House of Lords Business

Monday 5 July 2010 at 2.15pm

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

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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

Future Business 

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. [I]

Category 5: Land and property

Farm in Suffolk and house in Southwold (no rental income)

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

President, Royal Smithfield Club (year 2010 only)

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

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

†Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Pensions Regulator (Contribution Notices) (Sum Specified following Transfer) Regulations 2010 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†National Assembly for Wales (Legislative Competence) (Housing and Local Government) Order 2010 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Legislative Reform (Licensing) (Interim Authority Notices etc.) Order 2010 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Legislative Reform Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

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

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.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn on Monday 5 July at 2pm.

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

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.

Local Government Bill [HL] Committee [Baroness Hanham]

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.

Lord Thomas of Gresford to call attention to the reform of the criminal justice system, in particular to the effectiveness of alternatives to custody; and to move for papers.

Lord Greaves to call attention to the future of rural communities, in particular those in the Uplands and more remote parts of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Monday 19 July at 2.15pm

Timothy Boswell Esq will be introduced as a Baron, and 
Deborah Stedman-Scott OBE and 
Kathryn Parminter will be introduced as Baronesses.

*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 2.15pm

Sir Ken Macdonald QC and 
The Rt Hon Michael Howard QC will be introduced as Barons, and 
Susan Nye will be introduced as a Baroness.

*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

Anna Healy will be introduced as a Baroness.

*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 10.45am

Matthew Taylor Esq and 
The Rt Hon John Reid will be introduced as Barons, and 
Dame Margaret Eaton DBE will be introduced as a Baroness.

*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 2.15pm

The Rt Hon Beverley Hughes will be introduced as a Baroness, and 
Sir Ian Blair QPM and 
Richard Allan Esq will be introduced as Barons.

*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

Sir Jeremy Beecham and 
The Rt Hon Des Browne will be introduced as Barons.

*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

Edward Faulks Esq QC will be introduced as a Baron.

*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)

Baroness Jay of Paddington to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Constitution Committee on Referendums in the United Kingdom (12th Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 99). 7 April 2010

Other Motions for Debate 

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

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

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

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.

The Lord Bishop of Salisbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect to be the effects on local parish churches of the ending of the listed places of worship grant scheme in March 2011.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 1 July and due for answer by 15 July.

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the market value of investments held in the Asset Purchase Facility operated by the Bank of England; what was the cost of those investments; what has been the net realised gain from the Facility since it was established; and what has been the income of the Facility and the cost of financing investments made.   HL955

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their contribution to the costs of the Middle East Quartet in (a) 2005–06, (b) 2006–07, (c) 2007–08, (d) 2008–09, and (e) 2009–10.   HL956

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the judgment of the Supreme Court of Iceland on 16 June on the legality of loans indexed to foreign currencies will affect the recoverability of sums owed to United Kingdom institutions and creditors, including HM Treasury, charities and local authorities.   HL957

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering introducing entrance charges to national museums and galleries to offset any reduction in Government funding; whether they will discuss with trustees of such institutions reintroducing entrance charges; and, if charges are introduced, whether the level of charges and any concessions will be determined by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport or by the trustees of the institution.   HL958

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on United Kingdom banks’ relative profitability and competitiveness compared with banks incorporated in countries that have required lower bank capital of the intention in respect of bank capital expressed in the communiqué of the Toronto G20 meeting that "Phase in arrangements will reflect the different international starting points and circumstances".   HL959

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have instructed UK Financial Investments Ltd since 11 May to advise the British banks in which it has an investment that cash bonuses should be no more than £2,000 per annum and that executive directors should receive no bonus.   HL960

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many advisers and lobbyists are employed by Natural England in (a) the United Kingdom, and (b) Europe.   HL961

Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the quality of care for patients with hip fractures.   HL962

Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage adults to gain sufficient levels of vitamin D through safe exposure to sunlight from May to September.
   HL963

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.   HL964

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number and identity of religious leaders, journalists, opposition leaders and political and human rights activists who have allegedly been harassed, abused or tortured by security forces, imprisoned by the Government, or assassinated, in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the last 12 years.   HL965

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought to co-ordinate with the governments of Belgium, France, Canada, the United States, Sweden and Germany representations to the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo about alleged harassment and assassination of journalists, opposition activists and human rights activists.   HL966

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their aid to the Democratic Republic of Congo will be conditional on it addressing alleged violations of human rights.   HL967

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress towards peace in the eastern and north-eastern provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
   HL968

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the costs and benefits of the requirement for new vehicles to be tested after three years and annually thereafter.   HL969

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government which special advisers to ministers have been appointed since 11 May; to which minister each reports; and what is the general area of policy covered by each adviser.   HL970

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will contribute to the cost to local authorities of reviewing housing benefit payments.   HL971

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the European Commission on the proposal that the remuneration and normal entitlements of its staff should increase by 5 per cent to €2.26 billion for 2011.   HL972

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will maintain or enhance the level of community stoma care services in the National Health Service.   HL973

Lord Jenkin of Roding to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the recommendations of the Renewables Advisory Board, when they will announce their policy on future methods of support for existing and new-build biomass power stations.   HL974

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Verma on 28 June (WA 217), whether they will provide a detailed breakdown of the amount of aid given to Bolivia.   HL975

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent their relationship with the government of Saudi Arabia will affect the process of reforms there; and whether they will raise the issue of reforms with King Abdullah.   HL976

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the suspension of the investigation into the arms deal signed with Saudi Arabia in 1985; and whether they will take action against Saudi princes who were alleged to be involved.   HL977

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the government of Saudi Arabia to address alleged discrimination against women, minorities such as the Shi’a in Eastern Province, Ismailis in Najran, and Suffis in Mecca, and labourers from other religions and ethnicities.   HL978

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 8 June (WA 36), how much chicken meat has been imported from (a) the European Union, and (b) non-European Union countries, in the past three years; which were the top five countries from which the United Kingdom imported the largest amounts in the last year; and whether they will consider proposing changes to World Trade Organisation rules that prevent them banning imports on the ground of the welfare standards applying in third countries.   HL979

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to pay compensation in response to claims made by co-operatives, housing associations, charities, communities and other organisations that have funded reports by and contracted services, advice and consultancy from Community Broadband Network Ltd and Independent Networks Cooperative Association Ltd.   HL980

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates they requested and obtained copies of the terms of business and contractual liabilities of Community Broadband Network Ltd and Independent Networks Cooperative Association Ltd included in reports they and Directors of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills produced.   HL981

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 28 June (WA 215) concerning the Alston Healthcare project, what measures are in place to monitor grants to the organisation; who conducts the monitoring; and when.   HL982

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will hold a public inquiry into the killing of Constable David Morrow on 6 June 1977 whilst on duty.   HL983

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Government agencies contributed funds for the contracts between Fibrecity Holdings Ltd, H2O International Ltd, H2O Support Services, Innovation and World Wide Distribution Centre and Fibre Associates Ltd with Bournemouth Borough Council and Dundee City Council; if so, how much; whether they stipulated any terms and conditions in the contracts; and whether they will place a copy of the advice on the contracts in the Library of the House.   HL984

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have about the role and financing of government offices for the regions; and whom they plan to consult in any review of them.   HL985

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the mode of travel and cost of (a) each cabinet member, and (b) officials, to and from the cabinet meeting in Bradford on 29 June; and what was the cost of hiring the venue.   HL986

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider returning the bodies of military personnel killed in Afghanistan to locations other than RAF Lyneham to enable families, friends and communities from across the United Kingdom to be present more easily to honour their return.   HL987

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the mean annual per-capita cost to the Exchequer, in total and broken down by salary, pension provision, expenses, staff salaries, staff pension provision and staff expenses, of each member of (a) the House of Commons, (b) the House of Lords, (c) the European Parliament, (d) the Scottish Parliament, (e) the National Assembly for Wales, (f) the Northern Ireland Assembly, and (g) the Greater London Authority.   HL988

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 29 June (WA 264), which other European Union countries support their proposed reform of the Common Fisheries Policy; which are opposed to it; and what system of voting would apply to proposals for reform.   HL989

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]

HL404 Lord Berkeley [MoD]

14 June (28 June)

HL423 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [NIO]

HL430 Lord Greaves [DfE]

15 June (29 June)

HL502 Baroness Gould of Potternewton [GEO]

HL505 Lord Lawson of Blaby [DfE]

HL508 Lord Fearn [DCMS]

HL541 Baroness Stern [HO]

HL542 Baroness Stern [HO]

16 June (30 June)

HL552 Lord Greaves [HMT]

HL565 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL569 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [HMT]

17 June (1 July)

HL584 Lord Selsdon [CO]

HL587 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL588 Lord Hylton [HO]

HL612 Lord Laird [NIO]

HL615 Lord Roberts of Llandudno [HO]

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

[CO] 1

[DCMS] 1

[DfE] 3

[GEO] 1

[HMT] 3

[HO] 7

[MoD] 1

[NIO] 2

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

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL]

Private Member’s

Leeds City Council

Private

Reading Borough Council

Private

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Local Government [HL]

Government

14 July

Waiting for Report

Academies [HL]

Government

6 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

London Local Authorities [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

Draft Control of Donations and Regulation of Loans etc. (Extension of the Prescribed Period) (Northern Ireland) Order 2010

Draft Scottish Parliament (Constituencies and Regions) 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

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.

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

European Union

Select Committee

3.30pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 7 July

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

European Union

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

10.30am

Thursday 8 July

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policies and Consumer Protection

9.30am

Audit

Domestic Committee

2.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

2.30pm
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 13 July

Science and Technology

Select Committee

3.15pm

Wednesday 14 July

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Sub-Committee Law and Institutions

4.00pm

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 Thursday 1 July 2010   

The House met at 10.45am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Exeter.

1 Baroness Donaghy Rita Margaret Donaghy, CBE, having been created Baroness Donaghy, of Peckham in the London Borough of Southwark, for life by Letters Patent dated 26 June 2010, was introduced between Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde and Lord McKenzie of Luton, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Lord Hutton of Furness The Rt Hon John Matthew Patrick Hutton, having been created Baron Hutton of Furness, of Aldingham in the County of Cumbria, for life by Letters Patent dated 27 June 2010, was introduced between Lord Triesman and Lord Darzi of Denham, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3 Lord Boateng The Rt Hon Paul Yaw Boateng, having been created Baron Boateng, of Akyem in the Republic of Ghana and of Wembley in the London Borough of Brent, for life by Letters Patent dated 27 June 2010, was introduced between Lord Janner of Braunstone and Lord Ouseley, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

4 Affirmation Nicholas Power Richard Le Poer Earl of Clancarty (Viscount Clancarty) made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Private Business

5 London Local Authorities Bill [HL] The Chairman of Committees informed the House that, pursuant to Private Business Standing Order 150B (Revival of Bills), the bill had been deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments together with the declaration of the agent. The bill was presented, read a first time, passed though all its remaining stages pro forma and sent to the Commons.

Public Business

6 Human rights: journalists A question was asked by Lord Judd and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

7 Ports: business rates A question was asked by Lord Bates and answered by Baroness Hanham.

8 Political parties: funding A question was asked by Lord Tyler and answered by Lord McNally.

9 Education: languages A question was asked by Baroness Coussins and answered by Lord Hill of Oareford.

10 Academies Bill [HL] Lord Hill of Oareford moved that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 9
Schedule 1
Clause 10

Schedule 2
Clauses 11 to 16.

The motion was agreed to.

11 Business of the House Lord Strathclyde moved that leave be given to advance the Report stage of the Academies Bill [HL] from 7 July to 6 July. The motion was agreed to.

12 Business of the House Lord Strathclyde moved that the debate on the motion in the name of Baroness Perry of Southwark set down for today shall be limited to 2 hours and that in the name of Lord Howe of Aberavon to 3 hours. The motion was agreed to.

13 Local communities (2-hour debate) Baroness Perry of Southwark moved for papers relating to Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals to devolve power to local communities. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

14 Foreign policy (3-hour debate) Lord Howe of Aberavon moved for papers relating to the objectives of the United Kingdom’s foreign policy in the face of changing hazards and opportunities. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

The House adjourned at 4.41pm until Monday 5 July at 2.15pm.

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:

Finance-Public Expenditure Statistical Analyses 2010.    (7890)

Affirmative Instrument

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

Draft Scottish Parliament (Constituencies and Regions) Order 2010, laid under the Scotland Act 1998.

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Sixth Report for the period 29 December 2008 to 28 December 2009 on the Secretary of State’s functions by the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, laid under the Communications Act 2003.

2 Report and accounts for 2009–10 of OFCOM, laid under the Office of Communications Act 2002.

3 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Personal Accounts Delivery Authority, laid under the Pensions Act 2007.

4 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board, laid under the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board Order 2008.

5 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of British Waterways, laid under the Transport Act 1962.

6 (1) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust

(2) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Royal Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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

(4) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Tameside NHS Foundation Trust

(5) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust

(6) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the East London NHS Foundation Trust

laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.