House of Lords Business

Thursday 5 February 2015 at 11.00am

The Lord Bishop of Leeds will be introduced.

*Oral Questions, 30 minutes

*Lord Spicer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the Russian armed forces.

*Baroness Royall of Blaisdon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to support women suffering from postnatal depression.

*Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote housing development on brownfield land, rather than greenfield sites.

*The Earl of Clancarty to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the National Gallery’s decision to privatise their visitor services.

Business of the House The Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Stowell of Beeston) to move that Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with on Wednesday 11 February to allow the Stamp Duty Land Tax Bill to be taken through its remaining stages that day.

Pension Schemes Bill Third Reading [Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth]

Deregulation Bill Report (day 2) [Lord Wallace of Saltaire]

Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve maternity care and to ensure that maternity staff are trained and developed to meet future needs. (Lunch break business, 1 hour)

Future Business 

Friday 6 February at 10.00am

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target) Bill Committee [Lord Purvis of Tweed]

†Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill Second Reading [Lord Ribeiro] 16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Ribeiro to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

†Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill Second Reading [Lord Best] 16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Best to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Monday 9 February at 2.30pm

The Lord Bishop of Salisbury will be introduced.

*Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that sports stadia in the United Kingdom are made fully accessible for spectators with a disability.

*Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to rebuild confidence in the banking system.

*Lord Beecham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact on low income taxpayers of the changes to the Council Tax Support Scheme and reduction in funding for the Council Tax Reduction Scheme.

*Lord Strasburger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mitigate the misuse of fixed-odds betting terminals in betting shops.

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

†Care and Support (Business Failure) Regulations 2014 Earl Howe to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†Care and Support (Children’s Carers) Regulations 2014 Earl Howe to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations 2014 Earl Howe to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 19th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†Care and Support (Market Oversight Criteria) Regulations 2014 Earl Howe to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015 Earl Howe to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 21st Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

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

†Armed Forces Pension (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015 Lord Newby to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015 Lord Newby to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†Police Pensions (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015 Lord Newby to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†Public Service (Civil Servants and Others) Pensions (Consequential and Amendment) Regulations 2015 Lord Newby to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†National Health Service Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015 Lord Newby to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†Teachers’ Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015 Lord Newby to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2014 be approved. 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 2 February

†§Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill Third Reading [Lord Bates] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

†Infrastructure Bill [HL] Consideration of Commons Amendments [Baroness Kramer] (Queen’s consent to be signified)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

The following three motions are expected to be debated together:

†European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Wallace of Saltaire] 18th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Wallace of Saltaire] 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Wallace of Saltaire] 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks] 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Freedom of Information (Designation as Public Authorities) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Faulks] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Insolvency Act 1986 (Amendment) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Protected Disclosures (Extension of Meaning of Worker) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Neville-Rolfe] 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Tuesday 10 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Foulkes of Cumnock to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been allocated to the Scottish government in Barnett consequentials in the last year.

*Baroness Lister of Burtersett to ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the response to their consultation on the future financing of local welfare assistance schemes.

*Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to investigate breaches of international law by state and non-state actors in Syria with regard to sexual and gender-based violence and persecution of minorities.

Topical oral question. Ballot to be drawn at 1pm on Friday 6 February.

†Public Bodies (Abolition of the Library Advisory Council for England) Order 2014 Baroness Jolly to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 4 November 2014 be approved. 13th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 15th and 21st Reports from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, considered in Grand Committee on 4 February

Recall of MPs Bill Report [Lord Wallace of Saltaire]

The Lord Bishop of Truro to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local welfare assistance schemes provide effective support to people in crisis and will continue to be able to do so. (Dinner break business, 1 hour)

Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30pm

The following five motions are expected to be debated together:

†British Nationality (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 18th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 18th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 25th Report from the Secondary Legislation Committee

†Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Williams of Trafford] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 25th Report from the Secondary Legislation Committee

†Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading of Data) Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Kramer] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Road Safety Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Baroness Kramer] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

The following three motions are expected to be debated together:

†Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Newby] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Newby] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Newby] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

†Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2015 Consideration in Grand Committee [Lord Newby] 20th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Wednesday 11 February at 3.00pm

*Baroness Bakewell of Hardington Mandeville to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of local enterprise partnerships on the economy and key skills in their local areas.

*Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the initiative in Northern Ireland, what plans they have to allow pupils to register to vote in schools, sixth form and further education colleges.

*Lord Carrington of Fulham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are proposing to ensure that public sector strikes have the full support of union members.

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

†Local Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 8 January be approved. 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 4 February

†European Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 January be approved. 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 4 February

†Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Forms) Order 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 8 January be approved. 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 4 February

†Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford to move that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8 January be approved. 19th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 4 February

It is expected that the Report stage of the Deregulation Bill will conclude.

†Stamp Duty Land Tax Bill (Money Bill) Second Reading [Lord Newby] 16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

Thursday 12 February at 11.00am

Royal Assent

*Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what use has been made of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 to prevent or control busking.

*Lord Ramsbotham to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any emerging risks to the programme to transform the delivery of probation services have been reported to Ministers, and what action is being taken to mitigate any such risks.

*Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they are taking to reduce the number of residential properties left vacant by their owners.

†Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill Second Reading [Lord Faulks] Queen’s consent to be signified, 16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee

If the bill is read a second time, Lord Faulks to move that the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

Baroness Wheeler to move that this House takes note of the 17 negative instruments relating to care and support laid before the House between 24 and 31 October. (See Negative Instruments list) 14th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

Monday 23 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in addition to business rates reform, what steps they are taking to support high streets in the United Kingdom.

*Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of VAT on the finances of sixth form colleges and non-maintained special schools.

*Lord Bach to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the performance of the Crown Prosecution Service following recent cuts to its budget.

*Lord Campbell-Savours to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions are taking place with the governments of other European Union member states regarding the handling of conflict in the Middle East.

Tuesday 24 February at 2.30pm

*Lord Hoyle to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to include animal welfare in the National Curriculum in schools.

*Baroness Boothroyd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Gurkha battalions and to acknowledge their service to the United Kingdom and their relationship with the British people.

†*Baroness Bakewell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what requirements were set in the contract for Yarl’s Wood Immigration Removal Centre recently reawarded to Serco regarding the dignity and privacy of women detained there.

Wednesday 25 February at 3.00pm

*Lord Harrison to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken in the past year to increase access to finance for small businesses.

*Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of broadband speeds, capacity and coverage in rural areas of the United Kingdom and in city technology hubs such as the Old Street roundabout.

*Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the soils in England will sustain food production at current levels in the long-term.

Thursday 26 February at 11.00am

*Lord Leigh of Hurley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the economic impact of the increase in Entrepreneurs’ Relief since May 2010.

*Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they and the host states are planning to prevent Syrian refugees becoming permanent residents in those states.

*Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Local Government Association’s report Tackling the causes and effects of obesity.

Monday 2 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Rooker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the Conventions between the two Houses of Parliament as they have affected government business during the current Parliament.

*Lord Rosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, preparatory work has been, or is being, undertaken in advance of the 2015 Strategic Defence and Security Review; and whether any such work will be made available, subject to not compromising national security, prior to the general election.

*Lord Hannay of Chiswick to ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend that the Chargé d’Affaires to Iran should be operating from a re-opened British Embassy in Tehran.

*Lord West of Spithead to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the time to build an Astute-class submarine has reduced as the shipyard has gained experience of building that type of vessel.

Tuesday 3 March at 2.30pm

*Lord Jordan to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the findings of the YouGov survey on cycling safety commissioned by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents.

*Baroness Jones of Whitchurch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have issued to individual academy schools regarding the £2.5 billion held in their reserves.

*Lord Scriven to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking in the light of the number of complaints against police forces in England and Wales as reported by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

†Wednesday 4 March at 3.00pm

†*Baroness Deech to ask the Leader of the House what assessment she has made of the impact on the effectiveness of the scrutiny of legislation of the introduction of further digitalisation.

†*Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of recent developments in Sudan, with particular reference to the continuing aerial bombardment of civilians in Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states.

†*Lord Smith of Clifton to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Baroness Neville-Rolfe on 26 January (HL4107), how the activities of regulatory agencies are monitored to ensure their effectiveness in the scrutiny of the economic and public sectors they supervise.

Select Committee Reports 

The dates on which the reports were published are in italics

Lord Howell of Guildford to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Soft Power and the UK’s Influence on Persuasion and Power in the Modern World (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 150). 28 March 2014

Lord Hardie to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 139). 13 March 2014

Lord Shutt of Greetland to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Inquiries Act 2005 (Session 2013–14, HL Paper 143). 11 March 2014

Lord Krebs to move that this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on International Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) students (4th Report, Session 2013–14, HL Paper 162). 11 April 2014

Baroness Corston to move that this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The impact of the European Public Prosecutor’s Office on the United Kingdom (4th Report, HL Paper 53). 3 November 2014

Motion relating to Delegated Legislation 

Lord Deben to move that this House declines to approve the draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015 laid before the House on 17 December 2014 and calls on Her Majesty’s Government not to lay new draft regulations until a joint committee of both Houses has been established and has reported on (1) the safety of the procedures permitted by the draft regulations, (2) the compliance of the draft regulations with European Union and domestic law, and (3) the key definitions used in the draft regulations. 23rd Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee and 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

Questions for Short Debate 

Time limit 1 hour or 1½ hours

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of reforms to Disabled Students’ Allowance, what are the duties of higher education institutions towards disabled students. (13 October)

Baroness King of Bow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role that women’s refuge centres play in protecting victims of domestic and mental abuse. (13 October)

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that more hotels in the United Kingdom have better facilities for disabled people. (16 October)

Lord Thomas of Gresford to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage women to participate in the sport of rowing at every level of ability. (22 October)

The Earl of Listowel to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve mental health services for infants, children and young people, for care leavers, and for adults with care experience. (29 October)

Lord Allen of Kensington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the social and economic value of sports volunteering in the United Kingdom. (4 November)

Baroness Wheeler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report Is General Practice in Crisis? by the Nuffield Trust. (6 November)

Lord Fowler to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to meet the continuing challenge of HIV and AIDS. (7 November)

Lord Luce to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the current proposals for a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine. (11 November)

Baroness Greengross to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect on the youth unemployed of a potential increase in the employment levels of older people. (11 November)

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for a concerted European approach to the issues arising from the refugees and migrants from the Middle East and North Africa. (17 November)

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recovery effort in the Philippines since Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013. (17 November)

Lord Lester of Herne Hill to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the benefits to the United Kingdom of ratification of Protocol 15 to the European Convention on Human Rights. (21 November)

Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Preventing Sexual Violence in Conflict Initiative following the Global Summit in June 2014. (24 November)

Lord Willoughby de Broke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect of European Union regulation on British agriculture. (25 November)

Lord Soley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the political stability of the borders of Europe and Russia. (26 November)

Baroness Tyler of Enfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the implications for labour market policy of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Wellbeing Economics’ report Wellbeing in four policy areas. (27 November)

Baroness Drake to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking to raise awareness of the autoimmune condition Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) amongst general practitioners and throughout the National Health Service. (27 November)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent decision of the General Assembly of the United Nations following its consideration of the United Nations Commission of Inquiry report identifying crimes against humanity in North Korea; and whether they intend to ask the United Nations Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court. (27 November)

Baroness Browning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report Winterbourne View - Time for Change. (1 December)

Lord Turnberg to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve access to treatments for patients with rare diseases. (3 December)

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the continuing sustainability of rural communities, in the light of the additional costs and challenges of service provision in the countryside. (4 December)

Lord Purvis of Tweed to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the role of digital inclusion and open government in engaging young people and under-represented groups in the democratic process. (5 December)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the Supreme Court’s March 2014 judgment on Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards has had on healthcare. (8 December)

Earl Attlee to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to use, and to encourage the development of, technologies to reduce the number of collisions between heavy goods vehicles and cyclists. (9 December)

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their strategic priorities for international development after April 2015. (11 December)

Baroness Falkner of Margravine to ask Her Majesty’s Government, on completion of the European Union balance of competences review, how they will use the information gleaned. (15 December)

Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that laws protecting shop-workers from violence, including those selling alcohol, are fully enforced. (16 December)

The Lord Bishop of Coventry to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to mark the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Dresden. (16 December)

Lord Clement-Jones to ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions are being taken to address the concerns expressed by a number of local authorities in England and Wales about the growth in the number of high stakes fixed odds betting machines available on the high street. (16 December)

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the variety and diversity of schools within the independent education sector. (17 December)

Lord Stevenson of Balmacara to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to implement the report on the Money Advice Service undertaken by Christine Farnish. (17 December)

Baroness Uddin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve diagnosis and support for people with autism spectrum disorders. (6 January)

Lord Eden of Winton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the impact of oil palm plantations on world-wide climate and on the existence of indigenous animal species. (7 January)

Baroness Coussins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to protect interpreters and translators working in conflict zones around the world. (7 January)

Lord Williams of Elvel to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the process known as "Maxwellisation" in the conduct of public inquiries; and if so, what possibilities of redress exist for those who have been criticised but whose defence has been rejected. (12 January)

Baroness Afshar to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are considering to improve relations with Iran. (12 January)

Baroness Boothroyd to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to acknowledge and show appreciation of the Gurkha battalions on the 200th anniversary of their service to the United Kingdom. (13 January)

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the diagnosis and management of atrial fibrillation. (14 January)

Baroness Eaton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to help young care leavers not able to "stay put" in foster care to make a successful transition to independence. (15 January)

Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve cultural, business and diplomatic relations with Taiwan. (16 January)

Baroness Wilkins to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve the spinal cord injury service. (22 January)

Lord Truscott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons they have drawn from the conduct of the Chilcot Inquiry to inform the conduct of future inquiries. (22 January)

Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve links between companies and their individual shareholders in the light of the increasing use of nominee names. (22 January)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to alter the timetable for the equalisation of the state pension age for men and women. (23 January)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that elderly people, particularly those in residential care, are able to vote in the forthcoming general election. (23 January)

Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact shared spaces have on blind and vision impaired people and whether guidance for local authorities is clear enough. (2 February: amended on 4 February)

Questions for Written Answer 

Tabled on 4 February and due for answer by 18 February.

Lord Vinson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost (1) per taxpayer, and (2) per household, of servicing the United Kingdom national debt.   HL4675

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new InterCity Express trains will include in standard class (1) seats aligned with windows, (2) tables at most seats, and (3) adequate luggage accommodation.   HL4676

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the train operating companies at present running InterCity Services will be closely involved in the fitting-out procedure for the carriages of the new InterCity express trains.   HL4677

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government (1) how many suicides there have been on railways in each of the last 10 years; (2) what is their assessment of the effect of suicide prevention on these trends; and (3) what further steps they are taking to prevent suicides on railways.   HL4678

Lord Bradshaw to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the recently completed East Coast Main Line franchise competition, how much they have spent on (1) legal, and (2) financial, advice.   HL4679

Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Egypt about unarmed and non-violent civilians reportedly killed by police and the military in Egypt since July 2013; what replies, if any, they have received; and in particular what assurances they have received that such deaths will be independently investigated and prevented in future.   HL4680

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to support the maintenance and upkeep of school buildings.   HL4681

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are putting in place to support the creation of enterprise societies in education institutions throughout the United Kingdom.   HL4682

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the number of young people choosing to study for degrees at further education colleges as opposed to traditional universities.   HL4683

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that pre-colonial world history is given greater emphasis in the national curriculum; and what steps they have taken to ensure that European colonialism and its consequences are given greater emphasis in the national curriculum.   HL4684

Lord Storey to ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they have paid to the New Schools Network in each of the last four years.   HL4685

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent floods in Malawi and the impact on the population both immediately and in relation to the damage to public services and the economy of Malawi.   HL4686

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they have provided to the government of Malawi, international institutions or non-governmental organisations in response to the recent flooding in that country, broken down by organisation and amount.   HL4687

Lord McConnell of Glenscorrodale to ask Her Majesty’s Government what further support they will provide to international institutions, non-governmental organisations or the government of Malawi in order to prevent the escalation of the humanitarian problems caused by the recent flooding in Malawi. 
   HL4688

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have undertaken to determine the ultimate costs of remedial action necessary to deal with the effects of withdrawing funding for local welfare assistance schemes and the fall in the spending on care for people aged over 65 years. 
   HL4689

Lord Ouseley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made to determine the scale of homelessness in the United Kingdom; how it is being tackled and by whom; and what new or additional initiatives they plan to undertake to facilitate satisfactory outcomes for homeless people. 
   HL4690

Lord Taylor of Warwick to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the strategy for combating alcohol abuse in the armed forces.   HL4691

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people who died as a result of passive smoking in each of the last five years.   HL4692

Lord Laird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to eliminate smoking from public areas outside any buildings.   HL4693

Viscount Ridley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made (1) to the North East Local Enterprise Partnership over its lack of a chief executive since April last year, and (2) to the North East Combined Authority over its failure to establish an inward investment function for the region.   HL4694

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are supporting the South Sudanese National Police Service (SSNPS), both bilaterally and through the United Nations Mission; and how they ensure that any support provided to the SSNPS conforms with their Human Rights Due Diligence policy.   HL4695

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Ukraine, bilaterally and through the European Union, since the latest breakdown of the Minsk peace agreement; and what was the outcome of any discussions.   HL4696

The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government what their role has been, or will be, in financial negotiations with the government of Ukraine, through both the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.   HL4697

Questions unanswered after 10 working days 

8 January (22 January)

HL4039 Lord Marlesford [HO]

12 January (26 January)

HL4054 Lord Eames [MoD]

HL4055 Lord Eames [MoD]

HL4077 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [DCLG]

HL4081 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [DCLG]

HL4082 Lord Kirkwood of Kirkhope [DCLG]

15 January (29 January)

HL4187 Lord Greaves [DCLG]

19 January (2 February)

HL4249 Lord Hylton [HO]

20 January (3 February)

HL4266 Baroness Tonge [BIS]

HL4291 Lord Beecham [BIS]

21 January (4 February)

HL4307 Lord Storey [BIS]

HL4339 Lord Hunt of Chesterton [BIS]

HL4341 Lord Hunt of Chesterton [DCLG]

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

[BIS] 4

[DCLG] 5

[HO] 2

[MoD] 2

   

Bills in Progress 

 

Type of Bill

To be considered

Waiting for Second Reading

   

High-cost Credit Agreements (Advertising Restrictions) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Duchy of Cornwall [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Employment Practices [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Voter Registration [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Online Safety [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Armed Forces Deployment (Royal Prerogative) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Succession to Peerages [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Public Advocate [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Governance of Sport [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Arbitration and Mediation Services (Equality) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Land Value Tax [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Voting Age (Comprehensive Reduction) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Repeal) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Licensing Act 2003 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Abortion Act 1967 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

BBC (Trustee Election and Licence Fee) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Withdrawal) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

European Union (Information, etc.) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Council Tax Valuation Bands [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Chancel Repairs [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Mesothelioma (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Welfare of Cats [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Right to Die at Home [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Leader of the House of Lords [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Prime Minister (Limitation of Period of Office) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion passed)

Private Member’s

6 February

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding

Private Member’s

6 February

Stamp Duty Land Tax (Money Bill-13 January)

Government

11 February

Regulation of Political Opinion Polling [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Local Government (Religious etc. Observances)

Private Member’s

 

Control of Horses

Private Member’s

 

Lords Spiritual (Women) (Consent to be signified)

Government

12 February

Local Government (Review of Decisions)

Private Member’s

 

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

   

Parliamentary Privilege (Defamation) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Assisted Dying [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Equality Act 2010 (Amendment) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Cohabitation Rights [HL]

Private Member’s

 

International Development (Official Development Assistance Target)

Private Member’s

6 February

Specialist Printing Equipment and Materials (Offences)

Private Member’s

 

Waiting for Report

   

Deregulation (Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motions passed) (Consent to be signified)

Government

5 February

Divorce (Financial Provision) [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Modern Slavery (Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Recall of MPs

Government

10 February

Small Business, Enterprise and Employment (Welsh and Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motions passed) (Consent to be signified)

Government

 

Waiting for Third Reading

   

Pension Schemes (Northern Irish Legislative Consent Motion passed) (Consent to be signified)

Government

5 February

Counter-Terrorism and Security (Consent to be signified)

Government

9 February

Sent to the Commons

   

Armed Forces (Service Complaints and Financial Assistance) [HL]

Government

 

Serious Crime [HL] (Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Mutuals’ Deferred Shares [HL]

Private Member’s

 

House of Lords (Expulsion and Suspension) [HL] (Consent signified)

Private Member’s

 

Medical Innovation [HL]

Private Member’s

 

Transport for London [HL]

Private

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Reason

   

Consumer Rights (Northern Irish and Welsh Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

 

Waiting for Consideration of Commons Amendments

   

Infrastructure [HL] (Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed) (Consent to be further signified in respect of Commons amendments)

Government

9 February

Waiting for Royal Assent

   

Criminal Justice and Courts (Welsh and Scottish Legislative Consent Motions passed)

Government

12 February

Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism

Government

12 February

Insurance [HL] (Law Commission Bill)

Government

12 February

National Insurance Contributions

Government

12 February

Measures in Progress 

   

To be considered

Waiting for Commons Affirmative Resolution

   

Care of Churches and Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction (Amendment) Measure

   

Ecclesiastical Property Measure

   

Church of England Pensions (Amendment) Measure

   

Affirmative Instruments in Progress 

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

 

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

To be considered

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments

   

Draft Extradition Act 2003 (Amendment to Designations and Appeals) Order 2015

   

Draft Community Radio (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft Mortgage Credit Directive Order 2015

   

Draft Companies, Partnerships and Groups (Accounts and Reports) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Warrant) (Approved Regulator) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Legal Services Act 2007 (Warrant) (Licensing Authority) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Groceries Code Adjudicator (Permitted Maximum Financial Penalty) Order 2015

   

Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (Code of Practice) Order 2015

   

Draft Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (Northern Ireland) (Biometric data) Order 2015

   

Draft General Medical Council (Fitness to Practise and Over-arching Objective) and the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (References to Court) Order 2015

   

Draft Local Authorities (Public Health Functions and Entry to Premises by Local Healthwatch Representatives) and Local Authority (Public Health, Health and Wellbeing Boards and Health Scrutiny) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) (No. 2) Order 2015

   

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedule 5) Order 2015

   

Draft Crime and Courts Act 2013 (National Crime Agency and Proceeds of Crime) (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

   

Draft Restraint Orders (Legal Aid Exception and Relevant Legal Aid Payments) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Emissions Performance Standard Regulations 2015

   

Draft Bank of England Act 1998 (Macro-prudential Measures) Order 2015

   

Draft Bank of England Act 1998 (Macro-prudential Measures) (No. 2) Order 2015

   

Draft Immigration (Health Charge) Order 2015

   

Draft Immigration and Nationality (Fees) Order 2015

   

Draft Local Audit and Accountability Act 2014 (Special Trustees) Amendment Regulations 2015

   

Draft Health Care and Associated Professions (Knowledge of English) Order 2015

   

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 2015

   

Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Charges and Governance) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) Order 2015

   

Draft Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

   

Referred to a Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft British Nationality (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

 

10 February

Draft Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

 

10 February

Draft Immigration (Provision of Physical Data) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

 

10 February

Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Representation of the People (Scotland) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Passenger and Goods Vehicles (Recording Equipment) (Downloading of Data) Regulations 2015

 

10 February

Draft Representation of the People (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2015

 

9 February

Draft Protected Disclosures (Extension of Meaning of Worker) Order 2015

 

9 February

Draft Freedom of Information (Designation as Public Authorities) Order 2015

 

9 February

Draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 18) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Regulations 2015

 

10 February

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating Order 2015

 

10 February

Draft Guardian’s Allowance Up-rating (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

 

10 February

Draft Insolvency Act 1986 (Amendment) Order 2015

 

9 February

Draft Road Safety Act 2006 (Consequential Amendments) Order 2015

 

10 February

Draft Immigration (Biometric Registration) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

25th Report

10 February

Draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) (Amendment) Order 2015

25th Report

10 February

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) (Amendment) Order 2015

 

10 February

Considered in Grand Committee and Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Care and Support (Business Failure) Regulations 2014

 

9 February

Draft Care and Support (Children’s Carers) Regulations 2014

 

9 February

Draft Care and Support (Eligibility Criteria) Regulations 2014

19th Report

9 February

Draft Care and Support (Market Oversight Criteria) Regulations 2014

 

9 February

Draft Armed Forces Pension (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Public Service (Civil Servants and Others) Pensions (Consequential and Amendment) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Firefighters’ Pension Scheme (England) (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft National Health Service Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Teachers’ Pension Scheme (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Police Pensions (Consequential Provisions) Regulations 2015

 

9 February

Draft Smoke-free (Private Vehicles) Regulations 2015

21st Report

9 February

Draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2015

   

Fishing Boats (Satellite-Tracking Devices and Electronic Reporting) (England) (Amendment) Scheme 2014

   

Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015

 

11 February

Draft Local Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Order 2015

 

11 February

Draft Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Forms) Order 2015

 

11 February

Draft Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015

 

11 February

Draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

   

Draft Referral and Investigation of Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Scotland) Order 2015

   

Draft Referral and Investigation of Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Northern Ireland and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 2015

   

Draft Proposed Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Conduct of Investigations, etc.) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Mitochondrial Donation) Regulations 2015

23rd Report

 

Draft Electronic Commerce Directive (Financial Services and Markets) (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cash Searches: Code of Practice) (England and Wales and Scotland) Order 2015

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Search, Seizure and Detention of Property: Code of Practice) (England and Wales) Order 2015

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigations: Code of Practice) (England and Wales) Order 2015

   

Draft Infrastructure Planning (Radioactive Waste Geological Disposal Facilities) Order 2015

24th Report

 

Draft Warm Home Discount (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Shared Parental Leave and Leave Curtailment (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Local Government (Transparency) (Descriptions of Information) (England) Order 2015

   

Draft Representation of the People (Ballot Paper) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Childcare Payments (Eligibility) Regulations 2015

   

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Association Agreement) (Georgia) Order 2015

   

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Association Agreement) (Moldova) Order 2015

   

Draft European Union (Definition of Treaties) (Association Agreement) (Ukraine) Order 2015

   

Draft Anti-social Behaviour (Authorised Persons) Order 2015

   

Draft Courts Reform (Scotland) Act 2014 (Consequential Provisions and Modifications) Order 2015

   

Draft Motor Vehicles (Wearing of Seat Belts) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Renewable Transport Fuel Obligations (Amendment) Order 2015

25th Report

 

Draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Levy and Safety Net) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Community Right to Challenge (Business Improvement Districts) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2015

   

Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2015

   

Draft Automatic Enrolment (Earnings Trigger and Qualifying Earnings Band) Order 2015

   

Draft Civil Proceedings and Family Proceedings Fees (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft Electricity Supplier Obligations (Amendment & Excluded Electricity) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Electricity Capacity (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Electricity Market Reform (General) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Schedules 4 and 5 and Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2015

25th Report

 

Draft Police and Crime Commissioner Elections Order 2015

   

Draft Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2015

   

Draft Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2015

   

Draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 17) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2015

   

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Employment Allowance (Care and Support Workers) Regulations 2015

   

Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (Amendment) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigative Powers of Prosecutors: Code of Practice) (England and Wales) Order 2015

   

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Banking Reform) (Pensions) Regulations 2015

   

Draft Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 (Consequential Provision) Order 2015

25th Report

 

Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2015

   

Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2015

   

Draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015

23rd Report

 

Draft Electricity and Gas (Market Integrity and Transparency) (Criminal Sanctions) Regulations 2015

25th Report

 

Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Shale Oil and Gas and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015

25th Report

 

Draft Renewables Obligation Closure (Amendment) Order 2015

   

Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015

   

Negative Instruments 

Instruments reported by the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

 

Praying time expires

To be considered

14th Report

   

Care and Support (Provision of Health Services) Regulations 2014

7 December

12 February

Care and Support (Market Oversight Information) Regulations 2014

7 December

12 February

Care and Support (Discharge of Hospital Patients) Regulations 2014

7 December

12 February

Care and Support (Independent Advocacy Support) Regulations 2014

10 December

12 February

Care and Support (Continuity of Care) Regulations 2014

10 December

12 February

Care and Support (Assessment) Regulations 2014

10 December

12 February

Care and Support (Ordinary Residence) (Specified Accommodation) Regulations 2014

10 December

12 February

Care and Support (Disputes Between Local Authorities) Regulations 2014

10 December

12 February

Care and Support (Cross-border Placements) (Business Failure Duties of Scottish Local Authorities) Regulations 2014

11 December

12 February

Care and Support (Personal Budget: Exclusion of Costs) Regulations 2014

11 December

12 February

Care and Support (Cross-border Placements and Business Failure: Temporary Duty) (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2014

11 December

12 February

Care and Support and After-care (Choice of Accommodation) Regulations 2014

13 December

12 February

Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014

13 December

12 February

Care and Support (Preventing Needs for Care and Support) Regulations 2014

13 December

12 February

Care and Support (Sight-impaired and Severely Sight-impaired Adults) Regulations 2014

13 December

12 February

Care and Support (Deferred Payment) Regulations 2014

14 December

12 February

Care and Support (Direct Payments) Regulations 2014

14 December

12 February

 

21st Report

   

Education (Independent School Standards) Regulations 2014

9 February

 
 

23rd Report

   

Deduction from Wages (Limitations) Regulations 2014

12 February

 

Legislative Reform Order in Progress 

 

Date of Laying

Parliamentary procedure

Draft Order laid before the House and referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Exempt Lotteries) Order 2015

29 January

Negative

Draft Order reported from the Regulatory Reform Committee

   

Draft Legislative Reform (Community Governance Reviews) Order 2014

11 December

Super
Affirmative

Public Bodies Orders in Progress 

 

Scrutiny period expires

To be considered

Draft Orders reported from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

   

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee) Order 2015 16th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 19th Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, considered in Grand Committee on 4 February (Scottish Legislative Consent Motion passed)

29 January

 

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Advisory Committees on Pesticides) Order 2015 17th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, 21st Report from the Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee

11 February

 

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

Report

 

Draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Library Advisory Council for England) Order 2014 13th Report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, considered in Grand Committee on 4 February

15th and 21st Reports

10 February

Forthcoming Retirement 

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

 

Date of retirement

 

Lord Nickson

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 Committees Weekly Bulletin.

Thursday 5 February

   

European Union

EU Sub-Committee C External Affairs

10.00am

Refreshment

Domestic Committee

2.00pm

Monday 9 February

   

Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform

Select Committee

3.30pm

Tuesday 10 February

   

Science and Technology

Select Committee

10.30am

Economic Affairs

Select Committee

3.30pm

Secondary Legislation Scrutiny

Select Committee

3.30pm

European Union

Select Committee

4.00pm

Wednesday 11 February

   

Extradition Law

Select Committee

10.00am

The Arctic

Select Committee

10.00am

Constitution

Select Committee

10.15am and 4.50pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee D Agriculture, Fisheries, Environment and Energy

10.30am

Affordable Childcare

Select Committee

10.30am

Statutory Instruments

Joint Committee

3.45pm

European Union

EU Sub-Committee E Justice, Institutions and Consumer Protection

4.00pm

Tuesday 24 February

   

Communications

Select Committee

3.15pm

House Committee

Domestic Committee

4.00pm

Monday 2 March

   

Procedure

Domestic Committee

4.15pm

Tuesday 3 March

   

Liaison

Domestic Committee

4.00pm
in Committee Room G

Minutes of Proceedings of Wednesday 4 February 2015 

The House met at 3.00pm.

Prayers were read by the Lord Bishop of Carlisle.

1 Baroness Platt of Writtle The Lord Speaker informed the House that Baroness Platt of Writtle, a member of the House, had died on 1 February 2015.

2 Barony of Glenconner in the Peerage of the United Kingdom The Petition of Cody Charles Edward Tennant claiming to have succeeded to the Barony of Glenconner in the Peerage of the United Kingdom and praying that the Clerk of the Parliaments might be directed to enter the petitioner as Lord Glenconner on the register of hereditary peers maintained under Standing Order 10(5) was presented and referred to the Lord Chancellor for a report to the House pursuant to Standing Order 11.

Select Committee Reports

3 Statutory Instruments 
The following Report from the Joint Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

21st Report on certain statutory instruments, including the following affirmative instruments:

Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Draft Companies Act 2006 (Amendment of Part 17) Regulations 2015

Draft Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Consequential Amendments) (No. 2) Order 2015

Draft Electricity and Gas (Market Integrity and Transparency) (Criminal Sanctions) Regulations 2015

Draft Employment Allowance (Care and Support Workers) Regulations 2015

Draft Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Banking Reform) (Pensions) Regulations 2015

Draft Human Transplantation (Wales) Act 2013 (Consequential Provision) Order 2015

Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2015

Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Industry Training Board) Order 2015

Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 2015

Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Shale Oil and Gas and Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2015

Draft Police and Crime Commissioner Elections Order 2015

Draft Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Investigative Powers of Prosecutors: Code of Practice) (England and Wales) Order 2015

Draft Renewables Obligation Closure (Amendment) Order 2015

Draft Representation of the People (Combination of Polls) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Draft Single Use Carrier Bags Charges (England) Order 2015

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Limits and Thresholds) (Amendment) Regulations 2015

Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2015

Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules. (HL Paper 109)

4 Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform 
The following Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed:

16th Report, on the following bills:

Self-build and Custom Housebuilding Bill 
Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Bill 
Stamp Duty Land Tax Bill 
Lords Spiritual (Women) Bill 
Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill: Government Response. (HL Paper 110)

5 Digital Skills 
The Report from the Select Committee was made and ordered to be printed. (HL Paper 111)

Public Business

6 Autism A question was asked by Baroness Uddin and answered by Earl Howe.

7 Electoral registration A question was asked by Lord Roberts of Llandudno and answered by Lord Wallace of Saltaire.

8 Ebola A question was asked by Lord Collins of Highbury and answered by Baroness Northover.

9 National Health Service: financial tariff for 2015–16 A question was asked by Lord Hunt of Kings Heath and answered by Earl Howe.

10 Insurance Bill [HL] The bill was returned from the Commons agreed to.

11 National Insurance Contributions Bill The bill was returned from the Commons with the Lords amendments agreed to.

12 Judicial Pensions Regulations 2015 Lord Faulks moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 11 December 2014 be approved. The motion was agreed to.

13 Legal Services Act 2007 (The Law Society) (Modification of Functions) Order 2015 Lord Faulks moved that the draft Order laid before the House on 8 December 2014 be approved. The motion was agreed to.

14 Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Fines on Summary Conviction) Regulations 2015 Lord Faulks moved that the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17 December 2014 be approved. The motion was agreed to.

15 Independent panel inquiry into child sexual abuse Lord Bates repeated a ministerial statement made in the House of Commons.

16 Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill The report stage was continued, beginning with amendment 13A. The report stage was adjourned.

17 European Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015 
Local Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 
Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Forms) Order 2015 
Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015 
Public Bodies (Abolition of the Library Advisory Council for England) Order 2014 
Fishing Boats (Satellite-Tracking Devices and Electronic Reporting) (England) (Amendment) Scheme 2014 
Public Bodies (Abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee) Order 2015 
Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 
Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2015

The Grand Committee reported that it had considered the draft statutory instruments.

18 Universal Credit A question was asked by Lord German and, after debate, answered by Lord Freud.

The House adjourned. The House resumed.

19 Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill The report stage was continued, beginning with amendment 14B. Amendments were agreed to. The bill, as amended, was ordered to be printed. (HL Bill 93)

The House adjourned at 11.43pm until Thursday 5 February at 11.00am.

David Beamish

Clerk of the Parliaments

Grand Committee Business

The Grand Committee met in the Moses Room at 3.45pm.

European Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft European Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015. The motion was agreed to.

Local Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Order 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Local Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Order 2015. The motion was agreed to.

Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Forms) Order 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Northern Ireland Assembly (Elections) (Forms) Order 2015. The motion was agreed to.

Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015 Baroness Williams of Trafford moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Parliamentary Elections (Forms) (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2015. The motion was agreed to.

Public Bodies (Abolition of the Library Advisory Council for England) Order 2014 Baroness Jolly moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Library Advisory Council for England) Order 2014. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Fishing Boats (Satellite-Tracking Devices and Electronic Reporting) (England) (Amendment) Scheme 2014 Lord De Mauley moved that the Grand Committee do consider the Fishing Boats (Satellite-Tracking Devices and Electronic Reporting) (England) (Amendment) Scheme 2014. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Public Bodies (Abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee) Order 2015 Lord De Mauley moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Public Bodies (Abolition of the Home Grown Timber Advisory Committee) Order 2015. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 Lord De Mauley moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2015 Lord De Mauley moved that the Grand Committee do consider the draft Environmental Permitting (England and Wales) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2015. After debate, the motion was agreed to.

The Committee adjourned at 5.11pm.

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 Pensions-Government response to the consultation on Better workplace pensions.    (9000)

2 European Union-Fifth Report for the period 1 December 2013 to 30 November 2014 on the Application of Protocols 19 and 21 to the Treaty on European Union and the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union in relation to EU Justice and Home Affairs matters.    (9006)

3 Local Government-Report of Inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.    (-)

Affirmative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House for approval by resolution:

1 Draft Occupational Pension Schemes (Charges and Governance) Regulations 2015, laid under the Pensions Act 2014.

2 (1) Draft Energy Efficiency (Domestic Private Rented Property) Order 2015

(2) Draft Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Property) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015

laid under the Energy Act 2011.

Negative Instruments

The following instruments were laid before the House:

1 Merchant Shipping (Miscellaneous Safety) (Revocations) Regulations 2015, laid under the Merchant Shipping Act 1995.   (68)

2 Occupational Pension Schemes (Levies) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Pensions Act 2004.   (84)

3 Electricity (Exemption from the Requirement for a Generation Licence) (Ferrybridge MFE) (England and Wales) Order 2015, laid under the Electricity Act 1989.   (100)

4 (1) Local Elections (Principal Areas) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Rules 2015   (103)

(2) Local Elections (Parishes and Communities) (England and Wales) (Amendment) Rules 2015   (104)

laid under the Representation of the People Act 1983.

5 Non-Domestic Rating (Small Business Rate Relief) (England) (Amendment) Order 2015, laid under the Local Government Finance Act 1988.   (106)

6 Gaming Machine (Circumstances of Use) (Amendment) Regulations 2015, laid under the Gambling Act 2005.   (121)

7 Antarctic (Recognised Assistance Dog) Regulations 2015, laid under the Antarctic Act 1994.                 (126)

Prepared 5th February 2015