House of Lords Business

Tuesday 23 June 2015 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on investment in renewable energy of their decision to end the subsidy for onshore wind farms.

The Chairman of Committees intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

Built Environment The Chairman of Committees to move that Lord Woolmer of Leeds be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Haskel, resigned.

Information The Chairman of Committees to move that Baroness Byford be appointed a member of the Select Committee.

Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Bates] 1st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Bridges of Headley] 1st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Future Business 

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 analysis they have conducted of the economic impact of the Severn Bridge tolls.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what their response is to the Royal College of Nursing report concerning the impact of immigration rules on the employment of foreign nurses within the National Health Service.

†Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] Committee (day 2) [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 1st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Syria. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 23 June.

Lord Wills to move that this House takes note of the implications of the constitutional changes proposed in the Gracious Speech.

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in the light of the report by the Care Quality Commission Right here, right now, regarding providing young people with adequate help, care and support during a mental health crisis. (1 hour)

Lord Whitty to move that this House takes note of the amount of affordable housing in all forms of tenure and the case for increasing the supply of affordable housing.

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the procedures by which resident leaseholders in blocks of flats agree to a Right to Manage or a change to commonhold tenure. (1½ hours)

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 whether they intend to call for the stationing of UN military observers in the Gaza Strip and the creation of a UN agency to oversee the safe passage of materials essential for reconstruction and access through the Rafah Crossing.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 26 June.

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 29 June.

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 Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent reconciliation talks between the President of Cyprus and the leader of the Turkish Cypriot community in the North of Cyprus.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 30 June.

Lord Wallace of Tankerness to move that this House takes note of the challenges facing the culture of human rights and civil liberties in the United Kingdom.

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.

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon to move that this House takes note of the United Kingdom’s role in addressing global challenges posed by terrorism, conflict, climate change and mass migration.

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 (1) implement their pledge to work to eliminate child poverty, and (2) 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 ©) 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.

Monday 13 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to act to address the restriction of survivor benefit payments to widowers and same-sex partners highlighted in their June 2014 Review of Survivor Benefits in Occupational Pension Schemes.

*Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve care and deliver better outcomes for mothers and children in cases of multiple pregnancy.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence was asked to suspend its work on safe staffing guidelines regarding nurses.

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Children’s Centres have closed in the last three years, how many are likely to close during the next year, and what assessment they have made of the impact of such future closures on families.

Tuesday 14 July at 2.30pm

*The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to improve the rights and income of professional authors and writers.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to support Italy and Greece in their efforts to assist people trafficked across the Mediterranean from north Africa and the Middle East.

*Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to secure an increase in the level of income per capita.

Wednesday 15 July at 3.00pm

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Day of Remembrance on 14 July for victims of dishonour-based violence, and what steps they are taking to prevent such violence against girls and women.

*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the £200 million reduction in the public health budget on local authorities in the current financial year.

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to implement the amendments to section 9 of the Equality Act 2010 that requires the introduction of secondary legislation to incorporate caste as a protected characteristic.

Thursday 16 July at 11.00am

*Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following David Anderson QC’s report on surveillance legislation, whether they intend that Ministers should retain the power to authorise surveillance.

*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of police forces supporting ambulance services by taking patients to accident and emergency departments.

*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the Building Stability Overseas Strategy.

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 6 July, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 7 July.

†Monday 20 July at 2.30pm

†*Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement the recommendations in the report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration of March–June 2014 regarding the handling of asylum claims made on the grounds of sexual orientation, and if so, when.

†*Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the whereabouts of the historical Portuguese tiles from the British Embassy in Lisbon following its relocation in 2003.

†*Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the part-time higher education sector in England of extending loans to students with Equivalent or Lower Qualifications in certain subjects.

†*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in securing the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 30 June for debate on 16 July. Time limit 2½ hours

The Earl of Listowel to move that this House takes note of the housing needs of families, in particular families in temporary accommodation or in overcrowded or otherwise unsatisfactory housing, and the effects of living in poor housing on the perinatal health of mothers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move that this House takes note of worldwide violations of Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the case for greater priority to be given by the United Kingdom and the international community to upholding freedom of religion and belief.

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

Lord Harrison to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The post-crisis EU financial regulatory framework: do the pieces fit? (5th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 103). 2 February 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.

Baroness Harris of Richmond to move that this House regrets that the Police Federation (Amendment) Regulations 2015 prevent the Federation from being properly funded in order to represent its members.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid before the House on 11 June, be annulled. (SI 2015/1362)

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 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)

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)

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support small grass roots music venues. (16 June)

Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible threat to financial stability from the risks concentrated in Central Counterparties. (18 June)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 22 June and due for answer by 6 July.

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve NHS treatment for patients with eating disorders.   HL681

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report by ukactive that the Chief Medical Officer’s guidance is not being followed in schools, how they plan to ensure that children get the recommended 60 minutes of daily exercise.   HL682

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment have they made of the impact of any shrinking of the welfare state on access by individuals to their communities and work.
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Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that patients with asthma receive the right medication.   HL684

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they conducted before deciding to discontinue funding the College of Social Work; and with whom.   HL685

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the petition initiated by the children of Chinese sailors deported from Liverpool after World War Two.
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Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they hold about the circumstances in which Chinese fathers who had been recruited to serve in British Merchant Navy Atlantic convoys were, in 1946, compulsorily repatriated, leaving their children; and whether they will place this information in the Library of the House.   HL687

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the false information given by government officials to the children of Chinese men compulsorily repatriated in 1946 that their fathers had been killed at sea or abandoned them, and the consequences for the children and their mothers; and whether the Home Secretary will agree to meet some of the surviving children.   HL688

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any role played by the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea in (1) sponsoring and aiding international terrorism; and (2) the abduction and attempted assassination of refugee North Korean activists; and what consideration they are giving to revising their travel advice for North Korea based upon these assessments.   HL689

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government in which locations in North Korea the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea allows the United Kingdom to implement or fund projects.   HL690

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the British Ambassador to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is allowed to travel freely within that country.   HL691

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the legal responsibilities are under United Kingdom law of consulates of other countries for the care and protection of United Kingdom citizens’ documents which are submitted to them for visa and other purposes; whether, in cases where documents are retained by consulates for periods well beyond those which those consulates have announced to be normal and expected, United Kingdom citizens have any formal right to request or require return of their documents; and whether in cases where, after a period which clearly exceeds the normal and expected time for return, the return of documents is requested but not honoured, HM Passport Office will accept that documents have been lost for the purposes of requesting a replacement passport.   HL692

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the £800 million of aid for Syria has already been (1) allocated to organizations, and (2) spent.   HL693

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they are pursuing to reduce current tensions with Russia.   HL694

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any change of policy by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office regarding the flying of flags by British embassies.
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The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the full estimated costs of holding the planned referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union; and whether there is a difference in the estimated costs depending on when the referendum is held.   HL696

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures they have put in place since 2014 to increase the situational awareness of gender within the armed forces at home and on deployment.
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Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made toward establishing a senior defence working group on gender, as set out in the United Kingdom National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security.   HL698

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to increase the availability and use of gender advisers and cultural advisers within deployable United Kingdom armed forces; and whether they will list those instances where such advisers have been deployed.   HL699

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to report on progress in implementing the National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security, and if so, when such a report will be published.   HL700

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government by what process they decided to reduce to two the number of examination boards whose English language tests may be used for applications for citizenship.   HL701

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why only the examinations offered by the International English Language Testing System and Trinity College London were deemed suitable for English language tests used for applications for citizenship.   HL702

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what risk assessment they have undertaken regarding the decision to appoint only two examination boards for English language tests used for applications for citizenship.   HL703

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quality of examination centres used by the International English Language Testing System and Trinity College London for English language tests used for applications for citizenship.   HL704

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the process by which a decision was made to reduce to two the number of examination boards whose English language tests may be used for applications for citizenship met Cabinet Office guidance on procurement in relation to small and medium-sized enterprises.   HL705

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what their response is to the report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission that many top companies exclude bright working-class candidates from recruitment.   HL706

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the suspected arson attack on the Roman Catholic Church at Tabgha, what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning Zionist extremism.   HL707

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel following the recent destruction of Palestinian olive and almond trees in Wadi Fukin; and what action they plan to take to ensure that the families receive compensation.   HL708

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning their rules of engagement following the testimony of Israel Defence Force soldiers of indiscriminate fire during Operation Protective Edge.   HL709

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel following the decision of the Military Advocate General not to seek an indictment over the killing of four Palestinian children on the beach in Gaza in July 2014.   HL710

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the hospitals, primary healthcare facilities and ambulances damaged or destroyed by Israeli strikes during Operation Protective Edge have been rebuilt or replaced; and what assurances they have obtained from the government of Israel that any further attacks on Gaza will not target medical personnel and infrastructure.   HL711

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of Israel concerning the number of Palestinian journalists killed and injured in the Gaza war zone and in West Bank demonstrations.   HL712

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the European Union Five Presidents’ Report published on 22 June recommending the ceding of powers by member states to European Union institutions and the creation of a eurozone treasury.   HL713

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest available figures of the cost of providing police and other security protection for former prime ministers and deputy prime ministers.   HL714

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the United Kingdom’s financial involvement in the International Monetary Fund; and what percentage of the whole it comprises.
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Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent research by the Taxpayers’ Alliance indicating that the United Kingdom’s true national debt is £8.6 trillion.   HL716

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to extend the right of access to pension funds available to employees in the private sector to those working in the public sector; and if not, why not.   HL717

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking assurances from the government of Saudi Arabia that the 15 nuclear power stations planned to be built with Russian involvement will not result in the production of fissile material that could be used to produce nuclear weapons.   HL718

Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 22 June (HL330), what assets are currently owned by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and its non-departmental public bodies; and what prospective asset sales are under review by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.   HL719

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 18 June (HL393), what is the full list of those who attended the talks leading up to the Stormont House Agreement on behalf of the government of Ireland; and who invited them.   HL720

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they participate in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and, if so, whether participating has changed their policies in any way.   HL721

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what their assessment is of the number of people who have died from passive smoking in England in each of the last five years.   HL722

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what systems are in place to assess and evaluate the new pension freedoms.   HL723

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people they expect to find jobs as a result of the Disability Confident campaign.   HL724

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent High Court ruling regarding delays in Personal Independence Payments.   HL725

Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask the Chairman of Committees why the mispatterned tile which was a memorial of the spot where Prime Minister Spencer Perceval was assassinated has been removed from St Stephen’s Hall; and whether it can be replaced.   HL726

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Altmann on 22 June, how they have calculated that £1 spent on advice yields approximately £11.50 in savings.
   HL727

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to achieve "parity of esteem" between acute and mental health services, both with regard to access and the provision of health services, through the increase in the number of general practitioners in primary care settings.
   HL728

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

1 June (15 June)

HL158 Lord Harris of Haringey [DCLG]

3 June (17 June)

HL230 Lord Bradley [HMT]

HL231 Lord Bradley [HMT]

HL232 Lord Bradley [HMT]

8 June (22 June)

HL297 Lord Greaves [CO]

HL304 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [CO]

HL313 Baroness Cox [HO]

HL314 Baroness Cox [HO]

HL331 Lord Green of Deddington [HO]

HL332 Lord Green of Deddington [HO]

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

[CO] 2

[DCLG] 1

[HMT] 3

[HO] 4

   

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Accessible Sports Grounds [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

 

International Development (Population Dynamics) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Health and Social Care Professions Etc. [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

23 June

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

24 June

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

23 June

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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 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 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

   

Draft Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015

   

Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2015

   

Draft Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Prescribed Undertakings) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Merchant Shipping (Alcohol) (Prescribed Limits Amendment) Regulations 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

 

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

24 June

 
 

2nd Report

   

Asylum Support (Amendment No.2) Regulations 2015

26 June

 
 

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

20 July

 

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

 

Date of Laying

Parliamentary procedure

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

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Duchy of Lancaster) Order 2015

1 June

Negative

Draft Orders reported by 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

Super
Affirmative

Forthcoming Retirements 

The following members of the House have given notice of their intention to retire

 

Date of retirement

 

Lord Luke

24 June

 

Baroness Wilkins

23 July

 

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 23 June

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 24 June

   

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 25 June

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Tuesday 30 June

   

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm
in the Archbishops’ Room, Millbank House

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Thursday 2 July

   

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 8 July

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

10.30am
in Committee Room G

Audit

Domestic Committee

3.30pm

Audit (joint meeting)

Domestic Committee

5.00pm

Monday 13 July

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 22 June 2015 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Bristol.

1 Oath Dafydd Elystan Lord Elystan-Morgan took and subscribed the oath, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Retirement The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that he had received written notice from Lord Luke under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 stating that he would retire from the House on 24 June 2015.

Public Business

3 General Practitioners A question was asked by Baroness Wheeler and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

4 European Union membership: science and technology A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Chesterton and answered by Baroness Neville-Rolfe.

5 Education: free schools A question was asked by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

6 Family and relationship support A question was asked by Baroness Tyler of Enfield and answered by Baroness Altmann.

7 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] The bill was considered in Committee. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

8 Energy: onshore wind Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

9 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 3. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

10 Commonwealth War Graves Commission A question was asked by Lord Forsyth of Drumlean and, after debate, answered by Earl Howe.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

11 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 8. Amendments were considered. The House resumed after amendment 17.

The House adjourned at 10.04pm until Tuesday 23 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.

Instrument Withdrawn

The following instrument, laid before the House on 12 March, was withdrawn:

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

Command Papers

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

1 Pay-Report of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills on the Regulations implementing the National Minimum Wage – a report on the Apprentice Rate, including the Government response to the Report of the Low Pay Commission.    (9061)

2 Defence-Minute from the Ministry of Defence concerning the gifting of equipment to Iraq.    (-)

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Draft Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Prescribed Undertakings) Regulations 2015, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

2 Draft Merchant Shipping (Alcohol) (Prescribed Limits Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Railways and Transport Safety Act 2003.

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

2 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the UK Green Investment Bank plc, laid under the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013.

3 (1) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

(2) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust

(3) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

(4) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

(5) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

(6) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

(7) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust

(8) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust

(9) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of North East London NHS Foundation Trust

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

Prepared 23rd June 2015