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House of Lords Business

Thursday 25 June 2015 at 11.00am

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for constitutional reform and the appointment system to the House of Lords.

*Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have put in place to counter the impact of Islamophobia and stigmatisation on young Muslims.

†Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) to move that the debates on the motions in the names of Lord Wills and Lord Whitty set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours.

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)

Future Business 

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.

†Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 1st and 2nd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee, 2nd Report from the Constitution Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] Committee (day 2) [Lord Bridges of Headley] 1st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 2nd Report from the Constitution Committee

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.

†Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] Committee (day 2) [Lord Bates] 1st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 2nd Report from the Constitution Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

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.

†Childcare Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Nash] 2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle litter in both urban and rural areas. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room.

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.

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.

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. (1½ hours)

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 (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.

Lord Patel to move that this House takes note of the sustainability of the National Health Service as a public service free at the point of need.

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.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move that this House takes note of the displacement of refugees and migrants from Asia and Africa and to the long-term and short-term measures to address their plight.

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.

Tuesday 21 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the United Kingdom’s net contribution to the European Union budget of £51 billion over the last four years (Treasury 2014 Pink Book) offers value for money.

*Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect children from payday loan advertisements in the light of the review conducted by the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice.

*The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of Peers eligible to sit in the House of Lords.

†Wednesday 22 July at 11.00am

†*Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty’s Government which methods of communication used by members of either House of Parliament are not presently subject to the Wilson doctrine.

†*Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that the United Kingdom retains its global position in the creative sector in the light of plans announced in June to require all state secondary school pupils to study five English Baccalaureate core subject areas, which exclude any music, arts or culture element.

†*Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the increase is diagnosed skin cancer over the past 10 years.

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.

Lord Scriven to move that this House takes note of the treatment of LGBTI citizens in the countries of the Commonwealth.

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to move that this House takes note of the "Responsibility to Protect" and the application of this international norm by the United Kingdom and the United Nations.

Lord Norton of Louth to move that this House takes note of the case for strengthening awareness among senior civil servants and ministers of the role of Parliament and the constitutional relationship between Parliament and the executive.

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.

Motions 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)

Lord German to move that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Social Security Advisory Committee’s Report of June 2015, to remove the housing element of the Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, in order to mitigate the harshest impacts of the policy. (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 Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses. (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)

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 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
Blagdon and Blyth estates in Northumberland, with income from farming, forestry, commercial property, residential property, leisure, coal and clay mining

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)
Chair, Association of Medical Research Charities

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)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the spread of hepatitis C in the United Kingdom, and what steps they are taking to encourage the availability of new treatments for that disease. (24 June)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 24 June and due for answer by 8 July.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the court estate in London.   HL768

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the number of prison officers at HMP Brixton has been reduced as a percentage since May 2010.   HL769

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many courts have been closed since May 2010.   HL770

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the rules regarding freedom of information.   HL771

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many freedom of information requests submitted to the Ministry of Justice are presently outstanding.   HL772

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the interpretation service at courts and tribunals.   HL773

Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines are issued to Clinical Commissioning Groups regarding patients with high-risk skin cancers such as melanoma.   HL774

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest evidence of the harm to bees from certain pesticides; and whether, in the light of such evidence, they plan to reject the emergency authorisation for use of neonicotinoids this autumn and press for the current restrictions to be made permanent and expanded to cover all crops.   HL775

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total value of projected savings to be made by removing drugs and indications from the Cancer Drugs Fund in England over (1) Q1 of 2015–16, and (2) the whole of 2015–16.   HL776

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of delisting from the Cancer Drugs Fund on the availability of cancer drugs in the United Kingdom, in comparison with (1) the level of access in 2010 when the Fund was introduced, and (2) availability levels in comparable European countries.   HL777

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in the event of the Clinical Commissioning Groups outsourcing parts of their commissioning role to get round the restrictions on administrative costs.   HL778

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, when Clinical Commissioning Groups outsource some of their commissioning role to integrators, lead providers or through other similar mechanisms, how the administrative costs so transferred will be counted against the Clinical Commissioning Groups’ administrative cost cap.   HL779

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when Clinical Commissioning Groups outsource some of their commissioning role, the element of administration that would have counted towards the fixed cap on administrative costs will be separately identified and appropriately deducted from Clinical Commissioning Group budgets.   HL780

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review procurement processes to penalise companies which are failing to recruit bright working-class candidates, according to the recent report by the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission.
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Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect cyclists from collisions with heavy goods vehicles.   HL782

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the programme of work for liver disease being developed by Public Health England will include a hepatitis C improvement framework.   HL783

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the national waiting time criterion for referral to hepatitis C treatment is 18 weeks whereas the national waiting time criterion for referral to specialist services for HIV treatment is two weeks.   HL784

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible impact of climate change on pensions funds; and whether they intend to invite the Prudential Regulation Authority to include this issue in its Climate Change Adaptation Report.   HL785

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 7 January (HL Deb, col 432), when they plan to consult on improving transparency for pension savers regarding where their money is invested and how rights attached to it are being exercised; and when they plan to consider how secondary legislation could be used to ensure greater transparency for pension savers.   HL786

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by the Cole Commission on Exports An Action Plan from business.   HL787

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number of lay members sitting in asylum cases, and (2) the regional distribution of lay members who sit in asylum cases; and what steps they are taking to promote the sitting of lay members in asylum cases, in particular those concerned with appeals by foreign criminals against deportation involving complex assessments of Articles 3 and 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.   HL788

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review how the contribution of lay members in asylum cases is treated following the Court of Appeal judgment in PF (Nigeria) v the Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] EWCA Civ 251, in which the importance of the lay member’s interpretation on matters of fact was highlighted.   HL789

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided not to nominate a United Kingdom candidate for the UN Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.   HL790

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice on 23 June (HC Deb, col 749), what is the basis for the statement that parties that support reform of the Human Rights Act secured more than 50 per cent of the votes at the last general election.   HL791

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of evidence that bees are harmed by the use of neonicotinoids, what plans they have to restrict the use of neonicotinoid-treated seeds.   HL792

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the numbers of people being trained in engineering at (1) apprentice level, (2) high technical level, and (3) graduate level.   HL793

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for the mileage of structural damage to highways under the management of (1) the Highways Agency, and (2) local authorities (in respect of trunk roads); and what assessment they have made of the cost of eliminating that backlog.   HL794

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions there have been for animal cruelty in each of the last five years; and how many of those related to cruelty to cats. 
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Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the 18 Ministry of Defence files on unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP) that have yet to be released to the public, what is the originating division of the file reference M9/18; what is the remit of that division in relation to UAP; and what is their latest estimate of when the 18 files will be passed to the National Archives, and then released to the public.   HL796

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the effectiveness of the Pet Animals Act 1951 in view of the increase in the sale of pets online.   HL797

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the law relating to the purchase and possession of air guns in England, in the light of the increasing number of shootings of cats being recorded by the RSPCA.   HL798

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sanctions have been applied to Universal Credit claimants in each month since the roll-out began.   HL799

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advance publicity was given before 8 June of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency telephone number so those drivers who do not wish to use the online service can use it; and what is that number.   HL800

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what publicity was given before 8 June to the abolition of the paper counterpart to the photocard driving licence.   HL801

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what criteria water company retail arms can use regulated money to take over the customer base of water companies that have exited the market place.   HL802

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the definition of a customer to be protected by the core duties of Ofwat.   HL803

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that military personnel have a smooth transition into civilian life.   HL804

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the negotiations of the free trade agreement between the European Union and the United States.   HL805

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist small and medium-sized enterprises to enter markets in Brazil, Russia, India and China.   HL806

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to join the Schengen area; and what assessment they have made of the effect that doing so would have on the amount of revenue generated from tourists to the United Kingdom.   HL807

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they estimate that residents living in rural areas will be able to access the same broadband speeds as customers living in cities and towns.
   HL808

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make the wearing of safety helmets by drivers of quad bikes compulsory.   HL809

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate bicycles to increase the safety of cyclists in built-up areas; and how they will ensure that any regulations are complied with.   HL810

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation by the Republic of Ireland of the human rights section of the Belfast Agreement.   HL811

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning ensuring the transparency of decision-making by the Northern Ireland Parades Commission.   HL812

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to respond to the Electoral Commission’s "Assessment of progress with the transition to Electoral Individual Registration" published on 18 June.   HL813

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of children on remand (either remanded in custody or remanded to local authority accommodation) were detained in secure children’s homes each year between 2010 and 2014.   HL814

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what processes are in place to monitor the development and effectiveness of through-the-gate services provided in prisons by Community Rehabilitation Companies.   HL815

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish recall to custody data broken down by each Community Rehabilitation Company area and by the National Probation Service.   HL816

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are recording victim liaison referrals from the Community Rehabilitation Companies to the National Probation Service.
   HL817

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the extra £249 million savings in the Ministry of Justice’s budget announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.   HL818

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 24 June (HL540), whether they plan to make such assessments in future; and if not, why not.   HL819

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

3 June (17 June)

HL230 Lord Bradley [HMT]

HL231 Lord Bradley [HMT]

HL232 Lord Bradley [HMT]

10 June (24 June)

HL379 Baroness Hooper [DCMS]

HL385 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [MoJ]

HL395 Baroness Cox [HO]

HL398 Baroness Seccombe [MoJ]

HL403 Lord Hoyle [DCMS]

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

[DCMS] 2

[HMT] 3

[HO] 1

[MoJ] 2

   

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

 

European Union (Finance) (Money Bill-24 June)

Government

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

29 June

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

29 June

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

30 June

Childcare [HL]

Government

1 July

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

   

Draft National Minimum Wage (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

 
 

2nd Report

   

Asylum Support (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2015

26 June

 
 

3rd Report

   

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

20 July

 

Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

19 July

 

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

 

Report

Parliamentary procedure

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

Draft Legislative Reform (Duchy of Lancaster) Order 2015

1 June

Negative

Forthcoming Retirements 

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

 

Date of retirement

 

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.

Thursday 25 June

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Tuesday 30 June

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

9.45am

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

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm
in the Archbishops’ Room, Millbank House

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 1 July

   

Social Mobility

Select Committee

10.00am
in the River Room, Palace of Westminster

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Thursday 2 July

   

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am
in the Archbishops’ Room, Millbank House

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

Wednesday 15 July

   

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 24 June 2015 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Bristol.

1 Queen’s Speech The Lord Chamberlain, Earl Peel, delivered Her Majesty’s reply to the Address of 4 June, as follows:

I have received with great satisfaction the dutiful and loyal expression of your thanks for the speech with which I opened the present Session of Parliament.

2 Retirement The Lord Speaker informed the House of the retirement with effect from 24 June of Lord Luke under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.

3 Earldom of Leicester in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of the Hon Thomas Edward Viscount Coke claiming to have succeeded to the Earldom of Leicester in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as the Earl of Leicester on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

4 Barony of Ashcombe in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Lord Chancellor reported that Mark Edward Cubitt had established his claim to the Barony of Ashcombe in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter Lord Ashcombe on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).

Select Committee Report

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

2nd Report, on the following bills:

Childcare Bill [HL]

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling Bill [HL]

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL]

Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Government Response

and on the

Draft Legislative Reform (Duchy of Lancaster) Order 2015. (HL Paper 12)

Public Business

6 Prisons: mental and physical health A question was asked by Lord Patel of Bradford and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

7 Renewable energy A question was asked by Viscount Ridley and answered by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth.

8 Severn Bridge: tolls A question was asked by Baroness Randerson and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

9 NHS: immigration rules A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

10 Calais: border management Lord Bates repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

11 European Union (Finance) Bill A bill to approve for the purposes of section 7(1) of the European Union Act 2011 the decision of the Council of 26 May 2014 on the system of own resources of the European Union; and to amend the definition of "the Treaties" and "the EU Treaties" in section 1(2) of the European Communities Act 1972 so as to include that decision, certified by the Speaker as a money bill, was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 50)

12 European Union (Finance) Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 50–EN)

13 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 18. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

14 Syria A question was asked by Baroness Falkner of Margravine and, after debate, answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

15 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 36D. Amendments were considered. The House resumed after Schedule 3 was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 10.06pm until Thursday 25 June at 11.00am.

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:

Climate Change-Government response to the 8th Report of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, Session 2014–15, on the Implementation of Electricity Market Reform.    (9090)

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Statute made by the University of Oxford on 14 October 2014 revising the existing Statutes of the University, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923.    (-)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Consumer Council for Water, laid under the Water Industry Act 1991.

2 (1) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

(2) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(3) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust

(4) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

(5) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust

(6) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Rotherham Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust

(7) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

(8) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

(9) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

(10) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

3 Accounts for 2014–15 of the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Marshall Aid Commemoration Act 1953.

4 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of High Speed Two (HS2) Limited, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Non-profit-making Companies) Order 2009.

5 Report of the Law Commission on Simplification of Criminal Law: Public Nuisance and Outraging Public Decency, laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965.

Prepared 25th June 2015