House of Lords Business

Tuesday 19 January 2016 at 2.30pm

Lord Mair will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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 2015 (HL Deb, col 2308), whether the letter from the Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition gave any indication of how many women aged 16–49 in the United Kingdom met the recommendations from the World Health Organisation regarding Red Cell Folate concentration.

†*Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decision by Volkswagen not to pay compensation to United Kingdom motorists who bought cars that were fitted with emissions detecting software.

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) Bill [HL] Third Reading [Baroness Cox]

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Foulkes of Cumnock]

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

Scotland Bill Committee (day 2) [Lord Dunlop] 6th Report from the Constitution Committee, 15th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help improve education standards in United Kingdom prisons. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Future Business 

Wednesday 20 January at 3.00pm

*Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend further to incorporate preventative medicine into the National Health Service.

*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect of the under-occupancy charge on the health and wellbeing of those subject to it.

*Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessments they have made of the range of potential flows of refugees from Syria, under different scenarios for the future of that country; and of the potential numbers who might be offered asylum in the United Kingdom.

†*Lord Liddle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they intend to make available to Cumbria and other areas in the north of England to restore infrastructure damaged during the recent floods.

Baroness Smith of Basildon to move that it is desirable that a select committee be appointed to consider the impact of clauses 10 and 11 of the Trade Union Bill in relation to the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s report, Political Party Finance: ending the big donor culture, and the necessity of urgent new legislation to balance those provisions with the other recommendations made in the Committee’s Report; and that the Committee do report by 29 February.

†Immigration Bill Committee (day 2) [Lord Bates] 7th Report from the Constitution Committee, 17th and 18th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 21 January at 11.00am

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timeframe for the inquiry into the safety of hormone pregnancy tests, and when they expect the report to be published.

*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to commission research into the impact on social cohesion of income inequality.

*Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to establish humanist marriage ceremonies in England and Wales.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 19 January.

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the security and human rights challenges on the Korean Peninsula following North Korea’s recent nuclear test. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

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.

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria. (1½ hours)

Monday 25 January at 2.30pm

*Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the independent review of the overseas domestic workers visa published on 17 December 2015.

*Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the additional expenditure on housing benefit paid to private sector landlords as a result of the reduction of social housing units.

*Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the capacity of local authorities to manage the relief effort in areas affected by flooding in December 2015 following the 29 per cent cut to the budget of the Department for Communities and Local Government announced in the Autumn Spending Review.

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the social and environmental impacts of the potential extraction of coal-bed methane on forests such as the Forest of Dean.

Tuesday 26 January at 2.30pm

The Lord Bishop of Newcastle will be introduced.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce tax avoidance and evasion by individuals and companies.

*Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the Family Test has had on policy-making.

*Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that there are a sufficient number of nurses in the National Health Service.

Wednesday 27 January at 3.00pm

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

*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the length of time for which the Thames Barrier will be fit for purpose.

*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their Bilateral Aid Review.

Thursday 28 January at 11.00am

*Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the projected increase in population of the United Kingdom between mid-2015 and mid-2030, if net migration were reduced to 265,000 per year, the high migration assumption in the latest official population projections.

*Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of households currently in fuel poverty; and what action they intend to take to reduce that number over the next five years.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the resilience of the rail network in the South West.

Lord Shipley to move that this House takes note of local democracy in the United Kingdom.

Topical Question for Short Debate. Ballot to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 19 January.

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to move that this House takes note of the role of adult education and lifelong learning and the need to develop the skills needed to strengthen the United Kingdom economy.

Monday 1 February at 2.30pm

*Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia regarding the executions of political activists.

*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of failures of retail banks’ software systems to provide internet banking to customers.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on informal and spontaneous busking and on homeless people of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 and guidelines made under that Act.

*Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to recognise Palestine as a state.

Tuesday 2 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to privatise the Land Registry.

*Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential in the United Kingdom for the development of carbon capture and storage.

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected date for the full implementation of the South East Flexible Ticketing Scheme.

Wednesday 3 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Thomas of Gresford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness to date of the RAF’s Brimstone missiles in bombing Syria, and in particular in protecting the civilian population.

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the review into funding for extremist interpretations of Islam within the United Kingdom, including from overseas sources, announced by the Prime Minister on 2 December 2015 with the declared intention that it would report by the spring of 2016.

*Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks made by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 10 December 2015 (HL Deb, cols 1674–6), what they have assessed to be the major benefits of the privatisation of Channel 4.

Thursday 4 February at 11.00am

*Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools are now using personal, social, health and economic education classes to inform their pupils on female genital mutilation.

*Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of current campaigns and programmes sponsored and executed by western governments and international non-governmental organisations aimed at eliminating female genital mutilation and cutting practices in African countries.

*The Earl of Glasgow to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are fully committed to choosing either Heathrow or Gatwick for airport expansion, or are still considering other options.

Monday 8 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to relieve the situation of unaccompanied refugee children.

*Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to nurture and support the creative industries to ensure their continuing success.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of tourism’s contribution to the economy of the United Kingdom. [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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*Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Health Education England to ensure that the number of student commissions for 2016–17 supports the goal of increasing the number of student places for allied health professionals set out in the Comprehensive Spending Review, and ensures stability in allied health professionals’ education provision and workforce supply.

Tuesday 9 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to assist the viability of oil and gas exploration and development on the United Kingdom continental shelf in the light of the reduced price of oil.

*Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide further information on their proposals for renewal or replacement of failed housing estates, following the announcement by the Prime Minister of £140 million funding; and whether any additional funding will be made available.

*Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to invest in promotion of walking and cycling.

Wednesday 10 February at 3.00pm

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to make Personal, Social, Health and Economic education compulsory within the curriculum.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of British manufacturers to recruit engineers from overseas who are suitably qualified.

*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned timescale from start of fabrication to commissioning of the first Successor Vanguard replacement submarine, and how much will have been spent on designs, long lead and other items of the total programme, including upgrade to Faslane Naval Base, by April.

Thursday 11 February at 11.00am

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Local Government Finance Settlement on the provision of libraries.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to legislate to ensure that food and drink provided in all types of schools follow Food Standards Agency food and nutritional guidelines.

*Lord Paddick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current guidance provided to police forces regarding the use of body-worn cameras by police officers.

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 2015, be annulled (SI 2015/2045). 20th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Baroness Hamwee to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2016, laid before the House on 11 January, be annulled (SI 2016/11).

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to move that this House regrets that the Education (Student Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, which change the existing student support arrangements so that new students starting full-time courses after 1 September 2016 will no longer qualify for a means-tested maintenance grant, will result in a significant decrease in participation in higher education by those in low-income groups, older students, female students, and students from ethnic minorities (SI 2015/1951). 18th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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)

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 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)

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)

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. (11 January)

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that civil servants who advise ministers are knowledgeable as to the role and processes of Parliament and the constitutional relationship between Parliament and the executive. (12 January)

Lord Mitchell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve broadband quality in the United Kingdom. (13 January)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 18 January and due for answer by 1 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office has received any applications from researchers at the Francis Crick Institute to study the impact on implantation or miscarriage of genetic alterations introduced by genome editing in non-human primates, and if so, when.   HL5078

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the public policy implications arising from the recent reports that one 41-year old man has fathered up to 800 children by providing his gametes to women seeking to become pregnant.   HL5079

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority is taking, if any, following the reports that one 41-year old man has fathered up to 800 children by providing his gametes to women seeking to become pregnant.   HL5080

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission an assessment of the implications for the mental and physical health of children conceived through the use of sperm from prolific, unregulated donors, and whether they intend to review the regulation of sperm donation.   HL5081

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to press the government of the Maldives for the unconditional release of former President Mohamed Nasheed for medical treatment in the UK.   HL5082

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of  the human rights situation in the Maldives, and what consideration they are giving to immediate targeted sanctions by the UK and at a EU level on senior officials and key supporters of the government of the Maldives, including freezing assets and travel bans.   HL5083

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government which, if any, of the recommendations of the report on the welfare of immigration detainees by Stephen Shaw have been rejected, and on what grounds.
   HL5084

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Earl of Courtown on 12 January (HL Deb, col 137), whether they will place a copy of the details of the £1 million competition to boost ideas to get more tourists on to the railways and out and about in the UK in the Library of the House, and explain the significance of that competition for rail safety.   HL5085

Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in tackling problem gambling.   HL5086

Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice exempts sports betting around televised sporting events from the 9pm television watershed.
   HL5087

Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce regulation for the social gaming industry.   HL5088

Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish an updated policy on fixed odds betting terminals.   HL5089

Lord Knight of Weymouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cheques were issued by each government department, including their agencies and public bodies, in (1) 2015, (2) 2014, (3) 2013, and (4) 2012, and what was the value of those cheques.   HL5090

Lord Knight of Weymouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what postage type was used by government departments, including their agencies and public bodies, to issue cheques in (1) 2015, (2) 2014, (3) 2013, and (4) 2012.   HL5091

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 13 January (HL4703 and HL4704), what were the other administrative reasons for retaining documents to which she refers.   HL5092

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 13 January (HL4703 and HL4704), whether the decisions not to transfer records to the National Archive were in each case in accordance with the advice given by the Advisory Council on National Records and Archives, and in each case what that advice was.   HL5093

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take in response to the Lord Chief Justice’s Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts of 2015, which found that "our system of justice has become unaffordable to most" and that "no satisfactory means of funding the provision of our system of justice has yet been achieved".   HL5094

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make provision to apply fixed recoverable costs across the range of fast-track cases, and in the lower reaches of the multi-track, as recommended by the judiciary and referred to in the Lord Chief Justice’s Review of the Administration of Justice in the Courts of 2015.   HL5095

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the overall level of public funding for apprenticeships in (1) England, and (2) the construction sector, for apprentices aged (a) 16 to 18, (b) 19 to 24, and (c) 24 and over, for the latest year for which information is available.   HL5096

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many 18 to 21-year olds in England are (1) in full-time education, and (a) employed, (b) unemployed, and (c) economically inactive, and (2) not in full-time education and (a) employed, (b) unemployed, and (c) economically inactive.   HL5097

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the resource cost charge in England of (1) full-time fee loans in higher education, (2) full-time maintenance loans in higher education, (3) part-time fee loans in higher education, and (4) adult further education fee loans, for those aged 24 and over who are studying on Level 3 and 4 courses.   HL5098

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent flooding, what plans they have to re-allocate the proposed funding for HS2 to the funding of strengthened flood defences.   HL5099

Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they removed the £1 billion funding of carbon capture and storage, as announced to the London Stock Exchange on 25 November 2015; and how they plan to ensure the advance of that technology in the future.   HL5100

Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are undertaking, both nationally and internationally, to reverse the global decline in the bee population.   HL5101

Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the effect of the reduction of the budget of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on activity and staffing in relation to air quality.   HL5102

Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the effect of the reduction of the budget of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on staffing, and scientific expenditure and activity, at Kew Gardens.   HL5103

Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the effect of the reduction of the budget of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the veterinary service and research on animal disease.   HL5104

Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent reported comments from Sir Keith Burnett of the Council of Science and Technology, and Jennifer Baxter of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers, whether they expect 60 per cent of the £24 billion estimated expenditure, and 60 per cent of jobs, on the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station project to go to British firms or workers.   HL5105

Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo over the continued detention of the two Filimbi activists who were arrested in March 2015 and are now awaiting trial for allegedly forming a criminal gang and attempting to overthrow the regime of President Kabila.   HL5106

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the allegation that up to 300,000 forced sterilisations took place in Peru between 1996 and 1998, in the light of the Presidential Decree in November 2015 that there should be a Registry of Victims.   HL5107

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority concerning incitement to violence in the light of the Palestinian Ministry of Health referring to Nashat Milhem as "one of the dearest martyrs".   HL5108

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority concerning the alleged torture by Hamas of the Palestinian journalist Ayman al-Aloul, and respect for press freedoms.   HL5109

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish a progress report on the 10-year PET-CT NHS England contract awarded to Alliance Medical in January 2015.
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Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the NHS Commissioning Board’s policy on the autonomy of Commissioning Support Units will impact those units’ options for becoming staff enterprises or staff mutuals.   HL5111

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a result of the review of the NHS Commissioning Board’s policy on the autonomy of Commissioning Support Units (CSUs), CSUs that want to become staff enterprises or staff mutuals will have access to working capital on the same basis as other options open to CSUs.   HL5112

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the requirement laid down by the NHS Commissioning Board for Commissioning Support Units to become autonomous by the end of 2016 is to be removed.   HL5113

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent by Commissioning Support Units (CSUs) on external management consultancies since they were established; and how much of that was specifically related to contracts CSUs had with the NHS Commissioning Board.   HL5114

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning the human rights section of the Belfast Agreement 1998, in which that government affirmed "the right to freely choose one’s place of residence", in the light of the fact that it is currently against the law to sell a property to someone who cannot speak Irish in parts of the west of Ireland; when and where were those discussions were held, who was involved, and what was the outcome.   HL5115

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of the Republic of Ireland concerning equal opportunities for employment in the Republic of Ireland as outlined in the Belfast Agreement 1998, which affirmed "the right to equal opportunity in all social and economic activities regardless of class, creed, disability, gender or ethnicity", in the light of the fact that the government of the Republic of Ireland currently requires applicants for state employment to be able to speak Irish.   HL5116

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures exist, or are planned, to ensure that audit and accountancy firms accused of devising unlawful tax-avoidance schemes are investigated and censured, where appropriate.   HL5117

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to tackle the shortage of skilled workers in the construction industry, and what assessment they have made of the implications of that shortage for their housing and infrastructure programmes.   HL5118

Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they collect any statistics on the number of children being educated at home who are the subject of abuse inquiries, or where the parents or guardian have been convicted of abuse; and whether they will publish any such statistics.   HL5119

Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they collect any statistics on the number of children who have been attending unregistered schools who are alleged to have suffered abuse; and whether they will publish any such statistics.   HL5120

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of involvement of the British company G4S in running prisons in Israel.   HL5121

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the welfare of children in prisons in Israel run by G4S.   HL5122

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of improvement in the conditions of children in prisons in Israel since the publication in 2012 of the report by British lawyers Children in Military Custody.   HL5123

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the results of the training of police and security forces in Bahrain by UK armed forces.   HL5124

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Bahrain concerning their alleged use of torture.   HL5125

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel concerning the whereabouts and medical condition of the two Birzeit students who were arrested on 7 October and are being detained in an undisclosed location.   HL5126

Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Financial Conduct Authority’s thematic review Quality of debt management advice.   HL5127

Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) how many people have sought debt management advice in each year since 2010, and (2) how many of those were already in debt.   HL5128

Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which debt management advice takes into account non-financial circumstances of an individual client, and what guidance they issue to those providing such advice about taking those circumstances into account.   HL5129

Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of clients who had received debt management advice who successfully proceeded to the implementation of their chosen solution in each year since 2010.   HL5130

Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year since 2010, what assessment they have made of the percentage of clients who, once they have received debt management advice and successfully proceeded to implementation, have required further debt management advice in the same financial year.   HL5131

Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use to analyse the effectiveness of debt management advice.   HL5132

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the work undertaken by Thames Valley Police in their newly published review of good practice in policing local Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities to be innovative; and what plans they have to encourage other police forces to undertake a similar approach to policy and practice in their areas.   HL5133

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the consequences that would follow if negotiations between the EU and the USA on the renewal of the Safe Harbour agreement on data transfers fail.   HL5134

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the chief executive of Shell, who claims that oil and gas companies would be negatively affected in the event that the UK leaves the EU.   HL5135

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to overcome the low level of exports contributing to the UK’s trade deficit.   HL5136

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is being done to support British pig farmers who are affected by Russia’s ban on European food imports and cheap imports into the UK.
   HL5137

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the claim by Aegis Europe that granting market economy status to China could put more than one million European jobs at risk.   HL5138

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent report by the Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute of the University of Sheffield which claims that supply chain audits fail to detect labour and environmental abuses.   HL5139

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of language classes for Muslim women in respect of radicalisation.   HL5140

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what formal mechanisms they have in place to consult Muslim women.   HL5141

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government who are their advisers on matters related to Muslim women.   HL5142

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 7 December 2015 (HL3817), what assessment they have made of the fact that, in relation to men and women under 35-years of age, the pay gap is in favour of women.
   HL5143

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake a review of extant legislation that could be undermining the principle of free speech in the UK or rendering it conditional in some circumstances.   HL5144

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether charities in receipt of donations from the Government, or other public institutions and bodies financed wholly or partly by taxpayers, will be debarred from campaigning in the EU referendum.   HL5145

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Faulks on 10 December 2015 (HLWS380), whether they will continue to oppose common EU standards relating to online hate speech and insist that such a matter is for decision by the Member States.   HL5146

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial aid commitments made by them to foreign countries at the Paris Climate Summit will be met from the overseas aid budget, or from which other sources; and what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that the funds provided are used exclusively for the purpose intended.   HL5147

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Verma on 10 December 2015 (HLWS370) concerning plans to tackle violence against women and girls overseas, whether the plans will be financed through the overseas aid budget or by separate financial provisions, and what measures will be put in place to ensure that the finance provided is used exclusively to assist the victims of violence.   HL5148

Baroness Young of Old Scone to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an environmental assessment has been made of the impact of the likely withdrawal of the landfill operators from the Landfill Communities Fund scheme as a result of the proposed removal of the provision for contributing third parties on the environment and projects funded through that scheme, and if so, what environmental impact has been assessed; and what measures the Government are planning to put in place to counteract that impact.   HL5149

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of HM Armed Forces are currently serving in Afghanistan; how many are female, and what roles they are fulfilling.   HL5150

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Hellfire missiles were fired (1) in training, and (2) on operations, in each year from 2008 to 2015, and what platforms they were mounted on.
   HL5151

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of evidence from many parts of the world, what evaluation has been carried out of the potential cost savings from centralising NHS procurement of common generic drugs.   HL5152

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government what case material was examined as part of the review of 105 Personal Independence Payments (PIP) claims referenced in the DWP’s consultation on PIP aids and appliances (Cm 9171).   HL5153

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people with multiple sclerosis have scored a minimum of half their points for (1) standard rate, and (2) enhanced rate, of Personal Independence Payments daily living through aids and appliances descriptors.   HL5154

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Carer’s Allowance claimants have a claim linked to a Personal Independence Payments daily living award.   HL5155

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ESOL classes were run by further education colleges and other public sector bodies in each of the last 10 years including the current academic year.   HL5156

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of (1) the Department for Culture, Media And Sport, (2) the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, (3) the Department of Health, (4) the Department for Education, and (5) the Department for Communities and Local Government, in the promotion of non-competitive outdoor activities; the provision of, and access to, outdoor green spaces, and the development of healthier life styles by involvement in such activities and the use of such spaces; what priority they give to the promotion of such activities; and which is the lead department in this area.   HL5157

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made at the Council of Ministers of the Council of Europe about the treatment of the Crimean Tartar leader, Akhtem Chiygoz, and other Crimean Tartars about their detention and about the general harassment of Crimean Tartars and its incompatibility with the membership of the council of Europe; and what has been the outcome.
   HL5158

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the humanitarian consequences in the acute winter season, especially for children, of the destruction by the Israeli Civil Administration of Bedouin homes and communities in Area C near East Jerusalem, including that of Abu Nwar on 6 January; and what discussions they have had with the Israelis about whether such actions accentuate counter-productive security consequences.   HL5159

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the legal opinion issued by Philippe Sands QC concerning alleged violation of national, European and international arms transfer control law by their continued authorisation of arms exports to Saudi Arabia, especially in the context of their alleged use in Yemen; and what action they are taking in this regard.   HL5160

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

9 December (23 December)

HL4431 Lord Mendelsohn [BIS]

10 December (24 December)

HL4482 Lord Mawson [BIS]

15 December (31 December)

HL4599 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [BIS]

17 December (5 January)

HL4735 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DCLG]

21 December (7 January)

HL4765 Lord Patten [BIS]

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

[BIS] 4

[DCLG] 1

       

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Chancel Repairs [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union Citizens (Electoral Rights) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendums (Local Authority Governance) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Medical Innovation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Cats (Breeding and Sale) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Automatic Electoral Registration [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendums (Franchise) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Polling Day (Saturday) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Veterinary Nurses (Protection of Title) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Women (Fertility Treatments) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Carers (Leave Entitlement) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Duchy of Cornwall [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bat Habitats Regulation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Population Dynamics) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Natural Environment [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces

Government

 

Housing and Planning

Government

 

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

 

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

19 January

Immigration

Government

20 January

Trade Union

Government

 

Waiting for Report

   

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare Reform and Work (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

19 January

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

19 January

Bank of England and Financial Services [HL]

Government

19 January

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

 

Accessible Sports Grounds [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

 

Measures in Progress 

   

To be considered

Waiting for Affirmative Approval

   

Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure

   

Diocesan Stipends Funds (Amendment) Measure

   

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

   

Draft Police and Crime Commissioner Elections (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2016

   

Draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Tachographs) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Infrastructure Planning (Onshore Wind Generating Stations) Order 2016

   

Draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft State Pension (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Claims Management Complaints) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

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

   

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

   

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 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

   

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

20th Report

 

Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Miscellaneous Amendments) 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 2015

 

   

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

 

   

20th Report

   

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

8 February

 

   

Instruments not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2016

29 February

 

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

 

Report

Date of consideration

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee, Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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 19 January

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

11.00am
in Room 1–01, Millbank House

European Union

Select Committee

3.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 20 January

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Standing Orders (Private Bills)

Select Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 21 January

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon in Committee Room G

Monday 25 January

   

Economic Affairs

Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill

3.30pm

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 26 January

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm in Committee Room G

Wednesday 27 January

   

Standing Orders (Private Bills)

Select Committee

3.30pm

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 28 January

   

Privileges and Conduct

Domestic Committee

12 noon

Monday 1 February

   

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 4 February

   

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

12 noon in Committee Room G

Tuesday 23 February

   

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 18 January 2016 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Derby.

Private Business

1 High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill 
The Examiners certified that certain Standing Orders apply to the Petition for Additional Provision deposited in December 2015 in relation to the High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill (currently before the House of Commons) and that, of those which are applicable, Standing Orders 5, 36 and 42 have not been complied with; and in addition, that Standing Orders 10, 10A, 11, 12A, 13, 27, 27A, 34, 35, 36, 37, 39, 41, 42 and 45 have not been complied with in respect of the time prescribed by the Standing Orders for the giving of notices and making of deposits applicable to the purposes of the Additional Provision. The report was referred to the Standing Orders (Private Bills) Committee.

Public Business

2 Higher education: disabled students A question was asked by Lord Addington and answered by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park.

3 Education: Polish A-level A question was asked by Lord Lexden and answered by Lord Nash.

4 Living with Difference A question was asked by Baroness Butler-Sloss, on behalf of Lord Harries of Pentregarth, and answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.

5 National Health Service: inpatients with learning disabilities A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

6 Accessible Sports Grounds Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time. Then the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.

7 National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Baroness Neville-Rolfe moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 7 December 2015 be approved. Then Lord Stevenson of Balmacara moved, as an amendment to the motion, at the end to insert "but that this House regrets that the draft Regulations may not deliver the expected benefits to employees, in the light of the 19th Report of the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, which pointed out that the Government accept that business reactions to the resulting increased labour costs are uncertain, and in the light of the continuing need for greater information on actions being taken to reduce non-compliance with the National Minimum Wage so that Parliament can judge the success of new measures". After debate, the amendment was withdrawn and the original motion was agreed to.

8 Immigration Bill The bill was considered in Committee. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

9 Steel sector Baroness Neville-Rolfe repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

10 Immigration Bill The bill was further considered in Committee beginning with amendment 6. Amendments 9, 15 to 17, 19 to 24, 26 and 27, 29 to 31, 39 and 40, 41 and 42 were agreed to. The House resumed after amendment 42.

11 HIV and AIDS A question was asked by Baroness Barker and, after debate, answered by Baroness Verma.

12 Immigration Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 43. Amendments 43 to 47, 48 to 50, 51 to 57, 58 to 62, 65 and 68 to 70 were agreed to. The House resumed after clause 10 was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 10.07pm until Tuesday 19 January at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.30pm.

General Dental Council (Fitness to Practise etc.) Order 2015 Lord Prior of Brampton moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft General Dental Council (Fitness to Practise etc.) Order 2015. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Legal Services Act 2007 (Claims Management Complaints) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Lord Faulks moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Claims Management Complaints) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2016. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order 2016 The Earl of Courtown moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order 2016. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (Variation of Schedule 8) (England) Order 2015 Lord Gardiner of Kimble moved that the Grand Committee do consider the Agricultural Holdings Act 1986 (Variation of Schedule 8) (England) Order 2015. The motion was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 4.51pm.

Papers 

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

Command Paper

The following paper was presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

Defence-Minute from the Ministry of Defence concerning the gifting of non-lethal equipment to Ukraine.    (-)

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following negative instruments were laid before the House on 15 January:

1 Judicial Pensions (Contributions) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the District Judges (Magistrates’ Courts) Pensions Act (Northern Ireland) 1960.   (30)

2 Liberia (Asset-Freezing) (Revocation) Regulations 2016, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.   (34)

Affirmative Instrument

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

Draft State Pension (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the Pensions Act 2014.

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Iran (European Union Financial Sanctions) Regulations 2016, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.    (36)

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for 2014–15 of the Environment Agency on the Catchment Partnership Fund, laid under the Charities Act 2006.

 

Prepared 18th January 2016