House of Lords Business

Monday 5 March 2012 at 2.30pm

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure consumers are getting good value for money from companies that are marketing services helping people make Payment Protection Insurance mis-selling claims.

*Lord Rennard to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward proposals for revising the system for electing British Members of the European Parliament in 2014.

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making to ensure that there are adequate numbers of police to deal with any consequences for social cohesion and criminality of the withdrawal of civil legal aid for social welfare law cases.

*Lord Knight of Weymouth to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the overall annual value of employers’ national insurance contributions; and what proportion of that total is accounted for by the employment of those under 20 years old.

†Business of the House Lord Strathclyde to move that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Tuesday 6 March to allow the Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill to be taken through all its remaining stages.

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill Report [Lord McNally] 21st Report from the Constitution Committee, 22nd Report from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Future Business 

Tuesday 6 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new Great Western rail franchise specification for trains between Bath, Bristol, Newport and Cardiff, and intermediate stations, will take into account recent increases in population and demand.

*Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the laws applying to universities and student unions when an anti-Semitic incident has taken place on campus.

*Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the 2012 university applications figures from the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) showing that applications for courses in European languages are down by 11.2 per cent and non-European languages by 21.5 per cent compared to the previous year.

Business of the House Lord Strathclyde to move that Standing Order 40(1) (Arrangement of the order paper) be dispensed with on Tuesday 13 March to enable proceedings on the Health and Social Care Bill to take place before oral questions.

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

†Schools (Specification and Disposal of Articles) Regulations 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Alternative Provision Academies (Consequential Amendments to Acts) (England) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Children Act 2004 Information Database (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Regulations be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) Order 2012 Lord Strathclyde to move that the draft Order be referred to a Grand Committee.

†Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill Second Reading [Lord Sassoon] (Money Bill)

Health and Social Care Bill Report (day 5) [Earl Howe] 18th and 22nd Reports from the Constitution Committee

Wednesday 7 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for ensuring media plurality in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Sheldon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the relevant governments to secure the abolition of the death penalty in China and in other countries.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is adequate diagnostic testing for children with dyslexia in primary schools.

It is expected that the Report stage of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will continue.

Lord Glentoran to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to rebalance the legal responsibilities of motorists and cyclists on the roads. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Thursday 8 March at 11.00am

*Baroness Gale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that every school is aware of forthcoming campaigns focusing on sexual consent and forced marriage, and that schools and colleges know where to refer young people for specialist support.

*Baroness Gould of Potternewton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what direct support they are giving to refuges providing protection for women fleeing from domestic violence.

*Baroness Prosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the gender pay and opportunities gap.

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

Monday 12 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Dykes to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will next hold high-level talks with their European Union partners on economic and financial issues.

*Baroness Henig to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they will make available to each Police and Crime panel to cover start-up and first-year running costs.

*Baroness Worthington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to promote lower electricity bills through the uptake of voltage optimisation, as installed in 10 Downing Street.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect the lack of a public inquiry into the death of Pat Finucane may have on British–Irish relations and on the Finucane family.

Protection of Freedoms Bill Third Reading [Lord Henley] 20th Report from the Constitution Committee

It is expected that the Report stage of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill will continue.

Tuesday 13 March at 11.00am

Subject to the House’s approval of the Business of the House motion on 6 March, it is expected that the Report stage of the Health and Social Care Bill will continue, and that oral questions will be taken at 2.30pm.

*Lord Lee of Trafford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the Royal Air Force regiment played in the aftermath of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of victims of the 2011 summer riots are still awaiting compensation, and what action they propose to take to deal with the situation.

*Lord Redesdale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve ancient woodland in the final version of the National Planning Policy Framework.

It is expected that the Report stage of the Health and Social Care Bill will conclude.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

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

Wednesday 14 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Giddens to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the influence exercised by the credit rating agencies in the world economy.

*Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the key skills and functional skills requirements in the Apprenticeships, Skills, Children and Learning Act 2009 are compatible with the Equality Act 2010 in relation to accessibility for dyslexic and other disabled conditions.

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions they have had with police authorities about the cars they purchase.

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.45pm

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

Thursday 15 March at 11.00am

Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee The Leader of the House (Lord Strathclyde) to move that a Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty to congratulate Her Majesty on the occasion of the Sixtieth Anniversary of Her Accession to the Throne.

*Lord Wills to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to amend the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to Network Rail’s efforts to improve safety at railway level crossings.

*Lord Trefgarne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their decision to downgrade the Engineering Diploma to one GCSE equivalent.

†Friday 16 March at 10.00am

†Airports (Amendment) Bill [HL] Second Reading [Lord Empey]

Monday 19 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Barnett to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Chancellor of the Exchequer agreed the latest increase in quantitative easing.

*Lord Flight to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the application of International Financial Reporting Standards accounting standards to the banking sector.

*Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will promote the connection between sustainable development and family planning at the Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development.

*Lord Judd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the significance of tribalism in securing a stable and secure future for the people of Libya.

Tuesday 20 March at 9.45am

The House will meet at 9.45am for Prayers, after which it will adjourn to Westminster Hall for the presentation of a Humble Address to Her Majesty. The House will then meet again at 3.00pm for public business.

*The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will allow trade associations to make complaints to the proposed Groceries Code Adjudicator on behalf of members who are both direct and indirect suppliers of supermarkets; and, if not, why not.

*The Earl of Selborne to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to prevent food waste being sent to landfill.

*Baroness O’Cathain to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will mark Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee year by making a commitment to celebrate and increase the United Kingdom’s involvement with the Commonwealth.

Wednesday 21 March at 3.00pm

*Baroness Morgan of Drefelin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes are planned to the Work Capability Assessment following their informal consultation on accounting for the effects of cancer treatments.

*Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, to make transactions in commodities and shares more transparent, they will make it obligatory publicly to declare long or short positions over £1 million.

*Baroness Thornton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the risks posed by implementation of the Health and Social Care Bill to HIV/Aids programmes.

Thursday 22 March at 11.00am

*Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will implement the commitment made in December 2010 that new legislation and policy will be assessed against the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

*Lord Risby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current political situation in the Maldives.

*Baroness Stern to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to raise awareness of the work undertaken by the International Criminal Court, and to provide support for it, in this 10th anniversary year of the coming into force of the Rome Statute.

Monday 26 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the assistance given by the Serious Organised Crime Agency to the Regional Anti-Piracy Prosecutions and Intelligence Co-ordination Centre in the Seychelles will include information gleaned from Suspicious Activity Reports.

*Viscount Goschen to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that disruption to businesses in London caused by the 2012 Olympic Games is minimised.

*Lord Walker of Aldringham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of servicemen and women being made redundant from the armed forces are expected to be between the ages of 18 and 24.

*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish their response to the consultation on Scotland’s constitutional future.

Tuesday 27 March at 2.30pm

*Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to implement their alcohol strategy.

*Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent the expansion of grammar schools onto satellite sites.

*Lord Roberts of Llandudno to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that every eligible United Kingdom citizen between the age of 18 and 25 registers to vote.

Wednesday 28 March at 3.00pm

*Lord Gardiner of Kimble to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to facilitate the establishment of a national water grid.

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government why the contract for Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers was placed with a South Korean company.

†*Baroness Sharples to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in eliminating Japanese knotweed from the United Kingdom.

Select Committee Reports 

The date on which the report was published is in italics

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

Baroness Young of Hornsey to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Safety First: Mobility of Healthcare Professionals in the EU (22nd Report, HL Paper 201). 19 October 2011

Baroness O’Cathain to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Tunnel Vision? Completing the European rail market (24th Report, HL Paper 229). 2 December 2011

Other Motions for Debate 

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

Lord Hylton to move to resolve that the European Union should use its powers to prevent access to the European Union without a visa by Israeli citizens and to remove duty-free access for Israeli goods if Israeli breaches of international law continue.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank to move that this House takes note of the decision taken by the House Committee and the Administration and Works Committee to end without report to or discussion in the chamber the daily delivery of Hansard to members living in London.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Viscount Waverley to move that this House takes note of the role of Islamist political movements, following recent Arab uprisings.

The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to move that this House takes note of the conclusions of the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn and the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

Lord Moynihan to move that this House takes note of the case for formulating and implementing a comprehensive cross-departmental Olympic sports legacy policy for the United Kingdom covering Olympic and non-Olympic sport, and recreational and sport facilities.

Lord Owen to move to resolve that the Health and Social Care Bill be not read a third time until the Information Tribunal has ruled, following its hearings on 5 and 6 March, on the disclosure of the Bill’s risk assessment and the House is satisfied, in the light of any further examination of risk, and taking account of the views of the health professions, that the risks of not proceeding with the Bill are greater than the risks inherent in the Bill itself.

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to move that this House takes note of the situation in Syria.

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

†Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2012 Baroness Hamwee to move to resolve that this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government not to bring into effect the provisions in the draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2012 concerning premium sponsor status fees, nor to implement the premium sponsor status to which they relate, before undertaking up-to-date consultations with all relevant stakeholders.

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Baroness Deech to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that fellow signatories to the Terezin Declaration on Holocaust Era Assets fulfil the obligations of the Declaration in relation to the restitution of wrongfully seized property.

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the operation of proportional representation for elections to the European Parliament.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with international partners to bring to trial Joseph Kony and other leaders of the Lord’s Resistance Army at the International Criminal Court.

Lord Dholakia to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in securing funding for the Women’s Community Projects established under the Diverting Women from Custody Programme, when Government funding ends in March 2011.

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

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

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government how the recent election in Burma will affect their policy towards the pro-democracy movement and the provision of humanitarian aid.

Viscount Younger of Leckie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to secure the future of sports in maintained schools in the context of Spending Review 2010.

Viscount Tenby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy to reduce casualties and promote safety on the roads.

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

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they view relations between the United Kingdom and Taiwan, and what plans they have to improve them.

Baroness Hussein-Ece to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the strategic importance of Turkey in Europe and the Middle East.

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the stability of the region of Yemen, the Horn of Africa and the Indian Ocean.

Baroness Benjamin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to reduce the number of mothers imprisoned with their infants; and what alternative plans they have to address this situation.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the violence against Egypt’s Coptic minority.

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the security situation on the Korean peninsula and the response of the international community.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by the Academy of Medical Sciences A new pathway for the regulation and governance of health research.

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the levels of interest charged by, and the practices of, certain loan and credit companies.

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent report by the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly on The Irish community in Britain: follow-up report.

Lord Patel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the availability of radiotherapy treatment for patients with cancers and how that affects outcomes in cancer patients.

Lord Touhig to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures in the Health and Social Care Bill will ensure early diagnosis of dementia.

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

Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist the governments of South and North Sudan to consolidate the rule of law and to strengthen democratic and transparent governance and adherence to human rights following their separation into two countries on 9 July.

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government how relations with Pakistan have been affected by the end of military rule.

Lord Davies of Stamford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce any legal impediment or sanction on the payment of ransoms to pirates or terrorists in Somalia or elsewhere.

Baroness Young of Hornsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role that the arts and cultural and creative industries can play in international development, particularly in the Commonwealth.

Lord St John of Fawsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the importance of the ecumenical movement to promote understanding and tolerance between different churches and different faiths.

Lord Wigley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with Ministers of the National Assembly for Wales relating to year-end financial flexibility.

Lord German to ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they propose to the requirements for pension fund managers to disclose environmental, social and governance policies.

Lord Adonis to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the possibility of extending the proposed High Speed 2 railway from Birmingham to Manchester, the East Midlands, Sheffield and Leeds with appropriate connections beyond to the West and East Coast Mainlines.

The Earl of Glasgow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to establish a legal right for the terminally ill to choose how, when and where they will die, without legal ramifications for anyone assisting them.

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are meeting the mental health needs of children in the care of local authorities.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord Bishop of Wakefield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the International Afghanistan Conference in Bonn and the prospects for peace in Afghanistan.

Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to enable the voluntary sector to participate in the delivery of public services.

Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implementation of the Autism Act 2009 and associated Autism Strategy.

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans for a co-ordinated approach towards regeneration, in particular in the new metropolitan districts emerging in north-west England and east London and, if so, what they are.

Baroness Andrews to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have in place to reduce youth unemployment.

Baroness Kingsmill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support the British fashion industry.

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, as a guarantor country, what they see as the chief barriers to progress towards the reunification of Cyprus; and what approaches they are considering to overcome these.

Baroness Boothroyd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for tackling discrimination, harassment and outdated attitudes towards disabled people, following the publication of their discussion document Fulfilling Potential.

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the importance of the fashion and related industries to the United Kingdom’s economy, and of how they can be supported.

The Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to enhance access to proper sanitation and safe water in developing countries.

Lord Ahmed to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised the issue of human rights in Indian-administered Kashmir with the government of India.

Baroness Gardner of Parkes to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have with regard to residential service charges.

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

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 1 March and due for answer by 15 March.

Baroness Byford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of how many farmers will not be able to submit their single farm payment claims online, as required after April 2012; and what arrangements have been put in place to address this situation.   HL16084

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of whether limiting the number of incoming domestic workers from overseas would make it unnecessary to remove protections from those already in the United Kingdom or shortly due to arrive.   HL16085

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invite the government of Israel to return the equipment confiscated by Israel from Al Watan and Al-Quds Educational television stations in the Palestinian West Bank; and whether they will encourage the resolution of any subsequent technical issues concerning transmission.   HL16086

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected date for the completion of the doctor’s surgery in Chorley East Ward, Lancashire.   HL16087

Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Chief Executive of NHS North Lancashire, Janet Soo-Chung, has held meetings with members of either House since she took up her post; and with whom those meetings were held.   HL16088

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint on 29 November 2011 (WA 65), which countries they regard as "emerging powers".   HL16089

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering, or are aware that their international partners are considering, military intervention in Syria.   HL16090

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom companies have been working in Syria in the last five years; and when they ended their operations in that country, if they have done so.   HL16091

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 29 November 2011 (WA 38–9), whether in the light of India’s economic development they are considering reducing the amount of funding India receives from the British Council.   HL16092

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Northover on 29 November 2011 (WA 40), how many countries are on their internal watch-list of fragile states.   HL16093

Baroness Nicholson of Winterbourne to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Howell of Guildford on 30 November 2011 (WA 70), whether they have set themselves a timeline for producing proposals for more effective parliamentary scrutiny of European Union affairs.   HL16094

Baroness Masham of Ilton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to find a cure for the Schmallenberg virus.   HL16095

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to their estimate that more than 350,000 children and around 550,000 adults will be lifted out of poverty as a result of the introduction of the Universal Credit, (1) how long they expect reaching those figures will take, and (2) how many children and adults they estimate will be in poverty at the date of the implementation of Universal Credit.   HL16096

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) adults, and (2) children, they estimate will be lifted out of poverty by the Universal Credit according to the after housing costs income threshold in (a) London, and (b) the United Kingdom.   HL16097

Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the currently used weekly cash amounts for the relative income thresholds set out in paragraph 7 of the response by the Government to the Second Report of the House of Commons Work and Pensions Committee of Session 2003–04, Cm 6200, including the figures for before and after housing costs and relative and absolute low income.   HL16098

The Lord Bishop of Hereford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answers by Lord Marland on 7 July 2011 (HL Deb, cols 347–9) and the Written Answer by Lord Marland on 24 May 2011 (WA 406–7) in which he stated that the Secretary of State had asked the National Nuclear Laboratory to conduct analysis and "we are expecting the findings of this study to be available by the end of the summer", whether, if the report is now available, they will place a copy in the Library of the House; and, if it is not available, why it is not available and when they expect it to be available.   
 HL16099

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what evaluation they have made of the importance of the Al-Aqsa Mosque as a holy site for Muslims; and what assessment they have made of the reported movements by the Israeli forces on Friday 24 February on the roof top of the mosque. 
   HL16100

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning the judgment of the Israeli High Court on 26 December 2011 to allow 11 Israeli companies to quarry stone in Area C of the West Bank, and its compliance with Article 55 of the 1907 Hague Convention.   HL16101

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the government of Israel to release Hana Shalabi.   HL16102

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Quartet, and of Tony Blair as its leader, in negotiating a Middle East peace process; and what is the cost of maintaining an office for this purpose.   HL16103

Baroness Tonge to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel concerning alleged human rights violations in the week ending 23 February. 
   HL16104

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Earl Howe on 8 February (WA 65–6) and 27 February (WA 237), when the stem cell lines that correspond to those used in the clinical trial at Moorfields Eye Hospital were previously deposited in the UK Stem Cell Bank; and which researchers have access to the cells used in the trial.   HL16105

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of A.W.N. Pugin on 1 March 1812.   HL16106

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask the Chairman of Committees what action is being taken in the House of Lords to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of A.W.N. Pugin on 1 March 1812.   HL16107

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they are providing to educational initiatives in North Korea or for North Koreans in the United Kingdom; and whether they intend to increase this funding in order to strengthen educational and cultural exchange.   HL16108

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the development of the English language in North Korea; and what Foreign and Commonwealth Office and British Council work is being undertaken in that country with respect to language development.
   HL16109

Lord Glentoran to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was given early warning of the Schmallenberg virus by the European Commission; and whether British farmers were provided with any assistance in preparing for the virus.   HL16110

Lord Craig of Radley to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by Lord Astor of Hever on 9 December 2011 (WA 202) and on 24 January 2012 (WA 215), when the undertaking he gave to the House of Lords on 26 October 2011 (HL Deb, col 856) to carry out an independent review of the Honours and Decorations Committee is to be fulfilled; who will chair the review; and what the terms of reference will be.   HL16111

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to introduce the enforcement of 20 miles per hour speed limits; and what actions they are taking to assist police with enforcement.
   HL16112

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact automatic number plate recognition systems will have on the enforcement of speed limits.   HL16113

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Attlee on 29 February (WA 359), who has led the procurement process for additional trains for the London Midland and TransPennine Express; and what has been the extent of the involvement of the Department for Transport.   HL16114

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their deadline for the removal of excessive credit and debit card surcharges.   HL16115

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they estimate that excessive surcharges for credit and debit card users cost (1) air passengers, and (2) other consumers, in the last year. 
   HL16116

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it appropriate for airlines and travel companies to describe anything other than Air Passenger Duty as a tax.   HL16117

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they foresee for local authorities in the roll-out of smart metering.   HL16118

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown by age and gender of serving front-line firefighters in each county in England and Wales.   HL16119

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the age profile of firefighters in England and Wales.   HL16120

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the second stage of the Renewable Heat Incentive to be implemented.   HL16121

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential contribution of bioliquids to reducing carbon dioxide emissions from domestic heating.
   HL16122

Baroness Smith of Basildon to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the potential contribution of the second phase of the Renewable Heat Incentive to reducing fuel poverty in rural households.   HL16123

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee and the Bank of England’s Financial Policy Committee to produce a joint report reviewing whether the policy of quantitative easing poses any risk to systemic financial stability.   HL16124

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the appointment committee to be charged with proposing the nomination of the next Governor of the Bank of England; what principles are used in appointing the membership of this committee; and whether the House of Commons Treasury Select Committee will be invited to conduct a pre-appointment hearing. 
   HL16125

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the steps necessary to address any investor uncertainty about client money rules as they apply to investment accounts operated through United Kingdom regulated institutions, and in particular how clients can establish the precise creditor standing of such accounts.   HL16126

Lord Myners to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the impact on credit availability and pricing of the proposed National Loan Guarantee Scheme against the introduction by the Bank of England of an equivalent to the European Central Bank’s Long-Term Refinancing Operation.   HL16127

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the statutory instrument to implement the private rented sector compulsion provisions for energy efficiency under the Energy Act 2011.   HL16128

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (1) old, and (2) new, £50 notes are currently in circulation; when they plan to withdraw the old notes; and what guidance and rules have been issued to high street banks on changing the old notes for new notes.   HL16129

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require those being issued with a new United Kingdom passport, or whose United Kingdom passport is being renewed, to declare details of any other passport that they hold.   HL16130

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in force to enable persons who have been put on a watch-list by the UK Border Agency to be detected leaving or arriving in the United Kingdom if they are using a non-United Kingdom passport of which the passport service and the UK Border Agency are unaware.   HL16131

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the current cleanliness of the A13 trunk road between the M25 and Dagenham; and what steps they propose to take to improve the situation.   HL16132

Lord Marlesford to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Lord Henley on 13 December 2011 (WA 257–8), how many members of the staff of the UK Border Agency and its predecessor bodies have been convicted of criminal offences in connection with their official activities over the past seven years; and, in each case, what was the name of the offender, the date, and the nature of the offence and the sentence received.   HL16133

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the percentage of civil servants employed by the Northern Ireland Office who take time off work each year through smoking-related illnesses.   HL16134

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue they estimate they receive from the tax of those whose income is over £150,000 per year.   HL16135

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 February (WA 117), how many habitual residents of the United Kingdom who have worked in another European Economic Area country are claiming jobseeker’s allowance; and for how many of those the United Kingdom is seeking reimbursement from another country.   HL16136

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Earl Howe on 10 February (WA 117), whether presentation of a Europe-wide entitlement document is necessary before citizens of other European Economic Area (EEA) countries can obtain healthcare in the United Kingdom; and how many individuals doing so have been identified from each relevant EEA country from which such healthcare costs can be reclaimed in each of the past five years.   HL16137

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much HM Revenue and Customs have paid in (1) parking tickets, and (2) vehicle clamping charges, incurred by staff in the course of their work on (a) privately owned, and (b) publicly owned, land in each of the last ten years.   HL16138

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much HM Revenue and Customs have paid in relation to speeding tickets incurred by staff in the course of their work in each of the last ten years.
   HL16139

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrests, prosecutions and convictions were made in each year since 2003 for soliciting of women for sexual purposes by men under section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act 1985.   HL16140

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrests, prosecutions and convictions were made during 2008 and 2009 for loitering and soliciting for the purposes of prostitution under section 1 of the Street Offences Act 1959.   HL16141

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use the next United Nations Security Council debate on the protection of civilians in armed conflict to raise concerns about the use of explosive weapons in populated areas, such as is occurring in Homs in Syria.   HL16142

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

27 January (10 February)

HL15190 Lord Laird [DfE]

31 January (14 February)

HL15291 Lord Condon [HO]

8 February (22 February)

HL15560 Lord Dubs [DCMS]

HL15566 The Earl of Courtown [DEFRA]

9 February (23 February)

HL15602 Lord Campbell-Savours [MoD]

HL15605 Lord Bradshaw [DfT]

HL15625 Lord Ashcroft [DfE]

HL15626 Lord Berkeley [DfT]

10 February (24 February)

HL15641 Lord Laird [HO]

13 February (27 February)

HL15694 Lord Lester of Herne Hill [MoJ]

14 February (28 February)

HL15756 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DEFRA]

HL15757 Lord Stoddart of Swindon [DEFRA]

HL15763 Lord Laird [DEFRA]

HL15769 Lord Maginnis of Drumglass [MoD]

16 February (1 March)

HL15847 Lord Tebbit [CO]

HL15852 Lord Donoughue [DECC]

HL15869 Lord Kennedy of Southwark [DECC]

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

[CO] 1

[DCMS] 1

[DECC] 2

[DEFRA] 4

[DfE] 2

[DfT] 2

[HO] 2

[MoD] 2

[MoJ] 1


Bills in Progress 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) (Money Bill-1 March)

Government

6 March

Referendum (European Union) [HL]

Private Member’s

Torture (Damages) [HL]

Private Member’s

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

Social Care Portability [HL]

Private Member’s

Marine Navigation [HL]

Private Member’s

Company Remuneration [HL]

Private Member’s

Scrap Metal Dealers (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Caravan Sites [HL]

Private Member’s

Airports (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

16 March

Inheritance (Cohabitants) [HL]

Private Member’s

Smoke-free Private Vehicles [HL]

Private Member’s

Trusts (Capital and Income) [HL] (Law Commission Bill)

Government

Waiting for Commitment

Defamation [HL]

Private Member’s

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

City of London (Various Powers) [HL]

Private

Committed to a Select Committee

City of Westminster [HL]

Private

Transport for London [HL]

Private

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

Marine Navigation Aids [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Private Member’s

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

Private Member’s

Scotland (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

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

Private Member’s

Mental Health (Discrimination) [HL]

Private Member’s

Subterranean Development [HL]

Private Member’s

Waiting for Report

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

Government

6 March

Parliament Square (Management) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Government

5 March

Waiting for Third Reading

Remembrance Sunday (Closure of Shops) [HL]

Private Member’s

Protection of Freedoms (Northern Ireland Assembly Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

12 March

Leeds City Council

Private

Reading Borough Council

Private

Canterbury City Council

Private

Nottingham City Council

Private

Sent to the Commons

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

Private Member’s

Re-Export Controls [HL]

Private Member’s

Building Regulations (Review) [HL]

Private Member’s

Dog Control [HL]

Private Member’s

Rehabilitation of Offenders (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

Devolution (Time) [HL]

Private Member’s

European Union Membership (Economic Implications) [HL]

Private Member’s

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

Government

House of Lords (Amendment) [HL] (formerly House of Lords Reform)

Private Member’s

London Local Authorities [HL]

Private

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

Private

Transport for London (Supplemental Toll Provisions) [HL]

Private

Waiting for Royal Assent

Live Music [HL]

Private Member’s

Public Services (Social Value)

Private Member’s

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims (Amendment)

Private Member’s

Welfare Reform (Scottish Parliament Legislative Consent Motion)

Government

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc

Private

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

The Merits of Statutory Instruments Committee has drawn attention to certain instruments in the reports indicated

Merits Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Draft Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (Abolition) Order 2012

Draft Statistics and Registration Service Act 2007 (Disclosure of Social Security and Revenue Information) Regulations 2012

Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2012

Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2012

Draft Postal Services Act 2011 (Disclosure of Information) Order 2012

Draft Apprenticeships (Alternative English Completion Conditions) Regulations 2012

Draft Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (Amendment) Order 2012

Draft Inland Waterways Advisory Council (Abolition) Order 2012

Draft British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012

Draft Schedule 5 to the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Modification) Order 2012

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating) Order 2012

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Government Resources and Accounts Act 2000 (Audit of Public Bodies) Order 2012

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2012

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2012

Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2012

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Disqualification from Parliament) Order 2012

Draft Schools (Specification and Disposal of Articles) Regulations 2012

Draft Alternative Provision Academies (Consequential Amendments to Acts) (England) Order 2012

Draft Children Act 2004 Information Database (England) (Revocation) Regulations 2012

Draft Employment Tribunals Act 1996 (Tribunal Composition) Order 2012

Draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 2012

Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Automatic Enrolment) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Automatic Enrolment (Offshore Employment) Order 2012

Draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 23) (Investment Companies) Regulations 2012

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Regulations 2012

Draft Localism Act 2011 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2012

Draft Parish Councils (General Power of Competence) (Prescribed Conditions) Order 2012

Draft Postal Services Act 2011 (Penalties) (Rules for Calculation of Turnover) Order 2012

Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

Special Procedure Order in Progress 

Date of Laying

Chairman’s Hearing, Thursday 8 March 2012 at 10.15am in the Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

Rookery South (Resource Recovery Facility) Order 2011

29 November

Remedial Order in Progress under Schedule 2 to the Human Rights Act 1998 

The date in brackets is the date of expiry of the statutory period

Report

To be considered

Proposal for order reported from the Joint Committee on Human Rights

Proposal for the Draft Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) Order 2012 [14 October]

19th Report

Public Bodies Orders in Progress 

Scrutiny period expires

To be considered

Draft Orders waiting for consideration by the Merits Committee

Draft Advisory Committee on Hazardous Substances (Abolition) Order 2012

27 March

Draft Inland Waterways Advisory Council (Abolition) Order 2012

17 April

Draft British Waterways Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 2012

17 April

Draft Orders reported from the Merits Committee

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts) Order 2012 51st Report from the Merits Committee, 39th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

15 March

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of Courts Boards) Order 2012 53rd Report from the Merits Committee, 41st Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

27 March

Committees 

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

Monday 5 March

Privacy and Injunctions

Joint Committee

2.00pm
in the Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

European Union

EU Sub-Committee B Internal Market, Energy and Transport

3.00pm

Science and Technology

Select Committee

3.30pm

Draft House of Lords Reform Bill

Joint Committee

4.30pm

Tuesday 6 March

European Union

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

10.30am

Human Rights

Joint Committee

2.00pm

Communications

Select Committee

2.00pm

Science and Technology

Sub Committee I STEM Higher Education

3.15pm

Merits of Statutory Instruments

Select Committee

3.30pm

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 7 March

Constitution

Select Committee

10.00am

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries and Environment

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

Thursday 8 March

European Union

EU Sub-Committee G Social Policy and Consumer Affairs

9.30am

Tuesday 13 March

Works of Art

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Ecclesiastical Committee

Select Committee

4.30pm

Wednesday 14 March

European Union

EU Sub-Committee F Home Affairs

11.00am

Information

Domestic Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice and Institutions

4.00pm

Thursday 15 March

European Union

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

10.00am

Monday 26 March

National Security Strategy

Joint Committee

4.00pm

Tuesday 27 March

Administration and Works

Domestic Committee

4.15pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Thursday 1 March 2012 

The House met at 11.00am.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Liverpool.

Public Business

1 Scotland: independence A question was asked by Lord Touhig and answered by Lord Wallace of Tankerness.

2 Occupational health services A question was asked by Lord Harrison and answered by Lord Freud.

3 Crime: reoffending A question was asked by Baroness Bonham-Carter of Yarnbury and answered by Lord McNally.

4 Armed forces: accommodation A question was asked by Lord Palmer of Childs Hill and answered by Lord De Mauley.

5 Supply and Appropriation (Anticipation and Adjustments) Bill A bill to authorise the use of resources for the years ending with 31 March 2012 and 31 March 2013; to authorise the issue of sums out of the Consolidated Fund for those years and for the year ending with 31 March 2011; and to appropriate the supply authorised by this Act for the years ending with 31 March 2011 and 31 March 2012, certified by the Speaker as a money bill, was brought from the Commons and read a first time.

6 International Women’s Day (5-hour debate) Baroness Verma moved that this House takes note of International Women’s Day on 8 March and the contribution of women to economic growth. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

7 BBC: governance and regulation (Communications Committee report) Lord Inglewood moved that this House takes note of the Report of the Communications Committee on The governance and regulation of the BBC (2nd Report, HL Paper 166). After debate, the motion was agreed to.

8 House of Lords (Amendment) Bill [HL] The bill was read a third time. Amendments were agreed to. Amendment 8 was moved. After debate, a division was called. Tellers were not appointed for either side, so the amendment was disagreed to in accordance with Standing Order 56. Then, after debate, the bill was passed and sent to the Commons.

The House adjourned at 7.17pm until Monday 5 March at 2.30pm.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Papers 

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

Command Papers

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

1 Trade Marks-Vienna Agreement establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks.    (8308)

2 Crime-Council of Europe Convention on Cybercrime.    (8309)

Affirmative Instrument

The following instrument was laid before the House for approval by resolution:

Draft Schedule 5 to the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001 (Modification) Order 2012, laid under the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Levies-Amendment) Regulations 2012, laid under the Pension Schemes Act 1993.   (539)

2 Lincolnshire (Coroners’ Districts) Order 2012, laid under the Coroners (Orders as to Districts) Rules 1927.   (574)

Prepared 1st March 2012