House of Lords Business

Tuesday 15 June 2010 at 2.30pm

The Lord Bishop of Derby will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to carry out a consultation about the role and number of elected mayors.

*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated time required for a full review of parliamentary constituency boundaries.

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to implement savings of £682 million in 2010–11 in the transport sector in the context of their intention to create a greener and more sustainable transport sector.

†*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they determined the reduced allocations to the Housing Market Renewal partnerships.

The Chairman of Committees intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any member objects the motions must be moved separately.

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 in session 2007–08 on 22 January 2008 should have leave to proceed with the bill in the current session in accordance with the provisions of Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival 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 in session 2006–07 on 22 January 2007 should have leave to proceed with the bill in the current session in accordance with the provisions of Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of bills).

The Chairman of Committees intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any member objects the motions must be moved separately.

House Committee The Chairman of Committees to move that Lord Alderdice be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Addington, resigned.

Liaison The Chairman of Committees to move that Lord Alderdice be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Addington, resigned, and that Lord Campbell-Savours be appointed a member of the Select Committee.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of security and human rights issues on the Korean peninsula. (1½ hours)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their proposals for tackling poverty. (1½ hours)

Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Discussion Paper on Treating drug dependency through healthcare, not punishment. (1½ hours)

Future Business 

Wednesday 16 June at 3.00pm

*Baroness Pitkeathley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for improving the lives of carers.

*Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the future of Network Rail.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the BBC regarding the future of BBC 6 Music radio station.

†*Baroness Scotland of Asthal to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to change the way in which prosecutions are undertaken in rape cases.

Liaison The Chairman of Committees to move that the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 6) be agreed to.

The Lord Bishop of Leicester to call attention to the role of partnerships between government and civil society in shaping social policy; and to move for papers.

Thursday 17 June at 11.00am

*Lord Livsey of Talgarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the referendum mentioned in the Queen’s Speech for the National Assembly of Wales to have primary legislative powers will be put to the people of Wales in October 2010. [I] Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Executive Member, Cymru Yfory (Wales Tomorrow)

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the St John Ambulance campaign, entitled "The Difference", promoting better public understanding and practice of first aid.

*Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to regulate loan companies charging high rates of interest.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn on Tuesday 15 June at 2pm.

Lord Sugar to call attention to the effect of the Government’s policies, such as proposals for capital gains tax, on entrepreneurship and on small and medium-sized enterprises; and to move for papers. [I] Category 1: Directorships
Chairman and Managing Director, Amshold Group Limited
Category 1: Directorships
Chairman and Managing Director, Amsprop London Limited

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to call attention to the 40th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970; and to move for papers.

Monday 21 June at 2.30pm

Roger Liddle Esq and 
The Rt Hon John Selwyn Gummer will be introduced as Barons.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals to use photodynamic therapy (PDT) for the treatment of cancer, particularly oral cancer.

*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to amend or to improve the operation of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

*Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to exercise the power conferred by section 58(4)(a) of the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990 to reduce the maximum success fee chargeable under a conditional fee agreement in defamation proceedings.

*Lord Trimble to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to members of the European Union to protect the British economy from the financial situation in the eurozone.

Academies Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Hill of Oareford]

Lord Lucas to move to resolve that this House regrets that the Social Security (Claims and Payments) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/870) have been based on an inadequate design which will be unable to produce reliable evidence. 17th Report, Session 2009–10, from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Tuesday 22 June at 2.30pm

Dr Dianne Hayter will be introduced as a Baroness and 
The Rt Hon Thomas McAvoy will be introduced as a Baron.

*Lord Rana to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent their public expenditure reductions will affect the Northern Ireland economy and the peace process there.

*Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals for independent living for disabled people.

*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for promoting economic growth.

Wednesday 23 June at 3.00pm

The Rt Hon James Knight will be introduced as a Baron.

*Baroness Valentine to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to protect and strengthen the United Kingdom’s international competitiveness.

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the future of Crossrail. [I] Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)
Member, First Great Western Trains Advisory Board

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of economies available within the National Health Service’s budget.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Academies Bill [HL] will conclude.

Competition Act 1998 (Land Agreements Exclusion Revocation) Order 2010 Baroness Wilcox to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 21 January be approved. 8th Report, Session 2009–10, from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Dinner break business)

Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Baroness Wilcox to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 11 March be approved. 13th Report, Session 2009–10, from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Dinner break business)

Thursday 24 June at 11.00am

John Gardiner Esq and 
John Maples Esq will be introduced as Barons.

*Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings are being made in the administration of Government.

*Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for preventing the spread of Japanese knotweed.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they plan to hold with local authorities and the Boundaries Commissions on reducing the number of Members of Parliament and reviewing the size of parliamentary constituencies.

Lord Strathclyde to move that, in the opinion of this House, the resolution of the House of 30 July 2002 (Financial Assistance to Opposition Parties) should have effect, in relation to the giving of financial assistance, with effect from 12 May 2010, as if-

(a) in paragraphs (1) and (2)(a) the references to the second largest opposition party were omitted, and

(b) paragraph (8)(b) were omitted.

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

Lord Mawson to call attention to practical lessons from changes in primary and community care during the last ten years; and to move for papers. [I] Category 1: Directorships
Director, Andrew Mawson Partnerships (community regeneration consultancy)

Monday 28 June at 2.30pm

Roy Kennedy Esq will be introduced as a Baron and 
Floella Benjamin will be introduced as a Baroness.

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of India regarding the funding arrangements of the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the probable closure of Refugee and Migrant Justice.

*Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scope and timing of the proposed nuclear posture review announced by the Foreign Secretary on 26 May.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what approach they intend to take at the next Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Tuesday 29 June at 2.30pm

Michael German Esq will be introduced as a Baron and  
Meral Hussein Ece will be introduced as a Baroness.

*Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose to increase awareness of the environmental and scientific importance of the Chagos archipelago.

*Baroness Seccombe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the process will be for reviewing quangos across Government.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have concerning the performance of the Student Loans Company as regards its general duties and its support for disabled students.

Lord Strathclyde to move that this House takes note of the case for reform of the House of Lords.

Wednesday 30 June at 3.00pm

*Lord Renton of Mount Harry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the proposal to phase out analogue radio and replace it entirely with digital radio.

*Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what controls they propose to put in place to ensure that private health insurance companies adhere to their industry codes of practice.

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue their membership of the European Defence Agency.

Thursday 1 July at 11.00am

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to other countries about harassment, intimidation and assassination of journalists, and the implications for democracy and accountable governance.

*Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making to collect backdated non-domestic rates in respect of port-side operators.

*Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to reform party funding and to limit donations to political parties.

Monday 5 July at 2.30pm

*Lord James of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assess the assurances given by the previous administration on the completion date and costs of the renewable energy programme required to meet the European Union target of a 20 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2020.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of wealth is held by the richest 10 per cent of the population.

*Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. [I] Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Commissioner, Equality & Human Rights Commission

*Lord Campbell of Alloway to ask Her Majesty’s Government what process will be used by the House of Lords reform committee to give instructions to Parliamentary Counsel for a draft bill.

Tuesday 6 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the independence of the Office for Budget Responsibility is guaranteed.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make proposals for Sundays to be as far as possible work-free, following requests to the European Union Council of Ministers.

*Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to meet the costs of any future outbreak of farm animal disease.

Wednesday 7 July at 3.00pm

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of citizens denied the opportunity to vote at the general election on 6 May because of the 10pm deadline or other administrative difficulties; and what steps they propose to take to prevent those problems in future. [I] Category 10: Non-financial interests (c)
Chairman, Brooklands Museum Trust Ltd, Weybridge

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking regarding the efficiency and effectiveness of the Rural Payments Agency.

*Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the regional electoral group representing the United Kingdom’s interests on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Executive Board regarding the withdrawal of the UNESCO-Obiang Nguema Mbasogo International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences in the light of the human rights record of the government of Equatorial Guinea.

Thursday 8 July at 11.00am

*Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to meet the need for new housing.

*Lord Waddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to restore individual freedoms and civil liberties.

*Lord Clinton-Davis to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the roles of Niall Ferguson and Andrew Roberts with regard to the history curriculum for schools in England.

Monday 12 July at 2.30pm

†*Lord Pannick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to increase the retirement age of Justices of the Supreme Court to 75.

†*Viscount Craigavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they will give in international development policy to population issues and to reproductive health and rights.

†*Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Chief Inspector of Prisons’ thematic review on Muslim prisoners’ experiences.

†*Baroness Trumpington to ask the Chairman of Committee what steps are being taken to restore the frescos in the Royal Gallery.

Tuesday 13 July at 2.30pm

†*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the BBC World Service.

†*Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for improving the dietary health of the population. [I] Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)
President, Campden BRI (advice to food, drink and allied industries)

†*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to introduce biometric passports.

Wednesday 14 July at 3.00pm

†*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of tourism to the United Kingdom economy.

†*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to review the management and procedures of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to ensure that patients suffering from the most prevalent conditions of cancer and Alzheimer’s disease are properly treated.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 22 June for debate on 8 July. Time limit 2½ hours

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the 150th anniversary of the Opium Wars and to China’s role in the world in the 21st century; and to move for papers.

Lord Chidgey to call attention to developments in regional post-conflict stabilisation in eastern and central Africa; and to move for papers.

Lord Harrison to call attention to the standards and practices of public and private zoos in the United Kingdom and their relationship to European Union legislation; and to move for papers.

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to call attention to the contribution of creative and cultural industries to the economic and social wellbeing of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for examining holistically the role of Parliament in the United Kingdom political system; and to move for papers.

Lord Northbrook to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s plans to raise the rate of capital gains tax; and to move for papers.

Baroness Gould of Potternewton to call attention to reform of the law, and to the strategy and support services, in relation to violence against women; and to move for papers.

Lord Filkin to call attention to scrutiny of legislation in the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

Viscount Waverley to call attention to developments in central Asia; and to move for papers.

Lord Desai to call attention to measures to alleviate poverty at home and abroad; and to move for papers.

Lord Fowler to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s plans for the BBC; and to move for papers.

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 the Directive on Alternative Investment Fund Managers (3rd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 48). 10 February 2010

Lord Krebs to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Nanotechnologies and Food (First Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 22). 8 January 2010 [I] Category 10: Non-financial interests (a)
President, Campden BRI (advice to food, drink and allied industries)

Lord Goodlad to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Constitution Committee on The Cabinet Office and the Centre of Government (4th Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 30). 29 January 2010

Lord Fowler to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on Digital switchover of television and radio in the United Kingdom (2nd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 100). 29 March 2010

Other Motions for Debate 

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to human rights abuses worldwide and to the recommendations of the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission on how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office pursues human rights questions; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for international development policy; and to move for papers.

Lord Lucas to call attention to the place of trust in society; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to call attention to the strategic defence review and the military covenant; and to move for papers.

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent consideration has been given to resolving the problems and needs of veterans of the Gulf War of 1990–91 with still undiagnosed war-related illnesses.

Lord Bew to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Bloody Sunday Inquiry.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of the treatment of stroke victims, in the light of the report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, Progress in improving stroke care.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their approach to reform of the House of Lords.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will halt the decline in biodiversity in the United Kingdom; and what resources will be allocated to that work. [I] Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
Vice President, Wildlife Link

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to provide access to multi-disciplinary pain management services in the National Health Service for those experiencing chronic pain.

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with their review of dependence on, and withdrawal from, benzodiazepines and other prescribed drugs.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have regarding prisons.

Lord Haskel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage low carbon technologies in the market place.

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to moves by the United Nations Security Council to impose new sanctions upon Iran for its defiance of United Nations resolutions on its nuclear activities. [I] Category 7: Overseas visits
Visit to Paris with wife, 20-21 June 2009, to speak at rally in defence of freedom in Iran; return rail fare, transport, meals and overnight hotel for self and wife paid for by members of the National Council of Resistance

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals.

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance they attach to the teaching of modern languages in schools and universities.

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the wider benefits of adult education; and what steps they are taking to support and encourage institutions which seek to promote lifelong learning.

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that fellow signatories to the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets fulfil the obligations of the Declaration in relation to the restitution of wrongfully seized property.

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to ensure that financial provision on divorce is determined on fair and settled principles.

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the operation of proportional representation for elections to the European Parliament.

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £420 million allocated for the Personal Care at Home Act 2010 to support the disabled and elderly will be used for that purpose.

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their proposals for the bus industry.

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to preserve United Kingdom academic health partnerships.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Diabetes UK report Putting feet first.

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the principles of global health are taught at all levels of medical education.

The Lord Bishop of Bradford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure the safety of children, especially children in the care of local authorities, from being groomed for sexual exploitation.

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.

Lord Jay of Ewelme to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the economic and security implications of the melting of the Arctic ice cap.

Lord Jay of Ewelme to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are they taking to support African countries in their efforts to adapt to climate change.

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose for the future of the Uplands. [I] Category 10: Non-financial interests (d)
Vice President, Open Spaces Society

Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the value of manufacturing to the United Kingdom economy.

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce regulatory burdens on British agriculture.

Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations of the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Parkinson’s Disease, Please mind the gap: Parkinson’s disease services today.

Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations they are making for declaring the Olympic Truce accompanying the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in their relations with Azerbaijan.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken steps to promote civil society in Thailand; and, if so, how.

Viscount Bridgeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of hospices in England.

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what public procurement lessons they have learnt from the railways.

The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the military covenant will be covered by the strategic defence review.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 14 June and due for answer by 28 June.

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the President of Peru, Alan Garcia, about promulgating The Law on Consultation, as approved by Peru’s Congress, before 18 June, so that the rights of indigenous people which it assures are ratified.
   HL406

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they grant citizenship to second-generation descendants of former residents of the Chagos Islands, one of whose parents acquired British citizenship by descent but who are themselves stateless.   HL407

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about the proposal that the UK Border Agency share data with the Credit Industry Fraud Avoidance System; and whether they will place copies of their responses in the Library of the House.   HL408

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the legal costs of cancelling last year’s Phase One contracts with employment providers to deliver Phase One of the Flexible New Deal.   HL409

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that medium-sized providers of welfare to work services can effectively compete with large-scale prime providers.
   HL410

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements there are to provide transitional support for jobseekers if the existing Phase One Flexible New Deal Contracts are ended early.   HL411

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to protecting small voluntary sector niche providers in introducing the welfare to work programme.
   HL412

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government over what period of time the welfare to work programme will be implemented.   HL413

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to protect severely disabled clients in the new welfare to work programme.   HL414

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority has permitted embryos or gametes provided by patients for a particular research project to be used in separate research, where the latter was a concurrent project with different stated aims from those described in the patient information literature on the original research project; and at which licensed research centres.   HL415

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government which research licences have been required by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to cover oocyte karyotyping and studies of cell cycle proteins in human eggs; for which of those licences the corresponding patient information did not make reference to the creation of embryos within the same study; and what were the dates of duration of all such research licences.   HL416

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority Chief Executive indicated on 8 November 2009 that 681 human eggs (including 17 fresh eggs) had been used under research licence R0122 between August 2004 and March 2005; and how that related to the information on the study that was concurrently provided to patients which indicated that the only cells to be used for such research would be embryos considered unsuitable for freezing.   HL417

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 2 November 2009 (WA 7–8) and 10 February 2010 (WA 135), what was the source of the information described in the internal background note to question HL5792, which stated that 66 eggs were donated for research at the Newcastle Centre for Life in 2008 and 52 eggs from six treatment cycles were similarly donated between 1 April 2009 and 31 August 2009; and whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the original documents from which those data were derived.   HL418

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Thornton on 10 February (WA 136–7), what was the average duration of a site visit by Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority inspectors since 2004 (a) for licensed centres generally, and (b) for centres 0017, 0157 and 0206.   HL419

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals employed by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) used the pseudonym "Reeta Ngo" prior to 2006 or prompted others to do so for acquiring personal information from other public bodies under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; what were the reasons for doing so; and whether any of the information thus obtained directly concerned clinics licensed by the HFEA.   HL420

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement on 21 May by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, that the recent elections in the Azerbaijani territory of Nagorno Karabakh were illegal.   HL421

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in support of the statement by the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Baroness Ashton of Upholland, that the EU could play a greater role in supporting efforts by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Minsk Group to achieve a settlement of the conflict in Nagorno Karabakh based on the norms of international law and the Helsinki Protocols.
   HL422

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) members of the armed forces, including the Ulster Defence Regiment and the Royal Ulster Constabulary, and (b) civilians, were killed by terrorists in the six months preceding "Bloody Sunday" in 1972.   HL423

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of crimes solved by the use of DNA techniques.   HL424

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to change the systems for postal and proxy voting.   HL425

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what process they will follow in considering the case for abolishing the regional Government Offices outside London, as set out in The Coalition: our programme for government.   HL426

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to implement the pledge in The Coalition: our programme for government to "provide more protection against aggressive bailiffs and unreasonable charging orders, ensure that courts have the power to insist that repossession is always a last resort, and ban orders for sale on unsecured debts of less than £25,000."   HL427

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to implement the pledge in The Coalition: our programme for government that "we will explore a range of measures to bring empty homes into use."   HL428

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Empty Dwelling Management Orders (EDMOs) are in force; in which authorities; what assessment they have made of the role of EDMOs in reducing the number of empty homes; and whether they will review their operation and effectiveness.
   HL429

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many communications they have sent to (a) maintained secondary schools, (b) maintained primary schools, (c) maintained special schools and (d) Academies in each week since 11 May.   HL430

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government why there has been a delay in the privatisation of the water company in the Cayman Islands.   HL431

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current plans for an airport in St Helena.   HL432

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was given in aid to each of the British overseas territories in each of the last five years; and whether there are plans to increase the priority of the territories in the Department for International Development’s budget.   HL433

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much aid was given to Bolivia in the last five years; and why such aid was given.   HL434

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the plans for the military base in Belize; and whether Kenya is being considered as an alternative.   HL435

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Nauru has paid its outstanding subscriptions to the Commonwealth Secretariat; and, if not, what are the arrears.   HL436

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the new national guidance for ethical procurement in the National Health Service following the consultation on it.
   HL437

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will communicate the cost savings and efficiency benefits associated with implementing ethical procurement practices in the National Health Service.   HL438

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to support NHS organisations in implementing new national guidance for ethical procurement.   HL439

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to monitor and report on the implementation of the new national guidance for ethical procurement by NHS organisations.   HL440

Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategy they have to improve early diagnosis to help reverse the increase in tuberculosis rates over the last 20 years.   HL441

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a minister attended the December Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe ministerial meeting in Athens; and whether the Secretary of State or a minister will attend the July OSCE informal ministerial meeting in Almaty.
   HL442

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of ethnic Uzbeks killed in the current fighting in Osh and Jalalabat in southern Kyrgyzstan; what proportion of the total number killed that represents; whether there is evidence that ethnic Uzbeks have been targeted; and, if so, what assessment they have made of the cause of that.   HL443

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the reported mass killings of Uzbeks and lootings of their property in Osh and Jalalabat in southern Kyrgyzstan.
   HL444

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of ethnic Uzbek refugees who have crossed the border into Uzbekistan as a result of the current unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan; and what discussions they have had with the government of Uzbekistan about the action that country is taking to create appropriate conditions for the refugees.   HL445

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of external forces or influences to the current unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan.   HL446

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of Ukraine about allegations of media censorship in that country by the security services.   HL447

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much Trinity House spent on the three-day visit in August 2009 by the Duke of Edinburgh; and whether that was funded from the General Lighthouse Fund.   HL448

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on re-tendering for a replacement for the Trinity House vessel Patricia.   HL449

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the General Lighthouse Authorities’ fleet will be reduced in line with the C-MAR report’s recommendations.   HL450

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on the e-Loran project up to April; and whether its funding, trials and development has ceased.   HL451

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government which department is negotiating the new Civil List.
   HL452

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the 2009–10 report on the grant-in-aid for Royal travel by air and rail will be published.   HL453

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the London Tuberculosis Commissioning Board becomes operational.   HL454

Lord Dixon to ask Her Majesty’s Government why ex-shipyard workers who suffer from pleural plaques caused by the nature of their employment in England cannot receive compensation; and to what extent that takes account of compensation arrangements for ex-workers in other jurisdictions.
   HL455

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the acreage of (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales.   HL456

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the length of the United Kingdom coastline in miles at (a) low, and (b) high, tide; and what are the lengths of the coastlines of (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland, and (d) Wales.   HL457

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the interests of customers, staff and pensioners will be protected in the event of any sale of the First Trust Bank in Northern Ireland; if so, who will be responsible for doing so; and how.   HL458

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to require senior staff in the Northern Ireland Office to take a cut in salary in view of the cut accepted by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland.   HL459

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 9 June (WA 42), who are the members of the team of Broadband Delivery UK.   HL460

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 10 June (WA 55), why the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills issued a formal grant offer letter on 17 December 2009 for up to £150,000 to Malcolm Corbett as Chief Executive of the Independent Networks Co-operative Association when, as Chief Executive Officer of Community Broadband Networks Ltd, he had not filed and received registration of the annual returns and accounts of Community Broadband Networks Ltd for the years 2005–08.   HL461

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of European Union funds for which the United Kingdom is eligible to apply to help with their resettlement, they will allow the Chagossians to return the Chagos Islands.   HL462

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of discussions about the validity of the 2002 Phase 2B Feasibility Study, on which the previous Government’s case against the application of the Chagos Islanders to the European Court of Human Rights was partly based, they will withdraw from the case and settle out of court as previously suggested by the Court.   HL463

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the article in The Times on 22 April, what assessment they have made of the independence of the 2002 Phase 2B Feasibility Study on resettlement of the Chagos Islanders; and whether they intend to commission a new study.
   HL464

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Prime Minister on 9 June (HC Deb, col 325) calling the Electoral Commission a "vast bureaucracy", they will transfer the supervision of the electoral process to the Home Office and local electoral registration offices.
   HL465

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the United Kingdom’s overseas aid budget is allocated and administered by the European Union; what is the annual total in sterling; and, whether that money is counted as part of the United Kingdom’s annual contribution to the European Union budget.   HL466

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how often they review the policies governing that part of the United Kingdom’s overseas aid budget allocated and administered by the European Union; how they ensure that those funds are directed to programmes likely to be approved by United Kingdom taxpayers; and how they ensure that those funds are under sound financial management.   HL467

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 8 June (WA 35), what assessment they have made of the impact of Turkey’s proposed accession to the European Union on the United Kingdom’s influence in the European Union; and what influence the reaction of the British public will have on the Government’s policy in that regard.   HL468

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that any proposals from the committee on House of Lords reform for a wholly or partly elected second chamber will be accompanied by a re-allocation of powers to each chamber and the repeal of the Parliament Acts 1911 and 1949.   HL469

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of reducing the United Kingdom’s carbon emissions on its competitive position.   HL470

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect on newly planted crops on which phosphorus fertilisers are applied of the soil in which they are grown containing immobilised glyphosate used on previous crops.   HL471

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect Roundup Ready genes within crops have upon the uptake of nutrients, disease resistance, physiological efficiency and drought stress.   HL472

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been conducted into the toxicity of glyphosate on earthworms and soil micro-organisms and their ability to increase the availability of nutrients to plants.   HL473

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will implement the proposals in Professor Gilmore’s review of prescription charges for people with long-term conditions.
   HL474

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are increasing funding for the Tribunals Service in light of the number of appeals against the Department for Work and Pensions’ decisions following work capability assessments.   HL475

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have identified improvements to the work capability assessments following independent and Department for Work and Pensions reports; and, if so, when they plan to implement any changes.   HL476

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the first independent review of the employment and support allowance and the work capability assessment will begin; how they will appoint its members; and whether it will be open to groups representing people undergoing assessments.   HL477

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

25 May (9 June)

HL21 Lord Corbett of Castle Vale [HO]

26 May (10 June)

HL59 Baroness Thomas of Winchester [DfE]

HL61 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL98 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL99 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

27 May (11 June)

HL106 Lord Barnett [HMT]

HL116 Lord Laird [HMT]

HL118 Lord Laird [HMT]

HL119 Lord Laird [HO]

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

[DfE] 1

[HMT] 3

[HO] 5

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

To be heard by the Examiners on Wednesday 23 June at 10.30am

Local Government [HL]

Government

23 June

Waiting for Second Reading

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

Contaminated Blood (Support for Infected and Bereaved Persons) [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Academies [HL]

Government

21 June

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 Communications Act 2003 (Maximum Penalty for Persistent Misuse of Network or Service) Order 2010

Draft Political Parties, Elections and Referendums (Civil Sanctions) Order 2010

Draft Armed Forces Act (Continuation) Order 2010

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Disclosure of Information by SOCA) Order 2010

Draft Competition Act 1998 (Land Agreements Exclusion Revocation) Order 2010

23 June

Draft Pensions Regulator (Contribution Notices) (Sum Specified following Transfer) Regulations 2010

Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Draft Youth Rehabilitation Order (Review by Specified Courts) Order 2010

Draft State Pension Credit Pilot Scheme Regulations 2010

16th Report, Session 2009–10

Draft National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing and Local Government) Order 2010

Draft Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2010

23 June

Draft Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (Directions to OFCOM) Order 2010

16th Report, Session 2009–10

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

16th Report, Session 2009–10

Social Security (Claims and Payments) Amendment Regulations 2010

15 June

17th Report, Session 2009–10

Social Security (Claims and Payments) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2010

21 June

21 June

Legislative Reform Orders in Progress 

Report

To be considered

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Licensing) (Interim Authority Notices etc.) Order 2010

8th Report, Session 2009–10

Super-affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee following first-stage scrutiny

Report

60-day scrutiny period expires

Draft Legislative Reform (Industrial and Provident Societies and Credit Unions) Order 2010

8th Report, Session 2009–10

25 June

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.

Tuesday 15 June

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

House

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 17 June

Privileges and Conduct

Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct

9.30am
in Room B,
1 The Abbey Garden

Monday 21 June

Procedure

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in the Moses Room

Tuesday 22 June

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 29 June

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Monday 5 July

Privileges and Conduct

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in the Moses Room

Thursday 8 July

Audit

Domestic Committee

2.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 14 June 2010   

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Leicester.

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

John Frederick Lord Mogg

Robert McCredie Lord May of Oxford

David Ivor Lord Young of Graffham

2 Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn The Lord Speaker informed the House that Baroness Delacourt-Smith of Alteryn, a member of the House, had died on 8 June 2010.

3 Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to Lord Northfield for the remainder of this Parliament.

Private Business

4 Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills The Chairman of Committees moved that, in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 69 (Appointment of Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills), Mr Allan Deverell Roberts and Mr Peter David Davis be appointed Examiners of Petitions for Private Bills. The motion was agreed to.

Public Business

5 Elections: fraudulent registration A question was asked by Lord Naseby and answered by Lord McNally.

6 Health: Isle of Man A question was asked by Lord Smith of Clifton and answered by Earl Howe.

7 Health: Government spending A question was asked by Baroness Thornton and answered by Earl Howe.

8 House of Lords: post-legislative scrutiny A question was asked by Baroness Hamwee and answered by Lord Strathclyde.

9 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games 2012 Lord Shutt of Greetland moved that this House takes note of preparations for the 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

10 Afghanistan Lord Strathclyde repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

11 Office for Budget Responsibility Lord Sassoon repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

12 Gulf of Mexico oil spill Lord Marland repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

The House adjourned at 8.07pm until Tuesday 15 June at 2.30pm.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following negative instruments were laid before the House on 11 June:

1 Dartford-Thurrock Crossing (Amendment) Regulations 2010, laid under the Dartford-Thurrock Crossing Act 1988.   (1531)

2 Pyrotechnic Articles (Safety) Regulations 2010, laid under the European Communities Act 1972. 
         (1554)

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Accounts for 2009 of the General Chiropractic Council, laid under the Chiropractors Act 1994.