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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

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THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

At three o’clock

Committee of Selection—The Chairman of Committees to move, That in accordance with Standing Order 61 a Committee of Selection be appointed to select and propose to the House the names of the Lords to form each select committee of the House (except the Committee of Selection itself and any committee otherwise provided for by statute or by order of the House) or any other body not being a select committee referred to it by the Chairman of Committees, and the Panel of Deputy Chairmen of Committees; and that the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee—

L. Burnham

L. Carter

V. Cranborne

L. Harris of Greenwich

B. Jay of Paddington

L. McIntosh of Haringey

L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank

L. Strathclyde

V. Tenby

L. Weatherill.

†The Queen’s Speech—Adjourned Debate on the Motion that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows—

“Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.”

[It is expected that the principal topics for debate will be Defence, International Development and Foreign Affairs.]

MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Dixon-Smith—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, if fraud can be demonstrated to have been undertaken by a member of the staff of the European Commission, under which national criminal code such a case might be prosecuted.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce a Freedom of Information Bill.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits the United Kingdom derives from the continuing development of offshore financial centres in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the number of suitably qualified men working in primary schools.

†The Baroness Jay of Paddington—To move, That it is desirable that a Select Committee be appointed to consider the operation of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and to make recommendations.

[It is expected that the debate on the Address will be continued this day and that the principal topics for debate will be Education, Environment and Agriculture.]

TUESDAY 1ST DECEMBER

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of funding is planned for the Disability Rights Commission.

†*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how fare rises of up to 16.7 per cent on London Transport further their policies on combating global warming and encouraging brownfield development.

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the anticipated effects, especially in Wales, of the proposed changes in the steel industry.

*The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the formation of the Commission to look into the effects of the decision that English, Welsh and Northern Irish students should pay £1,000 more for attending a 4-year degree course in Scotland than Scottish and other European Union students.

[It is expected that the debate on the Address will be continued this day and that the principal topics for debate will be Industry, Economic and Social Affairs.]

WEDNESDAY 2ND DECEMBER

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their veto to block moves to harmonise taxes in the European Union.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to increase the number of mature students at universities.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that all local authorities now employ in their residential children’s homes staff and management of a calibre, and with training, appropriate to the needs of the children in their care.

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the yield in tax revenue if the highest rate of tax were to be increased from 40 per cent to 50 percent on taxable income of £150,000 a year and £100,000 a year respectively, and how many taxpayers would be involved in each case.

[It is expected that the debate on the Address will be concluded this day and that the principal topics for debate will be Health and Home Affairs.]

THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the circumstances in which civil servants in press and private offices can be exempted from the rules governing the 48 hour working week.

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

*The Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their attitude to the continued detention of Leyla Zana and other DEP Members of the Turkish Parliament, in the light of decisions of the European Commission and Court of Human Rights that the proceedings leading up to their detention were in breach of the European Convention.

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, Session 1997-98).

The Lord Perry of Walton—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Cannabis: the scientific and medical evidence (9th Report, HL Paper 151, Session 1997-98).

MONDAY 7TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to pursue the objective declared by the Prime Minister in his speech to the North Atlantic Assembly on 13th November, of “a stronger, more effective Europe in foreign policy and security” with “a European decision-making capacity and command structure”.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any planned reductions in the Ministry of Defence’s use of rail freight would be in accordance with the Government’s model environmental policy statement, launched in January 1998.

*The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the Holbrooke package in Kosovo, and in facilitating talks between President Milosevic, the ethnic Albanian leadership and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that regular balloting on grammar schools will have unsettling effects on the staff and the pupils, especially those taking public examinations.

TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to abolish the Benefits Integrity Project, and what are their plans for a replacement.

†*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their proposed “quality of life” barometer excludes indicators on crime and poverty.

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in negotiating European Union Objective One status for Wales as a whole, or for part of it.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their decisions regarding future legislation for the protection of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; and what is the proposed timetable for such legislation.

WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to resist attempts by the European Union to become involved in the affairs of the Channel Islands and levels of taxation pertaining there.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Motability scheme’s contribution to improving the mobility of disabled people.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress being made in implementing the new deal for the young unemployed.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the proposed new arrangements under which the Medicines Control Agency will decide whether a product is a medicine or not.

THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to discover what proportion of 16 and 17 year olds in detention were, at the time of offending, without legal visible means of support.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have which would affect the place of church representatives on local authority education committees.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering the regulation, qualification and recruitment of nursing auxiliaries and healthcare assistants.

MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Pender—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the reason for the proposed division of the Cinque Port of Sandwich into two electoral constituencies for District Council elections.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to encourage local councils to promote the use of allotments.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their welcome for the 3rd report (Session 1997-98) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee recommending greater use of alternatives to prison (HL Deb, 19th October, col. 1172), what steps they intend to take to give effect to the report.

*The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to release the result of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s consultation exercise concerning a possible merger between the Library Information Commission and the Museums and Galleries Commission.

TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what measures they intend to pursue reform of the United Nations and an early resolution to its funding crisis.

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the provision of education in prisons and young offender institutions.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the balloting system for grammar schools is consistent with their aim of raising standards in schools.

†*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that present funding for the Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester is sufficient to meet the present demand of people requiring cancer treatment at that hospital.

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many service men 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 Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to take the same action against meat inspectors and other officials in breach of statutory rules as they have promised to take against private companies.

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations the Civil Aviation Authority are required to have and what consideration is given to local residents’ views before they authorise helicopter landings in central London.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £168 million surplus in the Pension Fund of the National Bus Company has now been handed back to the pensioners, and what are the up to date costs in legal fees involving the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the official solicitor.

THURSDAY 17TH DECEMBER

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to monitor the progress of 18-24 year old New Deal clients who have been sanctioned, while their database does not give the length of the sanction or indicate whether benefit has been totally withdrawn.

†*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the number of houses they expect to be completed in the next twelve months by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any recent assessment of the cost of train delays and cancellations on the rail network.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished.

The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the final report of the Crick Advisory Group on Education for Citizenship and the Teaching of Democracy in Schools.

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the institutional and financing reforms, including the re-weighting of votes in the Council of Ministers, necessary for European Union enlargement.

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; and to move for papers.

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

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards alleviating the devastation caused by the recent hurricane in Central America.

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 disregard the regulations governing traffic on public roads.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the economic and social role of marriage; and to move for papers.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in their investigations into the undiagnosed illnesses of service men and women who served in the Gulf War.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they propose to increase the take-up of social security benefits.

†The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support current proposals for tax harmonisation in the European Union.

†The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; and to move for papers.

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

†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 Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists on organophosphate sheep dips.

†The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures they propose to deal with crimes of violence on board aircraft; and how they intend to ensure that those found guilty of such crimes receive appropriate punishments.

†The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider lowering the minimum age for candidates standing in local elections to eighteen.

†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 Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they think NATO actions “out of area” must be in accordance with United Nations and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe resolutions and international law.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 2nd December for debate on 16th December]

The Lord Ackner—To call attention to the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper Rights of Audience and Rights to Conduct Litigation in England and Wales: The Way Ahead, of June 1998; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the amount of crime in the United Kingdom involving theft of road vehicles or breaking into them to steal the contents; and to move for papers.

†The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To call attention to political developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Chesham—To call attention to the relations between the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Dean of Beswick—To call attention to the need for an accelerated public sector house building programme for houses to rent; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Walpole—To call attention to increased time for leisure activities and the pressures and problems this causes; and to move for papers.

PART III

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, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 25). [12th September 1997]

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, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 138). [3rd August]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 25th November]

The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they will make to ensure compliance with the renegotiated Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.      (HL64)

The Lord Kirkhill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 23rd and 24th November.      (HL65)

The Lord Kirkhill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards a Food Standards Agency.      (HL66)

The Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to impose an arms embargo on Afghanistan in line with the European Union’s Common Position on 17th December 1996.      (HL67)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the public to be entitled to expect that Ministers and civil servants will comply with the obligations imposed by the European Convention on Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, having regard to the United Kingdom’s ratifications of those instruments, the guidance Questions of Procedure for Ministers and the Civil Service Code.      (HL68)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring into force section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 as regards Ministerial statements of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights made under section 19.      (HL69)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when they bring section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 into force, they will at the same time bring section 3 into force so as to ensure that the courts construe future Acts of Parliament so far as is possible in accordance with Convention rights, having regard to any Ministerial statements of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights made under section 19.      (HL70)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the forthcoming Tax Review Consultation Paper will address the difficulties imposed on small rural communities by the recent clarification note issued by Her Majesty’s Customs and Excise on the VAT refund scheme.      (HL71)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provision of Eurostar services to the South West of England has been reviewed by the train operator consortium.      (HL72)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Prime Minister of Israel during his forthcoming visit to London—

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will do everything possible to secure the release from detention in Iraq of 429 Kurds, who have been held since the ANFAL operations of 1987 and 1988; and whether they will consult the International Committee of the Red Cross on their behalf.      (HL74)

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many road accidents have been reported involving stationary vehicles on motorway hard shoulders in each of the years 1989 to the most recent for which records are available; and how many people were (a) killed and (b) injured in these accidents.      (HL75)

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the new road safety targets and strategy for the period up to 2010.      (HL76)

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the results of their consultation on drink-driving.      (HL77)

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the results of their consultation on “bull bars”.      (HL78)

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they distributed their information on “Delivering to Women” only to women peers and MPs.      (HL79)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide an estimate of the total sum which has been or will be devoted to school building repair and improvement in 1997-98 and 1998-99 and the average annual sum so expended between 1987 and 1997.      (HL80)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 18th March (HL Deb, col. 786), what progress has been made on the redistribution of national collections.      (HL81)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what aspects of substandard performance led to payments to the contractor being reduced by £5,869 for the first quarter’s operation of the Medway Secure Training Centre.      (HL82)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the weekly cost of each boy and each girl at the Medway Secure Training Centre.      (HL83)

The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the campaign launched on 7th October by the Royal College of Psychiatrists entitled Every Family in the Land, which drew attention to the pressing problems of people with mental health problems, with particular reference to negative discrimination and social exclusion.      (HL84)

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the Community Groups, such as the Greater Shankill Alternative, Community Restorative Justice (CRJ) Group and other Community Alternatives, being set up in Northern Ireland; and—

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987 (which imposes a duty on the British Railways Board (BRB) to prepare plans to develop cross channel rail passenger services)—

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the United Kingdom is taking in establishing the European Task Force on Renewable Energy; and when the Task Force is expected to have its first meeting.      (HL87)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom representatives will be appointed to the European Task Force on Renewable Energy; and how they will be selected.      (HL88)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Second Reading


MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Parole Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 1998
    Draft Police Act 1997 (Authorisation of Action in Respect of Property) (Code of Practice) Order 1998
    Draft Police Act 1997 (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 1998
    Town and Country Planning (Minerals) (Scotland) Regulations 1998
    Town and Country Planning (Compensation for Restrictions on Mineral Working and Mineral Waste depositing) (Scotland) Regulations 1998

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998
    Draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Scotland) Order 1998
    Draft Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) 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]

THURSDAY 26TH NOVEMBER

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

WEDNESDAY 2ND DECEMBER

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

TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure)in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am

 
 
 
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