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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.

TUESDAY 18TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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 motorways and 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]

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

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

†The Viscount Astor to move, as an amendment to the motion that the bill be now read a Third time, to leave out “now” and at end to insert “this day six months”.

†‡Medway Council Bill [HL]Third Reading [The Lord Thomson of Monifieth]

†The Viscount Astor to move, as an amendment to the motion that the bill be now read a Third time, to leave out “now” and at end to insert “this day six months”.

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.

†*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether present levels of care for elderly people in the National Health Service are adequate.

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 homoeopathy 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”.

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of those who die in custody are black or Asian.

Nuclear Safeguards Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

†Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the penalty fares systems currently in use on the railways.

Local Government Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Whitty]

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.

WEDNESDAY 26TH JANUARY

*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.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated total cost of the Government’s special advisers in the current financial year as compared to 1996-97 and what changes there have been in their duties and responsibilities.

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to give effect to the European Defence Initiative.

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

The Baroness Perry of Southwark—To call attention to the importance of teachers; and to move for papers. (Short debate)

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.

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.

†*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will recommend to the Bank of England the use of a policy of sterilised intervention on the exchange rates in order to reduce the value of the pound.

Race Relations Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

MONDAY 31ST 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.

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.

†*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the reduction since May 1997 in the number of young people who are neither in employment nor in training or education; and whether they expect that this number will be further reduced during the next two years.

THURSDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

THURSDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the forward sale of tickets to the Millennium Dome Experience is adequate to ensure that the whole project will run at a profit by the end of the year.

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 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 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.

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To call attention to the opportunities in Africa and the ways in which the United Kingdom can enhance economic growth both in that continent and at home; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the present circumstances of disabled people whose disabilities were caused by wounds or injuries from enemy action in the Second World War; and to move for papers.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Report of the Football Task Force on Commercial Issues.

The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for promoting trade with Latin America in the light of the review by British Trade International.

†The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to address the high levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly in prisons and amongst the young male population.

†The Lord Vivian—To call attention to the Her Majesty’s Government’s white paper on defence (Cm 4446); and to move for papers.

†The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made about the problem of litter; and what initiatives they propose to pursue, especially in those areas where the problem is most grievous.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 9th February for debate on 23rd February]

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 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 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 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.

†The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To call attention to the level of health care for people with epilepsy; 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 17th January, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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 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)

9th December

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 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 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 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, 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)

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 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 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)

17th January

The Lord Milner of LeedsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make an appointment to the Intelligence and Security Committee.      (HL580)

The Lord Milner of LeedsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the European Union embargo on Indonesia.      (HL581)

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the reports and recommendations of the Health Pay Review Bodies.      (HL582)

The Lord GregsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods on the United Kingdom Military List have recently been approved for export to Iraq.      (HL583)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton (WA 174), whether the Home Office has now decided to introduce new regulations dealing with police officers who want to apply for service with Europol.      (HL584)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of new (a) cars and (b) commercial vehicles which were purchased in the United Kingdom in the latest year for which figures are available.      (HL585)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of (a) cars and (b) commercial vehicles which were permanently taken off the roads of the United Kingdom in the latest year for which figures are available.      (HL586)

The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange that, when they table amendments to a bill which, because of their number or their substance, would if agreed make substantial changes to the bill, there is made available to the House a version of the bill or relevant parts of the bill as it would be if it were so amended.      (HL587)

The Baroness SternTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is being given to the Prison Service on the implications for its work of the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL588)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to primary care groups on the commissioning of maternity services.      (HL589)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they have given to health authorities as a result of the Coughlan case.      (HL590)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent survey by the Royal College of Nursing, they are satisfied that all health authorities are now complying with the decision in the Coughlan case.      (HL591)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which persons have been designated for the purposes of section 75(1) (statutory duty on public authorities) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 by order made by the Secretary of State under section 75(3)(d) of that Act.      (HL592)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office, the Lord Chancellor’s Department, the Royal Ulster Constabulary and further and higher education institutions have been designated for the purposes of section 75(1) of the Northern Ireland Act; and, if not, why not.      (HL593)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the parents of children born before 15th December 1999 have directly effective rights under the European Community Parental Leave Directive; and, if not, why not.      (HL594)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Community Legal Service will give assistance in advising and representing the alleged victims of unlawful discrimination in relation to proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.      (HL595)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent Community Legal Service gives assistance to law centres and community action groups to enable them to advise and represent the alleged victims of unlawful discrimination in relation to proceedings under the Sex Discrimination Act 1975, the Race Relations Act 1976 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.      (HL596)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 10th January (WA 78), in what circumstances they have discriminated and they would seek to discriminate on the basis of national origins in the grant or refusal of British citizenship under the British Nationality Act 1981.      (HL597)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Alastair Campbell has, since May 1997, ever attended meetings on health policy, or bilateral meetings between the Prime Minister and Secretaries of State for Health.      (HL598)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Alastair Campbell has ever used executive powers given to him by Order in Council in May 1997 to issue directions to civil servants in the Department of Health about (a) policy or (b) publicity on the National Health Service.      (HL599)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Jonathan Powell has ever used executive powers given to him by Order in Council in May 1997 to issue directions to civil servants in the Department of Health about (a) policy or (b) publicity on the National Health Service.      (HL600)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make the document, Critical Care: Lines to Take, issued to National Health Service administrators, readily available to the general public.      (HL601)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statements contained in the document, Critical Care: Lines to Take, issued to National Health Service administrators, are a true reflection of the current state of the National Health Service.      (HL602)

The Lord ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new Knowledge Network Project will have any effect on the political impartiality of the civil service.      (HL603)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will be required to meet the costs which were awarded against Mr Peter Downes, an Education Adjudicator, when he lost a case brought against him by Wandsworth local education authority.      (HL604)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will incorporate the study undertaken by the National Pollen Research Unit for the Soil Association into their recommendations on the distances that pollen from genetically modified plants can travel.      (HL605)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reported in the Farmers Guardian on 7th January, the Intervention Board broke its own rules when it chose the abattoirs which would service the Over Thirty Month Scheme.      (HL606)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reinstate capital gains tax on residential property sales.      (HL607)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the speech by the Lord Bruce of Donington on 25th November (HL Deb, col. 605), whether they will clarify the position regarding the possible replacement of Ordnance Survey as the basis for the measurement of land for assessing CAP payments.      (HL608)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord CuckneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department of Trade and Industry report into the flotation of the Mirror Group Newspapers plc will be published.      (HL611)

The Lord CuckneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many witnesses have so far been called by the Inspectors conducting the investigation into the flotation of Mirror Group Newspapers plc.      (HL612)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the new linking rule to people over 20 years of age who originally qualified for Incapacity Benefit through the new incapacity in youth provisions (section 64 of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999) will operate.      (HL613)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remarks by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 13th October 1999 (HL Deb, col. 467) whether guidance will be provided to clarify what is intended by the phrase “a lengthy period”.      (HL614)

The Lord Bishop of OxfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to prevent the Ridgeway National Trail becoming more rutted and muddy through use of vehicles other than farm vehicles.      (HL615)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what facilities exist for accident and emergency treatment within the City of London.      (HL616)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who appoints members of Hospital Trusts; what are their responsibilities and remuneration; and what qualifications they require.      (HL617)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish responses from the Chief Medical Officer and the Director of the Benefits Agency Medical Service to the reviews “Denigration by Design” by Margaret Williams, sent to them on 16th December 1999; and, if so, when.      (HL618)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many proposals for research into Gulf War illnesses have been received by the Medical Research Council since 1997; how many have been accepted; and what were the reasons for rejection of those not accepted.      (HL619)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths from iatrogenic CJD have been recorded in women who have received fertility treatment in the United Kingdom.      (HL620)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the statement by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment in their report “Organophosphates” that “It was considered important....that members of the Working Group should not be involved with pending litigation concerning OP’s”, why Professor P G Blain was appointed a member of the Working Party.      (HL621)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the public spending on higher education as a proportion of Gross Domestic Product from 1979-1999; and what is the forecast for 2000 and 2001.      (HL622)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they are currently making available through the Standards Fund to support the training of staff working with special educational needs children.      (HL623)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure that funding from the New Opportunities Fund will in future be made available to non-maintained special schools such as Dorton House School, Sevenoaks, Kent, which provides education and training for blind and visually-impaired children and students.      (HL624)

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] [25th January]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL] [24th January]
    Care Standards [HL] [18th January]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Learning and Skills [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Nuclear Safeguards [HL] [24th January]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Armed Forces Discipline [HL] [18th January]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL] [27th January]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Kent County Council [HL] [18th January]
    Medway Council [HL] [18th 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
    Draft Immigration (Regularisation Period for Overstayers) Regulations 2000

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

    [The date in brackets is the date of expiry of the period for parliamentary consideration]

Proposal laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing and Licensing) Order 2000 [16th March]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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 B)3.30 pm
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
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)2.30 pm
(Science and Society)

THURSDAY 27TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)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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