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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 28TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

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 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 Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether recent events will affect the United Kingdom’s relations with Chile.

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

‡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.

THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER

[Prayers will have been read]

*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 Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to protect the OSCE monitors in Kosovo.

Human Rights Bill [HL]— Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

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.

Regional Development Agencies Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

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.

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

‡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.

FRIDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Waste Minimisation Bill—Committee [The Lord Hardy of Wath]

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).

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, HL Paper 135).

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.

†Northern Ireland Bill—Report [The Lord Dubs]

WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will relax the visa regime for Iran to accommodate the business community; 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.

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

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

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.

FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Hereditary Peerage (Election) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Pearson of Rannoch]

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.

†Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 4th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 144) be agreed to.

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.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy that dietary supplements are sold under the law relating to food provided they are safe and make no medicinal claims.

*The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to assist the government and people of Bangladesh to deal with the recent flood disaster; and what assessment has been made of their continuing needs and priorities.

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 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 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.

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what future defence role they see for the Western European Union.

The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in procedure and liaison between the Home Office and the Press Complaints Commission have taken place following their respective inquiries into the circumstances surrounding press serialisation of Cries Unheard concerning the case of Mary Bell.

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide additional financial support for conductive education.

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 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]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 27th October]

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the next award of city status will be made.      (HL3595)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest information about access to schools and universities by Albanians in Kosovo, in accordance with earlier agreements.      (HL3596)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the parties in conflict in the Sudan have extended the ceasefire due to expire on 15th October; and whether the ceasefire is being extended outside the region of Bahr el Ghazal, as requested by UNICEF and the World Food Programme.      (HL3597)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each financial year from 1994-95 to the present, where and when riots have occurred in prisons; and what has been the cost of repairing damage caused and of relocating prisoners in each case.      (HL3598)

The Lord Robertson of Oakridge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the risk assessment exercise on wild boar referred to in the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 23rd June 1997 (WA 151) has been completed; and, if so, what were its findings.      (HL3599)

The Lord McCarthy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average annual rate of real earnings growth in each year since 1985 of employees in the following categories—

(a) public sector employees covered by each of the separate pay review bodies;

(b) public sector employees not covered by pay review:

(c) private-sector employees in the following categories:

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union is a party to the Biodiversity Convention; whether that Convention has any bearing on the content or conduct of the Common Fisheries Policy in North European waters; and, if so, whose responsibility it is to ensure that it is being observed there.      (HL3601)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union is a party to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context; whether that Convention has any bearing on the content or conduct of the Common Fisheries Policy in North European waters; and, if so, whose responsibility it is to ensure that it is being observed there.      (HL3602)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) elsewhere in the European Union for identifying, monitoring and preventing or minimising possible adverse effects on fish stocks in Northern European waters, including possible damage to the health of the fish and of consumers of fish, from pollutants (whether natural, anthropogenic or combinations of the two) and from the interactions of such pollutants with climatic or other natural processes.      (HL3603)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they keep records of the pesticides banned or severely restricted in this country that are being marketed and used in developing countries from which we may import food; and, if not, whether they will now do so in the light of the warning issued by the Food and Agriculture Organisation and the new Convention to control trade in toxic pesticides.      (HL3604)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of economic activity they understand to be being measured by means of (a) Gross Domestic Product and (b) Gross National Product in—

(a) the United Kingdom;

(b) the European Union;

(c) the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries;

(d) the Council of Europe countries;

(e) less developed countries; and

(f) the most indebted countries.       (HL3605)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of British-trained scientists and engineers are currently engaged in work that is secret for (a) commercial and (b) military reasons; what is the total number in each case; and what they estimate to have been the cost to the taxpayer of the education and training of these people.      (HL3606)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to date of the Department of Trade and Industry’s investigation into the flotation of MGN plc; and whether they can estimate the cost to completion.      (HL3607)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of the present court action against Mr Kevin Maxwell.      (HL3608)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many IACS (Integrated Administration and Control System) application forms were received by the Scottish Office from Scottish farmers for 1997.      (HL3609)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Scottish farmers have not yet been fully paid their IACS (Integrated Administration and Control System) grant for 1997.      (HL3610)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to IACS (Integrated Administration and Control System) grants, whether there have been difficulties over Ordnance Survey numbers.      (HL3611)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is likely to be any trouble for IACS (Integrated Administration and Control System) payments resulting from computer problems after the millennium.      (HL3612)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will pay interest on overdue IACS (Integrated Administration and Control System) payments.      (HL3613)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to ensure that the traditional costs rules do not impair the effective enjoyment of the rights of access to justice in cases under the Human Rights Act where the claimant is ineligible for legal aid but cannot afford to risk having to pay the costs of the respondent public authority.      (HL3614)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Article 31 of the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees recognises that there may be justification for the use of false travel documents and irregular entry, since a person fleeing human rights violations may need to resort to false documents to leave the country of origin and to travel to another country.      (HL3615)

The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the feasibility of speeding up the procedures for dealing with disciplinary charges involving senior police officers.      (HL3616)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ministry of Defence railheads are currently in use.      (HL3617)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tonnes per annum of Ministry of Defence freight are currently transported by rail in the United Kingdom; and what is the average haul distance by rail.      (HL3618)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new Ministry of Defence initiatives have resulted from the Government’s Memorandum to the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee of January 1998.      (HL3619)

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will advise the War Graves Commission that it would be appropriate to ensure that the memorial at Thiepval is a commemoration of the fallen of all faiths.      (HL3620)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration is being given to promoting the development of community gardens in densely populated and environmentally impoverished areas; and whether they accept the environmental and health benefits of community gardening schemes.      (HL3621)

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] [11th November]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pharmacists [HL]
    Waste Minimisation [6th November]
    Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL]
    Registration of Political Parties [5th November]

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    Regional Development Agencies [4th November]
    Scotland [28th October]
    Northern Ireland [10th November]

Sent to the Commons

    Coordinated Universal Time [HL]
    Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) [HL]
    Geneva Conventions (Amendment) [HL]
    British Nationality (St. Helena) [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]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Human Rights [HL] [29th October]

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 Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations 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
    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
    Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Insurance) 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 28TH OCTOBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 29TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm
European Communities Committee4.15 pm
House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.30 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology Committee10.45 am

THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Management of Nuclear Waste)

TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

London Local Authorities Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committee

 
 
 
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