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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

MONDAY 7TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

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

†Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:

L. Barnett

L. Burns

L. Ezra

L. Newby

B. O’Cathain

L. Paul

L. Peston

(Chairman)

L. Tebbit

L. Thomas of Macclesfield

L. Vinson

V. Weir;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee do meet on Wednesday 9th December at half-past ten o’clock.

†Deputy Chairmen of Committees—The Chairman of Committees to move, That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be appointed as the panel of Lords to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session:

L. Aberdare

V. Allenby of Megiddo

L. Ampthill

L. Brougham and Vaux

L. Burnham

L. Carter

L. Chesham

L. Cocks of Hartcliffe

B. Cox

L. Dean of Harptree

L. Elliott of Morpeth

L. Elton

L. Graham of Edmonton

B. Hooper

B. Lockwood

L. Lyell

L. McColl of Dulwich

L. McIntosh of Haringey

C. Mar

L. Murton of Lindisfarne

B. Nicol

V. Oxfuird

V. St. Davids

B. Serota

V. Simon

L. Skelmersdale

L. Strabolgi

L. Strathclyde

B. Turner of Camden.

Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

†In the event of the Bill being read a second time, the Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the Bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th November be approved.

Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th November be approved.

Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998—The Lord Hoyle to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 4th November be approved. [47th Report from the Joint Committee, Session 1997-98]

†Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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 Lord Williams of Mostyn intends to move the following two Motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the Motions must be moved separately.]

Police Act 1997 (Authorisation of Action in Respect of Property) (Code of Practice) Order 1998—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th November be approved. [1st Report from the Joint Committee]

Police Act 1997 (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 1998—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th November be approved. [1st Report from the Joint Committee]

The Lord Gilbert—To move, That this House take note of the conclusions of Her Majesty’s Government’s Strategic Defence Review (Cm 3999).

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 Lord Kimball—To call attention to the future of the agricultural industry against the background of falls in farm income and in output; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cumberlege—To call attention to rising expectations and advances in medical science and their implications for the National Health Service over the next 50 years; 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.

THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER

[Prayers will have been read]

*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 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 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.

Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

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 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.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been able to consider the views of the Lord Chief Justice about the responsibility for the sentencing of life prisoners.

†Access to Justice Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

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.

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.

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

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. (Short debate)

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.

THURSDAY 17TH DECEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that adequate measures and inspection arrangements are in force to ensure the safety of university students who rent accommodation.

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 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 Howe of Aberavon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to secure the future of the Baglan Energy Park project in Neath-Port Talbot.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to the regulations that affect the job creating potential of small firms; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty—To call attention to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport’s new funding arrangements, and the restructuring of the Arts Council of England, the Museums and Galleries Commission and other publicly funded arts organisations; and to move for papers.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 9th December for debate on 13th January]

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 Dean of Beswick—To call attention to the case 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 of Caithness—To call attention to the impact of the debt-based monetary system on Governments, businesses and individuals; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hylton—To call attention to the case for preventing worldwide proliferation of small arms and controlling the actions of military companies; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ahmed—To call attention to the case for fresh international initiatives to alleviate the current state of tension between India and Pakistan; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich—To call attention to the case for an adequate contribution to the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham—To call attention to the humanitarian problems faced by the people of Iraq; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Astor of Hever—To call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for the abolition of grammar schools; and to move for papers.

†The Earl of Iveagh—To call attention to the needs of the severely disabled, with particular reference to the promotion of conductive education in the United Kingdom; 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 when they will announce the results of their consultation on drink-driving.      (HL77)

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 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 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 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 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)

30th November

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive further scientific advice on the public health risk from beef bones from the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee.      (HL122)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the Annual Report and Accounts 1996-97 for the Intervention Board Executive Agency.      (HL123)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when it is expected that the joint review by the Department of Health and the Home Office of the provision of health service for prisoners will be completed and its conclusions published.      (HL125)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department of Health will be issuing specific guidance to hospital trusts on what elements of medical services can be provided through the Private Finance Initiative.      (HL126)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the proposals in the Maidenhead flood relief scheme to remove about three million tonnes of gravel for resale to the construction industry, whether the Environment Agency has investigated the full environmental effects of removing the gravel by road and rail; and how, in coming to its decision about the preferred option, it will take into account the full environmental benefits of rail transport.      (HL127)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what disciplinary and other action they plan to take following publication of the National Audit Office’s Report criticising the Ministry of Defence for spending £34.6 million on developing a computerised defence intelligence system which never worked.      (HL128)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the submission document handed by Railtrack to Dr John Reid, Minister of Transport, in mid-November on the Channel Tunnel to Glasgow piggyback gauge upgrade project.      (HL129)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much Government funding has been allocated to Age Concern during 1997-98; whether any of this money was ear-marked for the Millennium Debate of the Age; and, if so, how much.      (HL130)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish Council Recommendation 11393/97 of 28th October 1997.      (HL131)

The Lord Dixon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the review of the present policy on pen needles for diabetics.      (HL132)

The Lord Dixon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a policy for provision of pen needles on prescription for all insulin-dependent diabetics.      (HL133)

The Lord Brightman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 16th November (WA 127), on what dates the last two reports by the Parliamentary Counsel Office were made to the Prime Minister.      (HL134)

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role general practitioners in Scotland will have (equivalent to the role proposed for general practitioners in England under the proposals in the White Paper Designed to Care) in commissioning secondary health services.      (HL135)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had any discussion with Bristol City Council regarding the possible closure of Merrywood and Pen Park Secondary Schools.      (HL137)

1st December

The Lord Williams of Elvel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they propose to make in the arrangements for the licensing of pelagic freezer trawlers and pair trawling.      (HL140)

The Lord Williams of Elvel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made for registration and licensing of the maximum continuous engine power of fishing vessels.      (HL141)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to support the continuing initiatives of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council and the Royal Medical Colleges to improve the self-regulation of the medical profession.      (HL145)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sums have been provided in aid to Algeria in each year since 1st January 1992.      (HL146)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value of British arms sales (if any) to Algeria in each year since 1992.      (HL147)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount owed by Algeria under Export Credit Guarantees at the most recent date.      (HL148)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the current numbers of people held in Algeria (a) without trial and (b) in concentration camps; and whether any camps are located in former nuclear weapons testing areas.      (HL149)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the enquiry ordered by the Independent Commission for Police Complaints into the case of Mr David Adams in Northern Ireland; if there is no such outcome so far, when they expect to receive a report; and whether this will be published.      (HL150)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they allowed the new Burmese Foreign Minister, U Win Aung, to fly to London on Sunday 22nd November; and whether this contravened the European Union Common Position on Burma, which imposed a ban on entry visas for senior members of the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC).      (HL151)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consulted the European Commission prior to the visit of U Win Aung to London on Sunday 22nd November; and whether the European Commission supported the Government’s action in allowing the visit.      (HL152)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received representations from other European Union member states concerning the visit of U Win Aung to London on Sunday 22nd November.      (HL153)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to extending the London Underground System to London City Airport.      (HL154)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Jubilee Line Extension did not go to London City Airport en route to Canning Town.      (HL155)

The Lord Gisborough—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths were caused by BSE in 1997-98; and how many deaths were caused by smoking-related illnesses during the same period.      (HL156)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what disposal methods are being used to stockpile rendered offal from the BSE eradication scheme; and whether they can confirm that such offal has not been or will not be dumped at sea.      (HL157)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the explanatory notes accompanying Government bills their reasons for concluding that bills are compatible or incompatible with Convention Rights within the meaning of section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL158)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for what period of time they have been considering whether to accept the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and whether they expect to be able to announce their decision before the end of 1998.      (HL159)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many short placements on an ad hoc basis have been allocated by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and other Government departments to the Republic of Estonia to assist in the Pre-Accession negotiations; and when they will be taken up.      (HL160)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Chevening Scholarships will be awarded to university students in 1999 from—

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been in the normalisation of diplomatic relations with Sudan.       (HL162)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether have any evidence that any of the three suspects in the attempted assassination of President Mubarak of Egypt in June 1995, whose extradition from Sudan was called for in Security Council Resolution 1044, is at present in Sudan.       (HL163)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the attainment of a general cease fire throughout southern Sudan.       (HL164)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the reports on 10th March (HC Deb, col. 462) that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was unable to validate reports that Sudan had access to chemical weapons capabilities and on 19th March (HL Deb, cols. 818-820) that the Ministry of Defence and the United Nations Special Commission had also found no evidence of Iraqi transfers of weapons of mass destruction or of such technology to the Sudan, nor of chemical weapons facilities or production in Sudan, whether they now have independent evidence that this position has changed in the past seven months.       (HL165)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able independently to verify claims of genocide in Bahr al-Ghazal in southern Sudan as reported by The Daily Telegraph on 26th May 1998.       (HL166)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are giving advice to either current or former high profile United Kingdom citizens, who may be contemplating overseas travel, concerning the possibility of extradition proceedings being taken against them whilst they are overseas.      (HL167)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing invitations to foreign nationals who have been invited to make either State or Official Visits to the United Kingdom, concerning the possibility of extradition proceedings being taken against them whilst in the United Kingdom.      (HL168)

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 3rd June (WA 36) and 25th June (WA 44-45), what conclusions they have come to from their consideration of the cases of Decker and Kohll in the European Court of Justice, which concern the rights of citizens of one European Union state to have medical treatment in another European Union state paid for by the authorities of the former state.      (HL169)

2nd December

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any figures on the carrying out of hudud punishments in the Sudan in the ten years prior to 1989 compared with the past nine years.       (HL174)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 18th November (WA 169), what role the United Nations High Commission on Refugees has in negotiations with the Government of the Sudan on technical assistance for improving the teaching and observance of human rights in Sudan.      (HL175)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have offered or provided bilateral technical assistance to the Government of the Sudan for improving the teaching and observance of human rights and in the development of the Government of Sudan’s human rights education committees.      (HL176)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have offered or provided bilateral funding to assist the Government of Sudan in their investigation of allegations of slavery and human rights violations.      (HL177)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received about the alleged massacre of thirty four traders near the town of Renk in the Upper Nile state in Sudan in early November 1998; and whether they will ask the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Human Rights in the Sudan to report on this in his next report.      (HL178)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Immigration Appeals Adjudicators, Special Adjudicators, Chairmen of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal and lay members of that Tribunal are recruited; what selection criteria are applied; what the length and content of their training are; what provision is made for ongoing training after appointment; and how performance is monitored on an ongoing basis.      (HL181)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the ethnic origins of Immigration Appeals Adjudicators, Special Adjudicators, Chairmen of the Immigration Appeals Tribunal and lay members of that Tribunal.      (HL182)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children are currently in the Medway Secure Training Centre; and what were the offences for which they were sentenced.      (HL183)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children have been sentenced to secure training orders so far this year; and what were the offences for which they were sentenced.      (HL184)

The Lord Vinson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to bring supply and demand into balance, they will seek to amend European Community provisions to allow sheep meat to be taken into intervention as is done with beef.      (HL185)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued any guidance to Procurator-Fiscals on prosecutions under Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981; and, if so, when such guidance was issued; and whether they will publish it.      (HL186)

3rd December

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to return to victims of Nazi persecution assets which they confiscated in the United Kingdom under Trading with the Enemy legislation.      (HL190)

The Lord Davies of Oldham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans have been made to introduce measures to secure scallop stock conservation.      (HL191)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a bill to reform the law in Scotland relating to incapable adults; and, if so, when and in which Parliament.      (HL192)

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of English Partnerships in the proposed development in the Inner Thames Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest at Havering Riverside (Rainham Marsh).      (HL193)

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action English Partnerships have taken to contribute towards the United Kingdom Sustainable Development strategy and the Biodiversity Action plan as referred to in the document English Partnerships—Improving our Environment.      (HL194)

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers English Partnerships have to pay for the cleaning up of contaminated land in order that it can be used for nature conservation.      (HL195)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements there are for independent schools when they first seek registration; and how often on average existing independent schools are inspected.      (HL196)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use the earliest legislative opportunity to ensure that the protection against corporal punishment provided for all school pupils in England and Wales under section 131 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 is extended to all pupils in Scotland and Northern Ireland.       (HL197)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether corporal punishment of children—

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether corporal punishment of children—

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, with reference to the transitional arrangements permitted by the Sixth VAT Directive of the European Community (1997), they will—

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of the lease of works of art from the Arts Council to the Marriott Hotel at County Hall; and whether they intend to encourage those in charge of public collections to increase their revenue by leasing works of art to private commercial organisations.      (HL201)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether living artists who have given works of art to public collections are entitled to a share of the profits when their works are leased to private commercial organisations.      (HL202)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the humanitarian situation in the Nuba Mountains.       (HL203)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to provide information about, and details of, the killing, during the summer of this year, of members of the Operation Lifeline Sudan assessment mission in the Nuba Mountains incident; and whether this has delayed the delivery of Operation Lifeline Sudan food aid to the Nuba Mountains.       (HL204)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the assessment mission by Operation Lifeline Sudan in the Nuba Mountains that was attacked during the course of its work this summer, was in any way in receipt of British funds.       (HL205)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked to be provided with the findings of the United Nations internal investigation into the killing, in the summer of this year, of members of the Operation Lifeline Sudan assessment mission in the Nuba Mountains; and whether they will make these findings public.       (HL206)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the food security, food supply and humanitarian situation in southern Sudan.       (HL207)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Government of Sudan first offered al-Obeid, Malakal and Khartoum airports to Operation Lifeline Sudan for use in its delivery of food aid; and what financial saving resulted from using them for the delivery of food aid rather than by relying on deliveries from Kenya.       (HL208)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the rail regulator to lower the threshold at which compensation is paid to annual and periodic season ticket holders, so that, for any passenger service that arrives at its destination more than 30 minutes after the published timetable time, season ticket holders will be reimbursed in full for that specific journey.      (HL209)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure that current rail passenger service franchisees will be compelled to fulfil their investment obligations right up to the end of the franchise.      (HL210)

The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the removal of rail staff from trains and railway stations presents an increased danger to public safety.      (HL211)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to increase the number of placements in Government Departments offered to civil servants of the “5 plus 1” nations seeking to become full Members of the European Union.      (HL212)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading


Waiting for Third Reading

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    City of Westminster [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    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 Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998
    Draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998
    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 1999
    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 1999
    Draft Financing of Maintained Schools 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
    Draft Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    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
    Draft Government of Wales Act 1998 (Housing) (Amendments) Order 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

Order laid under s.1(4) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

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

WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER

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

TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure)in the Moses Room
House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am

 
 
 
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