House of Lords Business

Friday 26 February 2016 at 10.00am

NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill Second Reading [Baroness Massey of Darwen]

If the bill is read a second time, Baroness Massey of Darwen to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill Second Reading [Lord Ramsbotham] 8th Report from the Constitution Committee

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

Riot Compensation Bill Second Reading [Lord Trefgarne] 22nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill Second Reading [Lord Saatchi] 22nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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

Future Business 

Monday 29 February at 2.30pm

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of continuing military offensives against civilians in Blue Nile and Southern Kordofan by the government of Sudan.

*Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the most recent quarterly migration statistics.

*Baroness Lawrence of Clarendon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reassure black and minority ethnic patients, carers and users of mental health services that they are not being prescribed higher levels of psychiatric medication than those from other community groups.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage new or reopened rail lines to be cost-effective.

Welfare Reform and Work Bill Consideration of Commons Reasons and Amendment [Lord Freud]

Scotland Bill Report (day 2) [Lord Dunlop] 15th and 22nd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Tuesday 1 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to meet representatives of the insurance industry to discuss their treatment of claims for whiplash injuries.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their position that the proper law for determining whether British troops have committed war crimes should be the laws of armed conflict, otherwise known as international humanitarian law, rather than the European Convention on Human Rights.

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to help people on the living wage in London to own their own homes.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 26 February.

Housing and Planning Bill Committee (day 2) [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 20th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Armed Forces Bill Committee [Earl Howe]

Wednesday 2 March at 3.00pm

*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that every community continues to be served by a local pharmacy, in the light of their plans to cut funding to pharmacies in October.

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the Southern, Southeastern and Thameslink rail franchises, and what steps they intend to take to ensure that passengers on those routes receive an improved service.

*Baroness Sherlock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect disabled people and victims of domestic violence from the effects of the under-occupancy charge.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 29 February.

†European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016 Baroness Anelay of St Johns to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22 February be approved. 26th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Baroness Anelay of St Johns to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s policy paper The best of both worlds: the United Kingdom’s special status in a reformed European Union presented to Parliament pursuant to section 6 of the European Union Referendum Act 2015.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Lord Ashton of Hyde intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

Employment Allowance (Increase of Maximum Amount) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde]

Employment Allowance (Excluded Companies) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde]

Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds Amendments and National Insurance Funds Payments) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde]

Patents (European Patent with Unitary Effect and Unified Patent Court) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 24th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Baroness Neville-Rolfe intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

Limited Liability Partnerships (Register of People with Significant Control) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe]

Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe]

Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth]

†Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bates]

Thursday 3 March at 11.00am

*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they provide to Muslim students whose religious beliefs prevent them from taking interest-charging student loans.

*Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how many non-domestic water bills are estimated, rather than calculated through automatic meter readings.

*Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle the incidence of deaths, serious assaults and incidents of self-harm in prison.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 26 February, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 1 March.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Housing and Planning Bill will continue.

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. (Lunch break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Armed Forces Bill will continue at 2.00pm in the Moses Room and that it will conclude.

Monday 7 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the £42.5 million grant made through the Homelessness Change programme for hostel bed refurbishment has been allocated to tackling rough sleeping.

*Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect they expect Article 20 of the 2014 EU Tobacco Products Directive, when implemented in May, to have on the rate at which people give up smoking by the use of vaping devices.

*Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of affordable housing.

*Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will re-assess as a matter of urgency the Personal Independence Payment assessment which has led to many working-age disabled people losing their existing entitlement to a Motability car.

Tuesday 8 March at 2.30pm

*Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the United Nations framework launched in November 2015 with the aim of preventing violence against women, gender inequality, discriminatory practices and harmful cultural and social norms.

*Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to improve the reading skills of 16 to 24 year-old women to ensure that they have a good start in life, and to support their wellbeing and social mobility.

*Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are planning to take to increase the representation of women in political and public life.

Wednesday 9 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the principal lessons that can be learned from communities affected by the Ebola epidemic in preparedness for future health crises.

*Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are proposing to prevent some parents and organisations from objecting to violations of the School Admissions Code.

*Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of adults attending part-time higher or further education classes while maintaining a career.

Thursday 10 March at 11.00am

*Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a final decision will be taken on airports expansion before the summer recess. [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the law concerning those making false accusations in relation to sexual offences.

*The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to maintain the 80 per cent mandatory business rate relief for charitable bodies, including arts organisations and museums.

Monday 14 March at 2.30pm

*Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions regarding the tolls on the Severn Crossings when the bridges return to public ownership.

*Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to publish data regularly on the availability and quality of NHS-funded mental health services across the country.

*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the police, social services and other agencies work together effectively to protect vulnerable children from sexual abuse.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the public benefit of taxpayer confidentiality for businesses and private individuals.

Tuesday 15 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the total number of prisoners on their plans for prison reform.

*Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to implement the recommendations of the review by Darren Henley on cultural education in England.

*The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the social impact of category B2 gaming machines.

Wednesday 16 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the United Kingdom’s productivity in relation to that of other European Union and G20 states.

*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent event involving a passenger flight, what steps they are taking to prevent the misuse of laser equipment.

*Baroness Seccombe to ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the amount a person can earn before paying tax has changed since the 2010 budget; and how many people have been affected by this change.

Thursday 17 March at 11.00am

*Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many job vacancies there currently are in the United Kingdom economy.

*Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many net additional jobs have been created in the United Kingdom since 2010, and what assessment they have made, if any, of how that figure compares to those of the 19 nations of the Eurozone.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual net cost of the United Kingdom’s contribution to the European Union.

Monday 21 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward measures of preventative medicine to reduce the numbers of stillbirths, abortions and live births of babies with serious life-long disability due to neural tube defects.

*Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representatives they intend to send to the 2016 Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference to be co-hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the government of Uruguay in Uruguay in April.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the safety and reliability of the National Health Service 111 service.

*Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of clinical commissioning groups commission specialist palliative care for seven-day services in the community and in hospitals and for ensuring advice is available to health and social care staff at all times.

Tuesday 22 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Taverne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce measures to convert National Insurance contributions into a special tax for funding health and social care.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies are in place to encourage the development of sustainable aviation fuels in the United Kingdom and what new proposals they are considering.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of service provision and council tax following local authority budget decisions for 2016–17.

Wednesday 23 March at 3.00pm

†*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to legislate to introduce secret ballots for all employees to ratify decisions made at a company’s annual general meeting on the remuneration of that company’s directors and its five most highly paid employees.

*Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to secure the future of local and regional museums.

*Baroness Watkins of Tavistock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under their shared ownership scheme, a property owner can let out a room to another person, and if not, why not.

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 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 Motion for Debate 

Lord Saatchi to move that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with to allow any Bill in the form in which the Medical Innovation Bill [HL] was approved by this House and sent to the Commons on 23 January 2015 in the last Parliament to be taken through all its remaining stages on one day.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Beecham to move that this House regrets that the draft Civil Proceedings, Family Proceedings and Upper Tribunal Fees (Amendment) Order 2016 further increases enhanced fees in certain proceedings that will be detrimental to victims of domestic violence and disproportionately discriminate against women; is concerned that the Government have acted against the advice of the Lord Chief Justice, Master of the Rolls, and the President of the Family Division, among others; and notes the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee’s disappointment that despite strong concern expressed by respondents to the public consultation the Government give no policy justification other than the generation of income. 20th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, 14th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Baroness Manzoor to move that this House regrets that the draft Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 reduce incentives for low-income working people to increase their salaries, will lead to an increase in overpayments of tax credits, and could place families in additional hardship at the end of the financial year. 23rd Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016, in setting the budget for NHS England for the next five years, make wholly unrealistic assumptions about the financial viability of the National Health Service thereby putting patient safety and quality of service at risk (SI 2016/51). 24th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Baroness Featherstone to move that this House regrets that the draft Renewables Obligation Closure Etc. (Amendment) Order 2016 will close the Renewables Obligation to solar photovoltaic installations smaller than 5MW on 1 April; notes that this will have a detrimental effect on rooftop solar and community energy schemes, which will be left with no support, and that the date for closure is much earlier than expected by the industry, causing a significant reduction in investor confidence across the industry; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to reinstate the Renewables Obligation for solar under 5MW and guarantee that existing solar projects will not be affected by future changes to policy.

Baroness Parminter to move that this House regrets that Her Majesty’s Government are moving to non-statutory codes regarding the welfare of farm and domestic animals through the draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Meat Chickens and Breeding Chickens (Revocation) (England) Order 2016, and calls on the Government urgently to produce guidelines on how such codes should be drawn up and reviewed.

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 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 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)

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)

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 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 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)

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are considering to enhance the independence and effectiveness of Healthwatch England and of local Healthwatch groups. (1 February)

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to reinstating the Department for International Development’s country programme in Burundi. (1 February)

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect the natural resources of the occupied Palestinian territories. (2 February)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of trends in the provision of bus services in England and the environmental impact of those trends. (3 February)

Baroness Doocey to ask the Leader of the House what systems are in place to monitor the quality of responses given by government departments to parliamentary written questions. (3 February)

Baroness Morris of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to help achieve social, economic, cultural and political parity for women in the United Kingdom. (4 February)

Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Rural Payments Agency has failed to make payments to qualifying farmers within the timetable set out by ministers. (8 February)

Lord O’Shaughnessy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of schools in promoting social integration. (8 February)

Baroness Humphreys to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of bilingualism and multilingualism to the enrichment of communities in the United Kingdom. (8 February)

Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the issues faced by black and minority ethnic people in the workplace in Britain. (9 February)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made regarding the political situation in Turkey. (9 February)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of anaerobic digestion, including its contribution to the United Kingdom economy in general, in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, in enhancing farm resilience, and in improving soil condition. (9 February)

Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reform the Pet Travel Scheme in the light of evidence of abuse. (10 February)

The Earl of Glasgow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a hub airport in the United Kingdom, and where it should be located. (10 February)

Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their proposal to prevent civil society organisations from objecting to violations of the School Admissions Code, what assessment they have made of the extent to which compliance with that Code is monitored and enforced. (10 February)

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide funding to allow the construction of a memorial to enslaved Africans in Hyde Park. (11 February)

Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in tackling the rate of premature deaths among people with a learning disability. (22 February)

Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the private rental market to meet the country’s housing needs. (22 February)

Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to those affected by the recent flooding in the north of England. (22 February)

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to promote the benefits of hydrotherapy for certain long-term progressive conditions, and for rehabilitation after stroke or injury. (22 February)

Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make it easier for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children with relatives in the United Kingdom to enter the country. (24 February)

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of NHS Property Services in contributing to integrated models of primary health care. (25 February)

Lord Loomba to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that their aid strategy is focused on those countries and regions where needs are greatest. (25 February)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 25 February and due for answer by 10 March.

Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that young people gain key transferable skills in order to increase their future employment opportunities.
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had about the work of UK Trade and Investment in promoting inward investment in Northern Ireland.
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken over the past five years to disrupt and intercept the supply of illicit drugs into UK prisons.   HL6435

Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the average change in annual household energy consumption after the installation of a smart meter.
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) arrests, and (2) convictions, for diesel laundering there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years.
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Lord Browne of Belmont to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average cost to the public purse of a parliamentary by-election since 2010.   HL6438

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they attach to acquiring and deploying autonomous underwater vehicles, and for what purposes they plan to use those vessels.   HL6439

Lord Campbell of Pittenweem to ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they attach to acquiring and deploying unmanned carrier-launched surveillance and strike aircraft.   HL6440

Baroness Golding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent reports, if any, they have commissioned from Ecofys in the past five years; when they received those reports; whether those reports were published; and if not, whether they will now publish those reports.   HL6441

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries have expressed an interest in applying for membership of the EU.   HL6442

Lord Hamilton of Epsom to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in Rottmann v Freistaat Bayern (Case C-135/08) that a decision by an EU member state to deprive a person of national citizenship cannot result automatically from the fact that the person in question acquired that status by deception, in particular in the light of Section A of the Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the European Council, concerning issues raised by Denmark regarding the Treaty on European Union (Official Journal C348/1, 31/12/92).   HL6443

Lord Hamilton of Epsom to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the European Council, concerning a new settlement for the UK within the EU returns to the UK Parliament any competences that are presently conferred on the EU by Title 1 of Part One of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union.   HL6444

Lord Hamilton of Epsom to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a decision under Article 9 of Protocol (No 15) to the EU Treaties would require approval (1) by an Act of Parliament, and (2) by a referendum.   HL6445

Lord Hamilton of Epsom to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Section A of the Decision of the Heads of State or Government, meeting within the European Council, concerning a new settlement for the UK within the EU imposes an obligation on the UK not to veto the new EU Treaty planned as part of the Five Presidents’ Report Completing Europe’s Economic and Monetary Union, published in June 2015.   HL6446

Lord Hamilton of Epsom to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether it would be consistent with the policy and objectives of the European Communities Act 1972 to notify the European Council of their intention to withdraw from the EU without prior approval by an Act of Parliament.   HL6447

Lord Hamilton of Epsom to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether a member state can withdraw from the EU under (1) a Treaty agreed to under the ordinary revision procedure pursuant to Article 48 of the Treaty on European Union, or (2) under Article 54(b) of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.   HL6448

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their objectives for the Commission on the Status of Women meeting in March.   HL6449

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will attend the Commission on the Status of Women meeting in March on their behalf.   HL6450

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what their side events will be at the Commission on the Status of Women meeting in March.   HL6451

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will promote their Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative at the Commission on the Status of Women meeting in March.   HL6452

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 18 February (HL5926), whether they intend to propose a system of sharing of expenditure by EU member states whereby those that accept smaller numbers of refugees for settlement proportionate to their own population size pay a higher fraction of national income towards programmes benefitting refugees both in Europe and outside it.   HL6453

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making representations to the government of Israel about the case of Mohammed Al-Qeeq; and in particular what representations they have made in the light of the reports of force-feeding and drips being inserted against his will.
   HL6454

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give guidance to local authorities about the limits on their powers to engage in political boycotts overseas.   HL6455

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to respond to the European Parliament’s call for an arms embargo on Saudi Arabia, and if so, how.   HL6456

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their planned pharmacy cuts on patients and health services in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
   HL6457

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they or NHS England have made of the effectiveness of minor ailments services provided by community pharmacies in reducing pressure on GP practices and other parts of the NHS, and what assessment they have made of the impact of their planned pharmacy cuts on such services.   HL6458

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many EEA nationals have been administratively removed from the UK for not exercising their treaty rights in each calendar year since 2009.   HL6459

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many victims of trafficking or modern slavery who are EEA nationals and in receipt of a positive Conclusive Grounds decision under the National Referral Mechanism have been issued with (1) "minded to remove" letters, or (2) administrative removal papers for not exercising their treaty rights, since 1 January 2014.   HL6460

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many EEA nationals with ongoing applications for discretionary leave to remain as victims of human trafficking have been issued with "minded to remove" letters or administrative removal papers since 1 January 2014.   HL6461

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what processes are in place, and what action they have taken, to ensure that EEA nationals who have made applications for discretionary leave to remain (DLR) as confirmed victims of human trafficking are not considered for administrative removal until a decision has been made about their application for DLR.   HL6462

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance regarding the rights and treatment of victims of human trafficking has been issued to Home Office staff responsible for making decisions about the administrative removal of EEA nationals, and what specific guidance has been given to caseworkers about the criteria for determining whether or not the administrative removal of a confirmed victim of human trafficking who is an EEA national is proportionate.   HL6463

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent homelessness among victims of modern slavery who are EEA nationals with positive Conclusive Grounds National Referral Mechanism decisions on their departure from the government-funded victim care contract.   HL6464

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the permanent members of the UN Security Council support the UK’s proposal to the Conference on Disarmament, as set out by the UK Permanent Representative to that Conference in his letter of 19 February (CD/2055).   HL6465

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government which particular EU directive or regulation has led to banks, credit companies and stores reviewing their loyalty schemes in order to differentiate between points earned from transactions inside and outside an institution, and how the UK voted when that matter was decided in the Council of Ministers.   HL6466

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address investigations by Which? and 5 Live that found that secondary ticket sites are carrying ticket listings that are in breach of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.   HL6467

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that online secondary ticket companies are properly monitoring and countering potential ticket touting, in compliance with the Consumer Rights Act 2015.   HL6468

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that primary and secondary ticket companies that are based abroad comply with the Consumer Rights Act 2015 when selling tickets in the UK.   HL6469

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many penalties have been issued to ticket sellers under the Consumer Rights Act 2015, and how many of those penalties were issued to secondary ticket sellers.   HL6470

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 February (HL5407), whether they were consulted before NHS England announced that it would be introducing a sugar tax by 2020, and if so, what views they expressed.   HL6471

Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average speeds of traffic flows recorded in central London for the years 2008 to 2015 inclusive.   HL6472

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings they have had recently with the government of Tunisia to discuss the current travel advice for UK citizens intending to travel to Tunisia; and whether they have any plans to amend that advice.   HL6473

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are funding training for the Tunisian tourism industry in order to improve their security arrangements, and if so, by how much.   HL6474

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Libyan refugees currently residing in Tunisia.   HL6475

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will represent them at the forthcoming World Humanitarian Summit in May.   HL6476

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what their priorities are at the forthcoming World Humanitarian Summit in May.   HL6477

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to work with the UK members of parliament who are attending the forthcoming World Humanitarian Summit in May.   HL6478

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 22 February (HL5864), whether the term UK troops includes members of 13 Squadron, based at RAF Waddington, and of 39 Squadron, based at Creech Air Force Base in the US.   HL6479

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 January (HL4885), whether the dates given in fact show that the time from laying down to operational handover for HMS Astute was nine years and seven months, and that for HMS Artful it will be 11 years.   HL6480

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 25 February (HL6124), what is their definition of "political campaigning and lobbying", and how they expect charities to establish that any expenditure on such campaigning and lobbying is funded exclusively from their own resources.   HL6481

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

27 January (10 February)

HL5531 Lord Laird [NIO]

28 January (11 February)

HL5571 Lord Green of Deddington [HO]

HL5572 Lord Green of Deddington [HO]

29 January (12 February)

HL5638 Lord Storey [CO]

2 February (16 February)

HL5820 Lord Watson of Invergowrie [DfE]

3 February (17 February)

HL5833 Lord Freyberg [DfE]

HL5834 Lord Freyberg [DfE]

4 February (18 February)

HL5920 Baroness Coussins [BIS]

HL5952 Baroness Rebuck [DfE]

9 February (23 February)

HL6068 Lord Storey [BIS]

HL6073 Lord Taylor of Warwick [BIS]

HL6075 Lord Tyler [BIS]

10 February (24 February)

HL6096 Baroness Burt of Solihull [BIS]

HL6123 Lord Wallace of Tankerness [CO]

HL6134 Baroness Wolf of Dulwich [BIS]

11 February (25 February)

HL6168 Lord Hain [BIS]

HL6169 Lord Hain [BIS]

HL6170 Lord Hain [BIS]

HL6171 Lord Hain [BIS]

HL6172 Lord Hain [BIS]

HL6173 Lord Hain [BIS]

HL6201 Lord Storey [DfE]

HL6209 The Earl of Clancarty [DCMS]

HL6210 The Earl of Clancarty [DCMS]

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

[BIS] 12

[CO] 2

[DCMS] 2

[DfE] 5

[HO] 2

[NIO] 1

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Chancel Repairs [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

 

NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc)

Private Member’s

26 February

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation)

Private Member’s

26 February

Riot Compensation

Private Member’s

26 February

Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information)

Private Member’s

26 February

Referred to the Examiners

   

New Southgate Cemetery [HL]

Private

 

To be heard by the Examiners on Tuesday 1 March at 11.00 am

   

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company [HL]

Private

1 March

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

   

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Charity [HL]

Private

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Armed Forces

Government

1 March

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

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

 

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

 

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Housing and Planning (Welsh and Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

1 March

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Immigration

Government

 

Scotland (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Government

29 February

Trade Union (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion rejected)

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Energy [HL]

Government

 

Enterprise [HL] (Welsh and Scottish 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

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Transport for London [HL]

Private

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Reasons and Amendment

   

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

Government

29 February

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

 

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

Education and Adoption

Government

 

Measures in Progress 

     

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

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 Building Societies (Floating Charges and Other Provisions) Order 2016

   

Draft Tees Valley Combined Authority Order 2016

   

Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016

   

Draft Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Consequential Amendments) (Bankruptcy) and the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2016

   

Draft Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

24th Report

2 March

Employment Allowance (Increase of Maximum Amount) Regulations 2016

 

2 March

Draft Employment Allowance (Excluded Companies) Regulations 2016

 

2 March

Draft Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2016

 

2 March

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

 

2 March

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

 

2 March

Draft Register of People with Significant Control Regulations 2016

 

2 March

Draft Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2016

 

2 March

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Hunting Act 2004 (Exempt Hunting) (Amendment) Order 2015

7th Report

 

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

20th Report

 

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

23rd Report

 

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Election of Mayor with Police and Crime Commissioner Functions) Order 2016

25th Report

 

Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Scheme Administration) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Child Support (Deduction Orders and Fees) (Amendment and Modification) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2016

   

Draft Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Renewables Obligation Closure Etc. (Amendment) Order 2016

24th Report

 

Draft European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016

26th Report

2 March

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

22nd Report

   

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

29 February

 

   

23rd Report

   

Onshore Wind Generating Stations (Exemption) (England and Wales) Order 2016

3 March

 

   

24th Report

   

National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016

16 March

 

   

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock: Meat Chickens and Breeding Chickens (Revocation) (England) Order 2016

19 April

 

Retirement 

The following member of the House has given notice of her intention to retire.

 

Date of retirement

 

Baroness Knight of Collingtree

24 March

 

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 29 February

   

Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding

Select Committee

10.00am

Economic Affairs

Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill

3.30pm

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 1 March

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 2 March

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Information

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 3 March

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Tuesday 8 March

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Wednesday 9 March

   

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 16 March

   

Privileges and Conduct

Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct

12 noon
in Residence 1

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 17 March

   

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 22 March

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 25 February 2016 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Bristol.

Select Committee Report

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

26th Report:  
Draft European Union Referendum (Date of Referendum etc.) Regulations 2016. (HL Paper 105) 

Public Business

2 Tax treaties: developing countries A question was asked by Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

3 Government contracts: steel industry A question was asked by Lord Hoyle and answered by Lord Bridges of Headley.

4 Armed Forces: Future Force 2020 Programme A question was asked by Lord Touhig and answered by Earl Howe.

5 Public bodies: Israel boycotts A question was asked by Baroness Tonge and answered by Lord Bridges of Headley.

6 Privileges and Conduct The Chairman of Committees moved that the 4th Report from the Select Committee (Investigations and members leaving the House or taking leave of absence; Guidance on participation in proceedings) (HL Paper 95) be agreed to. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

7 Code of Conduct The Chairman of Committees moved to resolve that the Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Lords be amended as follows:

In paragraph 15, leave out the second sentence and insert "In participating in such proceedings they should ensure that there is no conflict between their declared interests and the public interest."

The motion was agreed to.

8 Trade Union Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 92. The House resumed.

9 Flooding: European Union Solidarity Fund Baroness Williams of Trafford repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

10 Immigration: students A question was asked by Baroness Sharp of Guildford and, after debate, answered by Lord Bates.

11 Trade Union Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 97A. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 99)

The House adjourned at 6.47pm until Friday 26 February 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.

Command Paper

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

Industrial Injuries-Report of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council on Cancers due to ionising radiation.    (9208)

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Draft Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2016, laid under the Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Act 2010.

2 Draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 School Governance (Constitution and Federations) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the Education Act 2002.   (204)

2 Coroners and Justice Act 2009 (Alteration of Coroner Areas) Order 2016, laid under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.   (212)

3 (1) Collective Management of Copyright (EU Directive) Regulations 2016   (221)

(2) Undertakings for Collective Investment in Transferable Securities Regulations 2016   (225)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

 

Prepared 25th February 2016