House of Lords Business

Tuesday 22 December 2015 at 11.00am

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

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

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

†*Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to respond to the results of the Evaluation of Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy: Final Report.

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

Future Business 

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.

†Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 1st, 3rd, 4th and 17th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

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.

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. (1½ hours)

†Monday 18 January at 2.30pm

†*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will be taken to ensure that from the start of the 2016–17 academic year all providers of higher education have fulfilled their obligation to provide non-medical provision for disabled students which was previously covered by the Disabled Students’ Allowance.

†*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to preserve the A-level examination in Polish.

†*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Commission on Religion and Belief in British Public Life Living with Difference published on 7 December.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they will make to the findings of a recent Freedom of Information investigation by The Guardian newspaper which indicated that hospitals in England have investigated 209 out of 1,436 deaths of inpatients with learning disabilities since 2011 and 100 of 276 deaths classed as unexpected.

Tuesday 19 January at 2.30pm

Lord Mair will be introduced.

†Thursday 21 January at 11.00am

Lord Fowler to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for prison reform.

Topical Question for Short Debate. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 11 January, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 12 January.

Baroness Wheatcroft to move that this House takes note of the contribution women are making to businesses, the economy and the future economic growth of the United Kingdom.

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)

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)

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)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the redevelopment of the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, Stanmore; and in particular what the timings will be for that redevelopment. (21 December)

Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in supporting Sierra Leone to recover from the effects of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. (21 December)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 21 December and due for answer by 7 January.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision by the state government of Andhra Pradesh to enable the enforcement of the Andhra Pradesh Devadasis (Prohibition of Dedication) Act 1988 through the Andhra Pradesh Devadasis Prohibition of Dedication Rules 2015, and of the impact of that decision on Dalit women and girls in that state. 
   HL4737

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they plan to make to the state government of Telangana about following the example of the state government of Andhra Pradesh in introducing rules to prevent the sexual exploitation of Dalit women and girls through the Devadasi and Jogini systems of ritualised prostitution.   HL4738

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homes have been built on flood plains in each of the last five years; and how many homes have been granted planning permission for building on flood plains.   HL4739

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Saudi Arabia in relation to the death sentence imposed on Abdullah ah-Zaher; and whether they will consider taking action in the event of representations on this, and similar cases, going unheeded.   HL4740

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints have been raised, and disciplinary proceedings brought, annually over the last 20 years involving the interaction between men and women serving on Royal Navy warships and submarines.   HL4741

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any two-way secondment programmes in place in the Department for International Development to foster a comprehensive understanding of small business development.   HL4742

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of those staff at the Department for International Development involved in small business grant funding have hands-on experience of business development.   HL4743

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of the funds pledged by all nations through the 2013 Somali Compact that has been spent.   HL4744

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Health Education England to ensure that the number of chiropody and podiatry student commissions for 2016–17 is sufficient to meet demand.   HL4745

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of patients who are unable to access dermatology specials when they need them.   HL4746

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to reviewing the process for the price setting of dermatology specials, and according to what timeframe. 
   HL4747

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the alternative processes for the NHS tariff price setting of dermatology specials, including the addition of NHS manufacturers’ costings in the tariff setting process.   HL4748

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the risk of a conflict of interest when members of the Association of Pharmaceutical Specials Manufacturers both provide the reference prices from which to set the NHS tariff prices for specials in the primary care sector and supply those specials to community pharmacists.   HL4749

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the level of mark-ups on dermatology specials, what consideration they have given to reforming the process by which English NHS tariff prices are set.   HL4750

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to integrate the use in military operations of unmanned vehicles in the air, at sea, and on land.   HL4751

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 17 December (HL4279), whether they plan to collect information about overseas funding of the preaching and teaching of Wahhabism in mosques and Muslim education bodies.   HL4752

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any correlation between Wahhabism and extremism and terrorism in the UK.   HL4753

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the delay in the introduction of Flood Re on those houses recently flooded in Cumbria and elsewhere.   HL4754

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 8 December (HL4116), how many personal interviews with adults applying for a passport for the first time were conducted in each calendar year from 2007 to 2015 inclusive.   HL4755

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 December (HL4511), whether the Queen Elizabeth class will always deploy with its fully integrated defence capability.   HL4756

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 18 December (HL4510), whether the Sea Lightnings carried aboard the Queen Elizabeth class will be a fully integrated part of the carrier battle group defence capability, as well as its long-range strike force.   HL4757

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government which public inquiries they set up between May 1997 and January 2004; and what was the purpose of each.   HL4758

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the financial year 2003–04, what was the total cost of each public inquiry conducted; and what was paid to each inquiry chairman, including expenses and VAT.   HL4759

Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households that currently claim tax relief on income from residential property finance costs also claim child benefit.   HL4760

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to recent research by Professor Jeffrey Bluestone and others at the University of California on the immune system of those with type 1 diabetes; and whether funding will be made available to diabetes researchers in the UK to keep pace with such developments.   HL4761

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 December (HL4088), what proposals they have also to consult travellers who use the railway line between London, Salisbury and Exeter.   HL4762

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 14 December (HL4086), whether their next Annual Human Rights and Democracy Report in April 2016 will contain an assessment of the effectiveness and outputs of project funding on human rights and democracy in their priority countries in the most recent full year; and if so, whether it will be subject to independent audit.   HL4763

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the relationship between criminal offending and literacy levels.   HL4764

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many manufacturing companies in the UK employing more than 500 people are foreign-owned; and what is their assessment of the implications of such ownership for the development of indigenous management.   HL4765

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the Chairman of the National Infrastructure Commission concerning railway links between London and south-west England.   HL4766

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 19 November (HL3563), what provision was made in the 2015 Spending Review in the Department for Communities and Local Government allocation for local authorities in 2016–17, and in each subsequent year, for the introduction of the National Living Wage.   HL4767

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 19 November (HL3562), in the absence of centrally collected data on the occupancy levels of registered care homes, on what data the Care Quality Commission relies to discharge its oversight function for the publicly-funded nursing and residential care sectors.   HL4768

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 23 November (HL3565), what advice they will give to local authorities affected by significant withdrawal of residential care providers in particular areas from publicly-funded adult social care in the event that this prevents those authorities from stepping in to ensure people’s needs. 
   HL4769

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Department of Health or NHS England has made of the risk of the wide-scale withdrawal of adult social care providers from publicly-funded social care markets and the implications of such a withdrawal for the NHS; and whether such a possible withdrawal features on the Department of Health risk register.   HL4770

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Department of Health, NHS England, or the Care Quality Commission, have made of the availability of residential care for people with learning difficulty at the rates that local authorities across England are now able to pay for such accommodation; and what information the Care Quality Commission has on the availability of such accommodation as part of their market oversight function.   HL4771

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest assessment available to the Department of Health or NHS England of the annual loss of bed days to the NHS owing to the inability to discharge people from acute hospitals who do not need clinically to be occupying a bed in those hospitals; what is the estimated cost of such occupancy; and what assessment has been made of the cost-effectiveness of the NHS purchasing accommodation directly in nursing or residential care homes for such patients when a local authority is unable to do so.   HL4772

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government over what period, and under what headings, the €3 billion offered by the EU to Turkey in respect of refugees and migrants will be spent; and what verification of expenditure there will be.   HL4773

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the £275 million offered by the Prime Minister to Turkey "to secure its southern border" will be spent; whether that funding is intended to stop refugees entering Turkey in advance of any general ceasefire or peace agreement; and how that expenditure will be verified.   HL4774

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to help the combatants in Yemen to agree a ceasefire and to remove the external blockade, in particular of supplies.   HL4775

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 16 December (HL4270 and HL4271), whether they have asked, or will ask, the government of Iraq to end the requirement for religious affiliations to be shown on identity cards. 
   HL4776

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the recommendations of the independent reviewer of the overseas domestic worker visa will be implemented.   HL4777

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Resolution of the House of Commons of 10 September calling on them to implement the recommendations of the report of the Inquiry into the Use of Immigration Detention in the United Kingdom, by the All Party Parliamentary Groups on Refugees and Migration.   HL4778

Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 17 December (HL4320), whether the "private arrangements" for residents of Northern Ireland to access an abortion in England include a requirement for individuals to pay for such services. 
   HL4779

Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent violence in Burundi.   HL4780

Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Ethiopia in the wake of reported deaths following demonstrations in and around Addis Ababa.   HL4781

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current weekly costs of the Chilcot Inquiry.   HL4782

Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remit and funding of the National Learning Disabilities Mortality Review of premature deaths in people with learning disabilities includes a review of the investigations carried out by NHS Trusts into unexpected deaths for that patient group; and if not whether they intend to alter the remit.   HL4783

Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of Mazars’ report investigating unexpected deaths at Southern Healthcare, they intend to establish a national review into premature deaths for people with mental illness, in addition to those with learning disabilities. 
   HL4784

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

3 December (17 December)

HL4203 Baroness Corston [MoJ]

HL4259 Baroness Sharp of Guildford [BIS]

HL4262 Baroness Sharp of Guildford [BIS]

7 December (21 December)

HL4284 Lord Sharkey [HO]

HL4302 Lord Laird [HO]

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

[BIS] 2

[HO] 2

[MoJ] 1

     

Bills in Progress 

 

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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

 

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

12 January

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.

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

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

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

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

Wednesday 20 January

   

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Standing Orders (Private Bills)

Select Committee

4.00pm

Monday 25 January

   

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 26 January

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 21 December 2015 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

1 Lord Janner of Braunstone The Lord Speaker informed the House that Lord Janner of Braunstone, a member of the House, had died on 19 December 2015.

Select Committee Report

2 Constitution The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

Immigration Bill. (7th Report, HL Paper 75)

Private Business

3 High-Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill The Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills reported that the following report, prepared by the Independent Assessor appointed under House of Commons Private Business Standing Order 224A (Comments on environmental statement), had been submitted to the House on 16 December in accordance with that Standing Order:

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill: Additional Provision-Summary of issues raised by comments on the Supplementary Environmental Statement 2 and AP3 Environmental Statement. (HC 685)

4 Private Bills The Examiners certified that the Standing Orders which are applicable to the petitions for the following bills have been complied with:

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company; 
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Charity; 
New Southgate Cemetery.

5 City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Bill The Examiner certified that the Standing Orders which are applicable to the petition for the bill have not been complied with. The certificate was referred to the Standing Orders Committee.

6 Private Bills The Chairman of Committees informed the House that, in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 90 (Division of bills between this House and House of Commons), the following Bills should originate in the House of Lords:

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company Bill 
Haberdashers’ Aske’s Charity Bill 
New Southgate Cemetery Bill

and that, subject to the decision of the Standing Orders Committees, the following Bill should originate in the House of Commons:

City of London Corporation (Open Spaces) Bill.

Public Business

7 Railways: suicides A question was asked by Lord Faulkner of Worcester and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

8 VAT: evasion A question was asked by Lord Lucas and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

9 Pregnancy: neural tube defects A question was asked by Lord Rooker and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

10 Counterterrorism: Muslim communities A question was asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

11 European Council A private notice question was asked by Lord Boswell of Aynho and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

12 Welfare Reform and Work Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 70. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

13 Banks: vulnerable customers A question was asked by Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town and, after debate, answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

14 Welfare Reform and Work Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 97. Amendments were considered. The House resumed after amendment 104BB.

The House adjourned at 11.12pm until Tuesday 22 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 Energy-Post Implementation Review of the UK’s Transposition of the EU Oil Stocking Directive.    (9165)

2 Transport-Working Together to Build a Safer Road System: British Road Safety Statement. 
     (9175)

3 Post-Legislative Scrutiny-Post-Legislative Scrutiny of the Crime and Security Act 2010.    (9185)

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following negative instruments were laid before the House on 18 December:

1 Electricity (Exemption from the Requirement for a Generation Licence) (Galawhistle) Order 2015, laid under the Electricity Act 1989.   (2040)

2 Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015, laid under the Energy Act 2008.   (2045)

3 Police Pensions and Police (Injury Benefit) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Police Pensions Act 1976.   (2057)

4 Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Collective Investment Schemes) (Amendment) Order 2015, laid under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.   (2061)

5 Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Estimates and Accounts) (Amendment) Order 2015, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.   (2062)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Council Tax Reduction Schemes (Prescribed Requirements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1992.   (2041)

2 European Union (Recognition of Professional Qualifications) Regulations 2015, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.   (2059)

Prepared 22nd December 2015