House of Lords Business

Tuesday 7 June 2016 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to work with businesses to ensure that the completion rate of apprenticeships improves, particularly for those under 25.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to close down puppy farms that breach animal welfare standards and to apprehend gangs that sell illegally bred and imported puppies to buyers across the United Kingdom.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for keeping children’s teeth healthy.

†*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the reason for the delay in opening the airport on St Helena; and when it is now expected to be operational.

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, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 68).

Lord Tugendhat to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Europe in the world: Towards a more effective EU foreign and security strategy (8th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 97).

Future Business 

Wednesday 8 June at 3.00pm

*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many armed police officers there were in April 2010, and how many there were in April 2016.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Council decision of 19 February is legally binding on the Court of Justice and the European Parliament before the European Union treaties are changed to reflect it, and when they expect that change to take place.

*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the procedures through which departmental records are made available to the public under the new 20-year rule.

†*Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the latest immigration figures.

†Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) to move that Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday 9 June to enable the motion standing in the name of Baroness Smith of Basildon to be taken before the balloted Topical Question for Short Debate in the name of Baroness Jenkin of Kennington.

†Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill [HL] (Law Commission Bill) The Earl of Courtown to move that the bill be referred to a Second Reading Committee.

Bus Services Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon]

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

Thursday 9 June at 11.00am

*Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to allow people to include honours in titles when completing forms on government websites.

*Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Transforming Care programme in supporting people with learning disabilities to leave in-patient settings and live with enhanced support in the community.

*Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the National Clinical Director of Adult Neurology post was ended, and what assessment they have made of the consequences of that decision.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 7 June.

Lord Haskel to move that this House takes note of the economic and financial prospects of the United Kingdom.

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent new dietary advice that contradicts recommendations to eat a low-fat diet to tackle obesity. (Topical Question for Short Debate, 1 hour)

Baroness Smith of Basildon to move that this House takes note of the balance of power between the Government and Parliament; and of the case for Parliament having full details of all legislation that it is asked to consider.

Lord Berkeley of Knighton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in the light of NHS statistics showing that in 2015 over 1,000 cases of female genital mutilation were reported every three months and the lack of any successful prosecutions to date. (1½ hours)

Friday 10 June at 10.00am

Asset Freezing (Compensation) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Empey]

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

Register of Arms Brokers Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Jolly]

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

Renters’ Rights Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Grender]

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

Monday 13 June at 2.30pm

*Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional social care resources they will provide to support the numbers of carers aged over 80, in the light of estimates that half of those are providing over 35 hours caring per week.

*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prospects for civil liberties and democratic governance in Turkey.

*Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review their drug policies in the light of the United Nations statements at the UN General Assembly Special Session on 19–21 April.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the safety of Syrian refugees deported to Turkey from Greece.

Tuesday 14 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have held with the Overseas Territories and other Commonwealth countries over the United Kingdom’s future relations with the European Union.

*Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and the European Union Tobacco Products Directive 2015, which state that there must be tracking and tracing systems in member states and that the parties to the Protocol may not delegate their responsibilities to the tobacco industry, what assessment they have made of whether the current pilot scheme to help tackle illicit tobacco, using the tobacco industry’s Codentify authentication system, is consistent with their obligations under the Protocol.

*Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they have to invest in and promote both defence and civil companies in the United Kingdom shipbuilding industry.

Wednesday 15 June at 11.00am

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include in the draft regulations flowing from the Housing and Planning Act 2016 measures to deal with retrospective planning applications and variable fees for higher cost developments.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop careers education.

*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking, in the light of the report of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, to prevent unsafe discharges of frail and elderly people from hospital.

†Monday 27 June at 2.30pm

†*Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to counter anti-Semitism on university campuses in the United Kingdom.

†*Lord Singh of Wimbledon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether action to combat the threat of terrorism could be helped by a clearer use of language, for example by explaining the actual meaning of words such as "extremism", "radicalisation" and "fundamentalism".

†*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to improve air quality in Britain.

†*Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to fund women’s rights organisations during humanitarian emergencies.

†Tuesday 28 June at 2.30pm

†*Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is open justice, and in particular open access to transcripts of proceedings in open court, in the light of the availability of digital technology.

†*Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reconsider their decision to deny funding to the proposed memorial for enslaved Africans in Hyde Park.

†*Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will hold a consultation on the effects of the charitable status of public schools on equality of opportunity in Britain.

†Wednesday 29 June at 3.00pm

†*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve HM Revenue and Customs call waiting times.

†*Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the introduction of the first corporate parenting principles will ensure that care-leavers have the best life chances possible.

†*Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what long-term plans they have, and what action they intend to take in this Parliament, to prevent the underlying causes of poverty in the United Kingdom.

†Thursday 30 June at 11.00am

†*Lord Taverne to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what way the guidance produced by Dr Satvinder Juss on the implications of the High Court’s ruling in R (Fox) v Secretary of State for Education is "inaccurate" as they have stated.

†*Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will implement the recommendations of the Independent Review of Consumer Protection Measures concerning Online Secondary Ticketing Facilities.

†*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those with diabetes have adequate support to tackle obesity.

The full lists of Motions for Balloted Debate, Other Motions for Debate, and Questions for Short Debate are available online daily. The lists of all Motions for Balloted Debate and Questions for Short Debate will next be printed on 13 June.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 14 June for debate on 30 June. Time limit 2½ hours

Lord Cormack to move that this House takes note of the future of national and provincial museums and galleries.

The Earl of Sandwich to move that this House takes note of the over-prescribing of, and dependence on, psychiatric medication and painkillers, and the needs of patients withdrawing from such drugs.

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to move that this House takes note of the impact on leaseholders of disputes with landlords over lease obligations.

Lord Hylton to move that this House takes note of the principle of international protection as it applies to the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Lord Lexden to move that this House takes note of the case for introducing statutory guidelines relating to the investigation of cases of historical child sex abuse.

Lord Fairfax of Cameron to move that this House takes note of the role of openness and transparency in reinforcing confidence in public institutions.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to move that this House takes note of the agricultural policies and agritech developments needed to achieve both future food security and environmental improvements.

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to move that this House takes note of the regulations relevant to hydraulic fracturing for shale gas.

Baroness Deech to move that this House takes note of the future of the BBC.

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to move that this House takes note of the recommendations in the report of Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, Third party election campaigning: review, published on 17 March.

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to move that this House takes note of the prospects for the rule of law and democracy in Russia.

Lord Loomba to move that this House takes note of International Widows’ Day and the importance of its aim to alleviate poverty and human rights abuses.

Lord Woolf to move that this House takes note of the resourcing and staffing of the court service in supporting the rule of law.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is 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, Session 2015–16, 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, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 71). 18 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, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 122). 30 March 2016

The Earl of Selborne to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Science and Technology Committee EU Membership and UK Science (2nd Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 127). 20 April 2016

Lord Boswell of Aynho to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee The process of withdrawing from the European Union (11th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 138). 4 May 2016

Lord Tugendhat to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Operation Sophia, the EU’s naval mission in the Mediterranean: an impossible challenge (14th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 144). 13 May 2016

Other Motions for Debate 

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move to resolve that this House believes that Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering genocide at the hands of Daesh; and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to make a referral to the United Nations Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court or a war crimes tribunal, so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Lord Hylton to move to resolve, in the light of the failure of successive negotiations between Israel and Palestine and of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, that this House calls for full international protection for the Occupied Palestinian Territories in order to achieve security for Israel and self-determination for the Palestinians.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that, in the light of the National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016, this House 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, Session 2015–16, from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Callanan to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, laid before the House on 22 April, be annulled on the grounds that its restrictions on product choice and advertising of vaping devices were devised before evidence had accumulated that vaping was enabling many people to quit smoking, run counter to advice from the Royal College of Physicians to promote vaping and are so severe that they could force vapers back to smoking and create a black market with harmful products (SI 2015/507).

Baroness Walmsley to move that, in the light of the prohibition of commercial advertising of vaping devices in the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and the proven public health benefit to former smokers of switching to vaping devices, confirmed by the advice from the Royal College of Physicians that vaping is 95 per cent less harmful than smoking tobacco, and that half of all tobacco smokers die from smoking-related causes, this House regrets that the advertising ban would hinder e-cigarettes from being promoted as a way of assisting smokers to stop smoking tobacco, and that concerns regarding the restriction of the nicotine concentration of the vapour have not been properly addressed (SI 2015/507).

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that, in the light of the concerns about the impact of the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 on the use of electronic cigarettes, this House regrets that there is not a monitoring mechanism in place to measure whether the Regulations will have a negative impact on the number of smokers using electronic cigarettes to give up smoking; that the Regulations are not to be accompanied by a public information campaign to reassure smokers that electronic cigarettes are less harmful than normal smoking; that smoking cessation services are being cut back at the same time as the Regulations are being introduced; and that the Regulations are due for implementation before the Government has published their tobacco strategy (SI 2015/507).

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move the United Kingdom towards an energy infrastructure that is based on renewable energy.  (18 May)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government, ahead of (1) the summit hosted by President Obama on 20 September, and (2) the high-level United Nations plenary meeting on 20 November, what plans they have to work with other nations in addressing large movements of refugees and migrants. (18 May)

Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to consider the proposal that, for a period of time, all government departments should cease devising new legislation and concentrate on sound administration. (18 May)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat caste-based discrimination in the UK. (18 May)

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. (18 May)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with homelessness. (18 May)

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the increased use of zero-hours employment contracts nationally and regionally, what assessment they have made of the effects of such contracts on an individual’s chances of gaining full-time salaried employment, and on specific sectors, both public and private, of the UK economy. (18 May)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to ensure the revival of the Middle East Peace Process with fresh negotiations between Israel and Palestine. (18 May)

Lord Grocott to ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to initiate a review of the role of the Lord Speaker. (18 May)

Baroness Prashar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to opt into the proposed Regulation amending the Dublin Regulation, which establishes the criteria and mechanisms for determining the European Union member state responsible for examining asylum applications made in the EU. (18 May)

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the powers available under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 are invoked and exercised in an accountable, appropriate and proportionate manner. (18 May)

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move toward the elimination of HIV infection in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential effect on peace and stability in Europe and around the world of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. (18 May)

Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they are taking to reduce the incidence of smoking-related diseases. (18 May)

Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy changes they plan to introduce in response to the call from UN officials at the Special Session on Drug Policy on 19–21 April for member states to introduce evidence-based policies to promote public health and to place health rather than prohibition at the heart of drug policy. (18 May)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to update the law on surrogacy. (18 May)

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support parents in navigating schools’ admissions arrangements. (18 May)

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the value and vibrancy of museums like the People’s History Museum are recognised, and to secure the future of such museums. (18 May)

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Fit for Work scheme in enabling those with long-term health problems like chronic pain to return to or stay in work. (18 May)

Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. (18 May)

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the mental health and therapeutic support available to (1) children who have been abused or neglected and (2) young carers. (18 May)

Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty’s Government how their policies are supporting and encouraging lifelong learning.  (18 May)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (18 May)

Lord Paddick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a legal market for cannabis. (18 May)

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding offender training in entrepreneurship. (18 May)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the projects supported by the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund established in 2015. (18 May)

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of Economic Partnership Agreements negotiated between the European Commission and economic regions of Africa on the agricultural economies of the African countries concerned. (18 May)

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that all teachers at academies and free schools are fully qualified. (18 May)

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress towards implementing the recommendations contained within the report of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, Changing banking for good. (18 May)

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure parity of esteem between mental and physical health.  (18 May)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to improve the quality and affordability of housing in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan routinely to publish statistical information on the detention of pregnant women under the Immigration Act 2014. (18 May)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for further reform to party funding. (18 May)

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for ensuring the appropriate number of healthcare professionals in the National Health Service and care homes. (18 May)

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to combat anti-Semitism, in particular in universities. (18 May)

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. (18 May)

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

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman’s Report of investigations into unsafe discharge from hospital, published in May. (18 May)

Lord Northbrook to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the likelihood of a solution to the situation in Cyprus before the end of 2016. (18 May)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decline in the numbers of clinical pharmacologists practising in the National Health Service and teaching in the universities on treatment and research capacity. (18 May)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom has sufficient speakers of foreign languages serving the armed forces and defence services. (18 May)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of freedom of religion and belief of religious minorities in Pakistan. (18 May)

Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure the rollout of superfast fibre broadband to homes across the country. (18 May)

Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that character education runs through every element of the curriculum and the wider learning environment. (18 May)

Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to mitigate tax avoidance and eliminate tax evasion in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish guidance to encourage the protection of existing historical statues and memorials and support the establishment of new memorials that reflect the broader history of the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Fink to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend their Staying Put policy to all children in the care system and to raise to 25 years old the age until which care-experienced young adults remain eligible for appropriate state support. (18 May)

Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution which accident prevention programmes can make to reducing pressures on accident and emergency departments. (18 May)

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support those who have contracted mesothelioma. (18 May)

Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enshrine in law fundamental rights for individuals operating online.  (18 May)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider reviewing the balance of membership of the House of Lords to ensure a better balance of members from the different nations and regions of the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government when details of ministerial meetings with external organisations will be brought together in a single, searchable database on the gov.uk website, and whether they intend to make regulations under section 2(5) of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. (18 May)

Lord Cormack to ask the Leader of the House what consideration she has given to recommending the establishment of a joint committee of both Houses to consider the handling of secondary legislation. (18 May)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent progress has been made on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in the UN Conference for Disarmament. (18 May)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that all forms of public transport are affordable for young people. (18 May)

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to encourage people, especially those from BAME communities, to donate blood and organs and sign up to the Organ Donation Register. (18 May)

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the economic and environmental benefits of shale gas development in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure the rights of renters as consumers in the private rented sector. (18 May)

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help maintain the United Kingdom’s position in medical research. (18 May)

Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect and promote the freedom of religion or belief, and to prevent religiously motivated violence, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. (18 May)

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to promote the health of women globally; and what are their priorities in doing so. (18 May)

Lord Curry of Kirkharle to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to acknowledge the contribution made by Capability Brown to the landscape of Britain in this 300th year since his birth. (18 May)

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis a cap has been placed on the number of patients able to access the new drugs for the cure of hepatitis C, on humanitarian, legal, financial, or other grounds; and why they have chosen not to adopt a programme for the elimination of hepatitis C in England, as has been done in other European countries. (18 May)

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to protect and improve local arts and cultural services including museums, libraries and archaeological services. (18 May)

Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in rolling out Universal Credit, and what assessment they have made of its impact. (18 May)

Baroness Brinton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the future of health and social care in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to protect the freedom of speech of those in receipt of government grants. (18 May)

Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to ascertain the views of Commonwealth countries on the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. (18 May)

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. (18 May)

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve air quality in towns and cities across the United Kingdom. (18 May)

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). (18 May)

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. (18 May)

Lord Bilimoria to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to recognise the influence that William Shakespeare has had on Britain and the world on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. (18 May)

Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the case for omitting activity targets when developing the new dental contract. (18 May)

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 May)

The Earl of Kinnoull to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ameliorate the damage done by invasive alien grey squirrels to native broadleaf trees and native red squirrels. (18 May)

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. (18 May)

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. (18 May)

Lord Loomba to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the global economy of the number of widows in the developing world who are uneducated and therefore have fewer employment opportunities. (18 May)

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the impact of air quality on health and what measures can be taken to achieve improvements. (18 May)

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of awareness of the most commonly occurring special educational needs and disabilities of all those professionally involved in classroom teaching. (18 May)

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 under section 25(3) of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. (18 May)

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain the balance between rights and responsibilities in the corporate sector. (18 May)

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have reached the assumptions that underlie the most recent population projections for the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to optimise the life chances of young disabled people. (18 May)

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement section 48 of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. (19 May)

The Lord Bishop of Truro to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to measure, and take action to address, food insecurity in the United Kingdom. (19 May)

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in order to achieve compliance with the new European Union net-neutrality Connected Continent requirements in such a way that United Kingdom adult content filtering regimes can be maintained in order to help keep children safe online. (19 May)

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. (19 May)

Baroness Humphreys to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of bilingualism and multi-lingualism to the enrichment of communities in the United Kingdom. (19 May)

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. (23 May)

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, as part of the negotiations on lifting sanctions, what discussions they have had with the government of Iran concerning the treatment of human rights campaigners in that country. (23 May)

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current political strategy towards Tunisia, and what plans they have to further develop economic, security and cultural relations with Tunisia, in particular in the light of the situation in Libya. (23 May)

Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the Rural Payments Agency in delivering Basic Payment Scheme payments to qualifying farmers. (24 May)

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. (25 May)

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. (6 June)

The Earl of Glasgow to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still considering the creation of an international "hub" airport in Britain and, if so, where. (6 June)

Lord Singh of Wimbledon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effects of the signing of the Sykes–Picot Agreement 100 years ago on today’s political and religious conflict in the Middle East. (6 June)

The Lord Bishop of Derby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they will use in determining "fundamental British values". (6 June)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 6 June and due for answer by 20 June.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of measures to improve relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran.   HL386

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Iranian citizens have applied for (1) visitor, (2) student, and (3) settlement, visas since the opening of the British Embassy in Tehran; and how many of those applications in each category were successful.   HL387

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of North Korea on reports of widespread rape committed by its military; and whether the UK defence attaché to North Korea will raise this issue with their counterpart.   HL388

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that North Korean workers are producing garments for Burberry Group Inc.   HL389

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of stateless children living in China with one North Korean parent.   HL390

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UN High Commissioner for Refugees has access to North Korean refugees in China; and what steps they have taken to address the specific matter of China’s responsibilities to aid North Korean refugees fleeing North Korea.   HL391

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Embassy in North Korea has presented a copy of the report of the UN Commission of Inquiry on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to North Korean officials; and whether the UK Ambassador to North Korea has held discussions on that report with his North Korean counterparts.   HL392

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures they have in place to identify the occurrence of genocide for the purposes of fulfilling their obligations as a contracting party under Article VIII of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide 1948; and whether there is a protocol in place to guide those procedures.   HL393

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 28 October 2013 (WA 213) and 5 December 2013 (WA 60–1), whether they will now answer the question why Public Health England, in comparing the percentages with dental fluorosis in fluoridated populations published by McGrady et al in 2012 with those from the York systematic review, cited small categories of fluorosis which were not found in the York review, but omitted the statistically comparable total-fluorosis figures of 55 per cent in fluoridated Newcastle against 48 per cent worldwide in the York review in 2000.   HL394

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reasons why systematic scientific reviews, such as Cochrane reviews, adopt "specific and relatively narrow criteria".   HL395

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commission or financially to support further studies that might meet the "specific and relatively narrow criteria" of the 2015 Cochrane review Water fluoridation for the prevention of dental caries, in the light of the point made in that review’s abstract that "the applicability of the results to current lifestyles is unclear because the majority of the studies were conducted before fluoride toothpastes and the other preventative measures were widely used".   HL396

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 17 November 2015 (HL3315), why the Executive Summary of the report by Public Health England Water fluoridation: Health monitoring report for England 2014 concludes that "The report provides further reassurance that water fluoridation is a safe and effective public health measure", when the limitations section of the report states that "there was potential for considerable misclassification of exposure status" and the conclusion section states that "the population-based, observational design does not allow conclusions to be drawn regarding any causative or protective role of fluoride".   HL397

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement in the Executive Summary of the Water fluoridation: Health monitoring report for England 2014 that there is "no evidence of a difference in the rate of hip fractures between fluoridated and non-fluoridated areas", what account Public Health England took of the article "Adding fluoride to water supplies" by Cheng KK et al in the British Medical Journal of 7 October 2007, in which the authors state that if the population of England had an average lifetime exposure of ≥0.9 ppm fluoride in drinking water a modest association between fluoride and hip fracture, if such exists, would have a less than one in five chance of being detected despite potentially causing more than 10,000 excess fractures a year.   HL398

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many train paths an hour will be freed up on the West Coast Main Line when HS2 Phase 1 is operational according to Network Rail’s West Coast Main Line Capacity Plus study, and when that study will be published.   HL399

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the additional cost of £70 to £80 per annum, at 2011 prices and based on a 50 per cent probability of cost overruns, to all Thames Water customers of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, as quoted on page 83 of the prospectus of Thames Water Utilities Cayman Finance Ltd, represents good value for money for the consumer.   HL400

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total cost of fees, facilitation costs and enabling works for HS2 in each year since 2010.   HL401

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the financial impact that the decision by the Office of Road and Rail to allow competition on the East Coast Main Line will have on the existing Virgin Trains East Coast franchise.   HL402

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact that the decision by the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to allow competition on the East Coast Main Line will have on the reliability and timekeeping of the existing East Coast Main Line franchise and other operators using the railway; and what assessment they have made of the impact the proposed improvements to the infrastructure being made by Network Rail in Control Periods 5 and 6 and the ORR decision on competition will have on the existing standard of performance.   HL403

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the new open access operators using the East Coast Main Line will pay access charges that provide for fair competition with other operators, including VTEC; who determines those charges; and whether those charges reflect the opportunity costs that arise from using trains offering less seating capacity than the principal franchisee’s trains.   HL404

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how long it has been since the Operational Research Computerised Allocation of Tickets to Services arrangements under which revenue is shared between operators were last updated; who is responsible for updating those arrangements; and whether that process is open to public scrutiny.   HL405

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any studies regarding the "not primarily abstractive" test that the Office of Road and Rail makes in respect of open access applications to test its validity.   HL406

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any assessment of the impact on operational resilience by an experienced and professional railway operator of the decision by the Office of Road and Rail to allow further open access operators onto the East Coast Main Line.
   HL407

Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many companies required to pay levies to the Pension Protection Fund had put in place a contingent asset that replaced the Pension Protection Fund’s Failure Score for the company with that of a different company in each of the three years to 2012–13; and what are the names of those companies.   HL408

Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many companies list separate pension schemes for senior management in addition to their primary employee pension scheme.
   HL409

Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the amount paid in levies to the Pension Protection Fund in each of the three years to 2012–13 due to companies using a contingent asset to replace the Pension Protection Fund’s Failure Score for the company with that of a different company, compared to what these companies paid in (1) 2012–13, (2) 2013–14 and (3) 2014–15.   HL410

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 11 May (HL8116), whether the Deloitte auditors who determine the eligible Palestinian beneficiaries under the PEGASE mechanism are regulated by any British regulator.   HL411

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 25 April (HL7413), whether the independent auditor of UK payments to the Palestinian Authority that are channelled through a trust fund administered by the World Bank is regulated by any British regulator.   HL412

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 11 May (HL8116), what is their assessment of the view expressed in section 4.1.1 of the Overseas Development Institute’s Final Report of November 2015 Evaluative Review of the Statebuilding Grant and the Palestinian Governance Facility-DFID Palestinian programme that "the manner in which DFID’s funds are demonstrated to have only paid the salaries of PEGASE-approved employees is of questionable efficacy", and the "accounting exercise" "undertaken ex post to show that DFID funds are less than the outstanding amount needed to fund salaries of PEGASE-approved PA employees" "is of questionable robustness, as this kind of notional earmarking provides few fiduciary assurances."
   HL413

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 11 May (HL8117) what assessment they have made of paragraph 27 of the Third Report of the House of Commons International Development Committee The UK’s Development Work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories which states "We are nevertheless concerned that DFID is not taking adequate measures to prevent its funds from being misused. Given the scale of the operation, with 85,000 civil servants being paid with UK money, there is a serious risk of abuse. We do not regard a six-monthly audit as an adequate protection to secure the integrity of UK aid money."   HL414

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 12 May (HL8117), what assessment they have made of paragraph 29 of the Third Report of the House of Commons International Development Committee The UK’s Development Work in the Occupied Palestinian Territories which states "We are also extremely concerned about the PA’s policy of paying salaries to the families of Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. While appreciating it is a sensitive issue, issuing payments to families based on the length of jail terms, rather than need, is a political and not a welfare decision and thus unacceptable. In addition, while the British Government maintains that no UK money supports this activity, UK aid payments fund the payment of PA civil servants. It could therefore be said with some justification that this payment of UK funds enables the PA to release alternative funds which allow these payments to continue.".   HL415

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to the government of Colombia to help it develop its national business and human rights action plan, and whether further assistance will be given to aid its implementation.   HL416

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Colombia about the dangers faced by defenders of human rights and leaders of land restitution claims, and the case for enhancing their protection.   HL417

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they make for uprating the UK state pension for UK citizens living in British Overseas Territories.   HL418

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the draft recommendation from NICE not to recommend the drug Strensiq for the treatment of hypophosphatasia for critically ill infants who are otherwise likely to die, what other treatment options are available.   HL419

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make Personal Health Budgets available for the provision of wheelchairs; what arrangements they plan to put in place for wheelchair users; and whether the funding stream will be managed centrally and independently from local wheelchair service budgets.   HL420

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to ensure that NHS England works closely with the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance to produce a positive outcome for the future arrangements for wheelchair users through Wheelchair Services; and what resources will be made available for that process to be completed.   HL421

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support has been offered to the Wheelchair Leadership Alliance in addition to the support given over the Right Chair, Right Time, Right Now campaign and charter.   HL422

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what new developments and initiatives they are currently undertaking as part of their support for British candidates for senior positions in the UN and for the deployment of UK civilian staff with relevant expertise to key roles in the UN, both in its operations and at the UN Headquarters.   HL423

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek assurances from the government of Iran that Nazanin Ratcliffe will be granted access to a lawyer and due process rights.   HL424

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of electoral fraud being undertaken by Sir Eric Pickles will be completed and its recommendations published.   HL425

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to require applicants for jobs in the public sector to state whether they went to an independent school.   HL426

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider linking the interest rate on student loans to the Consumer Price Index rather than the Retail Price Index.   HL427

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on graduates of freezing the income level at which student loans become repayable, and what estimate they have made of the number of students who would be rendered liable if that level were frozen.
   HL428

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the specific criteria for selecting and deselecting target countries for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative.   HL429

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 12 May (HL8031), what percentage of diplomatic missions in the UK issued with the annual letters on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office requesting staff lists with details of all locally engaged staff and private servants replied with full information in 2015.   HL430

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Neill of Gatley on 12 May (HL8031), how many times in (1) 2014, and (2) 2015, HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) specialist embassy team carried out risk assessment activities and identified individuals who had not notified their employment to HMRC, and subsequently took action to ensure they paid the tax that was due.   HL431

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the drivers of rickshaws that carry paying passengers have to have a Disclosure and Barring Service check in line with the requirements for other taxi service providers.   HL432

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBTIQ people applied for refugee status in the UK on the basis of homophobic, biphobic or transphobic laws in their home countries in the last five years, and what was the percentage success rate of those applications.   HL433

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards they have put in place to ensure that, if the student loan book is sold on, students are not faced with increased rates of interest on their student loans.   HL434

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the development of energy storage.   HL435

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the consumer energy storage market is properly regulated so that consumers are not miss-sold inappropriate systems, and to protect  responsible manufacturers in the sector.   HL436

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to increase international student numbers from India, in the light of the publication of Indian Student Mobility Report 2016 by M M Advisory Services. which points out that, despite the high growth in overseas students from India, the number of students coming to the UK has declined steeply in recent years and is likely to be overtaken by Germany.   HL437

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to support the women reportedly imprisoned in Rwanda for terminating their pregnancies after rape.   HL438

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Clinical Commissioning Groups’ midwifery workforce planning has taken into consideration the impact on the workload of midwives of an increase in the number of older mothers.   HL439

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Clinical Commissioning Groups’ midwifery workforce planning has taken into consideration the impact on the workload of midwives of the rise in non-communicable diseases.   HL440

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the midwifery workforce to train that workforce to counsel and to insert intrauterine contraceptive devices immediately post-partum.   HL441

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the wounding with live fire of fishermen who were working within three nautical miles of Gaza, and the subsequent arrest of fishermen and confiscation of boats on 31 May.   HL442

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategy they have to prevent the annexation of the West Bank by Israel.   HL443

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the regular army annual recruitment target for each year from 2015–16 to 2020–21.   HL444

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of recruits enlisting under the age of 18 in the past five years had at least one parent who was serving or had served in the armed forces.
   HL445

Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Rural Payments Agency expects to complete Basic Payment Scheme payments to qualifying farmers during the payments window ending in June 2016. [I]   [I]Category 5: Land and property
Arable and grass farm in Warwickshire/Gloucestershire, including commercial lettings
 HL446

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to respond to the Waterson Review on secondary ticketing published on 26 May, as required by section 94 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015, and whether that response will be within the two months expected for responses to reports by House of Lords committees.   HL447

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to implement the findings of the Waterson Review on secondary ticketing published on 26 May as required by section 94 of the Consumer Rights Act 2015.   HL448

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they will hold with the Competition and Markets Authority and the National Trading Standards Board in the light of the recommendations of the Waterson Review on secondary ticketing published on 26 May.   HL449

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Ivory Coast about the number of prisoners being held for political reasons following the elections of 2010; what responses, if any, they have had; and whether they are in touch with local Roman Catholic bishops about that issue.   HL450

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received about the present situation of the Tartar population of the Crimea, and in particular, how many of them have been arrested or sentenced, how many exiles have been banned from returning, and whether their mosques have been damaged or destroyed.   HL451

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an assessment of the events surrounding the murder in August 2008 of the Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati and the convictions of seven men for that crime.   HL452

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the scale and frequency of human rights violations by Nigeria’s security forces in their actions against Boko Haram.   HL453

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the credibility of investigations conducted in Nigeria into allegations of human rights violations committed by the Nigerian security forces.   HL454

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Nigeria regarding the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.   HL455

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the scale and frequency of extrajudicial killings in Nigeria.   HL456

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take about the reported proposal by Dean Trust to educate children with special educational needs and disability who have been admitted to one of its schools at another of its schools six miles away.   HL457

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial regulators have completed their review of the risk algorithms to be used to permit cross-margining by central counterparties to facilitate the takeover of the London Stock Exchange by Deutsche Borse; whether the results of this review will be published, and whether any further steps will be taken to strengthen confidence in central clearing houses.   HL458

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the National Institute for Health Research expects project HTA-14/141/01 on screening strategies for atrial fibrillation to be published.
   HL459

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence will introduce an indicator on the use of manual pulse checks to screen for atrial fibrillation.   HL460

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the life-time cost of providing medication and care for an individual diagnosed with HIV at the age of 35.   HL461

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they have spent on combating HIV stigma in each of the last five years.   HL462

Lord Dixon-Smith to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much energy is released into the atmosphere in the form of waste heat by the UK’s electricity generating industry annually.   HL463

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Cabinet Constitutional Reform Committee has met since its appointment in May 2015.   HL464

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken by the Permanent Secretary to the Cabinet Office to ensure that the Cabinet Office is compliant with section 3(6) of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.   HL465

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants in the Cabinet Office have taken either or both of the e-learning courses "Induction: An Introduction to Parliament" and "Parliamentary processes" offered by Civil Service Learning.   HL466

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims on 6 June (HC38271), what they mean by "unlikely" and what chance there is that any intellectual property belonging to, or confidential information relating to, the Ministry of Justice or the National Offender Management Service was compromised as a result of former staff gaining employment with TDPi.   HL467

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims on 6 June (HC38271), how they have strengthened procedures as a result of this investigation.   HL468

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims on 6 June (HC38271), whether they will publish the letter to TDPi.   HL469

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims on 6 June (HC38271), what resources were allocated to, and who led, that review.   HL470

Lord Falconer of Thoroton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Policing, Fire and Criminal Justice and Victims on 6 June (HC38271), what mechanism they have used to increase awareness of the Business Appointment Rules within the National Offender Management Service.   HL471

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider nominating Mr Kevin Vickers, the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, for an honour to mark his action in tackling terrorists in the Canadian Parliament and a protestor at the ceremony marking the Easter Rising of 2016.   HL472

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to implement the suggested changes to the Tata pensioners pension fund to all public sector pensions.   HL473

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many illegal Albanian migrants have been captured in the UK in the last 12 months, how many have asked for asylum, and how many have been removed from the UK.   HL474

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to make third party insurance compulsory for all cyclists who are making deliveries for Deliveroo and other commercial bicycle delivery companies.   HL475

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Institute of Director’s call in February for a broadband target of 10 gigabits a second by 2030.   HL476

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to change the broadband target of 10 megabits per second by 2020 to a higher one, in the light of the progress made by other countries.   HL477

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the UK’s future position in the league table of broadband targets in the EU and OECD countries if a target of 10 megabits per second were achieved by 2020.   HL478

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, in the light of the recent Panama papers scandal, of how many of the illegal assets subject to confiscation orders they will now be able to claim.   HL479

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of engagement they have had with the private sector in pursuit of the £1.6 billion of illegal assets calculated by the National Audit Office to be subject to confiscation orders but which will evade recovery.   HL480

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of the contract awarded to Sport and Entertainment Ltd for organising the Queen’s Patron Lunch on Sunday 12 June; and why this contract did not go out to tender.   HL481

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the fact that the Eastern Europe region remains the only region in the UN system yet to produce a Secretary-General, and the fact that seven of the declared candidates for the position are from Eastern Europe, whether, in accordance with United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/286 of 9 October 2006 on Revitalisation of the work of the General Assembly, they are fully committed to giving "due regard to regional rotation" in the selection of the UN Secretary-General.   HL482

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 11 May (HL8207), what representations they have made about the conditions under which political prisoners are held in Azerbaijan, particularly in the light of the reported assault of Ilgar Mammadov by prison guards in October 2015, and the June 2016 judgment by the European Court of Human Rights that the Azerbaijani authorities failed to provide adequate medical care to Leila and Arif Yunus during their imprisonment on political grounds.   HL483

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

18 May (2 June)

HL12 Lord Chadlington [DCLG]

HL17 Lord Chidgey [HO]

HL22 Lord Hain [BIS]

HL28 Lord Kinnock [BIS]

19 May (3 June)

HL148 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [BIS]

HL149 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [BIS]

HL150 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [BIS]

HL160 Baroness Kennedy of Cradley [HO]

HL161 Baroness Kennedy of Cradley [HO]

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

[BIS] 5

[DCLG] 1

[HO] 3

     

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Children and Social Work [HL]

Government

 

Bus Services [HL]

Government

8 June

Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) [HL] (Law Commission Bill)

Government

 

Asset Freezing (Compensation) [HL]

Private Member’s

10 June

Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Register of Arms Brokers [HL]

Private Member’s

10 June

Renters’ Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

10 June

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords Act 1999 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Lobbying (Transparency) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Budget Responsibility and National Audit (Fiscal Mandate) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Abortion (Disability Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Student Support (Non-Interest-Bearing Finance) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Health and Social Care Professions Etc. [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

   

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company [HL]

Private

 

New Southgate Cemetery [HL]

Private

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) [HL] (Queen’s Consent to be signified)

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Haberdashers’ Aske’s Charity [HL]

Private

 

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 Telecommunications Restriction Orders (Custodial Institutions) (England and Wales) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Petroleum (Transfer of Functions) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Nuclear Industries Security (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Water and Sewerage Undertakers (Exit from Non-household Retail Market) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Civil Proceedings, First-tier Tribunal, Upper Tribunal and Employment Tribunals Fees (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2016

   

Draft Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme (England) Order 2016

   

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

7th Report, Session 2015–16

 

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

   

Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2016

   

Draft Contracts for Difference (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Electricity Capacity (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

24th Report, Session 2015–16

   

National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016

16 March

 

   

35th Report, Session 2015–16

   

Homes and Communities Agency (Transfer of Property etc.) (No. 2) Regulations 2016

15 June

 

   

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016

15 June

 

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.

Tuesday 7 June

   

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill

Select Committee

10.00am
and 2.00pm

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Financial Exclusion

Select Committee

10.30am

Licensing Act 2003

Select Committee

10.30am

NHS Sustainability

Select Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.00pm

International Relations

Select Committee

3.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 8 June

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Charities

Select Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Information

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 9 June

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Monday 13 June

   

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 15 June

   

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Thursday 30 June

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

10.00am

Wednesday 6 July

   

Audit

Audit Committee (Joint meeting)

5.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 6 June 2016 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Derby.

1 Barony of Hankey in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Clerk of the Parliaments was directed to enter Lord Hankey on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).

Private Business

2 High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill The petition against the bill from Middleton HS2 Action Group (No. 255) was withdrawn.

Public Business

3 Migration A question was asked by Lord Green of Deddington and answered by Lord Keen of Elie.

4 Burma A question was asked by Baroness Cox and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

5 Personal Independence Payment A question was asked by Lord McKenzie of Luton and answered by Baroness Altmann.

6 BBC: independence A question was asked by Baroness Deech and answered by the Earl of Courtown.

7 Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) Bill [HL] Baroness McIntosh of Pickering presented a bill to make provision for the accreditation of child contact centres; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 25)

8 Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) Bill [HL] Lord Tyler presented a bill to make provision for the regulation of funding and expenditure of political parties; for phased introduction of a cap on donations to political parties; for affiliation fees from trade unions and membership organisations to political parties to be counted as individual donations in prescribed circumstances; for public funding of political parties; for moderation of rights of candidates and parties to election addresses; for limits on political parties’ expenditure between regulated periods; for conferring powers on the Electoral Commission; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 26)

9 Online Safety Bill [HL] Baroness Howe of Idlicote presented a bill to make provision about the promotion of online safety; to require internet service providers and mobile phone operators to provide an internet service that excludes adult-only content; to require information to be provided about online safety by internet service providers and mobile phone operators; to make provision for parents to be educated about online safety; to make provision for the regulation of harmful material through on-demand programme services; to introduce licensing of pornographic services; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 27)

10 European Union (Information, etc.) Bill [HL] Lord Dykes presented a bill to make provision for information to be available in various public places relating to the activities and organisation of the European Union; to make provision for the flying of the flag of the European Union on various government and public buildings; to provide information to further the establishment of twinning arrangements between towns in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in the European Union in accordance with the European Union’s town twinning support scheme; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 28)

11 Right to Die at Home Bill [HL] Lord Warner presented a bill to create a right to die at home. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 29)

12 Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) Bill [HL] Baroness Neville-Rolfe 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.

13 BHS Baroness Neville-Rolfe repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

14 West Midlands Combined Authority Order 2016 Baroness Williams of Trafford moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 28 April be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

15 Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016 Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 28 April be approved. The motion was agreed to.

16 Building Societies (Floating Charges and Other Provisions) Order 2016 Lord Ashton of Hyde moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 8 February be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 7.43pm until Tuesday 7 June 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.

Instrument Revoked

The following instrument, laid before the House on 1 June, was revoked:

Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016 (573).

Command Papers

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

Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)

(1) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Draft Code of Practice No. 13: Governance and administration of occupational trust-based schemes providing money purchase benefits, originally laid on 9 May 2016. (1 June)   (-)

(2) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Draft Nuclear Industries Security (Amendment) Regulations 2016, originally laid on 26 May 2016. (3 June)   (-)

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following instruments were laid before the House on the dates shown:

       
Title, etc.

SI No

Date of laying

Negative Instruments

   

(1) Blood Safety and Quality (Amendment) Regulations 2016

  604

27 May

(2) Water Supply (Water Quality) Regulations 2016

  614

1 June

(3) Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016

  573

1 June

(4) Private Water Supplies (England) Regulations 2016

  618

3 June

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

   

Seed Marketing (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the Plant Varieties and Seeds Act 1964.

613

1 June

Affirmative Instrument

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

Draft Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme (England) Order 2016, laid under the Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013.

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Social Security (Disability Living Allowance and Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016, laid under the Social Security Administration (Northern Ireland) Act 1992.    (SR235)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report for the six-month period ending 31 March 2016 on the level of outstanding liabilities under the Government Indemnity Scheme, laid under the National Heritage Act 1980.

2 Amendment List 41 to the Queen’s Regulations for the Royal Air Force (5th Edition), laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.

3 (1) Report and Accounts for 2015–16 of the Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(2) Report and Accounts for 2015–16 of the Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

(3) Report and Accounts for 2015–16 of the Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

(4) Report and Accounts for 2015–16 of the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(5) Report and Accounts for 2015–16 of the Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

(6) Report and Accounts for 2015–16 of the Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

 

Prepared 6th June 2016