House of Lords Business

Friday 25 November 2011 at 10.00am

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Pearson of Rannoch]

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

Human Trafficking (Further Provisions and Support for Victims) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord McColl of Dulwich] 21st Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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

Mental Health (Discrimination) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Stevenson of Coddenham]

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

Future Business 

Monday 28 November at 2.30pm

*Baroness O’Loan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking within the European Union to support the governments of Spain and France to secure peace following the declaration by ETA of a definitive cessation of all armed action.

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Gambling Commission has undertaken of the contribution being made to good causes by The Health Lottery.

*Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to provisions concerning the export and re-export of arms and to the export of software or technologies that can be used against civilian populations.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint a minister to deal specifically with youth unemployment.

†Procedure of the House The Chairman of Committees to move that the 9th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 226) be agreed to.

Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2011 Lord Wallace of Tankerness to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 24 October be approved. 31st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 22 November

Health and Social Care Bill Committee (day 8) [Earl Howe] 19th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 18th Report from the Constitution Committee

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Lord Roper to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the amended Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No.1290/2005 and Council Regulation (EC) No.1234/2007 as regards distribution of food products to the most deprived persons in the Union (COM(2011)634, Council Document 15054/11) (23rd Report, HL Paper 217). (Dinner break business)

Lord Roper to move to resolve that this House considers that the amended Commission Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Council Regulation (EC) No.1290/2005 and Council Regulation (EC) No.1234/2007 as regards distribution of food products to the most deprived persons in the Union (COM(2011)634, Council Document 15054/11) does not comply with the principle of subsidiarity, for the reasons set out in the 23rd Report of the European Union Committee, Session 2010-12 (HL Paper 217); and, in accordance with Article 6 of the Protocol on the application of the principles of subsidiarity and proportionality, instructs the Clerk of the Parliaments to forward this reasoned opinion to the Presidents of the European institutions. (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in Committee Room 4A at 3.30pm

Welfare Reform Bill Committee (day 17) [Lord Freud] 17th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Tuesday 29 November at 2.30pm

*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the implications of the Arab Spring for religious minorities in the countries concerned.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been in police custody during the past 12 months, and how many of them were black or Asian.

*Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the proposal by the European Commissioner for Economic and Financial Affairs that the European Commission should have the power to scrutinise member states’ budgets and impose such financial penalties as the Commission deems fit.

London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Advertising and Trading) (England) Regulations 2011 Baroness Garden of Frognal to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10 October be approved. 29th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 22 November

Protection of Freedoms Bill Committee (in respect of clauses 1–25, 54–56, 64–84 and Schedules 1, 4 and 7) [Lord Henley] 20th Report from the Constitution Committee

Wednesday 30 November at 3.00pm

*Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require that interns who work for an organisation for longer than two months should be paid at or above the rate of Jobseeker’s Allowance.

*Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what means they have to hold Interpol to account, especially where United Kingdom citizens are involved.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the North Liverpool Community Justice Centre has met its intended objectives, what plans they have for this centre, and what improvements they would envisage to this model if it were to be further replicated.

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

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Health and Social Care Bill will continue.

Lord Noon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for integration and extremism in the United Kingdom of their Prevent strategy. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 1 December at 11.00am

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to deal with the shortage of homes for rent.

*Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution made by Pakistan as the front-line state in the "war on terror".

*Lord Avebury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations by the Independent Chief Inspector of the UK Border Agency on how the Agency manages foreign national prisoners.

Baroness Emerton to move that this House takes note of front-line nursing care.

The Earl of Sandwich to move that this House takes note of Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for international development policy, including proposals on the situation of Dalits.

Lord Fowler to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on HIV and AIDS in the United Kingdom (HL Paper 188).

Monday 5 December at 2.30pm

*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will add to their priorities for the United Kingdom chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe the securing of restitution or compensation from the government of Poland for British citizens whose property in Poland was seized by the Nazi and Communist regimes.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of support they will give to the latest efforts of the Palestinian Authority to secure admission to full United Nations statehood.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent prisoner escort vans delivering young offenders to the Her Majesty’s Young Offender Institution Feltham after the contracted time of 7.30pm.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the aerospace industry regarding problems facing that industry.

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) Bill [HL] Committee [Lord Davies of Coity]

Baroness Greenfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of digital technologies on the mind. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Tuesday 6 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of people affected by newspaper phone-hacking.

*Lord Grenfell to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed a list of powers to be repatriated from the European Union, and, if so, when they expect to launch negotiations with the United Kingdom’s European partners.

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the General Dental Council to raise the priority accorded to oral cancer detection and for its inclusion as a recommended topic in the list of subjects for Continuing Professional Development.

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the environmental and economic impact of feeding food waste to livestock. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Wednesday 7 December at 3.00pm

*Lord Lea of Crondall to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will initiate a review of the structure of corporate governance in large United Kingdom companies, in the light of wider public and social interests in boardroom decisions.

*Lord Roberts of Conwy to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce net immigration.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to minimise the impact on arts and cultural activities of local authority cuts.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Baroness Jay of Paddington to move that the Grand Committee do consider the Report of the Constitution Committee on The Process of Constitutional Change (15th Report, HL Paper 177).

Lord Teverson to move that the Grand Committee do consider the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU and Sudan: on the Brink of Change (18th Report, HL Paper 160).

Thursday 8 December at 11.00am

*Lord Quirk to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, by the age of seven, all children with retarded development of their language faculty have been identified and their problems addressed.

*The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been in the European Union’s negotiations with Kosovo and Serbia.

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many accidents have been caused by cyclists riding on pavements and how many cyclists have been charged with riding on pavements in the past year.

Friday 9 December at 10.00am

The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury to move that this House takes note of the situation of Christians in the Middle East.

Monday 12 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assumption they make about capacity levels at peak times at Heathrow Airport when forming their transport plans.

*Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the enforcement of the rights of vulnerable workers protected by the Gangmasters Licensing Authority will not be weakened as a result of the Red Tape Challenge.

*Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government what checks are carried out on those claiming benefits on the grounds of disability.

*Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making on reducing household food waste.

Water Supply (Amendment to the Threshold Requirement) Regulations 2011 Lord Taylor of Holbeach to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 31 October be approved. 32nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 22 November

Tuesday 13 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers are currently employed by police forces in England and Wales and how many were employed in May 2010.

*Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to speed up the adoption process.

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in response to the findings of Professor Colin Pritchard’s study published recently in the British Journal of Cancer.

Wednesday 14 December at 3.00pm

*Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering legislation to strengthen measures against pre-trial publicity which may prejudice a fair trial or undermine the principle of the presumption of innocence.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the quality and standard of housing for the families of members of the armed forces.

*Lord Haskel to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plan for growth includes steps to encourage shared ethical values and long-term stewardship in United Kingdom businesses.

†Thursday 15 December at 10.00am

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that their deficit reduction plan is working.

*Lord Lloyd of Berwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive a further report from the Privy Council Review, led by Sir John Chilcot, on using intercept as evidence.

*Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life on party funding.

Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 (SI 2011/2661) Baroness O’Cathain to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 8 November, be annulled on the grounds that they do not fulfil the Government’s pledge to protect properly faith groups from being compelled to register civil partnerships where it is against their beliefs. 43rd Report from the Merits Committee

Monday 19 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Thames Water about the increase in lorry traffic in London caused by the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that police authorities speedily and fairly settle claims outstanding under the Riot (Damages) Act 1886, particularly for uninsured claimants.

*Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make the Winter Fuel Payment subject to basic and higher rate tax and limited to United Kingdom residents.

*Lord Taverne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their curbs on immigration in the light of their effect on competitiveness and economic growth.

Tuesday 20 December at 2.30pm

*Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional fiscal measures they will take to encourage private capital to invest in manufacturing or tradable services in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are proposing that personal injury claimants pay part of their legal costs.

*Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider will be the longer-term effect of the Republic of Cyprus assuming the Presidency of the European Union in July 2012.

Wednesday 21 December at 3.00pm

*Lord Kakkar to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the draft bill on House of Lords Reform makes no provision for defining the powers of an elected second chamber.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all those with recognised disabilities can access all parts of the school examination system.

*Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to hold further referendums on constitutional issues during the lifetime of this Parliament.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 28 November for debate on 8 December. Time limit 2½ hours

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to move that this House takes note of the World Bank’s World Development Report 2011: Conflict, Security and Development.

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to move that this House takes note of the proposals for High Speed Rail 2.

Baroness Valentine to move that this House takes note of the United Kingdom’s reputation in the light of the credit crisis and the recent riots.

Baroness McDonagh to move that this House takes note of the Boundary Commission’s draft proposals for changes to constituency boundaries in England.

The Earl of Glasgow to move that this House takes note of the rights of the terminally ill in making decisions about their death, and the legal position of those assisting them.

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to move that this House takes note of how Parliament is responding to the changes brought about by the continuing devolution of powers to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Lord Harrison to move that this House takes note of the standards and practices of public and private zoos in the United Kingdom and their relationship to European Union legislation.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move that this House takes note of conflict, famine, and development issues in the Horn of Africa, Sudan, and the Great Lakes Region of Africa.

Lord Browne of Ladyton to move that this House takes note of the NATO Deterrence and Defence Posture Review, the United Kingdom’s role in this process, and the implications of changing NATO’s deterrence posture for European security and the relationship with Russia.

Lord Davies of Stamford to move that this House takes note of the future of the Eurozone and its implications for the United Kingdom economy.

Baroness King of Bow to move that this House takes note of the future of the adoption system in the United Kingdom.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Joint Committee on the draft Defamation Bill (HL Paper 203).

Lord Berkeley to move that this House takes note of the report of the Thames Tunnel Commission in October 2011.

The Lord Bishop of Chester to move that this House takes note of child development in the United Kingdom and its bearing on national wellbeing.

Lord Dykes to move that this House takes note of tax evasion and avoidance in the United Kingdom.

The Earl of Clancarty to move that this House takes note of the place of the arts and creativity in schools and higher education and their significance for the future development of the arts and creative industries in the United Kingdom.

Baroness Randerson to move that this House takes note of the Commission on Devolution in Wales, chaired by Paul Silk.

Lord Mawson to move that this House takes note of the case for a co-ordinated approach towards regeneration, in particular in the new metropolitan districts in north-west England and east London.

Lord Fowler to move that this House takes note of the inquiry by Lord Justice Leveson into phone hacking by the press.

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to move that this House takes note of the efficacy of decision-making in the Home Office.

Baroness Cox to move that this House takes note of developments in the Republic of Sudan and the Republic of South Sudan since the declaration of independence on 9 July.

Lord Luce to move that this House takes note of the stability of the region of Yemen, the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Baroness Williams of Crosby to move that this House takes note of the NATO Deterrence and Defence Posture Review, the United Kingdom’s role in this process and the implications of changing NATO’s deterrence posture for Europe’s security and relationship with Russia.

Lord Temple-Morris to move that this House takes note of the United Kingdom’s relations with the European Union and status in the world.

Lord Marlesford to move that this House takes note of the case for enhanced security and higher operational command in the UK Border Agency.

Lord Touhig to move that this House takes note of the level of youth unemployment in Great Britain.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

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 MacGregor of Pulham Market to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Economic Affairs Committee on Auditors: Market concentration and their role (2nd Report, HL Paper 119). 30 March 2011

Lord Inglewood to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on The governance and regulation of the BBC (2nd Report, HL Paper 166). 29 June 2011

Baroness Neuberger to move that the House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Behaviour Change (2nd Report, HL Paper 179). 17 July 2011

Lord Carter of Coles to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Innovation in EU Agriculture (19th Report, HL Paper 171). 7 July 2011

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU Internal Security Strategy (17th Report, HL Paper 149). 24 May 2011

Lord Harrison to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU Financial Supervisory Framework: an update (20th Report, HL Paper 181). 21 July 2011

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that this House takes note of the Annual Report for 2010–11 of the Information Committee (First Report, HL Paper 190). 21 July 2011

Other Motions for Debate 

Lord Lucas to move that this House takes note of the place of trust in society.

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 move that this House takes note of the ceremonial aspects of the House of Lords and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House.

Lord Norton of Louth to move that this House takes note of the case for reducing the size of the House of Lords.

Lord Dykes to move that this House takes note of the case for co-ordinated European Union defence policies.

Lord Selsdon to move that this House takes note of the future role of the Royal Navy.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move that this House takes note of the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the response of the international community.

Lord Avebury to move that this House takes note of the human rights situation in Bahrain.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to move that this House takes note of the decline in numbers of police officers and police community support officers.

The Earl of Clancarty to move that this House takes note of the case for increasing the amount of public space in the United Kingdom and improving access to it.

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that this House takes note of the language and terminology used in the House of Lords and their impact on public understanding of the work of the House.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to move that this House takes note of the report of the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir John Beddington, The Future of Food and Farming: Challenges and choices for global sustainability.

Lord Desai to move that this House takes note of the challenges posed by multiculturalism, in particular how to accommodate practices of diverse faiths.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to move that this House takes note of 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.

Lord Selsdon to move that this House takes note of the legacy of President Gorbachev and the development of democratic government.

Lord Risby to move that this House takes note of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to move that this House takes note of proposals for the National Health Service.

Lord Morris of Aberavon to move to resolve that this House instructs the Clerk of the Parliaments to seek the advice of the Attorney General on whether a Bill which provided for a change in the composition of this House, and in respect of which the provisions of section 2 of the Parliament Act 1911 had been complied with, would, having received Royal Assent, be an Act of Parliament and be capable of having legal effect.

Lord Plant of Highfield to move that this House takes note of the role of rating agencies in the international financial system.

Lord Alderdice to move that this House takes note of the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review and the United Kingdom Government Response.

Lord Eden of Winton to move that this House takes note of the protection of rainforests.

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to move that this House takes note of the quality and extent of the equipment and facilities of the House of Lords to remedy the disability of hard-hearing.

Baroness Campbell of Surbiton to move that this House takes note of the Sayce Review’s recommendations about the support for disabled people in employment provided by Access to Work.

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.

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

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions they are making to support Sudan following the referendum in January 2011.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to reduce the number of mothers imprisoned 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 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.

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 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 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.

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.

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 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 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.

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, when and where they will die, without legal ramifications for anyone assisting them.

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.

Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the final report of the Independent Monitoring Commission for Northern Ireland.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the International Labour Organisation report Decent work for domestic workers.

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support the victims of sex trafficking.

Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of their involvement in the European Financial Stability Mechanism and the consequences of the eurozone debt costs for the United Kingdom economy.

Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the debt problems of Greece, Ireland and Portugal and of the United Kingdom’s potential obligations to provide financial support.

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the issues arising from the common law nature of the concept of fiduciary duty.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Fraud Investigation Service of the Department for Work and Pensions and other government anti-fraud agencies.

Baroness Cumberlege to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent fractures resulting from osteoporosis in the light of the Royal College of Physicians’ national audit of falls and bone health in older people.

The Countess of Mar to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement on behalf of the co-authors of the Medical Research Council PACE Trial paper that it "does not purport to be studying Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)/myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)", (a) whether the trial has met the objectives set for it, (b) of what value the study will be to those suffering from CFS/ME, and (c) what impact the findings of the PACE trial will have on (1) the eligibility of patients suffering from CFS/ME to claim social security benefits, and (2) the dependence of medical practitioners and others upon the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidelines for CFS/ME.

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the effects of paramedical intervention in the National Health Service.

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s current relationship with Mongolia.

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote and measure wellbeing and what role public policy should play in shaping national wellbeing.

Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to measure the extent of phone hacking by newspapers.

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s relationship with Azerbaijan and the South Caucasus. [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the commitments made in their Response to the Humanitarian Emergency Response Review.

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what opportunities will be provided to promote awareness of hepatitis C within the new structures proposed for the National Health Service; and how commissioning of services to identify and treat patients suffering from hepatitis C will be improved.

Lord Corbett of Castle Vale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the 35th anniversary of the introduction of the Mobility Allowance.

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the present role of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and whether they have plans to increase awareness of its work.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report Community or Custody published by Make Justice Work.

Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Olympic authorities about the route of the Olympic torch next year, in order to ensure maximum exposure in market towns.

Baroness Jay of Paddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the application of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ Policy for Prosecutors in Respect of Cases of Encouraging or Assisting Suicide.

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to monitor the impact on humanitarian aid for the population of Gaza of the blockade by the government of Israel; and what representations they have made to the government of Israel about the blockade.

Lord McFall of Alcluith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reinvigorate occupational pensions.

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the report Guiding patients through complexity: modern medical generalism.

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing their guidelines in relation to the sentencing and imprisonment of former armed services personnel, in the light of the report published by the Howard League for Penal Reform on 23 June following an independent inquiry chaired by Sir John Nutting QC.

Lord Skidelsky to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for securing economic growth.

Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the future of the United Kingdom civil aviation industry.

Lord Luke to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to support High Speed Rail 2 and, if so, why.

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of recent reforms of the higher education system on university education and research in the arts, humanities and fundamental science.

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Design Commission’s report Restarting Britain: Design Education and Growth.

Lord Lamont of Lerwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the Eurozone crisis, its consequences for the world economy and its impact on the United Kingdom and other non-Eurozone members.  

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 24 November and due for answer by 8 December.

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 21 November (WA 184) concerning the wearing of cycle helmets, whether they consider that such helmets save lives and prevent injuries.   HL13724

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted an inquiry into the dangers of passive smoking caused by groups of smokers located at the entrances of public buildings; if they have, what was the result; and, if they have not, whether they will do so.   HL13725

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Wallace of Saltaire on 26 October (WA 161–2), how many (1) civil servants, and (2) other staff, are employed by the National School of Government, and where those officials are employed.   HL13726

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Croatian nationals have received visas and work permits in each year since 2002, broken down by each category of entry document; which of those categories will continue to have effect after Croatia joins the European Union; and for how long.
   HL13727

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 2 November (WA 269), what is their assessment of the discrepancy between the 174,577 Bulgarian and Romanian nationals issued with work permit variants between 1 January 2007 and 31 December 2010 and the 135,740 issued with national insurance numbers; and whether those without a national insurance number have paid no income tax or national insurance contributions.   HL13728

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the percentage differences in median full-time weekly earnings between the public sector and private sector for (1) the United Kingdom, (2) England, (3) Scotland, (4) Wales and (5) Northern Ireland; and what those figures are when the pension benefit provisions for each sector are incorporated.   HL13729

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the charge-out rate for a Food Standards Agency meat hygiene inspector comprises the combined salary and national insurance costs.
   HL13730

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Food Standards Agency is doubling its charges for meat hygiene inspectors, given the European Commission study showing that United Kingdom abattoir operators currently pay more per head for meat inspections than operators in other European Union member states.   HL13731

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the current abattoir charges for meat hygiene inspections in the United Kingdom compare to those in each of the other European Union member states; and what are the figures compared.   HL13732

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to install photovoltaic solar systems on buildings owned or occupied by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.   HL13733

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to install photovoltaic solar systems on buildings owned or occupied by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.   HL13734

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to install photovoltaic solar systems on buildings owned or occupied by HM Treasury.   HL13735

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislation, passed during the 2005–10 Parliament, is the responsibility of the Department for Education and has yet to be brought into force, either in full or in part.   HL13736

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislation, passed during the 2005–10 Parliament, is the responsibility of the Department for Work and Pensions and has yet to be brought into force, either in full or in part.   HL13737

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislation, passed during the 2005–10 Parliament, is the responsibility of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and has yet to be brought into force, either in full or in part.   HL13738

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances members of the public can distribute leaflets and other printed matter in public spaces without notifying the local authority concerned or obtaining a licence in areas where legislation on leafleting has been enacted.
   HL13739

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the public can distribute leaflets and other printed matter in public spaces without notifying the local authority concerned or obtaining a licence if they do so for charitable, religious or political purposes.   HL13740

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce or amend legislation to allow the free distribution of leaflets and other printed matter without the necessity of applying for licences where such requirements are currently applied.   HL13741

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they issue guidance to local authorities regarding leafleting in public spaces; and, if so, what that guidance says.   HL13742

Lord Boswell of Aynho to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take while holding the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to encourage the development and extension of the Partnerships for Democracy programme of that organisation to involve adjacent states emerging from non-democratic government.   HL13743

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the BBC World Service to focus more of its output towards Central Asia.   HL13744

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the BBC World Service to provide more coverage to news from Central Asian nations.   HL13745

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they and the BBC World Service use in determining regional broadcasting priorities.   HL13746

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are sufficient work stations and telephone extensions for all Foreign and Commonwealth Office staff stationed in King Charles Street and the Old Admiralty Building; and, if not, what percentage of staff are catered for.   HL13747

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households in each parliamentary constituency in Greater Manchester are eligible for a winter fuel payment.   HL13748

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many households in each parliamentary constituency in Greater Manchester are in receipt of a winter fuel payment.   HL13749

Lord Bradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the amount of public subsidy to (1) the bus industry, and (2) the rail industry, in the last ten years.   HL13750

Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the weight limit for free postage to United Kingdom forces varies between British forces; and, if so, why.   HL13751

Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is possible to send items up to two kilograms by post to United Kingdom forces serving in Afghanistan without charge but the same provision is not made for postage from troops to United Kingdom civilian addresses.   HL13752

Lord Rogan to ask Her Majesty’s Government why United Kingdom forces may send aerograms to United Kingdom civilian addresses without charge but items of equivalent weight in envelopes attract postage charges.   HL13753

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to introducing a licensing regime for cyclists.   HL13754

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to introducing a national system of bicycle lanes.   HL13755

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pedestrians have been (1) killed, (2) seriously injured, and (3) injured, by cyclists in each of the last ten years.   HL13756

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cyclists have been (1) killed, (2) seriously injured, and (3) injured, on the road in each of the last ten years.   HL13757

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Wilcox on 21 November (WA 207), what arrangements exist for Post Office Ltd’s clients to decide the products and services offered by Post Office Ltd; and what steps have been taken to publicise those arrangements.   HL13758

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the capital of Northern Rock plc will be owned by private equity after its acquisition by Virgin Money; and what percentage of the share capital will be owned by shareholders based in (1) the British Virgin Islands, (2) the Cayman Islands, (3) the Dutch Antilles, (4) Jersey, (5) Guernsey, and (6) the Isle of Man.   HL13759

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the identity of the ultimate owners of the companies, hedge funds and trusts acquiring Northern Rock plc.   HL13760

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government on which occasions the Chancellor of the Exchequer has met the Chairman of the Court of the Bank of England since the General Election.   HL13761

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 November (WA 150), whether the Financial Services Authority gives tax credit for credit default swaps acquired when netting down bank gross exposures to a sovereign or private sector borrower and in calculating risk-weighted exposures and capital requirements.   HL13762

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Sassoon on 16 November (WA 168), what are the key metrics they employ in defining "a stable macro-economic environment"; and whether they include an objective for sterling.   HL13763

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government what enquiries they made into the tax status of Sir Richard Branson, and whether they took that status into account, in considering whether the sale of Northern Rock plc to a consortium led by him would provide good value to the taxpayer.   HL13764

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Social Justice Sub-Committee of the Cabinet has considered the current level of unemployment, in particular as it affects young people including graduates, in conjunction with the impact of the current economic environment; if so, what recommendations it has made; and if not, why not.   HL13765

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what health care interventions and procedures are classified as low priority by primary care trusts or clusters in England.   HL13766

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria each primary care trust or cluster uses to decide on access to low priority procedures for patients.   HL13767

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information is made available to the public and patients about the use of low priority procedures lists by primary care trusts or clusters.   HL13768

Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what processes are in place in primary care trusts to allow patients to appeal decisions about access to treatments included on low priority lists.   HL13769

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

12 October (26 October)

HL12376 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [WO]

HL12399 Lord Janner of Braunstone [MoD]

18 October (1 November)

HL12556 The Duke of Montrose [WO]

HL12561 Baroness Goudie [DfID]

20 October (3 November)

HL12651 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

25 October (8 November)

HL12784 Lord Barnett [CO]

26 October (9 November)

HL12819 Lord Willis of Knaresborough [CO]

HL12835 Baroness Hamwee [HO]

31 October (14 November)

HL12970 Lord Ouseley [HO]

HL12971 Lord Ouseley [HO]

2 November (16 November)

HL13098 Lord Jones of Cheltenham [HO]

HL13105 Lord Laird [HO]

HL13107 Lord Tebbit [CO]

7 November (21 November)

HL13208 Lord Marlesford [HO]

9 November (23 November)

HL13251 Lord Hollick [HO]

HL13290 Lord Boateng [HO]

HL13293 Lord Pearson of Rannoch [HO]

10 November (24 November)

HL13323 Lord Ashcroft [DfID]

HL13331 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL13332 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL13336 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL13340 Lord Laird [HO]

HL13344 Baroness Quin [MoJ]

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

[CO] 3

[DfID] 2

[DfT] 1

[HO] 13

[MoD] 1

[MoJ] 1

[WO] 2

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) [HL]

Private Member’s

25 November

Referendum (European Union) [HL]

Private Member’s

Torture (Damages) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Private Member’s

25 November

Mental Health (Discrimination) [HL]

Private Member’s

25 November

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

Social Care Portability [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation [HL]

Private Member’s

Company Remuneration [HL]

Private Member’s

Scrap Metal Dealers (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment)

Private Member’s

Transport for London [HL]

Private

Waiting for Commitment

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

Private

13 December

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

Welfare Reform

Government

28 November

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Private Member’s

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

Private Member’s

Devolution (Time) [HL]

Private Member’s

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

5 December

Parliament Square (Management) [HL]

Private Member’s

Scotland (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

Health and Social Care (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion, Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

28 November

Protection of Freedoms (in respect of clauses 1–25, 54–56, 64–84 and Schedules 1, 4 and 7) (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

29 November

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

Waiting for Report

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

Consumer Insurance (Disclosure and Representations) [HL] (Law Commission Bill)

Government

Waiting for Third Reading

Charities [HL] (Consolidation Bill)

Government

30 November

Sent to the Commons

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

Private Member’s

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

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

Private

Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL]

Private

Returned to the Commons Amended

London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Amendment) (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures

Government

Returned to the Commons with a Reason and Amendments

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

Government

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

Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2011

Draft Local Policing Bodies (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2011

Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Jobseeking and Work for Your Benefit) (Amendment and Revocation) Regulations 2012

Draft Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions and Community Energy Saving) (Amendment) Order 2011

Draft Open-Ended Investment Companies (Amendment) Regulations 2011

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (Advertising and Trading) (England) Regulations 2011

29 November

Draft Parliamentary Constituencies and Assembly Electoral Regions (Wales) (Amendment) Order 2011

28 November

Draft Water Supply (Amendment to the Threshold Requirement) Regulations 2011

12 December

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Disqualification from Parliament) Order 2011

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement) Order 2011

Draft Storage of Carbon Dioxide (Inspections etc.) Regulations 2011

Draft Elected Local Policing Bodies (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2011

Draft Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2011

Negative Instrument 

Instrument reported by the Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee

Praying time expires

To be considered

43rd Report

Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

17 December

15 December

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

Report

To be considered

Proposal for order reported from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Proposal for the Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) Order 2011 [14 October]

19th Report

Committees 

Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms in the Committee Corridor. 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 Committee Bulletin.

Monday 28 November

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

in Brussels

Privacy and Injunctions

Joint Committee

2.00pm
in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill

Joint Committee

4.30pm
in the Moses Room

Tuesday 29 November

European Union

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

10.30am

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Science and Technology

Sub-Committee I STEM Higher Education

3.30pm
in the Archbishops’ Room, Millbank House

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 30 November

Constitution

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

3.35pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 1 December

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

Monday 5 December

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Procedure of the House

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Tuesday 6 December

Draft Financial Services Bill

Joint Committee

3.30pm

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 7 December

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Tuesday 13 December

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc Bill

Unopposed Bill Committee

11.00am

Thursday 15 December

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 24 November 2011 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich.

Select Committee Report

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

Debates on motions in Grand Committee. (9th Report, HL Paper 226)

Private Business

2 Canterbury City Council Bill  
Leeds City Council Bill 
Nottingham City Council Bill 
Reading Borough Council Bill

Baroness Knight of Collingtree, Chairman of the Select Committee, reported that, in accordance with Private Business Standing Order 108 (Adjournment of committee on opposed bill), the Committee had adjourned to further deliberate on the bills.

Public Business

3 Violence against women and girls A question was asked by Baroness Gale and answered by Baroness Verma.

4 Employment law: unfair dismissal A question was asked by Lord Clinton-Davis and answered by Baroness Wilcox.

5 Transport: fuel prices A question was asked by Lord Steel of Aikwood and answered by Baroness Wilcox.

6 International Monetary Fund A question was asked by Lord Barnett and answered by Lord Sassoon.

7 Business of the House Lord McNally, on behalf of Lord Strathclyde, moved that the debates on the motions in the names of Lord Sugar and Baroness Pitkeathley set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

8 Government procurement policy (2½-hour debate) Lord Sugar moved that this House takes note of Government procurement policy. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

9 Funding of care and support (2½-hour debate) Baroness Pitkeathley moved that this House takes note of the report of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support and the future of social care. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

10 Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme Regulations 2011 Baroness Stowell of Beeston moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 25 October be approved. The motion was agreed to.

11 Voluntary sector funding A question was asked by the Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds and, after debate, answered by Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

The House adjourned at 5.14pm until Friday 25 November at 10.00am.

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 Companies-Government response to the 10th Report of the House of Commons Business, Innovation and Skills Committee on Pub Companies.    (8222)

2 Welfare-Government response to the Second Independent Review by Professor Malcolm Harrington of the Work Capability Assessment.    (8229)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 (1) Gas Transporter (Modification of Licence Conditions) Regulations 2011   (2803)

(2) Money Laundering (Amendment No. 2) Regulations 2011   (2833)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

2 Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Permissions, Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) (Northern Ireland Credit Unions) Order 2011, laid under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000.   (2832)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report and Accounts for 2010–2011 of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, laid under the Equality Act 2006.

2 Report and Accounts for 2010–2011 of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, laid under the Science and Technology Act 1965.

3 Report of the Second Independent Review by Professor Malcolm Harrington of the Work Capability Assessment, laid under the Welfare Reform Act 2007.

Prepared 24th November 2011