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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

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.

Northern Ireland Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Dubs] [32nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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.

†*The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that all savings and investment accounts offered by National Savings meet the benchmark standards for the Individual Savings Account.

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

and

†The Lord Harris of Haringey

*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 Bahá’ 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 Report 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.

†‡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.

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

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.

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

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

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.

MONDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans are in place for transport to and from the Millennium Dome in the event of the Jubilee Line extension not opening on schedule.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to monitor the standards of health and nutrition of children at school; and whether any deterioration in such standards has been noted since changes were made in the arrangements for school meals in the 1980s.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the full inter-departmental working group on overseas development cooperation has met at ministerial level since May 1997 and what consideration it has given to security sector reform.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in setting up the Foods Standards Agency.

TUESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the prices paid by British consumers for foodstuffs and other commodities, which are reported to be higher than those in other European Union Member States, are consistent with the existence of a single market within the European Union.

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the forthcoming Royal Commission on reform of the House of Lords to undertake a campaign of information and consultation with the general public.

*The Lord McCarthy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees who now earn less than the National Insurance lower earnings limit of £64 a week will be lifted above this limit by the introduction of the National Minimum Wage; and what would be the annual cost of providing those that remain with the right to full contributory benefits.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plans for constitutional reform include modernisation of the relationship between the Channel Islands and the United Kingdom.

WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have abandoned their proposal to establish a Foods Standards Agency.

†*The Lord Taylor of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Ordnance Survey are no longer depicting county boundaries on their maps and whether they will revert to the original method of including both county and administrative data.

THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the operation of the new regulations which limit the sale of aspirin and other similar products to 32 tablets at one time without the express agreement of a pharmacist.

†*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that Primary Care Group Boards are so structured as to make proper use of the skills and knowledge of pharmacists.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what encouragement or assistance they are giving to the development of offshore wind generation of electricity.

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 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 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 the United Kingdom with particular reference to the upland regions and 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.

The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to deal with claims for compensation by mineworkers who are suffering from respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema.

†The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the disparity between farm-gate and supermarket prices for food products; and what steps they intend to take to redress this imbalance.

†Working Time Regulations 1998—The Lord Alton of Liverpool to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations (S.I. 1998/1833), laid before the House on 30th July, be annulled.

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 20th October]

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made at the British Cattle Movement since the launch of the computerised Cattle Tracing System for Great Britain on 28th September.      (HL3493)

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will report on the National Forest Company’s progress in creating the National Forest in the East Midlands.      (HL3494)

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the application of the amendment to the Basel Convention as laid down in Decision IV/9 of the Parties to the Convention.      (HL3495)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement the Road Traffic Reduction Act 1997.      (HL3496)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Transport Council held in Luxembourg on 1st October.      (HL3497)

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide financial assistance to Warwickshire County Council, Stratford on Avon District Council, Worcester City Council and Northampton Borough Council under the Bellwin scheme for costs incurred following the severe flooding on the weekend of 9th to 12th April.      (HL3498)

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they intend to give to regional development agencies in relation to their regional strategies.      (HL3499)

The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the current review of the National Air Quality Strategy will be completed.      (HL3500)

The Lord Gladwin of Clee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the criteria announced by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on 28th July 1997 (HL Deb, cols. 26-29) are used to assess applications for a licence to export arms or goods subject to control for strategic reasons, for the purposes of demonstration, trial, testing or evaluation.      (HL3501)

The Lord Gladwin of Clee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the recent consultation on a scheme for the impounding of illegally operated heavy goods vehicles.      (HL3502)

The Lord Gladwin of Clee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce proposals for a public/private partnership for National Air Traffic Services Ltd.      (HL3503)

The Lord Gladwin of Clee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to take forward their policies for towns and cities.      (HL3504)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on licensing arms exports to Slovenia.      (HL3505)

The Lord Evans of Parkside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 28th September.      (HL3506)

The Lord Evans of Parkside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Intervention Board intends to publish a revised Corporate Plan, as set out in its Policy and Resources Framework Document.      (HL3507)

The Lord Evans of Parkside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 30th July (HC Deb., cols. 621-630), what progress has been made on genetically modified crops.      (HL3508)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Environment Council held on 6th October.      (HL3509)

The Lord Davies of Oldham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about the draft Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations, and when revised regulations will be laid before the House.      (HL3510)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what national tracking of adverse responses to current MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines is taking place in the National Health Service.      (HL3511)

The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect their report on Training and Enterprise Councils to be published; and whether it will contain a clarification of the Council’s remit.      (HL3512)

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government progress has been made on the recommendations of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Report Bangladeshis in Britain published in 1986 (HC 96-I, 1986-87).      (HL3513)

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the impact of the recommendations of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee Report Bangladeshis in Britain published in 1986 (HC 96-I, 1986-87).      (HL3514)

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider setting up an enquiry on the progress of the Bangladeshi community in Britain with special reference to educational achievement since 1986.      (HL3515)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider a change in the law so as to allow the service of a notice of intention to deport on a person serving a sentence of imprisonment several weeks prior to the end of his sentence and to provide that no challenge could then be made to the Secretary of State on the grounds that he could not have considered all the circumstances, so that minimum delays occur between the end of the sentence and the hearing of any appeal against deportation, as was originally proposed in 1979.      (HL3516)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of the Boards of Visitors at Her Majesty’s prisons which do not publish their annual reports.      (HL3517)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the Prison Service’s Quantum Project has been completed and what action has been taken thereon; whether they will publish the reports on the information systems consultancy for which £5 million had already been paid when the project was suspended; and what controls were used, in accordance with CCTA and Government accounting guidelines, to ensure that value for money was obtained.      (HL3518)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to other member states of the Council of Europe that an investigation be conducted into the jamming of satellite transmissions, contrary to the European Community’s Television without Frontiers Directive.      (HL3519)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Chalker of Wallasey on 30th April 1995 (WA 1) and 29th June 1995 (WA 59-60), what progress has been made in the Cayman Islands and the British Virgin Islands towards restoration of the right of individual petition to the European Court of Human Rights and other suitable legal remedies for infringement of human rights.      (HL3520)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to be able to announce their decision to become a party to the first Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by 10th December 1998 (the 50th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights).      (HL3521)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to deal with allegations of corruption by police officers.      (HL3522)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in light of recent reports relating to the harmful effects of the use of mobile ’phones, they will instruct that all such devices carry an appropriate health warning.      (HL3523)

The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 19th October (WA 127-8), what funds were available for house building prior to the additional £5 billion which will have been made available over the life of this Parliament.      (HL3524)

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 [21st October]
    Registration of Political Parties

Waiting for Report

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

Returned to the Commons amended

    Fireworks
    European Parliamentary Elections

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Competition [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1998
    Draft Channel 4 (Application of Excess Revenues) Order 1998

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]

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)11.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)in France
(Management of Nuclear Waste)

THURSDAY 22ND OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm

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

TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

European Communities Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology Committee10.45 am

TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am

 
 
 
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