House of Lords Business

Friday 29 January 2016 at 10.00am

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Empey] 2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Lord Empey to move that the order of commitment be discharged.

Public Advocate Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Wills]

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

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe]

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Dholakia]

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

Future Business 

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.

Immigration Bill Committee (day 3) [Lord Bates] 7th Report from the Constitution Committee, 17th, 18th and 19th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 29 January.

Access to Palliative Care Bill [HL] Committee [Baroness Finlay of Llandaff] 10th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Lord Bridges of Headley]

Childcare Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Lord Nash]

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Feed-in Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015 Baroness Featherstone to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 18 December 2015, be annulled (SI 2015/2045). 20th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Grantchester to move that this House regrets that the Government intend to implement the Feed-In Tariffs (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015 causing significant harm to the renewables sector when there is growing concern at the lack of investment in new energy-generating capacity; and further regrets that the Order sets deployment limits that will severely impact on the size of one of the cheapest low-carbon energy options when there is urgent need for greater deployment of renewables to contribute to the security of United Kingdom power supplies, the decarbonisation of the energy sector, and the attainment of the United Kingdom’s obligations towards climate change mitigation under the Paris Agreement (SI 2015/2045). 20th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 1 February.

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

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 (Dinner break business)

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 29 January, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 2 February.

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee on the European Parliament Proposal for a Council decision adopting the provisions amending the Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage (7th Report, HL Paper 87).

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to move to resolve that this House considers that the European Parliament Proposal for a Council decision adopting the provisions amending the Act concerning the election of the members of the European Parliament by direct universal suffrage does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity, for the reasons set out in the 7th Report from the European Union Committee (HL Paper 87); and, in accordance with article 6 of the Protocol on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, instructs the Clerk of the Parliaments to forward this reasoned opinion to the Presidents of the European institutions.

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).

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 1.00pm

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce food waste. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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.
Chairman, Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

*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.

Monday 22 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the latest assessment by the Royal College of Psychiatrists of acute care for adult patients.

*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure freedom of lawful speech at universities, in the light of recent disruptions to speeches.

*Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact on dairy farmers of the latest fall in milk prices.

*Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the rate of new house building starts in the past 12 months.

Tuesday 23 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage the new City Regions to invest the pension funds they hold in infrastructure developments that will assist in the economic recovery.

*Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Fiscal Framework that accompanies the Scotland Bill.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing levels of unwanted electronic goods ending up in landfill through encouraging manufacturers to produce more sustainable products.

Wednesday 24 February at 3.00pm

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the frozen pensions policy on the choices of people who would like to move abroad or stay overseas during their retirement years.

*Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to improve race equality at senior management and board level in the National Health Service since the introduction of the National Health Service Workforce Race Equality Standard.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect the integrity of sporting events from both doping and illegal gambling domestically and internationally.

†Thursday 25 February at 11.00am

†*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tax treaties with developing countries are currently under negotiation, and what principles underpin the United Kingdom approach to those negotiations.

†*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when steel is required for a government contract, they will specify that it be British.

†*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what specialist skills have been recruited into the armed forces as a result of the Future Force 2020 programme.

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 edition available on Mondays. 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

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

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee EU energy governance (6th Report, HL Paper 71). 18 December 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.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

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). 22nd Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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)

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 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 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)

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 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)

Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the educational attainment of boys of all ages at state schools. (19 January)

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the accountability, diversity and governance of international standard-setting bodies such as the Financial Stability Board and the Basel Committee on Banking Regulation. (19 January)

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the review of the Muslim Brotherhood (HC 679), in particular its implications for the security of the United Kingdom. (20 January)

Baroness Corston to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they plan to close HMP Holloway. (21 January)

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask HM Inspectorate of Constabulary to conduct an inquiry into the Metropolitan Police Service’s handling of historical sexual abuse allegations made by the person known as "Nick". (21 January)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the discussions surrounding the renewal of the BBC Charter. (25 January)

Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase understanding of the Middle East. (25 January)

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to achieve closer working between Innovate UK, Research Councils UK, the Higher Education Funding Council for England and other UK funding bodies in order to improve UK competitiveness. (25 January)

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to improve the testing, treatment and care of individuals with blood-borne viruses in prisons and secure establishments. (26 January)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that those responsible for genocide and crimes against humanity against minorities in Syria and Iraq are brought to justice. (27 January)

Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on tackling tax avoidance and tax evasion in the United Kingdom. (27 January)

Baroness Donaghy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the needs and circumstances of the self-employed are fully taken into account when developing their policies on taxation, savings, employment and social security. (27 January)

Lord Popat to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the Select Committee on Small and Medium Sized Enterprises has had on encouraging firms to export (Session 2012–13, HL Paper 131). (27 January)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the National Health Service is doing to meet the needs of lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. (28 January)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 28 January and due for answer by 11 February.

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what classes of person can (1) verify identity in relation to a passport application; (2) verify the identity of a driving licence applicant; and (3) certify the character of an applicant for a firearms certificate.   HL5556

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have labelled the national minimum wage of £7.20 an hour as "the national living wage" when it falls below the UK Living Wage and London Living Wage set by the Living Wage Foundation.   HL5557

Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the timescale for carrying out reviews of post-16 education and training institutions.   HL5558

Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce local outcome agreements for the Adult Skills Budget in devolved areas.   HL5559

Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that regional schools commissioners are accountable for poor school sixth-form provision in their areas. 
   HL5560

Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of candidates in (1) 2013, (2) 2014, and (3) 2015, achieved grade A*-C or a pass for (a) seven or more GCSEs, (b) five or six GCSEs, ©) four or five GCSEs, (d) three or four GCSEs, (e) two or three GCSEs, (f) one GCSE, and (g) no GCSEs, broken down into socio-economic groups.   HL5561

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the announcement of the sale of Corbis, Corbis Motion and Veer, what assessment they have made of how the interests of the UK and of the National Gallery, whose picture bank was put into data files and a database by Corbis, have been protected.   HL5562

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of who now owns the National Gallery database of images, and of the arrangements in place to protect the database of the National Gallery from being exploited to the prejudice of that institution.   HL5563

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 21 December 2015 (HL4603 and HL4606), whether they plan to investigate the activities of the group Action on Smoking and Health (ASH) in providing the secretariat to the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Smoking and Health and the use of public grants for lobbying activities in the light of the fact that the Department of Health has received 90 items of correspondence from the APPG originating from a postal or email address belonging to ASH in the last five years. 
   HL5564

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year in which a grant was provided to the group Action on Smoking and Health, how much was (1) spent against the original grant, (2) constituted underspend, and (3) returned to the Department of Health.   HL5565

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 27 January (HL5040), what assessment they and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) have made of the case for all women and their children receiving equal protections; and what recommendations the HFEA has made to the Department of Health on that issue.   HL5566

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the Scottish Government about the future electrification of the East Coast Main Line between Edinburgh and Aberdeen.   HL5567

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most up-to-date estimate of the in-service date of the first of the two aircraft carriers currently being constructed for the Royal Navy.   HL5568

Lord Darling of Roulanish to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the total amount of payment protection insurance payments made since 2010.   [I]Category 1: Directorships
Member of the Board of Directors, Morgan Stanley New York (banking; with effect from 1 January 2016)
 HL5569

Lord Darling of Roulanish to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact of payment protection insurance payments made since 2010 on UK gross domestic product. 
   [I]Category 1: Directorships
Member of the Board of Directors, Morgan Stanley New York (banking; with effect from 1 January 2016)
 HL5570

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many third country nationals have been transferred to the UK from other EU member states under (1) Article 8, (2) Article 9, and (3) Article 10, of the Dublin Regulations for their asylum cases to be heard by the UK authorities in each of the years for which data are available, and from which EU member state those individuals came. 
   HL5571

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers have been transferred from the UK to other EU member states under the Dublin Regulations owing to (1) family reasons (Articles 8, 9 and 10), and (2) irregular entry (Article 13.1), in each of the years for which data are available.   HL5572

Baroness Henig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assess how effectively Police and Crime Panels have exercised their powers of scrutiny over the decisions and actions of Police and Crime Commissioners in the past year.   HL5573

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the situation in Cizre, Turkey, and of recent military curfews in other towns in Turkey; and in particular whether they have gathered any evidence of war crimes.   HL5574

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) how many complaints against the government of Turkey have been upheld by the European Court of Human Rights during the last ten years; and (2) how much in fines or awards of compensation is outstanding from Turkey.   HL5575

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether Turkey remains a suitable member of the Council of Europe.   HL5576

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the future viability of the Thames Barrier will be considered as part of the National Flood Resilience Review.   HL5577

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place with the Welsh Government about the benefits of the Well-Being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015, and in particular about a duty on all public bodies to carry out sustainable development being adopted across the UK.   HL5578

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent research is being carried out on the availability and affordability of flood insurance for small businesses in flood affected areas.   HL5579

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to meet the excess costs of flood repair and renewal in Cumbria centrally, and if not, why not.   HL5580

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be able to publish a UK-wide digital strategy.   HL5581

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have to ensure universal access to affordable credit.   HL5582

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have commissioned to identify the future needs of customers for financial services delivered (1) through digital channels, and (2) via physical premises.   HL5583

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Post Office about addressing the problem of financial exclusion.   HL5584

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken towards establishing a UK-wide financial advice service.   HL5585

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to promote the delivery of a system of secure digital identities.   HL5586

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what process exists for UK citizens to question the working of the Belfast Agreement 1998.   HL5587

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the minutes of all meetings and discussion that have taken place with the government of the Republic of Ireland under the auspices of the Belfast Agreement 1998.   HL5588

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of the Belfast Agreement 1998 on the UK and Irish legal systems.   HL5589

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Belfast Agreement 1998 applies to all residents of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.   HL5590

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Belfast Agreement 1998 applies to members of the British security forces.   HL5591

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy of transparency applies to the Belfast Agreement 1998, and if not, why not.   HL5592

Lord McAvoy to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Joint Exchequer Committee’s negotiations will conclude, and when the fiscal framework will be published.   HL5593

Lord McAvoy to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the minutes and papers of the last seven meetings of the Joint Exchequer Committee.   HL5594

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 3 December 2015 (HL3859), which tobacco measures introduced in the last 10 years they have reviewed in respect of their effectiveness; what have been the results of those reviews; and whether they will place those measures and their reviews in the Library of the House.   [I]Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
As a member of the Lords and Commons Cigar Club I receive regular hospitality and invitations to events during the course of the calendar year which together amount to more than £140 and all of which are paid for by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association
 HL5595

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 December 2015 (HL3862), what legal basis the World Health Organization’s treaties have in English law.   [I]Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
As a member of the Lords and Commons Cigar Club I receive regular hospitality and invitations to events during the course of the calendar year which together amount to more than £140 and all of which are paid for by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association
 HL5596

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 December 2015 (HL3861), what assessment they have made of why, when the UK ranks number one in tobacco control activity of 34 European countries, nine other European countries have lower levels of smoking prevalence.   [I]Category 4: Shareholdings (b)
British American Tobacco plc
Category 8: Gifts, benefits and hospitality
As a member of the Lords and Commons Cigar Club I receive regular hospitality and invitations to events during the course of the calendar year which together amount to more than £140 and all of which are paid for by the Tobacco Manufacturers’ Association
 HL5597

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the support from a range of health organisations, including the World Health Organization, they plan to reconsider a sugar tax as a part of the forthcoming childhood obesity strategy.   HL5598

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of evidence and support, nationally and internationally, for a sugar tax as an element of tackling obesity, and why they do not support such a tax.   HL5599

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of safety and welfare in immigrant detention centres in the UK.   HL5600

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the suitability of conditions at immigration detention units at airports in the UK.   HL5601

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what considerations are involved when deciding whether to return non-UK citizens to countries with a different legal system that might result in them being prosecuted for actions not regarded as criminal offences in the UK.   HL5602

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost of deporting a person deemed to be an illegal immigrant.   HL5603

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the age of criminal responsibility and its consequences are taught to pupils in schools.   HL5604

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical support they are providing to civil society organisations and international agencies in Uganda to ensure that the elections in February are as free and fair as possible.   HL5605

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likelihood of violence in Uganda during the election period, and of its effect on business and trade, in the light of the fact that the UK is the largest foreign direct investor to that country.   HL5606

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much council tax support funding has been passed from billing authorities to parish and town councils in 2013–14, 2014–15, and 2015–16.   HL5607

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much tax revenue they have collected directly from fixed-odds betting terminals in each of the years from 2010–11 to 2014–15 inclusive.   HL5608

Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many (1) stillbirths, and (2) preventable stillbirths, there were in each of the last ten years.   HL5609

Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have taken place in the last two years to improve the measurement of babies in the final stages of pregnancy.   HL5610

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate has been made of the total cost of recruiting new reservists to the armed forces.   HL5611

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recruitment incentives are given to new reservists in (1) the army, (2) the Royal Navy, and (3) the Royal Air Force, and what is the total cost of those incentives.   HL5612

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial arrangements are in place to support reservists upon leaving (1) the army, (2) the Royal Navy, and (3) the Royal Air Force, and what is the total cost of those arrangements.   HL5613

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much is spent annually on training reservists in (1) the army, (2) the Royal Navy, and (3) the Royal Air Force.   HL5614

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 11 January (HL4782) whether they have any plans to cap or curtail the Chilcot Inquiry’s expenses or costs before it reports.   HL5615

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will inform local authorities how much their public health budgets will be in 2016–17 and 2017–18, and why that information has not yet been provided.   HL5616

Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define family income and household income, and whether family income includes the father’s income whether or not he is living with his children and their mother.   HL5617

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to distribute the £20 million funding for English lessons for women speakers of other languages; which bodies will be responsible for delivering the new provision; on what basis it will be allocated; how much will be made available in each year of this Parliament, and what kind of learning provision the money will be used for.   HL5618

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assumptions the Autumn Spending Review and the local government finance settlement make about the revenue that will be raised by (1) allowing local authorities the flexibility to raise council tax by up to two per cent without a referendum, (2) the additional two per cent allowed for purposes of social care, and (3) the additional amount allowed for measures in relation to flooding, and by what percentage council taxes will rise on average as a result of those increases.   HL5619

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of towns in England with a population of (1) between 30,000 and 50,000, (2) between 15,000 and 30,000, and (3) under 15,000, which do not possess a town or parish council.   HL5620

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of recent civil disturbances in Burundi on livelihoods and resilience and the role of the African Union and the East African Community in providing peace, reconciliation and economic growth in Burundi. 
   HL5621

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the need for humanitarian assistance in Burundi and the potential role of the churches in meeting the needs of Burundian refugees and internally displaced persons.   HL5622

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the state of the rule of law in Burundi, the need for security sector reform and the role of development assistance in addressing any deficits in this regard.   HL5623

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their contribution to multilateral development assistance to Burundi; and what is their assessment of the impact of this funding. 
   HL5624

Lord Storey to ask the Chairman of Committees how many agency staff are employed by the House of Lords; and whether those staff are paid the London Living Wage.   HL5625

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many academy sponsors are waiting for approval. 
   HL5626

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of (1) maintained schools, (2) faith schools, and (3) academies, were rated as outstanding following an Ofsted inspection in 2014–15. 
   HL5627

Lord Storey to ask the Chairman of Committees how many people are employed by the House of Lords on zero-hours contracts.   HL5628

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support is available for post-16 students in rural areas who have to travel long distances to attend the nearest further education or sixth form college.   HL5629

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

17 December (5 January)

HL4735 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DCLG]

11 January (25 January)

HL4852 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [CO]

HL4855 Lord Rennard [CO]

HL4856 Lord Rennard [CO]

HL4857 Lord Rennard [CO]

HL4858 Lord Rennard [CO]

HL4859 Lord Rennard [CO]

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

[CO] 6

[DCLG] 1

       

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

29 January

Chancel Repairs [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

29 January

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

Private Member’s

29 January

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

 

NHS Charitable Trusts Etc

Private Member’s

 

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company Bill [HL]

Private

 

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Charity Bill [HL]

Private

 

New Southgate Cemetery Bill [HL]

Private

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

29 January

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

2 February

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

 

Immigration

Government

1 February

Trade Union

Government

 

Housing and Planning

Government

 

Waiting for Report

   

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Education and Adoption

Government

 

Welfare Reform and Work (Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Energy [HL]

Government

 

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

Government

 

Accessible Sports Grounds [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bank of England and Financial Services [HL]

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Amendments

   

Childcare [HL]

Government

2 February

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

2 February

Measures in Progress 

   

To be considered

Waiting for Commons Affirmative Resolution

   

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

   

Draft Patents (European Patent with Unitary Effect and Unified Patent Court) Order 2016

   

Draft Pharmacy (Premises Standards, Information Obligations, etc.) Order 2016

   

Andrey Lugovoy and Dmitri Kovtun Freezing Order 2016

   

Employment Allowance (Increase of Maximum Amount) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Employment Allowance (Excluded Companies) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Renewables Obligation Closure Etc. (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft European Union Referendum (Conduct) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2016

   

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds Amendments and National Insurance Funds Payments) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016

   

Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 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 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

   

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 State Pension (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

17th Report

   

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

18 December 2015

3 February

   

20th Report

   

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

8 February

2 February

   

21st Report

   

Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration etc.) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

7 February

 

   

22nd Report

   

Immigration (Residential Accommodation) (Prescribed Requirements and Codes of Practice) (Amendment) Order 2016

29 February

 

Immigration Act 2014 (Commencement No. 6) Order 2016

29 February

 

Retirements 

The following members of the House have given notice of their intention to retire.

 

Date of retirement

 

Baroness Williams of Crosby

11 February

 

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone

12 February

 

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 1 February

   

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill

3.30pm

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Draft Investigatory Powers Bill

Select Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 2 February

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 3 February

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Information

Select Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 4 February

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Residence Room 1

Tuesday 23 February

   

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Thursday 25 February

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 1 March

   

Procedure

Domestic Committee

12 noon

Wednesday 9 March

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 28 January 2016 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Worcester.

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

Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016

c 1

Psychoactive Substances Act 2016

c 2

Public Business

2 Population increase: migration A question was asked by Lord Green of Deddington and answered by Lord Bates.

3 Fuel poverty A question was asked by Baroness Donaghy and answered by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth.

4 Railways: South West network A question was asked by Lord Berkeley and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

5 Asylum seekers A question was asked by Lord Rosser and answered by Lord Bates.

6 Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) moved that the debate on the motion in the name of Lord Shipley set down for today shall be limited to 2 hours and that in the name of Baroness Sharp of Guildford to 3 hours. The motion was agreed to.

7 Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding The Chairman of Committees moved 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.

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to the Committee:

L Burns (Chairman) 
L Callanan  
L De Mauley 
B Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde 
B Drake 
E Kinnoull

L Richard  
L Robathan 
L Sherbourne of Didsbury 
L Tyler  
L Whitty 
L Wrigglesworth;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

That the evidence taken by the Committee be published, if the Committee so wishes;

That the Committee do report by 29 February 2016;

That the Report of the Committee be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House.

The motion was agreed to.

8 Local democracy in the United Kingdom (2-hour debate) Lord Shipley moved that this House takes note of local democracy in the United Kingdom. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

9 Under-occupancy charge Lord Freud repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

10 Arms sales: Saudi Arabia The Earl of Courtown repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

11 English language classes for women A question was asked by Baroness Uddin and, after debate, answered by Baroness Williams of Trafford.

12 Adult education and lifelong learning (3-hour debate) Baroness Sharp of Guildford moved 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. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

13 Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure The Lord Bishop of Durham moved that this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Safeguarding and Clergy Discipline Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

14 Diocesan Stipends Funds (Amendment) Measure The Lord Bishop of Durham moved that this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Diocesan Stipends Funds (Amendment) Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 6.27pm until Friday 29 January at 10.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Draft Maximising Economic Recovery Strategy for the UK, laid under the Petroleum Act 1998.    (-)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report and Accounts for 2014–15 of the Office for Legal Complaints, laid under the Legal Services Act 2007.

2 Report for 2014–15 on Smallholdings in England, laid under the Agriculture Act 1970.

3 Accounts for 2014–15 of the Royal Hospital Chelsea, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Chelsea Hospital Act 1876.

4 Report for 2015 of the Secretary of State for Transport on Notices and Directions served under the Channel Tunnel (Security) Order 1994, laid under the Channel Tunnel (Security) Order 1994.

5 Report for 2015 of the Secretary of State for Transport on Notices and Directions served under the Aviation (Security) Act 1982, laid under the Aviation (Security) Act 1982.

 

Prepared 28th January 2016