House of Lords Business

Wednesday 26 January 2011 at 3.00pm

Lord Kestenbaum and 
Baroness Morgan of Ely will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the European Arrest Warrant and European Investigation Order conform with the principle of habeas corpus.

*Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate the ability of second home owners to register as voters in more than one constituency.

*Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to promote the role of design in social and economic renewal.

*Lord Young of Norwood Green to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to deal with the increase in the number of unemployed people aged between 16 and 24.

†Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill Committee (day 14) [Lord McNally] 7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee and 6th Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Energy Bill [HL] Committee (day 4) [Lord Marland]

Future Business 

Thursday 27 January at 10.45am

†Lord Magan of Castletown and 
†Lord Grade of Yarmouth will be introduced, and 
Anne Jenkin will be introduced as a Baroness.

*The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency funding the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has for disease outbreaks.

*Lord St John of Bletso to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to assist the government of Zimbabwe to expedite the processes enabling free and fair elections under the new constitution.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that airport authorities will be able to deal adequately with snow and ice in the future.

†*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent telephone hacking.

Lord King of Bridgwater to call attention to physical and mental rehabilitation of military veterans and their post-service welfare; and to move for papers.

Viscount Younger of Leckie to call attention to the value of tourism to the United Kingdom economy; and to move for papers.

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. (1½ hours)

Monday 31 January at 2.15pm

Oona King and 
Jennifer Randerson will be introduced as Baronesses, and 
Sir Gulam Noon MBE will be introduced as a Baron.

*Lord Gavron to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the impact on the economy of delays and cancellations at London Heathrow Airport in December 2010.

*Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to revise employment law; and, if so, what consultations have been undertaken, and with which organisations.

*Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the Monetary Policy Committee missing its monthly inflation target repeatedly over the last ten years.

*Baroness Williams of Crosby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made for temporary exceptions to the Cluster Munitions (Prohibitions) Act 2010.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill will continue.

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Energy Bill [HL] will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room.

Tuesday 1 February at 2.15pm

Claire Tyler will be introduced as a Baroness, 
Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup GCB AFC will be introduced as a Baron, and 
Ruth Lister CBE will be introduced as a Baroness.

*Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce road pricing for lorries in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to limit bonuses to be paid to senior Royal Bank of Scotland staff.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to mark the 40th anniversary of Religions for Peace and its work on war, poverty and the environment.

†Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [HL] Report [Lord Sassoon]

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill will continue.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

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. (1 hour)

Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will maintain public confidence and patient safety following the abolition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the Human Tissue Authority. (1 hour)

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. (1 hour)

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution the railway heritage sector makes to education, tourism and the regional economy. (1 hour)

Wednesday 2 February at 3.00pm

Bryony Worthington will be introduced as a Baroness.

*Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase the proportion of multiple sclerosis patients who receive disease-modifying drugs.

*Baroness Parminter to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Japan to persuade them to modify their opposition to a whaling ban in their territorial waters.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will next hold talks with Eurozone representatives to discuss the present state of currency markets.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill will conclude.

Thursday 3 February at 11.00am

David Gold Esq and 
Michael Storey Esq CBE will be introduced as Barons.

*The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the International Crisis Group’s recent Report Congo: No Stability in Kivu despite Rapprochement with Rwanda.

*Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to recognise Palestine as a sovereign state.

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the interest charged by loan and credit companies.

Lord Northbourne to call attention to the role of good early parenting in preparing a child for success in school; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty to call attention to public funding for the arts; and to move for papers.

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Investment Bank Special Administration Regulations 2011 Lord Sassoon to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 January be approved. 12th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Investment Bank (Amendment of Definition) Order 2011 Lord Sassoon to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 10 January be approved. 12th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Monday 7 February at 2.30pm

Nicol Stephen Esq will be introduced as a Baron.

*The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the recent low prices for milk in the major supermarkets on the United Kingdom dairy industry and its long-term sustainability.

*Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to focus international development aid on fragile and conflict-affected states.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether individuals currently receiving Disability Living Allowance who have invested money and payments in aids and adaptations will be disadvantaged as a result of the proposals in chapter two of the consultation paper on Disability Living Allowance reform published in December 2010.

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Sudan.

Tuesday 8 February at 2.30pm

*The Lord Bishop of Chester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the rules for reporting the arrest and questioning of individuals by the police before they are charged with any criminal offence.

*Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the growing gap between the rich and the poor in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will exercise their right to opt out of the police and justice provisions of the Lisbon Treaty after 2014.

†Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2011 Baroness Neville-Jones to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 17 November 2010 be approved. 9th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments and 14th Report from the Merits Committee, considered in Grand Committee on 25 January

It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Energy Bill [HL] will continue at 3.30pm in the Moses Room and that it will conclude.

Wednesday 9 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they forecast small businesses will play in the Big Society.

*Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to monitor the ratio of the average total remuneration of a chief executive of a FTSE company to the median wage.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they provided to the Northern Ireland authorities during their recent difficulties with water supplies.

Transport for London Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Chairman of Committees]

Thursday 10 February at 11.00am

*The Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to meet the aim stated in their equality strategy to tackle the commercialisation and sexualisation of childhood.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to counter the spread of Sudden Oak Death in trees.

*Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the constitutional changes passed by the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s lower house on 11 January that eliminate a second round of voting in this year’s presidential elections in the Congo.

The Lord Bishop of Chester to call attention to the role of marriage and marriage support in British society 12 years after the report on Funding for Marriage Support by Sir Graham Hart; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Addington to call attention to the future of NATO and changing relations within its membership; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Monday 14 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they held with the Financial Reporting Council before the Council issued its proposals to allow companies to stop providing hard copies of annual reports and accounts.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements ensure that deported asylum seekers needing medical care and medication are able to be treated in the country to which they are deported.

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the report Early Intervention: The Next Steps will affect their policies on children.

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that a proportion of the funding provided by the UK Film Council to the British Film Institute will be ring-fenced for the production of films whose target audience is children.

Lord Hill of Oareford intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.

†Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2011 Lord Hill of Oareford to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 14 October 2010 be approved. 4th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 25 January

†Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 Lord Hill of Oareford to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 18 November 2010 be approved. 9th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 25 January

Tuesday 15 February at 2.30pm

*The Lord Bishop of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review prisoner transfer agreements.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the impact on universities of the proposed changes to the student immigration system.

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan for London Heathrow Airport to continue to be the world’s busiest airport in respect of international passenger traffic.

Wednesday 16 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have concerning the relationship between the Chancellor of the Exchequer and the Governor of the Bank of England, in his capacity as Chairman of the Monetary Policy Committee.

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to build on the recent treaties with France on bilateral defence co-operation by exploring initiatives for diplomatic and foreign policy co-operation.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make a decision on the criteria for granting Tier 1 Post-study Work visas, following the recent consultation paper.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

†Ballot on 15 February for debate on 10 March. 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.

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 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 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.

Baroness McDonagh to call attention to the levels of electoral registration; and to move for papers.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to call attention to constituency boundaries for seats in the House of Commons; and to move for papers.

Baroness Hooper to call attention to recent developments in the British Overseas Territories; 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 Dykes to call attention to the current position of the print media market and to the supervision of newspapers published in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Judd to call attention to the political situation in Chechnya and the North Caucasus, and its implications for global security; and to move for papers.

Baroness Browning to call attention to the procedures used to assess for benefits those on the autistic spectrum, those with learning disabilities and those with mental health conditions; and to move for papers.

Lord Boateng to call attention to the role of agriculture and science in achieving the Millennium Development Goals; and to move for papers.

Baroness Walmsley to call attention to the case for early intervention in public services; and to move for papers.

Lord Barnett to call attention to the case for a change in the Barnett formula to a basis of need; and to move for papers.

Lord McColl of Dulwich to call attention to obesity and its implications for public health in the next decade; and to move for papers.

Lord Crickhowell to call attention to the case for the early introduction of a statutory lane rental scheme for the management of roadworks in London; and to move for papers.

Lord Boswell of Aynho to call attention to the Government’s third response to the all-party Parliamentary inquiry into anti-Semitism; and to move for papers.

Baroness Knight of Collingtree to call attention to the custody arrangements for children of defendants in the British courts; and to move for papers.

Lord Kakkar to call attention to the impact of the European Union on healthcare in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Avebury to call attention to the situation in Zimbabwe; and to move for papers.

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to call attention to the progress of the Friends of Yemen Group and the Government’s plans for the Group’s forthcoming conference in Riyadh; and to move for papers.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to call attention to the interim report of the Hutton Review of Fair Pay in the Public Sector; and to move for papers.

Lord Luce to call attention to the stability of the region of Yemen, the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean; and to move for papers.

Lord Parekh to call attention to the role of Christianity in British public life; and to move for papers.

Lord Morris of Aberavon to call attention to the progress of the war in Afghanistan; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the report of the Rt Hon Frank Field MP Foundation Years: preventing poor children becoming poor adults, published in January 2011; and to move for papers.

Lord Crisp to call attention to the role of childhood immunisation in developed and developing countries; and to move for papers.

Baroness Wheeler to call attention to the role and responsibility of carers and the support they require from public services and the voluntary and independent sectors; and to move for papers.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

Lord Carter of Coles to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Adapting to climate change: EU agriculture and forestry (8th Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 91) 30 March 2010.

Lord Sutherland of Houndwood to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Setting priorities for publicly funded research (3rd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 104). 1 April 2010

Lord Broers to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Radioactive Waste Management: a further update (2nd Report, Session 2009–10, HL Paper 95). 25 March 2010

Other Motions for Debate 

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

Lord Dykes to call attention to the case for co-ordinated European Union defence policies; and to move for papers.

Lord Mawson to call attention to the case for a co-ordinated approach towards regeneration, in particular the new metropolitan districts in north west England and east London; and to move for papers.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to call attention to the levels of annual interest charged and other practices by some loan and credit companies; and to move for papers.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the future role of the Royal Navy; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the response of the international community; and to move for papers.

Lord Avebury to call attention to the human rights situation in Bahrain; and to move for papers.

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 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.

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effects of the recent European Union trade agreement concerning banana imports, and its impact on African, Caribbean and Pacific banana producers.

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

Baroness Morris of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the United Nations International Year of Youth; and, if so, how.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will work with the government of the United States to ensure that Israel complies with United Nations resolutions and international law.

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress in the Middle East peace process.

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose to encourage people to participate in the Big Society.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take measures to increase the display of European Union flags alongside the national flag on official buildings in the United Kingdom.

Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support and promote the ethical and sustainable fashion and clothing industry.

Baroness Murphy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the Royal College of Psychiatrists, No Health without Public Mental Health: the Case for Action.

Viscount Bridgeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the disparity between procedures for health professionals from outside the European Union seeking to practise in the United Kingdom and the requirements for those coming from within the European Union.

Lord Norton of Louth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to establishing a Royal Commission on the law governing drug use and possession.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current provision of specialist neuromuscular services in England.

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the points-based visa system introduced in November 2008 as it affects non-European Union artists, performers, academics and others intending to work in the United Kingdom.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in securing funding for the Women’s Community Projects established under the Diverting Women from Custody Programme, when Government funding ends in March 2011.

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage early diagnosis of polymyalgia rheumatica and giant cell arteritis and to ensure appropriate treatment.

Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will implement proposals for auto-enrolment and specifically the recommendations of the Department for Work and Pensions review Making automatic enrolment work.

Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will implement the recommendations in the Common Sense Common Safety report by Lord Young of Graffham.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Independent Commission on Youth Crime and Anti-social Behaviour.

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the present arrangements for monitoring and patrolling motorways.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Air Passenger Duty banding on the Caribbean and other developing economies.

Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to recognise the contribution made by women put on active service by the Special Operations Executive in the Second World War.

Lord Mitchell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve interfaith dialogue in multicultural Britain.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the impact of the Spending Review 2010 on the National Probation Service.

Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the Barnett Formula to a basis of need.

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to offer support to 16–18-year-old students in full-time education.

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions they are making to support Sudan following the forthcoming referendum.

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the recent election in Burma will affect their policy towards the pro-democracy movement and the provision of humanitarian aid.

The Earl of Selborne to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to implement the agreement reached at the meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity held in Nagoya, Japan, in October 2010.

Lord Pannick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to increase the retirement age for all Supreme Court Justices to 75.

Baroness Rendell of Babergh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to increase public awareness of female genital mutilation in the United Kingdom and to bring prosecutions under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003.

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce obesity in the United Kingdom.

Viscount Younger of Leckie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to secure the future of sports in maintained schools in the context of Spending Review 2010.

Viscount Tenby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to reduce casualties and promote safety on the roads.

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking regarding tax avoidance by business figures in the United Kingdom.

Lord Boswell of Aynho to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to tackle anti-Semitism and what assessment they have made of the success of the cross-government working group on anti-Semitism.

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote paediatric continence.

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the continued support of user-led organisations that support disabled people and the personalisation agenda.

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they view relations between the United Kingdom and Taiwan, and what plans they have to improve them.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to implement the proposals in the Public Health White Paper.

Lord Parekh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of economic, political and cultural relations between the United Kingdom and India.

Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for promoting social enterprise.

Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the military and industrial opportunities arising from greater Anglo-French defence co-operation.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future of NATO and changing relations within its membership.

Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the strategic importance of Turkey in Europe and the Middle East.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of democracy in Nigeria, and whether Nigeria is best served by the current form of its political structures.

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the stability of the region of Yemen, the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Lord Rotherwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the range of provisions and facilities for general aviation.

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Kosovo.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to reduce the number of imprisoned mothers with their infants; and what alternative plans they have to address this situation.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the violence against Egypt’s Coptic minority.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the response of the international community.

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political situation in Chechnya and the North Caucasus, and its implications for global security.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the Academy of Medical Sciences A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research.

Baroness Greenfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of digital technologies on the mind.

Lord Kakkar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the European Union on healthcare in the United Kingdom.

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address variations in health and social care support for people after stroke identified in the Care Quality Commission’s special review, Supporting Life After Stroke.

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the work of the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunisations; and what their plans are to support it.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 25 January and due for answer by 8 February.

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they recognise the Vatican City as a state.   HL6227

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 16 December 2010 (WA 209) about the recognition of the Vatican City, what are the normal criteria for recognition; which conditions were met by the Vatican City; and which were not.
   HL6228

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not make their loan to the government of Ireland conditional on that government’s human rights record in the areas of employment and housing.
   HL6229

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 20 December 2010 (WA 310) about their loan to the government of Ireland, what discussions they had with that government about any use of the loan to compete for investment and employment with businesses in the United Kingdom.   HL6230

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 29 November (WA 411), whether they will ask the Migration Advisory Committee to review the issue of tier two points-based system work permit visas to medical practitioners from non-European Economic Area countries; and how many such work permits were issued last year.   HL6231

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government which recommendations of the Migration Advisory Committee they have rejected or not agreed since 11 May 2010.   HL6232

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make further cuts to the armed forces budget; and, if so, by how much.   HL6233

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the Alzheimer’s Society which found that inadequate care is resulting in patients being admitted to care homes sooner than necessary.   HL6234

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the quality of midwife-led birth centres.   HL6235

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide more funding for the early detection of heart diseases.   HL6236

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how their spending cuts will affect teachers’ pensions.   HL6237

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how their spending cuts will affect funding for cancer research.   HL6238

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the comments of Professor Lisa Jardine, chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), in her article in The Guardian on 5 January, that abolition of the HFEA will lead to "the safeguarding of the status of the embryo being lost"; how that relates to their statement that there will be no reduction in the HFEA’s functions or of existing regulations; and how they propose there should be a "lighter touch" in the exercise of the HFEA’s functions and towards the enforcement of regulations.   HL6239

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority cost in the past 12 months; and what financial savings they expect from its abolition.   HL6240

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the responsibilities of the Care Quality Commission; and what responsibilities discharged by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority will be transferred to the Commission following the former’s abolition.
   HL6241

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be responsible for the statutory duty to collect and record data on fertility treatments which take place in the United Kingdom following the abolition of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.   HL6242

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 28 June 2007 (WA 159–60), how many human embryos have been created involving fresh, non-frozen embryos in total since 1990, and what percentage resulted in live births; as a result of how many treatment cycles; and how many embryos have been created in treatments involving frozen embryos in total since 1990, and what percentage resulted in live births; as a result of how many treatment cycles.   HL6243

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority about the ethics of and possible exploitation of women from permitting the sale of eggs; and whether they will ensure consideration is given to those issues by Parliament before any such policy is approved.   HL6244

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the ranks of each of the British security forces personnel convicted since 1981 for crimes committed while on active service in Northern Ireland; and what offences they were convicted of.   HL6245

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convicted paramilitaries were released as a result of the Good Friday Agreement; and for which offences they had been convicted.   HL6246

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many alleged paramilitary-related murders, attempted murders and other terrorism-related offences in Northern Ireland and other parts of the United Kingdom remain unsolved; and how they decided to end investigations into those crimes.
   HL6247

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many paramilitary-related offences were committed in Northern Ireland in each year since 1981; and how many convictions of each type of offence there were.   HL6248

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what United Kingdom legislation has been enacted to provide amnesties for convicted paramilitaries in Northern Ireland.   HL6249

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in investigating suspects for the crime of waging a war of aggression, they follow the definition of the offence adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in Resolution 3314 of 14 December 1974.   HL6250

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Foreign and Commonwealth Office guidelines on the destruction of documents in force on 26 November 2008 were issued.
   HL6251

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any powers formerly exercised by the European Union have ceased to be so exercised.   HL6252

Lord Tebbit to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether wind-powered electrical generators performed as they expected during December 2010.   HL6253

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much bilateral aid they have given to (a) north Sudan, and (b) south Sudan, in the last three financial years.   HL6254

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to the expansion of trade links with Sudan since May 2010.   HL6255

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of their bilateral aid to south Sudan since 2006 has directly supported the civil service.   HL6256

Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the export control system for art, following recent refusals by new owners to sell after a successful public appeal by a major museum or gallery to secure the work for the nation.   HL6257

Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in (a) establishing a Coroner for Treasure, and (b) in implementing the other amendments to the Treasure Act 1996 in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.   HL6258

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of organophosphates is being conducted by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment or by the Health Protection Agency; and, if the latter, why that Agency is conducting the review.   HL6259

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the research by J Newton and others in The Newcastle NHS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service: not all fatigue is the same (J R Coll Physicians Edinb 2010; 40:304–7), they will establish referral networks for fatigue evaluation and management specifically for departments that commonly manage chronic diseases.
   HL6260

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer on 24 January by Lord Sassoon (WA 124), what would have been the additional revenue if the 40 per cent tax rate had remained at the threshold for 2008–09 but higher rates of (a) 50 per cent, (b) 60 per cent, (c) 70 per cent, and (d) 80 per cent had been introduced in addition at the thresholds of £150,000, £500,000, £1 million and £2 million respectively.   HL6261

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many entries there are on the Serious Organised Crime Agency’s Elmer database of Suspicious Activity Reports; and how many entries have been removed since the introduction of the database.   HL6262

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have (a) at any time had, and (b) currently have, (1) direct "desktop" access, or (2) access from a terminal in a local police unit, to the Elmer database of the Serious Organised Crime Agency.   HL6263

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce a de minimis exclusion from the requirement to report suspicious activities to the Serious Organised Crime Agency under money laundering regulations as recommended by the House of Lords European Union Committee.   HL6264

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government when the proportion of inbound passengers to the United Kingdom who are subject to e-borders control first reached 60 per cent; and when they expect it to reach (a) 70 per cent, (b) 80 per cent and (c) 90 per cent.   HL6265

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of electronic passport scanners at entry points into the United Kingdom are linked to the e-borders system; and what function is performed by those which are not so linked.   HL6266

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reviewed the Barnett Formula to assess the adjustments required to maintain a level of public services in Wales comparable to other parts of the United Kingdom; and, if so, when such a review was last carried out.   HL6267

Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on local police forces of any reduction in the number of Ministry of Defence police officers in Ministry of Defence establishments in rural locations.   HL6268

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 19 January (WA 34), on what evidence they base their assessment that United Kingdom membership of the European Union is in the national interest; and whether they plan to conduct an analysis of the costs and benefits of United Kingdom membership.   HL6269

Baroness Wilkins to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) local authorities, and (b) primary care trusts, in England in the financial year 2009–10 were involved in Ordinary Residence Disputes with disabled people who qualified for free personal social care and who were seeking to move to the area; and what was the cost of those Disputes.   HL6270

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

1 December (15 December)

HL4848 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

9 December (23 December)

HL5154 Lord Jones [WO]

21 December (10 January)

HL5498 Lord Quirk [DfE]

22 December (11 January)

HL5559 Lord Alderdice [HO]

10 January (24 January)

HL5595 Lord Beecham [HMT]

HL5601 Lord Myners [CO]

HL5619 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [CO]

HL5620 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [CO]

HL5621 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [CO]

HL5632 Lord Condon [DfT]

HL5636 Lord Taylor of Warwick [HO]

HL5643 Lord Laird [CO]

HL5654 The Countess of Mar [DfT]

HL5674 Lord Tebbit [HO]

HL5685 Lord Berkeley [MoD]

11 January (25 January)

HL5697 Lord Moonie [HO]

HL5701 Baroness Seccombe [CO]

HL5779 Lord Condon [HO]

HL5784 Lord Hall of Birkenhead [DfE]

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

[CO] 6

[DfE] 2

[DfT] 2

[HMT] 1

[HO] 6

[MoD] 1

[WO] 1

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

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

Demonstrations in the Vicinity of Parliament (Removal of Authorisation Requirements) [HL]

Private Member’s

Torture (Damages) [HL]

Private Member’s

Devolution (Time) [HL]

Private Member’s

Pensions [HL]

Government

Postal Services

Government

National Insurance Contributions

Government

Fixed-term Parliaments

Government

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

Transport for London [HL]

Private

9 February

Waiting for Commitment

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

Committed to a Select Committee

City of Westminster [HL]

Private

Leeds City Council

Private

Reading Borough Council

Private

Canterbury City Council

Private

Nottingham City Council

Private

Committed to a Grand Committee

Energy [HL]

Government

26 January

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

Public Bodies [HL]

Government

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies

Government

26 January

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

Budget Responsibility and National Audit [HL]

Government

1 February

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

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

Private Member’s

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2010

Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 3) 2010

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement) (Republic of Serbia) Order 2011

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2011

Draft Control of Donations and Regulation of Loans etc. (Extension of the Prescribed Period) (Northern Ireland) Order 2011

Draft Online Infringement of Copyright (Initial Obligations) (Sharing of Costs) Order 2011

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2011

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2011

14 February

Draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2011

14th Report

8 February

Draft Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011

14 February

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Youth Rehabilitation Order (Review by Specified Courts) Order 2011

Draft Offshore Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Draft Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Draft Investment Bank Special Administration Regulations 2011

3 February

Draft Investment Bank (Amendment of Definition) Order 2011

3 February

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

17th Report

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

16 February

19th Report

Transfer of Functions (Dormant Accounts) Order 2010

17 February

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

Report

To be considered

Affirmative draft Order reported by the Regulatory Reform Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Civil Partnership) Order 2011

4th Report

National and Marine Policy Statements 

Scrutiny time expires

Considered

Draft United Kingdom Marine Policy Statement

28 January 2011

15 December

Revised Draft Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN–1)

31 January 2011

11 January

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Fossil Fuel Electricity Generating Infrastructure (EN–2)

31 January 2011

11 January

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN–3)

31 January 2011

11 January

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Gas Supply Infrastructure and Gas and Oil Pipelines (EN–4)

31 January 2011

11 January

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Electricity Networks Infrastructure (EN–5)

31 January 2011

11 January

Revised Draft National Policy Statement for Nuclear Power Generation, volumes I and II (EN–6)

31 January 2011

13 January

Draft National Policy Statement for Waste Water

17 May 2011

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

Draft order under paragraph 2 referred to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Draft Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc) Act 2004 (Remedial) Order 2010 [17 March]

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 26 January

Science and Technology

Sub Committee I Behaviour Change

9.45am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 27 January

House Committee

Domestic Committee

9.15am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs

9.30am

European Union

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

10.00am

Monday 31 January

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00 pm

Tuesday 1 February

HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

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

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 10 February

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 2 March

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 16 March

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 25 January 2011 

The House met at 2.15pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

1  Lord Hussain Qurban Hussain, Esquire, having been created Baron Hussain, of Luton in the County of Bedfordshire, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 20 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Rennard and Baroness Hussein-Ece, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2  Baroness Bakewell Dame Joan Dawson Bakewell, DBE, having been created Baroness Bakewell, of Stockport in the County of Greater Manchester, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 21 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Puttnam and Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, made and subscribed the solemn affirmation and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3  Baroness Heyhoe Flint Rachael Heyhoe Flint, OBE, having been created Baroness Heyhoe Flint, of Wolverhampton in the County of West Midlands, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 21 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Coe and Baroness Verma, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Select Committee Reports

4  Merits of Statutory Instruments 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

19th Report, on the following negative instrument:

Transfer of Functions (Dormant Accounts) Order 2010. (HL Paper 91)

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

Use of electronic devices in the House. (HL Paper 92)

Public Business

6  Iraq: Camp Ashraf A question was asked by Lord Corbett of Castle Vale and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

7  Museums and galleries A question was asked by Lord Sheldon and answered by Baroness Rawlings.

8  Defence: procurement A question was asked by Lord Lee of Trafford and answered by Lord Astor of Hever.

9  Prisoners: voting A question was asked by Lord Kennedy of Southwark and answered by Lord Taylor of Holbeach.

10  Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) Bill [HL] Lord Davies of Coity presented a bill to provide for the extension of Christmas Day restrictions on the opening of retail premises to Remembrance Sunday; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 41)

11  Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 75. Amendments were agreed to. The House resumed after amendment 89BZA.

12  Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2011 
Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2011
Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011

The Grand Committee reported that it had considered the draft statutory instruments.

The House adjourned at 11.25pm until Wednesday 26 January at 3.00pm.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.30pm.

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2011 Baroness Neville-Jones moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice) (Revision of Codes A, B and D) Order 2011. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2011 Lord Hill of Oareford moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Act 2007 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2011. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011 Lord Hill of Oareford moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Breaks for Carers of Disabled Children Regulations 2011. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 5.03pm.

Papers 

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

Negative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House:

   Legal Services Act 2007 (Disclosure of Restricted Information) Order 2011, laid under the Legal Services Act 2007.    (122)

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for 2009–10 of the Renewable Fuels Agency on the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, laid under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations Order 2007 .