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HOUSE OF LORDS

NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

[Issued 6th January 2000]

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 10TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to start the Pet Travel Pilot Scheme.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the effect on the Post Office and its network of the ending of the payment of benefits through the Post Office.

*The Baroness Trumpington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to permit the harness horse equality with the ridden horse on public rights of way, they will rectify the anomaly in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions consultation paper, Improving Rights of Way in England and Wales, which puts horse-drawn vehicles into the same category as the motorised vehicle.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their Strategy for Sport.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 8

Schedules 2 and 3

Clause 9.

†Care Standards Bill [HL]Committee [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath] [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Viscount Colville of Culross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have checked all Statutory Instruments issued since May 1997 for compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights (and especially with Article 8, Right to respect for private and family life); and whether they will in future attach to every such Instrument a Statement of Compliance.

TUESDAY 11TH JANUARY

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile their maintenance of nuclear weapons with their claim to support nuclear disarmament.

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and, if so, how, Task Forces are held accountable to Parliament.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 relevant to the carriage by taxis of guide dogs accompanying blind persons will be put into effect.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that resources currently allocated to the National Health Service will be adequate to ensure that their targets for cancer, cardiac and mental health outcomes will be met.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

‡Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Baroness Gardner of Parkes]

WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY

*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the concern being expressed by educational authorities in developing countries about the demise of the former Education Low-priced Book Scheme, they will consider offering financial support to the Educational Low-priced Sponsored Texts (ELST) charitable trust.

*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they will use to assess bids for the Millennium Dome and ancillary areas to be sold after the end of the Millennium Experience on 31st December 2000.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to introduce substantial changes in the National Lottery, and in the way in which the proceeds are distributed, when the Lottery licence is next renewed.

The Lord Carrington—To call attention to the international situation; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cumberlege—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to improve maternity services.

THURSDAY 13TH JANUARY

*The Lord Davies of Oldham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies are being developed to reduce the number of child deaths caused by road accidents.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they are giving to the transport needs of Wales.

*The Lord Barnett—To ask the Chairman of Committees when the House of Lords committee on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England will be set up again.

‡The Lord Naseby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on opening up transatlantic flights to new entrant carriers.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL] will be concluded this day.]

MONDAY 17TH JANUARY

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to mark the centenary this year of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

†*The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making to fulfil their pledge to cut National Health Service waiting lists by 100,000.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they offer to British tourists planning to visit Burma.

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many suicides by prisoners there have been in British prisons and penal institutions in each of the last three calendar years.

TUESDAY 18TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the response to the recent advertising campaign for recruitment of primary school and secondary school teachers.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to implement the main recommendations of the Disability Rights Task Force.

†*The Lord Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum wind strength which the Millennium Wheel (London Eye) has been designed to withstand (a) when stationary and (b) when in use.

†*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will create new special bus lanes on trunk roads, consider allowing their use by vehicles carrying two or more persons and establish time limits on the use of such lanes.

Kent County Council Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Thomson of Monifieth]

WEDNESDAY 19TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what bonus payments are to be paid to members of the Armed Forces who have served in Kosovo.

Medway Council Bill [HL]—Third Reading

The Lord Weatherill—To call attention to the situation in Pakistan; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Sandwich—To call attention to the case for action, bilaterally, and through inter-governmental organisations, to end bonded labour and all other contemporary forms of slavery; and to move for papers.

THURSDAY 20TH JANUARY

†*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why homeopathy and healing are not on the approved list of complementary therapies which may be offered within prisons.

THURSDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has further increased, is still increasing and ought significantly to be diminished.

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 Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy objectives towards Iraq are being achieved.

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To call attention to the UK’s present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further help they are considering for people who were infected with hepatitis ’C’ by contaminated NHS blood products and the dependants of those who have since died in consequence of their infection.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they have given to setting up a public inquiry into the undiagnosed illnesses of Gulf War veterans, as called for by the Royal British Legion.

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a nationwide network of children’s refuges as recommended in the Children’s Society study “Still Running”.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the role of voluntary youth services in combating social exclusion and promoting social inclusion; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Darcy de Knayth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any response to Rehabilitation International’s newly promulgated Charter for disabled people worldwide.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to changes in the influence and prestige of this House and to examine how they should be addressed; and to move for papers.

The Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the role of sport in schools.

The Lord Stone of Blackheath—To call attention to the case for earlier detection and palliative intervention in countries exposed to ethnic conflicts; and to move for papers.

The Lord Holme of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the creation of sustainable livelihoods as the spearhead of their anti-poverty strategy in the less developed countries.

The Earl Russell—To call attention to the Rowntree Report “Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 1999”; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve and increase the control and regulation of betting on horse racing in order to combat any increase in criminal activity.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is operating within its remit.

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Forty-fifth Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the standards of care given to elderly patients in NHS hospitals.

The Lord Selsdon—To call attention to the future role of the pound sterling and of the euro; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their principles and policies with regard to end-user accountability for the sale of weapons and related equipment.

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To call attention to the Salisbury Convention in the light of recent constitutional developments; and to move for papers.

The Lord Skidelsky—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Report of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on Human Rights in Kosovo.

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To move to resolve, That this House regrets the conduct of the Lord Hoffmann in not disclosing his connection with Amnesty International during the House of Lords first hearing of the extradition appeal of General Pinochet; and calls on the Lord Chancellor to reconsider his support for Lord Hoffmann.

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that account is taken in education programmes and in the workplace of the particular abilities of those classed as dyslexic.

†The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take on the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on Wandsworth Prison.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 12th January for debate on 26th January]

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 Bridges—To call attention to the long-term problems caused by coastal erosion; and to move for papers.

The Lord Chadlington—To call attention to the high levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly in prisons and amongst the young male population; 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 Campbell of Alloway—To call attention to the application of the Salisbury convention in present day circumstances; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Emerton—To call attention to the arrangements for modernising self regulation for nurses, midwives and health visitors; and to move for papers.

The Baroness McFarlane of Llandaff—To call attention to the state of nursing education and practice; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Greenway—To call attention to the future use of the River Thames for both commercial and leisure purposes; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Perry of Southwark—To call attention to the importance of teachers; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Lewis of Newnham—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Waste Incineration (11th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 71). [21st July]

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prospects for the Tampere Special European Council (19th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 101). [7th September]

The Baroness Hogg—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Non-Food Crops (First Report, HL Paper 5). [9th December]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 6th January]

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to ensure that farmers who have planted grass strips, and other cover, to widen their field boundaries and enhance biodiversity, are not penalised by a withdrawal of area payment, as envisaged in the latest Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) Rules.      (HL484)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of those people earning below 40 per cent of the average annual income—

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of 15 to 24 year olds who have committed suicide were at the time of suicide without visible, legal, means of support.      (HL486)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the level of Income Support expressed as a percentage of average earnings; and how this figure has changed since 1988.      (HL487)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of low birth weight babies are born to mothers who have been disentitled to social security benefits during the period of pregnancy.      (HL488)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people aged 16 or 17 are not in education, training or employment; how many of these are living independently; and, of those living independently, how many are claiming benefit and how many had no apparent source of income.      (HL489)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage of 16 to 17 year olds with no apparent source of income who—

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the annual rate of decrease over the most recent ten year period for which statistics are available in the percentage of either-way cases that are committed to the Crown Court as a result of an election by the defendant.      (HL491)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the either-way cases that are committed to the Crown Court as a result of an election by the defendant over the most recent ten year period for which statistics are available proceeded to a contested trial by jury in the Crown Court on a plea of not guilty.      (HL492)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what comparative studies are available to indicate the ethnic origins of defendants charged with either-way offences who elect Crown Court trial.      (HL493)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics are available to indicate whether the offence of which a defendant is convicted or acquitted in the Crown Court was less serious than the original either-way offence charged in the Magistrates’ Court.      (HL494)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the Lottery Agreement between the English Sports Council and the English National Stadium Development Company Limited and the Football Association Limited.      (HL495)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to respond to the Report of the Football Task Force on Commercial Issues.      (HL496)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that those Yugoslavs who refused to enlist in the forces of President Milosevic during the Kosovo war, and who left their home country, receive the recognition they deserve and the necessary security and support to rebuild their lives.      (HL497)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 16th December (WA 57), whether the terms of reference of the Home Office review are designed to ensure that all new offences will avoid being indirectly, as well as directly discriminatory, so as to be compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL498)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 16th December (WA 57), whether the Code of Practice being drafted by the Equal Opportunities Commission, in conjunction with the Department for Education and Employment, is designed to tackle indirect, as well as direct discrimination, on grounds of sexual orientation in employment.      (HL499)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the Government of the Russian Federation seeking explanations about the human rights situation in Chechnya.      (HL500)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had from the Society of Chiropodists and Podiatrists about the initial consultation on proposals to replace the Professions Supplementary To Medicine Act 1960; what is their response; and what action they have taken or will be taking.      (HL501)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the nuclear weapon countries is most committed to the retention of such weapons; and which nuclear weapon country is most committed to steps towards a nuclear weapon free world.      (HL502)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the position of Saudi Arabia on nuclear weapons.      (HL503)

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) [16th February]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Local Government [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Care Standards [HL] [10th January]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL] [11th January]

Waiting for Report

    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Armed Forces Discipline [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Kent County Council [HL] [18th January]
    Medway Council [HL] [19th January]

Sent to the Commons

    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) [HL]
    United Reformed Church [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENT IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 1999
    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000
    Draft Industrial Training Levy ( Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000
    Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 11TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.15 pm

THURSDAY 13TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 18TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 19TH JANUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 25TH JANUARY

Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 26TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

 
 
 
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