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House of Lords Business

Wednesday 18 November 2015 at 3.00pm

Royal Assent

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

†*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of emergency services in Central London, and what steps they are taking to reinforce them in the light of the attacks in Paris on 13 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)

Future Business 

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.

†*Baroness Seccombe to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of last week’s employment statistics, what progress they are making towards their manifesto commitment of achieving full employment in Britain.

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.

†National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill Baroness Altmann to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

It is expected that the Report stage of the European Union Referendum Bill will continue, and that it will conclude.

†Northern Ireland (Elections) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015 Lord Dunlop to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 2 November be approved. 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Lord Tyler to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at the end to insert "but that this House regrets that the draft Order is inconsistent with the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015."

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

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

†Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bridges of Headley] 6th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bridges of Headley] 6th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†European Parliamentary Elections (Miscellaneous Provisions) (United Kingdom and Gibraltar) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bridges of Headley] 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

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

†Small and Medium Sized Business (Credit Information) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde] 4th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Small and Medium Sized Business (Finance Platforms) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde] 4th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks] 5th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

†Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria and Information about Financial Resources) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks] 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

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. (1 hour)

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3.30pm on Wednesday 18 November, to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 20 November.

†Scotland Bill Second Reading [Lord Dunlop]

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

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Electricity Capacity (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth] 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Renewables Obligation Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth] 3rd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth] 3rd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 8th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that the Grand Committee 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 the Grand Committee 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 Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle the loss of world biodiversity caused by human activity. (1 hour)

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 19 November, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 23 November.

†Enterprise Bill [HL] Report [Baroness Neville-Rolfe]

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 20 November, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 24 November.

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

Baroness Mobarik to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the attacks in Paris on 13 November, what steps they plan to take to foster links between communities, as part of their counter-terrorism strategy. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

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.

†*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the impact on higher education institutions of their policy on visas for overseas students, particularly in respect of the visa refusal thresholds set for them.

†*Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks made by the Prime Minister on 4 November (HC Deb, col 965), what information they are using to estimate the financial gains from privatising Channel 4.

†*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to improve the United Kingdom’s current balance of payments and industry productivity level.

Monday 14 December at 2.30pm

Baroness Watkins of Tavistock will be introduced.

†*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to reform Sunday trading laws.

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.

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to move that this House takes note of the progress made by Her Majesty’s Government under the United Kingdom National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security for 2014–2017.

Lord Luce to move that this House takes note of the outcome of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta on 27–29 November.

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.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

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

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)

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)

Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the speed and quality of autism diagnoses in the United Kingdom. (17 November) [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
A Vice President, National Autistic Society

Lord Brabazon of Tara to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek an opt-out from provisions relating to e-cigarettes under Article 20 of the Tobacco Products Directive (2014/40/EU), coming into force in May 2016. (17 November)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 17 November and due for answer by 1 December.

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of cutting the funding at higher education level of arts subjects on (1) the choice available to students, and (2) the creative industries.   HL3575

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 6 November (HL2882), whether they consider as South Korean citizens North Korean asylum seekers who do not express the intention to receive protection or citizenship from the Republic of Korea under the North Korean Refugees Protection and Settlement Support Act.    HL3576

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider North Korean citizens and refugees as South Korean citizens.   HL3577

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 November (HL2885), what assessment they have made, if any, of the reach and impact of radio and television in North Korea.   HL3578

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with EU member states and other European countries about the implementation of targeted human rights sanctions against named North Korean officials who are suspected of committing crimes against humanity.   HL3579

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the North Korean population of implementing targeted human rights sanctions against named North Korean politicians and officials.   HL3580

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK troops will be deployed to the UN Mission in Sudan and South Sudan; what is the timeline for their deployment; and what will be the distribution of their roles and responsibilities.   HL3581

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) local authority, and (2) housing association, supported housing schemes there are in England, and how many residents participate in each type of scheme.   HL3582

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the changes proposed in the Housing and Planning Bill on supported housing schemes.   HL3583

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government which companies were invited to tender or to participate in dialogues for the 2015 contracts for (1) the running of Medway secure training centre, and (2) the running of Rainsbrook secure training centre.   HL3584

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided that all grey speed cameras should be painted yellow, and what safety benefits they expect to result from that change.   HL3585

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the humanitarian conditions inside Camp Liberty.   HL3586

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last three years, in how many instances people have been imprisoned for defaulting on payment of their council tax.   HL3587

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last three years, what was the estimated cost to the public purse of people being imprisoned for defaulting on payment of their council tax.   HL3588

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last three years, how many cases of individuals imprisoned for defaulting on their council tax were appealed to the High Court, and in how many of those cases the appeals were upheld.   HL3589

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued any guidance on the circumstances in which an individual should be imprisoned for defaulting on their council tax.
   HL3590

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of people living with diabetes who receive structured education courses to help them self-manage their diabetes, in the light of recommendations by NICE.   HL3591

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost over a five-year period of providing group-based education courses for all people living with diabetes.
   HL3592

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the Euro-Atlantic integration process for Bosnia-Herzegovina, set out in the 2014 UN Security Council Resolution No. 2183.
   HL3593

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they proposed the use of the term "Euro-Atlantic integration" during negotiations for the 2015 UN Security Council Resolution No. 2247, and which countries opposed the inclusion of this term in the Resolution.   HL3594

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 November (HL2981), what were the grades of each of the two full-time members of staff seconded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to the Office of the Quartet Representative from 2007 to 2013.   HL3595

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 November (HL2981), what assessment they have made of the impact of the Middle East Quartet Representative on the prospects for peace between Israel and Palestine, and what they have identified as its successes and failures.   HL3596

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 4 November (HL2982), what were the reasons for the decision not to appoint a new Middle East Quartet Representative, and what differences exist between the mandate of the Middle East Quartet Representative and the new Head of Mission of the Office of the Quartet.   HL3597

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 5 November (HL3049), what representations they have made to the European Commission regarding the inclusion of the government of Bosnia-Herzegovina in future meetings in which the Western Balkans migratory route is discussed.   HL3598

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the investigation by The Times and the British Medical Journal into conflicts of interest caused by Clinical Commissioning Groups entering into contracts with companies in which one or more of their board members has a financial interest.   HL3599

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to investigate potential conflicts of interest when Clinical Commissioning Groups enter into contracts with companies in which one or more of their board members has a financial interest.   HL3600

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the finding by The Times and British Medical Journal that the board of a Clinical Commissioning Group in Birmingham awarded a £1.7 million contract to a company in which a number of its board members were shareholders or held a senior position.   HL3601

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the investigation General practice commissioning: in whose interests? by The Times and the British Medical Journal, what assessment they have made of whether the conflict of interest guidelines are fulfilled by asking board members with a conflict of interest in an item under discussion during a board meeting to remain silent or leave the room.   HL3602

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the investigation General practice commissioning: in whose interests? by The Times and the British Medical Journal, whether they have plans to require that the boards of Clinical Commissioning Groups cannot enter into contracts with companies in which one or more of their board members has a financial interest.
   HL3603

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of whether NHS England’s audit of conflict of interest is sufficiently comprehensive to govern circumstances in which Clinical Commissioning Groups enter into contracts with companies in which one or more of their board members has a financial interest.   HL3604

Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty’s Government with how many Iraqi interpreters the armed forces contracted during military operations in Iraq in each year between 2003 and 2009.   HL3605

Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty’s Government with how many Iraqi interpreters the armed forces have contracted since the start of military operations in Iraq in September 2014.   HL3606

Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iraqi interpreters contracted by the armed forces during military operations between 2003 and 2009 have applied for asylum in the UK in each year from 2009 to 2015.   HL3607

Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iraqi interpreters contracted by the armed forces during military operations between 2003 and 2009 have been granted asylum in the UK in each year from 2009 to 2015.   HL3608

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of research on the links between the risk of cancer and radiation spikes during the refuelling of nuclear power plants, whether nuclear power plants are currently required to report hourly or half-hourly radioactive emissions, and if not, whether they plan to require nuclear power plants to collect and publish hourly or half-hourly radioactive emissions statistics.   HL3609

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of research on the links between the risk of cancer and radiation spikes during the refuelling of nuclear power plants, whether they plan to publish statistics on spikes in radioactive emissions from nuclear power plants in the UK.   HL3610

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of research on the links between the risk of cancer and radiation spikes during the refuelling of nuclear power plants, whether they plan to carry out a meta-analysis of European epidemiology studies about incidences of leukaemia in children under five living within five kilometres of nuclear power plants.   HL3611

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what systems they have in place to monitor the use of military equipment licensed for export to Saudi Arabia to establish whether or not that equipment has been used to violate international humanitarian law in Yemen.   HL3612

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Human Rights Watch report that some Saudi Arabian air strikes in Yemen violated international humanitarian law.   HL3613

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to suspend existing arms export licences, and to refuse new ones, if a country is believed to be committing violations of international law during an armed conflict.   HL3614

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government which instruments have been used to grant exemptions from deposit in the National Archives under the Public Records Act 1958 since the introduction of the rule that closed records should be deposited after 20 years.   HL3615

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what files they hold at Her Majesty’s Government Communications Centre, and what are their plans to make the files held there available to the public during this Parliament.   HL3616

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to release files from their Special Collections archive during this Parliament.   HL3617

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use to process requests for the disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act.   HL3618

Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the elections in Tanzania, particularly with respect to the devolved assembly in Zanzibar, and what representations they have made to the government of Tanzania or the Commonwealth Secretariat regarding the elections.   HL3619

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the undercover raid by Israeli armed forces on a hospital in Hebron, resulting in the death of a relative of the suspect.   HL3620

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the decision was taken not to grant entry to Britain to a group of medical experts from Gaza and a psychologist from Bethlehem who had been invited to contribute to a conference at Kingston University.   HL3621

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about its decision to approve the construction of Israeli settlement units in Bethlehem and close to Ramallah.   HL3622

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following reports that Palestinian families living in the Humsa al Buqai’a herding community have been displaced to allow Israeli military training to be conducted.   HL3623

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the construction of solar farms in the West Bank on settlement land, and the protection for Palestinians’ solar installations.   HL3624

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the arrest and interrogation by Israeli police of Palestinian children in East Jerusalem, in particular regarding reports that children aged between six and 12 have been arrested and interrogated without a parent present.   HL3625

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the work conducted in 2009 on counter-terrorism protective security in crowded places has been carried forward, and whether there is an established doctrine or policy for ensuring the safety of such places.   HL3626

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any work is underway to undermine Islamic State’s propaganda on social media, and how much money has been allocated to that work.   HL3627

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations on public funding to match charitable support for a National Mesothelioma Centre have been received by (1) HM Treasury, (2) the Department of Health, and (3) the Department for International Development.   HL3628

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to secure funding for research into mesothelioma over the last two years.   HL3629

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the annual cost of mesothelioma to the NHS.   HL3630

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the annual cost of mesothelioma to the welfare budget.   HL3631

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the occupations most at risk from mesothelioma.   HL3632

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the incidence of mesothelioma worldwide, and of which countries are most at risk from it.   HL3633

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 2 November (HL2909) regarding breaches of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 by ticket resale websites, what action they are taking to highlight to the general public (1) the existence of, and (2) the functions of, the Citizens Advice consumer helpline.   HL3634

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many complaints the Citizens Advice consumer helpline has received about ticket resale websites.   HL3635

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many actions have been taken by the police and trading standards regarding breaches of the Consumer Rights Act 2015 in relation to ticket resale websites.   HL3636

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the report Four Nations – How Evidence-based are Alcohol Policies and Programmes Across the UK? published in November by the Alliance for Useful Evidence, and if so, what lessons they have drawn for their own plans to reduce alcohol-related harm.   HL3637

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the number of persons brought to justice for trafficking in persons, enslavement, forced prostitution, labour exploitation, and other similar crimes in the last three years, both in the UK and in other jurisdictions.
   HL3638

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the FCO’s cleaning contractor, Interserve, pays the London Living Wage to its employees.   HL3639

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that contract staff in all government departments receive the Living Wage at the appropriate rate.   HL3640

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many directly employed government staff currently receive less than the Living Wage.   HL3641

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports of the use of white phosphorus weapons in civilian areas by Russian forces in Syria and of the level of harm done to persons and the environment; and what action they plan, if any, as a result of that assessment.
   HL3642

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the call by the European Commission as part of the EU enlargement strategy for Turkey to lift media restrictions to improve respect for human rights and the rule of law, and to re-start comprehensive peace negotiations with Kurdish militants and constitutional nationalists.   HL3643

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the UK members of the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly; and to which political group each member belongs.   HL3644

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 29 October (HL2879) concerning the 1998 Belfast Agreement, whether the answer applies to changes in the names of cities and towns in Northern Ireland other than Londonderry.   HL3645

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates in the last 24 months the government of the Republic of Ireland attended in any capacity meetings held under section 1 of the 1998 Belfast Agreement.   HL3646

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the feasibility study of 2014 on caste discrimination.   HL3647

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the debate in the House of Lords on 5 November (HL Deb, cols 1811–40) on the regeneration legacy of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, what assessment they have made of Lord Moynihan’s remarks that the UK should have a sports policy.   HL3648

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of a recent report by UKactive that lack of exercise is estimated to cause 37,000 deaths annually and cost the UK economy £20 billion a year, what steps they are taking to reduce levels of inactivity.    HL3649

Lord Quirk to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the press release by HMRC on 25 June, what initiatives HMRC have put in place to improve performance in respect of relieving public frustration at being able to make contact by telephone.   HL3650

Lord Quirk to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 9 July (HL896, HL897) and 30 July (HL1654), why according to recent press reports HMRC are still failing to answer telephoned inquiries and complaints from the public within an acceptable time frame.   HL3651

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Prime Minister’s recent assertions at the CBI Annual Conference on 9 November that the UK’s security is provided through membership of the EU, what assessment they have made of the impact of NATO membership on the UK’s security and whether they will continue to oppose any proposals for an EU army or other EU armed forces.   HL3652

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 9 November (HL3057), whether they will now answer the additional questions asked about whether planning consent is required for farmers to erect notices advertising receipt of EU grants and whether they will require all such advertising notices to include information about the ratio of UK contributions to the EU budget and the sums returned by way of grants to farmers and others.
   HL3653

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, they plan to take to ensure that sections 406 and 407 of the Education Act 1996 are complied with between now and 2017 to ensure that lessons and discussions relating to the UK membership of the EU are balanced and impartial.   HL3654

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 3 November (HL3059) concerning the proposed Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project, what alternatives to the contract with EDF and China were explored, and with what results.   HL3655

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the ratio of NHS employees to the UK population and how this compares with major European countries and the USA.   HL3656

Lord Trefgarne to ask the Chairman of Committees how much has been paid to Electoral Reform Services for their supervision of each hereditary peers by-election since the start of the 2014–15 session in the House of Lords.   HL3657

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rates of flu vaccination so far this winter, and how that compares to previous years.   HL3658

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of hospital trusts charging disabled people to park their cars on those people.   HL3659

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to avoid bed shortages due to delayed discharges from hospital.   HL3660

Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring forward any legislative proposals, following the current consultation, to give effect to the green paper on higher education Fulfilling our Potential.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge
 HL3661

Lord Smith of Finsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have, and on what timetable, for changes to IR35 assessments for employees and contractors.   HL3662

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

20 October (3 November)

HL2805 Lord Falconer of Thoroton [MoJ]

HL2806 Lord Falconer of Thoroton [MoJ]

29 October (12 November)

HL3119 Baroness Eaton [BIS]

HL3126 Lord Bradley [MoJ]

HL3127 Lord Bradley [MoJ]

2 November (16 November)

HL3178 Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead [DfID]

3 November (17 November)

HL3235 Lord Ahmed [HO]

HL3236 Lord Ahmed [HO]

HL3237 Lord Ahmed [HO]

HL3246 Lord Fearn [DECC]

HL3247 Lord Fearn [DECC]

HL3250 Baroness Goudie [DECC]

HL3251 Baroness Goudie [DECC]

HL3252 Baroness Goudie [DECC]

HL3253 Baroness Goudie [DECC]

HL3277 Baroness Redfern [BIS]

HL3279 Baroness Redfern [BIS]

HL3280 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL3282 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL3283 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL3284 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL3285 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

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

[BIS] 3

[DECC] 6

[DfID] 1

[HO] 8

[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

 

Scotland

Government

24 November

Trade Union

Government

 

Waiting for Commitment

   

National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings)

Government

23 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

 

Welfare Reform and Work

Government

 

Waiting for Report

   

Enterprise [HL]

Government

25 November

European Union Referendum

Government

18 November

Bank of England and Financial Services [HL]

Government

 

Education and Adoption

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

14th Report

 

Draft Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015

14th Report

 

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

14th Report

 

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

14th Report

 

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

   

Draft Disclosure of Exporter Information Regulations 2015

   

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Claims Management Complaints) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Payment Accounts Regulations 2015

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

 

24 November

Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015

8th Report

24 November

Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015

 

24 November

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

 

23 November

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

 

23 November

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

 

23 November

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

 

23 November

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

 

23 November

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

 

23 November

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

 

23 November

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

   

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

9th Report

 

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

7th Report

 

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

   

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

   

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

 

23 November

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

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

 

   

14th Report

   

Social Security (Crediting and Treatment of Contributions, and National Insurance Numbers) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

11 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

24 November

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

18 October

24 November

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

 

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.

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

Tuesday 24 November

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

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

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Thursday 17 December

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 17 November 2015 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.

1 Lord Porter of Spalding Gary Andrew Porter, Esquire, CBE, having been created Baron Porter of Spalding, of Spalding in the County of Lincolnshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 15 October 2015, was introduced between Lord Taylor of Holbeach and Lord Feldman of Elstree, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Lord Shinkwin Kevin Joseph Maximilian Shinkwin, Esquire, having been created Baron Shinkwin, of Balham in the London Borough of Wandsworth, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 14 October 2015, was introduced between Lord Norton of Louth and Baroness Finlay of Llandaff, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3 Retirement The Lord Speaker informed the House of the retirement with effect from 12 November 2015 of Lord Stewartby under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.

Select Committee Reports

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

14th Report: 
National Health Service (Licensing and Pricing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 
Recall of MPs Act 2015 (Recall Petition) Regulations 2015 
Draft Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015 
Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Interception of Communications: Code of Practice) Order 2015 
Social Security (Crediting and Treatment of Contributions, and National Insurance Numbers) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. (HL Paper 54)

5 Economic Affairs 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

A Fracturing Union? The Implications of Financial Devolution to Scotland. (1st Report, HL Paper 55)

Public Business

6 Criminal Justice: anonymity A question was asked by Lord Fowler and answered by Lord Bates.

7 Disabled People: independent living A question was asked by Baroness Campbell of Surbiton and answered by Baroness Altmann.

8 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting: human rights A question was asked by Baroness Berridge and answered by Baroness Verma.

9 Rob Lawrie A question was asked by Lord Alton of Liverpool and answered by the Earl of Courtown.

10 Transport for London Bill [HL] A message was brought from the Commons that they have made the following Order:

That the promoters of the Transport for London Bill [HL], which was originally introduced in the House of Lords in Session 2010–12 on 24 January 2011, should have leave to proceed with the Bill in the current Session according to the provisions of Standing Order 188B (Revival of bills).

11 G20 and the Paris attacks The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

12 Welfare Reform and Work Bill Lord Freud moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

13 Education and Adoption Bill The bill was reported from the Grand Committee without amendment.

The House adjourned at 11.04pm until Wednesday 18 November at 3.00pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.30pm.

Education and Adoption Bill The Grand Committee further considered the bill, beginning with amendment 23. Amendments were considered. It was ordered that the bill be reported without amendment.

The Committee adjourned at 6.34pm.

Papers 

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

Command Paper

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

Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)-Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Single Common Market Organisation (Emergency Aid for Milk Producers) Regulations 2015. (12 November)   (-)

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

   

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 5) Rules 2015, laid under the Civil Procedure Act 1997.

1881

12 November

(1) European Long-term Investment Funds Regulations 2015

  1882

12 November

(2) Single Common Market Organisation (Emergency Aid for Milk Producers) Regulations 2015

  1896

12 November

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

   

(1) National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) Regulations 2015

  1862

13 November

(2) National Health Service (Personal Medical Services Agreements) Regulations 2015

  1879

13 November

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

   

Greater Manchester (Light Rapid Transit System) (Exemptions) (Amendment) Order 2015, laid under the Railways Act 1993.

1877

13 November

Children (Secure Accommodation) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2015, laid under the Children Act 1989.

1883

13 November

Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 2) 2015, laid under the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978.

SR 368

13 November

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Draft Disclosure of Exporter Information Regulations 2015, laid under the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.

2 Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Claims Management Complaints) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the Legal Services Act 2007.

3 Draft Payment Accounts Regulations 2015, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Payment Card Interchange Fee Regulations 2015, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. 
     (1911)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 (1) Government Special Advisers in Post as at 28 October 2010

(2) Government Special Advisers in Post as at 9 December 2011

(3) Government Special Advisers in Post as at 19 October 2012

(4) Government Special Advisers in Post as at 25 October 2013

(5) Government Special Advisers in Post as at 30 November 2014

laid under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

2 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Creative Scotland National Lottery Distribution Fund, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.

3 Report on the exercise of powers by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport under section 70 of the Charities Act 2006, laid under the Charities Act 2006.

Prepared 18th November 2015