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 1 July)

***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)

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)

***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)

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 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)

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

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)

***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)

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)

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)

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

Lord Bowness to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect on the United Kingdom economy of leaving the European Union without a withdrawal agreement, and trading solely on World Trade Organization terms. (9 May)

*** Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the United Kingdom’s operational rules on drone strikes in the light of the recent German court judgment in the case of bin Ali Jaber v. Germany. (5 June)

NOT YET OFFERED TIME BY THE GOVERNMENT WHIPS’ OFFICE

***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)

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)

***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)

Baroness McGregor-Smith to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that childcare is affordable for families. (10 April)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ban the importation of foie gras. (29 April) 

***Baroness Whitaker to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities. (30 April)

***Lord Morris of Aberavon to ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation took place before the introduction of a consent form to allow police to access mobile phone content; and how proportionality will be achieved. (30 April)

Lord McNally to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to extend the Freedom of Information Act 2000 to contractors and other organisations exercising public functions. (8 May)

Lord Trees to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of the strategy to control Bovine Tuberculosis, further to the Bovine Tuberculosis Strategy review published in November 2018. (8 May)

Lord Lilley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of the Charity Commission. (16 May)

Lord Butler of Brockwell to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy and timetable for redesignating academic health science centres. (16 May) [I]

Baroness Janke to ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the number of people using foodbanks in the United Kingdom. (21 May)

Lord Browne of Ladyton to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ban the use of lead ammunition in the light of the harmful effect of lead on the health of humans and wildlife. (21 May)

Lord De Mauley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of (1) the health, and (2) the welfare, of the United Kingdom’s equine population. (5 June)

*** Lord Lipsey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the proposals emerging from the Dame Frances Cairncross review into the sustainability of high quality journalism in the United Kingdom. (5 June)

***Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the human rights record of the government of Rwanda ahead of the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. (11 June)

Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the National Audit Office’s Early review of the new farming programme, published on 5 June, particularly with regard to the comments on the importance of giving enough time and space to fully test and evaluate the policy and to avoid unintended consequences for farming and the environment. (12 June)

Baroness Chakrabarti to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of delays in processing rape cases by the Crown Prosecution Service; and what steps they are taking to review the Crown Prosecution Service’s Rape and Sexual Offences guidance. (18 June)

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing on 20 July 1969. (18 June)

***Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of international protection mechanisms for people displaced by (1) conflict, and (2) natural disasters. (19 June)

***Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any lessons to be learnt for improving the environmental, social, economic and cultural well-being of people in all regions of the United Kingdom from the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. (20 June)

Lord Carrington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the National Audit Office’s Early review of the new farming programme, published on 5 June, particularly with regard to the comments on the importance of giving enough time and space to fully test and evaluate the policy and to avoid unintended consequences for farming and the environment. (12 June)

Baroness Chakrabarti to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of delays in processing rape cases by the Crown Prosecution Service; and what steps they are taking to review the Crown Prosecution Service’s Rape and Sexual Offences guidance. (18 June)

Lord Mawson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to mark the 50th anniversary of the first Apollo moon landing on 20 July 1969. (18 June)

***Baroness Hodgson of Abinger to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the adequacy of international protection mechanisms for people displaced by (1) conflict, and (2) natural disasters. (19 June)

***Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of any lessons to be learnt for improving the environmental, social, economic and cultural well-being of people in all regions of the United Kingdom from the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015. (20 June)

Baroness Mone to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in boosting enterprise and entrepreneurship in the more deprived communities in the United Kingdom. (24 June)

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