House of Lords Business

Monday 25 March 2013 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Hollick to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent on infrastructure projects in the current financial year, and how that figure compares with that in the previous financial year.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have committed suicide in prisons since January 2000.

*Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask the Leader of the House whether he will bring forward proposals to encourage greater interactivity of debate, and to allow time for interventions, in time-limited debates in the House and Grand Committee.

*Baroness Seccombe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of poverty in the United Kingdom.

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

Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2013 Lord Freud to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 7 February be approved. 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 18 March

Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2013 Lord Freud to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 7 February be approved. 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 18 March

Tax Credits Up-rating, etc. Regulations 2013 Lord Freud to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 7 February be approved. 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 18 March

Loss of Tax Credits Regulations 2013 Lord Freud to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4 February be approved. 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 18 March

Lord Wallace of Saltaire intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

Official Statistics Order 2013 Lord Wallace of Saltaire to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 14 February be approved. 21st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 19 March

Electoral Registration (Disclosure of Electoral Registers) Regulations 2013 Lord Wallace of Saltaire to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 25 February be approved. 21st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 19 March

Electoral Registration (Postponement of 2013 Annual Canvass) Order 2013 Lord Wallace of Saltaire to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 25 February be approved. 21st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 19 March

§Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill Third Reading [Baroness Stowell of Beeston]

Crime and Courts Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Lord Taylor of Holbeach]

†Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill Committee (and remaining stages) [Lord Freud]

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Consequential Provisions: Primary Legislation) Order 2013 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Astor of Hever] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2013 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Verma] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2013 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Verma] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2013 Consideration in Grand Committee [Viscount Younger of Leckie] 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to promote skills mix changes and task sharing in low- and middle-income countries in order to improve quality, access and cost in health services in line with the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Health All the Talents. (1 hour)

Future Business 

Tuesday 26 March at 2.30pm

Martha Lane Fox CBE will be introduced as a Baroness and 
Michael Berkeley CBE will be introduced as a Baron.

*Lord Selkirk of Douglas to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the European Union and the government of the United States about the long-term humanitarian implications of the increasing number of refugees escaping from Syria into neighbouring countries.

*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the deployment of autonomous weapon systems by United Kingdom armed forces.

*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Scottish Government regarding the arrangements for the referendum on independence.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 22 March.

§Growth and Infrastructure Bill Third Reading [Baroness Hanham]

Justice and Security Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Lord Wallace of Tankerness]

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

Lord Nash to move that the Grand Committee takes note of the Government’s consultation on the draft National Curriculum. (2 hours)

Lord Harrison to move that the Grand Committee takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on MiFID II: Getting it Right for the City and EU Financial Services Industry (2nd Report, HL Paper 28).

Wednesday 27 March at 11.00am

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with Sir Mervyn King, the Governor of the Bank of England, that quantitative easing should be increased by £25 billion, as stated at the most recent meeting of the Monetary Policy Committee.

*Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with stakeholders in the liquid biofuels industry about targets for increasing the proportion of biofuels in road transport fuel.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place with the government of Poland to ensure the continuation of reconnection and rehabilitation programmes for destitute Polish rough sleepers in the United Kingdom.

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2013 Lord McNally to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4 February be approved. 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Lord Bach to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert, "but this House regrets that Her Majesty’s Government have responded to the opinion of this House, as expressed in a vote on 3 December 2012 on a fatal motion in respect of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2012 on inadequate provision for legal aid in first tier tribunal cases, by bringing forward this Order which excludes even that limited provision."

Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) Regulations 2013 Lord McNally to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4 February be approved. 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following two motions are expected to be debated together:

Baroness Grey-Thompson to move that this House regrets that the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/3098) fail to deliver sufficiently wide access to legal aid services for disabled persons; and that the category of "exempted person" is defined too narrowly.

Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move that this House regrets that the Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012 (SI 2012/3098) fail to deliver on Her Majesty’s Government’s expressed promise to provide adequate legal aid provision for victims of domestic violence; that significant numbers of victims will not be able to satisfy the evidential criteria, contrary to Her Majesty’s Government’s expressed intent, resulting in a diminution of access to justice; and that, as a result, domestic violence victims will be exposed to an increased risk of injury and death.

Marine Navigation (No. 2) Bill Committee [Baroness Wilcox]

Monday 22 April at 2.30pm

The Lord Bishop of Truro will be introduced.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics.

Lord Krebs to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Sport and exercise science and medicine: building on the Olympic legacy to improve the nation’s health (1st Report, HL Paper 33). 18 July 2012

Lord Carter of Coles to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Leaving a bitter taste? The EU Sugar Regime (4th Report, HL Paper 44). 4 September 2012

Lord Plant of Highfield to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Joint Committee on the Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill on the Draft Enhanced Terrorism Prevention and Investigation Measures Bill (1st Report, HL Paper 70). 27 November 2012

Lord Hannay of Chiswick to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The EU’s Global Approach to Migration and Mobility (8th Report, HL Paper 91). 18 December 2012

Other Motions for Debate 

Lord Naseby to move that this House takes note of the implementation to date of the recommendations of the independent report from the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission in Sri Lanka and the challenges facing Sri Lanka in implementing recommendations still outstanding.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to move that this House takes note of the number of police officers in England and Wales.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move that this House takes note of the extent of religious persecution worldwide, in the light of Article 18 of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) Regulations 2013, laid before the House on 13 February, be annulled. (SI 2013/257) 30th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Chairman, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham
Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Consultant and Trainer, Cumberlege Connections Ltd (NHS leadership/awareness programmes)
Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Self-employed consultant on NHS and wider health issues, t/a Philip Hunt Consultancy

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours. The date on which the question was tabled is in italics; questions are removed from the list six months after tabling.

Lord Sacks to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the relationship between business and society. (8 October)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that young people receive proper financial education. (9 October)

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of low-quality housing on child development. (11 October)

Baroness Williams of Crosby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to discuss multilateral nuclear disarmament with China. (18 October)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the United Kingdom’s relationship with Morocco. (19 October)

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to promote a peaceful resolution to the situation in Gaza and the West Bank. (7 November)

Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the removal of the presumption of public benefit under the Charities Act 2006. (12 November)

Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies to promote cultural diversity and ethnic minority employment in the United Kingdom media. (19 November)

Lord Kakkar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the NHS innovation and research strategies have had on health improvement and wealth creation. (27 November)

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what opportunities will be provided to promote awareness of hepatitis C within the new structures of the National Health Service; and how the commissioning of services to identify and treat patients suffering from hepatitis C will be improved. (28 November)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their proposals for a register of lobbyists. (3 December)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment since 5 February 2008 of the arrangements for preserving Government archives and preparing official histories. (4 December)

The Lord Bishop of Ripon and Leeds to ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors are taken into account in decisions about the future of NHS children’s heart services. (5 December)

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the workings of the Leasehold Valuation Tribunal and the case for regulation of managing agents for leasehold properties. (13 December)

Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of ethnic minority employment in the media and creative industries. (13 December)

Lord Clarke of Hampstead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current human rights situation in Iran. (18 December)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Commission on a Bill of Rights. (8 January) [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
Member, Commission on a Bill of Rights

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the issues raised in the London Councils report A case for sustainable funding for adult social care. (11 January)

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will promote Personal, Social and Health Education in schools in order to develop pupils’ skills and knowledge relevant to growing up in the United Kingdom. (17 January)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to avoid increasing United Kingdom isolation in the European Union. (17 January)

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of population growth; and what steps they are taking domestically and internationally to address the issue. (17 January)

Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with media corporations regarding the coverage of Parliament and politics. (17 January)

The Lord Bishop of Derby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of levels of food insecurity and opportunities to address global hunger in 2013 and at the 2013 G8 summit. (21 January)

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their strategic objectives for the Arctic Region; and what steps they are taking to progress them. (1 February)

Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to maximise tourism potential in the United Kingdom. (4 February)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of successful cardiopulmonary resuscitation performed by children and young people trained at school. (5 February)

The Earl of Caithness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the standard of care at St George’s Hospital, Tooting, and its impact on the future wellbeing of patients. (5 February)

Baroness Harris of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to address national security issues in Northern Ireland in the light of recent events and decisions. (6 February)

Baroness Buscombe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are providing to community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and faith groups which support people at risk of suicide. (6 February)

Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce hospital bed occupancy rates. (12 February)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote sustained international support for stabilisation efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Great Lakes region of Africa. (13 February)

Lord Desai to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of rising sea levels in relation to inhabited low-lying islands and whether they have a policy in place to alleviate any problems in this area. (13 February)

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about human rights violations in Egypt; and whether they are having discussions about human rights with the government of that country. (13 February)

Baroness Pitkeathley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for families of their response to the Dilnot Commission on the funding of long-term care. (14 February)

Lord Willis of Knaresborough to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to reduce the cost to the National Health Service of medical research regulatory authorities. (25 February)

Baroness Blackstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the short- and long-term implications of the large influx of refugees from Syria into neighbouring countries for those countries; and what steps they are taking to work with the international community to provide improved humanitarian aid. (25 February)

Lord Cope of Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have received about the effects of building a Severn barrage. (27 February)

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to implement the Foreign Secretary’s undertaking, following the European Court of Justice’s ruling on the Chagos Islanders’ case, to "take stock of our policy towards the resettlement of the British Indian Ocean Territory". (27 February)

Lord Thomas of Gresford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the policy for assessments of compensation for miscarriages of justice under section 133 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 in the light of the reformulations of the test in R (Adams) v Secretary of State for Justice (2011) UKSC 18 and R (Ali) v Secretary of State for Justice (2013) EWHC 72 (Admin.). (4 March)

Viscount Hanworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of nuclear power in helping the United Kingdom to meet its climate change and energy security goals. (6 March)

Lord McColl of Dulwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the letter of 1 February 2012 from Lord Henley to Lord McColl of Dulwich [DEP2012–0194], which has been placed in the Library of the House, what further steps they will take to comply before the forthcoming deadline with European Union Directive 2011/36/EU on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims. (6 March)

Lord St John of Bletso to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prospects for a free and fair election in Zimbabwe in 2013. (7 March)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the mis-selling of payment protection insurance, what action they are taking to encourage the banking and financial services sectors to move towards a fair, ethical and transparent way of protecting those who take out loans. (12 March)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 21 March and due for answer by 8 April.

Lord Stoddart of Swindon to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 18 March (WA 96) concerning bankers’ bonuses, what discussions they have had with the European Commission and the governments of other member states about the appropriateness of using Article 53(1) as the legal basis for the Capital Requirements Directive IV; and whether they are now aware of any proposals being considered in the European Parliament to extend the scheme to fund managers.   HL6424

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Randerson on 19 March (WA 143), on how many occasions, and on what dates, they met the leaders of each of the political parties within the Northern Ireland Executive, or their representatives, in the last 12 months.   HL6425

Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Hanham on 20 March (WA 157), why the table giving details of social housing sales, which would not exceed the standard two columns of the Official Report, was not given as part of the answer, but was placed in the Library of the House; and whether they will now ensure that the table is now published along with the answer in the Official Report.   HL6426

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forecast underspend in the Ministry of Defence for the financial year 2012–13.   HL6427

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the ten programmes from which the largest share of the forecast Ministry of Defence underspend for 2012–13 have emerged.
   HL6428

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Ministry of Defence underspend in the financial year 2012–13 will be rolled forward in total to be used in the Ministry of Defence during 2013–14.   HL6429

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the last savings taken from the Ministry of Defence by HM Treasury have affected the procurement baseline from which the one per cent year on year procurement budget increase will be calculated.   HL6430

Lord Jones of Cheltenham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they argued at the CITES conference in Bangkok in favour of the uplifting of protection of polar bears.   HL6431

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the omission of respiratory disease from the NHS Commissioning Board’s list of Strategic Clinical Networks, what steps they will take to ensure that improvements in obstructive sleep apnoea care and services continue in the reformed National Health Service.   HL6432

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take following the decision by Cumbria County Council not to proceed further with the construction of a nuclear waste facility with a view to establishing a transparent expert review of the most suitable sites for such a facility within the United Kingdom, taking into account environment, security and safety considerations.   HL6433

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the Department of Health spent at 2012–13 prices on (1) the National Health Service, and (2) personal social services, in each of the years (a) 2009–10, (b) 2010–11, and (c) 2011–12; and what it is forecast to spend in 2012–13.   HL6434

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the (1) revenue, and (2) capital, expenditure at constant prices, of the Department of Health on the National Health Service from 1996–97 to the forecast for 2012–13; and what was the percentage change each year from the previous year.
   HL6435

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the expenditure, at constant prices, of the Department of Health on personal social services, from 1996–97 to their forecast for 2012–13; and what was the percentage change each year from the previous year.   HL6436

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government which NHS trusts overspent their budgets in 2010–11 and 2011–12; and which are forecast to do so in 2012–13.   HL6437

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government which clinical commissioning groups will not have been authorised by 31 March 2013; and which groups have had conditions attached to their authorisations.   HL6438

Lord Warner to ask Her Majesty’s Government which primary care trusts will be abolished on 31 March 2013 holding (1) current, and (2) historic, debt; how much of such debt will be written off; and, if any of it is not, which bodies will assume responsibility for such debt in 2013–14.   HL6439

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what definition of "audio, video and audio-visual equipment, recording devices, navigation equipment, and cameras" has been used in the establishment of the Olympic Supplier Recognition Scheme.   HL6440

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend further to refine the definitions of (1) "audio, video and audio-visual equipment, recording devices, navigation equipment, and cameras", and (2) "commercial, residential and industrial lighting fixtures and systems", in the Olympic Supplier Recognition Scheme in order to ensure that United Kingdom companies that produced services for the London 2012 Games can publicise their involvement.   HL6441

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government why entertainment lighting suppliers to the London 2012 Games are excluded from the Olympic Supplier Recognition Scheme.   HL6442

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of self-employed contractors used by the Children and Family Advisory and Support Service in each of the previous five years.   HL6443

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate the Children and Family Advisory and Support Service has made of the size of the self-employed Children’s Guardian workforce in each of the previous five years.   HL6444

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Children and Family Advisory and Support Service uses to decide whether to use self-employed contractors.   HL6445

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the passage of the Lisbon Treaty, how many recommendations have been made to them by the House of Lords European Union Committee; and, of those, how many have been (1) accepted and acted upon by them, and (2) accepted by them and subsequently passed into European Union law.   HL6446

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 19 March (WA 314), whether the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, Dr Daniel Poulter MP has plans to meet Mr Michael McIntyre, Chairman of the European Herbal and Traditional Medicine Practitioners’ Association, to find solutions to the problems surrounding the establishment of a statutory register for practitioners supplying unlicensed herbal medicines; and, if so, when.   HL6447

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the rights under the European Convention of Human Rights to freedom of expression and respect for private life, home and correspondence are applied equally across the United Kingdom.   HL6448

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 21 March (HL6091), what the value of small gift exemption for Inheritance Tax of £250 per year per donee would be in 2013 if it had been uprated for inflation as measured by Retail Prices Index from 1980, when it was first introduced under the predecessor tax, Estate Duty and Capital Transfer Tax.   HL6449

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Deighton on 21 March (HL6091), whether the specific guidance on recording gifts gives details of when hospitality should be included in the value of the small gift exemption of £250 for Inheritance Tax.
   HL6450

Lord Maginnis of Drumglass to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the safety of Afghan interpreters who have worked with British forces after the United Kingdom withdraws from Afghanistan; and what steps they will take to support those interpreters.   HL6451

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

6 February (20 February)

HL5309 Lord Rosser [MoD]

14 February (28 February)

HL5667 Lord Higgins [DEFRA]

HL5668 Lord Higgins [DEFRA]

27 February (13 March)

HL5848 Baroness Byford [DEFRA]

4 March (18 March)

HL5906 Lord Ashcroft [DCMS]

HL5929 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DCMS]

HL5933 Baroness Newlove [DCMS]

5 March (19 March)

HL5949 Lord Greaves [DCLG]

HL5958 Lord Storey [DfE]

HL5963 Lord Storey [DCLG]

6 March (20 March)

HL6004 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [DCMS]

HL6007 Lord Berkeley [DECC]

HL6028 Lord Taylor of Warwick [DfE]

7 March (21 March)

HL6063 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [FCO]

HL6064 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [DCMS]

HL6074 Baroness Jones of Whitchurch [DfE]

HL6075 Baroness Jones of Whitchurch [DfE]

HL6079 Lord Chidgey [FCO]

HL6082 Lord Chidgey [DfID]

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

[DCLG] 2

[DCMS] 5

[DECC] 1

[DEFRA] 3

[DfE] 4

[DfID] 1

[FCO] 2

[MoD] 1

       

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Company Remuneration [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Presumption of Death and Provisions Relating to Missing Persons [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Mental Health (Discrimination) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Marine Navigation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Marriage (Approved Organisations) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Interception of Communications (Admissibility of Evidence) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

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

Private Member’s

 

Higher Education (Fees) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Electric Personal Vehicles (Use on Highways) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Referendum (European Union) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Hereditary Peerages (Succession) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Membership of the House of Lords (Elections) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Parliamentary Elections [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Social Care Portability [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Littering from Vehicles [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Voting Age (Comprehensive Reduction) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Medical Innovation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Independent Press Council [HL]

Private Member’s

 

BBC Trust Chairman (Election) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Age of Criminal Responsibility Bill [HL]

Private Member’s

 

National Health Service (Amended Duties and Powers) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

   

Hertfordshire County Council (Filming on Highways) [HL]

Private

 

Transport for London [HL]

Private

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Inheritance (Cohabitants) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Airports (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Marine Navigation (No. 2) (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion)

Private Member’s

27 March

Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes)

Government

25 March

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Succession to the Crown

Government

 

Welfare Benefits Up-rating

Government

25 March

Growth and Infrastructure (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

26 March

Sent to the Commons

   

Smoke-free Private Vehicles [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords (Cessation of Membership) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Caravan Sites [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Partnerships (Prosecution) (Scotland) [HL] (Scottish Law Commission Bill)

Government

 

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

Private

 

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

 

Returned to the Commons Amended

   

Defamation (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

 

Public Service Pensions

Government

 

Groceries Code Adjudicator [HL]

Government

 

Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (Scottish and Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motions)

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Amendments

   

Justice and Security [HL]

Government

26 March

Crime and Courts [HL] (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

25 March

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) (Money Bill-7 March)

Government

 

Presumption of Death

Private Member’s

 

Mobile Homes

Private Member’s

 

Antarctic (Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motion)

Private Member’s

 

Measures in Progress 

   

To be considered

Waiting for Commons Affirmative Resolution

   

Diocese in Europe Measure

   

Clergy Discipline (Amendment) Measure

   

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

The Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee has drawn attention to certain instruments in the reports indicated.

 

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

Draft Duty to Participate in Education or Training (Alternative Ways of Working) Regulations 2013

   

Draft Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 (Consequential Amendments to Part 1 of the Education and Skills Act 2008) Order 2013

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Armed Forces and Reserve Forces (Compensation Scheme) (Consequential Provisions: Primary Legislation) Order 2013

 

25 March

Draft CRC Energy Efficiency Scheme Order 2013

 

25 March

Draft Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2013

 

25 March

Draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2013

 

25 March

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Loss of Tax Credits Regulations 2013

 

25 March

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2013

 

25 March

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2013

 

25 March

Draft Tax Credits Up-rating, etc. Regulations 2013

 

25 March

Draft Electoral Registration (Disclosure of Electoral Registers) Regulations 2013

 

25 March

Draft Electoral Registration (Postponement of 2013 Annual Canvass) Order 2013

 

25 March

Draft Official Statistics Order 2013

 

25 March

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order 2013

 

27 March

Draft Civil Legal Aid (Merits Criteria) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

 

27 March

Draft Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Act 2011 (Consequential and Transitional Provisions and Savings) Order 2013

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

28th Report

   

Rights of Passengers in Bus and Coach Transport (Exemptions) Regulations 2013

15 April

 

Jobseeker’s Allowance (Scheme for Assisting Persons to Obtain Employment) Regulations 2013

20 April

 

30th Report

   

National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) Regulations 2013

21 April

 

33rd Report

   

National Health Service (Primary Dental Services) (Miscellaneous Amendments and Transitional Provisions) Regulations 2013

25 April

 

Social Security (Personal Independence Payment) (Amendment) Regulations 2013

1 May

 

National Health Service (Procurement, Patient Choice and Competition) (No. 2) Regulations 2013

7 May

 
 

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Civil Legal Aid (Procedure) Regulations 2012

12 February

27 March

Public Bodies Order in Progress 

 

Scrutiny period expires

To be considered

Draft Order reported from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee under the enhanced affirmative procedure

   

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of Administrative Justice and Tribunals Council) Order 2013, 15th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 25th and 32nd Reports from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

16 March

 

Committees 

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

Tuesday 26 March

   

European Union

EU Sub-Committee A Economic and Financial Affairs

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

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 27 March

   

Constitution

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs, Health and Education

10.30am

Monday 15 April

   

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Infrastructure and Employment

3.00pm

Tuesday 16 April

   

Parliamentary Privilege

Joint Committee

5.00pm

Thursday 18 April

   

European Union

EU Sub-Committee C External Affairs

10.00am

Wednesday 24 April

   

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Information

Domestic Committee

4.15pm

Thursday 25 April

   

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 21 March 2013 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Bristol.

1 Leave of Absence Leave of absence was granted to Lord Blyth of Rowington for the remainder of this Parliament.

Public Business

2 Probation services: outsourcing A question was asked by Baroness Howe of Idlicote and answered by Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon.

3 House of Lords: oral questions A question was asked by Lord Campbell-Savours and answered by Lord Hill of Oareford.

4 Food: fast food A question was asked by Lord Sharkey and answered by Earl Howe.

5 Human trafficking A question was asked by Baroness Doocey and answered by Baroness Stowell of Beeston.

6 Business of the House Baroness Anelay of St Johns, on behalf of Lord Hill of Oareford, moved that the motion in the name of Lord Deighton set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that the motion in the name of Lord Nash set down for 26 March in Grand Committee shall be limited to 2 hours. The motion was agreed to.

7 Liaison The Chairman of Committees moved that the 1st Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 135) be agreed to. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

8 Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill Lord Deighton moved that the bill be now read a second time. The motion was agreed to and the Committee was negatived. Then, Standing Order 46 having been dispensed with, the bill was read a third time and passed.

9 Budget statement (3-hour debate) Lord Deighton moved that this House takes note of the Budget Statement and the economy of the United Kingdom. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

10 Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill Lord Freud moved that the bill be now read a second time. Then Lord McKenzie of Luton moved, as an amendment to the original motion, at end to insert "but that this House deplores the Government’s incompetence in failing to provide sufficient information about its back to work schemes, which led to the need to introduce legislation with retrospective effect; deplores the need to introduce fast-track legislation when it took the Government four weeks to introduce the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill into Parliament and in spite of the Constitution Committee’s ongoing concerns about the fast-tracking of legislation; seeks assurances that the appeals process will be robust, speedy and efficient, and that the criteria of the independent report to be prepared under clause 2 will be strengthened to include greater details regarding the number of sanctions, the nature of those affected, the appeals process, the support available to those affected and the effectiveness of the hardship and mitigation provisions; and further seeks assurances that adequate legal advice will be provided to those affected by the introduction of this legislation." After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (see division). Then the original motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

11 Higher Education: STEM subjects (S&T Report) Lord Willis of Knaresborough moved that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Higher Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics subjects (2nd Report, HL Paper 37). After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The House adjourned at 7.17pm until Monday 25 March at 2.30pm.

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 Health-Government response to the 8th Report of the House of Commons Health Committee on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.    (8568)

2 Treaty Series-First, Second, Third, and Fourth Supplementary Lists of Ratifications, Accessions, Withdrawals, etc. with Treaty Index for 2012.    (8589)

3 Water-International Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses.    (8590)

4 Border Controls-Government response to the 8th Report from the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on The work of the UK Border Agency (April–June 2012).    (8591)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Health Education England (Establishment and Constitution) Amendment Order 2013, laid under the National Health Service Act 2006.   (647)

2 Health and Safety (Sharp Instruments in Healthcare) Regulations 2013, laid under the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.   (645)

3 Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2013, laid under the Social Security Contributions and Benefits Act 1992.   (665)

4 Rent Officers (Housing Benefit Functions) Amendment Order 2013, laid under the Housing Act 1996.   (666)

Papers not subject to Parliamentary Proceedings

The following papers were laid before the House:

1 Report and Accounts for the period 1 April to 30 September 2012 of the General Social Care Council, laid under the Care Standards Act 2000.

2 Accounts for 2010–11 of the National Loans Fund, together with the Report of the Comptroller and Auditor General, laid under the Harbours Act 1964.

3 Annual Plan for 2013–14 of the Office of Fair Trading, laid under the Enterprise Act 2002.

4 Report for 2012 of the Service Complaints Commissioner for the Armed Forces, laid under the Armed Forces Act 2006.

Division on 21 March 2013 

Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill

Lord McKenzie of Luton moved, as an amendment to the motion that the bill be now read a second time, at end to insert "but that this House deplores the Government’s incompetence in failing to provide sufficient information about its back to work schemes, which led to the need to introduce legislation with retrospective effect; deplores the need to introduce fast-track legislation when it took the Government four weeks to introduce the Jobseekers (Back to Work Schemes) Bill into Parliament and in spite of the Constitution Committee’s ongoing concerns about the fast-tracking of legislation; seeks assurances that the appeals process will be robust, speedy and efficient, and that the criteria of the independent report to be prepared under clause 2 will be strengthened to include greater details regarding the number of sanctions, the nature of those affected, the appeals process, the support available to those affected and the effectiveness of the hardship and mitigation provisions; and further seeks assurances that adequate legal advice will be provided to those affected by the introduction of this legislation." The House divided:

Contents 106

Not-contents 140

Contents

Adonis, L.

Armstrong of Hill Top, B.

Bach, L.

Bassam of Brighton, L. [Teller]

Beecham, L.

Bilston, L.

Blackstone, B.

Boateng, L.

Borrie, L.

Brennan, L.

Broers, L.

Brooke of Alverthorpe, L.

Brookman, L.

Chandos, V.

Christopher, L.

Clarke of Hampstead, L.

Clinton-Davis, L.

Collins of Highbury, L.

Davies of Oldham, L.

Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.

Desai, L.

Donaghy, B.

Dubs, L.

Eatwell, L.

Elder, L.

Evans of Temple Guiting, L.

Evans of Watford, L.

Falkland, V.

Farrington of Ribbleton, B.

Faulkner of Worcester, L.

Finlay of Llandaff, B.

Foulkes of Cumnock, L.

Gale, B.

Gould of Potternewton, B.

Hanworth, V.

Hart of Chilton, L.

Haskel, L.

Haworth, L.

Healy of Primrose Hill, B.

Hollick, L.

Hollis of Heigham, B.

Howarth of Newport, L.

Howe of Idlicote, B.

Howells of St Davids, B.

Hughes of Woodside, L.

Janner of Braunstone, L.

Jones of Whitchurch, B.

Kennedy of Southwark, L.

King of Bow, B.

Kinnock of Holyhead, B.

Kinnock, L.

Knight of Weymouth, L.

Krebs, L.

Layard, L.

Lea of Crondall, L.

Leitch, L.

Liddell of Coatdyke, B.

Lister of Burtersett, B.

Low of Dalston, L.

McAvoy, L.

McConnell of Glenscorrodale, L.

McDonagh, B.

McKenzie of Luton, L.

Maxton, L.

Meacher, B.

Mitchell, L.

Morris of Handsworth, L.

Noon, L.

Nye, B.

O’Neill of Bengarve, B.

O’Neill of Clackmannan, L.

Pannick, L.

Patel of Bradford, L.

Pendry, L.

Pitkeathley, B.

Ponsonby of Shulbrede, L.

Prosser, B.

Rees of Ludlow, L.

Rosser, L.

Royall of Blaisdon, B.

Scotland of Asthal, B.

Sherlock, B.

Simon, V.

Slim, V.

Smith of Basildon, B.

Smith of Finsbury, L.

Soley, L.

Stevenson of Balmacara, L.

Stone of Blackheath, L.

Symons of Vernham Dean, B.

Temple-Morris, L.

Tomlinson, L.

Touhig, L.

Tunnicliffe, L. [Teller]

Turnberg, L.

Turner of Camden, B.

Uddin, B.

Warner, L.

Warnock, B.

Watson of Invergowrie, L.

Wheeler, B.

Whitty, L.

Wills, L.

Wilson of Tillyorn, L.

Worthington, B.

Young of Norwood Green, L.

Not-contents

Ahmad of Wimbledon, L.

Alderdice, L.

Anelay of St Johns, B. [Teller]

Armstrong of Ilminster, L.

Ashcroft, L.

Ashton of Hyde, L.

Astor of Hever, L.

Attlee, E.

Barker, B.

Bates, L.

Berridge, B.

Brabazon of Tara, L.

Bradshaw, L.

Bridgeman, V.

Brinton, B.

Brittan of Spennithorne, L.

Brooke of Sutton Mandeville, L.

Brougham and Vaux, L.

Browning, B.

Byford, B.

Caithness, E.

Cathcart, E.

Cavendish of Furness, L.

Chalker of Wallasey, B.

Clement-Jones, L.

Colwyn, L.

Courtown, E.

Cumberlege, B.

De Mauley, L.

Deben, L.

Deighton, L.

Dixon-Smith, L.

Dykes, L.

Eaton, B.

Eccles of Moulton, B.

Elton, L.

Faulks, L.

Fellowes, L.

Fink, L.

Flight, L.

Fookes, B.

Fowler, L.

Freeman, L.

Freud, L.

Garden of Frognal, B.

Gardiner of Kimble, L.

Gardner of Parkes, B.

Geddes, L.

German, L.

Glasgow, E.

Gold, L.

Goodlad, L.

Goschen, V.

Green of Hurstpierpoint, L.

Hamilton of Epsom, L.

Hanham, B.

Higgins, L.

Hill of Oareford, L.

Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, L.

Howe of Aberavon, L.

Howe, E.

Hunt of Wirral, L.

Hussain, L.

Hussein-Ece, B.

Hylton, L.

James of Blackheath, L.

Jenkin of Kennington, B.

Jenkin of Roding, L.

Jopling, L.

King of Bridgwater, L.

Kramer, B.

Leach of Fairford, L.

Lexden, L.

Lingfield, L.

McColl of Dulwich, L.

MacGregor of Pulham Market, L.

Maclennan of Rogart, L.

McNally, L.

Maddock, B.

Magan of Castletown, L.

Marks of Henley-on-Thames, L.

Marland, L.

Marlesford, L.

Masham of Ilton, B.

Montgomery of Alamein, V.

Moore of Lower Marsh, L.

Morris of Bolton, B.

Naseby, L.

Nash, L.

Newby, L. [Teller]

Noakes, B.

Northover, B.

Norton of Louth, L.

Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay, L.

O’Cathain, B.

Palmer of Childs Hill, L.

Palumbo, L.

Perry of Southwark, B.

Popat, L.

Randerson, B.

Rawlings, B.

Redesdale, L.

Ribeiro, L.

Roper, L.

Rowe-Beddoe, L.

Ryder of Wensum, L.

Scott of Needham Market, B.

Seccombe, B.

Selsdon, L.

Shackleton of Belgravia, B.

Sharkey, L.

Sharp of Guildford, B.

Sharples, B.

Sheikh, L.

Shipley, L.

Spicer, L.

Stedman-Scott, B.

Stirrup, L.

Stowell of Beeston, B.

Swinfen, L.

Taverne, L.

Taylor of Holbeach, L.

Thomas of Gresford, L.

Thomas of Winchester, B.

Tope, L.

Trimble, L.

True, L.

Trumpington, B.

Verma, B.

Wallace of Saltaire, L.

Wallace of Tankerness, L.

Walmsley, B.

Warsi, B.

Wasserman, L.

Wei, L.

Wilcox, B.

Willis of Knaresborough, L.

Woolf, L.

Young of Graffham, L.

Younger of Leckie, V.

Prepared 22nd March 2013