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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

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.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Paddington—To 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 Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

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).

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 Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they believe imported French beef to be more wholesome than British beef on the bone.

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

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).

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 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.

†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.

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.

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.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the United Nations and United States Government’s efforts to bring North Korea within the system of international treaties so as to control weapons of mass destruction.

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 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 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.

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 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 2nd November, or unanswered after 21 days]

29th 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 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)

11th October

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

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

12th October

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still committed to free access to all national museums and galleries in the third year of their Access scheme.      (HL4174)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of publishing Northern Ireland statistics in their present glossy format; and what is the estimated benefit from doing so.      (HL4178)

The Marquess of AilesburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what percentage of the cars which enter London on the M4 is the driver unaccompanied.      (HL4200)

2nd November

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of progress on de-mining in Kosovo; what is their estimate of the size of the remaining task; and what action they are taking together with others to make the country safe from mines.      (HL4526)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the level of risks to vulnerable people in Serb Yugoslavia as the result of inadequate heating during the coming winter; and what action they are taking together with others to alleviate distress.      (HL4527)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the number of people within Kosovo who will be without adequate accommodation during the coming winter; and what action they are taking together with others to alleviate distress.      (HL4528)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the United Kingdom in responding to the continuing crisis in Angola with special reference to the United Nations Special Appeal, the targeted and effective delivery of humanitarian aid, the protection of humanitarian workers, the upholding of human rights, the role of civil society, the work of the United Nations Sanctions Committee and the development of a comprehensive peace plan.      (HL4529)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the findings and recommendations of Pekka Haavisto and the United Nations Environment Programme’s Balkans Taskforce on pollution of the Danube following the Kosovo conflict; and what action they are taking.      (HL4530)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of displaced and refugee Roma people in the Balkans, including Montenegro; and what specific action they are taking to relieve their plight.      (HL4531)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would seek to block any move by the States of Guernsey to repeal or amend section 201 of the Income Tax (Guernsey) Law 1975.      (HL4532)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 1st November (WA 59-60), what is their global estimate of the current annual cost of paying the additional pension (SERPS) to persons whose entitlement arose between 1978 and 1986.      (HL4533)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the study by FT Management Consultants dated August on the provision of information technology within the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, as referred to in The Guardian of 1st November.      (HL4534)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights’ “Rule of Law Project” is functioning in Turkey; and, if not, when it is likely to begin.      (HL4535)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the scope of the Stability Pact for South-East Europe includes social, economic, political and security matters; whether the text of the founding agreement has been drafted and approved by them; which countries have indicated a wish to participate; and when they expect the Pact to start functioning.      (HL4536)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will link with their proposed Holocaust Memorial day other systematic massacres such as those in Armenia, the Gulag Archipelago, the Laogai and Cambodia.      (HL4537)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the reports of the nine pilot schemes into the reasons why so many pensioners fail to claim the means-tested benefits to which they are entitled, together with the report analysing their findings; and what is the cost of the whole exercise.      (HL4538)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there were any specific consultations, either formally or informally, between London Transport and London public passengers over the recent announcement of fare increases on the buses and the Underground; and, if so, whether they will furnish details of such consultations.      (HL4539)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any reports suggesting that Osama bin Laden and his colleagues have provided Chechen rebels with financial support and leadership.      (HL4540)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the international assessment mission to Chechnya, the establishment of which was announced by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 27th October (HL Deb, col. 301).      (HL4541)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 27th October (HL Deb, col. 301), whether they would welcome a request from Chechen leaders to mediate or intervene in the current conflict in Chechnya; and whether they intend to urge other European Union and NATO member states to take such an initiative.      (HL4542)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the Russian Government to enter into immediate negotiations to reach a political settlement to the conflict in Chechnya, or to scale down its military operations and to clarify its intentions in Chechnya, or to ensure that international humanitarian agencies are immediately able to provide aid to the refugees who have recently fled Chechnya.      (HL4543)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the recent resumption of hostilities on the security and stability of the entire Caucasus region as well as on undermining Russia’s progress towards developing a civil society, based on democracy and the rule of law.      (HL4544)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Russian Government to desist from assisting in the establishment of a Chechnyan Government in exile based on the 1996 election results, which were criticised by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.      (HL4545)

The Lord NorrieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many field inspectors are employed to check on farmer compliance with the rules of the Integrated Administration and Control System in the United Kingdom; whether these inspectors are expected to assess the standard of crops grown in order to decide whether a farmer is eligible for Arable Area Payment; and, if so, where the required standards are defined.      (HL4546)

The Lord NorrieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is necessary to produce fresh guidelines for the administration of the European Integrated Administration and Control System for farm payments for the cropping year 2000; and when they expect this new guidance to be available for farmers.      (HL4547)

The Lord NorrieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the current farmer guidance for administration of the European Integrated Administration and Control System for farm payments is so much longer in the United Kingdom than in other member states of the European Union; and whether they will arrange for a copy of the farmer guidelines and forms for IACS currently in use in each European Union country to be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL4548)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their attitude to the 1998 Peace Agreement between the Governments of Peru and Ecuador and the consequent savings in resources referred to by President Fujimori at the United Nations General Assembly on 21st September; and whether British Defence Attachés in the two capitals have been instructed to respect the 1998 Peace Agreement and not to promote arms sales.      (HL4549)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the sending of a fact-finding mission to Khartoum by the United Nations Security Council to examine the Al-Shifa factory and ascertain if a cruise missile attack by the United States was a legitimate act of self-defence under the United Nations Charter.      (HL4550)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what, during the military action in Kosovo, was the military relationship between the Kosovo Liberation Army and (a) NATO, (b) United States forces and (c) British forces; and who provided the equipment that was available to the Kosovo Liberation Army.      (HL4551)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the British taxpayer of the United Kingdom’s support for United States air action in Iraq; whether it has been subjected to political or military cost/benefit analysis; and, if so, with what result.      (HL4552)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what states recognise the right in international law claimed by the United States and the United Kingdom to send military aircraft into sovereign Iraqi airspace and to shoot down Iraqi aircraft and bomb Iraq.      (HL4553)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Multi Modal Transport Study for the South West includes a study of the implications which the proposed dualling of the A303 through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site will have for further dualling of the A303 (for instance in the Blackdown Hills); whether the currently proposed Stonehenge section is itself being subjected to study in terms of the Study’s remit; and whether alternatives to the currently proposed Stonehenge section are being examined.      (HL4554)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received from Railtrack plc on the future management of the company’s property portfolio in ways which are consistent with the development of an integrated transport policy, the enhancement of the rail travel experience and the encouragement of additional rail passenger business.      (HL4555)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what encouragement they have given to Railtrack plc to develop their property portfolio in ways which increase the rail travel business as well as enhance shareholder value.      (HL4556)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require Railtrack plc to publish their policy for the development of their property portfolio.      (HL4557)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 23rd June (WA 88), what decision has now been reached following the discussions between the Home Office, the National Criminal Intelligence Service and the Association of Chief Police Officers on the status and pension arrangements of United Kingdom police officers who want to apply for service with Europol.      (HL4558)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which police forces in the United Kingdom hold their registers of privately held firearms and persons holding firearm certificates on (a) the Integrating Business and Information Systems (IBIS) system, (b) the Shogun system, (c) other electronic systems and (d) manual systems.      (HL4559)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Police National Computer Centre plans to start an impact assessment for the proposed central register, required under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted; when the impact assessment will be completed; and whether they will arrange for a summary of the conclusions from the assessment to be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL4560)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which forms of National Savings are subject to a limit per holder, indicating in respect of each the present limit, the date the limit was last changed and what the limit would be today if adjusted for inflation since it was last changed.      (HL4561)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Minister for Agriculture’s announcement on 28th October (HC Deb, col. 1131) that the Milk Development Council’s remit will be extended to promote liquid milk, what action they will take to extend the take-up of milk consumption in schools.      (HL4562)

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] [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]
    Northern Ireland
    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

    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]
    Obscenity [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]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    House of Lords
    Welfare Reform and Pensions
    Greater London Authority
    Immigration and Asylum

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    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
    Draft Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999
    Draft Chartered Institute of Patent Agents 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]

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
City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]11.15 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)11.30 am

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in Committee Room G
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

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