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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Liaison Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to advise the House on the resources required for select committee work and to allocate resources between select committees; to review the select committee work of the House; to consider requests for ad hoc committees and report to the House with recommendations; to ensure effective co-ordination between the two Houses; and to consider the availability of Lords to serve on committees;

That as proposed by the Committee of Selection the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

L. Allen of Abbeydale

L. Clinton-Davis

B. Jay of Paddington

L. Kimball

L. Morris of Castle Morris

L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank

L. Strathclyde

L. Weatherill

L. Wigoder

B. Young;

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

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers.

†Standing Orders (Private Bills)— The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee on the Standing Orders relating to private bills be appointed and that as proposed by the Committee of Selection the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

V. Bridgeman

V. Falkland

L. Gallacher

V. Hood

E. Kinnoull

E. Lloyd-George of Dwyfor

L. Monkswell.

†Science and Technology—The Chairman of Committees to move, on behalf of the Committee of Selection, that the Lord Quirk be appointed a member of the Select Committee in the place of the Lord Phillips of Ellesmere.

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

Town and Country Planning (Minerals) (Scotland) Regulations 1998—The Lord MacDonald of Tradeston to move, That the Order laid before the House on 25th November be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Town and Country Planning (Compensation for Restrictions on Mineral Working and Mineral Waste depositing) (Scotland) Regulations 1998—The Lord MacDonald of Tradeston to move, That the Regulations laid before the House on 25th November be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Functions of Traffic Wardens (Scotland) Order 1998—The Lord MacDonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th November be approved. [48th Report from the Joint Committee, Session 1997-98]

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.

Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

European Parliamentary Elections Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

Disability Rights Commission Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Baroness Blackstone]

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.

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY

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. (Short debate)

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

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.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their policy is concerning the use of human embryos in cloning procedures.

†The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to the role of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Trade and Industry in serving the United Kingdom’s overseas interests; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to reduce the incidence of violent and disruptive behaviour by passengers on aircraft entering or leaving the United Kingdom.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

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 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 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 on the dates shown]

24th November

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 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 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 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)

25th November

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)—

whether, in the light of the continuing lack of Channel Tunnel passenger services, the BRB intends to review the plans in the near future; and whether they will publish the result of that review.       (HL86)

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 preparations English Heritage is making, with the voluntary sector, for the celebrations of the Millennium at Stonehenge and Avebury.      (HL102)

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)

30th November

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)

1st December

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

7th December

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)

8th December

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to protect horses from pain and suffering caused by unqualified people acting as equine dentists.      (HL246)

The Baroness Jeger—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what decision has been reached following the publication on 21st May of the Green Paper, Limiting Fair Rent Increases.      (HL247)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Sport’s most recent proposals.      (HL253)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Kingdom’s ratifications of the Convention, the guidance in Questions of Procedure for Ministers and the Civil Service Codes.      (HL255)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 (People’s Democracy) party.      (HL256)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards United Nations Security Council authorisation for action and interventions by NATO.      (HL259)

The Lord Marlesford—To 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 Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s 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)

9th December

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the Government’s Forestry Strategy for England.      (HL269)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will rule out the use of human embryos in all cloning procedures.      (HL272)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the members of the Human Genetics Advisory Commission Working Party had made public pronouncements before their appointment in favour of experiments which destroy human embryos; if so, what they were; and whether any of the members were known in advance to be against such experiments.      (HL273)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the members of the Human Genetics Advisory Commission Working Party have recommended the use of human embryos in cloning.      (HL274)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the members of the Human Genetics Advisory Commission Working Party have pecuniary interests in, or direct financial links with, the pharmaceutical and bio-technology industries; and, if so, what they are.      (HL275)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked the United States Government for financial or physical assistance with the removal of debris from the bottom of Holy Loch left as a result of United States naval activities.      (HL276)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to reduce the number of Non-Departmental Government Organisations in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.      (HL277)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total costs incurred in respect of the Scottish Parliament to date; and what are the estimated costs of the Scottish Parliament in terms of—

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which funds, currently managed in Whitehall, will be transferred to the Scottish Parliament.      (HL279)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all funds currently made available to the Scottish Office will be available to the new Scottish administration; and, if not, what are the reasons for any exceptions.      (HL280)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any extra funds will be made available to the Scottish Office in respect of new or enhanced responsibilities; and whether they will specify these responsibilities and the sums required.      (HL281)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to support the present secret process for selecting judges in Britain.      (HL282)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce public hearings before new appointments are made to the higher judiciary.      (HL283)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce lay involvement in the selection of judges.      (HL284)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the nature of the soundings taken by the Lord Chancellor among the judges before he recommends names to the Prime Minister for appointment as Lords of Appeal in Ordinary to the Prime Minister.      (HL285)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the 1997 Labour Party Manifesto is listed as a Government publication in the consultation document “Supporting Families”.      (HL286)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet agreed upon a definition of the word “family” as used in the consultation document “Supporting Families”.      (HL287)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Report by the Foreign Relations and Defence Policy Committee of the European Parliament on 17th September and to the European Parliament’s Resolution of 8th October concerning the imprisonment of parliamentarians and political parties in Turkey.      (HL288)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the conclusions of the Council of Europe’s fact-finding mission to Turkey, which began on 6th September; and whether the Council of Europe is taking further action on this matter.      (HL289)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 7th December (WA 68), whether the main provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 will be “implemented as a whole” throughout the United Kingdom, or whether they will be implemented earlier in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in respect of the powers of the elected and other public authorities, by virtue of the devolution legislation.      (HL290)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are delaying the bringing into force of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL291)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many case reports from parents of adverse reaction by their children to vaccines the Medicines Control Agency has received.      (HL292)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Working Group into Chronic Fatigue Syndrome announced on 4th November will be considering whether Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), as defined by the “Dowsett” or “London” criteria, is a distinct illness from that characterised by the “Oxford” or “CDC 1994” criteria for the purposes of clinical management.      (HL293)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in the light of the report by Professor McManus of University College London on discrimination in recruitment against ethnic minorities in respect of entry to medical schools.      (HL294)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 7th December (WA 66), when they anticipate that the work of—

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the political dialogue opened up as a result of the European Union troika mission to Algeria in January has been sustained.      (HL296)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to persuade President Kabila to hold talks with the rebel forces in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the interests of preventing a wider regional conflagration.      (HL297)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 26th October (HL Deb, col. 1686) regarding the Government’s policy towards the human rights records of China and Burma, respectively, whether they consider that, since democratic elections were held in Burma which were then undemocratically overturned, the human rights record of Burma justifies greater "outrage" on the part of the Government than the human rights record of China.      (HL298)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they intend to make to Turkey at the forthcoming Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul concerning Turkey’s continuing violations of human rights, particularly with regard to the Kurdish people and church communities of Turkish Christians, Assyrian and Armenian Christians.      (HL299)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they intend to make to Turkey at the forthcoming Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul concerning the closure of the Halki Theological Seminary on 9th November by the Turkish Government, in violation of Article VI of the 1981 United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of All Forms of Intolerance and of Discrimination based on Religion or Belief.      (HL300)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they intend to make to Turkey at the forthcoming Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Summit in Istanbul concerning the allegations of torture and forced confession in the case of Soner Onder arrested in 1991 in connection with a bombing attack and subsequent sentence of 16 years imprisonment.      (HL301)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd December (WA 54), whether the present time is one of ordinary peacetime circumstances in which it is inconceivable that they would give authority to conduct assassinations; and whether there are any circumstances in which such authority might be given.      (HL302)

10th December

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will report on the progress of the BSE offspring cull.      (HL305)

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish their conclusions on the matters raised in the consultation paper of 24th July published by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, A New Approach to Investment in Culture.      (HL306)

The Viscount Hanworth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any recent successes by British business in Vietnam.      (HL307)

The Lord Stone of Blackheath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the Defence Medical Services.      (HL308)

The Lord Stone of Blackheath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for a new Post Doctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.      (HL309)

The Lord Hill-Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Chancellor on 14th October (WA 99-100) and by the Lord Gilbert on 19th November (WA 190), what is the location of Ministry of Defence files covering the period 1970-1985 which contain information about UFOs; and what are the references and the titles of these files.      (HL310)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what occasions the United Kingdom has exercised power under Article 73(g)(2) of the Treaty of Rome to impose economic and financial sanctions “for serious reasons and on grounds of urgency”.      (HL311)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what provisions of what Treaty the European Union has the power to impose collective economic and financial sanctions on another state; and when this power has been exercised.      (HL312)

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]
    Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [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

    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

Waiting for affirmative resolution

    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999 [2nd Report, Session 1998-99]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER

Works of Art Advisory Panel4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)3.15 pm
Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure)in the Moses Room
House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee11.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 17TH DECEMBER

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

TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY

Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

 
 
 
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