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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 22ND FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

The Lord Joffe

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to cover the situation which might arise if members of the Armed Forces exercise their rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 in ways which conflict with service discipline.

†*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to help African governments end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they view United Kingdom membership of the North American Free Trade Agreement as in any way a viable alternative to United Kingdom membership of the European Union and whether they have made any investigation of such a possibility.

*The Lord Randall of St Budeaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce new guidelines to discourage the promotion of homosexuality to young children.

Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [HL]Second Reading

Colchester Borough Council Bill [HL]Second Reading

Greater London Authority (Disqualification) Order 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd February be approved. [9th Report from the Joint Committee]

Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd February be approved. [10th Report from the Joint Committee]

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish to move, as an amendment to the above motion, to leave out all the words after “That” and insert “this House declines to approve the draft Order laid before it on 3rd February and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to lay an Order which provides that candidates are allowed one freepost delivery per household”.

Greater London Authority Elections Rules 2000—The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Rules, laid before the House on 8th February, be annulled (S.I. 2000/208).

Electronic Communications Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

WEDNESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the recommendation by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that the right of asylum should be incorporated into the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to prevent child prostitution and to provide escape routes for those involved in it.

*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rules governing the flying of the Union Flag at British embassies.

†*The Baroness O’Cathain—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the intervention by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, on pricing of access to the Internet, constituted market abuse under the terms of clause 109 of the Financial Services and Markets Bill.

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. (Short debate)

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. (Short debate)

Deafblind Persons Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Ashley of Stoke]

MONDAY 28TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to postpone the election of the London Mayor and Assembly.

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned about the social and economic impact of the rise in value of Internet and technology stocks.

*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider granting the same property rights to gay and lesbian couples in respect of exemption from inheritance tax as those now enjoyed by married couples.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are hoping to make substantial progress towards world nuclear disarmament at the coming United Nations NPT Review Conference in New York and how they propose to avoid the procedural discussions which are reported to have nullified the recent Geneva Conference.

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill—Third Reading

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

‡The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the level of health care for people with epilepsy.

TUESDAY 29TH FEBRUARY

The Lord Brittan of Spennithorne

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the current rate of exchange between Sterling and the Euro has on exports of British goods.

*The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there has been a delay in their consideration of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many governors of Her Majesty’s prisons were, during 1998 and 1999, transferred to other positions after less than two years in post.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress of reforms introduced to remove market distortions working against coal generation.

Representation of the People Bill—Report [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

‡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.

WEDNESDAY 1ST MARCH

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urge the United Nations Commission on Human Rights to appoint a Special Rapporteur for human rights defenders.

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to amend the Government of Wales Act in the light of the current situation in the Welsh Assembly.

*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.

The Lord Elton—To call attention to the case for policies towards asylum seekers that are both effective and humane; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Walker of Worcester—To call attention to the hospice movement and its role and contribution to the health service; 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.

THURSDAY 2ND MARCH

*The Lord Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have carried out into the practice of charging conditional fees and, in particular, into whether the way in which the risk is assessed and the success fee is calculated is operating fairly.

*The Lord Desai—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the McGonnell judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the position of the Lord Chancellor.

*The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take in the light of the court decision in Edinburgh that section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, used extensively in speeding charges, contravenes the European Convention on Human Rights.

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

FRIDAY 3RD MARCH

†[At eleven o’clock]

†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).

MONDAY 6TH MARCH

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many chairs of academic medicine are now vacant, and what action they propose to take to encourage suitable candidates to come forward.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to secure the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the Report of the Meat Industry Red Tape Working Group, how they propose to prevent widespread closure of small and medium sized abattoirs and cutting plants, and give confidence to their owners and to the wider farming community.

*The Lord Borrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when their proposals to restrict Ministerial involvement in merger cases, as announced in August 1999, will be implemented.

TUESDAY 7TH MARCH

The Lord Powell of Bayswater

and

The Lord Birt

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present situation regarding the payment to miners suffering from lung diseases as a result of their employment in the coal mining industry.

†*The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the recommendation in the Royal College of Physicians report, “Nicotine Addiction in Britain”, that nicotine replacement therapy should be improved and made available on prescription through the National Health Service.

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will redefine “ethnic origin” in race relations legislation to cover Muslims.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what restrictions apply to the provision by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of names and addresses of licence holders to unofficial enquirers.

WEDNESDAY 8TH MARCH

*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they are giving to the institution of marriage.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for the total number of police officers in England and Wales; and whether these figures represent an increase or reduction in the total number of police officers in England and Wales since March 1997.

†*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to respond to the report from the National Audit Office which suggests that 5,000 patients a year are killed by infections in hospital.

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

THURSDAY 9TH MARCH

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the promotion of inward investment does not disadvantage the growth prospects of British-owned companies.

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made a decision about the future management of Apsley House and the Wellington Museum.

TUESDAY 14TH MARCH

*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the advance sales of tickets for the Millennium Dome are still adequate to ensure that the whole project will have been run at a profit by the end of the year.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take in the light of the Waterhouse report on the abuse of children in care.

TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

†*The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their tax policies are redistributive.

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

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.

The Lord Dean of Harptree—To call attention to the case for a Constitutional Committee, a Human Rights Committee and a power of delay on Statutory Instruments, as recommended by the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

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

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 Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the new rules on Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) payments will have on farmers and wildlife.

The Lord Davies of Oldham—To call attention to road safety issues in the light of the Road Safety Strategy of Her Majesty’s Government; and to move for papers.

The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to allow expeditious participation in the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

†The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider adopting the Tobin Tax Initiative to enable the maintenance of a comprehensive welfare state.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 15th March for debate on 29th March]

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 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 Lord Chalfont—To call attention to the study on Changing Trends in British Television published recently by the Campaign for Quality Television; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to the situation regarding Iraq; 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 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 21st February, or unanswered after 21 days]

20th January

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still the practice to extract pituitary glycoproteins from the glands of slaughtered sheep and pigs in the United Kingdom; and, if so, by what means the animals are slaughtered and under what conditions the extracts are recovered.      (HL679)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any controls on veterinary or medical researchers, or other individuals, obtaining tissue extracts or other materials from licensed slaughterhouses in the United Kingdom.      (HL680)

27th January

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the net annual change in the Army’s manpower for each of the last three years.      (HL820)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the approximate cost of testing each patient for presence of depleted uranium in their body.      (HL823)

21st February

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms under which British Gas (BG) sold the site of the Millennium Dome with reference to the amount that will be paid to BG when the site is resold.      (HL1165)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are in touch with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights concerning alleged torture and rape by Russian forces in and near Chechnya; and whether they are studying reports on these matters that appear in Le Monde and the Moscow Times.      (HL1166)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in considering Export Credits Guarantee Department support for the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey, they will take into consideration the seismic risks of the dam; and whether they will ask the Turkish authorities to allow free access to the dam site and its neighbourhood by journalists from Europe.      (HL1167)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table showing the number of applications for asylum received, the number granted, the number given exceptional leave to remain and the number rejected in respect of citizens of Turkey in each of the years 1997, 1998 and 1999, and the number of such applications outstanding at the end of each of those years.      (HL1168)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of accommodation so far identified for use by the Home Office to house asylum-seekers under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; and, in particular, what offers of property for this purpose have been made by the Ministry of Defence Housing Executive.      (HL1169)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the Polish and Czech Governments about the possible diversion to Sudan of arms sold to Yemen; and whether they consider that the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Principles Governing Conventional Arms Transfers of November 1993 need to be amended to strengthen monitoring of the end use of arms exports to prevent diversion to third countries and ensure that exported equipment is used only on the conditions under which the export licence has been granted.      (HL1170)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they maintain that British exports to Chile have not been affected by the arrest of General Pinochet when Marconi Marine’s Yarrow Yard has been excluded by the Chilean Navy from a £500 million order for Type 23 Frigates.      (HL1171)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following receipt of the medical report on General Pinochet, it is appropriate that demonstrators should be allowed to bang drums outside General Pinochet’s house and keep him awake.      (HL1172)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the total budget of the Crown Prosecution Service has been accounted for by the case of General Pinochet.      (HL1173)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Crown Prosecution Service has had meetings with Salvador Allende’s political secretary, Joan Garces, about General Pinochet; and whether the CPS is meant to act simply as the agent of the Kingdom of Spain.      (HL1174)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe the length of time taken over the case of General Pinochet, during which time he has been detained, reflects well on the British system of justice.      (HL1175)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a measure ensuring that police officers are given protection for the disclosure of information in the public interest equivalent to the protection given to workers who make a qualifying disclosure by the Employment Rights Act 1996 as amended by the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.      (HL1176)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list by county the number of magistrates’ courts in England ten years ago, five years ago and today; and how many it is planned that there should be in each county after the current amalgamation and closure programme is complete.      (HL1177)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria should determine the number of magistrates’ courts in English counties.      (HL1178)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Financial Services and Markets

Waiting for Report

    Care Standards [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Census (Amendment) [HL]
    Local Government [HL] [28th February]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Representation of the People [29th February]
    Learning and Skills [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) [28th February]

Sent to the Commons

    Armed Forces Discipline [HL]
    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [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 Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999
    Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999
    Draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000
    Draft Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Community Legal Service (Scope) Regulations 2000
    Draft Community Legal Service (Cost Protection) Regulations 2000
    Draft Conditional Fee Agreements Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Films (Modification of the Definition of “British Film”) Order 2000
    Draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000
    Draft Greater London Authority (Disqualification) Order 2000
    Draft Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) 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]

TUESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 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

TUESDAY 29TH FEBRUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)
Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 1ST MARCH

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

THURSDAY 2ND MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 7TH MARCH

Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure
Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions Measure))
Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 14TH MARCH

House of Lords’ Offices4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL

Procedure of the House4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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