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House of Lords Business

Thursday 17 September 2015 at 11.00am

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the remarks by General John Allen, Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL, on 13 September that the conflict in Syria must be solved at a political level in order to ease the humanitarian crisis, whether the Chiefs of Staff have formally discussed comprehensive strategy options for the defeat of ISIL, and peace and reconstruction in Syria.

Energy Bill [HL] Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to move that the Energy Bill [HL] be recommitted to a Grand Committee in respect of Part 5 of the Bill (Clauses 65 and 66).

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

Future Business 

Monday 12 October at 2.30pm

The Rt Hon Sir George Young Bt CH and 
Philip Smith CBE will be introduced as Barons.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to creating an NHS pathway for patients in need of urgent assessment who, due to mental health conditions, are unable to tolerate tests such as scans or blood tests without a general anaesthetic.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a national strategy for play as part of a holistic approach to child health and fitness.

*Viscount Hanworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Professional and Career Development loans have been offered by the appointed banks to this year’s prospective postgraduate students, relative to the number of applications.

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to reduce the number of home to school journeys made by car.

†Enterprise Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Neville-Rolfe]

Tuesday 13 October at 11.00am

The Rt Hon David Blunkett and 
Robert Hayward OBE will be introduced as Barons.

†European Union Referendum Bill Second Reading [Baroness Anelay of St Johns]

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes (at 2.30pm)

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now announce the date on which they will make public their decision about an extra runway for the London airport system.

*Baroness Humphreys to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the Wales Act 2014.

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in the Government Digital Service will follow from projected cuts in its budget and the departure of senior staff.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3.30pm on Wednesday 7 October, to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 9 October.

It is expected that the debate on the second reading of the European Union Referendum Bill will continue.

†Wednesday 14 October at 3.00pm

†*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways the Northern Powerhouse will benefit local authorities and their citizens in the county of Lancashire.

†*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the Northern Ireland Executive about the reform of defamation law in Northern Ireland.

†*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relative merits of different ways of delivering initial training of teachers.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 8 October, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 12 October.

†Childcare Bill [HL] Report [Lord Nash]

Thursday 15 October at 11.00am

Stephen Gilbert Esq will be introduced as a Baron and 
Michelle Mone will be introduced as a Baroness.

Baroness Prosser to move that this House takes note of the process for monitoring the availability and quality of apprenticeships, and the mechanisms for ensuring an appropriate spread of apprenticeships across the labour market. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Topical question for short debate. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 5 October, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 6 October.

Lord Moynihan to move that this House takes note of the Government’s consultation paper, A New Strategy for Sport. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

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. (1½ hours)

Tuesday 20 October at 2.30pm

The Rt Hon James Arbuthnot and 
Stuart Polak CBE will be introduced as Barons.

Thursday 22 October at 11.00am

James O’Shaughnessy Esq will be introduced as a Baron and 
Philippa Stroud will be introduced as a Baroness.

Monday 26 October at 2.30pm

The Rt Hon Andrew Lansley CBE will be introduced as a Baron, 
Shaista Sheehan will be introduced as a Baroness, and 
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester will be introduced.

Tuesday 27 October at 2.30pm

Anne McIntosh will be introduced as a Baroness and  
Jonathan Oates Esq will be introduced as a Baron.

Thursday 29 October at 11.00am

James Lupton CBE will be introduced as a Baron and  
Councillor Elizabeth Redfern will be introduced as a Baroness.

Tuesday 3 November at 2.30pm

Emma Pidding and 
Jane Scott will be introduced as Baronesses.

Thursday 5 November at 11.00am

The Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell CH CBE QC and  
The Rt Hon Donald Foster will be introduced as Barons.

Monday 9 November at 2.30pm

The Rt Hon Viscount Hailsham QC and 
The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan will be introduced as Barons.

Tuesday 10 November at 2.30pm

The Rt Hon Gregory Barker will be introduced as a Baron and  
Lorely Burt will be introduced as a Baroness.

Tuesday 17 November at 2.30pm

Councillor Gary Porter CBE and 
Kevin Shinkwin Esq will be introduced as Barons.

Thursday 19 November at 11.00am

The Rt Hon Sir Malcolm Bruce will be introduced as a Baron and 
Kate Rock will be introduced as a Baroness.

Monday 23 November at 2.30pm

The Rt Hon Sir Alan Beith and 
The Rt Hon David Willetts will be introduced as Barons.

Tuesday 24 November at 2.30pm

The Rt Hon Paul Murphy will be introduced as a Baron.

Thursday 26 November at 11.00am

The Rt Hon Lynne Featherstone will be introduced as a Baroness and 
The Rt Hon William Hague will be introduced as a Baron.

Monday 30 November at 2.30pm

Simone Finn and  
Ruby McGregor-Smith will be introduced as Baronesses.

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).

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move to resolve that this House declines to consider the draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 until after the publication of an impact assessment on the Regulations.

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 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)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to develop a national strategy on post-polio syndrome. (10 September)

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in 2016. (14 September)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on young people living in rural locations of the area review of further education colleges currently taking place. (15 September)

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce food waste. (16 September)

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the most effective ways of teaching children with dyslexia. (16 September)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 16 September and due for answer by 30 September.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the intervention by Saudi Arabia in Yemen, and whether they are aware of any war crimes committed in relation to that intervention.   HL2251

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of attacks by the Royal Saudi Air Force on the world heritage sites in Yemen; and whether the United Kingdom supplied any of the arms used in those attacks.   HL2252

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the BBC Newsnight report of 10 September that presented evidence of attacks on civilians in Yemen by the Royal Saudi Air Force.   HL2253

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are supporting any peace initiatives between Saudi Arabia and Yemen.   HL2254

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the state of the latest humanitarian truce in Yemen, in the light of the airstrikes by the Arab states coalition led by Saudi Arabia.   HL2255

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the number of Pakistani Christians who have fled to Thailand, Malaysia and Sri Lanka through fear of persecution.   HL2256

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conditions in the detention centres where Pakistani Christians are detained in Bangkok, and whether the inmates include babies, children, lactating women and the infirm; what international obligations exist in regard to the detention of children in such circumstances; whether they have made representations to the UNHCR and the government of Thailand about those conditions; and if so, what response they have received.   HL2257

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how the conditions in detention centres where Pakistani Christians are detained in Bangkok compare with the conditions in prisons in Thailand.   HL2258

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have been able to provide for refugees fleeing persecution in Pakistan in resolving their applications for asylum; and what is their estimate of the average time likely to elapse between an applicant lodging a claim for asylum in Bangkok and being resettled.   HL2259

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to work with the British Council to examine ways of assisting the children of Pakistani refugees to receive schooling and educational opportunities while their asylum cases are being considered.   HL2260

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks of those Pakistani refugees who are living without legal status while their asylum claims are being assessed in Bangkok falling victim to trafficking and exploitation.   HL2261

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the funding and number of legal advice centres of changes to legal aid and advice following the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.   HL2262

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nights were spent on remand in youth detention accommodation by children and young persons from each local authority in the years (1) 2012–13, (2) 2013–14, and (3) 2014–15.   HL2263

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding allocations have been made available to individual local authorities in the years (1) 2013–14, (2) 2014–15 and (3) 2015–16, to meet the costs of young people made subject to secure remands.   HL2264

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many acquitted defendants who had costs orders claimed their legal costs from central funds in (1) magistrates’ courts, and (2) Crown Courts, in each of the last five years, and what was the cost of meeting such claims in each category of court.
   HL2265

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 September (HL2049), what proportion of the 275,000 affordable homes they have committed to delivering over the course of this Parliament will be available to rent; and of those, how many will be made available (1) by local authorities, (2) on the private rental market, and (3) as social housing.   HL2266

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 15 September (HL2049), what they define as affordable housing in relation to new homes for owner occupation (1) on the private rental market, (2) for social housing, and (3) for housing managed by local authorities.   HL2267

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the policy of the Metropolitan Police Service to prevent individuals who have applied to join the service and have been put into the reserve pool from applying to join other police forces.   HL2268

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make provision in the spending review for five per cent of transport spending to be for cycling and walking, in order to encourage those undertaking short journeys, in particular children going to school, to cycle or walk.   HL2269

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Russia is establishing, or is planning to establish, a forward air operating base in Syria; and whether they have discussed this issue with the government of Russia.   HL2270

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many international students have come to the United Kingdom to study in the period 2010–15; and how many international students have remained in the United Kingdom following the conclusion of their studies in the same period.
   HL2271

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change their net migration target to exclude international students; and what assessment they have made of whether the current system of including international students in the target is having a negative effect on the United Kingdom position as a destination for international students.   HL2272

Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to build self-confidence in children and young people in secondary schools, especially those who do not perform highly in academic subjects.   HL2273

Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent it is their policy that maintained secondary schools and academies have a duty to develop the social and interpersonal skills of all pupils in their care.   HL2274

Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all government departments assess the impact on air quality when drawing up directly or indirectly related policies or legislation since the Supreme Court judgment on 29 April in R (on the application of ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2015] UKSC 28 and [2013] UKSC 25.   HL2275

Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to sign the prisoner exchange agreement with the government of Taiwan.   HL2276

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of "affordable housing".
   HL2277

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent attacks on Muslims and their places of worship in the light of the recent statistics from the Metropolitan Police Service showing an increase of 70 per cent in such attacks since July 2014.   HL2278

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcomes of the talks between Tony Blair and Hamas since his active negotiations with Khaled Meshaal in June.
   HL2279

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government why there are 50 miles per hour speed restrictions on substantial lengths of the M1 where there is limited repair activity taking place; and what is the estimated cost of congestion and pollution caused by such restrictions over the past 12 months.
   HL2280

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what rebate payments have been paid by the pharmaceutical industry in each quarter since the commencement of the current Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme; and what proportion of those payments has been reinvested in innovative medicines.   HL2281

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of comments by the NHS National Clinical Director for Specialised Services in July stating that the NHS was unlikely to be able to afford increasing costs for specialised drugs, whether they plan to investigate why NHS England Specialised Services have not received any additional funding to spend on new products through the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme, and where those available funds have been spent within NHS England.   HL2282

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Department of Health is doing to prioritise the availability of treatments for rare blood cancers, such as multiple myeloma.
   HL2283

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Department of Health is doing to improve the access of elderly patients to effective cancer treatments.   HL2284

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of data collected via the Systemic Anti-Cancer Therapy (SACT) dataset to organisations outside the NHS; and whether they plan to consider how to improve access to SACT data, including publishing a timeline for when it should be fully accessible.   HL2285

Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cadets there are in the combined cadet force in the United Kingdom.   HL2286

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist countries that receive United Kingdom development support in addressing non-communicable diseases.   HL2287

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be represented at the WHO dialogue on non-communicable diseases and development co-operation taking place in Geneva on 30 November.   HL2288

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect consumers by tackling the use of odometer adjustments to reduce the mileage shown in cars.
   HL2289

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to requiring mileage to be declared at the same time as road tax is being renewed.   HL2290

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Alcohol Network on the Responsibility Deal.   HL2291

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of cancer diagnoses related to alcohol.   HL2292

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to review the quality of eye tests carried out by optometrists and dispensing opticians.   HL2293

Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Myanmar about revising its citizenship laws, which place restrictions on non-indigenous residents who have lived in Myanmar for a long period of time from becoming full citizens.   HL2294

Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Myanmar about abolishing ethnic and religious classifications for identification cards.
   HL2295

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances concerning the incursion of a Spanish customs vessel into Gibraltar British Territorial waters on 11 September, and what discussions they have had with the government of Spain on the matter.   HL2296

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers were deported from the United Kingdom in (1) 1990, (2) 2000, (3) 2010, and (4) 2014, on reaching the age of 18.   HL2297

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what payments were made to asylum seekers who were not entitled to state benefits in (1) 2000, (2) 2010, and (3) 2014.   HL2298

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of deporting failed asylum seekers to their country of origin in (1) 2000, (2) 2010, and (3) 2014.   HL2299

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of houses that were unoccupied in each of the regions in England in (1) 2000, (2) 2010, and (3) 2014.
   HL2300

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of current job vacancies in each region in England.   HL2301

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of current job vacancies in (1) Scotland, (2) Northern Ireland, and (3) Wales.   HL2302

The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting the government of Iraq to build an inclusive state that provides for the wellbeing of all its citizens.
   HL2303

The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting Kurdish authorities in Iraq to manage the civilians who have fled the fighting and are displaced in the region.
   HL2304

The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure humanitarian access to civilian communities in Iraq in need of aid who are caught up in the fighting.   HL2305

The Lord Bishop of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that military action by coalition forces in Iraq does not displace civilians.   HL2306

Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Navy’s decision to instruct migrants rescued from the Mediterranean to disembark from the ships inside rather than outside the European Union is consistent with their policy of discouraging people trafficking.   HL2307

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Irish Republic that it should only take part in Strand 3 of discussions on power sharing in Northern Ireland as agreed in the Belfast Agreement 1998.   HL2308

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) [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

 

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union Referendum

Government

13 October

Natural Environment [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Enterprise [HL]

Government

12 October

Education and Adoption

Government

 

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

 

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Childcare [HL]

Government

14 October

Energy [HL]

Government

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

 

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

 

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

 

European Union (Approvals) [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

   

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 Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015

8th Report

 

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

   

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

   

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

 
 

8th Report

   

Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015

2 November

 

School Governance (Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

7 November

 
 

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

 

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 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 17 September

   

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Monday 12 October

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

2.00pm

Tuesday 13 October

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 14 October

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 21 October

   

Audit

Domestic Committee

10.30am

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 22 October

   

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 27 October

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Monday 2 November

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 16 September 2015 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Sheffield.

Select Committee Reports

1 Privileges and Conduct 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

3rd Report on the conduct of Lord Bates. (HL Paper 36)

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

4th Report, on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments: 
Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 2015 
Draft Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Transparency in Supply Chains) Regulations 2015 
Draft Small and Medium Sized Business (Credit Information) Regulations 2015 
Draft Small and Medium Sized Business (Finance Platforms) Regulations 2015 
Draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015.  (HL Paper 35)

Public Business

3 Budget: household impact A question was asked by Lord Wood of Anfield and answered by Lord O’Neill of Gatley.

4 NHS: Clinical Commissioning Groups A question was asked by Baroness Meacher and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

5 Child development A question was asked by Baroness Massey of Darwen and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

6 Asylum A question was asked by Lord Green of Deddington and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

7 Hereditary Peers’ By–election The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that the Duke of Wellington had been elected under Standing Order 10 (Hereditary peers: by-elections) to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Lord Luke among the peers excepted from section 1 of the House of Lords Act 1999.

8 Enterprise Bill [HL] Baroness Neville-Rolfe presented a bill to make provision relating to the promotion of enterprise and economic growth; and provision restricting exit payments in relation to public sector employment. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 63)

9 Enterprise Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 63-EN)

10 Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015 Baroness Neville-Rolfe moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 18 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.

11 Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2015 Baroness Neville-Rolfe moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 18 June be approved. The motion was agreed to.

12 European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time and passed and sent to the Commons.

13 The economic case for HS2 (Economic Affairs Committee Report) Lord Hollick moved 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). After debate, the motion was agreed to.

14 Middle East and North Africa Baroness Verma moved that this House takes note of the humanitarian impact of developments in the Middle East and North Africa. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

15 Education and Adoption Bill A bill to make provision about schools in England that are causing concern, including provision about their conversion into Academies and about intervention powers; and to make provision about joint arrangements for carrying out local authority adoption functions in England was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 64)

16 Education and Adoption Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 64-EN)

The House adjourned at 10.37pm until Thursday 17 September at 11.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

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

Extradition: UK law and practice (Extradition Law Committee Report) Lord Inglewood moved that the Grand Committee takes note of the Report of the Extradition Law Committee on Extradition: UK Law and Practice (2nd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 126). After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 5.37pm.

Papers 

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

Command Paper

The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

Museums and Galleries-Report of the Spoliation Advisory Panel in respect of an oil painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, The Coast at Cagnes, now in the possession of Bristol City Council.    (-)

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Occupational Pension Schemes (Schemes that were Contracted-out) (No. 2) Regulations 2015, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993.    (1677)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report for the period April 2012 to March 2014 on a description of the UK system of controls on imports of live animals and products of animal origin and evaluation of its performance, laid under the Animal Health Act 1981.

2 Report for 2014–15 of the Chief Electoral Officer for Northern Ireland, laid under the Northern Ireland (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2006.

3 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of Sir John Soane’s Museum, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2003.

4 Accounts for 2014–15 of the Greenwich Hospital and Travers Foundation, laid under the Greenwich Hospital Act 1865.

5 Accounts for the period 23 May 2014 to 31 March 2015 of the Registrar of Consultant Lobbyists, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-Party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014.

Prepared 17th September 2015