House of Lords Business

Tuesday 17 November 2015 at 2.30pm

Lord Porter of Spalding and 
Lord Shinkwin will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to protect those who have not been charged with any offence from being named as under investigation.

*Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring how local authorities disburse money previously disbursed from the Independent Living Fund to enable disabled people to live as independently as they were before the closure of that fund.

*Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to raise human rights issues at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Malta.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 13 November.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill Second Reading [Lord Freud]

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

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Education and Adoption Bill Committee (day 3) [Lord Nash] 10th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Future Business 

Wednesday 18 November at 3.00pm

†Royal Assent

*Lord Blair of Boughton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of restorative justice services in England and Wales.

*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that fundamental rights apply equally in all parts of the United Kingdom.

*Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what active moral and diplomatic support they have given to Turkey since the Middle East immigration crisis began.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 12 November, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 16 November.

European Union Referendum Bill Report [Baroness Anelay of St Johns]

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 19 November at 11.00am

Lord Bruce of Bennachie and 
Baroness Rock will be introduced.

*Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many serving police officers in England and Wales have been convicted of offences of violence or dishonesty in the past 10 years.

*Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current level of funding of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office is sufficient for the department to fulfil its mission of promoting the United Kingdom’s interests overseas and supporting United Kingdom citizens and businesses globally.

*Lord Glentoran to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to manage the risks posed to passenger aircraft by drones flown by private individuals.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 13 November, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 17 November.

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to move that this House takes note of the role of trade unions in a democracy and their contribution to the general economic wellbeing of the nation.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking at an international level to maintain high standards by all countries and international sporting organisations in order to ensure the exclusion of drugs from sport. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

Viscount Hanworth to move that this House takes note of the sale of United Kingdom assets to foreign ownership and of the effects on such sales of the laws of corporate governance.

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to make their international development policies more effective. (1½ hours)

Friday 20 November at 10.00am

Mesothelioma (Amendment) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Alton of Liverpool]

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

Planning (Subterranean Development) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Dubs]

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

Direct Planning (Pilot) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Lexden]

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

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Foulkes of Cumnock] 2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Monday 23 November at 2.30pm

Lord Beith and 
Lord Willetts will be introduced.

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the potential impact of additional capacity at either Heathrow or Gatwick airports on the Northern Powerhouse project.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to satisfy the Supreme Court’s ruling that United Kingdom air quality should be brought within legal limits as soon as possible.

*Baroness Bakewell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to compensate the women deprived of their expected pensions by the increase in the state pension age under the Pensions Act 2011.

*Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to increase compliance by cyclists with traffic laws and regulations.

Tuesday 24 November at 2.30pm

Lord Murphy of Torfaen and 
Lord Hain will be introduced.

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convictions have been obtained under the laws relating to stalking and whether they are satisfied with the adequacy of legislative powers to prosecute perpetrators of domestic violence.

*Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the Legal Aid Agency’s evaluation of tenders for the new duty solicitor contracts was fairly and effectively conducted.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for strengthening the role and powers of town and parish councils, particularly as part of the Northern Powerhouse.

Wednesday 25 November at 3.00pm

*Baroness Prosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to reduce the number of women killed by partners, ex-partners or family members and the incidence of domestic abuse.

*Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering appointing a National Adviser for Violence against Women, Domestic Abuse and Sexual Violence, similar to the appointment made by the National Assembly for Wales in 2015.

*Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to assist women with HIV who are experiencing gender-based violence.

Thursday 26 November at 11.00am

Baroness Featherstone and 
Lord Hague of Richmond will be introduced.

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of when 100 per cent of the United Kingdom population will be able to enjoy the benefits of reliable superfast broadband.

*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the provision of food banks at, and the distribution of food to people in need by, NHS hospitals.

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they are giving to introducing national identity cards.

Baroness Deech to move that this House takes note of the protection of freedom of speech in universities.

Topical question for short debate. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 16 November, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 17 November.

Lord Crisp to move that this House takes note of the case for building a health-creating society in the United Kingdom where all sectors contribute to creating a healthy and resilient population.

Monday 30 November at 2.30pm

Baroness Finn and 
Baroness McGregor-Smith will be introduced.

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the number of Ministers in the House of Commons proportionately to the intended reduction in the overall number of members in order to avoid any increase in executive influence over the elected House.

*Lord Jordan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take in the light of the investigation by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine into the part that accident prevention could play in relieving pressure on accident and emergency departments.

*Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 61 recommendations of the report by the Silk Commission (1) have been included in the draft Wales Bill, (2) are still under consideration; and (3) have been rejected.

*Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that customers of restaurant chains are made properly aware of the company’s policy in relation to service charges and tipping.

Tuesday 1 December at 2.30pm

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted and 
Lord Livermore will be introduced.

*Lord Cashman to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in order to help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, how they plan to invest in key populations in middle income countries where it is expected that by 2020 70 per cent of people living with HIV will live.

*Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to incorporate HIV as a priority in their work to improve the lives of women and girls, given that HIV is the biggest killer of women of reproductive age globally and of adolescents in Africa.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking with the government of France to deal with the organised groups assisting migrants seeking to use the Channel Tunnel to enter the United Kingdom.

Wednesday 2 December at 3.00pm

*Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of how the policy to allow offices to be converted into housing has worked so far, and whether they intend to extend the policy beyond next year, when it is due to lapse.

*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what priorities they have agreed for the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit taking place in Istanbul in May 2016.

*Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for engagement and consultation with the people of England on devolution of powers in England in the light of the devolution settlements in the other countries of the Union.

Thursday 3 December at 11.00am

Baroness Thornhill and 
Lord Watts will be introduced.

*The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will intervene to halt the sale of the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design building, Central House in Aldgate.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments made by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 3 November (HL Deb, cols 15–16), how Lord Strathclyde and his review team will take account of the views of members of the House of Lords.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reclassify the Kurdistan Workers Party as a national resistance movement.

Monday 7 December at 2.30pm

Lord Stunell and 
Lord Bird will be introduced.

*Baroness Knight of Collingtree to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take action to protect unborn girls from abortion for the sole reason of their sex.

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current human rights situation in India.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made to implement the Prime Minister’s pledge to settle 1,000 Syrian refugees by Christmas.

*Lord Giddens to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the vulnerability of the United Kingdom to organised cyber-attack.

Tuesday 8 December at 2.30pm

Baroness Fall and 
Baroness Primarolo will be introduced.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what military action the United Kingdom is undertaking against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

*Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the efficacy of the adult pneumococcal vaccination programme and to ensure optimal coverage of target populations in the United Kingdom.

*Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the drop in the number of children being placed for adoption.

†Wednesday 9 December at 3.00pm

†*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the Responsibility Deal for alcohol in the light of the Institute of Alcohol Studies’ report Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol.

†*Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to implement the recommendations of the Lancet Commission on liver disease, to address the incidence of liver disease in the United Kingdom.

†*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to inform the public of the new requirements for carbon monoxide monitoring in rented residential properties.

Thursday 10 December at 11.00am

Baroness Jowell will be introduced and 
The Rt Hon Alistair Darling will be introduced as a Baron.

Monday 14 December at 2.30pm

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock will be introduced.

Thursday 17 December at 11.00am

Baroness Brown of Cambridge will be introduced.

Tuesday 19 January at 2.30pm

Lord Mair will be introduced.

The full lists of Motions for Balloted Debate, Other Motions for Debate, and Questions for Short Debate are available online daily. Lists of all Motions for Balloted Debate and Questions for Short Debate currently tabled are printed in the final edition of each week. On other days only new items in each category are printed.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 1 December for debate on 17 December. Time limit 2½ hours

Lord True to move that this House takes note of the constitutional principle that the business of Her Majesty’s Government must be carried on.

Lord Holmes of Richmond to move that this House takes note, on the occasion of its 21st birthday, of the positive contribution made by the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage throughout the United Kingdom.

Lord Berkeley of Knighton to move that this House takes note of recent NHS figures showing that 1,036 women and girls were treated for female genital mutilation during the period April to June 2015.

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to move that this House takes note of the impact of Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals to reform human rights legislation on the United Kingdom’s international reputation.

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

Lord Boateng to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for a "Conceptual Framework on Agriculture" in promoting the contribution of agriculture to global development goals.

Baroness Kidron to move that this House takes note of the case for incorporating the views of children and young people in the development of public policy.

The Earl of Kinnoull to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s policy on the issuing of visas to students from outside the European Union.

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 from the Communications Committee Press Regulation: where are we now? (3rd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 135). 23 March 2015

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

Baroness Morgan of Huyton to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Digital Skills Committee (Session 2014–15, HL Paper 111). 17 February 2015

Baroness Prashar to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee A new EU Alcohol Strategy? (8th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 123). 6 March 2015

Lord Harrison to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Capital Markets Union: a welcome start (11th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 139). 20 March 2015

Baroness Prashar to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee The EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (4th Report, HL Paper 46). 3 November 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 takes note of the Health and Care Professions Council (Registration and Fees) (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules Order of Council 2015 and of the increase in mandatory registration renewal fees for health and social work professionals (SI 2015/1337).

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 McKenzie of Luton to move that this House regrets that, notwithstanding the Reasoned Opinion from the European Commission, the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 have been introduced without proper consultation and without the additional resources necessary being made available; and calls upon the Government to address the concerns raised by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute and the Association of Chief Trading Standards Officers, particularly concerning the capacity and resources available to local weights and measures authorities to fulfil the additional duties imposed on them under the Regulations (SI 2015/1681). 11th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Tyler to move that this House regrets that the draft Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 is inconsistent with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 (SI 2015/1520).

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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)

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 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 Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the operation of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. (27 May)

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 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 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)

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 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)

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy for funding the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, in the light of their foreign policy interests. (15 October)

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a new generation of polytechnics to address the technical skills gap. (15 October)

Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recommendations on long-term care made by the Dilnot Commission. (19 October)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review the provision of National Health Service maternity services. (19 October)

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. (20 October)

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress and impact of neighbourhood plans. (22 October)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to determine whether there is a link between congenital malformations and applications of hormone pregnancy tests. (22 October)

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will amend the Opticians Act 1989 to allow certain adjustable-focus eyewear to be sold over-the-counter as is already the case with reading glasses. (28 October)

Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote cycling as a safe means of transport. (29 October)

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political and humanitarian situation in Yemen. (2 November)

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Iran concerning the treatment of human rights campaigners in that country, as part of the negotiations on lifting sanctions. (2 November: as amended on 3 November)

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will work with the newly elected President of Argentina on a joint project to benefit both the Chubut Welsh community and United Kingdom–Argentina relations to mark the 150th anniversary of the Welsh community in Chubut, Patagonia. (3 November)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, relating to freedom of religion, is being upheld in India. (4 November)

Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the affordability of homes under their proposed extension to the right-to-buy scheme and their starter homes proposals. (10 November)

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the principles of the circular economy, based on the re-use, repair, refurbishment and recycling of existing materials and products, to protect the environment, give new growth opportunities and avoid waste. (11 November)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they plan to take to relieve pressure on public services due to the consumption of alcohol. (11 November)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 11 November and due for answer by 25 November.

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the claim by the Secretary of State for Education that those studying solely arts and humanities subjects will be "held back" on students who are, or are considering, studying those subjects.   HL3536

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of statements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding minority communities in India including Muslims, Sikhs, Christians and Dalits, and how in the light of those statements Prime Minister Modi’s visit to London will enhance community cohesion.   HL3537

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of whether there are tensions between the British Pakistani/Kashmiri community and the British Indian/Hindu community in (1) London, and (2) Leicester.   HL3538

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether there are any tensions within the South Asian community in the UK due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to London.   HL3539

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any communications regarding a demonstration planned by the Awaaz Network against the visit to London by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.   HL3540

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the visit to London by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, they will raise with him (1) the issue of gender-based violence in India, and (2) the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Acts, the powers they grant to the Indian Armed Forces in Kashmir and the north eastern states of India, and related immunities from prosecution.   HL3541

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of  whether pre-planned lynchings, immolations, and attacks on Muslim burial grounds have taken place during the term of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and whether they will raise the question of human rights with him.   HL3542

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have refused to answer freedom of information requests from The Guardian in relation to non-UK migrant families.   HL3543

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures the Department for Transport has taken to ensure that the appointment of the Managing Director of ScotRail Alliance to the Network Rail Executive Committee does not give a commercial advantage to Abellio in respect of future franchise bids across the UK.   HL3544

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scope of the deep alliance between Abellio ScotRail and Network Rail, and what are the expected financial benefits of that alliance. 
   HL3545

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government why their health impact assessments relating to reducing and freezing alcohol duties do not refer to consultations with Public Health England and NHS England.   HL3546

Lord Brougham and Vaux to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prevent food waste.   HL3547

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the minimum wage in sterling in each EU member state.   HL3548

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) parents of a minor, (2) siblings of a minor, and (3) other persons, were granted, on the basis of exceptional compelling, compassionate circumstances outside the Immigration Rules, a family reunion visa for reunion with a family member in the UK with refugee leave or humanitarian protection, in each year from 2011 to date; and from which countries those persons have come.   HL3549

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the Responsibility Deal for alcohol in the light of the Institute of Alcohol Studies report Dead on Arrival? Evaluating the Public Health Responsibility Deal for Alcohol.   HL3550

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 10 November (HL3150) about littering, when they expect to (1) start, and (2) complete, the process of seeking the views of local authorities about the size of the fine, the form and content of the penalty notice and exemptions to the keeper’s liability, and other details that need to be finalised before they implement section 54 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. 
   HL3551

Lord Marlesford to ask the Chairman of Committees which peers who were Members of the House of Lords throughout the 2014–15 parliamentary session attended on fewer than 25 per cent of sitting days, indicating in respect of each peer the number of days attended.   HL3552

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they recognise President Bashar al-Assad as the de jure President of Syria.   HL3553

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the allegations directed at the leadership of the International Association of Athletics Federations in the light of the World Anti-Doping Agency report on non-compliance and widespread doping in Russian athletics. 
   HL3554

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the President of the International Association of Athletics Federations in his condemnation of alleged state-sponsored doping within Russian athletics.   HL3555

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the continued case for the 25 per cent proposed budget cuts to UK Anti-Doping in the light of reports that widespread doping exists in the world of athletics, and what steps they plan to take in the light of any assessment.   HL3556

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations have received monies from the £1.12 billion that the UK has allocated to responding to the Syrian crisis since 2012, according to their 29 October Syria crisis response summary, and in what proportion.   HL3557

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government from which refugee camps the 1,000 refugees who are to be brought to the UK by Christmas are coming.   HL3558

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for implementing the comprehensive legislative reform of health professional regulation to which they have committed. 
   HL3559

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the real-term expenditure on local authority-brokered social care in each of the last five years for which information is available. 
   HL3560

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) care homes, and (2) home care providers, are currently registered with the Care Quality Commission, and what were the equivalent numbers for each of the past five years for which information is available.   HL3561

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they hold on the occupancy levels of registered care homes in the last five years for which information is available.   HL3562

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the impact of the National Living Wage on registered care providers, both domiciliary and residential, in the first year of the National Living Wage’s introduction; and whether they will classify the National Living Wage as a new burden on local authorities for which they should receive grant increases to pay care providers.   HL3563

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the additional national insurance contributions that will be made in the first year of the introduction of the National Living Wage; and what assessment they have made of whether that source of revenue could be used to fund the extra cost of publicly-funded social care.   HL3564

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their experience with the collapse of Southern Cross, what contingency plans they have in the event of a significant withdrawal of large and medium-sized providers of residential and nursing home care from the provision of publicly-funded social care.   HL3565

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reintroduce charges for museum entry in the next year.   HL3566

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons other than those working on the railway have been killed on (1) the UK railways, and (2) the London Underground, in each of the last ten years, and in the current year so far; and how many of those were (a) suicides, (b) accidents to persons trespassing on the line, (c) accidents at level crossings, and (d) owing to other causes. 
   HL3567

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the action that could be taken to assist freedom of expression in Egypt and Turkey; and what assessment they have made of whether fair criticism would improve the economy and the quality of government in each country.   HL3568

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to make it cheaper and easier for food businesses to donate surplus food to charities rather than dispose of it via anaerobic digestion.   HL3569

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are encouraging supermarkets to abandon strict cosmetic specifications for farm products that result in edible food being wasted.   HL3570

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average wage increase of agricultural workers since the abolition of the Agricultural Wages Board.   HL3571

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a list of invasive non-native species arriving on UK shores that they wish to eradicate, and if so, whether Japanese knotweed is on that list.   HL3572

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing stronger sentencing powers against those involved in illegal dog fighting.   HL3573

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

20 October (3 November)

HL2802 Lord Falconer of Thoroton [MoJ]

HL2803 Lord Falconer of Thoroton [MoJ]

HL2805 Lord Falconer of Thoroton [MoJ]

HL2806 Lord Falconer of Thoroton [MoJ]

28 October (11 November)

HL3085 Lord Stone of Blackheath [CO]

HL3100 Lord Hoyle [BIS]

HL3103 Baroness Lister of Burtersett [HO]

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

[BIS] 1

[CO] 1

[HO] 1

[MoJ] 4

   

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Mesothelioma (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

20 November

Planning (Subterranean Development) [HL]

Private Member’s

20 November

Direct Planning (Pilot) [HL]

Private Member’s

20 November

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

 

Natural Environment [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare Reform and Work

Government

17 November

Scotland

Government

 

Trade Union

Government

 

Waiting for Commitment

   

National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings)

Government

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Education and Adoption

Government

17 November

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

20 November

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

 

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

 

Waiting for Report

   

Enterprise [HL]

Government

 

European Union Referendum

Government

18 November

Bank of England and Financial Services [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

 

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

Energy [HL]

Government

 

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

Finance

Government

18 November

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 Armed Forces (Service Complaints Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015

   

Draft National Health Service (Licensing and Pricing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015

   

Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Interception of Communications: Code of Practice) Order 2015

   

Draft Recall of MPs Act 2015 (Recall Petition) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Code E) Order 2015

   

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

   

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

   

Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015

8th Report

 

Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015

   

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

9th Report

 

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

   

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

   

Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

   

Draft Hunting Act 2004 (Exempt Hunting) (Amendment) Order 2015

7th Report

 

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

   

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

   

Draft Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015

   

Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Miscellaneous Provisions) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2015

   

Draft Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria and Information about Financial Resources) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

9th Report

   

Social Security (Housing Costs Amendments) Regulations 2015

12 November

 
 

11th Report

   

Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

17 November

 

National Health Service (Exemptions from Charges, Payments and Remission of Charges) (Amendment and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2015

23 November

 

Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015

23 November

 

   

13th Report

   

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

7 December

 
 

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

 

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

 

Date of Laying

Parliamentary procedure

Draft Order laid before the House and referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order 2016

9 November

Affirmative

     

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

Report

Date of consideration

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

1st

 

Forthcoming Retirement 

The following member of the House has given notice of his intention to retire

 

Date of retirement

 

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 17 November

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Select Committee

12 noon
in the Archbishops’ Room, Millbank House

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Ecclesiastical Committee

Statutory Joint Committee

3.30pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 18 November

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Social Mobility

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 19 November

   

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

2.30pm

Monday 23 November

   

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 26 November

   

Privileges and Conduct

Domestic Committee

12 noon

Monday 30 November

   

Procedure

Domestic Committee

12 noon

Wednesday 9 December

   

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 10 December

   

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 17 December

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 11 November 2015 

The House met at 11.00pm.

A two-minute silence was observed to mark Armistice Day.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

Public Business

1 Prisoners: Imprisonment for Public Protection sentences A question was asked by Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

2 All-Party Parliamentary Groups A question was asked by Lord Rogan, on behalf of Lord Empey, and answered by the Chairman of Committees.

3 Rugby World Cup 2015 A question was asked by Lord Lee of Trafford and answered by Baroness Neville-Rolfe.

4 Higher Education: part-time students A question was asked by Baroness Sharp of Guildford and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

5 Trade Union Bill A bill to make provision about industrial action, trade unions, employers’ associations and the functions of the Certification Officer was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed (HL Bill 74)

6 Trade Union Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 74–EN)

7 Scotland Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 73–EN)

8 European Union Referendum Bill The Earl of Courtown moved that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 3 
Schedules 1 to 3 
Clause 4

Clauses 6 to 12 
Clause 5 
Title.

The motion was agreed to.

9 Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 19. The House resumed.

10 Bilateral trade: United Kingdom and Africa A question was asked by Lord Sheikh and, after debate, answered by Lord Maude of Horsham.

11 Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 22. Amendments 22, 23, 27 to 29, 32 and 33 were agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 75)

The House adjourned at 5.36pm until Tuesday 17 November at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Prepared 11th November 2015