House of Lords Business

Monday 25 April 2016 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Pidding to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people they expect to benefit from the Prime Minister’s commitment to expand the mentoring programme for disengaged young people.

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government which areas of England will be most affected by shortages of places for secondary school pupils in September, and how they intend to tackle the number of secondary schools that are above their capacity.

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote co-operative housing. [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Member, Council of the London Borough of Lewisham

*Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the closures of regional museums, particularly in the North of England, and the impact of those closures on the United Kingdom’s creative industry and on the educational services provided to local schools and colleges.

Trade Union Bill Third Reading [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Housing and Planning Bill Report (day 5) [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 20th, 21st, 26th, 27th and 28th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Future Business 

Tuesday 26 April at 2.30pm

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are undertaking to ensure that small businesses can protect their intellectual property and reduce the legal costs of enforcing it, in the light of World Intellectual Property Day.

*Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what considerations have led them to recommend the abolition of the statutory position of parent governors on school and academy governing boards

*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when advertising the post of Chair of Healthwatch England, the Department of Health stipulated that the successful candidate would require private sector experience, and why the governance arrangements for Healthwatch England have been changed so that its Chief Executive is subordinate to the Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Royal College of Surgeons report showing that Clinical Commissioning Groups are rationing treatments by the use of restrictions on routine surgery for patients who smoke or who are overweight or clinically obese.

Driving Instructors (Registration) Bill Committee [Earl Attlee]

Energy Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Reason [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth]

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill Report [Lord Dunlop]

Wednesday 27 April at 3.00pm

*Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prioritise the wellbeing of children when their parents are going through separation.

*Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recently published figures from the Department for Communities and Local Government are correct in stating that in 2009–10 Her Majesty’s Government built 33,000 social rent properties that were let at 40–50 per cent of market rent, and spent £22.4 billion in real terms on housing benefit, and that in 2014–15 they are predicted to have built 9,600 social rent properties that were let at 40–50 per cent of market rent, and to have spent £24.7 billion on housing benefit.

*Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether clause 217 of the Investigatory Powers Bill will give them the power to force a company to break its own encryption in a similar manner to the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation’s abandoned attempt to make Apple break the security of an iPhone.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 25 April.

If the Report stage of the Housing and Planning Bill has concluded, it is expected that the Bill will be read a Third time.

Armed Forces Bill Report [Earl Howe] 21st and 26th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Modern Slavery Act 2015 (Code of Practice) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie]

Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie]

Limited Liability Partnerships, Partnerships and Groups (Accounts and Audit) Regulations 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe]

Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth]

Crown Court (Recording) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks]

Education (Repeal of Arrangements for Vocational Qualifications Awarded or Authenticated in Northern Ireland) Order 2016 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Nash]

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the state of the rural economy. (1 hour)

Thursday 28 April at 11.00am

*Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been undertaken of the likely impact on the quality of mental health care of removing mental health quality premium measures from NHS England’s Quality Premium Guidance for 201617.

*Baroness Wheatcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people they expect to benefit from the new state pension, and what will be the average increase per person.

*Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the funding for the new interferon-free Hepatitis C treatment will come from the National Health Service or HM Treasury.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 26 April.

If the Report stage of the Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan) Bill has concluded, it is expected that the Bill will be read a Third time.

Lord O’Neill of Gatley to move that this House takes note of the steps Her Majesty’s Government are taking to build a stronger economy.

Tuesday 3 May at 2.30pm

*Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any evidence that academies automatically perform better than local authority maintained schools, particularly those that are already categorised as high-performing.

*Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce any safeguards as part of their reform of the local government pension scheme (LGPS) in order to ensure that British wealth funds conduct their investment strategies solely in the interest of their LGPS members.

*Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the current and long-term crises in the governance of a number of sports, including allegations of corruption and doping, whether they intend to introduce legislation to establish standards by which sports governing bodies should conduct their affairs in order to restore public confidence in the fairness and efficacy of competition.

Wednesday 4 May at 3.00pm

*Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will conduct audits of the poverty programmes they support, and publish the results; and if not, why not.

*Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to amend the Railways Act 1993 in order to oblige the Office of Rail and Road, when deciding an open access application, to take into account the interests of passengers, of the public purse and of subsequent franchise competitions.

*Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve access to apprenticeships that offer career progression and high skill employment, particularly for those under 26 years old.

Thursday 5 May at 11.00am

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to take forward the recommendations of the report Third Party Election Campaigning-Getting the Balance Right by Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts.

*Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the national living wage on providers of social care.

*Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle banking fraud, including internet and telephone scams.

Monday 9 May at 2.30pm

*Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the European Union granting market economy status to China.

*Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of organisations and individuals in public life, including members of both Houses of Parliament, who have previously urged that the United Kingdom should join the euro.

*Baroness Ludford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what retrospective checks they intend to make, if any, into the financial backgrounds of foreign citizens, predominantly from Russia and China, who were granted United Kingdom residence through Tier One Investor visas, in the light of the reductions in applications and acceptances since the introduction of prior money-laundering checks in 2015.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their continuing policy to deport failed unaccompanied asylum seekers on reaching 18 years of age.

Tuesday 10 May at 2.30pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to undertake an urgent review into the financial sustainability of high street trade in England and Wales in the light of the growth of online retail and the increase in overhead costs for shops trading on the high street.

*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of net immigration continuing at over 300,000 people per year, and the latest Office for National Statistics projections indicating an increase in the United Kingdom population, including births, of 500,000 per year for the next six years, what plans they have to limit immigration and to build more hospitals, schools, housing and prisons to meet an increase in demand.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to placing a duty on all publicly funded and professional sporting bodies to co-operate actively in identifying and punishing anyone damaging the integrity of sport.

Wednesday 11 May at 3.00pm

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the current economic and technological case is for continuing with Hinkley Point.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that carers employed by care service agencies provide the care for elderly, disabled and other people for which they are paid.

*Lord Wood of Anfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the scope and purposes of the involvement of United Kingdom security forces in military action in Yemen.

Thursday 12 May at 11.00am

*Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to emphasise the importance to citizens, particularly young people, of registering to vote to enable them to participate in the referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union on 23 June.

*Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have to support their claim that "pull factors" are responsible for the mass movement of people from the Middle East and North Africa in recent years.

*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to alert the public to the dangers of alcohol and its causal links with hypertension, depression, Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

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

Lord Boswell of Aynho to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee The EU referendum and EU reform (9th Report, HL Paper 122). 30 March 2016

Other Motions for Debate 

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

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move to resolve that this House concurs with resolution 75 of the United States Congress, resolution 2016/2529(RSP) of the European Parliament, the resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the recent declaration of the United States Secretary of State, John Kerry, that religious and ethnic minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering genocide; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to refer those resolutions to the United Nations Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction on the International Criminal Court or to having the Security Council establish an independent fact-finding commission of experts to investigate the allegations of genocide.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to move to resolve that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to hold urgent talks with Disability Rights UK and the Disability Benefits Consortium to identify a mobility criterion in the Personal Independence Payment "moving around" assessment which is fairer than the current 20 metre distance, in the light of the impact on reassessed disabled claimants and the resulting large number of successful appeals.

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

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the National Health Service Trust Development Authority (Directions and Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) Regulations 2016 fail either to establish a statutory basis for the creation of NHS Improvement or to put in place transparent governance arrangements; fail to identify how NHS Improvement is to be run appropriately given that its two constituent parts-Monitor and the NHS Trust Development Authority-are governed by completely different statutory arrangements; fail to safeguard the future of NHS Foundation Trusts; and fail to resolve the potential conflict of interest in NHS Improvement between its regulatory role and that of an agency in securing and improving the safety of services (SI 2016/214).

Lord Grantchester to move that this House regrets that the Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme and Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2016 fail to determine the extent to which the scheme contributes to the United Kingdom’s target that 15 per cent of energy consumption is to come from renewable sources by 2020, and that the accompanying explanatory memorandum fails to provide sufficient information about the instrument’s policy objective and intended implementation (SI 2016/257). 29th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the Care Quality Commission (Fees) (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2016 will significantly increase Care Quality Commission (CQC) fees to National Health Service providers, general practitioners and the care sector in the current financial year, leading to increased budgetary pressure on providers in a period of significantly constrained finances; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to delay the date by which full cost recovery is to be achieved by the CQC and maintain government support to the CQC for 2016–17 at the 2015–16 level (SI 2016/249). 30th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

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)

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)

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)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask the Chairman of Committees what plans the House has to provide newly appointed peers with training about the legislative process and how best to hold the Government to account; and whether such plans could include refresher courses for longer-standing peers. (21 March)

Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider leaving out activity targets when developing the new dental contract. (14 April)

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Exporting is Great and the Overseas Business Network initiatives. (18 April)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the prospect of saving lives through better and specialist stroke acute care services. (18 April)

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples. (20 April)

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. (20 April)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 22 April and due for answer by 7 May.

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the Falkland Islands of the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf finding that they are in Argentinian territorial waters.   HL7846

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Falkland Islands Government regarding the future of its territorial waters.   HL7847

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf in the South Atlantic.   HL7848

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to appeal against the decision of the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf that the Falkland Islands are in Argentinian territorial waters.   HL7849

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government who can give permission for oil exploration in the waters off the Falkland Islands.   HL7850

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 21 April (HL7637), whether they will now state what contingency plans they have drawn up, if any, to repatriate the British Art Collection from the European Parliament in the event that the UK votes to leave the EU.   HL7851

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government why people leaving the UK have their passports examined and recorded at some airports, whilst at others no examination takes place.   HL7852

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have chosen not to implement provisions relating to joint audit and increased tendering as set out in EU Directive 2014/56/EU and Regulation 537/2014 on statutory auditing.    HL7853

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of EU Directive 2014/56/EU and Regulation 537/2014 on statutory auditing, what assessment they have made of the impact of implementing the provisions relating to joint audit on the creation of a more competitive market and limiting market dominance by the largest professional services networks.   HL7854

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of EU Directive 2014/56/EU and Regulation 537/2014 on statutory auditing, what assessment they have made of the potential impact of joint audit on levels of competition across the UK auditing sector.   HL7855

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed or seriously injured in road traffic incidents in each of the past five years in (1) Essex, (2) Kent, (3) Sussex, and (4) London.   HL7856

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many dedicated road traffic officers there were in each of the past five years in (1) Essex, (2) Kent, (3) Sussex, and (4) London.
   HL7857

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been charged with (1) driving whilst using a mobile phone, (2) speeding, (3) drink driving, and (4) dangerous driving, in each of the past five years in (a) Essex, (b) Kent, (c) Sussex, and (d) London.   HL7858

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to issue guidance to vets on how to proceed with the micro-chipping of dogs or horses when the owner is of no fixed abode, such as in the case of Gypsies and Travellers.   HL7859

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government, where a dog or horse is being micro-chipped and its owner is of no fixed abode, such as in the case of Gypsies and Travellers, whether they have considered allowing a mobile phone number or address of a friend or relation of the owner to be recorded rather than the owner’s address.   HL7860

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on people at the end of life of delaying the publication of their response to the Choice in end of life care review.   HL7861

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not provided a specific date for when they will publish a response to the Choice in end of life care review, and why that response has not yet been published.   HL7862

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their formal response to the Choice in end of life care review will be published before the purdah period ahead of the EU referendum begins. 
   HL7863

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend fully to fund measures to implement the recommendations set out in the Choice in end of life care review.   HL7864

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

21 March (6 April)

HL7262 Lord Ahmed [HO]

22 March (7 April)

HL7278 Baroness Jowell [HO]

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

[HO] 2

         

Bills in Progress 

 

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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

 

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 Select Committee

   

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands)

Government

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL] (Queen’s and Prince of Wales’s 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

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Driving Instructors (Registration)

Private Member’s

26 April

House of Commons Members’ Fund

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

27 April

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

Government

25 April

Northern Ireland (Stormont Agreement and Implementation Plan)

Government

26 April

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Trade Union (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion rejected)

Government

25 April

Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information)

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

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

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Returned to the Commons with Amendments

   

Immigration (Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Amendments

   

Bank of England and Financial Services [HL]

Government

 

Transport for London [HL]

Private

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Reason

   

Energy [HL]

Government

26 April

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

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

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 Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Pubs Code etc. Regulations 2016

   

Draft Pubs Code (Fees, Costs and Financial Penalties) Regulations 2016

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Nuclear Installations (Liability for Damage) Order 2016

 

27 April

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

 

27 April

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

 

27 April

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

 

27 April

Draft Crown Court (Recording) Order 2016

 

27 April

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

 

27 April

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

7th Report

 

Draft Building Societies (Floating Charges and Other Provisions) Order 2016 (20th Report from the JCSI)

   

Draft Licensing Act 2003 (Her Majesty The Queen’s Birthday Licensing Hours) Order 2016

   

Draft Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 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

   

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

28 April

 

   

30th Report

   

Care Quality Commission (Fees) (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2016

25 April

 

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

6 May

 

   

31st Report

   

Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Surcharge) (Amendment) Order 2016

13 May

 

Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Regulations 2016

13 May

 

   

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

National Health Service Trust Development Authority (Directions and Miscellaneous Amendments etc.) Regulations 2016

25 April

 

Retirements 

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

 

Date of retirement

 

Lord Inge

25 April

 

Baroness Perry of Southwark

26 May

 

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 25 April

   

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 26 April

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

4.10pm

Wednesday 27 April

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.15pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 28 April

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

10.00am

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

12 noon

Tuesday 3 May

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Wednesday 4 May

   

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Friday 22 April 2016 

The House met at 10.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Peterborough.

Public Business

1 Criminal Cases Review Commission (Information) Bill The report was received.

2 Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) Bill [HL] The report was received. Amendments 1 and 2 were agreed to. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 115)

3 House of Commons Members’ Fund Bill Lord Naseby 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.

4 Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill [HL] The bill was considered in Committee. Amendment 10 was agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with an amendment. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 116)

The House adjourned at 11.36am until Monday 25 April 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 Paper

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

Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)-Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Draft Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016. (13 April) 
     (-)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. 
     (507)

2 Homes and Communities Agency (Transfer of Property etc.) (No. 2) Regulations 2016, laid under the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.   (515)

 

Prepared 22nd April 2016