House of Lords Business

Friday 3 February 2017 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.

Future Business 

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
Water Industry Commission for Scotland; Dispensing Doctors’ Association; Cumberlege Connections Ltd (see also category 1)

*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.

†Digital Economy Bill Committee (day 3) [Lord Ashton of Hyde] 11th, 13th and 16th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Neighbourhood Planning Bill Committee (day 3) [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth] 15th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 3 February.

West of England Combined Authority Order 2017 Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 16 January be approved. 23rd Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) Bill Report [Lord O’Shaughnessy]

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).

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 6 February.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Digital Economy Bill will continue, and that it will conclude.

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Neighbourhood Planning Bill will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room, and that it will conclude.

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 3 February, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 7 February.

Richmond Burgage Pastures Bill [HL] Second Reading

University of London Bill [HL] Second Reading

Human Rights The Senior Deputy Speaker to move that Baroness O’Cathain be appointed a member of the Select Committee.

†Privileges and Conduct The Senior Deputy Speaker to move that the 5th Report from the Select Committee (Process for publishing Commissioner reports; Commissioner and police investigations; Minor amendments to the Code) (HL Paper 99) be agreed to.

If the above motion is agreed to:

Code of Conduct The Senior Deputy Speaker to move to resolve that the Code of Conduct for Members of the House of Lords be amended as follows:

In paragraph 19, in the second sentence, leave out "goes" and insert "is normally published only on the Commissioner’s webpages. The Commissioner has discretion to submit a report in such instances"

Leave out paragraphs 26 and 27 and insert:

"The Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct keeps the Code of Conduct and the Guide to the Code of Conduct under regular review. Recommended changes are reported to the House and take effect when agreed by the House."

†Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill (Money Bill) Second Reading (and remaining stages) [Lord Bates] 14th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Immigration (Health Charge) (Amendment) Order 2017 Baroness Vere of Norbiton to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 20 December 2016 be approved.

Immigration and Nationality (Fees) (Amendment) Order 2017 Baroness Vere of Norbiton to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 11 January be approved.

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).

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.

Tuesday 28 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the last 12 months to address the challenges raised by the number of drones, particularly in relation to safety and security risks; and whether they intend to introduce legislation to regulate their use.

*Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of opportunities to enhance bilateral trade between Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have committed to continue funding the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

Wednesday 1 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the change in the total number of households in the United Kingdom between 2010 and 2014 is attributed to households with a non-United Kingdom born household reference person.

*Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward legislation further to their manifesto commitment to ban wild animals in circuses.

*Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in tackling the abuse of personal injury claims relating to incidents involving motor vehicles.

†Thursday 2 March at 11.00am

†*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of short-term letting of residential flats for holiday purposes contrary to the terms of the lease; and whether they plan to introduce measures similar to the restrictions introduced in New York and Berlin.

†*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth will begin sea trials.

†*Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the storage of the 19 million facial images uploaded onto the police national database is compliant with data protection legislation.

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

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. 22nd Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to move that this House regrets that the Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2016 and the Higher Education (Higher Amount) (England) Regulations 2016 together with retrospectively changed loan conditions for existing students are further incremental burdens on students that risk worsening the opportunities for young people from low-income backgrounds, mature students and those undertaking part-time courses; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to report annually to Parliament on the impact on the economy of the increasing quantum of graduate debt, estimates of payback rates, and the estimate of the annual cost to the Exchequer of the present system. 21st Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

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)

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)

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)
A Vice President, National Autistic Society

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)

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of leaving Euratom, and the options for a replacement regulatory framework. (2 February)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 2 February and due for answer by 16 February.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon on 1 February (HL4840), what estimate they have made of the percentage reduction in capital and operating cost of HS2 if the maximum operating speed were 320 kph rather than 360 kph; and whether there is to be a requirement that the manufacture or assembly of the trains will be undertaken in the UK.   HL5185

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how Article 51 of Regulation (EU) No 651/2014 concerning social aid for transport for residents of remote regions can be introduced in England; for what purposes; and what aid is already in place.   HL5186

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many imported bottles of wine were sampled in each of the last five years, in order to check for fraud and forgery, broken down by samples from (1) EU member states, and (2) the rest of the world.   HL5187

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sampling of Spanish and French wine has been increased in the light of allegations that cheap Spanish wine is being labelled as French wine.
   HL5188

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the law to allow the automatic confiscation of a mobile phone that has been used illegally by a driver.   HL5189

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the governments of NATO countries which spend less than two per cent of GDP on defence.   HL5190

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of troops and units which the UK, USA and Canada have stationed in other NATO countries in Europe.   HL5191

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 28 December 2016 (HL4016), and in the light of the LuxLeaks trials in Luxembourg, whether they intend to review their policy of not offering immunity from prosecution to whistle-blowers in so far as it applies to cases where information has been supplied about aggressive tax avoidance schemes that have caused a significant loss to the public purse.   HL5192

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Young of Cookham on 28 December 2016 (HL4016), and in the light of the involvement of PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) in the LuxLeaks trials in Luxembourg and the reported pressure placed upon one of the LuxLeaks whistle-blowers to sign a secrecy agreement, whether they intend to desist from conducting any further Government business with PwC.   HL5193

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 18 January (HL Deb, col 212), and in the light of paragraph 17(7) of Schedule 19 to the Finance Act 2016 which provides for the Treasury to make regulations requiring group tax strategies to include a country-by-country report, what steps they are taking to ensure that transnational companies are fully transparent about the real centres of their economic activity and reveal any misalignment between that and where such companies declare their profits for tax purposes in their annual accounts.   HL5194

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to leave the Common Fisheries Policy when the UK leaves the EU; and if so, how they will ensure that fish stocks remain sustainable.   HL5195

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to remove the current restrictions on the use of neonicotinoids when the UK leaves the EU; and if so, what is their assessment of the impact this will have on the populations of bees and other pollinators.   HL5196

Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have commissioned to assess the number of delayed transfers of care by council area in the context of population size; and how many successful discharges there have been in each of those areas from hospitals to further NHS or social care services.   [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
 HL5197

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many academies have been transferred from one trust to another, in which years, and what were their names; and what is (1) the total cost, and (2) the individual cost, of those transfers so far.   HL5198

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to support and safeguard a student if the private college they attend goes into liquidation.   HL5199

Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Nash on 1 February (HL5039), how far their three-year programme to prevent and address homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying in schools has progressed; whether an action plan for the programme has been published; on what basis (1) local authorities, (2) academy chains, and (3) individual schools, have been contacted to seek information about their experience of such bullying; and how the programme funds are being spent.   HL5200

Lord Watson of Invergowrie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reduction in the number of applications by students in England for nursing and midwifery courses at British universities beginning in 2017 compared to courses beginning in 2016 reported by UCAS; and whether, in the light of the smaller reduction in such applications in Scotland and Wales where bursaries are available, they intend to reconsider the decision to abolish NHS bursaries.   HL5201

Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the fusion research programme at the Culham Centre will continue to be funded following the UK’s departure from the EU.   HL5202

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been subject to suspended committals for non-payment of council tax over the last three years; and what was the breakdown by (1) gender, and (2) age groups.   HL5203

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

11 January (25 January)

HL4566 Lord Judd [DfE]

18 January (1 February)

HL4776 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DCLG]

19 January (2 February)

HL4790 Lord Blencathra [DCMS]

HL4809 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL4813 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL4826 Lord Storey [DfE]

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

[DCLG] 1

[DCMS] 1

[DfE] 4

     

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

 

Commonwealth Development Corporation (Money Bill-11 January)

Government

9 February

Homelessness Reduction

Private Member’s

 

Richmond Burgage Pastures [HL]

Private

9 February

University of London [HL]

Private

9 February

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Neighbourhood Planning

Government

6 February

Technical and Further Education

Government

 

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] (Queen’s and Prince of Wales’s consents to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

Digital Economy

Government

6 February

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

7 February

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

 

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

 

Returned to the Commons with Amendments

   

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

Government

 

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has drawn attention to certain instruments in the reports indicated.

 

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

Draft 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

   

Draft Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance Regulations 2017

   

Draft Limited Liability Partnerships (Reporting on Payment Practices and Performance) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2017

   

Draft Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 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

 

9 February

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

   

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

 

9 February

Draft Bereavement Support Payment Regulations 2017

   

Draft West of England Combined Authority Order 2017

23rd Report

7 February

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

   

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

22nd Report

 

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

 
 

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

National Policy Statement 

 

Scrutiny time expires

To be considered

     

Draft Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England

   

Committees 

Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheet. Only the next meeting of each Committee is listed below. Further details of these meetings, and of planned further meetings, may be found in the House of Lords Committees Weekly Bulletin.

Monday 6 February

   

European Union

Select Committee

2.45pm

Economic Affairs

Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill

3.30pm

Tuesday 7 February

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

11.00am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 8 February

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

International Relations

Select 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

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 9 February

   

European Union

Internal Market 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 Thursday 2 February 2017 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Norwich.

Public Business

1 Brexit: environmental standards A question was asked by Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer and answered by Lord Gardiner of Kimble.

2 Iran: Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe A question was asked by Baroness Northover and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

3 Brexit: Article 50 A question was asked by Lord Spicer and answered by Lord Bridges of Headley.

4 Brexit: trade A question was asked by Baroness McIntosh of Pickering and answered by Lord Bridges of Headley.

5 Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) moved that Standing Order 40(4) (so far as it relates to Thursdays) and (5) be suspended until the end of the session so far as is necessary to enable notices and orders relating to Public Bills, Measures, Affirmative Instruments and reports from Select Committees of the House to have precedence over other notices and orders on Thursdays. The motion was agreed to.

6 Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) moved that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Thursday 9 February to enable the Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill to be taken through its remaining stages that day. The motion was agreed to.

7 Digital Economy Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 53B. The House resumed.

8 Brexit: new partnership Lord Bridges of Headley repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

9 Brexit: disabled people A question was asked by Baroness Scott of Needham Market and, after debate, answered by Lord Henley.

10 Digital Economy Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 54D. Amendment 67 was agreed to. The House resumed after amendment 74.

The House adjourned at 6.59pm until Friday 3 February at 10.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 2.00pm.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill The Grand Committee further considered the bill, beginning with amendment 14. Amendments 19 and 21 to 23 were agreed to. The Committee adjourned after amendment 27A.

The Committee adjourned at 6.01pm.

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 Transport-UK Airspace Policy: A framework for balanced decisions on the design and use of airspace.    (9397)

2 European Union-The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union: Government proposals.    (9417)

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Draft Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2017, laid under the Pensions Act 2008.

2 Draft Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2017, laid under the Energy Act 2013.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Food for Specific Groups (Information and Compositional Requirements) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.   (62)

2 M5 Motorway (Junctions 4a to 6) (Variable Speed Limits) Regulations 2017, laid under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.   (77)

3 Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, laid under the Pensions Act 2008.   (79)

4 Social Housing Rents (Exceptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, laid under the Welfare Reform and Work Act 2016.   (91)

National Policy Statement

The following proposed National Policy Statement was laid before the House under section 9(2) of the Planning Act 2008:

Draft Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England.

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 The State of the Estate in 2015–16: Report on progress towards improving the efficiency and contribution to sustainability of the Civil Estate, laid under the Climate Change Act 2008.

2 Report of the Office of Rail and Road: Highways monitor update on Highways England’s capital planning and asset management, laid under the Infrastructure Act 2015.

3 Report for the period July to October 2016 of the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration on an Inspection of Border Force’s Identification and Treatment of Potential Victims of Modern Slavery, laid under the UK Borders Act 2007.

 

Prepared 2nd February 2017