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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

WEDNESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for capping National Insurance contributions.

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 5th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 116) be agreed to.

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

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

Maximum Number of Judges Order 1999—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st November be approved. [30th Report from the Joint Committee]

Maximum Number of Stipendiary Magistrates Order 1999—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd November be approved. [30th Report from the Joint Committee]

Chartered Institute of Patent Agents Order 1999—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th October be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee]

Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19th October be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee]

Working Time Regulations 1999—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 27th July be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

†[If a message is received from the Commons on the Immigration and Asylum Bill it will be considered forthwith]

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they believe the arts and sport relate to the issue of “social exclusion”.

†[If a message is received from the Commons on the House of Lords Bill it will be considered this day]

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.

†*The Earl Cathcart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the burden of taxation has increased in the United Kingdom since May 1977.

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 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 9th November, or unanswered after 21 days]

29th July

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Government Task Forces were in existence in May 1997, May 1998 and May 1999, together with the number of individuals comprised in them, distinguishing between civil service employees and non-civil service persons.      (HL4084)

5th October

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

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 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)

19th October

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for sending members of the armed forces who are under 18 years of age into armed conflict.      (HL4283)

The Lord Monro of LangholmTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the life peerages to be offered to hereditary peers of first creation will be conferred and gazetted.      (HL4286)

The Lord Monro of LangholmTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by when they intend to implement their manifesto pledge to appoint an independent Appointments Commission to recommend life peerages and to vet the integrity of political appointments.      (HL4287)

9th November

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 those years the United Kingdom has been represented by a Minister.      (HL4610)

The Lord Merlyn-ReesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with respect to the proposed independent review of the zinc cadmium sulphide trials carried out in the United Kingdom by the former Chemical Defence Experimental Establishment between 1953 and 1964.      (HL4673)

The Lord CadmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why on 8th November over 250 questions set down for written answer in this House remained unanswered; whether they will all be answered by the end of the Session; and, if not, why not.      (HL4674)

The Lord MerrivaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding delays at the Gibraltar-La Linea border, whether they will now invoke against Spain Article 227 of the European Community Treaty, taking into consideration their repeated statements that the situation is being watched closely and kept under review.      (HL4675)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency use in deciding whether or not to sell the personal particulars of car owners to those who ask for them, other than the police.      (HL4676)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firms reported to the police that their computers had been hacked into during the demonstrations in the City of London on 18th June; what proportion of firms actually hacked into this represents; and what steps the police have been taking to identify the parties engaged in these activities.      (HL4677)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are ensuring that pupils with an outstanding aptitude for computers in schools throughout the country are being provided with the facilities necessary for them to develop their skills.      (HL4678)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence is cooperating with the relevant United States authorities in developing protective measures for the United States defence and civil infrastructures declared vulnerable to hacker interference in last year’s Presidential Decision Directives relating to Vulnerable Infrastructures; and whether these include United States defence establishments in the United Kingdom and Dependent Territories.      (HL4679)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British firms are sufficiently protected against electronic intrusion by United States electronic “Cyberwar” equipment, including equipment based in the United Kingdom and in its Dependent Territories, or dependent on equipment so based.      (HL4680)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been consulted by the United States authorities, within NATO or bilaterally, on the legality of, and on the rules of engagement appropriate to, the waging of information warfare on other countries’ computer networks, both civil and military, as discussed by the United States authorities in their “Assessment of International Legal Issues in Information Operations”; and whether United States forces are equipped and permitted by Her Majesty’s Government to carry on such operations from their bases in the United Kingdom and United Kingdom Dependent Territories.      (HL4681)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States National Security Agency construction activities at Menwith Hill, and elsewhere in the United Kingdom and in United Kingdom Dependent Territories (a) are always in full accordance with Local Plans; (b) have been subjected to fully informed local consultation; (c) are subject to Health and Safety Executive and other specialised inspections; and (d) enjoy Crown Exclusion or Crown Immunity from planning and other United Kingdom and international law.      (HL4682)

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
    Immigration and Asylum

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Food Standards
    Greater London Authority
    Welfare Reform and Pensions

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    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
    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft Maximum Number of Judges Order 1999
    Draft Maximum Number of Stipendiary Magistrates 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 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

THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)2.30 pm
(Science and Society)

 
 
 
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