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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.

WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†*The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they intend to give to the Renfrewshire economy in the light of the job losses caused by the closure of the ordnance factory at Bishopton.

Social Security Contributions (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 apparent lack of 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.

[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.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether paragraph 88, on contacts with the media, in the Ministerial Code issued on 31st July 1997 applies to unattributable briefings by Ministers’ special advisers and their information officers.

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.

†*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the use of Warfarin for the control of squirrels where there is no suitable alternative.

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.

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

THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY

†*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are sufficient facilities and expertise to provide for patients suffering from meningitis; and whether the level of research being carried out into the causes of meningitis is appropriate.

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.

WEDNESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue a White Paper on the advantages and disadvantages of the United Kingdom joining the Single European Currency.

MONDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits they expect British agriculture to gain from the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy under the European Union’s Agenda 2000 dossier.

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 12th 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)

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)

14th December

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)

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)

17th December

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)—

12th January

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in concluding the Country Policy Plan for Montserrat.      (HL453)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations Security Council has discussed the South Korean contribution to the costs of maintaining United States troops stationed in South Korea under the auspices of the United Nations, which contribution the United States has recently proposed should be increased.      (HL454)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations Security Council or the United Nations Secretary-General are informed when United States troops present in South Korea under United Nations auspices undertake military exercises either alone or together with other forces such as the Japanese Self-Defence Forces.      (HL455)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the European Union’s substantial contribution to the Korea Energy Development Organisation (KEDO), and of the United Nations’ auspices under which United States forces are currently in South Korea, they will ensure the United States Administration is aware of their views during the current “Review of policy towards North Korea”, which is being conducted by former United States Secretary of Defense, William Perry.      (HL456)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States has discussed with the European Union, as a contributor to the Korea Energy Development Organisation (KEDO), its reported thinking about attacking with United Nations troops certain North Korean constructions which the United States suspects might eventually have military implications and the new “contingency plans” (“Operation Plans 027”) of the forces under United Nations auspices for an attack on North Korea; and, if so, what legal basis was quoted for such an attack.      (HL457)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions they gave to the British Brigadier-General who took part in discussions earlier this year between the North Korean Government and the Military Armistice Commission; and what did he report.      (HL458)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the “sunshine policy” now being pursued by the Government of South Korea towards North Korea.      (HL459)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 17th December 1998 (WA 187) indicating that the Home Office was not involved in the preparation of the warrant for the extradition of General Pinochet, whether the Crown Prosecution Service was involved in the preparation of either of the warrants for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL460)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Home Secretary has ever visited Chile during the Presidency of either Salvador Allende or Augusto Pinochet; and, if so, whether they will give details.      (HL461)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chilean Ambassador informed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in advance of the visit of General Pinochet.      (HL462)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave any assurances to the Military Attaché at the Chilean Embassy about the safety from arrest of General Pinochet.      (HL463)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service visited Madrid prior to the issue of the second warrant for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL464)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what powers General Pinochet was detained between the first and second warrants for his extradition to Spain.      (HL465)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average length of time taken to determine a planning application in England.      (HL466)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of planning applications in England take more than the statutory period to determine.      (HL467)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of planning appeals are lodged on the basis of non-determination; and whether this percentage has increased or decreased over the last five years.      (HL468)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Rhizomania Containment Policy agreement with other European countries that expires in November 1999, whether they will announce any changes that may affect the sugar beet crop for 1999.      (HL469)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards closing the Castlereagh Holding and Interrogation Centre in Northern Ireland, as recommended by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and others.      (HL470)

The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the National Family and Parenting Institute; and what are its terms of reference.      (HL471)

The Lord Marsh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of applying payment of the £20 winter fuel allowance to those persons in each of the top two bands of income tax.      (HL472)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission studies to evaluate public and community involvement in Health Action Zones.      (HL473)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many beds will be created by each hospital development in the Private Finance Initiative; and how many beds are in each of the hospitals which such developments will replace.      (HL474)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the European Commission to amend Agenda 2000 to accommodate provisions of the Amsterdam Treaty, especially 158 and 159 (which relate to European Union islands), prior to the allocation of European Union structural funding for 2000-07.      (HL475)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why local area gross domestic product figures contained in an Office for National Statistics press release dated 22nd October 1998 were forwarded to Eurostat for use in establishing eligibility for European Union structural funding from 2000, despite the figures being provisional and new local data for 1996 being imminently available.      (HL476)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any revisions which may be made, in the light either of the availability of new local data or the Isle of Wight Council’s representations, to local area gross domestic product figures contained in an Office for National Statistics press release dated 22nd October 1998 will be taken into account by Eurostat in establishing eligibility for European Union structural funding from 2000.      (HL477)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures have been taken to enforce sanctions against Iraq since the Gulf War; and how much confidence they have in the effectiveness of international sanctions against Iraq.      (HL478)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the physical restrictions upon entry and exit from Iraq that have been in force since the Gulf War; which airports, sea ports and land routes allow access and departure from Iraq; and how these are monitored.      (HL479)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it was possible for several hundred Scud missiles systems to have evaded international sanctions and to have left Iraq since the end of the Gulf War, as reported in February 1998 by the United States Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.      (HL480)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that weapons of mass destruction technology have been exported from Iraq to other countries in the Middle East or Africa.      (HL481)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Organisation of African Unity held a Conference and Ministerial Meeting on Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons in Africa, in Khartoum on 10th-15th December 1998; and, if so, whether the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the United Nations Secretary General were represented at this meeting; whether the United Kingdom was represented, officially or unofficially; and whether this Ministerial Conference and Meeting contravened United Nations sanctions against Sudan.      (HL482)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest estimates of the number of non-Sudanese refugees presently in the Sudan; whether Her Majesty’s Government provides, or has provided humanitarian assistance in relation to these refugees; and what the nature of any such assistance has been.      (HL483)

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]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    City of Westminster [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    European Parliamentary Elections

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    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 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
    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice No. 5) Order 1998
    Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) Regulations 1998
    Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) Regulations 1998
    Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1998

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]

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

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Monetary Police Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint 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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