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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.

TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

The Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas Phillips

*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 of the House 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.

†Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 13

Schedule 1

Clauses 14 to 47

Schedule 2

Clauses 48 to 62

Schedules 3 to 5

Clause 63.

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 343 officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers from the United Kingdom and the British Empire 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.

†Access to Justice Bill [HL]— The Lord Chancellor to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Access to Justice Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 7

Schedule 2

Clauses 8 to 14

Schedule 3

Clauses 15 to 22

Schedule 4

Clauses 23 to 35

Schedule 5

Clauses 36 and 37

Schedule 6

Clauses 38 to 51

Schedule 7

Clause 52

Schedule 8

Clauses 53 to 61

Schedule 9

Clauses 62 to 75

Schedule 10

Clause 76

Schedule 11

Clauses 77 to 80.

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]

†ROYAL ASSENT

MONDAY 18TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to extend the policy of allowing parents to vote on the future of grammar schools to other education issues.

†*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the publication of the Cervical Screening Programme Review 1998.

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was discussed by the Prime Minister at his meeting with the Prime Minister of Bahrain in the Seychelles.

†*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure that European banks charge minimal commission for euro-zone currency conversions by individual travellers.

†Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡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.

TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to deal with the shortage of teachers of mathematics, modern languages and science in secondary schools.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any assessment has been made of the overall cost of outstanding road maintenance work throughout the United Kingdom.

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the government of Sweden in pressing the European Union for a ban on commercial advertising targeted at children.

†*The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Governors of the BBC on whether there should be a Scottish-based 6.00 pm news programme on BBC1.

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

WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in 1997, the conception rate for 13-15 year old girls rose by 11 per cent over the figure for 1996; and, if so, what action they propose to take to reverse this trend.

†*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Railtrack plc’s plans for the provision of “piggyback” freight facilities in the context of the upgrading of the West Coast Main Line will undermine their policies in respect of the transfer of freight from road to rail.

†*The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have in mind any change to the system for lay visiting to police stations, to satisfy the public that those in custody are being treated fairly.

†*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what means they are using or planning to increase the number of prosecutions for abusing and exploiting children under 18; and when they expect to publish a national plan concerning child abuse.

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

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any assessment has been made of the implications of the cutback in new road building on traffic congestion throughout the United Kingdom.

†*The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a planning inquiry procedure that has so far taken four years is a satisfactory way of examining in public the Terminal 5 project at Heathrow Airport.

†*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court.

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

MONDAY 25TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there was no mention made of rail freight in the draft guidance document issued to local authorities by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in respect of their obligation to produce a Local Transport Plan by July 1999.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that their present policies constitute no threat to the traditional independence of the judiciary.

†*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered introducing a carbon tax.

TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient progress is being made concerning the implementation by companies of the recommendations of the Greenbury and Hampel Reports.

†*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have now completed their review of plans for the eastern end of the M40/A40 at Acton, and whether they now intend to complete the work.

WEDNESDAY 27TH JANUARY

†*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the recent reductions in funding for complementary medical treatment on the part of health authorities.

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

†‡The Lord Gladwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that current planning procedures respecting proposals for new commercial airports take adequate account of environmental considerations and national policy requirements.

MONDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further news they have concerning the Millennium Dome.

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 or amended on 11th January, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

7th December

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 Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether English Heritage has commissioned, or otherwise obtained, an academic study of the heritage 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)

10th December

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

14th December

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 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)

15th December

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

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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)

11th January

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 17th and 18th December 1998.      (HL405)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any comparable precedents for the type of statutory duty imposed on local authorities and the police by section 17(1) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.      (HL406)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to contact and inform owners of small boats registered on the Part 1 Register of British Ships and Seamen that the registration for the life of the boat is no longer applicable and that they must re-register their boats by 21st March or face removal from the register.      (HL407)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they will give owners of boats registered on the Part 1 Register of British Ships and Seamen if their boats are impounded abroad owing to the original registration no longer being valid.      (HL408)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 15th December 1998 (WA 139-140) noting that section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987 explicitly requires the British Railways Board’s plan to include measures which it considers ought to be taken by any person in the United Kingdom or France in relation to through rail passenger services to and from the United Kingdom’s regions, what measures the BRB has taken in light of these wider requirements, notwithstanding the loss of its direct responsibility for their service provision.      (HL409)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 15th December 1998 (WA 139-140) that the British Railways Board published a plan in December 1989 as required under section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987 on the development of through Channel Tunnel rail passenger services to the United Kingdom’s regions, and the ongoing duties retained by the BRB in respect of the section, whether they will now request the BRB to publish an update of its plan.      (HL410)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria govern the allocation of capital grants from European Commission Structural Funds to rail freight terminals in areas with Objective 1 status, including any limitation on whether the recipient is in the public or private sector.      (HL411)

The Baroness Brigstocke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any record of the numbers of those suffering from systemic Lupus Erythematosis in the United Kingdom.      (HL412)

The Baroness Brigstocke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the training of Benefit Officers includes a proper appreciation of systemic Lupus Erythematosis and the disabilities it can cause.      (HL413)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to amending or repealing section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and whether they will be taking any action in this regard.      (HL414)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been received in regard to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th November 1998 (WA 202) about the future of the Braille grant to the Royal National Institute for the Blind; and whether they have given further consideration to the terms of the reply.      (HL415)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths there have been from breast cancer and prostate cancer over the past five years.      (HL416)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual public expenditure in the United Kingdom on—

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether statistics are gathered showing the proportion of the National Health budget spent on men and women separately; and, if so, what are those proportions for the past five years.      (HL418)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the grant of permission by a landowner to ride a motor cycle on a public footpath overrides the provision of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 which states that vehicles are not permitted on public footpaths.      (HL419)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a motor cyclist riding on a public footpath with the landowner’s consent requires a vehicle licence and insurance.      (HL420)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to establish a public footpath maintenance fund to complement the availability of funds for public footpath construction and creation.      (HL421)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions Scottish Natural Heritage (or the agency’s predecessor bodies) have recorded activities likely to damage notified Sites of Special Scientific Interest taking place without consent under Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (a) prior to April 1985 and (b) since April 1985.      (HL422)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions Scottish Natural Heritage (or the agency’s predecessor bodies) have reported alleged activities likely to damage notified Sites of Special Scientific Interest taking place without consent under Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to the Procurators Fiscal (a) prior to April 1985 and (b) since April 1985.      (HL423)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions Procurators Fiscal have instituted proceedings in the courts in relation to activities likely to damage notified Sites of Special Scientific Interest taking place without consent under Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (a) prior to April 1985 and (b) since April 1985.      (HL424)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to complete the current review of penalties for sexual offences.      (HL425)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect that the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998, taken with earlier legislation on conspiracy, will lead to more prosecutions for planning child abuse or pornography involving children, whether in the United Kingdom or elsewhere.      (HL426)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will submit to the United Nations the 2nd Report of the United Kingdom under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and whether it will be made public.      (HL427)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many of the existing police authorities in England and Wales child prostitution and living off immoral earnings appear to present significant problems and ought to be included in Crime and Disorder Audits.      (HL428)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the submissions to the Working Group on Human Cloning (Joint Sub-Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Human Genetics Advisory Commission (HGAC)) will be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses; why the Working Group comprised four scientists, but no philosophers, professional theologians, psychologists or sociologists; how a group composed in this way can deal adequately with such an issue; and how they intend to prevent “therapeutic” cloning from becoming a stepping stone to full pregnancy cloning.      (HL429)

The Lord Stallard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be in a position to introduce measures ensuring equal treatment regarding retirement pensions between expatriate pensioners domiciled in Commonwealth countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and expatriates resident in other countries.      (HL430)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, on 20th January, the third anniversary of the detention without charge or trial of Sheikh Abdul Amir al-Jamri in Bahrain, they will comply with the request by his family that the British Embassy in Manama should ask to visit him in prison.      (HL431)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Immigration Act detainees were held in each of the prisons or detention centres in use for this purpose, on 30th November and 31st December 1998 respectively.      (HL432)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps, with other member states of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, to secure the release of Nedzad Hasic, Ahmo Harbasa and Behudin Husic, survivors from Srebrenica who are now serving long jail sentences in the Republic of Serbia following their conviction by the court in Bijeljina in a process regarded as unjust by the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.      (HL433)

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still adhere to the principle that no charges should be made when motorists use motorway service areas either to picnic or to use toilets, as promised at the time of the disposal of the service areas; and whether they will take steps to ensure that no restrictions will be placed on motorists using such parking areas.      (HL434)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 20th November 1997 (WA 93), whether the final 10 of the 170 new places under the Secure Accommodation Development Programme have been completed; and whether they now contemplate a further Secure Accommodation Development Programme.      (HL435)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are looking into the situation revealed in the Answer by the Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr Rooker, on 30th July 1998 (HC Deb, col. 523) concerning work done in the United Kingdom on behalf of overseas clients on pesticides; and whether the biological and chemical warfare implications of this situation are being examined.      (HL436)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention, or the intention of the European Union, that a biodiversity dimension should be inserted into the Common Fisheries Policy when it is reviewed for the year 2002.      (HL437)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention of Environmental Modification for the herbicide Tebuthiuron to be used to eradicate illegal drug crops, in the course of military action in the “War on Drugs”, when the chemical may leave the ground permanently unusable for agriculture and may permanently contaminate groundwater.      (HL438)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Secretary of State for the Environment has adopted for calling in planning applications to which there is substantial local objection or substantial expert objection.      (HL439)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 8th December 1998 (WA 84) concerning World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulations, to the effect that “measures necessary for the protection of human, animal or plant life or health” may be taken “provided that these are based on scientific principles and are not maintained without sufficient scientific evidence” means that application of the precautionary principle is being disallowed by the WTO when “sufficient scientific evidence” is not available; and, if so, whether they will take steps to secure a reversal of this practice to ensure that the precautionary principle is always applied.      (HL440)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government within what time they propose to write off the housing debt of Glasgow City Council; and how.      (HL441)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what authorities in Scotland other than Glasgow are to have their housing debt written off, and within what time-scale; and whether they intend to treat all authorities in Scotland equally, or to treat Glasgow as a special case.      (HL442)

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they propose to make for the parliamentary accountability of the Sure Start policy.      (HL443)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to respond to the representations made on behalf of the 14 staff dismissed from GCHQ for refusing to give up their trades union membership.      (HL444)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information or policy commitment was announced for the first time in Building a Better Britain for Older People.      (HL445)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether or to what extent the minimum income guarantee will be unconditionally available to all pensioners.      (HL446)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the situation of pensioners who have worked abroad for extended periods.      (HL447)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 5.21 of the Green Paper Partnership in Pensions, whether they will make arrangements for the regular uprating of the savings limits for the minimum income guarantee.      (HL448)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether or under what circumstances those who have worked abroad for long periods will be eligible for the new state second pension; and how far European Union law on free movement of workers may bear on this question.      (HL449)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 6.12 of the Green Paper Partnership in Pensions, how far the credits for the state second pension there described will be available to those with broken work records because no work was available.      (HL450)

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] [18th January]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [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
    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) Order 1999
    Draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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

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
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 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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