House of Lords Business

Monday 24 April 2017 at 2.30pm

Clerk of the Parliaments On consideration of the letter from Sir David Beamish KCB announcing his retirement from the office of Clerk of the Parliaments

The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park) to move to resolve that this House has received with sincere regret the announcement of the retirement of Sir David Beamish KCB from the office of Clerk of the Parliaments and thinks it right to record the just sense which it entertains of the zeal, ability, diligence, and integrity with which the said Sir David Beamish has executed the important duties of his office.

Clerk of the Parliaments Edward Ollard will make the declaration in the required form.

Clerk Assistant The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) to move that this House do approve the appointment by the Lord Speaker, pursuant to the Clerk of the Parliaments Act 1824, of Simon Burton to be Clerk Assistant of the House in place of Edward Ollard appointed Clerk of the Parliaments.

Reading Clerk The Lord Speaker (Lord Fowler) to move that this House do approve the appointment by the Lord Speaker, pursuant to the Clerk of the Parliaments Act 1824, of Jake Vaughan to be Reading Clerk of the House in place of Simon Burton appointed Clerk Assistant.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage school gardening, to ensure that every child understands the environment and has an early connection to nature.

*Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rise of extremism in India following the state elections in Uttar Pradesh.

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the principal Brexit negotiation issues following the invoking of Article 50.

*Viscount Hanworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in assessing the submissions to the Small Modular Reactors Competition, and what steps are being taken to dispose of the nation’s stocks of high grade plutonium.

Trade Union (Deduction of Union Subscriptions from Wages in the Public Sector) Regulations 2017 Lord Young of Cookham to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 9 March be approved. 29th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Immigration Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) (Biometrics and Legal Aid) Regulations 2017 Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 13 March be approved.

Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2017 Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 14 March be approved.

International Headquarters and Defence Organisations (Designation and Privileges) Order 2017 Viscount Younger of Leckie to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 16 March be approved.

Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017 Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 20 March be approved.

Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2017 Baroness Neville-Rolfe to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 13 March be approved.

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

Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the recommendations made in the report Race in the workplace: The McGregor-Smith Review, published in February. (1½ hours)

Future Business 

Tuesday 25 April at 2.30pm

*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prevent leaseholders whose leases do not permit the short-term sub-letting of their properties from registering those properties with holiday letting firms.

*Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to promote United Kingdom–Africa trade and development co-operation in the transitional and post-Brexit periods.

*Baroness Rebuck to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve standards of literacy in the workforce.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Wednesday 19 April, to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 21 April.

Criminal Finances Bill Report [Baroness Williams of Trafford]

Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the steel industry; and what role it will have in the Government’s industrial strategy. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Wednesday 26 April at 3.00pm

*The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to encourage the study of design subjects in schools.

*Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to refine the definition of domestic extremism, in order to enable the police to focus on those involved in terrorism and serious crime.

*Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to deliver the United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development by 2030.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 20 April, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 24 April.

Neighbourhood Planning Bill Consideration of Commons Reason and Amendments [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth]

Bus Services Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon]

Lord Clark of Windermere to move that this House regrets that the Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2017, which pave the way for students of nursing, midwifery and allied health professionals to receive loans rather than bursaries, have already been seen to discourage degree applications by a quarter, at the same time as Brexit has already reduced European Union migrant nursing and midwifery registrations by over 90 per cent; and that these factors risk turning an increasing problem in the National Health Service into a chronic one that potentially puts at risk safe levels of staffing (SI 2017/114). 26th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Thursday 27 April at 11.00am

*Baroness Couttie to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the commitment made by the Secretary of State for Transport on 26 May 2016 to regulate pedicab drivers, when the necessary legislation will be brought forward.

*Baroness Manzoor to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that electronic patient records are available to healthcare professionals on a national basis, with appropriate safeguards and patient consent.

*Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with central London boroughs about disseminating best practice in the provision of parking spaces, specifically for disabled people who live and work in central London.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 21 April, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 25 April.

†Farriers (Registration) Bill Committee [The Earl of Caithness]

Lord Bridges of Headley to move that this House takes note of the White Paper Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union (Cm 9446). 23rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the coalition government of Sri Lanka in meeting the UN Human Rights Council’s requirements on reconciliation. (1½ hours)

Tuesday 2 May at 2.30pm

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to enable and empower the United Kingdom to become a world leading data-driven economy, following publication on 1 March of their 2017 Digital Strategy.

*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of the Russian Federation about laws which discriminate against LGBT citizens.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the employment opportunities that are likely to arise from the projected opening of 7,000 additional coffee shops by 2025.

Wednesday 3 May at 3.00pm

*Lord Cotter to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the impact of late payment of debts on small firms, what action they are taking to address this issue and to ensure that government departments and other public authorities pay for goods and services on time.

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to give final planning permission for the building of a third runway at Heathrow Airport.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are carrying out any research into children at risk who have been taken out of school for home education.

†Thursday 4 May at 11.00am

†*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any assessment has been made by HM Treasury of the comparative value for money to the United Kingdom of building military ships in the United Kingdom rather than abroad, taking into account tax and national insurance receipts from companies and workers, the impact on the viability of United Kingdom military small and medium-sized businesses, the training and upskilling of United Kingdom workers, and investment in science and research and development.

†*The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of figures published by the Office for National Statistics showing that the United Kingdom’s savings ratio declined to 3.3 per cent in Quarter 4 2016.

†*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to commission and publish an independent evaluation of the current badger cull.

Select Committee Reports 

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

Lord Boswell of Aynho to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: UK–Irish relations (6th Report, HL Paper 76). 12 December 2016

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: acquired rights (10th Report, HL Paper 82). 14 December 2016

Baroness Prashar to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: UK–EU movement of people (14th Report, HL Paper 121). 6 March 2017

Lord Hollick to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Economic Affairs Committee The Price of Power: Reforming the Electricity Market (2nd Report, HL Paper 113). 24 February 2017

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: justice for families, individuals and businesses? (17th Report, HL Paper 134). 20 March 2017

Baroness Verma to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: trade in goods (16th Report, HL Paper 129). 14 March 2017

Lord Whitty to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: trade in non-financial services (18th Report, HL Paper 135). 22 March 2017

Lord Boswell of Aynho to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit: the Crown Dependencies (19th Report, HL Paper 136). 23 March 2017

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Select Committee on Financial Exclusion Tackling Financial Exclusion: A country that works for everyone? (HL Paper 132). 25 March 2017

Lord Best to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Communications Committee A privatised future for Channel 4? (1st Report, HL Paper 17). 11 July 2016

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Select Committee on the Licensing Act 2003 The Licensing Act 2003: post-legislative scrutiny (HL Paper 146). 4 April 2017

Lord Lang of Monkton to move that this House takes note of the Reports from the Constitution Committee Inter-governmental relations in the United Kingdom (11th Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 146) and The Union and devolution (10th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 149). 27 March 2015 and 25 May 2016

Lord Patel to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Select Committee on the Long-term sustainability of the NHS The Long-term Sustainability of the NHS and Adult Social Care (HL Paper 151). 5 April 2017

Other Motions for Debate 

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move to resolve that this House believes that Christians, Yazidis, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Iraq and Syria are suffering genocide at the hands of Daesh; and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to make a referral to the United Nations Security Council with a view to conferring jurisdiction upon the International Criminal Court or a war crimes tribunal, so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice.

Lord Hylton to move to resolve, in the light of the failure of successive negotiations between Israel and Palestine and of the humanitarian situation in the Gaza Strip, that this House calls for full international protection for the Occupied Palestinian Territories in order to achieve security for Israel and self-determination for the Palestinians.

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to move to resolve that the draft BBC Royal Charter should be laid before this House for debate, and that the BBC Royal Charter should not be granted until this House has debated on and approved the draft BBC Royal Charter.

Baroness Featherstone to move to resolve, in the light of the United Kingdom’s carbon emission targets under the Climate Change Act 2008 and the growth potential of the United Kingdom’s renewable industries, that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to introduce a moratorium on hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking", until the health, environmental and economic concerns about this industry have been fully investigated.

Baroness Prashar to move that this House takes note of the United Kingdom–India Year of Culture and the importance of international cultural relations.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to move that this House regrets that the Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017 have been laid with insufficient regard to the overwhelmingly negative response to the proposed Rules during the consultation and to the lack of evidence that significant numbers of unmeritorious environmental claims are currently brought; that they may escalate claimants’ legal costs and act against the intention of the Aarhus Convention that the cost of environmental litigation should not be prohibitive; and that they are likely to have the effect of deterring claimants from bringing meritorious environmental cases (SI 2017/95 (L. 1)). 25th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to move that this House regrets that the Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element for Claimants Aged 18 to 21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 has been published without the guidance which will be key to understanding how the legislation will work in practice (SI 2017/252). 28th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord German to move that this House regrets that the Social Security Benefit Up-rating Regulations 2017 do not take account of the impact of leaving the European Union on the state pensions of United Kingdom citizens living in the European Union (SI 2017/349).

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to move that this House regrets that the Damages (Personal Injury) Order 2017 makes a substantial change to the Ogden rate, the first change since 2001, just before the completion of a further consultation on how to set that rate more effectively in the future (SI 2017/206). 29th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

The Earl of Lytton to move that this House regrets that the Non-Domestic Rating (Alteration of Lists and Appeals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 and the Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2017 have been introduced without adequate regard for the concerns of experts in rating appeals, following incomplete testing and on a truncated timescale (SI 2017/155 and SI 2017/156). 30th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Marland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the opportunities for trade within the Commonwealth, and what plans they have to ensure that investment continues to prosper across the Commonwealth. (17 October 2016)

Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the role of British universities and science diplomacy in supporting the United Kingdom’s soft power and research are fully represented in the negotiations on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union and in building new trading relationships. (17 October 2016)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the outcome of the United Kingdom’s negotiations to leave the European Union, once Article 50 has been invoked, lead to a stronger economy and that trade restrictions are taken into consideration. (18 October 2016, amended 19 October 2016)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in securing peace, progress, human rights and good governance in Sudan. (25 October 2016)

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for ensuring the appropriate number of healthcare professionals in the National Health Service and care homes. (26 October 2016)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to ensure that there is sufficient foreign language provision in the business and commercial community to promote the competitiveness of the United Kingdom economy. (8 November 2016)

Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that character education runs through every element of the curriculum and the wider learning environment. (16 November 2016)

Lord Kerslake to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the quality and provision of care to those with dementia living at home. (18 November 2016)

The Lord Bishop of Truro to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to measure, and take action to address, food insecurity in the United Kingdom. (22 November 2016)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on families in receipt of benefits of clinical commissioning groups removing a range of medicines, including gluten-free products, from their lists of prescribable items. (23 November 2016)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for improving the product recall system and manufacturing standards for white goods. (28 November 2016)

Lord Murphy of Torfaen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations are in hand to address the issues regarding the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. (30 November 2016)

Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what the arrangements relating to Europol will be following the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. (30 November 2016)

Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to spread best practice in the investigation of sudden infant and child death. (30 November 2016)

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in improving mental health services for people from black and ethnic minority communities. (1 December 2016)

Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to implement the recommendations made in the report of the National Inclusion Health Board Impact of insecure accommodation and the living environment on Gypsies’ and Travellers’ health. (1 December 2016)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that any unaccompanied child seeking asylum in the United Kingdom is granted full legal representation upon reaching the age of 18. (7 December 2016)

Lord Carlile of Berriew to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current policies and practices relating to the use of physical restraints on detained persons under the age of 18. (8 December 2016)

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to recognise the contributions of Muslims to the United Kingdom, now and throughout history. (12 December 2016)

Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the number of autistic people in paid employment. (14 December 2016) [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
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Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their strategy against Islamist terrorism, they will encourage UK Muslim leaders to re-examine the Muslim tenets of abrogation, Taqiyya and Al Hijra. (19 December 2016)

Lord Popat to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in increasing the export of goods and services to Africa and the Commonwealth. (19 December 2016)

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the development of nursing across the world in order to help deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. (20 December 2016)

Lord Tanlaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans not to retard the clocks by one hour on Sunday 29 October 2017 in order to assess over a trial period the impact on energy consumption, road safety and the tourist industry. (20 December 2016)

Lord Grade of Yarmouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote a sustainable training regime for the future growth of the United Kingdom’s creative industries sector. (9 January)

The Lord Bishop of Ely to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of educational leadership on whole life outcomes of children and on their communities. (11 January)

Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the importance of services to the United Kingdom economy, what plans they have to ensure that services are covered by any future trade deals negotiated by them, as well as goods. (25 January)

Baroness McDonagh to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of their public policy decisions on the effectiveness of the National Health Service. (25 January)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the position of trans and intersex citizens of the United Kingdom. (26 January)

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of leaving Euratom, and the options for a replacement regulatory framework. (2 February)

Lord Astor of Hever to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the support they provide to Northern Ireland veterans. (8 February)

Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of Universal Credit. (8 February)

Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve levels of electoral registration, and to reduce the possibility of electoral fraud. (8 January)

Lord Marks of Henley-on-Thames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the future of youth justice in England and Wales. (20 February)

Lord Crathorne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support museums in the light of their contribution to the tourism industry. (21 February)

Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much international aid is already being provided, and is planned to be provided, to refugee camps in Turkey, the Lebanon and Jordan; and what measures are being taken to support the governments of those countries to assist refugees. (22 February)

Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prioritise preventative policy-making cross-departmentally. (24 February)

Baroness Boothroyd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide alternative medical treatment for the 14,000 patients being treated for congenital heart disease at the Royal Brompton Hospital, in the light of the proposed closure of its congenital heart services. (1 March)

Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the recommendations made in the report on the Review of the use and retention of custody images are being complied with by local police forces. (2 March)

Baroness Helic to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of security and stability in the Western Balkans; and what support they plan to give to security and stability in that region. (9 March)

Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that local authorities have a stable, long-term financial framework to enable them to invest in housing. (14 March) [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that a viable and sustainable independent radio production sector is operating over the period to 2027, with particular reference to (1) possible adverse effects on the quality of programming, (2) the training and development of workers, (3) salary levels and working conditions, and (4) the number of workers active, in that sector. (15 March)

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the ability of the United Kingdom to make sector-specific trade agreements with other nations, in the event that the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a trade deal and falls back on World Trade Organisation rules. (27 March)

Lord Higgins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce congestion and pollution in London. (30 March)

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve procurement processes across Government departments. (30 March)

The Earl of Dundee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possible benefits to the national economy which will arise from improved leadership and levels of psychological wellbeing. (30 March)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 6 April and due for answer by 24 April.

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS prescriptions for anti-depressants were written in (1) 2010, and (2) 2015; and what was their estimated cost.   HL6699

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is NHS policy for general practitioners prescribing anti-depressants to patients whose depression relates to the effects of alcohol. 
   HL6700

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many anti-depressants were prescribed to patients in 2015 who continued to consume alcohol; and at what cost.   HL6701

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the annual budgets for (1) the Royal Navy, (2) the Royal Air Force, and (3) the Army, for each financial year from 2014–15 to 2019–20; and whether any of those budgets for the years to 2016–17 were underspent.   HL6702

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the annual budgets of the Royal Marines for each financial year from 2014–15 to 2019–20; whether those budgets include a proportion of the UK Special Forces budget; and if so whether those payments are spent exclusively on Special Forces personnel, training and operations.   HL6703

Lord Burnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimated savings in (1) manpower, and (2) cash, of the cuts proposed for the Royal Marines.   HL6704

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued guidelines to those local authorities that are able to impose local occupancy conditions on grants of planning permission, relating to the application of local occupancy conditions in cases where private residences which previously had planning permission to operate as guest houses now wish to reapply for planning permission to become guest houses again.   HL6705

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are arrangements by which the Flood Re scheme may be disapplied to private residences which exceed a certain number of bedrooms.   HL6706

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to regulate the online hotel booking market, in particular in respect of the level of commission which may be charged. 
   HL6707

Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid in compensation to persons subject to (1) rape, and (2) other sexual offences, by the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board in each of the last five years; how many claims were made in each of those years in relation to those offences; and, of those claims, how many were successful.   HL6708

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of reports that fighters in East Ghouta in rural Damascus, in their Worshippers of God, Remain Steadfast campaign, are supported by the Hay’at Tahrir A-Sham group; and whether they have provided political or practical support to those fighters.   HL6709

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider advising the Bank of England to change its formal name to the Bank of England and the United Kingdom, whilst continuing to use the Bank of England for day-to-day purposes.   HL6710

Lord Horam to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Foreign Secretary on 28 March (HC Deb, col 117), whether the forthcoming White Paper will concern (1) their policy approach to sanctions co-operation with the EU after Brexit, (2) the implementation of such measures, or (3) both; and when that White Paper will be published.   HL6711

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister’s visit to Saudi Arabia included discussions about (1) executions of dissidents and gays, (2) inferior treatment of women, and (3) human rights.   HL6712

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action will be taken against companies that fail to comply with the gender pay gap reporting rules.   HL6713

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the UK Corporate Governance Code.   HL6714

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the number of chemical weapons attacks that have been perpetrated against the people of Syria in the present conflict.   HL6715

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the energy consumed in the UK is generated by coal.   HL6716

Baroness Kennedy of Cradley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the closure of high street branches of the major UK banks, what assessment they have made of the continued availability of access to financial services.   HL6717

Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by Gary Sturgess Just Another Paperclip? Rethinking the Market for Complex Public Services, published by the Business Services Association on 31 March.   HL6718

Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the new powers for cities to adopt charges to tackle vehicle pollution, what plans they have to give financial help to drivers of diesel cars.   HL6719

Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the allocation of £2 billion of new money for adult social care to be released by 2019–20, what steps they will take to ensure that (1) local government, and (2) representatives of local government, are fully engaged in the preparation of the Green Paper on the funding of adult social care, so that that those responsible for social care locally are able to contribute to the creation of long-term solutions.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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Lord Porter of Spalding to ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the terms of reference for the Green Paper on the funding of adult social care; whether those terms of reference will include all adults who require social care; and when they expect to launch the consultation.   [I]Category 2: Remunerated employment, office, profession etc.
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Leader, South Holland District Council, Lincolnshire
 HL6721

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their decision to extend the trial of longer lorries on UK roads for a further five years, they will take specific account of the impact of those lorries on the non-strategic road network.   HL6722

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plans to improve compensation for rail travellers include the establishment of a Rail Ombudsman, with powers similar to those of the Energy Ombudsman.   HL6723

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been officially informed by Southern Rail that they have withdrawn "turn up and go" access for disabled passengers from 33 stations; and if so, whether they intend to intervene to ensure that this service is restored.   HL6724

Baroness Sugg to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to capitalise on the opportunities for public engagement, trade and tourism presented by hosting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in 2018, both in London and across the UK.   HL6725

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the attack on Nishat Ayman in the Department for Work and Pensions building at Caxton House on 24 March, what steps they are taking to prevent attacks against staff within government buildings.   HL6726

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what professional qualifications were held by the suspended civil servants responsible for the drafting and evaluation of the 2012 West Coast Main Line rail franchise.   HL6727

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government who drafted the bidding documents for the 2012 West Coast Main Line rail franchise.   HL6728

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all bidders for the 2012 West Coast Main Line rail franchise were sent the identical bid documents at the same time.   HL6729

Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to utilise the Maritime Volunteer Service to assist the UK Border Force in patrolling and ensuring the security of UK inshore waters.   HL6730

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to either repeal or amend the International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Act 2015.   HL6731

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional measures they will put in place to ensure that international development spending is properly targeted and delivered to those whose need is greatest.   HL6732

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that contractors engaged by them to deliver programmes are providing value for money.   HL6733

Lord Empey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that all funds provided to countries where international development programmes are being supported are being directed to those in need.   HL6734

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many operations treating congenital heart conditions were conducted by the Royal Brompton Hospital in London in each of the last three years for (1) adults, and (2) children; and which other hospitals in England and Wales conducted as many, or more, such operations during that period.   HL6735

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider admitting Lesotho to the Connecting Classrooms programme which is funded by the Department for International Development.   HL6736

Lord Goodlad to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the cost of proposals submitted by the Overseas Service Pension Association in December 2016 for assisting the government of Zimbabwe in meeting its obligations to Zimbabwe public service pensions. 
   [I]Category 10: Non-financial interests (e)
President, Overseas Service Pensioners’ Association
 HL6737

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to impose any legislative requirement on the devolved administrations to comply with the principles of (1) non-discrimination, and (2) free movement of goods and services between the constituent parts of the UK, in the exercise of their powers after the UK has left the EU, equivalent to those principles which are currently enshrined in EU law; and if so, how.   HL6738

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ensure that the principles of (1) non-discrimination, and (2) free movement of goods and services, apply to the exercise of powers relating to the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, after the UK has left the EU, equivalent to those principles which are currently enshrined in EU law; and if so, how.   HL6739

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they are currently pursuing to tackle rural crime.   HL6740

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the increase in the number of fines for fly-tipping which have been issued since the introduction of on-the-spot penalty notices on 9 May 2016.   HL6741

Lord Robathan to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 3 April (HL6359), what was the average cost per flying hour for the C130 fleet for each year since 2005–06; and what was the total cost of running the C130 fleet for each of those years.   HL6742

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what preliminary discussions they have held with the European Commission, and with other relevant EU bodies, on the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on (1) the European Development Fund, (2) the Directorate-General for European Civil Protection, and (3) Humanitarian Aid Operations and other aid agencies.   HL6743

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what preliminary discussions they have held with British aid agencies and research centres on the impact of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on their work with the poorest developing countries.   HL6744

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 5 April (HL6371), whether anyone collects any data on the cost of mesothelioma to the NHS; and if so, who.   HL6745

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord O’Shaughnessy on 5 April (HL6371), whether they have made any estimate of the cost of mesothelioma to the NHS; and if so, what.   HL6746

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration is being given to bringing charges of corporate manslaughter against VW executives who authorised the sale of diesel vehicles for sale in the UK which did not meet the regulatory standards.   HL6747

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made an estimate of the number of people in the UK who may die as a result of diesel emissions from VW cars above the regulatory limit; and if not, whether they will do so.   HL6748

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will initiate a public inquiry into the information available to HM Government between 1997 and 2005 on the dangers of diesel engines. 
   HL6749

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government under what authority the government of the Republic of Ireland is playing a role in the negotiations for the UK leaving the EU.   HL6750

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

14 March (28 March)

HL6066 Lord Goodlad [DfID]

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

[DfID] 1

         

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

Student Support (Non-Interest-Bearing Finance) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Unpaid Work Experience (Prohibition) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bat Habitats Regulation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Privacy Protection [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL]

Private Member’s

 

BBC Royal Charter [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Ethnicity Pay Gap [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Teacher Training (Special Educational Needs) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Opticians Act 1989 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Extension of Franchise (House of Lords) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Humanitarian Assistance (Genocide Victims) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Automatic Electoral Registration (School Students) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Access to Palliative Care [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Carers (Leave Entitlement) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Age of Criminal Responsibility [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Local Government Elections (Referendum) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Betting Licences (Category B2 Gaming Machines) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Genocide Determination [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Disability Employment (Gap) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Economic Strategy [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Energy Measures (Cost Effectiveness and Efficiency) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Support to Exit Prostitution [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Carbon Emission Reductions [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Fixed-term Parliaments (Repeal) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

   

Richmond Burgage Pastures [HL]

Private

2 May

University of London [HL]

Private

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords Act 1999 (Amendment) [HL] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

Budget Responsibility and National Audit (Fiscal Mandate) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords [HL] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Property Boundaries (Resolution of Disputes) [HL] (Queen’s and Prince of Wales’s consents to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Regulation of Health and Social Care Professions Etc. [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Child Contact Centres (Accreditation) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords Reform [HL] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Private Member’s

 

Political Parties (Funding and Expenditure) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Local Audit (Public Access to Documents)

Private Member’s

 

Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct)

Private Member’s

 

Guardianship (Missing Persons)

Private Member’s

 

Farriers (Registration) (Welsh Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Private Member’s

27 April

Waiting for Report

   

Register of Arms Brokers [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Renters’ Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Abortion (Disability Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Criminal Finances (Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

25 April

Sent to the Commons

   

Asset Freezing (Compensation) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Bread and Flour Regulations (Folic Acid) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Modern Slavery (Transparency in Supply Chains) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Lobbying (Transparency) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

New Southgate Cemetery [HL]

Private

 

Faversham Oyster Fishery Company [HL]

Private

 

Returned to the Commons Amended

   

Technical and Further Education

Government

 

Higher Education and Research (Queen’s consent to be signified) (Northern Irish, Scottish and Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Health Service Medical Supplies (Costs) (Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Digital Economy (Scottish and Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Amendments and Reasons

   

Bus Services [HL]

Government

26 April

Neighbourhood Planning

Government

26 April

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

Parking Places (Variation of Charges)

Private Member’s

 

Broadcasting (Radio Multiplex Services)

Private Member’s

 

Homelessness Reduction

Private Member’s

 

Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) [HL] (Law Commission Bill)

Government

 

National Citizen Service [HL]

Government

 

Children and Social Work [HL]

Government

 

Pension Schemes [HL]

Government

 

Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention)

Private Member’s

 

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 Electricity Capacity (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft Electricity Supplier Obligations (Amendment and Excluded Electricity) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Hunting Act 2004 (Exempt Hunting) (Amendment) Order 2015

7th Report, Session 2015–16

 

Draft Non-Contentious Probate Fees Order 2017 (26th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments)

28th Report

 

Draft Specified Agreement on Driving Disqualifications Regulations 2017

   

Draft Trade Union (Deduction of Union Subscriptions from Wages in the Public Sector) Regulations 2017

29th Report

24 April

Draft Immigration Act 2016 (Consequential Amendments) (Biometrics and Legal Aid) Regulations 2017

 

24 April

Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2017

 

24 April

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2017

 

24 April

Draft Domestic Renewable Heat Incentive Scheme (Amendment) Regulations 2017

   

Draft International Headquarters and Defence Organisations (Designation and Privileges) Order 2017

 

24 April

Draft Greater Manchester Combined Authority (Functions and Amendment) Order 2017

 

24 April

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

 

25th Report

   

Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2017

24 March

 

   

26th Report

   

Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

30 March

26 April

   

28th Report

   

Universal Credit (Housing Costs Element for Claimants Aged 18 to 21) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

22 April

 

   

29th Report

   

Damages (Personal Injury) Order 2017

18 April

 

Trade Union (Facility Time Publication Requirements) Regulations 2017

28 April

 

   

30th Report

   

Non-Domestic Rating (Alteration of Lists and Appeals) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

6 May

 

Valuation Tribunal for England (Council Tax and Rating Appeals) (Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2017

6 May

 

Social Security (Restrictions on Amounts for Children and Qualifying Young Persons) Amendment Regulations 2017

4 May

 

Child Tax Credit (Amendment) Regulations 2017

4 May

 

   

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Social Security Benefit Up-rating Regulations 2017

28 April

 

National Policy Statement 

 

Scrutiny time expires

To be considered

     

Draft Airports National Policy Statement: new runway capacity and infrastructure at airports in the South East of England

   

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.

Monday 24 April

   

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.30pm

Tuesday 25 April

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 26 April

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

European Union

Energy and Environment Sub-Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

10.30am

International Relations

Select Committee

10.30am

European Union

Home Affairs Sub-Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 27 April

   

Services

Domestic Committee

1.00pm
in Residence Room 1

Tuesday 2 May

   

Richmond Burgage Pastures Bill [HL]

Unopposed Bill Committee

12.00pm

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 6 April 2017 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Peterborough.

Public Business

1 Tax havens A question was asked by Lord Sharkey and answered by Lord Young of Cookham.

2 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting A question was asked by Lord Chidgey and answered by Baroness Anelay of St Johns.

3 Sports: women on governing bodies A question was asked by Lord Addington and answered by Lord Ashton of Hyde.

4 Bereavement benefits A question was asked by Baroness Altmann and answered by Lord Henley.

5 Brexit: European Parliament resolution A private notice question was asked by Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town and answered by Baroness Goldie.

6 Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence (Ratification of Convention) Bill The bill was read a third time and passed.

7 Brexit and the EU budget (EUC Report) Baroness Falkner of Margravine moved that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Brexit and the EU budget (15th Report, HL Paper 125). After debate, the motion was agreed to.

8 Local Audit (Public Access to Documents) Bill Baroness Eaton moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

9 Merchant Shipping (Homosexual Conduct) Bill Baroness Scott of Bybrook moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

10 Missing Persons Guardianship Bill [HL] The bill was withdrawn.

11 Guardianship (Missing Persons) Bill Baroness Hamwee moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

12 Farriers (Registration) Bill The Earl of Caithness moved that the bill be now read a second time. After debate, the motion was agreed to and the bill was committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

The House adjourned at 4.01pm until Monday 24 April 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:

Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)

(1) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 and the Financial Services (Banking Reform) Act 2013 (Disclosure of Confidential Information) (Amendment) Regulations 2017. (22 March)   (-)

(2) Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Draft Electricity Supplier Obligations (Amendment and Excluded Electricity) (Amendment) Regulations 2017. (5 April)   (-)

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Application to Labour Abuse Prevention Officers) Regulations 2017, laid under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984.   (520)

2 Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (Complaints and Misconduct) Regulations 2017, laid under the Police Reform Act 2002.   (521)

3 Criminal Justice Act 2003 (Alcohol Abstinence and Monitoring Requirement) (Prescription of Arrangement for Monitoring) Order 2017, laid under the Criminal Justice Act 2003.   (537)

 

Prepared 6th April 2017