House of Lords Business

Tuesday 14 October 2014 at 2.30pm

Serious Crime Bill [HL] Report [Lord Taylor of Holbeach]

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Infrastructure Bill Committee (day 7) [Baroness Kramer] 2nd and 3rd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee

Future Business 

Wednesday 15 October at 3.00pm

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Wales Bill will conclude.

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the extent of onshore wind farming in the county of Northumberland. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Consumer Rights Bill will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room.

Thursday 16 October at 11.00am

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to move that this House takes note of the role of Russia and the states of the former Soviet Union in upholding international law and democratic principles. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

It is expected that a topical question for short debate will be asked after the first debate this day. Ballot opens at 10am on 6 October, to be drawn at 12 noon on 7 October.

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s Social Justice strategy. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Borwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the prospects for developing and manufacturing autonomous vehicles as part of the United Kingdom’s car industry. (1½ hours)

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 28 October for debate on 20 November. Time limit 2½ hours

The Earl of Clancarty to move that this House takes note of the case for arts education in schools.

Baroness Kidron to move that this House takes note of the impact of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child on children’s and young people’s online and digital interactions.

Select Committee Reports 

The dates on which the reports were published are in italics

Lord Howell of Guildford to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence on Persuasion and Power in the Modern World (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 150). 28 March 2014

Lord Hardie to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 139). 13 March 2014

Lord Krebs to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Waste or resource? Stimulating a bioeconomy (3rd Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 141). 6 March 2014

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Counting the Cost of Food Waste: EU Food Waste Prevention (10th Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 154). 6 April 2014

Lord Shutt of Greetland to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Inquiries Act 2005 (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 143). 11 March 2014

Lord MacGregor of Pulham Market to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on The Economic Impact on UK Energy Policy of Shale Gas and Oil (3rd Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 172). 8 May 2014

Lord Inglewood to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on Broadcast general election debates (2nd Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 171). 13 May 2014

Lord Krebs to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students (4th Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 162). 11 April 2014

Lord Boswell of Aynho to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Role of National Parliaments in the European Union (9th Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 151). 24 March 2014

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the Care Quality Commission (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2014 include no provision for the regular assessment of performance by clinical commissioning groups and local authorities in the commissioning of health and social care and of the NHS Commissioning Board in relation to specialty commissioning (SI 2014/1788).

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Rix to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote moving people with a learning disability out of institutions like Winterbourne View and back into the community. (4 June)

Lord Dobbs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in prosecuting and convicting those responsible for female genital mutilation. (4 June)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support economic and social development in Malawi. (4 June)

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure adequate flood defences in the United Kingdom. (4 June)

Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina with regard to the election there, which was due to be held on 12 October. (4 June: amended 24 July)

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take, together with the government of the Republic of Ireland and the Northern Ireland political parties, in reaching and implementing an agreement on dealing with the past in Northern Ireland, building on the draft conclusions of the Haass talks. (4 June)

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to establish a Royal Commission on the Constitution, with particular reference to a future federal United Kingdom. (4 June)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to re-examine the procedures and practices governing the arrangement of business in the House of Lords. (4 June)

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat slavery in supply chains nationally and internationally. (4 June)

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the long-term financial sustainability of music education hubs and the National Plan for Music Education. (5 June)

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of the 2014 general election in India. (5 June)

Lord Kakkar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the National Health Service innovation and research strategies have had on health improvement. (5 June)

Baroness Boothroyd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to preserve the Houses of Parliament as part of a World Heritage Site. (5 June)

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate the contribution of Britain’s musicians, artists and poets to the First World War. (5 June)

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that women and children with mental health problems are identified and, where appropriate, diverted from the criminal justice system. (5 June)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the challenges facing the government of India on the issues of poverty and caste discrimination. (5 June)

The Earl of Glasgow to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define the word "discrimination" with particular reference to employment law and tribunals. (5 June)

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the electoral registration of British citizens living abroad. (5 June)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the National Health Service is doing to improve the health of lesbian, bisexual and trans women. (9 June)

Baroness Rendell of Babergh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage prosecutions of offenders under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. (9 June)

Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that lessons have been learnt in the 19 years since the massacre at Srebrenica in relation to Bosnia Herzegovina and nationalism in that region. (10 June)

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Report of the All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Electoral Conduct, and its various recommendations. (11 June)

Lord Parekh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain and, where necessary, improve the level of medical competence and skill in the National Health Service. (11 June)

Baroness Suttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the rate of tuberculosis in the United Kingdom over the next 10 years. (12 June)

Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to respond to the United Nations Secretary-General’s statement of 26 June 2013 on drug policy urging Member States to "conduct a wide-ranging and open debate that considers all options". (18 June)

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies are required for the future conservation and upkeep of peat lands in the United Kingdom. (19 June)

Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to work with global stakeholders to address investment in research and development in global health, and particularly to support the development of new tools and treatments for tuberculosis. (19 June)

Baroness Flather to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of Sharia law in the United Kingdom, particularly on women. (19 June)

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of the voluntary sector in reducing emergency re-admissions to hospital. (25 June)

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking a lead in the diplomatic and humanitarian response to the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan. (26 June)

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the mandatory display on food premises of the Food Hygiene Rating Scheme certificate. (30 June)

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness of multi-agency initiatives in the field of health and social care which operate without a separate governance framework. (2 July)

Baroness Hayman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing maternal and neonatal mortality in the developing world; and what plans they have to build on this work post-2015. (2 July)

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage more bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and Sri Lanka. (7 July)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the diagnosis and treatment of neurofibromatosis Type 1. (8 July)

Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the use of child labour in countries where inexpensive goods are manufactured for export to the United Kingdom. (15 July)

Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote more cadet units in schools. (16 July)

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the statute law repeal work of the Law Commissions; and what consideration they have given to increasing the scale of that activity. (21 July)

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the statute law repeal work of the Law Commissions; and what consideration they have given to increasing the scale of that activity. (21 July)

Baroness Bakewell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage elderly people to prepare living wills and powers of attorney in anticipation of serious illness or degenerative disease. (23 July)

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the long-term impact of current levels of funding of the criminal bar. (23 July)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve maternity care and to ensure that staff are trained and developed to meet future needs. (24 July)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reform the funding of political parties in the United Kingdom. (28 July)

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to abolish the liability of private householders and others for chancel repairs. (28 July)

The Earl of Lytton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the settlement of unclear or disputed property boundaries. (29 July)

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to individual artists, including visual artists, writers and composers. (30 July)

Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for National Health Service treatment of patients with communication impairments. (30 July)

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the development of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China since the Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong was agreed in 1984. (1 September)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 1 September and due for answer by 15 September.

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what incentives they have put in place over the past 20 years to encourage motorists to switch from petrol to diesel fuel.   HL1735

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to bringing criminal charges for conspiracy and misconduct in a public office against any officials, social workers, councillors and police officers who failed to take action against child abusers and rapists, as outlined in the report by Professor Jay, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013).   HL1736

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the report by Professor Jay, Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Exploitation in Rotherham (1997 – 2013), they will ask Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary to investigate police forces which have large Pakistani communities to establish whether any reports of child rape were systematically ignored or covered up. 
   HL1737

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the Department of Health reimburses small independent chemists for NHS prescription drugs; whether they reimburse the full wholesale amount to chemists; and, if the full cost is not reimbursed, on what basis the payment is made.   HL1738

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to create a specific, indictable offence with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment, for British subjects offering support to, or participating in, any foreign army, organisation or military unit which is not a member of NATO.   HL1739

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they apply in selecting members of the Muslim community to consult; and whether the Home Office has employed or consulted advisers who believe in the creation of an Islamic state in the United Kingdom by non-violent means.   HL1740

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Jenny Willott, on 13 May (HC Deb, col 691), whether they will set out the additional guidance produced by the Trading Standards Institute in relation to the cited consumer regulations of December 2013.   HL1741

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government when further guidance will be provided to online poker gambling companies and their software providers in respect of the latest licence conditions and codes of practice guidance relating to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014, the sharing of information to prevent cheating, money laundering, crime and problem gambling, and the investigation of customer complaints.   HL1742

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify which elements of the Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards are considered mandatory; and whether they have received any communication from businesses about the clarity of the guidance relating to those Standards.   HL1743

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in respect of the Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards, concessions were granted on compliance times in relation to auto-play and clock display.   HL1744

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what work has been done to ensure that new compliance rules relating to the Gambling Act 2005 and the Remote Gambling and Software Technical Standards do not prevent any software businesses from providing services to the gambling industry.   HL1745

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the release in July 2014 of the Gambling Commission’s consultation on amendments to its statement of principles for licensing and enforcement policy, with a closing date of September 2014, they have given consideration to delaying the deadline for applications for gambling software licences pursuant to the Gambling (Licensing and Advertising) Act 2014 until the second quarter of 2015.   HL1746

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Gambling Commission will publish the reasoning behind each gambling software licence decision.   HL1747

Lord Verjee to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend further to support young people from low-income families in accessing government internship and work experience opportunities within the Palace of Westminster.   HL1748

Lord Verjee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the administrations of the House of Commons and House of Lords about supporting young people from low-income families in accessing internship and work experience opportunities within the Palace of Westminster.   HL1749

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 29 July (HL1167), how many fully qualified Typhoon pilots there are in the Royal Air Force.   HL1750

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 6 November 2013 (HL2992–5), on what day 846 Naval Air Squadron will stand up the first Royal Navy Merlin Mk3 helicopter squadron; and by what date they expect the transition of the Merlin Mk3 airframe to the Commando Helicopter Force to be complete.   HL1751

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 6 November 2013 (HL 2992–5), whether programme funding has been agreed for ship-optimisation of the Merlin Mk3 helicopter.   HL1752

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 25 October 2013 (HL2640), whether Nimrod MRA4 ASW technology has now been incorporated into the Merlin Mk2.   HL1753

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 25 October 2013 (HL2640), what programme of work the Royal Navy is undertaking to establish the best way to replace the maritime capability that was to be provided by the Nimrod MRA4; and whether that programme has included work at the maritime warfare training schools at HMS Collingwood.   HL1754

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Royal Navy pilots are flying (1) F35 aircraft with the US military, (2) F18 aircraft with the US military, (3) Typhoon aircraft, (4) Hawk aircraft, or (5) any other type of fast jet with another nation’s military.   HL1755

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to encouraging the six largest energy companies to develop and use their own vulnerability checklist as part of a comprehensive assessment process to help determine a household’s circumstances before any new pre-payment meters are installed, in accordance with the voluntary code agreed with Consumer Focus in March 2011.   HL1756

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to encouraging energy companies to use income-differentiated tariffs as a means of addressing fuel poverty.   HL1757

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will work with energy companies to ensure that those using pre-payment meters pay the equivalent tariffs to those paying by direct debit, irrespective of whether smart meters are installed.   HL1758

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to lay before Parliament the statutory instrument recommended by the Groceries Code Adjudicator to the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills on the maximum level of fine that can be applied for a breach of the Code; and if so, when.   HL1759

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Ministerial Statement on the NHS Commissioning Board: Annual Assessment and Annual Report and Accounts by Earl Howe on 22 July (WS 124–5), what factors they considered when they decided on which date to make that statement; and what arrangements they have made for parliamentary scrutiny of the NHS mandate for 2015–16.   HL1760

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 July (HL1011), what is the proposed timetable of steps in deciding when mitochondrial donation should be offered in treatment; and what impact each of the separate experiments recommended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s Expert Panel will have on that timetable.   HL1761

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Nash on 30 July (HL1559–62), what assessment they have made of The Children’s Society’s report The Right Start in respect of the number of local authorities that do not routinely share live birth data with children’s centres; and what plans they have to ensure that health services and local authorities share live birth data.   HL1762

The Lord Bishop of Chelmsford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the criteria for giving visas to overseas church representatives in cases where all fares and expenses are guaranteed by a United Kingdom church body.   HL1763

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children of illegal immigrants have been detained in the United Kingdom in each year since 2010.   HL1764

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations made by Barnardo’s in its report of April 2014 on the treatment of children in the Cedars facility; which, if any, of the recommendations have been acted upon; and what actions have been taken.   HL1765

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask the Chairman of Committees how many Members of the House of Lords have been unable to access features such as their emails and calendars since the switch to Office 365.   HL1766

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask the Chairman of Committees what is the mean and maximum time delay for PICT to answer telephone helpline calls from Members of the House of Lords.   HL1767

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost of the National Child Measurement Programme.   HL1768

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 11 August (HL1638), whether they, or the Financial Conduct Authority, have made an assessment of the effect on the market for debt management services of the absence of notification of the existence of free debt management services in cold calling by lead generators on behalf of fee-charging debt management services; and if not whether they plan to instruct the Financial Conduct Authority to make such an assessment.   HL1769

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms are in place to ensure that (1) on first contact with potential customers, fee charging debt management companies notify of them of the existence of free debt management services, and (2) such notification is sufficient to produce an awareness of the existence of the free service.   HL1770

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 29 July (HL1376), and in the light of the discovery of tunnels from Gaza into Israel, what assessment they have made of the measures put in place by the United Nations to avoid the diversion of materials imported into Gaza, in particular concrete, from humanitarian use.   HL1771

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure the cooperation of the authorities in California with United Kingdom law enforcement agencies in securing information from Twitter in respect of alleged online offences.   HL1772

Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in England with (1) Parkinson’s, and (2) other conditions, have been prescribed Amantadine in each of the last five years.   HL1773

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given any instructions to immigration officials on giving greater scrutiny or priority to Bahraini nationals in carrying out entry clearance, border control and removals functions under paragraph 17(4)(a) of Schedule 3 to the Equality Act 2010.   HL1774

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to maximise the availability of new pension freedoms.   HL1775

Lord Elton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the optometry services provided under contract to their agencies operate in a market in which there are sufficient independent providers to maintain the stimulus of fair commercial competition.   HL1776

Lord Elton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their criteria for the award of contracts for the provision of optometry services to their agencies.   HL1777

Lord Elton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy for the award of contracts for the provision of optometry and other services to their agencies includes a requirement to assess and compare the net tax revenue that would be provided by each competing bidder; and, if not, why not. 
   HL1778

Lord Elton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the terms of the recently awarded contract to supply optometry services to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for a three-year period.   HL1779

Lord Elton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their criteria for the award of contracts for the provision of audiology services to their agencies.   HL1780

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers were first registered in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; how many of those were children; and what were the ten most frequent countries of origin and the number of asylum seekers from each of those countries in the last five years.   HL1781

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers applied for asylum in Northern Ireland after having first sought and been registered for asylum in the Republic of Ireland in each of the last five years; how many of those applicants were children; and how many overall were returned.   HL1782

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers are currently being housed in Northern Ireland; and how many were granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years, and under which categories.   HL1783

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last conducted an assessment of levels of anti-semitism in the United Kingdom; and what plans they have for future such assessments.   HL1784

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the progress in setting up a rivers board better to manage water in the Somerset Levels.   HL1785

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the progress of the work to dredge the Rivers Barrett and Tone in the Somerset Levels so far during 2014.   HL1786

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the readiness to deal with possible flooding on the Somerset Levels in the winter of 2014–15.   HL1787

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Popat on 11 August (HL1600), whether their assessment is that British Christian and Jewish visitors to Turkey do or do not have freedom of worship in those countries.   HL1788

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 30 July (HL1323), why they accept that the European Commission has a locus in the matter of the border between Spain and Gibraltar; and whether they consider that locus to apply to action by the European Commission concerning incursions into British Gibraltar territorial waters by Spanish vessels from Spanish territorial waters.   HL1789

Lord Clarke of Hampstead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the latest situation in Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty.   HL1790

Lord Clarke of Hampstead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review their relationship with the government of Iran, including considering firmer sanctions.   HL1791

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government why Max Clifford was handcuffed to a prison officer when he attended his brother’s funeral; and whether he remained so restrained throughout the service.   HL1792

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government why Andy Coulson is being held in a top security prison.   HL1793

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current estimate of cost overrun on future rail electrification.   HL1794

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Department for Transport and Office of Rail Regulation staff are investigating Network Rail’s costs of electrification; and whether the Department for Transport is planning to take over the responsibility of the Office of Rail Regulation for monitoring Network Rail’s costs.   HL1795

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government who funded the footbridge at Stodham, near Petersfield, which was recently opened to provide an alternative to a level crossing.   HL1796

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the then United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, that "there seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," by Israel in Gaza; and whether they have made any representations to the United Nations about that statement.   HL1797

Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many race relations posts at a senior level there are currently in prisons; and what were the numbers (1) five, and (2) ten years ago. 
   HL1798

Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the major improvement of the A417/A436 junction at the Air Balloon roundabout in Gloucestershire; and what immediate steps are planned to alleviate the traffic congestion in that area.   HL1799

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Financial Conduct Authority’s responsibilities for the oversight of cooperative societies are sufficient to protect the interests of members and creditors.   HL1800

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last reviewed the responsibilities and authorities of the Financial Conduct Authority to regulate cooperative societies.   HL1801

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have ruled out cancelling the gilt-edged securities bought by the Bank of England under the quantitative easing policy.   HL1802

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken in response to the report published on 15 August by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on the lower site at Hindley Young Offenders Institution, and the report’s conclusion that the Institution "struggled to keep the vulnerable boys it held safe".   HL1803

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report published on 15 August by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on the lower site at Hindley Young Offenders Institution, which found that half the boys held on the lower site were sharing cells designed for one and that many of the cells were dirty and lacked basic amenities, what plans they have to refurbish those cells.   HL1804

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report published on 15 August by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on the lower site at Hindley Young Offenders Institution, which found that "boys sometimes had less than 15 minutes a day to exercise in the open air", whether they have any plans to reconsider national policies on how long boys spend out of their cells.   HL1805

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report published on 15 August by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons on the lower site at Hindley Young Offenders Institution, which found that there were insufficient services for boys with brain injuries, learning disabilities or in need of speech and language therapy, whether they have any plans to improve the health services provided to boys in the lower site at Hindley Young Offenders Institution.   HL1806

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made at Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution since the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons published on 6 August, which concluded that "Glen Parva was not safe."   HL1807

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the report by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons published on 6 August on Glen Parva Young Offenders Institution, whether they have introduced measures to reduce the use of force, including full control and restraint.   HL1808

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Garden of Frognal on 8 January 2013 (HL4331), on what date Ministers received the report "Information sharing in the Foundation Years"; and what action has been taken to implement the recommended changes. 
   HL1809

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 4 August (HL938), they will give the titles and dates of the five files relating to Hilda Murrell which will be referred to the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council.   HL1810

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings have been held by Ministers with representatives of the food industry to discuss the subject matter of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and assurance of the food supply networks since the final draft was received by departments in June; and who was present at such meetings.   HL1811

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to date of the Elliott Review into the Integrity and assurance of the food supply networks; and when the final report will be published.   HL1812

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions are being taken at national level to preserve and enhance a public library system which takes account of the uses and demands of new technology.   HL1813

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Palestinian civilians, at the time of the latest ceasefire, had been (1) killed, and (2) injured, as a result of Israel’s military action in Gaza; how many of those casualties were children; and what were the comparable figures for Israeli civilian casualties from Palestinian military action in the same period.   HL1814

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Warsi on 30 July (HL1482), whether they now consider that the recent military action by Israel in Gaza is proportionate, as defined in the Joint Service Manual of the Law of Armed Conflict; and whether they will publish their assessment of the proportionality of that action.   HL1815

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the condition of the civilian population of Gaza in relation to hunger, shelter, clean water, sewage disposal, access to medicines and supply of electricity following Israeli military action in Gaza in recent months; and whether they will publish their assessment.   HL1816

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the level of humanitarian aid to Gaza from United Kingdom public funds has changed in the current financial year; and, if so, by how much. 
   HL1817

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Anelay of St Johns on 18 August (HL1710), whether they regard that the lifting of the Israeli blockade of Gaza is a requirement for avoiding "a return to the status quo ante" set out in that answer.   HL1818

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

10 July (24 July)

HL1059 Lord Laird [NIO]

21 July (4 August)

HL1300 Lord Beecham [HO]

HL1333 Lord Moonie [MoD]

HL1356 Lord Ahmed [FCO]

22 July (5 August)

HL1379 Lord Taylor of Warwick [HO]

HL1422 Lord Goodlad [DCLG]

23 July (6 August)

HL1450 Baroness Kennedy of Cradley [HO]

28 July (11 August)

HL1545 The Lord Bishop of Derby [HO]

HL1557 Lord Ashcroft [HO]

HL1582 Baroness Stern [MoJ]

HL1583 Baroness Stern [MoJ]

HL1584 Baroness Stern [MoJ]

HL1585 Baroness Stern [MoJ]

HL1591 The Lord Bishop of Coventry [HO]

HL1595 The Lord Bishop of Coventry [HO]

HL1596 Lord Laird [HO]

HL1597 Lord Laird [HO]

HL1606 Baroness Berridge [HO]

HL1607 Baroness Berridge [HO]

29 July (12 August)

HL1630 Lord Moynihan [DCMS]

HL1632 Lord Moynihan [DCMS]

HL1635 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

30 July (13 August)

HL1661 Lord Laird [DCMS]

HL1705 Lord Moynihan [DCMS]

HL1706 Lord Moynihan [DCMS]

HL1715 Lord MacKenzie of Culkein [HO]

HL1727 Lord Verjee [MoJ]

HL1734 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [MoJ]

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

[DCLG] 1

[DCMS] 5

[FCO] 1

[HO] 13

[MoD] 1

[MoJ] 6

[NIO] 1

         

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Mutuals’ Redeemable and Deferred Shares [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

High-cost Credit Agreements (Advertising Restrictions) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Duchy of Cornwall [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Employment Practices [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Voter Registration [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Governance of Sport [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Land Value Tax [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Voting Age (Comprehensive Reduction) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Repeal) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Licensing Act 2003 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Abortion Act 1967 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

BBC (Trustee Election and Licence Fee) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Withdrawal) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Chancel Repairs [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Mesothelioma (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Cats [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to a Special Public Bill Committee

   

Insurance [HL] (Law Commission Bill)

Government

 

Committed to a Grand Committee

   

Infrastructure [HL]

Government

14 October

Consumer Rights (Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

13 October

Deregulation (in respect of clauses 13 to 91 and Schedules 4 to 20) (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Medical Innovation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Parliamentary Privilege (Defamation) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Wales (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

13 October

Deregulation (in respect of clauses 1 to 12 and Schedules 1 to 3) (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

 

Waiting for Report

   

Serious Crime [HL]

Government

14 October

Criminal Justice and Courts (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) [HL]

Government

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Transport for London [HL]

Private

 

Buckinghamshire County Council (Filming on Highways) [HL]

Private

 

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

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

 

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2014

   

Draft Broadcasting (Independent Productions) (Amendment) Order 2014

   

Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Statutory Shared Parental Pay (General) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Maternity and Adoption Leave (Curtailment of Statutory Rights to Leave) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014

   

Draft Compensation (Claims Management Services) (Amendment) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Electoral Registration Pilot Scheme Order 2014

   

Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Surveillance and Property Interference: Code of Practice) Order 2014

   

Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Covert Human Intelligence Sources: Code of Practice) Order 2014

   

Draft Fuel Poverty (England) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Immigration Act 2014 (Bank Accounts) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Immigration Act 2014 (Bank Accounts) (Amendment) Order 2014

   

Draft Immigration Act 2014 (Bank Accounts) (Prohibition on Opening Current Accounts for Disqualified Persons) Order 2014

   

Draft Electricity and Gas (Energy Companies Obligation) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2014

   

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Standard Scale of Fines for Summary Offences) Order 2014

   

Draft Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Disapplication of Section 85(1), Fines Expressed as Proportions and Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Approved Regulator) (No. 2) Order 2014

   

Draft Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 (Consequential and Contrary Provisions and Scotland) (No. 2) Order 2014

   

Draft Marriage of Same Sex Couples (Conversion of Civil Partnership) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014

8th Report

 

Draft Judicial Appointments (Amendment) Order 2014

   

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2014

   

Draft Copyright and Rights in Performances (Certain Permitted Uses of Orphan Works) Regulations 2014

   

Draft Copyright and Rights in Performances (Licensing of Orphan Works) Regulations 2014

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

8th Report

   

Channel Tunnel (International Arrangements) (Amendment) Order 2014

24 October

 

Food Information Regulations 2014

25 October

 
 

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Care Quality Commission (Reviews and Performance Assessments) Regulations 2014

21 October

 

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

 

Report

Consideration

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Entertainment Licensing) Order 2014

6th Report

 

Special Procedure Order in Progress 

 

Date of laying

To be considered

Referred to a joint committee

   

Able Marine Energy Park Development Consent Order 2014

10 February

15 October

Committees 

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

Tuesday 2 September

   

Digital Skills

Select Committee

9.30am

Monday 8 September

   

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment

3.00pm

Tuesday 9 September

   

European Union

EU Sub-Committee C External Affairs

10.00am

European Union

Select Committee

2.00pm

Wednesday 10 September

   

Human Rights

Joint Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy

11.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs, Health and Education

2.00pm

Tuesday 7 October

   

The Arctic

Select Committee

11.00am

Monday 13 October

   

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 14 October

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.30pm

Wednesday 15 October

   

Extradition Law

Select Committee

10.00am

Able Marine Energy Park Development Consent Order 2014

Joint Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

Affordable Childcare

Select Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection

4.00pm

Thursday 16 October

   

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm in Committee Room G

Tuesday 21 October

   

House Committee

Domestic Committee

5.00pm

Wednesday 22 October

   

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Tuesday 28 October

   

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm in Committee Room G

Tuesday 4 November

   

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm in Committee Room G

Prepared 2nd September 2014