House of Lords Business

Monday 21 March 2016 at 2.30pm

Lord Price will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

Scotland Bill Third Reading [Lord Dunlop] (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Immigration Bill Report (day 3) [Lord Bates] 17th, 18th, 19th and 23rd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Housing and Planning Bill Committee (day 8) [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 20th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Future Business 

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 18 March.

Liaison The Chairman of Committees to move that the Report from the Committee New investigative committee activity (3rd Report, HL Paper 113) be agreed to.

†Riot Compensation Bill Third Reading [Lord Trefgarne]

†Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation) Bill Third Reading [Lord Saatchi]

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

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 (Consequential Amendments) (Bankruptcy) and the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe]

Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe]

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Gardiner of Kimble]

Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks]

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. (1 hour) [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
A Vice President, National Autistic Society

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. (1 hour)

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

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 21 March.

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

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

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Election of Mayor with Police and Crime Commissioner Functions) Order 2016 Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 1 February be approved. 25th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (Lunch break business)

Lord Beecham to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end insert "and that this House welcomes the principle of devolution, the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Devolution agreement, and the draft Order; but regrets the lack of adequate resources allocated to the Greater Manchester Combined Authority; is concerned that funding is being cut whilst essential services are being devolved; notes that a transitional grant is available to local authorities to ease the pace of funding reductions but that out of the ten constituent member local authorities of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority only three member local authorities will receive this funding; and regrets that the Agreement was conditional on having an elected Mayor".

Tees Valley Combined Authority Order 2016 Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 11 February be approved. 27th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (Lunch break business)

Lord Beecham to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end insert "and that this House welcomes the principle of devolution, the Tees Valley Combined Authority agreement, and the draft Order; but regrets the lack of adequate resources allocated to the Tees Valley Combined Authority; is concerned that funding is being cut whilst essential services are being devolved; notes that a transitional grant is available to local authorities to ease the pace of funding reductions but that out of the five constituent member local authorities of the Tees Valley Combined Authority no local authorities will receive this funding; and regrets that the Agreement was conditional on having an elected Mayor".

Lord O’Neill of Gatley to move that this House approves, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, the Government’s assessment as set out in the Budget Report and Autumn Statement, combined with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook and Fiscal Sustainability Report, which forms the basis of the United Kingdom’s Convergence Programme.

†Royal Assent

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 12 noon

Lord O’Neill of Gatley to move that the Grand Committee takes note of the economy of the United Kingdom in the light of the Budget Statement.

Monday 11 April at 2.30pm

*Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their best estimate of the number of refugees who have perished in the Mediterranean and the Aegean Seas since 1 January 2015.

*Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help local authorities fulfil their statutory obligation to safeguard children with respect to preventing the use of controlled drugs.

*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the optimum build rate of surface warships in the United Kingdom to ensure viability of a national complex warship building capacity and the best cost per ship; and what assessment they have made of how many yards are necessary to ensure resilience in case of national emergency.

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are intending to take to address the issue of the unbanked and underbanked in the United Kingdom.

Tuesday 12 April at 2.30pm

*Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of Kazakhstan’s bid to secure a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council for 2017–18.

*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will represent the United Kingdom at the United Nations World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul in May.

*Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for the protection of the public over the last three years have been foreign national prisoners eligible, pursuant to section 119 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, for removal from the United Kingdom at the end of their tariff terms without a direction from the Parole Board for their release, and what proportion of such prisoners have in the fact been removed without such a direction.

Wednesday 13 April at 3.00pm

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to safeguard children in the British Overseas Territories.

*Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to monitor companies’ compliance with Part 6 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 regarding transparency in the supply chain.

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce a standard system of concessionary fares for young people travelling by bus in England.

†Thursday 14 April at 11.00am

†*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce marine litter and plastics pollution.

†*Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make Regional Schools Commissioners democratically accountable.

†*Baroness Prosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apprenticeships have been created since the Prime Minister’s announcement of their target of three million apprentices; how many of those apprentices are female, and what percentage of those female apprentices are in non-traditional occupations for women.

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 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. 29th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

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 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: 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)

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)

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)

Lord Purvis of Tweed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the nutrition of women and children in developing countries. (15 March)

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between the British Overseas Territories and the European Union. (15 March)

Lord Kerslake to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the quality and provision of care to those with dementia living at home. (16 March)

Lord Bilimoria to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of chartered institutes to the United Kingdom’s economy and competitiveness. (17 March)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 17 March and due for answer by 4 April.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announced changes to the initial teacher training criteria, whether the Teacher Standards will also be changed to reflect the increased emphasis on issues such as special educational needs and child development.   HL7115

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the announced changes to the initial teacher training criteria run parallel to the proposed recommendations of the Department for Education’s independent expert group led by Stephen Munday.   HL7116

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the announced changes to the initial teacher training criteria, why the suggested content was not made compulsory.   HL7117

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 7 March (HL6225) and the letter from the Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) to both Lord Alton and the Department of Health on 7 March, which specific members of the HFEA Licence Committee decided to overrule the HFEA’s appointed peer reviewers; which particular points raised by the peer reviewers were considered to be irrelevant by the Licence Committee; and which of the peer reviewers’ comments that were not considered to be irrelevant were also not considered by the Licence Committee to be addressed by the person responsible.   HL7118

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Minister of State for the Department for International Development, Desmond Swayne, on 16 March (HC Deb, col 937), whether it is their position that no non-state party is capable of committing genocide under the 1949 United Nations Genocide Convention.   HL7119

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Minister of State for the Department for International Development, Desmond Swayne, on 16 March (HC Deb, col 937), what assessment they have made of measures required to confer on the International Criminal Court jurisdiction over crimes committed by Daesh in Syria and Iraq.   HL7120

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply of Earl Howe on 15 March (HL Deb, col 1736) that in the UK a declaration of genocide is "a matter for the judicial system", what they consider to be a prerequisite for such a declaration to be made by British judicial authorities; who is responsible for instigating this; and what is their response to the recent declarations of genocide against Daesh made by the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.   HL7121

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to, and what is their assessment of, the statement by the US Secretary of State, John Kerry, that Daesh is responsible for genocide against groups in areas under its control, including Yazidis and Christians.   HL7122

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their bilateral spending on technical assistance to programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in the financial years from 2010–11 to 2014–15 in addition to their commitment of up to £1 billion for the Global Fund.   HL7123

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their expected bilateral spending on technical assistance to programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in addition to their commitment to the Global Fund in (1) 2015–16, and (2) 2016–17.
   HL7124

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations have received, or will receive, bilateral funding for technical assistance for programmes funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in (1) 2014–15, (2) 2015–16, and (3) 2016–17.   HL7125

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government why their devolution agreement with Bath and North East Somerset Council, Bristol City Council, North Somerset Council, South Gloucestershire Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership is called the West of England devolution agreement, in the light of the fact that it does not include Cornwall Council or Devon County Council.   HL7126

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support Public Health England’s decision to reduce the dairy food group in the revised Eatwell Guide; whether the dairy industry was consulted before that change was made; and on what scientific basis that decision was taken.   HL7127

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they used to decide on which radio channels to advertise the new workplace pensions; whether they are being advertised on BBC Radio; and if not, why not.   HL7128

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a legal obligation for goods offered for sale in shops in the UK to carry contents and usage instructions in English.   HL7129

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government why National Savings and Investments stopped the sale of Premium Bonds for cash in Post Offices and withdrew their brochures, forms and reply envelopes at the same time, and what assessment they have made of the effect of that decision on the sale of Premium Bonds.   HL7130

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the average hourly rate, and (2) the range of charges, for official veterinary surgeons employed in abattoirs.   HL7131

Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any plans for a database of outcomes from innovative medical treatments will be subject to the patient level extraction process of the Standardisation Committee for Care Information.   HL7132

Lord Freyberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish a response to their consultation on accredited safe havens, Protecting personal health and care data: a consultation on proposals to introduce new regulations, which closed on 8 August 2014.   HL7133

Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the increase in road congestion and the construction of Cycle Superhighways in London, how they will ensure that fire, ambulance, and other emergency service vehicles are able to use Superhighways in the event of a terrorist attack or other major incident.   HL7134

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Earl of Courtown on 15 March (HL6695), whether they will call on the government of Turkey to compensate civilians killed or injured, or whose property has been destroyed or damaged, by artillery, demolitions, or air attacks not only in Cizre, but elsewhere in Turkey.   HL7135

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions of criminal gangs in the food sector have been initiated by the National Food Crime Unit since it was established.   HL7136

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the National Food Crime Unit’s annual budget is allocated to investigating serious crimes.   HL7137

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of co-mingled recycling collection in the light of the recycling target of 50 per cent of municipal waste by 2020.   HL7138

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review and propose simplification of household waste and recycling collection across the UK.
   HL7139

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings of the National Flood Resilience Review have taken place, and when that review is expected to report.
   HL7140

Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in implementing their manifesto commitment to plant 11 million trees, and how such progress will be monitored and reported.   HL7141

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of calls for an investigation into what action should be taken against those in Burma who are responsible for the crackdown by police at the Letpaden meeting of student protesters.   HL7142

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to reduce the noise level of motorbikes travelling on public highways.   HL7143

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations they have made, or caused to be made, into security at the airport at Sharm el-Sheikh in Egypt, and when they expect to be able to advise airlines flying from the UK that it is safe to resume flights to Sharm el-Sheikh.   HL7144

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the amount of litter currently on the verges of (1) the A13 trunk road between the Limehouse Link and the junction with the A130, and (2) the A12 between the junction with the A130 and the junction with the A14 at Ipswich, and what steps the Highways Agency is taking to monitor the cleanliness of those roads.   HL7145

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the arrangements with which the Highways Agency ensures that contractors responsible for keeping trunk roads clean fulfil their obligations, and whether they use photographic evidence to record the cleanliness of trunk roads.
   HL7146

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, in the most recent year for which information is available, of the Highways Agency on keeping (1) trunk roads, and (2) motorways, clear of litter.   HL7147

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how information is (1) collected, and (2) managed, to protect the dignity of patients who receive pharmacy services in retail outlets, under the Standards for registered pharmacies, Principle 1.   HL7148

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how information is (1) collected, and (2) managed, to protect the privacy of patients who receive pharmacy services in retail outlets, under Standards for registered pharmacies, Principle 1.   HL7149

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how information is (1) collected, and (2) managed, to protect the confidentiality of patients who receive pharmacy services in retail outlets, under Standards for registered pharmacies, Principle 1.   HL7150

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government why their representatives in the International Court of Justice on 14 March requested the Court to declare that it lacked jurisdiction over the claim brought against the UK by the Marshall Islands, or that the claim is inadmissible, and under what circumstances they believe the International Court of Justice has jurisdiction.   HL7151

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Office for Budget Responsibility has produced its own forecast of the consequences of the UK leaving the EU.   HL7152

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the possible consequences for financial stability of the consolidation of central clearing houses.   HL7153

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to monitor the role of institutional investors in voting their clients’ shares regarding the potential takeover of the London Stock Exchange, in order to ensure that this reflects the best interests of the clients rather than the fund manager or related parties.   HL7154

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the UK complies with its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities if cell-free DNA, non-invasive prenatal testing techniques are made available to pregnant women on the NHS.   HL7155

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to fulfil their obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and in particular Article 23, subsection 3.   HL7156

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible effects of normalising cell-free DNA, non-invasive prenatal testing techniques, in particular with regard to enabling sex-selective abortions.   HL7157

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been invested in the last year in (1) Down’s Syndrome research, (2) Down’s Syndrome screening, and (3) support for people with Down’s Syndrome.   HL7158

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support individuals with Down’s Syndrome and their families.   HL7159

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that the issues highlighted in the Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Disability of 2013, and in particular the finding that many parents are steered towards abortion and feel that they do not receive adequate information about other options, are not exacerbated by the introduction of cell-free DNA, non-invasive prenatal testing techniques.   HL7160

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support local government in the light of their planned extension of business rate relief.   HL7161

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to encourage more females into STEM professions.   HL7162

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support female start-up company founders in the light of the study by MIT, Harvard and Wharton Universities in 2014 showing that males are 60 per cent more likely to get funding.   HL7163

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they propose to cut £4.4 billion from benefits for disabled people over the course of the Parliament.   HL7164

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of criticism from the British Retail Consortium that proposed changes in business rates are inadequate.
   HL7165

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 16 March (HL6672), whether the respective Codes of Conduct for (1) ministers, (2) officials, and (3) special advisers, allow them to draft letters to be signed by retired military officers or business people and then published in national newspapers.   HL7166

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bridges of Headley on 16 March (HL6552), how they define an "extended Ministerial Office", and for what purpose they are being established.   HL7167

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the plans following the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, there will be more or fewer Royal Navy ships in commission by 2025 than the 57 currently.   HL7168

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration was given in the Budget to the commitment made by the Prime Minister, when introducing the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015, that there would be a bigger navy by 2030.   HL7169

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Department of Health mandate to NHS England, which requires it to "ensure that the new commissioning system promotes and supports participation by NHS organisations and NHS patients in research funded by both commercial and non-commercial organisations", what progress has been made in achieving that objective, and how they record such progress.   HL7170

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to involving appropriate regulators in the development of degree-level apprenticeships for nursing and other allied health professionals.   HL7171

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prospective impact on the education and training of Registered Nurses of the UK leaving the EU.   HL7172

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the level of subsidy from the public purse provided for council housing.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Member, Council of the London Borough of Lewisham
 HL7173

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the difference between a local authority being able to recover (1) its expenses, and (2) its reasonable costs, in matters relating to its duties around housing legislation.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Member, Council of the London Borough of Lewisham
 HL7174

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of approved planning applications for housing that have yet to be built.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Member, Council of the London Borough of Lewisham
 HL7175

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the additional expenditure reductions that will be required of local authorities following the announcement of the changes to business rates made in the Budget.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Member, Council of the London Borough of Lewisham
 HL7176

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the comments of Chief Executive NHS England, in response to the sugar tax announcement in the budget, that "sadly soft drinks are now our children’s largest single source of diabetes-inducing teeth-rotting excess sugar."   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Chair, Council of People with Diabetes
 HL7177

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the legislation governing credit unions.   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)
A Director of London Mutual Credit Union
 HL7178

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the account in the Equalities and Human Rights Commission’s report Is England Fairer? of the discrimination faced by Gypsies, Travellers and Roma, and how they propose to address this.   HL7179

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, prior to hosting the World Athletics Championships in London 2017, they intend to introduce legislation to criminalise athletes who seek to enhance their performance in sport through banned doping programmes and gain selection over other athletes who do not.   HL7180

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether UK Anti-Doping has adequate medical, administrative and financial resources to undertake international programmes for third-party countries, including a testing programme in Russia, whilst providing a comprehensive anti-doping programme in the UK.   HL7181

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are on track to deliver their manifesto commitment to win more medals in Rio 2016 than in London 2012, and what progress is being made in preparations to deliver that commitment, broken down by sport.   HL7182

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought legal advice on whether the "Whereabouts" system operated by UK Anti-Doping during vacations taken by professional athletes meets the conditions of the EU Working Time Directive (2003/88/EC).   HL7183

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current proportion of women on the Board of the British Olympic Association and on each winter and summer British governing body of sport represented in the Olympic and Paralympic movement, and how they intend to achieve their declared objective of requiring the proportion of women on each governing body to be at least 25 per cent by 2017.   HL7184

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

28 January (11 February)

HL5571 Lord Green of Deddington [HO]

HL5572 Lord Green of Deddington [HO]

26 February (11 March)

HL6501 Baroness Tonge [CO]

1 March (15 March)

HL6598 Lord Lexden [CO]

HL6615 Lord Livermore [BIS]

HL6616 Lord Livermore [BIS]

HL6617 Lord Livermore [BIS]

2 March (16 March)

HL6648 Baroness Jowell [HO]

HL6649 Baroness Jowell [HO]

HL6658 Lord Turnberg [HMT]

HL6668 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [CO]

HL6669 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [CO]

HL6670 Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town [CO]

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

[BIS] 3

[CO] 5

[HMT] 1

[HO] 4

   

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

 

Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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, Welsh Legislative Consent Motion rejected)

Government

21 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 (Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

21 March

Trade Union (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion rejected)

Government

 

Armed Forces (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion passed)

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

21 March

Riot Compensation

Private Member’s

22 March

Access to Medical Treatments (Innovation)

Private Member’s

22 March

NHS (Charitable Trusts Etc)

Private Member’s

23 March

Sent to the Commons

   

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

 

Energy [HL]

Government

 

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

   

Draft Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Code of Practice) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

 

22 March

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

 

22 March

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

 

22 March

Draft Third Parties (Rights against Insurers) Regulations 2016

 

22 March

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

7th Report

 

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

25th Report

23 March

Draft Tees Valley Combined Authority Order 2016

27th Report

23 March

Draft Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016

   

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

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

24th Report

   

National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016

16 March

 

   

29th Report

   

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

18 April

 

Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2016

28 April

 

   

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

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 21 March

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 22 March

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 23 March

   

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.20am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

10.30am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.30pm

Wednesday 13 April

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

Thursday 14 April

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Monday 25 April

   

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 28 April

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 17 March 2016 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.

Select Committee Report

1 Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

25th Report:

Special Report: Response to the Strathclyde Review. (HL Paper 119)

Public Business

2 Employment: job creation A question was asked by Baroness Jenkin of Kennington and answered by Lord Freud.

3 European Union: single market A question was asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

4 Apprenticeships A question was asked by Baroness Wilcox and answered by Baroness Neville-Rolfe.

5 Help to Save scheme A question was asked by Lord Young of Cookham and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

6 Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment (Amendment) Bill [HL] Lord Selsdon presented a bill to raise the penalty for littering offences; to provide for an offence that relates to allowing a dog to foul the land; and to require local authorities to provide appropriate and convenient litter disposal points. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 108)

7 Occupational Pension Schemes (Scheme Administration) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Baroness Altmann moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

8 Child Support (Deduction Orders and Fees) (Amendment and Modification) Regulations 2016 Baroness Altmann moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

9 Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2016 Baroness Altmann moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 8 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

10 Companies (Address of Registered Office) Regulations 2016 The Earl of Courtown moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

11 Registrar of Companies and Applications for Striking Off (Amendment) Regulations 2016 The Earl of Courtown moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

12 Housing and Planning Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 82GD. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

13 Terrorism Act 2000 (Proscribed Organisations) (Amendment) Order 2016 Lord Bates moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 22 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

14 Housing and Planning Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 84D. The House resumed after amendment 89L.

The House adjourned at 7.11pm until Monday 21 March at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 1.00pm.

General Practitioners: appointments A question was asked by Earl Attlee and, after debate, answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

Children: maternal care A question was asked by the Earl of Dundee and, after debate, answered by Lord Nash.

Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital: redevelopment A question was asked by Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde and, after debate, answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

Occupied Palestinian Territories: development A question was asked by Lord Hylton and, after debate, answered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble.

India: freedom of religion A question was asked by Lord Singh of Wimbledon and, after debate, answered by the Earl of Courtown.

The Committee adjourned at 6.00pm.

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 Elections-Third Party Election Campaigning – Getting the Balance Right: Review of the operation of the third party campaigning rules at the 2015 General Election.    (9205)

2 Education-Educational Excellence Everywhere: Government proposals.    (9230)

3 Children-The Report of the Macur Review.    (-)

4 Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)-Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016. (15 March)   (-)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

 (1) Concession Contracts Regulations 2016   (273)

(2) Utilities Contracts Regulations 2016   (274)

(3) Public Procurement (Amendments, Repeals and Revocations) Regulations 2016   (275)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report on Performance standards for Electoral Registration Officers, laid under the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000.

2 (1) Report for 2015 of the Animal and Plant Health Agency on the Return of expenditure incurred and prosecutions taken under the Animal Health Act 1981 and incidences of disease in imported animals

(2) Report of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Contingency Plan for Exotic Notifiable Diseases of Animals in England

laid under the Animal Health Act 1981.

 

Prepared 17th March 2016