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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 29TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

[Prayers will have been read]

The Lord Laming

and

The Lord Burns

*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 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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will expedite their report on progress made in monitoring the application of “best practice” principles set out in the Greenbury, Hampel and Cadbury reports on payments made to private sector executives.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 70 (Affirmative Instruments) be dispensed with to enable the motion to approve the draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1998 to be taken tomorrow notwithstanding that no report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on the draft Order has been laid before the House.

Liaison Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Second Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 133) be agreed to.

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

Government of Wales Bill—Consideration of Commons reasons and amendment [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

†National Minimum Wage Bill—Consideration of Commons reasons and amendment [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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

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]

Criminal Appeal (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Ackner]

The Lord Chancellor—To move, That this House take note of Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for Draft Civil Procedure Rules (contained in the document Access to Justice dated July 1998) as part of their proposals for civil justice reform.

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.

†*The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider making arrangements for an international venue to try the two persons accused of the Lockerbie disaster under Scottish law in a neutral country.

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

†‡Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1998—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th July be approved.

FRIDAY 31ST JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 1998—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 25th June be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]

The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean—To move, That this House take note of NATO’s invitation to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland to join the Alliance.

†ROYAL ASSENT

MONDAY 5TH OCTOBER

†The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to retain a viable British fishing industry beyond 2002.

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 what is their policy on the use of sanctions.

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 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.

The Lord Bishop of Lincoln—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend current mental health legislation in order to facilitate positive intervention to assist the mentally ill living in the community.

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost of converting Kensington Gardens to a memorial park for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be met from public funds if the proposal is proceeded with.

The Lord Ackner—To call attention to the Government’s consultation paper Rights of Audience and Rights to Conduct Litigation in England and Wales: The Way Ahead (June 1998); and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To move to resolve, That a Royal Commission be appointed to consider and report on proposals to reconstitute or reform the House of Lords; and that no such proposals be enacted until the said report has been debated in both Houses of Parliament.

The Baroness O’Cathain—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage marketing and its contribution to business success.

†The Lord Sefton of Garston—To call attention to the case for a review of income tax (especially at the top levels) in order to ensure a fairer distribution of resources; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To call attention to the discrepancies in the provision of abortion under the National Health Service; 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 28th July]

The Lord Bridges—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an unconditional contract for the sale of the former RAF base at Bentwaters in Suffolk has been completed; and, if not, what conditions remain to be fulfilled, by whom, and for what amount.      (HL3137)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Simon of Highbury on 27th July (WA 171-172), whether they will now say which companies have received funding to facilitate the development of cloning; how much was given; whether any of these companies are using Government-funded research to develop human cloning; and how the Government’s funding is divided between Departments of State.      (HL3138)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were refused asylum in England and Wales in each year since 1990; how many of these in each year were subsequently granted (a) refugee status or (b) exceptional leave to remain; and what percentages these figures represent of those refused asylum in the year concerned.      (HL3139)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum appeals were withdrawn because the Home Office conceded the case in each year since 1990.      (HL3140)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present status of the Incapacity Benefit Tracking Study by Mr. Kirby Swales mentioned on page 72 of the Department of Social Security Research Yearbook for 1995-96; and in particular what information the DSS holds about Incapacity Benefit leavers.      (HL3141)

The Lord Hughes of Woodside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effects the Comprehensive Spending Review has had on the Forestry Commission.      (HL3142)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to modernise National Health Service artificial limbs to close the technological gap between them and privately bought artificial limbs.      (HL3143)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why passengers travelling by train from Europe to Kent are not allowed to disembark at Ashford International Station; and what arrangements are being made to enable passengers to disembark there.      (HL3144)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ensure that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees Guidelines for the victims of sexual violence are implemented.      (HL3145)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to acknowledge rape as grounds for asylum where sexual violence has been used as a method of torture and persecution in another country.      (HL3146)

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the 60 measures determined to improve Foreign Office procedures and the performance of staff.      (HL3147)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 27th July (WA 152), whether they will give in full the “several reasons” that they believe make “the areas around Victoria Street and Westminster Cathedral .... popular with rough sleepers, unlike the areas around Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey”.      (HL3148)

The Lord Colwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount of funds allocated to “Investing in Dentistry” so far; and which health authority areas have applied for funding in 1997-98 and 1998-99 to date.      (HL3149)

The Lord Colwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which applications for funding under “Investing in Dentistry” have been successful; and how much has been allocated to each.      (HL3150)

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the spacing of motorway service areas.      (HL3151)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the extent to which the end-use control, relating to goods which may be used in connection with the development of weapons of mass destruction, applies to the supply of goods to destinations subject to binding United Nations arms embargoes.      (HL3152)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to lay before Parliament the Report covering 1997 by Dame Elizabeth Anson, the Independent Monitor of refusal of Entry Clearance where there is no right of appeal.      (HL3153)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest situation in Burma.      (HL3154)

The Lord Grenfell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Wilton Park Executive Agency performed against the targets agreed for 1997-98; and what are the agreed targets for the current year.      (HL3155)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the diplomatic missions and international organisations who have outstanding balances of over £10,000,000 as at 31st March 1998 in respect of National Non Domestic Rates.      (HL3156)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Panel 2000 will be making public any recommendations.      (HL3157)

The Lord Prys-Davies—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have approved an export licence for the supply of two Bedford trucks to Church Ecumenical Action in Sudan (CEAS).      (HL3158)

The Lord Davies of Coity—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest membership of the Security Commission.      (HL3159)

The Lord Davies of Coity—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any further decisions have been reached on unimplemented Law Commission reports within the responsibility of the Lord Chancellor’s Department.      (HL3160)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1997-98 Annual Report and Accounts for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.      (HL3161)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1997-98 Annual Report and Accounts for the Pesticides Safety Directorate.      (HL3162)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1997-98 Annual Report and Accounts for the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3163)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1997-98 Annual Report and Accounts for the Central Science Laboratory.      (HL3164)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pharmacists [HL]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Scotland [30th July]
    Waste Minimisation

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections

Waiting for Third Reading

    Pensions (Amendment) [HL] [29th July]
    City of Westminster [HL]

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]
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL]
    Statute Law (Repeals) [HL]
    Bodmin Moor Commons [HL]
    Lloyds TSB [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Competition [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Fireworks

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    Government of Wales [29th July]
    National Minimum Wage [29th July]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Crime and Disorder [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) 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
    Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 1998
    Draft Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Local Government (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Meat and Livestock Commission Levy (Variation) Scheme (Confirmation) Order 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

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

    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998
    Draft Deregulation (Occasional Licences) Order 1998

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

THURSDAY 30TH JULY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Management of Nuclear Waste)

TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Cannabis)

TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science & Technology Committee10.45 am
Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 14TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am
European Communities Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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