House of Lords Business

Thursday 19 May 2016 at 11.00am

Committee of Selection The Chairman of Committees to move that in accordance with Standing Order 63 a Committee of Selection be appointed to select and propose to the House the names of the members to form each select committee of the House (except the Committee of Selection itself and any committee otherwise provided for by statute or by order of the House) or any other body not being a select committee referred to it by the Chairman of Committees, and the panel of Deputy Chairmen of Committees; and that the following members together with the Chairman of Committees be appointed to the Committee:

L Bassam of Brighton
L Craig of Radley
L Faulkner of Worcester
L Hope of Craighead
L Newby

 

B Smith of Basildon
B Stowell of Beeston
L Taylor of Holbeach
V Ullswater
L Wallace of Tankerness.

†Queen’s Speech Adjourned Debate on the Motion that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows:

"Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament."

It is expected that the principal topics for debate will be business, culture, education, health and welfare.

Future Business 

Monday 23 May at 2.30pm

†*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the impact of the alternative outcomes of the European referendum on a decision to build a third runway at Heathrow airport.

†*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in international co-operation on enforcing global standards in governance and anti-doping in sport.

†*Viscount Hanworth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the assessment of the alternative design proposals for small modular nuclear reactors, and when those alternatives are likely to undergo their generic design assessments.

†*Baroness Ludford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the reasons for the call by five previous Secretaries-General of NATO for the United Kingdom to remain a member of the European Union.

It is expected that the debate on the address will continue and that the principal topics for debate will be foreign and European affairs, international development and defence.

†Tuesday 24 May at 2.30pm

†*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make the composition of the House of Lords more representative of the nations and regions of the United Kingdom.

†*Baroness Stedman-Scott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help families in rural communities experiencing domestic abuse and other relationship problems.

†*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review and strengthen the law concerning assets of community value.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 20 May.

It is expected that the debate on the address will continue and that the principal topics for debate will be home, legal, constitutional and devolved affairs.

†Wednesday 25 May at 3.00pm

†*Lord Haskel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the United Kingdom’s deficit on the balance of payments in overseas trade.

†*Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to halt plans to withdraw National Health Service bursaries.

†*Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make it their policy routinely to publish statistical information on the detention of pregnant women under the Immigration Act 2014.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Thursday 19 May, to be drawn at 1pm on Monday 23 May.

It is expected that the debate on the address will conclude and that the principal topics for debate will be economic affairs, energy, environment, local government and transport.

†Thursday 26 May at 11.00am

†*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to deal with the financial burden on the National Health Service of type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

†*Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken following the anti-corruption summit to address the estimated $1 trillion a year lost to poor countries through illicit capital flows and through tax avoidance and crime, and whether they have a timeline for creating registers of beneficial ownership in the Overseas Territories.

†*Baroness Jenkin of Kennington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to tackle obesity.

Topical oral question. Ballot opens at 3pm on Friday 20 May, to be drawn at 1pm on Tuesday 24 May.

Two balloted debates will be tabled. Ballot to be drawn on Thursday 19 May.

†Monday 6 June at 2.30pm

†*Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they intend to take in order to reduce net migration to the United Kingdom.

†*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current situation in Burma, in particular with regard to the reported continuing military offensives and violations of human rights of the Shan, Kachin and Rohingya people by the Burmese army.

†*Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to amend the Personal Independence Payment mobility criteria.

†*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether regulation by Ofcom and government appointments to a unitary board are the best ways of guaranteeing the continued independence of the BBC.

†Tuesday 7 June at 2.30pm

†*Lord Lennie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to work with businesses to ensure that the completion rate of apprenticeships improves, particularly for those under 25.

†*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to close down puppy farms that breach animal welfare standards and to apprehend gangs that sell illegally bred and imported puppies to buyers across the United Kingdom.

†*Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for keeping children’s teeth healthy.

†Wednesday 8 June at 3.00pm

†*Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many armed police officers there were in April 2010, and how many there were in April 2016.

†*Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Council decision of 19 February is legally binding on the Court of Justice and the European Parliament before the European Union treaties are changed to reflect it, and when they expect that change to take place.

†*Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the procedures through which departmental records are made available to the public under the new 20-year rule.

†Thursday 9 June at 11.00am

†*Lord Hayward to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to allow people to include honours in titles when completing forms on government websites.

†*Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Transforming Care programme in supporting people with learning disabilities to leave in-patient settings and live with enhanced support in the community.

†*Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the National Clinical Director of Adult Neurology post was ended, and what assessment they have made of the consequences of that decision.

†Monday 13 June at 2.30pm

†*Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional social care resources they will provide to support the numbers of carers aged over 80, in the light of estimates that half of those are providing over 35 hours caring per week.

†*Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prospects for civil liberties and democratic governance in Turkey.

†*Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review their drug policies in the light of the United Nations statements at the UN General Assembly Special Session on 19–21 April.

†*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the safety of Syrian refugees deported to Turkey from Greece.

†Tuesday 14 June at 2.30pm

†*Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have held with the Overseas Territories and other Commonwealth countries over the United Kingdom’s future relations with the European Union.

†*Baroness Crawley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products and the European Union Tobacco Products Directive 2015, which state that there must be tracking and tracing systems in member states and that the parties to the Protocol may not delegate their responsibilities to the tobacco industry, what assessment they have made of whether the current pilot scheme to help tackle illicit tobacco, using the tobacco industry’s Codentify authentication system, is consistent with their obligations under the Protocol.

†*Lord Hunt of Chesterton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they have to invest in and promote both defence and civil companies in the United Kingdom shipbuilding industry.

†Wednesday 15 June at 3.00pm

†*Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include in the draft regulations flowing from the Housing and Planning Act 2016 measures to deal with retrospective planning applications and variable fees for higher cost developments.

†*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop careers education.

†*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking, in the light of the report of the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, to prevent unsafe discharges of frail and elderly people from hospital.

Motions for Balloted Debate 

Ballot on 19 May for debate on 26 May. Time limit 2½ hours

Lord Alton of Liverpool to move that this House takes note of the Resolution of the House of Commons on 20 April concerning genocide perpetrated against Christians, Yazidis and other ethnic and religious minorities by ISIS, which called upon the Government to make a referral to the United Nations Security Council with a view to bringing genocide charges against ISIS.

Baroness Brinton to move that this House takes note of the recommendations of the Five Year Forward Review for Mental Health and the case for ensuring equal access to mental and physical healthcare.

Lord Fairfax of Cameron to move that this House takes note of the role of openness and transparency in reinforcing confidence in public institutions.

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to move that this House takes note of the agricultural policies and agritech developments required to achieve both food security and biodiversity on English farmland.

Lord Addington to move that this House takes note of the case for improved individual school capacity to deal with commonly occurring special educational needs and disabilities, in the light of the increasing number of academies and free schools.

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to move that this House takes note of the impact on leaseholders of disputes with landlords over lease obligations.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to move that this House takes note of the case for strengthening the law to protect tenants in the private rented sector.

Lord Harrison to move that this House takes note of the contribution of atheists and humanists to the United Kingdom.

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to move that this House takes note of the proportion of eligible voters missing from local authority electoral registers.

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to move that this House takes note of the outcome of the World Humanitarian Summit and the challenges faced by the global humanitarian system.

Select Committee Reports 

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

Lord Best to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Communications Committee Press Regulation: where are we now? (3rd Report, Session 2014–15, HL Paper 135). 23 March 2015

Baroness Morgan of Huyton to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Digital Skills Committee (Session 2014–15, HL Paper 111). 17 February 2015

Baroness Prashar to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee The EU Action Plan against migrant smuggling (4th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 46). 3 November 2015

Baroness Scott of Needham Market to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee EU energy governance (6th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 71). 18 December 2015

The Earl of Selborne to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Science and Technology Committee Genetically modified insects (1st Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 68). 17 December 2015

Lord Boswell of Aynho to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee The EU referendum and EU reform (9th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 122). 30 March 2016

Lord Tugendhat to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee Europe in the world: Towards a more effective EU foreign and security strategy (8th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 97). 16 February 2016

The Earl of Selborne to move that this House takes note of the Report from the Science and Technology Committee EU Membership and UK Science (2nd Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 127). 20 April 2016

Lord Boswell of Aynho to move that this House takes note of the Report from the European Union Committee The process of withdrawing from the European Union (11th Report, Session 2015–16, HL Paper 138). 4 May 2016

Other Motion 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.

Motions relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move that, in the light of the National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016, this House regrets that, in setting the budget for NHS England for the next five years, the Government have made wholly unrealistic assumptions about the financial viability of the National Health Service thereby putting patient safety and quality of service at risk (SI 2016/51). 24th Report, Session 2015–16, from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Lord Callanan to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016, laid before the House on 22 April, be annulled on the grounds that its restrictions on product choice and advertising of vaping devices were devised before evidence had accumulated that vaping was enabling many people to quit smoking, run counter to advice from the Royal College of Physicians to promote vaping and are so severe that they could force vapers back to smoking and create a black market with harmful products (SI 2015/507).

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move the United Kingdom towards an energy infrastructure that is based on renewable energy.  (18 May)

Lord Berkeley of Knighton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in the light of NHS statistics showing that in 2015 over 1,000 cases of female genital mutilation were reported every three months and the lack of any successful prosecutions to date. (18 May)

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government, ahead of (1) the summit hosted by President Obama on 20 September, and (2) the high-level United Nations plenary meeting on 20 November, what plans they have to work with other nations in addressing large movements of refugees and migrants. (18 May)

Lord Framlingham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to consider the proposal that, for a period of time, all government departments should cease devising new legislation and concentrate on sound administration. (18 May)

Lord Harries of Pentregarth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat caste-based discrimination in the UK. (18 May)

Baroness Hollins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in tackling the rate of premature deaths among people with a learning disability. (18 May)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with homelessness. (18 May)

Baroness Quin to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the increased use of zero-hours employment contracts nationally and regionally, what assessment they have made of the effects of such contracts on an individual’s chances of gaining full-time salaried employment, and on specific sectors, both public and private, of the UK economy. (18 May)

Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they plan to take to ensure the revival of the Middle East Peace Process with fresh negotiations between Israel and Palestine. (18 May)

Lord Grocott to ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to initiate a review of the role of the Lord Speaker. (18 May)

Baroness Prashar to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to opt into the proposed Regulation amending the Dublin Regulation, which establishes the criteria and mechanisms for determining the European Union member state responsible for examining asylum applications made in the EU. (18 May)

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the powers available under the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 are invoked and exercised in an accountable, appropriate and proportionate manner. (18 May)

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move toward the elimination of HIV infection in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Collins of Highbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential effect on peace and stability in Europe and around the world of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union. (18 May)

Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they are taking to reduce the incidence of smoking-related diseases. (18 May)

Baroness Meacher to ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy changes they plan to introduce in response to the call from UN officials at the Special Session on Drug Policy on 19–21 April for member states to introduce evidence-based policies to promote public health and to place health rather than prohibition at the heart of drug policy. (18 May)

Baroness Barker to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to update the law on surrogacy. (18 May)

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to support parents in navigating schools’ admissions arrangements. (18 May)

Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the value and vibrancy of museums like the People’s History Museum are recognised, and to secure the future of such museums. (18 May)

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Fit for Work scheme in enabling those with long-term health problems like chronic pain to return to or stay in work. (18 May)

Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending civil partnerships to opposite-sex couples. (18 May)

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the mental health and therapeutic support available to (1) children who have been abused or neglected and (2) young carers. (18 May)

Baroness Garden of Frognal to ask Her Majesty’s Government how their policies are supporting and encouraging lifelong learning.  (18 May)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (18 May)

Lord Paddick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for a legal market for cannabis. (18 May)

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding offender training in entrepreneurship. (18 May)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the projects supported by the Conflict, Security and Stability Fund established in 2015. (18 May)

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of Economic Partnership Agreements negotiated between the European Commission and economic regions of Africa on the agricultural economies of the African countries concerned. (18 May)

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that all teachers at academies and free schools are fully qualified. (18 May)

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of progress towards implementing the recommendations contained within the report of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards, Changing banking for good. (18 May)

Lord Alderdice to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure parity of esteem between mental and physical health.  (18 May)

Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to improve the quality and affordability of housing in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan routinely to publish statistical information on the detention of pregnant women under the Immigration Act 2014. (18 May)

Lord Wallace of Saltaire to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for further reform to party funding. (18 May)

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. (18 May)

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to combat anti-Semitism, in particular in universities. (18 May)

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are considering to enhance the independence and effectiveness of Healthwatch England and of local healthwatch groups. (18 May)

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Exporting is Great and Overseas Business Network initiatives. (18 May)

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the Parliamentary and Health Ombudsman’s Report of investigations into unsafe discharge from hospital, published in May. (18 May)

Lord Northbrook to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the likelihood of a solution to the situation in Cyprus before the end of 2016. (18 May)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the decline in the numbers of clinical pharmacologists practising in the National Health Service and teaching in the universities on treatment and research capacity. (18 May)

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom has sufficient speakers of foreign languages serving the armed forces and defence services. (18 May)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of freedom of religion and belief of religious minorities in Pakistan. (18 May)

Lord Foster of Bath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure the rollout of superfast fibre broadband to homes across the country. (18 May)

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. (18 May)

Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to mitigate tax avoidance and eliminate tax evasion in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish guidance to encourage the protection of existing historical statues and memorials and support the establishment of new memorials that reflect the broader history of the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Fink to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend their Staying Put policy to all children in the care system and to raise to 25 years old the age until which care-experienced young adults remain eligible for appropriate state support. (18 May)

Lord McKenzie of Luton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution which accident prevention programmes can make to reducing pressures on accident and emergency departments. (18 May)

Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support those who have contracted mesothelioma. (18 May)

Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enshrine in law fundamental rights for individuals operating online.  (18 May)

Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider reviewing the balance of membership of the House of Lords to ensure a better balance of members from the different nations and regions of the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government when details of ministerial meetings with external organisations will be brought together in a single, searchable database on the gov.uk website, and whether they intend to make regulations under section 2(5) of the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014. (18 May)

Lord Cormack to ask the Leader of the House what consideration she has given to recommending the establishment of a joint committee of both Houses to consider the handling of secondary legislation. (18 May)

Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent progress has been made on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament in the UN Conference for Disarmament. (18 May)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that all forms of public transport are affordable for young people. (18 May)

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to encourage people, especially those from BAME communities, to donate blood and organs and sign up to the Organ Donation Register. (18 May)

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the economic and environmental benefits of shale gas development in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Baroness Grender to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure the rights of renters as consumers in the private rented sector. (18 May)

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help maintain the United Kingdom’s position in medical research. (18 May)

Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to protect and promote the freedom of religion or belief, and to prevent religiously motivated violence, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. (18 May)

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to promote the health of women globally; and what are their priorities in doing so. (18 May)

Lord Curry of Kirkharle to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to acknowledge the contribution made by Capability Brown to the landscape of Britain in this 300th year since his birth. (18 May)

Lord Mancroft to ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis a cap has been placed on the number of patients able to access the new drugs for the cure of hepatitis C, on humanitarian, legal, financial, or other grounds; and why they have chosen not to adopt a programme for the elimination of hepatitis C in England, as has been done in other European countries. (18 May)

The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to protect and improve local arts and cultural services including museums, libraries and archaeological services. (18 May)

Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in rolling out Universal Credit, and what assessment they have made of its impact. (18 May)

Baroness Brinton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the future of health and social care in the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Krebs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to protect the freedom of speech of those in receipt of government grants. (18 May)

Lord Anderson of Swansea to ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to ascertain the views of Commonwealth countries on the United Kingdom’s future relationship with the European Union. (18 May)

Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support the private rental market to meet the country’s housing needs. (18 May)

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve air quality in towns and cities across the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Popat to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the implementation of the recommendations of the report of the Select Committee on Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises has had on encouraging firms to export (Session 2012–13, HL Paper 131). (18 May)

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to promote the benefits of hydrotherapy for certain long-term progressive conditions, and for rehabilitation after stroke or injury. (18 May)

Lord Bilimoria to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to recognise the influence that William Shakespeare has had on Britain and the world on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of his death. (18 May)

Lord Colwyn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the case for omitting activity targets when developing the new dental contract. (18 May)

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the prospect of saving lives through better and specialist stroke acute care services. (18 May)

The Earl of Kinnoull to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ameliorate the damage done by invasive alien grey squirrels to native broadleaf trees and native red squirrels. (18 May)

Lord Grantchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reform the Pet Travel Scheme in the light of evidence of abuse. (18 May)

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 May)

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to introduce statutory guidelines for the investigation of cases of historical abuse. (18 May)

Lord Loomba to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on the global economy of the number of widows in the developing world who are uneducated and therefore have fewer employment opportunities. (18 May)

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the impact of air quality on health and what measures can be taken to achieve improvements. (18 May)

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of awareness of the most commonly occurring special educational needs and disabilities of all those professionally involved in classroom teaching. (18 May)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the extent to which the Competition and Markets Authority, in meeting its objective of promoting competition, is doing so "for the benefit of consumers", as required under section 25(3) of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013. (18 May)

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain the balance between rights and responsibilities in the corporate sector. (18 May)

Lord Green of Deddington to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have reached the assumptions that underlie the most recent population projections for the United Kingdom. (18 May)

Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to optimise the life chances of young disabled people. (18 May)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 18 May and due for answer by 2 June.

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in developing the IT system to support the delivery of the Digital Apprenticeship Voucher, and what plans they have for testing and piloting that scheme.   HL1

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Institute for Apprenticeships will take over any of the functions carried out by Ofsted, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education or Ofqual, such as the inspection of apprenticeship provision or the regulation of qualifications, and if so, which.   HL2

Lord Aberdare to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the new Institute for Apprenticeships will have in regulating the quality of apprenticeships, and what powers it will have to undertake that role.
   HL3

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of fast broadband and mobile phones in sending diagnostic information between patients in their own homes and medical practitioners.   HL4

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to make morbidly obese persons whose obesity is caused by over-eating and lack of exercise pay some or all of the cost of NHS treatment received for that condition.   HL5

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have collected on the number of racoon dogs in the UK; whether they have any plans to ban the ownership of racoon dogs outside licensed zoos; and what action they plan to take to exterminate any in the wild.   HL6

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the remarks by the Prime Minister on 9 May regarding the "risk" to "peace and stability on our continent" should the UK vote to leave the EU, what contingency plans they are preparing for deploying Army Reserves.   HL7

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what warnings and advice they intend to give to the public about the incidence of treatment-resistant head lice in the UK.   HL8

Lord Blencathra to ask Her Majesty’s Government what warnings and advice they intend to give to the public, in the light of research on the severity of community-onset boils and abscesses in the UK, published in Epidemiology and Infection in December 2014 by Laura Shallcross et al.   HL9

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of leaving the EU on businesses that trade with the EU, and what guidance they have given to affected businesses about how they might communicate that impact.   HL10

Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that women in safe houses and refuges who need to keep their address anonymous are not prevented from voting.
   HL11

Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the relationship between the inability to pay high rents and the risk of homelessness, what they are doing to ensure access to social housing.   HL12

Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any assessment of the Housing First policy implemented in Utah as a means to tackle homelessness.   HL13

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what communication the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs has had with the South Sudanese Transitional Government of National Unity.   HL14

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Bates on 12 February (HL5949), based on the UNHCR assessment of the number and needs of unaccompanied children in conflict regions, what is their estimate of (1) the number, and (2) the needs, of unaccompanied children from Sudan and South Sudan.   HL15

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has commissioned any research into migration to the EU from Horn of Africa nations, in the UK’s role as the Chair of the Khartoum Process.   HL16

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office has commissioned any research into migration to the EU from Horn of Africa nations, in line with the UK’s role as the Chair of the Khartoum Process.   HL17

Lord Condon to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 10 most recently appointed Chief Constables in the UK were not internal candidates from the appointing police force, and over what period of time those appointments have taken place.   HL18

Lord Eames to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the removal of toxic waste left after conflict, in particular in Iraq and Afghanistan.   HL19

Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding is available for research and development into sustainable aviation fuels.   HL20

Baroness Featherstone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the carbon savings that could result from increasing the use of biofuels in UK aviation.   HL21

Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 19 April (HL Deb, col 614), whether they will write to the Welsh Government Minister for Public Services setting out in full their argument that those sections of the Trade Union Bill applying only to devolved public services in Wales are nevertheless reserved matters, and if so, whether they will place a copy of that letter in the Library of the House.   HL22

Lord Jopling to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Price on 10 May (HL8062), whether that answer assumes that the United States Congress will accept a "fast-track" procedure for ratifying the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership; and what assessment they have made of the likelihood of such a procedure being either endorsed or withdrawn by the new Congress in 2017.   HL23

Lord Jopling to ask the Leader of the House how many Questions for Written Answer were put to each Government department and answered within the target 10 working days in each month in the 2015–16 Session, together with the relevant percentages in each case.   HL24

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with ministers in the devolved administrations about improving the levels of voter registration.   HL25

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to review the number of types of identification documents with which a person may register to vote.   HL26

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to ensure that victims of domestic abuse and other victims of serious violence are aware that they can reregister to vote anonymously.   HL27

Lord Kinnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for failure by employers to pay the National Minimum Wage have been undertaken since the National Minimum Wage Act 1998 came into force; what plans they have to improve the legal enforcement of the National Minimum Wage; and when those improvements will come into effect.   HL28

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission is a credible body to investigate human rights violations committed by the Ethiopian security forces in their response to the Oromo protests.   HL29

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support a statement on Ethiopia at the June session of the UN Human Rights Council, in the light of the government of Ethiopia’s response to the Oromo protests.   HL30

Baroness Kinnock of Holyhead to ask Her Majesty’s Government why Ethiopia was not classified as a priority country in the FCO’s recent report on human rights and democracy, in the light of the government of Ethiopia’s response to the Oromo protests.   HL31

Lord Lucas to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reported decision by the BBC to discontinue the BBC Food website, and other services that digitally repurpose content that the BBC has already paid for, is in accordance with its vision of the future of the BBC.   HL32

Baroness Nye to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the completion rates for apprentices across all apprenticeship frameworks and standards, disaggregated by gender, in the light of the recent report by the Young Women’s Trust suggesting that female apprentices in male dominated sectors such as engineering, IT and construction are less likely to complete their apprenticeship.   HL33

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the government of Ethiopia in dealing with the displacement of people as a result of the recent flash flooding in southern Ethiopia.   HL34

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the current gap in donor funding to tackle the food shortages in Ethiopia, and what steps they are taking to encourage other donor countries to meet their obligations.   HL35

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their representatives at the IMF and other international financial institutions will make clear that international financial assistance should not be made available to the government of Zimbabwe unless and until it enacts and implements the provisions of the constitution of Zimbabwe in full.   HL36

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the likely efficacy of international financial assistance to the government of Zimbabwe in the light of the decision by the Reserve Bank to start issuing bond notes.   HL37

Lord Oates to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the signals that would be sent to the government of Zimbabwe were the IMF and other international financial institutions to resume financial assistance to Zimbabwe, in the light of the current activities of the Zimbabwe Republic Police and other elements of the security forces there.   HL38

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect on bovine health in Exmoor of the National Trust’s advice to their tenant farmers not to participate in badger culls.
   HL39

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the comments by the Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, quoted in The Sunday Times on 8 May, that "the Zionist bashing" at universities "has gone unchallenged".   HL40

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park on 4 May (HL8001), whether they have requested that the taskforce set up by Universities UK includes members of those minorities subject to harassment and hate crime, representatives of the relevant law and order agencies, and independent members with no direct university involvement.
   HL41

Lord Patten to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Gardiner of Kimble on 29 April (HL7749), whether they have identified any prospective disadvantages of the Right to Roam policy; and if so, what those disadvantages are.   HL42

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they are targeting the entire population to encourage them to take up physical activity, and not just those who are overweight or obese.   HL43

Lord Pendry to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of research that shows that lack of physical activity is negatively affecting more people than obesity, whether they have a strategy on how to support grassroots attempts at getting citizens to take part in more and sustained physical activity.
   HL44

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government with whom refugee children will be required to register in order to be admitted into the UK.   HL45

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what national measures are in place to ensure that clothing and shoes are available for refugee children on arrival in the UK.   HL46

Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with voluntary organisations to ensure the successful reception of unaccompanied child refugees on arrival in the UK.   HL47

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Sudanese asylum seekers were refused citizenship by the Home Office in each of the last five years, and in each year what percentage of total applicants that represented.   HL48

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities have offered places to unaccompanied refugee children from (1) Europe, and (2) Syria, and which councils other than Kent County Council have already filled their quota.   HL49

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how, and through what channels, they plan to ensure that asylum seekers from Sudan attend English language classes and counselling sessions, so that they can be fully prepared for their asylum application hearing.   HL50

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what international safeguards and oversight mechanisms will be in place throughout the implementation of the Khartoum Process to prevent trafficking and bribery, and to ensure that human rights are respected.   HL51

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of (1) prisoners, and (2) young offenders, suffer from mental health problems; and of those, how many suffer from (a) illegal drug addiction, and (b) prescribed drug dependence.   HL52

Lord Sharkey to ask the Leader of the House what was the average time in (1) the 2015–16 Session, and (2) each of the last five Sessions before that, between the publication of a select committee report and its being debated; and how many select committee reports published in the 2015–16 Session and the previous five Sessions were undebated (1) 12 months, and (2) six months, after publication.   HL53

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they now expect the new airport on St Helena to be opened.   HL54

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the delay in opening the new airport on St Helena, whether the ship RMS St Helena will continue to operate beyond the advertised finishing date of 15 July.   HL55

Lord Shutt of Greetland to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, when a Saturday air service begins to operate between Johannesburg and St Helena, those flights will provide connections with flights between South Africa and the UK that avoid an overnight stay in Johannesburg.   HL56

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether the Australian model for payment disputes could help small UK suppliers.   HL57

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to improve trade data for the next calendar quarter.   HL58

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of proposals by the European Commission to fine EU member states €250,000 for every refugee they decline to allow into their country.   HL59

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for deciding whether to allow a third runway at Heathrow.   HL60

Lord Teverson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to reconsider their decision to withdraw financial support for the Cornish language, and if not, under what circumstances they next intend to do so.   HL61

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the violations of the conditions of the EU Association Agreement by the government of Israel, what discussions they have had with other members of the EU, and the EU institutions, concerning the suspension of that agreement.   HL62

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government in the light of the news that the HALO Trust has been granted approval to clear mines around the site of the baptism of Christ, what representations they plan to make to the government of Israel about clearing mines along the River Jordan that were laid during the 1967 war.   HL63

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to participate in the initiative of the government of France for ending the conflict in Israel and Palestine.   HL64

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take, in the light of the recent deaths caused by the electricity crisis in Gaza, to (1) initiate discussions with other EU member states to end import restrictions, (2) assess the humanitarian situation first-hand, and (3) put forward a plan of action to rehouse citizens of Gaza who are forced to move owing to pollution.   HL65

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the firing of tear gas canisters at journalists in front of Ofer Prison.
   HL66

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel regarding the firing of live bullets at Palestinians protesting against the Israeli incursion in al-Azza refugee camp, which wounded one protester.   HL67

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether total Accident and Emergency (A&E) waiting times are calculated, for the purposes of reporting, from the time the ambulance arrives at A&E or from the time the patient enters the A&E Department.   HL68

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made, bilaterally and multilaterally, to the government of Ethiopia about the case of Bekel Gerba, deputy chairman of the Oromo Federalist Congress, and 21 others, recently charged under the counter-terrorism law.   HL69

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of conditions faced by detainees in Maekalawi prison in Ethiopia.   HL70

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prevalence of torture in Ethiopia.   HL71

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to move more UK officials to Calais and Northern France to work full-time on identifying, screening and processing potential transfers under the Dublin III regulations, and to make special provision for cases where further evidence of family links is needed.   HL72

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to work together with the French government to ensure that unaccompanied children have access to high quality legal assistance to submit claims for family reunion in the UK, and to fund improved measures for identification of, and support for, unaccompanied minors in Calais and Northern France.   HL73

Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that unaccompanied children in Northern France have information about the process for reuniting with their families in the UK under the Dublin III Regulations, that this is presented in a form and language that the children can understand, and that it includes information about the process for asylum transfers, the likely timeframes involved, and the criteria on which decisions are based.   HL74

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to become a founding donor of the new Education Cannot Wait fund at its launch at the World Humanitarian Summit.   HL75

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the new Education Cannot Wait fund will focus on the most marginalised children, including girls and children with disabilities.   HL76

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the aerial bombing of the Heiban locality in the South Khordofan and Blue Nile regions on 1 May, what assessment they have made of (1) the willingness, and (2) the capability, of the government of Sudan to distinguish between civilians and combatants.   HL77

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the aerial bombing of the Heiban locality in the South Khordofan and Blue Nile regions on 1 May, what representations they have made to the government of Sudan about reducing conflict and bringing about a ceasefire.   HL78

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the aerial bombing of the Heiban locality in the South Khordofan and Blue Nile regions on 1 May, what assessment they have made of whether the government of Sudan is now in breach of international humanitarian law.   HL79

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (1) the role, and (2) the annual cost, of presenting officers employed by the Department for Work and Pensions in relation to benefit appeals.
   HL80

Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the annual saving in legal aid costs as a result of the withdrawal of legal and advice in relation to benefits appeals.   HL81

Lord Beith to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward a draft bill to make provision for guardianship of the property of missing persons.   HL82

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the government of Russia about alleged state interference in the affairs of the RBC newspaper and news service; and whether they will make public any responses received.   HL83

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received concerning the welfare of refugees and migrants removed from Greece to Turkey, in the light of reports that some are being detained in camps at Düziçi and elsewhere, without access to legal advice or medical services.
   HL84

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that central government procurement policies are used whenever possible to create jobs with training for people from disadvantaged areas or with individual handicaps.   HL85

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to request reports from the UN and from human rights groups on the existence in the Philippines of death-squads and their use to murder alleged criminals and victims of mistaken identity.   HL86

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding Somali refugees in Kenya and the presence of Kenyan armed forces in Somalia.   HL87

Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the percentage of short-term prisoners in receipt of satisfactory probation supervision; and how that is being assessed.   HL88

Lord Tyler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to reallocating public funds presently allocated to (1) candidate and party election addresses, and (2) government advertising, to enable a cost-neutral package of reform of the rules on political party finance, including a cap on donations.   HL89

Lord Tyler to ask the Chairman of Committees what have been the (1) security, and (2) other, costs to the House administration in preparing for and conducting the State Opening of Parliament in each of the last five years.   HL90

Lord Tyler to ask the Chairman of Committees what is the capital value for which (1) ermine robes, and (2) other garments, used by Peers and Officers of the House during the State Opening of Parliament are insured.   HL91

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the NHS supply chain does not include products that are produced with forced labour or modern versions of slavery.   HL92

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the findings of the recent British Medical Association report In Good Hands: Tackling labour rights concerns in the manufacture of medical gloves.   HL93

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that NICE guidance is followed in the use of faecal microbiota transplants in the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile.   HL94

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the outcome and cost effectiveness of the use of faecal microbiota transplants in the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.   HL95

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the rate of uptake by the NHS of faecal microbiota transplants in the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.   HL96

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that NICE guidance is followed in the use of faecal microbiota transplants in the treatment of recurrent Clostridium difficile infections.   HL97

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Health Education England’s demand-led approach to the assessment of the number of consultant posts needed in highly specialist fields such as clinical pharmacology.   HL98

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether parity of esteem as established in the Belfast Agreement 1998 applies to people who live in the Republic of Ireland.   HL99

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of parity of esteem in the Belfast Agreement 1998 means that people living in Northern Ireland are subject to more parity of esteem than anywhere else in the UK; and if not, why not.   HL100

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the application of parity of esteem applies to those in jail in Northern Ireland but who have a residence elsewhere.   HL101

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether parity of esteem as established in the Belfast Agreement 1998 applies to (1) people temporarily residing in Northern Ireland, and if so for how long such people have to live there for parity of esteem to apply; and (2) people who live outside Northern Ireland but work in the province.   HL102

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of parity of esteem as outlined in the Belfast Agreement 1998 applies to security service people who have a residence elsewhere but are, or were, resident in Northern Ireland for a period.   HL103

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of the concept of parity of esteem as applied to Northern Ireland; and why those standards of esteem are not applied in the rest of the UK.   HL104

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by Baroness Altmann on 4 May (HL Deb, col 1503), what rate of support claimants of the mobility component of Personal Independence Payment will be guaranteed to receive if they cannot walk safely, to an acceptable standard, repeatedly, and in a reasonable time period, (1) for more than 20 metres, or (2) for more than 50 metres.   HL105

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to protect and enhance the amount of local housing allowance paid by local authorities in England in order to meet the accommodation and support needs of persons with learning disabilities.   HL106

Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the proportions, by value, of British exports of goods to EU member states invoiced in (1) sterling, (2) US dollars, and (3) euro, in 2015.   HL107

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pregnant women are currently held in detention under the Immigration Act 2014.   HL108

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 Contracts for Difference (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Statutory Auditors and Third Country Auditors Regulations 2016

   

Draft Electricity Capacity (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Building Societies (Floating Charges and Other Provisions) Order 2016 (20th Report from the JCSI)

   

Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) (Family Proceedings) (Amendment) Order 2016

   

Draft West Midlands Combined Authority Order 2016

35th Report, Session 2015–16

 

Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2016

   

Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2016

   

Negative Instrument 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

24th Report, Session 2015–16

   

National Health Service (Mandate Requirements) Regulations 2016

16 March

 

   

35th Report, Session 2015–16

   

Homes and Communities Agency (Transfer of Property etc.) (No. 2) Regulations 2016

10 June

 

   

Instrument not reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016

10 June

 

Retirement 

The following member of the House has given notice of her intention to retire.

 

Date of retirement

 

Baroness Perry of Southwark

26 May

 

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.

Thursday 19 May

   

High Speed Rail (London - West Midlands) Bill (Lords)

Select Committee

9.50am

Monday 23 May

   

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 24 May

   

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.45pm

Wednesday 25 May

   

European Union

Financial Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

3.00pm

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 26 May

   

European Union

Select Committee

2.00pm

Monday 6 June

   

Palace of Westminster

Joint Committee

6.00pm

Tuesday 7 June

   

European Union

Justice Sub-Committee

10.30am

Wednesday 8 June

   

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am

Thursday 9 June

   

European Union

External Affairs Sub-Committee

10.00am

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 18 May 2016 

The House met at 11.30am

1 Queen’s Speech The Queen being seated on the Throne, and the Commons being at the Bar with their Speaker, Her Majesty was pleased to make a Most Gracious Speech to both Houses of Parliament, and then retired.

The House adjourned. The House resumed at 3.30pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Birmingham.

2 Barony of Bellew in the Peerage of Ireland The Petition of Bryan Edward Bellew claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Bellew in the Peerage of Ireland was presented and was referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 79.

Private Business

3 High Speed Rail (London – West Midlands) Bill The petition against the bill from Ronald and Ursula Drackford (No. 496) was withdrawn.

Public Business

4 Select Vestries Bill The Bill was presented by the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) and read a first time pro forma.

5 Queen’s Speech The Lord Speaker reported the Queen’s Speech. Lord King of Bridgwater moved that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows:

"Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament."

The motion was seconded by Baroness Goldie, and, after debate, the debate was adjourned till tomorrow.

6 Chairman of Committees Lord Laming was appointed to take the Chair in all Committees for this Session nemine dissentiente.

7 Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees Lord Boswell of Aynho was appointed Principal Deputy Chairman of Committees for this Session nemine dissentiente.

8 Stoppages in the Streets It was ordered that the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis do take care that the passages through the streets leading to this House be kept free and open and that no obstruction be permitted to hinder the passage of Lords to and from this House during the sitting of Parliament; or to hinder Lords in the pursuit of their Parliamentary duties on the Parliamentary Estate; and that the Gentleman Usher of the Black Rod attending this House do communicate this Order to the Commissioner.

9 Members of the House It was ordered that a list of members of the House, prepared by the Clerk of the Parliaments, be published. (HL Paper 1)

10 Hereditary peers: by–elections The Clerk of the Parliaments laid before the House, in accordance with Standing Order 10(5), a register of hereditary peers (other than peers of Ireland) who wish to stand in any by–election for membership of the House held in accordance with section 2(4) of the House of Lords Act 1999; it was ordered that the register be published. (HL Paper 2)

11 Standing Orders (Public Business) It was ordered that the Standing Orders relating to public business be published. (HL Paper 3)

The House adjourned at 4.55pm until Thursday 19 May at 11.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Papers

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

1 Education-Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility & Student Choice. (16 May)   (9258)

2 Information and Security-Exchange of Notes amending the Agreement between the United Kingdom and Germany concerning the Mutual Protection of Protectively Marked Information. (17 May)   (9269)

3 Infrastructure-Consultation on the National Infrastructure Commission: response to the consultation.    (9289)

4 Explanatory Memorandum (Revised)-Replacement Explanatory Memorandum to the Housing Benefit (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2016, originally laid on 10 May 2016. (13 May)   (-)

Statutory Instruments (Standing Order 70)

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

       
Title, etc.

SI No

Date of laying

Negative Instruments

   

Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (European Union Financial Sanctions) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the European Communities Act 1972.

578

13 May

Prison and Young Offender Institution (Amendment) Rules 2016, laid under the Prison Act 1952.

583

16 May

Education (Student Fees, Awards and Support) (Amendment) Regulations 2016, laid under the Education (Fees and Awards) Act 1983.

584

16 May

Treaty subject to scrutiny under the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010

The following paper was laid before the House:

Nuclear Energy-Agreement between the United Kingdom and India for Co-operation in the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy. (17 May) (9268).

 

Prepared 18th May 2016