House of Lords Business

Thursday 3 December 2015 at 11.00am

Baroness Thornhill and 
Lord Watts will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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, col 1516), 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.

†Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) to move that the debate on the motion in the name of Lord Carrington of Fulham set down for today shall be limited to 2 hours and that in the name of Earl Attlee to 3 hours.

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, 11th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Future Business 

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, 11th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

†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, 11th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

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] 11th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

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 to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 4 December.

†Scotland Bill Committee [Lord Dunlop] 6th Report from the Constitution Committee, 15th Report from the Delegated Powers 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.

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. (1½ hours)

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]

†Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL] Committee [Baroness Cox] 10th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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.
Chairman, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

*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 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 2 December and due for answer by 16 December.

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of bilateral and multilateral HIV donor funding from governments of EU member states, and what more they will do to ensure that EU member states increase their HIV donor funding.   HL4136

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 1 December (HL3877), whether they plan to compile data relevant to the assessment of whether Work Capability Assessment tests are connected to the incidence of suicide or mental health problems in disability benefit claimants, and to make that data publicly available; and if not, why not.   HL4137

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 18 November (HL3318), in the light of the fact that the franchise to Virgin Stagecoach for the East Coast Main Line specified five additional services between Lincoln and London each day, whether there are any immediate steps that can be taken, either directly or via Newark North Gate, to improve the present service.   HL4138

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to give effect to the sections of the Traffic Management Act 2004 that allow for the enforcement of moving traffic offences by wardens employed by local authorities in England.   HL4139

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in 2015 towards ensuring that people with mental health issues are not detained in police cells because no hospital bed is available for them.   HL4140

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 24 November (HL Deb, col 566), what specific additional support they are providing to those towns and parishes wishing to exercise the community rights provided by the Localism Act 2011 for developing neighbourhood plans, listing assets of community value and running services using the right to challenge; what other such community rights are available to town and parish councils; and what financial contribution they have made to town and parish councils for each of these purposes in each year since those rights came into existence.   HL4141

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government who appointed John Cridland as chair of Transport for the North and what recruitment process was followed to appoint him; how many hours a week he will work; how much he will be paid, and from which funds; whether this is a fixed term appointment; to whom he is responsible on (1) policy, and (2) pay and rations matters; and what are his terms of reference.   HL4142

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what type of body is Transport for the North; who made the decision to set it up; what are its terms of reference; whether it has a constitution; what form its controlling body takes, how its composition was decided, and who are its members; whether any members of the controlling body other than the chairman receive remuneration, and if so, on what basis and how much; what is its annual budget, and from which funds that budget is derived; how many staff are employed to work for it; where those staff are based; and what property it occupies, and on what basis.   HL4143

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the rail layout in Leeds should allow HS2 trains from London, Birmingham, the East Midlands and Sheffield to Leeds to continue on to the East Coast Main Line to Newcastle upon Tyne and Edinburgh.   HL4144

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether a new HS3 fast line from Manchester and across the Pennines should pass through Leeds.   HL4145

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make regulations under section 89(3) of the Localism Act 2011.   HL4146

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report by James Ewins of his review of the overseas domestic workers visa, and their response to it, before the Immigration Bill 2015 receives its second reading in this House.   HL4147

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation took place with relevant stakeholders before the announcement that video-on-demand programme services would be regulated by Ofcom from 1 January 2016.   HL4148

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the report of, or other documentation from, Ofcom’s strategic review that led to the decision that Ofcom should regulate video-on-demand programme services from 1 January 2016. 
   HL4149

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government how a child is defined within the Ofcom Broadcasting Code.   HL4150

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government how Ofcom is ensuring that persons under the age of 18 are protected from inappropriate content in television and radio services.   HL4151

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken, in conjunction with the government of France, (1) to enable refugees now in France to come to Britain, such as for family re-union, and how many have come since 2013; (2) to assist those in irregular camps to apply for asylum in France; and (3) to register unaccompanied refugee children, wherever they may be; and what plans they have for further action.   HL4152

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the scientific evidence regarding the incidence of cancer in those living near nuclear reactors and large spikes in radioactive gaseous emissions during the refuelling of those reactors.   HL4153

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 25 November (HL3610), whether UK nuclear power plants are required to report to ONS hourly or half-hourly radioactive gaseous emissions.   HL4154

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 25 November (HL3609), whether they plan to require nuclear power plants to collect and publish hourly or half-hourly radioactive emissions statistics, and if not, why not.   HL4155

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the grant from Viridor Credits to All Saints Church in Kingston was audited by ENTRUST, and what assessment they have made of environmental objectives that grant fulfils.   HL4156

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the grant from Viridor Credits to Holy Trinity Church in Wallington was audited by ENTRUST and what assessment they have made of environmental objectives that grant fulfils.   HL4157

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the grant from Viridor Credits to Twickenham Rowing Club was audited by ENTRUST, and what assessment they have made of the environmental objectives that grant fulfils.   HL4158

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 July (HL1538), whether, in preparing that answer, they took into account that a component of tri-cresyl phosphate (TCP) used in some engine oils is tri-xylyl phosphate (TXP), which is currently listed as a Substance of Very High Concern under Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 and as a hazardous substance under Regulation (EC) 1272/2008 because of its classification as toxic for reproduction, and that both TCP and TXP are listed as being suspected of causing harm to the unborn child or fertility.   HL4159

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 16 July (HL1538), whether, in preparing that answer, they took account that of the substances in jet engine oils, only tri-ortho-cresyl phosphate has an exposure standard or short-term exposure limit, and that EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits states that the absence of a workplace exposure limit "does not indicate that [a substance] is safe", and if not, whether they will provide a revised answer.   HL4160

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 2 November (HL3216), whether that answer takes into account that EH40/2005 Workplace Exposure Limits states that workplace exposure limits (WELs) are British exposure limits and are set in order to help to protect the health of workers and apply only to people at work, and that the final report of the Cranfield cabin air study of 2011 stated that WELs "are appropriate for the protection of the health of a working adult exposed in a workplace and are not applicable to other groups such as children or elderly persons or to other environments that are not workplaces"; and if not, whether they will now provide a revised answer.   HL4161

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answers by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 8 July (HL831) and 2 November (HL3215), why those fume events that did occur did not trigger the airline’s formal reporting procedures to the Civil Aviation Authority under its mandatory reporting scheme, CAP382.    HL4162

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 22 July (HL1265), how they reconcile their claim that 95 per cent of the cabin air samples taken in the Cranfield air quality study showed no detectable amounts of tri-cresyl phosphate (TCP) or tri-ortho-cresyl phosphate (TOCP) when Part 2 of the final report shows that TCP and TOCP were detected in 25 per cent of the 100 samples.   HL4163

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the 2010 PhD study by Susan Michaelis Health and flight safety implications from exposure to contaminated air in aircraft showing that 63 per cent of studied pilots experienced short-term effects from cabin air contamination, and 13 per cent were no longer able to maintain their pilot medical certification because of chronic ill health which bore a close temporal relationship to cabin air contamination; and what support is offered to pilots, crew and passengers who are affected by fume events.   HL4164

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to vote in the affirmative at the 7 December plenary meeting of the UN General Assembly on (1) Resolution L13 Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations, and (2) Resolution L.37 Humanitarian consequences of nuclear weapons.   HL4165

Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Faulks on 18 November (HL Deb, col 176), which scientific studies informed the comments that "there is a considerably held view" that the adult brain reaches maturity at age 25, and that "scientific study of the adolescent brain has yet to identify an obvious point at which we can distinguish between adolescent and adults".   HL4166

Lord Rana to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to spend the £1 billion pledged for post-war reconstruction in Syria.   HL4167

Lord Rana to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to spend the £5 million pledged for the development of the new Commonwealth counter-extremism unit.   HL4168

Lord Rana to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the new Commonwealth counter-extremism unit will take to tackle extremism.   HL4169

Lord Rana to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the number of extremists from Commonwealth countries fighting in Syria and Iraq.   HL4170

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons for the poor performance of Isle of Wight secondary schools, and in particular the level of fixed-term exclusions, as reported in the latest Ofsted Annual Report; and what measures are being taken to increase the rate of improvement in those schools.   HL4171

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 24 November (HL3477), what is the breakdown by category of offence of those 127 applications for a European Arrest Warrant and 40 British citizens extradited.   HL4172

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Saudi Arabia in the case of Ashraf Fayadh.   HL4173

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 2 December (HL3697) regarding the sale of 41–71 Commercial Road, Aldgate, for which school the site will be developed; and whether that school will use the entire site.   HL4174

Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government for (1) England, (2) Scotland, and (3) Wales, how much was spent per capita on cancer services, and what is the national one-year cancer survival rate as a percentage of new patients for the most recent year available.   HL4175

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action can be taken by a local authority or a successful provider when a contractor appointed to enable a local healthwatch to be established and run does not respect the distinction between its role and the local healthwatch organisation being run by that provider.   HL4176

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ground troops they estimate would be required to defeat ISIL, and which countries they expect would provide those forces.
   HL4177

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define "moderate" in the context of opposition in Syria.   HL4178

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that air strikes in Syria would reduce ISIL’s ability to attack the UK; and what assessment they have made of the terrorist threat to the UK posed by British-born ISIL recruits as a direct result of such air strikes.
   HL4179

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical assistance they are providing to Burma to help that country in its democratic transition following the elections on 8 November.   HL4180

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on UK citizens of the US proposal to tighten its visa waiver programme.   HL4181

Lord Rowlands to ask the Chairman of Committees how many apprentices are employed in the House of Lords.   HL4182

Lord Rowlands to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis, and by which process, the relevant shares of the proposed Apprenticeship Levy will be distributed to the devolved administrations.
   HL4183

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 10 June (HL56), whether they will provide updated statistics for the tables entitled Growth in the UK Muslim Population, to show the most recent figures available.   HL4184

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their anti-terrorism strategy, they will encourage leaders of the UK’s Muslim communities to identify, confront and expose their violent co-religionists.   HL4185

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to the public purse of the delay to welfare reform in Northern Ireland.   HL4186

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of political progress in Myanmar.   HL4187

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent election in Argentina and its implications for British-Argentinian relations.   HL4188

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by the Minister of State for Housing and Planning, Brandon Lewis, what assessment they have made of what matters people should take into account when making the judgment call of whether to live in London.
   HL4189

Lord Rowe- Beddoe to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 30 November (HL Deb, col 931–3) about the non-devolution of the long-haul element of air passenger duty to Wales, how they differentiate between Edinburgh and Newcastle, and Cardiff and Bristol with respect to state aid.   HL4190

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]

HL3635 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [BIS]

18 November (2 December)

HL3677 Lord Taylor of Warwick [BIS]

HL3686 Lord Black of Brentwood [FCO]

HL3724 Lord Laird [CO]

HL3727 Lord Laird [MoJ]

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

[BIS] 2

[CO] 2

[DCMS] 1

[DfE] 1

[FCO] 2

[HO] 1

[MoJ] 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

 

Immigration

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

11 December

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] (Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

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

 

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

   

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

   

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

   

Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (Variation of Schedule 8) (England) Order 2015

   

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

Draft Armed Forces (Service Complaints Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015 (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

 

7 December

Draft Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015 (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

14th Report

7 December

Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Interception of Communications: Code of Practice) Order 2015 (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

14th Report

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

   

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

   

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

   

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

   

Draft Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

16th Report

3 December

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 

 

Report

Date of consideration

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order 2016

15th

 

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee and referred to a Grand Committee

   

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.

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

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

2.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Equality Act 2010

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

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

9.45am

Standing Orders (Private Bills)

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Social Mobility

Select Committee

10.30am

Privileges and Conduct

Select Committee

11.00am
in Committee Room G

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 10 December

   

Constitution

Select Committee

visit to Edinburgh

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 15 December

   

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 16 December

   

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Thursday 17 December

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 2 December 2015 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Derby.

Select Committee Reports

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

15th Report, on the following bills: 
Scotland Bill 
Trade Union Bill 
Enterprise Bill [HL]: Government Response 

and on the following Legislative Reform Order:

Draft Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order 2016 (HL Paper 64)

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

11th Report on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments requiring affirmative approval: 
Draft General Dental Council (Fitness to Practise etc.) Order 2015 
Draft Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 
Draft Welfare Reform (Northern Ireland) Order 2015,

and the following affirmative instruments requiring affirmative approval to which the Joint Committee determined that special attention should be drawn: 
Draft Armed Forces (Service Complaints Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015 
Draft Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015 
Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Interception of Communications: Code of Practice) Order 2015. (HL Paper 65)

Public Business

3 Housing: office conversions A question was asked by Lord Goddard of Stockport and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.

4 United Nations World Humanitarian Summit A question was asked by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale and answered by Baroness Verma.

5 Devolution: England A question was asked by Baroness Janke and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.

6 Banking: financial crime A question was asked by Lord Sharkey and answered by Lord Bridges of Headley.

7 Immigration Bill A bill to make provision about the law on immigration and asylum; to make provision about access to services, facilities, licences and work by reference to immigration status; to make provision about the Director of Labour Market enforcement; to make provision about language requirements for public sector workers; to make provision about fees for passports and civil registration; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 79)

8 Syria: United Kingdom military action The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) moved that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for military action against ISIL in Syria. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 9.17pm until Thursday 3 December at 11.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Affirmative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution:

Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (Variation of Schedule 8) (England) Order 2015, laid under the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986.    (-)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Teaching and Higher Education Act 1998.   (1951)

2 Seed Potatoes (England) Regulations 2015, laid under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964. 
     (1953)

3 (1) General Medical Council (Legal Assessors and Legally Qualified Persons) Rules Order of Council 2015   (1958)

(2) General Medical Council (Amendments to Miscellaneous Rules and Regulations) Order of Council 2015   (1964)

(3) General Medical Council (Constitution of Panels, Tribunals and Investigation Committee) Rules Order of Council 2015   (1965)

(4) General Medical Council (Constitution of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service) Rules Order of Council 2015   (1967)

laid under the Medical Act 1983.

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the General Lighthouse Fund, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.

Prepared 3rd December 2015