House of Lords Business

Friday 9 December 2011 at 10.00am

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

Future Business 

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

Welfare Reform Bill Report [Lord Freud]

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the human rights and political situation in Saudi Arabia. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon] 34th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Open-Ended Investment Companies (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Sassoon] 34th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The Marquess of Lothian to move that the Grand Committee do consider the Intelligence and Security Committee Annual Report for 2010–11.

Tuesday 13 December at 11.00am

†Health and Social Care Bill Committee (day 12) [Earl Howe] 19th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee, 18th Report from the Constitution Committee

Oral questions will be taken 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.

Devolution (Time) Bill [HL] Third Reading [Lord Tanlaw]

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

†Transport for London Bill [HL] Second Reading [Baroness Grey-Thompson] (Dinner break business)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Protection of Freedoms Bill Committee (in respect of clauses 26–53, 57–63, 85–115 and Schedules 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8–10) [Lord Henley] 20th Report from the Constitution Committee, 20th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

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.

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

It is expected that the Report stage of the Welfare Reform Bill will continue.

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. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

Electricity and Gas (Carbon Emissions and Community Energy Saving) (Amendment) Order 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Marland] 34th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Elected Local Policing Bodies (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 33rd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Local Policing Bodies (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 34th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Accession (Immigration and Worker Authorisation) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Henley] 35th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

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

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

Monday 19 December at 11.00am

It is expected that the Committee stage of the Health and Social Care Bill will continue, and that oral questions will be taken 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.

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

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 11.00am

*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 Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions the review body considering major government information technology projects came to following their review of progress on the universal credit programme.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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 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 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 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.

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 Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of trafficking of adults and children into and within the United Kingdom.

Baroness Taylor of Bolton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve awareness of the potential health hazards of Para-Phenylenediamine (PPD) in hair dyes and cosmetics, and to improve research in this area.

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 8 December and due for answer by 22 December.

Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homes will be built in each Norfolk local authority area under the 2011–14 Framework Development Agreements with the Homes and Communities Agency, according to registered provider.   HL14189

Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many homes will be built or procured in each Norfolk local authority area through agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 for 2011–14, according to registered provider.   HL14190

Baroness Hollis of Heigham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the average grant per home that will be provided by the Homes and Communities Agency for new affordable housing supply in each Norfolk local authority area for 2011–14, excluding any impact on that average of homes provided through agreements under section 106 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. 
   HL14191

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Rawlings on 5 December (WA 109–10) concerning the BBC Trust’s code of practice, what is the practical effect of an action being defined as "inappropriate" under the code of practice.   HL14192

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings were made by the Northern Ireland Office during 2010–11; and what reduction in staff was involved, if any.   HL14193

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether United Kingdom service aircraft require permission to overfly areas of population in the United States; and, if so, from whom and when. 
   HL14194

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the regulations governing the use of bicycles on public roads requires updating; whether they propose to make such changes; and, if so, when.   HL14195

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of how many people died from passive smoking in England in each of the past five years.   HL14196

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Shutt of Greetland on 7 December 2011 (WA 181) and 21 July 2010 (WA 224), why the review of the environmental allowance of £287 per annum paid to 36 Northern Ireland Office staff in recognition of their work in the law and order field proposed that it should continue to be paid following the devolution of policing and justice powers; and whether staff in receipt of the allowance are still required and available to work in Northern Ireland prison establishments and/or operational police stations.   HL14197

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority licensed centres hold regarding the provenance of donated gametes, in order to minimise risks of consanguinity when used in patient treatment and to ensure informed consent prior to any use in research.   HL14198

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Taylor of Holbeach on 4 May (WA 155–6), how donation is distinguished from trade according to the Charities Act 2006 and the Charities Act 1993; and under what circumstances receipt of a flat sum upon provision of material goods is classified as either a donation or as trade for the purposes of charities regulation.   HL14199

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effects of Al-Shabab’s recent disruption of the work of non-governmental organisations and United Nations agencies in southern Somalia on humanitarian relief work and the alleviation of famine in the Horn of Africa.   HL14200

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the 6 December briefing to the United Nations Security Council by Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, on the extension of the deadline for closing down Camp Ashraf.   HL14201

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they share the view expressed to the United Nations Security Council by Martin Kobler, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Iraq, that "lives are at stake and must be protected" at Camp Ashraf; and what part they intend to play in securing the protection and resettlement of the residents.   HL14202

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the First Report of the Secretary General of the United Nations pursuant to paragraph 6 of Council resolution 2001(2011) in relation to Camp Ashraf, published on 28 November, that "it is essential that third countries indicate a willingness to receive camp residents for resettlement"; and what assistance they are giving to the Secretary General to achieve this objective.   HL14203

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women held in immigration removal centres have been victims of trafficking; why trafficked women are subject to detention; and whether they are monitoring the impact on the mental health of those held.   HL14204

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Kosovo about promotion of awareness amongst the Serb and other minority populations of the provisions made for them in the Kosovan constitution.   HL14205

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of research and development funding they are making available to the United Kingdom aerospace sector in the financial years (1) 2011–12, (2) 2012–13, and (3) 2013–14.   HL14206

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in the United Kingdom are entitled (1) to vote in all United Kingdom referendums, and (2) to stand as candidates in United Kingdom parliamentary elections, local elections and European elections. 
   HL14207

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number of qualifying Commonwealth citizens resident in the United Kingdom who are entitled to register to vote in all United Kingdom referendums and elections.   HL14208

Lord Ashcroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord McNally on 6 December (WA 142), whether there is a time limit following a country withdrawing from the Commonwealth after which its citizens resident in the United Kingdom can no longer vote in United Kingdom elections.   HL14209

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was any request to the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games from any department of the Northern Ireland Assembly for the Olympic Torch to travel to Dublin in June 2012; and, if so, who is meeting the costs of that stage.   HL14210

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government which health-related statutory bodies can be realigned or restructured without the need for public consultation or consultation with other health-related statutory bodies.   HL14211

Lord Mawhinney to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many directors of the Peterborough Primary Care Trust have received letters from Directors of the East of England Strategic Health Authority which warn that failing to volunteer to resign from their posts could lead to barring from public service for a period of up to two years.   HL14212

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what diplomatic assistance they will offer to Kenya and Sudan as regards their dispute over the recent Kenyan High Court ruling on alleged crimes in Darfur.   HL14213

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of casualties in the conflicts in South Kordofan, Abyei and Blue Nile.   HL14214

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the economic effects of the closure of Sudan’s border with South Sudan.   HL14215

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

12 October (26 October)

HL12399 Lord Janner of Braunstone [MoD]

25 October (8 November)

HL12784 Lord Barnett [CO]

10 November (24 November)

HL13331 Lord Marlesford [HO]

HL13332 Lord Marlesford [HO]

21 November (5 December)

HL13579 Lord Sharkey [CO]

22 November (6 December)

HL13620 Lord West of Spithead [MoD]

HL13631 The Countess of Mar [DEFRA]

24 November (8 December)

HL13733 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DEFRA]

HL13736 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DfE]

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

[CO] 2

[DEFRA] 2

[DfE] 1

[HO] 2

[MoD] 2

Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Referendum (European Union) [HL]

Private Member’s

Torture (Damages) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Public Services (Social Value)

Private Member’s

Caravan Sites [HL]

Private Member’s

Airports (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Subterranean Development [HL]

Private Member’s

Transport for London [HL]

Private

13 December

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

Protection of Freedoms (in respect of clauses 26–53, 57–63, 85–115 and Schedules 2, 3, 5, 6 and 8–10) (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

13 December

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

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

13 December

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

Government

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) [HL]

Private Member’s

14 December

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

Private Member’s

Mental Health (Discrimination) [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

House of Lords Reform [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Government

Welfare Reform

Government

12 December

Waiting for Third Reading

Devolution (Time) [HL]

Private Member’s

13 December

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Charities [HL] (Consolidation Bill)

Government

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

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

Private

Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL]

Private

Waiting for Royal Assent

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

Government

Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

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

Draft Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Dissolution) Order 2012

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Republic of Korea Framework Agreement) Order 2012

Draft Local Authorities (Conduct of Referendums) (England) Regulations 2012

Draft City of Wakefield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Bristol (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Bradford (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Manchester (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Sheffield (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Nottingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Leeds (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Birmingham (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Liverpool (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft City of Coventry (Mayoral Referendum) Order 2012

Draft Local Better Regulation Office (Dissolution and Transfer of Functions, Etc.) Order 2012

Draft Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Special Educational Needs (Direct Payments) (Pilot Scheme) Order 2011

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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

14 December

Financial Restrictions (Iran) Order 2011

12 December

Draft Local Policing Bodies (Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2011

14 December

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

14 December

Draft Open-Ended Investment Companies (Amendment) Regulations 2011

12 December

Accession (Immigration and Worker Authorisation) (Amendment) Regulations 2011

14 December

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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

Special Procedure Order in Progress 

Waiting for expiry of petitioning period

Date of Laying

Expiry of petitioning period

Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011

29 November

19 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

Examination of Petitions for Private Bill 

Monday 19 December

11.00am, in Committee Room 4

University of Wales: Trinity Saint David

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 12 December

Privacy and Injunctions

Joint Committee

2.00pm
in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

4.00pm

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill

Joint Committee

4.30pm

Tuesday 13 December

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

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

10.30am

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc Bill

Unopposed Bill Committee

11.00am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Science and Technology

Sub Committee I STEM Higher Education

3.30pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Draft Financial Services Bill

Joint Committee

3.30pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 14 December

Constitution

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

3.35pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 15 December

European Union

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

10.00am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Wednesday 21 December

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

10.30am

Monday 16 January

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 8 December 2011 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Newcastle.

1 Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to Baroness Vadera for the remainder of this Parliament.

Public Business

2 Young children: language development A question was asked by Lord Quirk and answered by Lord Hill of Oareford.

3 Kosovo and Serbia A question was asked by the Earl of Sandwich and answered by Lord Howell of Guildford.

4 Cycling: accidents on pavements A question was asked by Lord Harrison and answered by Earl Attlee.

5 Libraries: access A question was asked by Lord Collins of Highbury and answered by Baroness Rawlings.

6 Subterranean Development Bill [HL] Lord Selsdon presented a bill to make provision for the regulation of subterranean development work; to establish a code of practice for subterranean development work; and for connected purposes. It was read a first time and ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 117)

7 Merits of Statutory Instruments The Chairman of Committees moved that Baroness Eaton be appointed a member of the Select Committee in place of Lord Lucas. The motion was agreed to.

8 Business of the House Lord Strathclyde moved that Standing Order 40(1) (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Tuesday 13 December and Monday 19 December to enable proceedings on the Health and Social Care Bill to take place before oral questions. The motion was agreed to.

9 United Kingdom manufacturing industry (Balloted debate) Lord Haskel moved that this House takes note of the development and retention of manufacturing industry in the United Kingdom. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

10 Health: neurological conditions (Balloted debate) Lord Dubs moved that this House takes note of the support available for persons with neurological conditions. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

11 Citizens Advice Bureaux A question was asked by Lord Boateng and, after debate, answered by Baroness Wilcox.

The House adjourned at 5.48pm until Friday 9 December 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 Water-Water for Life: Government proposals.    (8230)

2 Innovation-Innovation and Research Strategy for Growth: Government Strategy document.
     (8239)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 (1) Greenhouse Gas Emissions Trading Scheme (Amendment) (Registries and Fees etc.) Regulations 2011   (2911)

(2) Export Control (Sudan and South Sudan Sanctions) and (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011   (2925)

(3) Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Market Abuse) Regulations 2011   (2928)

laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

2 Local Authorities (Referendums) (Petitions) (England) Regulations 2011, laid under the Local Government Act 2000.   (2914)

3 Private Security Industry Act 2001 Regulations (Amendment) Regulations 2011, laid under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.   (2917)

4 Hydrocarbon Oil and Biofuels (Road Fuel in Defined Areas) (Reliefs) Regulations 2011, laid under the Hydrocarbon Oil Duties Act 1979.   (2935)

5 Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, laid under the Immigration Act 1971.   (-)

Paper not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following paper was laid before the House:

Report for the period 1 August 2010 to 31 July 2011 of the Independent Reviewer of the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007, laid under the Justice and Security (Northern Ireland) Act 2007.

Prepared 8th December 2011