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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.

THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY

At three o’clock

*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] [5th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

†*The Lord Laming—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refer the research paper Homicides by people with Mental Illness—myth and reality (Taylor and Gunn—British Journal of Psychiatry) to the review of the Mental Health Services.

[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.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the National Health Service hearing aid by replacing it with a modern version.

†‡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.

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.

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many positions for Non-Executive Directors of NHS Trusts are currently vacant and what number have been unfilled for three months or more from the date of vacancy, since the General Election on 1st May 1997.

†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.

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.

†*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their two policies of maintaining the nuclear deterrent and eliminating nuclear weapons are consistent, and whether their vote for the former at the United Nations was in conflict with the latter.

MONDAY 1ST FEBRUARY

†*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the morale of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

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.

TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they plan to take to discourage excessive mileage by company cars.

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 Vinson—To call attention to the regulations that affect the job creating potential of small firms; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty—To call attention to the Department of Culture, Media & Sport’s new funding arrangements, and the restructuring of the Arts Council of England, the Museums and Galleries Commission and other publicly funded arts organisations; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they see the development of the defence role of the Western European Union.

The Lord Rea—To call attention to the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health chaired by Sir Donald Acheson; and to move for papers.

The Lord 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.

†The Lord Glenarthur—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they apply to the timeliness and completeness of replies by Ministers and officials to correspondence from members of both Houses of Parliament and the public; and whether they are satisfied that they are meeting such criteria.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 3rd February for debate on 17th February]

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 13th 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)

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

16th December

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 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)—

13th January

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

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Review of the United Kingdom National Air Quality Strategy.      (HL484)

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether hearing aids provided by the NHS are of at least the same quality as any available in the private sector.      (HL485)

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reform the working practices of Her Majesty’s coroners to include weekend and bank holiday service to families who wish to take the deceased abroad for burial.      (HL486)

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have investigated the activities of so-called terrorist training camps in the United Kingdom, in order to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed.      (HL487)

The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the failure of the United Nations to hold the referendum last month, what is their current policy on Western Sahara.      (HL488)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the action of fluoride at 1 part per million in water on human teeth is topical or systematic.      (HL489)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the principal study or studies which demonstrate that 1 part per million of fluoride in water is an optimal level for human teeth.      (HL490)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the three recent United States studies which show neurological damage to the brains of rats fed with fluorides (Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1995; 17,2:169-177; Brain Research 1998; 784:284-298; Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1998; 20:537-542).      (HL491)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the two recent Chinese studies which suggest that fluoridated water may adversely affect the IQs of children (Fluoride 1995; 28,4:189-192; Fluoride 1996; 29,4:190-192).      (HL492)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the proposals advocated in Fast Track to Zero Nuclear Weapons by the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations.      (HL493)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received a message on behalf of the non-nuclear weapon states asking them to start work immediately on the practical steps and negotiations required for the achievement of a nuclear weapon-free world; whether they have replied to any such message; and, if so, what was their response.      (HL494)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the police operation to protect General Pinochet during the journey to and from the Magistrate’s Court at which he appeared.      (HL495)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chilean Ambassador informed the Ministry of Defence in advance of the visit of General Pinochet.      (HL496)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which weapons systems or armaments have been the subject of discussion between Britain and Chile since May 1997; and whether General Pinochet has been involved in these discussions.      (HL497)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been responsible for the costs of the hospital accommodation of General Pinochet from the moment of his arrest.      (HL498)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations from Henry Kissinger about the arrest of General Pinochet; and, if so, what they were.      (HL499)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when, following an application for extradition, the accompanying warrant is found to be defective, the Home Office normally would so advise the legal representatives of the accused and the police.      (HL500)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning the opening of supermarkets on Christmas Day and Easter Day; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that the law is enforced.      (HL501)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to require supermarket chains and food producers to label clearly foods which have been genetically modified.      (HL502)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which reviews and task forces announced since 1st May 1997 have not yet reported; when they were originally due to report; and when they are likely to report.      (HL503)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the European Union’s interest in human rights in Turkey, whether they will ask the Government of Turkey why distribution, in the provinces of Turkey under martial law, of the newspaper Yeni Evrensel, was banned on 4th January; and whether the ban is intended to be permanent.      (HL504)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought the agreement of other members of the European Union to their support for the American destruction of the al-Shifa medicine factory in Khartoum in August 1998; and, if so, with what results.      (HL505)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the destruction of the al-Shifa medicine factory in Khartoum in August 1998 has harmed humanitarian efforts in Sudan through interrupting the Sudanese production of anti-malarial and other drugs.      (HL506)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there were Ugandan military incursions into southern Sudan in September 1998.      (HL507)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 14th December 1998 (WA 134) with regard to the alleged massacre of 34 traders in Renk in Upper Nile State, Sudan, in November 1998, whether they now have a clearer picture of what occurred.      (HL508)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement by the Home Secretary on 21st October 1998 of the setting up of a task force to assist the Government in the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998 in England and Wales, (a) whether they have any plans to establish a similar task force or committee for Scotland; (b) if not, why not; and (c) if so, when this will be done.      (HL509)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to discuss with public authorities involved in the Criminal Justice System in Scotland the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the statutory duties that will rest on members of the Scottish Executive, when they take up office, to act in a manner compatible with Convention Rights.      (HL510)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish details of any advice being given to members of the public authorities involved in the Criminal Justice System in Scotland about the implications, for their work, of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the statutory duties that will rest on members of the Scottish Executive to act in a manner compatible with Convention Rights.      (HL511)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to arrange that the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland publishes the report it is preparing into the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for policing Scotland.      (HL512)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) in how many Sheriff Courts in Scotland Sheriffs can currently be provided with access to the textbooks, law reports, statutory materials and computer databases necessary to enable them to take into account any judgement, decision, declaration or advisory opinion of the European Court of Human Rights or the European Commission of Human Rights relevant to any decision that may arise in court proceedings as to whether a member of the Scottish Executive has acted or failed to act in a manner incompatible with Convention Rights, and (b) in respect of each of those Sheriff Courts in which such facilities do not currently exist, by which dates they will be provided.      (HL513)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) in how many court buildings in Scotland in which the High Court of Justiciary customarily sits, High Court judges can currently be provided with access to the textbooks, law reports, statutory materials and computer databases necessary to enable them to take into account any judgement, decision, declaration or advisory opinion of the European Court of Human Rights or the European Commission of Human Rights relevant to any decisions that may arise in court proceedings as to whether a member of the Scottish Executive has acted or failed to act in a manner compatible with Convention Rights, and (b) in respect of each of those court buildings in which such facilities do not currently exist, by which dates they will be provided.      (HL514)

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to clarify the rights and responsibilities of fathers and mothers respectively in relation to their children.      (HL515)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the United States’ plan to maintain a permanent military presence in South Korea in the event of reunification on the Korean peninsula; whether the American troops would be under the United Nations Command as are the United States troops currently based in South Korea; and whether the United Nations Security Council will examine the plan.      (HL516)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Rimpac exercises carried out in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula in July 1998 involved the United Nations command in South Korea; and whether they consider that these exercises contributed to the solution of the problems of the Korean peninsula.      (HL517)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which country the Spratley Islands belong.      (HL518)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States has discussed with all Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation contributors attacking certain North Korean constructions which the United States suspects might eventually have military implications.      (HL519)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States has discussed with the United Nations Security Council attacking certain North Korean constructions which the United States suspects might eventually have military implications, and its contingency plans for attacking North Korea.      (HL520)

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
    Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 1999
    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Fund Payments) Order 1999
    Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase 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]

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 Policy 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
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

WEDNESDAY 27TH JANUARY

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

 
 
 
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