House of Lords Business

Monday 14 March 2016 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

Housing and Planning Bill Committee (day 6) [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 20th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme in 2016. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

The Earl of Courtown intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [The Earl of Courtown]

Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [The Earl of Courtown]

Child Support (Deduction Orders and Fees) (Amendment and Modification) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Altmann]

Occupational Pension Schemes (Scheme Administration) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Altmann]

Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Altmann]

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde]

Disabled Persons’ Parking Badges (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie]

Future Business 

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.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest NHS performance figures and the concerns expressed by the Society for Acute Medicine that overcrowding in hospitals may result in avoidable deaths.

Immigration Bill Report (day 2) [Lord Bates] 17th, 18th, 19th and 23rd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Civil Proceedings, Family Proceedings and Upper Tribunal Fees (Amendment) Order 2016 Lord Faulks to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 17 December 2015 be approved. 20th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (Dinner Break Business)

Lord Beecham to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at the end to insert "but this House regrets that the draft Order 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".

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.

*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.

*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government upon what formula they based the transition grant forming part of the recently announced Local Government Finance Settlement, and what consultation they held, and with whom, before taking that decision.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 14 March.

Trade Union Bill Report [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] Report from the Trade Union Political Funds and Political Party Funding Committee

Renewables Obligation Closure Etc. (Amendment) Order 2016 Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 25 January be approved. 24th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (Dinner break business)

Baroness Featherstone to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at the end to insert "but this House regrets that the draft Order 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".

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 assessment they have made of the Civitas publication, Myth and Paradox of the Single Market: How the trade benefits of EU Membership have been mis-sold, and what discussions they have had with the Governor of the Bank of England about that report.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 15 March.

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

Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2016 Lord Bates to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 22 February be approved. (Lunch break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 1.00pm

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. (1 hour)

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote ongoing maternal care for children. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

Monday 21 March at 2.30pm

Lord Price will be introduced.

*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 forthcoming 2016 Global LGBTI Human Rights Conference to be co-hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the government of Uruguay in Uruguay.

*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.

*The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the European Union Ombudsman’s finding of maladministration by the European Commission over pesticides, published on 22 February, and given that several EU countries including France, the Netherlands and Sweden have indicated that they will not support an assessment by the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) that glyphosate is harmless, whether they support the EFSA view that that chemical should receive a licence for a further 15 years.

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 11.00am

*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 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.

†*Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority following the broadcast of programmes on official Palestinian Authority television encouraging violence against Israeli citizens. [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)
Director (unpaid), Conservative Friends of Israel Limited

The full lists of Other Motions for Debate and Questions for Short Debate are printed below.

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

The Earl of Selborne to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Science and Technology Committee Genetically modified insects (1st Report, HL Paper 68). 17 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.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to move to resolve that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to change the eligibility criteria in the Moving Around section of the Personal Independence Payment assessment form to enable those who can stand and then move using an aid or appliance more than 20 metres, but no more than 50 metres, to receive enhanced rate mobility payment.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House takes note of the National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016 and regrets that, in setting the budget for NHS England for the next five years, the Government have made 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 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.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Elections (Policy Development Grants Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2016, laid before the House on 12 February, be annulled (SI 2016/164).

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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)

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)

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the state of the rural economy. (30 November)

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial sustainability of the five-year NHS plan. (1 December)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent NHS figures showing that 1,036 women and girls were treated for female genital mutilation during the period April to June 2015. (1 December)

Baroness 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 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)

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)

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)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Sudan regarding offences against civilians in Blue Nile and South Kordofan by government forces. (29 February)

Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to make data about meetings between ministers and external organisations more consistent, easily accessible and easily searchable; and whether they have plans to make regulations on that subject under section 2(5) of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. (29 February)

Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to reduce the incidence of smoking-related diseases. (1 March)

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the Pacific Alliance. (2 March)

Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to deliver the Life Chances Strategy to transform the lives of the most disadvantaged people in Britain, as outlined by the Prime Minister on 11 January. (2 March)

Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the situation in Sudan in the light of the threat posed by Islamic extremists in the surrounding countries. (2 March)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to give effect to the recommendations made by the report of the Independent Commission on Freedom of Information. (3 March)

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current political strategy towards Tunisia and what plans they have to develop further economic, security and cultural relations with that country, particularly in the light of the situation in Libya. (3 March)

Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional steps are being taken to address the proposals in official reports since 2009, and the Stormont House Agreement, on Northern Ireland’s past. (7 March)

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s bilateral relationship with Kazakhstan and its bid to secure a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council. (10 March)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that providers of financial services act at all times under a duty to achieve their customers’ best interests, so as to reduce the need for regulatory intervention, prevent future mis-selling, and speed up culture change in the financial sector. (11 March)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the extent to which the Competition and Markets Authority, in meeting its objective of promoting competition, is doing so "for the benefit of consumers", as required in section 25(3) of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. (11 March)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 11 March and due for answer by 29 March.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 March (HL6323), how licence conditions R18-R27 and T97 have been specifically reflected in the patient information and consent forms submitted to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority by the person responsible in order to perform genome editing in human embryos by means of CRISPR-Cas9.   HL6929

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 7 March (HL6225) and 8 March (HL6323), and the letter from the Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to both Lord Alton of Liverpool and the Department of Health on 7 March, whether there are any principled reasons why copies of the patient information and consent forms submitted to the HFEA by the person responsible in order to perform genome editing in human embryos by means of CRISPR-Cas9 have not yet been made publicly available; if so, what those reasons are; and if not, when they will place those documents in the Library of the House.    HL6930

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 22 January 2013 (WA194–5) and by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for the Department of Health, Mr George Freeman, on 8 March (HC29426), what control the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has over the contents of any external website, such as that maintained by the Francis Crick Institute; what prior examples they can provide in which (1) either centre 0157 or 0206, or (2) any other licensed centre, has immediately and voluntarily altered the publication on their websites of clinical success rate data or information on costs in response to a request from the HFEA to do so; and what assessment they have made of how any expectations that licensed centres would comply with such requests might be affected by the Francis Crick Institute’s claim that it is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act 2000 as a private body that has hitherto not provided copies of the patient information and consent forms directly for that reason.   HL6931

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are proposing to discontinue the use of the Westbury East Loop Junction and Hawkeridge Junction line for passenger services, and whether such a change will prevent that line from being used for diversion routes for passenger services in future.   HL6932

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the total overall cost of the planned M4 relief road south of Newport, and what funding they will provide, if any, for that project.   HL6933

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Welsh Government about alternative options to the M4 relief road south of Newport, including investing in additional rail services, stations and infrastructure.   HL6934

Baroness Grey-Thompson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what involvement the Department for Work and Pensions has had with disabled people and their families to inform their thinking on the forthcoming white paper on improving support for disabled people and people with health conditions. 
   HL6935

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Prime Minister, on 7 March in Brussels, described those fleeing across the Aegean Sea as illegally crossing, in the light of the fact that Turkey is not a party to the UN Convention on Refugees, which Greece and other EU member states are.    HL6936

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 23 February (HL6333), whether they have had specific discussions with the government of Bahrain on past and pending deprivations of citizenship, and on potential discrimination against the Shia Scholars Council and the Al Wefaq Party; and if so, with what results.   HL6937

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government by what criteria they define a serious crime as opposed to other crimes.   HL6938

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the BBC’s Royal Charter should be for at least 10 years.   HL6939

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the BBC new board members should (1) be appointed without ministerial influence, and (2) include audience and staff representatives.   HL6940

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for the BBC’s service licences being reviewed and strengthened by an independent regulator at an early date.   HL6941

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appropriate level for the BBC licence fee and of the case for that level being recommended by an independent regulator.   HL6942

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for maintaining the scale and scope of the BBC’s coverage on all platforms.   HL6943

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to discourage the inappropriate use of lasers with potentially damaging consequences for pilots and air passengers.   HL6944

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with owners and managers at Heathrow Airport about improved security around the perimeter fence and in relation to aircraft while they are parked on the tarmac.   HL6945

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the suitability of the length of the current UK Military Flying Training System (UKMFTS) contract, and how the length of that contract compares to previous contracts for the UKMFTS.   HL6946

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received regarding the UK Military Flying Training System contract, in particular regarding the length of that contract. 
   HL6947

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many service personnel they estimate will be trained under the UK Military Flying Training System contract, and how that number compares to previous programmes.   HL6948

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a plan in place to rebuild the lost capacity in the UK to design and build civil nuclear reactors.   HL6949

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth on 10 March (HL Deb, col 1406), whether the 60 per cent of jobs guaranteed in the supply chain for Hinkley Point remain guaranteed for the third nuclear plant and beyond, with which the Chinese are fully involved.   HL6950

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the recommendations of the Report from the Science and Technology Committee Nuclear Research and Development Capabilities (3rd Report, Session 2010–12, HL Paper 221), particularly the development of a long-term strategy for nuclear energy looking beyond 2025, have been taken forward.   HL6951

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an experienced commercial specialist has been appointed to act as the single sponsor for all aspects of the defence nuclear enterprise, as highlighted in Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.   HL6952

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the new body to deliver procurement of the successor submarines will be stood up; whether it has been decided what form the new delivery body will take, and whether the government of the US has been consulted; and whether they will establish that body via primary legislation.   HL6953

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

28 January (11 February)

HL5571 Lord Green of Deddington [HO]

HL5572 Lord Green of Deddington [HO]

11 February (25 February)

HL6201 Lord Storey [DfE]

22 February (7 March)

HL6229 Baroness Barker [CO]

23 February (8 March)

HL6341 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [CO]

HL6342 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [CO]

24 February (9 March)

HL6396 The Lord Bishop of Leeds [FCO]

HL6403 Lord Wasserman [CO]

HL6428 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL6429 Lord Laird [NIO]

25 February (10 March)

HL6444 Lord Hamilton of Epsom [FCO]

HL6455 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [CO]

HL6481 Lord Beecham [CO]

26 February (11 March)

HL6490 Lord Harrison [BIS]

HL6501 Baroness Tonge [CO]

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

[BIS] 1

[CO] 7

[DfE] 1

[FCO] 2

[HO] 2

[NIO] 2

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Chancel Repairs [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

 

House of Commons Members’ Fund

Private Member’s

 

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan)

Government

 

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

   

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Charity [HL]

Private

 

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company [HL]

Private

 

New Southgate Cemetery [HL]

Private

 

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

14 March

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Driving Instructors (Registration)

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Immigration

Government

15 March

Trade Union (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion rejected)

Government

16 March

Armed Forces

Government

 

Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information)

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Scotland (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Government

 

Riot Compensation

Private Member’s

 

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation)

Private Member’s

 

NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc)

Private Member’s

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Energy [HL]

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 Amendments

   

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

Government

 

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments)

Government

 

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

 

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

Education and Adoption

Government

 

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

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 Limited Liability Partnerships, Partnerships and Groups (Accounts and Audit) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Education (Repeal of Arrangements for Vocational Qualifications Awarded or Authenticated in Northern Ireland) Order 2016

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

 

14 March

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

 

14 March

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

 

14 March

Draft Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016

 

14 March

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

 

14 March

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

 

14 March

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

 

14 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

15 March

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

25th Report

 

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

   

Draft Renewables Obligation Closure Etc. (Amendment) Order 2016

24th Report

16 March

Draft Tees Valley Combined Authority Order 2016

27th Report

 

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

 

17 March

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 Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2016

   

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

   

Draft Building Societies (Floating Charges and Other Provisions) Order 2016

   

Negative Instruments 

Instrument reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

24th Report

   

National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016

16 March

 

   

Instruments 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

 

Elections (Policy Development Grants Scheme) (Amendment) Order 2016

18 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 14 March

   

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

3.30pm

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

3.35pm

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 15 March

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

10.30am

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 16 March

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.20am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Social Mobility

Select Committee

10.30am

Privileges and Conduct

Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct

12 noon
in Residence 1

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 17 March

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

9.40am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

12 noon
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 22 March

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon

Wednesday 23 March

   

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

10.30am

Minutes of Proceedings of Friday 11 March 2016 

The House met at 10.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Durham.

Select Committee Report

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

New Investigative Committee Activity. (3rd Report, HL Paper 113)

Public Business

2 Riot Compensation Bill The order of commitment was discharged.

3 Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill The order of commitment was discharged.

4 NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc) Bill The order of commitment was discharged.

5 Gambling (Categorisation and Use of B2 Gaming Machines) Bill [HL] Lord Clement-Jones moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

6 Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill The bill was considered in Committee. An amendment was considered. The House resumed and the bill was reported without amendment.

7 Driving Instructors (Registration) Bill Earl Attlee moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

8 Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] The bill was considered in Committee. Clause 2 was disagreed to. The amendment was agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 106)

The House adjourned at 1.24pm until Monday 14 March at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Papers

The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

1 Disability-Government response to the consultation on aids and appliances and the daily living component of Personal Independence Payment.    (9194)

2 Criminal Justice-Forensic Science Strategy: A national approach to forensic science delivery in the criminal justice system.    (9217)

Affirmative Instrument

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

Draft Education (Repeal of Arrangements for Vocational Qualifications Awarded or Authenticated in Northern Ireland) Order 2016, laid under the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Oil and Gas Authority (Levy) Regulations 2016, laid under the Infrastructure Act 2015.   (318)

2 (1) National Health Service (Dental Charges) (Amendment) Regulations 2016   (324)

(2) National Health Service (Charges and Payments) (Uprating, Miscellaneous Amendments and Transitional Provision) Regulations 2016   (325)

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

3 Civil Service (Other Crown Servants) Pension Scheme Regulations 2016, laid under the Public Services Pensions Act 2013.   (326)

4 Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement) (Prescription of Arrangement for Monitoring) Order 2016, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.   (327)

5 Recovery of Costs (Remand to Youth Detention Accommodation) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.   (330)

6 (1) Town and Country Planning (Compensation) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016   (331)

(2) Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2016   (332)

laid under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

7 (1) Unauthorised Deposit of Waste (Fixed Penalties) Regulations 2016   (334)

(2) Hazardous Waste (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016   (336)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

8 Statute made by Magdalen College, Oxford on 17 June 2015, laid under the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge Act 1923.

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for 2015 of the Commissioner for the Retention and use of Biometric Material, laid under the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012.

Instrument subject to disapproval

The following paper was laid before the House:

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, laid under the Immigration Act 1971.

 

Prepared 11th March 2016