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Wednesday 28 October 2009 at 3.00pm

*Oral questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Ezra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their forecasts for the security and prices of energy supplies during the coming winter.

*Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken, in cooperation with other European Union member states, to press both sides in the current negotiations for a resolution of the Cyprus dispute.

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask the Leader of the House what arrangements exist for discussions on the role of the Lord Speaker between the Leader of the House, the Lord Speaker and backbench members.

*Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the risk of elements of the Lord’s Resistance Army moving into Darfur and of consequential threats to security in the region.

Policing and Crime Bill Lord West of Spithead to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 17
Schedule 1
Clauses 18 to 21
Schedule 2
Clauses 22 to 27
Schedule 3
Clauses 28 to 33
Schedule 4
Clauses 34 to 46
Schedule 5
Clauses 47 to 79
Schedule 6
Clauses 80 to 111
Schedules 7 and 8
Clauses 112 to 116.

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 40
Schedule 1
Clauses 41 to 59
Schedule 2
Clause 60
Schedule 3
Clauses 61 to 81
Schedule 4
Clauses 82 to 87
Schedule 5
Clauses 88 to 122
Schedule 6
Clause 123
Schedule 7
Clause 124
Schedule 8
Clauses 125 and 126
Schedule 9
Clauses 127 to 168
Schedule 10
Clause 169
Schedule 12
Clause 170
Schedule 11
Clauses 171 to 198
Schedule 13
Clauses 199 and 200
Schedule 14
Clauses 201 to 222
Schedule 15
Clauses 223 to 260
Schedule 16
Clauses 261 to 264.

Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Bill Committee [Lord Whitty]

Lord Whitty to move that the order of commitment be discharged.

Coroners and Justice Bill Report (day 3) [Lord Bach] 11th and 12th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee, 10th Report from the Constitution Committee, and 8th and 16th Reports from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Lord Rosser to move that this House takes note of the Environmental Noise (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1610). 25th and 27th Reports from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

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Future Business

Thursday 29 October at 11.00am

*Lord James of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total value of unpaid debts to the Government in the form of benefits overpayments and unrecovered tax; and what action they will take to recover those debts.

*Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what long-term policies they will develop to deal with water shortages in Africa.

*Lord Cope of Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing the delays and complexities affecting investigations and the bringing of suspects to trial in Northern Ireland when witnesses or evidence are in the Republic of Ireland or vice-versa.

†*Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the consequences for Her Majesty’s armed forces of the reduction in training of the Territorial Army.

The Chairman of Committees intends to move the following four motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

Beverley Freemen Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees to move that this House resolves that the promoters of the Beverley Freemen Bill [HL] which was originally introduced in this House on 22 January 2009 should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament according to the provisions of Private Business Standing Order 150A (Suspension of bills).

London Local Authorities Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees to move that this House resolves that the promoters of the London Local Authorities Bill [HL] which was originally introduced in this House on 22 January 2008 should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament according to the provisions of Private Business Standing Order 150A (Suspension of bills).

London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees to move that this House resolves that the promoters of the London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) Bill [HL] which was originally introduced in this House on 22 January 2008 should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament according to the provisions of Private Business Standing Order 150A (Suspension of bills).

Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees to move that this House resolves that the promoters of the Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) Bill [HL] which was originally introduced in this House on 22 January 2007 should have leave to suspend any further proceedings on the bill in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament according to the provisions of Private Business Standing Order 150A (Suspension of bills).

Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Third Reading [Lord Tyler]

If the Report stage of the Coroners and Justice Bill has not concluded, it is expected that it will conclude.

Baroness Verma to move to resolve that this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to withdraw the Education (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/1387) and to replace them with regulations that leave more responsibility with schools and headteachers. 22nd Report from the Merits Committee

Earl Howe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking regarding the consistency of decision-making processes between primary care trusts in determining the off-label use of medicines in near-label conditions. (Lunch break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 2.00pm

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Young of Norwood Green] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Public Authorities) Regulations 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Young of Norwood Green] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Legislative and Regulatory Reform (Regulatory Functions) (Amendment) Order 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Young of Norwood Green] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Provision of Services Regulations 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Young of Norwood Green] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Monday 2 November at 2.30pm

*Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to introduce regulations under the Health Bill [HL] to prohibit the retail display of tobacco products and the sale of cigarettes from vending machines.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to enable British military and other personnel serving overseas to vote in any elections in 2010.

*Baroness Northover to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they will give to the recommendations of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict, as contained in the Goldstone Report, to implement the international rule of law.

*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the Southern African Development Community concerning implementation of the Global Political Agreement in Zimbabwe.

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon intends to move the following five motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

†Scottish and Northern Ireland Banknote Regulations 2009 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Ministry of Defence Police (Conduct) Regulations 2009 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Ministry of Defence Police Appeals Tribunals Regulations 2009 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2009 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Networks) Exemption Order 2009 Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill Report [Baroness Morgan of Drefelin]

Olympic Route Network Designation Order 2009 Baroness Hanham to move to resolve that this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to revoke the Order laid before the House on 30 June (SI 2009/1573). 24th Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Saving Gateway Accounts Regulations 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Myners] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Myners] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 (Amendment) Order 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Crawley] 21st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

District Electoral Areas Commissioner (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Crawley] 21st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Crawley] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2009 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Crawley] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Baroness Butler-Sloss to move that the Grand Committee do consider the Community Legal Service (Funding) (Counsel in Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2009 (SI 2009/1854). 25th Report from the Merits Committee

Tuesday 3 November at 2.30pm

The Lord Bishop of Lichfield will be introduced.

*The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that doctors and pharmaceutical companies fully recognise the long-term side effects of prescribed tranquillisers and anti-depressants, and the nature of withdrawal symptoms.

*Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Walton Report on Access to Specialist Neuromuscular Care, launched in August.

*Lord Razzall to ask Her Majesty’s Government what restrictions apply to political activities of former chief armed forces officers whilst they are still in receipt of remuneration from the armed forces.

†Welfare Reform Bill Third Reading [Lord McKenzie of Luton]

Policing and Crime Bill Report [Lord West of Spithead]

Lord Dear to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are putting in place regarding the management of water and the conservation of rivers. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Wednesday 4 November at 3.00pm

*Lord Renton of Mount Harry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of charges of fraudulence in the recent election results in Afghanistan, they will reconsider their policy on Afghanistan.

*The Lord Archbishop of York to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to provide additional support to sheep farmers following the implementation of new electronic identification requirements in 2010, given the current inaccuracies in tag reading equipment.

*Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to respond to the report on Garth prison by HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, in particular her comments about the effect of budget cuts on the prison system as a whole.

It is expected that the Report stage of the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Bill will conclude.

†Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish a limit for the length of detention under immigration and asylum law, reduce the number of detainees, and prevent deportation breaching Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to encourage the government of Sudan to increase their efforts to resolve the disputed census and referendum law and to develop plans for the 2010 elections, in the light of violence and rearming in the south of the country. (1 hour)

Lord Hameed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to prevent cerebral palsy. (1 hour)

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards implementing the aims of the Vision 2020 initiative to prevent avoidable blindness and support those in developing countries who are unavoidably blind. (1 hour)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the agreement of July 2006 between the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and the BBC, what is their assessment of the extent to which the BBC has paid sufficient regard to the importance of reflecting humanism in its programmes, particularly in relation to Thought for the Day. (1 hour)

Thursday 5 November at 11.00am

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will next discuss the Czech President’s stance on the Treaty of Lisbon with their counterparts in other European Union member states.

*Lord Clinton-Davis to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans for an inter-ministerial meeting with Polish ministers in the near future.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to investigate the problems caused to disabled students who are not receiving their support through the student loans system.

It is expected that the Report stage of the Policing and Crime Bill will conclude.

Friday 6 November at 10.00am

Lord Drayson to move that this House takes note of matters relating to Her Majesty’s armed forces and of future defence policy.

Monday 9 November at 2.30pm

*Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of their visa services for Pakistani students and visitors in Abu Dhabi.

*Baroness Knight of Collingtree to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency has altered its practice in respect of road tax charged on vehicles registered in other European countries.

*Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards delivering broadband to rural communities.

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent developments in Burma.

Health Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Baroness Thornton]

Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Lord McKenzie of Luton]

Tuesday 10 November at 2.30pm

*Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the danger posed to pedestrians and cyclists by the near-silent operation of electric and hybrid vehicles.

*Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future funding of the BBC.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the government of Abu Dhabi about their commitment to the rule of law.

Wednesday 11 November at 3.00pm

*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to make the Trades Union Congress aware of their position on boycotts of Israel.

*Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the level of domestic violence nationwide.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites have been closed under the Terrorism Act 2006.

Thursday 12 November at 11.00am

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children and young persons are currently detained under immigration powers at Yarl’s Wood.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the results of the second consultation on prisoners’ voting rights.

*The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the framework recently agreed for the referendum due to be held in the Sudan in 2011.

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Select Committee Reports

The date on which the Report was published is in italics

Baroness Cohen of Pimlico to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Developments in EU Trade Policy (35th Report, Session 2007-08, HL Paper 200). 5 December 2008

Lord Vallance of Tummel to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on Banking Supervision and Regulation (2nd Report, HL Paper 101). 2 June 2009

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Information Committee on Are the Lords Listening? Creating connections between people and Parliament (1st Report, HL Paper 138). 15 July 2009

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Other Motions for Debate

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

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the role and responsibilities of Non-Departmental Public Bodies; and to move for papers.

Lord Dykes to call attention to the Annual Policy Strategy of the European Commission for 2010 (EM 6852/09); and to move for papers.

Lord Naseby to call attention to the scope of parliamentary privilege in the 21st Century and the question of who has responsibility to protect members of the two Houses of Parliament; and to move for papers.

Lord Harrison to call attention to the British Humanist Association’s reports Quality and Equality: Human Rights, Public Services and Religious Organisations and The Case for Secularism: A Neutral State in an Open Society; and to move for papers.

Lord Rana to call attention to the case for a living wage in developing countries; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the security and human rights situation in North Korea; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Listowel to call attention to examples of good practice identified in residential work with children and in child and family social work over the last 40 years; and to move for papers.

Lord Lucas to call attention to the report of the Department for Children, School and Families Expert Group on Assessment; and to move for papers.

Lord Northbourne to call attention to the role of fathers in 21st-century Britain; and to move for papers.

Lord Lucas to call attention to the Review of Elective Home Education in England by Graham Badman; and to move for papers.

Viscount Waverley to call attention to the Middle East peace process; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich to call attention to acute poverty and human rights abuse in the poorest developing countries; and to move for papers.

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to call attention to the language and terminology used in the House and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House; and to move for papers.

Lord Renton of Mount Harry to call attention to the ceremonial aspects of the House and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House; and to move for papers.

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Motion relating to Delegated Legislation

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to move that this House takes note of the Social Security (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 4) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2655), the Social Security Benefit (Computation of Earnings) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 (SI 2009/2678) and the Social Security Benefit (Computation of Earnings) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2009 (SI 2009/2679).

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Questions for Short Debate

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to respond to the findings and recommendations of the Independent Public Inquiry headed by Lord Archer of Sandwell into the infection and deaths of patients contaminated with HIV and hepatitis C by National Health Service blood and blood products.

Baroness Greenfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support there will be alongside their initiative to allow under-privileged children internet access, in order to maximise potential intellectual benefits.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent experiences in Darfur, Congo and Somalia, they will reassess the way in which international peacekeeping is undertaken in Africa.

Baroness Wilkins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve spinal chord injury services within the National Health Service.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will sponsor a conference to consider how any justification for acts of violence or policies of religious or sexual discrimination by reference to the Christian, Islamic or Jewish religions can be discouraged.

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of preparations for the hosting of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in tackling the present issues facing the bus industry.

Lord Taverne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the status of the Press Complaints Commission.

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for the United Kingdom of future world population growth.

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support children’s speech, language and communication skills and to inform parents about relevant service provision in their area.

Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals to reduce the amount of electronic surveillance.

Lord Steyn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of confidence of the British public in the introduction of Identity Cards.

Lord Cotter to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the provision of social care for children and young people.

Lord Wade of Chorlton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms they intend to use to assist small and medium-sized enterprises to access capital finance.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s agriculture and horticulture markets.

Earl Howe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the report by the British Association for Parental and Enteral Nutrition, Combating malnutrition: recommendations for action.

Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that community punishments are rehabilitative.

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce road casualties after 2010.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to ensure, within the appropriate United Nations machinery, impartial investigation of any war crimes committed during the recent conflict in Gaza.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the state of local and regional newspapers.

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to facilitate access to advice on pain management by those suffering from chronic pain.

Lord Palmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to tackle the causes of the long-term decline of the British pig industry.

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial aid has been given to Sri Lanka for the resettlement of Tamil, Muslim and Sinhalese refugees since January 2009; and what further aid will be pledged in 2009 and 2010.

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made concerning the welfare of children and young people in foster care in the United Kingdom.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assist the shareholders of the Presbyterian Mutual Society who have been affected by the Society entering administration.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to publicise the effects of the drug ketamine.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security, humanitarian and human rights situation in North Korea.

Lord St John of Fawsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to call in the proposed housing scheme for the Chelsea Barracks redevelopment.

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the United Nations convention on the rights of disabled people.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the situation in Pakistan.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities with regard to the individual countries of central Asia.

Baroness Howe of Idlicote to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve prison education.

Lord Cope of Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the recommendations in the report of the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly on 30 March (Doc 149) on Cross Border Co-operation between Police Forces.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to promote greater interest in the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.

Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the relationship between new high speed rail lines and existing line modernisation, needed to accommodate rapid growth of freight and passenger traffic over the next 20 years and beyond.

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Centre for Policy Studies’ publication How to save the BBC by Sir Antony Jay.

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to enhance the reputation of Parliament.

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the disposal of United Kingdom interests in Eurostar.

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to carry out a comprehensive analysis of the causes of social exclusion and to draw up an interdepartmental strategy to deal with them.

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the two reports on NHS Pathology Services by Lord Carter of Coles and the report on Genomic Medicine by the Science and Technology Committee (2nd Report, HL Paper 107), what progress they have made on the consolidation of pathology services and what savings they expect to achieve by April 2011.

Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have in relation to the conservation of heritage beyond the United Kingdom’s territorial waters.

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their priorities for the November Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that will mark the 60th Anniversary of the Commonwealth.

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have regarding future NHS spending after 2010-11, in the light of the recent report from the King’s Fund and the Institute for Fiscal Studies How cold will it be? about the prospects for NHS funding after 2011.

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the obstacles to greater patient choice and autonomy at the end of life.

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review the work of the UK Border Agency, particularly in relation to the issuing of visas and passports overseas.

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the value to the United Kingdom economy of modern language skills in the British workforce.

Baroness Pitkeathley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that the proposals for a national care service meet the needs of older people who wish to remain in their own homes and do not provide an incentive for the expansion of residential care.

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to ensure that the public interest is protected in the process of procuring rail services.

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Questions for Written Answer

Tabled on 27 October and due for answer by 10 November.

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Iraqi asylum applicants are being returned to Iraq; if so, why; and to what places. HL6003

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 43 persons deported on a flight in October to Baghdad were accepted by the Iraqi authorities and remained there; how many were rejected and brought back to England; and how many of those brought back were stateless or had insufficient documentation. HL6004

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 43 persons deported on a flight to Baghdad in October were convicted criminals. HL6005

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Iraq were informed in advance of their intention to deport 43 persons to Baghdad in October. HL6006

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 43 persons deported on a flight to Baghdad in October were Arabs; and how many were Kurds. HL6007

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £20 million pledged by them in March 2009 at Sharm el Sheikh for relief and reconstruction in Gaza and economic development has been spent; and how much they have spent so far in 2009-10 in the West Bank and Gaza. HL6008

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the code of practice on the management of police pursuits will be issued to police forces. HL6009

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research, plans or projects (a) have been completed, (b) are ongoing, or (c) are planned to mitigate the impact of climate change in (1) St Helena, (2) Ascension Island, (3) Tristan da Cunha, and (4) the Falkland Islands. HL6010

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the value of schools teaching pupils to become proficient in playing one or more musical instruments; and what plans they have to increase the number of pupils achieving such proficiency. HL6011

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will add teaching the ukulele to the music syllabus of the national curriculum. HL6012

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to relocate the Overseas Territories Department of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. HL6013

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the anticipated additional cost of imposing direct rule on the Turks and Caicos Islands. HL6014

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect of the world economic downturn on each of the British overseas territories; and what measures they are taking to mitigate those effects. HL6015

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Equality and Human Rights Commission to investigate the BBC in relation to the discharge of its public duty responsibilities under the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Equality Act 2006; and whether they will ask the Commission to investigate the BBC under those Acts in respect of its decision to invite the British National Party to participate in Question Time on 22 October. HL6016

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Equality and Human Rights Commission will publish its annual report and accounts for 2008-09. HL6017

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Equality and Human Rights Commission will spend during the current financial year on interim staff and external consultants; how much of that would comprise overspending against its approved budget; and what are the reasons for any overspending. HL6018

Earl Howe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure (a) that herbal practitioners can continue to use a full range of herbal remedies after the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (2004/24/EC) is fully implemented in April 2011, and (b) that such practitioners continue to enjoy protection under Article 15 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. HL6019

Earl Howe to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by Lord Darzi of Denham on 29 October 2008 (HL Deb, col 1624) and with reference to the articles in Nature (vol. 461) and Cell Stem Cell on 23 July 2009, whether, if chimaeric embryos were produced by combining human induced pluripotent stem cells and animal tetraploid embryos, they would be classified as “human admixed”, rather than falling under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. HL6020

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government when funds will be released by the NorthWest Regional Development Agency for the proposed new culture centre in Southport. HL6021

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what area the Mersey Forest covers; and when it will be completed. HL6022

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to preserve the prehistoric animal footprints on Formby beach in Sefton Metropolitan Borough; and what grants are available for that preservation. HL6023

Lord Fearn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the costs of HMS Illustrious visiting Merseyside in October; and who met those costs. HL6024

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the current British ambassadors, deputy heads of missions or chargés d’affaires posted to central Asia have conversational fluency in (a) Azeri, (b) Kazakh, (c) Kyrgyz, (d) Tajik, (e) Turkmen, (f) Uzbek, and (g) Russian. HL6025

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Foreign and Commonwealth Office head of missions eligible to serve in central Asia are fluent in (a) Azeri, (b) Kazakh, (c) Kyrgyz, (d) Tajik, (e) Turkmen, (f) Uzbek, and (g) Russian. HL6026

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what scope there is for temporary deployment to central Asian posts of experienced Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff currently assigned to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office corporate pool. HL6027

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the number of staff in each British embassy in each country in central Asia, including Azerbaijan. HL6028

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether measures are in place to prevent social landlords charging a fee for electricity and gas checks when a person exchanges one social tenancy for another and refusing exchanges when people do not pay such fees. HL6029

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any documents issued by the Security Industry Authority indicate that it is permitted for a licensed clamper to place a clamp on a vehicle displaying a disabled badge; and, if so, in what circumstances. HL6030

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what questions have been posed to home-educating parents in local authorities currently having their provision for home educators investigated by Ofsted; how those parents were chosen; what steps were taken to ensure the anonymity of their responses; and which home education organisations have been asked to provide evidence to the investigators. HL6031

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether (a) ministers, and (b) civil servants, have lobbied (1) foreign governments, and (2) officials in the European Union institutions, to promote Mr Tony Blair’s appointment as President of the European Council upon ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. HL6032

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the addresses and the rateable values, according to (a) the 2005 Rating List as amended, and (b) the draft 2010 Rating List, of each individual hereditament within a port that has been recently valued or revalued as part of the new regime of business rates on ports. HL6033

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government which board appointments for the Regional Development Agencies are due for renewal or reappointment by June 2010; and what guidance they have issued on making public appointments to non-departmental public bodies with a tenure of more than one year in the run up to a general election. HL6034

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what obligations a home owner has, when marketing their residential property for sale, to highlight in (a) a home information pack, (b) a voluntary home condition report, and (c) a property information questionnaire within a pack, that the property suffers from (1) planning blight, (2) vermin infestation, (3) a negative reputation for being haunted, and (4) noise disturbance from nearby licensed premises. HL6035

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the then Parliamentary Secretary at the Cabinet Office, Kevin Brennan, on 11 November 2008 (HC Deb, 1131W) and 18 May 2009 (HC Deb, col 1251W), and with reference to page 191 of the Cabinet Office resource accounts for 2008-09, what was the estimated cost to the public purse of the move of the Prime Minister’s operations from 10 Downing Street to 12 Downing Street and the new open plan office in 12 Downing Street. HL6036

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at Communities and Local Government, Sarah McCarthy-Fry, on 15 June (HC Deb, col 18W) on departmental procurement, how much was spent on Action Treasure Hunts Ltd by Communities and Local Government in 2008-09; what was the purpose of the expenditure; which division of the department participated in the treasure hunts; and in what location the treasure hunts took place. HL6037

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Adonis on 26 October (WA 107) indicating that there is less need for diesel trains, in the light of the number of rolling stock available, what response they propose to make to initiatives by the Community Rail Partnerships which require additional train capacity. HL6038

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what account the Audit Commission took of the role of good design in its publication Building Better Lives. HL6039

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the External Advisory Group for the Audit Commission publication Building Better Lives had expertise in design. HL6040

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what liaison the Audit Commission had with the Homes and Communities Agency over its publication Building Better Lives in respect of the role of good design. HL6041

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a decision has been taken about the future of the naval training ship HMS Caroline in Belfast; and, if not, when the decision will be made. HL6042

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose measures for population control at the Copenhagen climate change summit. HL6043

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what projections they have for the population of the United Kingdom for each ten years up to 2050. HL6044

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Royall of Blaisdon on 26 October (WA 110) concerning the St Andrews Agreement, what issues relating to human rights and equality remain to be resolved. HL6045

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what undertakings they gave to the Northern Ireland Executive about ring-fencing the funding for a new motorway from the Tyrone Border to Londonderry. HL6046

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recently released information about the role played by the government of the Republic of Ireland in 1969 and 1970 in the creation of the IRA; and whether they will seek compensation from that government for victims of IRA activities in the United Kingdom. HL6047

Lord Monson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ventilation system in the Hatfield Tunnel on the A1 is coping with vehicle exhaust fumes. HL6048

Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Heritage Maintenance Funds have been approved by HM Treasury. HL6049

Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent estimate of the total value of assets currently held in Heritage Maintenance Funds approved by HM Treasury; and on what date that estimate was made. HL6050

Lord Howarth of Newport to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Heritage Maintenance Funds have been approved by HM Treasury (a) between 1 January 2000 and 31 December 2004, and (b) since 1 January 2005. HL6051

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union countries have been involved in joint military exercises with the armed forces of the government of Cyprus in the Greek Cypriot part of the island. HL6052

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bodies of missing persons were found by the United Nations following the conflict in Cyprus in 1974; and whether those bodies were of both Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. HL6053

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with authorities in Cyprus about whether part of Larnaca airport has been developed over land in Greek Cyprus owned by Turkish Cypriots; and whether Turkish Cypriots were compensated by the Greek Cypriot government for the loss of the property. HL6054

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Turkish Cypriot land and property in Southern Cyprus has been taken over by the Greek Cypriot authorities since 1974; and whether payments have been made by the Greek Cypriot authorities to the former owners. HL6055

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had about whether the Turkish Cypriot Immovable Property Commission has received applications by Greek Cypriots to purchase properties in Northern Cyprus, whether such applications have been approved and whether payments for the acquisition of those properties have been paid to the Greek Cypriot title holders by the Turkish Cypriot authorities. HL6056

Lord Kilclooney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of Greek military personnel based in Cyprus; and whether that number is within the limit required by the Treaty of Guarantee. HL6057

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ports that supply electricity to tenants are classified as directed utilities suppliers under the Climate Change Levy and therefore are responsible for collecting the Levy from their tenants. HL6058

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government why advice given by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs stated that liability for the carbon reduction commitment fell to port tenants when subsequent advice from the Department of Energy and Climate Change states that port estate owners will be liable for the Climate Change Levy. HL6059

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to port estate owners to help them reduce the carbon emissions of tenants to whom they supply electricity. HL6060

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to ports regarding any reputational liability caused by erratic tenant energy use which may alter carbon reduction commitment league table positions. HL6061

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of electricity usage by port tenants which are (a) flour mills, (b) cement batching plants, (c) pipe coating companies, and (d) other high electricity users in United Kingdom ports. HL6062

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the level of electricity usage, excluding tenants, by the port estate owners (a) Tilbury, (b) Leith, (c) Southampton, (d) Liverpool, and (e) Belfast. HL6063

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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.

21 July (4 August)

HL5322 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [AGO]

7 September (21 September)

HL5402 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL5409 Baroness Warsi [CLG]

HL5410 Baroness Warsi [CLG]

HL5411 Baroness Warsi [CLG]

HL5437 Lord Bates [CLG]

HL5467 Baroness Thomas of Winchester [DWP]

5 October (19 October)

HL5483 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [DWP]

HL5503 Lord Morris of Manchester [MoD]

HL5504 Lord Morris of Manchester [MoD]

HL5508 Lord Newby [DEFRA]

HL5509 Lord Newby [FCO]

HL5545 Baroness Hollis of Heigham [DWP]

HL5546 Baroness Hollis of Heigham [DWP]

HL5552 Lord King of West Bromwich [FCO]

12 October (26 October)

HL5578 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [NIO]

HL5579 Baroness Sharp of Guildford [BIS]

HL5581 Baroness Sharp of Guildford [BIS]

HL5585 Lord Laird [DCMS]

HL5612 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [FCO]

13 October (27 October)

HL5631 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [HMT]

HL5632 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [HMT]

HL5633 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [HMT]

HL5634 Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay [HMT]

HL5649 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL5653 Lord Berkeley [DCMS]

HL5654 Lord Berkeley [DCMS]

HL5658 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [FCO]

HL5660 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [HO]

HL5670 Lord Moonie [MoD]

HL5672 Lord Ouseley [CLG]

HL5673 Lord Ouseley [DCMS]

HL5674 Lord Ouseley [DWP]

HL5676 Baroness Thomas of Winchester [DWP]

HL5677 Baroness Thomas of Winchester [DWP]

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

[AGO] 1 [BIS] 2 [CLG] 5 [DCMS] 4 [DEFRA] 1 [DWP] 7
[FCO] 4 [HMT] 4 [HO] 1 [MoD] 3 [NIO] 3

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Bills in Progress

Type of Bill To be considered
Waiting for Second Reading
Torture (Damages) [HL] Private Member’s
Sports Grounds Safety Authority [HL] Private Member’s
Constitutional Renewal [HL] Private Member’s
Marine Navigation Aids [HL] Private Member’s
Constitutional Reform [HL] Private Member’s
Live Music [HL] Private Member’s
Damages (Asbestos-Related Conditions) Private Member’s
Committed to a Select Committee
City of Westminster [HL] Private
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Beverley Freemen [HL] Private 2 November
Re-committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
London Local Authorities [HL] Private
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
House of Lords (Members’ Taxation Status) [HL] Private Member’s
Equal Pay and Flexible Working [HL] Private Member’s
House of Lords [HL] Private Member’s
Cohabitation [HL] Private Member’s
Dog Control [HL] Private Member’s
Community Amateur Sports Clubs (Support) [HL] Private Member’s
Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies and Credit Unions Private Member’s
Green Energy (Definition and Promotion) Private Member’s 28 October
Waiting for Report
Coroners and Justice Government 28 October
Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Government 2 November
Policing and Crime (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion) Government 3 November
Waiting for Third Reading
Driving Instruction (Suspension and Exemption Powers) Private Member’s 29 October
Welfare Reform (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion) Government 3 November
Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL] Private
London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) [HL] Private
Sent to the Commons
Disabled Persons (Independent Living) [HL] Private Member’s
Postal Services [HL] Government
Marine and Coastal Access [HL] (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion) (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion) Government
Bank of England (Amendment) [HL] Private Member’s
Online Purchasing of Goods and Services (Age Verification) [HL] Private Member’s
Companies’ Remuneration Reports [HL] Private Member’s
Perpetuities and Accumulations [HL] (Law Commission Bill) Government
Manchester City Council [HL] Private
Bournemouth Borough Council [HL] Private
Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments
Health [HL] (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion) Government 9 November
Local Democracy, Economic Development and Construction [HL] (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion) Government 9 November
Waiting for Royal Assent
Law Commission [HL] Private Member’s
Autism Private Member’s
Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion) Private Member’s

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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 Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments
Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Functions of an Approved Regulator) Order 2009
Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2009
Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2009
Draft Transfer of Functions of the Asylum and Immigration Tribunal Order 2009
Draft Transfer of Tribunal Functions Order 2009
Draft Amendment to Schedule 6 to the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 Order 2009
Draft Census (England and Wales) Order 2009
Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement) (Republic of Montenegro) Order 2009
Draft Health Professions (Hearing Aid Dispensers) Order 2009
Referred to a Grand Committee and waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Legislative and Regulatory Reform (Regulatory Functions) (Amendment) Order 2009 29 October
Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Sensitive Words and Expressions) Regulations 2009 29 October
Draft Provision of Services Regulations 2009 29 October
Draft Company, Limited Liability Partnership and Business Names (Public Authorities) Regulations 2009 29 October
Draft Electoral Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1962 (Amendment) Order 2009 2 November
Draft District Electoral Areas Commissioner (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 2009 2 November
Draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2009 2 November
Draft Saving Gateway Accounts Regulations 2009 2 November
Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2009 2 November
Draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendments to Schedule 2) Order 2009 2 November
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Rail Vehicle Accessibility (Networks) Exemption Order 2009
Draft Social Security (Contributions Credits for Parents and Carers) Regulations 2009
Draft Ministry of Defence Police (Conduct) Regulations 2009
Draft Ministry of Defence Police Appeals Tribunals Regulations 2009
Draft Scottish and Northern Ireland Banknote Regulations 2009

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Negative Instruments

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires To be considered
22nd Report
Education (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 30 July 29 October
24th Report
Olympic Route Network Designation Order 2009 25 October 2 November
25th Report
Environmental Noise (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 28 October 28 October
Community Legal Service (Funding) (Counsel in Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2009 8 November 2 November
26th Report
Aviation Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme Regulations 2009 20 November
27th Report
Environmental Noise (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2009 28 October 28 October
Identity Cards Act 2006 (Civil Penalties) Regulations 2009 20 November
Identity Cards Act 2006 (Entitlement to be Registered) Regulations 2009 20 November
Identity Cards Act 2006 (National Identity Registration Number) Regulations 2009 20 November
Identity Cards Act 2006 (Provision of Information without Consent) Regulations 2009 20 November

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Legislative Reform Orders in Progress

Date of laying Parliamentary procedure
Draft Order laid before the House and referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee
Draft Legislative Reform (Revocation of Prescribed Form of Penalty Notice for Disorderly Behaviour) Order 2009 21 October Affirmative
Report To be considered
Super-Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee
Draft Legislative Reform (Insolvency) (Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 2009 9th Report
Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee and referred to a Grand Committee
Draft Legislative Reform (Dangerous Wild Animals) (Licensing) Order 2009 11th Report

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Super-affirmative instrument in Progress

Date of laying Expiry of first-stage scrutiny
Proposed draft Order laid before the House for first-stage scrutiny
Proposed Draft Private Security Industry Act 2001 (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2009 12 May 19 July

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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.

Wednesday 28 October
Communications Select Committee 10.00am
Constitution Select Committee 10.30am
European Union Sub-Committee F Home Affairs 10.30am
Science and Technology Select Committee 10.30am
in Committee Room G
European Union Sub-Committee D Environment and Agriculture 10.30am
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee 3.45pm
European Union Sub-Committee E (Law and Institutions) 4.00pm
Thursday 29 October
European Union Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs 9.30am
European Union Sub-Committee C Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy 10.30am
Monday 2 November
Beverley Freemen Bill [HL] Unopposed Bill Committee 12.00noon
European Union Sub-Committee B Internal Market 4.00pm
Tuesday 3 November
Science and Technology Sub-Committee I Nanotechnologies and Food 10.00am
European Union Sub-Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade 10.30am
Human Rights Joint Committee 1.30pm
Economic Affairs Select Committee 3.30pm
Merits of Statutory Instruments Select Committee 3.30pm
European Union Select Committee 4.00pm
Wednesday 4 November
Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Select Committee 10.30am
Tuesday 10 November
Human Rights Joint Committee 1.30pm

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Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 27 October 2009

The House met at 2.30pm.
Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds.

1   Lord Sacks Sir Jonathan Henry Sacks, Knight, having been created Baron Sacks, of Aldgate in the City of London, for life by Letters Patent dated 1 September 2009, was introduced between Lord Winston and Lord Carey of Clifton, and made and subscribed the solemn affirmation.

2   Baroness O’Loan Dame Nuala Patricia O’Loan, DBE, having been created Baroness O’Loan, of Kirkinriola in the County of Antrim, for life by Letters Patent dated 11 September 2009, was introduced between Baroness Blood and Baroness D’Souza, and took and subscribed the oath.

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Select Committee Reports

3   Merits of Statutory Instruments   
The 28th Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 166)

4   Human Rights   
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

Legislative Scrutiny: Equality Bill. (26th report, HL Paper 169)

5   House Committee   
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

Parliamentary Passes for UK Members of the European Parliament. (4th report, HL Paper 170)

Public Business

6   European Union: budget A question was asked by Lord Vinson and answered by Lord Myners.

7   Aviation: air quality A question was asked by Lord Tyler and answered by Lord Faulkner of Worcester.

8   Health: alcohol A question was asked by Lord Harrison and answered by Baroness Thornton.

9   Universities: modern languages A question was asked by Baroness Coussins and answered by Lord Young of Norwood Green.

10   Holocaust (Return of Cultural Objects) Bill The bill was read a third time and passed.

11   Welfare Reform Bill The report stage was continued, beginning with amendment 62. Amendments were agreed to. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 75)

12   Immigration: migrant workers A question was asked by Lord Harries of Pentregarth and, after debate, answered by Lord Brett.

The House adjourned at 6.36pm until Wednesday 28 October at 3.00pm.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

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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.

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Antarctic (Amendment) Regulations 2009, laid under the Antarctic Act 1994.    (2354)

Paper not subject to parliamentary proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report of the making of a call out order of members of the Reserve Forces, laid under the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

ISBN 9780 108457296

 
 
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