House of Lords Business

Thursday 24 June 2010 at 11.00am

†Lord Gardiner of Kimble will be introduced, and 
John Maples Esq will be introduced as a Baron.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Baroness Miller of Hendon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans permanently to move clocks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland forward by one hour.

†Business of the House Lord Strathclyde to move that the debate on the motion in the name of Viscount Montgomery of Alamein set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of Lord Mawson to 2 hours.

Procedure The Chairman of Committees to move that the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 10) be agreed to.

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)

Future Business 

Monday 28 June at 2.15pm

Lord Kennedy of Southwark will be introduced, 
Floella Benjamin will be introduced as a Baroness and 
The Rt Hon Dr Jack McConnell will be introduced as a Baron.

*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.

†Academies Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [Lord Hill of Oareford]

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in addressing the problems and needs of veterans of the first Gulf War with still undiagnosed illnesses, they will be taking into account the findings of the Congressionally mandated and funded US Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Illnesses, particularly those on exposures to pyridostigmine bromide and organophosphates. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Tuesday 29 June at 2.15pm

Michael German Esq will be introduced as a Baron, and  
Meral Hussein Ece and 
Shireen Ritchie will be introduced as Baronesses.

*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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn on Friday 25 June at 2pm.

†London Local Authorities Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees to move that the Commons message of 23 June be now considered; and that the promoters of the London Local Authorities 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 according to the provisions of Standing Order 150B (Revival of bills).

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

The Rt Hon Don Touhig will be introduced as a Baron.

*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.

†Local Government Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Hanham]

Thursday 1 July at 10.45am

Rita Donaghy CBE will be introduced as a Baroness, and 
The Rt Hon John Hutton and  
The Rt Hon Paul Boateng will be introduced as Barons.

*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.

Baroness Perry of Southwark to call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals to devolve power to local communities; and to move for papers.

Lord Howe of Aberavon to call attention to the objectives of the United Kingdom’s foreign policy in the face of changing hazards and opportunities; and to move for papers.

Monday 5 July at 2.15pm

Baroness Sherlock,  
Lord Bannside and  
Baroness Drake will be introduced.

*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 2.15pm

Lord McFall of Alcluith, 
Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise and 
Baroness Armstrong of Hill Top will be introduced.

*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 Willis of Knaresborough will be introduced.

*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 10.45am

Quentin Davies Esq will be introduced as a Baron, 
The Rt Hon Angela Smith will be introduced as a Baroness, and 
The Rt Hon John Prescott will be introduced as a Baron.

*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.

Lord Chidgey to call attention to developments in regional post-conflict stabilisation in eastern and central Africa; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Baroness Ford to call attention to the level of affordable housing; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Friday 9 July at 10.00am

Defamation Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Lester of Herne Hill]

Dog Control Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Redesdale]

Monday 12 July at 2.15pm

Sir Michael Spicer, 
The Rt Hon Michael Wills and 
Dolar Popat Esq will be introduced as Barons.

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

*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 Committees what steps are being taken to restore the frescos in the Royal Gallery.

*Lord Lloyd of Berwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward proposals for reforming the law of murder.

Tuesday 13 July at 2.15pm

The Rt Hon Helen Liddell will be introduced as a Baroness, 
Guy Black Esq will be introduced as a Baron, and 
Angela Browning will be introduced as a Baroness.

*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 proposals to introduce biometric passports.

Wednesday 14 July at 3.00pm

Baroness Wheeler will be introduced.

*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 plan 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.

*Lord Plumb to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ Task Force on Farming Regulations will make their recommendations.

Thursday 15 July at 10.45am

Wilfrid Stevenson Esq and 
John Shipley Esq OBE will be introduced as Barons, and 
Helen Newlove will be introduced as a Baroness.

*Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to encourage more women to take up places on committees and on the boards of public bodies and listed companies.

*Lord Rix to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be responsible for promoting opportunities in schools for students with special educational needs and disabilities to have access to new and innovative technologies, following the decision to close down Becta. [I] Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
President, Royal Mencap Society

*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following their proposal that Parliament could only be dissolved if 55 per cent or more of MPs vote in favour, what procedures would follow if a government lost a vote of confidence, but fewer than 55 per cent of MPs voted for a dissolution.

Monday 19 July at 2.30pm

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase general practitioners’ awareness of the symptoms of prostate cancer.

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria used for nominating peerages for representatives of different professions, with particular reference to the nursing profession.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Antisocial Behaviour.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take under Article 125 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union to ensure that neither the European Union nor any member state shall be liable for or assume commitments of another member state.

Tuesday 20 July at 2.30pm

*Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions as regards the Large Combustion Plant Directive and the generating plants concerned.

*Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will transfer responsibility for the Debt Management Office to the Bank of England.

*The Duke of Montrose to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the issues experienced with mapping in England and Wales within the Single Farm Payment scheme have been overcome.

Wednesday 21 July at 3.00pm

*Lord Selsdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how, in considering proposals for reform of the House of Lords, they define the present role of members of the House of Lords.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of illegal motorway advertisements; and whether they will issue revised guidance to local authorities on the matter.

*Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the strategy and work of the Office of Civil Society, now in the Cabinet Office.

Thursday 22 July at 11.00am

*Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the outcome of the Review Conference on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court held in Kampala, Uganda, from 31 May to 11 June.

*Lord Dixon-Smith to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the practice of skin testing for bovine tuberculosis followed by the slaughter of reactors will eliminate the disease from the national herd.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the impact of the points-based visa system on visiting artists and performers.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Date of next ballot and debate day to be confirmed. Time limit 2½ hours

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.

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.

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.

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 Lord Bishop of Wakefield to call attention to the Strategic Defence and Security Review and the military covenant; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for reducing the size of the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bishop of Chester to call attention to the role of marriage and marriage support in British society 11 years after the report on Funding for Marriage Support by Sir Graham Hart; and to move for papers.

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to call attention to the situation of Dalits worldwide; 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 [I] Category 1: Directorships
Non-executive Director, LSE plc (London Stock Exchange)
Category 1: Directorships
Non-executive Director, Borsa Italiana SpA
Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Non-executive Director, LSE plc (London Stock Exchange)

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

Lord Vallance of Tummel to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on Private Finance Projects and off-balance sheet debt (First Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 63). 17 March 2010 [I] Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Member, Supervisory Board, Siemens AG (engineering and services)

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.

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.

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

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 of Iran

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 and Security Review.

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making with the decennial review of the Civil List and grant-in-aid to the Royal Family.

Baroness Ford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to increase the provision of epilepsy services.

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of allied health professionals in maintaining the health and social well-being of people with long-term neurological conditions.

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of bills subject to pre-legislative scrutiny.

Viscount Astor to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider changing the voting arrangements for British citizens residing abroad and members of the armed forces serving abroad.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 23 June and due for answer by 7 July.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Iraq about the death penalty there; and whether their stance on the death penalty in Iraq is the same as their stance on the death penalty in other countries.   HL733

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abortions were performed under the Abortion Act 1967 in each of the last 15 years, broken down by (a) grounds for abortion, (b) length of gestation, and (c) health authority in England and Wales, where the unborn child was suffering from (1) cleft palate, and (2) cleft lip.   HL734

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abortions were performed in each of the last three years for which figures are available in (a) England, and (b) Wales; how many were performed in National Health Service hospitals; and how many in private hospitals.   HL735

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to the National Health Service of the provision of abortions in (a) NHS hospitals, and (b) approved independent sector places, in (1) 2009, and (2) 2010 to date; and what are the names of those approved independent sector places.
   HL736

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking steps to reduce the number of abortions in the United Kingdom; and, if so, what steps.   HL737

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest statistics they have on when abortions take place most often as regards (a) the marital status of the woman, (b) the age of the woman, (c) the gestation of the pregnancy, (d) the number of previous children borne by the woman, (e) the number of previous abortions undergone by the woman, and (f) the legal grounds under which the abortion was performed.   HL738

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abortions were performed under the Abortion Act 1967 from April 1968 to the latest date for which figures are available; and, of those, how many were performed to save the life of the mother.   HL739

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government where the UK Listing Authority will be located in the new financial regulatory structure.   HL740

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the financial regulatory structure proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Mansion House speech accords with the European Union’s approach to financial regulation which is arranged around the nature of businesses (banking, insurance and securities) rather than a single regulator.   HL741

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the Commission for Rural Communities report, High ground, high potential-a future for England’s upland communities.
   HL742

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farmers are in the Campaign for the Farmed Environment.   HL743

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farmers have taken part in the Entry Level Stewardship environmental scheme and the Higher Level Stewardship environmental scheme in each year from 2004 to 2010.   HL744

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the agreement by the European Parliament to proposals requiring all meat, poultry, dairy products, fresh fruit and vegetables to carry labels identifying country of origin, they intend to bring forward a United Kingdom food labelling scheme.   HL745

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with representatives of local government about increasing the amount of onshore wind energy in the United Kingdom.   HL746

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the benefits of the Education Maintenance Allowance.   HL747

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to ensure that judges and magistrates are aware of the availability of non-custodial sentences in their area.
   HL748

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make suggestions for judges and magistrates to increase their knowledge of non-custodial sentences in their area and meet those providing them, particularly in the third sector.   HL749

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how judges and magistrates are kept informed about the availability of non-custodial sentences in their area provided by the third sector.
   HL750

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vocational qualifications were awarded in 2009; and how many were awarded the previous two years.   HL751

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Lord Hill of Oareford on 21 June (HL Deb, 1185–6), what mechanisms and instruments will be used to carry out the "reform of planning laws and building regulations" in relation to schools; what consultation will be carried out on them; and whether they will be carried out as part of a general review of planning legislation or as a separate exercise.   HL752

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of their intention to abolish the Standards Board for England, they will instruct the Board and the First-tier Tribunal (Local Government Standards in England) (a) to suspend all outstanding cases, and (b) not to accept any new cases, until the future of those bodies has been determined.   HL753

Lord Roper to ask Her Majesty’s Government for each department, in July to December 2009, (a) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution of the House of Lords was overridden, (b) on how many occasions the scrutiny reserve resolution of the House of Commons was overridden, and (c) in respect of how many documents an override occurred in both Houses or either House.   HL754

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 17 June (WA 128), whether they will apply for funds to support the economic and social development of the Chagossian people once they are permitted to return.   HL755

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the limit on housing benefit on levels of homelessness and overcrowding in family accommodation.
   HL756

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to meet demand for affordable social housing by making available public housing.   HL757

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on individuals presently earning under £6,475 of the rise in VAT.   HL758

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they will issue to local authorities about the provision of local services in the light of the council tax freezes.   HL759

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to work with local government to devolve power and ensure expenditure reductions.   HL760

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on levels of crime of the measures in the budget that affect residents in deprived and disadvantaged areas; and whether any action is proposed.   HL761

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Lord Henley on 22 June (WS 101) on reform of the Common Fisheries Policy, whether they will propose that the responsibility for fisheries policy is returned to member states.   HL762

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of the rise in unemployment predicted in the Budget, they intend to follow the statement of the previous Prime Minister about "British jobs for British workers".   HL763

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total cost of the Euro Preparations Unit.   HL764

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 22 June (WA 166), what is their estimate of the percentage of the total United Kingdom electorate in (a) Scotland, (b) Wales, and (c) metropolitan borough district and unitary councils in England where elections are fixed for 5 May 2011.   HL765

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 22 June (WA 166), what is their estimate of the additional cost of holding the referendum on the alternative voting system (a) in Scotland, and (b) in Wales, on a date in 2011 other than 5 May.   HL766

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will disallow Irish citizens who have an address in the United Kingdom but who are entitled to vote in the Republic of Ireland from voting in elections in the United Kingdom.   HL767

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the publicity issued by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission about the Bill of Rights Forum recommending a bill of rights.   HL768

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much officials of the Northern Ireland Office claimed in expenses for the use of taxis in (a) March 2009 and (b) March 2010.   HL769

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 22 June (WA 164–5), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of Mouchel’s application for the contract listed as "A30 Bodmin–Indian Queens Improvement Supervisors".
   HL770

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what directions they have given to those banks in which they have a stake as a result of the banking crisis about the supply of overdrafts to businesses.
   HL771

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what procurement process was used by Independent Networks Cooperative Association (INCA) to ensure transparency in agreeing the contract to license the brand and stage the four NextGen Roadshow one-day events with Community Broadband Network Ltd; how many requests for quotations were made by INCA to other providers; how many other offers to stage roadshows were received; whether the process was overseen by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills; what funding was agreed by the Department; and whether they will place all relevant documents in the Library of the House.   HL772

Lord Rotherwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to update the regulatory framework for aviation; and, if so, when.   HL773

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request utility companies providing electricity to show on their invoices the cost of their support for wind and other renewable forms of energy, including the Climate Change Levy and the Renewables Obligation.   HL774

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to secure private finance to manufacture key components for the United Kingdom’s nuclear industry, following the withdrawal of their loan to Sheffield Forgemasters.   HL775

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of Turkey about the fairness of court cases being brought against academics, journalists, lawyers and military officers for allegedly belonging to the organisation known as Ergenekon.   HL776

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of Turkey about the judicial process and imprisonment pending trial in the case of retired army general Cetin Dogan.   HL777

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 23 June (HL534), how many fines have been levied by the European Commission on (a) the United Kingdom, and (b) other European Union countries, since 1972; for what offences; of what amounts; how many remain unpaid; and by which countries.   HL778

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

26 May (10 June)

HL98 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL99 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

27 May (11 June)

HL106 Lord Barnett [HMT]

HL116 Lord Laird [HMT]

HL119 Lord Laird [HO]

8 June (22 June)

HL272 Lord Moonie [MoD]

HL273 Lord Moonie [MoD]

9 June (23 June)

HL327 Lord Ramsbotham [DfE]

HL340 Lord Tebbit [MoD]

HL342 Lord Tebbit [MoD]

HL343 Lord Tebbit [MoD]

HL344 Lord Grocott [HMT]

HL345 Lord Grocott [HMT]

HL352 Lord Dubs [HO]

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

[DfE] 1

[HMT] 4

[HO] 4

[MoD] 5

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

9 July

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

9 July

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

Local Government [HL]

Government

30 June

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Academies [HL]

Government

28 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

Fishing Boats (Electronic Transmission of Fishing Activities Data) (England) Scheme 2010

Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2010

Draft Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Consequential Amendments No. 3) Order 2010

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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 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

1st Report

Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit) (Existing Awards) Regulations 2010

26 June

Home Information Pack (Suspension) Order 2010

3 July

Energy Performance of Buildings (Certificates and Inspections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2010

3 July

2nd Report

Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2010

11 July

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.

Thursday 24 June

European Union

EU Sub-Committee C Foreign Affairs, Defence and Development Policy

10.30am

Friday 25 June

Privileges and Conduct

Sub-Committee on Lords’ Conduct

9.30am
in Room B, 1 The Abbey Garden

Tuesday 29 June

European Union

EU Sub-Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 30 June

Communications

Select Committee

10.00am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Thursday 1 July

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policies and Consumer Protection

9.30am

Monday 5 July

Privileges and Conduct

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in the Moses Room

Tuesday 6 July

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Thursday 8 July

Audit

Domestic Committee

2.00pm

Wednesday 14 July

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 15 July

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 23 June 2010   

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Liverpool.

1 Lord Knight of Weymouth The Rt Hon James Philip Knight, having been created Baron Knight of Weymouth, of Weymouth in the County of Dorset, for life by Letters Patent dated 23 June 2010, was introduced between Lord Puttnam and Lord Adonis, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Lord Walker of Worcester The Lord Speaker informed the House that Lord Walker of Worcester, a member of the House, had died on 23 June 2010.

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

Private Business

4 London Local Authorities Bill [HL] A message was brought from the Commons that they have made the following Order: That the promoters of the London Local Authorities Bill [HL], which was originally introduced in the House of Lords in Session 2007–08 on 22 January 2008, should have leave to proceed with the Bill in the current Session according to the provisions of Standing Order 188B (Revival of bills).

5 Local Government Bill [HL] The Examiners’ certificate that no standing orders relating to Private Business are applicable to the Local Government Bill [HL] was laid on the Table. The Examiners’ certificate and reasons and the minutes of evidence of the examination were ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 12)

Public Business

6 United Kingdom: international competitiveness A question was asked by Baroness Valentine and answered by Baroness Wilcox.

7 Railways: Crossrail A question was asked by Lord Faulkner of Worcester and answered by Earl Attlee.

8 National Health Service: budget A question was asked by Lord Campbell-Savours and answered by Earl Howe.

9 National Health Service: patient targets A question was asked by Baroness Thornton and answered by Earl Howe.

10 Hereditary Peers’ By-election The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that Viscount Younger of Leckie had been elected in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 10 (Hereditary peers: by-elections) to fill the vacancy created by the death of the Earl of Northesk among the peers excepted from section 1 of the House of Lords Act 1999.

11 Hereditary Peers’ By-election The Clerk of the Parliaments informed the House that the Earl of Clancarty had been elected in accordance with the provisions of Standing Order 10 (Hereditary peers: by-elections) to fill the vacancy created by the death of Viscount Colville of Culross among the peers excepted from section 1 of the House of Lords Act 1999.

12 Consolidation etc. Bills The Chairman of Committees moved, in accordance with Standing Order 51, that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Consolidation etc. Bills:

L Acton
L Campbell of Alloway
L Carswell
L Christopher
E Dundee
L Eames

L Janner of Braunstone
B Mallalieu
L Methuen
L Razzall
L Swinfen
L Tombs

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records.

The motion was agreed to and a message was sent to the Commons.

13 Human Rights The Chairman of Committees moved that a Select Committee of six members be appointed to join with a Committee appointed by the Commons as the Joint Committee on Human Rights:

To consider:

(a) matters relating to human rights in the United Kingdom (but excluding consideration of individual cases);

(b) proposals for remedial orders, draft remedial orders and remedial orders made under section 10 of and laid under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998; and

(c) in respect of draft remedial orders and remedial orders, whether the special attention of the House should be drawn to them on any of the grounds specified in Standing Order 73 (Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments);

To report to the House:

(a) in relation to any document containing proposals laid before the House under paragraph 3 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether a draft order in the same terms as the proposals should be laid before the House; or

(b) in relation to any draft order laid under paragraph 2 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether the draft Order should be approved;

and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said proposals or draft orders; and

To report to the House in respect of any original order laid under paragraph 4 of the said Schedule 2, its recommendation whether:

(a) the order should be approved in the form in which it was originally laid before Parliament; or

(b) the order should be replaced by a new order modifying the provisions of the original order; or

(c) the order should not be approved;

and to have power to report to the House on any matter arising from its consideration of the said order or any replacement order;

That the following members be appointed to the Committee:

L Bowness
B Campbell of Surbiton
L Dubs

L Lester of Herne Hill
B Morris of Bolton
L Morris of Handsworth

That the Committee have power to agree with the Committee appointed by the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the quorum of the Committee shall be two;

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Reports of the Committee shall be printed, regardless of any adjournment of the House;

That the evidence taken by the Committee in the last Parliament be referred to the Committee;

That the evidence taken by the Committee shall, if the Committee so wishes, be published.

The motion was agreed to and a message was sent to the Commons.

14 Statutory Instruments The Chairman of Committees moved, in accordance with Standing Order 73 and the resolution of the House of 16 December 1997, that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following members be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments:

L Campbell of Alloway
L Clinton-Davis
B Eccles of Moulton

E Mar and Kellie
L Rees-Mogg
B Stern

That the Committee have power to send for persons, papers and records.

The motion was agreed to and a message was sent to the Commons.

15 Academies Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 6A. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

16 Competition Act 1998 (Land Agreements Exclusion Revocation) Order 2010 Baroness Wilcox moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 21 January be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

17 Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Baroness Wilcox moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 23 March be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

18 Academies Bill [HL] The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 17A. The House resumed after amendment 29.

The House adjourned at 10.42pm until Thursday 24 June at 11.00am.

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.

Command Paper

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

Northern Ireland-Memorandum from the Northern Ireland Office on the 2010–11 Main Estimate. 
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Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the UK Hydrographic Office, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

2 Report and Accounts for 2009 of Channel Four Television Corporation, laid under the Broadcasting Act 1990.