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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what criteria the Homerton Hospital recently closed the provision of acupuncture in its Rheumatology Department.

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their paper on smoking reduction.

*The Lord Bethell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the recent rise in inflation, they will reconsider their proposal to abolish indexation in the taxation of capital gains.

*The Lord Sainsbury of Turville—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Comprehensive Spending Review has taken note of the substantial increase for basic scientific research in the Japanese and American budgets and the consequences such expenditure can have for growth, innovation and jobs.

Government of Wales Bill—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the amendments for the Report Stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 and 2Clause 113
Schedule 1Schedule 11
Clauses 3 to 22Clauses 114 to 125
Schedules 2 and 3Schedule 12
Clauses 23 to 28Clauses 126 and 127
Schedule 4Schedule 13
Clauses 29 to 74Clause 128
Schedule 5Schedule 14
Clauses 75 to 104Clause 129
Schedule 6Schedule 15
Clause 105Clauses 130 to 140
Schedule 7Schedule 16
Clauses 106 to 109Clauses 141 to 144
Schedule 8Schedule 17
Clauses 110 and 111Clauses 145 to 152
Schedule 9Schedule 18
Clause 112Clauses 153 to 159.
Schedule 10

Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Earl of Lindsay]

European Parliamentary Elections Bill—Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill—Report [The Lord Elis-Thomas]

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Bramall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to announce the outcome of the Strategic Defence Review.

*The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the tax concession for vehicles over 25 years old was withdrawn in the recent Budget.

*The Lord Denham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they had been prepared to discuss without preconditions fully comprehensive single stage Lords reform before talks with Her Majesty’s Opposition were broken off.

†*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel with regard to its plans for further expansion of Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

The Lord Craig of Radley—To move, That this House take note of the Reports of the Science and Technology Committee on Digital Images as Evidence (5th Report, HL Paper 64), and Digital Images as Evidence: Government Response (8th Report, HL Paper 121).

The Viscount Addison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to demonstrate their determination to go further in addressing the environmental damage caused by quarrying.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the European Parliamentary Elections Bill will be concluded this day]

MONDAY 29TH JUNE

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to meet their target of building 60 per cent of new homes on “recycled land”, they will have to ensure that more contaminated land is cleaned up.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make clear the extent to which they regard organophosphates as user-friendly.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will be able to make a statement on the future amount of European Union regional aid to Wales under the Structural Funds’ new Objective 1.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since Turkey entered the European Customs Union, the Turkish record on human rights has improved.

Fireworks Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Monkswell]

Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Dubs]

National Institutions Measure—The Lord Bishop of Blackburn to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

Public Interest Disclosure Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Borrie]

TUESDAY 30TH JUNE

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the most important achievement in the European Union during the term of their Presidency.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to prevent unlawful fishing in Gibraltar waters.

*The Lord Clifford of Chudleigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reimburse British ex-Prisoners of War, their War Widows or dependants, with the present day value of tax deducted from pay due to them while in captivity.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations made in the Film Review Group’s report entitled “A Bigger Picture”.

Pesticides Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Stone of Blackheath]

School Standards and Framework Bill—Report [The Baroness Blackstone]

‡The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the work of the Council of Europe.

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY

*The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the payment of industrial development grants to the American firm of Viasystems Ltd for a new factory in North East England, they are aware of the redundancies created in the same firm’s factories at Galashiels and Selkirk, and whether they will review the effects of their present policy on unemployment.

*The Lord Skidelsky—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the assurance given by the British Museum Trustees to the House of Commons on 17th December 1959, that the bequest of Bernard Shaw to the British Museum would be “used primarily for the benefit of the Library”, what steps they intend to take to ensure that this assurance is honoured.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any new plans to assist the poorest pensioners.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they took, as holders of the Presidency of the European Union, to persuade the Serbian authorities to honour their international obligations under the Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

Government of Wales Bill—Report [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the heavily indebted poor countries are likely to experience substantial cancellation of debt in the next three years.

THURSDAY 2ND JULY

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to discourage couples in receipt of a joint income of over £200,000 per annum from claiming child benefit.

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are considering abolishing the English Tourist Board.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the publication on 21st May of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions’ consultation paper Limiting Fair Rent Increases, what estimate they have made of the impact of these proposals on future investment in the private rented residential sector.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the School Standards and Framework Bill will be continued this day]

MONDAY 6TH JULY

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the delays and administrative burden which result from the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 on the international competitiveness of the United Kingdom’s research in the medical sciences and biotechnology.

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of dealing with the number of people applying for entry into the United Kingdom and whether any new measures are being considered to combat illegalities.

*The Lord Bridges—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is in accordance with Government policy for a planning application regarding the creation of a regional airport in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be determined by a local planning authority without a public inquiry, and before the completion of that authority’s own inquiry into its Local Plan policies.

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to protect the role of community hospitals in the National Health Service.

Registered Establishments (Scotland) Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld]

†‡The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new help they are considering to promote in-bound tourism to the North West.

TUESDAY 7TH JULY

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to enhance public appreciation of the teaching profession and understanding of the contribution it makes to the wellbeing of the United Kingdom.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principles will underlie their review of housing benefit.

*The Earl of Drogheda—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an alternative site for a garden dedicated to the memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, could be found, in view both of the effect on Kensington Gardens of the one currently under discussion and of the need for more parks and gardens in other parts of London.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the replacement of Lorne House, the only institution in the country offering residential care to young drug addicts and alcoholics, which has been closed following the withdrawal of grants.

WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with progress on improvements in teacher training.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider restoring a right to income support and housing benefit during the long vacation to students who are orphaned or estranged from both their parents.

*The Lord Sandberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering steps to modify European Union medicine legislation with regard to horses, due to come into effect in January 2000, in light of the tradition of horse welfare in the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority is being given by the Department for International Development, in relation to women’s sexual and reproductive rights, to provide further relevant services, including education, in the poorest countries.

‡The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the North West of England is not disadvantaged by their proposals for the rail links to the Channel Tunnel.

THURSDAY 9TH JULY

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to increase resources for the United Kingdom Knowhow Fund, as a means of strengthening links with central and east European states now preparing for future membership of the European Union.

*The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to clean up polluted beaches in England and Wales; what is the role of Water Authorities in the process; and what funds may be available from the European Union.

*The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what form of accountability they consider the Association of Chief Police Officers’ resolutions relating to matters of public interest should be subject.

MONDAY 13TH JULY

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that advances in medical science and engineering technology have substantially removed the dangers to health, in particular to lungs, of work in deep mining of coal.

*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take the initiative in trying to bring the various parties in Sri Lanka to the negotiating table.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to strengthen the safeguards against a government seeking to extend the duration of a Parliament beyond five years.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether disproportionate industrial action in the public sector will be proscribed as unlawful unless submitted to mandatory arbitration with binding effect.

TUESDAY 14TH JULY

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the Russian Federation has done all in its power, in accordance with its request for membership of the Council of Europe, “to settle outstanding international border disputes according to the principles of international law, abiding by the existing international treaties”.

*The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for further reform of the liquor licensing laws.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what technical, commercial and frontier control reasons still prevent Eurostar services from operating north of London.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the request of the Royal British Legion that they commission a public enquiry into the way the aftermath of the Gulf War has been handled.

‡The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein— To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals for reviving provincial repertory theatres.

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY

*The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the National Museum authorities in Wales resite and rebuild the Industrial Maritime Museum as soon as possible.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support inexperienced mothers with the care and parenting of their young children.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider labelling all food products which have been exposed to pesticide sprays with a warning similar to that required for raw milk.

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the persons to be nominated to the Firearms Consultative Committee in August are properly qualified.

THURSDAY 16TH JULY

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with the European Union and other appropriate multilateral organisations to promote an internationally agreed strategy towards migration and towards respect for, and protection of, the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to modernise National Health Service hearing aids to close the technological gap between them and privately bought hearing aids.

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present rate or number of owner-occupied houses being repossessed by building societies due to the lapse of mortgage repayments.

MONDAY 20TH JULY

*The Lord Randall of St Budeaux—To ask the Chairman of Committees what are the main impediments to providing reasonable accommodation for peers in the Palace by October.

*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement made by the Minister of State, Department of Social Security, in a broadcast regarding means-testing of social security benefit on Sunday 31st May represents Government policy.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned expenditure in real terms per prisoner for 1998-99, compared with that in 1995-96.

*The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress of the Global Environmental Facility; and what is their response to the criticism from developing countries that the Facility ignores the most crucial issues affecting the Third World.

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

*The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the rapid introduction of regional Eurostar services through the Channel Tunnel.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support in the United Nations a timetable to eliminate nuclear weapons if the plan secured the agreement of all other states including India and Pakistan.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they see any early prospect of being able to have the security gates at the entrance to Downing Street removed.

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the leaflet Don’t leave your pension to chance, issued by the Department of Social Security in June, does not refer to the arrangements to make proof against inflation the pension received under SERPS, occupational pension schemes and personal pensions respectively.

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to broaden the membership of their scientific advisory committees.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Report of the Advisory Group on Quarantine is due to be published, and how soon after receipt of the Report they plan to announce their decision.

*The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits they expect to accrue from the centralisation of magistrates’ courts at four locations in Derbyshire, and how they expect defendants and witnesses to attend, given the paucity of public transport in parts of Derbyshire.

*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that, following their decision to allow the sale of former railway lands to proceed, the land requirements of the rail freight industry will be adequately provided for.

THURSDAY 23RD JULY

†*The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance of the Radio Authority in consenting to departures from the terms of independent radio licences.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet approved upgrading to motorway status, as part of the M6, of the stretch of trunk road now confined to two lanes each way from the Scottish Border to Junction 44 near Carlisle.

†*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people since April 1992 have committed suicide in prisons managed by the commercial sector.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To call attention to the opportunities for trade with and investment in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To call attention to the need for full, enforceable civil rights for chronically sick and disabled people; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Perry of Southwark—To call attention to the importance of higher education policy for the social, economic and intellectual welfare of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Lord Barnett—To call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining the EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.

The Lord Armstrong of Ilminster—To move, That a Select Committee be appointed to undertake an inquiry, and within three calendar months to make recommendations, as to how a procedure might be implemented whereby the House would nominate approximately one hundred peers by succession to be voting peers and whereby the remaining peers by succession would renounce their rights to vote but would retain their rights to speak in the House or Committees of the House.

The Lord Moynihan—To call attention to the current situation in Algeria; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Northesk—To call attention to political and economic developments in the South Atlantic; and to move for papers.

The Lord Stone of Blackheath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a need throughout the United Kingdom for a comprehensive and cohesive policy relating to the commercial, business and financial sectors in towns, cities and other urban areas.

The Earl of Carlisle—To call attention to the number of people from ethnic minorities in senior positions in public life; and to move for papers.

The Lord Sandberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the financial crisis in the Far East is likely to have on the British economy.

The Lord Hooson—To call attention to plans to restructure the United Nations for the next century; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the use of sanctions to support United Nations’ resolutions.

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Charter of the United Nations permits, and the international rule of law can survive, claims by individual member states to a right of unilateral interpretation of UN Security Council Resolutions, and a right to engage in military operations under such unilateral interpretations.

The Lord Thomas of Swynnerton—To call attention to the possibility of resolving the dispute between the United Kingdom and Spain over Gibraltar by introducing a system of dual sovereignty, along the lines which have worked in Andorra; and to move for papers.

The Lord Walpole—To call attention to increased time for leisure activities and the pressures and problems this creates; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have an overall integrated arts strategy for the United Kingdom and, if so, what it is.

Succession to the Crown—The Lord Alderdice to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to allow that Her undoubted Prerogative and interest may not stand in the way of the consideration of Parliament during the present session of any measure to remove the bar on a person who is not, or who is married to a person who is not, a protestant to succeed to the Crown.

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to continuing delays in the completion of the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre.

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to replace measurements of gross domestic product and gross national product, both within the United Kingdom and in international bodies, with measurements that are being developed by the Office for National Statistics which are able to take into account economically significant unpaid and unrecorded work and the reduction through consumption or otherwise of irreplaceable natural resources.

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote and support the responsibilities of family life.

The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reactions to the recommendations of the Countryside Commission for the future management of the New Forest, in the light of the environmental and economic conditions of that area.

The Earl of Carlisle—To call attention to the long-term future of Central and Eastern Europe, with particular reference to the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Onslow—To call attention to the science of genetically-modified organisms, and its implications for the breeding of plants and animals; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Hanworth—To call attention to the need to encourage teachers in primary and secondary education, and to the role of OFSTED; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To call attention to the commitment in the Labour Party manifesto to a “fairer, faster and firmer” asylum procedure; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ackner—To call attention to the case for effectively monitoring the operation of conditional fee agreements; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dholakia—To call attention to the need for a national strategy for dealing with paedophiles; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Ludford—To call attention to the need for firm action by the European Union and its international partners to secure peace and justice in Kosovo; and to move for papers.

The Lord Birdwood—To call attention to changes in the duties of back-bench members of both Houses of Parliament in the last thirty years; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Linklater of Butterstone—To call attention to the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Kinnoull—To call attention to the need to retain a viable British fishing industry beyond 2002; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to improve the procedures for the election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe so as to ensure that the Parliamentary Assembly is reliably advised about the qualifications of nominated candidates on the basis of a transparent, thorough and fair process of interview by an independent expert committee.

The Earl of Clanwilliam—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the industrialisation of farming practices in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Hylton—To move to resolve, That this House deplores the attempted murder of Mr Akin Birdal, President of the Turkish Human Rights Association, on 12th May; the refusal by the Turkish Government to admit United Nations Rapporteurs on Human Rights, or representatives of the OSCE or ICRC; the imprisonment and exile of members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey; and the banning and dissolution in Turkey of numerous bona fide political parties.

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ban or restrict smoking in restaurants, other eating places and other public places.

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their long-term policy towards help lines in the field of health services.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are continuing a policy of cutting expenditure in real terms per prisoner, and of cutting the total expenditure in real terms on the probation service and on prisoner education.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they are giving to improving Service Pensions and War and War Widows’ Pensions; and when they expect to announce any improvements.

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions for taxing pesticides, and what will be the implications of such a tax for farming and the countryside.

The Lord Hindlip—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they intend to amend the rules on conditional exemption of works of art, and what estimate they make of the impact on the reservoir of works of art remaining in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the problem of bullying of pupils in secondary schools.

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to improve the quality of the housing stock following the recent publication of the English House Condition Survey for 1996.

†The Viscount Chelmsford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the link between the United Kingdom’s Balance of Payments and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by the nation’s lenders and managers is sufficiently understood.

†The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the economic and business opportunities presented by the information age, which was the subject of a Government paper published in April by the Central Office of Information.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Kingsland—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Enhancing Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Third Pillar (6th Report, HL Paper 25). [12th September]

The Lord Slynn of Hadley—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Public Service (HL Paper 55). [19th January]

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Sustainable Landfill (17th Report, HL Paper 83). [7th April]

The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Resistance to Antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents (7th Report, HL Paper 81). [23rd April]

The Lord Hoffmann—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Acquired Rights Revisited (22nd Report, HL Paper 98). [18th May]

The Lord Barnett—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on the European Central Bank (24th Report, HL Paper 112). [9th June]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 23rd June]

The Lord Williams of Elvel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the decision on the Local Government Commission’s recommendations for the reorganisation of the district of Basildon.      (HL2412)

The Baroness Mallalieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their plans are for English Partnerships following the creation of regional development agencies.      (HL2413)

The Baroness Mallalieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to respond to the Education and Employment Select Committee’s Report on Disaffected Children.      (HL2414)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes will be made to the cash limits of the Department of Health in 1998-99.      (HL2415)

The Baroness Young of Old Scone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Private Finance Initiative contract for the British Embassy in Berlin will be signed.      (HL2416)

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an export licence for the supply of bomb disposal equipment to the Ministry of the Interior, Sarajevo Canton, Bosnia, has been approved.      (HL2417)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the fact that the “Campsfield Five” have been detained in custody for ten months on charges of riot and violent disorder, on which the prosecution presented no evidence and of which they were acquitted on 17th June, they will grant the applicants temporary admission pending the further consideration of their cases by their legal advisers.      (HL2418)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with the proposed treaty to ban production of such fissile materials as plutonium and uranium; and whether they will support the inclusion in the treaty of the banning of trigger materials such as tritium.      (HL2419)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with regard to the proposed tri-national destroyer programme; when the memorandum of understanding was signed by the United Kingdom, France and Italy; and whether subsequent study suggests that this project is likely to be either economically sensible or operationally worthwhile.      (HL2420)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Dubs on 19th May (WA 167), whether Sinn Fein has yet signed the recent Northern Ireland agreement.      (HL2421)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which parties have signed the Northern Ireland agreement.      (HL2422)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further representations they have had from the Haemophilia Society following the debate on 5th June about financial assistance for people with haemophilia infected with hepatitis “C” by their NHS treatment; what replies they are sending; and whether there is any action they will be taking.      (HL2423)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    City of Westminster [HL]

Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Select Committee

    Tamar Bridge

Referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills

    Statute Law Repeals [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pharmacists [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections [24th June]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL]
    Scotland

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    Government of Wales [1st July]
    School Standards and Framework [30th June]
    Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) [24th June]
    National Minimum Wage

Waiting for Third Reading

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL] [24th June]
    Pesticides [30th June]
    Public Interest Disclosure [29th June]
    Fireworks [29th June]
    Registered Establishments (Scotland) [6th July]
    Police (Northern Ireland)

Sent to the Commons

    Coordinated Universal Time [HL]
    Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) [HL]
    Geneva Conventions (Amendment) [HL]
    British Nationality (St. Helena) [HL]
    Human Rights [HL]
    Local Government (Experimental Arrangements) [HL]
    Competition [HL]
    Data Protection [HL]
    Crime and Disorder [HL]
    Business Improvement Districts [HL]
    Electricity Generation [HL]
    Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL]
    Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) (Amendment) [HL]
    Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) [HL]
    Bodmin Moor Commons [HL]
    Lloyds TSB [HL]
    Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]

Returned to the Commons with a reason

    Teaching and Higher Education [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    National Lottery [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    National Institutions [29th June]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Houses in Multiple Occupation (Charges for Registration Schemes) Regulations 1998
    Draft Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 1998

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998
    Draft Welfare of Livestock (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1998
    Draft Appropriation (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 1998
    Draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Proposal laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998
    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Exchangeable Driving Licences) Order 1998 [19th Report]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Deregulation (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) Order 1998 [23rd Report]

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee3.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Consolidation Bills Joint Committee4.30 pm
(Statute Law (Repeals) Bill [HL])
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Management of Nuclear Waste)
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 30TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Cannabis)
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm

TUESDAY 7TH JULY

European Communities Committee4.15 pm

MONDAY 13TH JULY

House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.00 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 14TH JULY

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY

Works of Art Advisory Panel4.15 pm

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am

23rd June

DIVISIONS

Division No. 1

TEACHING AND HIGHER EDUCATION BILL [HL]

It was moved by the Baroness Blatch that this House do disagree with the Commons in their amendment No. 64 but propose the following amendment in lieu--

Page 14, line 31, leave out subsections (6) and (7) and insert--

((   ) The Secretary of State shall ensure that, in any regulations made under this section in relation to any eligible student for any prescribed purpose for any academic year--

    (a) the maximum amount of any loan made available to that student is no greater than half the prescribed cost of maintenance for such a student for that purpose for that year, and

    (b) provision continues to be made for maintenance grants to be payable to such a student, subject to--

      (i) a maximum amount of half the prescribed cost of maintenance, and

      (ii) assessment of any contributions applicable in his case.");

which being objected to, the question was put thereupon, and the House divided:

CONTENTS.......105
NOT-CONTENTS...132

CONTENTS
Aberdare, L.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Attlee, E.
Baker of Dorking, L.
Beloff, L.
Bethell, L.
Biddulph, L.
Biffen, L.
Blackwell, L.
Blaker, L.
Blatch, B.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Brookeborough, V.
Bruntisfield, L.
Burnham, L. [Teller]
Butterworth, L.
Byford, B.
Carnock, L.
Chesham, L.
Clanwilliam, E.
Cuckney, L.
Cumberlege, B.
Dartmouth, E.
Davidson, V.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Dearing, L.
Denbigh, E.
Denham, L.
Denton of Wakefield, B.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Eden of Winton, L.
Ellenborough, L.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Fookes, B.
Gainford, L.
Geddes, L.
Gibson-Watt, L.
Gisborough, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Gormanston, V.
Gray of Contin, L.
Grimston of Westbury, L.
Hampton, L.
Harmsworth, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Holderness, L.
HolmPatrick, L.
Howe of Aberavon, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Jopling, L.
Kenyon, L.
Lane of Horsell, L.
Lauderdale, E.
Lindsay, E.
Liverpool, E.
McConnell, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
MacLaurin of Knebworth, L.
Macleod of Borve, B.
Manton, L.
Marlesford, L.
Marsh, L.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Middleton, L.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monro of Langholm, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Montgomery of Alamein, V.
Mottistone, L.
Mountevans, L.
Munster, E.
Norfolk, D.
Northesk, E.
Onslow of Woking, L.
Oxfuird, V.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Pender, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Prior, L.
Pym, L.
Rees, L.
Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, L.
Rennell, L.
Renton of Mount Harry, L.
Renwick, L.
Rotherwick, L.
Sanderson of Bowden, L.
Sandwich, E.
Seccombe, B. [Teller]
Selborne, E.
Selkirk of Douglas, L.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Strange, B.
Sudeley, L.
Swinton, E.
Taylor of Warwick, L.
Teviot, L.
Thomas of Gwydir, L.
Trenchard, V.
Tugendhat, L.
Waddington, L.
Weatherill, L.
Wynford, L.
Young, B.

NOT-CONTENTS
Acton, L.
Addington, L.
Amos, B.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Berkeley, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blease, L.
Borrie, L.
Broadbridge, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Buchan, E.
Burlison, L.
Calverley, L.
Carmichael of Kelvingrove, L.
Carter. L. [Teller]
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
David, B.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Beswick, L.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Ezra, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Gallacher, L.
Gilbert, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Gregson, L.
Hamwee, B.
Hanworth, V.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayman, B.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Irvine of Lairg, L. (Lord Chancellor)
Islwyn, L.
Jacobs, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jeger, B.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Kennedy of The Shaws, B.
Kirkhill, L.
Levy, L.
Linklater of Butterstone, B.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Longford, E.
Ludford, B.
McIntosh of Haringey, L. [Teller]
Mackie of Benshie, L.
McNair, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mallalieu, B.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Meston, L.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Monkswell, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Murray of Epping Forest, L.
Newby, L.
Nicol, B.
Ogmore, L.
Orme, L.
Paul, L.
Peston, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Prys-Davies, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Razzall, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Richard, L. (Lord Privy Seal)
Rochester, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Russell, E.
Serota, B.
Sewel, L.
Shannon, E.
Shepherd, L.
Shore of Stepney, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Highbury, L.
Simpson of Dunkeld, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Macclesfield, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thurso, V.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Varley, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Wallace of Coslany, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Walpole, L.
Watson of Invergowrie, L.
Whitty, L.
Williams of Crosby, B.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Winchilsea and Nottingham, E.
Young of Old Scone, B.

Division No. 2

TEACHING AND HIGHER EDUCATION BILL [HL]

It was moved by the Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish that this House do disagree with the Commons in their amendment 64 but propose amendment 64D in lieu thereof; which being objected to, the question was put thereupon, and the House divided:

CONTENTS.......212
NOT-CONTENTS...89

CONTENTS
Aberdare, L.
Ackner, L.
Addington, L.
Ailsa, M.
Aldington, L.
Ampthill, L.
Anelay of St. Johns, B.
Ashbourne, L.
Attlee, E.
Baker of Dorking, L.
Balfour, E.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Belhaven and Stenton, L.
Beloff, L.
Berners, B.
Bethell, L.
Biddulph, L.
Biffen, L.
Birdwood, L.
Blackburn, Bp.
Blackwell, L.
Blaker, L.
Blatch, B.
Blyth, L.
Bowness, L.
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Braine of Wheatley, L.
Bramall, L.
Brentford, V.
Bridgeman, V.
Broadbridge, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Bruntisfield, L.
Burnham, L. [Teller]
Butterworth, L.
Byford, B.
Cadman, L.
Calverley, L.
Campbell of Alloway, L.
Carlisle, E.
Carnarvon, E.
Carr of Hadley, L.
Chesham, L.
Clancarty, E.
Clanwilliam, E.
Clark of Kempston, L.
Colwyn, L.
Cope of Berkeley, L.
Courtown, E.
Cox, B.
Cranborne, V.
Crathorne, L.
Cross, V.
Cumberlege, B.
Darcy de Knayth, B.
Dartmouth, E.
Davidson, V.
Dean of Harptree, L.
Denham, L.
Denton of Wakefield, B.
Dholakia, L.
Eden of Winton, L.
Ellenborough, L.
Elles, B.
Elliott of Morpeth, L.
Elton, L.
Falkland, V.
Fookes, B.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Gisborough, L.
Glenarthur, L.
Glentoran, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gray of Contin, L.
Greenway, L.
Grimston of Westbury, L.
Hamilton of Dalzell, L.
Hampton, L.
Hamwee, B.
Harding of Petherton, L.
Hardwicke, E.
Harmsworth, L.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Hayhoe, L.
Hereford, Bp.
Higgins, L.
Holderness, L.
HolmPatrick, L.
Home, E.
Hooper, B.
Hope of Craighead, L.
Howe, E.
Howe of Aberavon, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Hurd of Westwell, L.
Inchyra, L.
Inglewood, L.
Jacobs, L.
Jopling, L.
Kenyon, L.
Killearn, L.
Kingsland, L.
Kinloss, Ly.
Kinnoull, E.
Knight of Collingtree, B.
Lane of Horsell, L.
Lauderdale, E.
Lawrence, L.
Leigh, L.
Limerick, E.
Linklater of Butterstone, B.
Long, V.
Lucas of Chilworth, L.
Ludford, B.
Luke, L.
Lyell, L.
McColl of Dulwich, L.
McConnell, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
MacLaurin of Knebworth, L.
Macleod of Borve, B.
McNair, L.
Maddock, B.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Marlesford, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Massereene and Ferrard, V.
Mayhew of Twysden, L.
Meston, L.
Middleton, L.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Molyneaux of Killead, L.
Monro of Langholm, L.
Montagu of Beaulieu, L.
Mountevans, L.
Mowbray and Stourton, L.
Moynihan, L.
Munster, E.
Napier and Ettrick, L.
Newby, L.
Newton of Braintree, L.
Norrie, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton, L.
Ogmore, L.
Onslow of Woking, L.
Oxfuird, V.
Palmer, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Pender, L.
Peyton of Yeovil, L.
Pilkington of Oxenford, L.
Plummer of St. Marylebone, L.
Prior, L.
Rankeillour, L.
Rawlings, B.
Razzall, L.
Redesdale, L.
Renfrew of Kaimsthorn, L.
Rennell, L.
Renton, L.
Renton of Mount Harry, L.
Renwick, L.
Roberts of Conwy, L.
Rochester, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rotherwick, L.
Rowallan, L.
Russell, E.
Ryder of Wensum, L.
St. John of Bletso, L.
Saltoun of Abernethy, Ly.
Sanderson of Bowden, L.
Seccombe, B.
Selborne, E.
Selkirk of Douglas, L.
Sharples, B.
Skelmersdale, L.
Soulsby of Swaffham Prior, L.
Stair, E.
Stodart of Leaston, L.
Stoddart of Swindon, L.
Strange, B.
Strathclyde, L. [Teller]
Strathcona and Mount Royal, L.
Swinton, E.
Teviot, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Gwydir, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thurso, V.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Trefgarne, L.
Trenchard, V.
Trumpington, B.
Tugendhat, L.
Vestey, L.
Vivian, L.
Waddington, L.
Wade of Chorlton, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Westbury, L.
Williams of Crosby, B.
Willoughby de Broke, L.
Wilson of Tillyorn, L.
Winchilsea and Nottingham, E.
Wise, L.
Wynford, L.

NOT-CONTENTS
Acton, L.
Amos, B.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Berkeley, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blease, L.
Borrie, L.
Burlison, L.
Carmichael of Kelvingrove, L.
Carter, L. [Teller]
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
David, B.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Beswick, L.
Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, B.
Dearing, L.
Desai, L.
Dixon, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Gallacher, L.
Gilbert, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Gregson, L.
Hanworth, V.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayman, B.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Kings Heath, L.
Irvine of Lairg, L. (Lord Chancellor)
Islwyn, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jeger, B.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Levy, L.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L. [Teller]
Mallalieu, B.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Monkswell, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Murray of Epping Forest, L.
Nicol, B.
Orme, L.
Peston, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Prys-Davies, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Richard, L. (Lord Privy Seal)
Sewel, L.
Shepherd, L.
Simon, V.
Simon of Highbury, L.
Simpson of Dunkeld, L.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Strabolgi, L.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Taylor of Blackburn, L.
Thomas of Macclesfield, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Watson of Invergowrie, L.
Weatherill, L.
Whitty, L.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.

3254 HL 23rd June 1998

HL 23rd June 3255

ISBN 0 10 803720 7

 
 
 
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