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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.

THURSDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

At three o’clock

*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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†Regional Development Agencies Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

‡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]

†Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1998—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th October be approved.

†Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1998—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19th October be approved. [45th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations 1998—The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st October be approved. [46th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 1998—The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 29th October be approved. [46th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Insurance) Order 1998—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd October be approved. [45th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Meat and Livestock Commission Levy (Variation) Scheme (Confirmation) Order 1998—The Lord Hoyle to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st July be approved. [43rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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 4th November]

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the interim review of the Boundary Commission for England.      (HL3725)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will report on the operation of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.      (HL3726)

The Lord Gregson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the arrangements are for this year’s review of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989.      (HL3727)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 28th July (WA 188), whether they will place a copy of the Baroness Hayman’s reply to the Haemophilia Society’s letter of 24th June in the Library of the House.      (HL3728)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the concept of “No Fault Divorce”.      (HL3729)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to revise the Family Law Act 1996.      (HL3730)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to assist in the promotion of the activities of the City of London.      (HL3731)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 20th October (WA 138), whether, and if so when, they intend to implement the recommendation made by Lord Woolf, Master of the Rolls, in his final report of July 1998 on Access to Justice (Recommendation 242) that, in public law cases the court should have a discretion to order costs to be paid out of public funds or to order that the unsuccessful party is not to pay the other party’s costs where the proceedings have been brought in the public interest.       (HL3732)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider a judge’s removal from office to involve a determination of a civil right within the meaning of Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights, namely the right to a reputation; and, if not, why not.      (HL3733)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the leak of Foreign and Commonwealth Office plans to close certain diplomatic missions abroad, as published in the press on 23rd October.      (HL3734)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will indicate the annual cost to public funds of each of the diplomatic missions listed in The Times on 23rd October as being under consideration by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for closure.      (HL3735)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they determine the level of relevant British commercial interests in the areas concerned in deciding on the closure of diplomatic missions abroad.      (HL3736)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures are in place for deciding on the closure of British diplomatic missions abroad; and whether the decision to close missions is made by Ministers collectively.      (HL3737)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any potential health risk associated with the operation of mobile phones; and, if so, what action they propose to take.      (HL3738)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland 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.      (HL3739)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to enforce the implementation of section 406 (political indoctrination) of the Education Act 1996.      (HL3740)

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many tracks for freight trains will be available on the West Coast Main Line between Rugby and London during the daytime, 0700-2100 hours, when the upgrading of the railway is completed in 2002.      (HL3741)

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the aspirations of the freight train operating companies and the Government to treble freight in ten years have been accommodated in the agreement between Railtrack and Virgin Trains for the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line.      (HL3742)

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the present position is regarding a decision on undertaking the necessary infrastructure works to accommodate trains of piggyback gauge on the West Coast route between London and Scotland.      (HL3743)

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the implication is of the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line for the Government’s objective of securing a transfer of freight from road to rail.      (HL3744)

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any plans on the part of Railtrack to exclude trains other than those with tilt mechanism from the fast lines on the West Coast Main Line after the year 2005; and, if so, what the implications of such plans might be—

(a) in terms of the ability to compete of operators using conventional trains; and

(b) for train services to Northampton.      (HL3745)

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Railtrack is giving sufficient attention to the need of businesses such as the Post Office for access to adequate diversionary routes while repairs and renewals on the West Coast Main Line are carried out.      (HL3746)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO’s revised Strategic Concept should identify as a new NATO “fundamental task” the carrying out of operations in defence of common interests and values, wheresoever it may decide, as an Alliance or in coalitions of the willing, regardless of the United Nations Security Council, and develop the military power so to operate under continuing United States leadership.      (HL3747)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been agreed in the NATO Council that NATO’s European members should in future “shift more focus to such priorities as mobility, deployability and reinforcement missions [thus to] become better equipped to operate with United States forces in a broader range of contingencies in the years ahead” (Report to the Congress on the Enlargement of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation: Rationale, Benefits, Costs and Implications 1997); and, if so, what they understand by this reference to “a broader range of contingencies in the years ahead”.      (HL3748)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign Office’s evidence to the House of Lords European Communities Committee on 11th November 1997 that “European Union and NATO enlargement are separate but complementary processes” means that comprehensive cost benefit comparisons between the two processes and their interactions are going on within the government (and if so in which Departments) and within the European Union; and, if not, why not.      (HL3749)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have conducted into United Kingdom public knowledge about, and support for, NATO enlargement.      (HL3750)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is an expectation within NATO that the reluctance of the electorates of Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary to accept increased spending on NATO at the expense of increased spending on education and health (United States Information Agency surveys, 1996-97) will affect the funding of NATO enlargement by those countries; and, if so, what they expect that effect will be.      (HL3751)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Labour party Manifesto commitment to support NATO and the United States took into account any downgrading of United States support for the United Nations and any upgrading plans to expand NATO’s “mission” and its area of operation.      (HL3752)

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning any relief assistance following the devastation caused by hurricane Mitch in Central America; and, if so, what form this will take.      (HL3753)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results of the survey of European Union Member States to establish the adequacy of available interpreter facilities in courts of law.      (HL3754)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that adequate facilities exist in courts in the European Union to provide translation for United Kingdom citizens involved in proceedings there.      (HL3755)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of a partial collapse of multi storey car parks in Wolverhampton and the safety barriers at a car park in Canterbury, they will—

(a) consider the introduction of a compulsory structural inspection regime for car parks similar to the annual inspection and detailed five year checks for highway bridges;

(b) publish the instructions given to owners and operators of multi storey car parks concerning examination for structural integrity; and

(c) implement the recommendations of the Standing Committee on Structured Safety concerning car park safety.       (HL3756)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which planning authorities have included the provision of motorway services in their structure plans; what action they are taking to ensure that road users are provided with frequent service facilities on motorways and all trunk roads; and what plans they have to fill in gaps where intervals between service areas do not comply with ideal distances.      (HL3757)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which London Boroughs have fully complied with the Secretary of State’s Parking Guidance which requires them to produce a separate statement of account for on-street parking; how any surplus funding has been used; and what action has been taken against those London Boroughs which have failed to comply with the Parking Guidance.      (HL3758)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the meetings held between Foreign Office officials and Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Spicer in 1997 and 1998, giving the date, length of meeting and the names of the officials in each case.      (HL3759)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they sought or received information from Lieutenant-Colonel Tim Spicer on the directors and shareholders of Sandline.      (HL3760)

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]
    Northern Ireland [10th November]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Scotland [9th November]
    Regional Development Agencies [11th 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

Returned to the Commons with reasons

    European Parliamentary Elections

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
    Draft Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998
    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance Amendment (New Deal) 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
    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]

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 D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
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
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

 
 
 
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