House of Lords Business

Tuesday 31 January 2017 at 2.30pm

Royal Assent

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the mechanism used to determine annual increases in train fares.

*Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the change of administration in the United States, they intend to re-evaluate United Kingdom relations with Russia.

*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take, in addition to their support for the Private Member’s Homelessness Reduction Bill, to tackle the growing problems of homelessness and rough sleeping.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to nationalise the Southern railway franchise.

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) Bill Third Reading [Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Lord Framlingham to move, as an amendment to the motion that this bill do now pass, leave out "now" and insert "not".

Digital Economy Bill Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde] 11th and 13th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in improving neurological services in England. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Neighbourhood Planning Bill Committee [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth] 15th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Future Business 

Wednesday 1 February at 3.00pm

*Baroness Ludford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations the Home Office has made to process applications from European Union nationals resident in the United Kingdom for confirmation of a right to permanent residence or for British Citizenship.

*Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having at the United Nations to help to stabilise the situation in South Sudan.

*Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address regulatory, economic and market barriers to energy storage.

†*Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Foreign Secretary before the Select Committee on International Relations on 26 January, whether it is their policy that President Bashar al-Assad should be allowed to run for re-election in the event of a peace settlement in Syria.

Technical and Further Education Bill Second Reading [Lord Nash]

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Nash to move that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

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. (1½ hours)

Thursday 2 February at 11.00am

*Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will put in place following Brexit to safeguard environmental standards and biodiversity.

*Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in relation to the case of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a British-Iranian dual citizen detained in Iran.

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Article 50 will be invoked.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 31 January.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Digital Economy Bill will continue.

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. (Lunch break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill will continue at 2.00pm in the Moses Room.

Friday 3 February at 10.00am

Regulation of Health and Social Care Professions Etc. Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

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

Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness McIntosh of Pickering]

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

House of Lords Reform Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb]

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

Monday 6 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of additional public employees needed to meet the requirements of Brexit, in particular in customs and border control.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on the aerospace industry.

*Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of residential care home beds that were available in (1) 2005, and (2) 2015. [I]Category 3: Clients
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*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the funding allocations to individual sports from 2017 onwards announced by UK Sport following the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Tuesday 7 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect work to begin on the construction of new sections of dual carriageway on the A1 in Northumberland.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to transferring responsibility for drugs policy and the rehabilitation of drug users from the Home Office to the Department of Health.

*Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the use of medical records of disabled parents in child custody cases.

Wednesday 8 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make arrangements through refugee organisations for the Prime Minister and the Home Secretary to visit refugee camps.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve productivity in the United Kingdom economy.

*Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the composition and effectiveness of the International Criminal Court.

Thursday 9 February at 11.00am

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of hospital beds currently occupied by persons who could be discharged.

*Lord Singh of Wimbledon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat religious extremism and to promote a cohesive society by enhancing religious literacy at all levels of government.

*Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to protect consumer rights after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 1.00pm

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Syria. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of partnership work between maintained and independent schools. (1 hour)

Monday 20 February at 2.30pm

*Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the findings of the report by the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Mobility The Class Ceiling: Increasing access to the leading professions, published on 17 January, that talented young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are facing significant barriers to accessing jobs in the top professions.

*Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendation of Michael Gove, the former Secretary of State for Justice, in his November 2016 Longford Lecture that the approximately 500 Imprisonment for Public Protection (IPP) prisoners "who have been in jail for far longer than the tariff for their offence" should be released.

*Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many secondary schools in England do not currently provide in-school counselling services for their students.

*Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage more people to come forward to train as lay magistrates.

Tuesday 21 February at 2.30pm

*Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the reinstatement by the government of the United States of the global gag rule, which requires that overseas organisations in receipt of US aid cannot provide abortion services or information about family planning.

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Indonesia concerning human rights abuses in West Papua.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage more women to cycle.

Wednesday 22 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to eradicate the shortage of trained nurses in the National Health Service and care sector.

*Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty’s Government why Department for International Development funding to the non-governmental organisation Girl Effect has been withdrawn.

*Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the extent to which the new lower benefit cap will encourage people into work or to move into smaller homes.

Thursday 23 February at 11.00am

*Lord Jordan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the work of charities such as citizenAID which seek to educate schools, universities, businesses and the general public on how to help the seriously injured in the event of a terrorist attack.

*Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will maintain their commitment to reducing smoking prevalence by publishing the latest Tobacco Control Plan for England without delay.

*Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that HS2 will maximise links between cities in the north of England and with Scotland.

†Monday 27 February at 2.30pm

†*Baroness Prosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to ensure that managers and employees are fully engaged and able to deliver the Industrial Strategy.

†*The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of proposed levels of funding allocated to secondary schools on the quality of education including the teaching of non-English-Baccalaureate subjects.

†*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their plans for a national shipbuilding strategy and significant investment in the United Kingdom defence nuclear enterprise, whether they intend to develop an overall defence industrial strategy.

†*Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decision by President Trump to limit immigration to the United States, what steps they are taking to secure the rights of Iranian-born British citizens visiting the United States to return to the United Kingdom and not be sent to Iran.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics.

Lord Boswell of Aynho to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: UK–Irish relations (6th Report, HL Paper 76). 12 December 2016

Lord Whitty to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: the options for trade (5th Report, HL Paper 72). 13 December 2016

Lord Hollick to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Economic Affairs Committee Building More Homes (1st Report, HL Paper 20). 15 July 2016

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: acquired rights (10th Report, HL Paper 82). 14 December 2016

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: financial services (9th Report, HL Paper 81). 15 December 2016

Baroness Prashar to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: future UK–EU security and police cooperation (7th Report, HL Paper 77). 16 December 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 Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to move that this House regrets that the draft Claims in respect of Loss or Damage arising from Competition Infringements (Competition Act 1998 and Other Enactments (Amendment)) Regulations 2017 were laid without Her Majesty’s Government taking the opportunity to bring forward proposals for a regulatory structure which will maintain public trust and confidence in the provision of funding for third party litigants.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the draft Nursing and Midwifery (Amendment) Order 2017 does not contain sufficient assurances as to the robustness of arrangements to ensure the continuation of supportive clinical supervision and leadership for midwives; that it abolishes the statutory midwifery committee without either robust assurances as to the process of hearing the midwifery voice or the establishment of a separate register for midwives as recommended by the Law Commission; and that it provides for the use of warning notices instead of full hearings for fitness to practise cases, with no appeals system, and does not set out terms in which this power will be used.

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

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 2016)

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 2016)

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategy they have adopted to increase the United Kingdom’s exports. (15 September 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016, amended 19 October 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to guarantee the future of local post offices. (1 December 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

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 2016)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any unaccompanied child seeking asylum in the United Kingdom is granted full legal representation upon reaching the age of 18. (7 December 2016)

Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve standards of nutrition for women and girls globally. (8 December 2016)

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future role of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe in the light of the continued conflict in the east of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation. (8 December 2016)

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current policies and practices relating to the use of physical restraints on detained persons under the age of 18. (8 December 2016)

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the devolution of health, social care and criminal justice to Greater Manchester. (12 December 2016)

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to recognise the contributions of Muslims to the United Kingdom, now and throughout history. (12 December 2016)

Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of autistic people in paid employment. (14 December 2016) [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their strategy against Islamist terrorism, they will encourage UK Muslim leaders to re-examine the Muslim tenets of abrogation, Taqiyya and Al Hijra. (19 December 2016)

Lord Popat to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in increasing the export of goods and services to Africa and the Commonwealth. (19 December 2016)

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the development of nursing across the world in order to help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. (20 December 2016)

Lord Tanlaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans not to retard the clocks by one hour on Sunday 29 October 2017 in order to assess over a trial period the impact on energy consumption, road safety and the tourist industry. (20 December 2016)

Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote a sustainable training regime for the future growth of the United Kingdom’s creative industries sector. (9 January)

The Lord Bishop of Ely to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of educational leadership on whole life outcomes of children and on their communities. (11 January)

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the coalition government of Sri Lanka in meeting the UN Human Rights Council’s requirements on reconciliation. (17 January)

Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the importance of services to the United Kingdom economy, what plans they have to ensure that services are covered by any future trade deals negotiated by them, as well as goods. (25 January)

Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their public policy decisions on the effectiveness of the National Health Service. (25 January)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the position of trans and intersex citizens of the United Kingdom. (26 January)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 30 January and due for answer by 13 February.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 January (HL Deb, col 665–6), what assessment they have made of whether refugee children who have been reported as having gone missing are likely to have become victims of human trafficking and exploitation; and what measures they and their European partners have taken to protect such children.   HL5065

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Williams of Trafford on 25 January (HL Deb, cols 665–6) what support they have given to Europol in determining the fate of the 10,000 refugee children whom Europol reported in January as having gone missing.   HL5066

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress towards full humanitarian access to the Blue Nile and South Kordofan states following the meeting between of the UK Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan and the Sudanese Foreign Minister on 24 January.   HL5067

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the UK Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan made to the Sudanese Foreign Minister regarding the environment for civil society activists in Sudan at their meeting on 24 January.   HL5068

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the UK Special Envoy to Sudan and South Sudan made to the Sudanese Foreign Minister regarding the case for an inclusive national dialogue process at their meeting on 24 January.   HL5069

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 23 January (HL Deb, col 425) concerning recent developments in Sudan, whether they are providing any support to (1) the British commercial mission that will visit Khartoum in April, and (2) a seminar focusing on the promotion of British business to be held in Khartoum in February. 
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Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of cases in which the Crown Prosecution Service’s (CPS’s) decisions not to initiate prosecutions in cases of domestic violence have been successfully challenged, whether they will commission an inquiry into the policy and practice of the CPS in relation to that issue.   HL5071

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations by the Traveller Movement in its report Overlooked and Overrepresented: Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children in the youth justice system, to address the poorer outcomes for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children in youth justice, and in particular the case for the Youth Justice Board to update its ethnicity data collection system to include Gypsy and Traveller categories.   HL5072

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider targeted education and vocational skills interventions for Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children in youth custody in the light of the Traveller Movement’s finding in Overlooked and Overrepresented: Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children in the youth justice system that 55 per cent of Gypsy, Traveller and Roma children in Secure Training Centres had learnt skills for jobs they would like to do in the future.   HL5073

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to establishing and promoting Gypsy, Traveller and Roma groups in Secure Training Centres and Young Offenders Institutions, based on successful models seen in the secure adult estate.   HL5074

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted, or had representations from, the National Police Chiefs’ Council on the merits of updating the ethnicity data collection used in the youth justice system to include the 2011 Census ethnic group classifications.   HL5075

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish their new drugs strategy.   HL5076

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to change the terms of reference, budget or membership of the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs. 
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Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be consulted in relation to the forthcoming new drugs strategy.   HL5078

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government which prisons and youth custody sites provided new services in 2016 to deal with substance misuse.   HL5079

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they and neighbouring states are making in stemming the exodus of people from Eritrea; and what plans they have to secure the release of the reported large numbers of persons imprisoned for religious reasons.   HL5080

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 26 January (HL WS444), whether they will take steps to ensure that such assistance does not ignore or condone the use of torture or inhuman treatment on detainees and prisoners, in particular in Turkey, Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States.   HL5081

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the $12 billion pledged in February 2016 at the Supporting Syria and the Region Conference has so far been paid; and when they expect the full payment to be made.   HL5082

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many elected members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey are now detained or imprisoned; and what discussions they have had with the government of Turkey about the sentences imposed on the leaders of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).   HL5083

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of British sales to Turkey of weapons and military equipment in (1) 2015, and (2) 2016; and how many forward contracts are outstanding.   HL5084

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will formally welcome the re-establishment of a joint Israel Palestine Water Committee for the West Bank; and what assessment they have made of this as a model for co-operation in the absence of any other peace process.   HL5085

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the US following President Trump’s reinstatement of the global gag rule; and what assessment they have made of the effect of this on the work of the Department for International Development and British development aid organisations working with women seeking assistance with, or advice on, abortion.   HL5086

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Guyana about the conduct of elections there, in particular regarding the case for an independent head of their Elections Commission.   HL5087

Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty’s Government why only three of the 25,800 unaccompanied children reported by Unicef to be in Italy have been transferred to the UK.   HL5088

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the 560,000 Palestinian refugees who have been displaced by the crisis in Syria.   HL5089

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Lebanon regarding reports of alleged violence against UNRWA staff and the civilian population of Ein El Hilweh Palestine Refugee camp on 15 January.   HL5090

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel regarding reports of the death of a 17 year-old who was denied a permit to exit Gaza to receive lifesaving medical treatment.   HL5091

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions the Prime Minister had during her recent meeting with President Trump regarding the proposed US embassy move to Jerusalem. 
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Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel in regard to that government’s announcement that a further 600 Jewish settler homes will be built in East Jerusalem.   HL5093

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Israel following reports that Israel’s High Court of Justice has decided to allow the Civil Administration in the occupied West Bank to demolish eight Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills affecting around 1,500 Palestinians.   HL5094

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their reported plans to subsidise power stations which provide guaranteed emergency electricity supply when needed on winter weekday evenings, what estimate they have made of the length of time it will take coal and nuclear power stations to reach guaranteed output capacity; and how much notice these power stations will be given of the additional demand.   HL5095

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect of the Government’s decision to leave Euratom on the cost, safety and regulatory processes associated with existing and planned nuclear power stations.   HL5096

Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the new transgender strategy as agreed to in the government response to recommendation 1 of the House of Commons Women and Equalities Committee 2016 Report Transgender Equality HC390.   HL5097

Baroness Burt of Solihull to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the balance sheet of the previous transgender action plan as committed to in the government response to the Women and Equalities Committee 2016 Report HC390.   HL5098

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration’s inspection of Border Force’s identification and treatment of potential victims of modern slavery.   HL5099

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce the Law Commission Bill on Charity Regulation.   HL5100

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Henley on 24 January (HL Deb, cols 547–9), what responsibilities the Social Mobility Commission retains for the issue of child poverty since that issue was removed from its title and explicit remit by the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.   HL5101

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Child Poverty Unit continues to exist as a separate identifiable unit since its transfer to the Department for Work and Pensions; if so, how many full-time equivalent (FTE) staff are employed in this Unit; and if not, how many FTE staff have responsibility for child poverty within the Department.   HL5102

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the fault-based divorce system.   HL5103

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to put in place a legislative procedure to enable individuals who are not parties in family law cases to have access to information that mentions them by name.   HL5104

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the central heating and hot water systems at Wellington Barracks have been out of order; and when they expect them to be restored to working order.   HL5105

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the latest Ministry of Defence annual equipment plan has left the £5.8 billion contingency funding untouched.   HL5106

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBT asylum seekers from Russia have been held in UK detention centres in the last three years.   HL5107

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average length of detention of LGBT people seeking asylum from Russia in each of the last three years.   HL5108

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBT people seeking asylum from Russia have been refused leave to remain in the UK.   HL5109

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many LGBT people seeking asylum have been deported to Russia.   HL5110

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to include, within the recently announced review of VAT, a consideration of the levels of customs and excise duties applied to those drinks and foods which research suggests are most responsible for avoidable deaths and chronic illnesses; and whether they have any plans to introduce a hypothecated tax for the NHS.   HL5111

Lord Macpherson of Earl’s Court to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many residential property transactions over £1.5 million there were, and how much Stamp Duty Land Tax revenue those transactions generated, in (1) 2013, (2) 2014, (3) 2015, and (4) 2016.   HL5112

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the procedure for increasing the previously agreed size of a particular free school.   HL5113

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they safeguard against new schools being built in areas of considerable surplus capacity.   HL5114

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many schools in England engage with Enterprise Advisers.   HL5115

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

6 December (20 December)

HL3851 Lord Beecham [MoJ]

21 December (9 January)

HL4325 Lord Beecham [MoJ]

HL4326 Lord Beecham [MoJ]

HL4327 Lord Beith [MoJ]

10 January (24 January)

HL4510 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [MoJ]

11 January (25 January)

HL4566 Lord Judd [DfE]

16 January (30 January)

HL4693 Baroness Lister of Burtersett [DCLG]

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

[DCLG] 1

[DfE] 1

[MoJ] 5

     

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

3 February

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

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

3 February

Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) [HL]

Private Member’s

3 February

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

 

Technical and Further Education

Government

1 February

Commonwealth Development Corporation (Money Bill-11 January)

Government

 

Homelessness Reduction

Private Member’s

 

Richmond Burgage Pastures [HL]

Private

 

University of London [HL]

Private

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Neighbourhood Planning

Government

31 January

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

 

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

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Digital Economy

Government

31 January

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Register of Arms Brokers [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Renters’ Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

 

Abortion (Disability Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

High Speed Rail (London–West Midlands) (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Government

31 January

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

 

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

Government

 

National Citizen Service [HL]

Government

 

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Lobbying (Transparency) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Pension Schemes [HL]

Government

 

New Southgate Cemetery [HL]

Private

 

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company [HL]

Private

 

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

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

Government

31 January

Wales (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

31 January

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 Deregulation Act 2015, the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 and the Insolvency (Amendment) Act (Northern Ireland) 2016 (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties and Public Authorities) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Nuclear Industries Security (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority Order 2017

   

Draft Tees Valley Combined Authority (Functions) Order 2017

   

Draft Transport Levying Bodies (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Nursing and Midwifery (Amendment) Order 2017

   

Draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2017

   

Draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Water Supply Licence and Sewerage Licence (Modification of Standard Conditions) Order 2017

   

Draft Water Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments etc.) Order 2017

   

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

7th Report, Session 2015–16

 

Draft Economic Growth (Regulatory Functions) Order 2017

   

Draft Business Impact Target (Relevant Regulators) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Growth Duty Statutory Guidance

   

Draft Scottish Fiscal Commission Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2017

   

Draft Claims in respect of Loss or Damage arising from Competition Infringements (Competition Act 1998 and Other Enactments (Amendment)) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Permission in Principle etc) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (England) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2017

   

Draft National Health Service Commissioning Board (Additional Functions) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2017

   

Draft Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017

   

Draft West of England Combined Authority Order 2017

   

Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2017

   

Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2017

   

Draft Pension Schemes Act 2015 (Judicial Pensions) (Consequential Provision) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Investment Bank (Amendment of Definition) and Special Administration (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Rates, Limits and Thresholds Amendments and National Insurance Funds Payments) Regulations

   

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 2016

 
 

20th Report

   

Draft Code of Practice on Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers

31 January

 

Draft Code of Practice on Picketing

31 January

 
 

21st Report

   

Draft Modifications to the Standard Conditions of Electricity and Gas Supply Licences (Smart Meters No. 3 of 2017)

7 February

 

Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2016

20 February

 

Higher Education (Higher Amount) (England) Regulations 2016

20 February

 

Student Fees (Inflation Index) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

20 February

 

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

 

Date of Laying

Parliamentary procedure

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

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Private Fund Limited Partnerships) Order 2017

16 January

Affirmative

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 31 January

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Select Committee

2.05pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 1 February

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.20am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

International Relations

Select Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Economic Affairs

Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill

3.30pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 2 February

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

10.00am

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Tuesday 21 February

   

NHS Sustainability

Select Committee

10.00am

Licensing Act 2003

Select Committee

10.30am

Financial Exclusion

Select Committee

10.30am

Charities

Select Committee

3.45pm

Services

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Residence Room 1

Wednesday 22 February

   

Finance

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Residence Room 1

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 30 January 2017 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Norwich.

1 Personal statement Baroness Stroud made a personal statement.

Select Committee Report

2 National Security Strategy 
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

Conflict, Stability and Security Fund. (2nd Report, HL Paper 105)

Public Business

3 NATO: Eastern flank A question was asked by Lord Robathan and answered by Earl Howe.

4 Brexit: creative industries A question was asked by Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

5 Education: newly qualified teachers A question was asked by Baroness Donaghy and answered by Lord Nash.

6 Schools: access to defibrillators A question was asked by Lord Storey and answered by Lord Nash.

7 Homelessness Reduction Bill A bill to make provision about measures for reducing homelessness; and for connected purposes was brought from the Commons, read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 96)

8 Homelessness Reduction Bill The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 96–EN)

9 Higher Education and Research Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with the question that clause 85 be agreed to. The House resumed.

10 Recent changes to United States immigration policy Baroness Anelay of St Johns repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

11 Higher Education and Research Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 482C. Amendments 485, 487, 497 and 498, 500, 508, 513 and 515 were agreed to. The House resumed and the bill was reported with amendments. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 97)

The House adjourned at 9.59pm until Tuesday 31 January 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.

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Draft National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2017, laid under the National Wage Act 1998.

2 Draft Water Supply Licence and Sewerage Licence (Modification of Standard Conditions) Order 2017, laid under the Water Industry Act 1991.

3 Draft Water Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments etc.) Order 2017, laid under the Water Act 2003.

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Pension Protection Fund and Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling and Compensation Cap) Order 2017, laid under the Pensions Act 2004.    (50)

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for 2016 of the Secretary of State for Transport on Notices and Directions served under the Aviation (Security) Act 1982, laid under the Aviation (Security) Act 1982.

 

Prepared 30th January 2017