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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.

Bills marked § have been set down before the expiry of the

recommended minimum interval between stages.

FRIDAY 17TH JULY

At eleven o’clock

Waste Minimisation Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hardy of Wath]

§Landmines Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Gardner of Parkes]

MONDAY 20TH JULY

Timothy Clement-Jones Esq., CBE

and

Brian Mackenzie, Esq., OBE

*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.

Statute Law (Repeals) Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Chancellor] (Consolidation)

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Baroness Turner of Camden]

National Minimum Wage Bill—Report [The Lord Clinton-Davis]

‡The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To move to resolve, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty should exercise the Prerogative of Mercy to release Guardsmen Fisher and Wright from mandatory life imprisonment in exceptional circumstances as other available mechanisms would unduly delay their release.

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

*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.

*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking, in conjunction with their European Union partners, to prevent a collapse of the Japanese currency and economy.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent developments in Nigeria, they will encourage European Union and Commonwealth countries to lift visa restrictions on Government personnel from Nigeria, with immediate effect, with a view to facilitating dialogue with the new administration.

†School Standards and Framework Bill—Consideration of Commons reasons and amendments [The Baroness Blackstone]

†Scotland Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Sewel] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

Sir Colin Marshall

and

John Tomlinson, Esq.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the replies of the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 26th February (HL Deb, cols. 789-792), 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.

House of Lords’ Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 6th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 130) be agreed to.

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

Crime and Disorder Bill [HL]— Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Dubs]

THURSDAY 23RD JULY

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†Tamar Bridge Bill—Third Reading

†‡Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 1998—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Rules laid before the House on 2nd July be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1998—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th July be approved.

†‡Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/1582)— The Lord Sewel to move, That the Order laid before the House on 1st July be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]

FRIDAY 24TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Pensions (Amendment) Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Morris of Manchester]

MONDAY 27TH JULY

Mrs Mary Goudie

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress made by companies in ensuring internationally agreed minimum labour standards for overseas workers.

*The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that consumers in the United Kingdom do not have to pay as much as twenty per cent more for new cars than consumers in Belgium.

*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review, in consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers, the use of CS spray by police forces.

*The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to discourage spitting in public, particularly at sporting venues.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]

TUESDAY 28TH JULY

Mrs Peta Buscombe

*The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their treatment of English, Welsh and Northern Irish students at Scottish universities was not part of their election manifesto.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are content with the present level of communication between Ministers and leading scientists.

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since 31st December 1997 in reducing the number of bogus asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.

*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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]

WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY

Sir Herbert Laming, CBE

*The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the comprehensive spending review will affect the number of overseas diplomatic posts.

*The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements being made for the adequate translation of documents into the Welsh language in time for the first sitting of the Welsh Assembly in 1999.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress being made in the training of teachers wishing to become headteachers.

*The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it to be in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions 487 and 687 that the United States should transfer to Israel 25 strike aircraft capable of reaching Iran.

†Finance (No. 2) Bill—Second Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

THURSDAY 30TH JULY

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to improving the working hours and conditions of the House of Lords in line with proposals being put forward for the House of Commons by the Leader of that House.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any intention on their part to discuss the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, or relations between the Falkland Islands and Argentina, with President Menem when he visits the United Kingdom in the autumn.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce ECGD (Export Credits Guarantee Department) cover for Iran; and, if so, when.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]

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 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.

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 family-friendly working practices to enable people to balance the responsibilities of family life with the demands of paid work.

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 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 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 leaders 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.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdom’s Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of CO2 emissions; and to move for papers.

The Lord Borrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to modernise the regulation of the utility industries so as to provide a fair deal for consumers in general and vulnerable consumers in particular.

The Lord Hayhoe—To call attention to the case for establishing an Independent Statutory Commission responsible for the conduct of referendums, their organisation and administration along the lines proposed by the Commission on the Conduct of Referendums chaired by Sir Patrick Nairne which reported in November 1996; and to move for papers.

The Duke of Abercorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering a request to the European Union for additional funding to ensure that the Londonderry-Strabane-Ballygawley A5 road is upgraded to the required modern standard.

The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Press Complaints Commission about the outcome of their respective inquiries into the events surrounding the publication of Cries Unheard concerning Mary Bell.

The Lord Ironside—To call attention to the strengths of the Armed Forces and the investments needed to sustain their capabilities for deployment and intervention in defence of the United Kingdom’s sovereign interests; and to move for papers.

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]

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Student Mobility in the European Union (27th Report, HL Paper 116). [3rd July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 16th July]

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the conclusions of the Financial Management and Policy Review of the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee.      (HL2852)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Prime Minister’s recent statements about the importance of “subsidiarity”, whether they intend to avail themselves of the discretion granted by the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) to identify sensitive and less sensitive areas when they decide the level of treatment to be applied.      (HL2853)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ensure that the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC) is implemented as economically as possible, as recommended in Water Changes, the Quality Framework published by Her Majesty’s Government in 1993.      (HL2854)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the benefits of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (91/271/EEC); and what are its costs (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) elsewhere in the European Union.      (HL2855)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the vote by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament not to require the European Commission to carry out a cost/benefit analysis before the draft Framework Directive on Water Policy is approved.      (HL2856)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the European Community has fulfilled its duty under Article 174 (previously 130r) of the Treaty of Rome to take account of the costs and benefits of its environmental legislation, with particular reference to policies affecting the quality and supply of water, and the treatment and removal of sewage.      (HL2857)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Environment Agency has fulfilled its duty to carry out cost/benefit analyses of its environmental legislative proposals, with particular reference to policies affecting the quality and supply of water and the treatment and removal of sewage.      (HL2858)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 6th July (HL Deb, cols. 951-3) on numbers of arrivals in Britain from elsewhere within the European Union and from the rest of the world, what are the comparable figures for arrivals in Britain from Western European states and from the rest of the world for 1995, 1990, 1980, 1970 and 1960.      (HL2859)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether access for British citizens to posts in higher education institutions in other European Union member states is as open as access for citizens of other European Union member states to posts in British higher education institutions.      (HL2860)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to other European Union member governments about barriers to the recruitment of nationals of European Union states, including the United Kingdom, to academic posts.      (HL2861)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current estimates of demand for academic posts in science, humanities and social science in British higher education institutions over the next ten years, resulting from retirements of current staff and other changes.      (HL2862)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British students they estimate are currently working towards higher degrees in British higher education institutions, in science, humanities and social science.      (HL2863)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many scholarships are currently provided by public bodies such as the Research Councils to British students working towards higher degrees.      (HL2864)

The Lord Lloyd-Webber—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can give an assurance that the collection of Pre-Raphaelite art belonging to Lord Sherfield, including works such as Millais’ Ferdinande and Ariel and recently granted leave to be exported to the United States, will be protected from subsequent sale or movement by restrictions aimed at ensuring that the collection is not lost to the United Kingdom in perpetuity.      (HL2865)

The Lord Lloyd-Webber—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what market testing took place to establish the true value of Millais’ Mariana at the Moated Grange before it was accepted for the nation in lieu of tax.       (HL2866)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who now owns the Eurostar trains formerly owned by British Rail and European Passenger Services; to whom they are leased; and for what time period.      (HL2867)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the franchise agreements with Virgin Rail and Great North Eastern Railway in respect of the west coast and east coast main lines respectively would be affected by the introduction of Eurostar services north of London if they were permitted to carry domestic passengers.      (HL2868)

The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s statement on 14th July and the new spending plans set out in Modern Public Services for Britain-Investing in Reform (Cm 4011), what is—

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invite tenders from universities and others for the establishment of an Internet website covering the health and economic aspects of breast-feeding.      (HL2870)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend the consultation period for the proposed memorial garden to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, to compensate for the delay of almost three weeks in the postal delivery of questionnaires to Kensington households.      (HL2871)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th July (WA 39), whether they will specify which sections of which Acts of Parliament oblige Ministers to accept the advice given to them by any of the statutory advisory committees, rather than to consult the committees; and whether they will place in the Library of the House papers relating to the “subsequent study of the issue” referred to in that Answer, including any instructions to Counsel and Counsel’s opinion.      (HL2872)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th July (WA 39), whether the follow-up of—

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy to prevent rough sleeping around Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey while permitting it freely in Victoria Street and around Westminster Cathedral.      (HL2874)

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to release an evaluation of the Merseyside Development Corporation in the near future; and, if not, why not.       (HL2875)

The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment the Department of Health has made of the amount of acute and rehabilitative care of older people which was once provided in NHS facilities designated as “long stay” wards and which have now been closed.      (HL2876)

The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Department of Health has to address the current shortfall in the availability of acute and rehabilitative care for older people within NHS hospitals as a result of the closure of long-stay hospitals.      (HL2877)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they welcome the establishment of a civic forum in addition to the elected Assembly in Northern Ireland; how they understand its purpose; what consultations are under way on the subject; and when it is likely to be functioning.      (HL2878)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in implementing their new policy on the Territorial Army, they will take account of the economic and social implications for less affluent parts of the United Kingdom, together with the need to keep a widely-based community involvement with the armed services.      (HL2879)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Strategic Defence Review, whether they will now provide resources and facilities for training international staff in peacekeeping and humanitarian operations.      (HL2880)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the equipment and weapons implications of an increased emphasis on peacekeeping and humanitarian missions by the armed forces.      (HL2881)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the future operational and policy implications of the commitment to NATO, Western European Union and the United Nations as emphasised in the Strategic Defence Review; and what is their policy towards the relationship between NATO and the United Nations.      (HL2882)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the recent reports of official United States policy towards NATO, what contingency plans they are making and how such plans would affect the role and significance of Western European Union.      (HL2883)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards the establishment of an International Criminal Court; how far this coincides with the policy of the United States; and what consultations are taking place between the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the United Kingdom’s position.      (HL2884)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will determine the composition of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council for hearing each particular appeal under the provisions of the Scotland Bill and the Government of Wales Bill.      (HL2885)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will determine the composition of any Appellate Committee of the House of Lords to decide each particular appeal under the Human Rights Bill.      (HL2886)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 15th July (WA 35), whether the Home Office will ensure that explanatory statements in immigration cases disclose the sources of the information contained in such statements so that adjudicators are able to evaluate the weight to be given to such information and appellants are able to test its accuracy.      (HL2887)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect legislation to be introduced to incorporate the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the European Convention of Human Rights into the domestic laws of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands; and whether they will ensure the equal protection of the law for everyone within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom.      (HL2888)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 21st April (WA 203), whether they will introduce a procedure to give Lords notice of the publication of explanatory memoranda relating to international treaties signed by or on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government and laid before Parliament under the so-called “Ponsonby Rule” while awaiting ratification.      (HL2889)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 16th July (HL Deb, col. 373), whether they support Commissioner Anita Gradin’s recent initiative on the future sharing of the responsibility for asylum and migration in Europe, in particular for the reimbursement of costs in circumstances of temporary protection.      (HL2890)

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] [23rd July]

Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pharmacists [HL]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Scotland [21st July]
    Pensions (Amendment) [HL] [24th July]

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    National Minimum Wage [20th July]
    European Parliamentary Elections

Waiting for Third Reading

    Police (Northern Ireland) [22nd July]
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL] [20th July]
    Statute Law (Repeals) [HL] [20th July]
    Northern Ireland (Sentences) [22nd July]
    Tamar Bridge [23rd July]

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]
    Business Improvement Districts [HL]
    Electricity Generation [HL]
    Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL]
    Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) [HL]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Bodmin Moor Commons [HL]
    Lloyds TSB [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Crime and Disorder [HL] [22nd July]
    Competition [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Fireworks
    Government of Wales

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    School Standards and Framework [21st July]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1998

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998
    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998
    (S.I. 1998/1582)
    Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 1998
    Draft Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

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

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 20TH JULY

Liaison Committee4.00 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)in Norwich
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Cannabis)
European Communities Committee4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 23RD JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Management of Nuclear Waste)
City of Westminster Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committee

TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

Science & Technology Committee10.45 am

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

3534 HL 16th July 1998

HL 16th July 3535

 
 
 
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