House of Lords Business

†Monday 7 September 2015 at 2.30pm

†Communications The Chairman of Committees to move that Lord Goodlad be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Dobbs, resigned.

†Energy Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth] 6th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 4th Report from the Constitution Committee

Lord Beecham to move that this House regrets that the Government are introducing the Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 without having undertaken a review of the impact and coherence of the cuts to litigators’ fees; agrees with the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee’s analysis that there is too little evidence to establish what effect the fee reduction would have; and regrets the government’s lack of engagement with the profession and those affected by its reforms (SI 2015/1416). 3rd Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 2) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ashton of Hyde] 2nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

†Merchant Shipping (Alcohol) (Prescribed Limits Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon] 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 1st Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, 2nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Special attention drawn to the instrument)

†Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks] 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Keen of Elie] 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Earl Howe] 2nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following two motions are expected to be taken en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

†Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 1st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Future Business 

Tuesday 8 September at 2.30pm

Lord Best to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on Women in news and current affairs broadcasting (2nd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 91).

Baroness O’Cathain to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Civilian Use of Drones in the EU (7th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 122).

Lord O’Neill of Gatley to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s plans to boost productivity in the United Kingdom.

†Wednesday 9 September at 3.00pm

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Energy Bill [HL] will continue.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a national strategy for the treatment of lymphoedema in the NHS. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 10 September at 11.00am

Lord Haskel to move that this House takes note of the British economy beyond austerity.

Topical Question for Short Debate. Ballot opens at 10am on Tuesday 1 September and is drawn at 12 noon that day.

Baroness Bakewell to move that this House takes note of developments regarding the future financing and independence of the BBC.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the United Nations, in particular the selection processes for the Secretary-General and other senior appointments. (1½ hours)

Friday 11 September at 10.00am

Council Tax Valuation Bands Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Marlesford]

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

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

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

Succession to Peerages Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Trefgarne]

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

Thursday 17 September at 11.00am

Lord Chidgey to move that this House takes note of the forthcoming summit on Sustainable Development Goals in September and Her Majesty’s Government’s objectives at that summit. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Topical Question for Short Debate. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 7 September and is drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 8 September.

Lord Scriven to move that this House takes note of the treatment of LGBTI citizens worldwide. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 15 September for debate on 15 October. Time limit 2½ hours.

Baroness Hooper to move that this House takes note of developments in Latin America and of the United Kingdom’s presence in that region.

Lord Harris of Haringey to move that this House takes note of the report of the Harris Review, Changing Prisons, Saving Lives.

Select Committee Reports 

The dates on which the reports were published are in italics.

Lord Hollick to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on The Economic Case for HS2 (1st Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 134). 25 March 2015

Lord Best to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on Press Regulation: where are we now? (3rd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 135). 23 March 2015

The Earl of Selborne to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on The resilience of the electricity system (1st Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 121). 12 March 2015

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The North Sea under pressure: is regional marine co-operation the answer? (10th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 137). 17 March 2015

Other Motion for Debate 

Lord Saatchi to move that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with to allow any Bill in the form in which the Medical Innovation Bill [HL] was approved by this House and sent to the Commons on 23 January 2015 in the last Parliament to be taken through all its remaining stages on one day.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Beecham to move that this House regrets that the Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) Regulations 2015 undermine the principle of judicial discretion, and add an artificial inducement to plead guilty; and further regrets that the Regulations were laid at a time that severely limited Parliamentary oversight, as well as making claims for savings that cannot be substantiated (SI 2015/796). 1st Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the Health and Care Professions Council (Registration and Fees) (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules Order of Council 2015 increases mandatory registration renewal fees by 12.5 per cent for 330,000 dedicated health and social work professionals, taking no account of the public-sector pay freeze and pay restraint, and ignoring overwhelming opposition from registrants (SI 2015/1337).

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015 Lord Tyler to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 16 July, be annulled (SI 2015/1520).

Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 Baroness Hamwee to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 16 July, be annulled (SI 2015/1501).

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House takes note of the National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 and of the simplification of the assessment of the maximum waiting time for NHS treatment for elective patients, in the light of the review by Sir Bruce Keogh, and the risk that the current more complex standards could provide a perverse incentive to commissioning bodies to deal with those recently added to the waiting list before those who have already been waiting for more than 18 weeks (SI 2015/1430).

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours.

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat Lyme disease and other tick-related illnesses. (27 May)

Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the prospects for the reunification of, and a lasting peace in, Cyprus. (27 May)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the process for preparing official histories. (27 May)

Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the case for discharging the Chairman and members of the Chilcot Inquiry, and inviting the Cabinet Secretary to set out a mechanism for an interim report to be produced on the basis of the evidence gathered. (27 May)

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to change the arrangements for the tabling of parliamentary questions to give priority to those who ask few questions, so that more members of the House can ask questions. (27 May)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to address the situation of women suffering from religiously sanctioned gender discrimination, in particular regarding the operation of sharia councils and courts in the United Kingdom. (27 May)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, if any, to promote Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration on Human Rights. (27 May)

Lord Freeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the present and future strength of the reserves of the British armed forces. (27 May)

Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact shared spaces have on blind and vision-impaired people and whether guidance for local authorities on shared spaces is fit for purpose. (27 May)

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the financial sustainability of the five-year NHS plan. (27 May)

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for developing the bus industry. (27 May)

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to review the operation of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. (27 May)

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve stroke services, care and support, and to update the National Stroke Strategy to commence implementation in 2017 when the existing 10-year plan ends. (27 May)

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation. (27 May)

Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman’s report Dying without Dignity, what steps they are taking to ensure that everyone who needs it has access to good palliative care and a level of social care that ensures the end of life is valued. (27 May)

Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relative merits of different forms of nuclear technology. (27 May) [I]Category 5: Land and property
Blagdon and Blyth estates in Northumberland, with income from farming, forestry, commercial property, residential property, leisure, coal and clay mining

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help maintain the United Kingdom’s position in medical research. (28 May) [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Chair, Association of Medical Research Charities

Baroness Ludford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of NHS access to technology such as insulin pump therapy and continuous glucose monitoring for people with Type 1 diabetes. (28 May)

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making towards developing a health-creating society. (28 May)

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that those who wish to die at home can do so with dignity. (28 May)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on HIV and AIDS Access Denied. (28 May)

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make any changes to the Disabled Students’ Allowance. (28 May)

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the roles of the Energy Community and the Energy Charter in improving energy security and alternative supplies and sources of energy for the member states of the European Union and its neighbours; and what is the extent of United Kingdom involvement in both organisations. (28 May)

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to make their international development policies more effective. (28 May)

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for addressing international restrictions on and social hostility to freedom of religion or belief. (28 May)

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage more bilateral trade between the United Kingdom and African countries. (1 June)

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the governance of the Advertising Standards Authority. (1 June)

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how the business community can contribute to resolving the major challenges facing the United Kingdom. (2 June)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to strengthen defence and security co-operation, bilaterally and multilaterally, with their European partners in NATO and the European Union. (3 June)

The Earl of Oxford and Asquith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the prospects for political stability and economic recovery in Ukraine. (3 June)

Lord Hutton of Furness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the relationship between the United Kingdom and Cuba. (8 June)

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities. (10 June)

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support small grass roots music venues. (16 June)

Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible threat to financial stability from the risks concentrated in Central Counterparties. (18 June)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the spread of hepatitis C in the United Kingdom, and what steps they are taking to encourage the availability of new treatments for that disease. (24 June)

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help improve education standards in United Kingdom prisons. (25 June)

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the factors contributing to cancer survival rates in the United Kingdom. (29 June)

Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their plan for ratifying the Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. (29 June)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support volunteering both in the United Kingdom and abroad. (29 June)

The Earl of Lytton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to improve police leadership, accountability and ethics in the light of the report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life Tone from the top. (30 June)

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle the loss of world biodiversity caused by human activity. (1 July)

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the economic development of the north of England of the pausing of the electrification of the TransPennine rail line. (2 July)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to return to cross-party talks on a future agreement on party funding structures. (6 July)

Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of kinship care as a means of support for vulnerable children. (7 July)

Lord Trees to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects of Neglected Tropical Diseases in impairing social and economic development in developing countries in the light of the publication of the third progress report of the 2012 London Declaration on Neglected Tropical Diseases. (9 July)

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to respond to the issues raised in the NSPCC report Achieving emotional wellbeing for looked after children: a whole system approach. (13 July)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to ensure that retail banks treat their vulnerable customers fairly. (20 July)

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage people to work longer and be adequately re-trained in later life, as part of their goal to resolve the challenge of skill shortages in certain sectors of the economy. (20 July)

Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken a renew of the changes in employment law by the last government; and if so, what was the outcome of the review. (20 July)

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing a patient experience survey for patients with diabetes. (20 July)

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask the Chairman of Committees whether there are any plans to appoint a unit within the House of Lords Press Office to promote proactively and apolitically the role and work of the House of Lords. (21 July)

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to defeat ISIL in Syria. (22 July)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the discussions surrounding the renewal of the BBC Charter. (22 July)

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children receive a balanced and rounded education in schools; and what effect the English baccalaureate requirements will have in that regard. (22 July)

Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase understanding of the Middle East. (22 July)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 22 July and due for answer by 5 August.

Lord Cashman to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Baroness Altmann on 13 July stating that the total cost of equalising survivor benefit payments would amount to £3.3 billion (HL Deb, col 343), what assessment they have made of the cost of equalising payments specifically on the grounds of sexual orientation; and whether they consider those costs to be prohibitive.   HL1778

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage organ donation.   HL1779

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the pause in the electrification of the TransPennine rail line and Midland Main Line will affect (1) the ending of the use of Pacer vehicles on the Northern franchise by 2020, and (2) the terms and conditions relating to the re-letting of the Northern franchise.   HL1780

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of whether the replacement of Class 170 diesel multiple units by Class 156 units on the TransPennine franchise has resulted in a change in the quality of service; and if so, whether it has changed for better or worse. 
   HL1781

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish the Public Sector Equality Duty statement prepared in respect of the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015.   HL1782

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015, whether they decided not to prepare an Impact Assessment because they considered that reducing asylum support would have no impact on the voluntary and charitable sectors that assist asylum seekers; and if so, on what basis they reached that conclusion.   HL1783

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of their legal duty to have regard to the need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children, they plan to publish their detailed assessment of the compatibility of the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.   HL1784

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015, what support other than cash is received by a family of four asylum seekers in Sweden, as referred to in paragraph 7.7 of the Explanatory Memorandum.   HL1785

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015, whether they plan to publish the letter sent to members of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum referred to in paragraph 8.1 of the Explanatory Memorandum.   HL1786

Baroness Hamwee to ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the Asylum Support (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid before Parliament on 12 March and later withdrawn, what was the research conducted into the real cost of essential items referred to in paragraph 7.4 of the Explanatory Memorandum.   HL1787

Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what adjustments are anticipated to personalised budgets for vulnerable people in order to allow them to pay personal assistants and carers the proposed National Living Wage.   HL1788

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the first commercial flights to St Helena will commence.   HL1789

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tourist beds (1) are currently available, and (2) are under construction, on St Helena.   HL1790

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tourist beds will be required on St Helena to support one weekly flight when the island’s airport opens in February 2016.   HL1791

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many proposals to create more tourist beds on St Helena (1) have been passed, (2) are currently under consideration, and (3) have been rejected, by the island’s planning authority.   HL1792

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of tourist beds on St Helena; what progress has been made in this regard since the decision to build an airport on the island was made in 2010; and what incentives they are offering to encourage inward investors to provide tourist facilities on the island.   HL1793

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take action to secure the right of same-sex couples to marry in Northern Ireland, in the light of the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights on 21 July in Oliari and Others v Italy.   HL1794

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to respond to the report by the Constitution Committee published on 27 March, Inter-governmental relations in the United Kingdom. 
   HL1795

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the basis of their assessment in the Explanatory Memorandum for the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 that the current payment methodology by which additional cash payments are made for each child under the age of 18 "provides more than enough to cover the needs of individual children". 
   HL1796

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish the results of discussions with members of the National Asylum Stakeholder Forum and of the coalition "Still Human Still Here", as referred to in the Explanatory Memorandum for the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015.   HL1797

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government why no transitional arrangements for families in receipt of asylum support have been put in place prior to the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 coming into force.   HL1798

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to communicate the change in the rate of asylum support due to take effect as a result of the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015 to recipients of that support.   HL1799

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what sources of information other than data from the Office for National Statistics were used in identifying essential needs under the Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015.   HL1800

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what organisations have been established in the last five years by the Ministry of Defence that are wholly funded from within its budget; and which of those are not subject to civil service pay scales, terms or conditions, and why.   HL1801

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether operational experience of the Ministry of Defence’s air assets is being leveraged to assist companies based in the United Kingdom in export markets, and if so, how.   HL1802

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Ministry of Defence has made in examining the requirement for a maritime patrol aircraft; and if such an asset is procured, in which Command responsibility for operation would be vested.   HL1803

Lord Moonie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of defence inflation over the next five years.   HL1804

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to require companies registered abroad that intend to hold a property title in the United Kingdom to deliver to the Land Registry the same details that companies registered in the United Kingdom are required to deliver to Companies House.   HL1805

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to require estate agents to carry out anti-money-laundering due diligence checks on the purchaser of a property, in addition to those they carry out on the seller.   HL1806

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to require the Land Registry to record the purchase price of all properties, including those where the transaction is in a foreign currency or where the price is not precisely stated.   HL1807

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce a cap on cash payments for property, in addition to existing anti-money-laundering measures.   HL1808

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government which territories they regard as having government that is devolved from the United Kingdom Parliament.   HL1809

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of terrorist activity in Karachi, Pakistan, and whether there is any involvement by Al Qaeda, Taliban and the Muttahida Quami Movement.   HL1810

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcome of the recent raid on the headquarters of the Muttahida Quami Movement in Karachi, Pakistan, by Pakistani special forces.   HL1811

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the televised speeches made by Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttahida Quami Movement, who is based in London, which have been reported as inciting hatred and violence in Pakistan.   HL1812

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that Pakistani special forces in Karachi found alleged terrorists in the headquarters of the Muttahida Quami Movement.   HL1813

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on relations between the United Kingdom and Pakistan of the presence in the United Kingdom of Altaf Hussain, leader of the Muttahida Quami Movement, who is alleged to have been involved in money laundering and terrorism.   HL1814

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress in implementing the economic pact agreed with the Northern Ireland Executive in June 2013.   HL1815

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Dunlop on 22 July (HL1552), whether they plan to delay the sending of the Scotland Bill to the House of Lords until those negotiations are concluded.   HL1816

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure from the Home Office budget during 2014-15, and the total planned expenditure for 2015-16, on the reception, processing, accommodation and maintenance of illegal immigrants claiming refuge or asylum on arrival in the United Kingdom.   HL1817

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the cost of refugees arriving in the United Kingdom is allocated between the budget of the Home Office and that of the Department for International Development.   HL1818

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost per head to public funds of the first twelve months after arrival of those classified as refugees and accepted for resettlement in the United Kingdom.   HL1819

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are currently on the Civilian Stabilisation Group list maintained by the Department for International Development, broken down by gender.   HL1820

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the Civilian Stabilisation Group have been deployed in other countries in each of the last five years; and how many are currently deployed.   HL1821

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding is currently allocated to the deployment of members of the Civilian Stabilisation Group.   HL1822

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the Civilian Stabilisation Group in the light of emerging priorities and the anticipated agreement of the Sustainable Development Goals by the United Nations in September 2015.   HL1823

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the Civilian Stabilisation Group have experience of devolved administration within the United Kingdom.   HL1824

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average annual sum they have spent over the last three years sending ministers, civil servants and advisers to attend and return from EU meetings in Brussels and elsewhere, including the cost of travel and accommodation.
   HL1825

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the United Kingdom’s cumulative expenditure and exposure since 2008 in relation to efforts to support the euro and the economies of Greece, Portugal and Spain; and what is the legal base for that support under the EU Treaties.   HL1826

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what political and diplomatic response they have made to recent reports of further encroachments by Russia on territory and property in the north of Georgia.   HL1827

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers the United Kingdom has accepted so far under the UN High Commissioner for Refugees Gateway Protection Programme; and what is the breakdown of those individuals by nationality.   HL1828

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the Department for International Development budget in the last two financial years was allocated to (1) British non-governmental aid organisations, and (2) indigenous non-governmental aid organisations directly assisted in-country by the Department; and how much was similarly allocated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence.   HL1829

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used to assess the quality of new providers that take over schools that convert to academy status; and whether they plan to publish the criteria.   HL1830

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have retained the right to consultation for foundation and voluntary schools that are subject to academy orders as a result of low education standards.   HL1831

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the current performance data held by the Department for Education and its agencies, what estimate they have made of the number of (1) primary, and (2) secondary, schools that are likely to fall into the category of coasting.   HL1832

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in all circumstances warning notices will be issued to schools prior to an academy order being issued; and what is the estimated cost for a single school academy conversion.   HL1833

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to give the Secretary of State the power to delegate decisions on academy orders to regional schools commissioners; and if so, whether this will be done by secondary legislation.   HL1834

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what outcomes they expect amending the provision of teachers’ pay and conditions warning notices to produce.   HL1835

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of devolving powers as a means of improving local democracy within Council of Europe member states; and whether there are lessons they have drawn from devolution settlements in the other Council of Europe member states as regards plans for the further devolution of powers within the United Kingdom.   HL1836

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of measures other than the devolution of powers to enhance local democracy within Council of Europe member states; and what actions they have taken, or plan to take, to support such measures both in other Council of Europe member states and within the United Kingdom.   HL1837

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets they have for reducing rates of reoffending; and what plans they have for (1) a partial replacement of custodial sentences with community sentences, and (2) policies to assist families, communities and schools to dissuade young people from crime.   HL1838

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of comparative statistics in other European states for (1) custodial sentences per head of population, and (2) reoffending rates for individuals who have served either (a) custodial or (b) community sentences.
   HL1839

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to reduce road accidents and fatalities among 15 to 18 year-olds; what plans they have to introduce restrictions on carrying passengers for that age group; and what assessment they have made of the impact of such a restriction on road accidents and fatalities in that age group.   HL1840

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of opportunities to revive previous Hanseatic League trade routes between the United Kingdom and Europe; and in particular what (1) marketing research has been undertaken, (2) commercial arrangements have been forged, and (3) support has been given to United Kingdom ports and shipping, in relation to those opportunities.   HL1841

Lord Tunnicliffe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ministers have had any discussions with the Serious Fraud Office on a Deferred Prosecution Agreement with Barclays Bank regarding that bank’s rescue plan and fundraising in 2008; and if so, what was the nature of those discussions. 
   HL1842

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fatalities and serious injuries there have been in the agriculture industry in each year from 1995 until 2014.   HL1843

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the files referred to in the supplementary report of the Wanless-Whittam review, published on 22 July.   HL1844

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what if any evidence they have that permanent secretaries have held any miscellaneous or unstructured files in their private offices. 
   HL1845

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the accuracy and completeness of the United Kingdom electoral register.   HL1846

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness of the school initiative in registering young people to vote in Northern Ireland.   HL1847

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the accuracy and completeness of the United Kingdom electoral register.   HL1848

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

8 July (22 July)

HL1219 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [CoC]

HL1220 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [CoC]

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

[CoC] 2

         

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

11 September

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL]

Private Member’s

11 September

Advertising of Prostitution (Prohibition) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL]

Private Member’s

11 September

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Mesothelioma (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Planning (Subterranean Development) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Direct Planning (Pilot) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Chancel Repairs [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Road Traffic Act 1988 (Alcohol Limits) (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Gambling (Categorisation and Use of B2 Gaming Machines) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Conscientious Objection (Medical Activities) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union Citizens (Electoral Rights) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendums (Local Authority Governance) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Medical Innovation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Cats (Breeding and Sale) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Automatic Electoral Registration [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendums (Franchise) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Polling Day (Saturday) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Veterinary Nurses (Protection of Title) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Women (Fertility Treatments) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Carers (Leave Entitlement) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Duchy of Cornwall [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bat Habitats Regulation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Student Fees (Qualifying Persons) (England) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Population Dynamics) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Accessible Sports Grounds [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Constitutional Convention [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Energy [HL]

Government

7 September

Waiting for Report

   

Childcare [HL]

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

 

European Union (Approvals) [HL]

Government

 

Sent to the Commons

   

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

 

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

 

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

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

 

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

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

7th Report

 

Draft Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing (Protected Areas) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Relevant Authorised Persons) Order 2015

   

Draft Renewables Obligation Order 2015

   

Draft Byelaws (Alternative Procedure) (England) Regulations 2015

   

Draft English Apprenticeships (Consequential Amendments to Primary Legislation) Order 2015

   

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2015

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Consumer Rights Act 2015 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015

 

7 September

Draft Enterprise Act 2002 (Part 8 Domestic Infringements) Order 2015

 

7 September

Draft Merchant Shipping (Alcohol) (Prescribed Limits Amendment) Regulations 2015

 

7 September

Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

 

7 September

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5) Order 2015

 

7 September

Draft Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

1st Report

7 September

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) (No. 2) Order 2015

 

7 September

Draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2015

 

7 September

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Electricity Capacity (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

   

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Temporary Class Drug) Order 2015

   

Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme and Scheme Administrator Designation) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme Funding and Administration) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Counter-Terrorism and Security Act 2015 (Risk of Being Drawn into Terrorism) (Guidance) Regulations 2015

7th Report

 

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

1st Report

   

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (Criminal Courts Charge) Regulations 2015

22 June

 
 

3rd Report

   

Criminal Legal Aid (Remuneration etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

19 July

7 September

 

6th Report

   

Deposit Guarantee Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2015

20 October

 
 

7th Report

   

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

30 October

 

National College for High Speed Rail (Incorporation) Order 2015

20 October

 

National College for High Speed Rail (Government) Regulations 2015

20 October

 

Homes and Communities Agency (Transfer of Property etc.) Regulations 2015

25 October

 
 

Instruments not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Health and Care Professions Council (Registration and Fees) (Amendment) (No. 2) Rules Order of Council 2015

7 July

 

National Health Service Commissioning Board and Clinical Commissioning Groups (Responsibilities and Standing Rules) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

18 October

 

Asylum Support (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2015

2 November

 

Electoral Registration and Administration Act 2013 (Transitional Provisions) Order 2015

2 November

 

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

 

Report

Parliamentary procedure

Draft Orders reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Further Renewal of Radio Licences) Order 2015

1st

Affirmative

Draft Legislative Reform (Duchy of Lancaster) Order 2015

2nd

Negative

Forthcoming Retirements 

The following members of the House have given notice of their intention to retire

 

Date of retirement

 

Baroness Wilkins

23 July

 

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein

23 July

 

Lord Simpson of Dunkeld

30 July

 

Lord Montagu of Beaulieu

17 September

 

   

Committees 

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

Monday 7 September

   

European Union

Internal Market Sub-Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 8 September

   

Equality Act 2010

Select Committee

3.15pm

Sexual Violence in Conflict

Select Committee

3.30pm

Wednesday 9 September

   

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Audit

Audit Committee (Joint meeting)

4.00pm

Audit

Audit Committee

5.00pm

Thursday 10 September

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Built Environment

Select Committee

10.00am

Monday 14 September

   

Procedure

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 15 September

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 16 September

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 22 July 2015 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Peterborough.

1 Retirement The Lord Speaker informed the House of the retirement with effect from 22 July of Lord Edmiston under section 1 of the House of Lords Reform Act 2014.

Select Committee Report

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

6th Report, on the Energy Bill [HL]. (HL Paper 31)

Public Business

3 Wilson doctrine A question was asked by Lord Strasburger and answered by Baroness Chisholm of Owlpen.

4 Creative sector: educational provision A question was asked by Lord Aberdare and answered by Lord Nash.

5 Skin cancer A question was asked by Lord Clark of Windermere and answered by Lord Prior of Brampton.

6 Railways: Swansea to Paddington A question was asked by Baroness Randerson and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

7 European Union (Approvals) Bill [HL] The order of commitment was discharged.

8 Energy Bill [HL] Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House and it was agreed that it be an instruction to the Committee that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 and 2 
Schedule

Clauses 3 to 63 
Title.

9 Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of duration of non-jury trial provisions) Order 2015 Lord Dunlop moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 4 June be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

10 Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2015 Lord Dunlop moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 8 July be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

11 Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 (General Duties of Self-Employed Persons) (Prescribed Undertakings) Regulations 2015 Baroness Altmann moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22 June be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

12 The United Kingdom opt-in to the proposed Council Decision on the relocation of migrants within the EU (EUC Report) Baroness Prashar moved that this House, while noting that Her Majesty’s Government are minded not to opt into the proposed Council Decision establishing provisional measures in the area of international protection for the benefit of Italy and Greece, agrees the recommendation of the European Union Committee that, should an amended or a new proposal be brought forward giving effect to the European Council’s Conclusions in April and June 2015, the Government should exercise their right, in accordance with the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the area of freedom, security and justice, to take part in the adoption and application of that proposal (2nd Report, HL Paper 22). After debate, the motion was objected to. Tellers for the Contents and the Not-contents not having been appointed, the motion was disagreed to in accordance with Standing Order 56.

The House adjourned at 5.47pm until Monday 7 September at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Paper

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

Courts-Court and Tribunal Fees: Government response to consultation on enhanced fees for divorce proceedings, possession claims, and general applications in civil proceedings and consultation on further fees proposals.    (9123)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Transfer of Functions (Police and Crime Commissioner Elections) Order 2015, laid under the Ministers of the Crown Act 1975.   (1526)

2 European Communities (Designation) (No. 2) Order 2015, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.   (1530)

3 First-tier Tribunal and Upper Tribunal (Chambers) (Amendment) Order 2015, laid under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007.   (1563)

Instruments not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following instruments were laid before the House:

 (1) South Sudan (Sanctions) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) Order 2015   (1527)

(2) Syria (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015   (1528)

laid under the Saint Helena Act 1833.

Prepared 22nd July 2015