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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.

THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

At three o’clock

[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.

†*The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the visit of President Jiang Zemin of China to London, they will set out the criteria in respect of human rights which underlie an ethical foreign policy.

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the promoters of the bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Thursday 4th November next and that all fees due on or before that day have been paid;

That if the bill is brought from the House of Commons in the next session the agent for the bill deposit in the Private Bill Office a declaration signed by them stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill which was brought from the Commons in the present session;

That the proceedings on the bill in the next session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the bill has passed in the present session, and that no new fees be charged to such stages;

That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to the bill in the next session only in regard to any stage through which the bill has not passed during the present session.

†London Local Authorities Bill [HL]The Chairman of Committees to move, That the promoters of the bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Thursday 4th November next;

That the bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next session with a declaration annexed, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present session;

That the proceedings on the bill in the next session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the bill has passed in the present session, and that no new fees be charged to such stages;

That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to the bill in the next session only in regard to any stage through which the bill has not passed during the present session.

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).

Licensing and Registered Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

Courses for Drink-Drive Offenders (Experimental Period) (Termination of Restrictions) Order 1999—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th July be approved. [26th Report from the Joint Committee]

Financial Services Act 1986 (Restriction of Exemption) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 27th July be approved. [27th Report from the Joint Committee]

Insurance Brokers (Registration) Act 1977 (Amendment) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

Jobseeker’s Allowance Amendment (New Deal) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 14th July be approved. [26th Report from the Joint Committee]

Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

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.

†Greater London Authority Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

†‡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.

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.

†Immigration and Asylum Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [27th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡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.

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 fare evasion 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).

†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.

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).

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.

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 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.

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the policing of the State Visit of the President of China, they will undertake a review of public order legislation and its enforcement.

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.b1

THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Grenfell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the probable consequences of NATO’s decision not to provide assistance for clearing the Danube of debris as long as President Milosevic remains in power.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have given to the coalfield regeneration trust in its efforts to form partnerships with companies receiving investments from the miners’ pension fund to assist in the regeneration of the former coalfield areas.

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 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 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 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 3rd August, 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.

†The Baroness Thornton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the damage caused to the lives of young women with eating disorders.

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 27th October, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

5th October

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many task force committees have been established since May 1997; and what is their total current membership and annual cost.      (HL4121)

27th October

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 26th October.      (HL4445)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what key performance targets Ministers have set the Intervention Board for 1999-2000.      (HL4446)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current membership of the National Health Service pay review bodies.      (HL4447)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to provide further information about the system for judicial appointments in England and Wales.      (HL4448)

The Viscount BrentfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assist the new Pakistan Government to develop systems to protect that country against corruption in government.      (HL4449)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are adopted in filling vacancies for lay membership of the Transport Tribunal to ensure a balance between the public interest and the interests of providers of transport.      (HL4450)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the strength of the Special Constabulary during the last year for which figures are available compared with the two previous years.      (HL4451)

The Lord WedgwoodTo ask the Chairman of Committees what consideration has been given to providing Peers who cease to be Members of the House with financial assistance to enable them to make redundancy payments to existing personal staff engaged exclusively to provide secretarial and research assistance in the discharge of parliamentary duties.      (HL4452)

The Lord WedgwoodTo ask the Chairman of Committees what guidance he can provide to Peers who are obliged to make staff redundant, on ceasing to be Members of the House, so that statutory procedures are adhered to.      (HL4453)

The Lord WedgwoodTo ask the Chairman of Committees what financial provision may be available to defray the cost to Peers who, on ceasing to be Members of the House, are obliged to arrange for the removal of personal effects from the Palace of Westminster.      (HL4454)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in law, they consider Outer Space to be res nullius or, in the light of Article 1 of the Space Treaty, res communis.      (HL4455)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the producers of animal feed in Britain have ever made use of organic matter recovered from sewage.      (HL4456)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessments and what public consultations underpin English Heritage’s decision that a large commercially operated Visitors’ Centre is appropriate for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.      (HL4457)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether English Heritage has been given carte blanche by Ministers to choose a commercial operator for a Visitors’ Centre for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site; and, if so, whether one has yet been chosen.      (HL4458)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria and what conditions an operator for a Visitors’ Centre for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site will be required to meet.      (HL4459)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency has undertaken to construct a flyover for the A303 at Countess Roundabout in advance of the opening of a commercially-operated Visitors’ Centre for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site at Countess East, Amesbury; and, if so, who would pay for it.      (HL4460)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Immigration Service is given information by Czech Airlines as to which of their passengers travelling to the United Kingdom are of Roma ethnic origin.      (HL4461)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 28th July (WA 205), whether “an intentional act of fare evasion” by London bus passengers is fraud or fraudulent behaviour.      (HL4462)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Works of Art Export Reviewing Committee are under any obligation when important works of art come before them for temporary export to ascertain whether they are for genuine exhibition purposes or are being offered for sale; and whether such knowledge would affect their decision to grant temporary export licences.      (HL4463)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether works of art that come before the Works of Art Export Reviewing Committee for a permanent export licence can be seen by members of the public during the deferral period.      (HL4464)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the British Medical Association Guidelines and Code of Practice on Advance Statements about Medical Treatment; and whether they have made any response to those guidelines.      (HL4465)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any differences between their policies in relation to the removal of assisted nutrition and hydration from (a) patients in persistent vegetative state; and (b) other mentally incapacitated patients; and whether they have any plans to propose changes to the law or practice in relation to such matters.      (HL4466)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether (a) they have any plans to change their policy not to enshrine in statute law the judgment in Airedale NHS Trust v Bland (1993) in relation to the definition of assisted food and fluid as treatment and the removal of tubal feeding from Mr Tony Bland, or (b) they intend to introduce legislation defining assisted food and fluid as treatment which may be withdrawn from patients with mental incapacities other than persistent vegetative state.      (HL4467)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual numbers of mentally incapable adults in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom whose death could be brought about by the removal of artificial nutrition and hydration if such removal were legally sanctioned (a) without recourse to the courts for such patients not in persistent vegetative state and (b) through recourse to the courts for such patients in persistent vegetative state; and how many and what percentage of those patients they estimate each year would (a) have issued an advance directive requesting such a course of action, or (b) have such nutrition and hydration removed without their own express request.      (HL4468)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and on what grounds they differentiate between advance directives and advance refusals; what definition they use of the meaning of the phrase “a patient’s best interests”; and in what precise circumstances they consider that definition to include intentionally bringing about the death of a patient by action or omission.      (HL4469)

The Earl of MunsterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support a campaign to improve public appreciation of the medical professions.      (HL4470)

The Earl of MunsterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies to reduce the present tendency for early retirement among consultants and the emigration of junior doctors.      (HL4471)

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]
    Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland)

Waiting for Report

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Food Standards [28th October]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Immigration and Asylum [2nd November]
    Greater London Authority [1st November]

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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    House of Lords
    Welfare Reform and Pensions

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999
    Draft Chartered Institute of Patent Agents Order 1999
    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) 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
    Draft Working Time Regulations 1999
    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 1999
    Draft Licensing and Registered Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Insurance Brokers (Registration) Act 1977 (Amendment) 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]

THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)in Brussels
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

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

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)in Copenhagen
(Science and Society)
Kent County Council Bill [HL] and Medway Council Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in Committee Room G

 
 
 
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