House of Lords - Minute
          
House of Lords
Session 1998-99
Publications on the internet
Minutes and Order Papers

Minutes and Order Paper - Order Paper and Future Business

Back to Judicial Business
 

NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

[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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That if the Consolidated Fund Bill is brought from the Commons, Standing Order 44 (No two stages of a bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with tomorrow to allow the bill to be taken through its remaining stages.

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.

†*The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make available sufficient funds to ensure their pledge of universal free entry to the national museums and galleries in 2001.

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

†Parole Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 1998—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 17th November be approved. [First Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†ROYAL ASSENT

†[If the Consolidated Fund Bill is brought from the Commons, it is expected to be taken through its remaining stages this day]

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.

†Trustee Delegation Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

†Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

†Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) Order 1998—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th November be approved. [48th Report from the Joint Committee, Session 1997-98]

†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.

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 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).

†Government of Wales Act 1998 (Housing) (Amendments) Order 1998—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th November be approved. [First Report from the Joint Committee]

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 Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their welcome for the 3rd report (Session 1997-98) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee recommending greater use of alternatives to prison (HL Deb, 19th October, col. 1172), what steps they intend to take to give effect to the report.

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 Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that there is an increase in hearing tests and a reduction in undiagnosed hearing loss.

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)

†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.

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 what action they are taking to encourage the contribution of poetry to national culture.

†Social Security (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [HL]— Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

†‡Financing of Maintained Schools Regulations 1998—The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3rd December be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 1999—The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st December be approved. [3rd Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 1999—The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st December be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 18TH JANUARY

†‡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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Social Security (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [HL] will be concluded this day]

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 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 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 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).

†The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe solutions to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

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 REPORT

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

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 15th December, or unanswered after 21 days]

24th November

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)

15th December

The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the United Kingdom is doing to assist Brazil in the light of its current economic difficulties.      (HL337)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans there are to review the operations of the War Pensions Agency.      (HL338)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the Ottawa Convention on Anti-Personnel Landmines, whether they will—

      (HL339)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fatal accidents have occurred during the progress of the current road works on the A12 trunk road between the Wickham Market bypass and Saxmundham.      (HL340)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the fatal accidents which have occurred over the last 20 years on the section of the A12 trunk road between the northern end of the Wickham Market bypass and the southern end of the dual carriageway at Benhall; what proposals they have for improving the safety of that section of road; and whether they will consider the reinstatement of the bypass for the four villages on that section of the A12 which was withdrawn from the road programme on 26th November 1996.      (HL341)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to open to traffic the remaining section of the new A13 trunk road which is under construction in the Dagenham area.      (HL342)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider using those serving community service sentences to keep road verges clear of litter.      (HL343)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether Lords of Appeal in Ordinary are exempt from the provisions of the Resolution of the House of 7th November 1995 on the establishment of a Register of Interests maintained under the authority of the Clerk of the Parliaments; and, if so, when and by whom such authority was given.      (HL344)

The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have decided to cease operating the Sleaford Nitrate Sensitive Area Scheme.      (HL345)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or any other Government Department arranged or paid for the VIP facilities for General Pinochet on his arrival at Heathrow Airport.      (HL346)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Embassy in Madrid gave any warning to the Chilean Embassy in Madrid about the possibility of extradition proceedings being started against General Pinochet during his visit to Britain.      (HL347)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Embassy in Santiago were involved in the arrangements for General Pinochet’s visit to Britain.       (HL348)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office gave advice to Judge Garzon on the drafting of his warrant for the extradition of General Pinochet; and, if so, on what date they did so.      (HL349)

The Lord Evans of Parkside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to reply to the letter sent on 5th October by the Lord Evans of Parkside to the Secretary of State for Health concerning Dr Bishop of Warrington which was acknowledged on 7th October; and when they intend to reply to a further letter on the same subject which has not so far been acknowledged but which was sent on 26th November.      (HL350)

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] [14th January]
    Access to Justice [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [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

    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice No. 5) Order 1998

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
    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 1999

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]

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

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

 
 
 
continue to Division List
 
House of Lords home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Commons home page search page enquiries ordering


© Parliamentary copyright 1998
Prepared: 16 december 1998