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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.

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]

†‡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.]

TUESDAY 18TH JANUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 19TH JANUARY

†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.

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.

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 Haskel—To call attention to the need for British industry to be innovative, to adopt growth strategies and to exploit new science and technology in order to create a more competitive economy; 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.

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 or amended on 16th December, or unanswered after 21 days]

23rd November

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the documents relevant to the death of haemophiliacs from hepatitis C after being given Factor 8, referred to in The Observer on 21st November; and, if not, why not.      (HL69)

24th November

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the outcome of the assessment, carried out by the Office for National Statistics at the request of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, of the reasons for the fall in self-employed jobs in the tourist-related industries by 17,000 over the year to December 1998.      (HL91)

25th November

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration will be given to the age profile and size of the membership of the House of Lords in future years if stage two of reform does not occur.      (HL111)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect will be the average age and size of the membership of the House of Lords in ten and twenty years time if the age profile of future appointments does not change significantly and if stage two of reform does not occur.      (HL112)

16th December

The Lord Walker of DoncasterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will complete their examination of Gurkha pensions.      (HL455)

The Lord Davies of CoityTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the Third Report to Parliament on the Pharmaceutical Price Regulation Scheme.      (HL456)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to make more effective use of roadside speed cameras.      (HL457)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is now their policy, or has been at any stage, that senior diplomatic postings may be filled by open competition, making them available to non-professional diplomats.      (HL458)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is permissible for demonstrators to show their disapproval of a particular prisoner on remand in one of H M Prisons by banging drums so as to disturb the prisoner and keep him awake; and, if not, why such practices are allowed outside the house where General Pinochet is currently detained.      (HL459)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance targets, other than financial ones, they have put in place for the London Underground.      (HL460)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they assess the performance of London Underground.      (HL461)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Navy has had its use of Chilean ports or berthing facilities restricted or changed in any way since the arrest of General Pinochet.      (HL462)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the regulation of London taxi fares takes account of the comparison between fares in London and those in New York, Paris and Berlin; and whether London fares are higher.      (HL463)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether, in the light of the criticism of English Heritage by the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee (HC 477-I), the Director of Parliamentary Works intends to proceed with the tendering process for the £2.44 million Old Palace Yard project before the House has had a further opportunity to consider this matter.      (HL464)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted an impact assessment of the effect of the reduction in the number of abattoirs licensed to accept cattle under the Over Thirty Months Scheme upon (a) costs to farmers and hauliers; (b) animal welfare, including increased travelling time, additional time in lairage and prolonged waiting lists; and (c) animal health where an animal with chronic disease must be retained on a farm for an extended period.      (HL465)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the names of the members of the Independent Panel for the Assessment of Ministry of Defence Research on possible interactions between vaccines and pyridostigmine bromide, together with their current employment and interests.      (HL466)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the normal regimen for the administration of live vaccines when more than one is required; and whether this was complied with when members of H M Armed Forces were treated prior to and during Operation Granby.      (HL467)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the normal practice for the administration of immunoglobulins in conjunction with other vaccines, particularly live vaccines; and whether this practice was complied with when members of H M Armed Forces were treated prior to and during Operation Granby.      (HL468)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether tests have been conducted on the response of Gulf Veterans to different serotypes of polio vaccine; and, if they were, what were the results.      (HL469)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the research on mouse data recommended by the Independent Panel of the Ministry of Defence was commissioned from the National Institute for Biological Standards; whether the work has started; if it has, when are the results to be published; if it has not, when it is expected to start; and what is the cause of the delay.      (HL470)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 13th December (WA 10-11), how many of the “up to 900,000 jobs” that the European Commission estimated had been created across the European Union as a result of the European Single Market were in the United Kingdom; how the Commission reached this estimate; whether the Government is satisfied with the Commission’s methodology; and, if so, why.      (HL471)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 14th December (WA 29), whether it may be possible under the terms of the Takeover Directive for decisions of the Takeover Panel, or other matters connected with takeovers, to be referred to the courts in this country or to the Luxembourg Court of Justice.      (HL472)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will accept the relevance of smoke generation data available from the Single Burn Item test contained in the harmonised European fire safety system.      (HL473)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce regulations to limit the generation of toxic smoke from ignited construction products by including them in Approved Document B of the Building Regulations.      (HL474)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the question by the Lord Marlesford on 16th December, whether they support the case for greater representation of developing countries on the United Nations Security Council; and, if so, by what method this could be achieved.      (HL475)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their present policy not to support Palestinian refugees in Lebanon through their bilateral programme.      (HL476)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided to Palestinian refugees in Lebanon through United Kingdom and international non-governmental organisations.      (HL477)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have of the effect of Primary Care Groups on the provision of complementary medicine within the National Health Service; and, if they do not have this information, whether they will commission a study to discover it.      (HL478)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have banned the provision of pork to British military personnel serving in the Middle East; and, if so, which countries, if any, have demanded such a ban.      (HL479)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give further information about the new spelling tests for primary school pupils reported in the press on 12th December; which agency is developing the tests; and which age groups they are intended for.      (HL480)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make sample copies of the new spelling tests for primary school pupils available for inspection by Members of the House of Lords.      (HL481)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the light of the statement by the Lord Burlison on 8th December (HL Deb, col. 1275) that the Ministry of Defence will welcome any assessment of ill health in Iraq, they will now press the United Nations to authorise an independent expert epidemiological investigation into the reported increase in birth deformities, leukaemia and cancer in Southern Iraq.      (HL482)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the Radio Authority to make available a second radio frequency for use in North or North-West London; and, if so, when the new local licence is likely to be advertised.      (HL483)

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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