House of Lords Business

Thursday 2 July 2015 at 11.00am

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

†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 Wallace of Tankerness and Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours.

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)

Future Business 

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)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] Committee (day 4) [Lord Bridges of Headley] 1st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 2nd Report from the Constitution Committee

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 is their assessment of the experience of those claiming Universal Credit.

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)

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle the loss of world biodiversity caused by human activity. (1 July)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 1 July and due for answer by 15 July.

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they plan to make to the government of Turkey about the use of water cannons and tear gas on participants at the gay pride celebrations in Istanbul.   HL987

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to ensure that early warning systems and country analysis include indicators of genocide and crimes against humanity, and that there is sufficient interdepartmental co-operation to achieve this.   HL988

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to ensure that their Conflict, Stability and Security Fund provides adequate and effective support for both their responsibility to protect and their commitments to preventing atrocities.   HL989

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to review the readiness of the United Kingdom to respond to crimes of atrocity and developing threats of genocide and other crimes against humanity anywhere in the world.   HL990

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of their 2020 carbon emissions reduction target they intend to achieve through energy efficiency measures.   HL991

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of their 2020 carbon emissions reduction target they intend to achieve through the development of thermal heating capacity in the United Kingdom.   HL992

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on setting up a study to image amyloid deposition in systemic amyloidosis using hybrid positron emission tomography-magnetic resonance imaging; where the study is located; how many patients have been recruited; when the study is expected to complete its initial work; and where the results will be published.   HL993

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the National Institute of Health Research Technology Assessment programme to publish initial findings from its assessment of the benefits of antibiotic prophylaxis and its effect on healthcare associated infections in myeloma patients.   HL994

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House any publications resulting from the phase 3 clinical trials approved for the potential treatment of systemic amyloidosis or multiple myeloma; and what is the National Institute of Health Research’s assessment of progress in these areas.   HL995

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are currently any trials for systemic amyloidosis in humans being conducted by the National Institute of Health Research charities or the commercial sector.   HL996

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the four phase 2 or 3 clinical trials for systemic amyloidosis approved since 2004 are still ongoing; and whether any of the trials have produced sufficient positive outcomes to encourage commercial development.   HL997

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether driving Daesh out of Iraq would be a final military victory.   HL998

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government over what periods in the last 30 years there has been a threat to the existence of the United Kingdom; and what was the average percentage of gross domestic product spent on defence in each of those years.   HL999

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest information they have regarding high risk groups suffering neural tube defects at birth.   HL1000

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the take-up of advice given on National Health Service websites about preventing spina bifida is currently monitored.   HL1001

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many live births where the child was diagnosed with spina bifida, hydrocephalus or anencephaly there have been in each of the past five years.
   HL1002

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the postcodes of mothers of babies born with congenital abnormalities are yet available on the British Isles Network of Congenital Anomaly Registers.   HL1003

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for health equality of their current policy regarding the prevention of neural tube defect-affected pregnancies.   HL1004

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any independent scientific advisory committee has been commissioned to study the causes and consequences of neural tube defect-affected pregnancies.   HL1005

Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will participate in the first session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, established on 26 June 2014.
   HL1006

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to address criticisms of careers education in schools from the Confederation of British Industry; and whether they plan to provide support and resources for the proposals set out in London Ambitions, which would ensure that London schools, including primary schools, enable every child to receive 100 guaranteed hours of experience of the world of work before they leave school.   HL1007

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much exposure the European Central Bank has to Greece; and what is the current value of its equity and reserves.   HL1008

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NHS England has recently received any reports of interruptions in the supply of drugs from United Kingdom pharmaceutical companies to United Kingdom pharmacies.   HL1009

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any United Kingdom pharmaceutical companies diverting the supply of drugs from the United Kingdom to overseas markets to take advantage of the strength of sterling.   HL1010

Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of there being no agreement to recent proposals on welfare reform in Northern Ireland, what alternative measures are being considered to implement welfare reform in Northern Ireland.   HL1011

Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to increase electoral registration across the United Kingdom.   HL1012

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what data they used to estimate the announced savings of £10 billion for businesses over the last four years as a result of cutting red tape.   HL1013

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings have been made by efforts to reduce the cost of regulation over the last Parliament, broken down by each specific regulation.
   HL1014

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what data they used to estimate the savings made from enabling small businesses to decide whether their accounts need to be audited.   HL1015

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government which regulations they included in their analysis of reducing the costs of regulation over the last Parliament.   HL1016

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the internal process for calculating regulatory savings; and which individuals, by job title, are involved.   HL1017

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the role of the Office for Budget Responsibility is in verifying claims on regulatory savings.   HL1018

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, on 25 June (HC Deb, cols 1067–8), how long the pause is expected to last before the Midland Main Line railway route is electrified.   HL1019

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, on 25 June (HC Deb, cols 1067–8), how long the pause is expected to last before the TransPennine rail line is electrified.   HL1020

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government why their policy to pause rail electrification was not reflected in the debate in the House on 17 June on transport in the north of England in the context of the Minister’s comment on the relationship between electrification and Government’s northern powerhouse aspirations.   HL1021

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Secretary of State for Transport, Mr Patrick McLoughlin, on 25 June (HC Deb, col 1068) about Network Rail in respect of the trans-Pennine route that "current work on electrification will be paused because we need to be much more ambitious for that route" , whether their plans for electrification are to be combined with their ambitions for High Speed 3; and, if so, when they expect electrification to take place.
   HL1022

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the secondary legislation for the Recall of MPs Act 2015 will be published and laid before both Houses of Parliament for debate.   HL1023

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on implementing the Statutory Register of Lobbyists, including the numbers now registered, the budget, and the number of meetings recorded.   HL1024

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to discuss with the governments of (1) the United States of America, (2) France, (3) Germany, (4) Italy, (5) Australia, (6) Canada, (7) India, (8) Austria, and (9) Russia, the possible creation of an international force to tackle Islamic extremism wherever it occurs in the world, including elements of those countries’ armed, intelligence and police forces.   HL1025

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the admission by West Midlands Police that in 2010 they withheld a report on child rape, abuse and exploitation, what steps they plan to take to ensure that every police officer and official involved is investigated and criminal charges brought where appropriate.   HL1026

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers the Home Secretary has to remove the pensions of police officers who have been found guilty of serious misconduct.   HL1027

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to discuss with motor vehicle manufacturers the possible re-introduction of metal keys in order to reduce vehicle theft.   HL1028

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take steps to encourage insurers to provide incentives for vehicles that have keys to secure them and disincentives for keyless locking systems or any electronic systems that are more prone to theft.   HL1029

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to set up a commission or expert committee to consider all aspects of the re-wilding of parts of the United Kingdom with former indigenous species.   HL1030

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to avoid the World Food Programme running out of funds for its food vouchers for refugees in Jordan and elsewhere.   HL1031

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to find an alternative and reliable test to assess the vitamin B12 status of the population; and what level of false high results the current test provides.   HL1032

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review how pernicious anaemia and other symptoms of vitamin B12 deficiency in the United Kingdom population are diagnosed and treated, particularly taking into account the neurological and mental health impact of any failure to diagnose quickly and accurately; and, if not, why not.   HL1033

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that a reliable test to assess the vitamin B12 status of the United Kingdom population is made available as a means to prevent serious and irreversible neurological damage before any mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid is introduced.   HL1034

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the frequency at which patients with pernicious anaemia require vitamin B12 replacement therapy by injection; whether they have any evidence that patients are purchasing additional supplies from unregulated sources; and whether they will review current guidance.   HL1035

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the social and economic costs of misdiagnosis or late diagnosis of pernicious anaemia and other vitamin B12 deficiencies; and, if so, what they consider them to be.   HL1036

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Conservative Party manifesto pledges to introduce legislation to pardon those men, now deceased, who were historically convicted of gross indecency even though they would be innocent of any crime today, whether they intend such legislation to extend a pardon to those men similarly convicted but still living who may apply for a "disregard" under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, and if not, why not; and whether they accept that there is a difference between a "pardon" and a "disregard", and if so, what it is.   HL1037

Baroness Nye to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the higher education regulatory framework.   HL1038

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

17 June (1 July)

HL559 Lord Beecham [MoJ]

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

[MoJ] 1

         

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

6 July

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

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 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

   

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

   

Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme Funding and Administration) Regulations 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.

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

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 8 July

   

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Social Mobility

Select Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

Liaison

Domestic Committee

10.30am
in Committee Room G

Audit

Domestic Committee

3.30pm

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 1 July 2015 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of St Albans.

1 Oaths and affirmations The following Lords took and subscribed the oath, or made and subscribed the solemn affirmation, and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct:

Paul Clive Lord Deighton

Arthur George Lord Weidenfeld

Kenneth Donald John Lord Macdonald of River Glaven

Select Committee Reports

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

Childcare Bill [HL]. (3rd Report, HL Paper 16)

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

3rd Report, on the following bill: 
Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL]: Further Government Response. (HL Paper 17)

4 Information 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

Report on 2014–15. (1st Report, HL Paper 18)

Public Business

5 International students: post-study visa A question was asked by Lord Holmes of Richmond and answered by Lord Bates.

6 Royal Bank of Scotland A question was asked by Lord Sharkey and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

7 Chilcot Inquiry A question was asked by Lord Morris of Aberavon and answered by Lord Bridges of Headley.

8 Greece A question was asked by Lord Higgins and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

9 Davies Commission Report Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

10 Childcare Bill [HL] After debate, the bill was considered in Committee. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

11 Litter A question was asked by Lord Cormack and, after debate, answered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble.

12 Childcare Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 6. Amendment 18 was agreed to. The House resumed after amendment 19.

The House adjourned at 10.05pm until Thursday 2 July at 11.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.45pm.

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] The Grand Committee further considered the bill, beginning with amendment 14. Amendments were considered. The Committee adjourned after amendment 20A.

The Committee adjourned at 7.28pm.

Papers 

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

Instruments Withdrawn

The following instruments, laid before the House on 19 March, were withdrawn:

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

2 Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme Funding and Administration) Regulations 2015.

Command Papers

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

1 Prisons-Report of the Independent Review into Self-inflicted Deaths in Custody of 18–24 year olds: Changing Prisons, Saving Lives   (9087)

2 Departmental Performance

(1) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Department for Communities and Local Government.    (-)

(2) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of UK Trade and Investment.    (-)

Affirmative Instruments

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

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

(2) Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme Funding and Administration) Regulations 2015

laid under the Water Act 2014.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.   (1430)

2 Health Care and Associated Professions (Knowledge of English) Order 2015 (Commencement No. 1) Order of Council 2015, laid under the Health Care and Associated Professions (Knowledge of English) Order 2015.   (1451)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 (1) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

(2) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(3) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(4) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

(5) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(6) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

(7) Report and Accounts for the period 1 November 2014 to 31 March 2015 of the Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

(8) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust

(9) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

(10) Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust

(11) Statement by the Secretary of State for Health concerning the National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

2 Accounts for 2014–15 of Social Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

3 Report of the Bank of England on Financial Stability, laid under the Bank of England Act 1998.

4 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Sports Grounds Safety Authority, laid under the Sports Grounds Safety Authority Act 2011.

5 Accounts for 2014–15 of the Crown’s Nominee, laid under the Treasury Solicitor Act 1876.

6 Report for 2014 of the Church Commissioners for England, laid under the Church Commissioners Measure 1947.

7 Report of the Department of Health on the effect of the NHS Constitution, laid under the Health Act 2009.

8 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Public Works Loan Board, laid under the National Loans Act 1968.

Prepared 2nd July 2015