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House of Lords Business

Wednesday 7 January 2015 at 3.00pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 December 2014 (HL Deb, col 1593–6), what assessment they have made of the views of London residents about clause 33 of the Deregulation Bill and the impact of the proposed changes to controls on London lettings on long-term residents.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for promoting the economic prosperity of towns that do not form part of city regions.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any reform of Disabled Students’ Allowance will take full account of the case for encouraging independent learning and study for eligible students.

†*The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the agreement reached at the United Nations climate change conference in Lima in December 2014.

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Bill [HL] Third Reading [Baroness Hayman]

Pension Schemes Bill Committee [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth] 12th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Lord Parekh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain and, where necessary, improve the level of medical competence and skill in the National Health Service. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 11th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Future Business 

Thursday 8 January at 11.00am

*The Lord Bishop of Chester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of United Kingdom electricity consumption was generated abroad in the last year for which statistics are available.

*Lord McAvoy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of shared space crossings on the safety of blind and partially sighted people and other people with a disability.

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the position in Ukraine.

†*Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term sustainability of higher education funding in the United Kingdom.

Baroness Massey of Darwen to move that this House takes note of the case for early years intervention in breaking the cycle of deprivation and promoting social mobility

Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons they have learnt from the recent ebola outbreak in West Africa. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

Lord Turnberg to move that this House takes note of the future of the National Health Service.

†Insurance Bill [HL] (Law Commission Bill) Report [Lord Newby] Report from the Special Public Bill Committee (HL Paper 81)

Monday 12 January at 2.30pm

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich will be introduced.

*Lord Jordan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to produce a Green Paper to address the incidence of vehicle accidents involving young drivers.

*Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo.

*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are Public Health England’s plans for combatting alcohol addiction.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to safeguard village life.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Pension Schemes Bill will conclude.

Baroness Bakewell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage elderly people, including those with early stage dementia, to prepare living wills and powers of attorney in anticipation of serious illness or degenerative disease. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room.

Tuesday 13 January at 2.30pm

Lord Hay of Ballyore will be introduced.

*Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Oxfam survey which found that 65 per cent of Syrian refugees feared they might not be able to return to their homes, how they are co-ordinating with host countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Iraq to improve the living conditions, educational opportunities and employability of those who have fled the conflict in Syria.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review with the Financial Conduct Authority the implementation of the Companies Act 2006 in relation to nominee operators so that private shareholders with nominee accounts automatically receive reports and accounts free of charge for the companies in which they invest.

*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to improve the quality and timeliness of their responses to reports from Select Committees of this House.

If the Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill is received from the Commons, it is expected that the Bill will be read a second time.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Randerson] 13th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 (Restrictions on Disclosure of Information in relation to National Security etc.) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Wallace of Tankerness] 14th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Transfer of Tribunal Functions (Transport Tribunal) Order 2014 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks] 13th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (Amendment of Functions) Order 2014 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund (Winding Up) Order 2014 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Gardiner of Kimble] 14th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurofibromatosis Type 1. (1 hour)

Wednesday 14 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report of the Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe on monitoring of trials of former officials and political figures under prosecution in Georgia following the change of government at the end of 2012.

*Lord Phillips of Sudbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to enhance the amount and quality of citizenship education in order to increase the democratic participation and engagement of young citizens.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to increase internship opportunities.

†Recall of MPs Bill Committee [Lord Wallace of Saltaire] 11th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Lord Inglewood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Report of the Communications Committee on Media plurality (1st Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 120). (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room.

Thursday 15 January at 11.00am

†*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the proportion of people living with HIV who are undiagnosed.

†*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that people facing delays in receiving personal independence payments do not endure financial hardship.

†*Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to persuade the United States to lift its ban on the import of haggis.

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to move that this House takes note of the natural environment and the case for reducing polluting emissions, improving green transport and protecting wildlife and green spaces.

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the pressures facing accident and emergency services. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to move that this House takes note of mental health care provision.

Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the developing world; and what plans they have to build on this work post-2015. (1½ hours)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 1.00pm

Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote more cadet units in schools. (1 hour)

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term impact of current levels of funding of the criminal bar. (1 hour)

The Earl of Lytton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the settlement of unclear or disputed property boundaries. (1 hour)

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to abolish the liability of private householders and others for chancel repairs. (1 hour)

Lord Darzi of Denham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support the recommendations of the London Health Commission with regard to combatting the impact of smoking on health. (1 hour)

†Friday 16 January at 10.00am

†Assisted Dying Bill [HL] Committee (day 2) [Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

†Monday 19 January at 2.30pm

†*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about the future of the Imperial War Museum’s library and Explain History service.

†*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the number of people waiting for decisions on eligibility for personal independence payments.

†*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that servicemen and women are given the opportunity and support to spend sufficient time with their children and families.

†*Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on students, universities and international relations of requiring overseas students to leave the United Kingdom immediately upon graduating.

†Tuesday 20 January at 2.30pm

†*Baroness Kidron to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that arts subjects have equal weighting in the new Progress 8 measure.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask the Leader of the House what discussions she plans to hold on reviewing the governance of the House of Lords in the light of the report of the House of Commons Governance Committee.

†*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the causes of the £3.1 billion increase in the National Health Service’s potential liabilities for clinical negligence to £25.7 billion between 31 March 2013 and 31 March 2014.

†Wednesday 21 January at 3.00pm

†*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest United Kingdom employment figures.

†*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the drinks industry about contributing to National Health Service accident and emergency costs.

†*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the number of people employed in the tourism and hospitality sectors.

Thursday 22 January at 11.00am

Lord Lisvane will be introduced.

†*Lord Palmer of Childs Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of changes to local government finances on libraries in the United Kingdom.

†*Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the selection procedure for the next United Nations Secretary-General.

†*Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government regarding the devolution of powers over fracking for gas on land.

Lord Adonis to move that this House takes note of the case for improving investment in and planning for the United Kingdom’s national infrastructure.

It is expected that a topical question for short debate will be asked after the first debate this day. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 12 January, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 13 January.

Lord Beecham to move that this House takes note of the Local Government Finance Settlement and its implications for the future of local government.

†Monday 26 January at 2.30pm

†*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to give Ofsted the powers to inspect the management of academy chains.

†*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average salary paid to general practitioners working within the National Health Service.

†Tuesday 27 January at 2.30pm

†*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact so far of the next general election date being fixed on 7 May 2015.

†*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assistance they have given to the rescue and recovery of the Nigerian girls abducted by Boko Haram.

†*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of policies to reduce alcohol consumption, what discussions they have had with supermarkets about the range of strengths of alcoholic drinks they supply.

†Wednesday 28 January at 3.00pm

†*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the conditions which must be met before a faith school is allowed to be established; who sets and agrees the conditions; and how the conditions must guarantee a broad and balanced curriculum for pupils.

†Tuesday 3 February at 2.30pm

†*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the international recovery effort following Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and the United Kingdom’s contribution to that effort.

Select Committee Reports 

The dates on which the reports were published are in italics

Lord Howell of Guildford to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence on Persuasion and Power in the Modern World (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 150). 28 March 2014

Lord Hardie to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 139). 13 March 2014

Lord Shutt of Greetland to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Inquiries Act 2005 (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 143). 11 March 2014

Lord Inglewood to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on Broadcast general election debates (2nd Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 171). 13 May 2014

Lord Krebs to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students (4th Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 162). 11 April 2014

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Baroness Wheeler to move that this House takes note of the 17 negative instruments relating to care and support laid before the House between 24 and 31 October. (See Negative Instruments list) 14th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the statute law repeal work of the Law Commissions; and what consideration they have given to increasing the scale of that activity. (21 July)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve maternity care and to ensure that staff are trained and developed to meet future needs. (24 July)

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to individual artists, including visual artists, writers and composers. (30 July)

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reforms to Disabled Students’ Allowance, what are the duties of higher education institutions towards disabled students. (13 October)

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role that women’s refuge centres play in protecting victims of domestic and mental abuse. (13 October)

The Lord Bishop of Truro to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local welfare assistance schemes provide effective support to people in crisis and will continue to be able to do so. (13 October)

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the results of the review into the setting of Universal Credit conditionality when children are in distress. (13 October)

Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the growth of small businesses in the United Kingdom. (15 October)

Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to include all adolescent boys in the national vaccination programme for human papilloma virus. (15 October: amended on 6 January)

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that more hotels in the United Kingdom have better facilities for disabled people. (16 October)

Lord Thomas of Gresford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage women to participate in the sport of rowing at every level of ability. (22 October)

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of mental health services for deaf people using British sign language. (29 October: amended on 10 November)

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve mental health services for infants, children and young people, for care leavers, and for adults with care experience. (29 October)

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent events in Eritrea and Ethiopia, and of their impact on migration to Western Europe. (3 November)

Lord Monks to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future position of museums in regional areas, in the light of the withdrawal of national funding from 2015–16 onwards. (3 November)

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the social and economic value of sports volunteering in the United Kingdom. (4 November)

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report Is General Practice in Crisis? by the Nuffield Trust. (6 November)

Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to meet the continuing challenge of HIV and AIDS. (7 November)

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current proposals for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. (11 November)

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect on the youth unemployed of a potential increase in the employment levels of older people. (11 November)

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for a concerted European approach to the issues arising from the refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa. (17 November)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recovery effort in the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. (17 November)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the benefits to the United Kingdom of ratification of Protocol 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights. (21 November)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative following the Global Summit in June 2014. (24 November)

Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect of European Union regulation on British agriculture. (25 November)

Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political stability of the borders of Europe and Russia. (26 November)

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the implications for labour market policy of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics’ report Wellbeing in four policy areas. (27 November)

Baroness Drake to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to raise awareness of the autoimmune condition Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) amongst general practitioners and throughout the National Health Service. (27 November)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations following its consideration of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry report identifying crimes against humanity in North Korea; and whether they intend to ask the United Nations Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court. (27 November)

Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report Winterbourne View - Time for Change. (1 December)

Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve access to treatments for patients with rare diseases. (3 December)

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the continuing sustainability of rural communities, in the light of the additional costs and challenges of service provision in the countryside. (4 December)

Lord Purvis of Tweed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of digital inclusion and open government in engaging young people and under-represented groups in the democratic process. (5 December)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the Supreme Court’s March 2014 judgment on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards has had on healthcare. (8 December)

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to use, and to encourage the development of, technologies to reduce the number of collisions between heavy goods vehicles and cyclists. (9 December)

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their strategic priorities for international development after April 2015. (11 December)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government, on completion of the European Union balance of competences review, how they will use the information gleaned. (15 December)

Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that laws protecting shop-workers from violence, including those selling alcohol, are fully enforced. (16 December)

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden. (16 December)

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions are being taken to address the concerns expressed by a number of local authorities in England and Wales about the growth in the number of high stakes fixed odds betting machines available on the high street. (16 December)

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the variety and diversity of schools within the independent education sector. (17 December)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to implement the report on the Money Advice Service undertaken by Christine Farnish. (17 December)

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons have been learned from the Al-Sweady inquiry. (6 January)

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve diagnosis and support for people with autism spectrum disorders. (6 January)

Questions for Written Answer 

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

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage local authorities to sign up to the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.   HL3878

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what criteria they based their estimate that the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme would support several hundred refugees over three years.   HL3879

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme in the light of the call by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for 100,000 further humanitarian admission places in 2015 and 2016.
   HL3880

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking regularly to review the number of people offered resettlement places in the United Kingdom under the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme to ensure that the scheme is responsive to need.
   HL3881

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many countries of concern have been identified by the National Security Council, and how many countries have been prioritised for activity under the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund.   HL3882

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Security Council will have a strategy for each of its priority countries, and, if so, what those strategies will include.   HL3883

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funding for the national HIV prevention programme will be reduced from April 2015, and if so, by how much.   HL3884

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation has taken place about the possibility of a reduction in funding for the national HIV prevention programme.   HL3885

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible impact of a reduction in funding for the national HIV prevention programme from April 2015 on rates of HIV transmission in the United Kingdom.   HL3886

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on the use of sofosbuvir in the treatment of hepatitis C has not been published nearly 11 months after it received its marketing authorisation.   HL3887

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the delay in the publication of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidance on sofosbuvir on the health of patients with liver cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C.   HL3888

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of NHS England’s proposal to delay implementation of guidance on sofosbuvir for the treatment of hepatitis C.   HL3889

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Earl Howe on 16 December 2014 (HL Deb, cols 101–2), whether they sought the endorsement of (1) the British Medical Association, (2) the General Medical Council, and (3) any of the Royal Medical Colleges, for their Guidance in Relation to the Requirements of the Abortion Act 1967; and if so, what were the respective responses.   HL3890

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the answer by Earl Howe on 16 December 2014 (HL Deb, cols 101–2), what status the Guidance in Relation to the Requirements of the Abortion Act 1967 has, and whether abortion providers are legally required to comply with it.
   HL3891

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 30 October 2013 (WA 259), 26 November 2013 (WA 263), 3 December 2013 (WA 36), 3 December 2014 (HL3158), 16 December 2014 (HL3461) and 5 January (HL3839), whether the Chief Medical Officer’s views are the only obstacle they are aware of to a universally agreed definition of genetic modification; if not, what are the "rather mixed and odd ways" in which others have used terms like "genetic modification," "GM" and "germline".   HL3892

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health, Jane Ellison, on 17 December 2014 (HC Deb, cols 96–7WS) and the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 5 January (HL3754), why the draft Regulations laid before Parliament do not mention the regulatory process that would involve analysis of the POLG gene; whether they still consider Leigh syndrome to be one of "the most serious disorders that can arise from unhealthy mitochondria"; and whether certain patients presenting with Leigh syndrome might therefore be contraindicated as candidates for pronuclear transfer or spindle-chromosomal complex transfer due to heterozygosity for POLG mutations as reported in the Journal of Pediatrics (May 2007, Volume 150, Issue 5, pages 531–534), Human Mutation (February 2009, Volume 30, Issue 2, pages 248–254), Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (May 2009, Volume 1787, Issue 5, pages 484–490) and the European Journal of Paediatric Neurology (September 2012, Volume 16, Issue 5, pages 542–548).   HL3893

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quality of service and value-for-money provided by Capita in operating the National Benefit Fraud Hotline.
   HL3894

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 17 June 2014 (HL126), with regard to the use of Diego Garcia for rendition flights, what is the latest situation in relation to such flights.   HL3895

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Bates on 8 December 2014 (HL3326) and 18 December 2014 (HL3645), how many applications from Nepal were received in 2014 in Delhi and how many of these were approved.   HL3896

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 15 December 2014 (HL3258), whether any gallantry medals have been awarded but not gazetted in the last 15 years.   HL3897

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 15 December 2014 (HL3255), why the repayment conditions were not agreed in advance of the European Commission announcing the additional contribution to the EU Budget; and what contingency planning they had undertaken to prepare for such an additional repayment demand.
   HL3898

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Freedom of Information request which would exceed the financial threshold can be validly submitted on the basis that the enquirer pays the excess so that the information is provided.   HL3899

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 16 December 2014 (HL3641), whether they have discussed the risk factors relating to the entry into the country of foreign citizens with the government of the United States; and if so, why their assessment of the risks posed by Israeli citizens entering the United Kingdom differs from the assessment made by the government of the United States about entry into that country.   HL3900

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the counter-terrorism work carried out as part of the Prevent strategy and the Channel process.
   HL3901

Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people committed suicide in prison in England in 2014; and of those (1) how many received mental health assessments prior to their deaths, and (2) how many were diagnosed with a mental health illness.   HL3902

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial implications for employers of the ruling by the European Court of Justice that under certain circumstances obesity should be considered a disability.   HL3903

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people comprised the United Kingdom delegation at the NATO summit in Wales in September; and of those how many were women.   HL3904

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people comprised the Afghanistan delegation attending the NATO Summit in Wales in September; and of those how many were women.   HL3905

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many delegates in total attended the NATO Summit in Wales in September; and of those how many were women.   HL3906

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many delegates from fragile and conflict-affected states attended the NATO Summit in Wales in September; and of those how many were women.   HL3907

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 17 December 2014 (HL3283), what plans they have to introduce legislation to criminalise the purchase of sex.   HL3908

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many girls under the legal age of marriage but who had been married abroad were brought back to the United Kingdom in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.   HL3909

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt on behalf of Mohammed Hegazy.   HL3910

Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on small and medium-sized enterprises of the recent decision of the European Court of Justice in Fag og Arbejde (FOA) v Kommunernes Landsforening (KL).   HL3911

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government when regulations will be introduced to implement plain paper packaging for cigarettes.   HL3912

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish (1) their current guidance on the Access to Work scheme, and (2) the forthcoming revision of that guidance.   HL3913

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the cause, and (2) the effect, of the 29 per cent reduction in the number of children detained in secure children’s homes between April and September 2013, in the light of the fact that there was a 5 per cent reduction in the total number of children in custody over the same period.   HL3914

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the final evaluation of the Youth Justice Reinvestment Custody Pathfinders project will be published.   HL3915

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lay magistrates are currently in post, broken down by (1) socio-economic, and (2) ethnic, categories.   HL3916

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) district, and (2) deputy district judges, are currently serving in magistrates’ courts; and how many such judges they estimate will be appointed in 2015.   HL3917

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the (1) socio-economic, (2) ethnic, and (3) age, profiles of (a) lay magistrates, and (b) district and deputy district judges, appointed in 2014.
   HL3918

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 17 December 2014 (HL3529), what further attempts have been made to gain an explanation from the government of China for the detention of Alexandra Wilson.   HL3919

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take if no explanation for the detention of Alexandra Wilson is received from the government of China.   HL3920

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the reaction of consular officials in Beijing to the detention of Alexandra Wilson by Chinese authorities was adequate.
   HL3921

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether action has been taken by British consular officials since the release of Alexandra Wilson to seek an explanation for her detention; if so, what action, and if not, why not.   HL3922

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance was offered to Alexandra Wilson during her detention and on her release.   HL3923

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 8 December 2014 (HL3166), what plans they have to hold a referendum in England to ascertain the level of support for an English parliament.   HL3924

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 9 December 2014 (HL3168), what steps they are taking to ensure that legislation is properly drafted such that Parliament’s intentions are clear with regard to taxation.   HL3925

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 17 December 2014 (HL3232), how many new criminal offences were created from 1 January 2000 to 31 May 2014; and what plans they have to review those offences to ensure that they do not have a detrimental effect on freedom of speech, freedom of thought and individual conscience.
   HL3926

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 December 2014 (HL3536), whether recent statements by the Prime Minister stating that during negotiations on European Union reform nothing can be ruled out mean that the United Kingdom could withdraw from the European Union if the Government’s objectives can not be met.   HL3927

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support a policy of quantitative easing by the European Central Bank; and if so, what would be the implications for the United Kingdom if such a policy were implemented.   HL3928

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whom they have appointed to carry out the review of the operation of Part 6 of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000 in relation to the 2015 general election as provided for in section 39 of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.   HL3929

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the boy killed and 24 children injured in the West Bank last week as reported by the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs.   HL3930

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the death of Palestinian Cabinet Minister Ziad Abu Ein.   HL3931

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Israel returns the 128 million US dollars it is withholding in tax revenues which are owing to the Palestinian Authority.   HL3932

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to speed up payment of the sums pledged in Cairo for the reconstruction of Gaza; and whether they will ask Israel to contribute.
   HL3933

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning (1) the removal of two military bases in the West Bank in order to allow for the expansion of existing settlements, (2) the Israeli air attack on a cement factory near Khan Yunis in the Gaza Strip on 20 or 21 December, (3) the elimination of delays and full normal opening of the Tulkarm Crossing-point for Palestinians with permission to work in Israel, (4) approval for the construction of 243 houses on West Bank land illegally annexed to Jerusalem, and (5) Israeli naval vessels firing live ammunition at Palestinian fishermen off Gaza, damaging several boats.   HL3934

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Egypt about full reopening of the Rafah Crossing, in particular for urgent medical cases, students, and other priority categories.   HL3935

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether agreements have been reached under the "Khartoum Process" launched in November 2014; if so, what is their specific subject matter; and whether they expect any significant reduction to ensue in flows of migrants and refugees from the Horn of Africa.   HL3936

Lord Stewartby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reconsider the attitudes, capabilities and experience required for senior posts in regulation in the light of the outcome of the Davis Review of the Financial Conduct Authority.   HL3937

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect consumers from continuous payment authority abuses.   HL3938

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to monitor Sustainable Mode of Travel to School strategies as a statutory duty for local authorities; and when they plan to review those strategies in the near future.   HL3939

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the concept of a visa on arrival for students from outside the European Union with a confirmed place at a United Kingdom higher education institution.   HL3940

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have introduced to make sports facilities more widely accessible to young people with disabilities.    HL3941

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure the early identification of Speech, Language and Communications Needs (SLCNs); and what measures will be put in place to ensure that the education workforce have the necessary skills to promote language development for pupils with SLCNs.   HL3942

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost per application for each of the Cabinet Office voter registration Innovation Fund projects.   HL3943

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to (1) celebrate, and (2) support, National Voter Registration Day on 5 February.   HL3944

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that Electoral Registration Officers (1) put in place, and (2) execute, effective plans to give (a) attainers, (b) students and (c) 16 to 24 year-olds more generally, the opportunity to register to vote in advance of the next General Election.    HL3945

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional funding (1) has been, and (2) is being, made available in the current Parliament to (a) Electoral Registration Officers, and (b) democracy organisations, to support youth and student voter registration and voter engagement efforts in the United Kingdom.   HL3946

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what effort is being made to ensure that all armed service members are able to exercise their right to vote at the coming general election.
   HL3947

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they allocate to tackling people trafficking each year; and how many people have been convicted of such crimes in the last year.   HL3948

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland was involved in all parts of the talks leading to the Stormont House Agreement, contrary to the Belfast Agreement of 1998.   HL3949

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the talks leading to the Stormont House Agreement included any discussion of the undertakings given by the government of the Republic of Ireland as part of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 to improve human rights in their country; and, if not, why not.   HL3950

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided not to establish a panel to examine issues around parading in North Belfast.   HL3951

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any additional agreements were concluded further to the Stormont House Agreement; and, if so, when those will be published.   HL3952

Lord Blencathra to ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will review the ban on the use of electronic cigarettes in the areas of the Lords which previously permitted smoking.   HL3953

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much legal aid has been paid to Public Interest Lawyers in respect of allegations made during the Al-Sweady inquiry; and what steps they plan to take to recover such money.   HL3954

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon MP, on 17 December 2014 (HC Deb, cols 1407–9), whether they will take action against Public Interest Lawyers for pursuing "completely baseless allegations" against the Ministry of Defence.    HL3955

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement made by the Secretary of State for Defence, Michael Fallon MP, on 17 December 2014 (HC Deb, cols 1407–9), whether they will investigate what other cases Public Interest Lawyers may have pursued on the basis of false allegations.   HL3956

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government which law firms have received legal aid funding in relation to claims against the Ministry of Defence in the last five years; and in each case how much funding has been provided.   HL3957

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 2 December 2014 (HL3199), who issued and on what authority the invitations to the 270 guests who attended the Armistice Sunday service at Wayne’s Keep; why relatives of the deceased were not invited and on whose authority that decision was made; and whether any representative of the Cyprus Government was invited and attended.   HL3958

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the 29 December 2014 statement by the Greek Cypriot Archbishop Chrysostomos II in respect of civil and human rights for Turkish Cypriots; what recognition they accord to the role of the Archbishop in Greek Cypriot decision-making; and what impact this statement will have on their current policy towards the Cyprus.   HL3959

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Government Ministers routinely inform all members of Parliament of the names, phone numbers and email addresses of their private offices; and if not, why not.   HL3960

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Government Ministers routinely acknowledge written communications from members of Parliament, including emails; and if not, why not.   HL3961

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

24 November (8 December)

HL3120 Lord Patten [DCLG]

3 December (17 December)

HL3392 Lord Browne of Belmont [DfID]

4 December (18 December)

HL3426 Lord Boateng [DfID]

8 December (22 December)

HL3493 The Lord Bishop of St Albans [HO]

HL3504 Lord Browne of Belmont [HO]

10 December (24 December)

HL3614 Baroness Gardner of Parkes [DCLG]

HL3615 Baroness Gardner of Parkes [DCLG]

HL3616 Baroness Gardner of Parkes [DCLG]

HL3629 The Marquess of Lothian [MoD]

12 December (30 December)

HL3704 Lord Scriven [DCLG]

15 December (31 December)

HL3760 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL3770 Lord Storey [CO]

16 December (2 January)

HL3783 Lord Scriven [CO]

HL3791 Lord Avebury [CO]

HL3801 Lord Chidgey [MoD]

HL3822 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

17 December (5 January)

HL3834 Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead [HO]

HL3835 Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead [HO]

HL3836 Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead [HO]

HL3842 Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe [HO]

HL3845 Lord Christopher [CO]

HL3846 Lord Christopher [HO]

HL3852 Lord Higgins [HMT]

HL3857 Lord Scriven [HO]

HL3858 Lord Scriven [HO]

HL3859 Lord Scriven [HO]

HL3864 Baroness Gardner of Parkes [DCLG]

HL3865 Baroness Gardner of Parkes [DCLG]

HL3868 Lord Warner [HO]

HL3869 Lord Temple-Morris [MoD]

HL3873 Baroness King of Bow [DCLG]

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

[CO] 4

[DCLG] 8

[DfID] 2

[HMT] 1

[HO] 13

[MoD] 3

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

High-cost Credit Agreements (Advertising Restrictions) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Duchy of Cornwall [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Employment Practices [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Voter Registration [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Governance of Sport [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Land Value Tax [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Voting Age (Comprehensive Reduction) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Repeal) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Licensing Act 2003 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Abortion Act 1967 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

BBC (Trustee Election and Licence Fee) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Withdrawal) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Chancel Repairs [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Mesothelioma (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Cats [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Leader of the House of Lords [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Prime Minister (Limitation of Period of Office) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target)

Private Member’s

 

Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences)

Private Member’s

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

7 January

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Parliamentary Privilege (Defamation) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

16 January

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Pension Schemes (Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

7 January

Recall of MPs

Government

14 January

Waiting for Report

   

Deregulation (Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Modern Slavery (Northern Irish and Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Insurance [HL] (Law Commission Bill)

Government

8 January

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Medical Innovation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) [HL]

Private Member’s

7 January

National Insurance Contributions

Government

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) [HL]

Government

 

Serious Crime [HL] (Northern Irish and Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Infrastructure [HL] (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

 

Mutuals’ Deferred Shares [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Transport for London [HL]

Private

 

Returned to the Commons Amended

   

Consumer Rights (Northern Irish and Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism

Government

 

Returned to the Commons with Reasons and an Amendment

   

Criminal Justice and Courts (Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has drawn attention to certain instruments in the reports indicated

 

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

Motor Vehicles (Variation of Speed Limits) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Care and Support (Business Failure) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Care and Support (Children’s Carers) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations 2014

19th Report

 

Draft Care and Support (Market Oversight Criteria) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Regulatory Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2015

   

Draft Films (Definition of "British Film") Order 2015

   

Draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Code A) Order 2015

   

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (The Law Society) (Modification of Functions) Order 2015

   

Draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Code of Practice for Powers of Entry and Description of Relevant Persons) Order 2015

   

Draft Social Security (Penalty as Alternative to Prosecution) (Maximum Amount) Order 2015

   

Draft Justification Decision (Generation of Electricity by the UK ABWR Nuclear Reactor) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Communications Data) (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Microchipping of Dogs (England) Regulations 2015

13th Report

 

Draft Judicial Pensions Regulations 2015

   

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Advisory Committees on Pesticides) Order 2015

   

Draft Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Referral and Investigation of Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Order 2015

   

Draft Referral and Investigation of Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Northern Ireland and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 2015

   

Draft Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Conduct of Investigations, etc.) Regulations 2015

   

Draft National Employment Savings Trust (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft British Nationality (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Code of Practice) (England and Wales and Scotland) Order 2015

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Search, Seizure and Detention of Property: Code of Practice) (England and Wales) Order 2015

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (England and Wales) Order 2015

   

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft Armed Forces Pension (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Public Service (Civil Servants and Others) Pensions (Consequential and Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

   

Draft National Health Service Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Teachers’ Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Police Pensions (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015

   

Draft Local Audit (Appointing Person) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Local Audit (Smaller Authorities) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Electronic Commerce Directive (Financial Services and Markets) (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Fines on Summary Conviction) Regulations 2015

   

Fishing Boats (Satellite-Tracking Devices and Electronic Reporting) (England) (Amendment) Scheme 2014

   

Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Government of Wales Act 2006 (Amendment) Order 2015

 

13 January

Draft Transfer of Tribunal Functions (Transport Tribunal) Order 2014

 

13 January

Draft Olympic Lottery Distribution Fund (Winding Up) Order 2014

 

13 January

Draft Reservoirs (Scotland) Act 2011 (Restrictions on Disclosure of Information in relation to National Security etc.) Order 2015

 

13 January

Draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales (Amendment of Functions) Order 2014

 

13 January

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015

   

Draft State Pension Regulations 2015

   

Draft Universal Credit (Work-Related Requirements) In Work Pilot Scheme and Amendment Regulations 2015

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

 

14th Report

   

Care and Support (Provision of Health Services) Regulations 2014

7 December

 

Care and Support (Market Oversight Information) Regulations 2014

7 December

 

Care and Support (Discharge of Hospital Patients) Regulations 2014

7 December

 

Care and Support (Independent Advocacy Support) Regulations 2014

10 December

 

Care and Support (Continuity of Care) Regulations 2014

10 December

 

Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014

10 December

 

Care and Support (Ordinary Residence) (Specified Accommodation) Regulations 2014

10 December

 

Care and Support (Disputes Between Local Authorities) Regulations 2014

10 December

 

Care and Support (Cross-border Placements) (Business Failure Duties of Scottish Local Authorities) Regulations 2014

11 December

 

Care and Support (Personal Budget: Exclusion of Costs) Regulations 2014

11 December

 

Care and Support (Cross-border Placements and Business Failure: Temporary Duty) (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2014

11 December

 

Care and Support and After-care (Choice of Accommodation) Regulations 2014

13 December

 

Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014

13 December

 

Care and Support (Preventing Needs for Care and Support) Regulations 2014

13 December

 

Care and Support (Sight-impaired and Severely Sight-impaired Adults) Regulations 2014

13 December

 

Care and Support (Deferred Payment) Regulations 2014

14 December

 

Care and Support (Direct Payments) Regulations 2014

14 December

 

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

 

Date of Laying

Parliamentary procedure

Draft Order laid before the House and referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Community Governance Reviews) Order 2014

11 December

Affirmative

Public Bodies Orders in Progress 

 

Scrutiny period expires

To be considered

Draft Order waiting for consideration by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Advisory Committees on Pesticides) Order 2015

11 February

 

Draft Order reported from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee) Order 2015 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 19th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

29 January

 

Draft Order waiting for further consideration by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee under the enhanced affirmative procedure

   

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Library Advisory Council for England) Order 2014 13th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 15th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

26 January

 

Forthcoming Retirement 

The following member of the House has given notice of his intention to retire.

 

Date of retirement

 
     

Lord Nickson

27 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 Committees Weekly Bulletin.

Wednesday 7 January

   

Human Rights

Joint Committee

9.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs, Health and Education

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection

4.00pm

Monday 12 January

   

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment

4.00pm

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.30pm

Tuesday 13 January

   

Digital Skills

Select Committee

10.00am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Draft Protection of Charities Bill

Joint Committee

2.00pm

European Union

Select Committee

2.00pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.30pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Procedure

Domestic Committee

4.15pm

Monday 19 January

   

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 21 January

   

Affordable Childcare

Select Committee

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 28 January

   

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 6 January 2015 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of St Albans.

1 Retirement The Lord Speaker informed the House of the retirement with effect from 6 January of Lord Jenkin of Roding under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.

2 Barony of Hampton in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Lord Chancellor reported that John Humphrey Arnott Pakington had established his claim to the Barony of Hampton in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter Lord Hampton on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).

Public Business

3 Children’s privacy A question was asked by Baroness Smith of Basildon and answered by Lord Bates.

4 Health: diesel engine pollution A question was asked by Lord Berkeley and answered by Lord De Mauley.

5 Chilcot inquiry A question was asked by Lord Dykes and answered by Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

6 United Nations Security Council: Israel and Palestine A question was asked by Baroness Tonge and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

7 Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill The bill was read a third time. An amendment was agreed to. Then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

8 National Insurance Contributions Bill The report was received. Amendments were agreed to. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 74)

9 House of Lords Lord Williams of Elvel moved that this House takes note of the case for effecting a reduction in the number of Peers attending the House each day without recourse to primary legislation. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 8.49pm until Wednesday 7 January 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 Human Rights-Report for 2013–14 to the Joint Committee on Human Rights on the Government’s response to human rights judgments. (18 December)   (8962)

2 European Union-European Union Finances 2014: statement on the 2014 EU Budget and measures to counter fraud and financial mismanagement. (18 December)   (8974)

3 Post-Legislative Scrutiny

(1) Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Act 2009. (18 December)   (8984)

(2) Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Policing and Crime Act 2009. (18 December)   (8987)

4 Border Controls-Government response to the 4th Report of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on Her Majesty’s Passport Office: delays in processing applications. (19 December)   (8992)

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following instruments were laid before the House on the dates shown:

       
Title, etc.

SI No

Date of laying

Negative Instruments

   

Family Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2014, laid under the Courts Act 2003.

3296

18 December

Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business) (Amendment) Rules 2014, laid under the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.

3297

18 December

(1) Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Protection Measures) Regulations 2014

  3298

18 December

(2) Criminal Justice (European Protection Order) (England and Wales) Regulations 2014

  3300

18 December

(3) Deduction from Wages (Limitation) Regulations 2014

  3322

18 December

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

   

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 8) Rules 2014, laid under the Civil Procedure Act 1997.

3299

18 December

Greater London Authority (Consolidated Council Tax Requirement Procedure) Regulations 2014, laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

3308

18 December

Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) (England) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2014, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.

3312

18 December

Fire and Rescue Authorities (National Framework) (England) (Revision) Order 2014, laid under the Fire and Rescue Services Act 2004.

3317

18 December

Prohibition of Keeping or Release of Live Fish (Specified Species) (England) (Amendment) Order 2014, laid under the Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980.

3342

19 December

(1) Building Societies (Bail-in) Order 2014

  3344

19 December

(2) Sea Fishing (Points for Masters of Fishing Boats) Regulations 2014

  3345

19 December

(3) Bank Recovery and Resolution (No. 2) Order 2014

  3348

19 December

(4) Yemen (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2014

  3349

19 December

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

   

(1) Electricity and Gas (Internal Markets) Regulations 2014

  3332

22 December

(2) Electricity and Gas (Ownership Unbundling) Regulations 2014

  3333

22 December

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

   

Police (Conduct) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, laid under the Police Act 1996.

3347

22 December

School and Early Years Finance (England) Regulations 2014, laid under the School Standards and Framework Act 1998.

3352

22 December

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Fishing Boats (Satellite-Tracking Devices and Electronic Reporting) (England) (Amendment) Scheme 2014, laid under the Fisheries Act 1981.   (3363)

2 Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the European Parliamentary Elections Act 2002.

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report for 2013–14 of the Secretary of State for Transport on the use of his powers under section 70 of the Charities Act 2006, laid under the Charities Act 2006.

2 Modifications to the Standard Conditions of Electricity Supply Licences 2014, laid under the Energy Act 2013.

Prepared 7th January 2015