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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 27TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue guidance to planning authorities on factors to be taken into account when applications for constructing transmission masts for mobile telephones are being considered.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debates on the motions in the names of the Lord Berkeley and the Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws set down for today shall each be limited to 3 hours.

Deputy Chairmen of Committees—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract and the Baroness Gardner of Parkes be added to the Panel of Lords appointed to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session.

The Lord Berkeley—To call attention to the White Paper A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone (Cm 3950) and other related transport matters; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws—To call attention to the role and future of the British Council; and to move for papers.

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.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the results of the epidemiological study conducted by the King’s Gulf War Illness Research Unit.

†*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they and other Member States of the European Union propose to take to confront the threat made by the United States to impose sanctions on $520m of European Union exports as from 1st February in consequence of the breakdown of negotiations between the European Union and the United States.

†Access to Justice Bill [HL]— House to be again in Committee [The Lord Chancellor] [5th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support current proposals for tax harmonisation in the European Union.

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.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has so far been made in the drafting of a new “Strategic Concept” for NATO.

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to amend the law to enable police disciplinary proceedings to be initiated or continued following the retirement of a police officer.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive from the Office of Fair Trading the results of the inquiry into the pricing policy of Times Newspapers.

Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]— House to be again in Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Earl of Lindsay]

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any action following the employment tribunal case relating to Melksham Hospital in Wiltshire, won by Christine Clunie and Alison Hale.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been improvements in British-Russian relations since May 1997, and what plans they have for such relations in the medium term, including joint initiatives with other European countries.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now raise the level of state pension for a single pensioner to £75 per week.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent consultations they have had with other European Union governments about the harmonisation of taxes.

†Trustee Delegation Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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

Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

‡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.

*The Lord Christopher—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is now timely to consider combining the regulatory bodies for television and radio to avoid overlap or inconsistency.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will respond to the rapid reduction in the number of house sparrows, especially in London, and whether the cause has been identified.

*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether nurses sacked for gross misconduct in the NHS should be free to seek employment elsewhere in the health service.

The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To call attention to the state of the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

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.

THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the allegation that a terrorist cell is being run within the Muslim Mosque in Finsbury Park in North London.

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask the Leader of the House whether she will arrange for a Committee of the House to consider whether it should now be made mandatory for those Lords who have taken the oath to register matters which they consider may affect the public perception of the way they discharge their parliamentary duties.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will respond favourably to the Greek Government’s request for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

Disability Rights Commission Bill [HL]— Committee [The Baroness Blackstone]

MONDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

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

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Health Service has in place a strategy to ensure cost effective and professional diagnosis and delivery of services across language and culture.

*The Lord Merrivale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the provisions of the Gibraltar Employment Ordinance were not adhered to in the transfer of the local workforce from Balfour Beatty to Hyder under the new Ministry of Defence contract.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to change the status of “au pairs” living with families and, if so, what consultations are planned on this matter.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate that the first group of applicant states from Central and Eastern Europe will become full members of the European Union.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what issues have become the most significant in the current renegotiation of the Lomé Agreement between the European Union and the ACP states; and what are their priority objectives for the outcome of those negotiations.

*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard it as desirable for the boundaries of the new Regional Development areas to coincide with those of the Regional Tourist Boards.

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether adequate measures and inspection arrangements are in force to ensure the safety of university students who rent accommodation.

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.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to train police recruits in human rights, with special reference to good race relations.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to provide free public transport for the disabled or pensioners.

*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the introduction of a new voting system for local authority elections.

The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the case for a change in the way in which the arts in this country are governed and managed; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Listowel—To call attention to the case for an appropriate range of effective services to meet the needs of homeless young people under the age of 25; and to move for papers.

Freedom of Information Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Lucas]

THURSDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the standards of foreign language teaching in Scottish schools and to increase the number of pupils sitting the Higher Leaving Certificate in such subjects.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current position with regard to the documents misappropriated from the Medical Assessment Programme of the Ministry of Defence in November 1998.

*The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to harmonise with the European time zone before or after entry to the European Monetary Union.

MONDAY 15TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what European Union tax harmonisation proposals they have agreed or propose to agree.

*The Lord Bishop of Lincoln—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that by the year 2000 the prison system is less stretched and better able to rehabilitate prisoners.

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate that they will receive the Office of Fair Trading report on supermarket pricing.

TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to maximise the benefits both for UNESCO and the United Kingdom of the United Kingdom’s renewed membership of the organisation.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations are being made to the Governments of India and Pakistan to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the law and current technology provide adequately for police to test drivers at the roadside for drugs in quantities that might make them unfit to drive.

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define “decommissioning” as referred to in the April 1998 Belfast Agreement (Cm 3883).

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the recent financial crises in South East Asia, Russia and Brazil have been caused or aggravated by speculative money, based in or passing through “off-shore” funds, largely outside the control of national central banks and inter-governmental institutions; and whether they will raise these questions in the G8 Forum.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask the Chairman of Committees what special help, in relation to their parliamentary work, is available to Lords with severe visual impairments; and what consideration is being given to providing more help.

†*The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to achieve in state schools other than grammar schools the standards in mathematics and science now achieved in grammar schools.

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

*The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United States Government regarding the trade dispute arising from the European Union agreement with ACP countries on banana production.

WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

†*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the privatisation of the Commonwealth Development Corporation will be allowed to proceed without the repayment of £60m by the state of Cameroon.

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

The Lord Vivian—To call attention to the shortages of manpower in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and the limitation these shortages impose on the ability of the Forces to sustain operations; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To call attention to the future for small businesses in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the recent Social Services Inspectorate Report on the Medway Secure Training Centre.

The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards Cuba.

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to facilitate economic recovery in the recently devastated republics of Central America.

The Baroness Linklater of Butterstone—To call attention to the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school; and to move for papers.

The Lord Meston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to reform the law and practice relating to adoption and fostering.

The Lord Teviot—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether present arrangements to ensure that public footpaths remain open and the powers available to local authorities in this regard are adequate.

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure greater openness in the appointment of the judiciary, particularly in the light of recent legislation increasing the constitutional role of the judiciary.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Department of Health’s Cervical Cancer Screening Programme is making in implementing the proposals in its 1998 Review, in response to the criticisms contained in the December 1998 Report of the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee, and in response to the recent legal cases brought against the NHS.

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to respond to the recommendation in the 6th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration (Session 1997-98) that the Government should describe in detail what the Strategic Communications Unit does, and how the Unit distinguishes between legitimate activity on behalf of the Government and activity which could unduly advantage the party of Government.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy that an individual convicted three times of burglary should be sentenced to at least three years in prison was formulated with full regard to the alternatives to prison in such cases.

†The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To call attention to the arrangements for maintaining the separation of powers in the House of Lords between the judicial branch and the legislative and executive branches of government, including the need to comply with the obligations imposed by Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights guaranteeing an appearance of independence and the exclusion of any legitimate doubt as to the impartiality of judges; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for tourism.

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.

The Lord Haskel—To call attention to the Government’s recent White Paper Our Competitive Future: Building the Knowledge Driven Economy (Cm 4176); and to move for papers.

The Lord Crickhowell—To call attention to the planned closure of the Severn Tunnel this summer and the consequences for users and the Welsh economy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to the renewal of arms export licences for British companies selling arms to Indonesia; and to move for papers.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the economic and social role of marriage; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the current arrangements for the protection of hedgerows; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[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]

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Partnership and Trust: The Tacis Programme (33rd Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 157). [14th January]

The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on EC Regulation of Genetic Modification in Agriculture (2nd Report, HL Paper 11). [21st January]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 26th January, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

26th January

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many female prisoners who were—

were in prison in England and Wales on 31st December 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.      (HL711)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reduction in the number of female prisoners they expect to achieve by 31st December 1999 by means of the electronic tagging scheme.      (HL712)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish (a) the draft Food Standards Bill and (b) their proposals for funding the Food Standards Agency.      (HL713)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents have been reported in the last 10 years involving high road vehicles hitting railway bridges.      (HL714)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the owner of a railway bridge is entitled to seek compensation from the owner or driver of a lorry which has damaged it, in respect of—

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used by the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising and the Rail Regulator in assessing applications for new rail passenger services under the “moderation of competition” provision.      (HL716)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it welcomes competition from new entrants in the provision of rail passenger services on—

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to accept the opinion contained in the Report of the European Commission of Human Rights of 20th October 1998 in McGonnell v. United Kingdom, that the United Kingdom is in breach of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights because the Bailiff of the Royal Court in Guernsey, being both a senior member of the judiciary and a senior member of the legislature and the executive, did not satisfy the requirements of independence and impartiality.      (HL718)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask the Lord Chancellor whether, in the light of the opinion contained in the Report of the European Commission of Human Rights of 20th October 1998 in McGonnell v. United Kingdom, he intends to make any changes in the composition of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords so as to satisfy the requirements of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL719)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ancient right to shoot on the foreshore in Scotland extends to any other person than the certificated owner of a shotgun.      (HL720)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the classification of the River Forth as a Special Protection Area will extinguish the ancient right to shoot on the foreshore in the Special Protection Area.      (HL721)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which Act the ancient right to shoot on the foreshore in Scotland is enshrined.      (HL722)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is lawful to fire a shotgun from a boat in the middle of a river in Scotland, such as the River Forth; and, if so, which Act would be relevant.      (HL723)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which dates in each of the next six months they plan to publish the statistics relating to hospital waiting lists.      (HL724)

The Lord Geddes—To ask the Chairman of Committees how many sitting days of this House there were in the 1997-98 Session of Parliament; and, in the same period, what was the average attendance record of (a) Life Peers; and (b) active Hereditary Peers, defining “active” as those attending at least one third of sitting days (or such other definition of that term as may be appropriate).      (HL725)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in pursuit of the “contraceptive security” advocated by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development on 20th January (HC Deb, col. 843), they anticipate any problems arising from the United Kingdom’s obligations under GATT and WTO; and, if so, what their plans are for solving them.      (HL726)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many directions have been made by the Secretary of State under Article 14(1) of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 (S.I. 1988/1813) since 1st May 1997; and how many directions were made in the equivalent period prior to that date.      (HL727)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many planning applications have been called in for decision by the Secretary of State since 1st May 1997; and how many applications were called in during the equivalent period prior to that date.      (HL728)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any change in policy since April 1997 with regard to the use of directions under Article 14(1) of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 (S.I. 1988/1813) and to the calling-in of planning applications.      (HL729)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last conducted a comprehensive review of their procurement policies.      (HL730)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that their policy towards procurement by Government departments and agencies produces good value for money.      (HL731)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a single Government procurement agency.      (HL732)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 16th December 1998 (WA 164), at what point does it become appropriate for “parcels of work” to be put out for public advertisement.      (HL733)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 16th December 1998 (WA 164), what parcels of work have been undertaken (a) without and (b) with public advertisement in the current Parliament.      (HL734)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 16th December 1998 (WA 164), how the decision was reached that Rochford Paving Ltd. offered the best value for money for the granite setts outside Chancellor’s Gate if the competitive bidding process was not used.      (HL735)

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to ensure that roadworks are not commenced until the contractors are in a position to carry them out without significant interruption.      (HL736)

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce the principle of “lane rental” for all road repairs, so that the passage of traffic is not impeded any longer than necessary.      (HL737)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the economic, financial and strategic consequences for Britain and for Europe of the United States’ recently-stated intention to develop Anti-Ballistic Missile Defenses, and to abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in order to do so.      (HL738)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the effects on the international situation of new arms races in offensive strategic weapons, or in other asymmetrical (for example, cyber-war) responses, that would result from the development of Anti-Ballistic Missiles and from their deployment (a) in Japan, Taiwan, Sierra Leone, Israel, Turkey or Greece or (b) in space.      (HL739)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have suggested to the United States that a reduction in the weapons systems deployed by Israel and seen by its neighbours as threatening (including weapons of mass destruction, space-derived targeting information and Anti-Ballistic Missile defense systems), would discourage the development of similar capabilities by those neighbours.      (HL740)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the course of its attempt to insert into the revised NATO Strategic Concept the conditions laid down by the United States Senate, the United States Government is seeking from its NATO Allies a commitment to the deployment and funding of strategic or theatre Anti-Ballistic Missile systems.      (HL741)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British defence firms are participating in United States Anti-Ballistic Missile, Ballistic Missile Defense and related programmes; and how many jobs depend on it.      (HL742)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will follow up Baroness Thatcher’s approach to President Reagan at Camp David in 1984 when she obtained an undertaking that his administration would not breach the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty without consultation.      (HL743)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what categories of expenditure are included under (a) general pharmaceutical services; and (b) non-cash limited pharmacists’ remuneration in the notification which has been allocated for the year 1999-2000.      (HL744)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received about the identity of those responsible for the attacks on Sudanese refugee camps near Dungu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in October 1998, and the Mboki settlement in the Central African Republic in November 1998, as reported by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.       (HL745)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the aid workers murdered in the course of their work in Sudan since 1993; who was responsible for the murders, and whether those responsible have been brought to justice.       (HL746)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view on the effectiveness of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq.      (HL747)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the report commissioned by the Norwegian government into the activities of Norwegian People’s Aid in Sudan asserts that food and emergency aid was knowingly being diverted to procure weapons and war materials; if so, by whom is this diversion being carried out; and whether they will place a copy of this report in the Library of the House.      (HL748)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government from what sources they derive their assessment of the human rights situation in Sudan.       (HL749)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisations, and British affiliates of international non-governmental organisations, are active in Sudan, both within and outside Operation Lifeline Sudan structures.       (HL750)

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]
    Access to Justice [HL] [28th January]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [1st February]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [4th February]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [2nd February]
    Trustee Delegation [HL] [2nd February]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL] [1st February]
    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 Affirmative Resolution

    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice No. 5) Order 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
    Draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 1999
    Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1999
    Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 1999
    Draft Departments (Northern Ireland) 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]

WEDNESDAY 27TH JANUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

 
 
 
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