House of Lords Business

Wednesday 30 June 2010 at 3.00pm

Lord Touhig will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report in the British Medical Journal on the effect of spending cuts on public health.

House Committee The Chairman of Committees to move that Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Bradley, resigned.

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

If the bill is read a second time, Baroness Hanham to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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. (1½ hours)

Future Business 

Thursday 1 July at 10.45am

Baroness Donaghy, 
Lord Hutton of Furness and  
Lord Boateng will be introduced.

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

†*Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Paris Declaration of 23 June on the global shortage of qualified linguists.

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.

Earl Attlee to move that this House takes note of the case for safe and sustainable transport and its role in generating future economic growth and prosperity.

†State Pension Credit Pilot Scheme Regulations 2010 Lord Freud to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 March be approved. 11th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, Session 2009–10, 16th Report from the Merits Committee, Session 2009–10

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.

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).

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). [I]

Category 1: Directorships

Non-executive Director, LSE plc (London Stock Exchange)

Non-executive Director, Borsa Italiana SpA

Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.

Non-executive Director, LSE plc (London Stock Exchange)

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.

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

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

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.

Monday 26 July at 2.30pm

*Baroness O’Cathain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the dairy industry.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the letting of residential properties by classifying them as businesses in the same way as holiday lettings. [I]

Category 5: Land and property

London property let at commercial rents

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting England’s bid for the 2018 World Cup.

*Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve diplomatic relations and dialogue with Russia.

Tuesday 27 July at 2.30pm

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they will provide for trafficked children.

*Lord Livsey of Talgarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reached conclusions on the findings of the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs-funded Dutch Agricultural Economics Research Institute (LEI) study of the likely impact on United Kingdom farmers if Common Agricultural Policy direct payments were removed by 2013.

*Lord Ashley of Stoke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed disability issues with the Royal Association of Disability and Rehabilitation.

†Wednesday 28 July at 11.00am

*The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to use the aid budget for Ministry of Defence purposes in Afghanistan.

*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the trend in net lending by banks to United Kingdom businesses.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the advice from the Committee on Climate Change to extend the carbon capture and storage competition to include gas demonstration projects.

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

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 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.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to move that this House takes note of the Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit) (Existing Awards) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/ 875). First Report from the Merits Committee

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 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

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 29 June and due for answer by 13 July.

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the lorries stopped at Dalar Hir (near Holyhead) in 2009 travelling west to Holyhead or east from Holyhead were inspected; how many failed the inspection; and from which countries they came.   HL860

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lorries on the A55 in north Wales were involved in accidents in 2009; and whether they were travelling to or from the port of Holyhead.   HL861

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many jobs were lost in (a) each English region, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland, in (1) 2009, and (2) the first two quarters of 2010.   HL862

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many job vacancies were notified to Jobcentre Plus in (a) each English region, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland, and (d) Northern Ireland, in (1) each quarter of 2009, and (2) the first two quarters of 2010.   HL863

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of people aged (a) under 18, and (b) 18 to 25, were registered as unemployed in May in (1) each of the English regions, (2) Scotland, (3) Wales, and (4) Northern Ireland.   HL864

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many alcohol-related deaths occurred on United Kingdom roads in (a) 1995, (b) 2000, (c) 2005, (d) 2008, and (e) 2009.   HL865

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contracts have been awarded for the delivery of broadband technology, Next Generation Access and a Universal Service Commitment for (a) feasibility studies, (b) pilot projects, and (c) projects, which are part or fully funded with European aid; in which contracts Community Broadband Network Ltd, Independent Networks Cooperative Association, Independent Networks Cooperative Association Ltd or their founding names, directors or officers participated as assessors of Government agency, commercial or other schemes in each of the last three years; how much was paid to them; and on what dates.   HL866

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why only Belfast-based staff of the Northern Ireland Office receive an environmental allowance of £287 per annum; and whether it will continue.   HL867

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 22 June (WA 171), whether they will commission research on the savings to be made if the pension age for all civil servants increased from 60 to 65; what is their estimate of the cost of such research; whether the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme’s actuaries could undertake it; and whether any assessment was made of savings when that proposal was previously considered.   HL868

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 8 June (WA 36), whether minimum welfare standards for chicken meat production under Council Directive 2007/43/EC are in effect in all European Union member states; and, if not, whether they will pursue enforcement action with the European Commission.   HL869

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Freud on 17 June (WA 134), what equivalent amount of employer contributions were paid into the Principal Civil Service Pension Scheme in the last five years; and what equivalent amount was required in each of those years in addition to employer contributions to balance income and expenditure.   HL870

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 10 June (WA 55), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the annual returns and financial statements for 2007 and 2008 of Community Broadband Network Ltd supplied on 1 December 2009 to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and released in Freedom of Information case 10/1065 on 18 June 2010; why two years’ annual returns and financial statements were requested on 27 and 30 November 2009 by BIS when no returns had been registered by the Financial Services Authority between 31 December 2005 and 8 December 2009; and what due diligence was undertaken on receipt of the annual returns and financial statements.   HL871

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their representatives on the Basel Committee are promoting the interests of contingent capital bonds and investors in such instruments; and whether they plan to encourage further issuance of such bonds.   HL872

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Financial Services Authority takes an interest in private equity funds placing different valuations on an investment in the same securities of a company.   HL873

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ministers or officials in HM Treasury have met or had contact with the Potomac Group, its representatives or agents.   HL874

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the remuneration arrangements for the chairman and members of the interim Office for Budget Responsibility; and how many days per week they are contracted to work.   HL875

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the remuneration arrangements for the chairman and members of the Independent Commission on Banking; and how many days per week they are contracted to work.   HL876

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord De Mauley on 7 June (HL Deb, col 498), which measures in the Budget are designed to ensure that manufacturing and other sectors grow more rapidly than the banking sector.   HL877

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the former clients of Refugee and Migrant Justice will receive continuity of legal advice and representation.   HL878

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of other providers of legal services to absorb the caseload of Refugee and Migrant Justice.   HL879

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they include the districts of Mendip and Bath and North East Somerset among the areas with high and persistent levels of bovine tuberculosis.
   HL880

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of timber, whether round or sawn, purchased in each of the last three years by (a) Government departments, and (b) local authorities.
   HL881

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of local authorities have adopted the timber procurement policy that applies to Government departments.   HL882

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the location and status of the humanitarian goods intended for Gaza which were taken into Israeli ports in May; and what representations they have made on the subject.   HL883

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek a United Nations-led investigation into the alleged assassination of Floribert Chebeya, the Congolese human rights campaigner and president of La Voix des Sans Voix.   HL884

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report of 3 June by Mr Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, which stated that the circumstances of the killing of Floribert Chebeya raised questions about involvement by the government of Congo and called for an independent investigation.   HL885

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how the United Kingdom’s reserve gas storage capacity compares with Germany’s.   HL886

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans are in place to increase gas storage capacity in the United Kingdom.   HL887

Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the liabilities of each bank in respect of (a) the Special Liquidity Scheme, and (b) the Credit Guarantee Scheme.   HL888

Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their expenditure on (a) embryonic stem cell research, (b) adult stem cell research, and (c) all stem cell research, in each of the last five years.   HL889

Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether scientific discoveries derived from stem cell research have been translated into clinical trials of treatment of disease; and, if so, how.
   HL890

Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the United Kingdom’s expenditure on the study of earthquakes around the world, they intend to sign a Country Adhesion Agreement signifying their readiness to join the Global Earthquake Model being promoted by the GEM Foundation.   HL891

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to discuss with the BBC whether the corporation will make spending reductions of 25 per cent over the next four years to match reductions in central and local government expenditure.   HL892

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the BBC can access public funds in meeting its pension liabilities.   HL893

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Turkey about the law allowing the detention of Kurds for chanting nationalist slogans.
   HL894

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made, or intend to make, representations to the government of Syria about the arrest of the novelist Raghdah Sa’id Hassan, being held by the political branch in the city of Tartus.   HL895

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to reform the United Kingdom’s corporation tax structure in order to attract businesses which have left the United Kingdom to avoid a tax on overseas profits.   HL896

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to help secure new business for British industry in high-growth countries such as China and India.   HL897

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to make progress towards an international trade agreement.   HL898

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 28 June (WA 216), on how many occasions in each of the last three years the Royal Air Force used reciprocal agreements to carry out flight training activities in Australia, France, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and the United States from (a) bases in the United Kingdom, and (b) bases in other countries named in the answer.   HL899

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 24 June (WA 210), what steps they will take to encourage bids from mutual companies for railway franchises.   HL900

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 24 June (WA 210), whether the terms of the franchise agreement between the Secretary of State and the train operating company specifically allow the Secretary of State to charge for granting his consent to a change of control.   HL901

Lord Swinfen to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or the European Union have plans to alter the content of rodenticide.   HL902

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 21 June (WA 158) about the "West Lothian question", what is the time scale covered by "in due course"; and whether "appropriate consultation" will include consulting Parliament.   HL903

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government from what sources the Association of Chief Police Officers obtains its income; how much is derived from public sources; and how often they review their relationship with the Association.   HL904

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Bank of England or the Financial Services Authority have power to investigate salaries and bonuses paid to building society chairmen, directors and senior officers.   HL905

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate claims by Professor Keith Shine of Reading University that aircraft fumes may form clouds which deprive areas under flight paths of sunshine during the summer.   HL906

Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to alter the availability of visas for students from non-European Union countries attending United Kingdom universities, colleges and training institutions.   HL907

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

26 May (10 June)

HL98 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

HL99 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

10 June (24 June)

HL369 Baroness Morris of Yardley [DfE]

HL395 Lord Laird [HO]

HL404 Lord Berkeley [MoD]

14 June (28 June)

HL423 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [NIO]

HL430 Lord Greaves [DfE]

15 June (29 June)

HL486 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL502 Baroness Gould of Potternewton [GEO]

HL505 Lord Lawson of Blaby [DfE]

HL508 Lord Fearn [DCMS]

HL526 Lord Marlesford [DH]

HL538 Baroness Stern [HO]

HL539 Baroness Stern [HO]

HL540 Baroness Stern [HO]

HL541 Baroness Stern [HO]

HL542 Baroness Stern [HO]

HL543 Baroness Stern [HO]

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

[DCMS] 1

[DfE] 3

[DfT] 1

[DH] 1

[GEO] 1

[HO] 9

[MoD] 1

[NIO] 1

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

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL]

Private Member’s

Leeds City Council

Private

Reading Borough Council

Private

Waiting for Report

Academies [HL]

Government

7 July

Waiting for Third Reading

London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) [HL]

Private

Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL]

Private

Sent to the Commons

Allhallows Staining Church [HL]

Private

Kent County Council (Filming on Highways) [HL]

Private

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

Draft Terrorism Act 2006 (Disapplication of Section 25) Order 2010

Draft Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 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

5 July

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

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 expired

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. Further details of these meetings, and of planned further meetings, may be found in the House of Lords Committees Weekly Bulletin.

Wednesday 30 June

Communications

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

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Law and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 1 July

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policies and Consumer Protection

9.30am

European Union

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

10.30am

Monday 5 July

Privileges and Conduct

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in the Moses Room

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Tuesday 6 July

European Union

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

10.30am

Science and Technology

Sub Committee I Behaviour Change

10.30am

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Thursday 8 July

Audit

Domestic Committee

2.00pm

Wednesday 14 July

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 15 July

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Privileges and Conduct

Sub-Committee on Lords Conduct

9.30am

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 29 June 2010   

The House met at 2.15pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Exeter.

1 Lord German Michael James German, Esquire, OBE, having been created Baron German, of Llanfrechfa in the County Borough of Torfaen, for life by Letters Patent dated 24 June 2010, was introduced between Lord Livsey of Talgarth and Lord Roberts of Llandudno, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Baroness Hussein-Ece Meral Hussein Ece, OBE, having been created Baroness Hussein-Ece, of Highbury in the London Borough of Islington, for life by Letters Patent dated 25 June 2010, was introduced between Baroness Scott of Needham Market and Baroness Garden of Frognal, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3 Baroness Ritchie of Brompton Shireen Olive Ritchie, having been created Baroness Ritchie of Brompton, of Brompton in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for life by Letters Patent dated 25 June 2010, was introduced between Baroness Hanham and Baroness Morris of Bolton, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Private Business

4 London Local Authorities Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees moved 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). The motion was agreed to and a message was sent to the Commons.

Public Business

5 Chagos archipelago A question was asked by Viscount Montgomery of Alamein and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

6 Quangos A question was asked by Baroness Seccombe and answered by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

7 Student Loans Company A question was asked by Lord Addington and answered by Baroness Wilcox.

8 Belarus-Russia gas dispute A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by Lord Marland.

9 Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL] Lord Dholakia presented a bill to amend the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 11)

10 Business of the House Lord Strathclyde moved that Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the order paper) be dispensed with on 5 July to allow the motion to approve the draft State Pension Credit Pilot Scheme Regulations 2010 to be taken after the motion standing in the name of Earl Attlee. The motion was agreed to.

11 House of Lords reform Lord Strathclyde moved that this House takes note of the case for reform of the House of Lords. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

12 House of Lords reform Lord Steel of Aikwood moved that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government, notwithstanding their proposals for Lords reform whose legislative timetable is unclear, to table motions before the summer recess enabling the House to approve or disapprove-

(a) a scheme to enable members of the House to retire,  
(b) the abolition of by-elections for hereditary peers, 
(c) the removal of members convicted of serious criminal offences, 
(d) the creation of a statutory appointments commission.

After debate, the motion was agreed to (see division list).

The House adjourned at 11.45pm until Wednesday 30 June at 3.00pm.

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 Papers

The following papers were presented to the House by command of Her Majesty:

Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)-

(1) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Draft Pensions Regulator (Contributions Notices) (Sum Specified following Transfer) Regulations 2010. (1 March)   (-)

(2) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2010. (2 March)   (-)

Affirmative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution:

Draft Child Trust Funds (Amendment No. 3) Regulations 2010, laid under the Child Trust Funds Act 2004.

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

Social Security (Disability Living Allowance) (Amendment) Regulations 2010, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.    (1651)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Reports and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Duchy of Cornwall, laid under the Duchies of Lancaster and Cornwall (Accounts) Act 1838.

2 (1) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of Caversham Lakes Trust Limited

(2) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of Phoenix Sports Limited

(3) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Sports Council Trust Company

(4) Accounts for the period 1 April to 30 November 2009 of Working Ventures UK

laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Non-profit-making Companies) Order 2009.

3 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Law Commission, laid under the Law Commissions Act 1965.

4 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, laid under the Education Act 1997.

5 (1) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse

(2) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Basingstoke and North Hampshire NHS Foundation Trust

(3) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(4) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Heatherwood and Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(5) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust

(6) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

(7) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

(8) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.

Division on 29 June 2010 

House of Lords Reform

Division No. 1

Lord Steel of Aikwood moved that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government, notwithstanding their proposals for Lords reform whose legislative timetable is unclear, to table motions before the summer recess enabling the House to approve or disapprove-

(a) a scheme to enable members of the House to retire, 
(b) the abolition of by-elections for hereditary peers, 
(c) the removal of members convicted of serious criminal offences, 
(d) the creation of a statutory appointments commission.

The House divided:

Contents 44

Not-contents 29

Contents

Bilimoria, L.

Birt, L.

Butler of Brockwell, L.

Cobbold, L.

Craigavon, V.

D’Souza, B.

Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.

Eccles, V.

Faulkner of Worcester, L. [Teller]

Gilbert, L.

Grenfell, L.

Higgins, L.

Hollis of Heigham, B.

Howarth of Newport, L.

Howe of Aberavon, L.

Howe of Idlicote, B.

Jenkin of Roding, L.

Jopling, L.

Kakkar, L.

Lea of Crondall, L.

Lee of Trafford, L.

Livsey of Talgarth, L.

Low of Dalston, L.

Mayhew of Twysden, L.

McIntosh of Hudnall, B.

Miller of Hendon, B.

Neill of Bladen, L.

Norton of Louth, L.

O’Cathain, B. [Teller]

O’Loan, B.

O’Neill of Bengarve, B.

Paisley of St George’s, B.

Patel, L.

Phillips of Sudbury, L.

Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.

Rooker, L.

Sandwich, E.

Steel of Aikwood, L.

Tenby, V.

Tyler, L.

Walton of Detchant, L.

Williamson of Horton, L.

Wright of Richmond, L.

York, Abp.

Not-contents

Anelay of St Johns, B. [Teller]

Astor, V.

Attlee, E.

Bates, L.

Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.

Caithness, E.

De Mauley, L.

Denham, L.

Desai, L.

Elder, L.

Fraser of Carmyllie, L.

Hooper, B.

Hoyle, L.

Hunt of Wirral, L.

Jones of Whitchurch, B.

Liverpool, E.

McNally, L.

Morris of Bolton, B.

Onslow, E.

Rawlings, B.

Richard, L.

Selborne, E.

Selsdon, L.

Shutt of Greetland, L. [Teller]

Strathclyde, L.

Taylor of Holbeach, L.

Verma, B.

Waddington, L.

Wallace of Tankerness, L.