House of Lords Business

Wednesday 8 February 2012 at 3.00pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce the compulsory microchipping of dogs.

*Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contact they have had with the government of Israel regarding the effect of Israel’s blockade of Gaza on children’s health.

*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to seek the devolution to the United Kingdom of regional spending under the European Union structural and cohesion funds so that the £9 billion the United Kingdom currently receives from its £30 billion budget contribution to those funds can be self-administered and effectively targeted.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the number of serious bicycle accidents in London.

Health and Social Care Bill Report [Earl Howe] 18th and 22nd Reports from the Constitution Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Future Business 

Thursday 9 February at 11.00am

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the current membership of the House of Lords, pending their current proposals for reform.

*Lord Young of Norwood Green to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Charles Dickens.

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their evaluation of progress towards a reconciliation between the leaderships of the Palestinian communities of the West Bank and Gaza, and what action they are taking to support that reconciliation.

†*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to help prevent the famine and food shortages predicted in the Sahel region.

Baroness Rawlings intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

Local Digital Television Programme Services Order 2012 Baroness Rawlings to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 15 December 2011 be approved. 37th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 6 February

Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (Directions to OFCOM) Order 2012 Baroness Rawlings to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 15 December 2011 be approved. 37th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 6 February

†Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill Committee (day 9) [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

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. (Lunch break business, 1 hour)

Friday 10 February at 10.00am

Subterranean Development Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Selsdon]

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

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL] Report [Lord Steel of Aikwood]

Monday 13 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to review the performance, management and remit of the Office of Fair Trading following the recent quashing of cases on appeal.

*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the progress being made towards the framing of a new constitution and preparations for elections in Zimbabwe.

*Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reduce the age at which women in England first undergo smear tests, to bring it into line with that in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

*Baroness Wall of New Barnet to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consistency of care for stroke patients across England, and whether the progress made in London will inform the development of their policy on stroke care.

Revenue and Customs Appeals Order 2012 Lord Sassoon to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 11 January be approved. 38th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 6 February

It is expected that the Report stage of the Health and Social Care Bill will continue.

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Tuesday 14 February at 2.30pm

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to reports of increases in "honour-related" violence in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their evaluation of current policies on citizenship education.

*Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to legislate, in the light of the Wedgwood Museum case, to prevent the "last man standing" rule applying to the assets of charitable museums and other charities.

Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2012 Lord Wallace of Tankerness to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 10 January be approved. 37th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 6 February

Public Services (Social Value) Bill Committee [Lord Newby]

†Welfare Reform Bill Consideration of Commons Reasons and Amendment [Lord Freud] 21st Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

†Scotland Bill Committee (day 3) [Lord Wallace of Tankerness] 17th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 17th Report from the Constitution Committee

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (Council Tax Increases) (England) Regulations 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 37th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield (Boundary Change) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 38th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Licensing Act 2003 (Diamond Jubilee Licensing Hours) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 38th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2012 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 38th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Wednesday 15 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assumptions they are currently using about what the scale of the deficit will be on 31 March 2012, and how this compares to what had been predicted by the Office of Budget Responsibility at the time of the last budget.

*Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to boost trade with Commonwealth countries.

*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain and promote economic growth across the United Kingdom as a whole.

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment) Bill Committee [Lord Laming]

†Protection of Freedoms Bill Report (day 3) [Lord Henley] 20th Report from the Constitution Committee, 18th Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 16 February at 11.00am

*Lord Ezra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have further measures in mind to deal with fuel poverty.

*Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult on a fresh definition of Gypsies and Travellers which would entitle all persons with a cultural tradition of nomadism or of living in a caravan to Gypsy status for the purposes of planning policy and legislation.

*Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of female genital mutilation were investigated by the police in the last year for which figures are available.

Lord Howell of Guildford to move that this House takes note of recent developments in the European Union.

Monday 27 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to allowing traffic to turn left at a red traffic light in the way that certain authorities in the United States permit vehicles to turn right.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to reduce any waste of organs for transplantation arising from inadequate co-ordination of the process and the extent of out-of-hours and weekend services.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider requiring all major United Kingdom broadcasters to invest in British film development and production.

*Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to improve outcomes-led neurological services following the National Audit Office report Services for people with neurological conditions published in December 2011.

Tuesday 28 February at 2.30pm

*Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role and future of the Middle East Quartet.

*Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the new arrangements for monitoring standards in English local authorities will have on the incidence of vexatious and frivolous cases and on potential whistleblowers.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to resolve issues arising from the devolution of powers to the National Assembly for Wales.

Wednesday 29 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the Exchequer of mesothelioma cases heard in British courts in the past five years.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain and secure the United Kingdom’s long-standing friendships with Caribbean nations.

*Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many payments of compensation were made, in the most recent year for which figures are available, under the provisions of the Pneumoconiosis Etc. (Workers’ Compensation) Act 1979, and how many of these were made to former slate quarrymen.

Thursday 1 March at 11.00am

*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the First Minister of Wales on the issue of a referendum on Scottish independence.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they will do to encourage co-operation between the Department for Work and Pensions and the Department of Health to improve access to occupational health services including early intervention physiotherapy.

*Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a reduction of reoffending is one of their key priorities.

Monday 5 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure consumers are getting good value for money from companies that are marketing services helping people make Payment Protection Insurance misselling claims.

*Lord Knight of Weymouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure United Kingdom householders can obtain insurance against flooding.

*Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward proposals for revising the system for electing British Members of the European Parliament in 2014.

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making to ensure that there are adequate numbers of police to deal with any consequences for social cohesion and criminality of the withdrawal of civil legal aid for social welfare law cases.

†Tuesday 6 March at 2.30pm

†*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new Great Western rail franchise specification for trains between Bath, Bristol, Newport and Cardiff, and intermediate stations, will take into account recent increases in population and demand.

†*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the laws applying to universities and student unions when an anti-Semitic incident has taken place on campus.

†*Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the 2012 university applications figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) showing that applications for courses in European languages are down by 11.2 per cent and non-European languages by 21.5 per cent compared to the previous year.

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 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

Baroness Young of Hornsey to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Safety First: Mobility of Healthcare Professionals in the EU (22nd Report, HL Paper 201). 19 October 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.

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 Health and Social Care Bill be not read a third time until the Information Tribunal has ruled, following its hearings on 5 and 6 March, 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.

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 Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with international partners to bring to trial Joseph Kony and other leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army at the International Criminal Court.

Lord 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of the Autism Act 2009 and associated Autism Strategy.

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans for a co-ordinated approach towards regeneration, in particular in the new metropolitan districts emerging in north-west England and east London and, if so, what they are.

Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have in place to reduce youth unemployment.

Baroness Kingsmill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support the British fashion industry.

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, as a guarantor country, what they see as the chief barriers to progress towards the reunification of Cyprus; and what approaches they are considering to overcome these.

Baroness Boothroyd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for tackling discrimination, harassment and outdated attitudes towards disabled people, following the publication of their discussion document Fulfilling Potential.

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the importance of the fashion and related industries to the United Kingdom’s economy, and of how they can be supported.

The Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to enhance access to proper sanitation and safe water in developing countries.

Questions for Written Answer 

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

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost of non-medical consultants employed by the National Health Service in each of the last five years.   HL15467

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used by the National Health Service in deciding upon the employment of non-medical consultants; and how their rates of remuneration are determined.   HL15468

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an estimate of the number of households that will be required to move from social housing to smaller private rented accommodation with a higher rent in each constituency in Greater Manchester as a result of the reforms proposed in the Welfare Reform Bill.   HL15469

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 28 November 2011 (WA 2–3), why the business case for the grant of £90 million to the BBC World Service Trust was not published on the Department for International Development website; and whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the business case and the initial correspondence on the decision to make the grant.   HL15470

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Government provided to the BBC under their policy of subsidising television licence fees for British citizens aged over 75 in each of the last five years; for how many people each year; and how the amount is calculated.   HL15471

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the BBC regarding the charge of £5 for payment of the television licence fee by quarterly direct debit and not for payment by credit card.   HL15472

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 November 2011 (WA 249), for what proportion of the pensioner caseload in the Republic of Ireland the United Kingdom pays pensioners’ healthcare costs.   HL15473

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether European Union citizens’ healthcare and related social security costs paid by the United Kingdom to other European Union countries are included in Government accounts on the cost of European Union membership.   HL15474

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering holding a referendum on the constitutional status of Northern Ireland; what was the question asked in the previous referendum; and whether such a poll would require advance agreement from the people of the Republic of Ireland that they would accept Northern Ireland in the event of a majority in Northern Ireland voting to leave the United Kingdom.   HL15475

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the policy of sovereign capabilities in relation to British defence was first introduced.   HL15476

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances that led to the Government deciding that the policy of sovereign capabilities was necessary for the United Kingdom’s security and defence.   HL15477

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the policy of sovereign capabilities in relation to defence contracts has been reviewed since it was first introduced.   HL15478

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal to remove most requirements for sovereign capability in relation to defence contracts was first made by (1) the Ministry of Defence, or (2) HM Treasury.   HL15479

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the policy of sovereign capabilities in relation to defence contracts figured in discussions between HM Treasury and the Ministry of Defence prior to the publication of the last Strategic Defence Review.   HL15480

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates referendums have been held on establishing or removing directly elected mayors in local government; what were the local authorities concerned; what were the total votes cast and percentages for and against; and what was the turnout in each case.   HL15481

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make a decision on the location of the Green Investment Bank.   HL15482

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will implement the recommendations of the Walker review of corporate governance in the United Kingdom banking industry; and, if so, when they expect to do so.   HL15483

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health or the NHS Commissioning Board have entered into discussions with private companies which might assist Clinical Commissioning Groups to undertake commissioning; and if so, which companies were selected, what criteria were used to select them, and at what cost.   HL15484

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Attlee on 7 February, whether any procedures are in place to ensure that the additional funding for the promotion of cycling will be spent in addition to what is currently in local authority plans.   HL15485

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have provided additional funding to the Ministry of Defence to allow them to conduct anti-piracy patrols and operations safeguarding British and international shipping in the Indian Ocean, and, if so, how much.   HL15486

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether extra costs were incurred at Kandahar airfield to enable it to operate Tornado aircraft instead of Harriers; and, if so, how much. 
   HL15487

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the inclusion of women in the Libyan National Transitional Council in accordance with United Nations Resolution 1325.   HL15488

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to countries involved in the Arab Spring to ensure that women participate in both transitional arrangements and new political structures, in accordance with United Nations Resolution 1325.   HL15489

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations about the inclusion of women in any negotiations about the future government of Afghanistan, in accordance with United Nations Resolution 1325.   HL15490

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to address the decline in lending to private non-financial corporations.   HL15491

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to correct the contraction in the supply of money and the volume of credit in the United Kingdom economy; and whether they have assessed and measured the impact of quantitative easing in reducing the rate of contraction. 
   HL15492

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the value of the benefit to the profits of Barclays Bank plc of quantitative easing and of the implicit state guarantee of the bank.   HL15493

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the electrical power in the United Kingdom is produced as part of combined heat and power systems; and whether they are considering introducing long-term measures to encourage industry to increase this proportion, in the light of experience of combined heat and power systems in reducing carbon emissions in local communities.   HL15494

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the new measures being adopted in Denmark in permitting wind turbine installation near housing areas; and whether they have made any assessment of the research on how low-frequency noise is affecting people in Denmark.   HL15495

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase the assistance they provide to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in respect of refugees from Iraq resident in Syria, in the light of the difficulties of the present situation in Syria.   HL15496

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations from voluntary organisations providing accommodation that they have recently been obliged to turn away homeless individuals; whether they have assessed the recent working of the special arrangements for severe cold weather; and, if so, with what result.   HL15497

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are imposing additional sanctions on Iran, in the light of statements in January by the United States Defense Secretary and the Director of National Intelligence that Iran was not developing a nuclear weapon.   HL15498

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to incorporate training in chronic pain management in the curricula of all healthcare professionals, following the recommendation in the Chief Medical Officer’s 2008 Annual Report.   HL15499

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to improve the management of the quality of life of people with long-term conditions, such as chronic pain, through the quality and outcomes framework.   HL15500

Lord Newton of Braintree to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the statutory responsibilities of (1) a primary care trust board, (2) a primary care trust cluster board, (3) a strategic health authority board, and (4) a strategic health authority cluster board.   HL15501

Lord Newton of Braintree to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans for any further clustering of primary care trusts in advance of the passage of the Health and Social Care Bill. 
   HL15502

Lord Newton of Braintree to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health, the National Health Service or the NHS Litigation Authority have made any estimate of the costs or savings to them of the Government’s current legislative proposals on legal aid; and, if so, what those estimates are.   HL15503

Lord Newton of Braintree to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances child benefit is legally regarded as the income of (1) one parent, (2) both parents, (3) one parent and a third party, and (4) a third party or parties.   HL15504

Lord Newton of Braintree to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will estimate the average gross earnings equating to the proposed benefit cap plus child benefit for (1) a couple and (2) a lone parent, where the number of children is (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four, (e) five, and (f) six. 
   HL15505

Lord Newton of Braintree to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a revised version of the anticipated savings from the Government’s current legislative proposals on legal aid, taking account of the King’s College London Report Unintended Consequences: the cost of the Government’s Legal Aid Reforms, and other assessments made since those proposals were published. 
   HL15506

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their expenditure for each of the past 10 years in contributing to overseas electoral processes; to which elections those contributions applied; which of those elections were deemed free and fair; and whether they consider that their contributions have led to improvements in the conduct of elections in those countries.   HL15507

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, percentage of the overall funding of the recent presidential and legislative elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo they contributed.   HL15508

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what budgetary support they give to the Democratic Republic of Congo; and what percentage of that support is estimated to have been spent on the election costs of the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo.   HL15509

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the intended purpose of their bilateral contribution toward the presidential and parliamentary elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo; what assessment they have made of the accuracy of the electoral roll; and whether they agree with the assessment of European Union observers that problems with electoral registration meant that 17 per cent of voters were able to vote despite not being on the list.   HL15510

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that their contribution to the 28 November 2011 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo represented value for money. 
   HL15511

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment as to whether the recent presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo was free and fair and reflected the will of the people; and, if they do not consider it to have been free and fair, whether they will recognise the legitimacy of the President.   HL15512

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

14 December (30 December)

HL14335 Lord Tebbit [CO]

16 January (30 January)

HL14854 Lord Laird [HO]

17 January (31 January)

HL14886 Lord Birt [HO]

HL14903 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [HO]

18 January (1 February)

HL14937 Lord Laird [SO]

HL14938 Lord Laird [CO]

19 January (2 February)

HL14995 Lord Laird [CO]

23 January (6 February)

HL15038 Lord Morris of Manchester [DCLG]

HL15044 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL15048 Lord Laird [DEFRA]

24 January (7 February)

HL15070 Lord Laird [HO]

HL15075 Lord Alton of Liverpool [BIS]

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

[BIS] 1

[CO] 3

[DCLG] 1

[DEFRA] 1

[HO] 5

[SO] 1

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

Caravan Sites [HL]

Private Member’s

Airports (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Subterranean Development [HL]

Private Member’s

10 February

Inheritance (Cohabitants) [HL]

Private Member’s

Smoke-free Private Vehicles [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 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

Scotland (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

14 February

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

Government

9 February

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

Private Member’s

Mental Health (Discrimination) [HL]

Private Member’s

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment)

Private Member’s

15 February

Public Services (Social Value)

Private Member’s

14 February

Waiting for Report

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

10 February

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

Government

8 February

Protection of Freedoms (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

15 February

Parliament Square (Management) [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Third Reading

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

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

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

Government

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 Consideration of Commons Reasons and Amendment

Welfare Reform (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

14 February

Waiting for Royal Assent

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Draft Pensions Act 2008 (Abolition of Protected Rights) (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) (Amendment) Order 2012

Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2012

Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2012

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Order 2012

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of Courts Boards) Order 2012

Draft Alternative Provision Academies (Consequential Amendments to Acts) (England) Order 2012

Draft Children Act 2004 Information Database (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2012

Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2012

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2012

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2012

Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2012

Draft Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition) Order 2012

Draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 2012

Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) Order 2012

Draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 23) (Investment Companies) Regulations 2012

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (Council Tax Increases) (England) Regulations 2012

14 February

Draft St Albans and Welwyn Hatfield (Boundary Change) Order 2012

14 February

Draft Licensing Act 2003 (Diamond Jubilee Licensing Hours) Order 2012

14 February

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2012

14 February

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Local Digital Television Programme Services Order 2012

9 February

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

9 February

Draft Revenue and Customs Appeals Order 2012

13 February

Draft Housing (Scotland) Act 2010 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2012

14 February

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Disqualification from Parliament) Order 2012

Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Domestic Violence) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Schools (Specification and Disposal of Articles) Regulations 2012

Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Negative Instrument 

Instrument reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

51st Report

Draft Modifications to the Standard Conditions of Electricity Supply Licences (No. 1 of 2012)

27 February

Special Procedure Order in Progress 

Date of Laying

Waiting for Chairmen’s report

Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2012

29 November

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 2012 [14 October]

19th Report

Public Bodies Orders in Progress 

Scrutiny period expires

To be considered

Draft Order waiting for consideration by the Merits Committee

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of Courts Boards) Order 2012

17 March

Draft Order reported from the Merits Committee

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Order 2012 51st Report from the Merits Committee, 39th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

15 March

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 8 February

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 9 February

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 13 February

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 14 February

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Wednesday 15 February

Constitution

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Thursday 16 February

European Union

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

9.30am

Monday 27 February

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill

Joint Committee

4.30pm

Tuesday 28 February

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Tuesday 13 March

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 14 March

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 7 February 2012 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Chichester.

Select Committee Reports

1 Merits of Statutory Instruments 
The 52nd Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 258)

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

24th Report, on the following bill:  
Health and Social Care Bill (Government response). (HL Paper 259)

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

The Euro Area Crisis. (25th Report, HL Paper 260)

Public Business

4 Libraries A question was asked by Lord Sheldon and answered by Baroness Rawlings.

5 European Union: fiscal compact treaty A question was asked by Lord Dykes and answered by Lord Sassoon.

6 Magna Carta A question was asked by Lord Lea of Crondall and answered by Lord McNally.

7 Prisoners: transportation A question was asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon and answered by Lord McNally.

8 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 175. The House resumed.

9 Abu Qatada Lord Henley repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

10 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 176ZZA. Amendments were agreed to. The House resumed.

11 European Union: trade agreements A question was asked by Baroness Hooper and, after debate, answered by Baroness Stowell of Beeston.

12 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 177AA. The House resumed after clause 83 was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 11.08pm until Wednesday 8 February at 3.00pm.

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 Broadcasting-Revised Agreement between the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport and the British Broadcasting Corporation regarding the Digital Switchover Help Scheme.
     (8286)

2 Health-Government response to the 12th Report of the House of Commons Health Committee on Public Health.    (8290)

3 Sentenced Persons-Agreement between the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons.    (8291)

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution:

1 (1) Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

(2) Draft Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) Order 2012

laid under the Pensions Act 2008.

2 Draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 23) (Investment Companies) Regulations 2012, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Greater London Authority (Limitation of Salaries) (Amendment) Order 2012, laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999.   (234)

2 (1) Contaminated Land (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2012   (263)

(2) Draft Statutory Guidance on Contaminated Land   (-)

(3) Draft Statutory Guidance on Radioactive Contaminated Land   (-)

laid under the Environmental Protection Act 1990.

Prepared 8th February 2012