House of Lords Business

Wednesday 21 December 2011 at 11.00am

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Kakkar to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the draft bill on House of Lords Reform makes no provision for defining the powers of an elected second chamber.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all those with recognised disabilities can access all parts of the school examination system.

*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions the review body considering major government information technology projects came to following their review of progress on the universal credit programme.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Law Commission’s Report Intestacy and Family Provision Claims on Death, they intend to review inheritance tax law.

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc Bill Third Reading [The Chairman of Committees]

Procedure of the House The Chairman of Committees to move that Lord Filkin be appointed an alternate member of the Select Committee.

†Standing Orders (Public Business) Lord Strathclyde to move that the standing orders relating to public business be amended as follows:

Standing Order 37 (Balloted and time-limited debates)

Replace paragraph (1) with the following: "If a balloted debate or a time-limited debate is continuing at the end of the time allotted to it, the Clerk at the Table shall rise and thereupon the Lord Speaker shall either put the Question forthwith or ask the mover of the Motion whether or not he wishes to withdraw it. If the mover does not ask leave to withdraw, or if leave to withdraw is refused, the Lord Speaker shall put the Question forthwith."

In paragraph (2), leave out "a balloted debate or".

Lord Strathclyde intends to move the following 13 motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Republic of Korea Framework Agreement) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Wakefield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Bristol (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Bradford (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Manchester (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Sheffield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Nottingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Leeds (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Birmingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Liverpool (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

City of Coventry (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Pearson of Rannoch]

Health and Social Care Bill Committee (day 15) [Earl Howe] 19th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 18th and 22nd Reports from the Constitution Committee

Future Business 

Tuesday 10 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure consumers are fully informed of the cost of payday loans.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to limit high mileage by company cars.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will next meet other European Union member state governments to discuss the December 2011 Eurozone agreement.

†Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill Committee (day 2) [Lord McNally] 21st Report from the Constitution Committee, 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights, 21st and 22nd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Wednesday 11 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what naval contribution the United Kingdom will make towards, and what advice they will give to British-registered vessels on, combating piracy near Somalia after the current monsoon season.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional measures they are planning to take to prevent bullying on social networking sites.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, changes they envisage in the United Kingdom’s relationship with the rest of the European Union following the summit meeting of 8–9 December 2011.

†Welfare Reform Bill Report (day 3) [Lord Freud] 21st Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 12 January at 11.00am

*Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they envisage that orders will be placed for the building of new passenger rolling stock for use on United Kingdom railways.

The question in the name of Baroness Byford has been withdrawn.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to reduce the size of the prison population.

Lord Wills to move that this House takes note of Government policy on electoral registration.

Baroness Smith of Basildon to move that this House takes note of the Government’s green agenda.

Lord Harrison to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU Financial Supervisory Framework: an update (20th Report, HL Paper 181).

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 2.00pm

†Protection of Freedoms Bill Committee (day 3) (in respect of clauses 26–53, 57–63, 85–115 and Schedules 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8–10) [Lord Henley] 20th Report from the Constitution Committee, 20th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Monday 16 January at 2.30pm

*Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the provision of allotments is sufficient to meet demand.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the impact on local parental choice of allowing grammar schools to expand their pupil intake.

*Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent Electoral Commission report on the accuracy of the electoral register.

*Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to inform people of the steps they need to take to ensure their wishes regarding medical treatment at the end of life are respected if they lose capacity.

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the present role of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and whether they have plans to increase awareness of its work. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

†Tuesday 17 January at 2.30pm

†*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce regulations or a code of practice to set standards for managing agents for leasehold blocks of flats.

†*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HM Treasury is developing contingency plans for use in the event of a Eurozone collapse.

†*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve careers guidance for under-25s.

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on Auditors: Market concentration and their role (2nd Report, HL Paper 119). 30 March 2011

Lord Inglewood to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on The governance and regulation of the BBC (2nd Report, HL Paper 166). 29 June 2011

Baroness Neuberger to move that the House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Behaviour Change (2nd Report, HL Paper 179). 17 July 2011

Lord Carter of Coles to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Innovation in EU Agriculture (19th Report, HL Paper 171). 7 July 2011

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU Internal Security Strategy (17th Report, HL Paper 149). 24 May 2011

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that this House takes note of the Annual Report for 2010–11 of the Information Committee (First Report, HL Paper 190). 21 July 2011

Other Motions for Debate 

Lord Lucas to move that this House takes note of the place of trust in society.

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 move that this House takes note of the ceremonial aspects of the House of Lords and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House.

Lord Norton of Louth to move that this House takes note of the case for reducing the size of the House of Lords.

Lord Dykes to move that this House takes note of the case for co-ordinated European Union defence policies.

Lord Selsdon to move that this House takes note of the future role of the Royal Navy.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move that this House takes note of the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the response of the international community.

Lord Avebury to move that this House takes note of the human rights situation in Bahrain.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to move that this House takes note of the decline in numbers of police officers and police community support officers.

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that this House takes note of the language and terminology used in the House of Lords and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to move that this House takes note of the report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability.

Lord Desai to move that this House takes note of the challenges posed by multiculturalism, in particular how to accommodate practices of diverse faiths.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to move that this House takes note of 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.

Lord Selsdon to move that this House takes note of the legacy of President Gorbachev and the development of democratic government.

Lord Risby to move that this House takes note of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to move that this House takes note of proposals for the National Health Service.

Lord Morris of Aberavon to move to resolve that this House instructs the Clerk of the Parliaments to seek the advice of the Attorney General on whether a Bill which provided for a change in the composition of this House, and in respect of which the provisions of section 2 of the Parliament Act 1911 had been complied with, would, having received Royal Assent, be an Act of Parliament and be capable of having legal effect.

Lord Plant of Highfield to move that this House takes note of the role of rating agencies in the international financial system.

Lord Alderdice to move that this House takes note of the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review and the United Kingdom Government Response.

Lord Eden of Winton to move that this House takes note of the protection of rainforests.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to move that this House takes note of the quality and extent of the equipment and facilities of the House of Lords to remedy the disability of hard-hearing.

Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to move that this House takes note of the Sayce Review’s recommendations about the support for disabled people in employment provided by Access to Work.

Lord Browne of Ladyton to move that this House takes note of the NATO Deterrence and Defence Posture Review, the United Kingdom’s role in this process, and the implications of changing NATO’s deterrence posture for European security and the relationship with Russia.

The Earl of Clancarty to move that this House takes note of the place of the arts and creativity in schools and higher education and their significance for the future development of the arts and creative industries in the United Kingdom.

Baroness Randerson to move that this House takes note of the Commission on Devolution in Wales, chaired by Paul Silk.

Lord Marlesford to move that this House takes note of the case for enhanced security and tighter operational command in the UK Border Agency.

Lord Mawson to move that this House takes note of the case for a co-ordinated approach towards regeneration, in particular in the new metropolitan districts in north-west England and east London.

Viscount Waverley to move that this House takes note of the role of Islamist political movements, following recent Arab uprisings.

The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to move that this House takes note of the conclusions of the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn and the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

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.

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 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 Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the impact of the Spending Review 2010 on the National Probation Service.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to reduce the number of mothers imprisoned 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 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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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, when and where they will die, without legal ramifications for anyone assisting them.

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.

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 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 steps they are taking to prevent fractures resulting from osteoporosis in the light of the Royal College of Physicians’ national audit of falls and bone health in older people.

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement on behalf of the co-authors of the Medical Research Council PACE Trial paper that it "does not purport to be studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)", (a) whether the trial has met the objectives set for it, (b) of what value the study will be to those suffering from CFS/ME, and (c) what impact the findings of the PACE trial will have on (1) the eligibility of patients suffering from CFS/ME to claim social security benefits, and (2) the dependence of medical practitioners and others upon the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for CFS/ME.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the effects of paramedical intervention in the National Health Service.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s current relationship with Mongolia.

Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to measure the extent of phone hacking by newspapers.

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s relationship with Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus. [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the commitments made in their Response to the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review.

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what opportunities will be provided to promote awareness of hepatitis C within the new structures proposed for the National Health Service; and how commissioning of services to identify and treat patients suffering from hepatitis C will be improved.

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the 35th anniversary of the introduction of the Mobility Allowance.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report Community or Custody published by Make Justice Work.

Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Olympic authorities about the route of the Olympic torch next year, in order to ensure maximum exposure in market towns.

Baroness Jay of Paddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the application of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Policy for Prosecutors in Respect of Cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide.

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to monitor the impact on humanitarian aid for the population of Gaza of the blockade by the government of Israel; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the blockade.

Lord McFall of Alcluith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reinvigorate occupational pensions.

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the report Guiding patients through complexity: modern medical generalism.

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing their guidelines in relation to the sentencing and imprisonment of former armed services personnel, in the light of the report published by the Howard League for Penal Reform on 23 June following an independent inquiry chaired by Sir John Nutting QC.

Lord Skidelsky to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for securing economic growth.

Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the future of the United Kingdom civil aviation industry.

Lord Luke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to support High Speed Rail 2 and, if so, why.

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of recent reforms of the higher education system on university education and research in the arts, humanities and fundamental science.

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Design Commission’s report Restarting Britain: Design Education and Growth.

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of trafficking of adults and children into and within the United Kingdom.

Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve awareness of the potential health hazards of Para-Phenylenediamine (PPD) in hair dyes and cosmetics, and to improve research in this area.

Lord Mitchell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether British consumers buying low-cost flights on the internet have access to the information they require.

The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn and the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to enable the voluntary sector to participate in the delivery of public services.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 20 December and due for answer by 6 January.

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to Westminster City Council about roadworks in and around Parliament Square, in the light of their responsibility for ensuring free access to the Palace of Westminster for Members of both Houses. 
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Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their response to the final report from the Prison Research Centre at the Cambridge Institute of Criminology, An exploration of Staff–Prisoner Relationships at HMP Whitemoor Twelve Years On, which was handed to the Home Office on 23 June.   HL14474

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 13 December (WA 232), whether they also believe that greater freedom of the media is in Turkey’s own interests.   HL14475

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Howell of Guildford on 13 December (WA 256–7), what concrete results were achieved in 2011 as a result of their engagement with the government of Turkey on human rights.   HL14476

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 13 December (WA 256), through what mechanisms they work closely with other European Union member states to address human rights issues; and whether those issues could be raised within the structure of the United Kingdom–Turkey strategic partnership.   HL14477

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 7 December (WA 182), what concrete achievements have resulted to date from the United Kingdom–Turkey strategic partnership.   HL14478

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 7 December (WA 157), whether they expect the level of support for projects in Armenia to increase or decrease in 2012; and whether they plan to encourage further applications.   HL14479

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 7 December (WA 170), whether they expect gendercide issues to be raised by the United Kingdom permanent representative to the United Nations, the British High Commissioner in Delhi and the British Ambassador in Beijing during 2012.   HL14480

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Bahrain regarding the recent death of Ali al-Sheikh, and the alleged use of teargas and physical assault on Zainab al-Khawaja.   HL14481

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Saudi Arabia about recent arrests of peaceful demonstrators, and about proposals for a new anti-terror law.   HL14482

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Turkey regarding the number of journalists and lawyers at present under arrest, in particular lawyers acting for Abdullah Ocalan.   HL14483

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Turkey about the ban on prison visits to Abdullah Ocalan during the past four months. 
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Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call for an independent inquiry into the alleged use of chemical weapons by Turkish armed forces in eastern Turkey.   HL14485

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the internal political and security situation in Iraq.   HL14486

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a moratorium on onshore and offshore exploration, development and production of shale gas at sites using hydraulic fracturing processes.   HL14487

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the names, organisations, dates, nature and purpose of meetings held by officials and ministers to discuss hydraulic fracturing in Lancashire.   HL14488

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with businesses and residents about the impact of hydraulic fracturing in Lancashire.   HL14489

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between recent earthquakes in Lancashire and hydraulic fracturing.   HL14490

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the views of local councils affected by hydraulic fracturing in particular in Lancashire; which councils supported the process; which councils approved the process; and whether they will publish any correspondence with local councils on this issue.   HL14491

Baroness Miller of Hendon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average daily cost per patient of the food provided in each of the National Health Service Trust and Foundation Trust Hospitals, excluding the cost of preparing and delivering such food and other similar overhead expenses.   HL14492

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in producing a quality standard for the management of fractures, excluding those which occur at the head and hip.   HL14493

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used in determining whether the non-United Kingdom operations of a United Kingdom-headquartered bank will be judged not to pose a threat to United Kingdom taxpayers, and whether the countries in which such subsidiaries and branches operate will have to confirm to the Government that they would not look to the United Kingdom for support in the event of distress; and whether they are willing to make similar undertakings in respect of foreign banks operating in the United Kingdom through subsidiaries. 
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the risk to financial stability of sovereign counterparties not being required to post collateral in support of derivative positions. 
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate why the return of funds to clients of MF Global UK is taking longer than the same process in the United States; and whether they will review the working of the special administration regime in the light of this experience. 
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Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Bank of England to match the European Central Bank in making three-year repurchase agreements available to United Kingdom banks.   HL14497

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether banking activity displaced by the recommendations of the Independent Commission on Banking will shift to the unregulated shadow credit sector.   HL14498

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to allow British companies to export to, and have service arrangements for surveillance technology with, Iran and Syria.   HL14499

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not required United Kingdom companies to be licensed for the export of surveillance technology, in the light of the decision of the United States authorities to license it strictly; and why the United Kingdom and the United States interpret differently the military and dual-use lists arrangements issued as part of the Wassenaar Arrangement applied to both countries’ exports.   HL14500

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the collection at the Wedgwood Museum is saved for the nation.   HL14501

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the decision was taken to postpone the curriculum review for a year, and whether new terms of reference have been prepared for the next stage of the review.   HL14502

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the concern of Sport England about the impact of the new National Planning Policy Framework on protection afforded to sports facilities; and what steps they are taking to ensure that playing fields and other sports facilities are preserved for communities.   HL14503

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of maintaining the transmitter for Teilifis na Gaeilge in Northern Ireland each year since installation; and what steps they have taken to support Ulster Scots culture in view of the promise of equality made in the Belfast Agreement of 1998. 
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Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why passengers from Northern Ireland are required to supply photographic identification to the UK Border Agency at Gatwick Airport; when this was introduced; and by whom.   HL14505

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the loan they provided to the government of the Republic of Ireland has been paid to staff of Allied Irish Banks as bonuses; and what representations they have made about any such payments.   HL14506

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure senior banking positions in organisations with trades in the United Kingdom are not filled by anyone associated with terrorism.   HL14507

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House all exchanges they have had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission concerning its business plan for 2011–12.   HL14508

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what qualifies a state or other territory to receive a British ambassador.   HL14509

The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the United Kingdom’s role in the formation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, which elements of the Agreement dealing with oil production have still to be settled between Sudan and South Sudan.   HL14510

The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the United Kingdom’s role in the formation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, what are the current arrangements for allocating the revenues from oil between Sudan and South Sudan.   HL14511

The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the United Kingdom’s role in the formation of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, what is the extent of the issues that are the basis of the present disagreement which has caused the closing of the oil pipeline between Sudan and South Sudan.   HL14512

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent unrest in the west of Kazakhstan and of the response of the government of Kazakhstan to this unrest. 
   [I]Category 10:Non-financial interests (d)
Chairman of the following individual country All-Party Political Groups: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan; and of the Central Asia All-Party Political Group; also Co-chairman of the Mongolia All-Party Political Group and Vice Chairman of the Afghanistan All-Party Political Group (this interest is recorded in the All-Party Groups Register and is repeated here for the purpose of disclosure of relevant interests when tabling questions for written answer)
 HL14513

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any information indicating third-party involvement in the recent unrest in the west of Kazakhstan.   [I]Category 10:Non-financial interests (d)
Chairman of the following individual country All-Party Political Groups: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan; and of the Central Asia All-Party Political Group; also Co-chairman of the Mongolia All-Party Political Group and Vice Chairman of the Afghanistan All-Party Political Group (this interest is recorded in the All-Party Groups Register and is repeated here for the purpose of disclosure of relevant interests when tabling questions for written answer)
 HL14514

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 19 January (WA 27), whether, since this matter is not subject to any current judicial proceedings, the results of the investigation relating to the arrest of Mr Asil Nadir can be published and made available to Parliament.   HL14515

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners have been in receipt of Attendance Allowance in (1) London, and (2) the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, in each year since 2001, broken down between (a) higher rate and (b) lower rate.   HL14516

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the uptake of Attendance Allowance; and what steps they are taking to raise awareness of the benefit among pensioners.   HL14517

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have received the Winter Heating Allowance in each year since its introduction, broken down between those aged 60–80 years old and those aged over 80.   HL14518

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total value of Winter Heating Allowance payments made in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets in each year since its introduction.   HL14519

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioner households in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets have been in receipt of (1) the Guarantee Credit, and (2) the Savings Credit of Pension Credit, in each year since its introduction.   HL14520

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate the Department of Energy and Climate Change has made of the number of pensioner households in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets who will be eligible under the Warm Homes Discount scheme; and what proportion of pensioners in the Borough that represents.   HL14521

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many teachers were employed in each of the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London in each year since 1995 up until the latest year for which records are available.   HL14522

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many teaching assistants were employed in each of the 32 London Boroughs and the City of London in each year since 1995 up until the latest year for which records are available.   HL14523

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many drugs the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has not recommended for use in each year since its formation up until the latest year for which records are available.   HL14524

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the present situation in the Turks and Caicos Islands.   HL14525

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the devolved administrations on the subject of fuel poverty and the prices charged by the energy companies to consumers.   HL14526

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

25 October (8 November)

HL12784 Lord Barnett [CO]

22 November (6 December)

HL13631 The Countess of Mar [DEFRA]

1 December (15 December)

HL13974 Lord Dear [DEFRA]

HL13975 Lord Dear [DEFRA]

5 December (19 December)

HL14013 Lord Prescott [DfT]

HL14014 Lord Dear [HO]

HL14055 Lord Condon [HO]

HL14058 Lord Condon [HO]

6 December (20 December)

HL14083 Lord Janner of Braunstone [FCO]

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

[CO] 1

[DEFRA] 3

[DfT] 1

[FCO] 1

[HO] 3

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Referendum (European Union) [HL]

Private Member’s

Torture (Damages) [HL]

Private Member’s

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

Social Care Portability [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation [HL]

Private Member’s

Company Remuneration [HL]

Private Member’s

Scrap Metal Dealers (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment)

Private Member’s

Public Services (Social Value)

Private Member’s

Caravan Sites [HL]

Private Member’s

Airports (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Subterranean Development [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Transport for London [HL]

Private

Committed to a Grand Committee

Protection of Freedoms (in respect of clauses 26–53, 57–63, 85–115 and Schedules 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8–10) (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

12 January

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

Wind Turbines (Minimum Distance from Residential Premises) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Private Member’s

Parliament Square (Management) [HL]

Private Member’s

Scotland (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

Health and Social Care (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion, Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

21 December

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion, Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

10 January

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

Private Member’s

Mental Health (Discrimination) [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Welfare Reform

Government

11 January

Waiting for Third Reading

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) [HL]

Private Member’s

21 December

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

Government

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

Private

21 December

Leeds City Council

Private

Reading Borough Council

Private

Canterbury City Council

Private

Nottingham City Council

Private

Sent to the Commons

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) [HL]

Private Member’s

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Devolution (Time) [HL]

Private Member’s

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

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

Private

Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL]

Private

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

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

Merits Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2011

Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 4) 2011

Draft Local Digital Television Programme Services Order 2012

Draft Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (Directions to OFCOM) Order 2012

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Inspections etc.) Regulations 2011

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Disqualification from Parliament) Order 2011

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement) Order 2011

Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Jobseeking and Work for Your Benefit) (Amendment and Revocation) Regulations 2012

Draft Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Dissolution) Order 2012

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Republic of Korea Framework Agreement) Order 2012

Draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012

Draft City of Wakefield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Bristol (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Bradford (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Manchester (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Sheffield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Nottingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Leeds (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Birmingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Liverpool (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Coventry (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft Local Better Regulation Office (Dissolution and Transfer of Functions, Etc.) Order 2012

Draft Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Special Educational Needs (Direct Payments) (Pilot Scheme) Order 2011

Negative Instrument 

Instrument reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

46th Report

Policing Protocol Order 2011

18 January

Special Procedure Order in Progress 

Date of Laying

Expiry of Memorial Time

Waiting for expiry of Memorial Time

Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011

29 November

10 January

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

Report

To be considered

Proposal for order reported from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Proposal for the Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) Order 2011 [14 October]

19th Report

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 Committee Bulletin.

Wednesday 21 December

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Wednesday 11 January

Constitution

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Audit

Domestic Committee

5.00pm

Thursday 12 January

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Protection

9.30am

European Union

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

10.00am

Monday 16 January

Privacy and Injunctions

Joint Committee

2.00pm
in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill

Joint Committee

4.30pm

Tuesday 17 January

European Union

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

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Wednesday 18 January

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Tuesday 31 January

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 20 December 2011 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.

1 Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to the Lord Speaker for Tuesday 10 January 2012.

Select Committee Report

2 Merits of Statutory Instruments 
The 47th Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 243)

Private Business

3 Canterbury City Council Bill 
Leeds City Council Bill 
Nottingham City Council Bill 
Reading Borough Council Bill

The bills were reported from the Select Committee with amendments. A Special Report was made and ordered to be printed (HL Paper 242). The bills were re-committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee. Then the Chairman of Committees directed in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 121(1)(b) (Committees on unopposed bills) that the order re-committing the bills to an Unopposed Bill Committee be discharged.

Public Business

4 Economy: private capital investment A question was asked by Lord Empey and answered by Lord Sassoon.

5 Justice: personal injury cases A question was asked by Lord Hoyle and answered by Lord Wallace of Tankerness.

6 Cyprus: European Union presidency A question was asked by Lord Maginnis of Drumglass and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

7 Bovine tuberculosis A question was asked by Lord Krebs and answered by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

8 Procedure of the House The Chairman of Committees moved that the 10th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 231) be agreed to. The motion was agreed to.

9 House Committee The Chairman of Committees moved that the 2nd Report from the Select Committee on Recovery of money wrongly claimed by Members (HL Paper 238) be agreed to. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

10 Draft House of Lords Reform Bill Lord Strathclyde moved that, notwithstanding the Resolution of this House of 6 July, it be an instruction to the Joint Committee on the Draft House of Lords Reform Bill that it should report on the draft Bill by 27 March 2012. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

11 Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions and Community Energy Saving) (Amendment) Order 2011 Lord Marland moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 21 November be approved. The motion was agreed to.

12 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill The bill was considered in Committee. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

13 Public sector pensions Lord Sassoon repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

14 Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) Bill [HL] The report was received. Amendments were agreed to. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 118)

15 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 3. The House resumed after amendment 4.

The House adjourned at 10.13pm until Wednesday 21 December at 11.00am.

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 Papers

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

1 Finance-Treasury Minutes on the Forty-Sixth to the Fiftieth reports from the Committee of Public Accounts.    (8244)

2 Post-Legislative Scrutiny-Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the European Union (Accessions) Act 2006.    (8251)

3 Border Controls-Government response to the 15th Report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on the work of the UK Border Agency in the period April to July 2011.    (8253)

4 Human Rights-Report of the United Kingdom to the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on the implementation at national level of the Interlaken and Izmir Declarations.    (8254)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Cosmetic Products (Safety) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid under the Consumer Protection Act 1987.   (3037)

2 Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, laid under the Immigration Act 1971.   (-)

3 Traffic Signs (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations and General Directions 2011, laid under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Accounts for 2010–2011 of the National Insurance Fund Investment Account, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Prepared 21st December 2011