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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†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 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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†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.

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.

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

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.

†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.

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.

†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.

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 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 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 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 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.

†The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the 3rd Report (Session 1997-98) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on Alternatives to Prison Sentences.

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

†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 carbon dioxide emissions; and to move for papers.

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

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 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.

†The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To call attention to the future defence role of the Western European Union; 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 Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To call attention to the case for a scientifically defensible review of the available evidence as part of a public enquiry into all aspects of fluoridating the water supply; and to move for papers.

†The Earl of Caithness—To call attention to the impact of the debt-based monetary system on Governments, businesses and individuals; 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 on the dates shown]

24th November

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the reason for the erection of new police notices in St James’s Park warning that cycles left unattended will be removed by the police.       (HL1)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why cyclists are not allowed to leave their cycles unattended at locations in St James’s Park and Westminster.       (HL2)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage local authorities as well as the Royal Parks administration to encourage cycling by erecting cycle racks at major tourist attractions and shopping areas in London.       (HL3)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for monitoring the performance of London buses.       (HL4)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the performance statistics for London buses by route or area for the last three years.       (HL5)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of London Transport’s management of the franchised bus operations.       (HL6)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not set up a Men’s Unit.       (HL7)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what publicly appointed bodies in the United Kingdom are currently examining issues of bioethics; how they have been appointed, when and by whom; by whom they are funded and serviced; and to whom they report.       (HL8)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ethical implications of cloning human tissue by injecting human DNA into the egg cells of cows are being examined in the United Kingdom; and, if so, by whom.       (HL9)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what international instruments or other justiciable texts, if any, preclude the cloning of human beings; and, if none, what steps are being considered to establish one.       (HL10)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the World Trade Organisation forbids states from taking pre-emptive measures to prevent bio-invasions, whether animal or vegetable.       (HL11)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Serpentine Gallery pays an economic rent to the Royal Parks Agency; and what it is.       (HL12)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is within the powers of the Prime Minister to pledge the United Kingdom to support the United States in bombing another country without specific authority for that action; and, if not, on what authority the Prime Minister appears to have given such a pledge.      (HL13)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their ethical foreign policy prevents them from taking part in or consenting to the assassination of the leaders of foreign powers.      (HL14)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the legal difficulties which have prevented them from imposing financial sanctions on the regime in Burma.      (HL15)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16th November (HL Deb, col. 1115), what is the Department of Trade and Industry’s provision for compensation in respect of miners’ respiratory diseases in each of the years 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02.      (HL16)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16th November (HL Deb, col. 1116) regarding miners’ respiratory diseases and the issue of medical assessments, what is—

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16th November (HL Deb, col. 1116) regarding miners’ respiratory diseases and the issue of medical assessments, what procedure is proposed if the plaintiff is too weak to be moved to a specialist.      (HL18)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16th November (HL Deb, col. 1116) regarding miners’ respiratory diseases and the issue of medical assessments, what is their best estimate of the number of plaintiffs too weak or ill to be moved to a specialist.      (HL19)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn from the illegal conscription of Rwandan Hutu refugees by the Congolese army from camps under the authority of the United Nations High Commissioners for Refugees; whether they have provided assistance to these camps; and whether they have made any representation on this issue to the United Nations.      (HL20)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any contracts have been signed since May 1997 for equipment or other forms of aid which could in any way support the military forces on either side of the current conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.      (HL21)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Saddam Hussein’s repeated withdrawals of co-operation with the United Nations Special Commission (UNSCOM) are designed to split the Alliance and the United Nations, or to gain time when UNSCOM officials come near to discovering a major cache of chemicals or weaponry, or a combination of the two.      (HL22)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they consider it possible to keep British and American servicemen in a state of Red Alert.      (HL23)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the presence of UNSCOM in Iraq would make it impossible to attack Iraq without warning.      (HL24)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many working groups have been set up in Brussels to discuss matters of common interest to European Union member states under the Common Foreign and Security Policy; whether they will list the subjects under discussions by each group; and by whom each group was set up and to whom it reports.      (HL25)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why some new occupants of Service Married Quarters are immediately disturbed by a demand for their Married Quarters to be renovated and modernised, when these particular Married Quarters have been unoccupied for periods during which this work could have been completed.      (HL26)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they wish to express any opinion to higher education institutions on the promotion by the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) on the home page of its website of a student website featuring extensive pro-drugs information.      (HL27)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Government of Uganda’s Education Sector Investment Plan (ESIP) 1997-2003, to which they propose to contribute £67 million.      (HL28)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what measures they will judge the success of their support for Uganda’s Education Sector Investment Plan (ESIP); what the value of these measures is now; what they anticipate the value of these measures will be in 2003 and at any intermediate point; and who will make these measurements and how.      (HL29)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they expect to receive, and when, from the Government of Uganda as to the progress made with their Education Sector Investment Plan (ESIP).      (HL30)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent assessments they intend to carry out, and when, of the progress of Uganda’s Education Sector Investment Plan (ESIP) and of the effectiveness of their contribution to it.      (HL31)

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the allegation on page 210 of The Reality of Aid 1998-99, published by Earthscan, that the bulk of Ugandan education expenditure was either retained at Districts or embezzled; and, if so, why they now believe that supporting Ugandan government education expenditure is the most efficient way of improving primary education in that country.      (HL32)

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why motorists, arrested on suspicion of excess alcohol in the blood and wishing to give a sample of urine rather than blood, are not entitled to that option.      (HL33)

The Lord Sudeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is legal and constitutional under the Parliament Acts for a bill (other than a money bill) that has been rejected by the House of Lords to be presented for Royal Assent if that bill allows one House of Parliament to alter the composition of the other House or the voting rights and sitting rights of a majority of its members without prior enactment of measures to protect the people’s democratic rights through a second chamber.      (HL34)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a breakdown of how £19 billion extra funding for education over three years has been and is proposed to be allocated.      (HL35)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many teachers have been dismissed using the fast-track system announced in the summer of 1997.      (HL36)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the minimum size, in forms of entry, they consider is necessary to provide education for comprehensive intake.      (HL37)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 22nd October (WA 183), whether they will list those applications which they have received for marketing consent under Directive 90/220 for varieties of plants which are genetically modified and which are subject to applications for National Seed Listing in this country, indicating the dates of application and consent, the proposing member state, the current status, the corresponding National Seed List application reference number and date, and, if different from the national list applications, the applicant’s name.      (HL38)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 5th November (HL Deb, col. 370), whether the remarks made by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in a television interview on 18th October concerning General Pinochet were an expression of personal view and not Government policy; and whether they will say (a) how viewers were expected to know that this was so, (b) whether any other of his remarks expressed only personal opinion, (c) whether it is their policy that Ministers being interviewed in their official capacity should mix personal and official views without distinction.      (HL39)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that no public mention should be made of the private lives of all politicians, or all Ministers, or only selected Ministers.      (HL40)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to bring the United Kingdom’s licensing laws into line with those of Europe; and, if so, when.      (HL41)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inmates currently serving sentences of life imprisonment, either at a Prison Service establishment or at a special hospital, have served more than thirty years in custody.      (HL42)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inmates currently serving sentences of life imprisonment were sentenced (a) to the mandatory penalty for murder, or (b) at the discretion of the court on conviction for other serious crimes.      (HL43)

The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the recent rescue package for agriculture announced by the Lord Donoughue on 16th November comes from the European Union and how much comes from the United Kingdom’s Government.      (HL44)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons have been (a) charged with and (b) convicted of “violence against the person” in Northern Ireland in the current and previous four years; and whether they can say how many of those charges were dealt with as “scheduled offences”.      (HL45)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on European Union enlargement negotiations; and what entry dates they anticipate for new members of the European Union.      (HL46)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken, are taking and will take, to enforce the sanctions regime on Iraq.      (HL47)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what range of measures they are taking further to reduce breaches of the United Nations embargo on trade with Iraq.      (HL48)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 8th April (WA 144), whether they will indicate in general terms, without disclosing commercially sensitive information, the source or sources for fluorides used in current water fluoridation schemes in the United Kingdom.      (HL49)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the letter of 4th January 1989 (disclosed in the Mail on Sunday) from Mr W B Willott of the Department of Trade and Industry to Mrs Olsen of the Serious Fraud Office discussing the merits of appealing the decision reached in the Licensed Dealers Report and Recommendations in the matter of TWH Management Ltd, that certain transactions, including those relating to Guinness plc, created “no false market”, was disclosed to the defendants in the Guinness trials as required by the High Court; and, if not, why not.      (HL50)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Trade and Industry wrote, as indicated in their letter of 4th January 1989 to Mrs Olsen of the Serious Fraud Office, to Lord Grantchester QC, Chairman of the Licensed Dealers Tribunal, criticising his judgement in the matter of TWH Management Ltd; and whether the DTI wrote to the Securities and Investments Board and to the Investment Management Regulatory Organisation “indicating to the extent proper our criticisms of it”.      (HL51)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Report and Recommendations of the Licensed Dealers Tribunal in the matter of TWH Management Ltd was not disclosed until November 1993 to the Inspectors appointed to investigate the affairs of Guinness plc.      (HL52)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now institute an Inquiry into the conduct of Department of Trade and Industry officials in connection with their failure to disclose the Report and Recommendations of the Licensed Dealers Tribunal in the matter of TWH Management Ltd to the Inspectors appointed to investigate the affairs of Guinness plc, in order to establish whether this failure to disclose was lawful under the Companies Act 1985.       (HL53)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no mention is made of the Report and Recommendations in the matter of TWH Management Ltd in the Final Report of the Inspectors appointed to investigate the affairs of Guinness plc; and whether pressure was placed on the Inspectors to ignore this judgement in their Report.      (HL54)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research is being done or has been commissioned by the Department of Health into adverse reactions from the MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine.      (HL55)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance has been or will be issued to Primary Care Groups, health authorities and local authorities in respect of involvement by the voluntary sector in drawing up Health Improvement programmes.      (HL56)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amounts of money have been collected by hospital trusts from insurance companies in respect of road traffic accidents under the Road Traffic Act since new guidelines were issued in December 1997.      (HL57)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the remuneration of chairmen and non-executive directors of health authorities and hospital trusts; and how many days a week or month they are expected to contribute for that remuneration.      (HL58)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the release of the Kuwaitis who have been imprisoned in Iraq since the Gulf War will have to be agreed before there is any relaxation of the economic sanctions against Iraq.      (HL59)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect horses and their owners from the risk of damage and disease as a result of horses being artificially inseminated by lay people, who are not currently regulated or required to undergo any specific training; and whether they support the proposal of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for secondary legislation to regulate lay inseminators for at least two years.      (HL60)

25th November

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 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)

26th November

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will allow the export of armoured vehicles for use by the United States and British Embassies in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia and the export of armoured vehicles and other non-lethal military equipment to the Kosovo Diplomatic Observers Mission (KDOM) in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.      (HL92)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the public consultation following publication of the White Paper on Strategic Exports Controls.      (HL93)

The Lord Hughes of Woodside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the European Union Industry Council held on 16th November.      (HL94)

The Lord Hughes of Woodside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for December; and list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL95)

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the European Union Internal Market Council held on 9th November.      (HL96)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Master Plan for Stonehenge outlined by the Secretary of State in Amesbury in September this year included a cut-and-cover tunnel within the World Heritage Site, despite the consensus established at the 1994 and 1995 public conferences in favour of a twin bored tunnel as the most cost-effective way of dealing with the A303 in the World Heritage Site are of Stonehenge.      (HL97)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the interdepartmental study of the Stonehenge road problems conducted earlier this year did not examine the costs of a twin bored tunnel for the A303.      (HL98)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been informed by English Heritage why they no longer feel bound by the public pledge they gave, jointly with the National Trust, in 1994:

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when proposals from (a) the Stonehenge Working Group on Road Improvements and (b) the Working Group on the Stonehenge Management Plan will be put out for public consultation; and what is the relationship between these two groups and the group on the Master Plan, all of which the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has established to work on Stonehenge.      (HL100)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in future to ensure that public disquiet about the impact on the countryside of projects such as the Newbury bypass is adequately addressed.      (HL101)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations English Heritage is making, with the voluntary sector, for the celebrations of the Millennium at Stonehenge and Avebury.      (HL102)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list showing for each Local Education Authority (LEA) in England for 1998-99, its General Schools Budget, its Potential Schools Budget, the difference between these two amounts expressed as a figure and as a percentage of the General Schools Budget withheld by each LEA which is outside its Potential Schools Budget, and the total amount under each heading.      (HL103)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list showing for each Local Education Authority (LEA) in Wales for 1998-99, its General Schools Budget, its Potential Schools Budget, the difference between these two amounts expressed as a figure and as a percentage of the General Schools Budget withheld by each LEA which is outside its Potential Schools Budget and the total amount under each heading.      (HL104)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe the suitability of Turkey as host country for the Organisation’s summit conference in 1999.      (HL105)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will convert the audio-visual part of The Army and Its People presentation shown in Parliament on 25th November into a film, which could be shown on television to promote the British army as a vocation and career for young people.      (HL106)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many men and women are at present employed in the United Kingdom by the non-industrial civil service.      (HL107)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will confirm that neither the Hedgerow Regulations 1997, nor any amending measure, will remove or reduce that protection of hedgerows which is provided within acts of enclosure passed before 1840.      (HL108)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authorities have been specifically asked to favour housing development on brownfield sites; and, if so, whether they are satisfied that such a policy is being implemented.      (HL109)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date their manifesto commitments on cancer treatment were or will be met in relation to breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, bowel cancer and liver cancer.      (HL110)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are sufficient guarantees for the safety of the international monitors in Kosovo, given that they will be unarmed and that air surveillance will be carried out by non-combat aircraft.      (HL111)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 2,000 Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe verification monitors are now in place in Kosovo and when the British contingent will be fully deployed.      (HL112)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the logistical problems that have been identified by Major-General John Drewienkiewicz who is leading the British contingent in Kosovo, what action they are taking to assist the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe monitors in their tasks in Kosovo and to ensure that they are able to perform effectively.      (HL113)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of comments by the Norwegian spokesman for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, who said that it will be very difficult for the OSCE mission to Kosovo to have any success without a political settlement in that region.      (HL114)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the chain of command of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe monitoring mission in Kosovo      ; and whether the civilian monitoring mission will have effective power to ensure Serbian compliance given that the OSCE has never carried out a monitoring mission of this scale.      (HL115)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the stretches of motorway (including stretches of linked motorways) where the spacing between motorway service areas significantly exceeds the recommended 30 mile gap; whether they consider that spacings in excess of 30 miles are excessive in view of current and anticipated volumes of traffic; and whether they have plans to encourage services to be built in identified gaps.      (HL116)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been killed in each of the last five years—

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards recognition in all European Union member states of penalty points applied to driving licences following the agreement of a Convention on disqualification from driving made during the United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union.      (HL118)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Second Reading


Sent to the Commons

    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]

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
    Draft Government of Wales Act 1998 (Housing) (Amendments) Order 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]

MONDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

Committee of Selection4.30 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 1ST DECEMBER

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 2ND DECEMBER

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

THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER

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

TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

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
Offices Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am

 
 
 
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