WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER
The Baroness Whitaker
The Lord Foster of Thames Bank
*The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys 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 DoningtonTo ask Her Majestys Government when and under what circumstances a gentlemans 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 Majestys then Government agreed or did not oppose this arrangement.
*The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in the restructuring of the London Underground.
*The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the recommendation of the Chief Inspector of Prisons regarding the two boys convicted of the murder of James Bulger.
The Baroness Jay of PaddingtonTo move to resolve, That notwithstanding the practice of the House on Introductions, a Peer who has sat by virtue of a hereditary peerage may sit by virtue of a life peerage without introduction.
Food Standards BillThird Reading [The Baroness Hayman]
The Lord GrenfellTo 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).
THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majestys 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 SaltaireTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support the proposal for a timetable for the completion of the European Union accession negotiations currently underway.
*The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majestys 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.
Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) BillCommittee [The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld]
The Lord PestonTo 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 SwinfenTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they consider should be taken to ensure that the Tourism For All initiative is a success.
FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
[At eleven oclock]
The Lord GeddesTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Electricity from Renewables (12th Report, HL Paper 78).
Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999The 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 Lord GrantchesterTo ask Her Majestys 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 JacobsTo ask Her Majestys 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 MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to publish a White Paper in advance of the forthcoming European Union Inter-Governmental Conference.
*The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the latest regulations covering the travel of British subjects working with charitable non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.
*The Baroness SharplesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider activity courses for young offenders a success.
TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord CheshamTo ask Her Majestys 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 CroyTo ask Her Majestys 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 CarlisleTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Treasurys 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 SudburyTo ask Her Majestys 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 PutneyTo ask Her Majestys 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 KennetTo ask Her Majestys 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 HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government how they will reconcile recommendations to build more houses in the South East with the lack of brown-field sites in the area.
THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord GrenfellTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the probable consequences of NATOs decision not to provide assistance for clearing the Danube of debris as long as President Milosevic remains in power.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys 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.
*The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the United Nations and United States Governments efforts to bring North Korea within the system of international treaties so as to control weapons of mass destruction.
NO DAY NAMED
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished.
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys 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 BarnettTo call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.
The Lord PaulTo call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers.
The Lord VinsonTo call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdoms Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions; and to move for papers.
The Lord ReaTo 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 AveburyTo ask Her Majestys 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 GowrieTo ask Her Majestys 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 NortheskTo ask Her Majestys 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 LongfordTo ask Her Majestys 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 CarlisleTo ask Her Majestys 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 TaverneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements now in force to ensure the safety of genetically modified foods.
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys 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 LiverpoolTo call attention to the renewal of arms export licences for British companies selling arms to Indonesia; and to move for papers.
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys 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 JuddTo ask Her Majestys 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 KellieTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have a strategy for the safe disposal of sewage sludge and waste in Scotland.
The Baroness ByfordTo call attention to the contribution made by rural businesses to the United Kingdom economy; and to move for papers.
The Lord ChadlingtonTo 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 CrossTo ask Her Majestys 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 RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy regarding the planning provisions and facilities for General Aviation (GA).
The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majestys 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 MethuenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider revoking dormant mineral planning consents granted before 1960.
The Earl of ListowelTo 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 AhmedTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will encourage India and Pakistan to sign the nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majestys 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 JohnsTo ask Her Majestys 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 WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys 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 ClancartyTo 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 ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what policies they are considering to realise the full potential of the Internet and prevent its exploitation.
The Lord St John of FawsleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that the present uses of the Royal Parks are appropriate.
The Lord Ewing of KirkfordTo call attention to the BBCs reporting of the NATO operation in Kosovo; and to move for papers.
The Lord Thomas of SwynnertonTo call attention to the future sovereignty of Gibraltar; and to move for papers.
The Lord Bishop of SalisburyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have considered the Womens Institute report The Changing Village, and what is their response.
The Lord PaulTo ask Her Majestys Government what they are doing to encourage parents to play a more positive role in the education of their children.
The Lord Monk BrettonTo call attention to milk marketing in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.
The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majestys Government how they believe the arts and sport relate to the issue of social exclusion.
The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-FyldeTo ask Her Majestys 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 VivianTo call attention to H M Armed Forces and the measures required to reduce overstretch; and to move for papers.
The Baroness LockwoodTo call attention to the publication of Her Majestys Governments strategy document Making a Difference and to the impact on university education of nurses; and to move for papers.
The Lord IronsideTo 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 RussellTo ask Her Majestys 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.
The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majestys 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 VinsonTo call attention to changes in the influence and prestige of this House; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo 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 CrosbyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements made to monitor North Koreas nuclear missile programme.
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys 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 CliftonTo call attention to the number and nature of Task Forces and similar bodies created since May 1997; and to move for papers.
The Lord DholakiaTo 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 EmertonTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on the education of nurses.
The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government how Britain compares in its infrastructure with other developed countries.
The Baroness ThorntonTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to address the damage caused to the lives of young women with eating disorders.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord ReayTo 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 CraigheadTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prosecuting Fraud on the Communities Financesthe Corpus Juris (9th Report, HL Paper 62). [26th May]
The Earl of CranbrookTo 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 Wallace of SaltaireTo 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 1st November, or unanswered after 21 days]
The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majestys 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)
The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majestys Government how many task force committees have been established since May 1997; and what is their total current membership and annual cost. (HL4121)
The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the net benefit or cost to the agriculture industry from the proposed energy tax. (HL4165)
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys 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 Lord DesaiTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the deadline for responses to the consultation paper on payments to hill farmers under Agenda 2000. (HL4505)
The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to improve retention of personnel in the Army. (HL4506)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government in which projects the European Investment Bank, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the European Agency for Reconstruction are involved in south-east Europe (notably in Kosovo, Albania and Bulgaria); and whether they are working together on them. (HL4507)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the view expressed by the Lord Chancellor on 26th October (HL Deb, col. 168), what is the justification for requiring the costs of the civil courts to be paid by the parties who use them rather than by the public at large. (HL4508)
The Viscount BrentfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any plans to assist the Government of Pakistan with the restoration of the Pakistan economy. (HL4509)
The Lord GrayTo ask the Chairman of Committees when the Opinions of the Lords of Appeal who sat on the reference to the Committee for Privileges on the Treaty of Union will be made available. (HL4510)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to prevent the patenting of one third of the human genome by a private company in the United States. (HL4511)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support the return of the United States to the United Nations Budget Committee before they pay their dues. (HL4512)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government which of the reforms being demanded by the United States Senate for the United Nations and the United Nations system they support. (HL4513)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to dissuade the United States Senate from withdrawing United States funding from the Global Monitoring System being set up to police the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, which Treaty the Senate recently refused to ratify. (HL4514)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the United Kingdom is participating in the provision of military training and surplus equipment to Iraqi rebel leaders (as reported in the International Herald Tribune on 29th October); and what is the status of such assistance in international law. (HL4515)
The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majestys Government by what specific means the travelling public are consulted when London Transport considers changes or developments which in any way affect the service on either the buses or the Underground. (HL4516)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government how many applications for asylum lodged (a) before 1st July 1993 and (b) between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995 remain to be decided. (HL4517)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government why the report commissioned by the United Nations General Assembly on the Srebrenica massacre, originally scheduled for publication on 1st September, has still not appeared; what is now the publication date; and whether it is the intention of the Secretary-General to present the text exactly as delivered to him by the investigators. (HL4518)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government on what statutory authority the Prison Service designated nominating authorities for the appointment of visiting ministers of non-Christian faiths, then extinguished the nominating authorities and appointed religious consultative services without defining their roles; and whether they will clarify the procedures for qualification of these ministers by appropriate organisations representing each of the faiths before they can be appointed by prison governors. (HL4519)
The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether womens refuges are classified as hostels within the meaning of the Housing Benefit (General) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations (S.I. 2401/1999). (HL4520)
The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Social Security (Incapacity Benefit and Jobseekers Allowance) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. 2226/1999) allow any latitude to Incapacity Benefit claimants whose incapacity is due to mental illness. (HL4521)
The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the average levels of debt among those on means-tested social security benefits. (HL4522)
The Lord Robertson of OakridgeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will give further consideration to the recommendation of the Patten report that in future the police in Northern Ireland should be called the Northern Ireland Police Service, in view of the acronym that would result. (HL4523)
The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any plans to include non-packaging waste plastic products within the regime which currently applies to packaging waste. (HL4524)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [HL]
European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) [HL]
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Medway Council [HL] [3rd November]
Kent County Council [HL] [3rd November]
City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL] [3rd November]
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]
Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) [HL]
Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) [4th November]
Waiting for Report
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
Waiting for Third Reading
Immigration and Asylum [2nd November]
Food Standards [3rd 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]
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
Greater London Authority
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
Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 1999
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
Draft Working Time 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
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER