House of Lords Business

Tuesday 10 January 2012 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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

Future Business 

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

The Lord Bishop of Durham will be introduced, and 
†Sir Gus O’Donnell GCB will be introduced as a Baron.

*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.

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

†*Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support and guidance is being offered to pathfinder clinical commissioning groups in commissioning integrated health and social care services.

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)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Republic of Korea Framework Agreement) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Howell of Guildford] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following eleven motions are expected to be debated together:

†City of Wakefield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Bristol (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Bradford (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Manchester (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Sheffield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Nottingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Leeds (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Birmingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Liverpool (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†City of Coventry (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 36th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Wednesday 18 January at 3.00pm

†*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest police estimate of the number of individuals whose phones have been hacked by newspapers, and how many arrests have been made.

†*Lord Prescott to ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when they are able to provide estimated tax liabilities due to tonnage tax on British shipping, they are not able to supply figures for revenue received.

†*Baroness Pitkeathley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their risk assessment of their proposed National Health Service reforms will be published before the Report stage of the Health and Social Care Bill commences.

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.

Lord Moynihan to move that this House takes note of the case for formulating and implementing a comprehensive cross-departmental Olympic sports legacy policy for the United Kingdom covering Olympic and non-Olympic sport, and recreational and sport facilities.

Lord Owen to move to resolve that the Report of the Health and Social Care Bill be not received until the Information Tribunal has ruled on the disclosure of the Bill’s risk assessment and the House is satisfied, in the light of any further examination of risk, and taking account of the views of the health professions, that the risks of not proceeding with the Bill are greater than the risks inherent in the Bill itself.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

†Policing Protocol Order 2011 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the Order has not been subject to a robust consultation process, thereby increasing the risk of politicising policing decisions through a failure to protect the operational independence of the police. 46th Report from the Merits Committee

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.

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the threat posed to the integrity of the Olympic Games by match-fixing and suspicious betting.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 21 December and due for answer by 9 January.

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to relieve any regressive impacts of their levy-funded energy and environmental policies under the European Union renewables target by ensuring that VAT is not charged on the portion of energy bills that arise from those levies. 
   HL14527

Lord Prescott to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of purchases made using the government procurement card by the Department for Communities and Local Government, what were the date of purchase, amount, and supplier, in each financial year since 2006–07.   HL14528

Lord Prescott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action was taken by the Department for Communities and Local Government when it discovered that in the period 2004–06 the departmental government procurement card for the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister had been cloned, resulting in charges from seven transactions totalling £2,000; and when the money was recovered.   HL14529

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the conference on Somalia due to be held in February in London will focus on development and humanitarian concerns. 
   HL14530

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent World Bank report on Afghanistan which predicts that $7 billion per year will be required from foreign donors including the United Kingdom, and that most of these resources will be spent on security and infrastructure maintenance.   HL14531

Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 20 December (HL Deb, col 1668), from which budget lines in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs the policing costs of the bovine tuberculosis eradication programme will be funded; and what, if any, other programmes or initiatives will be cut as a result. 
   HL14532

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Bank of England and the Financial Services Authority have established that Banco Santander SA stands fully behind the group’s United Kingdom banking and insurance subsidiaries.   HL14533

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that banks based in the United Kingdom do not become over-extended in terms of capital or liquidity in support of wholly- or majority-owned subsidiaries incorporated outside the United Kingdom.   HL14534

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action to promote the issue and purchase of covered bonds secured on United Kingdom residential mortgages.   HL14535

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made by local authorities to meet the shortfall in pitches for Gypsies and Travellers since the enactment of the Housing Act 2004; whether they have powers of discretion to require greater expedition of this process; and, if so, in what circumstances they would be used.   HL14536

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities have made within the last three years an assessment of the accommodation needs of Gypsies and Travellers in their area, as required by the Housing Act 2004.   HL14537

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities have a strategy to meet the accommodation needs of their Gypsy and Traveller population, as required by the Housing Act 2004.   HL14538

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the governments concerned in former Yugoslavia countries, especially in Kosovo, the former republic of Macedonia and Serbia, about the provision of passports to stateless Roma people.   HL14539

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to prevent European Union funds for support of Roma people being used by member states for other purposes.   HL14540

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the governments of Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on the conditions of their Roma citizens.   HL14541

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the projected cuts in public spending will have on the pension scheme for police officers; and what consultations they have had with the Police Federation about the Federation’s concerns.   HL14542

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any assistance is being offered or provided to United Kingdom-based companies engaged in or planning opencast coal mining in Bangladesh. 
   HL14543

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they will give in the forthcoming command paper on the railways to requiring Network Rail to be subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and for parliamentary questions for written answer on rail infrastructure to be answered directly by ministers.   HL14544

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that changes in the National Health Service following the enactment of the Health and Social Care Bill will not divert resources currently required for the care of adults and children with severe skin diseases.   HL14545

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that any reorganisation of departments currently teaching and practising dermatology will not restrict the teaching and training of young specialists, and if so how.   HL14546

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current state of the Kimberley Process, in particular with regard to (1) the authorisation of exports from two companies operating in the Marange diamond fields in Zimbabwe, and (2) the withdrawal of Global Witness from the Kimberley Process.   HL14547

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make representations to their United Nations counterparts in order to press for the deployment of units of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to support the work of the mining police around key mine sites of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo that have recently been demilitarised.   HL14548

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the conflict situations evolving in regions of Sudan, in particular in Blue Nile, South Kordofan, Abyei, and Darfur; and what specific representations they have made or intend to make to the different stakeholders in the conflict in order to implement a lasting political solution.   HL14549

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to promote links between agricultural research institutions in the United Kingdom and those in other Commonwealth countries.   HL14550

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the potential of the agricultural industry in the United Kingdom to contribute to the promotion of food security and economic growth in the developing countries of the Commonwealth.   HL14551

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote food security and agriculture in Africa in co-operation with (1) the European Union, and (2) the United States; and when this was last addressed in the context of the G8.   HL14552

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs they incurred in promoting British exports during the last three financial years; and what is the budgeted expenditure for 2011–12.   HL14553

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assess the amount of revenue lost because non-European Union workers are allowed a 52-week exclusion from national insurance contributions; and whether this concession includes employer contributions and, if so, at what estimated cost.   HL14554

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students from India and Pakistan have been given visas to enter the United Kingdom to study in the last five years; and how many nationals of those countries have left the United Kingdom in the same period according to the International Passenger Survey of the Office for National Statistics.   HL14555

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 14 November (WA 116), whether they will now publish the agreement on the introduction of a registration scheme for determining healthcare costs of United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland state pensioners that followed negotiations in March 2011 between senior officials of those countries; and, if not, why not.   HL14556

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 28 November (WA 21), why they agreed a reduction of 1.13 per cent year on year in their liability for pensioners’ healthcare costs in the Republic of Ireland; why no account was taken of the survey results that 59.84 per cent of United Kingdom state pensioners resident in the Republic were also entitled to a qualifying pension there; and what was the relevance of the trend analysis of previous years. 
   HL14557

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 19 December (WA 328), by what means they are working to ensure that over the next decade of commemorations, each event is handled in such a way to be respectful.   HL14558

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 19 December (WA 334), whether they support the government of China’s view that Taiwan is a province of the Republic of China; and, if so, why.   HL14559

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the numbers, by department, of civil servants who have taken redundancy or retirement in the latest period for which figures are available, and who have since been engaged as external consultants or associates by the same department. 
   HL14560

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask the Leader of the House what percentage of Questions for Written Answer tabled by Members to Her Majesty’s Government in 2011 received a reply in 10 working days.   HL14561

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results of any inquiry initiated into the conduct of the trial of Mr Asil Nadir in 1993.   HL14562

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a consumer claiming fraud and dishonesty on the part of legal practitioners during court proceedings should direct himself to the Law Society, the High Court, the Legal Services Ombudsman, the Solicitors’ Complaints Tribunal, the Legal Complaints Service, the Attorney General’s Office, the Independent Complaints Resolution Service, the Ministry of Justice or the Solicitors Regulation Authority.   HL14563

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

25 October (8 November)

HL12784 Lord Barnett [CO]

22 November (6 December)

HL13631 The Countess of Mar [DEFRA]

5 December (19 December)

HL14014 Lord Dear [HO]

HL14055 Lord Condon [HO]

HL14058 Lord Condon [HO]

6 December (20 December)

HL14083 Lord Janner of Braunstone [FCO]

7 December (21 December)

HL14174 Lord Ouseley [CO]

HL14187 The Duke of Montrose [DEFRA]

HL14188 The Duke of Montrose [DEFRA]

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

[CO] 2

[DEFRA] 3

[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

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

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

Government

Waiting for Third Reading

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Government

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

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) [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

Waiting for Royal Assent

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

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

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

17 January

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

17 January

Draft City of Wakefield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

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

17 January

Draft City of Bristol (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

Draft City of Bradford (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

Draft City of Manchester (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

Draft City of Sheffield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

Draft City of Nottingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

Draft City of Leeds (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

Draft City of Birmingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

Draft City of Liverpool (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

Draft City of Coventry (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

17 January

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 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 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

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

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

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 18 January

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Tuesday 31 January

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm

Monday 13 February

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 21 December 2011 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.

1 Viscountcy of Melville in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of Robert Henry Kirkpatrick Dundas claiming to have succeeded to the Viscountcy of Melville in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Viscount Melville on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

Public Business

2 House of Lords: reform A question was asked by Lord Kakkar and answered by Lord Strathclyde.

3 Disabled people: access to school examination system A question was asked by Lord Addington and answered by Lord Hill of Oareford.

4 Universal credit A question was asked by Lord Touhig and answered by Lord Freud.

5 Taxation: inheritance tax A question was asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes and answered by Lord Sassoon.

6 Bank of Ireland (UK) plc Bill The bill was read a third time and passed.

7 Procedure of the House The Chairman of Committees moved that Lord Filkin be appointed an alternate member of the Select Committee. The motion was agreed to.

8 Standing Orders (Public Business) Lord Strathclyde moved 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".

The motion was agreed to and the amendment was ordered to be published. (HL Paper 244)

9 European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Republic of Korea Framework Agreement) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

10 Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

11 City of Wakefield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

12 City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

13 City of Bristol (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

14 City of Bradford (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

15 City of Manchester (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

16 City of Sheffield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

17 City of Nottingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

18 City of Leeds (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

19 City of Birmingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

20 City of Liverpool (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

21 City of Coventry (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde moved that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee. The motion was agreed to.

22 European Union Membership (Economic Implications) Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time and passed. The bill was sent to the Commons.

23 Health and Social Care Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 345. Amendments were agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 119)

The House adjourned at 2.27pm until Tuesday 10 January 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.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Overseas Territories (Change of Name) (No. 6) Order 2011, laid under the Civil Aviation Act 1949.   (2979)

2 Overseas Territories (Change of Name) (No. 10) Order 2011, laid under the Copyright Act 1956.
     (2983)

3 Parliamentary Commissioner (No. 2) Order 2011, laid under the Parliamentary Commissioner Act 1967.   (2986)

4 Portsmouth (Continental Ferry Port Berth 2 Extension) Harbour Revision Order 2011, laid under the Harbours Act 1964.   (3032)

Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 (1) Overseas Territories (Change of Name) (No. 9) Order 2011   (2982)

(2) International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) (Revocation) Order 2011   (2990)

laid under the Saint Helena Act 1833.

2 Iran (United Nations Sanctions) (Amendment) Order 2011, laid under the United Nations Act 1946.   (2985)

Prepared 22nd December 2011