House of Lords Business

Thursday 10 September 2015 at 11.00am

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to prevent stolen items of religious and cultural heritage from Iraq and Syria being illegally imported into the United Kingdom and then used to finance terrorist activities.

*Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to tackle the variations in health outcomes across the country for children aged under five.

*Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the operation of sanctions on benefits.

*Lord St John of Bletso to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maximise the grassroots impact of hosting the forthcoming Rugby World Cup.

†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 Haskel and Baroness Bakewell set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours.

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

Communications The Chairman of Committees to move that Lord Goodlad be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Dobbs, resigned.

Liaison The Chairman of Committees to move that Baroness Garden of Frognal be appointed a member of the Select Committee.

Lord Haskel to move that this House takes note of the British economy beyond austerity.

Baroness Bakewell to move that this House takes note of developments regarding the future financing and independence of the BBC.

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. (1½ hours)

Future Business 

Friday 11 September at 10.00am

Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Marlesford]

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

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Earl of Lytton]

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

Succession to Peerages Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Trefgarne]

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

Monday 14 September at 2.30pm

*The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure the sustainability of the United Kingdom’s food supply.

*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to propose to the United Nations Security Council in the light of the Serious Fraud Office’s criminal investigation into Soma Oil and Gas Holdings, Soma Oil and Gas Exploration, Soma Management and others in relation to allegations of corruption in Somalia.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cuts in tax credits on middle- and lower-income working people.

*Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on patients, residents of care homes and their families and carers, of the decision to postpone the introduction of the cap on care costs from April 2016 until April 2020.

†Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) to move that this House approves the nomination of Lord Janvrin and the Marquess of Lothian as members of the Intelligence and Security Committee of Parliament.

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Bridges of Headley]

†Energy Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth] 6th and 7th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee, 4th Report from the Constitution Committee

Tuesday 15 September at 2.30pm

*Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Burma in advance of the first general election in that country since 2010, which is due to take place in November.

*Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to consult and otherwise engage with stakeholders about the interception of communications data.

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the provision made for disabled spectators at Premier League football stadiums.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 11 September.

The following four motions are expected to be debated together:

Baroness Stowell of Beeston to move that this House takes note of the case for further incremental reform of the House of Lords to address the size of the House.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to move to resolve that this House considers it an abuse of the constitution for any new peerages under the Life Peerages Act 1958 to be conferred on persons intending to take the Liberal Democrat party whip until at least 12 new peerages under that Act are conferred on persons who intend to take the United Kingdom Independence Party whip.

Lord Steel of Aikwood to move to resolve that this House considers it desirable that on the Dissolution of each Parliament those members of the House aged 80 or over should retire from the House under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014, save that such members should elect 12 of their number to remain as members of the House for the following Parliament.

Lord Lea of Crondall to move that this House calls on all political parties to work together, in conjunction with a statutory House of Lords Appointments Commission, to ensure that recommendations for future appointments to the House (including those arising from the internal mechanisms of the parties themselves) are made with a view both to enhancing the reputation of the House and to ensuring an appropriate balance between the political parties.

Earl Howe to move that this House takes note of the role and capabilities of the UK Armed Forces, in the light of global and domestic threats to stability and security.

Wednesday 16 September at 3.00pm

*Lord Wood of Anfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish a distributional analysis of the impact of the Budget on households with different levels of income.

*Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of NHS England’s management of Clinical Commissioning Group allocations under the current funding formula.

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the sharing of information about a child’s development between children’s centres and local schools.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 10 September, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 14 September.

Baroness Neville-Rolfe intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015 Baroness Neville-Rolfe to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 18 June be approved. 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (considered in Grand Committee on 7 September)

Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2015 Baroness Neville-Rolfe to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 18 June be approved. 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (considered in Grand Committee on 7 September)

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).

Lord Inglewood to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Extradition Law Committee on Extradition: UK Law and Practice (2nd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 126).

Baroness Verma to move that this House takes note of the humanitarian impact of developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

Thursday 17 September at 11.00am

*Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards renewal of the BBC’s Charter in 2017.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what new proposals they have to support independent high street retailers, particularly in the light of the increasing cost of business rates.

*Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the merits of using dogs to detect medical conditions.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 11 September, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 15 September.

Lord Chidgey to move that this House takes note of the forthcoming summit on Sustainable Development Goals in September and Her Majesty’s Government’s objectives at that summit. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the dairy industry in the United Kingdom, in the light of the European Union aid package announced on 7 September. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

Lord Scriven to move that this House takes note of the treatment of LGBTI citizens worldwide. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Risk of Being Drawn into Terrorism) (Guidance) Regulations 2015 Lord Ashton of Hyde to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 16 July be approved. 2nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 7th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 15 September for debate on 15 October. Time limit 2½ hours.

Baroness Hooper to move that this House takes note of developments in Latin America and of the United Kingdom’s presence in that region.

Lord Harris of Haringey to move that this House takes note of the report of the Harris Review, Changing Prisons, Saving Lives.

Lord Moynihan to move that this House takes note of the Government’s consultation paper, A New Strategy for Sport.

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to move that this House takes note of the number and plight of refugees in the Middle East and the steps that need to be taken to address the situation.

Select Committee Reports 

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

Lord Best to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on Press Regulation: where are we now? (3rd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 135). 23 March 2015

The Earl of Selborne to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on The resilience of the electricity system (1st Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 121). 12 March 2015

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The North Sea under pressure: is regional marine co-operation the answer? (10th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 137). 17 March 2015

Lord Teverson to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Arctic Committee (Session 2014–15, HL Paper 118). 27 February 2015

Baroness Morgan of Huyton to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Digital Skills Committee (Session 2014–15, HL Paper 111). 17 February 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 

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 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).

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 Lord Tyler to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 16 July, be annulled (SI 2015/1520).

Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 Baroness Hamwee to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 16 July, be annulled (SI 2015/1501).

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House takes note of the National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 and of the simplification of the assessment of the maximum waiting time for NHS treatment for elective patients, in the light of the review by Sir Bruce Keogh, and the risk that the current more complex standards could provide a perverse incentive to commissioning bodies to deal with those recently added to the waiting list before those who have already been waiting for more than 18 weeks (SI 2015/1430).

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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

Baroness 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 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 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 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 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)

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)

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the economic development of the north of England of the pausing of the electrification of the TransPennine rail line. (2 July)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to return to cross-party talks on a future agreement on party funding structures. (6 July)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of kinship care as a means of support for vulnerable children. (7 July)

Lord Trees to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects of Neglected Tropical Diseases in impairing social and economic development in developing countries in the light of the publication of the third progress report of the 2012 London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. (9 July)

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to respond to the issues raised in the NSPCC report Achieving emotional wellbeing for looked after children: a whole system approach. (13 July)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ensure that retail banks treat their vulnerable customers fairly. (20 July)

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage people to work longer and be adequately re-trained in later life, as part of their goal to resolve the challenge of skill shortages in certain sectors of the economy. (20 July)

Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken a review of the changes in employment law by the last government; and if so, what was the outcome of the review. (20 July)

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing a patient experience survey for patients with diabetes. (20 July)

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask the Chairman of Committees whether there are any plans to appoint a unit within the House of Lords Press Office to promote proactively and apolitically the role and work of the House of Lords. (21 July)

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria. (22 July)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the discursions surrounding the renewal of the BBC Charter. (22 July)

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children receive a balanced and rounded education in schools; and what effect the English baccalaureate requirements will have in that regard. (22 July)

Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase understanding of the Middle East. (22 July)

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the prospects for a political solution to the civil war in Syria. (7 September)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 9 September and due for answer by 23 September.

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that the UNHCR fails to protect Christians from discrimination in the refugee camps set up to help those fleeing Syria.   HL2106

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to identify medical practitioners and other qualified health professionals amongst Syrian refugees and make arrangements for them to enter the United Kingdom and continue their practice here.   HL2107

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to work with medical schools to enable Syrian refugees who are medical students to continue their studies in the United Kingdom.
   HL2108

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to work with the medical, nursing and midwifery Royal Colleges, the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council, and the regulators of other healthcare professions to enable Syrian refugees who are qualified health professionals to enter practice in the United Kingdom.   HL2109

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to identify biomedical researchers and academics amongst Syrian refugees and make arrangements for them to enter the United Kingdom and to assist them in finding relevant employment.   HL2110

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations they have had with the devolved administrations about plans to resettle Syrian and other refugees in the United Kingdom.   HL2111

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have had with relevant charitable relief organisations based in the United Kingdom about the future resettlement of Syrian and other refugees in the United Kingdom.   HL2112

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to involve charitable relief organisations in the long-term arrangements for resettling Syrian and other refugees in the United Kingdom.   HL2113

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have formulated guidelines for voluntary charitable organisations involved in the settlement of Syrian and other refugees in the United Kingdom; and if not, whether they plan to do so.   HL2114

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for greater co-ordination of relief efforts by voluntary organisations working with refugees in Syria and the surrounding countries.   HL2115

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the last major maintenance work was undertaken on (1) the junction of the M6 and the A38(M), known as Spaghetti Junction, and (2) the elevated section of the M5 between junctions 1 and 2.   HL2116

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of maintaining the motorway junction of the M6 with the A38(M), known as Spaghetti Junction, for each of the last 10 years.
   HL2117

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of maintaining the elevated motorway section of the M5 between junctions 1 and 2 for each of the last 10 years.   HL2118

Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year from 2003–4 to 2014–15 inclusive, (1) what was the national debt, expressed in (a) monetary terms, and (b) as a percentage of gross domestic product, and (2) what interest was paid on that debt, expressed in (a) monetary terms, and (b) in per capita terms.   HL2119

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance and restrictions they have given to the UNHCR about the selection of Syrian refugees for resettlement in the United Kingdom.
   HL2120

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of how diplomatic and political relations with France would be affected if they continue with their policy of admitting to the United Kingdom for resettlement only those refugees from Syria who are presently in camps near that country.   HL2121

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many Syrian refugees will arrive in the United Kingdom for resettlement in the next 12 months.   HL2122

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy that state benefits in Northern Ireland, and the qualifications to receive such benefits, should remain the same as those in England.   HL2123

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning its imposition of restrictions on access to water for Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.   HL2124

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the family living in the Negev at Wadi Atir whose water tank was removed by Israeli soldiers during a heatwave as part of a demolition.   HL2125

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of the United States about the number of United States nationals currently living in settlements in the West Bank.   HL2126

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the progress of the investigation into the death of Ali Saeed Dawabsheh in Duma village near Nablus.   HL2127

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the government of Israel about the review of live-fire regulations.   HL2128

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what concerns they have expressed to the government of Israel about the temporal and spatial restrictions on the entry for Muslims to Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem.   HL2129

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new academy schools they estimate will open in the year May 2015 to May 2016.   HL2130

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their target for opening new academy schools in the year May 2015 to May 2016.   HL2131

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their target for opening new academy schools in each of the next five years.   HL2132

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sponsors have applied to open new academy schools since May.   HL2133

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage sponsors to open new academy schools.   HL2134

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their total estimated value of sponsorship for new academy schools between 7 May and 31 August.   HL2135

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken regarding the sale of tickets for the 2016 RBS 6 Nations series that are being offered for sale before being released by the organisers on secondary-market websites that do not provide the details required under the Consumer Rights Act 2015.   HL2136

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the European Commission to ascertain whether it would be in accordance with the EU Consumer Rights Directive for both primary- and secondary-market ticket sellers to have to provide a unique reference number so that event organisers can track sales of tickets.   HL2137

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering increasing the maximum penalty that can be imposed on secondary-market operators for breaching the Consumer Rights Act 2015.   HL2138

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to announce the chair, membership and terms of reference of the group conducting the statutory review into the secondary ticketing market; and whether they plan to include representatives from the Rugby Football Union, the Glastonbury Festival, and the security management team at The O2 on the proposed panel of experts.
   HL2139

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the total number of websites that have been shut down with the help of City of London Police to date; and how many websites have agreed to remove Rugby World Cup tickets from their websites as a result of secondary-market operators being in breach of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.   HL2140

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to propose to the UN Secretary-General that he commission a study of the effects on the economies of Eritrea and Ethiopia if the latter gave their unequivocal approval to the boundary demarcation between the two states, as determined by the Eritrea-Ethiopia Boundary Commission.   HL2141

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the coastguard boat based in Belfast was given an Irish Language name; and what steps they plan to take to ensure equality of cultures in any such namings in the future.   HL2142

Lord Jopling to ask the Leader of the House what explanation she has received from the Ministry of Justice about the failure to answer Lord Falconer of Thoroton’s Question for Written Answer tabled on 21 July, before Wednesday 9 September, 25 working days after an answer was due.   HL2143

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

21 July (4 August)

HL1700 Lord Falconer of Thoroton [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

   

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

11 September

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL] (Queen’s and Prince of Wales’ Consents to be signified)

Private Member’s

11 September

Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL] (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

11 September

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

 

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union Referendum

Government

 

Natural Environment [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Accessible Sports Grounds [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Energy [HL]

Government

14 September

Waiting for Report

   

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

14 September

European Union (Approvals) [HL]

Government

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

 

Cities and Local Government Devolution [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 Hunting Act 2004 (Exempt Hunting) (Amendment) Order 2015

7th Report

 

Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 2015

   

Draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Small and Medium Sized Business (Credit Information) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Small and Medium Sized Business (Finance Platforms) Regulations 2015

   

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015

 

16 September

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

 

16 September

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

   

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

   

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

   

Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme Funding and Administration) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Risk of Being Drawn into Terrorism) (Guidance) Regulations 2015

7th Report

17 September

Draft Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

1st Report

 

Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Relevant Authorised Persons) Order 2015

   

Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015

   

Draft Byelaws (Alternative Procedure) (England) Regulations 2015

   

Draft English Apprenticeships (Consequential Amendments to Primary Legislation) Order 2015

   

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

1st Report

   

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

22 June

 
 

6th Report

   

Deposit Guarantee Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

20 October

 
 

7th Report

   

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

30 October

 

National College for High Speed Rail (Incorporation) Order 2015

20 October

 

National College for High Speed Rail (Government) Regulations 2015

20 October

 

Homes and Communities Agency (Transfer of Property etc.) Regulations 2015

25 October

 
 

Instruments 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

 

National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

18 October

 

Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015

2 November

 

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015

2 November

 

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

 

Report

Parliamentary procedure

Draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

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

1st

Affirmative

Forthcoming Retirements 

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

 

Date of retirement

 

Lord Parkinson

14 September

 

Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville

18 September

 

Lord Stewartby

12 November

 

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 10 September

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

Friday 11 September

   

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

10.00am
in Portcullis House

Monday 14 September

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm
in the Archbishops’ Room, Millbank House

Tuesday 15 September

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 16 September

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 14 October

   

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

Wednesday 21 October

   

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Audit

Audit Committee

10.30am

Thursday 22 October

   

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 27 October

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 9 September 2015 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Peterborough.

1 Affirmation Richard George Lord Rogers of Riverside made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Tributes Tributes were paid to Her Majesty the Queen.

3 Retirement The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that he had received written notice from Lord Parkinson under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 stating that he would retire from the House on 14 September.

Select Committee Report

4 Statutory Instruments 
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

3rd Report on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:  
Draft Byelaws (Alternative Procedure) (England) Regulations 2015 
Draft English Apprenticeships (Consequential Amendments to Primary Legislation) Order 2015 
Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015
Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Relevant Authorised Persons) Order 2015 
Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015 
Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015. (HL Paper 33)

Public Business

5 Sudan A question was asked by Lord Chidgey and answered by the Earl of Courtown.

6 Civil Partners: siblings A question was asked by Lord Lexden and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.

7 Freight industry: Operation Stack A question was asked by Baroness Randerson and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

8 Syria: Christian refugees A question was asked by Lord Green of Deddington and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

9 Natural Environment Bill [HL] Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb presented a bill to make provision for the setting of biodiversity and other targets; to establish a Natural Capital Committee; to require local authorities to maintain local ecological network strategies; to identify species threatened with extinction; for access to quality natural green space; and to include education about the natural environment in the curriculum for maintained schools. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 61)

10 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 2) Order 2015 Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 19 May be approved. The motion was agreed to.

11 Merchant Shipping (Alcohol) (Prescribed Limits Amendment) Regulations 2015 Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.

12 Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Lord Faulks moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 25 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.

13 Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2015 Earl Howe moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 7 July be approved. The motion was agreed to.

14 Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5) Order 2015 Lord Keen of Elie moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 29 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.

15 Energy Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with the question that clause 37 be agreed to. Amendments 32 to 34 were agreed to. The House resumed after amendment 34A.

16 Health: lymphoedema A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and, after debate, answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

The House adjourned at 6.20pm until Thursday 10 September at 11.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015, laid under the Housing Act 1988.   (1646)

2 Revenue Traders (Accounts and Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Customs and Excise Management Act 1979.   (1650)

3 Motor Vehicles (Variation of Speed Limits for Naval, Military and Air Force Vehicles) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015, laid under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.   (1653)

4 Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Measure 2009.   (1654)

5 Harbour Directions (Designation of Harbour Authorities) (No. 2) Order 2015, laid under the Harbours Act 1964.   (1656)

6 Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015, laid under the Vehicle Excise and Registration Act 1994.   (1657)

7 823–832 MHz and 1785–1805 MHz etc. Frequency Bands (Management) Regulations 2015, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.   (1658)

8 Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015, laid under the Energy Act 2008.   (1659)

9 Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 (Transitional and Savings Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015, laid under the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013.   (1660)

10 Oil and Gas Authority (Levy) Regulations 2015, laid under the Infrastructure Act 2015.   (1661)

Prepared 10th September 2015