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House of Lords Business

Monday 15 June 2015 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to decarbonise the electricity supply system in the United Kingdom, with which targets and over what timetable.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for funding public service broadcasting.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement a whole school approach to nutrition and the health and wellbeing of children.

*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they propose to the calculation of the block grant to Scotland, in the light of the recent and proposed increased tax-raising powers of the Scottish Parliament.

Lord Maude of Horsham to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s support for trade and investment and the contribution such support makes to economic growth.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the law governing elections in the United Kingdom. (1½ hours)

Future Business 

Tuesday 16 June at 2.30pm

*Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are undertaking to ensure that women who have suffered domestic violence and abuse have access to the legal and emotional support they may require.

*Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of those affected by the social rented sector size criteria who have downsized into smaller properties.

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to recognise the killings of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians in 1915 as genocide.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 12 June.

†Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clauses 2 and 3
Schedule 2
Clauses 4 to 7

Schedule 3
Clauses 8 to 11
Schedule 4
Clauses 12 to 14
Title.

†Psychoactive Substances [HL] Lord Bates to move that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 3
Schedule 1
Clauses 4 to 36
Schedule 2
Clauses 37 to 52

Schedule 3
Clauses 53 and 54
Schedule 4
Clauses 55 to 57
Title.

Childcare Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Nash]

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

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals to be agreed by the United Nations in September. (1½ hours)

Wednesday 17 June at 3.00pm

*Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the risk of climate change.

*The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to lift the moratorium on the use of neonicotinoid pesticides for agricultural crops.

*Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reschedule cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2007 to enable its use for medicinal purposes.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 15 June.

Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon to move that this House takes note of transport connectivity and infrastructure in the North of England.

Lord Sterling of Plaistow to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the current defence budget is sufficient to enable the armed forces to meet the needs of the United Kingdom’s long-term foreign policy. (1½ hours)

Thursday 18 June at 11.00am

*Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Burma concerning the persecution and trafficking of the Rohingya Muslims and ethnic minorities in Burma.

*Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will prioritise to reduce economic and social inequality in a One Nation Britain.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been let for the proposed secure college.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 16 June.

Lord Flight to move that this House takes note of recent and proposed reforms to the state and private pensions, including the triple lock, the introduction of a single tier pension and increased pensions freedom.

Baroness Wheatcroft to move that this House takes note of the contribution of the creative industries to the United Kingdom economy.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 1.00pm

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of corruption in the United Kingdom in the light of the recent report of Transparency International UK Corruption on your Doorstep – How corrupt capital is used to buy property in the UK. (1 hour)

Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to regulate the opinion-polling industry. (1 hour)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Royal Horticultural Society’s report Why we all need Greening Grey Britain, how they will address the impact of the increase in paving over front gardens, and whether they plan to change the regulations and development rights relating to front gardens. (1 hour)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding possible proposals for co-ordination from other European Union member states regarding the rescue of Middle East and African asylum seekers in Europe. (1 hour)

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the powers promised to Wales and Scotland will operate within new, balanced United Kingdom governmental structures. (1 hour)

Friday 19 June at 10.00am

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Empey]

Easter Trading Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Turner of Camden]

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Foulkes of Cumnock]

Monday 22 June at 2.30pm

*Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of general practitioners.

*Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of withdrawal from the European Union on investment in science and technology in the United Kingdom.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to review the governance and oversight of free schools.

*Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister has responsibility for family and relationship support policy; and what steps they are taking to deliver the commitment in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2015 to invest at least £7.5 million a year in relationship support.

Tuesday 23 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to protect tenants in the private rented sector.

*Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report Dying without Dignity, what steps they are taking to ensure that everyone in need has access to good palliative care.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop mental health services for pupils and young people.

Wednesday 24 June at 3.00pm

*Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to achieve parity of esteem between mental health and physical health in prisons.

*Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost (£/tCO2e) of greenhouse gas emissions abatement in the most recent year for which there is data from each of wind offshore, wind onshore and solar, taking into account the additional electricity system costs appropriate to each technology. [I]Blagdon and Blyth estates in Northumberland, with income from farming, forestry, commercial property, residential property, leisure, coal and clay mining

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the referendum on membership of the European Union does not overshadow the Welsh Assembly elections in 2016.

Thursday 25 June at 11.00am

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for constitutional reform.

*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide an annual report to Parliament regarding the operation of seven-day opening of general practitioner clinics.

*Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of individuals who have been dismissed to invoke their employment rights when they cannot afford tribunal costs.

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 15 June, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 16 June.

Monday 29 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Access to Work fund and what plans they have to help people with disabilities into work.

*Lord Brabazon of Tara to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to change the basis on which Vehicle Excise Duty rates for new cars are calculated by carbon dioxide emissions alone.

*Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the increase in the number of households in England and Wales between 2010 and 2014; and, over that period, what were the number and proportion of households where the head of the household was not born in the United Kingdom.

*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the performance of the Advertising Standards Authority.

Tuesday 30 June at 2.30pm

*Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Eurostar about allowing passengers to travel with pets.

*Lord Desai to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on whistleblowing in the National Health Service.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to use the full flexibility available to them when implementing European Union directives as was done in the Immigration Act 2014.

Wednesday 1 July at 3.00pm

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider reintroducing a post-study visa for international students studying at bona fide higher education institutions in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that any review of their shares in Royal Bank of Scotland examines all options for the bank’s future, including alternatives to reprivatisation.

*Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made regarding the publication of the Chilcot Report.

Thursday 2 July at 11.00am

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the start date for building a new London airport runway; and when they expect it will be ready for use.

*Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to establish a Constitutional Convention to consider the implications of devolution for each part of the United Kingdom; and whether they plan to publish a white paper setting out the consequences for the rest of the United Kingdom of fiscal autonomy for Scotland.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the arrangements for ensuring the security of maritime routes in and out of United Kingdom territorial waters.

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 22 June, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 23 June.

Monday 6 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce the results of their discussions about the European Union reform agenda with other member states.

*Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the effects of algorithmic trading are being monitored and sufficiently regulated.

*Baroness Bakewell to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report The UK Nursing Workforce: Crisis or Opportunity published by consultants Christie + Co on 3 June, which highlighted a serious staff shortage in care homes, what proportion of new apprenticeships will be in the care sector.

*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will fulfil their commitment to extend full voting rights to all United Kingdom citizens overseas before the referendum on United Kingdom membership of the European Union.

Tuesday 7 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to reduce overcrowding on regional passenger trains by allowing councils to have more control over the allocation of rolling stock.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many taxpayers will pay capital gains tax in this financial year, and how much this will contribute to the public purse.

*Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate telephone fundraising by or on behalf of charities.

Wednesday 8 July at 3.00pm

*Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to restore the link between funding and need to local government funding; and what assessment they have made of the impact of local government funding cuts on both the most and least deprived local authorities in the United Kingdom.

*Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to implement their pledge to work to eliminate child poverty and meet the 2020 statutory targets set out in the Child Poverty Act 2010.

*Viscount Hanworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual forecast cost for (1) storing, and (2) protecting, the stocks of plutonium at Sellafield in (a) 2015, (b) 2025, and (c) beyond 2025, if there is no decision to deal with the material otherwise.

†Thursday 9 July at 11.00am

†*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they carried out an Equality Impact Assessment before deciding on the recent in-year budget cut to public health funding.

†*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential security risks posed by converting former government buildings into privately owned hotels along the State Procession route between Buckingham Palace and the Palace of Westminster, including along Whitehall.

†*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to commence the review of the consumer protection measures for the secondary ticketing market under section 94 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015; and who will undertake it.

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 29 June, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 30 June.

Select Committee Reports 

The dates on which the reports were published are in italics.

Lord Lang of Monkton to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Constitution Committee on The office of Lord Chancellor (6th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 75). 11 December 2014

Lord Hollick to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on The Economic Case for HS2 (1st Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 134). 25 March 2015

Lord Best to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on Women in news and current affairs broadcasting (2nd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 91). 16 January 2015

Baroness Quin to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The UK’s opt-in Protocol: implications of the Government’s approach (9th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 136). 24 March 2015

Baroness O’Cathain to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Civilian Use of Drones in the EU (7th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 122). 5 March 2015

Other Motions for Debate 

Lord Saatchi to move that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with to allow any Bill in the form in which the Medical Innovation Bill [HL] was approved by this House and sent to the Commons on 23 January 2015 in the last Parliament to be taken through all its remaining stages on one day.

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to support England’s biodiversity and to promote farming methods that help ensure a healthy ecosystem that includes pollinators, butterflies and farmland birds. (27 May)

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. (27 May)

Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle litter in both urban and rural areas. (27 May)

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses. (27 May)

Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Sierra Leone, and what are their plans to assist the country to recover from the effects of the Ebola outbreak. (27 May)

Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the BBC. (27 May)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the 2016 Welsh Assembly elections provide an opportunity to reflect recent and planned changes to the Welsh devolution settlement. (27 May)

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the requirement for all leaseholders to agree if they wish to become holders in common. (27 May)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Syria. (27 May)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards promoting the shared values that underpin British public life. (27 May)

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure the sustainability of rural communities, in the light of the additional costs and challenges of service provision in rural areas. (27 May)

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in the Gaza strip. (27 May)

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of lessons that can be learnt from the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone regarding the strengthening and development of sustainable healthcare systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. (27 May)

Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the prospects for the reunification of, and a lasting peace in, Cyprus. (27 May)

Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of Britain’s ethnic minorities to faith communities and public institutions in the United Kingdom. (27 May)

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to respond to the recommendations of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force Report Future in Mind. (27 May)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the process for preparing official histories. (27 May)

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will bring forward regarding mental health services in schools and colleges. (27 May)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist those with Type 1 and 2 diabetes to educate themselves about the management of the disease. (27 May)

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the case for discharging the Chairman and members of the Chilcot Inquiry, and inviting the Cabinet Secretary to set out a mechanism for an interim report to be produced on the basis of the evidence gathered. (27 May)

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prevent the population of the United Kingdom reaching an unsustainable level. (27 May)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to change the arrangements for the tabling of parliamentary questions to give priority to those who ask few questions, so that more members of the House can ask questions. (27 May)

Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the physical and mental health of children and young people. (27 May)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to address the situation of women suffering from religiously sanctioned gender discrimination, in particular regarding the operation of sharia councils and courts in the United Kingdom. (27 May)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, if any, to promote Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights. (27 May)

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the United Nations, in particular the selection processes for the Secretary-General and other senior appointments. (27 May)

Lord Freeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the present and future strength of the reserves of the British armed forces. (27 May)

Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact shared spaces have on blind and vision-impaired people and whether guidance for local authorities on shared spaces is fit for purpose. (27 May)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a national strategy for the treatment of lymphoedema in the NHS. (27 May)

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial sustainability of the five-year NHS plan. (27 May)

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for developing the bus industry. (27 May)

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the operation of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. (27 May)

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve stroke services, care and support, and to update the National Stroke Strategy to commence implementation in 2017 when the existing 10-year plan ends. (27 May)

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation. (27 May)

Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report Dying without Dignity, what steps they are taking to ensure that everyone who needs it has access to good palliative care and a level of social care that ensures the end of life is valued. (27 May)

Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relative merits of different forms of nuclear technology. (27 May) [I]Category 5: Land and property
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Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help maintain the United Kingdom’s position in medical research. (28 May) [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
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Baroness Ludford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of NHS access to technology such as insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring for people with Type 1 diabetes. (28 May)

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making towards developing a health-creating society. (28 May)

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those who wish to die at home can do so with dignity. (28 May)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS Access Denied. (28 May)

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make any changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance. (28 May)

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the roles of the Energy Community and the Energy Charter in improving energy security and alternative supplies and sources of energy for the member states of the European Union and its neighbours; and what is the extent of United Kingdom involvement in both organisations. (28 May)

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to make their international development policies more effective. (28 May)

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for addressing international restrictions on and social hostility to freedom of religion or belief. (28 May)

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage more bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and African countries. (1 June)

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the governance of the Advertising Standards Authority. (1 June)

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how the business community can contribute to resolving the major challenges facing the United Kingdom. (2 June)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to strengthen defence and security co-operation, bilaterally and multilaterally, with their European partners in NATO and the European Union. (3 June)

The Earl of Oxford and Asquith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the prospects for political stability and economic recovery in Ukraine. (3 June)

Lord Hutton of Furness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the relationship between the United Kingdom and Cuba. (8 June)

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities. (10 June)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 11 June and due for answer by 25 June.

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the length of the land perimeter of the Sovereign Base Area of Dhekelia with (1) the area administered by the Turkish Cypriot Authorities, and (2) the area administered by the government of Cyprus.   HL417

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost so far of providing personnel from the Ministry of Defence, National Health Service and Public Health England, and materials and medicines from the United Kingdom, to international efforts to tackle the recent ebola crisis.   HL418

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims they have received for Prescribed Disease C3b in the last 10 years; and of these, how many were allowed.   HL419

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by George Eustice, Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on 10 June (HC Deb, col 136WH), who published the 1991 Health and Safety Executive report of an inquiry into sheep dipping; and to whom it was distributed.   HL420

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 10 June (HL125), what is their current estimate of the number of men, women and children in those camps; why that estimate was not given in that Answer; and what is their estimate of the average number of years refugees have been living in the camps on the Burma–Thai border. 
   HL421

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they pressed for the case of Raif Badawi to be discussed at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Conference in Jeddah on 3 and 4 June; and if so, what was the response of the government of Saudi Arabia.   HL422

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of cancelled operations in the National Health Service in the final quarter of 2013–14 was the highest ever recorded.   HL423

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the number of cancelled operations in the National Health Service.   HL424

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why there has been an increase in the number of cancelled operations in the National Health Service since 2009–10.   HL425

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients with serious mental illnesses absconded from care in (1) 2009–10, (2) 2010–11, (3) 2011–12, (4) 2012–13, and (5) 2013–14. 
   HL426

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk to the public from the increase in the number of seriously mentally ill patients who have absconded from care since 2009–10.   HL427

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the cut in mental health in-patient beds on the number of patients with serious mental illnesses who have absconded from care.   HL428

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 10 June (HL139), what assessment they have made of the report by the Institute for Race Relations, Dying for Justice, and in particular the finding that, between 1991 and 2014, over 500 deaths occurred in some form of custody, resulting in 10 verdicts of unlawful killing, five prosecutions, and no convictions.   HL429

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many agency nurses worked in London teaching hospitals in (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13, and (3) 2013–14; and how many are working or have worked in the National Health Service in the current financial year.   HL430

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many agency nurses worked across the National Health Service in (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13, and (3) 2013–14; and how many are working or have worked in the National Health Service in the current financial year.   HL431

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS foundation trusts have major Private Finance Initiative contracts; and how many of those hospitals are in debt.   HL432

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report of the Muslim Brotherhood review will be published.   HL433

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for addressing interfaith conflict between Sunni and Shia Muslims in the Middle East.   HL434

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been invested in soft power in conflict zones in the Middle East in order to bring interfaith communities together.   HL435

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average age of an Army Reserve Officer. 
   HL436

Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence has issued to prison governors any guidelines on meeting the needs of prisoners who are armed forces veterans. 
   HL437

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number of (1) working households, and (2) non-working households, previously in receipt of 100 per cent council tax benefit that are now required to pay council tax; and what is the total respective amount that each group is required to pay as a result of changes to council tax benefit.   HL438

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number of (1) working households, and (2) non-working households, previously in receipt of partial council tax benefit that are now required to pay more council tax as a result of changes to council tax benefit.   HL439

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated increase in council tax arrears following changes to council tax benefit.   HL440

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the first phase of research into how telematics can reduce accident rates among young drivers; and when the second phase of the research will begin.   HL441

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the review of the publication of Taser data and other use of force by police officers.   HL442

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in recent weeks, and what action they intend to take, to respond to the number of displaced people in Calais.   HL443

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people successfully registered to vote in the May 2015 General Election in the month preceding the deadline for registration.   HL444

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to combat the decline in students registering to vote.   HL445

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to bring forward legislative proposals to amend the number of parliamentary constituencies.   HL446

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to bring forward the end date for transitional arrangements to Individual Electoral Registration to December 2015.   HL447

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the United Kingdom withdrawing from the European Convention on Human Rights.   HL448

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to bring forward proposals for a British Bill of Rights.   HL449

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of households eligible for the Warm Home Discount.   HL450

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many requests for asylum from Eritreans have been granted over the last year, on a month by month basis.   HL451

Lord Paddick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of David Anderson’s finding that there is no compelling case for the compulsory retention of third party data in his report of the Investigatory Powers Review.   HL452

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what cost–benefit analysis has been conducted on the impact on the economic performance of South Yorkshire of siting the HS2 station at (1) Sheffield City Centre, and (2) Meadowhall; and whether they will publish the results of any such study.   HL453

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

19 June

Easter Trading [HL]

Private Member’s

19 June

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

19 June

Accessible Sports Grounds [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Childcare [HL]

Government

16 June

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Mesothelioma (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Planning (Subterranean Development) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Direct Planning (Pilot) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Chancel Repairs [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Gambling (Categorisation and Use of B2 Gaming Machines) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union Citizens (Electoral Rights) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendums (Local Authority Governance) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Medical Innovation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Cats (Breeding and Sale) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Automatic Electoral Registration [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendums (Franchise) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Polling Day (Saturday) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Veterinary Nurses (Protection of Title) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Women (Fertility Treatments) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Carers (Leave Entitlement) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Duchy of Cornwall [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bat Habitats Regulation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Student Fees (Qualifying Persons) (England) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

 

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

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

   

Draft Health and Care Professions (Public Health Specialists and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2015

30th Report, Session 2014–15

 

Draft Merchant Shipping (Alcohol) (Prescribed Limit Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Electricity Capacity (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

1st Report

 

Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme and Scheme Administrator Designation) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme Funding and Administration) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Byelaws (Alternative Procedure) (England) Regulations 2015

   

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) Order 2015

   

Draft Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of duration of non-jury trial provisions) Order 2015

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

 

1st Report

   

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (Area and Constitution) Order 2015

26 June

 

Ebbsfleet Development Corporation (Planning Functions) Order 2015

26 June

 

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) Regulations 2015

22 June

 

Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

24 June

 

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

 

Date of Laying

Parliamentary procedure

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

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Further Renewal of Radio Licences) Order 2015

25 March

Affirmative

Draft Legislative Reform (Combined Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards) (England) Order 2015

26 March

Affirmative

Draft Legislative Reform (Duchy of Lancaster) Order 2015

1 June

Negative

Forthcoming Retirement 

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

 

Date of retirement

 

Lord Simpson of Dunkeld

30 July

 

   

Committees 

Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheet. 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.

Tuesday 16 June

   

European Union External Affairs Sub Committee

Select Committee

10.00am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.30pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Wednesday 17 June

   

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am
in the Archbishops Room, Millbank House

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union Home Affairs
Sub-Committee

Select Committee

10.30am

Social Mobility

Select Committee

10.30am

Thursday 18 June

   

Built Environment

Select Committee

11.00am

Wednesday 24 June

   

European Union Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

Select Committee

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 8 July

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

10.30am
in Committee Room G

Audit

Domestic Committee

3.30pm

Joint Audit

Domestic Committee

5.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 11 June 2015 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Derby.

1 Affirmation Henry Dennistoun Lord Stevenson of Coddenham made and subscribed the solemn affirmation, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Retirement The Lord Speaker informed the House of the retirement with effect from 11 June of Lord Eden of Winton under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.

Public Business

3 Burundi A question was asked by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

4 Zero-hours contracts A question was asked by Baroness Quin and answered by Baroness Neville-Rolfe.

5 Small businesses: late debt payment A question was asked by Lord Harrison and answered by Baroness Neville-Rolfe.

6 Saudi Arabia: Raif Badawi A question was asked by Lord Avebury and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

7 Bat Habitats Regulation Bill [HL] Lord Cormack presented a bill to make provision to enhance the protection available for bat habitats in the non-built environment and to limit the protection for bat habitats in the built environment where the presence of bats has a significant adverse impact upon the users of buildings. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 44)

8 Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL] Lord Ramsbotham presented a bill to amend the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 45)

9 Student Fees (Qualifying Persons) (England) Bill [HL] Lord Taverne presented a bill to entitle students granted discretionary leave to remain to be charged tuition fees and maintenance support on the same basis as home students; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 46)

10 Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) Bill [HL] Lord Blencathra presented a bill to amend the Equality Act 2010 to improve step-free access to public buildings for wheelchair users. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 47)

11 Equality Act 2010 The Chairman of Committees moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider and report on the impact on people with disabilities of the Equality Act 2010, and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:

B Brinton 
B Browning 
B Campbell of Surbiton 
B Deech (Chairman) 
L Faulkner of Worcester 
L Harrison

B Jenkin of Kennington 
L McColl of Dulwich 
L Northbrook 
B Pitkeathley 
B Thomas of Winchester 
B Wilkins;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;

That the Committee do report by 23 March 2016;

That the Report of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House.

The motion was agreed to.

12 Sexual Violence in Conflict The Chairman of Committees moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider the United Kingdom’s policy and practice of preventing sexual violence in conflict, and to make recommendations, and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:

L Black of Brentwood 
Bp Derby 
B Goudie 
L Hannay of Chiswick 
B Hilton of Eggardon 
B Hodgson of Abinger 
B Hussein-Ece

B Kinnock of Holyhead 
B Nicholson of Winterbourne (Chairman) 
L Sterling of Plaistow 
B Warsi 
L Williams of Elvel 
B Young of Hornsey;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;

That the Committee do report by 23 March 2016;

That the Report of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House.

The motion was agreed to.

13 Social Mobility The Chairman of Committees moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider social mobility in the transition from school to work, and to make recommendations, and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:

B Berridge 
B Blood 
B Corston (Chairman) 
L Farmer 
L Holmes of Richmond 
B Howells of St Davids

E Kinnoull 
B Morris of Yardley 
L Patel 
B Sharp of Guildford 
B Stedman-Scott 
B Tyler of Enfield;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;

That the Committee do report by 23 March 2016;

That the Report of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House.

The motion was agreed to.

14 Built Environment The Chairman of Committees moved that a Select Committee be appointed to consider the development and implementation of national policy for the built environment, and to make recommendations, and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:

B Andrews 
B Finlay of Llandaff 
L Freeman 
L Haskel 
E Lytton

L Macdonald of Tradeston 
B O’Cathain (Chairman) 
B Parminter 
B Whitaker;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;

That the Committee do report by 23 March 2016;

That the Report of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House.

The motion was agreed to.

15 Communications The Chairman of Committees moved that the Earl of Arran be appointed a member of the Select Committee. The motion was agreed to.

16 European Union The Chairman of Committees moved that Lord Davies of Stamford be appointed a member of the Select Committee. The motion was agreed to.

17 Refreshment The Chairman of Committees moved that Lord Gardiner of Kimble be appointed a member of the Select Committee. The motion was agreed to.

18 Civil society The Lord Bishop of St Albans moved that this House take note of the role played by civil society, in the light of the pastoral letter from the Church of England’s House of Bishops Who is my neighbour?, dated February 2015. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

19 RBS Lord Ashton of Hyde repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

20 Developing world: women Lord Loomba moved that this House take note of the case for empowering women, including widows, in the developing world in order to aid conflict resolution and the long-term sustainability of more stable societies. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

21 Anderson Report Lord Bates repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

22 NHS: innovation A question was asked by Lord Wills and, after debate, answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

The House adjourned at 6.10pm until Monday 15 June at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

All statutory instruments laid before the House are accompanied by an Explanatory Memorandum presented by command of Her Majesty, unless otherwise indicated.

Command Paper

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

Honours System-The Ebola Medal for Service in West Africa.    (9060)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Welfare Reform Act 2012.   (1362)

2 Safety of Sports Grounds (Designation) (No. 2) Order 2015, laid under the Safety of Sports Grounds Act 1975.   (1374)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster Order 2015, laid under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975. 
     (1376)

2 Report of the Social Security Advisory Committee, together with a statement from the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on the Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

3 Report of the Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation on the Investigatory Powers Review: A Question of Trust, laid under the Data Retention and Investigatory Powers Act 2014.

4 Report of the Office for Budget Responsibility on Fiscal Sustainability, laid under the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011.

5 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Supreme Court, laid under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

6 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Office of Rail Regulation, laid under the Railways Act 1993.

Prepared 12th June 2015