Questions for Short Debate

Questions for short debate (QSDs) are the principal means by which backbenchers secure 1-1½ hour debates in the Chamber or Grand Committee.

A member who wishes to ask a QSD must first table it with the clerks in the Table Office. The question is then printed in a running list in House of Lords Business, a House publication. The date of tabling is given in House of Lords Business (and below); if a date for debate has not been agreed within six months of tabling, it is removed from the list automatically by the clerks in the Table Office. The Companion text on QSDs is available here (6.45 et seq).

Members should then consult the Government Whips’ Office to agree upon a suitable date when the question can be asked. Otherwise the Government Whips’ Office offers time to members to ask QSDs in the order in which they appear in the waiting list in House of Lords Business. The slots available are the dinner breaks on most Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays and end of business on Thursdays (though other business, mainly motions in opposition to SIs, competes for this time) and on occasion in Grand Committee. In addition, the Grand Committee meets for a day of QSDs for every six sitting weeks: future dates are advertised in the Whips’ Office publication Forthcoming Business. The Chief Whip cannot guarantee to continue to offer time to a member who repeatedly turns down or does not acknowledge offers.

The Whips’ Office offers time to members using the parliamentary email system. If members would prefer to be contacted on a different email address or in a different way, they should let the Whips’ Office know as soon as they have tabled their QSD: email holgovernmentwhips@parliament.uk.

The list below sets out those members who do not have an agreed slot for their question for short debate, in the order in which they appear in House of Lords Business. It also indicates to which of those members the Whips’ Office have offered time. 

OFFERED TIME BY THE GOVERNMENT WHIPS’ OFFICE (as of Monday 25 March)

Lord McInnes of Kilwinning to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they take to ensure that anticorruption measures are supported as part of (1) aid to developing countries, and countries recovering from natural disasters, and (2) the reconstruction of former conflict areas. (24 October 2018)

***Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to establish a review of the role and responsibilities of Police and Crime Commissioners. (17 January, first tabled on 29 June 2018)

***Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards Public Health England’s target to increase the proportion of known atrial fibrillation patients who are offered and started on appropriate treatment to 89 per cent by 2021. (28 January, first tabled on 24 July 2018)

***Lord Mendelsohn to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the governance, operations and performance of the Student Loans Company. (29 January, first tabled on 17 April 2018)

Lord Haselhurst to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the transport infrastructure needs of the United Kingdom’s Innovation corridor (London, Stansted, Cambridge); and to what extent the current infrastructure limits that region’s potential to contribute to the nation’s wealth. (9 October 2018)

***Lord Cameron of Dillington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to (1) harness the potential of tidal ranges to generate renewable energy, and (2) encourage the private sector to invest in this area. (23 October 2018)

Lord Triesman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for schools to improve the educational experience and attainment of adopted children, including those adopted from abroad. (1 November 2018

***Lord Popat to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to (1) raise awareness among United Kingdom businesses of commercial opportunities in African markets, and (2) support United Kingdom exports to Africa. (1 November 2018)

Baroness Prosser to ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they envisage for non governmental organisations in ensuring that the fourth United Nations Sustainable Development Goal is achieved in emerging African nations; and what support they provide to charitable organisations dedicated to improving education in those countries. (15 November 2018)

The Earl of Glasgow to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the theatre market in (1) London, and (2) elsewhere in the United Kingdom; and what steps they are taking to ensure that theatre is accessible to as wide an audience as possible. (22 January)

***Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to remove barriers to the uptake of cervical screening. (23 January)

***Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the prevention of grooming gangs in Rotherham and elsewhere; and what assistance they have offered to victims and their families. (24 January)

Baroness Massey of Darwen to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider developing a strategy for young people aged 10 to 25. (29 January)

Lord Hain to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure universal access to fibre optic broadband throughout the United Kingdom. (6 February)

NOT YET OFFERED TIME BY THE GOVERNMENT WHIPS’ OFFICE

***Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to protect children from harmful vehicle emissions. (23 October 2018)

***Lord Faulkner of Worcester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail, Engaging the Next Generation: Young People and Heritage Railways. (29 October 2018)

Baroness Kramer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of a no-deal Brexit on contract continuity and data exchange in financial services and the functioning of United Kingdom located central counterparties. (30 October 2018)

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for integrated cross-government working to minimise the risk of silo thinking and to promote processes that are fit for a digital society. (14 December 2018)

***Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they take to provide Parliament with up to date cost and cost/benefit information for major infrastructure projects to which public money has been committed. (7 January)

***Lord Pearson of Rannoch to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs’ input into the award of honours. (7 January)

***The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the implementation to date of the recommendations of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards and opportunities for further banking reform. (10 January)

***The Earl of Sandwich to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent European Union–Western Balkans summit in Sofia in May 2018 has strengthened their support for European Union enlargement now and after Brexit. (16 January)

Lord O’Shaughnessy to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to improve the safety of medicines and medical devices. (18 January)

Baroness Hooper to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the 60th anniversary of the Charles Darwin Foundation in the Galapagos Islands; and what support they provide to that Foundation’s research. (18 January)

***Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of Members of the House of Lords to the work of the Council of Europe. (4 February)

***Lord Hylton to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the government of Turkey about (1) when that government intends to release Abdullah Öcalan from solitary confinement, and (2) the status of the Kurdish Workers Party. (5 February)

Lord Polak to ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report of the Community Security Trust, Annual Antisemitic Incidents, published on 7 February, what steps they are taking to combat antisemitisim in the United Kingdom. (7 February)

The Earl of Shrewsbury to ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation international year of the salmon, what assessment they have made of wild salmon stocks in the United Kingdom. (7 February)

***Lord Shinkwin to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the provision of disabled parking in London. (12 February)

***Lord Holmes of Richmond to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that boards of public bodies are fully representative of, and reflect, the society they are set up to serve. (14 February)

***Lord Chidgey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effectiveness of national and international measures to curb attacks on journalists and the media generally. (28 March)

Lord Hay of Ballyore to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made, if any, of the impact that charging for TV licences would have on those age 75 and over. (4 March) Viscount Bridgeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of general practice in the NHS Long Term Plan, published on 7 January. (6 March)

***The Lord Bishop of Durham to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of Project 17’s report Not Seen, Not Heard: Children’s experiences of the hostile environment. (6 March)

Lord Chadlington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the convergence of gaming and gambling on the level of gambling-related harm in the United Kingdom. (6 March)

***Lord Loomba to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to empower widows in developing countries and to mark International Widows Day 2019. (11 March)

***Lord Lingfield to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Cadet Expansion Programme in schools; and what steps they are taking to encourage the growth of cadet units of all three services. (12 March)

Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to promote a reduction in the consumption of meat. (18 March)

Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the letter from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy dated 21 February which set out the CMA’s proposals on legislative and institutional reforms to safeguard the interests of consumers and to maintain and improve public confidence in markets. (19 March)

***Baroness Berridge to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they have taken to review the access to legal redress and humanitarian protection of children whose parents have been deprived of British citizenship. (21 March)

***Lord Boateng to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the progress of reconstruction efforts in the cyclone-affected areas of Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe. (21 March)

*** Indicates a member who has already had a QSD in the current session.