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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

Health Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

†The Earl Howe—To move, as an amendment to the motion That the bill be now read a Second time, at end to insert “but regrets that neither the definition of a Primary Care Trust nor any adequate provisions relating to the functions, powers, responsibilities and structure of such are contained in the Bill; and calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to amend the Bill accordingly.”

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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

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

‡Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999—The Earl of Lytton to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 11th January, be annulled (S.I. 1999/6).

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.

*The Lord Dixon-Smith—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the date on which the Dartford-Thurrock crossing of the River Thames will become toll-free.

Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Whitty] [3rd and 6th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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).

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

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the public inquiry into the continuing military use of the artillery firing range at Otterburn has been re-opened.

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. [Short debate]

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; and to move for papers. [Short debate]

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.

THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Annaly—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the current safeguards for sign language users being interviewed at police stations.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether advice and guidance on the protection of hedgerows and other field boundaries will be included in the proposed Code of Conduct of Good Agricultural Practice.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the procedures for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

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

Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1998—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 23rd December 1998, be annulled (S.I. 1998/3260).

MONDAY 22ND FEBRUARY

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to ensure that the general elections to be held in Turkey are free and fair.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any contingency plans to ensure that local communities do not lose the services of community pharmacies if Resale Price Maintenance on over-the-counter medicines ends.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Commission is fulfilling its obligations to pay its contractual commitments to British institutions and companies within 60 days.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the additional funding required from Health Authorities beyond the £100 million from the central fund for modernisation of the NHS to meet the NHS pay awards announced recently.

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

Sir Peter Imbert

*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.

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect of the decision that the nuclear processing plant at Drigg cannot accept waste from nuclear power plants because it has exceeded the level of carbon 14 allowed for the next 25 years.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to appoint a Children’s Rights Commissioner.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help secure a peaceful settlement of the territorial dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no recommendations have been made for the award of peerages to teachers serving in, or recently retired from, maintained schools.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce tax, benefit and housing policies which more closely reflect the social and economic contribution made to society by those who care for elderly or disabled members of their own family.

*The Lord Geraint—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that the estimated 800 million people currently undernourished in the world will be given food aid from the surpluses in Europe.

THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have restricted the funding of non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve public understanding of gene technology applied to food.

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support an enhanced role for the Territorial Army in rapid relief response to natural and man-made disasters.

MONDAY 1ST MARCH

*The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance has been given to Colombia following the recent earthquake in Armenia.

†*The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the odds against getting new variant CJD from eating beef on the bone, and what criteria other than risk have a bearing on consumer choice in this matter.

†*The Lord Ellenborough—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect will be felt by pensioners, as a result of the recent falls in the rates of interest paid by National Savings Pensioner Bonds.

†*The Lord Montague of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist potential British competitors in next year’s Olympic Games in Sydney.

TUESDAY 2ND MARCH

*The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to deal with the problems in the Scottish salmon farming industry caused by the spread of Infectious Salmon Anaemia.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to issue the White Paper on United Kingdom Overseas Territories announced by the Foreign Secretary in a speech on 4th February 1998.

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose taking to ensure that patients do not have to move house to receive the medication they need.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to expedite the decision on awards to former miners suffering from bronchitis and emphysema.

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the likely effect of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the public’s perception of the impartiality of judges.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many extra teaching assistants have been appointed since May 1997; whether there is a target for the number to be appointed; and what provision there is for the training of such assistants.

†*The Lord Holme of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they can report towards the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Omagh bombing.

†*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urge use of the European Union’s foreign, trade and development policies in support of the achievement of sustainable peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

THURSDAY 4TH MARCH

*The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current and future levels of student debt are having harmful effects on the health of university students.

†*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect on the level of pensions available under money purchase funded pension schemes as a result of the recent reduction in interest rates from 7½ per cent to 5½ per cent.

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 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 ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school.

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

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To call attention to the role of the Minister for Women; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their refusal to recognise as genocide the action against the Armenian people by Turkey in 1915.

The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the refurbishment of houses in poor condition has been taken into account in the Government’s plans for additional housing.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to increase the participation of girls and women in sport.

The Earl of Carrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to assist the Tibetans to have meaningful dialogue with the People’s Republic of China leading to a negotiated settlement of the Tibetan issue.

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider allowing the limbless a greater choice in deciding who their prosthetist should be and what type of artificial limb to purchase, by introducing a voucher scheme.

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enable digital terrestrial television to be broadcast throughout the United Kingdom.

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

The Lord Sandberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any progress has been made in persuading the Export Credits Guarantee Department to reinstate Cuba as an insurable risk for British exporters.

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to strengthen the role of women in the elimination of world poverty.

†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 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”.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 17th March for debate on 31st March]

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 Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham—To call attention to the humanitarian problems faced by the people of Iraq; 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 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 Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the current arrangements for the protection of hedgerows; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To call attention to the introduction of Rural Development Plans on 1st January 2000, and to the case for consultation thereon; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dahrendorf—To call attention to changes in the labour market and their consequences for education and training, families, benefits and welfare services; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bragg—To call attention to the case for re-affirming the principles of public service broadcasting; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dholakia—To call attention to Age Concern’s “Debate of the Age” and the case for changes in public policy in the new millennium as a result of the ageing population; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Thornton—To call attention to the policies of Her Majesty’s Government which are of particular benefit to women; and to move for papers.

The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the role of design in improving competitiveness and qualify of life; 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 8th February, or unanswered after 21 days]

13th January

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)

18th January

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether letters addressed to General Pinochet being carried by members of his staff were opened by Special Branch on Tuesday 29th December 1998; if so, why; and who gave the authorisation.      (HL595)

8th February

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the independent review conducted by Professor Brian Spratt into the South coast biological defence trials.      (HL935)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards collating the information which the Ministry of Defence has about mechanisms which could be used to test for the presence of uranium in the human body.      (HL936)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the estimate that it will cost the Co-operative Movement collectively £250,000 a year, compared with the £50,000 its multiple competitors would have to pay, if the proposal in the draft bill for a Food Standards Agency to impose an annual levy of £90 on all food outlets becomes law.      (HL937)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent submissions they have had from the Trades Union Congress on its view of economic policy priorities; and what action they have taken, or will be taking, in response.      (HL938)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an estimate of the number of caravans owned by gypsies and other travellers on “tolerated” sites, where no planning permission has been given but the local authority does not intend to take enforcement action.      (HL939)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of appeals against refusal of planing permission for gypsy sites decided in each of the years 1993 to 1998 inclusive, giving in each case the location of the site, the number of caravan pitches and the decision of the Secretary of State.      (HL940)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Immigration Act detainees were held in each of the prisons or detention centres in use for this purpose on 31st January.      (HL941)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Iranian authorities for permission to visit Evin Prison and talk to Mr Abbas Amir-Entezam, the human rights advocate who was taken into custody on 8th September 1998 and allegedly charged with insulting Assadollah Lajevardi, the murdered former head of the prison.      (HL942)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of losses estimated to be £1.5 billion per annum to the Government’s revenues due to tobacco smuggling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will refrain from further increases in tobacco duty in his forthcoming budget.      (HL943)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what connection there is between cheap smuggled tobacco products entering the British market and unregulated sales of such products to children under 16 years of age; and whether they intend to reverse their policy of imposing increases of 6 per cent above inflation in tobacco duties in the forthcoming and subsequent budgets.      (HL944)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the safety record in the United Kingdom and abroad of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which the Strategic Defence Review proposes are used more widely in training exercises.      (HL945)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government following the Strategic Defence Review what is the revised Order of Battle for HQ Land command; and whether a diagram illustrating the revised Order of Battle could be provided.      (HL946)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Buddhists or Hindus are disqualified from serving on the staff of the Prime Minister.      (HL947)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any Buddhists or Hindus amongst the civil servants reporting to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.      (HL948)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 2nd February (HL Deb, col. 1420) that “we are in control of our own fiscal policies”, whether the United Kingdom is entirely free to decide the coverage of VAT and to set the applicable rates.      (HL949)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the terms of reference of the capacity study on the West Coast Main Line being undertaken by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Franchising Director of Passenger Rail Franchising.      (HL950)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what organisations have been consulted in connection with the study of capacity of the West Coast Main Line; and what is the expected completion date of the study.      (HL951)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the capacity study of the West Coast Main Line.      (HL952)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to date of the action by the Serious Fraud Office against Peter Clarence Foster, whose extradition from Australia they are currently pursuing.      (HL953)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the charges against Peter Clarence Foster for which he is being extradited from Australia by the Serious Fraud Office.      (HL954)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why women over 65 are not routinely invited for screening for breast cancer in view of evidence that risk increases at that age.      (HL955)

The Lord Denham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hereditary peers by succession voted for reform of this House, and how many against, at the end of the debate on the White Paper covering an All-Party Agreement on 21st November 1968.      (HL956)

The Lord Denham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days in each House of Parliament were spent in discussing the Parliament (No. 2) Bill, at Second Reading, Committee, Report and Third Reading stages, during the 1968-69 Session.      (HL957)

The Lord Denham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the largest number of hereditary peers by succession who would still have seats in this House by the end of October this year, if the Parliament No. 2 Bill had received Royal Assent at the last Royal Commission of the Session, on 22nd October 1969.      (HL958)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated total annual cost of introducing a minimum of four weeks paid respite/short break provision per year for carers who assist disabled persons.      (HL959)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated annual cost to local authorities to set national respite care standards which included a requirement to have a minimum of four weeks paid respite/short break provision per year for carers who assist disabled persons.      (HL960)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated annual cost of a national concessionary fare scheme for all persons needing transport who are (a) disabled and (b) severely disabled.      (HL961)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that the European Union’s Policy Planning and Early Warning Units (PPU) and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) High Representative will be in post and fully functioning.      (HL962)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union’s Policy Planning and Early Warning Units (PPU) will have sufficient personnel and resources, and a strong enough mandate, to analyse the impact on vulnerable countries of the aid, trade, military and arms export policies of the European Union Member States, and to be able to make effective recommendations, in particular for conflict prevention.      (HL963)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they are giving to enabling the 13 Associate Members of the European Union to establish effective control over arms exports, including end uses, and to prevent illicit trafficking in weapons and ammunitions.      (HL964)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union special envoy in the Middle East, Ambassador Moratinos, has had some successful negotiations; if so, on what subjects; and on what issues he will concentrate in the coming months.      (HL965)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking to establish a common European Union policy as regards the final status of the Palestinian Administration and the end of the Oslo Declaration period on 4th May 1999.      (HL966)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what they attribute (a) the 20 per cent year-on-year increase in the use of police stop and search powers shown in the most recent national figures; and (b) the 60 per cent increase in such areas as Devon and Cornwall and Kent while forces such as the West Midlands have decreased their use of these powers; and whether there is any firm evidence linking the level of use of stop and search to crime rates or clear up rates between areas.      (HL967)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the potential impact on community relations, they consider that a continuation of the current level of use of stop and search powers can be justified.      (HL968)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in discussions with the Treasury and the Inland Revenue on the Commonwealth Development Corporation’s tax status.      (HL969)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tax concessions they are planning to grant the Commonwealth Development Corporation.      (HL970)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the consequences of the delay in progressing the bill for the establishment of the Commonwealth Development Corporation public/private partnership.      (HL971)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take if no agreement is reached with the Treasury and the Inland Revenue on a tax effective status for the Commonwealth Development Corporation.      (HL972)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to encourage local education authorities to support educational services to schools provided by local public organisations, in view of the threatened closure of the Northamptonshire Heritage Education Service and the Worcestershire Archaeological Service in response to Government imposed restrictions on public spending.      (HL973)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to provide statutory protection for local authority archaeology services in order to ensure that the requirements of Planning Policy Guidance 15 and Planning Policy Guidance 16 can be effectively discharged in view of the threat to cut such services in Worcestershire due to Government imposed restrictions on public spending.      (HL974)

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] [15th February]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Road Traffic (NHS Charges) [18th February]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL] [11th February]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    City of Westminster [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 1999
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Order 1999
    Draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1999
    Draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1999
    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1999
    Draft Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for affirmative resolution

    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999 [2nd Report, Session 1998-99]
    Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999 [4th Report, Session 1998-99]

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

Refreshment Sub-Committee4.15 pm

TUESDAY 9TH MARCH

Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

 
 
 
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