House of Lords Business

Wednesday 27 April 2011 at 3.00pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will maintain the fee waiver after 2012 for students spending a year of their university degree courses abroad through the Erasmus scheme; and what plans they have to extend the waiver to students going outside the European Union.

*Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to eradicate oak processionary moth.

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with their reviews of the school curriculum and of Personal, Social and Health Education.

†*Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in the light of recent developments in Camp Ashraf.

Postal Services Bill Baroness Wilcox to move that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 8
Schedule 1
Clauses 9 and 10
Schedule 2
Clauses 11 to 37
Schedule 3
Clauses 38 to 41
Schedule 4
Clauses 42 to 50
Schedule 5
Clause 51
Schedule 6

Clause 52
Schedule 7
Clause 53
Schedule 8
Clauses 54 to 64
Schedule 9
Clauses 65 to 71
Schedules 10 and 11
Clauses 72 to 89
Schedule 12
Clauses 90 and 91.

Pensions Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Freud]

Police Reform and Social Responsibility Bill Second Reading [Baroness Neville-Jones]

If the bill is read a second time, Baroness Neville-Jones to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Civil Contingencies Act 2004 (Amendment of List of Responders) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Taylor of Holbeach] 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Charities (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Verma] 18th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Companies Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord De Mauley] 18th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943 (Time Limit for Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Astor of Hever] 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943 (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Astor of Hever] 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Future Business 

Thursday 28 April at 11.00am

*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution by the European Union and its predecessors to peace in Europe compared with that of NATO.

*Baroness Seccombe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the result of the Welsh Referendum will have on their plans to resolve the West Lothian question.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the National Music Plan.

†*Lord Campbell of Alloway to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the United Kingdom contribution to the European Union Budget has been signed off by the Court of Auditors over the last 16 years.

†Procedure The Chairman of Committees to move that the 4th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 127) be agreed to.

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to call attention to those living in extreme poverty in the developing world; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

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. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

City of London (Various Powers) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Brooke of Sutton Mandeville]

Tuesday 3 May at 2.30pm

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications of housing benefit reform for the geographic distribution of low income families.

*Lord Haskel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take regarding levels of personal debt.

*Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the waiting times for accident and emergency treatment and operations since the abolition of targets.

†European Union Bill Committee (day 3) [Lord Howell of Guildford]

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House regrets that the Government have not published a comprehensive explanation of the findings from the consultation on Tiers 1 and 2 relating to the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules. (HC 863) 27th Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

Wednesday 4 May at 3.00pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are giving to the Charity Commission to identify bogus charities for overseas freedom movements, proscribed organisations and terrorists to prevent them benefiting from United Kingdom tax relief.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from manufacturers on their economic policy.

*Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will address the shortfall in the provision of the Teachers’ Education Service for Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children.

Postal Services Bill Report [Baroness Wilcox]

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of progress in the Middle East peace process. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 5 May at 11.00am

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received on their plans for a single state pension with an estimated value of around £155 at current prices.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they are making of the impact of the new English Baccalaureate on the breadth of subjects offered by schools.

*Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of South Sudan about their resettlement policy for urban migrants from North Sudan to smallholdings in the South.

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. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Lord Low of Dalston to call attention to the impact of Government policies on disabled people; and to move for papers. (Balloted debate, 2½ hours)

Charities Bill [HL] (Consolidation Bill) Second Reading [Baroness Verma]

Monday 9 May at 2.30pm

†*Lord Ashdown of Norton-sub-Hamdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

†*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the public expenditure reserve is adequate to meet any potential requirement.

†*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage a settlement between Israel and Palestine.

†*Lord Phillips of Sudbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the staff levels at Government agencies dealing with financial, banking and tax fraud.

Public Bodies Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Taylor of Holbeach]

It is expected that the Committee stage of the European Union Bill will continue.

Tuesday 10 May at 2.30pm

†*Lord Davies of Coity to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve outcomes for kidney cancer patients.

†*Lord Waddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Iraq about the recent raid on Camp Ashraf.

†*The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the provision of arts at a local level.

Fixed-term Parliaments Bill Report [Lord Wallace of Tankerness]

The Countess of Mar to move that this House regrets that it has been given insufficient information to understand the policy objectives of the Jobseekers Allowance (Mandatory Work Activity Scheme) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/688), how the scheme will work and whether claimants’ prospects of obtaining employment will be improved. 27th Report from the Merits Committee (Dinner break business)

†Wednesday 11 May at 3.00pm

†*Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the loss of passported benefits to disabled people when the number of those entitled to receive disability living allowance is reduced by 20 per cent.

†*Baroness Williams of Crosby to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure the implementation of the European Union electronic communications framework.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about their proposal to abolish the General Social Care Council.

Thursday 12 May at 11.00am

†*Baroness Perry of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to work with the Church of England in further developing the Big Society.

†*Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to compel the BBC to open its books for audit by the National Audit Office.

†*Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the constitutional convention that no parliament may bind its successor, they will review the commitment made by the previous Government to participate in the European Financial Stabilisation Mechanism.

Baroness Byford to call attention to the future contribution of British agriculture to global food security; and to move for papers.

Baroness Newlove to call attention to the report Our vision for safe and active communities; and to move for papers.

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Lord Sassoon to move that this House approves, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, the Government’s assessment as set out in the Budget Report, combined with the Office for Budget Responsibility’s Economic and Fiscal Outlook, which forms the basis of the United Kingdom’s Convergence Programme.

Lord Roper to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU strategy for economic growth and the UK National Reform Programme (5th Report, HL Paper 81).

Friday 13 May at 10.00am

Sports Grounds Safety Authority Bill Second Reading [Lord Faulkner of Worcester]

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

Estates of Deceased Persons (Forfeiture Rule and Law of Succession) Bill Second Reading [Lord Hunt of Wirral]

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

Wreck Removal Convention Bill Second Reading [Baroness Stowell of Beeston]

If the bill is read a second time, Baroness Stowell of Beeston to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

†Monday 16 May at 2.30pm

†*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the uses to which the revenue received from product placement will be put by commercial broadcasters.

†*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their programme of public sector savings, whether they will approve proposals to increase over the next three years the United Kingdom’s current net contribution of £8 billion to the European Union budget.

†*Lord Kakkar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to secure the primacy of the House of Commons if the House of Lords is replaced by an elected chamber.

†*Lord Sheikh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the proposed Palestinian statehood declaration, which is planned to be placed before the United Nations General Assembly in September.

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

†Tuesday 17 May at 2.30pm

†*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the BBC on the development of the World Service.

†*The Lord Bishop of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the evidence for their assessment that asylum seekers returned to the Democratic Republic of Congo will be safe.

†*Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they use in determining which subjects count towards the English Baccalaureate.

It is expected that the Report stage of the Postal Services Bill will conclude.

†Wednesday 18 May at 3.00pm

†*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that school inspectors are trained to prevent proliferation of imported race and religious hate material in faith schools.

†*Lord Knight of Weymouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest estimate of the proportion of higher education courses charging £9,000 from next year; and whether the consequential cost to the exchequer has been adjusted.

†*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that Twickenham railway station is fit for purpose in time for the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

†Thursday 19 May at 11.00am

†*Lord Northbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to define more clearly the responsibilities of parenthood.

†*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Bahrain on behalf of those Bahrainians studying in the United Kingdom whose courses have been terminated.

†*Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what responsibility the British Embassy in Iraq has for maintaining the condition of Camp Ashraf.

†Monday 23 May at 2.30pm

†*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to respond to the report of the Olympic Delivery Authority that air quality in London will exceed European Union limits during the 2012 Olympic Games.

†*Lord Best to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take following the Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s investigation into the creation of a sustainable housing market.

†*Baroness Stowell of Beeston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the levels of interest set by banks on cash individual savings accounts as compared with other savings accounts.

†*The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are meeting the mental health needs of children in the care of local authorities.

†Tuesday 24 May at 2.30pm

†*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional peers from each of the parties that contested the 2010 general election are required to meet the commitment in the Coalition’s Programme for Government to establish "a second chamber that is reflective of the share of the vote secured by the political parties in the last general election".

†*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been received about the place of religious education in the proposed English Baccalaureate.

†*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the rules on homeowners’ liability in the event of injury to intruders on private domestic property.

†Wednesday 25 May at 3.00pm

†*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will further consider the practice of changing the clocks between British Summer Time and Greenwich Mean Time.

†*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recommendations in the report The voice of the child: learning lessons from serious case reviews, published by Ofsted this month. 

†*Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken into consideration issues such as members’ effectiveness and provision of facilities in increasing the size of the House to over 800.

Select Committee Reports 

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

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Money laundering: data protection for suspicious activity reports (6th Report, HL Paper 82). 20 January 2011

Lord Teverson to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU’s Police Mission in Afghanistan (7th Report, HL Paper 87). 16 February 2011

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.

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.

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone to call attention to the work of secure children’s homes in reducing children’s reoffending and the impact of budget cuts; and to move for papers.

Lord Selsdon to call attention to the legacy of President Gorbachev and the development of democratic government; and to move for papers.

Baroness Stowell of Beeston to call attention to the report Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility; and to move for papers.

Lord Risby to call attention to the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident; and to move for papers.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House takes note of the Immigration (Designation of Travel Bans) (Amendment) Order 2011 (SI 2011/547). 24th Report from the Merits Committee

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that this House takes note of the Libya (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011(SI 2011/605). 24th Report from the Merits Committee

Lord Avebury to move that this House regrets that changes to the rules relating to the victims of domestic violence in the Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules (HC 908) remove the protection granted by the Rules to some victims who may therefore be forced to remain in the abusive relationships on which their immigration status depends.

Lord Knight of Weymouth to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Jobseekers Allowance (Mandatory Work Activity Scheme) Regulations 2011, laid before the House on 14 March, be annulled (SI 2011/688). 27th Report from the Merits Committee

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lord Luke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for improving the teaching of history in schools.

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for improving transport links between London and the regions.

Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role that the arts and cultural and creative industries can play in international development, particularly in the Commonwealth.

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Strategic Foresight Group’s report The Blue Peace on transforming water from a source of conflict into a basis for co-operation in the Middle East.

Lord St John of Fawsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the importance of the ecumenical movement to promote understanding and tolerance between different churches and different faiths.

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with Ministers of the National Assembly for Wales relating to year-end financial flexibility.

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will encourage the rebalancing of the Northern Ireland economy in order to stimulate private sector growth.

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what account they will take of the Faculty of Public Health Report Thinking Ahead: Why we need to improve children’s mental health and wellbeing in planning prioritisation for children’s services.

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they propose to the requirements for pension fund managers to disclose environmental, social and governance policies.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of extending the proposed High Speed 2 railway from Birmingham to Manchester, the East Midlands, Sheffield and Leeds with appropriate connections beyond to the West and East Coast Mainlines.

Baroness Linklater of Butterstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of budget cuts on the work of secure children’s homes in reducing children’s reoffending rates.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of human rights and the political situation in Saudi Arabia.

Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government how extensions in the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and their transparency agenda will affect the availability of government records to the public.

The Earl of Glasgow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to establish a legal right for the terminally ill to choose how they will die, without legal ramifications for anyone assisting them.

Baroness Stowell of Beeston to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the recommendations of the report Opening Doors, Breaking Barriers: A Strategy for Social Mobility and further develop their policies in this area.

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are meeting the mental health needs of children in the care of local authorities.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 26 April and due for answer by 12 May.

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to stimulate economic activity in the Turks and Caicos Islands.   HL8610

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their marketing plans for promoting tourism in the Turks and Caicos Islands.   HL8611

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to the appointment of a politician or a businessman as Governor of the Turks and Caicos Islands on the replacement of the current Governor in August.   HL8612

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands.   HL8613

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances it is possible to have an unregulated charity.   HL8614

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their involvement in the setting up in Australia of the independent Defence Honours and Awards Appeal Tribunal to consider posthumous eligibility for the Victoria Cross.   HL8615

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 22 March (WA 136), why they have not made any assessment of the decisions by Germany, France and the United States to introduce legislation to control the re-export of arms; and what discussions they have had with officials from those countries on that issue.   HL8616

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Baroness Thornton on 27 January 2010 (WA 338–9) and by Earl Howe on 22 December 2010 (WA 331) and 26 April 2011 (HL8391, HL8392, HL8393 and HL8394), how the volume and complexity of material submitted to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) Core Panel for the evaluation of "expert understanding on the safety and efficacy of methods to avoid mitochondrial disease through assisted conception" compares to the volume and complexity of material in the report pertaining to the HFEA’s internal governance review.   HL8617

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed in the Behavioural Insights Team based in the Cabinet Office.   HL8618

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 22 March (WA 155), whether any application has been received or is expected to be received from South Wales Police for the Government to contribute towards the policing costs of the Conservative Party spring conference in Cardiff.   HL8619

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many units or teams, in addition to the Behavioural Insights Team, have been set up in the Cabinet Office since 12 May 2010; and what they are.   HL8620

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they were first made aware that Portugal would need to apply for a bail-out loan.   HL8621

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Portugal since being made aware that Portugal would be applying for a bail-out loan.   HL8622

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the European Central Bank since being made aware that Portugal would be applying for a bail-out loan.   HL8623

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the Advice Bureau joint submission made in February by Birmingham Against Legal Aid Cuts and Chelmsley Wood Citizens on the impact of legal aid cuts.   HL8624

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of legal aid cuts in Birmingham on the ability of those on low incomes to get legal advice on housing, debt and welfare issues.   HL8625

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have had to their proposed cut in the mobility component of the disability living allowance paid to people in residential care.   HL8626

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of Diabetic Macular Oedema in England in each of the past five years.   HL8627

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many patients have been treated for Diabetic Macular Oedma in the National Health Service in England in each of the last five years.
   HL8628

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of its commissioning reforms on the management of services for specialist ophthalmic conditions including Diabetic Macular Oedema.   HL8629

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the use of unlicensed comparators in assessments made of the clinical efficacy of treatments by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.   HL8630

Lord Morris of Manchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received representations regarding the impact on patient safety of the use of unlicensed comparators in clinical trials and assessments made by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.   HL8631

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications for elderly people of occupying care homes under licences which can require them to leave at four weeks’ notice.   HL8632

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they collect information on elderly people evicted from care homes.   HL8633

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what protection there is under United Kingdom human rights legislation for an elderly person threatened with eviction from a care home on account of their beliefs.   HL8634

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help elderly people evicted from care homes on account of their personal beliefs.   HL8635

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with BAA to improve the ranking given to Heathrow Airport by passengers of 99th out of 146 of the world’s principal airports.
   HL8636

Lord Birt to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Home Secretary on 1 March 2011 (HC Deb, col 205) that "more than one million innocent people" currently have their DNA and fingerprints stored by the police, what is their estimate of how many of those individuals are offenders for whom there is insufficient evidence to convict.   HL8637

Viscount Hanworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to increase the funds available to the Student Loans Company in the light of a predicted shortfall.   HL8638

Viscount Hanworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to restrict the number of students entering universities in the light of a predicted shortfall of funds available to the Student Loans Company.   HL8639

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government why their "Red Tape Challenge" invites the public to respond on whether the Equality Act 2010 should be scrapped.   HL8640

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government to which regulations on discrimination and harassment they are referring in the "Red Tape Challenge" when asking whether they "should be scrapped altogether" or "be merged with existing regulations"; and what are the "existing regulations" referred to.   HL8641

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be involved in processing the results of the "Red Tape Challenge" on equality legislation; and what are the potential consequences for future Government policy on equality legislation.   HL8642

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Omar Awadh Omar has been interviewed by or on behalf of the British Security Service during his detention in Uganda.   HL8643

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have excluded human trafficking and prostitution from the definition of violence against women and girls used in the Violence Against Women and Girls Strategy.   HL8644

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that local authorities fulfil their obligation to protect services for vulnerable women and children.
   HL8645

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require Ofgem to determine whether renewable energy projects being installed under the Feed-in Tariff scheme qualify as single or multiple sites before installation has taken place.   HL8646

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require Ofgem to set a standard tariff level for the grid assessments required from District Network Operators before microgeneration projects are connected to the grid.   HL8647

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will prescribe a formal time limit on the detention of children in Tinsley House Immigration Removal Centre.   HL8648

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of (a) the harm caused by, and (b) the cost of, detaining children for indefinite and potentially lengthy periods.   HL8649

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their forecast of how many (a) children, and (b) families, will go through the new assisted, required and ensured immigration returns processes each year.   HL8650

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether families housed in pre-departure accommodation as part of the new immigration returns process will have access to legal representation.   HL8651

Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether families housed in open accommodation as part of the new immigration returns process will have access to legal representation.   HL8652

The Lord Bishop of Hereford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent reports from the Government Chief Scientific Adviser and the National Nuclear Laboratory on the cost and safety benefits of the thorium fuel cycle when compared to uranium nuclear power generation, what steps they are taking to encourage research and development into liquid fluoride thorium reactors, and particularly into overcoming technological and practical problems.   HL8653

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the timescales for consultation with non-governmental organisations, Parliament and the United Kingdom defence industry as part of the review of arms exports.   HL8654

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports of violence used by members of the Saudi Arabian forces present in Bahrain.   HL8655

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political and human rights situation in Saudi Arabia; and whether they have made representations regarding the use of Saudi Arabian security forces in Bahrain.   HL8656

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 1 March (WA 292), whether they have received any further news concerning the welfare of Dr Al Singace following his release from detention and subsequent re-arrest.   HL8657

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 28 March (WA 230), whether they have received any further news concerning Prageeth Ekneligoda; and which are the civil society organisations with whom they have held discussions.
   HL8658

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 24 January (WA 122), whether they have received any further news concerning Ms Hassan; and what is the estimated number of human rights campaigners who have disappeared in Syria.   HL8659

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 24 January (WA 92), whether they have received any further information concerning Gao Zhisheng; and what is the estimated number of political dissidents who have disappeared in China.   HL8660

Lord Campbell of Alloway to ask Her Majesty’s Government what practical steps have been taken to seek to inhibit commission of gang culture gun crimes.   HL8661

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to avoid being fined £300 million by the European Commission later this year for failing to achieve the limits of particulate emission PM10 in London.   HL8662

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the comments in the Olympic Delivery Authority’s Strategic Environmental Assessment of the Olympic Transport Plan that the daily limits for particulate emission PM10 would be breached during the Olympic Games, what action they are taking to avoid fines of up to £175 million by the International Olympic Committee.   HL8663

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the statement by the Prime Minister at Swansea on 1 April that the extension of the rail electrification from Cardiff to Swansea was still under consideration, what is the estimated cost of this work; and how many Intercity Express all electric trains could be substituted for bimodal trains.   HL8664

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the detail of the timetable for the Irish Government to provide full funding for the Commissioners of Irish Lights has been established; and whether an announcement will be made.   HL8665

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have taken place since 1 January 2011 with (a) each of the general lighthouse authorities (GLA), and (b) the unions regarding the reform of the GLA pension arrangements.   HL8666

Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the needs of elderly and vulnerable people faced with closure of day centres previously provided by local authorities.   HL8667

Baroness Turner of Camden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Catholic Bishops Conference has now paid its share of the costs of the papal visit, due by the end of February. 
   HL8668

Baroness Emerton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement that there will be no reductions in pre-registration education midwifery commissions in 2010–11, what will be the numbers of commissioned pre-registration training places, by strategic health authority, in 2010–11 and the projected number in 2011–12 for (a) nursing (including degree and diploma courses), (b) midwifery, (c) physiotherapy, (d) radiography, (e) dietetics, (f) speech and language therapy, (g) occupational therapy, (h) operating department practice, and (i) prosthetics and orthotics.   HL8669

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the research on central government funding of the voluntary and community sector commissioned by the Cabinet Office for the years 2006–07 and 2007–08.   HL8670

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and when they will commission reports on central government funding of the voluntary and community sector for the years 2008–09, 2009–10 and 2010–11.   HL8671

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to collate information about the number of redundancies, vacancies, average caseload, referrals and waiting times for ancillary medical professions such as physiotherapy, occupational therapy and midwifery in the National Health Service in England.   HL8672

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Jones on 26 April (HL8207), how many measures were adopted before 1 December 2009 under the Police and Criminal Judicial Co-operation legal base (Title VI) of the Treaty on the European Union; and what was the subject of each such measure.   HL8673

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the report commissioned in 2010 by the Department for Communities and Local Government from the Centre for Housing Policy at the University of York, about effective practice and the implementation of "Lifetime Neighbourhoods".   HL8674

Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 6 April (WA 396), in addition to the information about ministerial salary changes announced on 13 May 2010, whether they will provide information about the number of unpaid ministers in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.   HL8675

Lord Glenarthur to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 5 July 2010 (WA 26), whether the public financial subsidy to the First ScotRail Caledonian railway sleeper service is funded from HM Treasury or from the Scottish Government.   HL8676

Lord Glenarthur to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government to ensure that, in anticipation of the end of the current franchise agreement with First ScotRail in 2014, planning is in hand to continue the Caledonian sleeper service with modern rolling stock and ancillary equipment.   HL8677

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of United Kingdom and European anti-terrorist legislation upon non-governmental organisations operating in Gaza and their ability to provide key services.   HL8678

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding restrictions placed upon Palestinian building activity in Area C of the West Bank.   HL8679

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rights of Bedouin herding communities in the West Bank; and what discussions they have had with the government of Israel to ensure freedom of movement for this group.   HL8680

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Israel regarding access to Gaza via the Erez border crossing for foreign parliamentary delegations.   HL8681

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security situation in Iraq and the ability of Iraqi forces to operate following the planned United States troop withdrawal.   HL8682

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of religious freedoms and sectarian violence in Iraq; and what discussion they have had with the government of Iraq regarding the protection of religious minorities.   HL8683

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom has signed the Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime; and, if not, what are their reasons for not signing.   HL8684

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidential factors were considered when assessing the race equality impact of the current Education Bill.   HL8685

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence exists and is used to assess the race equality impact for black pupils attending academies.   HL8686

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the available evidence for under-achieving in education by black pupils in academies and in other schools.   HL8687

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the available evidence of the number of exclusions for black pupils attending academies compared to other schools.   HL8688

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence was used to assess the race equality impact for black school pupils who are prevented from making appeals against their permanent school exclusions and are consequently disproportionately represented in Pupil Referral Centres.   HL8689

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many troops and civilian experts they have deployed, or intend to deploy, to support training of forces opposed to Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.
   HL8690

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether other nations have deployed, or intend to deploy, military or civilian experts to support training of forces opposed to Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.   HL8691

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will protect personnel deployed in Libya for training and humanitarian activities in the event of continued fighting in and around strongholds of forces opposed to Muammar Gaddafi in Libya.   HL8692

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure the safety of any United Kingdom deployed personnel in the event of their being taken prisoner by the forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi.   HL8693

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom has established any diplomatic links with the government of Libya for the purpose of bringing about a ceasefire and the establishment of either a United Nations or European Union stabilisation mission in Libya.   HL8694

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any planning, either unilaterally or with international partners, to increase military engagement, on the ground, in the event of a lack of progress towards peace in Libya.   HL8695

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been spent by the Department for Transport in civil servants’ time, legal advice and other costs in drawing up and circulating the Notice of Intention to Impose a Penalty on the Chiltern Railway Company Limited published on 7 April.   HL8696

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 5 April (WA 365), by how much the trial of ERTMS on the Cambrian trial area exceeded the originally estimated cost; and what lessons have been learnt.   HL8697

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans have they have to improve access from the South to Heathrow and to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions arising from surface access in that direction, following the formal abandonment of the Airtrack Project by BAA.   HL8698

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 5 April (WA 343), whether they have initiated, or plan to initiate, preliminary discussions on routes to membership through apprenticeship with prominent professional bodies such as the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Institution of Electrical Engineers and the Royal College of Nursing; and when those discussions will take place.   HL8699

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 6 April (WA 403), what factors are taken into consideration when deciding whether to allow the use of taxis by Northern Ireland office staff.   HL8700

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ireland regarding the alleged cleansing and murder of 60,000 British citizens in the 1920s in Cork and West Cork.   HL8701

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they decided not to hold a homecoming parade for the Royal Irish Rangers.   HL8702

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ireland regarding holding a homecoming march past by the Royal Irish Rangers on their return from Afghanistan.   HL8703

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the past four years, what regiments with complements of over a thousand have returned from Afghanistan and have not had a homecoming event held in their honour.   HL8704

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to discourage cyclists from using footpaths.   HL8705

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the government of Iraq the Amnesty International publication Days of Rage: Protests and Repression in Iraq, dated April 2011.   HL8706

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek the approval of the United Nations Security Council for a 25-mile exclusion zone around the city of Misrata in Libya.   HL8707

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they, with other European governments and the European Union collectively, are taking to protect bona fide Libyan students in Europe, and to ensure the continuity of their studies.   HL8708

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

16 March (30 March)

HL7831 Lord Rosser [HO]

21 March (4 April)

HL7906 Lord Harris of Haringey [HO]

22 March (5 April)

HL7992 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

24 March (7 April)

HL8084 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8085 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8092 Lord Myners [HMT]

HL8107 Lord Chidgey [DfID]

HL8119 Viscount Waverley [FCO]

28 March (11 April)

HL8132 Lord Chidgey [FCO]

HL8133 Lord Chidgey [FCO]

HL8150 Lord Dykes [CO]

29 March (12 April)

HL8213 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8238 Lord Hunt of Chesterton [CO]

30 March (13 April)

HL8249 Lord Beecham [DCLG]

HL8250 Lord Beecham [DCLG]

HL8251 Lord Beecham [DCLG]

HL8252 Lord Beecham [DCLG]

HL8277 Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer [FCO]

HL8278 Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer [FCO]

HL8294 Lord Patten [FCO]

HL8295 Lord Patten [FCO]

31 March (14 April)

HL8327 Lord Chidgey [FCO]

HL8328 Lord Chidgey [FCO]

HL8329 Lord Chidgey [FCO]

HL8331 Lord Chidgey [FCO]

HL8332 Lord Chidgey [FCO]

HL8348 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DCLG]

HL8349 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [FCO]

1 April (15 April)

HL8354 Lord Laird [FCO]

HL8355 Lord Laird [FCO]

HL8356 Lord Laird [FCO]

HL8357 Lord Laird [FCO]

HL8361 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [FCO]

HL8362 Lord German [DCLG]

HL8363 Lord German [DCLG]

HL8364 Lord German [DCLG]

HL8366 Lord Touhig [FCO]

HL8370 Lord Touhig [FCO]

HL8372 Lord Turnberg [FCO]

HL8373 Lord Turnberg [FCO]

HL8375 Lord Morris of Manchester [DWP]

4 April (18 April)

HL8402 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [FCO]

HL8403 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [FCO]

HL8404 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [FCO]

HL8409 Lord Laird [FCO]

HL8410 Lord Laird [FCO]

HL8411 Lord Laird [FCO]

HL8412 Lord Morris of Manchester [MoD]

HL8428 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [FCO]

HL8436 Baroness Tonge [FCO]

HL8444 Lord Ouseley [GEO]

HL8445 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8446 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8447 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8449 Lord Hylton [FCO]

5 April (19 April)

HL8464 Baroness Tonge [FCO]

HL8471 Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer [FCO]

HL8480 Lord Laird [DCMS]

HL8481 Lord Laird [HO]

HL8487 Lord Clement-Jones [DCMS]

HL8502 Lord Rennard [DCLG]

HL8503 Lord Rennard [DCLG]

HL8504 Lord Rennard [HO]

HL8505 Lord Rennard [DCLG]

HL8506 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8509 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8510 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8511 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8513 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [HMT]

6 April (20 April)

HL8514 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [FCO]

HL8519 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [FCO]

HL8522 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [HO]

HL8525 The Countess of Mar [DWP]

HL8534 Lord Inglewood [MoJ]

HL8537 Lord Corbett of Castle Vale [HO]

HL8543 Baroness Tonge [FCO]

HL8544 Baroness Tonge [FCO]

HL8545 Baroness Tonge [FCO]

HL8547 Baroness Tonge [FCO]

HL8548 Baroness Tonge [FCO]

HL8549 Baroness Gardner of Parkes [DfT]

HL8555 Lord Ahmed [FCO]

HL8556 Lord Ahmed [FCO]

HL8557 Lord Ahmed [FCO]

HL8558 Lord Ahmed [FCO]

HL8559 Lord Ahmed [FCO]

HL8560 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL8561 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL8562 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

HL8572 Lord Greaves [DCLG]

HL8574 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [DWP]

HL8579 Lord Hylton [FCO]

HL8587 Lord Laird [CO]

HL8600 The Earl of Sandwich [FCO]

HL8601 The Earl of Sandwich [MoD]

HL8604 Lord Alton of Liverpool [HO]

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

[CO] 3

[DCLG] 12

[DCMS] 2

[DfID] 1

[DfT] 5

[DWP] 3

[FCO] 57

[GEO] 1

[HMT] 2

[HO] 7

[MoD] 2

[MoJ] 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

5 May

Sports Grounds Safety Authority

Private Member’s

13 May

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

Private Member’s

13 May

Human Trafficking (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) [HL]

Private Member’s

Wreck Removal Convention

Private Member’s

13 May

Police Reform and Social Responsibility

Government

27 April

Coinage (Measurement)

Private Member’s

Mental Health (Discrimination) [HL]

Private Member’s

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

28 April

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 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

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

European Union

Government

3 May

Waiting for Report

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Fixed-term Parliaments

Government

10 May

Postal Services

Government

4 May

Waiting for Third Reading

Pensions [HL] (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

27 April

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

Government

9 May

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

Energy [HL]

Government

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

London Local Authorities and Transport for London (No. 2) [HL]

Private

Measures in Progress 

To be considered

Waiting for Commons’ Affirmative Resolution

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

Draft Debt Relief (Developing Countries) Act 2010 (Permanent Effect) Order 2011

Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Monetary Penalty Notices and Consents for Interceptions) Regulations 2011

Draft Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007 (Extension of duration of non-jury trial provisions) Order 2011

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2011

Draft Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories) Order 2011

Draft Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011

Draft Representation of the People (Electoral Registration Data Schemes) Regulations 2011

Draft Electoral Registration Data Schemes Order 2011

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

27 April

Draft Charities (Pre-consolidation Amendments) Order 2011

27 April

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

27 April

Draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943 (Time Limit for Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

27 April

Draft Pensions Appeal Tribunals Act 1943 (Armed Forces and Reserve Forces Compensation Scheme) (Rights of Appeal) Regulations 2011

27 April

Draft Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Monetary Penalty Notices and Consents for Interceptions) Regulations 2011

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

21st Report

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

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

24th Report

Draft Social Security (Electronic Communications) Order 2011

Draft Ministerial and other Salaries Act 1975 (Amendment) Order 2011

Draft Taxation of Equitable Life (Payments) Order 2011

Draft Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Nitrous Oxide) Regulations 2011

Hybrid Instrument in Progress 

Waiting for consideration by the Hybrid Instruments Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Epping Forest) Order 2011 (Instrument subject to Hybrid Instrument and Legislative Reform Order proceedings)

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

24th Report

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

27 April

Libya (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011

30 April

27th Report

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

11 May

10 May

Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules

13 May

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

Date of Laying

Proposed Parliamentary Procedure

Draft Order laid before the House and referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee

Draft Legislative Reform (Epping Forest) Order 2011 (Instrument subject to Hybrid Instrument and Legislative Reform Order proceedings)

21 March

Affirmative

National Policy Statement 

Scrutiny time expires

Consideration

Draft National Policy Statement for Waste Water

17 May

5 April

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

The date in brackets is the date of expiry of the statutory period

Urgent order under paragraph 4 referred to the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Terrorism Act 2000 (Remedial) Order 2011 [21 October]

Committees 

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

Wednesday 27 April

Draft Defamation Bill

Joint Committee

9.15am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Sub-Committee on the Finance Bill

4.00pm

Thursday 28 April

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policies and Consumer Protection

9.30am

European Union

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

10.00am

Audit

Domestic Committee

3.00pm

Tuesday 3 May

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

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Draft Detention of Terrorist Suspects (Temporary Extension) Bills

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 4 May

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Thursday 5 May

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Monday 9 May

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Tuesday 10 May

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Tuesday 17 May

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Monday 23 May

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 28 June

Procedure

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Tuesday 26 April 2011 

The House met at 2.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Gloucester.

1 Barony of Windlesham in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Lord Chancellor reported that the Honourable James Rupert Hennessy had established his succession to the Barony of Windlesham. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter Lord Windlesham on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).

2 Barony of Monson in the Peerage of Great Britain The Lord Chancellor reported that Nicholas John Monson had established his succession to the Barony of Monson. The Clerk of the Parliaments was accordingly directed to enter Lord Monson on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5).

3 Lord Ampthill The Lord Speaker informed the House that Lord Ampthill, a member of the House, had died on 23 April 2011.

4 Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to Lord Barber of Tewkesbury for the remainder of this Parliament.

5 House of Lords Journals The 243rd volume of the Journals (Session 2009–10), with an index, was laid on the Table by the Clerk of the Parliaments.

Leader’s Group Report

6 Working Practices 
The Report of the Leader’s Group on Working Practices was ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 136)

Public Business

7 Clerk of the Parliaments On consideration of the letter from Mr Michael Graham Pownall, announcing his retirement from the office of Clerk of the Parliaments, Lord Strathclyde moved to resolve that this House has received with sincere regret the announcement of the retirement of Mr Michael Graham Pownall from the office of Clerk of the Parliaments and thinks it right to record the just sense which it entertains of the zeal, ability, diligence, and integrity with which the said Michael Graham Pownall has executed the important duties of his office. After debate, the motion was agreed to nemine dissentiente.

8 Clerk of the Parliaments The House having been informed on 17 January that Her Majesty had been pleased to appoint Mr David Richard Beamish to the office of Clerk of the Parliaments, vacant by the retirement of Mr Michael Graham Pownall, the letters of appointment dated 16 April were read; then the said David Richard Beamish made the prescribed declaration (which declaration is set down in the Roll amongst the Oaths of the Great Officers), and took his seat at the Table.

9 Clerk Assistant The Lord Speaker (Baroness Hayman) moved that this House do approve the appointment by the Lord Speaker, pursuant to the Clerk of the Parliaments Act 1824, of Mr Edward Christopher Ollard to be Clerk Assistant of the House in place of Mr David Richard Beamish appointed Clerk of the Parliaments. The motion was agreed to nemine dissentiente.

10 RAF Northolt: commercial flights A question was asked by Lord Spicer and answered by Lord Astor of Hever.

11 National Health Service: chiropody and podiatry services A question was asked by Baroness Gardner of Parkes and answered by Earl Howe.

12 Finance: hostile takeover bids A question was asked by Lord Borrie and answered by Baroness Wilcox.

13 National Health Service: consultation on reform A question was asked by Lord Foulkes of Cumnock and answered by Earl Howe.

14 European Union Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 10. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

15 Middle East and North Africa Lord Howell of Guildford repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

16 European Union Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 17. Amendments were considered. The House resumed.

17 Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) (Revocation, Savings, and Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2011 Lord Hunt of Kings Heath moved to resolve that this House regrets the lack of detailed information contained in the explanatory memorandum on the Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) (Revocation, Savings, and Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/544). After debate, the motion was withdrawn.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

18 European Union Bill The bill was further considered in Committee, beginning with amendment 20ZA. Amendments were considered. The House resumed after amendment 20ZB.

The House adjourned at 10.08pm until Wednesday 27 April at 3.00pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Papers

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

1 Pay-Report for 2011 of the Low Pay Commission on the National Minimum Wage. (7 April) 
     (8023)

2 Foreign Affairs-

(1) Government response to the 2nd Report of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on FCO Public Diplomacy: The Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012. (7 April)   (8059)

(2) Minute from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office concerning the gifting of communications equipment to the Libyan Interim National Council. (8 April)   (-)

3 Treaty Series-Second Supplementary List of Ratifications, Accessions, Withdrawals, etc. with Treaty Index of 2010. (7 April)   (8063)

4 Contingent Liability-Minute from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport concerning a contingent liability in respect of the proposed development of Jubilee Gardens. (26 April)   (-)

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

The following instruments were laid before the House on the dates shown:

       
Title, etc.

SI No

Date of laying

Affirmative Instrument

Export Control (Amendment) (No. 3) Order 2011, laid under the Export Control Act 2002.

1127

15 April

Negative Instruments

Mobile Homes (Written Statement) (England) Regulations 2011, laid under the Mobile Homes Act 1983.

1006

7 April

Residential Property Tribunal Procedures and Fees (England) Regulations 2011, laid under the Housing Act 2004.

1007

7 April

St Mary’s College, Middlesbrough (Dissolution) Order 2011, laid under the Further and Higher Education Act 1992.

1038

7 April

Veterinary Medicines (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

1116

13 April

Iran (Asset-Freezing) Regulations 2011, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

1129

15 April

Motor Vehicles (Insurance Requirements) (Immobilisation, Removal and Disposal) Regulations 2011, laid under the Road Traffic Act 1988.

1120

18 April

Mandatory Travel Concession (England) Regulations 2011, laid under the Transport Act 2000.

1121

18 April

Fruit Juices and Fruit Nectars (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid under the Food Safety Act 1990.

1135

20 April

Instrument not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

Libya (Restrictive Measures) (Overseas Territories) Order 2011, laid under the United Nations Act 1946.

1080

8 April

Affirmative Instruments

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

1 Draft Gender Recognition (Approved Countries and Territories) Order 2011, laid under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.

2 Draft Water Industry (Schemes for Adoption of Private Sewers) Regulations 2011, laid under the Water Industry Act 1991.

3 Draft Representation of the People (Electoral Registration Data Schemes) Regulations 2011, laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

4 Draft Electoral Registration Data Schemes Order 2011, laid under the Political Parties and Elections Act 2009.

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Minute from the Ministry of Defence concerning the making of a call-out Order to authorise the call-out of Members of the Reserve Forces, laid under the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

2 Report on Wages in Agriculture for 2009, laid under the Agricultural Wages Act 1948.

3 (1) Amendment List 38 to Air Publication 1269, the Royal Air Force Manual of Medical Management and Administration, (8th Edition)

(2) Amendment List 49 to Air Publication 1269A, the Royal Air Force Manual of Assessment of Medical Fitness, (3rd Edition)

laid under the Air Force (Constitution) Act 1917.