House of Lords Business

Tuesday 15 March 2011 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the motion passed by the British–Irish Parliamentary Assembly on 22 November 2010 which noted the delay in the introduction of a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland as promised in the Belfast Agreement and called upon Her Majesty’s Government to fulfil their obligation in that regard.

*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the life peers they have appointed should be peers for life

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to mitigate and eventually eradicate the hijacking of United Kingdom shipping by Somali pirates.

†*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the proposed cuts to the police service funding will have on operational effectiveness.

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.

Warm Home Discount Regulations 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

Patents County Court (Financial Limits) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

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

Licensing Act 2003 (Royal Wedding Licensing Hours) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Equality Act 2010 (Public Authorities and Consequential and Supplementary Amendments) Order 2011 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

Energy Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Marland]

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill Committee [Lord Wallace of Tankerness] 10th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 8th Report from the Constitution Committee

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move to resolve that this House regrets that the Transfer of Functions (Dormant Accounts) Order 2010 (SI 2010/2967) makes a very limited amount of money available to the Big Society Bank in comparison to the cuts being made to voluntary organisations and youth services. 19th Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Baroness Butler-Sloss to move that this House takes note of the Transfer of Functions (Dormant Accounts) Order 2010 (SI 2010/2967). 19th Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Pensions Bill [HL] Committee (day 3) [Lord Freud]

Future Business 

Wednesday 16 March at 3.00pm

Royal Assent

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to provide for sufficient capacity in the London airport system to accommodate the forecast expansion of passenger demand.

*Baroness Knight of Collingtree to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure prompt action when widespread maltreatment of patients in NHS hospitals is reported.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to promote and support the rule of law in the countries of the Middle East.

†*Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the United Nations and the European Union on the situation in Côte d’Ivoire.

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

Financial Assistance Scheme (Revaluation and Indexation Amendments) Regulations 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 31 January be approved. 15th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 9 March

Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3 February be approved. 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 9 March

Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 3 February be approved. 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 9 March

Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 3 February be approved. 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 9 March

Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3 February be approved. 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 9 March

Social Security (Reduced Rates of Class 1 Contributions, Rebates and Minimum Contributions) Order 2011 Lord Freud to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 3 February be approved. 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 9 March

†Postal Services Bill Committee (day 3) [Baroness Wilcox] 9th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability for Work and Limited Capability for Work-Related Activity) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 10 February, be annulled. (SI 2011/228) 23rd Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Road Vehicles (Powers to Stop) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Shutt of Greetland] 15th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord McNally] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Marine Licensing (Licence Application Appeals) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Marine Licensing (Notices Appeals) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Greater Manchester Combined Authority Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Thursday 17 March at 11.00am

*Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in improving gender and ethnic diversity in judicial appointments.

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the comments made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to the Governor of the Bank of England in his letter of 16 February on inflation targets.

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement repeated by Baroness Neville-Jones on 16 February (HL Deb, cols 714–15) on the sex offenders register, to what extent the statement took account of ministers’ duty to uphold the independence of the judiciary under section 3 of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005.

†Public Bodies Bill [HL] Lord Taylor of Holbeach to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clause 1
Schedule 1
Clause 2
Schedule 2
Clause 3
Schedule 3
Clause 4

Schedule 4
Clause 5
Schedule 5
Clause 6
Schedule 6
Clauses 7 to 28.

Baroness Williams of Crosby to call attention to the United Kingdom’s record on legislation regarding bribery, tax avoidance, corruption and money laundering; and to move for papers.

Baroness Walmsley to call attention to the cost-effectiveness, and impact on quality of life, of early intervention in the first few years of a child’s life; and to move for papers.

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to move that this House agrees the recommendation of the European Union Committee that Her Majesty’s Government should exercise their right, in accordance with the Protocol on the position of the United Kingdom and Ireland in respect of the Area of Freedom, Security and Justice, to take part in the adoption and application of the Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the use of Passenger Name Record data for the prevention, detection, investigation and prosecution of terrorist offences and serious crime (document 6007/11) (11th Report, HL Paper 113).

Monday 21 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are giving to British pig farmers.

*Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace HMS Endurance as the Antarctic ice patrol vessel.

*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political situation in Somalia.

*Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the decision of Remploy Ltd, the largest specialist employer of disabled people in the United Kingdom, to make redundancies among the workforce.

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill will continue.

Lord Howell of Guildford to move that, in accordance with section 6 of the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008, this House approves Her Majesty’s Government’s intention to support the adoption of draft European Council Decision EUCO 33/10. 10th Report from the European Union Committee (Dinner break business)

Tuesday 22 March at 2.30pm

Lord Glendonbrook will be introduced.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the sales of tenancy farms by local authorities, what plans they have to assist individuals to enter the farming industry and to encourage innovation in farming.

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have reached on the future regulation of the arms trade in the light of recent events; and what action they are taking to ensure a successful outcome to the Arms Trade Treaty negotiations in 2012.

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commemorate in 2014 the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War.

†National Insurance Contributions Bill Third Reading [Lord Sassoon]

European Union Bill Second Reading [Lord Howell of Guildford]

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Howell of Guildford to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Wednesday 23 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with the government of the United States about the extradition of Gary McKinnon.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will launch a consultation on the current exemptions from regulation under section 2 of the Video Recordings Act 2010.

*Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the Welsh Assembly Government concerning possible changes to the law in Wales relating to organ donation.

Public Bodies Bill [HL] Report [Lord Taylor of Holbeach]

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

The following three motions are expected to be debated together:

Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon] 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon]

Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon]

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord McNally] 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Family Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord McNally] 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) (Amendment) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord McNally] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Hanham] 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 23rd Report from the Merits Committee

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Offshore Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland] 12th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Offshore Petroleum Activities (Oil Pollution Prevention and Control) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland] 12th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland] 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Thursday 24 March at 11.00am

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role that learning English as a foreign language plays in the integration of people from different backgrounds.

*Baroness Williams of Crosby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the cost of the reorganisation of the National Health Service and what proportion of that is due to redundancy and early retirement.

*Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what means exist for them to challenge judgments of the European Court of Human Rights which have overruled decisions of the United Kingdom Supreme Court in ways which the Government consider unfounded in law.

Lord Lawson of Blaby to call attention to Government policies to promote enterprise, growth and the fundamental rebalancing of the economy; and to move for papers.

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)

Monday 28 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people sleeping rough in London; and what proposals they have to reduce the number.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the recommendation on gaps in the National Preventive Mechanism made in the first annual report of the United Kingdom’s Preventive Mechanism under the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include the Ebbw Valley Line in the development of the business case for the electrification of the Cardiff Valley lines.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost of electricity generated by wind farms as compared with that generated by nuclear and fossil-fuelled power stations.

It is expected that the Report stage of the Public Bodies Bill [HL] will continue.

Tuesday 29 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of preventable sight loss in the United Kingdom; and whether they will include that issue in the proposed Healthy Lives, Healthy People strategy.

*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with communities affected by flooding about their proposed flood defence allocations.

*Lord Steel of Aikwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for implementing the increased maximum ethanol content in petrol; and what effect the change will have on the engines of classic and vintage vehicles. [I]

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President, Jaguar Drivers’ Club

Building Regulations (Review) Bill [HL] Report [Lord Harrison]

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Fixed-term Parliaments Bill will conclude.

Wednesday 30 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the quality and quantity of physical education in schools.

*Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they plan to give 16–19 year olds in further education.

*Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Afghanistan about recent proposals to take control of women’s shelters.

Thursday 31 March at 11.00am

*Lord Bates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific initiatives they are planning to implement the Olympic Truce for the 2012 London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

*Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to remove the threshold of 40 per cent of the electorate having to vote "yes" in ballots on trade union recognition in order to secure a positive result in addition to a simple majority.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask the Chairman of Committees what consideration can be given to widening the scope of House of Lords prayers into devotions encompassing other Christian traditions and the faiths that are represented in the House.

Lord Hollick to call attention to the case for a growth strategy for the economy of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Monday 4 April at 2.30pm

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the recent public consultation on the proposed acquisition of BSkyB by News Corporation.

*Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the timeliness of the dispatch and return of postal ballots for voters in the armed forces.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the extent to which the resources available to the Ministry of Defence match the United Kingdom’s military commitments.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have reorganised primary care trusts with effect from April; and how that relates to the further reorganisation proposed in the Health and Social Care Bill.

Tuesday 5 April at 2.30pm

*The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Burundi’s role in long-term regional stability and regional integration strategies in the light of their decision to cease bilateral aid for Burundi.

*Lord Clinton-Davis to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their decision to withdraw discretionary funding to the International Labour Organization.

*Lord Walton of Detchant to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast of the effect that proposed efficiency savings will have on the availability of joint replacement procedures in the National Health Service.

Wednesday 6 April at 11.00am

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the evidence of telephone hacking by newspapers, and what action they propose to take.

*Lord Campbell of Alloway to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they will make to the Council of Ministers to give consideration to the Joint Declaration by the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom regarding the financial management of European Union funds, made at the Economic and Financial Council on 15 February, before the European Union Budget for 2010 is discharged.

*Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission to investigate the facts and circumstances of the events of June 2010 in Osh and its surrounding provinces.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballots on 4 April for debates on 28 April and 5 May. 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.

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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

Lord Luke to call attention to the teaching of history in schools; and to move for papers.

Lord Myners to call attention to the Government’s strategy for restoring economic growth; and to move for papers.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to call attention to the proposed cuts to the BBC World Service; and to move for papers.

Lord Clement-Jones to call attention to the case for a policy to strengthen the United Kingdom’s national heritage; and to move for papers.

Lord Patel to call attention to the White Paper Healthy Lives, Healthy People: Our strategy for public health in England; and to move for papers.

Lord Rana to call attention to the case for a global living wage, according to the cost of living in the country in question; and to move for papers.

Lord Greaves to call attention to the role of community cohesion and the integration of individuals within the British multicultural society, in particular the role played by teaching and learning English as a second language; and to move for papers.

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to call attention to the role of the Crossbench peers in the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

Lord Lingfield to call attention to the education of boys; and to move for papers.

Lord Tanlaw to call attention to the devolution of time zones; and to move for papers.

Lord Wigley to call attention to the Government’s plans for the S4C Welsh language television channel; and to move for papers.

Lord Davies of Stamford to call attention to the absence of any legal impediment or sanction restricting the flow of ransom money to pirates or terrorists in Somalia or elsewhere; and to move for papers.

Lord Turnberg to call attention to standards of care in the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

Lord Low of Dalston to call attention to the impact of Government policies on disabled people; and to move for papers.

Select Committee Report 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

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

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 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 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.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to call attention to the decline in numbers of police officers and police community support officers; and to move for papers.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the historic relationship between Egypt and the United Kingdom and the current level of bilateral trade; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty to call attention to the case for increasing the amount of public space in the United Kingdom and improving access to it; 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.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to call attention to the report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability; and to move for papers.

Lord Desai to call attention to the challenges posed by multiculturalism, in particular how to accommodate practices of diverse faiths; and to move for papers.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to call attention to the decision taken by the House Committee and the Administration and Works Committee to end without report to or discussion in the chamber the daily delivery of Hansard to members living in London; and to move for papers.

Lord Williams of Elvel to call attention to the European Convention on Human Rights; 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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 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.

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to secure the future of Citizens Advice Bureaux in the Big Society, in light of the reductions in funding.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the levels of interest charged by, and the practices of, certain loan and credit companies.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent report by the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly on The Irish community in Britain: follow-up report.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of radiotherapy treatment for patients with cancers and how that affects outcomes in cancer patients.

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures in the Health and Social Care Bill will ensure early diagnosis of dementia.

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s relationship with Morocco.

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact Council Directive 1999/74/EC will have on the competitiveness of the United Kingdom egg industry from 1 January 2012.

Lord Loomba to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the first United Nations International Widows Day on 23 June.

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist the governments of south and north Sudan to consolidate the rule of law and to strengthen democratic and transparent governance and adherence to human rights following their separation into two countries on 9 July.

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how relations with Pakistan have been affected by the end of military rule.

Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce any legal impediment or sanction on the payment of ransoms to pirates or terrorists in Somalia or elsewhere.

Lord Low of Dalston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of Government policies on disabled people.

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

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 14 March and due for answer by 28 March.

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many haemophilia patients have been infected with HIV by contaminated NHS blood and blood products; and how many are still alive. 
   HL7657

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget provision they have made to meet compensation claims from those refused legal aid who subsequently take their case to the European Court of Human Rights and win.   HL7658

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue guidance that defence solicitors should be represented on Local Criminal Justice Boards to ensure that the boards are fully representative of local criminal justice communities.   HL7659

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to assist the government of Uganda in combating corruption.   HL7660

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Uganda about the promotion of equal rights to its citizens irrespective of sexuality. 
   HL7661

Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent presidential elections in Uganda.   HL7662

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided to the government of Japan following the earthquake and tsunami.   HL7663

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the situation in Côte d’Ivoire.   HL7664

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the schools admissions code.   HL7665

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review Investors in People.   HL7666

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to public funds of providing (a) the security fence, (b) police officers, (c) Security Industry Authority accredited security personnel, (d) security checks during the accreditation process, and (e) any other miscellaneous costs, at the Liberal Democrats Spring Conference in Sheffield.   HL7667

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to public funds of providing (a) the security fence, (b) police officers, (c) Security Industry Authority accredited security personnel, (d) security checks during the accreditation process, and (e) any other miscellaneous costs, at the Conservative Party Spring Conference.   HL7668

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the additional borrowing requirement by the Republic of Ireland will have on United Kingdom public funds in terms of (a) any new commitment, (b) monies already committed through a European Union bailout, and (c) in the event of any subsequent default.   HL7669

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 9 March (WA 410–11), what practical steps they have proposed to the Iraqi government’s Ashraf Committee "to ensure the residents’ human rights are respected".   HL7670

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 9 March (WA 410–11), on how many occasions United Kingdom diplomatic representatives have visited Camp Ashraf in 2011; what use of loudspeakers they observed; and what reports they made about the impact of the loudspeakers on residents.   HL7671

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure that the allocation of additional 3G spectrum encourages fair competition in the United Kingdom mobile communications market.   HL7672

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what budget provisions they have made for education and training for senior civil servants over the period of the current spending review.   HL7673

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings they expect to make in the provision of education and training courses for senior civil servants over the period of the current spending review.   HL7674

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review (a) the staffing of the National School for Government, (b) its accommodation, and (c) the education and training which it delivers.   HL7675

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what education and training facilities for senior civil servants are being retained and delivered within the civil service by the Government. 
   HL7676

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations have taken place with civil service unions and other interested parties in the formulation of any future plans for training and education provision for public sector employees.   HL7677

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to privatise education and training services for public sector employees currently provided by the Government. 
   HL7678

Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord West of Spithead on 30 November 2009 (WA 14) which stated that the Government would "imminently" amend the Misuse of Drugs Regulations 2001, whether and if so when they plan to do so.   HL7679

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the causes of civil unrest in the Turks and Caicos Islands.   HL7680

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact civil unrest in Turks and Caicos Islands is having on local tourism.   HL7681

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a referendum on independence is the sole means by which the citizens of Gibraltar may obtain independence from the United Kingdom. 
   HL7682

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will develop a strategy to combat carbon monoxide poisoning.   HL7683

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of industry programmes to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide. 
   HL7684

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward regulations to ensure that the national gas emergency service will provide their operatives with personal alarm monitors for carbon dioxide.   HL7685

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they will give to general practitioners to undertake tests on patients for carbon monoxide poisoning.   HL7686

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the priority given by the Health and Safety Executive to promotion of gas safety.   HL7687

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with representatives of CO-Gas Safety to encourage gas safety.   HL7688

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the United Nations Special Procedures to make a statement on the alleged enlistment of foreign mercenaries to support the government of Bahrain.   HL7689

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the slow progress on site protection for Gypsies and Travellers identified in the Equality and Human Rights Commission’s research report 68.   HL7690

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 March (WA 425), how much funding was given to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists for its review The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion; what conditions were attached to this funding; and on what basis the funding was given.   HL7691

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 March (WA 425), why the Department for Health will not be asked to agree or endorse the final contents of the review The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion; on what basis this decision was made; and by whom.   HL7692

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 March (WA 425), how Marie Stopes International (MSI) uses funding provided by them; what recent discussions they have had with MSI about the use of British Government funds; and what response they received from MSI during those discussions.   HL7693

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 9 December 2010 (WA 77), whether they can account for the continued delays in producing the report pertaining to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s internal governance review.   HL7694

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 6 April 2010 (WA 393) and by Earl Howe on 8 March (WA 389), what answers were provided by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in response to an email on 17 August 2004 by Dr Bob Spink MP whilst sitting on the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee, in particular regarding (a) the justification for performing research of a preliminary nature with human embryos before validating the suitability of stem cells derived by nuclear transfer in animal models, (b) his request for evidence supporting research proposals that encompassed an apparent aim to treat an autoimmune condition by cloning, and (c) queries about the previous experience in diabetes research of those making such proposals compared to their experience in reproductive medicine.   HL7695

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 28 February (WA 218–19) and 8 March (WA 389), whether information referred to or contained in records held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority provides a complete record of all information considered by the Authority as potentially relevant to its decision-making process; and, if so, whether concerns regarding the culture of embryos beyond 14 days in relation to cloning proposals were not considered.   HL7696

Lord Patel of Blackburn to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the proposed flat rate state pension, what assessment they have made of whether existing female pensioners should be provided with the same level of pension as existing male pensioners.   HL7697

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis productivity in the National Health Service is determined on an annual basis.   HL7698

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the percentage figures for NHS productivity in 1996 and in each subsequent year.   HL7699

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the inquiry by the Secretary of State for Defence into the notification of armed forces personnel regarding their redundancies is complete; and whether it will be published.   HL7700

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the river measuring stations on the Tigris and Euphrates in Iraq, destroyed or damaged in 2003 or thereafter, have been replaced wholly or partly; and, if not, whether they will help the Iraqi authorities to do so.   HL7701

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the release of Mr Nedim Sener and Mr Ahmet Sik, and other recently arrested journalists, and in particular regarding the provision of information to their lawyers of evidence justifying charges against them.   HL7702

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent research by the Institute for Fiscal Studies which argues that spending, rather than income, is the best measure of poverty.   HL7703

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 8 March (WA 391), why there are no plans to make the Higher Education Statistics Authority subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000.   HL7704

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Turkey about the extradition of Kevin Eugene O’Kane.   HL7705

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is no religious discrimination in recruitment to the Police Service of Northern Ireland.   HL7706

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 28 February (WA 211), how many depositors in each of the failed Icelandic banks have left a total of £420,000,000 unreclaimed; how many of those accounts contain over £50,000 and in which banks; and how many of those accounts are frozen.   HL7707

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 8 March (WA 389), how many non-European Union students collectively paid £2.2 billion in higher education tuition fees in 2008–09; what proportion of this sum was paid to (a) private sector, and (b) public sector, institutions; what was the source for this figure; and how it was calculated.   HL7708

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 8 March (WA 342), how many (a) asylum seekers, and (b) dependants, have made asylum applications since 2000; and how many applications in each category have been accepted.   HL7709

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 1 March (WA 287), in which category of document described in the Cabinet Secretary’s report fall (a) the letter from the chief executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS) regarding the medical tests which revealed Al Megrahi had terminal cancer, and (b) the commitment to a full read-out from the United Kingdom; and whether either document will be released in a redacted form. 
   HL7710

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

21 January (4 February)

HL6158 Lord Taylor of Warwick [CO]

3 February (17 February)

HL6615 Lord Bates [DfE]

7 February (21 February)

HL6663 Lord Myners [CO]

8 February (22 February)

HL6716 Lord Myners [CO]

HL6717 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL6741 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6743 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6744 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DfE]

HL6763 Lord Empey [MoD]

HL6782 Lord Laird [DfE]

9 February (23 February)

HL6807 Lord Beecham [DfE]

HL6808 Lord Beecham [DfE]

HL6839 Lord Laird [CO]

14 February (28 February)

HL6990 Lord Tyler [CO]

15 February (1 March)

HL7029 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath [HO]

HL7030 Baroness Thomas of Winchester [DWP]

16 February (2 March)

HL7142 Baroness Browning [DWP]

HL7145 Baroness Browning [HMT]

28 February (14 March)

HL7169 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL7170 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL7171 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL7172 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL7175 Lord Avebury [DfE]

HL7184 Lord Morris of Manchester [DWP]

HL7187 Lord Morris of Manchester [DfID]

HL7203 Lord Laird [HO]

HL7211 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DCLG]

HL7212 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DfT]

HL7218 Lord Smith of Leigh [DCLG]

HL7221 Lord Christopher [DfT]

HL7222 Lord Christopher [CO]

HL7254 Baroness Tonge [FCO]

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

[CO] 6

[DCLG] 2

[DfE] 8

[DfID] 1

[DfT] 6

[DWP] 3

[FCO] 1

[HMT] 2

[HO] 2

[MoD] 1

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

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

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

Parliament Square (Management) [HL]

Private Member’s

Electric Personal Vehicles (Use on Highways) [HL]

Private Member’s

Charities [HL] (Consolidation Bill)

Government

Sports Grounds Safety Authority

Private Member’s

Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession)

Private Member’s

European Union

Government

22 March

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

Transport for London [HL]

Private

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

Pensions [HL]

Government

15 March

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Fixed-term Parliaments

Government

15 March

Postal Services

Government

16 March

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

29 March

Public Bodies [HL] (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

23 March

Waiting for Third Reading

Energy [HL]

Government

15 March

National Insurance Contributions

Government

22 March

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

Budget Responsibility and National Audit [HL]

Government

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

Waiting for Royal Assent

Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) (Money Bill-3 March)

Government

16 March

Measures in Progress 

To be considered

Waiting for Affirmative Approval

Care of Cathedrals Measure

Mission and Pastoral Measure

Ecclesiastical Fees (Amendment) Measure

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

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2011

24th Report

Draft Charities (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Order 2011

Draft Companies Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2011

Draft Social Security (Electronic Communications) Order 2011

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Approved Regulators) Order 2011

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2011

23 March

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2011

23 March

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Offshore Chemicals (Amendment) Regulations 2011

23 March

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

23 March

Draft Renewables Obligation (Amendment) Order 2011

23 March

Draft Road Vehicles (Powers to Stop) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Local Authorities (Mayoral Elections) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Order 2011

16 March

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority Order 2011

16 March

Draft Marine Licensing (Licence Application Appeals) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Marine Licensing (Notices Appeals) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) (Amendment) Order 2011

23 March

Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) Order 2011

23 March

Draft Code of Recommended Practice on Local Authority Publicity

23rd Report

23 March

Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2011

23 March

Draft Family Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 2011

23 March

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Housing and Regeneration Act 2008 (Consequential Amendments to the Mobile Homes Act 1983) Order 2011

Draft Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Amendment of Schedule 1 and Consequential Amendments) (England) Order 2011

Draft Mobile Homes Act 1983 (Jurisdiction of Residential Property Tribunals) (England) Order 2011

Draft Financial Assistance Scheme (Revaluation and Indexation Amendments) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Levy Ceiling) Order 2011

16 March

Draft Pension Protection Fund (Pension Compensation Cap) Order 2011

16 March

Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

16 March

Draft Social Security (Reduced Rates of Class 1 Contributions, Rebates and Minimum Contributions) Order 2011

16 March

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

21st Report

Draft Licensing Act 2003 (Royal Wedding Licensing Hours) Order 2011

Draft Media Ownership (Radio and Cross-media) Order 2011

Draft Equality Act 2010 (Public Authorities and Consequential and Supplementary Amendments) Order 2011

Draft Patents County Court (Financial Limits) Order 2011

Draft Warm Home Discount Regulations 2011

Draft Employment and Support Allowance (Work-Related Activity) Regulations 2011

24th Report

Draft Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Amendment of List of Responders) Order 2011

Draft Employment Equality (Repeal of Retirement Age Provisions) Regulations 2011

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

19th Report

Transfer of Functions (Dormant Accounts) Order 2010

17 February

15 March

23rd Report

Employment and Support Allowance (Limited Capability for Work and Limited Capability for Work-related Activity) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

6 April

16 March

24th Report

Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) (Amendment) Order 2011

27 April

Libya (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011

30 April

National Policy Statement 

Scrutiny time expires

To be considered

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.

Tuesday 15 March

HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom

Select Committee

in Brighton

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

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

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Science and Technology

Sub-Committee I Behaviour Change

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 16 March

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 17 March

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs

9.30am

Tuesday 22 March

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 23 March

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Tuesday 29 March

Procedure

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 30 March

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

Monday 4 April

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 5 April

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Thursday 28 April

Audit

Domestic Committee

3.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Monday 14 March 2011 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle.

1 Earldom of Lloyd-George of Dwyfor in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Lord Chancellor reported that David Richard Owen Lloyd George had established his succession to the Earldom of Lloyd-George of Dwyfor. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter Earl Lloyd-George of Dwyfor on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).

2 Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to Lord Bridges for the remainder of this Parliament.

Public Business

3 Health Visitor service A question was asked by Lord Northbourne and answered by Earl Howe.

4 Botswana: bushmen of the Central Kalahari Game Reserve A question was asked by Lord Pearson of Rannoch and answered by Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

5 House of Lords: membership A question was asked by Lord Lamont of Lerwick and answered by Lord Strathclyde.

6 Health: sickle-cell disease A question was asked by Baroness Benjamin and answered by Earl Howe.

7 National Insurance Contributions Bill The report was received. Amendment 2 was disagreed to (see division list).

8 Japan and the Middle East Lord Strathclyde repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

9 Postal Services Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 8. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

10 Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2011 Lord Freud moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 3 February be approved. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

11 Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2011 Lord Freud moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 3 February be approved. The motion was agreed to.

12 Postal Services Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 13. The House resumed after amendment 17.

The House adjourned at 10.42pm until Tuesday 15 March at 2.30pm.

Michael Pownall

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Instrument Withdrawn

The following instrument, laid before the House on 14 February, was withdrawn:

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Approved Regulators) Order 2011.

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following negative instruments were laid before the House on 11 March:

1 National Health Service (General Medical Services Contracts) (Prescription of Drugs etc.) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.   (680)

2 Firearms (Electronic Communications) Order 2011, laid under the Electronic Communications Act 2000.   (713)

3 Tax Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011, laid under the Tax Credits Act 2002. 
     (721)

4 Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Estimates and Accounts) Order 2011, laid under the Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000.   (723)

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution:

1 Draft Social Security (Electronic Communications) Order 2011, laid under the Electronic Communications Act 2000.

2 Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Approved Regulators) Order 2011, laid under the Legal Services Act 2007.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 (1) Jobseeker’s Allowance (Mandatory Work Activity Scheme) Regulations 2011   (688)

(2) National Insurance Contributions Credits (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011
   (709)

(3) Statutory Maternity Pay (Compensation of Employers) Amendment Regulations 2011   (725)

laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.

2 (1) Smoke Control Areas (Exempted Fireplaces) (England) Order 2011   (714)

(2) Smoke Control Areas (Authorised Fuels) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011   (715)

laid under the Clean Air Act 1993.

3 Police Act 1997 (Criminal Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid under the Police Act 1997.   (719)

4 National Assistance (Sums for Personal Requirements) Amendment (England) Regulations 2011, laid under the National Assistance Act 1948.   (724)

5 London Insolvency District (Central London County Court) Order 2011, laid under the Courts and Legal Services Act 1990.   (761)

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report by the Social Security Advisory Committee on the Jobseeker’s Allowance (Mandatory Work Activity Scheme) Regulations 2011, together with the Government response, laid under the Social Security Administration Act 1992.

Division on 14 March 2011 

National Insurance Contributions Bill

Division No. 1

Lord McKenzie of Luton moved amendment 2, in clause 4, page 2, line 8, at end to insert:

"( ) This section applies to all regions and countries of the United Kingdom."

The House divided:

Contents 139

Not-contents 200

Contents

Ahmed, L.

Anderson of Swansea, L.

Andrews, B.

Archer of Sandwell, L.

Armstrong of Hill Top, B.

Bach, L.

Barnett, L.

Bassam of Brighton, L. [Teller]

Beecham, L.

Berkeley, L.

Bhattacharyya, L.

Bilston, L.

Blood, B.

Borrie, L.

Bragg, L.

Broers, L.

Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.

Brookman, L.

Cameron of Dillington, L.

Campbell-Savours, L.

Carter of Coles, L.

Christopher, L.

Clancarty, E.

Clark of Windermere, L.

Clarke of Hampstead, L.

Clinton-Davis, L.

Collins of Highbury, L.

Corbett of Castle Vale, L.

Davies of Abersoch, L.

Davies of Coity, L.

Davies of Oldham, L.

Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.

Desai, L.

Dixon, L.

Donaghy, B.

Drake, B.

Dubs, L.

Elder, L.

Elystan-Morgan, L.

Erroll, E.

Farrington of Ribbleton, B.

Faulkner of Worcester, L.

Foster of Bishop Auckland, L.

Foulkes of Cumnock, L.

Gale, B.

Gibson of Market Rasen, B.

Gilbert, L.

Glasman, L.

Golding, B.

Gordon of Strathblane, L.

Goudie, B.

Gould of Potternewton, B.

Grantchester, L.

Grocott, L.

Harris of Haringey, L.

Hart of Chilton, L.

Haskel, L.

Haworth, L.

Hayter of Kentish Town, B.

Healy of Primrose Hill, B.

Hilton of Eggardon, B.

Hollis of Heigham, B.

Howarth of Newport, L.

Hoyle, L.

Hughes of Stretford, B.

Hughes of Woodside, L.

Hunt of Kings Heath, L.

Jay of Paddington, B.

Jones of Whitchurch, B.

Jordan, L.

Kennedy of Southwark, L.

Kennedy of The Shaws, B.

King of West Bromwich, L.

Kinnock, L.

Kinnock of Holyhead, B.

Knight of Weymouth, L.

Lea of Crondall, L.

Levy, L.

Liddle, L.

Lipsey, L.

Lister of Burtersett, B.

McAvoy, L.

Macdonald of Tradeston, L.

McIntosh of Hudnall, B.

MacKenzie of Culkein, L.

Mackenzie of Framwellgate, L.

McKenzie of Luton, L.

Mallalieu, B.

Maxton, L.

Meacher, B.

Montgomery of Alamein, V.

Morris of Aberavon, L.

Morris of Handsworth, L.

Morris of Manchester, L.

Morris of Yardley, B.

Newcastle, Bp.

Nye, B.

Palmer, L.

Patel of Blackburn, L.

Patel of Bradford, L.

Pendry, L.

Pitkeathley, B.

Plant of Highfield, L.

Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.

Prescott, L.

Prosser, B.

Puttnam, L.

Ramsay of Cartvale, B.

Rea, L.

Richard, L.

Rosser, L.

Royall of Blaisdon, B.

Sewel, L.

Simon, V.

Smith of Basildon, B.

Smith of Finsbury, L.

Soley, L.

Stevenson of Balmacara, L.

Stoddart of Swindon, L.

Symons of Vernham Dean, B.

Taylor of Bolton, B.

Thornton, B.

Tomlinson, L.

Touhig, L.

Triesman, L.

Tunnicliffe, L. [Teller]

Turner of Camden, B.

Valentine, B.

Wall of New Barnet, B.

Warner, L.

Wheeler, B.

Whitaker, B.

Wilkins, B.

Williams of Elvel, L.

Wills, L.

Wood of Anfield, L.

Woolmer of Leeds, L.

Young of Hornsey, B.

Young of Norwood Green, L.

Not-contents

Aberdare, L.

Addington, L.

Ahmad of Wimbledon, L.

Allan of Hallam, L.

Alton of Liverpool, L.

Anelay of St Johns, B. [Teller]

Astor of Hever, L.

Attlee, E.

Avebury, L.

Baker of Dorking, L.

Bates, L.

Benjamin, B.

Berridge, B.

Best, L.

Black of Brentwood, L.

Blackwell, L.

Blencathra, L.

Boswell of Aynho, L.

Bowness, L.

Bradshaw, L.

Bridgeman, V.

Brinton, B.

Brittan of Spennithorne, L.

Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, L.

Brougham and Vaux, L.

Browning, B.

Byford, B.

Campbell of Alloway, L.

Carswell, L.

Cathcart, E.

Cavendish of Furness, L.

Chadlington, L.

Chorley, L.

Clement-Jones, L.

Cobbold, L.

Colwyn, L.

Condon, L.

Cormack, L.

Courtown, E.

Coussins, B.

Cox, B.

Craigavon, V.

Crickhowell, L.

Cumberlege, B.

De Mauley, L.

Denham, L.

Dholakia, L.

Dixon-Smith, L.

Dobbs, L.

Doocey, B.

D’Souza, B.

Dundee, E.

Dykes, L.

Falkland, V.

Faulks, L.

Fearn, L.

Fellowes, L.

Fookes, B.

Fowler, L.

Framlingham, L.

Fraser of Carmyllie, L.

Freeman, L.

Freud, L.

Garden of Frognal, B.

Gardiner of Kimble, L.

Gardner of Parkes, B.

Geddes, L.

German, L.

Goodhart, L.

Greenway, L.

Hamilton of Epsom, L.

Hanham, B.

Hannay of Chiswick, L.

Harries of Pentregarth, L.

Henley, L.

Heyhoe Flint, B.

Higgins, L.

Hill of Oareford, L.

Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, L.

Howard of Lympne, L.

Howarth of Breckland, B.

Howe, E.

Howe of Idlicote, B.

Howell of Guildford, L.

Hurd of Westwell, L.

Hussain, L.

Hussein-Ece, B.

James of Blackheath, L.

Jenkin of Kennington, B.

Jenkin of Roding, L.

Jolly, B.

Jones of Cheltenham, L.

Kakkar, L.

Kerr of Kinlochard, L.

Kirkwood of Kirkhope, L.

Knight of Collingtree, B.

Kramer, B.

Laming, L.

Lamont of Lerwick, L.

Lang of Monkton, L.

Lawson of Blaby, L.

Lee of Trafford, L.

Lester of Herne Hill, L.

Lindsay, E.

Lingfield, L.

Liverpool, E.

Loomba, L.

Lothian, M.

Lucas, L.

Luke, L.

Lyell, L.

McColl of Dulwich, L.

MacGregor of Pulham Market, L.

Mackay of Clashfern, L.

Maclennan of Rogart, L.

McNally, L.

Maddock, B.

Magan of Castletown, L.

Maples, L.

Mar, C.

Marland, L.

Marlesford, L.

Mawhinney, L.

Miller of Chilthorne Domer, B.

Montrose, D.

Morris of Bolton, B.

Murphy, B.

Neuberger, B.

Newby, L.

Newton of Braintree, L.

Noakes, B.

Northover, B.

O’Cathain, B.

Pannick, L.

Patel, L.

Perry of Southwark, B.

Plumb, L.

Ramsbotham, L.

Randerson, B.

Rawlings, B.

Reay, L.

Redesdale, L.

Rennard, L.

Ribeiro, L.

Risby, L.

Ritchie of Brompton, B.

Rix, L.

Roberts of Conwy, L.

Roberts of Llandudno, L.

Rowe-Beddoe, L.

St John of Bletso, L.

Saltoun of Abernethy, Ly.

Sassoon, L.

Seccombe, B.

Selsdon, L.

Shackleton of Belgravia, B.

Sharkey, L.

Shaw of Northstead, L.

Sheldon, L.

Shipley, L.

Shutt of Greetland, L. [Teller]

Skelmersdale, L.

Slim, V.

Smith of Clifton, L.

Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.

Spicer, L.

Stedman-Scott, B.

Stirrup, L.

Stoneham of Droxford, L.

Stowell of Beeston, B.

Strathclyde, L.

Sutherland of Houndwood, L.

Tanlaw, L.

Taverne, L.

Taylor of Holbeach, L.

Tenby, V.

Thomas of Gresford, L.

Thomas of Swynnerton, L.

Thomas of Walliswood, B.

Thomas of Winchester, B.

Tope, L.

Tordoff, L.

True, L.

Trumpington, B.

Tugendhat, L.

Tyler, L.

Verma, B.

Waddington, L.

Wallace of Saltaire, L.

Wallace of Tankerness, L.

Walmsley, B.

Walpole, L.

Warnock, B.

Warsi, B.

Wei, L.

Wheatcroft, B.

Wilcox, B.

Willis of Knaresborough, L.

Wilson of Tillyorn, L.

Younger of Leckie, V.