House of Lords Business

Monday 31 January 2011 at 2.15pm

Baroness King of Bow, 
†Baroness Randerson, and 
†Lord Noon will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*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.

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

Parliamentary Voting System and Constituencies Bill Committee (day 15) [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 3.30pm

Energy Bill [HL] Committee (day 5) [Lord Marland]

Future Business 

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.

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.

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

†Legislative Reform (Civil Partnership) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Legislative Reform Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

†European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Stabilisation and Association Agreement) (Republic of Serbia) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) Rules 2010 Lord Strathclyde to move that the Rules be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Rules of the Court of Judicature (Northern Ireland) (Amendment No. 3) 2010 Lord Strathclyde to move that the Rules be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Control of Donations and Regulation of Loans etc. (Extension of the Prescribed Period) (Northern Ireland) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

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 11.00am

†*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.

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.

Baroness Afshar to call attention to measures for maintaining the standard of higher education in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Lord Wills to call attention to Government policy on experiments on animals; 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.

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.

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to ensure that the quality of teaching of school-age sport increases the levels of participation in sport in later life.

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the regulations governing experiments on animals.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 27 January and due for answer by 10 February.

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 13 December 2010 (WA 148–9) about the issuing of Notices to Owners by the Traffic Enforcement Centre, what procedures should be followed where data cleansing or other tracing procedures performed after the issue of a warrant of execution identify that an inaccurate or incomplete address had been used by the local authority to serve the Notice to Owner and other documentation.   HL6342

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what correspondence the Northern Ireland Office had with the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in December 2010; and whether they will place copies of it in the Library of the House.   HL6343

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how much they lost in taxes because of fuel laundering in Northern Ireland in 2010.   HL6344

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent at HM Prison Ashwell on refurbishment in the last two years.   HL6345

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the top three prisons ranked for success in the resettlement of offenders.   HL6346

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the report of the review of crime statistics by the National Statistician.   HL6347

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations will be consulted during the review of crime statistics by the National Statistician.   HL6348

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s evaluation of research proposals ensures that proposed research provides additional advantages over existing research.   HL6349

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that the requirements of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 will be adhered to if the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority ceases to exist in its present form.   HL6350

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 24 January (WA 97–8), whether the report in Human Reproduction (volume 23, issue 4, pp 756–71) that 631 cases of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome (OHSS) were recorded in the United Kingdom in 2004, based on information vetted by Richard Baranowski of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) in his capacity as the contact person representing data collection in the United Kingdom on behalf of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, was based on data held by the HFEA; and why the HFEA advised Professor Adam Balen that the figure was at variance with the number recorded in the HFEA database (609) when updating his short report on OHSS for the HFEA in August 2008.   HL6351

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Darzi of Denham on 5 December 2007 (WA 195–6), Baroness Thornton on 19 January 2010 (WA 224–5) and Earl Howe on 25 January 2011 (WA 134), why the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has not specified how many human embryos have not been experimented on on the basis of Directions on Records (D.1991/4 and D.1992/2) pertaining to the "Embryo storage or research form" (ref no. (91)5) or Directions 0002 issued by the HFEA (dated 1 July 2009) and chair’s letter reference CH(10)03 paragraph 1(h) that require licence holders to maintain records on total numbers of embryos created, used or disposed of in undertaking licensed research; and whether that takes account of the requirement in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 for a report to be made on every cycle of in vitro fertilisation treatment carried out in the United Kingdom.   HL6352

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority use in selecting peer reviewers for licensed research.   HL6353

Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Iran about the reported desecration of the Jewish historical site at the tomb of Esther and Mordechai.   HL6354

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with British companies about supporting settlement activities in east Jerusalem.   HL6355

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Palestinian documents recently leaked to Al Jazeera and their correlation with Israel’s statements about the Palestinians’ desire for peace.   HL6356

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their stance on the draft Palestinian UN Security Council Resolution on settlements.   HL6357

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the Turkel Commission; and what assessment they have made of the impartiality of its members. 
   HL6358

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the appointment of Nijab Mikati as Prime Minister designate of Lebanon.   HL6359

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the political situation in Egypt and the stability of the government there.   HL6360

Lord Campbell of Alloway to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 25 January (WA 137), whether they will publish the results of the vote at the ECOFIN Council on 15 February on a recommendation to the European Parliament on whether or not to grant discharge of the European Union budget.   HL6361

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether accident and emergency departments will be affected by spending cuts.   HL6362

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the finding that one in five students left university without a job last year.   HL6363

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to give headteachers greater powers to exclude aggressive pupils.   HL6364

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage the teaching of more foreign languages in schools.   HL6365

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many jobs are expected to be lost due to the cuts to the BBC World Service.   HL6366

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to protect teachers from pupils who make unfounded claims about misconduct.   HL6367

Lord Shipley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of future passenger numbers on the Northern Rail franchise; and what plans they have for the number and quality of new and existing rolling stock to meet that future demand.   HL6368

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the proposal to restrict fee remission for adult education courses to certain benefit claimants, as detailed on page 10 of the Skills for Sustainable Growth executive summary, was not included in the Skills for Sustainable Growth consultation on the future of skills policy issued in July 2010; and what modelling they have conducted into the effect of that proposal on the ability of adults from each socio-economic group to access education and training.   HL6369

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what research (a) the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and (b) the Skills Funding Agency, have undertaken into the potential impact on people from black and minority ethnic communities of the proposed changes to eligibility for fee remission for adults wishing to take English for Speakers of Other Languages courses. 
   HL6370

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether adults on inactive benefits will be eligible for loans if they wish to take an English for Speakers of Other Language course in (a) 2011–12, (b) 2012–13, and (c) 2013–14.   HL6371

Baroness Sharp of Guildford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults studying English for Speakers of Other Languages courses are (a) women, and (b) men; and how many in each category have been on (1) active benefits, and (2) inactive benefits, in each of the last three years for which figures are available.   HL6372

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the closure of the direct Wrexham–Shropshire–London train service (a) generally, and (b) in respect of any effect on competition in the Birmingham area; how they will undertake any action arising from their assessment; and when.   HL6373

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures will be incorporated in future franchises to encourage train operating companies and Network Rail to avoid slack scheduling. 
   HL6374

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 24 January (WA 92–3), whether individuals who believe their details may be held in the National Archives file BN 1/141 are entitled to know whether that can be confirmed; and whether they or their relatives will be informed when the records are released in 2072.   HL6375

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Service Centres are fully functional; what percentage of patients referred with ME/CFS are subsequently found to have fatigue associated with other chronic conditions; and what measures are in place to ensure that patients with chronic fatigue are effectively screened for other relatively rare diseases before they are given a diagnosis of ME/CFS.   HL6376

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 6 December 2010 (WA 9), what they estimate would be the cost of the cost-benefit analysis of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union.   HL6377

Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 19 January (WA 32), whether the statement that "DECC calculations suggest these levels of wind imply a subsidy cost of around £5 billion in 2020" refers to a subsidy of £5 billion in 2020 or cumulatively by 2020.   HL6378

Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 19 January (WA 32), at what rate offshore wind turbines have been installed since 2003.   HL6379

Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 19 January (WA 32), at what rate it would be necessary to install wind turbines to deliver the 4,000 offshore wind turbines by 2020 in the scenario modelled by Redpoint.   HL6380

Lord Donoughue to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the amount of fossil fuel generating capacity that will be needed as back-up for wind power by 2030.   HL6381

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money owed under the Business Payment Support Scheme has been written off in each year since its establishment.   HL6382

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many businesses in each of the last five years have entered a formal insolvency procedure after having been granted a Time to Pay agreement under the Business Payment Support Scheme.   HL6383

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money remains outstanding under the Business Payment Support Scheme.   HL6384

Lord Newby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrangements under the Business Payment Support Scheme are (a) repeat deferrals (cases in which a company asks for an agreement and, once they have repaid the amount, subsequently ask for another agreement), and (b) renegotiated deferrals (cases in which a company is granted an agreement but cannot repay the amount owed in the originally intended time period, so is granted a deadline extension); and how much tax that amounts to.   HL6385

Baroness Wilkins to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to lay the School Finance (England) Regulations 2011; and under what procedure the Regulations will be approved.   HL6386

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

1 December (15 December)

HL4848 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

10 January (24 January)

HL5636 Lord Taylor of Warwick [HO]

HL5654 The Countess of Mar [DfT]

11 January (25 January)

HL5779 Lord Condon [HO]

12 January (26 January)

HL5815 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL5824 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

13 January (27 January)

HL5862 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

HL5879 Lord Stevenson of Balmacara [DfT]

HL5898 Lord Bowness [DfE]

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

[DfE] 2

[DfT] 3

[HMT] 1

[HO] 3

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

31 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

31 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

31 January

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

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2011

Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Work Experience) (Amendment) Regulations 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 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

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

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.

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

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs

1.30pm

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Science and Technology

Sub Committee I Behaviour Change

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 2 February

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 3 February

European Union

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

10.00am

Wednesday 9 February

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Thursday 10 February

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Tuesday 15 February

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 2 March

Audit

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 15 March

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 16 March

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 27 January 2011 

The House met at 10.45am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Hereford.

1  Lord Magan of Castletown George Morgan Magan, Esquire, having been created Baron Magan of Castletown, of Kensington in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 25 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Northbrook and Lord Howard of Rising, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

2  Lord Grade of Yarmouth Michael Ian Grade, Esquire, CBE, having been created Baron Grade of Yarmouth, of Yarmouth in the County of Isle of Wight, for life by Letters Patent dated in the afternoon of 25 January 2011, was introduced between Baroness Sharples and Baroness Buscombe, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

3  Baroness Jenkin of Kennington Anne Caroline Jenkin, having been created Baroness Jenkin of Kennington, of Hatfield Peverel in the County of Essex, for life by Letters Patent dated in the forenoon of 26 January 2011, was introduced between Lord Jenkin of Roding and Baroness Shephard of Northwold, took and subscribed the oath and signed an undertaking to abide by the Code of Conduct.

Public Business

4  Defra: disease outbreaks A question was asked by the Countess of Mar and answered by Lord Henley.

5  Zimbabwe A question was asked by Lord St John of Bletso and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

6  Airlines: snow and ice A question was asked by Lord Dubs and answered by Earl Attlee.

7  Telephone hacking A question was asked by Lord Fowler and answered by Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

8  Business of the House Lord Strathclyde moved that the debate on the motion in the name of Lord King of Bridgwater set down for today shall be limited to 2 hours and that in the name of Viscount Younger of Leckie to 3 hours. The motion was agreed to.

9  Business of the House Lord Strathclyde moved that leave be given to advance the Report stage of the Budget Responsibility and National Audit Bill [HL] from Tuesday 1 February to Monday 31 January. The motion was agreed to.

10  Armed forces: post-service welfare (2-hour debate) Lord King of Bridgwater moved for papers relating to physical and mental rehabilitation of military veterans and their post-service welfare. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

11  Tourism (3-hour debate) Viscount Younger of Leckie moved for papers relating to the value of tourism to the United Kingdom economy. After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

12  Defence: military covenant A question was asked by the Lord Bishop of Wakefield and, after debate, answered by Lord Astor of Hever.

The House adjourned at 5.42pm until Monday 31 January at 2.15pm.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

   1 Non-Domestic Rating (Collection and Enforcement) (Local Lists) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2011, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988.   (113)

   2 Nuclear Decommissioning and Waste Handling (Finance and Fees) Regulations 2011, laid under the Energy Act 2008.   (134)

3 (1) Uplands Transitional Payment Regulations 2011   (135)

   (2) Export Control (Liberia) Order 2011   (145)

   (3) Export Control (Somalia) Order 2011   (146)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for 2009–10 of VisitEngland, laid under the Development of Tourism Act 1969.