THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys 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-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are considering the regulation, qualification and recruitment of nursing auxiliaries and healthcare assistants.
*The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majestys 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 Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in view of Commissioner Montis opposition to their decision to seek a reversal of the agreement to abolish duty-free sales, they will continue to co-operate with Commission attempts to reduce unfair tax competition in the European Union.
Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]
The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made towards alleviating the devastation caused by the recent hurricane in Central America.
MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER
*The Lord PenderTo ask Her Majestys 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 SharplesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will take steps to encourage local councils to promote the use of allotments.
*The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majestys Government when they propose to release the result of the Department for Culture, Media and Sports consultation exercise concerning a possible merger between the Library Information Commission and the Museums and Galleries Commission.
*The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys 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 KennetTo ask Her Majestys 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 HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government by what measures they intend to pursue reform of the United Nations and an early resolution to its funding crisis.
*The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the provision of education in prisons and young offender institutions.
*The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the balloting system for grammar schools is consistent with their aim of raising standards in schools.
*The Lord Dean of BeswickTo ask Her Majestys 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.
Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
European Parliamentary Elections BillSecond Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER
*The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys 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 MarTo ask Her Majestys 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 ParkesTo ask Her Majestys 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 IslwynTo ask Her Majestys 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 CheshamTo call attention to the relations between the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo 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 RowallanTo ask Her Majestys 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 oclock]
*The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys 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 BeswickTo ask Her Majestys 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 IslwynTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have made any recent assessment of the cost of train delays and cancellations on the rail network.
The Lord Howe of AberavonTo ask Her Majestys 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 CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to replace or amend the Official Secrets Act.
*The Baroness TrumpingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking to protect horses (and their owners) from the risk of damage and disease as a result of artificial insemination of horses by unqualified persons who are not currently regulated or required to undergo any specific training.
*The Lord BridgesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will now review the laws and international agreements relating to extradition.
NO DAY NAMED
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished.
The Lord Phillips of SudburyTo ask Her Majestys 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 MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys 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 HayhoeTo 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-JonesTo ask Her Majestys 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 CroyTo ask Her Majestys 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 NorthbourneTo call attention to the economic and social role of marriage; and to move for papers.
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys 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 ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what further action they propose to increase the take-up of social security benefits.
The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support current proposals for tax harmonisation in the European Union.
The Lord Hardy of WathTo call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; and to move for papers.
The Lord BarnettTo call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.
The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majestys 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 FreybergTo ask Her Majestys 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 LongfordTo ask Her Majestys 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 PaulTo call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers.
The Lord VinsonTo call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdoms Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions; and to move for papers.
The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo call attention to political developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.
The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majestys 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 McNallyTo ask Her Majestys 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 CollingtreeTo ask Her Majestys 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 VinsonTo call attention to the regulations that affect the job creating potential of small firms; and to move for papers.
The Earl of ClancartyTo call attention to the Department of Culture, Media & Sports 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 ShulbredeTo ask Her Majestys Government how they see the development of the defence role of the Western European Union.
The Lord ReaTo 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 HyltonTo ask Her Majestys 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-FyldeTo ask Her Majestys 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.
MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE
[Ballot on 9th December for debate on 13th January]
The Lord AcknerTo call attention to the Lord Chancellors 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 CroyTo 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 BeswickTo call attention to the case for an accelerated public sector house building programme for houses to rent; and to move for papers.
The Lord WalpoleTo call attention to increased time for leisure activities and the pressures and problems this causes; and to move for papers.
The Earl of CarlisleTo call attention to the number of people from ethnic minorities in senior positions in public life; and to move for papers.
The Earl of CaithnessTo call attention to the impact of the debt-based monetary system on Governments, businesses and individuals; and to move for papers.
The Lord AhmedTo 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 SandwichTo 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 NottinghamTo call attention to the humanitarian problems faced by the people of Iraq; and to move for papers.
The Lord Astor of HeverTo call attention to Her Majestys Governments proposals for the abolition of grammar schools; and to move for papers.
The Earl of IveaghTo 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 BirdwoodTo 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.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord KingslandTo 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 BarnettTo 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 8th December]
The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majestys Government how they intend to implement the review of the arrangements for transport safety announced in the Transport White Paper. (HL239)
The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to review the practical driving test. (HL240)
The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have received the review into the feasibility of regional Eurostar services. (HL241)
The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there have been any new exceptions to the arms embargo on Argentina. (HL242)
The Lord Ewing of KirkfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have for the future of the Medicines Control Agency and the Medical Devices Agency. (HL243)
The Baroness WhartonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that those involved in artificial insemination of horses should be properly qualified and subject to some sort of regulation. (HL244)
The Baroness WhartonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the regulators of the veterinary profession (the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons) are in favour of legislation to regulate (a) inseminators of horses and (b) equine dentists. (HL245)
The Baroness WhartonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking to protect horses from pain and suffering caused by unqualified people acting as equine dentists. (HL246)
The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majestys Government what decision has been reached following the publication on 21st May of the Green Paper, Limiting Fair Rent Increases. (HL247)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government how many Immigration Act detainees were held in each of the prisons or detention centres in use for this purpose on 31st October. (HL248)
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to deal with under-achievement by boys in primary and secondary schools; and what progress is being made. (HL249)
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys Government what programmes have been embarked upon by the Equal Opportunities Commission to encourage women and girls into specific occupations where they are deemed to be numerically under-represented; whether the Commission has set in train similar programmes to encourage men and boys into occupations where they are numerically under-represented; and, if not, why not. (HL250)
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the justification for their policy to encourage mothers with young children to take paid employment rather than look after their children, given the high level of unemployment among young men. (HL251)
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys Government when the quinquennial review of the Equal Opportunities Commission, due to be published in September 1997, is now expected to be issued. (HL252)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether English Heritage has commissioned, or otherwise obtained, a study of the value of Stonehenge; if so, from whom; whether (a) Ministers and (b) the three Stonehenge Working Parties have seen it; and whether it will be available for parliamentary and public examination before the public inquiries which will consider the Department for Culture, Media and Sports most recent proposals. (HL253)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 7th December (WA 68), whether in the period before they bring section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 into force, they will instruct counsel acting in proceedings on behalf of a Minister of the Crown or government department to submit that the courts should, so far as is possible, read and give effect to legislation in a way which is compatible with the Convention rights. (HL254)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 7th December (WA 68) and the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd December (WA 57), whether in the period before they bring section 3 of the Human Rights Act 1998 into force, they will instruct counsel acting in proceedings on behalf of a Minister of the Crown or government department to draw attention to their view that the public are entitled to expect Ministers and civil servants to comply with the obligations imposed by the European Convention on Human Rights, having regard to the United Kingdoms ratifications of the Convention, the guidance in Questions of Procedure for Ministers and the Civil Service Codes. (HL255)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will ask the Turkish Government if (a) Mr Hami Cakir and (b) Mr Metin Yurtsever have died in police custody in Turkey; if so, whether those responsible will be brought to justice; and what information they have of recent violent attacks by the MHP (Grey Wolves) party and its Youth Wing on members of the HADEP (Peoples Democracy) party. (HL256)
The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to encourage schools to take up (a) apples and (b) pears which are withdrawn from the market when the price is low to supplement the diet of school children; and whether they can facilitate this by lowering the minimum weight requirement of this scheme from 750 kg. (HL257)
The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majestys Government how many applications for grants to farmers for the rehabilitation of old orchards have been refused in the last two years for lack of available funds; how much money would have been required to make the grants; and what steps they propose to take to enable such grants to be made in the future. (HL258)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy towards United Nations Security Council authorisation for action and interventions by NATO. (HL259)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Lord Chancellor whether the outside interests of the Lords of Appeal are taken into account in deciding which of them should hear a particular case in the House of Lords. (HL260)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what remedy is available to the citizen who believes that the Government is not meeting its obligations under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997. (HL261)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 16th November (WA 136), whether they will list those modules which are currently available on the Police and Home Office Extended Name Index (PHOENIX); those which are currently under preparation or under consideration; and which would fulfil a specific statutory obligation. (HL262)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the cost to public funds of the current resurfacing work being undertaken on the A12 trunk road in the Little Glemham area; whether this is being undertaken in satisfactory weather conditions; and on what criteria it was decided that the work needed doing. (HL263)
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government on what date and by whose authority the hedge on the verge of the A12 trunk road on the Witham bypass was clipped back to a level to expose the hoardings erected on land owned by Braintree District Council; and whether they propose to require the removal of any such hoardings which contravene the advice in Planning Policy Guidance Note 19. (HL264)
The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 30th November (HL Deb., col. 232), whether any prosecutions against staff or officials of the European Commission for fraud are in prospect; and, if not, why not. (HL265)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL] [10th December]
Access to Justice [HL] [14th December]
Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
Trustee Delegation [HL]
Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [15th December]
Disability Rights Commission [HL]
European Parliamentary Elections [15th December]
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
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 1999
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 Government of Wales Act 1998 (Housing) (Amendments) 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 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 (Construction Board) Order 1999
Draft Financing of Maintained Schools Regulations 1998
DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS
Order laid under s.1(4) referred to the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER