House of Lords Business

Thursday 16 March 2017 at 11.00am

Royal Assent

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to produce their proposals for a longer-term solution to the funding of adult social care.

*Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation in this Parliamentary session to give effect to the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights on prisoners’ voting rights.

*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to assess the financial and other implications for probation and other relevant services of the introduction of new sentencing guidelines for young offenders.

*Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Budget on people saving for retirement.

Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017 Baroness Mobarik to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 6 February be approved. (Considered in Grand Committee on 9 March)

Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (Election of Mayor) (Amendment) Order 2017 Lord Young of Cookham to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 6 February be approved. 26th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Young of Cookham intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017 Lord Young of Cookham to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 6 February be approved.

Tees Valley Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017 Lord Young of Cookham to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 6 February be approved. 26th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Baroness Anelay of St Johns to move that this House takes note of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the Commonwealth, ahead of the United Kingdom hosting the Heads of Government meeting in 2018.

Future Business 

Monday 20 March at 2.30pm

*Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to Age UK’s report on the state of social care in England The Health and Care of Older People in England 2017.

*Baroness Pitkeathley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of any hospital closures resulting from the implementation of Sustainability and Transformation Plans on Accident and Emergency departments.

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will produce their programme for negotiating the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union.

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Syria.

Digital Economy Bill Report (day 2) [Lord Ashton of Hyde] 11th, 13th, 16th and 18th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) and (Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 20 February be approved. (Dinner break business)

Tuesday 21 March at 2.30pm

*Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Department for International Development’s Economic Development Strategy, whether they plan to commit to supporting forest programmes across the globe to improve forest governance and reduce deforestation.

*Lord Bach to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with regard to the pension rights of spouses and civil partners of police officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the present state of public health in the Occupied Territories of Palestine; and the prospects for agreed international action, in particular action by Israel, to keep the Gaza Strip habitable.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 17 March.

†Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill Third Reading [Baroness Redfern]

†Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services) Bill Third Reading [Baroness Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist]

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017 Earl Howe to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 20 February be approved.

Earl Howe to move that this House takes note of the current challenges to the international rules-based order; the preparedness of the United Kingdom’s Armed Forces and of the NATO Alliance; and the levers available to Her Majesty’s Government to promote this country’s defence and security interests.

Lord Boswell of Aynho to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: Gibraltar (13th Report, HL Paper 116). (1½ hours)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Baroness Williams of Trafford intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Fire and Rescue Functions) Order 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford]

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Transfer of Police and Crime Commissioner Functions to the Mayor) Order 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford]

Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Prior of Brampton]

Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) (Amendment) Order 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Prior of Brampton]

Collection of Fines etc. (Northern Ireland Consequential Amendments) Order 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie]

Public Guardian (Fees, etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie]

Lord Keen of Elie intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

Judicial Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie]

Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) Regulations 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie]

Judicial Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie]

Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Viscount Younger of Leckie]

Immigration Skills Charge Regulations 2017 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Nash] 27th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Wednesday 22 March at 3.00pm

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage school gardening, to ensure that every child understands the environment and has an early connection to nature.

*Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate the 210th anniversary on 25 March of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act.

*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 16 February (HL5282) concerning improvements in the recording and investigating of unexpected patient deaths, what action will be taken to respond to the new information and to reduce the number of deaths in future.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 16 March, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 20 March.

†Higher Education and Research Bill Third Reading [Viscount Younger of Leckie] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

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

Thursday 23 March at 11.00am

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the level of annual funding required for nursery and early years provision, in order to ensure quality of service.

*Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in ensuring that children and young people who care for family members are identified and supported.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on encouraging further premium bond sales.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 17 March, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 21 March.

†Homelessness Reduction Bill Third Reading [Lord Best]

The Earl of Selborne to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Science and Technology Committee A time for boldness: EU membership and UK science after the referendum (1st Report, HL Paper 85).

Lord Teverson to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: environment and climate change (12th Report, HL Paper 109).

Monday 27 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the international safety regulations and procedures laid down in the International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea to ensure the safe evacuation of ships carrying more than 5,000 passengers and crew.

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the GovCoin trial, and what plans the Department for Work and Pensions has in place for its large-scale rollout later this year.

*Lord Cromwell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to boost and sustain the pool of skilled workers from the United Kingdom in the digital technology sector.

*Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to encourage gene editing in agriculture and medicine.

Tuesday 28 March at 2.30pm

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a deposit return scheme to reduce plastic bottle waste and increase recycling.

*Baroness Sheehan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of back to back transfers between ambulances at checkpoints on the health of Palestinians seeking to access emergency care in East Jerusalem hospitals.

*Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make membership of a client money protection scheme mandatory for letting and managing agents.

Wednesday 29 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for reviewing legislation concerning spending rules in elections and referendums.

*Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will announce its conclusions on the future status of Channel 4.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent electoral fraud in the local elections on 4 May.

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to move to resolve that a Minister of the Crown do report to this House by the end of this Session on the progress made towards ensuring that qualifying non-United Kingdom European Economic Area nationals and their family members are able to retain their fundamental European Union-derived rights after the United Kingdom has left the European Union.

Baroness Smith of Basildon to move that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on the terms and options for any votes in Parliament on the outcome of the negotiations on the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, including how any such votes be taken before any agreement is considered by the European Parliament; and that the Joint Committee do report by 31 October 2017.

Thursday 30 March at 11.00am

*Lord Paddick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to continue sharing sensitive personal information with other European Union member states for the purposes of crime prevention and detection following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union.

*Baroness Ludford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the United Kingdom’s economic interests of the pledge to bring an end to the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the United Kingdom.

*Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support independent living for disabled people of working age.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 1.00pm

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

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

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. (1 hour)

Monday 3 April at 2.30pm

*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will have to cut the first steel on the Type 31 frigate that will replace the last Type 23 when it pays off on its due date.

*Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate the centenary of the Balfour Declaration.

*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the way in which supermarkets and convenience stores display and promote alcohol can endanger the wellbeing and health of children.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to reduce the number of diesel cars and other diesel vehicles.

Tuesday 4 April at 2.30pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult United Kingdom television broadcasters, particularly the BBC, to ensure that the viewing public can clearly hear the dialogue, particularly in dramas.

*Lord Clark of Windermere to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase spending on healthcare as a percentage of gross domestic product to be in line with the G7 average.

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce waiting times for patients using hospital patient transport.

Wednesday 5 April at 3.00pm

*Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the long-term sustainability of the National Health Service and adult social care.

*Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in assessing the bids submitted by local authorities for the Department for Work and Pensions Local Family Offer programme funding for relationship support services; and when local authorities which have submitted bids will be notified of the outcome.

*Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Budget announcement that new T-Levels will be introduced to give parity of esteem for technical education, how they intend to ensure that young people also have the interpersonal skills required to succeed in the workplace.

Thursday 6 April at 11.00am

*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to curb the use of tax havens.

*Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to engage United Kingdom parliamentarians in the process and programme for the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in the United Kingdom, in particular with respect to the expansion and strengthening of international cultural, trade and investment initiatives.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage all sports governing bodies to increase the number of women on their boards and in senior posts.

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

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 and the EU budget (15th Report, HL Paper 125). 4 March 2017

Baroness Prashar to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: UK–EU movement of people (14th Report, HL Paper 121). 6 March 2017

Lord Hollick to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Economic Affairs Committee The Price of Power: Reforming the Electricity Market (2nd Report, HL Paper 113). 24 February 2017

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.

Baroness Prashar to move that this House takes note of the United Kingdom–India Year of Culture and the importance of international cultural relations.

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 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

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, laid before the House on 23 February, be annulled (SI 2017/194). 27th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Clark of Windermere to move that this House regrets that the Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 reduce the opportunity for young people to train as nurses and thereby exacerbate the shortage of nurses within the National Health Service and other care services. 26th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to move that this House regrets that the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017 have been laid with insufficient regard to the overwhelmingly negative response to the proposed Rules during the consultation and to the lack of evidence that significant numbers of unmeritorious environmental claims are currently brought; that they may escalate claimants’ legal costs and act against the intention of the Aarhus Convention that the cost of environmental litigation should not be prohibitive; and that they are likely to have the effect of deterring claimants from bringing meritorious environmental cases (SI 2017/95 (L. 1)). 25th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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)

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the support they provide to Northern Ireland veterans. (8 February)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of Universal Credit. (8 February)

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve levels of electoral registration, and to reduce the possibility of electoral fraud. (8 January)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the future of youth justice in England and Wales. (20 February)

Lord Crathorne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support museums in the light of their contribution to the tourism industry. (21 February)

Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much international aid is already being provided, and is planned to be provided, to refugee camps in Turkey, the Lebanon and Jordan; and what measures are being taken to support the governments of those countries to assist refugees. (22 February)

Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prioritise preventative policy-making cross-departmentally. (24 February)

Baroness Boothroyd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide alternative medical treatment for the 14,000 patients being treated for congenital heart disease at the Royal Brompton Hospital, in the light of the proposed closure of its congenital heart services. (1 March)

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the recommendations made in the report on the Review of the use and retention of custody images are being complied with by local police forces. (2 March)

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

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of security and stability in the Western Balkans; and what support they plan to give to security and stability in that region. (9 March)

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. (13 March)

Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that local authorities have a stable, long-term financial framework to enable them to invest in housing. (14 March) [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that a viable and sustainable independent radio production sector is operating over the period to 2027, with particular reference to (1) possible adverse effects on the quality of programming, (2) the training and development of workers, (3) salary levels and working conditions, and (4) the number of workers active, in that sector. (15 March)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 15 March and due for answer by 29 March.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of including the Handsacre connection from HS2 to the West Coast Main Line once HS2 Phase 2A is completed.   HL6081

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for funding surface road and rail access to major airports in England.   HL6082

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bills they are preparing as part of the process of leaving the European Union.   HL6083

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-UK EU citizens currently live in the UK; and how many of those are married to UK nationals.   HL6084

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the speech by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on 8 March at Geneva on the activities of his Office and recent human rights developments, calling on the government of Bahrain to undertake concrete confidence building measures and allow his Office mandate holders to conduct visits.   HL6085

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what land or buildings owned by, leased by, or under the control of, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs they are seeking to dispose of, and for what purposes.   HL6086

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what land or buildings owned by, leased by, or under the control of, the Department for Transport they are seeking to dispose of, and for what purposes.   HL6087

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what land or buildings owned by, leased by, or under the control of, the Department for International Development they are seeking to dispose of, and for what purposes.   HL6088

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the outstanding amount of the UK loan to the government of Ireland; how much interest on that loan has been paid to the UK by the government of Ireland; and when that loan will be paid off.   HL6089

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation on 15 March that Yemen will face a famine later this year unless immediate action is taken, that 2.2 million children are malnourished, and that children under the age of five are dying from preventable causes.   HL6090

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Save the Children on 1 March that shipments of aid for Yemen are being delayed, denying people access to medical aid and other essential support; and what assessment they have made of the impact of those delays on the Yemeni people.   HL6091

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by Dominque Burgeon, Director of the emergency division of the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation, that more than 100 million people worldwide are facing malnutrition and severe hunger.   HL6092

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 13 March (HL5767) concerning the government of Ireland’s approach to human rights, what discussions they have had with the government of Ireland concerning (1) property in the Republic of Ireland being available for sale only to those with a qualification in the Irish language; (2) official and semi-official jobs being available only to those with a qualification in the Irish language; and (3) welfare allowances for certain types of clothing being available only to those of the Roman Catholic faith.   HL6093

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider appointing a Prime Minister’s trade adviser for Central America.   HL6094

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government how NHS England will ensure adherence to national standards, once responsibility for commissioning specialised services is devolved or delegated to clinical commissioning groups.   HL6095

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government how NHS England will ensure that levels of data publication on outcomes and costs are maintained, once responsibility for commissioning specialised services is devolved or delegated to clinical commissioning groups.   HL6096

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of EU regulations governing data protection that are not capable of being incorporated into UK law by Order, and which therefore must be enacted by primary legislation.   HL6097

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the capability of UK businesses to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 by May 2018, and of the level of awareness of that Regulation.   HL6098

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enact new primary legislation to ensure that the UK is in the best position to maintain international data flows with the EU, following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.   HL6099

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government with which ambassadors to the UK they have held meetings in the last six months to discuss UN General Assembly Resolution 71/258, Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.   HL6100

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the UK will send a representative or an observer to attend the negotiations to be held in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 71/258, Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations. 
   HL6101

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term aims of the multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations to be held in accordance with UN General Assembly Resolution 71/258, in the light of the aims of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.   HL6102

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they drew following their attendance at the 2014 Vienna conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons.   HL6103

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government which body is now responsible for nuclear weapons safety, in place of the Nuclear Weapons Safety Committee and the Warhead Safety Co-ordinating Committee.   HL6104

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report by the Nuclear Information Service, Playing with Fire, published in February, which documents 110 accidents, near misses and dangerous occurrences during the 65 years of the UK’s nuclear weapons programme, what steps they are taking to improve nuclear weapons safety.   HL6105

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether VAT will be charged on money paid by HM Government to the Royal Parks charity; whether VAT is payable in full by the Royal Parks to HM Revenue and Customs in respect of services it provides to the HM Government; whether VAT will be chargeable and payable to HM Revenue and Customs on goods and services, such as catering, provided by the Royal Parks charity to others, including the general public, on the same terms as apply to other providers of goods and services; and whether other arrangements for VAT, not covered by those indicated above, will apply to the Royal Parks charity, for example on the purchase of services supplied by others, including in respect of maintenance and repairs of assets. 
   HL6106

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the new Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund of £4.7 billion, recently allocated to the Research Councils, they estimate will go to the cultural and creative industries; and what proportion of the first round of spending will be allocated to the Arts and Humanities Research Council.   HL6107

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the study report into the remuneration package for deck and engineer officers of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary has been finalised and accepted; and whether it has been, or will be, published in full.   HL6108

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been a recent review into regulations governing ship registration with a view to increasing the number of ships on the UK shipping register; and if so, what was the outcome.   HL6109

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research is being undertaken to find improved methods, for example the use of radar and optical satellites, to track and monitor merchant and fishing vessels which switch off their Automatic Identification System signals.   HL6110

Lord MacKenzie of Culkein to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vessels have been examined in UK ports where there is suspicion of illegal activity by reason of (1) their Automatic Identification System signals being switched off, or (2) without good reason, those signals not being transmitted in line with the International Maritime Organisation SOLAS convention, during some part of their voyage to a UK port.   HL6111

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of future movement of financial service companies from London to Edinburgh, in the event that Scotland leaves the UK but retains passporting rights into the EU.   HL6112

Lord Watts to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Keen of Elie on 8 March (HL5604), how many ex-prisoners have undertaken enterprise courses.   HL6113

Lord Oxburgh to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce the result of the competition for small modular nuclear reactors.   HL6114

Lord Oxburgh to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many full time equivalent staff there are in the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy working in the civil nuclear policy area and how many of them have qualifications in chemistry, physics or materials, and at what level.   HL6115

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the advice given to higher education providers regarding widening participation, and the minimum threshold qualifications that students are required to have before being accepted on a degree course.   HL6116

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures may be taken if a UK national working in a foreign embassy in the UK commits criminal activities from that embassy.   HL6117

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish an inquiry (1) into which local authorities and other public authorities within England have sub-contracted service provision to contractors whose operations for the provision of those services are located in Scotland, and (2) into the cost of the contracted services provided.   HL6118

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of (1) the total value of UK ISA investment funds for the last year for which figures are available, and (2) the total amount invested in those funds since ISAs were established.   HL6119

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Student Support (Non-Interest-Bearing Finance) [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

 

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

   

Richmond Burgage Pastures [HL]

Private

22 March

University of London [HL]

Private

 

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

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Criminal Finances (Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention)

Private Member’s

 

Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Register of Arms Brokers [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Renters’ Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Abortion (Disability Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Digital Economy (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Government

20 March

Technical and Further Education

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Homelessness Reduction

Private Member’s

23 March

Parking Places (Variation of Charges)

Private Member’s

21 March

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services)

Private Member’s

21 March

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

Government

22 March

Sent to the Commons

   

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

 

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 amended

   

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) (Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Neighbourhood Planning

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Amendments

   

Children and Social Work [HL]

Government

 

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) (Money Bill-2 March)

Government

16 March

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal)

Government

16 March

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 Non-Contentious Probate Fees Order 2017

28th Report

 

Draft Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme (England) (Amendment) Order 2017

   

Draft Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme (England and Wales) Order 2017

   

Draft Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme (Scotland) Order 2017

   

Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Specified Agreement on Driving Disqualifications Regulations 2017

   

Draft Trade Union (Deduction of Union Subscriptions from Wages in the Public Sector) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Immigration Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) (Biometrics and Legal Aid) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Combined Authorities (Finance) Order 2017

   

Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2017

   

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2017

   

Draft Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2017

   

Draft Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Collection of Fines etc. (Northern Ireland Consequential Amendments) Order 2017

 

21 March

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Fire and Rescue Functions) Order 2017

 

21 March

Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Company Obligation) (Amendment) Order 2017

 

21 March

Draft Public Guardian (Fees, etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

 

21 March

Draft Electricity Supplier Payments (Amendment) Regulations 2017

 

21 March

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Transfer of Police and Crime Commissioner Functions to the Mayor) Order 2017

 

21 March

Draft Immigration Skills Charge Regulations 2017

27th Report

21 March

Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2017

 

21 March

Draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017

 

21 March

Draft Judicial Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 2017

 

21 March

Draft Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) Regulations 2017

 

21 March

Draft Judicial Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2017

 

21 March

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Air Weapons and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2015 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2017

 

16 March

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

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

7th Report, Session 2015–16

 

Draft Liverpool City Region Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017

 

16 March

Draft Tees Valley Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017

26th Report

16 March

Draft Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield Combined Authority (Election of Mayor) (Amendment) Order 2017

26th Report

16 March

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2017

   

Draft Prescribed Persons (Reports on Disclosures of Information) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Rates Retention) and (Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

 

20 March

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

   

Draft Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Crown Estate Transfer Scheme 2017

   

Draft Deregulation Act 2015 and Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) (Savings) Regulations 2017

   

Draft West Midlands Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017

   

Draft Public Sector Apprenticeship Targets Regulations 2017

   

Draft Horserace Betting Levy Regulations 2017

   

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

   

Higher Education (Basic Amount) (England) Regulations 2016

20 February

 

Higher Education (Higher Amount) (England) Regulations 2016

20 February

 

   

25th Report

   

Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017

24 March

 

   

26th Report

   

Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

30 March

 

   

27th Report

   

Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

3 April

 

   

28th Report

   

Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element for Claimants Aged 18 to 21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

22 April

 

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.

Thursday 16 March

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

10.00am

Tuesday 21 March

   

NHS Sustainability

Select Committee

10.00am

Licensing Act 2003

Select Committee

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Services

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Residence Room 1

Wednesday 22 March

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Richmond Burgage Pastures Bill [HL]

Unopposed Bill Committee

4.00pm

Finance

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Residence Room 1

Thursday 23 March

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Monday 27 March

   

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 15 March 2017 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Chester.

Select Committee Reports

1 Statutory Instruments 
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

Report on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments: 
Draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2017 
Draft Crown Estate Transfer Scheme 2017 
Draft Deregulation Act 2015 and Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) (Savings) Regulations 2017 
Draft European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2017 
Draft Horserace Betting Levy Regulations 2017 
Draft Judicial Pensions (Additional Voluntary Contributions) Regulations 2017 
Draft Judicial Pensions (Amendment) Regulations 2017 
Draft Judicial Pensions (Fee-Paid Judges) Regulations 2017 
Draft Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 
Draft Public Sector Apprenticeship Targets Regulations 2017 
Draft West Midlands Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017 (25th Report, HL Paper 138)

2 Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform 
The following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

Report on the following bills: 
Children and Social Work Bill [HL]: Government Amendments 
Digital Economy Bill: Government Amendments. (21st Report, HL Paper 139)

Report on the following bill: 
Criminal Finances Bill. (22nd Report, HL Paper 140)

3 Privileges and Conduct 
The following Reports from the Select Committee were made and ordered to be printed:

The conduct of Lord Colwyn. (6th Report, HL Paper 141) 
The conduct of Baroness Tonge. (7th Report, HL Paper 142)

Public Business

4 Universities: European Union students A question was asked by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon and answered by Viscount Younger of Leckie.

5 Disabled access: public premises A question was asked by Baroness Deech and answered by Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth.

6 Social media: online abuse A question was asked by Baroness Nye and answered by Baroness Shields.

7 Prosecutions: defence legal costs A question was asked by Lord Kirkhope of Harrogate and answered by Lord Keen of Elie.

8 Water Supply Licence and Sewerage Licence (Modification of Standard Conditions) Order 2017 Lord Gardiner of Kimble moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 30 January be approved. The motion was agreed to.

9 Water Act 2014 (Consequential Amendments etc.) Order 2017 Lord Gardiner of Kimble moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 30 January be approved. The motion was agreed to.

10 Water Industry Designated Codes (Appeals to the Competition and Markets Authority) Regulations 2017 Lord Gardiner of Kimble moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

11 Personal Independence Payment Regulations Lord Henley repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

12 European Court of Justice ruling: religious signs Baroness Williams of Trafford repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

13 Class 4 National Insurance Contributions Lord Young of Cookham repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

14 Neighbourhood Planning Bill The bill was read a third time. Amendments 1, 2, 4 and 5 were agreed to. Then the bill was passed and returned to the Commons with amendments.

15 Higher Education and Research Bill The Report stage was continued, beginning with amendment 159. Amendments 159, 164, 165, 167 to 173, 174 to 176, 178, 179 to 183, 185 to 191, and 195 to 207 were agreed to. Amendment 194A was disagreed to (see division). The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 112)

The House adjourned at 8.30pm until Thursday 16 March at 11.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Paper

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

Health-Post-Implementation Review of the Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.    (9431)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Equality Act 2010 (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) (Passengers in Wheelchairs – Notices of Exemption) Regulations 2017, laid under the Equality Act 2010.   (342)

2 Planning (Hazardous Substances) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, laid under the Planning (Hazardous Substances) Act 1990.   (365)

3 Rent Repayment Orders and Financial Penalties (Amounts Recovered) (England) Regulations 2017, laid under the Housing Act 2004.   (367)

4 (1) Energy Performance of Buildings (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2017   (368)

(2) Transfer for Determination of an Application for International Protection (Detention) (Significant Risk of Absconding Criteria) Regulations 2017   (405)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

5 Riot Compensation Regulations 2017, laid under the Riot Compensation Act 2016.   (371)

6 State Pension Debits and Credits (Revaluation) Order 2017, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.   (375)

7 Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992. 
     (376)

8 Housing and Planning Act 2016 (Consequential Provisions) (England) Regulations 2017, laid under the Housing and Planning Act 2016.   (378)

9 (1) Child Tax Credit (Amendment) Regulations 2017   (387)

(2) Tax Credits (Definition and Calculation of Income) (Amendment) Regulations 2017   (396)

laid under the Tax Credits 2002.

10 Judgments Enforcement (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2017, laid under the Postal Services Act 2011.   (389)

11 (1) Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) (Amendment) Order 2017      (391)

(2) Town and Country Planning (Compensation) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017   (392)

laid under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990.

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 North Korea (United Nations Sanctions) (Amendment) Order 2017, laid under the United Nations Act 1946.   (319)

2 Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2017, laid under the Saint Helena Act 1833.   (320)

Instrument coming into operation before being laid

The Lord Speaker informed the House that he had received, under the proviso to section 4(1) of the Statutory Instruments Act 1946, notification that the following instrument had come into operation before being laid before Parliament, together with an explanation:

 Transfer for Determination of an Application for International Protection (Detention) (Significant Risk of Absconding Criteria) Regulations 2017.   ( 405)

Division on 15 March 2017 

Higher Education and Research Bill

Lord Smith of Finsbury moved amendment 194A, in clause 108, page 67, line 26, at end to insert:

"( ) Where a decision to be made by the OfS or UKRI relates to:

(a) the power to award research degrees; or

(b) research students;

the OfS and UKRI must make the decision jointly."

The House divided:

Contents 101

Not-contents 142

Contents

Adams of Craigielea, B.

Alton of Liverpool, L.

Barker, B.

Bassam of Brighton, L. [Teller]

Beecham, L.

Bhatia, L.

Bhattacharyya, L.

Bilimoria, L.

Blackstone, B.

Bragg, L.

Broers, L.

Brookman, L.

Brown of Cambridge, B.

Burt of Solihull, B.

Carter of Coles, L.

Chakrabarti, B.

Chandos, V.

Clark of Windermere, L.

Collins of Highbury, L.

Cotter, L.

Cox, B.

Crawley, B.

Davies of Oldham, L.

Davies of Stamford, L.

Desai, L.

Donaghy, B.

Dubs, L.

Elder, L.

Farrington of Ribbleton, B.

Foster of Bishop Auckland, L.

Gale, B.

Garden of Frognal, B.

Giddens, L.

Golding, B.

Grantchester, L.

Hamwee, B.

Hanworth, V.

Haskel, L.

Haworth, L.

Hayman, B.

Hayter of Kentish Town, B.

Healy of Primrose Hill, B.

Hollis of Heigham, B.

Howarth of Newport, L.

Howells of St Davids, B.

Hoyle, L.

Jolly, B.

Jones of Whitchurch, B.

Jowell, B.

Judd, L.

Kennedy of Southwark, L.

Kennedy of The Shaws, B.

Kingsmill, B.

Kirkhill, L.

Lawrence of Clarendon, B.

Lea of Crondall, L.

Liddle, L.

Listowel, E.

Livermore, L.

McAvoy, L. [Teller]

Macdonald of Tradeston, L.

McIntosh of Hudnall, B.

Mackay of Clashfern, L.

MacKenzie of Culkein, L.

Masham of Ilton, B.

Maxton, L.

Monks, L.

Morris of Handsworth, L.

Morris of Yardley, B.

Nye, B.

Pendry, L.

Pinnock, B.

Pitkeathley, B.

Prosser, B.

Quin, B.

Redesdale, L.

Rosser, L.

Royall of Blaisdon, B.

Sawyer, L.

Sharkey, L.

Sherlock, B.

Simon, V.

Smith of Basildon, B.

Smith of Finsbury, L.

Soley, L.

Stevenson of Balmacara, L.

Stone of Blackheath, L.

Stoneham of Droxford, L.

Storey, L.

Tomlinson, L.

Triesman, L.

Uddin, B.

Watkins of Tavistock, B.

Watson of Invergowrie, L.

Wellington, D.

Whitaker, B.

Wigley, L.

Winston, L.

Wolf of Dulwich, B.

Young of Norwood Green, L.

Young of Old Scone, B.

Not-contents

Ahmad of Wimbledon, L.

Altmann, B.

Anelay of St Johns, B.

Arbuthnot of Edrom, L.

Ashton of Hyde, L.

Bell, L.

Berridge, B.

Bertin, B.

Blencathra, L.

Bloomfield of Hinton Waldrist, B.

Borwick, L.

Bottomley of Nettlestone, B.

Bourne of Aberystwyth, L.

Brabazon of Tara, L.

Browne of Belmont, L.

Browning, B.

Buscombe, B.

Byford, B.

Caithness, E.

Callanan, L.

Carrington of Fulham, L.

Cavendish of Furness, L.

Chisholm of Owlpen, B.

Colwyn, L.

Cope of Berkeley, L.

Cormack, L.

Courtown, E. [Teller]

Couttie, B.

Crathorne, L.

Crickhowell, L.

De Mauley, L.

Dixon-Smith, L.

Dobbs, L.

Dundee, E.

Dunlop, L.

Eaton, B.

Eccles, V.

Eccles of Moulton, B.

Elton, L.

Evans of Bowes Park, B.

Fairfax of Cameron, L.

Fall, B.

Fink, L.

Finkelstein, L.

Finn, B.

Fookes, B.

Framlingham, L.

Fraser of Corriegarth, L.

Gardiner of Kimble, L.

Gardner of Parkes, B.

Garel-Jones, L.

Glenarthur, L.

Goodlad, L.

Goudie, B.

Greenway, L.

Hailsham, V.

Hamilton of Epsom, L.

Hayward, L.

Henley, L.

Higgins, L.

Holmes of Richmond, L.

Hooper, B.

Hope of Craighead, L.

Horam, L.

Howell of Guildford, L.

Hunt of Wirral, L.

Inglewood, L.

Jenkin of Kennington, B.

Jopling, L.

Keen of Elie, L.

Kirkhope of Harrogate, L.

Lang of Monkton, L.

Leigh of Hurley, L.

Lexden, L.

Lindsay, E.

Lingfield, L.

Lupton, L.

McColl of Dulwich, L.

MacGregor of Pulham Market, L.

McInnes of Kilwinning, L.

Magan of Castletown, L.

Mancroft, L.

Manzoor, B.

Marlesford, L.

Maude of Horsham, L.

Mobarik, B.

Nash, L.

Neville-Jones, B.

Newlove, B.

Nicholson of Winterbourne, B.

Noakes, B.

O’Cathain, B.

O’Shaughnessy, L.

Pearson of Rannoch, L.

Pidding, B.

Polak, L.

Popat, L.

Porter of Spalding, L.

Prior of Brampton, L.

Rawlings, B.

Redfern, B.

Risby, L.

Robathan, L.

Rock, B.

Ryder of Wensum, L.

St John of Bletso, L.

Scott of Bybrook, B.

Seccombe, B.

Selborne, E.

Selkirk of Douglas, L.

Shackleton of Belgravia, B.

Sheikh, L.

Sherbourne of Didsbury, L.

Shields, B.

Shinkwin, L.

Shrewsbury, E.

Skelmersdale, L.

Smith of Hindhead, L.

Somerset, D.

Spicer, L.

Stedman-Scott, B.

Stowell of Beeston, B.

Strathclyde, L.

Stroud, B.

Sugg, B.

Suri, L.

Taylor of Holbeach, L. [Teller]

Taylor of Warwick, L.

Trefgarne, L.

Trimble, L.

True, L.

Ullswater, V.

Vere of Norbiton, B.

Verma, B.

Wasserman, L.

Wheatcroft, B.

Whitby, L.

Wilcox, B.

Willetts, L.

Williams of Trafford, B.

Young of Cookham, L.

Younger of Leckie, V.

 

Prepared 15th March 2017