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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.

Bills marked § have been set down before the expiry of the recommended minimum interval between stages.

WEDNESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the system of concordats and the associated ministerial committee have been used in relation to Scotland.

*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 Lloyd of Berwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take a preliminary objection to the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice in the proceedings brought against the United Kingdom by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had approaches from the United Nations War Crimes Prosecutor for the extradition of Tharicisse Muvunyi in connection with genocide in Rwanda.

The Baroness Cumberlege—To call attention to the state of the National Health Service; and to move for papers (5-hour debate).

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.

THURSDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

[Prayers will have been read]

The Lord Robertson of Port Ellen

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why 81 per cent of all firms are still exempted from the employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to remove any discrimination which will be experienced by English, Welsh and Northern Irish students at Scottish universities over the payment of fees.

†*The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money the Treasury will save as a result of the abolition of the Married Couple’s Allowance and MIRAS; how much the reduction of 1p in the £ on income tax will cost the Treasury; and whether the Treasury will be a net loser or winner.

†*The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the comments in the press of the Chief Inspector of Schools, Mr Chris Woodhead, on the Government’s intention to repeal section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988.

Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

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

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

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

†§Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Weatherill]

†Local Government Bill [HL]House to be again in Committee [The Lord Whitty] [2nd and 3rd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

MONDAY 7TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when consideration is being given to closure of a court, they will require an estimate to be made of the extra travel costs and time to its users of having to attend a more distant alternative.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what position they take on the amendment of the ABM (Anti-Ballistic Missile) Treaty in the light of revived proposals in the United States for an anti-missile defence system.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological and Toxin Weapons convention on 27th March.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to review the Salisbury Convention in advance of any response to the Report of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords.

‡National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2000—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 20th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th January be approved. [6th Report from the Joint Committee]

[The Lord Bassam of Brighton intends to move the following seven motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired]

†‡Data Protection (Crown Appointments) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Education) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Health) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th January be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Local Government Bill [HL] will be concluded this day]

TUESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to raise the United Kingdom’s ratio of health spending to Gross Domestic Product to the European Union average, and how.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are making to the establishment of an effective police force and court system in Kosovo.

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given that in 1999 the backlog of asylum seekers (excluding dependants) rose above 100,000 for the first time, they will curtail the rights of asylum seekers to enter and remain in the United Kingdom.

*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering the case for increased public lending right funding which was submitted to them by the Public Lending Right Advisory Committee.

Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Blackstone]

‡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.

WEDNESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the delays, expense and inconvenience caused to the public and businesses by road works.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria on which specialist schools are established.

*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the developers of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link are required to design and build it so that it can accommodate conventional freight trains and whether freight facilities will be operational at the same time that any part of the new railway is available for passenger trains.

The Lord Lea of Crondall—To call attention to changes in employment patterns in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Lord Puttnam—To call attention to the case for the United Kingdom to remain competitive in the wake of recent changes in the media and communication industries; and to move for papers.

[The Lord Bach intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately]

Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th December 1999 be approved. [6th Report from the Joint Committee]

Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th December 1999 be approved. [6th Report from the Joint Committee]

Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th December 1999 be approved. [6th Report from the Joint Committee]

[The Lord Sainsbury of Turville intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately]

Competition Act 1998 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) Order 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

*The Baroness Trumpington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the status of established British hallmarks following the harmonisation of the relevant law throughout the European Union.

†*The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to take any action following the decision of the American cargo airline FedEx to cancel flights to Prestwick.

‡The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure the maintenance of law and order in Northern Ireland now that devolution has taken place.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Learning and Skills Bill [HL] will be continued this day]

MONDAY 14TH FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to introduce legislation to give effect to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords; and, if so, when.

†*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of expenditure on health care in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands is attributable to administrative costs in each case.

TUESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY

Lady Greengross

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress so far achieved through the Stability Pact for South-East Europe, and with the funding provided.

†*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many off-licences and supermarkets have been prosecuted over the last three years for selling alcoholic drinks to minors.

WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Adam Hafejee Patel, Esq.

*The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to appoint a Minister of Information.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a legitimate revising chamber should occasionally be able to revise legislation in ways the House of Commons would not have wished.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy on the licensing of products containing organophosphates as their active ingredient for agricultural and domestic use.

The Earl Russell—To call attention to the Rowntree Report on poverty and social exclusion, and to measures needed to reduce them; and to move for papers.

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.

THURSDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to draw attention to St John’s Wort as a treatment for depression.

TUESDAY 29TH FEBRUARY

Sir Leon Brittan QC

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 United Kingdom’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 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 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 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 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 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.

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider paying members of the Special Constabulary.

The Lord Palmer—To call attention to the economics of agriculture within the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Lord Carlile of Berriew—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy objectives in relation to devolution of power to Wales are being achieved.

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To call attention to the level of health care for people with epilepsy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the present intention of the Link Bank Network to impose new charges on users of cash machines; and whether this would be consistent with the Government’s policy to combat social exclusion.

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on further measures to limit the sale, brokering and international shipment of arms to countries involved in conflict.

The Lord Bramall—To call attention to the state of the nation’s defences in the light of the Defence White Paper (Cm 4446); and to move for papers.

The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking towards eliminating child poverty in Britain.

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the impact of their policies since May 1997 on the prospects for lone parents.

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To call attention to the agenda for the forthcoming Special European Council on employment in Lisbon; and to move for papers.

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 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.

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]

The Lord Walpole—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Biodiversity in the European Union Final Report: International Issues (22nd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 119). [18th January]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 1st February, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

13th December

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)

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 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)

11th January

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)

1st February

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom proposals for international action, in response to humanitarian crises, they are discussing with international partners.      (HL849)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to curb misleading country of origin labelling on food products.      (HL850)

The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish directions to the Legal Services Commission setting priorities for funding as part of the Community Legal Service.      (HL851)

The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their responses to the Red Tape Review Reports on the Meat Industry, Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) and Inspections, and the Intervention System.      (HL852)

The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on which Task Forces, Policy Reviews and similar advisory bodies external (that is, non-civil service and non-ministerial) members were serving on 1st January; and for each of these bodies—

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the United Kingdom’s total visible exports and imports and, separately, of the United Kingdom’s invisible exports and imports, were accounted for by trade with the United States in 1978, 1988 and the last complete year; and what measures are being taken by H M Government to increase the United Kingdom’s exports to the United States.      (HL854)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent, if at all, they intend that the National Statistician and Statistics Commission will have responsibility for the 2001 Census.      (HL855)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, to the extent that responsibility for the 2001 Census is transferred to the National Statistician and Statistics Commission, adequate funding will be made available for this purpose over and above the provision that has been made for setting up this new arrangement in the Comprehensive Spending Review.      (HL856)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concordat on statistics between the United Kingdom administrations has been agreed; and, if not, when agreement on it is likely to be reached.      (HL857)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how commercial sponsorship of Government activity is treated in tax terms by the Inland Revenue.      (HL858)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the pilot scheme for a £5,000 bond to be provided by certain visitors from the Indian sub-continent will last; how those visitors who are liable will be determined; what criteria will be applied in monitoring the scheme; and whether the scheme complies with the Human Rights Act and the United Kingdom’s international treaty obligations.      (HL859)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place for collecting data on mentally ill black or Asian people who have died in police or prison custody; and how many black or Asian people have died in the custody of special hospitals or secure psychiatric units each year over the past ten years.      (HL860)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an extension of the powers of entry for the enforcement of Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170) from the police to officials of the Environment Agency or English Nature has to be authorised personally by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions or whether the decision to extend the powers can be delegated to an official of his Department; and what documentary authorisation would need to be shown to the owners of premises by anyone other than a police officer seeking to enter the premises for the purpose of enforcing the regulation.      (HL861)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that Parliament is notified as soon as practicable after the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions authorises anyone other than a police officer to exercise powers of entry into private premises for the purpose of enforcing the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170).      (HL862)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the litter on the M11 motorway between the A406 and the M25; what steps they intend to take to ensure that the contractor responsible for its removal clears it up; and whether a penalty for non-performance will be applied to the contractor responsible for this length of motorway.      (HL863)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their criteria for imposing consistency throughout the United Kingdom in environmental and health regulations, given that the protection of wildfowl from lead poisoning applies only in England.      (HL864)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they consider that clauses 123 to 129 of the Transport Bill are compatible with Article 1 of the First Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights read with Article 14 of the Convention, given that these provisions discriminate between elderly persons as regards half-price travel concessions on the basis of the different pensionable ages for men and women.      (HL865)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the calculations on which they base their estimate that mandatory minimum sentences for offenders convicted of burglary could alone reduce burglaries by 3,000 a year by 2001-2002 and possibly by as much as 17,000 a year in the long run.      (HL866)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect on levels of crime they expect from their proposal that selected social security benefits should be withdrawn from offenders who fail to comply with community sentences.      (HL867)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission research into the level of debt among those on social security benefits; and, if not, why not.      (HL868)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 20th January (WA 161-162) on 16 and 17 year olds living independently, whether they wish to revise their view that “all had some apparent source of income” in the light of the Children’s Society report, Still Running.      (HL869)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the United Kingdom has contributed to the European Union each year since joining in 1972; how much the European Union has returned to the United Kingdom; and what is the net total of both sums.      (HL870)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Health Service consultant psychiatrists have been (a) erased and (b) suspended by the General Medical Council in each of the years from 1992 to date; and what was the effect on the consultant’s contract of each case of suspension.      (HL871)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in place to disseminate in the National Health Service adverse findings made against doctors by the Professional Conduct Committee and Committee for Professional Performance of the General Medical Council; and whether they are satisfied with such arrangements.      (HL872)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any special measures are in existence to audit the clinical performance and drug prescription record of single-handed practitioners in general practice.      (HL873)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards single-handed general medical practice.      (HL874)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, if any, were taken between 1976 and 1999 to terminate or to impose conditions or sanctions on contracts between Dr Harold Shipman and the National Health Service.      (HL875)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the recent statements by the European Union to the President of Austria about relationships between Austria and the European Union; and on what basis, given the United Kingdom Government’s insistence that the European Union is a Union of Sovereign States, does the European Union seek to advise Austria about which political parties should form its coalition government.      (HL876)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of home civil and public servants; and what is the cost to the United Kingdom of preparing and implementing European Union legislation including the costs of setting up enforcement agencies, whether self-financing or fully or partly financed by the public purse.      (HL877)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they finance in any way the Britain in Europe organisation; and whether any Government subsidy is provided to organisations campaigning for the United Kingdom to join the single currency or further European economic and political integration.      (HL878)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the national insurance fund is currently in surplus; what proportion of the social security budget is now funded by national insurance; and whether they have any plans for using any of the fund’s current surplus to increase the basic state retirement pension by more than 75 pence a week.      (HL879)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce the new system of bail hearings for asylum-seekers in detention; and what are the reasons for the delay in its introduction.      (HL880)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce the principle of the presumption of liberty for detainees making bail applications; and why this presumption cannot be linked to existing bail hearings.      (HL881)

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] [3rd February]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Learning and Skills [HL] [8th February]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL] [3rd February]
    Census (Amendment) [HL]
    Representation of the People

Waiting for Report

    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL] [3rd February]
    Care Standards [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Nuclear Safeguards [HL] [3rd February]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL] [3rd February]

Sent to the Commons

    Armed Forces Discipline [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    United Reformed Church [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation)
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    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 Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000
    Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999
    Draft Health Authorities Act 1995 (Rectification of Transitional Arrangements) Order 2000
    Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000
    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000
    Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000
    Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Census Order 2000
    Draft Films (Modification of the Definition of “British Film”) Order 2000
    Draft Competition Act 1998 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) Order 2000
    Draft Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000
    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 2000
    Draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Data Protection (Crown Appointments) Order 2000
    Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Social Work) Order 2000
    Draft Data Protection (Processing of Sensitive Personal Data) Order 2000
    Draft Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) Order 2000
    Draft Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order 2000
    Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Education) Order 2000
    Draft Data Protection (Subject Access Modification) (Health) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000
    Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 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]

WEDNESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

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

THURSDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 7TH FEBRUARY

Liaison4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Finance and Staff, Administration and Works5.30 pm
(Sub-Committees, concurrent meetings)in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)

TUESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)3.00 pm
House of Lords’ Offices3.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

 
 
 
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