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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Privileges—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Committee for Privileges be appointed and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees and any four Lords of Appeal be named of the Committee:

L. Allen of Abbeydale

L. Campbell of Alloway

L. Carter

L. Cledwyn of Penrhos

L. Henley

L. Glenamara

B. Jay of Paddington

L. Mowbray and Stourton

L. Nathan

L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank

L. Strabolgi

L. Strathclyde

L. Weatherill

V. Whitelaw

L. Wigoder;

That the Committee have power to appoint Sub-Committees and that such Sub-Committees have power to appoint their own Chairman; and

That the Committee have power to co-opt any Lord for the purposes of serving on any Sub-Committee.

†Personal Bills—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider personal bills and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

L. Astor of Hever

L. Hogg of Cumbernauld

L. Meston

L. Templeman

L. Wilberforce.

†Hybrid Instruments—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider hybrid instruments and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

L. Brougham and Vaux

L. Burnham

L. Carmichael of Kelvingrove

L. Hayter

L. Monkswell

V. Oxfuird

B. Thomas of Walliswood.

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]

†The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To move, as an amendment to the motion That the bill be now read a Second time, to leave out all the words after “That” and insert “this House declines to give the European Parliamentary Elections Bill a Second Reading on the grounds that it includes an undemocratic “closed list” system providing for the selection of MEPs by party choice, an approach which would end the historic right of the British people to choose the candidates they wish to be elected, a step for which the House notes with great concern no mandate was sought or given at the last General Election.”

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.

†Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST)— The Chairman of Committees to move, That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be appointed to serve as members of the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST):

L. Flowers

B. Nicol

L. Winston.

†Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL)— The Chairman of Committees to move, That as proposed by the Committee of Selection the following Lords be named as members of the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL):

L. Boston of Faversham

L. Burnham

L. Morris of Castle Morris

L. Thomson of Monifieth.

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.

MONDAY 11TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the future of the Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital.

†*The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the loan of works of art from the Arts Council collection to the Marriott hotel at County Hall enhances their access policy for museums and galleries.

†*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the state of progress on the construction of the Millennium Dome.

†*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that reductions in payments to the Treasury by independent television companies lead to increased expenditure on programmes.

TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY

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

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask the Chairman of Committees what progress has been made with the review of the rules on smoking in the public rooms of the House of Lords.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to reverse “the Gloucestershire judgment” in relation to community care provision.

†*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the recommendations of Sir Donald Acheson’s Report “Inequalities In Health” they are proposing to implement.

†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.

†Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL]— Grand Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they are making to the Report of the Court of Auditors of the European Union that the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy “are not sufficiently wide-ranging”.

†*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for a pardon to be granted to the 308 officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers who, during the First World War, were “shot at dawn”.

†*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many allegations of unfairly priced imports of steel they have received, how many of these have been found to be justified and what action they have taken in response.

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)

THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to regulate the qualification of people practising equine dentistry.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the contribution made by United Kingdom monitors in the international endeavour to preserve the ceasefire in Kosovo.

†*The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be making representations to save the Oxford Poets list published by the Oxford University Press.

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 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.

†The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to alleviate the economic hardships, both present and forecast, of those involved in family farms.

†The Earl of Gowrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent financial settlement for the arts constitutes a stable basis of arts funding for the early years of the forthcoming millennium.

†The Lord Gladwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will defer the authorisation of any new civil airports until after the completion and consideration of the United Kingdom airports policy promised in paragraph 3.189 of their white paper, A New Deal for Transport (Cm 3950).

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 severely disabled people, 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]

†The Lord Geddes—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Airline Competition (32nd Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 156). [11th December]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 14th December]

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the omission of the term “universal free entry” (to the national museums and galleries) from the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s framework document A New Cultural Framework, and in light of their statement that “funds have also been set aside to take this programme (of broadening free access) further in 2001”, whether they will reiterate their commitment made in July to the reintroduction of universal free entry to the national museums and galleries in 2001.      (HL315)

The Earl of Listowel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the request made on 25th November (HL Deb, col. 97) for the commissioning of a business consultancy to report on the contribution of the active hereditary peers and to consider what effect their removal would have on the functioning of the House of Lords.      (HL316)

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the last research was carried out into the problem of spray on roads; what were the conclusions, if any; and whether they propose to take any action to minimise the dangers caused.      (HL317)

The Baroness Jeger—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution is being made by United Kingdom taxpayers to subsidise the growing of tobacco by European Union Member States; and why.      (HL318)

The Baroness Jeger—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the implementation of the War Crimes Act 1991; at what financial cost; and to what effect.      (HL319)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is known when the British Ambassador in Sudan will return to Khartoum; and what representations are being made to the Sudanese Government on this matter.      (HL320)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Nuba Mountains are outside the area of humanitarian relief served by Operation Lifeline Sudan; and what efforts are being made to reach people there who are threatened by starvation.      (HL321)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still have confidence in the IGAD process as a means of reaching a peaceful settlement in Sudan; and what other channels are being pursued.      (HL322)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given written guidance to Government departments about the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998; and, if so, whether they will make such guidance available to the public.      (HL323)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 10th December (WA 116), whether they will inform Parliament, during the Parliamentary proceedings on the bill, of their reasons for concluding that a Government bill is compatible or incompatible with Convention rights.      (HL324)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any additional planning, development, listed building and other restrictions apply to sites designated as World Heritage Sites; and under what legislation these restrictions are applied.      (HL325)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of Boards of Visitors at Her Majesty’s prisons in England and Wales have not attended mandatory training courses; what central records of training are maintained by the Boards of Visitors Directorate of the Prison Service; and whether they will introduce a system analogous to that which is in operation for lay magistrates, whereby failure to attend automatically leads to formal warnings.      (HL326)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which officials attended the COPEX 98 exhibition; and in pursuance of what departmental responsibilities.      (HL327)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which species of flora and fauna became extinct in the United Kingdom between 1977 and 1997; and which species face the threat of extinction within the next two years.      (HL328)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to provide the Royal Air Force with heavy lift capacity.      (HL329)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the development of the Government’s Foresight Programme.      (HL330)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refer the cases of Merrywood and Pen Park Secondary Schools to the Social Exclusion Unit.      (HL331)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or British Embassies have given any advice to former heads of state or former heads of government about the absence of sovereign immunity and the vulnerability to extradition proceedings during visits to Britain; and to whom that advice has been given.      (HL332)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Embassy in Madrid gave any warning to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the possibility of extradition proceedings against General Pinochet during his visit to Britain.      (HL333)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the Local Government Association’s initiatives to advise local authorities to employ in schools "experts" on domestic violence who will encourage pupils to report fathers who assault their wives or partners and children; and, if so, whether this will also apply to mothers who assault their husbands or partners and children.      (HL334)

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]
    Access to Justice [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL] [12th January]

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 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
    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 (Weights and Measures) Order 1999

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]

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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