House of Lords Business

Thursday 10 December 2015 at 11.00am

Baroness Jowell and 
Lord Darling of Roulanish will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reported delays in bringing forward a British Bill of Rights, whether they will rule out introducing legislation that will purport to relieve the United Kingdom from its obligation to comply with final decisions of the European Court of Human Rights.

†Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) to move that the debates on the motions in the names of Lord Howarth of Newport and Baroness Wheeler set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours.

†Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] Lord Bridges of Headley to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 13
Schedule 1
Clauses 14 to 16
Schedule 2
Clause 17

Schedule 3
Clause 18
Schedule 4
Clauses 19 to 33
Title.

Lord Howarth of Newport 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)

Future Business 

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.

†European Union Referendum Bill Consideration of Commons Reason [Lord Faulks]

†Welfare Reform and Work Bill Committee (day 3) [Lord Freud] 13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 11 December.

Enterprise Bill [HL] Third Reading (Queen’s Consent to be signified) [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 15th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Bank of England and Financial Services Bill [HL] Report [Lord Bridges of Headley]

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 (Dinner break business)

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 10 December, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 14 December.

Education and Adoption Bill Report (day 2) [Lord Nash]

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

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 11 December, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 15 December.

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)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress was made at the COP21 climate change talks. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

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 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.

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

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

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

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.

Immigration Bill Second Reading [Lord Bates]

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

Monday 11 January at 2.30pm

Trade Union Bill Second Reading [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 15th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

If the bill is read a second time, Baroness Neville-Rolfe to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Thursday 14 January at 11.00am

Lord Turnberg to move that this House takes note of the ability of the National Health Service to meet present and future demands.

Topical Question for Short Debate. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 4 January, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 5 January.

Lord Campbell-Savours to move that this House takes note of the potential use of identity documentation in dealing with the challenges of assuring the identity of individuals.

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.

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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 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)

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)

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how quickly an economically active patient should be able to secure an appointment with their GP and how that compares with other professions. (8 December)

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of diversity in the British media. (8 December)

Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the introduction of the Horserace Betting Right. (9 December)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 9 December and due for answer by 23 December.

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 10 February (HL4482), what assessment they have made of what is an acceptable and safe level of borrowing for (1) individuals and households, (2) non-financial corporations, and (3) financial institutions.   HL4387

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 9 March (HL5261), whether they have identified a threshold level of private-sector or financial corporation debt that might "threaten financial stability", and if so, what that level is, and what steps they plan to take if it is reached.   HL4388

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 9 March (HL5261), whether they have considered setting an explicit target for private-sector and financial corporation debt, and if not, why not.   HL4389

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children were (1) convicted of knife possession, (2) convicted of a second offence of knife possession, and (3) sentenced to custody for knife possession offences, in each month between July 2014 and November 2015 inclusive, broken down by ethnicity and by age group.   HL4390

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total spent, above basic salaries, on staff on detached duty at young offender institutions in England and Wales in each month between October 2014 and October 2015 inclusive.   HL4391

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many volunteers there are currently carrying out work in each prison in England and Wales.   HL4392

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners who have previously absconded remain in open conditions.   HL4393

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offenders who are foreign nationals are currently serving a sentence for murder or manslaughter in prisons in England and Wales.   HL4394

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners recorded as taking car driving lessons or tests in the last five years absconded or attempted to abscond during a lesson or test.   HL4395

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been undertaken to ensure that reductions in the public health budget do not negatively affect those who share protected characteristics under the Equality Act 2010.   HL4396

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an assessment has been undertaken of the effect on contraceptive services of reductions in the public health budget.   HL4397

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the suffragettes and the feminist movement will remain part of the new Politics A-level syllabus.   HL4398

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what improvements will take place under the new Northern Rail franchise on the Blackpool South and Preston to Colne service, other than the replacement of the Pacer trains.   HL4399

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a requirement of the new Northern Rail franchise that the Pacer trains that will be withdrawn from service in the North of England will be scrapped or whether they can be redeployed elsewhere.   HL4400

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected yield of an increase of two per cent in the council tax levied by each local authority with adult social care responsibilities, and in each case how much that is per (1) head of population, and (2) number of households.   HL4401

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL3988), what is the expected difference, in each county, between an increase of two per cent of the council tax levied by counties in two-tier areas, and the same increase in total if levied by both the counties and all the districts in each of those counties.   HL4402

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for removing the study of feminism and gender equality from the A-level Politics curriculum.   HL4403

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 8 December (HL3854), what were the dates of the last three written communications from HMRC to Trading Standards about VAT fraud among online traders operating from abroad, including email, and to what persons at what offices they were addressed.   HL4404

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pregnant women, new mothers, and children under four have applied to the Healthy Start scheme in each year since that scheme started.   HL4405

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they plan to take to improve the diet of pregnant women and new mothers.   HL4406

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of a poor maternal diet in pregnancy for the life chances of babies, in the light of research conducted in the last decade.   HL4407

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of global demographic change in which almost 24 per cent of women globally are aged 50 and over, what steps they are taking to ensure that sustainable development goal indicators on violence against women specifically include women over the age of 49, and to ensure that those women are not excluded from reporting mechanisms in the future.   HL4408

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they next intend to revise or update the Agricultural Land Classification Survey guidelines.   HL4409

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the freedom of Christian worship by British citizens visiting the Maldives.   HL4410

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the freedom of Christian worship afforded to British citizens visiting Turkey.   HL4411

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for the continued protection of Alawites, Christians and Druze in the areas of Syria now controlled by the government of President Assad.   HL4412

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the annual amount spent on upgrading the railway tracks and stations between Salisbury and Exeter between 2015 and 2020 will increase or decrease in real terms.   HL4413

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to produce a national strategy plan for the health and care of older prisoners.   HL4414

Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 26 November (HL3703), whether they have completed their review of the possibility of resuming direct flights to Sierra Leone, and if so, whether they are currently processing any permissions for flights to begin.   HL4415

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Commissioners of the Independent Commission for Aid Impact receive funding to cover travel and hotel expenses ahead of visits, or whether they are reimbursed for meeting those costs personally.   HL4416

Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the Metropolitan Police in introducing out-of-court-disposal scrutiny panels for youth and adult crime across Greater London.   HL4417

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 9 December (HL4036), what assessment they have made of whether it is appropriate for the Chief Executive of NHS England to take part in a political debate programme, and of whether doing so is consistent with the requirement for senior public servants to remain politically neutral; and whether they plan to issue new guidance to NHS England on the basis of that assessment.   HL4418

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the process of its devolution deal, Sheffield City Region asked for, or was offered, the same powers as Manchester, either for its governance arrangements or for the devolution of powers and monies.   HL4419

Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of refugees in (1) Europe, (2) the Middle East, and (3) North Africa, and what those figures are broken down by country.   HL4420

Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the net change in the number of homes in the UK between May 2015 and May 2020.   HL4421

Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the net change in the number of homes in the UK for social rent between May 2015 and May 2020.   HL4422

Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total number of new homes that will be completed in the UK between May 2015 and May 2020.   HL4423

Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current estimate of the total number of new homes that will be completed in the UK after May 2020.   HL4424

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the humanitarian impact of increasing the capacity of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing between Israel and Gaza; and whether they have plans to discuss that issue with the government of Israel.   HL4425

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed, or have any plans to discuss, with the government of Israel, the impact of exit permit restrictions on inhabitants of Gaza and the West Bank who seek medical treatment elsewhere.   HL4426

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to discuss with the government of Egypt the risk of salt-water infiltration into the agricultural land of the Gaza Strip resulting from the newly-constructed anti-tunnel canal.   HL4427

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that torture survivors who reach the UK, in particular those from Syria, have access to specialist rehabilitation; and whether they have plans to increase the number of places available via the Gateway Protection Programme for torture survivors from all states.   HL4428

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Dunlop on 27 November (HL3723) and 8 December (HL4130), whether those answers include all security personnel who served in Northern Ireland but are not from Northern Ireland.   HL4429

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual financial impact on the Labour Party when provisions in the Trade Union Bill are implemented to prohibit deducting trade union subscriptions from a union member’s pay, and of the impact of that policy over the life of this Parliament.   HL4430

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation they carried out about prohibiting public sector employers from providing a check-off service.   HL4431

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact assessment they conducted on provisions in the Trade Union Bill prohibiting public sector employers from providing a check-off service.   HL4432

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the cost of energy bills to people served by District Heating Networks.   HL4433

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 30 November (HL3685), on what basis they differentiate dogs and cats in the requirements to report accidents.   HL4434

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before 13 November, the B1 planning class remained a requirement for offices that also qualified for a residential planning designation.   HL4435

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government, where an office property that qualified for a residential planning designation is demolished, whether any restrictions are placed on the building of a new property on that land according to the former office property’s footprint.   HL4436

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what local authorities are permitted to spend profits from parking enforcement after covering enforcement costs; and what assessment they have made of how much such profit local authorities make from such enforcement.   HL4437

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

17 November (1 December)

HL3615 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [DCMS]

23 November (7 December)

HL3825 Lord Cotter [BIS]

25 November (9 December)

HL3919 Lord Storey [BIS]

HL3952 Baroness Byford [BIS]

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

[BIS] 3

[DCMS] 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

11 January

Immigration

Government

22 December

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

14 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 (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Government

 

Waiting for Report

   

Bank of England and Financial Services [HL]

Government

15 December

Education and Adoption

Government

16 December

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Enterprise [HL] (Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed) (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Government

15 December

Sent to the Commons

   

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

 

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

 

European Union (Approvals) [HL]

Government

 

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

Energy [HL]

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Amendments

   

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Reason

   

European Union Referendum

Government

14 December

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings)

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

 

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

   

Draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

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

   

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

   

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

16 December

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

23 November

15 December

   

14th Report

   

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

11 December

 

   

17th Report

   

Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and Date of Claim Amendment) Regulations 2015

18 December

 

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

 

Report

Date of consideration

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order 2016

15th

 

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 10 December

   

Constitution

Select Committee

visit to Edinburgh

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Monday 14 December

   

European Union

Select Committee

2.30pm

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

3.00pm

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.15pm

Tuesday 15 December

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 16 December

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 17 December

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 9 December 2015 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Bristol.

Private Business

1 High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill The Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee reported that Standing Orders 10, 10A, 11, 12, 12A, 13, 27, 27A, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42 and 45 which were not complied with in respect of certain amendments proposed in a petition for additional provision deposited on 12 October 2015 (known as AP4) in relation to the bill, currently before the House of Commons, ought to be dispensed with.

Select Committee Report

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

12th Report on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:  
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. (HL Paper 69)

Public Business

3 Alcohol A question was asked by Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

4 Health: liver disease A question was asked by Baroness Finlay of Llandaff and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

5 Housing: carbon monoxide monitoring A question was asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.

6 Flooding: Cumbria A question was asked by Lord Grantchester and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.

7 Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 26 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.

8 Equipment Interference (Code of Practice) Order 2015 Lord Bates moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 4 November be approved. The motion was agreed to.

9 Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Interception of Communications: Code of Practice) Order 2015 Lord Bates moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 4 November be approved. The motion was agreed to.

10 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Code E) Order 2015 Lord Bates moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 9 November be approved. The motion was agreed to.

11 Armed Forces (Service Complaints Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2015 Earl Howe moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 28 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.

12 Disclosure of Exporter Information Regulations 2015 Lord Ashton of Hyde moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 November be approved. The motion was agreed to.

13 Payment Accounts Regulations 2015 Lord Ashton of Hyde moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 November be approved. The motion was agreed to.

14 Exclusivity Terms in Zero Hours Contracts (Redress) Regulations 2015 The Earl of Courtown moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.

15 Legislative Reform (Further Renewal of Radio Licences) Order 2015 The Earl of Courtown moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 25 March be approved. The motion was agreed to.

16 Welfare Reform and Work Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 24. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

17 Prüm: United Kingdom opt in Lord Bates moved that this House supports Her Majesty’s Government’s decision to opt in to the Prüm decisions and the related safeguards put in place in respect of access to data by other States. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

18 Prüm: United Kingdom participation (EUC Report) Baroness Prashar moved that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee The United Kingdom’s participation in Prüm (5th Report, Session HL Paper 66). The motion was agreed to.

19 Welfare Reform and Work Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 53A. The House resumed after clause 15 was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 10.20pm until Thursday 10 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.

Command Papers

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

1 European Union-European Union Finances 2015: statement on the 2015 EU Budget and measures to counter fraud and financial mismanagement.    (9167)

2 Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)-Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Waste Batteries and Accumulators (Amendment) Regulations 2015. (26 November)   (-)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Public Interest Disclosure (Prescribed Persons) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015, laid under the Employment Rights Act 1996.   (1981)

2 Common Agricultural Policy (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.   (1997)

Treaty subject to scrutiny under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

The following paper was laid before the House by command of Her Majesty:

Weapons-Agreement between the United Kingdom and France Concerning Centres of Excellence Implemented as part of the "One Complex Weapons" Sector Strategy, together with an Explanatory Memorandum. (9169)

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for 2013 on the operation of the Treasure Act 1996, laid under the Treasure Act 1996.

Prepared 10th December 2015