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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Science and Technology—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider science and technology and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Select Committee:

L. Birdwood

L. Haskel

B. Hogg

L. Howie of Troon

L. Jenkin of Roding

L. Kirkwood

L. Nathan

L. Perry of Walton

L. Phillips of Ellesmere

B. Platt of Writtle

L. Porter of Luddenham

L. Ponsonby of Shulbrede

L. Rea

L. Soulsby of Swaffham Prior

L. Tombs

L. Walton of Detchant

L. Winston

(Chairman);

That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees and that the Committee have power to appoint the Chairmen of sub-committees;

That the Committee have power to co-opt any Lord for the purposes of serving on the Committee or any sub-committee;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Committee and any sub-committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the Committee and any sub-committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee or any sub-committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out; and

That the Committee do meet on Tuesday 15th December at a quarter-before eleven o’clock.

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 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 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.

†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.

THURSDAY 7TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to replace or amend the Official Secrets Act.

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 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.

†The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they see the development of the defence role of the Western European Union.

†The Lord Rea—To call attention to the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health chaired by Sir Donald Acheson; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy for preventing worldwide proliferation of small arms and controlling the actions of military companies.

†The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to end the practice whereby an investigating accountant appointed to a company subsequently becomes the Receiver of the company.

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 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 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.

†The Lord Birdwood—To call attention to changes in the duties of back-bench members of both Houses of Parliament in the last thirty years; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Kingsland—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Enhancing Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Third Pillar (6th Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 25). [12th September 1997]

The Lord Barnett—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on the Reform of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund (30th Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 138). [3rd August]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 7th December]

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will offer placements in Government Departments to civil servants of the “5 plus 1” nations seeking to become full Members of the European Union, rather than conducting twinning relations by e-mail as proposed.      (HL212)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Development Council held in Brussels on 30th November.      (HL215)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the human rights situation in China; and what has been the impact of United Kingdom and European Union policy.      (HL216)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are giving for elections in Indonesia.      (HL217)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received about the alleged bombing of a hospital in Yei, in southern Sudan, in November.       (HL218)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken to prevent the theft or diversion of emergency food aid delivered to southern Sudan.       (HL219)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any information about the allegations made by the Catholic Church in southern Sudan this summer about systematic food aid diversion.       (HL220)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent evidence there has been of diversion in southern Sudan of Operation Lifeline Sudan food deliveries by (a) government of Sudan forces, and (b) Sudan Peoples Liberation Army (SPLA) forces.       (HL221)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a measure of law reform to give effect to the recommendations of the Law Commission in its report on Liability for Psychiatric Illness (Report No. 249 of March 1998) and of the House of Lords in its judgment in White and others v. Chief Constable of South Yorkshire and others, to rationalise the law of negligence relating to liability for psychiatric damage.      (HL222)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the statement made by the Lord Chancellor under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 that in his view the provisions of the Access to Justice Bill [HL] are compatible with Convention rights, how the bill will ensure that individuals claiming to be victims of breaches of Convention rights are able to enjoy effective access to the courts and tribunals, in accordance with Article 6 of the Convention, without being deterred by the risk of having to pay the costs of the defendant or respondent if their claims fail.      (HL223)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the statement made by the Lord Chancellor under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 that in his view the provisions of the Access to Justice Bill [HL] are compatible with Convention rights, what are the provisions in the bill which secure the right of effective access to justice in the determination of an individual’s civil rights and obligations or of any criminal charge, in accordance with Article 6 of the Convention.      (HL224)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research and evaluation studies are currently planned into the implementation of the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.      (HL225)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for improving dialogue with the horse industry, particularly in relation to health, welfare, taxation and betting, in order to influence the priority of equine matters within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and communication, co-ordination and decision making.      (HL226)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to appoint a Minister for Equine Affairs, or a Minister within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food dedicated to equine matters, to facilitate responses and co-ordinate other ministerial interests in the sector.      (HL227)

The Lord Holme of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what socio-economic criteria have been used to judge current potential electricity-generation policies within Northern Ireland, including the Scottish Interconnector.      (HL228)

The Lord Holme of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure that the Northern Ireland Assembly will be consulted before any decisions on electricity generation projects are taken.      (HL229)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of an article by Jon Swain in The Sunday Times of 6th December, they will detain former Lieutenant-Colonel Tharcisse Muvany Muvinyi, and notify the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda that he is in custody here, so that investigators from the Tribunal may question Mr Muvinyi about the alleged offences and, if the investigators decide that charges should be made, they may request his transfer to the Court’s jurisdiction.      (HL230)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they have undertaken, and with what authorities, on the question of violent and disruptive behaviour by airline passengers; what conclusions were reached; and what steps are being taken to remedy the lack of reliable information on the size of this problem and the likely causes.      (HL231)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the reconviction rates, or other measures of the effectiveness, of Offending Behaviour Programmes and Sex Offender Treatment Programmes in the prison service; how this compares with assessments made of similar programmes in the United States; how much is being spent in the current year on these programmes; and whether any other means of reducing recidivist behaviour are being considered.      (HL232)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House details of any projects aimed at countering violence against women which are assisted through Department for International Development programmes.      (HL233)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees, with reference to the granite setts outside Chancellor’s Gate,—

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any precedent for a Royal Commission agreeing to report within a time limit.      (HL235)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the introduction of free entry at all times for school children to the national museums and galleries in April 1999 is to be for all school children regardless of their nationality or country of residence.      (HL236)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the introduction of free entry at all times for “old-age pensioners” to the national museums and galleries in 2000 is to be for all old-age pensioners regardless of their nationality or country of residence.      (HL237)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current interpretation of Article 53 of the Charter of the United Nations on the relationship between regional security measures and the Security Council; and what is their current assessment of the effectiveness of its application.      (HL238)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]

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 Functions of Traffic Wardens (Scotland) Order 1998
    Draft Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) 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

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
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

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)10.30 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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