Next week in the Lords: 5-9 November

It would be fair to say that this week’s preview is, how should I put it, rather provisional, as a large chunk of next week’s scheduled business is… ummmm… no longer scheduled. That may have something to do with this week’s developments over the Election Registration and Administration Bill…

However, here’s what we’re expecting…

It’s fair to say that Monday’s business has been gutted, following the temporary withdrawal of the Election Registration and Administration Bill, leaving only the Second Reading of the Statute Law (Repeals) Bill, intended to promote the reform of the statute law by the repeal, in accordance with recommendations of the Law Commission and the Scottish Law Commission, of certain enactments which (except in so far as their effect is preserved) are no longer of practical utility. Meanwhile, Roger Roberts has an Oral Question on guidance to electors for the election of police and crime commissioners, doubtless following up from the story that ballot papers for PCC elections in Wales have had to be pulped.

Tuesday sees the Lords return to the Financial Services Bill, which reaches its Report Stage. Of rather more interest will be Lord McKenzie of Luton’s Motion of Regret over the Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations 2012, which seek to put further restrictions on housing benefit, and it will be interesting to see if there are any Liberal Democrat rebels here. Of interest to our Scots readers, Sir Brian Souter is scheduled to give evidence to the Economic Affairs Committee on the economic implications for the United Kingdom of Scottish independence.

On Wednesday, Mike German will be opening his postponed short debate on the challenges faced by the Welsh economy, whilst on Thursday, Dee Doocey has obtained a debate on the long-term legacy for the UK from the Olympic and Paralympic Games and Joan Walmsley kicks off her debate on the importance of early years education.

Finally, on one of those infrequent Friday sittings, the Lords catches up with a number of Second Readings of Private Members’ Bills, starting with Convenor of the Crossbench Peers, Lord Laming’s Prisons (Interference with Wireless Telegraphy) Bill, followed by Baroness Howe of Idlicote with her Online Safety Bill, and finally, the Airports (Amendment) Bill, introduced in the Lords by Lord Empey.

Of course, the House of Lords could be coming to a town near you. On 22 and 23 November, the Lord Speaker, Baroness D’Souza, is visiting the North East, and you could see her. For more information regarding her engagements, click here.

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  • Roger Roberts 2nd Nov '12 - 1:55pm

    It i s far worse than the £350,00 wasted onEnglish only ballot papers that had to be destroyed.b ecause in Wales the Police Commissioner ballots have to be bilingual,. There is- no freepost in England or Wales, so that every candidate has an equal chance of contacting the electors – only those with money can begin to afford a mailing to hundreds of thousands of electors. No details of candidates to any voter – postal, military or otherwise. The legal validity of any succesful candidate could well be tested in the courts.

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