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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

At eleven o’clock

†Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Commons message of yesterday be now considered; and 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 Tuesday 9th November;

That the bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 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.

†United Reformed Church Bill [HL]The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Commons message of yesterday be now considered; and 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 Tuesday 9th November;

That the bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 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.

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

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Statutory Instruments giving powers of entry to private premises have come into force since May 1997.

†Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—Consideration of Commons Amendments and Reasons [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

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.

†[If the Greater London Authority Bill is returned from the Commons it will be considered this day]

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.

†Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Chancellor]

†Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland)—Third Reading [The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld]

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 4th 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)

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)

13th October

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any public danger from experiments that seek to treat cancer by giving the cold virus, and other easily transmissible viruses, highly toxic payloads; and whether they will place in the Library of the House the detailed methodology of any such experiments currently under way in the United Kingdom.      (HL4211)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support provisions in the proposed World Trade Organisation agreement on agriculture which give legal security so that trade law evolves in an environment characterised by predictable and stable levels of export earnings.      (HL4215)

4th November

The Lord OrmeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Luxembourg on 29th October.      (HL4590)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Multi-Role Armoured Vehicle programme.      (HL4591)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any proposals to amend the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Departmental Expenditure Limit/running costs limit for 1999-2000.      (HL4592)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what humanitarian assistance they have offered to the 180,000 Chechens estimated to have fled their homes since the Russian attacks began in Chechnya on 5th September.      (HL4593)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Russian Government to open the border on the main highway from Chechnya to Ingushetia, which has been sealed by Russian troops.      (HL4594)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what common foreign, defence, security or humanitarian aid policy they intend to support through the European Union in any such response it may be considering in Chechnya.      (HL4595)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the Russian action in Chechnya to be in conflict with Russia’s commitment to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL4596)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the escalation of the humanitarian crisis in Chechnya, they intend to take specific action to protect the civilian population of Chechnya.      (HL4597)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to press for at the forthcoming Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe summit in Istanbul in order to avert a humanitarian crisis in Chechnya and to avoid the conflict spreading through the Caucasus.      (HL4598)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list each Education Action Zone and the date each was established.      (HL4599)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the schools in each Education Action Zone.      (HL4600)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list for each Education Action Zone the private sector contribution both (a) in cash and (b) in kind.      (HL4601)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make available any evaluation reports of progress for each Education Action Zone.      (HL4602)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of classroom assistants in post for each local education authority for the years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99 and the predicted number for 1999-2000 and 2000-2001.      (HL4603)

The Earl of HarrowbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the establishment of a service station on the M40 between London and the Oxford service station.      (HL4604)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons, as a total detained under the Immigration Acts, were held pending deportation at the last date for which figures are available.      (HL4605)

The Lord Taylor of GryfeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to alter the minimum age of engagement and enlistment into the armed services.      (HL4606)

The Lord Taylor of GryfeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to alter the minimum period of service in the armed forces.      (HL4607)

The Lord Taylor of GryfeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for the year 1999-2000 for the Defence Export Sales Organisation office in Indonesia.      (HL4608)

The Lord Taylor of GryfeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for the year 2000-2001 for the Defence Export Sales Organisation office in Indonesia.      (HL4609)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many ministerial meetings of the Council of Europe there have been in each of the past five years; and at how many of these in each of these years the United Kingdom has been represented by a Minister of State.      (HL4610)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the United Kingdom was not represented by a minister at the ministerial meeting of the Council of Europe on 3rd November; and what steps they are taking to acquaint themselves with the outcome of the discussions about Kosovo between Mr Bernard Kouchner and those ministers who did attend.      (HL4611)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions and how many convictions there have been for selling beef on the bone in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland.      (HL4612)

The Lord Lucas of ChilworthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what difference, if any, they see between political negotiations conducted behind the closed doors of the Code of Conduct Group on harmful tax competition and international negotiations conducted in the more transparent arena of the Council of Ministers.      (HL4613)

The Lord Lucas of ChilworthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement of Lord McIntosh of Haringey that the Government “want to see higher minimum excise rates on alcohol, tobacco and fuel. Indeed, we want to see higher minimum excise rates in other countries” (HL Deb, col. 977), how they reconcile this policy with the statement by Commissioner Monti that, “the purpose [of European Union tax harmonisation/co-ordination] is not, and even the side effect must not be, that of raising taxes”.      (HL4614)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of the term “harmful tax competition” and how this differs from any definition of the term held by (a) other European Union Member States’ Governments and (b) the European Commission.      (HL4615)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of the term “tax harmonisation” and how this differs from any definition of the term held by (a) other European Union Member States’ Governments and (b) the European Commission.      (HL4616)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of the term “tax co-ordination” and how this differs from any definition of the term held by (a) other European Union Member States’ Governments and (b) the European Commission.      (HL4617)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Governments of the Overseas Territories and the Crown Dependencies subscribe to the view that the negotiations being conducted in the Code of Conduct Group on harmful tax competition are “within constitutional arrangements”.      (HL4618)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any existing tax measures of either the Crown Dependencies or the Overseas Territories have been referred to the Code of Conduct Group on harmful tax competition; and, if so, by the authority of which Government.      (HL4619)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the difference between unjustified and/or discriminatory state aids and reasonable tax allowance measures, regional or otherwise, as understood by (a) the United Kingdom Government, (b) other European Union Member States’ Governments and (c) the European Commission.      (HL4620)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Prime Minister intends to reply, as promised in the letter from his office of 5th October, to the letter from Lord Lamont of Lerwick of 30th September about the Prime Minister’s remarks about General Pinochet at the Labour Party Conference; and whether he will, as requested, publish his reply in the Chilean press.      (HL4621)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the following countries’ exports went to Continental European Union countries in each of the most recent five years for which statistics are available—

The Lord CraigmyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rules governing the publication of Orders in Council.      (HL4623)

The Lord CraigmyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, concerning the Orders in Council signed on 21st July 1998 altering the future of the King Edward VII Convalescent Home for Servicemen (and others)—

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether recent vacancies for lay members of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal were advertised in accordance with the Nolan Rules; if so, in which journals they were advertised and on what dates; and what are the criteria for the posts and how many vacancies exist.      (HL4625)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all official veterinary surgeons working directly for, or on contract to, the Meat Hygiene Service receive a formal letter of designation, signed by the Minister, once their competence to act as official veterinary surgeons is established followed by a formal letter of appointment as an authorised officer to a particular premises, also signed by the Minister in accordance with section 8(1) of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995.      (HL4626)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the owner or manager of an abattoir or cutting plant may ask to inspect the documents of appointment of an official veterinary surgeon to ascertain whether he has been appointed as authorised officer to the Minister for those premises; and whether, in the event that documentary evidence cannot be produced, the official veterinary surgeon has the right to demand entry or the owner or manager the right to refuse it.      (HL4627)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all official veterinary surgeons employed as quality managers by Messrs Eville and Jones have been formally appointed as authorised officers to the Minister for all the premises in which official veterinary surgeons are employed.      (HL4628)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many medical examinations for the all work test for incapacity benefit have taken place in each of the last four quarters.      (HL4629)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the sessional fee for doctors who undertake medical examinations for incapacity benefit; and how long it is since that fee was increased.      (HL4630)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many appeals against the payment of incapacity benefit on the ground of failing the all work test have been made in each of the last four quarters.      (HL4631)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the appeals lodged in each of the last four quarters against the disallowance of incapacity benefit on the ground of failing the all work test have led to the reinstatement of the benefit before the appeal was heard.      (HL4632)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incapacity benefit appeals relating to the all work test were heard in the last four quarters for which figures are available; and what percentage were decided in the appellant’s favour where the appellant (a) attended the hearing but was not represented, (b) was represented but did not attend, (c) attended and was represented and (d) did not attend and was not represented.      (HL4633)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incapacity benefit paper appeals relating to the all work test were processed in the last four quarters for which figures are available; and what percentage was decided in the claimant’s favour.      (HL4634)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 1st November (WA 67), what are “.05 cartridges for disarmers/disruptors”.      (HL4635)

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

    Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules)

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

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

Waiting for Report

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) [10th November]
    Medway Council [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL]
    Obscenity [HL]
    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] [10th November]

Returned to the Commons amended

    House of Lords
    Greater London Authority
    Immigration and Asylum
    Food Standards

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    Welfare Reform and Pensions [8th November]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 1999
    Draft Maximum Number of Stipendiary Magistrates Order 1999
    Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 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]

FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)in Copenhagen
(Science and Society)

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
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

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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