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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 12TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

The Lord Carlile of Berriew

and

The Lord Oxburgh

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to introduce proposals to change company law following consultation on the Department of Trade and Industry consultation document Directors’ Remuneration.

*The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies to promote a better understanding by the urban majority of the minority of people who live in the countryside.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission and on the appointment of a chairperson.

*The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they have done in the past six months to take forward the internal or external peace process in Sudan, and what is the current state of Sudanese-British relations following the recent meeting between the two Foreign Ministers.

Greater London Authority Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

‡The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the funding and role of art colleges in the United Kingdom.

Food Standards Bill—Grand Committee [The Baroness Hayman] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)

WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

The Lord Filkin

and

The Lord Lipsey

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress made by the National Assembly of Wales in implementing the Government of Wales Act 1998.

*The Earl of Clanwilliam—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to persuade the United States Government to repeal section 907 of the Freedom Support Act as it is applied to Azerbaijan.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the useful achievements of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to further the apprehension and indictment of war criminals in East Timor.

†Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

‡The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their support for the American cruise missile attack on the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in the light of subsequent scientific and technical reports on the matter.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Food Standards Bill will be continued this day at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

THURSDAY 14TH OCTOBER

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how United Kingdom airlines will benefit from the unilateral granting of fifth freedom rights to the United States cargo airlines in and out of Prestwick airport.

*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the research in the June 1999 report by the Joseph Rowntree Trust that suggests that audio information is the most accessible format for those who speak ethnic minority languages, what provision is available nationally to ensure that information in ethnic minority languages is in formats accessible to all.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in Northern Ireland under the age of 18 have been admitted to hospital for treatment as a result of beatings during the most recent 12-month period for which statistics are available.

‡The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in promoting the regeneration of seaside resorts.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Food Standards Bill will be concluded this day at 4.30 pm in the Moses Room]

FRIDAY 15TH OCTOBER

The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury—To call attention to the role of religions in the promotion of international order and the avoidance of international disorder; and to move for papers.

MONDAY 18TH OCTOBER

The Baroness Gale

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the working time directive will affect Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

*The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask the Leader of the House what steps are to be taken and when to determine what privileges and facilities, if any, are to be accorded by the House to those hereditary peers who are to lose their right to speak, vote and enjoy the privileges hitherto available to them as members of this House.

†*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, now that construction of the motorway network has been completed at a capital cost of about £80 billion over 20 years, similar investment is required to modernise the rail infrastructure.

†*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to control the rapid population growth of badgers beyond the schemes proposed and in operation.

Immigration and Asylum Bill—Report [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise public awareness of the dangers of excessive speeding.

TUESDAY 19TH OCTOBER

The Lord Woolmer of Leeds

*The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what limitations are placed on public servants in respect of publishing accounts of their time working for Ministers.

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek amendments to the revised Convention on jurisdiction to ensure both that e-commerce in the European Union fully benefits from the single market and that consumers can obtain adequate cross border redress.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are now taking, in concert with other members of the European Union where appropriate, to reduce illegal migration and to accelerate procedures for examining whether asylum seekers’ cases are genuine.

†*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Armed Forces Redress of Complaint System is currently operating satisfactorily.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland

and

The Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event of a difference of view between NATO, the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations, which body is the supreme authority, and on what basis Her Majesty’s Government would make a decision as to military action.

†*The Lord Laming—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to improve the training of General Practitioners in response to the growing number of patients with mental health problems who consult them.

†*The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of proposals to legitimate the former Kosovo Liberation Army and to make it the national army of Kosovo.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Immigration and Asylum Bill will be concluded this day]

THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any prospect of the United Kingdom being admitted to the North Atlantic Free Trade Area.

†*The Viscount Mountgarret—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it should be a requirement for companies, small businesses and self-employed persons to have compulsory third party insurance against personal injury caused by negligence.

†*The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the advice of the Chief Medical Officer that beef on the bone is safe to eat and, if so, whether they will allow it to be offered for sale in England.

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill—Second Reading

‡The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of the city of Aberdeen and North-East Scotland to the economy of the United Kingdom.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be concluded this day]

FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER

Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld]

The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Organic Farming and the European Union (16th Report, HL Paper 93).

MONDAY 25TH OCTOBER

The Baroness Harris of Richmond

†The Baroness Howells of St Davids

*The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support further steps to promote equality before the law and the equal protection of the law throughout Europe by means of an additional protocol to the European Convention of Human Rights.

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

The Lord Fellowes

The Lord Harrison

*The Lord Hunt of Wirral—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress made since the introduction of the Woolf reforms to civil justice procedure six months ago.

†*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they can do to improve the situation of patients with spinal injuries, resulting in paralysis, not being admitted to the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

The Lord Grabiner

The Lord Sharman

†*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to enforce the provisions of section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in relation to the personal responsibility of directors and managers concerning rail safety.

FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER

The Lord Tombs—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, HL Paper 41).

MONDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

The Baroness Massey of Darwen

The Lord Smith of Leigh

TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

The Baroness Blood

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

The Baroness Whitaker

THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the take up of digital television by those who do not wish to subscribe to subscription channels.

MONDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

The Lord Gavron

†*The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to ensure that Government departments are taking advantage of the low prices available in the United Kingdom for internal and overseas telephone calls.

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

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

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the 6th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration (Session 1997-98), whether they will clarify how the Strategic Communications 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 Denton of Wakefield—To call attention to the role of the Minister for Women; 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”.

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 Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to comply with their obligation under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, which came into force on 1st October 1997, to establish a central computerised register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted.

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 Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the current divergences between the United States, Russia and China about the future of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and their effect on the credibility of British nuclear forces.

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is now their policy towards a sustainable peace settlement in the Middle East five years after the signing of the Oslo Peace Agreement.

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a strategy for the safe disposal of sewage sludge and waste in Scotland.

The Baroness Byford—To call attention to the contribution made by rural businesses to the United Kingdom economy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Chadlington—To call attention to the levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly amongst the young, the elderly and those in high risk occupations such as farming; to consider ways in which such suicides can be reduced; and to move for papers.

The Lord Harris of High Cross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of the policy of the National Trust and Wealden District Council to permit the continuing erosion of the cliff at Birling Gap near Eastbourne which affects homes, local employment and tourism.

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the planning provisions and facilities for General Aviation (GA).

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help is being given to artists (including writers, performing artists and visual artists) whose work in the field of culture is unable to generate a living income for them.

The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider revoking dormant mineral planning consents granted before 1960.

The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with arrangements for air traffic control at London’s airports and what is their response to recent reports of near misses between civil aircraft.

The Earl of Listowel—To call attention to the case for an increase in specialised high quality hostel provision for young homeless people addicted to drugs or alcohol; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Listowel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to increase the availability of counselling for young homeless people.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage India and Pakistan to sign the nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support lifting of sanctions and debt relief for India and Pakistan if they resolve the Kashmir problem in accordance with the United Nations Resolutions.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to extend to the rest of the United Kingdom legislation which applies in Northern Ireland against religious discrimination.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider will be the impact of the broadcasting revolution on the 8.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people who live in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help reconstruction and development in Mozambique.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would assist future conflict resolution if United Nations, Commonwealth, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Organisation for African Unity principles were modernised by clarifying the criteria when the right of self determination can supersede that of territorial integrity.

The Earl of Clancarty—To call attention to the United Kingdom-wide effects of devolution, including the institution of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, on the arts and their administration; and to move for papers.

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the role of fathers in the family and in the rearing of children, whether they believe that role to be important, and what they are doing to support men in their role as fathers.

The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the issues raised in the Computer Weekly report RAF Justice are serious enough to justify re-opening the RAF Board of Inquiry into the crash of Chinook Helicopter ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.

The Lord Teviot—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the level of blood stocks and public participation in blood donation are adequate.

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the education of nurses.

The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they are considering to realise the full potential of the Internet and prevent its exploitation.

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to ensure that the Tourism For All initiative is a success.

The Lord St John of Fawsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the present uses of the Royal Parks are appropriate.

The Lord Ewing of Kirkford—To call attention to the BBC’s reporting of the NATO operation in Kosovo; and to move for papers.

The Lord Thomas of Swynnerton—To call attention to the future sovereignty of Gibraltar; and to move for papers.

House of Lords Bill—The Duke of Montrose to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners.

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will hold and publish a political, military and economic review of the recent NATO campaign in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

The Lord Bishop of Salisbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the Women’s Institute report The Changing Village, and what is their response.

The Lord Paul—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to encourage parents to play a more positive role in the education of their children.

The Lord Monk Bretton—To call attention to milk marketing in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Lord Grantchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their proposals for the milk industry and in particular for the supply of raw milk will affect the rural economy.

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they believe culture and the arts relate to the issue of “social exclusion”.

The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take steps to end the present mandatory requirement on personal pension fund holders to purchase an annuity at the age of 75, in view of the present low return on such annuities.

The Lord Vivian—To call attention to H M Armed Forces and the measures required to reduce overstretch; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Lockwood—To call attention to the publication of Her Majesty’s Government’s strategy document Making a Difference and to the impact on university education of nurses; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ironside—To call attention to defence developments and their impact on the fighting efficiency and well-being of the United Kingdom Armed Forces; and to move for papers.

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect of the judgment in the Adimi case on the Immigration and Asylum Bill now before Parliament; and what changes, if any, they intend to make in the Bill as a result of the judgment.

Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999—The Earl of Lytton to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 10th June, be annulled (S.I. 1999/2170)

The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that those who have studied at British Schools elsewhere in the European Union can gain access to the student loan scheme.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to changes in the influence and prestige of this House; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To move, That the Offices Committee be instructed to report by 1st November its recommendations on what ancillary rights, if any, should be accorded to those hereditary peers who are likely to lose their right to sit in this House at the end of this Session, so that the House may consider such recommendations before the end of this Session of Parliament.

†The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cause of the failure to agree a work programme this year at the Geneva conference on disarmament; what has been the result; and what steps they are taking to resolve matters.

†House of Lords Bill—The Lord Clifford of Chudleigh to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners in respect of clause 2(2).

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on A Reformed CAP? The outcome of Agenda 2000 (8th Report, HL Paper 61). [25th May]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prosecuting Fraud on the Communities’ Finances—the Corpus Juris (9th Report, HL Paper 62). [26th May]

The Lord Geddes—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Electricity from Renewables (12th Report, HL Paper 78). [7th July]

The Earl of Cranbrook—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Waste Incineration (11th Report, HL Paper 71). [21st July]

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Taxes in the EU: can co-ordination and competition co-exist? (15th Report, HL Paper 92). [28th July]

†The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prospects for the Tampere Special European Council (19th Report, HL Paper 101). [7th September]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 11th October, or unanswered after 21 days]

1st July

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any areas are held definitely not to be in the Euro-Atlantic area; and whether all former member states of the Soviet Union are deemed to be within it.      (HL3464)

19th July

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to invite the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr Valdas Adamkus, on an official visit to London.      (HL3798)

26th July

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries have promised to provide police with the necessary skills in Kosovo; how many of these are now there; and when it is expected that (a) the full agreed complement of police will be in place; and (b) it will be possible to make a corresponding reduction in the numbers of United Kingdom troops now carrying out police duty in Kosovo.      (HL3955)

27th July

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the United States Administration the possibility of the latter bombing, or otherwise destroying, North Korea’s missile fabrication facilities, in the cause of pre-emptive counterproliferation; if not, whether they will now do so; and whether such an attack would be in accordance with international law.      (HL3994)

The Viscount ExmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 22nd July (WA 118) and in light of the fact that a diplomatic passport does not provide proof of diplomatic immunity, whether they will—

28th July

The Lord CraigmyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how people are recruited from the local populace in Pakistan to help staff the British consulates there; and what their jobs are within the consulates.      (HL4067)

The Lord CraigmyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of staff in British consulates in Pakistan come from Pakistan’s religious minority groups; and what their jobs are within the consulates.      (HL4068)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any information that contradicts the opinion that a humanitarian catastrophe is in process in Iraq as a combined result of the policies of Sadam Hussein, the low price of oil, the condition of the Iraqi infrastructure (including that of the Iraqi oil industry) and sanctions.      (HL4072)

29th July

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Government Task Forces were in existence in May 1997, May 1998 and May 1999, together with the number of individuals comprised in them, distinguishing between civil service employees and non-civil service persons.      (HL4084)

11th October

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times, since 1st May 1997, a Redress of Complaint, made by an officer or an other rank in the Armed Forces, has taken more than 12 months to process from submission to conclusion; and what was the reason for the delay in each case.      (HL4144)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken towards the Russian Federation after portraying “Enemy Forces”, wearing the uniforms and bearing the arms of the former Soviet empire, at the Royal College of Defence Studies demonstration.      (HL4145)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they rejected the advice of Her Majesty’s three ambassadors to the Baltic States to increase the Chevening Scholarship budget to £200,000 per annum for each nation (from approximately £70,000); and whether they will re-examine the allocation.      (HL4146)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the visit by President Jiang Zermin of China, they will ask him why the Chinese authorities still refuse to enter into discussions with the Dalai Lama, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama’s acceptance that Tibet should not seek more than autonomy within the Chinese People’s Republic.      (HL4147)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, for the end of September, a list of foreign nationals in the prisons of England and Wales, identified by nationality and sex.      (HL4148)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, for each of the licences issued for the export of arms to Bahrain, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Zimbabwe, and for government-to-government exports of arms to Saudi Arabia, from the beginning of 1999 to the latest convenient date, they will give the number and types of arms or equipment involved, the identity of the consignee, information on intended use, and any other relevant information taken into account in awarding the licence.      (HL4149)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the weapons and ammunition acquired by the Indonesian army from the United Kingdom in recent years were intended for the purpose of defending Indonesia from external aggression; and whether they were needed for that purpose.      (HL4150)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations transitional administration in East Timor will have jurisdiction over crimes committed within the territory during the Indonesian occupation; and whether the international commission of inquiry, called for by the Commission on Human Rights at their special session on 27th September, will be given the power and resources to safeguard forensic evidence to collect statements from witnesses and to establish a permanent office in Dili to keep this evidence and these statements in safe custody until they are required for the purposes of criminal proceedings.      (HL4151)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek a ruling from the Security Council that the Fourth Geneva Convention applied in East Timor throughout the period of Indonesian occupation.      (HL4152)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the meetings of the International Bioethics Committee, the Council of National Bioethics Committees and the joint meeting between them held this month in Rabat.      (HL4153)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reinforce the Prime Minister’s encouragement to United States Senators to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban by discouraging them from breaching the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with a National Missile Defense.      (HL4154)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the new regime in NATO to be set up as the European Security and Defence Identity, all ESDI actions, however partial or modest, will continue to be subject to a veto by any member state of NATO.      (HL4155)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans for a European Union or European Security and Defence Identity-wide official think-tank to underpin the Common Foreign and Security Policy with appropriate research; and, if so, what would be its scope and remit.      (HL4156)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have recently examined “over 500 bilateral treaties [between the United Kingdom and] the United States” (HC Deb, WA 501) to ensure that since the end of the Cold War they are all still in British interests.      (HL4157)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the “over 500 bilateral treaties [between the United Kingdom and] the United States” (HC Deb, WA 501) have been ratified by the United States Senate and are still lawful under the United States Constitution.      (HL4158)

The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the crime statistics for the year ending 31st March.      (HL4159)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each month of the last five years, what was the total number of applications for asylum; and how many were (a) at the port of entry and (b) in country.      (HL4160)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each month of the last five years, how many asylum applicants were (a) granted asylum, (b) granted exceptional leave to remain, (c) refused and (d) deported.      (HL4161)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings are expected to accrue from the closure of the coastguard stations at (a) Oban and (b) Pentland Firth.      (HL4162)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many search and rescue operations have been conducted by the coastguard stations at (a) Oban and (b) Pentland Firth in each of the last ten years.      (HL4163)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the coastguard stations at Oban and Pentland Firth, how many people are employed and how many have opted for redundancy when the stations close.      (HL4164)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the net benefit or cost to the agriculture industry from the proposed energy tax.      (HL4165)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of their instruction to install the train protection warning system in all passenger and freight trains—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each multi-modal and road based study—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many car parking spaces are available on the north side of the Mall in London; what are the categories of those who may obtain parking permits; and what are the charges made for parking in this area.      (HL4168)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reply to a letter sent by the Lord Stoddart of Swindon to Mr Paul Boateng (then Minister of State at the Home Office) on 14th May (reminder sent 13th July); if so, when; and, if not, why not.      (HL4169)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reply to a letter sent by the Lord Stoddart of Swindon to the Rt Hon Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on 19th May (reminder sent 13th July); if so, when; and, if not, why not.      (HL4170)

The Baroness Knight of CollingtreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Baroness Knight of Collingtree can expect an answer concerning the introduction of new rules governing the suspension of hospital doctors, requested by a Committee of medical experts and submitted by her to the Government Minister in July.      (HL4171)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask the Chairman of Committees what steps have been taken since 17th February to extend special help, in relation to their parliamentary work, to Lords with severe visual impairments.      (HL4172)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL] [3rd November]
    Kent County Council [HL] [3rd November]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Food Standards [12th October]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    Northern Ireland
    Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [13th October]
    Immigration and Asylum [18th October]
    Greater London Authority [12th October]

Waiting for Third Reading

    House of Lords
    United Reformed Church [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL]
    Obscenity [HL]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL]
    Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) [HL]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Road Traffic (Use of Mobile Telephones) [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Working Time Regulations 1999
    Draft Financial Services Act 1986 (Restriction of Exemption) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Courses for Drink-Drive Offenders (Experimental Period) (Termination of Restrictions) Order 1999
    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance Amendment (New Deal) Regulations 1999

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Referred to a Joint Committee

    City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER

Food Standards Bill3.30 pm
(Grand Committee)in the Moses Room
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in Committee Room G
Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)

THURSDAY 14TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Committee for Privileges10.15 am
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 19TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation11.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food Crops)

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

Kent County Council Bill [HL] and Medway Council Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

 
 
 
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