House of Lords Business

Monday 11 January 2016 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

Lord Tyler to move, as an amendment to the above motion, leave out "Committee of the Whole House" and insert "Select Committee in respect of clauses 10 and 11, in the light of the failure to take steps to implement the recommendations of the Committee on Standards in Public Life in their report Political party finance: ending the big donor culture".

Future Business 

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3.30pm on Wednesday 6 January, to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 8 January.

Lord Bates to move that it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to which the Immigration Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 10
Schedule 1
Clause 11
Schedule 2
Clause 12
Schedule 3
Clauses 13 to 19
Schedule 4
Clauses 20 to 28
Schedule 5
Clause 29
Schedule 6
Clauses 30 to 32

Schedule 7
Clauses 33 to 37
Schedule 8
Clause 38
Schedule 9
Clauses 39 to 44
Schedule 10
Clause 45
Schedule 11
Clauses 46 to 59
Schedule 12
Clauses 60 to 65
Title.

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

†Welfare Reform and Work Bill Committee (day 5) [Lord Freud] 13th Report 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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 7 January, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 11 January.

Lord Strathclyde to move that this House takes note of Command Paper Cm 9177, Secondary legislation and the primacy of the House of Commons.

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 8 January, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 12 January.

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 only a small proportion of unexpected deaths of inpatients with learning disabilities since 2011.

Tuesday 19 January at 2.30pm

Lord Mair will be introduced.

†*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to address the threat of a drone being flown into a commercial jet or being used to launch a terrorist attack, as highlighted in the recent report of Detective Chief Inspector Colin Smith.

†*Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the Basic Payment Scheme was paid to farmers by the end of December 2015, and what assessment they have made of the delivery mechanisms of that funding.

†*Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Prior of Brampton on 21 December (HL Deb, col 2308), whether the letter from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition gave any indication of how women aged 16–49 in the United Kingdom met the recommendations from the World Health Organisation regarding Red Cell Folate concentration.

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 Motions 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.

Lord Dubs to move that this House takes note of the delays in the passage of the Transport for London Bill [HL] and the case for land disposed of under the provisions of that Bill being used to increase social housing.

Motions 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

Baroness Featherstone to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015, laid before the House on 18 December, be annulled (SI 2015/2045).

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)
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)

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)

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote ongoing maternal care for children. (22 December)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 22 December and due for answer by 5 January.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints have been raised, and disciplinary proceedings brought, in each of the last 10 years involving the interaction between men and women serving in the Royal Navy.   HL4785

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints have been raised, and disciplinary proceedings brought, in each of the last 10 years involving the interaction between men and women serving in the army.   HL4786

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints have been raised, and disciplinary proceedings brought, in each of the last 10 years involving the interaction between men and women serving in the Royal Air Force.   HL4787

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that all Premier League clubs comply with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority’s Accessible Stadia guide by August 2017, and what steps they will take to monitor progress toward that goal.   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Vice President, Level Playing Field (formerly National Association for Disabled Supporters)
 HL4788

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to encourage clubs in the Football League to comply with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority’s Accessible Stadia guide.   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Vice President, Level Playing Field (formerly National Association for Disabled Supporters)
 HL4789

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government which clubs in the Premier League and Football League currently comply with the Sports Grounds Safety Authority’s Accessible Stadia guide.   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Vice President, Level Playing Field (formerly National Association for Disabled Supporters)
 HL4790

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the Sports Grounds Safety Authority will play in delivering accessible sports grounds.   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Vice President, Level Playing Field (formerly National Association for Disabled Supporters)
 HL4791

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether additional funding will be provided to Level Playing Field to provide guidance and support to Premier League clubs in reaching their targets to provide accessible facilities and services by August 2017.   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Vice President, Level Playing Field (formerly National Association for Disabled Supporters)
 HL4792

Lord Grocott to ask the Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Leader of the House on 17 December that the convention on statutory instruments "has now broken" (HL Deb, col 2197), on how many occasions since the second World War such a breakage has occurred.   HL4793

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many life peerages have been created since the 2010 election, and how many of those were (1) Conservative, (2) Liberal Democrat, (3) Labour, and (4) Crossbench, peerages.   HL4794

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Justice has drawn up any contingency plans for the adaptation of UK law in the event of a UK withdrawal from the EU, and if so, whether they will make those plans available to Parliament.   HL4795

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the Clinical Commissioning Groups in England and Wales have prevented access to dermatology specials for their patients on the grounds of cost in the last five years.   HL4796

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what account they will take of the representations by the Wound Care Alliance UK regarding the NHS Supply Chain generic project plans for a national formulary for wound care.   HL4797

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether educational and patient-orientated organisations were involved in the planning of the NHS Supply Chain generic project plans for a national formulary for wound care.   HL4798

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that, in the implementation of the NHS Supply Chain generic project plans for a national formulary for wound care, innovative small companies are not at a disadvantage in bidding for contracts.   HL4799

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the clinical and ethical justifications for setting the benchmark in the NHS Supply Chain generic project plans for a national formulary for wound care that 80 per cent of patients will be treated using clinically appropriate dressings.   HL4800

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to monitor the impact of the introduction of the NHS Supply Chain generic project plans for a national formulary for wound care.   HL4801

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the amount of government loans to the Republic of Ireland during the past decade; of those loans, what capital has been re-paid; and how much interest has been received.   HL4802

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will implement the recommendations of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the Joint Committee on Human Rights to raise the minimum age of armed forces’ recruitment to 18; and if not, why not.   HL4803

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total annual cost of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s political advisers, including both special advisers and members of the Council of Economic Advisers.   HL4804

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total annual cost of the ministerial special advisers, including members of the Council of Economic Advisers, who were in post on 1 September. 
   HL4805

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government why their representatives at the Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles voted on 28 October to weaken and delay the introduction of real driving emissions tests for air pollution emissions by diesel light duty vehicles.   HL4806

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of clinical negligence in hospitals in each of the last 10 years.   HL4807

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify whether they intend to reissue the 65+ Guarantee of Growth Bonds as and when they mature.   HL4808

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Faulks on 17 December (HL4250), whether they now have any additional information about the number of women responsible for one or more young children who are currently serving prison sentences in England and Wales.   HL4809

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 14 December (HL4061), what checks are in place to ensure that Regulation 6 of the Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 is complied with; who is entitled to complain if that Regulation is not complied with, and to whom; and what penalties are incurred by local authorities or London boroughs for failing to comply with that regulation.   HL4810

Baroness Brinton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what work has been undertaken by NHS England to ensure that prescribers and commissioners have the right information to introduce biosimilar medicines in a safe and sustainable way.   HL4811

Baroness Brinton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions have been put in place by NHS England to ensure that patients who are being prescribed biosimilar medicines are informed about the medicines and have given their consent.   HL4812

Baroness Brinton to ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisation has responsibility for ensuring implementation and compliance with the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency guidance, which states that biologic medicines should be prescribed by brand name and tracked by batch number.   HL4813

Baroness Brinton to ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisation has responsibility for ensuring compliance with EU legislation on pharmacovigilance.   HL4814

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in making their decision about how to vote on the implementation of real driving emissions tests at the 28 October meeting of the Technical Committee on Motor Vehicles, whether they took into account (1) estimates from DEFRA and Public Health England that pollution from mono-nitrogen oxides is responsible for 23,500 premature deaths in the UK per annum, (2) the 2010 estimates from the WHO suggesting that air-pollution related deaths cost the UK $83,069 per annum, (3) the failure of London, Leeds, and Birmingham to maintain nitrogen dioxide levels within legal limits over the past five years, and (4) the Supreme Court’s ruling in R (on the application of ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2015] UKSC 28 on 29 April that they should take immediate action to tackle air pollution.   HL4815

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the failure of London, Leeds, and Birmingham to maintain nitrogen dioxide levels within legal limits over the past five years, what assessment they have made of whether relaxing emissions standards for cars is compatible with public health and legal requirements to control urban pollution.   HL4816

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they made to the October 2014 findings by the International Council on Clean Transportation that some vehicles were producing emissions at seven times the legal limit.   HL4817

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the difference between the public finance forecasts for 2015–16 and the actual financial figures available to date, and what assessment have they made of the reasons for the difference.   HL4818

Baroness Prosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) what is the cost per call of the Equality Advisory Support Service, including the wrap-up time after each call; (2) how this cost compares to benchmarked comparators; and (3) how many calls the service handled each year since 1 October 2012.   HL4819

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of their obligation under EU law to prevent VAT evasion.   HL4820

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the liability of online marketplaces for unpaid VAT where a business trading in that marketplace evades VAT. 
   HL4821

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted any test purchases in online markets to provide evidence of the evasion of VAT.   HL4822

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of studies which conclude that there is a correlation between early direct maternal care and adult stability. 
   HL4823

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of studies which show that children benefit most from home care provided by close family members rather than from that available in children’s day centres.   HL4824

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide at least three years’ financial assistance, where such subsidy is independent of paid work, for maternal care in the home.   HL4825

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

3 December (17 December)

HL4203 Baroness Corston [MoJ]

7 December (21 December)

HL4284 Lord Sharkey [HO]

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

[HO] 1

[MoJ] 1

       

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Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

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Chancel Repairs [HL]

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Public Advocate [HL]

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

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

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Assisted Dying [HL]

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Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) [HL]

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European Union Citizens (Electoral Rights) [HL]

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Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

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Cohabitation Rights [HL]

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Referendums (Local Authority Governance) [HL]

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European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

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Medical Innovation [HL]

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Welfare of Cats (Breeding and Sale) [HL]

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Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

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Automatic Electoral Registration [HL]

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Referendums (Franchise) [HL]

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Right to Die at Home [HL]

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Polling Day (Saturday) [HL]

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Veterinary Nurses (Protection of Title) [HL]

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

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Welfare of Women (Fertility Treatments) [HL]

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Carers (Leave Entitlement) [HL]

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Duchy of Cornwall [HL]

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Bat Habitats Regulation [HL]

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Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

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

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Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) [HL]

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International Development (Population Dynamics) [HL]

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

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Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Natural Environment [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Trade Union

Government

11 January

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

12 January

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

 

Immigration

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

   

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

19th Report

 

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

 

   

19th Report

   

Large Combustion Plants (Transitional National Plan) Regulations 2015

25 January

 

   

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015

8 February

 

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 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

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

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

Tuesday 19 January

   

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

10.30am

Wednesday 20 January

   

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

15.30pm

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 Tuesday 22 December 2015 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

1 Lord Ezra The Lord Speaker informed the House that Lord Ezra, a member of the House, had died on 22 December 2015.

2 Ecclesiastical Committee The Lord Speaker acquainted the House that, pursuant to section 2 of the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, she had nominated Lord Faulkner of Worcester to be a member of the Ecclesiastical Committee, to serve for the duration of the present Parliament.

Select Committee Report

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

19th Report: 
Draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 
Large Combustion Plants (Transitional National Plan) Regulations 2015. (HL Paper 76)

Public Business

4 Northern Powerhouse: early years attainment A question was asked by Baroness Massey of Darwen and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

5 Tourism A question was asked by Lord Lee of Trafford and answered by the Earl of Courtown.

6 Education: politics A-level A question was asked by Baroness Parminter and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

7 Housing: spare room subsidy A question was asked by Baroness Lister of Burtersett and answered by Lord Freud.

8 Immigration Bill Lord Bates moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

9 Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 3) Order 2015 Lord Bates moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 25 November be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 5.05pm until Monday 11 January 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.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Statutory Paternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.   (2065)

2 Insolvency Practitioners (Recognised Professional Bodies) (Revocation of Recognition) Order 2015, laid under the Insolvency Act 1986.   (2067)

3 (1) Farriers’ Qualifications (European Recognition) Regulations 2015   (2072)

(2) Veterinary Surgeons’ Qualifications (European Recognition and Knowledge of Language) Regulations 2015   (2073)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Prepared 22nd December 2015