House of Lords Business

Wednesday 1 July 2015 at 3.00pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what part they have played in discussions and negotiations regarding the Greek financial crisis.

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)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [Lord Bridges of Headley] 1st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 2nd Report from the Constitution Committee

Future Business 

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.

†*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of threat posed by ISIL to the United Kingdom.

†Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) to move that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Wednesday 8 July to enable the European Union (Finance) Bill to be taken through all its remaining stages that day.

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.

†European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Freud]

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in the Gaza strip. (1½ hours)

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. (1½ hours)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room and that it will conclude.

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 3 July.

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).

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).

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 6 July.

†European Union (Finance) Bill (Money Bill) Second Reading [Lord Ashton of Hyde]

Lord Bates to move that this House takes note of reports into investigatory powers.

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 7 July.

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.

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.

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will bring forward regarding mental health services in schools and colleges. (1½ hours)

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.

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. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

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.

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. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

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 on the whereabouts of the historic Portuguese tiles from the British Embassy in Lisbon after its former premises were sold 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 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.

*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the United Kingdom’s net contribution to the European Union budget of £43 billion between 2010 and 2014, according to their December 2014 statement European Union Finances 2014 (Cm 8974), whether they plan to include a reduction in the United Kingdom’s net contribution in their renegotiation of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

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 in diagnosed skin cancer over the past 10 years.

Select Committee Reports 

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

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

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

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

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

Other Motion 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.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

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 (SI 2015/630). 33rd Report, Session 2014–15, from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

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). 3rd Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Beecham to move that this House regrets that the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) Regulations 2015 undermine the principle of judicial discretion, and add an artificial inducement to plead guilty; and further regrets that the Regulations were laid at a time that severely limited Parliamentary oversight, as well as making claims for savings that cannot be substantiated (SI 2015/796). 1st Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

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). 3rd Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the Health and Care Professions Council (Registration and Fees) (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules Order of Council 2015 increases mandatory registration renewal fees by 12.5 per cent for 330,000 dedicated health and social work professionals, taking no account of the public-sector pay freeze and pay restraint, and ignoring overwhelming opposition from registrants (SI 2015/1337).

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)

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)

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 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)

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help improve education standards in United Kingdom prisons. (25 June)

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the factors contributing to cancer survival rates in the United Kingdom. (29 June)

Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their plan for ratifying the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. (29 June)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support volunteering both in the United Kingdom and abroad. (29 June)

The Earl of Lytton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to improve police leadership, accountability and ethics in the light of the report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Tone from the top. (30 June)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 30 June and due for answer by 14 July.

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the full list of armoured fighting vehicles and protected mobility vehicles in operation with the British Army, and whether each vehicle is in general service on units’ Equipment Tables, or an Urgent Operational Requirement.   HL942

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether any new armoured fighting vehicles were at the recent May Day parade in Moscow; and if so, what is their unclassified assessment of the vehicles seen.   HL943

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 23 June (HL436), what is the average age of an Army Reserve commissioned officer.   HL944

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce waiting times for people seeking treatment for eating disorders.   HL945

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the implementation of the Mental Health Crisis Care Concordat; what procedures are in place if action plans are insufficient; and who is responsible for improving the quality of action plans that are judged to be insufficient.   HL946

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria NHS England uses to determine whether a clinical commissioning group mental health transformation plan is acceptable; and who is accountable for ensuring the delivery of such transformation plans.   HL947

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outturn funding figure for mental health services in 2014–15; and what is the forecast for 2015–16.   HL948

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the BBC regarding its levels of investment in the Midlands.   HL949

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the BBC about the reduction in programme-making at the Mailbox in Birmingham.   HL950

Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent steps they have taken to encourage inward investment in Northern Ireland.   HL951

Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in discussions with political parties in Northern Ireland on dealing with the past.   HL952

Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nursing training places were available in each year since 2000.   HL953

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to (1) refrain from making any new recommendations for new peerages for Liberal Democrats, and (2) make recommendations for new peerages for UKIP; and if not, why not.   HL954

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for promoting freedom of speech in universities in the United Kingdom.   HL955

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised concerns with the United Arab Emirates about allegations by Amnesty International of the torture of political prisoners in the United Arab Emirates.   HL956

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the recent report by the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, in particular its findings regarding the failure of the rule of law, and the incidence of persecution, torture, forced labour and sexual enslavement of women, taking place within a "climate of impunity".   HL957

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the government of Eritrea the case for seeking to relieve the current levels of migration across the Mediterranean by closing the borders in Eritrea.   HL958

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the UN acts to deliver securely aid to Syria for longer periods of time, and to ensure that such aid reaches more civilians in need, in accordance with UN Security Council Regulations 2165 and 2191.
   HL959

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the countries neighbouring Syria to ensure that borders remain open to refugees fleeing conflict and persecution; how many refugees are currently living in those countries; and what further assistance they plan to give those countries to help them deal with refugees.   HL960

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures the United Kingdom is taking in the UN Security Council to give effect to the statement by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 25 June that "There can be no impunity; we must hunt these people down, and Syria should be referred to the International Criminal Court" (HL Deb, col 1663).   HL961

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all pancreatic cancer patients have access to a clinical nurse specialist.   HL962

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the capacity of imaging services available to pancreatic cancer patients across the National Health Service, including computerised tomography scans.    HL963

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the number, and (2) the proportion, of pancreatic cancer patients whose diagnosis is made following an emergency admission; and how those figures compare with patients of other cancer types.   HL964

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what military or logistical assistance they plan to give the Kurdish fighters of the People’s Protection Units defending Kobani; and whether they now plan to join the United States in mounting aerial bombardment of Daesh military targets in Syria.
   HL965

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether any United Kingdom funding or other resources are being used for the benefit of the former President of the Maldives, Mohammed Nasheed.   HL966

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what emotional and psychological support is available for people with both diabetes and depression.   HL967

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of diabetes-related depression to the National Health Service.   HL968

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether latent tuberculosis infection screening is incorporated into routine medical checks at immigration centres.   HL969

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether records are kept on the proportion of new arrivals at immigration centres who have communicable diseases.   HL970

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government when Public Health England’s programme of work on liver disease will be published.   HL971

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that NHS England provides patients with hepatitis C access to new drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence without delay, and to ensure that NHS England continues to assess new technologies based on cost-effectiveness rather than affordability.   HL972

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Network Rail has been given authority to undertake the next stage of work on the South Wales Valleys line electrification following the agreement with the Welsh Government on funding in November 2014.   HL973

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what stage in Network Rail’s Governance for Railway Investment Projects planning process the plans to electrify the South Wales Valleys line have reached.   HL974

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 29 June (HL523), why they have ruled out holding a referendum in England on the maintenance of the union with Scotland; whether they have any plans to review their policy; and if so, when.   HL975

Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether visas intended for sports people have been used to traffic children from Africa into the United Kingdom.   HL976

Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussions with the Premier League and the Football Association about the issue of child trafficking to the United Kingdom using visas intended for sports people.   HL977

Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many victims of trafficking, if any, have been referred to the National Referral Mechanism having entered the United Kingdom at any time on a visa intended for sports people.   HL978

Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 23 June (HL368), how many young trees were imported for non-forest reproductive purposes, as monitored through the statutory notification schemes administered by the Animal and Plant Health Agency, in the planting seasons 2012–13, 2013–14 and 2014–15.   HL979

Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to prevent online social media platforms such as Twitter being used by terrorist organisations such as ISIS to spread propaganda and to radicalise and recruit vulnerable Europeans.   HL980

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities have banned the use of heavy goods vehicles during peak hours in city centres; and what assessment they have made of whether there is evidence that doing so enhances the safety of cyclists.   HL981

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest statistics from the National Road Maintenance Condition Survey with regard to the maintenance state of (1) the motorway network, (2) the strategic road network under the care of the Highways Agency, and (3) the main road network maintained by local authorities.   HL982

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what opportunities will be available to participate in the Accelerated Access Review announced in November 2014 as "The Innovative Medicines and Medical Technology Review" for (1) the public and patient groups, (2) medical charities, (3) academics, (4) researchers, and (5) other interested parties; and when they expect it to report.   HL983

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to raise awareness of employing people with autism.   HL984

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that organisations in the private sector employ people with autism.   HL985

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the availability of Access to Work grants for those who especially need them to start working.   HL986

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

3 June (17 June)

HL230 Lord Bradley [HMT]

HL231 Lord Bradley [HMT]

HL232 Lord Bradley [HMT]

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

[HMT] 3

         

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

8 July

European Union (Approvals) [HL]

Government

6 July

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

1 July

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Childcare [HL]

Government

1 July

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

 

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

 

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

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

 

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

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

30th Report, Session 2014–15

 

Draft 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

   

Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 2) Order 2015

   

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5) Order 2015

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

33rd Report, Session 2014–15

   

Police Federation (Amendment) Regulations 2015

11 June

 
 

1st Report

   

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

22 June

 
 

3rd Report

   

Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

20 July

 

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

19 July

 
 

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Health and Care Professions Council (Registration and Fees) (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules Order of Council 2015

7 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

1st

Affirmative

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

1st

Super
Affirmative

Draft Legislative Reform (Duchy of Lancaster) Order 2015

2nd

Negative

Forthcoming Retirements 

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

 

Date of retirement

 

Baroness Wilkins

23 July

 

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

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.

Wednesday 1 July

   

Social Mobility

Select Committee

10.00am
in the River Room, Palace of Westminster

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am
in the Archbishops’ Room, Millbank House

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

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Monday 6 July

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 7 July

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

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 Tuesday 30 June 2015 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of St Albans.

1 Oath Geoffrey Johnson Lord Tordoff took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Select Committee Reports

2 Secondary Legislation Scrutiny  
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

4th Report, on the following:

Correspondence:

Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2015 
Universal Credit (Waiting Days) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 
Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. (HL Paper 13)

3 Privileges and Conduct 
The following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

Guidance to members on accepting gifts, benefits and hospitality. (1st Report, HL Paper 14)

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) Act 2015: changes to standing orders. (2nd Report, HL Paper 15)

Public Business

4 Eurostar: passengers with pets A question was asked by Baroness Sharples and answered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble.

5 NHS: whistleblowing A question was asked by Lord Desai and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

6 Gaza strip: Rafah Crossing A question was asked by Lord Hylton and answered by the Earl of Courtown.

7 Childcare A question was asked by Baroness Jones of Whitchurch and answered by Lord Nash.

8 Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) Bill [HL] Lord Rooker presented a bill to amend the Bread and Flour Regulations 1998 to require flour to be fortified with folic acid. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 52)

9 Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 15. Amendment 43 was agreed to. The House resumed.

10 Mental Health: young people A question was asked by Baroness Tyler of Enfield and, after debate, answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

11 Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 52. Amendments 56, 59, 61 to 64, 66, 67, 69 to 71, 72 to 85, 86, 87, 87B to 88, 90 to 94, 95 to 103 and 105A to 107 were agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 53)

The House adjourned at 10.25pm until Wednesday 1 July at 3.00pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Social Fund (Budgeting Loans) (Applications and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.   (1411)

2 Pollution Prevention and Control (Fees) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Other Provisions) Regulations 2015, laid under the Finance Act 1973.   (1431)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 (1) Report and Accounts for 2014 of the Engineering Construction Industry Training Board

(2) Report and Accounts for 2014 of the Construction Industry Training Board

laid under the Industrial Training Act 1982.

2 Report for the Academic Year 2013–14 on the Academies programme, laid under the Academies Act 2010.

3 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, laid under the National Heritage Act 1983.

4 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Information Commissioner’s Office, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Data Protection Act 1998.

5 Accounts for 2014–15 of Funds in Court in England and Wales Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Administration of Justice Act 1982.

6 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Coal Authority, laid under the Coal Industry Act 1994.

7 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority, laid under the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995.

8 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Charity Commission, laid under the Charities Act 2011.

9 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, laid under the Energy Act 2004.

10 (1) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency

(2) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Driving Standards Agency

laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

11 (1) Report for 2015 of the Committee on Climate Change on Meeting Carbon Budgets

(2) Report for 2015 of the Committee on Climate Change on Progress in preparing for climate change

(3) Summary Report for 2015 of the Committee on Climate Change on reducing emissions and preparing for climate change

laid under the Climate Change Act 2008.

12 (1) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

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

(3) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of West Midlands Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

(4) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

(5) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

(6) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust

(7) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

(8) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

(9) Report and Accounts for the period 1 April 2014 to 31 January 2015 of the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases NHS Foundation Trust

(10) Report for the period 1–31 March 2015 of Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

Prepared 1st July 2015