TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER
The Lord Norton of Louth
The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer
*The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government why most employers are granted exemption from the employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking in the north-east of England as a result of the many redundancies declared in that region in recent weeks.
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their estimate of the number of disabled people who could move from welfare to work.
*The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with industrys response thus far to the Department of Trade and Industry campaign Languages for Export.
Scotland BillHouse to be again in Committee [The Lord Sewel] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]
The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to address the problem of bullying of pupils in secondary schools.
WEDNESDAY 7TH OCTOBER
The Rt. Hon. Sir Peter Millett
The Rt. Hon. Sir John Hobhouse
will be introduced as Lords of Appeal in Ordinary.
*The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made with the Tax Law Rewrite project.
*The Lord AcknerTo ask Her Majestys Government when, and in what manner, they propose to monitor how the practice of charging conditional fees is working and, in particular, whether the way in which the risk is assessed and the success fee calculated is operating fairly.
*The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they propose to take to protect the interests of consumers and to deal with any necessary changes to trademark and competition law in the light of current and recent cases in the European Court of Justice regarding parallel importing of trademarked goods (importing in the so-called grey market).
*The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have for the future of the Royal Tournament.
Regional Development Agencies BillCommittee [The Lord Whitty]
Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 23rd July be approved.
Local Government (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st July be approved.
THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER
*The Lord AberdareTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their intentions for the future of the Youth Service.
*The Lord Dean of BeswickTo ask Her Majestys Government, with regard to the recent report by the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee Getting value for money in Privatisations, what is their estimate of the final cost to the Treasury and the taxpayer of the previous Governments policy of privatisation.
*The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect to receive the Office of Fair Trading report on predatory pricing in the newspaper industry.
Registration of Political Parties BillSecond Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER
The Lord Warner
The Baroness Richardson of Calow
*The Lord Archer of SandwellTo ask Her Majestys Government what initiatives they are proposing to take to address the financial problems of the United Nations organisation.
*The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress they have made in discussions with other European Union member governments on the appointment of a High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy.
European Parliamentary Elections BillReport [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
The Baroness LudfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what action by the European Union and its international partners they are seeking to secure peace and justice in Kosovo.
TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER
The Lord Ahmed
*The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will review the NHS medical drug pricing system.
*The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they agree with the proposals put forward by the European Commission in its paper A package to tackle harmful tax competition in the European Union.
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will put forward specific proposals for the restructuring of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.
The Lord BarnettTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on the European Central Bank (24th Report, HL Paper 112).
The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majestys 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.
WEDNESDAY 14TH OCTOBER
The Lord Bell
*The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they expect to be outvoted in the Council of Ministers over their resistance to the European Unions proposed Directive on Takeovers; and, if so, whether they will be able to maintain the United Kingdoms independent system of mergers and acquisitions.
*The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majestys Government what attitude they are taking to the reinstatement of Maltas application to join the European Union.
*The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre to come into operation.
*The Baroness LockwoodTo ask Her Majestys Government what was the outcome of the scheme to pilot the good practice guidelines for dealing with child prostitutes, drawn up by the Association of Chief Police Officers together with Non-Governmental Organisations and social services; and when the new guidelines will be available.
The Baroness Jay of PaddingtonTo move, That this House take note of Her Majestys Governments proposals for reform of the House of Lords, as set out in the Labour Party Manifesto.
THURSDAY 15TH OCTOBER
[It is expected that the debate on House of Lords reform will be continued this day]
MONDAY 19TH OCTOBER
The Lord Lamont of Lerwick
The Baroness Sharp of Guildford
*The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what discussions they have had in the past two months with the BBC on the future of its Overseas Service.
TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER
The Lord Clarke of Hampstead
The Lord Evans of Watford
*The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking bilaterally and multilaterally, including action through the European Union, the Commonwealth and the United Nations Security Council, to promote political solidarity to the problems of the Democratic Republic of Congo and to prevent the escalation of instability and conflict across the region and the African continent.
*The Lord Stanley of AlderleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will take steps to start a national dog register when they alter the regulations for quarantine for pets entering the United Kingdom.
WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER
The Lord Christopher
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will seek to persuade the United States to pay the money it owes to the United Nations.
THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER
*The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majestys Government when they hope to publish the reports of the nine pilot schemes they have set up to identify and remove the reasons why one million pensioners are not claiming the income support to which they are entitled.
MONDAY 26TH OCTOBER
The Lord Haskins
TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER
The Lord Bishop of Southwark
WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER
The Lord Bragg
TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
The Lord Brookman
NO DAY NAMED
The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo call attention to the opportunities for trade with and investment in Latin America; and to move for papers.
The Lord Ashley of StokeTo 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 SouthwarkTo 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 BarnettTo call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.
The Lord Armstrong of IlminsterTo 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 MoynihanTo call attention to the current situation in Algeria; and to move for papers.
The Earl of NortheskTo call attention to political and economic developments in the South Atlantic; and to move for papers.
The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo ask Her Majestys 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 CarlisleTo call attention to the number of people from ethnic minorities in senior positions in public life; and to move for papers.
The Lord SandbergTo ask Her Majestys Government what effect the financial crisis in the Far East is likely to have on the British economy.
The Lord HoosonTo call attention to plans to restructure the United Nations for the next century; and to move for papers.
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys 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 CrownThe 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 Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys 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 Earl of CarlisleTo 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 OnslowTo 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 HanworthTo 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 OxfordTo 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 AcknerTo call attention to the case for effectively monitoring the operation of conditional fee agreements; and to move for papers.
The Lord DholakiaTo call attention to the need for a national strategy for dealing with paedophiles; and to move for papers.
The Lord BirdwoodTo 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 ButterstoneTo call attention to the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school; and to move for papers.
The Lord Hardy of WathTo call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; and to move for papers.
The Earl of ClanwilliamTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support the industrialisation of farming practices in the United Kingdom.
The Lord HyltonTo 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 BraunstoneTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to ban or restrict smoking in restaurants, other eating places and other public places.
The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their long-term policy towards help lines in the field of health services.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys 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 ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys 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 RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys 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 ChelmsfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that the link between the United Kingdoms Balance of Payments and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by the nations leaders and managers is sufficiently understood.
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys 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 VinsonTo call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdoms Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of CO2 emissions; and to move for papers.
The Lord BorrieTo ask Her Majestys 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 HayhoeTo 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 AbercornTo ask Her Majestys 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 McNallyTo ask Her Majestys 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 IronsideTo 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 Kingdoms sovereign interests; and to move for papers.
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys 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 BlakerTo ask Her Majestys 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 AcknerTo call attention to the Governments 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 AllowayTo 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 OCathainTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to encourage marketing and its contribution to business success.
The Lord Sefton of GarstonTo 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 PotternewtonTo call attention to the discrepancies in the provision of abortion under the National Health Service; and to move for papers.
The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys 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 RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government what will be the responsibilities and the objectives of the Minister for Women.
The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majestys 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-WebberTo call attention to the workings of the licensing system governing the export of art and cultural goods; and to move for papers.
The Lord PalmerTo call attention to the present state of agriculture in the United Kingdom with particular reference to Scotland; and to move for papers.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on the use of sanctions.
The Lord Gordon of StrathblaneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they believe that a reduction in VAT on hotel accommodation might boost tourist traffic and so increase exchequer revenues.
The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majestys 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.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord KingslandTo 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 HadleyTo 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 EggardonTo 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 PriorTo 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 HoffmannTo 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 Wallace of SaltaireTo 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 HoffmanTo 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]
The Lord BarnettTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on the Reform of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund (30th Report, HL Paper 138). [3rd August]
The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Incorporating the Schengen Acquis into the European Union (31st Report, HL Paper 139). [8th September]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 30th September]
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 3rd September (WA 12), whether they will publish the proceedings of the Centre for Information, Discussion and Exchange on Asylum (CIREA). (HL3303)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will list those occasions since the war on which Royal Assent to a bill has been given prior to a bill passing all its stages through both Houses of Parliament. (HL3304)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government on what day and at what hour The Queen gave Royal Assent to the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill. (HL3305)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will set out in detail the normal procedures for obtaining the Royal Assent to a bill, indicating which documents are submitted to Her Majesty for this purpose and which documents Her Majesty is required to sign before a bill can become an Act. (HL3306)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will indicate which passages in Erskine May describe the procedures which were used on 3rd September 1998 to obtain the Royal Assent to the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Bill. (HL3307)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what was the total cost to public funds, and the date of completion, of the River Deben augmentation borehole at Earl Soham in Suffolk; what volume of water was abstracted from it during its first six months of operation; and what estimate can be made of the fall in the water table to date which has resulted from its operation. (HL3308)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government on what measure they have calculated that the £50 note introduced in March 1981 would have to be adjusted to £190 to have the equivalent purchasing power today, as indicated in the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3rd September (WA 35); and what adjustment would be needed if the retail price index were used to measure the change in purchasing power over the same period. (HL3309)
The Earl of HaddingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider taking steps to withdraw work permits or visas issued to Russian consular staff who wilfully delay the re-issuing of Russian citizens passports in London, or make compulsory charges to applicants for renewal of passports for typing the applications submitted. (HL3310)
The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they recognise any definitions of the terms airspace, outer space, deep space and interstellar space; whether they will detail such definitions; and whether these are the same definitions as used by the United States Government. (HL3311)
The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Deep Space Tracking Facility at RAF Feltwell has a role in tracking or searching for satellites, space debris, ballistic missiles and space probes. (HL3312)
The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 3rd September (WA 60), whether airports, observatories, RAF bases and police stations are still required to forward details of any report they receive of an unidentified flying object to the Ministry of Defence, or whether such action is now only discretionary, following the April 1997 review of procedures. (HL3313)
The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will list the document references and titles of all open files at the Public Record Office that contain information about unidentified flying objects. (HL3314)
The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will list the document references and titles of all closed files at the Public Record Office that contain information about unidentified flying objects. (HL3315)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what role they see for the International Court of Justice in resolving the range of disputes between Greece and Turkey. (HL3316)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will promote the development of mediation mechanisms for use between members states of NATO. (HL3317)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their estimate of the possibility of armed confrontation between Greece and Turkey; and what action they are promoting with others to defuse the situation. (HL3318)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have studied the paper by Ian S. Goudie on Defence Diversification published by the International Security Information Service; what conclusions they have drawn; and what action they are proposing to take. (HL3319)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have studied the publication Hungry Housing produced by the Council for the Protection of Rural England; what conclusions they have drawn; and what action they are consequently promoting. (HL3320)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to promote the coordination and consistency of land protection measures and policy in the interests of the environment, recreation and the countryside. (HL3321)
The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the membership and terms of reference of their review of the arrangements for the protection of working childrens health, safety, welfare and general development; whether the review will include the employment of children in entertainment and advertising; and whether it will be within its remit to recommend the total prohibition of the employment of children in any capacity. (HL3322)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will give effect to the recommendations of the House of Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs dated 28th July 1998 on Alternatives to Prison Sentences. (HL3323)
The Baroness LockwoodTo ask Her Majestys Government how many prosecutions there have been against sex abusers of children on a comparative basis over the last five years and what penalties were imposed. (HL3324)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Prime Minister (Ecclesiastical Functions) [HL]
Registration of Political Parties [8th October]
Energy Efficiency (No. 2) [HL]
Northern Ireland [5th October]
Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee
London Local Authorities [HL]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Regional Development Agencies [7th October]
Scotland [6th October]
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL]
Waiting for Report
Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
European Parliamentary Elections [12th October]
Waiting for Third Reading
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
Returned to the Commons amended
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
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
Proposals reported from the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998
Draft Deregulation (Occasional Licences) Order 1998
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER