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House of Lords Business

Tuesday 13 October 2015 at 11.00am

Lord Blunkett and 
Lord Hayward will be introduced.

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

If the bill is read a second time, Baroness Anelay of St Johns to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

*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.

†*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage general practitioners’ practices to employ nurse prescribers, nurse practitioners and pharmacists in order to achieve their seven-day target for primary care.

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

Future Business 

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.

†*Lord Young of Norwood Green to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent collapse of Mark Group, a solar energy company, in the light of their decision to reduce the subsidy on domestic rooftop solar installations.

†Childcare Bill [HL] Report [Lord Nash] 2nd, 5th and 8th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

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

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Energy Bill [HL] Committee (on re-Commitment) (in respect of Clauses 65 and 66) [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth]

Thursday 15 October at 11.00am

Lord Gilbert of Panteg and 
Baroness Mone will be introduced.

*Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been an increase in the number of cases of child trafficking reported since the Modern Slavery Act 2015 was passed.

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure that quality social care is provided throughout the country and that the wages of care workers are increased.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to improve air quality in Britain, especially in London.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 13 October.

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)

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to deliver a sustainable supply of affordable housing in rural communities, particularly in the light of the planned extension of the Right to Buy scheme. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

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)

Monday 19 October at 2.30pm

*Lord Giddens to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the potential challenges of economic reconstruction in West Africa following the Ebola epidemic.

*Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will improve mental health services, as outlined during Prime Minister’s Questions on 16 September (HC Deb, col 1039).

*Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they propose to take to address the concerns about the availability of social care and support funding expressed in the joint statement Spending Review 2015: a representation from across the care and support sector.

*Lord Haskel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial impact on British business of the new minimum wage when it comes into effect in 2016.

Tuesday 20 October at 2.30pm

Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom and 
Lord Polak will be introduced.

*Lord Stone of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in establishing parity of esteem between mental and physical wellbeing.

*Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards completing the Digital Single Market within the European Union.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will develop a strategy for post-polio syndrome.

Wednesday 21 October at 3.00pm

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to recover unpaid parking fines and London congestion charge payments from diplomatic missions and international organisations.

*Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will mark the United Kingdom’s Presidency of the UN Security Council in November 2015 by tabling a draft resolution on the protection of civilian translators and interpreters in conflict situations.

*Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage technical and vocational education and training to increase women’s employability in developing nations.

Thursday 22 October at 11.00am

Lord O’Shaughnessy and 
Baroness Stroud will be introduced.

*Baroness Seccombe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the construction of HS2 on the running of existing rail services.

*Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the appointments commission to vet political nominations to the House of Lords using the same criteria as currently applied to crossbench Peers and thus consider suitability as well as propriety.

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into personal current accounts and banking services for small and medium-sized enterprises, whether they intend to support further the financial technology sector in providing greater competition across financial services.

Lord Howell of Guildford to move that this House takes note of the case for private ownership of industries and institutions in the United Kingdom.

Topical Question for Short Debate. Ballot to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 13 October.

Baroness Stedman-Scott to move that this House takes note of the case for creating the right education and employment opportunities in the United Kingdom.

Monday 26 October at 2.30pm

Lord Lansley, 
Baroness Sheehan, and 
The Lord Bishop of Gloucester will be introduced.

*Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the report The Contribution to Health Globally, published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health in June.

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many free schools at primary and secondary levels were open at the beginning of this school year, how many are expected to open during the 2015–16 school year, and how free schools will be monitored and evaluated.

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the shortage of housing in London.

*Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the readiness of companies and other organisations for the coming into force of the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

Tuesday 27 October at 2.30pm

†Baroness McIntosh of Pickering and  
Lord Oates will be introduced.

*Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for the use of the strongest encryption standards online, with no back door access, in order to protect the integrity of the global digital infrastructure for all organisations and citizens who rely on it.

*The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Nepal following its adoption of a new constitution on 20 September.

†*Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on work incentives for families with children.

Wednesday 28 October at 3.00pm

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the outcome of their consultation about giving bodies representing small businesses wider powers to challenge unfair payment practices, and what progress has been made in improving small businesses’ access to short-term finance to mitigate the late payment of debts owing to them.

*Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential impact on national security of the cuts in police numbers.

*Lord Bach to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their proposals for a British Bill of Rights.

Thursday 29 October at 11.00am

Lord Lupton and  
†Baroness Redfern will be introduced.

†*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of (1) NHS Trusts, and (2) NHS Foundation Trusts, they estimate will be in deficit at the end of this financial year and what the total of such deficits is expected to be in each category.

†*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on restoring peace in that country.

†*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their plans to deliver the Global Goals for sustainable development agreed by the UN in September 2015.

†Monday 2 November at 2.30pm

†*Lord Trefgarne to ask the Chairman of Committees what progress has been made on the restoration of the Daniel Maclise paintings in the Royal Gallery.

†*Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the employment and environmental records of the Chinese companies involved in developing Hinkley Point, and whether either company has been involved in developing nuclear weapons.

†*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what future financial support they intend to provide to the Copyright Hub.

†*Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have invited or plan to invite the President of Egypt, General Sisi, to Britain.

Tuesday 3 November at 2.30pm

†Baroness Pidding and 
†Baroness Scott of Bybrook will be introduced.

†*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider establishing a United Kingdom constitutional convention.

†*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to undertake a regional study of the effects of the under-occupancy charge.

†*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they hope will be achieved at the November European Council meeting on migration to be held in Valletta, Malta.

†Wednesday 4 November at 3.00pm

†*Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the proposed reductions in tax credits on the number of children in working families living in poverty.

†*Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the supply of adequately trained teachers, particularly teachers trained by university departments of education.

†*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Prime Minister’s statement at the Conservative Party conference on 7 October, when they will change the arrangements for religious educational institutions such as madrasas, so that they will be registered and subject to Ofsted inspections.

Thursday 5 November at 11.00am

The Rt Hon Sir Menzies Campbell CH CBE QC will be introduced as a Baron and  
†Lord Foster of Bath will be introduced.

†*Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to secure sustainable and long-term funding for women’s refuges in England when the emergency funding for refuge services ends on 31 March.

†*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their counter-extremism strategy, they will encourage a national debate about the nature of Islam, including whether the Muslim tenets of abrogation and Al Hijra remain valid today.

†*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many committed tasks the Royal Navy has to fulfil and what is the maximum number of committed tasks involving a frigate or destroyer that the Royal Navy could undertake over a prolonged period.

Monday 9 November at 2.30pm

†Viscount Hailsham (Lord Hailsham of Kettlethorpe) will be introduced and 
The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan will be introduced as a Baron.

†*Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to update legislation related to dog breeding and boarding, including the Pet Animals Act 1951.

†*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent incursions by Spanish vessels and aircraft into United Kingdom waters and airspace.

Tuesday 10 November at 2.30pm

†Lord Barker of Battle and  
†Baroness Burt of Solihull will be introduced.

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 and 
†The Rt Hon Peter Hain will be introduced as Barons.

Thursday 26 November at 11.00am

The Rt Hon Lynne Featherstone will be introduced as a Baroness and 
†Lord Hague of Richmond will be introduced.

Monday 30 November at 2.30pm

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

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 20 October for debate on 5 November. Time limit 2½ hours

Lord Mawson to move that this House takes note of progress made in the regeneration of East London since the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the remaining challenges.

The Lord Bishop of Chester to move that this House takes note of the impact of pornography on society.

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 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)

Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security of the European Union’s border; and what discussions they have had with the governments of other EU member states about the documentation of those individuals they accept as refugees. (17 September)

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the issue of preventing homelessness in the context of the current Spending Review. (17 September)

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to removing international students from the net migration figures by including them as non-immigrant admissions, as is done in the United States. (17 September)

Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Office for National Statistics’ report on deaths related to drug poisoning in England and Wales in 2014. (5 October)

Lord Darzi of Denham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of proposed changes to the Tier 4 visa application process, what are their plans to support international medical students studying at United Kingdom educational institutions in transitioning to first year foundation doctor training posts. (5 October)

Lord Borwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of Deloitte’s report Technology and people: The great job-creating machine published in August. (12 October)

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce gender-based violence in the United Kingdom. (12 October)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 12 October and due for answer by 26 October.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether human rights remain a foreign policy priority.   HL2455

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proportion of their budget and personnel that is allocated to promoting human rights, the rule of law and democracy in other countries.   HL2456

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of China and the Chinese Ambassador to the United Kingdom on the human rights situation in China, with respect to the arrest and detention of lawyers and campaigners.   HL2457

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invite the UN Security Council to refer the targeting and bombing by the Sudanese Air Force of civilian and humanitarian targets in South Kordofan, including Médécins sans Frontières’s hospital in Frandala, field hospitals and standing medical structures, to the International Criminal Court.   HL2458

Lord Avebury to ask the Chairman of Committees what plans he has to end the subsidy for catering services in the House of Lords.   HL2459

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to evaluate the ideas on dealing with corporate international tax avoidance developed by Professor Gabriel Zucman in his book The Hidden Wealth of Nations: The Scourge of Tax Havens.   HL2460

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of reductions in the funding they provide to the British Library, and whether they will publish the details of this assessment.   HL2461

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they committed to funding the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway when the contract was originally awarded; and whether they have since been asked to fund any additional costs.   HL2462

The Lord Bishop of Derby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy is in place to enable Jobcentre Plus officers to identify benefit fraud.   HL2463

The Lord Bishop of Derby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how Jobcentre Plus officers report suspected benefit fraud.   HL2464

The Lord Bishop of Derby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a statutory obligation for Jobcentre Plus officers to report suspected benefit fraud.   HL2465

The Lord Bishop of Derby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports of benefit fraud have been submitted to the Department for Work and Pensions between 2010 and the most recent date for which figures are available.   HL2466

The Lord Bishop of Derby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of benefit fraud have been recorded in the East Midlands region between 2010 and the most recent date for which figures are available.   HL2467

The Lord Bishop of Derby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents of benefit fraud relating to human trafficking and organised crime have resulted in a successful prosecution between 2010 and the most recent date for which figures are available.   HL2468

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace HMC Protector and HMC Seeker, supporting search-and-rescue missions in the Mediterranean.   HL2469

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK Border Force will continue to be involved in search-and-rescue missions in the Mediterranean following the withdrawal of HMC Protector and HMC Seeker.   HL2470

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report An equal right to sight by SeeAbility, and the subsequent response by the College of Optometrists and others, what steps they are taking to ensure that children with learning difficulties have regular and full ocular examinations.   HL2471

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Institute of Economic Affairs’ report Closing Time: Who’s killing the British Pub? and the Institute of Alcohol Studies’ response to this report.   HL2472

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of alcohol misuse on the NHS and other public services.   HL2473

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Institute of Alcohol Studies’ response to the Institute of Economic Affairs’ report Closing Time: Who’s killing the British Pub?, whether they plan to commission an independent, comprehensive review of the cost of alcohol use to society.   HL2474

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government, what steps, if any, they plan to take to ensure local involvement and certainty for small businesses participating in the JEREMIE (Joint European Resources for Micro to medium Enterprises) initiative in the north-east of England; and what role the British Business Bank will have in disbursing funds for projects supported by that initiative.   HL2475

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to support Brasov, Romania, as the European Capital of Culture for 2021.   HL2476

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Baroness Shields on 17 July (HL Deb, col 862), what measures regarding the protection of children’s safety online are being considered in the strategic defence and security review.   HL2477

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Baroness Shields on 17 July (HL Deb, col 860), how European regulations on net neutrality will affect family-friendly filters being provided by internet service providers.   HL2478

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to consult on their manifesto commitment to require age verification for pornography websites.   HL2479

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation was carried out over the reclassification of "plain time" in the new contract for junior doctors; and what analysis was carried out on the effects on patient safety of that new contract.    HL2480

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the participation of Houthi leaders in UN-sponsored discussions, whether similar discussions will be held with the authorities that govern the cantons of north and north-east Syria; and if not, why not.   HL2481

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about detainees held in Egypt and reports of random arrests, pre-trial torture, forced confessions, and the use of military courts for civilian cases.   HL2482

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reports of killing of civilians, attacks on party offices, and injuries to children in Turkey, what representations they have made to the government of Turkey regarding compliance with its human rights obligations.   HL2483

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in setting up "hotspot" screening centres for refugees and migrants in Italy and Greece; and where those centres will be located.   HL2484

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will bring to the European Council meeting in Valletta in November.   HL2485

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that all personnel working in the nuclear generation sector are briefed and adequately prepared to deal with cyber attacks.   HL2486

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that women and children fleeing domestic abuse can access safe refuges after the emergency funding for refuge services in England ends.   HL2487

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect net savings to the public purse in 2016–17 from the removal of the family element in tax credits and the first child premium in Universal Credit, taking into account any other benefits that would become payable by local authorities as a result of those changes.   HL2488

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect net savings to the public purse in 2017–18 from limiting support through tax credits and Universal Credit to two children for new births, taking into account any other benefits that would become payable by local authorities as a result of that change.   HL2489

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government  whether they will publish the minutes of meetings they have had with the Council Tax Partnership Forum and local authorities regarding Council Tax Support schemes since 2010.   HL2490

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the response in August 2014 by the former Head of the Civil Service to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee’s report on Council Tax Support, what steps are being taken to ensure that comprehensive information is available on the impact of local council tax support schemes on vulnerable groups.   HL2491

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in receipt of Carer’s Allowance are also in receipt of Working Tax Credit.   HL2492

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the Islamic doctrine of hijrah for the United Kingdom and Europe in the context of increased migration from the Middle East and North Africa; and whether in the light of that assessment increased resources are being given to police and security agencies within the United Kingdom to manage any potential threat.   HL2493

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the welfare and security of the Chaldean Catholic communities in the Middle East; and whether any Chaldean Christians have been afforded refugee status in the United Kingdom since 2010.   HL2494

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of allegations that secret detention without charge or information being given to relatives and torture is in widespread use in the Egyptian security forces; and whether any United Kingdom citizens have been or are currently involved.   HL2495

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of green belt policy since 2010 in England.   HL2496

The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 4 February (HL4518), what measures they have taken to ensure that benefit claimants are aware of the availability of Short Term Benefit Advances; and whether they have now implemented the changes to information provision announced in December 2014.   HL2497

The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 4 February (HL4519), what assessment they have made of the effect of changes to the guidance and promotion of Short Term Benefit Advances.   HL2498

The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures are in place to monitor the adherence of job centres to Department for Work and Pensions guidelines that staff should make the availability of Short Term Benefit Advances known to benefit claimants before advising them of other local sources of short-term support; and how they plan to enforce that guidance if instances of non-adherence are identified.   HL2499

Lord Stephen to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they first announced publicly that the proposed apprenticeship levy would apply to public sector employers in Scotland.   HL2500

Lord Stephen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they had with (1) the Scottish Government, and (2) CBI Scotland, about the proposed apprenticeship levy prior to the announcement that it would apply to Scottish employers.   HL2501

Lord Stephen to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the mechanism by which Scottish businesses paying the proposed apprenticeship levy would gain access to new services or revenues that increase training opportunities for their employees.   HL2502

Lord Stephen to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all of the revenues collected from Scottish employers under the proposed apprenticeship levy will be available for either Scottish employers or the Scottish Government to use.   HL2503

Lord Stephen to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the letter from the Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles MP, to the Scottish Government dated 20 August about the proposed apprenticeship levy.   HL2504

Lord Stephen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the time pressures referred to in the letter from the Minister of State for Skills, Nick Boles MP, to the Scottish Government dated 20 August on the subject of the apprenticeship levy.   HL2505

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government to ask what action they are taking to support, and provide humanitarian aid to, the Palestinian refugees who took refuge in Syria prior to the civil war in that country.   HL2506

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government to ask what action they are taking in the light of the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that, within West Bank Area C, 77 per cent of Israeli demolition orders affect structures located on privately-owned Palestinian land.   HL2507

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the Charity Commission following reports that the charity UK Toremet is acting as a conduit for donations to Israeli settlements in the West Bank.   HL2508

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel to ensure that Gaza fishermen have access to at least nine nautical miles offshore in winter to fish in depths that allow them to catch sufficient fish for their income.   HL2509

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports by the Union of Gaza Fishermen that, since the signing of the July 2014 ceasefire agreement, Israel’s navy has committed at least 1,370 assaults on Gazan fishermen.   HL2510

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest figure for (1) the number of prisoners being held at HMP Wormwood Scrubs, and (2) the number of prison officers normally available for duty at that prison.   HL2511

The Lord Bishop of Truro to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of those applying for a Short Term Benefit Advance (STBA) in 2014–15 were rejected because (1) they were not considered likely to be entitled to the benefit for which they required an STBA, (2) they were not considered to be in sufficient financial need to warrant an STBA, (3) they were not expected to be able to repay the loan arising from an STBA, (4) a benefit payment could be made in a timeframe that negated the need for an STBA, or (5) for other reasons.   HL2512

The Lord Bishop of Truro to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of those applying for a Short Term Benefit Advance in 2014–15 were awarded one but subsequently refused the benefit applied for.   HL2513

The Lord Bishop of Truro to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish data on the number of claims and awards of Short Term Benefit Advances and Universal Credit Short Term Advances.   HL2514

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 October (HL2376), whether they were assured that there would be a fully implemented Operational Conversion Unit in addition to the Sea Lightnings embarked; and if so, how many aircraft were expected to be in that Unit.   HL2515

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 October (HL2376), what assessment they have made of (1) what mission would demand the most Sea Lightnings; and (2) how many Sea Lightnings that mission would require.   HL2516

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 1 October (HL2376), what planning and costing assumptions were made for the number of Sea Lightnings to be carried in the carrier at full availability in all scenarios.   HL2517

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 12 June (HL241), why the portfolio for the officer responsible for delivering Carrier Enabled Panel Projection does not require them to have served at sea and have experience of carrier operations and naval warfare.   HL2518

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 22 July (HL1355), what assessment the UK Border Agency has made of whether it will have access to adequate aerial surveillance platforms in 2016.   HL2519

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 15 June (HL148), whether the frigate committed to the European Union force off Libya is now a part of the Committed Force.   HL2520

Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much capacity of coal-fired energy plants in megawatts is scheduled to be closed in the United Kingdom between 2015 and 2020; and what assessment they have made of the capacity to be opened in Asia between 2015 and 2020.   HL2521

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish proposals for a British Bill of Rights.   HL2522

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to come forward with a Policing and Criminal Justice Bill; and whether that Bill will first be published in draft.
   HL2523

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to come forward with legislation to enshrine the rights of victims of crime.   HL2524

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 22 July (HL1327), what percentage of prisoners within three months of the end of their sentence are in resettlement prisons located in the area in which they will be released.   HL2525

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were made for remission of employment tribunal fees between (1) 29 July 2013 and 28 July 2014, and (2) 29 July 2014 and 29 July 2015; and what percentage of those applications were successful.   HL2526

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was (1) the average length of time, and (2) the longest time, taken to reach a decision on an employment tribunal fee remission application within the periods (a) 29 July 2013 to 28 July 2014, and (b) 29 July 2014 to 29 July 2015.
   HL2527

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what involvement they have with the Great British High Street awards.   HL2528

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the problems resulting from the spread of herbicide-resistant black grass; and what action they are taking to address them.   HL2529

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions they have made about the criteria for their fund to assist brownfield housing development; and how it will operate.   HL2530

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much surplus land owned by the Department for Transport and its agencies (1) they estimate is suitable for building new housing on, and (2) has been released in each year since 2010–11; and how much they expect to release in (a) the current year, and in (b) each year to 2020–21.   HL2531

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the United Kingdom is bound by European Union or international law to provide an opportunity for appeal to those whose asylum applications are rejected at first hearing.   HL2532

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Home Office and the Saudi authorities on justice, security and policing.
   HL2533

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of their current relationship with the government of Belarus.   HL2534

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the transparency of costs charged to investors by asset managers based and regulated in the United Kingdom.   HL2535

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the result of the Federation of Small Businesses poll showing that 47 per cent of small businesses would vote to stay in the European Union.   HL2536

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the concerns expressed by the Confederation of Business Industry and the EEF manufacturing organisation in response to the consultation on their proposals to introduce apprenticeships levy, whether further discussions on the proposal are taking place.   HL2537

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the potential impact of the tax on banks introduced in the summer budget on competition and barriers to new entrants to the sector.   HL2538

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of figures from the Office for National Statistics on the United Kingdom’s productivity as compared to other G7 countries, what steps are being taken to increase productivity.   HL2539

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills which stated that the United Kingdom forfeits £48 billion in lost exports because of its lack of language skills, what steps are they taking to promote the importance of language skills.   HL2540

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Leader of the House on 21 September (HL2102), whether they will publish figures on the number of members of each party in the House and the ratio of government members to opposition members for (1) 1998–99, (2) 2003–04, (3) 2008–09, and 2013–14.   HL2541

Lord Stevens of Ludgate to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 2 February (HL4233), whether the Government have paid to the European Union an additional £1.7 billion or a reduced amount of £850 million; and if they have paid either amount, what was their rationale for agreeing to make the payment.   HL2542

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of fixed-term exclusions in the academic years (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13 and (3) 2013–14, for primary schools and secondary schools in England.   HL2543

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are currently taking to encourage parents to be involved in the governance of academies.   HL2544

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government what official development assistance and non-official development assistance funds have been allocated under the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund since April 2015 for each partner country.   HL2545

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether official development assistance funds provided through the Conflict, Stability and Security Fund are subject to the provisions of the International Development Act 2002.   HL2546

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether the decision by Derry City and Strabane District Council to change the name of a city from Londonderry to Derry, without consultation with the city’s residents, is in keeping with the requirement in the 1998 Belfast Agreement that there should be parity of esteem between the communities in Northern Ireland.
   HL2547

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Parades Commission is required to inform the police if it is made aware of the possibility of civil unrest in an area unless parades are either fully or partly banned in that area.   HL2548

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what process was used in selecting Irish names for the two fishery protection vessels used around the coast of Northern Ireland; and what is their assessment of whether the decision is in keeping with the 1998 Belfast Agreement.   HL2549

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 5 October (HL2318), what is the timescale by which migrants accepted by Germany as refugees could be granted German citizenship with the right to freedom of movement to the United Kingdom.
   HL2550

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government which books have been removed from prison libraries due to objections by convicted prisoners.   HL2551

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what rights convicted prisoners have to dictate which books are stocked in prison libraries.   HL2552

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

16 September (30 September)

HL2297 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL2299 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

17 September (1 October)

HL2325 The Earl of Dundee [HO]

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

[HO] 3

         

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

 

Education and Adoption

Government

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Enterprise [HL]

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

 

Recommitted to a Grand Committee

   

Energy [HL] (in respect of Clauses 65 and 66)

Government

14 October

Waiting for Report

   

Childcare [HL]

Government

14 October

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

   

Draft Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2015

   

Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (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 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

14 October

 

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 Chalfont

10 November

 

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.

Tuesday 13 October

   

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

10.00am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 14 October

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Social Mobility

Select Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 15 October

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

Privileges and Conduct

Sub Committee

10.30am
in Residence 1

Monday 19 October

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 21 October

   

Audit

Domestic Committee

10.30am

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.30pm

Tuesday 27 October

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 28 October

   

Information

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 12 October 2015 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of London.

1 Lord Young of Cookham The Rt Hon Sir George Samuel Knatchbull Young, Bt, CH, having been created Lord Young of Cookham, of Cookham in the County of Berkshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 29 September 2015, was introduced between Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market and Baroness Bottomley of Nettlestone, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Lord Smith of Hindhead Philip Roland Smith, Esquire, CBE, having been created Baron Smith of Hindhead, of Hindhead in the County of Surrey, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 29 September 2015, was introduced between Lord Strathclyde and Lord Feldman of Elstree, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3 Oath Arthur Charles Valerian Duke of Wellington having received a Writ of Summons in accordance with Standing Order 10 (Hereditary peers: by-elections), following the retirement of Lord Luke, sat first in Parliament having first taken and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

4 Deaths of Lords The Lord Speaker informed the House that the following members of the House had died:

Lord Kilpatrick of Kincraig on 16 September 2015

Lord Healey on 3 October 2015

5 Retirement The Lord Speaker informed the House of the retirement with effect from 18 September 2015 of Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.

6 Retirement The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that he had received written notice from Lord Chalfont under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014 stating that he would retire from the House on 10 November.

7 Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to Lord Browne of Ladyton for the remainder of this Parliament.

8 Barony of Grimston of Westbury in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Lord Chancellor reported that Robert John Sylvester Grimston had established his claim to the Barony of Grimston of Westbury in the Peerage of the United Kingdom. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter Lord Grimston of Westbury on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).

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

10 Barony of Carbery in the Peerage of Ireland The Petition of Michael Peter Evans-Freke claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Carbery in the Peerage of Ireland was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 79.

Select Committee Report

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

8th Report, on the following bill: 
Childcare Bill [HL]: Government Amendments. (HL Paper 37)

Public Business

12 NHS: mental health patient assessment needs A question was asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

13 Child health: play A question was asked by Baroness Benjamin and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

14 Professional and Career Development loans A question was asked by Viscount Hanworth and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

15 School journeys by car A question was asked by Baroness Randerson and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

16 Select Committees The Chairman of Committees moved that Lord Hope of Craighead be appointed a member of the following Committees: Administration and Works, House, Liaison, Procedure and Selection. The motion was agreed to.

17 Enterprise Bill [HL] Baroness Neville-Rolfe moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Grand Committee.

18 NHS: financial performance Lord Prior of Brampton repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

19 Right to buy: housing associations Baroness Williams of Trafford repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

The House adjourned at 8.16pm until Tuesday 13 October at 11.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Papers

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

1 Nuclear Energy-Protocol to amend the Convention on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy of 29 July 1960, as amended by the Additional Protocol of 28 January 1964 and by the Protocol of 16 November 1982. (21 September)   (9135)

2 Nuclear Energy-Protocol to amend the Convention of 31 January 1963 Supplementary to the Paris Convention of 29 July 1960 on Third Party Liability in the Field of Nuclear Energy, as amended by the Additional Protocol of 28 January 1964 and by the Protocol of 16 November 1982. (21 September)   (9136)

3 Social Security-Convention on Social Security between the United Kingdom and Chile. (24 September)   (9137)

4 Sentenced Persons-Agreement between the United Kingdom and Morocco on the transfer of Convicted Offenders. (24 September)   (9138)

5 European Union-Protocol amending the Protocol on Transitional Provisions annexed to the Treaty on European Union, to the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union and to the Treaty establishing the European Atomic Energy Community. (24 September)   (9139)

6 European Economic Area-Agreement on the Participation of Bulgaria and Romania in the European Economic Area. (24 September)   (9140)

7 Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)

(1) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Assured Shorthold Tenancy Notices and Prescribed Requirements (England) Regulations 2015, originally laid on 9 September. (18 September)   (-)

(2) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Homes and Communities Agency (Transfer of Property etc.) Regulations 2015, originally laid on 8 July. (24 September)   (-)

8 Contingent Liability-Minute concerning an indemnity provided to the Official Receiver in his capacity as liquidator of Sahaviriya Steel Industries UK Limited. (12 October)   (-)

9 Defence-Minute from the Ministry of Defence concerning the gifting of equipment to Jordan. (12 October)   (-)

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following instruments were laid before the House on the dates shown:

       
Title, etc.

SI No

Date of laying

Negative Instruments

   

(1) Nagoya Protocol (Compliance) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

  1691

18 September

(2) Companies and Limited Liability Partnerships (Filing Requirements) Regulations 2015

  1695

18 September

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

   

Companies (Disclosure of Date of Birth Information) Regulations 2015, laid under the Companies Act 2006.

1694

18 September

Childcare (Provision of Information About Young Children) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Childcare Act 2006.

1696

21 September

Merchant Shipping (Code of Safe Working Practices) (Amendments and Revocation) Regulations 2015, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

1692

23 September

Education (Designated Institutions) (England) Order 2015, laid under the Education Reform Act 1988.

1703

24 September

M1 Motorway (Junctions 28 to 35a) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2015, laid under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

1701

25 September

Grants for Fishing and Aquaculture Industries Regulations 2015, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

1711

25 September

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

1725

29 September

(1) Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

  1731

2 October

(2) Burundi (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2015

  1740

2 October

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

   

National Health Service (Primary Dental Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2015, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

1728

5 October

Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Destruction, Retention and Use of Biometric Data) (Transitional, Transitory and Saving Provisions) (Amendment) Order 2015, laid under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

1739

5 October

Agricultural Holdings (Units of Production) (England) Order 2015 , laid under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.

1745

7 October

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Duty to Notify) Regulations 2015, laid under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

1743

9 October

Transparency Regulations 2015, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

1755

9 October

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2015, laid under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999.

1756

9 October

Apprenticeships (Modifications to the Specification of Apprenticeship Standards for England) (No. 2) Order 2015, laid under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009.

1761

9 October

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Draft Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2015, laid under the International Organisations Act 1968.

2 (1) Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

(2) Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Rent Officers (Housing Benefit and Universal Credit Functions) (Local Housing Allowance Amendments) Order 2015, laid under the Housing Act 1996.   (1753)

2 General Dental Council (Indemnity Arrangements) (Dentists and Dental Care Professionals) Rules Order of Council 2015, laid under the Dentists Act 1984.   (1758)

3 Code of Practice on the Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013, laid under the Human Tissue Act 2004.   (-)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 (1) Minute from the Ministry of Defence concerning the making of a call-out order to authorise the call out of members of the reserve forces in support of United Kingdom operations to counter the threat of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant

(2) Minute from the Ministry of Defence concerning the making of call-out orders to authorise the call out of members of the reserve forces to support defence objectives

laid under the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

2 Amendment List 39 to the Queen’s Regulations for the Royal Air Force (5th Edition), laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.

3 Report of the Law Commission on Patents, Trade Marks and Designs: Unjustified Threats, laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965.

4 Charter for Budget Responsibility: Autumn 2015 update, laid under the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Act 2011.

Prepared 13th October 2015