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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.

FRIDAY 31ST JULY

At eleven o’clock

†Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)— The Chairman of Committees to move on behalf of the Committee of Selection, That the Baroness Nicol be appointed to serve as a member of the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) in the place of the Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn.

†Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL)— The Chairman of Committees to move on behalf of the Committee of Selection, That the Lord Burnham be appointed to serve as a member of the Board of the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL) in the place of the Lord Chesham, and that the Lord Morris of Castle Morris be appointed to serve as a member of the Board.

†Regional Development Agencies Bill—The Lord Whitty to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Regional Development Agencies Bill has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clause 1Clauses 21 to 23
Schedule 1Schedule 6
Clause 2Clauses 24 to 32
Schedule 2Schedule 7
Clauses 3 to 6Clauses 33 and 34
Schedule 3Schedule 8
Clauses 7 to 19Clauses 35 and 36
Schedule 4Schedule 9
Clause 20Clauses 37 to 44
Schedule 5

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 Lord Gilbert—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

Hereditary Peerage (Election)— The Lord Pearson of Rannoch 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 by Parliament during the present session of any measure to amend the composition of the House of Lords by providing for the election to that House of holders of hereditary peerages from an electoral college consisting of peers and of certain other Lords; and for connected purposes.

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

[If the Northern Ireland Bill is brought from the Commons, Second Reading is expected to be taken this day]

TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER

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

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

WEDNESDAY 7TH OCTOBER

Regional Development Agencies Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty]

THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER

Registration of Political Parties Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

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.

WEDNESDAY 14TH OCTOBER

†‡The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the use of sanctions.

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 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 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, and approved in a referendum.

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.

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the open letter from members of the Social Policy Association published in The Guardian of 29th July.

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the responsibilities and the objectives of the Minister for Women.

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken, following the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985, in relation to education, prevention and prosecution under the Act.

†The Lord Lloyd-Webber—To call attention to the workings of the licensing system governing the export of art and cultural goods; 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]

†The Lord Hoffman—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Europol: Third Country Rules (29th Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 135). [29th July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 30th July]

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call in any proposal to develop the car park site at Vauxhall Bridge with a view to ensuring that it does not conflict with their aim to solve the problem of traffic congestion.      (HL3196)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the third report on the impact of the National Lottery on the horserace betting levy.      (HL3210)

The Lord McColl of Dulwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to their proposal to limit legal aid contracts for civil legal aid in medical negligence cases to lawyers who have shown competence in this area, how they envisage that this will address the problem of legal aid “blackmail”, whereby unmeritorious claims are settled to avoid irrecoverable legal costs occasioned by the operation of section 17 of the Legal Aid Act 1988.      (HL3215)

The Lord McColl of Dulwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to their proposal to limit legal aid contracts for civil legal aid in medical negligence cases to lawyers who have shown competence in this area, how they envisage that this will address the problem of unrealistically optimistic opinions provided by the applicant’s lawyer who has a direct financial interest in advancing the case.      (HL3216)

The Baroness Platt of Writtle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the new Westminster underground station, escalators will be fitted for access to the platforms.      (HL3217)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they anticipate that it will take, following the guidance given in their White Paper Fairer, Faster and Firmer-a modern approach to immigration and asylum, to clear the backlog of the 10,000 individuals seeking asylum who made application prior to 1st July 1993 and have not yet received a response.      (HL3218)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the outcomes of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Conference on Cultural Policies for Development held in Stockholm from 30th March to 2nd April; and which elements of the Stockholm Action Plan they propose to implement.      (HL3219)

The Lord Milner of Leeds—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th May (HL Deb, col. 1434), whether, having regard to the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986 (S.I. 1986 No. 1078) as amended by the Road Vehicles (Construction and Use) (Amendment) Regulations 1998 (S.I. 1998 No. 1), they accept the advice of the Automobile Association that if a car with a catalyst is to be stationary for four minutes or more it is less polluting to switch off the engine; whether in the case of a non-catalyst car they stand by the advice given in a Department of the Environment Leaflet published in July 1995 (95EP110) that “if you expect to be stuck for more than a couple of minutes in a traffic jam the engine should be switched off”; and whether they will now instruct drivers of Government cars to switch off their engines when parked.      (HL3220)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what facilities for disabled prisoners have been incorporated in the new blocks brought into operation since 1st May 1997 or under construction as at 31st July 1998; and whether, pending the issue of a new Prison Service Order giving further guidance on the management of prisoners with physical, sensory or mental disabilities, they will re-examine current building projects with a view to ensuring maximum flexibility of use for prisoners with disabilities.      (HL3221)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will incorporate the European Prison Rules in any future revision of the Prison Rules for England and Wales.      (HL3222)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of ill treatment of prisoners were drawn to the attention of the Secretary of State by Boards of Visitors under Prison Rule 94 in each of the years 1993 to 1997 inclusive and in 1998 to the latest convenient date.      (HL3223)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with Ambassador Chris Hill of the United States that an all-party executive including persons representing the Kosovo Liberation Army should be formed under the leadership of Ibrahim Rugova, to be based in Prishtine, and to conduct negotiations with the Serbian authorities on “enhanced status for Kosovo and much, much greater self-government for the people of Kosovo”; and whether the European Union Troika received the assent of President Milosevic to this proposal.      (HL3224)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, pending the establishment of an all-party executive in Prishtine, the Serbian authorities in Kosovo have agreed to stop destroying civilian property and displacing non-combatants from their homes; and whether the Government will develop contingency plans with NATO allies for military action to stop further attacks on villages and towns, and promote a Security Council Resolution authorising the use of force if necessary to prevent harm and loss of life to civilians.      (HL3225)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the Refugee Legal Centre about the number of cases they are having to turn away because of lack of resources; whether, in the interests of ensuring that fewer cases are dealt with by unscrupulous or incompetent practitioners, they will increase the Centre’s resources; and what comparison they have made of the cost of representation by the Centre and other practitioners.      (HL3226)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current limit on an individual holding of Premium Bonds; on what date it was set; what the limit would be today if adjusted in line with inflation since it was set; whether they will adjust the limit for inflation; and, if not, why not.      (HL3227)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many £50, £20, £10 and £5 notes, respectively, are currently in circulation; to what face value the £50 note would have to be adjusted to have the same purchasing power as when it was first introduced; whether they will make such an adjustment; and, if not, why not.      (HL3228)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the face value of the highest value bank note currently in circulation in each of the countries in the European Union (indicating in each case the sterling equivalent value at current exchange rates); and what face value is planned for the highest value euro note.      (HL3229)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what identifying numbering system, if any, is used to record the arrival of immigrants or asylum seekers in the United Kingdom; and whether any numbers so allocated are notified to any other government departments.      (HL3230)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many handguns have been handed in to each police force under the provisions of the Firearms Acts; how many of these have been destroyed; and what records police forces are required to keep of the identification numbers, or other particulars, of firearms handed in and destroyed.      (HL3231)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all vehicles produced or constructed, which are submitted for single vehicle approval testing under the Motor Vehicles (Approval) Regulations 1996 for use on the highway, also comply with the appropriate standards of the Motor Vehicles (Construction and Use) Regulations 1986.      (HL3232)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which countries of the European Union a Vehicle Inspectorate, British National Type Approval, Minister’s Approval Certificate, is accepted for—

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to produce a consolidated and definitive Single Vehicle Approval Regulations Manual, following the coming into force of the Regulations on 1st July.      (HL3234)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to introduce further controls, by changes to licensing or otherwise, in respect of the possession and use of (a) firearms, (b) shotguns, (c) air weapons, in the next Session of Parliament, and in particular whether they intend to do so by means of either a Firearms Bill or an amendment to some other bill.      (HL3235)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 19th November 1997 (WA 83-84), which kit car and replica car manufacturers received Single Vehicle Approval by 30th July 1998, giving the date of Approval and re-test where appropriate; which manufacturers have not yet received approval, but have submitted for a re-test, and on which dates; at which centres tests can be carried out; and what vehicles had been so tested by 30th July at each appointed Test Station.      (HL3236)

The Lord Hill-Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those units based at RAF Feltwell, and what functions each of these units carries out.      (HL3237)

The Lord Hill-Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of RAF Feltwell in relation to the tracking of unidentified objects in space; how many objects detected by the Deep Space Tracking System at RAF Feltwell remain unidentified; and how many of these were transmitting a signal.      (HL3238)

The Lord Hill-Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 15th July (WA 25), what changes in procedure were implemented following the April 1997 review of the system to disseminate reports of unidentified flying objects; and whether airports, observatories, RAF bases and police stations receiving reports of UFOs are required to send them to the Ministry of Defence.      (HL3239)

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the recent pay award to Medical and Dental Officers in the Armed Forces is being awarded in two stages, with 2 per cent being paid from 1st April and the remainder payable from 1st December.      (HL3240)

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the July 1997 budget decision to halve the tax credit paid on investment income from 20 per cent to 10 per cent with effect from April 1999, what plans they have to allow non-taxpayers, many of whom are pensioners who will lose income, to reclaim a notional tax credit of 10 per cent on dividends from April 1999.      (HL3241)

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is (a) the smallest, (b) the average and (c) the largest amount reclaimed by non-taxpayers for tax credits or dividends in 1996-97.      (HL3242)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Graham Widdecombe of the Home Office Operational Police Policy Unit has a brief which includes the further curtailment or abolition of the private ownership and use of firearms, shotguns or air weapons in any or all parts of the United Kingdom.      (HL3243)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 23rd March (WA 234), whether they can now give, or arrange for the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy to give, a full and relevant explanation of the continuing discrepancy between Department of Health advice on excessive intake of fluoride contained in Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the United Kingdom (20-80 mg/d over 10-20 years) and the corrected advice given by the author of that figure in 1979 and followed by some other authorities since that date (10-20 mg/d over 10-20 years).      (HL3244)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 29th July (WA 57) signifies that the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment, in considering the safety limit for vitamin B6, concluded that there were no risks of underdosage for vulnerable subpopulations, or alternatively that the consideration of such risks was outside their remit.      (HL3245)

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if an asylum seeker claims that he or she has been tortured, additional time beyond the five days laid down in the White Paper on Immigration and Asylum will be allowed to enable a full medical examination to sustain, or otherwise, this claim.      (HL3246)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, having drawn attention to the widespread child labour in the Third World, they will now examine and report on the situation in the United Kingdom.      (HL3247)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the statement made in a Written Answer by Mr Tom Clarke, the Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, on 27th July (HC Deb, WA 58) that “I am keen that the Royal Parks Agency makes the most of opportunities to increase its income, for example from events, licences and merchandise”, in the light of the conclusion of the Jenkins Reviews (which they accepted) that commercialisation is not compatible with sustaining the character and amenity of the Parks and should therefore be strictly limited.      (HL3248)

The Lord Bassam of Brighton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to take forward consideration of the case for setting up a new court welfare service.      (HL3249)

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what work for the Ministry of Defence will be undertaken at the BNFL Magnox facility at Berkeley Centre in Gloucestershire.      (HL3250)

The Lord Strabolgi—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being put in place to ensure that the United Kingdom complies with the provisions in the Europol Convention relating to breaches of discretion or confidentiality following its entry into force on 1st October.      (HL3251)

The Lord Hacking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their proposals on the future of the Probation Services and for improving their joint effectiveness with the Prison Service.      (HL3252)

The Lord Hacking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reform and consolidate the law of corruption and what progress has been made on the recommendations by the Committee on Standards in Public Life to (i) clarify the law of corruption in relation to Members of Parliament and (ii) introduce a new statutory offence of misuse of public office.      (HL3253)

The Lord Merlyn-Rees—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the future of RAF St Athan.      (HL3254)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Annual Report of the Westminster Foundation for Democracy will be available.      (HL3255)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the United Kingdom will ratify the Ottawa Convention banning anti-personnel landmines.      (HL3256)

The Lord Evans of Parkside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in light of the recent press reports of the shipment of arms to both Ethiopia and Eritrea.      (HL3257)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government where it is intended that the Greater London Authority will be located.      (HL3258)

The Lord Prys-Davies—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the review of planning policy on opencast coal and the appeal cases which are currently before the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions for decision.      (HL3259)

The Lord Strabolgi—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the Eleventh Annual Report of the Committee for Monitoring Agreements on Tobacco Advertising and Sponsorship.      (HL3260)

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the consultants’ report following their review of the Invalid Vehicle Service.      (HL3261)

The Lord Currie of Marylebone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the responses to the consultation exercise held last year on the report of the Advisory Group on the Ethics of Xenotransplantation on the subject of transplanting animal tissues into humans.      (HL3262)

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 [7th October]
    Scotland [6th October]
    Waste Minimisation
    Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL]

Waiting for Report

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

Waiting for Third Reading

    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]
    Pensions (Amendment) [HL]
    Bodmin Moor Commons [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Competition [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Fireworks

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Finance (No. 2) (Money Bill—2nd July)
    Crime and Disorder [HL]
    Government of Wales
    National Minimum Wage
    Lloyds TSB [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 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

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

    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]

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 D)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
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
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Management of Nuclear Waste)

TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am
European Communities Committee4.15 pm
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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