committee

10.00am

House Committee

Domestic Committee

12.00 noon

Tuesday 28 June

Procedure of the House

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 29 June

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 25 May 2011 

The House met at 10.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

Public Business

1 British Summer Time A question was asked by Lord Spicer and answered by Baroness Wilcox.

2 Children: Ofsted report A question was asked by Baroness Walmsley and answered by Lord Hill of Oareford.

3 House of Lords: facilities A question was asked by Lord Lea of Crondall and answered by Lord Strathclyde.

4 Abyei A question was asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool and answered by Baroness Verma.

5 Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010 (Permanent Effect) Order 2011 Lord Sassoon moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 28 March be approved. The motion was agreed to.

6 European Union Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 61. An amendment was considered. The bill was reported without amendment.

The House adjourned at 1.17pm until Monday 6 June at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

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.

Command Paper

The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

International Tracing Service-Agreement on the Legal Status of the International Tracing Service and Protocols to amend the Bonn Agreement constituting an International Commission for the International Tracing Service and on Relations between it and the International Committee of the Red Cross.    (8091)

Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) (Amendment No. 5) Order 2011, laid under the Immigration Act 1971.    (1321)