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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 24TH FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

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

†Deputy Chairmen of Committees—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Methuen be added to the Panel of Lords appointed to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this Session, and that the Lord Henley be appointed to the Panel in the place of the Lord Strathclyde.

†Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the amendments for the Report Stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 13

Schedule 1

Clauses 14 to 47

Schedule 2

Clauses 48 to 62

Schedules 3 to 5

Clause 63.

The Lord Mayhew of Twysden—To call attention to the value of the Belfast Agreement 1998 (the Good Friday Agreement), and to the dangers inherent in failing to secure from all its participants the prompt and complete implementation of all its provisions; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Trefgarne—To call attention to the problems of current deployment and overstretch in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and the implications of potential deployments to Kosovo; and to move for papers.

Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) Bill [HL]Third Reading [The Earl of Lindsay]

Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th November 1998 be approved. [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee]

Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 14th December 1998 be approved. [4th Report from the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee]

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.

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on 18th February, whether they will introduce emergency legislation to allow Gibraltarians to exercise their democratic right to vote in the forthcoming European Parliament elections.

Health Bill [HL]— Committee [The Baroness Hayman] [7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 1999—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th February be approved.

‡Scottish Parliament (First Ordinary General Election and First Meeting) Order 1999—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th February be approved.

‡Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th February be approved.

†ROYAL ASSENT

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.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Health Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL]— Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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

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

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

Dr Onora O’Neill CBE

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Sir Naren Patel

*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 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.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards securing Objective I Status for areas of Wales suffering from high levels of unemployment, poverty and lack of investment.

The Lord Bragg—To call attention to the future of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Lord Kennet—To call attention to the role of NATO in international peace and security, with particular reference to the new Strategic Concept and to crisis management; and to move for papers.

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.

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.

*The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is time to strengthen the law with regard to the use of wild animals trained for entertainment purposes.

Water Industry Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

MONDAY 8TH MARCH

*The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible for companies intent upon merging to avoid the obligations in the Transfers of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations by conducting a “merger” by way of share transfer, and, if so, what further steps should be taken to protect employees’ interests.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve arrangements for applying salt and grit to public roads in the United Kingdom, including those for which local authorities have responsibilities, in order to reduce accidents in winter conditions.

*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will impose a 5-year moratorium on commercial growing of genetically modified food until adequate independent research and testing of its health and environmental consequences has been carried out, and whether they will seek a similar moratorium throughout the European Union.

*The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in securing a peaceful settlement in Cyprus.

†‡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.

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

TUESDAY 9TH MARCH

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their position at the April 1999 NATO Summit in Washington towards United Nations Security Council authorisation for all future NATO operational missions other than territorial defence of the alliance itself.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to expand or contract the network of quality controls on British institutions of higher education which they inherited from the previous government.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the payment of compensation to former miners in Wales suffering from emphysema and other diseases.

*The Lord Bragg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities fulfil their statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service.

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

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

*The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the public utilities continuity of services in the first days of the new Millennium.

*The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will be obliged to increase the rate of VAT on certain imported works of art from 2.5 per cent to 5 per cent in June 1999, and, if so, what effect this will have on the international competitiveness of the British art market when combined with the effects of a possible Droit de Suite Directive.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urge on the International Monetary Fund the importance of protecting primary education and public health services from expenditure cuts when proposing restructuring schemes for countries facing financial and economic crises.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to avoid damage to the sparkling cider industry following the increase in tax from its 1996 level of 23p per litre.

†The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To call attention to the case for policies which will ensure a living, working countryside and in particular to the need for clarity in the new relationships between the Regional Development Agencies, the Countryside Agency, Government offices, the European Commission and local authorities; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To call attention to the case for greater investment in rail infrastructure to enable the rail industry to play its full part in an integrated transport policy whilst maintaining the highest safety standards; and to move for papers.

THURSDAY 11TH MARCH

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal that the next Secretary-General of the Western European Union should have a senior position within the European Union, and that the two organisations should be merged.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the provisions of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 have been used by local councils to provide new and improved services.

*The Lord Merrivale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Gibraltar Government proposals or options they are considering to strengthen the constitutional status of Gibraltar as a British territory.

MONDAY 15TH MARCH

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they consider their plans to rationalise primary meat production will be complete and what will be the level of meat production in the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given assurances to non-nuclear states that under no circumstances will they be attacked by a British nuclear weapon and that these assurances will not be unilaterally withdrawn.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to announce their response to the public consultation of the report by the Advisory Group on Quarantine.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to the regulator for gas and electricity on the promotion of energy efficiency.

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

*The Lord Taylor of Gryfe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are committed to expanding forestry in the United Kingdom, and whether this policy will be pursued by the new separate authorities in England, Scotland and Wales.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the Government of Nigeria to help them in returning to civilian rule based on democratic institutions.

*The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the ethical issues which originate from the creation of human embryos for the purpose of cloning.

*The Lord Skidelsky—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that sterling shadow the euro.

WEDNESDAY 17TH MARCH

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still negotiating with the European Commission on implementation in the United Kingdom of the working time Directive and possible exemptions from it.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the effectiveness of sanctions against Iraq.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the recent Unison Report Downsizing for the 21st Century which analyses plans for the North Durham Acute Hospitals Trust Private Finance Initiative development.

*The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve carers’ awareness of their right to an assessment under the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995.

THURSDAY 18TH MARCH

*The Earl Kitchener—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the possibilities of using nutritional supplements or improved nutrition to reduce offending by young people in detention.

*The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of unemployed people in Scotland in February; and how this compares with the numbers in January 1999 and February 1998.

*The Lord Napier and Ettrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made for the Ceremonial, and for the attendance of the Peerage of Scotland, at the Opening of the new Scottish Parliament by The Sovereign on Thursday 1st July 1999.

MONDAY 22ND MARCH

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on revising the national curriculum for schools.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission into the future ownership of Manchester United Football Club plc.

*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 Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the selection process, the preparation and the language training of Ambassadors and Ministers prior to their appointment to lead the 212 British Embassies and Legations abroad.

TUESDAY 23RD MARCH

†*The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the discrepancy between the life of copyright in the United Kingdom (generally 50 years) and in the United States (now between 70 and 125 years).

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for considering the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe the most suitable body for establishing peace in Kosovo.

†*The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will intervene to help prevent the cuts to arts and community funding made by Westminster City Council for 1999-2000.

†*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any legal limit on the proportion of broadcasting time which may be devoted by commercial television companies to advertising breaks.

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 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 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 Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will promote fresh international initiatives to alleviate the current state of tension between India and Pakistan.

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for a pardon to be granted to the 343 officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers from the United Kingdom and the British Empire, who, during the First World War, were “shot at dawn”.

The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take, in the interests of the urban environment, to encourage the growth in use of Liquid Petroleum Gas fuel for motor vehicles.

The Lord Hindlip—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect of the changes made to the rules governing exempt chattels on the reservoir of works of art remaining in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements now in force to ensure the safety of genetically modified foods.

The Lord Gladwyn—To call attention to the public demand for greater access to the countryside; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the funding and role of art colleges in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

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 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]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Delegation of Powers to the Commission: Reforming Comitology (3rd Report, HL Paper 23). [18th February]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 23rd 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)

28th January

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many medical posts of consultant status there are in each of the three armed services; what are the medical specialities of the posts; and how many of the posts are filled in each service.      (HL806)

2nd February

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the administration of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973; how many of these are (a) full-time and (b) trained in heritage management; and what steps are taken to ensure some continuity of experience in the administration of this legislation.      (HL886)

23rd February

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the proposal by the Social Services Committee of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to change its policy on domiciliary care services for disabled people by referring them for institutional care where it would be less costly than maintaining them in the community.      (HL1220)

The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their plans to improve services for victims of crime and for witnesses.      (HL1226)

The Lord Acton—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 22nd February (WA 102-103), how many of the 222 hereditary peers who attended at least one-third of sitting days in the 1997-98 Session of Parliament did not speak in the Chamber or in Grand Committee during that Session.      (HL1227)

The Lord Acton—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 22nd February (WA 102-103), how many of the—

hereditary peers who attended at least one-third of sitting days in the 1997-98 Session of Parliament did not speak in the Chamber or in Grand Committee during that Session.      (HL1228)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the role of the resource centre on water and environmental health within the Department for International Development.      (HL1229)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain, in relation to the actions of the Department for International Development in the forestry sector, the discrepancy between the partner countries listed in Forest matters and the countries in which projects are being carried out according to Forest sector projects.      (HL1230)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the Department for International Development’s second workshop on non-governmental organisations and water.      (HL1231)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not include the Chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, the Prisons Ombudsman and the Prison Reform Trust among those consulted about changes in the role and title of Director of Boards of Visitors; and whether the Chief Inspector of Prisons was consulted.      (HL1232)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for delaying the bringing into force of section 12 of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL1233)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they and allied powers are taking to help reduce the number of nuclear weapons held by Russia; whether their own reduction of capacity for nuclear war is proceeding pari passu; and what are the cost and duration of current programmes affecting nuclear weapons in Russia, stating separately the cost of eliminating nuclear waste.      (HL1234)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the proposed trial of Mr Abdullah (calan in Turkey, whether they will seek bilaterally and through international fora to secure that—

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they are sponsoring into alternative goods and technologies which could be supplied by British firms now exporting arms and military equipment to the rest of the world.      (HL1236)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate as to when they will introduce legislation to reform the law relating to the making of decisions for mentally incapacitated adults, as foreshadowed in the Consultation Paper Who Decides? published in December 1997.      (HL1237)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to arrange for copies of the parliamentary papers of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly to be made available to members of both Houses of Parliament.      (HL1238)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 17th February (WA 82), which members of the Liberal Democrat Party have been invited to attend cabinet committee meetings; and in what capacity these members were invited.      (HL1239)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether a moratorium on any loss of car parking space will be applied until the appropriate committee has had a chance to reassess the allocation of 40 spaces in Black Rod’s Garden, in the light of the Garden’s status as a fire muster point and the need for free access for all necessary appliances in the case of emergency.      (HL1240)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been made to the War Pensions Agency about Richard Pruszynski’s claim for a war pension in relation to his service with 32 Field Hospital, Wadi Al Batin, during the Gulf War; and when they expect the case to be resolved.      (HL1241)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision will be made for emergency cover for the inhabitants of the Gosport peninsula if the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar is closed.      (HL1242)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government from what date holders of current South African driving licences will be able to exchange such licences for United Kingdom driving licences.      (HL1243)

The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long it will take to clear the visa backlog at the Immigration Centre in Croydon caused by the office move and the new computer system.      (HL1244)

The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what extra resources, by way of personnel and funds, have been allocated to the Immigration Centre in Croydon to clear the backlog relating to the issue of visas.      (HL1245)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will describe the considerations of “sensitivity” and “safety” which in their view justify their refusal to disclose the names of prisoners they have released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement (Cm 3883).      (HL1246)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who has responsibility for ensuring that litter is cleared from the verges of the M25 between junctions 28 and 30; whether they are satisfied with the cleanliness of this section of the motorway; and, if not, how they propose to deal with the situation.      (HL1247)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list (a) all the non-governmental organisations, British and foreign, that have received funding from them for work and projects in Sudan annually since 1990; (b) those non-governmental organisations, British and foreign, that unsuccessfully applied for funding from them since 1990; and (c) non-governmental organisation work and projects in Sudan funded by European Community development and humanitarian assistance funds since 1990.      (HL1248)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 3rd February (WA 215) in respect of the diversion of food aid by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, what assessment they have made of the statement by Bishop Mazzolari, the Roman Catholic bishop of Rumbek Diocese in southern Sudan (as reported by Agence France Presse on 21st July 1998), that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army was diverting 65 per cent of the emergency food aid being delivered by Operation Lifeline Sudan to affected areas of southern Sudan.      (HL1249)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 3rd February (WA 215), whether, since the United Kingdom contributed £28 million to Operation Lifeline Sudan and associated agencies in 1998, they will request an estimate (either as a percentage figure or in currency value) of how much food aid delivered in southern Sudan by Operation Lifeline Sudan has been diverted by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and others.      (HL1250)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the claims in July 1998 by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, as reported by Associated Press on 27th July 1998, of corruption and inefficiency within Operation Lifeline Sudan.      (HL1251)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the annual value of British aid to Sudan, bilaterally, through Operation Lifeline Sudan, by way of the European Community, or otherwise, since 1990.      (HL1252)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Amos on 3rd February (WA 215), what measures the Department for International Development has taken to ensure that British aid to Sudan is not being diverted or misappropriated.      (HL1253)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 22nd February (WA 101-102), following the Strategic Defence Review, what is the revised Order of Battle for HQ Land Command below Brigade level; and whether a diagram could be provided.      (HL1254)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

To be heard by the Examiners on Thursday 25th February at 10.30 am


Referred to the Examiners

    United Reformed Church [HL]

Waiting for Second Reading

    Water Industry [4th March]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Easter Act 1928 (Commencement) [HL]

Committed to a Select Committee

    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Health [HL] [25th February]
    Freedom of Information [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL] [2nd March]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [2nd March]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
    Road Traffic (NHS Charges) [2nd March]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Trustee Delegation [HL] [9th March]
    Access to Justice [HL]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL] [24th February]

Sent to the Commons

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

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland (Modification of Enactments—No. 1) Order 1999
    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999
    Draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999
    Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999
    Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Amendment Regulations 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 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
    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) Order 1999
    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999
    Draft Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Strategic Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Trade Union Subscription Deductions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (First Ordinary General Election and First Meeting) Order 1999
    Draft National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 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 24TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Advisory Panel on Works of Art4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Refreshment Sub-Committee4.15 pm

MONDAY 1ST MARCH

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 2ND MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.00 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

THURSDAY 4TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.45 pm

TUESDAY 9TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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