House of Lords Business

Wednesday 28 July 2010 at 11.00am

Lord Faulks will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

*Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking to engage China in addressing the situation on the Korean peninsula.

Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Consequential Amendments No. 3) Order 2010 Earl Howe to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 21 June be approved. First Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 26 July

Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) (Amendment) Order 2010 Lord Marland to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 14 July be approved. 2nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 26 July

Equality Act 2010 (Consequential Amendments, Saving and Supplementary Provisions) Order 2010 Baroness Verma to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 14 July be approved. 2nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 26 July

Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005 (Disclosure of Information by SOCA) Order 2010 Baroness Neville-Jones to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 18 January be approved. 6th Report, Session 2009–10, from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 26 July

Local Government Bill [HL] Report [Baroness Hanham]

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. (1½ hours) [I]

Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)

Vice President, Wildlife Link

Future Business 

Tuesday 5 October at 2.30pm

Lord Taylor of Holbeach to move that this House takes note of the role of the charitable sector in strengthening civil society.

Wednesday 6 October at 3.00pm

†Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Sassoon] 2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 7 October at 11.00am

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress towards meeting the Millennium Development Goals. (1½ hours)

Monday 11 October at 2.30pm

Lord Monks will be introduced.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill will conclude.

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of House of Lords reform, what is their view on the purpose of the House. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Tuesday 12 October at 2.30pm

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).

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).

Monday 18 October at 2.30pm

Lord Williams of Baglan will be introduced.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 28 July for debate on 7 October. 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.

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.

Lord Hylton to call attention to Israel’s compliance with international law; and to move for papers.

Lord Bates to call attention to progress towards a United Nations Olympic Truce Resolution for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games; and to move for papers.

Baroness Taylor of Bolton to call attention to the level of co-ordination between Government departments on the use of soft power in the interests of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Touhig to call attention to the reorganisation of the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to call attention to the case for Britain to have a properly resourced and active diplomacy; and to move for papers.

Lord Janvrin to call attention to the case for encouraging philanthropy; and to move for papers.

Lord Gardiner of Kimble to call attention to the launch of the Prince’s Countryside Fund, and to the case for continuing support for rural communities; and to move for papers.

Lord Patel to call attention to the treatment of cancer patients in England and Wales; and to move for papers.

Lord Moynihan to call attention to the implications of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico; and to move for papers.

Lord Turnberg to call attention to proposed new funding arrangements in the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

Lord Norton of Louth to call attention to the case for making greater use of pre-legislative scrutiny; and to move for papers.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to call attention to the levels of electoral registration; and to move for papers.

Baroness McDonagh to call attention to constituency boundaries for seats in the House of Commons; and to move for papers.

Lord Whitty to call attention to the role of regulation and guidance in the food chain and of food standards in improving nutritional outcomes for adults and children; and to move for papers.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

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)

Lord Jopling to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Protecting Europe against large-scale cyber-attacks (5th Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 68). 18 March 2010

Other Motions for Debate 

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

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

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

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

Lord Hylton to move to resolve that the European Union should use its powers to prevent access to the European Union without a visa by Israeli citizens and to remove duty-free access for Israeli goods if Israeli breaches of international law continue.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the future role of non-departmental public bodies; and to move for papers.

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to call attention to the language and terminology used in the House of Lords and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House; and to move for papers.

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to call attention to the ceremonial aspects of the House of Lords and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House; and to move for papers.

Lord Crisp to call attention to the new generation of diagnostic and therapeutic agents available for cancer; 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.

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 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

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.

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 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.

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.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with international partners to bring to trial Joseph Kony and other leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army at the International Criminal Court.

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to introduce the new generation of diagnostic and therapeutic agents available for cancer.

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

Lord James of Blackheath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how their plans for disposing of the Tote take account of the interests of horse and dog racing.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to meet Millennium Development Goal Five on improving maternal health.

Lord Moynihan to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to strengthen the governance of sport and recreation in the United Kingdom to assist clubs, voluntary organisations and governing bodies.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all children with diabetes are able to benefit from an education at school.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve corporate governance and accountability with respect to social and environmental issues.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 27 July and due for answer by 10 August.

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total electorates entitled to vote in a United Kingdom-wide referendum based on electorates on 6 May 2010 in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, and (d) Northern Ireland.   HL1821

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many electors are registered to vote in local elections in England due to be held in May 2011.   HL1822

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated cost of holding a United Kingdom-wide referendum separately from any other elections.   HL1823

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated additional cost of holding a United Kingdom-wide referendum on the same day as other elections due to be held in May 2011.
   HL1824

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of each of the last three boundary commission reviews of all Westminster constituencies; when they reported; and at which general elections their proposals were brought into effect.   HL1825

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Astor of Hever on 26 July (WA 278), whether, in addition to placing a copy of the reply to Professor Hooper in the Library of the House, they will publish the reply in the Official Report.
   HL1826

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have (a) assessed, and (b) commissioned, into the social implications of relaxing Sunday trading restrictions; and whether they will assess possible effects on (1) parental involvement in children’s education, and (2) parent-child contact time, of easing or removing Sunday trading restrictions.   HL1827

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from (a) trade unions, (b) retail organisations, and (c) other groups, on Sunday trading since May.
   HL1828

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will begin their review of the national curriculum; who will be invited to comment; how (a) members of the House of Lords, (b) Members of Parliament, (c) concerned organisations, and (d) members of the public, will be able to submit comments and evidence to it; what the proposed timescale for submitting evidence will be; whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all the evidence submitted; and when they expect to announce their general conclusions.   HL1829

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 July (WA 164) about the minutes of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Research Licence Committee meeting on 19 May, why the HFEA noted that the creation of embryos with materials not described in the initial licence application would be necessary or desirable for achieving the principal aims of research in the licence in accordance with paragraph 3A and line 4 of paragraph 3(1) of Schedule 2 to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990, as mentioned in paragraph 3 of Item 2, of the minutes.   HL1830

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Darzi of Denham on 7 January 2008 (WA 150), how the annual number of registered sperm and egg donors for treatment has varied since 2006; and whether there is regional variation in the availability of sperm and egg donors.   HL1831

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Solway Tweed Cross Border Advisory Group will (a) be paid salaries, allowances and pensions, and (b) have a secretariat, as a result of the Flood Risk (Cross Border Areas) Regulations 2010 (SI 2010/1102).   HL1832

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Statement by Baroness Morgan of Drefelin on 24 March (WS 129–30), what are the reasons for the increase in non-fatal injuries to students between 2003–04 and 2007–08.   HL1833

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 12 July (WA 107), how many employees of Natural England work as parliamentary advisers or are responsible for external affairs.   HL1834

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they take account of fraudulent insurance claims in their crime statistics.   HL1835

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government which parliamentary constituencies have an area larger than 12,000 square kilometres.   HL1836

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many responses there have been to the "Your Freedom" initiative.   HL1837

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many responses by subject they received to the "Your Freedom" initiative.   HL1838

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the decline in broad money supply; and whether they plan to address the causes of it.   HL1839

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the impact on the money supply of any request from the Monetary Policy Committee for further quantitative easing; and whether they will examine measures to raise the velocity of circulation.   HL1840

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether independent members of the Monetary Policy Committee are allowed to return to, or take up, employment in private financial services immediately upon retirement from the committee.   HL1841

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on equity recapitalisation and the solvency of pension and insurance schemes of banks paying dividends to shareholders .   HL1842

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sassoon on 26 July (HL Deb, cols 1215–16), whether Sir Alan Budd will be free to renew his employment with the hedge fund manager Brevan Howard immediately following his return from the Office for Budget Responsibility.   HL1843

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they voted at the annual general meeting of Network Rail to support or oppose the payment of executive bonuses.   HL1844

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 22 July (WA 253), why it took 23 working days for the question to be answered.
   HL1845

Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 11 July (WA 253), whether they intend to introduce a dynamic model to assess the impact of tax changes on Exchequer revenues, as proposed by the Tax Reform Commission.   HL1846

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to proposals for a ban on the niqab in the United Kingdom.   HL1847

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that women who choose to wear the niqab or burqa in public are not subject to discrimination.   HL1848

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of how often women who wear the niqab or burqa are refused entry to public buildings.   HL1849

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to engage with religious and community leaders when considering the issue of women wearing the niqab or burqa in the United Kingdom.   HL1850

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will they take to maintain tolerance and respect for all religious beliefs in British society.   HL1851

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the rate of obesity among children.   HL1852

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to improve standards in care homes.   HL1853

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to improve basic literacy and numeracy among school leavers.   HL1854

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to attract more investment to the United Kingdom.   HL1855

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate will be the number of additional fatalities and serious injuries resulting from a suspension of fixed speed cameras in England and Wales; what will be the savings from a suspension; and how much revenue will be lost to HM Treasury as a consequence of such a suspension.   HL1856

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue the Grassroots Grants programme for community groups and organisations.   HL1857

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will amend regulations on houses in multiple occupation to limit liability for compensation of local authorities implementing Article 4 Directions before October 2011.   HL1858

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 15 July (WA 150–1), whether any tickets for the 2012 Olympics will be reserved for London residents.   HL1859

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government which private rail operators received Government subsidies in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009; and how much each operator received.   HL1860

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of the Ministry of Justice; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b) the number of hits each website received, and (c) the number of websites closed by the department, in each of the last three years for which information is available.   HL1861

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of the Northern Ireland Office; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b) the number of hits each website received, and (c) the number of websites closed by the department, in each of the last three years for which information is available.   HL1862

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of Number 10 Downing Street; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b) the number of hits each website received, and (c) the number of websites closed by the department, in each of the last three years for which information is available.   HL1863

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of the Scotland Office; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b) the number of hits each website received, and (c) the number of websites closed by the department, in each of the last three years for which information is available.   HL1864

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of the Department for Transport; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b) the number of hits each website received, and (c) the number of websites closed by the department, in each of the last three years for which information is available.   HL1865

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of HM Treasury; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b) the number of hits each website received, and (c) the number of websites closed by the department, in each of the last three years for which information is available.   HL1866

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of the Wales Office; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b) the number of hits each website received, and (c) the number of websites closed by the department, in each of the last three years for which information is available.   HL1867

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many websites are operated by, or on behalf of, agencies of the Department for Work and Pensions; and what is (a) the cost of maintaining those websites, (b) the number of hits each website received, and (c) the number of websites closed by the department, in each of the last three years for which information is available.   HL1868

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the Kurdistan Workers Party in Turkey.   HL1869

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the governments of Iraq, Syria and Turkey the possibility of establishing an autonomous region comprising areas with a high Kurdish population in those countries.   HL1870

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed, or intend to discuss, with the government of Turkey possible changes to the article of Turkey’s constitution that deems all Turkish citizens to be "Turks" automatically.   HL1871

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many beds are available for rough sleepers within a mile of the Palace of Westminster.   HL1872

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average number of rough sleepers on the streets within a mile of the Palace of Westminster.   HL1873

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with Westminster City Council and the Metropolitan Police about the number of rough sleepers on Victoria Street.
   HL1874

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what training has been provided by the National School of Government for new ministers; and how many ministers have undertaken such training.   HL1875

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what training has been provided by the National School of Government on constitutional practices and conventions for (a) new ministers, and (b) officials in the Cabinet Office working for the Deputy Prime Minister.   HL1876

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by Lord De Mauley on 22 July (HL Deb, col 1066), whether the findings of the survey of tier 5 applicants for visas, including artists and performers, will be reviewed.   HL1877

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) firearms certificates, and (b) shotgun certificates, were reviewed by Cumbria Constabulary in 2008 and 2009 outside the normal renewal period because of concerns about holders of certificates.   HL1878

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Derrick Bird was visited by a firearms officer of the Cumbria Constabulary in 2007 in connection with applications to renew his firearms and shotgun certificates.   HL1879

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost of electing police and crime commissioners in each of the 43 police forces in England and Wales; and whether those costs will be met directly by the Home Office.   HL1880

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre from the Serious Organised Crime Agency to become a non-departmental public body.   HL1881

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, and with what conclusions, of Iran’s political and military involvement in Afghanistan.   HL1882

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iran about allegations of support from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corp to sympathisers of the Taleban, arms smugglers and criminal gangs in Afghanistan.   HL1883

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of European Union legislation, acupuncturists and herbal and traditional Chinese medicine practitioners will be able to continue to practise after April 2011.   HL1884

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the conclusion of the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association that sales and jobs in health food stores are at risk from European Union legislation.   HL1885

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Botswana about respecting the constitutional and legal rights of the Bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve.   HL1886

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers have been returned to member states by the European Community or the European Union since 1972.   HL1887

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received on the impact on jobs of a delay in the announcement about the renewable heat incentive.
   HL1888

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which Academies are relying on GNVQs to raise their examination results.   HL1889

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the information given to parents of children in Academies about their awareness of the implications of taking level 2 BTEC science instead of GCSEs.   HL1890

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 26 July (WA 267), which of the approximately 90,000 ideas received through the Spending Challenge websites are still being considered.   HL1891

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Lord Sassoon on 26 July (HL Deb, col 1157), why a senior HM Treasury official attends Monetary Policy Committee meetings.
   HL1892

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 26 July (WA 297–8), what measures they propose to restrict the population of the United Kingdom and in individual areas.   HL1893

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Northern Ireland Office spent on taxis in March of each of the last two years.   HL1894

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether prisoners convicted in foreign countries can be transferred to United Kingdom prisons in cases where their sentences might be considered excessive by United Kingdom courts.   HL1895

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they withdrew funding for the Council for the Registration for Forensic Practitioners.   HL1896

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the procedures for the procurement of contracts entered into by Manchester City Council for the management of broadband services and Next Generation Access by Manchester Digital Development Agency; and what grants and payments have been paid in each of the last six years from Government departments and agencies to Community Broadband Network Ltd through the Manchester Digital Development Agency.
   HL1897

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what investment they have made into delivery of broadband projects and Next Generation Access which have been completed by Manchester City Council; and what part was played in such projects by Community Broadband Network Ltd, Manchester City Council, Manchester Knowledge Capital, the North West Development Agency, the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts, the Manufacturing Institute, the Centre for Cities and Manchester New Economy.   HL1898

Earl Baldwin of Bewdley to ask Her Majesty’s Government , further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 July (WA 167), and in the context of Questions HL2017 and HL2020 tabled on 10 February about the letter published by Professor Chester Douglass and the non-publication of his study on fluoride and osteosarcoma, whether South Central Strategic Health Authority followed normal scientific practice in citing as evidence a study which had not yet been published, and a letter which reported the results of that study, without making clear the status of such documents.   HL1899

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

28 June (12 July)

HL856 Lord Myners [HMT]

1 July (15 July)

HL988 Lord Pearson of Rannoch [CO]

5 July (19 July)

HL1005 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL1017 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

6 July (20 July)

HL1050 Lord Laird [CO]

HL1060 Lord Hylton [HO]

7 July (21 July)

HL1071 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL1088 Lord Hylton [HO]

8 July (22 July)

HL1137 Lord Laird [HMT]

HL1141 Lord Laird [DCMS]

HL1149 Lord German [DfT]

9 July (23 July)

HL1222 Lord Laird [HO]

12 July (26 July)

HL1236 Lord Alton of Liverpool [DH]

13 July (27 July)

HL1298 Baroness Williams of Crosby [DfE]

HL1299 Baroness Williams of Crosby [DfE]

HL1324 Baroness Cox [DfID]

HL1344 Lord Bowness [DfE]

HL1345 Lord Bowness [DfE]

HL1346 Lord Bowness [DfE]

HL1347 Lord Bowness [DfE]

HL1359 Lord Laird [HO]

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

[CO] 2

[DCMS] 1

[DfE] 8

[DfID] 1

[DfT] 1

[DH] 1

[HMT] 3

[HO] 4

Bills in Progress

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

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) [HL]

Private Member’s

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) [HL]

Private Member’s

Wind Turbines (Minimum Distance from Residential Premises) [HL]

Private Member’s

Referendum (European Union) [HL]

Private Member’s

Leeds City Council

Private

Reading Borough Council

Private

Canterbury City Council

Private

Nottingham City Council

Private

Waiting for Commitment

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

Committed to a Select Committee

City of Westminster [HL]

Private

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. [HL]

Government

6 October

Waiting for Report

Local Government [HL]

Government

28 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

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 Medical Profession (Responsible Officers) Regulations 2010

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

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

28 July

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

28 July

Draft Equality Act 2010 (Consequential Amendments, Saving and Supplementary Provisions) Order 2010

28 July

Draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions Reduction) (Amendment) Order 2010

28 July

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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

Draft Scottish Parliament (Constituencies and Regions) Order 2010

Negative Instrument

Instrument reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

4th Report

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

13 September

Legislative Reform Order in Progress

Report

60-day scrutiny period expired

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

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

8th Report, Session 2009–10

25 June

Remedial Order in Progress under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998

Proposal for order under paragraph 3 referred to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Draft Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (Remedial) Order 2010

Committees 

Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheet. Only the next meeting of each Committee is listed below. Further details of these meetings, and of planned further meetings, may be found in the House of Lords Committees Weekly Bulletin.

Wednesday 28 July

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.00am

European Union

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

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

12 noon

Tuesday 5 October

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.00pm

Science and Technology

Sub Committee I Behaviour Change

3.30pm

Wednesday 6 October

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

Thursday 7 October

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policies and Consumer Protection

9.30am

Tuesday 12 October

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

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

10.30am

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 13 October

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Tuesday 19 October

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 20 October

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 21 October

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 26 October

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 4 November

Audit

Domestic Committee

2.00pm

Wednesday 10 November

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 27 July 2010   

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Blackburn.

1 Lord Beecham Sir Jeremy Hugh Beecham, Knight, having been created Baron Beecham, of Benwell and Newcastle upon Tyne in the County of Tyne and Wear, for life by Letters Patent dated 20 July 2010, was introduced between Lord Walton of Detchant and Lord Cunningham of Felling, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2 Lord Browne of Ladyton The Rt Hon Desmond Henry Browne, having been created Baron Browne of Ladyton, of Ladyton in Ayrshire and Arran, for life by Letters Patent dated 22 July 2010, was introduced between Baroness Scotland of Asthal and Lord Foulkes of Cumnock, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3 House of Lords Journals The 242nd volume of the Journals (Session 2008–09), with an index, was laid on the Table by the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Select Committee Reports

4 Merits of Statutory Instruments 
The 6th Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 28)

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

The Conduct of Baroness Morgan of Huyton. (3rd Report, HL Paper 29)

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

Law Commission Bills. (2nd Report, HL Paper 30)

7 Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

Second Report, on the following bills:

Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill [HL]

Live Music Bill [HL] 
Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) Bill [HL]. (HL Paper 31)

Public Business

8 Ecclesiastical Committee The Lord Speaker acquainted the House that, pursuant to section 2 of the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, she had nominated the following Lords to be members of the Ecclesiastical Committee established under that Act, and to serve for the duration of the present Parliament:

L Bilston 
B Butler-Sloss 
L Davies of Coity 
L Elton 
L Glenarthur 
L Griffiths of Burry Port 
L Judd 
L Laming

L Lloyd of Berwick 
L Luke 
L Newby 
B Perry of Southwark 
L Shaw of Northstead 
L Walpole 
L Williams of Elvel

9 Children: trafficking A question was asked by Baroness Massey of Darwen and answered by Baroness Neville-Jones.

10 Agriculture: Common Agricultural Policy direct payments A question was asked by Lord Livsey of Talgarth and answered by Lord De Mauley.

11 Disabled people A question was asked by Lord Ashley of Stoke and answered by Lord Freud.

12 European Union: European Investigation Order A question was asked by Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts and answered by Baroness Neville-Jones.

13 Academies Bill [HL] The bill was returned from the Commons with a privilege amendment. The amendment was agreed to.

14 Referendum (European Union) Bill [HL] Lord Willoughby de Broke presented a bill to make provision for the holding of a referendum in the United Kingdom on the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 18)

15 Pensions Regulator (Contribution Notices) (Sum Specified following Transfer) Regulations 2010 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1 March be approved. The motion was agreed to.

16 Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2010 Lord Freud moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 2 March be approved. The motion was agreed to.

17 Privileges and Conduct The Chairman of Committees moved that the Report from the Select Committee on Mr Trevor Phillips: Allegation of Contempt (First Report, HL Paper 15) be agreed to. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

18 Energy: annual statement Lord Marland repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

19 Terrorist Asset-Freezing etc. Bill [HL] Lord Sassoon moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

20 Royal Assent The Deputy Speaker (Baroness Harris of Richmond) notified the Queen’s Assent to the following Acts:

   Appropriation (No. 3) Act c  30

   Finance (No. 2) Act c 31

   Academies Act c 32

   Kent County Council (Filming on Highways) Act c iv

   Allhallows Staining Church Act c v

The House adjourned at 6.53pm until Wednesday 28 July at 11.00am.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Instrument Withdrawn

The following instrument, laid before the House on 23 March, was withdrawn:

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

Command Papers

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

1 Human Rights-Government response to the 15th Report of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, Session 2009–10, on Responding to Human Rights Judgments.    (7892)

2 Departmental Performance-

(1) Report for 2009–10 of the Northern Ireland Office.    (7931)

(2) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Office of the Public Guardian.    (-)

Affirmative Instrument

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

Draft Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 (Directions to OFCOM) Order 2010, laid under the Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Local Land Charges (Amendment) Rules 2010, laid under the Local Land Charges Act 1975.        (1812)

2 Addition of Vitamins, Minerals and Other Substances (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2010, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990.   (1886)

3 Organic Products (Amendment) Regulations 2010, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.   (1902)

4 (1) Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit) (Existing Awards) (Revocation) Regulations 2010   (1906)

(2) Employment and Support Allowance (Transitional Provisions, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit) (Existing Awards) (No. 2) Regulations 2010   (1907)

laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.

5 Sale of Electricity by Local Authorities (Scotland) Regulations 2010, laid under the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973.   (1908)

6 Sale of Electricity by Local Authorities (England and Wales) Regulations 2010, laid under the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1976.   (1910)

7 (1) Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2010   (1916)

(2) Magistrates’ Courts Fees (Amendment No. 2) Order 2010   (1917)

laid under the Courts Act 2003.

8 Draft Code of Practice on Equal Pay, laid under the Equality Act 2006.   (-)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report for 2009 of Statistics for Great Britain of Scientific Procedures on Living Animals, laid under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.

2 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Independent Safeguarding Authority, laid under the Safeguarding Vulnerable Groups Act 2006.

3 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, laid under the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Act 2008.

4 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Care Quality Commission, laid under the Health and Social Care Act 2008.

5 Report and Accounts for 2009 of the General Dental Council, laid under the Dentists Act 1984.

6 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Health Professions Council, laid under the Health Professions Order 2001.

7 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Nursing and Midwifery Council, laid under the Nursing and Midwifery Order 2001.

8 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Homes and Communities Agency, laid under the Housing and Regeneration Act 2008.

9 (1) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Fire Service College

(2) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Land Registry

laid under the Government Trading Funds Act 1973.

10 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Learning and Skills Council, laid under the Learning and Skills Act 2000.

11 Report for 2009–10 on the exercise of powers under the Industrial Development Act 1982, laid under that Act.

12 Report for 2009–10 of the Professional Oversight Board, laid under the Companies Act 2006.

13 (1) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Environment Agency

(2) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Environment Agency Closed Pension Fund

(3) Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Environment Agency Active Pension Fund

laid under the Environment Act 1995.

14 Business Plan for 2010–11 of the Legal Services Commission, laid under the Access to Justice Act 1999.

15 Report for 2009–10 of the Northern Ireland Judicial Appointments Ombudsman, laid under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

16 Report for 2009–10 of the Chief Constable of the Police Service for Northern Ireland, laid under the Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2000.

17 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland, laid under the Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982.

18 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Northern Ireland Police Fund, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Non-profit-making Companies) Order 2009.

19 Report for 2009–10 of the Chief Surveillance Commissioner to the Prime Minister and Scottish Ministers, laid under the Police Act 1997.

20 (1) Report for 2009 of the Intelligence Services Commissioner

(2) Report for 2009 of the Interception of Communications Commissioner

laid under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.

21 Report for 2009 of United Kingdom Strategic Export Controls, laid under the Export Control Act 2002.

22 Report and Accounts for 2009–10 of the Criminal Cases Review Commission, laid under the Criminal Appeals Act 1995.

23 Report from the Home Office on the usage of section 70 of the Charities Act 2006, laid under that Act.