Meeting of the new Parliament

It is anticipated that on Tuesday 17 December the House will meet at 2.30pm for a Royal Commission. When the House meets, and assuming the date of meeting above, the following arrangements will apply: The Commons will be summoned and directed to proceed to the choice of their Speaker and to present the person chosen for Her Majesty’s approval. The House will continue in session until 7.30pm in order to enable Members to take the Oath of Allegiance, or to affirm.

On Wednesday 18 December the House will meet at 2.30pm and it is expected that the Lords Commissioners will receive the Commons Speaker-elect. The House will remain sitting until 7.30pm, to enable Members to take the Oath. 

Members attending the State Opening of Parliament must previously have taken the Oath. The Oath may not be taken in the morning of the State Opening.

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 Thursday 24 October)

Viscount Bridgeman to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to strengthen vocational education and training in secondary schools. (14 October)

Baroness Neville-Rolfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out their strategy for meeting future housing needs. (14 October)

The Lord Bishop of Newcastle to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support young people experiencing mental ill health. (14 October)

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. (17 October, originally scheduled to take place on 11 September)

NOT YET OFFERED TIME BY THE GOVERNMENT WHIPS’ OFFICE

Lord Grocott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the operation of the constitution of the United Kingdom. (14 October)

Viscount Waverley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to establish a mechanism to inform parliamentarians when (1) the governments, or (2) the legislatures of other countries (a) make statements on, (b) debate, or (c) ask questions about their bilateral relations with the United Kingdom. (14 October)

Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce minimum unit pricing for alcoholic drinks. (14 October)

Lord Addington to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to remove unnecessary bureaucracy from the allocation of appropriate support for those with special educational needs. (14 October)

Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take (1) to implement the recommendations of the outgoing Chief Medical Officer’s independent report on childhood obesity, and (2) to amend the obesity strategy. (14 October)

Lord Naseby to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Sri Lanka over the past four years. (14 October)

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. (14 October)

Lord Black of Brentwood to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of Brexit on (1) the music industry, and (2) musicians in the United Kingdom. (14 October)

Lord Farmer to ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to reduce parental conflict and improve relationship stability. (14 October)

Baroness Jolly to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of treatment by (1) unregulated, and (2) unregistered people offering psychotherapy or counselling services upon the mental health and wellbeing of their clients. (14 October)

Lord Balfe to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report of the independent Airline Insolvency Review, published on 9 May; and what action they intend to take to implement the report’s conclusions. (14 October) [I]

Baroness Walmsley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the efficiency of courts in England and Wales. (14 October)

Lord Lexden to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the progress of partnership work between maintained and independent schools. (14 October)

Lord Bird to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to (1) formally recognise, and (2) protect the interests of future generations. (14 October)

Lord Berkeley to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure a zero carbon economy in the United Kingdom by 2050. (14 October)

Lord Loomba to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the Commonwealth Summit commitment to 12 years of quality education for all girls is achieved. (14 October)

Lord Sharkey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the case for extending the regulatory perimeter for the financial services industry to include (1) commercial lending, and (2) all activities related to mortgage administration. (14 October)

Baroness Finlay of Llandaff to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will improve the support provided by health and social care services to people experiencing sudden bereavement. (14 October)

Lord Alton of Liverpool to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the findings of the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China. (14 October)

Lord Bruce of Bennachie to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the contribution of the oil and gas industry to achieving net zero carbon emissions in the United Kingdom. (14 October)

Lord Crisp to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to celebrate the international Year of the Nurse and Midwife in 2020. (14 October)

Baroness Randerson to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in (1) reducing emissions from transport, and (2) improving air quality. (14 October)

The Lord Bishop of St Albans to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the report by Church Action for Tax Justice, Tax for the Common Good, published on 19 February. (14 October)

Baroness Cox to ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in implementing the first recommendation of The independent review into the application of sharia law in England and Wales, published in February 2018, to protect Muslim women who are suffering from the effects of gender discrimination associated with entering into an Islamic marriage which is not civilly registered. (14 October)

Lord Cormack to ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will draw attention to the Year of Cathedrals and Pilgrimage in 2020. (14 October)

Lord Greaves to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the prospects for United Kingdom citizens (1) resident, or (2) working in the European Union after Brexit. (14 October)

Lord Kennedy of Southwark to ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support good governance and best practice in football in all tiers of the game. (14 October)

Lord Dubs to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking (1) to ensure that child refugees have access to safe and legal routes to the United Kingdom, and (2) to provide full support to those refugees on arrival. (15 October)

Baroness Boycott to ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote a reduction in the consumption of meat. (15 October)

Lord Harris of Haringey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of community and societal resilience to withstand major emergencies and what steps, if any, they are taking to bolster such resilience. (15 October)

Lord Popat to ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking (1) to raise awareness among United Kingdom businesses of commercial opportunities in African markets, and (2) to support United Kingdom exports to Africa. (16 October)

Baroness Doocey to ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of National Health Service charges on vulnerable groups of migrant women. (17 October)

Lord Young of Cookham to ask Her Majesty's Government what progress they have made towards ending smoking in England by 2030. (19 October, as amended on 21 October)

Baroness Thomas of Winchester to ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review Personal Independence Payment assessments in the light of 75 per cent of appeals being successful. (19 October)

Baroness Jones of Moulsecoomb to ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the use of civil injunctions to restrict the right to protest. (23 October)

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