House of Lords Business

Tuesday 6 December 2016 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to enhance the role of community pharmacies in providing NHS services to patients and the public. [I]Category 1: Directorships
Majority Stockholder, Executive Chairman, Cumberlege Eden & Partners (specialist consultancy to the health sector).
Work done by the Member (category 2) is paid directly to Cumberlege Eden & Partners
Category 4: Shareholdings (a)
Cumberlege Eden & Partners (see category 1)
Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
National Health Service organisations
Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Clarity Informatics Ltd (health informatics)

*Lord Goddard of Stockport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what current plans they are considering with regard to pensions tax relief; and whether they are planning to introduce a pensions ISA.

*The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rise in the number of children and young people being treated for self-harm.

*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the findings of the review by Public Health England on the consequences of alcohol abuse, whether they will implement minimum unit pricing of alcohol.

Higher Education and Research Bill Second Reading [Viscount Younger of Leckie]

If the bill is read a second time, Viscount Younger of Leckie to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Future Business 

Wednesday 7 December at 3.00pm

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they plan to take to reduce the amount of food waste produced by consumers and by the retail and hospitality sectors.

*Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote public understanding of the rule of law and the independence of the judiciary.

*Baroness Pidding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise the prestige of technical education and apprenticeships and to ensure that they are viewed positively by young people, potential employers and the wider public.

†*Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that rail franchises and companies have published detailed alternative travel plans in advance of the industrial action planned over the Christmas and New Year period.

Procedure The Senior Deputy Speaker to move that Lord Fowler be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Baroness D’Souza.

Policing and Crime Bill Report (day 2) [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 3rd Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights; 3rd, 4th and 8th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

National Citizen Service Bill [HL] Report [Lord Ashton of Hyde] (Dinner break business)

Thursday 8 December at 11.00am

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for investment in the East Coast Main Line.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to give powers to local authorities to prevent the further loss of long-term residential accommodation resulting from increases in short-term holiday lets.

*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 9 November concerning the report by Sir Richard Henriques into Operation Midland, what guidance they have given to police forces about measures to prevent the harassment by third parties of suspects under investigation in connection with claims of sexual abuse.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 6 December.

Lord Sterling of Plaistow to move that this House takes note of the impact of the withdrawal from the European Union on the United Kingdom’s armed forces and diplomatic service.

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to move that this House takes note of the case for maintaining the balance between rights and responsibilities in the corporate sector.

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. (1½ hours)

Friday 9 December at 10.00am

House of Lords Act 1999 (Amendment) Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Grocott]

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Earl of Lytton]

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

Monday 12 December at 2.30pm

*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current priorities concerning United Kingdom participation in the development and implementation of European Union environmental policy.

*Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with representatives of consumer bodies about the continued protection of consumer rights following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union.

*Lord Hussain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the United Nations investigation into human rights abuses in Indian-administered Kashmir.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their strategy against Islamic terrorism, they will encourage United Kingdom Muslim leaders to re-examine the Muslim tenet of abrogation.

Tuesday 13 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government at what stage, or stages, of the negotiations to leave the European Union they expect to meet the requirements of Part 2 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010.

*Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of children formerly in the Calais camp who will be eligible for transfer to the United Kingdom under their recently published general criteria for eligibility under section 67 of the Immigration Act 2016.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to protect the European Union citizenship status of United Kingdom citizens who were born after the United Kingdom joined the European Union on 1 January 1973.

Wednesday 14 December at 3.00pm

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the visa requirements for international students and to remove those students from the immigration figures.

*Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people claiming asylum in the last year did so on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity; and of those, how many have been granted asylum.

*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hospitals have challenged NHS England’s recommendation that they cease to provide special surgical services for congenital heart disease.

Thursday 15 December at 11.00am

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the availability of affordable housing on the ability of both private and public sector organisations to recruit and retain staff.

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that the higher education sector is represented in all of the Brexit negotiations.

*Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the review by David Lammy MP of racial bias and BAME representation in the criminal justice system.

Lord Harris of Haringey to move that this House takes note of the case for effective service user representation in health and social care, and of the case for enhancing the independence and capacity of Healthwatch England and of local Healthwatch groups. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Topical Question for Short Debate. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 5 December, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 6 December.

Baroness Pidding to move that this House takes note of the case for adequate measures to ensure the reduction of road traffic accidents caused by motorists using handheld mobile devices whilst driving. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Monday 19 December at 2.30pm

*Lord McAvoy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in the transfer of full welfare responsibilities to the Scottish Government as provided for by the Scotland Act 2016.

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the acceptance of World Trade Organisation standard rules on the United Kingdom’s negotiations for leaving the European Union.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the provision of artists’ workspaces in major cities.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce the exact date in 2017 when Article 50 will be invoked.

Tuesday 20 December at 2.30pm

*Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of findings by the Fawcett Society that at the current rate of progress it will take over 60 years to close the gender pay gap, what steps they are taking to achieve pay parity more quickly.

*Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are assessing and evaluating the success of the Prevent Strategy deradicalisation programme following the referral of approximately 4,000 people last year.

*Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of the reunification negotiations between the leaders of the two communities in Cyprus.

Wednesday 21 December at 11.00am

*Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the number of people who will be homeless or living in temporary accommodation over the Christmas period.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for further regulation of private colleges.

*Baroness Thornhill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing plans for the devolution of business rates to local government.

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 Corston to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Social Mobility Committee (Session 2015–16, HL Paper 120). 8 April 2016

Baroness O’Cathain to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment (Session 2015–16, HL Paper 100). 19 February 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.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to move to resolve that the draft BBC Royal Charter should be laid before this House for debate, and that the BBC Royal Charter should not be granted until this House has debated on and approved the draft BBC Royal Charter.

Baroness Featherstone to move to resolve, in the light of the United Kingdom’s carbon emission targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 and the growth potential of the United Kingdom’s renewable industries, that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to introduce a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", until the health, environmental and economic concerns about this industry have been fully investigated.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to move that this House regrets that the Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) Regulations 2016 unnecessarily require councils to meet their fiduciary duty; override the ability of local councils to make decisions that best meet both the needs of their pension scheme and the expectations of their local electorate; and that they undermine the principles of devolution of power and freedom of speech (SI 2016/946). 10th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Rosser to move that this House regrets that the Government have laid the Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016 with insufficient explanatory material to allow the House to gain a clear understanding of the instrument’s policy objective or intended implementation; that they have not provided the House with key guidelines needed to direct how provisions are to be interpreted; and that there has been no prior consultation for a significant change in practice for courts and tribunals considering the restriction of freedom of movement. (SI 2016/1052) 14th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

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)

The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of the Armed Forces Covenant in ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated with fairness and respect. (11 July)

Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve equine welfare standards in England and Wales. (18 July)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that Clinical Commissioners respect the undertakings made in Our Commitments to you for end of life care: The Government Response to the Review of Choice in End of Life Care. (1 September)

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help maintain the United Kingdom’s position in medical research. (8 September)

Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are planning to take to include statistics on the time spent on parliamentary proceedings on each Part of an Act in the explanatory notes on Acts of Parliament. (8 September)

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on litigants in person of the introduction of administration charges and other costs when bringing claims in courts and tribunals. (8 September)

Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in improving neurological services in England. (12 September)

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategy they have adopted to increase the United Kingdom’s exports. (15 September)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Syria. (15 September)

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of commissioning a new Royal Yacht. (3 October)

Baroness Jay of Paddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent legislation on assisted dying in North America; and whether those laws provide an appropriate basis for legislation in England and Wales. (10 October)

Lord Clarke of Hampstead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current human rights situation in Iran. (13 October)

Lord Marland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the opportunities for trade within the Commonwealth, and what plans they have to ensure that investment continues to prosper across the Commonwealth. (17 October)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the role of British universities and science diplomacy in supporting the United Kingdom’s soft power and research are fully represented in the negotiations on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in building new trading relationships. (17 October)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the outcome of the United Kingdom’s negotiations to leave the European Union, once Article 50 has been invoked, lead to a stronger economy and that trade restrictions are taken into consideration. (18 October, amended 19 October)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in securing peace, progress, human rights and good governance in Sudan. (25 October)

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. (25 October)

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on disabled people of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. (26 October)

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. (26 October)

Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress made in combatting neglected tropical diseases since the London Declaration made in January 2012. (1 November)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to ensure that there is sufficient foreign language provision in the business and commercial community to promote the competitiveness of the United Kingdom economy. (8 November)

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. (16 November)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to update the law on surrogacy. (17 November)

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 November)

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 November)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on the transport sector in the United Kingdom. (21 November)

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the economic and environmental benefits of shale gas development in the United Kingdom. (21 November)

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. (21 November)

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. (22 November)

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take in the light of the Association for Young People’s Health briefing There for you which discusses the role of parents in supporting young people with mental health problems. (22 November)

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish guidance to encourage the protection of existing historical statues and memorials and promote the establishment of new memorials that reflect the broader history of the United Kingdom. (22 November)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on families in receipt of benefits of clinical commissioning groups removing a range of medicines, including gluten-free products, from their lists of prescribable items. (23 November)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for improving the product recall system and manufacturing standards for white goods. (28 November)

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. (28 November)

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of partnership work between maintained and independent schools. (28 November)

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. (29 November)

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in discussions with other NATO countries about ensuring that all member states commit to spending two per cent of GDP on defence. (30 November)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent estimate of the cost of alcohol abuse to the National Health Service; and what steps they are taking to reduce those costs. (30 November)

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. (30 November)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations are in hand to address the issues regarding the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. (30 November)

Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the arrangements relating to Europol will be following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. (30 November)

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to spread best practice in the investigation of sudden infant and child death. (30 November)

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to channel the foreign aid budget through private organisations. (1 December)

Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to guarantee the future of local post offices. (1 December)

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in improving mental health services for people from black and ethnic minority communities. (1 December)

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to implement the recommendations made in the report of the National Inclusion Health Board Impact of insecure accommodation and the living environment on Gypsies’ and Travellers’ health. (1 December)

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the steel industry; and what role it will have in the Government’s industrial strategy. (5 December)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 5 December and due for answer by 19 December.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Prior of Brampton on 8 November (HL2858 and HL2861), why the data provided by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in table 3 of the first of those answers detail that no live births resulted from frozen donated oocytes between 2008–14, whereas the data provided by the HFEA included in the second of those answers detail that in relation to treatments that took place prior to 30 June 2014, 72 patients aged 35 and over using donated frozen oocytes had a live birth.   HL3791

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 1 December (HL3358), how many letters were sent to registered medical practitioners by officials to remind them of their legal obligation to report terminations of pregnancy within 14 days, in each of the last five years for which records are available.   HL3792

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 1 December (HL3359), how many registered medical practitioners have been reported for suspected violations of the Abortion Regulations 1991, having failed to report terminations within the 14-day period, in each of the last five years for which records are available. 
   HL3793

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 1 December (HL3359), from what authority, legislative or common law, the phrase "wilful non-compliance" derives with respect to the Abortion Regulations 1991.   HL3794

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to fulfil their legal obligations under the Sino-British Joint Declaration to monitor and speak out for basic freedoms and the rule of law in Hong Kong.   HL3795

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the court ruling in Hong Kong disqualifying two elected legislators from the Legislative Council.
   HL3796

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure that limited companies are not better placed than other landlords in relation to the taxation of profits engendered by letting residential properties.   HL3797

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce plans to prevent landlords of residential properties from recouping the cost of changes to the taxation of rents of such properties which will come into force next year; and if so, how.   HL3798

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated timetable for the publication of (1) responses to the consultations on provisions contained in the Housing and Planning Act 2016, and (2) the secondary legislation required to implement those provisions.   HL3799

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Docks and Harbours Act 1996 and the Harbour (Loans) Act 1972 continue to have any legislative effect; and if not, whether they have any plans to repeal those Acts.   HL3800

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new housing completions have occurred since 2010; and what is the estimated increase in the UK’s population during that period.   HL3801

Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before submitting notice of intention to leave the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, they will publish the terms of the support and assurances given to Nissan relating to the continuation of their operations in the UK.   HL3802

Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that, in co-operation with the Metropolitan Police, they have made adequate arrangements to safeguard public order and security in the vicinity of the Supreme Court when members of the Court are giving attention to, and announcing their judgement upon, the issues relating to the notification of the intention to leave the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.   HL3803

Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to amend the Oath of Office of the Lord Chancellor to "defend the independence of the judiciary" as contained in the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.   HL3804

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of (1) women, and (2) men, who will be deployed in the UK peacekeeping office in South Sudan.   HL3805

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many gender focal points exist in (1) the UK’s armed forces, (2) the Ministry of Defence, and (3) the UK’s peacekeeping force in South Sudan.   HL3806

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Department for International Development’s global nutrition position paper.   HL3807

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to integrate UK-funded health and nutrition programmes in (1) Malawi, (2) Pakistan, and (3) India.   HL3808

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the level of household debt, the rate at which it is increasing, and the multiple it represents of annual household income.   HL3809

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the debt levels of Four Seasons Health Care; whether they have any plans to intervene to protect the interests of patients; and whether they are able to require the company’s private equity owner to invest new equity. 
   HL3810

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are investigating matters relating to Malaysia’s state investment fund, 1MDB, and the role played by Goldman Sachs International Limited and its officers past and present.   HL3811

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to regulate further the granting of residential mortgages at high multiples of income.   HL3812

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton on 22 November (HL3125), whether the public disclosure of a relevant interest is sufficient in all cases relating to appointments to the UK National Screening Committee; and if not, what types of interest would prevent an individual from being appointed or from continuing to serve on the Committee.   HL3813

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Prior of Brampton 21 November (HL3063) indicating that no equality impact assessment was conducted prior to the decision to introduce non-invasive prenatal testing on the NHS, what is the basis for the statement that they are satisfied that the screening programme is compliant with the Department’s obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and that the programme is compliant with any obligations under the Equality Act 2010.   HL3814

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports of Israeli settlers illegally obtaining Palestinian-owned land in East Jerusalem.   HL3815

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning restrictions on the movement of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including occupied East Jerusalem.   HL3816

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel concerning reports of Palestinians being injured by Israeli forces and settlers while harvesting olives.   HL3817

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel in response to the report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs that Israeli officials seized an electric generator and a metal-cutting machine belonging to an aid organization near Nablus.   HL3818

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel in the light of the statement issued on 10 November by the UN Coordinator for Humanitarian Aid and Development Activities condemning the Israeli authorities’ obstruction of humanitarian assistance for to Palestinian communities.   HL3819

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding the reports alleging physical assault by Israeli settlers on Palestinians living in the West Bank.   HL3820

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the source of funding for Ofqual; whether it levies fees and charges; and if so, (1) under what authority, (2) against whom, and (3) what mechanisms there are for challenging the level of those fees and charges.   HL3821

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the source of funding for Ofcom; whether it levies fees and charges; and if so, (1) under what authority, (2) against whom, and (3) what mechanisms there are for challenging the level of those fees and charges.   HL3822

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the source of funding for Ofgem; whether it levies fees and charges; and if so, (1) under what authority, (2) against whom, and (3) what mechanisms there are for challenging the level of those fees and charges.   HL3823

Baroness Wolf of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any legal restrictions on the ability of an organisation or institution operating in England to use the term "university" as part of its title.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College, University of London
 HL3824

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 17 November (HL3043), whether a contingency plan for the Programme Making and Special Events sector exists; if not, when they will start to draft a contingency plan; and which stakeholders will be consulted as the contingency plan is compiled.   HL3825

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ashton of Hyde on 17 November (HL3046), what has been the reaction of the French, German and Dutch regulators to the representations made by Ofcom; and what further discussions they will be having with other European countries to ensure that future spectrum allocations do not have unintended consequences for the Programme Making and Special Events sector.   HL3826

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Goldie on 9 November (HL Deb, col 1146), what assessment they have made of the legislative protections afforded to migrant workers in Saudi Arabia; whether they have raised concerns regarding these protections with the government of Saudi Arabia; and if so, what was the outcome.   HL3827

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 1 December, what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about the area of Northern Syria now occupied by the Turkish army; what proportion of the occupied area was previously controlled by Daesh; whether Afrin Canton is now under Turkish attack; and whether Turkey gives advance warning of its plans to the United States and British commanders.   HL3828

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation, if any, and what reasons, led to the announcement in January by the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, that a National Holocaust Memorial should be sited in Victoria Tower Gardens.   HL3829

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to meet the authorities of both Houses of Parliament, Westminster City Council, the Thorney Island Society and other local residents and interested parties, to discuss the implications of a National Holocaust Memorial in Victoria Tower Gardens.   HL3830

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to contribute financially to a National Holocaust Memorial, wherever that might be sited, with or without an attached visitor and learning centre; and if so, to what extent.   HL3831

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make representations to the government of Turkey about the imprisonment in Silivri Prison of Ahmet Turk, a co-founder of the HDP party.   HL3832

Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the 24 local pilot programmes on statutory notices; and what plans they have to make statutory notices more cost-effective.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Chairman, Local Government Association
Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Leader, South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire
 HL3833

Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of unresolved business rates appeals on financial planning in local government.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Chairman, Local Government Association
Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Leader, South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire
 HL3834

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 28 November (HL3232) concerning the Foreign Secretary’s remarks encouraging demonstrations outside the Russian Embassy, whether it is their policy that such demonstrations should not be encouraged; and, if so, whether they have given assurances to that effect to the government of Russia.   HL3835

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen on 2 December (HLWS306) concerning Government grant standards, what was the total amount of donations made by Government departments and the NHS to charities in each of the last five years for which records are available.   HL3836

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Prime Minister on 30 November (HC Deb, col 1518) that there would be two years of negotiations on the UK exiting the EU, whether it is their intention for the UK to leave the EU at the earliest possible point, notwithstanding the two year period set out under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon.   HL3837

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following notice to leave the EU under Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, they intend to continue to implement new EU Directives. 
   HL3838

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU on 1 December (HC Deb, col 1648), whether they are considering making continuing financial contributions to the EU budget following the UK’s exit from the EU in order to continue trading with EU countries; and, if so, why.   HL3839

The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial contribution of overseas students to the UK economy.   HL3840

The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of overseas students coming to study in the UK over the last five years, and the impact of any decline in that number on the UK economy.   HL3841

The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of overseas students, excluding EU students, coming to study in the UK over the next five years.   HL3842

Lord Stunell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on setting out their policies and proposals to meet their emissions targets due to be included in their emission reduction plan; and when they will publish them.   HL3843

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

15 November (29 November)

HL3243 Lord Wasserman [HO]

16 November (30 November)

HL3275 Lord Bradley [MoJ]

HL3276 Lord Bradley [MoJ]

HL3278 Lord Bradley [MoJ]

HL3280 Baroness Coussins [HO]

HL3281 Baroness Coussins [MoJ]

17 November (1 December)

HL3320 Baroness Jones of Whitchurch [HO]

HL3321 Baroness Jones of Whitchurch [HO]

21 November (5 December)

HL3376 Lord Patel of Bradford [MoJ]

HL3378 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL3386 Baroness Smith of Basildon [MoJ]

HL3387 Baroness Smith of Basildon [MoJ]

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

[HO] 5

[MoJ] 7

       

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL]

Private Member’s

9 December

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

 

Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bat Habitats Regulation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Privacy Protection [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL]

Private Member’s

 

BBC Royal Charter [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Ethnicity Pay Gap [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Teacher Training (Special Educational Needs) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Opticians Act 1989 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Humanitarian Assistance (Genocide Victims) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Automatic Electoral Registration (School Students) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Carers (Leave Entitlement) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Local Government Elections (Referendum) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Betting Licences (Category B2 Gaming Machines) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Genocide Determination [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Disability Employment (Gap) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Economic Strategy [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Energy Measures (Cost Effectiveness and Efficiency) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Missing Persons Guardianship [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Support to Exit Prostitution [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Carbon Emission Reductions [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Fixed-term Parliaments (Repeal) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Small Charitable Donations and Childcare Payments (Money Bill-16 November)

Government

 

Higher Education and Research (Queen’s consent to be signified) (Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

6 December

Digital Economy

Government

 

Committed to a Select Committee

   

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands)

Government

8 December

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords Act 1999 (Amendment) [HL] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

9 December

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

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords [HL] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

Abortion (Disability Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Policing and Crime (Welsh and Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

7 December

Register of Arms Brokers [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Renters’ Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Lobbying (Transparency) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

National Citizen Service [HL]

Government

7 December

Wales (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Government

 

Pension Schemes [HL]

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

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

Government

 

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company [HL]

Private

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Cultural Property (Armed Conflicts) [HL] (Welsh, Northern Irish and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Asset Freezing (Compensation) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Children and Social Work [HL] (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

 

Bus Services [HL]

Government

 

New Southgate Cemetery [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 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes C, D and H) Order 2016

   

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 2) Order 2016

   

Draft Combined Authorities (Overview and Scrutiny Committees, Access to Information and Audit Committees) Order 2016

   

Draft Combined Authorities (Mayoral Elections) Order 2017

   

Draft Combined Authorities (Mayors) (Filling of Vacancies) Order 2017

   

Draft Bank of England and Financial Services (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Important Public Services (Border Security) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Important Public Services (Education) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Important Public Services (Fire) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Important Public Services (Health) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Important Public Services (Transport) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Trade Union Act 2016 (Political Funds) (Transition Period) Regulations 2017

   

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

7th Report, Session 2015–16

 

Draft Coasting Schools (England) Regulations 2016

12th Report

 

Draft Representation of the People (Electronic Communications and Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Bank Recovery and Resolution Order 2016

   

Draft Companies, Partnerships and Groups (Accounts and Non-Financial Reporting) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Compulsory Purchase) (Corresponding Amendments) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Childcare (Early Years Provision Free of Charge) (Extended Entitlement) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Immigration Act 2014 (Current Accounts) (Excluded Accounts and Notification Requirements) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Road Traffic Offenders Act 1988 (Penalty Points) (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Bank of England Act 1998 (Macro-prudential Measures) Order 2016

16th Report

 

Draft Consumer Rights (Enforcement and Amendments) Order 2016

   

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Claims Management Complaints) (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 2016

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

10th Report

   

Local Government Pension Scheme (Management and Investment of Funds) Regulations 2016

18 November

 
 

13th Report

   

Petroleum Licensing (Exploration and Production) (Landward Areas) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2016

9 December

 
 

14th Report

   

Immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2016

11 December

 

Localism Order in Progress 

 

Date of Laying

Parliamentary Procedure

Draft Order laid before the House and referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Harrogate Stray Act 1985 (Tour de Yorkshire) Order 2016

8 November

Negative

Retirement 

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

 

Date of Retirement

 

Lord Scott of Foscote

21 December

 

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 6 December

   

NHS Sustainability

Select Committee

10.00am and 4.00pm

Licensing Act 2003

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Financial Exclusion

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Charities

Select Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm
in the Archbishops’ Room, Millbank House

Wednesday 7 December

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

International Relations

Select Committee

10.30am and 2.30pm

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 8 December

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

10.00am

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill (Lords)

Select Committee

10.00am

Monday 12 December

   

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

3.30pm

Tuesday 13 December

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Wednesday 14 December

   

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Finance

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Residence Room 1

Tuesday 20 December

   

Services

Domestic Committee

4.10pm
in Residence Room 2

Thursday 12 January

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 5 December 2016 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Bristol.

Public Business

1 Mobile phone use: motorists A question was asked by Lord Jordan and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

2 Child health: physical education A question was asked by Baroness Benjamin and answered by Lord Nash.

3 Childcare: early-years funding A question was asked by the Earl of Listowel and answered by Lord Nash.

4 Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting 2018 A question was asked by Baroness Berridge and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

5 House of Lords: size Lord Cormack moved to resolve that this House believes that its size should be reduced, and methods should be explored by which this could be achieved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

6 Southern Rail services Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

The House adjourned at 9.15pm until Tuesday 6 December at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Papers

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

1 Employment-An Independent Review into the impact on employment outcomes of drug or alcohol addiction, and obesity.    (9336)

2 Legal Services-Draft Public Service Ombudsman Bill.    (9374)

3 Justice-Consultation on driving offences and penalties relating to causing death or serious injury.    (9381)

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 (1) Draft Important Public Services (Border Security) Regulations 2017

(2) Draft Important Public Services (Education) Regulations 2017

(3) Draft Important Public Services (Fire) Regulations 2017

(4) Draft Important Public Services (Health) Regulations 2017

(5) Draft Important Public Services (Transport) Regulations 2017

laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

2 Draft Trade Union Act 2016 (Political Funds) (Transition Period) Regulations 2017, laid under the Trade Union Act 2016.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Plant Health (Forestry) (Amendment) (England and Scotland) Order 2016, laid under the Plant Health Act 1967.   (1167)

2 (1) Draft Code of Practice on Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers   (-)

(2) Draft Code of Practice on Picketing   (-)

laid under the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992.

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Strategic Plan for 2017–20 of the General Pharmaceutical Council, laid under the Pharmacy Order 2010.

Correction

In Friday’s Minutes of Proceedings the following item should have been included as originally laid on 9 November:

Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)-Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Early Exit Pension Charges) Regulations 2016.

 

Prepared 5th December 2016