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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.

MONDAY 11TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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 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.

†*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the criteria used for assessing children as having special educational needs.

†Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England—The Chairman of Committees to move, on behalf of the Committee of Selection, That the Lord Poole be appointed to serve as a member of the Select Committee in the place of the Lord Tebbit.

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.

†Procedure Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, on behalf of the Committee of Selection, That the Baroness Lockwood be appointed to serve as a member of the Committee in the place of the Baroness Rendell of Babergh.

†House of Lords’ Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 14) be agreed to.

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 will be concluded this day]

TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY

Access to Justice Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Chancellor]

‡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).

WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY

The Lord Taverne—To call attention to the significance for the British economy of the introduction of the euro; 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.

THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Access to Justice Bill will be continued 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 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 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.

The Lord Dean of Beswick—To call attention to developments in the Football Association; and to move for papers.

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 on the dates shown]

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)

26th November

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)

30th November

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)

7th December

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 Public Bodies 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 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 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)

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

15th December

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)

16th December

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement in Annex 2 of the Presidency Conclusions, issued at the end of the Vienna European Union Summit Meeting on 12th December, dealing with the representation of the Community at international level with particular reference to meetings of the G7 and the International Monetary Fund that "the Community must speak with one voice"; (1) is a correct record of what was agreed; (2) applies to the existing members of those organisations who are also members of the Euroland 11, namely Germany, France and Italy; and, if so, whether they must henceforth cease to make independent use of their votes and voices and reflect the positions and decisions agreed by the 11; (3) does not apply to the United Kingdom; (4) means that if the United Kingdom did, at some future date and following a referendum join the single currency, it too would lose its freedom to speak and vote independently at meetings of the G7 and the IMF.      (HL355)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will waive public interest immunity in connection with documents requested by solicitors acting on behalf of Samar Mumi and Jawad Botmeh in their appeal against sentences of 20 years imprisonment for conspiracy to bomb the Israeli Embassy.      (HL356)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Government official was present when General Pinochet first arrived at Heathrow.      (HL357)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence had any prior knowledge of General Pinochet’s arrival in this country.      (HL358)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrest of General Pinochet has had any noticeable effect on the prospects for British Defence exports to Chile; and, if so, whether they will give details.      (HL359)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they know how many of the 3,215 persons detained by the Government of Turkey between 15th November and 2nd December are still being held; how many of them have been charged with offences; and whether documents and equipment seized from the HADEP (People’s Democracy) Party have been returned.      (HL360)

The Lord Hamilton of Dalzell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement by the Lord Dubs on the Northern Ireland Bill on 27th October (HL Deb, col. 1842) that "Corporation tax provisions are determined centrally by the Treasury in the context of the United Kingdom’s overall fiscal policy. To do otherwise might produce undesirable distortions within the United Kingdom single market. For that reason, it is important that corporation tax, like other taxes, remains an excepted matter", means that these powers to tax would have to be surrendered by the United Kingdom to the European Union to avoid similar undesirable distortions.      (HL361)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the functions and structure of the proposed Council of the Isles.      (HL362)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the proposed Council of the Isles will come into existence.      (HL363)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the projected savings from the planned changes in support for people in bereavement; and how these savings will be made up.      (HL364)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how or to what extent they plan to apply the Actively Seeking Work rules to childless widows over 50.      (HL365)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how or to what extent the Actively Seeking Work rules will be applied to widows over 50 whose children have reached adulthood.      (HL366)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the specific differences between the Benefits Integrity Project and its replacement.      (HL367)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal of the Acheson Report that "all policies likely to have an impact on health should be evaluated in terms of the impact on health inequalities" (p.xiii) will be applied to disentitlement to Social Security benefits.      (HL368)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the amount of council housing debt of each local authority in Scotland.      (HL369)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the total cost of writing off all council housing debt for local authorities in Scotland; and what impact this would have on Government borrowing and on the taxpayer.      (HL370)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a new policy to maintain a "restrictive position" on the funding of expatriate staff of non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan; and, if so, whether it is on the grounds of insecurity; whether it applies to all aid agencies; whether it has any legal basis; and whether it has been tested or applied elsewhere.      (HL371)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a strategy to ensure that the current admission price for adults to each of the charging national museums and galleries will not increase to compensate for any decrease in income from the introduction of free entry for children in 1999; and, if so, how this strategy will be monitored.      (HL372)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will scrutinise and monitor the level of admission charges at each of the national museums and galleries and assess the validity of all proposed increases; and, if so, how they will do this.      (HL373)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define or issue special guidelines to the national museums and galleries on the upper age limit for school children who will be allowed free entry to such museums and galleries in 1999.      (HL374)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people will be on QUEST (Quality, Efficiency and Standards Team); how the team members will be recruited; and what will be their backgrounds, in particular what arts backgrounds members will possess.      (HL375)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make detailed announcements of how QUEST (Quality, Efficiency and Standards Team) will operate; and how the public will receive information of their activities.      (HL376)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the total cost to date of the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN) showing separately the capital and annual running cost; and what is the planned cost over each of the next three years.      (HL377)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask the Chairman of Committees how many individuals are now linked to the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN), showing separately the number of Members of both Houses.      (HL378)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask the Chairman of Committees when the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN) first went on-line; why it was not designed to be Year 2000 compliant from the start; what is the estimated cost of making it compliant now; how long the necessary modifications will take; and what steps will be taken to ensure a continuity of service for those of its clients who needs access to e-mail during the modification period.      (HL379)

17th December

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on destroying tallow stocks from cattle slaughtered and rendered under the Over Thirty Months Scheme.      (HL380)

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Britain’s expanding commercial and other links with Armenia, whether the British Council will now look favourably on opening an office in Armenia.      (HL388)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much (a) has been paid or (b) has been agreed to be paid by the New Millennium Experience Company to IMG; and what is the value of sponsorship money for the Millennium Exhibition so far raised by IMG.      (HL389)

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions it has been necessary for the Minister for Science, Energy and Industry to excuse himself from official discussions due to conflicts of interest; and, if applicable, what the conflicts of interest were.      (HL390)

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the International Monetary Fund on how their policy in Korea affects investment in Northern Ireland; and what was the outcome of any such discussions.      (HL391)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the take up by framework sector and subject of NVQ Level 3 in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.      (HL392)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the take up by the framework sector and subject of NVQ Level 2 in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.      (HL393)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the take up by framework sector and subject of NVQ Level 1 in England and Wales in the last year for which figures are available.      (HL394)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of, and how many, primary school pupils in England were in classes of over 30 in September 1997 and in September 1998 in each local education authority and in total; and what were the figures for pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 separately.      (HL395)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report the average class size for primary school pupils in September 1997 and in September 1998 in each local education authority and in total; and what were the figures for pupils in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 separately.      (HL396)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply given by the Leader of the House on 14th December (HL Deb, col. 1138)—

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply given by the Leader of the House on 14th December (HL Deb, col. 1138) what is the split between public and private sector jobs for—

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sewel on 16th December (WA 154), what role they see for the families of incapable adults in the areas covered by the Answer.      (HL399)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms of the 1969 Constitution for Gibraltar remain effective, given that both the United Kingdom and Spain are now Members of the European Union.      (HL400)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the offer made by the British Government in the mid-1960s to submit the question of sovereignty over the isthmus comprising the airport at Gibraltar to an international court could be considered still to lie on the table.      (HL401)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether anyone from the Ministry of Defence met General Pinochet during his visit to Britain; and, if so, who and when.      (HL402)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the ruling of the Appeal Committee on 17th December on the case of General Pinochet, they will introduce guidelines for the declaration of interests by judges.      (HL403)

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] [19th January]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [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
    Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) Regulations 1998

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) 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 PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for affirmative resolution

    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999 [2nd Report, Session 1998-99]
    Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999 [4th 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 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
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY

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

TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY

Monetary Police Committee of the Bank of England4.00 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am

TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

 
 
 
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