House of Lords Business

Monday 1 June 2015 at 2.30pm

Baroness Altmann and 
†Lord O’Neill of Gatley will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recognise the State of Palestine.

*Baroness Ludford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the statement by the Health and Social Care Information Centre that they have been unable to process up to 700,000 requests for individuals to opt out from sharing medical data with third parties.

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to consider proposals to allow 16 and 17 year-olds to vote in any referendum on membership of the European Union.

*Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they and their international partners have made in deterring the trafficking of migrants and creating safe havens in North Africa and the Middle East.

†Queen’s Speech Adjourned Debate on the Motion that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows:

"Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament."

It is expected that the principal topics for debate will be constitutional affairs, legal affairs and devolved affairs.

Future Business 

Tuesday 2 June at 2.30pm

†Lord Bridges of Headley will be introduced and 
David Prior will be introduced as a Baron.

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent statement by the Chancellor of the Exchequer that Sir Howard Davies’ recommendations for London’s airports should be accepted, what assessment they have made of proposals to develop an airport in the Thames Estuary already discounted by Sir Howard’s Commission.

*Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to give legal recognition to humanist marriages in England and Wales, and if so, by what date.

*Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the United Kingdom’s market share of international investment in the manufacturing and service industries under the European Union’s existing regulatory regime.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 29 May.

It is expected that the debate on the address will continue and that the principal topics for debate will be home affairs, local government, energy, environment and agriculture.

Wednesday 3 June at 3.00pm

*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to give additional powers and responsibilities to Police and Crime Commissioners.

*Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the candidates and process for appointing the next Secretary-General of the United Nations.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to encourage the use of brownfield sites in the North of England for public and private housing developments.

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

It is expected that the debate on the address will continue and that the principal topics for debate will be health, education, welfare and culture.

Thursday 4 June at 11.00am

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to consult the public on the renewal of the BBC Royal Charter.

*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent of postal voting fraud at the recent general election.

*Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the United Kingdom’s airborne maritime patrol capability.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 2 June.

It is expected that the debate on the address will conclude and that the principal topics for debate will be business, economic affairs and transport.

Monday 8 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard the implementation of the recommendations of the Smith Commission as an adequate response to the outcome of the general election in Scotland.

*Lord Haskel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to increase productivity as compared to that forecast in Table 5b of the Bank of England May inflation report.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the current deficit position of NHS Trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts on the ability of the National Health Service to move to seven-day working.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the anticipated timescale of the new deal for Greater Manchester.

Tuesday 9 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of charges on drawndown pension products; what plans they have to assess such charges on an ongoing basis; and whether they have any plans to impose a cap on those charges.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to consult Housing Associations, local authorities and the general public before finalising the proposal to extend the right to buy to Housing Association properties.

*Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the 29 April Supreme Court judgment on nitrogen dioxide levels, when they will bring forward plans to ensure that the whole of the United Kingdom complies with air pollution limits by 2020.

Wednesday 10 June at 3.00pm

*Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to allow the Food Standards Agency to obtain full cost recovery in respect of meat inspections.

*Lord Bach to ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the fall in the number of citizens who now receive legal advice in the field of social welfare law, whether they will bring forward the review of Part 1 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

*Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to expand the apprenticeship programme for 16 to 18 year-olds.

Thursday 11 June at 11.00am

†*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are responding to recent developments in Burundi.

*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to undertake a review into zero-hours contracts of employment.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with the late payment of debt to small businesses.

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to move that this House takes note of the role played by civil society, in the light of the pastoral letter from the Church of England’s House of Bishops Who is my neighbour? (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Loomba to move that this House takes note of the case for empowering women, including widows, in the developing world in order to aid conflict resolution and the long-term sustainability of more stable societies. (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 Monday 1 June, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 2 June.

Monday 15 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Whitty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to decarbonise the electricity supply system in the United Kingdom, with which targets and over what timetable.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for funding public service broadcasting.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement a whole school approach to nutrition and the health and wellbeing of children.

*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they propose to the calculation of the block grant to Scotland, in the light of the recent and proposed increased tax-raising powers of the Scottish Parliament.

Tuesday 16 June at 2.30pm

*Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are undertaking to ensure that women who have suffered domestic violence and abuse have access to the legal and emotional support they may require.

*Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of those affected by the social rented sector size criteria who have downsized into smaller properties.

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to recognise the killings of Armenians, Greeks and Assyrians in 1915 as genocide.

Wednesday 17 June at 3.00pm

*Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to address the risk of climate change.

*The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to lift the moratorium on the use of neonictinoid pesticides for agricultural crops.

†*Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reschedule cannabis from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2 to the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2007 to enable its use for medicinal purposes.

Thursday 18 June at 11.00am

*Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Burma concerning the persecution and trafficking of the Rohingya Muslims and ethnic minorities in Burma.

*Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will prioritise to reduce economic and social inequality in a One Nation Britain.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been let for the proposed secure college.

It is expected that a topical question for short debate will be asked after the first debate this day. Ballot opens at 10am on Monday 8 June, to be drawn at 12 noon on Tuesday 9 June.

Monday 22 June at 2.30pm

*Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of general practitioners.

*Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of withdrawal from the European Union on investment in science and technology in the United Kingdom.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to review the governance and oversight of free schools.

*Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister has responsibility for family and relationship support policy; and what steps they are taking to deliver the commitment in the Conservative Party Manifesto 2015 to invest at least £7.5 million a year in relationship support.

Tuesday 23 June at 2.30pm

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to protect tenants in the private rented sector.

*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 in need has access to good palliative care.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop mental health services for pupils and young people.

Wednesday 24 June at 3.00pm

*Lord Patel of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to achieve parity of esteem between mental health and physical health in prisons.

*Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the cost (£/tCO2e) of greenhouse gas emissions abatement in the most recent year for which there is data from each of wind offshore, wind onshore and solar, taking into account the additional electricity system costs appropriate to each technology. [I]Blagdon and Blyth estates in Northumberland, with income from farming, forestry, commercial property, residential property, leisure, coal and clay mining

*Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the referendum on membership of the European Union does not overshadow the Welsh Assembly elections in 2016.

†Thursday 25 June at 11.00am

†*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for constitutional reform.

†*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide an annual report to Parliament regarding the operation of seven-day opening of general practitioner clinics.

†*Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of individuals who have been dismissed to invoke their employment rights when they cannot afford tribunal costs.

Select Committee Reports 

The dates on which the reports were published are in italics

Lord Lang of Monkton to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Constitution Committee on The office of Lord Chancellor (6th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 75). 11 December 2014

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 Women in news and current affairs broadcasting (2nd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 91). 16 January 2015

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of corruption in the United Kingdom in the light of the recent report of Transparency International UK Corruption on your Doorstep - How corrupt capital is used to buy property in the UK. (27 May)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to support England’s biodiversity and to promote farming methods that help ensure a healthy ecosystem that includes pollinators, butterflies and farmland birds. (27 May)

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. (27 May)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding possible proposals for co-ordination from other EU member states regarding the rescue of Middle East and African asylum seekers in Europe. (27 May)

Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle litter in both urban and rural areas.(27 May)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Royal Horticultural Society’s report Why we all need Greening Grey Britain, how they will address the impact of the increase in paving over front gardens, and whether they plan to change the regulations and development rights relating to front gardens. (27 May)

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 Hayman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Sierra Leone, and what are their plans to assist the country to recover from the effects of the Ebola outbreak. (27 May)

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage innovation by NHS England. (27 May)

Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to regulate the opinion-polling industry. (27 May)

Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the BBC. (27 May)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that the 2016 Welsh Assembly elections provide an opportunity to reflect recent and planned changes to the Welsh devolution settlement. (27 May)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals to be agreed by the United Nations in September. (27 May)

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the powers promised to Wales and Scotland will operate within new, balanced United Kingdom governmental structures. (27 May)

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the requirement for all leaseholders to agree if they wish to become holders in common. (27 May)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Syria. (27 May)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards promoting the shared values that underpin British public life. (27 May)

Lord Sterling of Plaistow to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the current defence budget is sufficient to enable the armed forces to meet the needs of the United Kingdom’s long-term foreign policy. (27 May)

Lord Bilimoria to ask Her Majesty’s Government what activities have taken place relating to the 200th anniversary of the Gurkhas’ service to the Crown and the Government’s support of the Gurkha Welfare Trust, particularly in the light of the recent earthquakes in Nepal.(27 May)

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure the sustainability of rural communities, in the light of the additional costs and challenges of service provision in rural areas. (27 May)

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in the Gaza strip. (27 May)

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of lessons that can be learnt from the outbreak of Ebola in Sierra Leone regarding the strengthening and development of sustainable healthcare systems in Sub-Saharan Africa. (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)

Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of Britain’s ethnic minorities to faith communities and public institutions in the United Kingdom. (27 May)

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to respond to the recommendations of the Children and Young People’s Mental Health Task Force Report Future in Mind. (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 Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will bring forward regarding mental health services in schools and colleges. (27 May)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist those with Type 1 and 2 diabetes to educate themselves about the management of the disease. (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 Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the law governing elections in the United Kingdom. (27 May)

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prevent the population of the United Kingdom reaching an unsustainable level. (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 Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to safeguard the physical and mental health of children and young people. (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 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. (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 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. (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
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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)

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)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 28 May and due for answer by 11 June.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to support a contest in the United Kingdom between artists depicting the prophet Mohammed, and if so, whether they will provide security protection for such an event.   HL87

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure the viability of comprehensive patient services in the Staffordshire local health economy.   HL88

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendation made by KPMG in the Staffordshire Distressed Health Economy report that beds in community hospitals in Tamworth, Longton and Cheadle be reduced.   HL89

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the conclusion drawn in the Staffordshire Distressed Health Economy report by KPMG that there is a lack of collaborative working across the six Clinical Commissioning Groups in Staffordshire to maximise leadership capabilities.   HL90

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Staffordshire Distressed Health Economy report by KPMG, what assessment they have made of whether NHS England has appropriately held the six Clinical Commissioning Groups in Staffordshire to account for their performance.   HL91

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether there is alignment between all commissioner and provider plans in the Staffordshire local health economy.   HL92

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is an agreed single strategic plan across the Staffordshire local health economy.   HL93

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Polish remains available as an A-level subject.   HL94

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define "full employment", as used in the Gracious Speech.   HL95

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to continue the programme for the completion of coastal access in England.   HL96

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define "Northern powerhouse", as used in the Gracious Speech.   HL97

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define the North of England, as referred to in the term "Northern powerhouse" used in the Gracious Speech.   HL98

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to bring forward legislation to remove the public-service conditions imposed on Channel 4 or to privatise it; and if so, when.   HL99

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the impact that the sale of Channel 4 might have on the reduction of the United Kingdom deficit.   HL100

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the BBC Royal Charter will consider (1) the number of radio stations, (2) the number of television channels, (3) restrictions on BBC online and digital local services, (4) the scope of the BBC’s public service obligation, (5) replacing the licence fee with a subscription or other system, (6) decriminalising failure to pay licence fees, (7) the role of the National Audit Office and the Public Accounts Committee in scrutinising the BBC, and (8) freedom of information obligations.   HL101

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they currently pass to United States military targeting teams operating in Iraq and Syria all intelligence information on locations where United Kingdom nationals are working with Islamic State; and if not, whether they plan to do so.
   HL102

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the report by David Anderson QC, the independent reviewer of anti-terrorism legislation, on the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.   HL103

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect the freeze and reduction in alcohol excise duties will have on the targets to reduce alcohol consumption set in the Responsibility Deal.   HL104

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of the current road works incorporating a new bridge on the A1 road close to Gamston Airfield near Retford; what was the original time estimated to complete the works; how long the work has already taken; and what penalties the contractors have incurred, if any.   HL105

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ministers did not receive Ministerial salaries in each Parliament since 1985.   HL106

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ministers in each House are unpaid; how this compares with the 2010–15 Parliament; and whether they plan to legislate for all Ministers to receive salaries.   HL107

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent the destruction by ISIS of the ancient city of Palmyra.   HL108

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of how many Syrian refugees are displaced from their homes, both internally and abroad; and how many have been resettled in the United Kingdom since the establishment of the Vulnerable Persons Relocation Scheme for Syrian nationals.   HL109

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Saudi Arabia concerning the present situation in Yemen.   HL110

The Marquess of Lothian to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to the government of Nepal following the earthquake there on 25 April.   HL111

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Palestinian Authority in the light of the recent Amnesty International report on the conduct of Hamas in Gaza; and what response they have received, if any.   HL112

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, as a percentage of the total population in each area, how many former United Kingdom soldiers live in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.   HL113

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard the army’s activities in Northern Ireland as overseas deployment; and if so, why.   HL114

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, since it began, how much armed forces covenant funding has been allocated to projects in (1) England, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.   HL115

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their latest estimates of the block grant amounts transferred to (1) Wales, (2) Scotland, and (3) Northern Ireland in each of the three most recent financial years.   HL116

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the electors in Gibraltar can vote in (1) elections to the House of Commons, and (2) elections to the European Parliament; and, for the forthcoming European Union referendum, whether these electors will be registered for the first time for a United Kingdom national election.   HL117

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Cities and Local Government Devolution [HL]

Government

 

Psychoactive Substances [HL]

Government

 

Charities (Protection and Social Investment) [HL]

Government

 

Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Easter Trading [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

 

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 Health and Care Professions (Public Health Specialists and Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2015

30th Report

 

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

   

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

   

Draft Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm (England) Regulations 2015

   

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

   

Draft Flood Reinsurance (Scheme Funding and Administration) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Town and Country Planning (Fees for Applications, Deemed Applications, Requests and Site Visits) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Byelaws (Alternative Procedure) (England) Regulations 2015

   

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

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

30th Report

   

Local Government (Transparency Requirements) (England) Regulations 2015

4 June

 

Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) General (Amendment) Regulations 2015

5 June

 
 

33rd Report

   

Local Government (Prohibition of Charges at Household Waste Recycling Centres) (England) Order 2015

11 June

 

Police Federation (Amendment) Regulations 2015

11 June

 

Temporary Exclusion Orders (Notices) Regulations 2015

2 June

 

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

 

Date of Laying

Parliamentary procedure

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

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Duchy of Lancaster) Order 2015

24 March

Negative

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

25 March

Affirmative

Draft Legislative Reform (Combined Authorities and Economic Prosperity Boards) (England) Order 2015

26 March

Affirmative

Forthcoming Retirements 

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

 

Date of retirement

 

Baroness Warnock

1 June

 

Lord Eden of Winton

11 June

 

Lord Simpson of Dunkeld

30 July

 

   

Committee 

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

Tuesday 2 June

   

Committee of Selection

Domestic Committee

4.45pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 28 May 2015 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwark.

1 Lord Dunlop Andrew James Dunlop, Esquire, having been created Baron Dunlop, of Helensburgh in the County of Dunbarton, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 26 May 2015, was introduced between Lord Strathclyde and Lord Lang of Monkton, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Lord Maude of Horsham The Rt Hon. Francis Anthony Aylmer Maude, having been created Baron Maude of Horsham, of Shipley in the County of West Sussex, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 26 May 2015, was introduced between Lord Hurd of Westwell and Lord Forsyth of Drumlean, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3 Oaths The following Lords took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct:

James Arthur David Lord Hope of Craighead

Paul James Lord Scriven

Brian Stanley Lord Mawhinney

Patience Jane Baroness Wheatcroft

David Anthony Llewellyn Lord Owen

Irene Tordoff Baroness Fritchie

John Geoffrey Bishop of Worcester

4 Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay for the remainder of this Parliament.

5 Barony of Vaux of Harrowden in the Peerage of the England The Petition of Richard Hubert Gordon Gilbey claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Vaux of Harrowden in the Peerage of England and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Lord Vaux of Harrowden on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

6 Barony of Southampton in the Peerage of Great Britain The Petition of Edward Charles FitzRoy claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Southampton in the Peerage of Great Britain and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Lord Southampton on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

7 Marquessate of Ailsa in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of Lord David Thomas Kennedy claiming to have succeeded to the Marquessate of Ailsa in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as the Marquess of Ailsa on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

8 Barony of Mountevans in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of Jeffrey Richard de Corban Evans claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Mountevans in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Lord Mountevans on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

9 Viscountcy of Dillon in the Peerage of Ireland The Petition of Henry Benedict Charles Dillon claiming to have succeeded to the Viscountcy of Dillon in the Peerage of Ireland was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 79.

Public Business

10 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] Baroness Williams of Trafford presented a bill to make provision for the election of mayors for the areas of, and for conferring additional functions on, combined authorities established under Part 6 of the Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Act 2009; to make other provision in relation to bodies established under that Part; to make provision about local authority governance; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 1)

11 Cities and Local Government Devolution Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 1–EN)

12 Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] Lord Bates presented a bill to make provision about psychoactive substances; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 2)

13 Psychoactive Substances Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 2–EN)

14 Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] Lord Taylor of Holbeach presented a bill to amend the Charities Act 2011. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 3)

15 Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill [HL] The Explanatory Notes on the bill were ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 3–EN)

16 Airports Act 1986 (Amendment) Bill [HL] Lord Empey presented a bill to amend the Airports Act 1986. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 4)

17 Easter Trading Bill [HL] Baroness Turner of Camden presented a bill to reform the law of England relating to Easter trading; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 5)

18 Regulation of Political Opinion Polling Bill [HL] Lord Foulkes of Cumnock presented a bill to make provision for the regulation of political opinion polling in the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 6)

19 Accessible Sports Grounds Bill [HL] Lord Faulkner of Worcester presented a bill to make provision about the greater accessibility of sports grounds; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 7)

20 Online Safety Bill [HL] Lord McColl of Dulwich, on behalf of Baroness Howe of Idlicote, presented a bill to make provision about the promotion of online safety; to require internet service providers and mobile phone operators to provide an internet service that excludes adult content; to require electronic device manufacturers to provide a means of filtering internet content; to make provision for parents to be educated about online safety and for the regulation of harmful material through on-demand programme services. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 8)

21 Committee of Selection The Chairman of Committees moved that, in accordance with Standing Order 63, a Committee of Selection be appointed to select and propose to the House the names of the members to form each select committee of the House (except the Committee of Selection itself and any committee otherwise provided for by statute or by order of the House) or any other body not being a select committee referred to it by the Chairman of Committees, and the panel of Deputy Chairmen of Committees; and that the following members together with the Chairman of Committees be appointed to the Committee:

L Bassam of Brighton 
L Faulkner of Worcester 
L Laming 
L Moser 
L Newby

B Smith of Basildon 
B Stowell of Beeston 
L Taylor of Holbeach 
V Ullswater 
L Wallace of Tankerness.

The motion was agreed to.

22 Queen’s Speech The debate on the motion that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty was resumed and, after further debate, was again adjourned until Monday 1 June.

23 FIFA The Earl of Courtown repeated as a ministerial statement the answer given to an Urgent Question in the House of Commons.

The House adjourned at 7.30pm until Monday 1 June at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Paper 

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

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Amendment List 38 to the Queen’s Regulations for the Royal Air Force (5th Edition), laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.

Prepared 29th May 2015