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House of Lords Business

Monday 15 January 2007 at 2.30pm

†Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury will be introduced as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary

*Oral questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they considered the implications for United Kingdom tourism before deciding to reduce the budget of British Waterways.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future funding of museums and galleries.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any cost-benefit analysis of the role of the sub post office in today’s society.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the conduct of the new Great Western Trains franchise has met the Government’s performance criteria.

†Statutory Instruments The Chairman of Committees to move, in accordance with Standing Order 74 and the resolution of the House of 16 December 1997, that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments:

E Attlee
L Dykes
B Gale
L Gould of Brookwood
L Kimball
C Mar
L Walpole.

Concessionary Bus Travel Bill [HL] Lord Davies of Oldham to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 5
Schedule 1
Clauses 6 to 13
Schedules 2 and 3
Clauses 14 to 16.

Mental Health Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [Lord Hunt of Kings Heath] 2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits are expected from the International Polar Year 2007-08 following the British hosting of the Antarctic Treaty consultative meeting in Edinburgh in June 2006. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

†Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill Committee (day 2) [Baroness Scotland of Asthal]

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Future Business

Tuesday 16 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Cobbold to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the root and branch review of the ABC system of drug classification, announced by the Home Secretary in January 2005.

*Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the United Nations Charter on disability rights.

*Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom airline industry is making sufficient efforts to reduce its carbon emissions and combat global warming.

Conventions of the United Kingdom Parliament Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move that this House takes note with approval of the report of the Joint Committee on Conventions of the UK Parliament (HL Paper 265, Session 2005-06).

Wednesday 17 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have supported, in the Council of Ministers, the European Union’s use of Article 308 of the Treaty Establishing the European Communities as the legal basis for the European Union’s Civil Protection Mechanism.

*Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, at the last date for which figures are available, how many couples with a child under five were living with relatives or in temporary accommodation waiting to buy an affordable home.

*Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact assessment they have made of the effect on the higher education sector of a possible further increase in visa fees for international students; and what consideration they are giving to waiving such fees.

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to address the present problems facing the bus industry. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

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

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room.

Thursday 18 January at 11.00am

*Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what account they propose to take, in the forthcoming Manual for Streets, of (a) the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association’s research on shared surfaces; and (b) the Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee’s research on Home Zones.

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the consequences to National Health Service patients of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence’s decision not to approve the drug Velcade.

*Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Royal Navy future carrier demonstration phase is expected to complete, and when the main investment decision is expected to be taken.

Earl of Listowel to call attention to issues relating to the social care workforce; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Chidgey to call attention to the present franchising system for the railway industry; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to move that this House takes note of the report of the European Union Committee on Managing Nuclear Safety and Waste: the role of the EU. (37th Report, HL Paper 211, Session 2005-06)

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill will continue at 2.00pm in the Moses Room, and that it will conclude.

Monday 22 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received regarding dangers to navigation posed by the proposed wind farm development off the Kent and Essex coasts.

*Lord Giddens to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current status of Turkey’s potential accession to the European Union.

*Lord Archer of Sandwell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Final Declaration of the Sixth Review Conference on the Biological Weapons Convention.

*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent consideration they have given to representations from Football DataCo Limited on the effect on English and Scottish football of the Directive on the legal protection of databases (96/9/EC) and the Copyright and Rights in Databases Regulations 1997 (SI 1997/3032) as interpreted by the European Court of Justice.

Legal Services Bill [HL] Committee (day 2) [Lord Falconer of Thoroton] 3rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment No. 3) Order 2006 Lord Davies of Oldham to move that the Order laid before the House on 18 December 2006 be approved. (Dinner break business)

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2006 Lord Davies of Oldham to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 18 December 2006 be approved. (Dinner break business)

Draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) Regulations 2006 Lord Davies of Oldham to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 18 December 2006 be approved. (Dinner break business)

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2006 Lord Davies of Oldham to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 18 December 2006 be approved. (Dinner break business)

Tuesday 23 January at 2.30pm

†Lord Walker of Aldringham will be introduced

*Lord Lloyd of Berwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the total cost of establishing the new Supreme Court in the Middlesex Guildhall, including costs already incurred, and the eventual cost of creating seven new courtrooms elsewhere in central London to replace those currently in the Guildhall.

*Lord Ezra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards the development of clean coal technology, including carbon capture and storage.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the value to the economy of informal recreational activities such as walking, cycling and mountaineering.

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill [HL] Report [Baroness Ashton of Upholland]

Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2006 Lord Evans of Temple Guiting to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 19 December 2006 be approved. (Dinner break business)

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Legal Services Bill will continue.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Further Education and Training Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Adonis] 3rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Wednesday 24 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up an enquiry into the operating efficiency of Heathrow Airport run by BAA, as it affects the tourist industry.

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to put greater emphasis in their annual Remembrance Day services on the role played by other states in ensuring victory.

*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they decided to discontinue the use of X-rays to assist in age determination for immigration purposes.

Lord Drayson to move that this House takes note of the White Paper, The Future of the United Kingdom’s Nuclear Deterrent.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

†Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2007 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Rooker]

†Police and Criminal Evidence (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Rooker]

†Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Rooker]

†District Electoral Areas Commissioner (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2006 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Rooker]

Thursday 25 January at 11.00am

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not yet signed the Council of Europe Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.

*Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the preferred bidder for the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft was announced.

*Viscount Tenby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of successful prosecutions in relation to the use of hand-held telephones whilst driving.

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to call attention to the 300th anniversary of the Treaty of Union and to the maintenance of a United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

†Baroness Gardner of Parkes to call attention to health and care in the community; and to move for papers.

Draft Compensation (Exemptions) Order 2006 Baroness Ashton of Upholland to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 29 November 2006 be approved.

Draft Marriage Act 1949 (Remedial) Order 2006 Baroness Ashton of Upholland to move that the draft Remedial Order laid before the House on 20 February 2006 be approved.

Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Dubs] 3rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Further Education and Training Bill will continue at 2.00pm in the Moses Room.

Friday 26 January at 11.00am

Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Lester of Herne Hill]

Public Demonstrations (Repeals) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer]

Government Spending (Website) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Noakes]

Monday 29 January at 2.30pm

*Baroness Miller of Hendon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they draw from the report of the Office for National Statistics that there are 37,000 more unemployed 16 to 24 year-olds than there were in May 1997, and that 75 per cent more 18 to 24 year-olds have been out of work for over six months compared with five years ago.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Information Commissioner’s Report What Price Privacy Now, whether the individuals who had their communications intercepted have a legal right to be so informed by the relevant news agencies.

*Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they have made to the treatment of children in custody since the report by Lord Carlile of Berriew into physical restraint, forcible strip searching and solitary confinement in custodial institutions for children, published in February 2006.

*Lord Blaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in dealing with the cultivation of opium poppies in Afghanistan.

Welfare Reform Bill Second Reading [Lord McKenzie of Luton]

Tuesday 30 January at 2.30pm

*Lord Trimble to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are under an obligation by European law or European directives to grant European Union nationals access to posts in the United Kingdom Civil Service; and whether they have any plans to do so.

*Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what view they are taking in the Council of Ministers concerning the proposal by Commissioner Reding to reduce the costs of mobile phone calls across European borders.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made a recent assessment of the implementation of section 295 and Schedule 23 (road user charging) of the Greater London Authority Act 1999.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Further Education and Training Bill will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room.

Wednesday 31 January at 3.00pm

*Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information is given to asylum adjudicators regarding conditions in those countries subject to or emerging from conflict whose nationals are seeking asylum.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will repeat Operation Pentameter, concerning trafficked women, in the near future.

Baroness Jay of Paddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the effectiveness of palliative care services; and on what basis decisions to fund additional services are taken. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

It is expected that the Committee Stage of the Legal Services Bill will continue.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Further Education and Training Bill will continue at 3.45pm in the Moses Room.

Thursday 1 February at 11.00am

†*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the ratification of the draft Constitutional Treaty by 18 member states of the European Union.

†*Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the new European Union Rules of Origin will not prejudice developing countries’ trade.

Monday 5 February at 2.30pm

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce screening for hepatitis B.

Tuesday 6 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent DNA and other forms of personal identification could be retained and of assistance in the identification of false accusers in rape investigations.

*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom’s corporate tax regime is sufficiently competitive to persuade multi-national companies based in the United Kingdom to remain.

*Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the direct and indirect costs to the United Kingdom’s financial services industry of implementing the European Commission’s proposed Financial Services Action Plan.

Wednesday 7 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Bramall to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of British Armed Forces accommodation.

Thursday 8 February at 11.00am

*Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what part they intend to play in the government of Columbia’s Shared Responsibility initiative to pursue international solutions to the global cocaine problem.

†*Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research and monitoring are being undertaken on the Panton-Valentine leukocidin form of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

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Motions for Balloted Debate

Ballot on 16 January for debate on 8 February. Time limit 2½ hours

Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe to call attention to the economic impact of higher education institutions; and to move for papers.

Lord Tombs to call attention to issues facing the electricity supply industry and to the case for a strategic decision mechanism; and to move for papers.

Lord Dykes to call attention to the present financial situation of the Channel Tunnel; and to move for papers.

Lord Northbourne to call attention to the rights of the child and to the role of stability and family life in the well being of children; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for putting standards-setting bodies falling within the responsibility of the Cabinet Office on a statutory footing; and to move for papers.

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Other Motions for Debate

Lord Dykes to call attention to the economic and social conditions in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank; and to move for papers.

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to call attention to developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

Baroness Stern to move that this House takes note of the Council of Europe Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism, Cm. 6907, presented to Parliament on 24 July; and requests that Her Majesty’s Government do not ratify it until the Joint Committee on Human Rights has reported on its implications.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to conflict in Africa; and to move for papers.

Baroness Byford to call attention to services to the public in rural areas; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for changing the form in which legislation is presented to Parliament; and to move for papers.

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Motions relating to Statutory Instruments

Social Security (Claims and Payments) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 6 December, be annulled (SI 2006/3188). 5th Report from the Merits Committee

Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross-compliance) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 Baroness Byford to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 8 December, be annulled (SI 2006/3254). 5th Report from the Merits Committee

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Questions for Short Debate

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the First Report from the Committee for Privileges, Code of Conduct and Members’ Interests, (Session 2003-04, HL Paper 69) in particular its recommendation that Members of the House in receipt of pensions from the European Union do not normally need to declare such pensions as a financial interest when taking part in debates on European Union matters; and, if so, why.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to honour their commitment that family carers of people with lifelong severe intellectual impairment should be at the heart of decision-making about their relatives’ accommodation, health care and support.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Botswana about its treatment of the bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.

Lord Blaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current state of relations between the government of Israel and the various Palestinian political organisations.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the statutory regulation of the professions of psychology, psychotherapy and counselling in the past six years.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support moves towards developing an inclusive semi-permanent conference table to address the problems of the Middle East.

Lord Holme of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of Chinese investment in Africa.

Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat AIDS across the world and its effect on children.

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether physical restraints, including seclusion and strip searching, are used on children in custody.

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the future of British architecture.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government why civil justice costs must be recovered in their entirety from those who become suitors before the court.

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on their capital building programme.

Baroness Neuberger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prevent malnutrition in hospitals, as highlighted in the Age Concern report, Hungry to be Heard.

Baroness Neuberger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the British Medical Association’s report, Child and adolescent mental health—a guide for healthcare professionals, published in June 2006.

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current or proposed methods of allocating research funds amongst universities are sufficient to support basic research infrastructures or to promote innovative and applied research.

Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they will seek in formulating their response to the Chief Medical Officer’s report, Good Doctors, Safer Patients.

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase provision of contraceptive services, prevent the closure of specialist community clinics and increase the availability of training in contraceptive services and sexual health.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to help provide homes for homeless and overcrowded families.

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop the education of young people in custody.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of inheritance tax.

Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their decision on the provision of Alternatively Secured Pensions.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, along with international partners, to secure peace in Darfur.

Lord Taverne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will withdraw financial support which encourages farmers to convert to organic farming.

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the development of the Central American Integration System.

Lord Woolmer of Leeds to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of the Yorkshire and Humber region to the United Kingdom economy.

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role and contribution of the creative industries to the economy and well being of the United Kingdom.

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision they will make for the teaching of English for speakers of other languages in England in the next academic year.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting Liverpool in preparing for its role as European Capital of Culture 2008.

Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote the United Nations Convention on disability.

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they can and will do to prevent primary care trusts and hospital trusts reducing spending on specialist nursing services in the treatment and support of patients with long-term conditions.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government how and when they will implement the proposals contained in the Department of Health report, Mending hearts and brains, in respect of stroke victims.

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons have been learned from the comments made by the coroner in the case of Sergeant Steven Roberts.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current relations with Iran.

Baroness Rawlings to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Georgia.

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the performance of the British Airports Authority is satisfactory.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they are giving to the Gambling Commission to ensure that the integrity of sport is not compromised by the growth of the betting industry.

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Questions for Written Answer

Tabled on 11 January and due for answer on 25 January.

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will indicate the date when the United Kingdom Action Plan on Trafficking will be published. HL1284

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will sign the Council of Europe Convention against Human Trafficking within the next few months. HL1285

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will indicate the date when they will sign up in its entirety to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. HL1286

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to improve the quality of initial decisions in immigration cases in order to avoid unnecessary appeals and refunds. HL1287

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional safeguards they have in place for those who have failed in their immigration applications and who are to be deported to countries where such differences as religious, cultural or sexual orientation are severely punished. HL1288

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Ashton of Upholland on 9 January (WA 67), whether they will publish the report of the review undertaken by H M Courts Service to evaluate whether the current system of exemptions and remissions adequately protects access to justice. HL1289

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 18 December 2006, whether multiverse theory could be taught in schools, being one of a range of views on the cause of a universe hospitable to life which students might consider and evaluate against the evidence. HL1290

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the policies and practices for dealing with poor performance and incompetence among employed Government officials. HL1291

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff have been subjected to disciplinary procedures in the Home Office for poor performance or incompetence in each year since 2001. HL1292

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government why different decisions have been reached by Government departments about the adoption of the national default retirement age; and how they explain these differences. HL1293

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Housing and Planning, Yvette Cooper, on 2 October 2006 (HC Deb, 2542W), what are the reasons for (a) a fall in derelict land and buildings in the East of England from 2,610 hectares in 2001 to 1,740 hectares in 2002 and a rise in 2003 to 2,420 hectares; and (b) the changes in the number of hectares in the South West from 1,870 in 2001, to 1,630 in 2002, 2,250 in 2003 and 1,900 in 2004. HL1294

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government who was responsible for drawing up and agreeing the specifications against which contractors, whether internal or external, worked to set up the information technology systems used for the single farm payments by the Rural Payments Agency; and whether those specifications are in the public domain. HL1295

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Science and Technology, Mr Malcolm Wicks, on 13 December 2006 (HL Deb, 1078W), by how much the costs of various microgeneration systems have already fallen; by how much further they are likely to fall before June 2008; whether such falls will equate to the sums of money that have been available through householder funding; and how much the population is to be made aware of the availability and costs of the various systems. HL1296

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Military Police have considered introducing a system of specialist advisers or direct recruitment into the Special Investigation Branch. HL1297

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes of the most recent defence training review for military police officer training. HL1298

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government when a review of the assessment criteria for the vocational phase of the Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch level 3 investigators course is expected to take place. HL1299

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Royal Military Police Special Investigation Branch (SIB) has taken to implement a major crime case review policy; and whether the SIB has taken steps in liaison with the Association of Chief Police Officers Homicide Working Group. HL1300

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Office of the Provost Marshal (Army) has made in developing an internal communication strategy to increase knowledge and awareness of the benefits of the national intelligence model. HL1301

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered introducing statutory instruments to allow service police access to the investigative benefits provided by the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. HL1302

Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Warner on 18 December 2006 (WA 243) concerning Alfred Morris House, the rehabilitation unit at Taunton, what consultation the Secretary of State for Health had with patients and their families before acting on Mr Jeremy Bell’s formal request to her to undertake a review of the Taunton and Somerset National Health Service Trust’s proposals. HL1303

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the boats which assembled and blew their hooters on the river outside Parliament on the morning of 10 January constituted a demonstration. HL1304

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask the Chairman of Committees how many bottles of water were purchased by the House of Lords during the last three years. HL1305

Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the likely size of the final pot in today’s terms, including tax relief, with prudent assumptions about investment growth, for a woman on median earnings if she and her employer have contributed eight per cent for (a) ten years; (b) 20 years; (c) 30 years; and (d) 40 years into (i) a contracted-in money purchase scheme, and (ii) a contracted-out money purchase scheme; and what would be the calculation for a woman on half median earnings. HL1306

Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people shared (a) the £10 billion employment-related income increases in the last year at the bottom of the income distribution; and (b) the £10 billion employment-related income increases in the last year at the top of the income distribution. HL1307

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any files relating to the Millennium Dome were destroyed in the fire at the paper records warehouse in Twelvetrees Crescent, London, in July 2006. HL1308

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department for Transport has given to each local transport authority in England in one off grants in each of the last five years. HL1309

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children are estimated to have entered England and Wales from those countries that joined the European Union in 2004, broken down by local authority area. HL1310

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in the care of local authorities in England and Wales are from countries that joined the European Union in 2004, broken down by each local authority. HL1311

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offences were committed in England and Wales by individuals from other member states of the European Union in each of the last five years, broken down by the country of origin of the individuals. HL1312

Lord Hanningfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional (a) primary schools, and (b) secondary schools are estimated to be required in each local authority area to meet the needs of children who have entered England and Wales from countries that joined the European Union in 2004. HL1313

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will consider to reduce the annual amount of waste disposal per family in the United Kingdom below 0.5 tonnes per annum. HL1314

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Questions unanswered after 14 days

The questions asked on the dates shown in bold were due for answer by the dates in brackets The Government department responsible for answering each Question is shown in square brackets.

15 November (29 November)

HL36 Lord Pearson of Rannoch [DoH]

20 November (4 December)

HL165 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [NIO]

HL184 Lord Ramsbotham [HO]

HL185 Lord Ramsbotham [HO]

HL186 Lord Ramsbotham [HO]

HL187 Lord Ramsbotham [HO]

HL188 Lord Ramsbotham [HO]

21 November (5 December)

HL232 Lord Avebury [HO]

HL233 Lord Avebury [HO]

27 November (11 December)

HL379 Lord Garden [MoD]

HL388 Lord Clement-Jones [HO]

28 November (12 December)

HL425 Lord Rana [NIO]

HL426 Lord Rana [NIO]

HL441 Lord Laird [DoH]

HL444 Lord Laird [NIO]

30 November (14 December)

HL509 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [DoH]

HL526 Lord Campbell-Savours [HO]

4 December (18 December)

HL541 Lord Avebury [HO]

HL555 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [DCMS]

HL586 Lord Harrison [DoH]

5 December (19 December)

HL604 Baroness Hollis of Heigham [DWP]

HL605 Baroness Hollis of Heigham [DWP]

HL606 Baroness Hollis of Heigham [DWP]

6 December (20 December)

HL646 Baroness Williams of Crosby [HO]

HL657 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [DCLG]

HL659 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [DCLG]

HL660 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [DCLG]

HL661 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [DCLG]

HL665 Baroness Anelay of St Johns [HO]

7 December (21 December)

HL697 Lord Patten [DCLG]

11 December (27 December)

HL739 Lord Selsdon [DoH]

HL752 Lord Morris of Manchester [DoH]

HL776 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL778 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL785 Baroness Uddin [DfID]

HL787 Baroness Uddin [DCLG]

12 December (27 December)

HL797 Lord Carlile of Berriew [DfES]

HL798 Lord Carlile of Berriew [DfES]

HL800 Lord Tebbit [HO]

HL804 Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract [DCA]

HL822 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [DoH]

HL829 Lord Harrison [DoH]

HL834 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL836 Countess of Mar [MoD]

13 December (27 December)

HL849 Lord Vinson [DoH]

HL850 Baroness Darcy de Knayth [CO]

HL864 Lord Greaves [DoH]

HL865 Lord Greaves [DCLG]

HL872 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL876 Lord Laird [NIO]

14 December (28 December)

HL893 Lord Teverson [DfT]

HL894 Lord James of Blackheath [DoH]

HL896 Lord Greaves [DCLG]

HL909 Lord Jacobs [DoH]

HL921 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL922 Lord Laird [NIO]

15 December (29 December)

HL924 Lord Avebury [HO]

HL925 Lord Avebury [HO]

HL928 Lord Avebury [AGO]

HL937 Lord Astor of Hever [DfID]

HL948 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL950 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [DCLG]

18 December (2 January)

HL961 Lord Varley [DWP]

HL962 Lord Garden [MoD]

HL971 Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank [DoH]

HL988 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [HO]

HL999 Lord Greaves [DCLG]

HL1000 Lord Greaves [DCLG]

HL1002 Lord Morris of Manchester [DoH]

HL1008 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL1010 Lord Laird [NIO]

19 December (2 January)

HL1011 Lord Astor of Hever [MoD]

HL1016 Lord Astor of Hever [MoD]

HL1020 Lord Beaumont of Whitley [DCLG]

HL1022 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL1024 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL1026 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL1031 Lord Carlile of Berriew [DfES]

HL1032 Lord Carlile of Berriew [DfES]

HL1034 Lord Avebury [HO]

HL1037 Lord Greaves [DEFRA]

HL1038 Lord Greaves [DEFRA]

HL1039 Lord Greaves [DEFRA]

HL1040 Lord Greaves [DEFRA]

HL1041 Lord Greaves [DEFRA]

HL1043 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DoH]

HL1044 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DoH]

HL1045 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DoH]

HL1046 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DoH]

HL1047 Lord Morris of Manchester [DoH]

HL1054 Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract [DTI]

HL1055 Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract [DTI]

HL1056 Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract [DTI]

HL1060 Lord Tyler [MoD]

HL1061 Lord Tyler [DTI]

HL1063 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL1066 Lord Tebbit [CO]

Number of questions allocated to each department which are unanswered after 14 days.

[AGO] 1 [CO] 2 [DCA] 1 [DCLG] 12 [DCMS] 1 [DEFRA] 5
[DfES] 4 [DfID] 2 [DfT] 1 [DoH] 19 [DTI] 4 [DWP] 4
[HO] 21 [MoD] 6 [NIO] 14

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Bills in Progress

Type of Bill To be considered
Waiting for Second Reading
Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) [HL] Private Member’s 26 January
Palliative Care [HL] Private Member’s
European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL] Private Member’s
Interception of Communications (Admissibility of Evidence) [HL] Private Member’s
Public Demonstrations (Repeals) [HL] Private Member’s 26 January
Bailiffs (Licensing) [HL] Private Member’s
Corruption [HL] Private Member’s
Government Spending (Website) [HL] Private Member’s 26 January
Energy Efficiency and Microgeneration [HL] Private Member’s
Victims of Overseas Terrorism [HL] Private Member’s
Welfare Reform Government 29 January
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Whitehaven Harbour [HL] Private
Re-committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Transport for London [HL] Private
London Local Authorities and Transport for London Private
Committed to a Grand Committee
Further Education and Training [HL] Government 23 January
Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Government 15 January
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Mental Health [HL] Government 15 January
Legal Services [HL] Government 22 January
Cluster Munitions (Prohibition) [HL] Private Member’s 25 January
Disabled Persons (Independent Living) [HL] Private Member’s
European Union (Information, etc.) [HL] Private Member’s
Waiting for Report
Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement [HL] Government 23 January
Concessionary Bus Travel [HL] Government
Consumers, Estate Agents and Redress [HL] Government
Waiting for Third Reading
London Local Authorities [HL] Private

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Affirmative Instruments in Progress

The Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee has drawn attention to certain instruments in the reports indicated

Merits Committee To be considered
Waiting for consideration by the Statutory Instruments Committee
Draft Compensation (Exemptions) Order 2006 25 January
Draft Pharmacists and Pharmacy Technicians Order 2007
Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Amendment of Schedules 3 and 5) Order 2007
Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment No. 3) Order 2006 22 January
Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Exemption) (Amendment) Order 2006 22 January
Draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) Regulations 2006 22 January
Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Markets in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2006 22 January
Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 2007 23 January
Draft Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Amendment) Order 2007
Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Anti-social Behaviour Order Functions) (England) Order 2007
Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for consideration by the Statutory Instruments Committee
Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2007 24 January
Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Police and Criminal Evidence (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 24 January
Draft Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007 24 January
Draft District Electoral Areas Commissioner (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2006 24 January
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Loss of Capacity during Research Project) (England) Regulations 2006
Draft Health (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007
Draft Waste (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007
Draft Road Traffic (Northern Ireland) Order 2007
Draft Taxis (Northern Ireland) Order 2007

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Negative Instruments

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires To be considered
5th Report
Social Security (Claims and Payments) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2006 2 February
Housing (Assessment of Accommodation Needs) (Meaning of Gypsies and Travellers) (England) Regulations 2006 1 February
Common Agricultural Policy Single Payment and Support Schemes (Cross-compliance) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 4 February

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Regulatory Reform Orders in Progress

The Regulatory Reform Committee has reported on Orders in the reports indicated

Regulatory Reform
Committee
To be considered
Orders referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for first-stage scrutiny
Draft Regulatory Reform (Game) Order 2007
Draft Regulatory Reform (Financial Services and Markets Act 2000) Order 2006
Draft Regulatory Reform (Collaboration etc. between Ombudsmen) Order 2007
Draft Regulatory Reform (Deer) (England and Wales) Order 2007
Reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee
Draft Regulatory Reform (Public Service Vehicles) Order 2005 14th Report

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Remedial Order in Progress Under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998

Draft Order waiting for Affirmative Resolution
29th Report
Draft Marriage Act 1949 (Remedial) Order 2006 25 January

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Committees

Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheet

Monday 15 January
European Union Sub-Committee B Internal Market 4.00pm
Human Rights Joint Committee 4.00pm
Procedure Committee Domestic Committee 4.00pm
Tuesday 16 January
European Union Sub Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade 10.30am
Science and Technology Select Committee 11.00am
Regulators Select Committee 1.00pm
in Room 134, Millbank House
Economic Affairs Select Committee 3.30pm
Merits of Statutory Instruments Select Committee 3.30pm
Wednesday 17 January
Constitution Committee Select Committee 10.30am
European Union Sub-Committee D Environment and Agriculture 10.30am
European Union Sub-Committee F Home Affairs 10.30am
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Select Committee 10.30am
Science and Technology Sub-Committee I Allergy 11.00am
Science and Technology Sub-Committee II Personal Internet Security 3.30pm
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee 4.00pm
European Union Sub-Committee E Law and Institutions 4.15pm
Thursday 18 January
European Union Sub-Committee G Social and Consumer Affairs 9.30am
European Union Sub-Committee C Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy 10.30am
Tuesday 23 January
European Union Select Committee 4.15pm
Wednesday 24 January
Information Domestic Committee 4.15pm
Tuesday 6 February
House Committee Domestic Committee 4.00pm

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Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 11 January 2007

The House met at 11.00am
Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham

1   Deputy Speakers The Lord Speaker acquainted the House that Her Majesty had by Commission dated 11 January 2007 appointed Lord Bingham of Cornhill and, in his absence, Lord Hoffmann and, in their absence, the remaining Lords of Appeal in Ordinary in order of seniority of appointment, Deputy Speakers of the House for the purpose of hearing and determining appeals and matters connected therewith, in the absence of the Lord Speaker.

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Select Committee Report

2   Committee of Selection   
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

2nd Report. (HL Paper 23)

Public Business

3   Pensions: Holden Trusteeship Review A question was asked by Baroness Turner of Camden and answered by Lord McKenzie of Luton.

4   European Union: German Presidency A question was asked by Lord Dykes and answered by Lord Triesman.

5   Gambling: regulation A question was asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno and answered by Lord Davies of Oldham.

6   Bangladesh: elections A question was asked by Lord Avebury and answered by Lord Triesman.

7   Business of the House The Lord President (Baroness Amos) moved that the debates on the motions in the names of Baroness Whitaker and Baroness Kingsmill set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours. The motion was agreed to.

8   Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2007

9   Police and Criminal Evidence (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007

10   Street Works (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2007

11   District Electoral Areas Commissioner (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2006

The Lord President (Baroness Amos) moved that the Orders be referred to a Grand Committee en bloc. The motion was agreed to.

12   Poverty and governance (2½ hour debate) Baroness Whitaker moved for papers relating to the Government’s White Paper, Making governance work for the poor, Cm 6876. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

13   Economic competitiveness (2½ hour debate) Baroness Kingsmill moved for papers relating to the United Kingdom’s competitiveness in a global economy. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

14   Palestine: Occupied Territories A question was asked by the Earl of Sandwich and, after debate, answered by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon.

The House adjourned at 5.40pm until Monday 15 January at 2.30pm.

Paul Hayter

Clerk of the Parliaments

Appendix

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 2.00pm

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Bill The Grand Committee considered the bill. Amendments 1 to 21 were considered. The Committee adjourned after amendment 21.   
The Committee adjourned at 5.55pm

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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:

Industrial Injuries—Report of the Industrial Injuries Advisory Council in accordance with section 171 of the Social Security Administration Act 1992 marking the completion of the review of the scheduled list of prescribed diseases.   (7003)

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Appropriate Body) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2006, laid under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.   (3474)

ISBN 9780 108050282

 
 
 
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