House of Lords Business

Wednesday 2 December 2015 at 3.00pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect senior managers to be held to account following the imposition of a £72 million fine on Barclays Bank for failing to minimise the risk that funds might be used to facilitate financial crime.

†The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for military action against ISIL in Syria.

Future Business 

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.

†*Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent flood warnings and alerts, what assessment they have made of the state of the United Kingdom’s flood defences.

†National Security Strategy The Chairman of Committees to move that the Commons message of 1 December be considered and that a Committee of ten members be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons as the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy, to consider the National Security Strategy;

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:

L Boateng
B Buscombe
L Clark of Windermere
B Falkner of Margravine
L Hamilton of Epsom

 

L Levene of Portsoken
L Mitchell
L Ramsbotham
L Trimble
L West of Spithead;

That the Committee have power to agree with the Committee appointed by the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place in the United Kingdom;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the reports of the Committee be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;

That the evidence taken by the Committee in the last session of Parliament be referred to the Committee;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes.

Lord Carrington of Fulham to move that this House takes note of the economy in the light of the Autumn Statement.

Baroness Bakewell to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the new single tier state pension, what provision they have made for informing women in their fifties of their pension expectations. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

Earl Attlee to move that this House takes note of the United Kingdom’s role in supporting international security and stability in the light of the Strategic Defence and Security Review.

†Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 Lord Freud to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 26 November be approved. 16th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

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.

†National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Bill Third Reading [Baroness Altmann]

†Welfare Reform and Work Bill Committee [Lord Freud] 13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 8th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

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

†Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bates] 14th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

†Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Interception of Communications: Code of Practice) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bates] 14th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

†Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Code E) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bates] 9th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Armed Forces (Service Complaints Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Earl Howe]

†Disclosure of Exporter Information Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde] 10th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Payment Accounts Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde] 10th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [The Earl of Courtown] 7th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Legislative Reform (Further Renewal of Radio Licences) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [The Earl of Courtown] 1st Report from the Regulatory Reform Committee

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3.30pm on Wednesday 2 December, to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 4 December.

†Scotland Bill Committee [Lord Dunlop] 6th Report from the Constitution Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 3 December, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 7 December.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Welfare Reform and Work Bill will continue.

Thursday 10 December at 11.00am

Baroness Jowell and 
Lord Darling of Roulanish will be introduced.

*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 industrial productivity levels.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 4 December, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 8 December.

Lord Bach to move that this House takes note of the future of legal aid.

Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to tackle the rise in religiously-identified conflicts and violence, in the light of the recent visit by Pope Francis to the Central African Republic. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

Baroness Wheeler to move that this House takes note of the quality and viability of the residential care sector in the light of the Government’s decision to delay the implementation of the care cost cap.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 1.00pm

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the process for preparing official histories. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support small grass roots music venues. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

†Friday 11 December at 10.00am

†Accessible Sports Grounds Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Faulkner of Worcester]

†Online Safety Bill [HL] Committee [Baroness Howe of Idlicote]

†Constitutional Convention Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Purvis of Tweed]

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.

*Lord Sherbourne of Didsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government how regularly ministers and officials meet representatives of Transport for London.

*Baroness Perry of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the introduction of the English Baccalaureate has had on the number of young people studying science and mathematics.

*Baroness Pinnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if a faith school is rated inadequate and is required to become an academy, they will enforce the transfer of church land to the academy trust.

Tuesday 15 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Lupton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing a higher duty of care on headteachers when excluding children aged under 16 from their schools to ensure that such children are in practice met by a parent, guardian or approved carer.

*Lord Borwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current time delay between a council’s resolution to grant planning permission and the issue of implementable planning permission on housing sites of 50 houses or more; and what steps they plan to take to reduce that delay.

*Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the European Union to suspend the Schengen arrangements and reinstate border controls between member states.

Wednesday 16 December at 3.00pm

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the last date on which the decision about where to build an additional runway for London could reasonably be made, in the light of their commitment to publish that decision this year.

*Baroness Stedman-Scott to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many jobs have been created in the European Union compared to the United Kingdom in the past year.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers local authorities have to deal with schools that are put under special measures.

Thursday 17 December at 11.00am

Baroness Brown of Cambridge will be introduced.

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in the northern states of Nigeria.

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

*Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government which airports used by flights to and from the United Kingdom have been the subject of a security review leading to enhanced security arrangements since the end of October.

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. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Topical Question for Short Debate. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 7 December, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 8 December.

Lord Holmes of Richmond to move that this House takes note, on the occasion of its 21st birthday, of the contribution made by the National Lottery to sport, culture, charities and national heritage throughout the United Kingdom. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Monday 21 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to reduce the number of suicides on railways, and to reduce the disruption they cause.

*Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action HM Revenue and Customs is taking to reduce VAT evasion by overseas online retailers.

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

*Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to minimise the risk of neural tube defective pregnancy in women of reproductive age.

Tuesday 22 December at 11.00am

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to address the report The State of the North 2015: Four Tests for the Northern Powerhouse, in particular the statement that there is a 12 percentage point gap in early years attainment between the poorest children in London and those in the north of England.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to give further recognition and support to the tourism sector, in the light of the number of jobs being created in that sector and the future growth potential. [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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*Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to revise the Politics A-level curriculum.

Tuesday 19 January at 2.30pm

Lord Mair will be introduced.

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

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 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 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 Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to move that this House regrets that, since the Welfare of Animals at the Time of Killing (England) Regulations 2015 do not in all cases specify parameters for electrical water-bath stunning, poultry in England will be afforded a less rigorous level of welfare at slaughter than available in Wales and Northern Ireland (SI 2015/1782). 11th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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)

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 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)

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 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)
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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)

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the development of British–Argentinian relations during 2015. (24 November)

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they will implement the recommendations of the House of Commons International Development Committee in their report of July 2014, The UK’s Development Work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. (26 November)

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the state of the rural economy. (30 November)

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial sustainability of the five-year NHS plan. (1 December)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent NHS figures showing that 1,036 women and girls were treated for female genital mutilation during the period April to June 2015. (1 December)

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. (1 December)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 1 December and due for answer by 15 December.

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Islamophobia on Muslim communities in the UK.   HL4092

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the latest Bank of England figures showing elevated levels of personal indebtedness, what assessment they have made of what is an acceptable and safe level of such borrowing.   HL4093

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to promote diversity in the composition of the lay magistracy, by reference to (1) socio-economic status, (2) ethnicity, (3) gender, and (4) age.   HL4094

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the lay magistracy according to the occupational groups with which applicants are required to identify themselves. 
   HL4095

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government which British woods are grown for timber use, if any. 
   HL4096

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual value of tourism to the UK economy.   HL4097

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the total annual spending by international students on fees for all types of course in the UK.   HL4098

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the annual spending by inbound tourists to the UK and which countries are the 10 largest source markets from which those tourists come.   HL4099

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the total annual spending of visitors and tourists in the domestic tourism sector in the UK.   HL4100

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust deals effectively with the issues of racial discrimination and harassment identified by the Care Quality Commission.   HL4101

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust followed its own procedures correctly in appointing the Chairman of the Trust to hear a right of appeal from nine BME members of staff against the decision of Henrietta Hill QC.   HL4102

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they were consulted and informed about the US decision to lift its arms embargo on the Republic of Cyprus, and by whom; how and when that decision is to be implemented; and what assessment they have made of the impact of that decision on the current Cyprus talks process.   HL4103

Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the report of the Lead Ammunition Group, which was submitted on 3 June, and their response.   HL4104

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether and how the government of President Assad in Syria threatens the national interest of the UK.   HL4105

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Turkey about the murder of Tahir Elci and the attempted murder of Selahattin Demirtaş; and whether they will place any response in the Libraries of both Houses.   HL4106

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions and consultations they held with the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives and UNISON before deciding that future nursing and midwifery students should fund themselves through student loans. 
   HL4107

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received advice from the Council of Deans of Health about the future funding of nursing and midwifery students. 
   HL4108

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been conducted into whether clinical teams, mentors and practice educators can support an additional 10,000 nursing and midwifery students while ensuring the quality of their practice placements.   HL4109

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons nursing and midwifery students have given for discontinuing their courses in each year since 2010, including financial reasons.   HL4110

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the capped number of nursing and midwifery students in each year since 1999.   HL4111

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered training nurses in England according to the approach used for trainee paramedics who receive a salary for the work they do while studying for their degree, and if not, why not.   HL4112

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many acts of reported bullying were recorded in schools during each of the past three academic years.   HL4113

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many children move schools each month because of bullying, and what assessment they have made of the implications of such moves for the education system and the children affected.   HL4114

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of self-harm among school children as a consequence of bullying in the education system.   HL4115

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many personal interviews with adults applying for a passport for the first time have been conducted in each year since such interviews were required, and what has been the total cost of conducting those interviews.   HL4116

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults applying for a passport for the first time have failed the personal interview test in each year since such interviews were required.   HL4117

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults applying for a passport for the first time have failed to attend their scheduled personal interview in each year since such interviews were required.   HL4118

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many passport interview offices there were in each year since adults applying for the first time for a passport were required to attend a personal interview.   HL4119

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in preventing the bullying, harassment and abuse of LGBTI people in immigration detention centres, in the light of the recent inquiry into the use of immigration detention in the UK by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees and the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Migration, and of concerns expressed by the UK Lesbian and Gay Immigration Group.   HL4120

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the review of countries designated under section 94(5) of the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 following the Supreme Court judgment in R (JB (Jamaica)) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2015] UKSC 8.   HL4121

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in ensuring that management and statistical information concerning asylum claims on grounds of sexuality and gender identity are recorded accurately and comprehensively by the Home Office, and when that data will be published.   HL4122

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what vulnerability criteria are being used by the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme.   HL4123

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether LGBTI people who are at risk are included in the vulnerability criteria of the Syrian Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme; and if so, what steps they are taking to identify vulnerable LGBTI people in refugee camps or places of displacement, and what resources and services will be provided to LGBTI refugees resettled to the UK in order to address their specific needs.   HL4124

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Upper Tribunal’s decision in MSM (journalists; political opinion; risk) Somalia [2015] UKUT 00413 (IAC), what plans they have immediately to revise their country-specific bulletins, and how they will now apply their discretion to asylum and immigration cases.   HL4125

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 1 December (HL3644), which UK members and UK associate members attended the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly in Cheltenham on 16 and 17 November.   HL4126

Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reintroduce automatic post-study work visas, in particular for postgraduate international students working at recognised higher education institutions in the UK.   HL4127

Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of prisoners’ access to course-specific books and study materials to support their studies towards recognised further or higher education qualifications, and what plans they have to improve current arrangements. 
   HL4128

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 25 November (HL3646), on what dates over 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; where the meetings were held; and what was discussed.   HL4129

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 24 November (HL3723 and HL3752), whether the answer includes all security service personnel who served in Northern Ireland.   HL4130

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much NHS England pays for paracetamol, and how much paracetamol it procures annually.   HL4131

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many UK military personnel are currently forward deployed in support of operations in the Middle East.   HL4132

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much ordnance has been released by UK armed forces over the Middle East this year, and what plans they have to order replacement stocks.   HL4133

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional costs have been incurred as a consequence of activities by UK armed forces in the Middle East in this financial year, and whether those costs will be funded by contingencies or from additional funds provided by HM Treasury. 
   HL4134

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many manned and unmanned sorties have been flown by the RAF this year in support of operations in the Middle East.   HL4135

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

9 November (23 November)

HL3455 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DfE]

17 November (1 December)

HL3615 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [DCMS]

HL3617 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [FCO]

HL3618 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [CO]

HL3627 Lord West of Spithead [HO]

HL3634 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [BIS]

HL3635 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [BIS]

HL3636 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [BIS]

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

[BIS] 3

[CO] 1

[DCMS] 1

[DfE] 1

[FCO] 1

[HO] 1

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Chancel Repairs [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Gambling (Categorisation and Use of B2 Gaming Machines) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union Citizens (Electoral Rights) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendums (Local Authority Governance) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Medical Innovation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Cats (Breeding and Sale) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Automatic Electoral Registration [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendums (Franchise) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Polling Day (Saturday) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Veterinary Nurses (Protection of Title) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Women (Fertility Treatments) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Carers (Leave Entitlement) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Duchy of Cornwall [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bat Habitats Regulation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Student Fees (Qualifying Persons) (England) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Population Dynamics) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Health and Social Care Professions Etc. [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Natural Environment [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Trade Union

Government

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Accessible Sports Grounds [HL]

Private Member’s

11 December

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

11 December

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

11 December

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

7 December

Mesothelioma (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Planning (Subterranean Development) [HL] (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

Direct Planning (Pilot) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Scotland

Government

8 December

Waiting for Report

   

Bank of England and Financial Services [HL]

Government

 

Education and Adoption

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings)

Government

7 December

Enterprise [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

 

Returned to the Commons Amended

   

European Union Referendum

Government

 

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has drawn attention to certain instruments in the reports indicated

 

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

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

14th Report

 

Draft General Dental Council (Fitness to Practise etc.) Order 2015

   

Draft Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

   

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 3) Order 2015

   

Draft Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

16th Report

3 December

Draft Pensions Act 2014 (Consequential and Supplementary Amendments) Order 2016

   

Draft State Pension and Occupational Pension Schemes (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

Draft Armed Forces (Service Complaints Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015

 

7 December

Draft Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015

14th Report

7 December

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

14th Report

7 December

Referred to a Grand Committee and waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

 

7 December

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

 

7 December

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

 

7 December

Draft Disclosure of Exporter Information Regulations 2015

 

7 December

Draft Payment Accounts Regulations 2015

 

7 December

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015

8th Report

 

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

   

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

 

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

23 November

 

   

14th Report

   

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

11 December

 

   

Scrutiny period expires

To be considered

Instrument subject to disapproval

   

13th Report

   

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC535)

7 December

 

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 and referred to a Grand Committee

Report

Date of consideration

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

1st

7 December

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 2 December

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

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

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Joint Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 3 December

   

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

9.00am

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

9.30am

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

Monday 7 December

   

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 8 December

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 9 December

   

Standing Orders (Private Bills)

Select Committee

10.00am

Privileges and Conduct

Select Committee

11.00am
in Committee Room G

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 10 December

   

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 15 December

   

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 17 December

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 1 December 2015 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Derby.

1 Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted Sharon Margaret Bowles, having been created Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted, of Bourne End in the County of Hertfordshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 23 October 2015, was introduced between Lord McNally and Baroness Falkner of Margravine, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Lord Livermore Spencer Elliot Livermore, Esquire, having been created Baron Livermore, of Rotherhithe in the London Borough of Southwark, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 21 October 2015, was introduced between Lord Falconer of Thoroton and Baroness Nye, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Select Committee Report

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

16th Report: 
Draft Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015. (HL Paper 63)

Private Business

4 High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill The Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee reported on the Standing Orders not complied with in respect of certain amendments proposed in a Petition for Additional Provision deposited on 13 July 2015 (known as AP2) and in a Petition for Additional Provision deposited on 16 September 2015 (known as AP3) in relation to the bill, currently before the House of Commons:

That, in relation to AP2, the following Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with: 10, 10A, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 21, 27, 27A, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42, 45 and 83A; and

That, in relation to AP3, the following Standing Orders ought to be dispensed with: 10, 10A, 11, 12, 13, 27, 27A, 34, 35, 37, 39, 41 and 45,

The report was agreed to.

5 High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill The Examiners’ certificate of 25 November relating to a petition for additional provision in the bill (currently before the House of Commons) was referred to the Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee.

Public Business

6 Sustainable Development Goals: HIV A question was asked by Lord Cashman and answered by Baroness Verma.

7 Women and girls: HIV A question was asked by Lord Collins of Highbury and answered by Baroness Verma.

8 Channel Tunnel: migrants A question was asked by Lord Berkeley and answered by Lord Bates.

9 Paris Attacks: violence against Muslims A question was asked by the Lord Bishop of St Albans and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

10 National Security Strategy (Joint Committee) A message was bought from the Commons that they have appointed a committee of twelve Members to join with a committee appointed by the Lords, as the Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy.

11 Scotland Bill Lord Dunlop moved that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Scotland Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 12 
Clauses 34 to 41 
Schedule 2 
Clauses 42 to 64 
Clauses 13 to 18

Schedule 1 
Clauses 19 to 33 
Clauses 65 to 70 
Title.

The motion was agreed to.

12 European Union Referendum Bill The bill was read a third time. Amendments 1 and 4 to 25 were agreed to. Then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

13 Education and Adoption Bill The report was received. Amendments were considered. The report stage was adjourned after amendment 8.

14 National Health Service (Licensing and Pricing) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Lord Prior of Brampton moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 2 November be approved. Then Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved, as an amendment to the above motion, at the end to insert "but that this House regrets that the Regulations are fundamentally unfair; and do not achieve their policy objective because under their provisions, even if every NHS provider objected to the proposed tariff mechanism, the arbitration mechanism cannot be triggered; and are in direct contradiction to the assurance given by Earl Howe on 6 March 2012 (HL Deb, col 1740)." After debate, the amendment was withdrawn and the original motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 6.57pm until Wednesday 2 December at 3.00pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Paper

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

Prisons-Monitoring Places of Detention: 6th Report, for 2014–15, of the United Kingdom’s National Preventive Mechanism.    (9160)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report for 2014–15 of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, laid under the Education and Inspections Act 2006.

2 Report of the Bank of England on Financial Stability, laid under the Bank of England Act 1998.

Prepared 2nd December 2015