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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.

MONDAY 19TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick

and

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had in the past two months with the BBC on the future of its Overseas Service.

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the phrase “Open Door” policy in relation to the nations of Central Europe which have applied to join NATO.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the conclusions of the 3rd Report (Session 1997-98) of the House of Commons’ Home Affairs Committee Alternatives to Prison Sentences (HC 486-I).

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the Office of Fair Trading report on BSkyB’s bid for the ownership of Manchester United Football Club plc.

†Scotland Bill—The Lord Sewel to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 20

Schedule 2

Clause 21

Schedule 3

Clauses 22 to 92

Schedule 6

Clauses 93 to 107

Schedule 7

Clauses 108 to 116

Schedules 4 and 5

Clause 117

Schedules 8 and 9

Clauses 118 to 124.

Northern Ireland Bill—Committee [The Lord Dubs] [32nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

The Lord Clarke of Hampstead

and

The Lord Evans of Watford

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s 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.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to persuade the United States to pay the money it owes to the United Nations.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in order to counter the possible increase in fraud, if the scheme for working families’ tax credit is continued in the form at present proposed.

City of Westminster Bill [HL]— Third Reading

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

Competition Bill [HL]— Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Simon of Highbury] [32nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

The Lord Christopher

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have taken in connection with further substantial computerisation of the National Health Service to avoid a repetition of past experiences such as in the Wessex Regional Health Authority.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any steps to encourage the provision of more refuges for children under 16 under the provisions of section 51 of the Children Act 1989.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any representations to the public utilities about granting financial concessions to old age pensioners.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether pig meat served in House of Lords’ restaurants is of British origin.

‡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.

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

THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER

†[Prayers will have been read]

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s 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.

*The Lord Calverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the laying off of 450 workers at the Vickers tank factory in Leeds.

*The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when a woman becomes entitled to Widow’s Benefit, she automatically loses the Invalid Care Allowance, even though her caring role for a disabled relative may continue.

Scotland Bill—Report [The Lord Sewel] [32nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

MONDAY 26TH OCTOBER

The Lord Haskins

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response towards recent developments in Burma (Myanmar).

*The Lord McCarthy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to develop a long-term strategy for pay in the public sector.

*The Lord Beloff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to enforce the implementation of section 407 of the Education Act 1996 (Duty to secure balanced treatment of political issues).

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the course of their discussions with the Iranian authorities on improving the relations between the United Kingdom and Iran, they have raised the persecution of the Bah(’ ís.

†‡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.

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

TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

The Lord Bishop of Southwark

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the quality of care in the community for people with mental health problems.

*The Lord Monro of Langholm—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the National Farmers’ Union about the present plight of agriculture.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their present and future plans for the funds generated by the National Lottery.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress being made with the National Professional Qualification for Headship.

†‡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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Northern Ireland Bill will be concluded this day]

WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER

The Lord Bragg

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the speech by the President of Kazakhstan on 30th September to the people of that country and what practical measures they could support in relation to that speech.

*The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to restore ewe and lamb prices to hill farmers.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the adoption by the United Nations of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th December 1948.

*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the effects on corporate tax receipts of the growth of trading on the Internet.

†‡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.

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

THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to take any further steps to alert drivers and passengers in motor vehicles to the liability that may arise, by reason of contributory negligence, through a failure to wear seat belts when the vehicle in which they are travelling is involved in an accident.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new information they can give on the Millennium Dome, with particular reference to means of access, parking arrangements, and contents.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce whether the North of London Eurostar trains will be used for services north of London or, suitably shortened, for services between Paris, Brussels and Heathrow.

†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).

†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.

MONDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the detailed terms of their current hospital developments being funded under the Private Finance Initiative.

*The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the recent report by the Advisory Group on Quarantine, Quarantine and Rabies, whether they consider it reasonable to expect that it will take up to three years to arrange adequate facilities and administrative and operational structures for the importation of dogs and cats into the United Kingdom without the requirement to undergo quarantine for six months.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, on their next visit to Iran, Ministers will ask to see prisoners on death row in Evin prison.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent or discourage the nuisance and damage caused by the use off the road of unlicensed and uninsured motorcycles, especially where such use depends upon access from the public highway to the areas affected.

TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

The Lord Brookman

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures to encourage walking in towns and cities, in accordance with the policies set out in the recently published Transport White Paper, can be implemented immediately.

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that the private sector has the structures in place to be Millennium compliant by 1st January 2000.

*The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their most recent proposals for the future of Dover House in Whitehall.

*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that, following the moratorium on the sale of former railway land recently announced, adequate consultation is taking place between Rail Properties Ltd and local authorities and others concerning the redevelopment of suitable sites for future railway use.

WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are proposing to take to address the social consequences, especially in Russia and Indonesia, of the current global financial crisis.

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount they have committed to public sector housing since taking office, and how was the figure arrived at.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to secure the future of the coal industry.

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether undergraduate and graduate students from the “5+1” nations negotiating for entry into the European Union and studying at United Kingdom universities pay fees at the European Union rate; and, if not, whether they plan that such students should do so.

THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the European Union’s satellite aid programmes are subject to sufficient financial control to prevent fraud.

*The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the recent European directive on the sale of duty-paid goods on board aircraft and ships on intra-European Union journeys; and how they intend to enforce it.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the position of adults or parents of children who refuse treatment for themselves or their children recommended by their general medical practitioner or consultant when there is no imminent risk to life.

MONDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to prevent any overpricing of goods by the major supermarket chains.

*The Lord Hardinge of Penshurst—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the delay in publishing their draft Bill on Freedom of Information (which was to have been published in September), what is the current position on this legislation.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support a closer relationship between the Western European Union and the European Union, leading in time to the incorporation of the Western European Union into the European Union.

†*The Lord Geraint—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the present state of the agricultural industry in Wales.

TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the consequences of the proposals contained in the final draft of the European Council Directive on “End of Life Vehicles” (COM (97) 358) for the collection, storage, repair, use and conservation of historic vehicles.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will reach a conclusion about the future of the Post Office.

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people entitled to Disability Living Allowance who have yet to apply for the allowance.

†*The Lord Mottistone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware that the Royal Mail, when forwarding letters to country addresses, are omitting the names of the village and county from the address.

WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will relax the visa regime for Iran; and, if so, when.

†*The Lord Nickson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to eradicate the outbreak of infectious salmon anaemia in Scottish fish farms.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to control the flow into the United Kingdom of applicants for asylum, of whom only a small percentage have to date been accepted after the processes of investigation.

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the refurbished Royal Opera House opens on time and with a full cast.

THURSDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Holme of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the North Irish Horse Squadron will be disbanded as a result of the reserve forces cuts set out in the Strategic Defence Review.

†*The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in line with their policy to encourage the use of bicycles, they have any plans to introduce a form of licensing for cyclists.

†*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government where matters currently stand in the negotiations on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.

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 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.

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

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 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 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 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 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 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.

†The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the present state of agriculture in Scotland.

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

The Lord Gordon of Strathblane—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that a reduction in VAT on hotel accommodation might boost tourist traffic and so increase exchequer revenues.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many servicemen and women who served in the Gulf War have illnesses still awaiting diagnosis; and what progress is being made in their investigations in relation to these illnesses.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are implementing to improve bilateral and trading links with Iran.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards recent developments in Sudan.

The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking or intend to take to deal with the serious crisis facing British farmers.

The Lord Mayhew of Twysden—To ask HMG what representations they have received about their proposals for a “modern system” for corporation tax payments following the abolition of advance corporation tax in April 1999.

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the indefinite unilateral ceasefire from 1st September by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), and the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq and recent military threats against Syria.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give advice to police authorities on the circumstances in which police vehicles may exceed speed limits, ignore traffic lights and in other ways dispense with the regulations governing traffic on public roads.

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have in mind a change in the way in which the arts in this country are governed and managed.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health plans to issue new guidance on MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines in the light of new medical evidence and litigation recently instituted against pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the vaccines.

†The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that further measures are needed to protect and maintain the separation of powers and the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary in determining devolution issues, human rights issues and other issues involving the misuse of power by public authorities.

†The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to alleviate the current difficulties facing the farming industry in the uplands.

†The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to address the difficulties facing the agricultural industry.

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 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 Hoffmann—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]

The Lord Barnett—To 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 Saltaire—To 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 15th October]

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many current members of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, eligible to sit in proceedings raising devolution issues arising under the Scotland Bill, the Northern Ireland Bill, and the Government of Wales Act 1998, have held high judicial office in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and England and Wales, respectively.      (HL3439)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are examining the latest evidence that Iraq still holds prisoners of war from Kuwait; and whether they can draw any conclusions or proposals for action from such scrutiny.      (HL3440)

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed extension of National Insurance Contribution liability to non-cash vouchers will impact most severely on low-paid employees in small companies, since employees in larger firms whose employers provide canteens will not face increased liability; and whether they will reconsider this proposal in the light of representations made by both employers and unions.      (HL3441)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference of the Independent Panel of the Ministry of Defence for interactions between vaccines and NAPS (Nerve Agent Pre-treatment Sets) and by whom the terms were set and upon whose authority.      (HL3442)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any proposals for additions or changes to be made to the terms of reference of the Independent Panel of the Ministry of Defence for interactions between vaccines and NAPS (Nerve Agent Pre-treatment Sets) and, if there have been, what action has been taken.      (HL3443)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Independent Panel of the Ministry of Defence for interactions between vaccines and NAPS (Nerve Agent Pre-treatment Sets) has met and when they last met.      (HL3444)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the key group and the children’s sub-group of the Working Group on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, with their current appointments and interests.      (HL3445)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will detail the provisions in the Charter of the United Nations, or elsewhere in international law, under which a NATO attack on Serbia is permissible; and, if it is permissible, what rules of war, relating to “proportionality”, contingent damage to civilians (especially in relation to attacks on facilities suspected of being used to make chemical or biological weapons), and other matters apply.      (HL3446)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NATO Council has now accepted the conditions imposed by the United States Senate on United States acceptance of NATO enlargement, which include a statement that NATO out-of-area military activities are not subject to, and do not require the authorisation of, the United Nations Security Council.      (HL3447)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will detail the provisions in the Charter of the United Nations, or elsewhere in international law, under which the United States attacks on (a) the pharmaceutical facility in Khartoum and (b) the camps in Afghanistan were lawful.      (HL3448)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will detail the provisions in the Charter of the United Nations, or elsewhere in international law, under which an attack by Turkey (a member of NATO) on Syria would be lawful, as recently claimed by the Prime Minister of Turkey.      (HL3449)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will detail the provisions in the Charter of the United Nations, or elsewhere in international law, under which an Israeli attack on Iran, such as has recently been advocated in the Israeli Knesset, might be lawful.      (HL3450)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States Administration informed them of, or consulted them about, the dispatch of three B-2 and three B-52 bombers to “training exercises” over the Pacific Ocean in early September; whether they were based in Diego Garcia; and whether they have been consulted by the United States Administration in the course of the latter’s consideration (as reported in Aviation Week, 14th September, pages 58-9) of a pre-emptive strike to destroy Taepo Dong missiles in North Korea.      (HL3451)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the delay in bringing into effect Parts III and V of the Police Act 1997.      (HL3452)

The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is that, while printed published books and journals are zero-rated for VAT, electronically published material is subject to VAT at the standard rate; and whether they have any intention of correcting this situation.      (HL3453)

The Lord Sudeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, taking into account the powers of the European Central Bank in relation to a single European currency, what measures they are taking to strengthen Sterling, especially after having given greater autonomy to the Bank of England.      (HL3454)

The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State, Department of Transport (the Earl of Caithness) on 24th March 1993 (WA 13), how many accidents involving fatalities and other injuries, respectively, have occurred in the last three years on the two single carriageway lengths of the A21 trunk road between the southern end of the Tonbridge Bypass and Scotney Castle, south of Lamberhurst; and what steps they propose to take to reduce this level of accidents.      (HL3455)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the agreement to allow Serbia to keep all the forces in Kosovo that were there last March with the condition specified in Security Council Resolution 1199, that all forces involved in operations against civilians be withdrawn.      (HL3456)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during recent meetings with the Indonesian President, they have been able to raise the Balibo incident of October 1975.      (HL3457)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the annual additional cost to the NHS of changing from three separate vaccines to a single MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine from 1988 onwards.      (HL3458)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the annual additional cost to the NHS would be of changing from a single MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine to three separate vaccines.      (HL3459)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what activity the Department of Health is currently engaged in to review its exposure to medical negligence claims and its processes and procedures for dealing with them.      (HL3460)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 25th February (WA 99), when they will announce a decision on whether pen needles for diabetics are to be available on prescription.      (HL3461)

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]
    Waste Minimisation
    Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL]
    Northern Ireland [19th October]
    Registration of Political Parties

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Scotland [22nd October]

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Parliamentary Elections [20th October]
    City of Westminster [HL] [20th October]

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] [20th October]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Fireworks

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 PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Cannabis)
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm
European Communities Committee4.15 pm
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)in France
(Management of Nuclear Waste)

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)11.00 am

THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 28TH OCTOBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology Committee10.45 am

TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Library and Computers Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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