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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements at the Millennium Dome on New Year’s Eve and with its operation so far.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Carrington set down for today shall be limited to 6 hours.

†Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 10

Schedule 1

Clauses 11 to 13

Schedule 2

Clauses 14 to 25

Schedule 3

Clauses 26 and 27

Schedule 4

Clause 28.

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 Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the English are a violent nation.

†Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]—House to be again Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

Care Standards Bill [HL]—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath] [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

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 Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the success of major information technology projects in the public sector.

Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Baroness Blackstone]

†Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Lester of Herne Hill]

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.

†Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]—Report [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

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

†[It is expected that the Committee Stage of the Care Standards Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which elements of the New Agenda Coalition resolution, approved by the United Nations General Assembly on 13th October 1999, they found unacceptable; and why.

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent suspected war criminals from entering the United Kingdom.

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.

†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.

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.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what opinion they have formed about the effect of the shared residence requirement in housing benefit for those aged under 25.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made between the Home Office and local authorities in Scotland for accommodating asylum seekers who have arrived in the South of England.

†Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

†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”.

MONDAY 24TH JANUARY

*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the consultations on the proposed Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Anti-Bribery Convention.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will propose to Parliament that a Joint Committee to consider the Report of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords should be appointed.

†*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about their proposal to change the name of the Probation Service to the “Community Punishment and Rehabilitation Service”.

TUESDAY 25TH JANUARY

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider appointing a Royal Commission on the Police.

†*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the adequacy of information on reading ability provided by the tests at Key Stage II.

WEDNESDAY 26TH JANUARY

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister’s declaration to the United Kingdom’s universities in the Romanes Lecture, delivered on 13th December 1999, that “the future is as much in your hands as ours” foreshadows a relaxation in government controls over the higher education sector.

†*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to introduce new procedures for the fixing of tariffs for all those sentenced to detention during Her Majesty’s Pleasure; and whether they will give an undertaking that legislation will be introduced within six months of the judgment in the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Thompson and Venables.

THURSDAY 27TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received in relation to job losses at REMPLOY.

TUESDAY 1ST FEBRUARY

†*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.

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 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 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.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Defence Medical Services are able to provide appropriate health care for the armed forces now and in the event of future conflict.

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.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To call attention to the report of the Football Task Force on Commercial Issues; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the continuing need for a professional civil service and the role of special advisers and information officers; 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 11th January, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

1st December

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the peace keeping mission in Sierra Leone is fully resourced and funded.      (HL183)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the NATO Partnership for Peace to consider and to produce agreed standards on how to deal with terrorism and terrorist threats, using the minimum necessary force.      (HL205)

2nd December

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Health and Safety Executive is intending to prosecute the owner of Mersley Farm, Isle of Wight, for illegal disposal of containers of Cymag; and, if not, why not.      (HL221)

6th December

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Forest Enterprise has sold softwood thinnings during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 financial years, at uneconomic prices, with consequent harm to other softwood owners, as a result of financial pressure from the Treasury; and, if so, whether they will stop such selling.      (HL258)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many anti-personnel mines or devices which could be used as such are stocked by other governments or their armed forces, or on behalf of other governments and their armed forces, in the United Kingdom.      (HL261)

7th December

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the documents relating to the history of the discussions leading up to the enactment of the Merchant Shipping Act 1988 and the making of regulations under it, documents which were disclosed for the purpose of the Factortame litigation in relation to the issue of liability for breaches of Community law, and were referred to in the English courts’ decisions.      (HL277)

8th December

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the current members of the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee; and what were the dates of their appointment.      (HL285)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th December (WA 90), whether they are satisfied that “impartiality and political balance are maintained” in the event that a trustee of or contributor to a ministerial blind trust is appointed to the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee.      (HL286)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 24th November (WA 15), why they will not say what are the “political and constitutional issues” concerning entry to the European Monetary Union which the Prime Minister has “resolved in his own mind”.      (HL292)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how near in the future do they intend to establish a Joint Select Committee on Human Rights.      (HL295)

9th December

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any instances where organs or tissue samples have been removed from the bodies of deceased Gulf Veterans without the consent of the next of kin; and, if so, who was responsible for requesting the samples; and for what purpose.      (HL325)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to ensure that European Union regulations do not lead to the destruction of hedgerows and, in particular, of those hedgerows which are protected under pre-1840 Enclosure Acts.      (HL335)

13th December

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press the European Commission to bring quickly an action for interlocutory proceedings in the European Court of Justice against France to open up the French market to British beef.      (HL341)

The Lord StrathclydeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list, with dates of appointment and of service, Members of the House of Lords who have, since May 1997, served on, or been appointed to—

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th December (HL Deb, col. 1276), how many individuals serve on each of the 250 short-term working groups; what are the group’s titles; and to whom are they are accountable.      (HL351)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current annual per capita spend on cancer treatment and research; and how this compares with other European countries.      (HL355)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask the Chairman of Committees what is the total number of “hits” to date on the website pages of each of the separate reports of (a) the European Communities Committee and (b) the Science and Technology Committee in the 1998-99 Session.      (HL357)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the current members of the Strategic Communications Unit together with the dates of their appointment.      (HL369)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the current members of the Media Monitoring Unit together with the dates of their appointment.      (HL370)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of running the Strategic Communications Unit for 1998-99; and what is its estimated cost for the current financial year.      (HL371)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures are in place to ensure that the Strategic Communications Unit distinguishes between legitimate activity on behalf of the Government and activity which could unduly advantage the party of Government.      (HL372)

14th December

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints Trading Standards Officers have received concerning contraventions of the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Regulations 1995.      (HL384)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times manufacturers and distributors have been found to be in contravention of the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Regulations 1995.      (HL385)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times manufacturers or distributors of formula or follow-on milks have been fined under the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Regulations 1995.      (HL386)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the advantages of breast milk for premature babies, what plans they have to increase the number and distribution of milk banks throughout the United Kingdom.      (HL388)

The Lord ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether political staff at 10 Downing Street, whose salaries are funded by the Labour Party, are covered by the same restrictions as civil servants regarding publication of memoirs; and whether they are required to sign the Official Secrets Act.      (HL389)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the role and responsibilities of the office of Prime Minister.      (HL390)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the statute law and common law provisions that govern the office of Prime Minister.      (HL391)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to cap the numbers of those who work in 10 Downing Street and the expenditure on them.      (HL392)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a Prime Minister’s Department.      (HL393)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what Parliamentary scrutiny there is of the operations of, and expenditure on, 10 Downing Street.      (HL394)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament to oversee the constitutional role of 10 Downing Street.      (HL395)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a practice for Ministers to inform Parliament whether they consider that primary and secondary legislation being considered by Parliament is compatible with the obligations of the United Kingdom under European Community law.      (HL398)

15th December

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will bring further areas into the badger culling trial recommended by Professor Krebs to address questions about the incidence of tuberculosis in cattle.      (HL422)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken, or recommendations made, by the Social Exclusion Unit, on gypsies and other travelling people.      (HL430)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what their budget for advertising is in the current financial year and how this compares with the last full year of the previous administration.      (HL431)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that their expenditure on advertising represents value for money for the United Kingdom taxpayer.      (HL432)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to improve further the performance of the Government Communications and Information Service.      (HL433)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement of the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 13th December (HL Deb, col. 5) that “....as the Labour Party made clear before coming into office that it would have a strong centre, which it has”, where in the Party’s General Election manifesto reference to this policy development can be found.      (HL434)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement of the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 13th December (HL Deb, col. 5) that the Labour Party has a strong centre, whether this policy development is consistent with the intention espoused in the Labour Party’s General Election manifesto to deal with the fact that “Over-centralisation of government and lack of accountability was a problem in governments of both left and right”.      (HL435)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foster design for Wembley with its six metre high platform and ramped access for athletics will in any way compromise the possibility of holding the Paralympics at Wembley.      (HL439)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the delay in setting up a Select Committee on Human Rights as envisaged in the White Paper, Rights Brought Home; The Human Rights Bill (Cm 3782, October 1997).      (HL443)

The Lord SelsdonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations will govern the Pet Travel Scheme (PETS); and when these regulations will come into force.      (HL447)

16th December

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 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 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 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)

11th January

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 16th to 17th December 1999.      (HL522)

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 14th to 15th December 1999.      (HL523)

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of human rights concerns in Zimbabwe; and what action they are taking to address these.      (HL524)

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the 1999 Assessment of the Wassenaar Arrangement; and what was the role played by the United Kingdom.      (HL525)

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to control the export of television broadcast equipment to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.      (HL526)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people aged 20 to 30 are not in employment; what percentage of the age group this represents; and how the percentage has changed over the past ten years.      (HL527)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 16th December 1999 (WA 62), what sources of information they have on the extent of “linked problems such as unemployment, poor skills, low incomes, poor housing, high crime environments, bad health and family breakdown” among those who have been disentitled to means-tested benefits.      (HL528)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 13th December 1999 (WA 6), what is the cost of the Prime Minister’s official staff; what was the figure at 1st April 1997; and how these costs in each case divide between public funds, party funds and the Prime Minister’s private funds.      (HL529)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of lone parents claiming Income Support are now receiving maintenance through the Child Support Agency.      (HL530)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of lone parents are now claiming Income Support; and what has been the change in this figure since 1989.      (HL531)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a Keeling Schedule to show how the provisions of the Child Support Acts 1991 and 1995 are affected by the provisions of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill 1999.      (HL532)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any proposals from the Danube Commission or from the United Nations Environment Programme for removing obstructions to navigation in the Danube within the former Yugoslavia; and, if so, in what terms.      (HL533)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are discussing the cases of the 13 Iranian Jews, and of other persons, imprisoned in Iran, without specific charges or known trial dates, with the Iranian Foreign Minister, during his visit to this country.      (HL534)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many additional beds in secure wings of mental or general hospitals have been provided, for use by mentally-ill prisoners, in each of the last three years; and how many they expect to provide this year and in the coming three years.      (HL535)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the launch of a sports tourism initiative by the British Tourist Authority with their support on 11th January, what budget they have allocated to the Authority over and above their existing budget for 2000 so that they may successfully launch an international marketing campaign to attract more sports tourists to the United Kingdom and fund the operation of a Sports Tourism Forum.      (HL536)

The Lord TrefgarneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the “global unit rate” applied by Eurocontrol in respect of flights operated by aircraft registered in the United Kingdom is, by a significant margin, higher than that of any other country participating in the centralised route charging arrangements operated by Eurocontrol.      (HL537)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would participate in the continuation of the School Milk Scheme if it involved co-financing.      (HL538)

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] [20th January]
    Local Government [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Care Standards [HL] [13th January]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL] [13th January]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Armed Forces Discipline [HL] [18th January]

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 INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    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
    Draft African Development Bank (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999
    Draft International Development Association (Twelfth Replenishment) Order 1999
    Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999
    Draft Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999
    Draft Census Order 2000
    Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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

MONDAY 7TH FEBRUARY

Liaison4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

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

 
 
 
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