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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.

FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER

At eleven o’clock

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.

*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consequences the Human Rights Act 1998 has for the voting rights of prisoners in the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their intention that the United Kingdom should be among the first sixty states to ratify the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the present arrangements for the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and what consideration is being given to securing the sites’ character.

†Greater London Authority Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Whitty]

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

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

The Lord Fellowes,

The Lord Harrison

The Lord Bishop of Guildford

*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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advantages will arise from payments by results when remunerating teachers.

*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event that the New Forest is designated as a National Park, the New Forest Acts 1877, 1948, 1964 and 1970 will remain in force.

*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.

House of Lords Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

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

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.

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with regard to advertisements for Individual Savings Account investments.

*The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to secure the release of James Mawdsley and Rachel Goldwyn from Burmese gaols.

Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

†[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Geraint—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the present state of the British agricultural industry is satisfactory.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they consider should be taken to bring about a permanent cease-fire and resolution of the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the latest published crime statistics.

Food Standards Bill—Report [The Baroness Hayman]

‡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.

FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient information will be available to schools in time to introduce the new AS/A level system in September 2000.

*The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to give local authorities control over the digging up of streets so as to minimise the difficulties caused to both residents and traffic management.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they or others are taking to secure a reduction in the total number of nuclear warheads, estimated at present to be 40,000.

*The Lord Stallard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to increase staff levels at accident and emergency departments serving North West London.

TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

The Baroness Blood

The Lord Kirkham

*The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the £100 cold weather payment to pensioners living in Scotland.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States’ legal challenge to the European Union’s preferential tariff regime for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) banana producers (Lomé Convention) is compatible with United States subsidies to their agricultural exporters.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote research into the environmental causes of cancer.

*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with regard to the completion of the Millennium Dome.

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

The Baroness Whitaker

The Lord Foster of Thames Bank

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to consider the employment policies of the companies to which they award contracts for the provision of veterinary services to the Meat Hygiene Service.

*The Lord Bruce of Donington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and under what circumstances a “gentleman’s agreement” was reached between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament by virtue of which the Council does not present the Draft Budget relating to the expenditure of the latter, and whether Her Majesty’s then Government agreed or did not oppose this arrangement.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the restructuring of the London Underground.

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.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal for a timetable for the completion of the European Union accession negotiations currently underway.

*The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent prosecutions against Sister Virtus Okwaraoha and Philip Bussy, they will encourage London Regional Transport to review their procedures for bringing prosecutions for ticket irregularities against London bus passengers.

†The Lord Peston—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (HL Paper 96).

FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

†[At eleven o’clock]

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).

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.

*The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish a White Paper in advance of the forthcoming European Union Inter-Governmental Conference.

*The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest regulations covering the travel of British subjects working with charitable non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider activity courses for young offenders a success.

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement of the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that “It is a general principle of English and Scottish law that retrospective legislation should be avoided wherever possible” (HL Deb, 13th October, col. 502) applies to conditionally exempt items for inheritance tax purposes.

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in planning the establishment of an independent appointments commission to make recommendations for Cross-Bench Peers as announced by the Leader of the House on 20th January (HL Deb, col. 584).

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they envisage any change of policy regarding restrictions on the employment and duties of members of the armed forces aged 16 and 17.

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Treasury’s decision to bill the Ministry of Defence for the cost of operations in Kosovo and East Timor has affected the training, equipment programmes and morale of the Armed Forces.

WEDNESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

*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.

*The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require all local authorities to deal with infestations of mice and other vermin that cannot be dealt with by individual householders.

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will reconcile recommendations to build more houses in the South East with the lack of brown-field sites in the area.

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 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 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 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 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 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 Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would assist future conflict resolution if United Nations 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 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.

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 the arts and sport 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 Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements made to monitor North Korea’s nuclear missile programme.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the effective protection of human rights in light of their annual report on Human Rights, Cm 4404, July 1999.

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To call attention to the number and nature of Task Forces and similar bodies created since May 1997; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dholakia—To call attention to the recently held General Election in India and the importance of upholding democratic principles in the election of governments; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Emerton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the education of nurses.

†The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how Britain compares in its infrastructure with other developed countries.

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 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 21st October, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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)

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)

21st October

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many remands to custody have been made since 1st June in relation to males aged 15 to 16 broken down by age and ethnicity.      (HL4328)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many remands to secure local authority accommodation have been made since 1st June in relation to —

The Lord AddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a nationally recognised standard for counselling qualifications; and, if so, what it is.      (HL4329)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure enough funds to achieve free admission for school children at the National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff; and, if so, when.      (HL4330)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the agreements reached at the Tampere Heads of Government Council on 16th October concerning asylum and immigration diminished or affected in any way the provision in the Protocol to the Amsterdam Treaty on the Position of the United Kingdom and Ireland which states in Article 2 that no provision of title IIIA of the Treaty “shall be binding upon or applicable in the United Kingdom”.      (HL4331)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Protocol to the Amsterdam Treaty relating to incorporating the Schengen Acquis into the European Union, on how many occasions and on what matters they have asked to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen Acquis, as envisaged in Article 4 of the Protocol.      (HL4332)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Protocol to the Amsterdam Treaty on the Position of the United Kingdom and Ireland which exempts the United Kingdom from the provisions of title IIIA of the Treaty, on how many occasions and in what matters they have notified the President of the Council of their wish to take part in measures affecting immigration and asylum as allowed for in Articles III, IV and VI of the Protocol; and with what results.      (HL4333)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average level of tariffs imposed by (a) the United States and (b) Canada on exports from the United Kingdom; and what were the average level of tariffs imposed by the United Kingdom on imports from (a) the United States and (b) Canada in 1972, 1982, 1992 and the latest available 12-month period.      (HL4334)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been consulted or informed by the United States Administration of their proposal to fund the upgrading of Russia’s Anti Ballistic Missile system; and what is their response to this proposal.      (HL4335)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been made clear to possible commercial operators of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Visitors’ Centre that they and English Heritage could be statutorily committed to the protection of the World Heritage Site, and to its accessibility by the public, and that all plans for commercial activities there, including levels of access, are subject to this commitment.      (HL4336)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the World Trade Organisation’s Appellate Body is currently interpreting the Precautionary Principle as requiring “evidence of certainty of harm”, and is adducing “absence of evidence of risk” as “evidence of absence of risk”; whether the Appellate Body have done so in the recent case of hormones in beef; and, if so, whether they will encourage the European Commission to reject this opinion.      (HL4337)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the minimum and maximum number of beneficiaries (a) per annum; (b) after five years; and (c) after 10 years from the proposal to exempt those who are entitled to the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance from the abatement of Incapacity Benefit by reference to occupational pension which is proposed in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.      (HL4338)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their revised estimate of the savings expected to arise from the proposal to abate Incapacity Benefit by reference to occupational pension in the light of the further proposal to exempt from this measure those who are entitled to the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance.      (HL4339)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the minimum and maximum number of beneficiaries (a) per annum; (b) after five years; and (c) after 10 years from the proposal to exempt those who have been in receipt of disabled person’s tax credit and are earning below the lower earnings limit from the tighter contribution conditions proposed for Incapacity Benefit in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.      (HL4340)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the savings expected to arise from the proposal to tighten the contribution conditions for Incapacity Benefit in the light of the further proposal to exempt those who have been in receipt of the disabled person’s tax credit and are earning below the lower earnings limit.      (HL4341)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the savings to public funds as a result of tax liability from substituting Incapacity Benefit for Severe Disablement Allowance for severely disabled people under the age of 25.      (HL4342)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the cost implications of making exemption from the abatement of Incapacity Benefit retrospective to the onset of higher rate care needs where Disability Living Allowance care component at the highest rate is subsequently awarded.      (HL4343)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the protocol and what are the criteria for selecting studies for consideration in the systematic review as reported in paragraph 2 of Briefing No 4 of the Chief Medical Officer’s Working Group on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis; who is compiling the information; who advised the reviewers on studies to be considered; and what are the interests of those individuals involved with the review.      (HL4344)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which was the country of origin of anthrax vaccine batch number 1030A; and where it was combined with pertussis vaccine prior to its administration to members of H M Armed Forces in 1990-91.      (HL4345)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports of adverse reactions to vaccines and other medication administered to members of H M Armed Forces deployed in the Gulf in 1990-91 were reported to the Medicines Control Agency by (a) hospitals and (b) general medical practitioners.      (HL4346)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates Dr John Reid MP and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen received their second and third anthrax vaccinations.      (HL4347)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to disseminate, or to encourage the dissemination of, best practice advice to universities and colleges to deter self-harm and suicides among students.      (HL4348)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for financial support to strengthen security in magistrates’ courts have been received form Magistrates’ Courts Committees by the Lord Chancellor’s Department since 1st January 1998; and how many of those applications have been approved, wholly or in part.      (HL4349)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources are provided from public funds for those who have held office as Ministers of the Crown, including those who have served as Prime Minister.      (HL4350)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Sir Lankan Government concerning the extension of the Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka.      (HL4351)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a full analysis of their role in the funding of advice concerning South Africa’s gun laws.      (HL4352)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether relations between Montenegro and the Milosevic Government in Serbia are worsening; and whether they are taking steps to protect the integrity and security of the Montenegro population in view of the proposed referendum.      (HL4353)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports on the outcome of the Iraqi First Minister’s recent visit to Belgrade; and, if so, what was discussed and achieved.      (HL4354)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what individual cases of human rights dissidents were discussed between the Prime Minister and President Jiang Zemin during his State Visit to London.      (HL4355)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had from emPOWER in regard to the Department of Health’s proposed 3 per cent “efficiency savings” from Trusts’ procurement; and what action they will be taking.      (HL4356)

The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what future projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit.      (HL4357)

The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance has been given to Ministers on the handling of correspondence from Members of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly.      (HL4358)

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] [28th October]
    Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules)

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]
    Greater London Authority [25th October]
    Food Standards [28th October]

Waiting for Third Reading

    House of Lords [26th October]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [27th October]
    Immigration and Asylum

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]
    United Reformed Church [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Insurance Brokers (Registration) Act 1977 (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999
    Draft Licensing and Registered Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Working Time Regulations 1999
    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 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
    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Financial Services Act 1986 (Restriction of Exemption) Order 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 26TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food Crops)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation9.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

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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