House of Lords Business

Monday 21 December 2015 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill Committee (day 4) [Lord Freud] 13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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)

Future Business 

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 18 December.

Immigration Bill Second Reading [Lord Bates] 17th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 3) Order 2015 Lord Bates to move that the Order laid before the House on 25 November be approved. 12th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Monday 11 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Earl Howe on 9 December (HLWS366) on the 2016 Uprating of the War Pensions Scheme, when war pensioners can next expect an increase in their pensions.

*Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event of the financial collapse of the Four Seasons Group, what contingency plans are in place to provide alternative accommodation, care and support to ensure the safety and well-being of over 20,000 residents currently residing in Four Seasons homes.

*Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Thomas review into conditions of service for operational staff in the fire and rescue service in England will be published; and whether they will provide an update on the progress of that report.

*Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the number of people who are sleeping rough.

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.

Tuesday 12 January at 2.30pm

*Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent UN Special Rapporteur’s report on the plight of unaccompanied minors who are refugees from Eritrea.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children, especially girls, grow up fit and healthy, in the light of the recent report on the dangers of obesity in women in adult life.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards a settlement of the conflict in Syria.

Wednesday 13 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of reductions in local government spending on local bus services in 2016–17.

*Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for the gross value added per head in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively.

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia about their reported plans to execute 50 people.

Thursday 14 January at 11.00am

†*Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plan to limit housing benefit in the social housing sector to the Local Housing Allowance rate will apply to those living in supported housing.

†*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for regulating unregistered schools.

†*Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the support available to serving military personnel with mental health problems, and what plans they have to establish a 24-hour mental health helpline for serving soldiers.

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.

Tuesday 26 January at 2.30pm

The Lord Bishop of Newcastle 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.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that this House regrets that the Explanatory Memorandum to the Housing Benefit (Abolition of the Family Premium and Date of Claim Amendment) Regulations 2015 does not contain sufficient information to gain a clear understanding of the policy objective and the intended implementation; and that some of those in receipt of Housing Benefit will be adversely affected by the Regulations. 17th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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)
A Vice President, National Autistic Society

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

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)

The Earl of Selborne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards implementing the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015–2030. (10 December)

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage people to work longer and be adequately re-trained in later life, as part of their goal to resolve the challenge of skill shortages in certain sectors of the economy. (15 December)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 17 December and due for answer by 5 January.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the analysis commissioned by Amnesty and Saferworld which concludes that the transfer of weapons capable of being used in the conflict in Yemen to Saudi Arabia constitutes a breach by the UK of its obligations under domestic and international law.   HL4684

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reliability of assurances from the government of Saudi Arabia that it is complying with international humanitarian law in the conflict in Yemen, in the light of Saudi Arabia’s history regarding its obligations under international law.    HL4685

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the assurances by the government of Saudi Arabia that it is complying with international humanitarian law in its military intervention in Yemen suffice for the UK to meet its obligations under Article 6(3) of the Arms Trade Treaty.   HL4686

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the evidence concerning attacks by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition in Yemen and the risk that a breach of international humanitarian or human rights law will be committed by that coalition.   HL4687

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk that UK weapons are being used to commit or facilitate a breach of international humanitarian law, in the light of reports of indiscriminate airstrikes in Yemen by the Saudi Arabia-led coalition, including the destruction of schools and hospitals.   HL4688

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 December (HL4327) that "we are not submitting any evidence of possible genocide against Yezidis and Christians to international courts, nor have we been asked to", what assistance they are providing to the Assyrian Christians and Yezidis to make the case that genocide has been committed, and what resources they are providing for the collection of evidence.
   HL4689

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted a full assessment of the impact of the proposed one per cent cut in rent for social housing tenants on the eight Community Land Trusts (CLTs) that are Registered Providers and whether they will take steps to ensure exemptions for CLTs.   HL4690

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Spending Review announcements on funding for affordable housing and the forecast £1 billion remaining in the 2015–18 Affordable Homes Programme will mean the continuation of availability of grant to complete pipeline projects by Community Land Trusts and community-led housing providers, including for rental homes.   HL4691

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Viscount Younger of Leckie on 10 December (HL Deb, col GC213), whether HS3 has now been subsumed into the Northern Powerhouse rail network.   HL4692

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken since 2010 to reduce air pollution caused by traffic journeys to Heathrow airport and in its immediate vicinity, and what was the outcome of those measures.   HL4693

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether there is a growing health problem at all ages connected to excess consumption of sugar, and if they consider that there is such a problem, what new measures they will take to reverse the trend.
   HL4694

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons were paying National Insurance contributions in the most recent period for which data are available, and how many of those were citizens of the EU10 countries at the time they first registered for a National Insurance number.   HL4695

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the EU directives on asylum into which they have opted, and what are those from which they have opted out.   HL4696

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate the review of unsafe product recall, chaired by Lynn Faulds-Wood, will be published.   HL4697

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 17 September (HL2043), when they expect to publish updated guidelines relating to lower-risk drinking.   HL4698

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of evidence that Ugandan police, in the run-up to the election in February 2016, have used live ammunition to disperse opposition gatherings, and have committed other serious human rights violations.   HL4699

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for pressing the government of the Central African Republic to delay the planned election until there is confidence that that election can be held safely and that all eligible voters will be on the electoral roll.   HL4700

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in the case of children A and B in relation to Prism, heard on 10 December.   HL4701

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Parades Commission can have its files and information accessed under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.   HL4702

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 15 December (HL3615), in respect of each retention instrument, what were the reasons for deciding not to transfer records to the National Archives, and what was the subject matter of each instrument.   HL4703

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 15 December (HL3615), whether they will place retention instruments 111 to 119 in the Library of the House.   HL4704

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much obesity-related conditions and illnesses cost the NHS annually; and what action they are taking in line with the recommendations of Public Health England to tackle obesity and the excessive consumption of sugar.   HL4705

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reported decline in the population of resident and regular migrant butterflies in the UK, and whether they are taking any action to prevent further decline.   HL4706

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information to publish its report.   HL4707

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Spending Review 2015, where they expect the majority of the FCO efficiency savings of £53 million by 2019–20 will be made.   HL4708

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority the FCO gives to the promotion and protection of human rights globally.   HL4709

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risk that Christians could be recorded as having committed an anti-Muslim hate crime from April 2016, for example by reading 1 John, chapter 4, verses 1–3 in public or preaching the divinity of Christ.   HL4710

Lord Storey to ask the Leader of the House when revising the process for prayers was last considered, and what consideration has been given to including an opportunity for additional prayers following a national or international tragedy or disaster.   HL4711

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the 20 Miles More group’s campaign to extend HS2 to Liverpool.   HL4712

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they do not require British Board of Film Classification categories for films shown on television, unlike films in cinemas or on video and DVD.
   HL4713

Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 15 December (HL Deb, col 1981), (1) what is the detailed breakdown of the figure of £122 billion spent annually in the UK on the low carbon economy, and (2) for each element of that figure, what proportion is spent by government, local government, business, individuals, and other bodies.   HL4714

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government which of their funding programmes are included within the Northern Powerhouse concept; and what is the estimate of the amount that will be spent by each department, and on what projects, in the current year and next.   HL4715

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the Money Laundering Regulations 2007, a Parliamentary pass should be accepted as photo-identity evidence for the purposes of opening a bank account, becoming a signatory to a bank account, and similar actions; and if not why not.
   HL4716

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total capital and current spending on (1) drainage, and (2) flood prevention, by (a) local authorities in England, and (b) the Environment Agency, in each of the past ten years and in the current year.   HL4717

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of (1) the number of citizens of other EU countries, other than the Republic of Ireland, who are working in the UK; (2) how many of those are receiving (a) tax credits, and (b) other in-work benefits; (3) how many of the people claiming such benefits have lived in the UK for less than four years; (4) how many UK citizens are working in other EU countries other than the Republic of Ireland; and (5) how many of these are receiving in-work benefits in those countries.   HL4718

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussion they have had with the governments of China, Thailand, Laos and Vietnam about combatting the illegal tiger trade and tiger farming in those countries.   HL4719

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they are making available under the UK Illegal Wildlife Trade Challenge Fund to combat the illegal tiger trade and tiger farming.   HL4720

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of India about the conservation of Asian elephants including banning the use of elephants in tourist attractions.   HL4721

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussions with International Cat Care and the World Small Animal Veterinary Association about international feline welfare issues.   HL4722

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Secretary will discuss with the police whether a protocol should be agreed to rationalise and improve on the present system of names of persons interviewed by the police but not charged being made public on a case by case basis.   HL4723

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL3999), when they expect to publish the Savills report on the regeneration of local authority estates in central London.   HL4724

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL4006), how much Savills has been paid for its report on the regeneration of local authority estates in central London.   HL4725

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL4000), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the tender specification for the research by Savills on estate regeneration in London commissioned by the Number 10 Policy Unit.   HL4726

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement in the Autumn Statement, what level of funding will be made available to local authorities in 2017–18 to replace the management fee currently paid for each homeless household in temporary accommodation.   HL4727

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many candidates were interviewed for the post of chair of the independent review of the localisation of Council Tax support schemes.
   HL4728

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 8 December (HL4002), whether the Social Housing Regulator identified the absence of any residents on the Management Board of Circle Housing Group as being a contributory factor in that organisation’s failure to manage properly its repairs and maintenance service, and if so, what action the regulator has required in this regard.   HL4729

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 16 December (HL4512 and HL4513), what "when necessary to deliver the carrier strike programme" means precisely.   HL4730

Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government under what powers the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) was able to recommend the suspension of a police officer while a homicide investigation is carried out, and whether Her Majesty’s Government are aware of whether any consultations took place between the IPCC and the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis beforehand.   HL4731

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the situation in Ivory Coast.   HL4732

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the situation in (1) Sudan, and (2) South Sudan.   HL4733

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the situation in Gaza.   HL4734

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans to they have to assess the effectiveness of the Domestic Fire Safety (Wales) Measure 2011 after it comes into force in Wales on 1 January 2016.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Member, Council of the London Borough of Lewisham
 HL4735

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what use the Royal Navy is making of unmanned vehicles.   HL4736

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

30 November (14 December)

HL4044 Baroness Tonge [CO]

2 December (16 December)

HL4183 Lord Rowlands [BIS]

3 December (17 December)

HL4203 Baroness Corston [MoJ]

HL4233 Lord Rennard [CO]

HL4247 Lord Storey [HO]

HL4255 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [BIS]

HL4259 Baroness Sharp of Guildford [BIS]

HL4262 Baroness Sharp of Guildford [BIS]

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

[BIS] 4

[CO] 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

11 January

Immigration

Government

22 December

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL] (Queen’s and Prince of Wales’ Consents to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL] (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare Reform and Work

Government

21 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

   

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Accessible Sports Grounds [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bank of England and Financial Services [HL]

Government

 

Education and Adoption

Government

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

 

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

 

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

Energy [HL]

Government

 

Enterprise [HL] (Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed, Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motion rejected)

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Amendments

   

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

 

Examination of Petitions for Private Bills 

Friday 18 December at 11.30am, in Committee Room 3

City of London Corporation (Open Spaces)

 

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company

 

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Charity

 

New Southgate Cemetery

 

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 2016

14th Report

 

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2016

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Code of Practice) Order 2016

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Search, Seizure and Detention of Property: Code of Practice) (England and Wales) (No. 2) Order 2016

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Search, Seizure and Detention of Property: Code of Practice) (Northern Ireland) Order 2016

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigative Powers of Prosecutors: Code of Practice) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2016

   

Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Civil Proceedings, Family Proceedings and Upper Tribunal Fees (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016

   

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

 

22 December

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

   

Draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

17th Report

   

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

18 December

 

   

18th Report

   

Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

23 January

 

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

24 January

 

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.

Monday 21 December

   

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Joint Committee

2.00pm

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 22 December

   

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

10.30am

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

11.45am

Monday 11 January

   

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 12 January

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Wednesday 13 January

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 14 January

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Wednesday 20 January

   

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Monday 25 January

   

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 26 January

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 17 December 2015 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Chester.

1 Baroness Brown of Cambridge Dame Julia Elizabeth King, DBE, having been created Baroness Brown of Cambridge, of Cambridge in the County of Cambridgeshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 30 October 2015, was introduced between Lord Baker of Dorking and Lord Turner of Ecchinswell, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Public Business

2 Royal Assent The Lord Speaker (Baroness D’Souza) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

National Insurance Contributions (Rate Ceilings) Act

c 35

European Union Referendum Act

c 36

European Union (Approvals) Act

c 37

3 Nigeria A question was asked by Baroness Cox and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

4 Sudan: human rights A question was asked by Lord Chidgey and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

5 Airport security A question was asked by Lord Rosser and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

6 Syrian refugees A question was asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno and answered by Lord Bates.

7 House of Lords: Strathclyde Review The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) made a ministerial statement.

8 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting (2½-hour debate) Lord Luce moved that this House takes note of the outcome of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta on 27–29 November. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

9 Local Government finance Baroness Williams of Trafford repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

10 Paris Climate Change Conference A question was asked by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer and, after debate, answered by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth.

11 National Lottery (2½-hour debate) Lord Holmes of Richmond moved 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. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 6.53pm until Monday 21 December at 2.30pm.

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.

Papers Withdrawn

The following papers, laid before the House on the dates shown in brackets, were withdrawn:

1 Mandate from the Government to NHS England for the period April 2015 to March 2016. (11 December 2014)

2 Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigative Powers of Prosecutors: Code of Practice) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2016. (16 December)

Command Papers

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

1 Affordable Childcare-Government response to the Report of the Committee on Affordable Childcare, Session 2014–15.    (9173)

2 Prisons-Government response to the Harris Review into self-inflicted deaths in National Offender Management Service custody of 18–24 year olds.    (9176)

3 House of Lords-Strathclyde Review: Secondary legislation and the primacy of the House of Commons.    (9177)

4 Courts-Government response to the consultation on further fees proposals: Court and Tribunal Fees.    (9181)

5 Pensions-Government response to the 1st Report of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee on Pension freedom guidance and advice.    (9183)

6 Intelligence and Security-Muslim Brotherhood Review: Main Findings.    (-)

7 Contingent Liability-Minute from the Department of Health concerning a contingent liability arising from the Dementia Discovery Fund.    (-)

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigative Powers of Prosecutors: Code of Practice) (England and Wales and Northern Ireland) Order 2016, laid under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.

2 Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) (Amendment) Order 2016, laid under the Government of Wales Act 2006.

3 Draft Civil Proceedings, Family Proceedings and Upper Tribunal Fees (Amendment) Order 2016, laid under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014.

4 Draft Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Amendment) Order 2016, laid under the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011.

5 Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Railways (Interoperability) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Transport Act 2000. 
     (2022)

2 (1) Vehicle Drivers (Certificates of Professional Competence) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 
       (2024)

(2) Alcoholic Liquor Duties (Alcoholic Ingredients Relief) Regulations 2015   (2050)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

3 National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.   (2025)

4 Greater London Authority (Consolidated Council Tax Requirement Procedure) Regulations 2015, laid under the Greater London Authority Act 1999.   (2032)

5 Blood Tests (Evidence of Paternity) (Amendment) (Review) Regulations 2015, laid under the Family Law Reform Act 1969.   (2048)

6 Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration etc.) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015, laid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.   (2049)

7 Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Application of Conciliation Provisions) Order 2015, laid under the Employment Tribunals Act 1996.   (2054)

8 (1) Draft Modifications to the Standard Conditions of Electricity Supply Licences 2015 No. 3   (-)

(2) Draft Modifications to the Standard Conditions of Electricity and Gas Supply Licences, the Smart Meter Communication Licences and the Smart Energy Code (Smart Meters No. 1 of 2016)   (-)

laid under the Energy Act 2008.

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report of Government special advisers in post as at 17 December 2015, laid under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

2 Report for the period January 2012 to December 2014 on Progress in Decarbonising Electricity Generation in Great Britain, laid under the Energy Act 2010.

3 Review of Standards for Biodegradable Plastic Carrier Bags, laid under the Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015.

4 Accounts for 2014–15 of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Distribution Account, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the National Lottery etc. Act 1993.

5 Report of the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission on the State of the Nation 2015, laid under the Child Poverty Act 2010.

6 Report for 2015 under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964, laid under the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964.

7 (1) Mandate from the Government to NHS England for the period April 2015 to March 2016

(2) Mandate from the Government to NHS England for the period April 2016 to March 2017

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

8 Report on the trial of independent child trafficking advocates and next steps, laid under the Modern Slavery Act 2015.

9 Supplementary Annual Report for the period 1 November 2014 to 31 March 2015 on the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration and Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance Refusals without the Right of Appeal, laid under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

10 (1) Report for the period October 2014 to March 2015 of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on an Inspection of How the Home Office Tackles Illegal Working

(2) Report for the period October 2014 to March 2015 of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on an Inspection of Removals

laid under the UK Borders Act 2007.

Prepared 17th December 2015