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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 4TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

European Parliamentary Elections Bill—Consideration of Commons reasons [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

Regional Development Agencies Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

‡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.

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 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.

*The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current assessment of relations between the United Kingdom and Chile.

†*The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to recognise dyslexia among the adult prison population.

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).

Local Government (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st July be approved.

Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 23rd July be approved.

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

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

†Scotland Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Sewel]

†ROYAL ASSENT

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 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.

*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.

Northern Ireland Bill—Report [The Lord Dubs]

‡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.

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.

†‡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.

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.

†The Earl Ferrers—To move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees’ motion, at end insert (“except the recommendation relating to the Lord Chancellor’s Dress”).

†The Earl Ferrers—To move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees’ motion, at end insert (“except the recommendation that the Lord Chancellor should be able to speak from the Government Front Bench when the House is sitting as a House”).

†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).

†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.

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.

†The Baroness O’Cathain—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage marketing and its contribution to business success.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the case for changes in the procedure to deal with alleged disciplinary misdemeanours by hospital doctors or consultants, particularly to speed up the process.

The Lord Ahmed—To call attention to the case for fresh international initiatives to solve the problem of Kashmir; and to move for papers.

The Lord Paul—To call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers;

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to alleviate the funding difficulties faced by the British Library.

The Lord Berkeley—To call attention to the Government White Paper A New Deal for Transport: better for everyone (Cm 3950); and to move for papers.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether heads of government and foreign or trade ministers from countries outside the European Union enjoy sufficient access to United Kingdom ministers; how many requests for meetings at heads of government or ministerial level have been made since 1st May 1997; what such meetings have taken place; and what such further meetings have been arranged.

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 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 3rd November]

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the recruitment statistics for GCHQ for 1997 in line with the requirements of the Civil Service Commissioners and say how they compare with the figures for 1996.      (HL3681)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish a White Paper on Defence Diversification.      (HL3682)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the findings of the BBC, the Radio Communications Agency and the Defence Research Agency, following their investigation of the source of the signals jamming the transmissions of MED TV.      (HL3683)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the timetable for bringing into force the various provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL3684)

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to publish the collated responses to the consultation paper on proposed amendments to Approved Document B: Fire Safety prepared by the Fire Research Establishment or whether it will be made available to the general public in some other way.      (HL3685)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts are being undertaken to ensure that sensitive information is kept secure within NATO operational planning; and whether security has been significantly breached in recent months.      (HL3686)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases have private individuals been given permission to employ security staff and bodyguards equipped with firearms; which public organisations or authorities have given consent to such employment; and whether Ministers have been consulted or have given approval to such consent.      (HL3687)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the direct grant to the British Council of £133 million in 1997-98 is sufficient to fund the Council’s activities, including those abroad; if not, whether they will increase the grant; and by how much.      (HL3688)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when a new Director-General of the British Council will be appointed      (HL3689)

The Lord Skidelsky—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

(a) what is the amount paid over to charities by the Inland Revenue under the Gift Aid Scheme in each of the past five years; and

(b) what is the amount currently allowed in higher rate tax relief for charitable donations.      (HL3690)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been an internal enquiry into the causes of the death of Mr Francis McDonnell in Her Majesty’s Prison Maghaberry on 30th March 1996; if so, with what result; and, if not, whether one will be held, and, if not, why not.      (HL3691)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths have occurred in each of the Northern Irish prisons in each of the last five years.      (HL3692)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons have been detained in Northern Ireland under the Prevention of Terrorism Act and the Emergency Provisions (Northern Ireland) Act in each of the last five years; and how many of those detained were subsequently charged with offences, specifying scheduled and ordinary offences.      (HL3693)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons were detained in Northern Ireland under the Police and Criminal Evidence Order 1989, in each of the last five years; and how many persons were subsequently charged with scheduled offences.      (HL3694)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are giving support to the legal action brought by Mr Yassir Al-Sayegh of Bolton, a British citizen now deprived of Bahraini dual citizenship, against the Government of Bahrain for wrongful dismissal from the Housing Bank and for compensation for injuries sustained while in custody in Bahrain, where no charges were brought against him.      (HL3695)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of “overwhelming humanitarian necessity” (as now used by the Government in connection with the possible use of force by NATO in the context of Kosovo) is recognised in international law; and, if so, in what form.      (HL3696)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their own definition of “overwhelming humanitarian necessity”; and whether there is a consensus within the United Nations Security Council—

(a) on the meaning and the legal validity of the concept; and

(b) on the authority it may confer on states or groups of states proposing to use military force in the absence of a United Nations Security Council Resolution specifically requiring or permitting the use of force.       (HL3697)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether “overwhelming humanitarian necessity” over-rides other principles of international law; and, if so, how are the circumstances in which it may do so to be recognised by the international community; and by whom should they be recognised if military action is lawfully to follow.      (HL3698)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether unilateral declarations alleging “overwhelming humanitarian necessity” may confer legality on threats or uses of force or interference within sovereign states that would otherwise be unlawful.      (HL3699)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of “overwhelming humanitarian necessity” and related legal doctrines have been considered by the International Court at the Hague.      (HL3700)

The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the proposed “Stakeholders Forum” will—

(a) have an input to the process whereby genetic modification (GM) products are approved for commercial release in the United Kingdom; and

(b) provide an over-arching “link” to the many Government Departments having separate GM remits.       (HL3701)

The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose amendments to Article 16 of the 1990 Directive on the deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified organisms to include “potential indirect” or “new” environmental effects.      (HL3702)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 23rd March (WA 234) and the Baroness Hayman on 3rd September (WA 26), whether they can show, or arrange for the Committee on Medical Aspects of Food Policy to show, that they have adequately addressed the scientific evidence on the continuing discrepancy in advice about excessive intakes of fluoride, and give their reasons for preferring a guideline figure of 20-80 mg/d rather than 10-20 mg/d over 10 to 20 years as cited by other authorities, since this information is not apparent in either of the references they have hitherto quoted (COMA Panel on Dietary Reference Values for Food Energy and Nutrients for the UK, 1996: Environmental Health Criteria 36; Fluorine and Fluorides, WHO 1984).      (HL3703)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 3rd September (WA 24) whether they will cite the “continuing studies of the effects of fluoride in drinking-water on humans” referred to therein.      (HL3704)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice is given to doctors to be aware of the possibility of incipient skeletal fluorosis in patients who present with skeletal problems.      (HL3705)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 3rd September (WA 24) on the lack of any direct measurement of total fluoride consumption in humans, whether they will now consider making individual fluoride monitoring available within the NHS.      (HL3706)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th March (HL Deb, col. 567), whether the director of the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside, Mr Richard Foster, has published his review of the Bowes Museum; and, if so, whether they will place a copy of the review in the Library of the House.      (HL3707)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the £6 charge for driving licence renewal at age 70, and every three years thereafter, in view of the introduction of an £11 fee for photographs required every ten years.      (HL3708)

The Lord Thomas of Macclesfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the consultation process which ended on 30th September, whether the proposals from Customs and Excise regarding VAT grouping treatment will be so modified that the potentially damaging effect on the activities of universities will be eliminated.      (HL3709)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average length of time taken to answer calls to the Student Loans Helpline.      (HL3710)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether responsibility for ensuring that trees do not fall on railway lines rests with the railway companies, Railtrack, the owners of the land on which the trees are growing or on any combination of them.      (HL3711)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on cases in which people are refused Incapacity Benefit on the ground that they are fit to work, and then turned away by Jobcentres on the ground that they are not fit to work; and how they intend to ensure that this situation does not recur in future.      (HL3712)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for England showing for comprehensive schools, modern schools, grammar schools, all state schools, independent schools and all schools separately, the percentage of all 16-year-old pupils in each of the years 1994 to 1997 obtaining 1 or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C and 1 or more passes at grades A* to G, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 16-year-old pupils.      (HL3713)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Wales showing for all state schools, independent schools and all schools separately, the percentage of all 16-year-old pupils in each of the years 1994 to 1997 obtaining 1 or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C and 1 or more passes at grades A* to G, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 16-year-old pupils.      (HL3714)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland showing for modern schools, grammar schools, all state schools, independent schools and all schools separately, the percentage of all 16-year-old pupils in each of the years 1994 to 1997 obtaining 1 or more GCSE passes at grades A* to C and 1 or more passes at grades A* to G, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 16-year-old pupils.      (HL3715)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Scotland showing for all state schools, independent schools and all schools separately, the percentage of S4 pupils in each of the years 1994 to 1997 obtaining 5 or more Standard Grade passes at Credit Level (grades 1 and 2), 1 or more Standard Grade passes at Credit Level (grades 1 and 2) and 1 or more Standard Grade passes, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of S4 pupils.      (HL3716)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for England for all state institutions, independent schools, and all institutions giving the number of 17-year-olds entering for 2 or more A-levels and the number of 17-year-olds obtaining 2 or more A-levels, 3 or more A-levels and 3 or more A-levels at A grade in each of the years 1983 to 1998 showing data separately for boys, girls and all students and including, for each year and, if possible, for each category of institution, the size of the relevant 17-year-old cohort.      (HL3717)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Wales for all state institutions, independent schools, and all institutions giving the number of 17-year-olds entering for 2 or more A-levels and the number of 17-year-olds obtaining 2 or more A-levels, 3 or more A-levels and 3 or more A-levels at A grade in each of the years 1983 to 1998 showing data separately for boys, girls and all students and including, for each year and, if possible, for each category of institution, the size of the relevant 17-year-old cohort.      (HL3718)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have given or propose to give to the Tenant Farmers Association’s request to—

(a) double the Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances for 1999;

(b) bring forward the compensation available as a result in the increase in the value of the green pound;

(c) continue the Calf Processing Aid Scheme after 30th November 1998; and

(d) relax the weight limit for suckler cows going through the Over Thirty Months Scheme.       (HL3719)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the top rate of tax on personal income for each country in the European Union, indicating in respect of each level of gross income (expressed in pounds sterling) at which this rate applies for a married man with tow children.      (HL3720)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the top rate of inheritance tax for each country in the European Union, indicating in respect of each value (expressed in pounds sterling) of the deceased’s estate at which this rate of tax starts to apply.      (HL3721)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will state the top rate of Value Added Tax in each country of the European Union, indicating in each case the range of goods and services to which it applies.      (HL3722)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the European Union impose an annual wealth tax, indicating in respect of each the top rate of the tax; the level of wealth (expressed in pound sterling) at which that rate applies; and the types of assets which are liable to the tax.      (HL3723)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries in the European Union have a capital gains tax on shares or other assets, indicating the rate of tax and the annual exemption level (expressed in pounds sterling) in each instance.      (HL3724)

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]
    Northern Ireland [10th November]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Scotland [9th 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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Fireworks

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    European Parliamentary Elections [4th November]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Competition [HL]
    Human Rights [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) 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
    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
    Draft Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations 1998
    Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 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 4TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
Science and Technology Committee10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)3.30 pm

THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

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

TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

London Local Authorities Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committee
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 12TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER

European Communities Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

 
 
 
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