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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.

FRIDAY 17TH MARCH

At eleven o’clock

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 46 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be dispensed with to enable the remaining stages of the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill to be taken on Monday next.

European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Lord Pearson of Rannoch]

Copyright and Trade Marks Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Lord McNally]

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

Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 29th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 2nd March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Social Security (Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2000—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1st March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Contracting Out (Functions relating to Social Security) Order 2000—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Penalties) Regulations 2000—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 20TH MARCH

*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that all those entitled to Winter Fuel Payments will have received them.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what machinery has been established by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to assess its experience in reconstructing civil society in Kosovo, and to reform and reduce the bureaucratic delays that have damaged its effectiveness.

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent events at British Nuclear Fuels Limited, what is their policy regarding the future of the Thorp and Mox plants at Sellafield.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to eradicate feral cats from Ascension Island in pursuance of their obligation under the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity.

†Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill—Second Reading (and Committee negatived) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

†Financial Services and Markets Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [7th, 8th and 10th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

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

*The Lord Boardman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what percentage the Euro has depreciated against Sterling since its introduction and what is the effect of this upon the British economy.

*The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits accrue to the people of Iraq from United Nations sanctions; and whether they will take steps to get the sanctions lifted.

*The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the outcome to date of their auction of United Kingdom gold reserves is satisfactory.

†Consolidation Bills—The Lord Chancellor to move That, pursuant to Standing Order 51, the following Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills:

Campbell of Alloway, L

Christopher, L

Clyde L

Colville of Culross V

Dundee, L

Fookes, B

Hobhouse of Woodborough, L

Janner of Braunstone L

Mallalieu B

Phillips of Sudbury, L

Razzall L

Strabolgi L;

That the Committee have the power to agree with the Committee of the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee from time to time be printed and, if the Committee think fit, be delivered out; and

That a message be sent to the Commons to propose that the Joint Committee do meet on Tuesday 28th March at a quarter-past four o’clock.

†Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL] (Consolidation)—Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

‡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.

†ROYAL ASSENT

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Financial Services and Markets Bill will be continued this day]

WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they envisage as the roles of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union in the scrutiny and accountability of the emerging European Security and Defence Initiative.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take action in relation to the rising price of oil.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require all those whose operations have the effect of denying or partially denying use of the highway to normal traffic to exhibit at the site notices stating who they are, what is the purpose of the work they are undertaking and for how long it will continue.

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To call attention to the opportunities and challenges 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 Baroness Park of Monmouth—To call attention to the intrinsic issues in Northern Ireland; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Wilkins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of personal assistance support for disabled people of working age in order to further the Government’s policies for independent living, welfare to work and the prevention of social exclusion.

THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the implications for public policy of the Uff Report into the 1997 rail accident at Southall.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to save the British pig farming industry.

†*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards putting an end to female circumcision in the United Kingdom.

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

†‡Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 9th March be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice: March 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Code laid before the House on 9th March be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transfer of NAO Staff etc.) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 27TH MARCH

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure the success of the forthcoming United Nations Millennium NGO Forum.

*The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will bring forward a revised Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order to comply with the Press Complaints Commission’s revised code.

*The Lord Davies of Coity—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, if any, they are taking to appoint a football regulator.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Conference in Edinburgh on genetically modified foods and health, they will promote the use of genetically modified crops in the developing world.

†‡The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the teaching of British history in schools is satisfactory.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Financial Services and Markets Bill will be continued this day]

TUESDAY 28TH MARCH

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the future of the British steel industry.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that universities will be able to recruit and retain staff following the estimated one per cent fall in the value of Government grants for the “unit of resource”.

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reached any conclusions on whether it is necessary to use highly trained police officers and their equipment when transporting abnormal loads.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that, when the rectitude of a statement on a bill’s compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights is challenged, a reasoned justification will be given in the course of debate on that bill.

†Care Standards Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

†‡The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy criteria they would apply before directing the Bank of England to intervene in foreign exchange markets, and what are the criteria and the budget provision under which the Bank of England may use its discretionary power to intervene in foreign exchange markets.

WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long they intend to refuse to meet Austrian Ministers.

*The Lord Wade of Chorlton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the joint United Kingdom/French Synchrotron Diamond Project will be sited at the Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, or the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford.

*The Lord Bowness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that, in the first year of the Greater London Authority, the extra cost to the council taxpayer will be no more than the predicted three pence at band D.

The Lord Dean of Harptree—To call attention to the case for 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 Freyberg—To call attention to the case for extending section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to include national museums and galleries which are the responsibility of central Government; and to move for papers.

THURSDAY 30TH MARCH

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will reply to the letter from the President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture dated 27th March 1998, which transmitted the Committee’s report on their visit to the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man from 8th to 17th September 1997, and asked the Government to provide a report within six months on action taken to deal with the matters raised.

*The Lord St John of Bletso—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair.

†*The Lord Allen of Abbeydale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are now in prison in England and Wales; and how many are likely to be there in twelve months’ time.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Financial Services and Markets Bill will be continued this day]

MONDAY 3RD APRIL

*The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they intend to make to the European Union proposal for VAT on postal services.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change the law regarding the sentencing of aggressive beggars.

*The Baroness Fookes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the decision by the Australian government to terminate a social security agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia, they plan to increase the pensions of expatriates currently receiving frozen pensions.

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress in development and sales is being made with the Eurofighter.

*The Lord Lea of Crondall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given the publication on 9th March of the second Outline National Changeover Plan, they visualise use of euro notes and coins in the United Kingdom becoming common practice after 1st January 2002.

*The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take any action to protect the economic base of rural areas from the effects of the current programme of bank branch closures.

†*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people who entered employment during the last two financial years and have become payers of income tax.

WEDNESDAY 5TH APRIL

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to make the Channel Islands modify or dismantle their tax arrangements to comply with the demands of the European Union’s Code of Conduct Group on “unfair tax competition” and, if so, how.

*The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure that contractors remove road repair signs, once the repairs have been completed.

†*The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to safeguard the livelihoods of makers of shepherds’ crooks and walking sticks, in the light of draft European Union Commission Document XXIV/2905/99 which would designate sheep horns as specified risk material.

TUESDAY 11TH APRIL

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the Chinese government regarding the continuing independence of Taiwan.

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Selsdon—To call attention to the political situation in Austria and in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they see as the future of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in the light of American and other proposals for the National Missile Defence System.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will modernise the working practices of H M Coroner Service to meet the needs of a multi-faith Britain.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they are making to the continuing conflict in central Africa.

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To call attention to the current problems surrounding care of the elderly, including long-term residential care; and to move for papers.

The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give further consideration to the removal of sanctions against Iraq.

Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000—The Baroness Anelay of St Johns to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 8th March, be annulled (S.I. 2000/630).

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their plans to implement performance related pay for teachers in schools are progressing.

The Lord Addington—To draw attention to the importance of amateur sports clubs for the social development and health of the community; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the operation of the Sure Start programme with its aim of improving outcomes for disadvantaged children.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Charter of Intent signed by the Mediterranean Forum of Women Parliamentarians in Naples on 8th March.

The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preventative measures they are taking and what preparations they are making to deal with the possibility of a sizeable epidemic of new-variant CJD.

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning and preparation are being done for the eventual withdrawal of international peace-keeping forces from Bosnia and Kosova, especially as regards permanent systems for justice and law enforcement.

The Lord Tomlinson—To call attention to the resources available to the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the introduction of the Euro will be good for the British tourism industry, regardless of whether the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their long term objectives are for the Defence Evaluation Research Agency as part of the development of the United Kingdom’s knowledge-based economy.

†The Earl of Carnarvon—To call attention to the case for additional housing in London and the South East and the Government’s proposals for achieving their targets; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies towards promoting general aviation.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 5th April for debate on 19th April]

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 Baroness Masham of Ilton—To call attention to the implementation by National Health Service Trusts of Government guidelines on infection control in hospitals; and to move for papers.

The Lord Borrie—To call attention to the economic and social effects of globalisation and its impact on fair competition, employment conditions and the environment; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the case for maintaining the existing role of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union within the political structure concerned with European security and defence; and to move for papers.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to the role of an International Criminal Court in bringing to justice those responsible for genocide, torture and crimes against humanity; and to move for papers.

The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To call attention to infringements of human rights in Tibet; 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]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Reforming EC Competition Procedures (4th Report, HL Paper 33). [29th February]

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Society (3rd Report, HL Paper 38). [14th March]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 16th March, or unanswered after 21 days]

8th February

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many dwellings owned by Government Departments and other public agencies were vacant during the years 1997, 1998 and 1999 respectively.      (HL956)

10th February

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which national museums have reclaimed VAT on monies received from the National Lottery, and in each case how much VAT has been reclaimed; and how much VAT those national museums with projects currently underway will be entitled to reclaim.      (HL1010)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which national museums are applying, or are proposing to apply, for National Lottery grants and how much is being applied for in each case.      (HL1011)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money non-charging national museums have received from the National Lottery; and, if they had been able to reclaim the VAT from their respective Lottery grants, how much each non-charging museum would have be entitled to receive, and how much VAT they would have been entitled to reclaim from current ongoing projects.      (HL1012)

15th February

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a table stating which Government Departments have used Electoral Reform Ballot Services in each of the past six years; and what was the cost in each case.      (HL1093)

17th February

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports have been made by consultants and auditors about financial mismanagement and irregularities at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and what action the United Kingdom is taking, as a major contributor, to ensure that management controls and auditing of UNHCR spending are improved.      (HL1140)

16th March

The Lord Davies of CoityTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to bring further areas into the badger culling trial recommended by Professor Sir John Krebs to address questions about the incidence of tuberculosis in cattle.      (HL1583)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Flood Defence Emergency Response Project, established by the Environment Agency.      (HL1584)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the latest volume of Agriculture in the United Kingdom to be published.      (HL1585)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce legislation to give effect to European Community Regulations 49/2000 and 50/2000 concerning the labelling of genetically modified foods.      (HL1586)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations and reports on bus and rail transport in Northern Ireland have been carried out over the last ten years, by whom, covering what periods, and costing how much.      (HL1587)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 29th February (WA 62), what consultations were undertaken and what factors were taken into account in the development of policy on the celebration of the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom.      (HL1588)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16th March, what arrangements the Royal Mail are making to celebrate the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom in 2001.      (HL1589)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have now agreed to the designation of Menwith Hill as the European ground relay station for the Space Based Infra Red System (SBIRS) as part of the ballistic missile defence system.      (HL1590)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Prison Chaplaincy’s official policy or mission statement.      (HL1591)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have decided not to appoint a successor when the present Prison Chaplain General retires; and what role the Bishop to Prisons will then play.      (HL1592)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard the 10 Downing Street website as factual in content and free of party political bias.      (HL1593)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their policies for freedom of information, what their response is to the recent survey by the Society of Editors that reveals that an increasing number of new “cabinet” governments at local authority level are not allowing the public or press to witness their deliberations.      (HL1594)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many self-employed people will be subject to increased Class 4 National Insurance contributions from April 2000; and what the total value of this increase will be to the Treasury.      (HL1595)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what, on a departmental basis, has been the total value of external consultancy contracts, excluding public relations and marketing consultancies, entered into by the Government for the periods (a) 1st May 1997 to 31st March 1998, (b) 1st April 1998 to 31st March 1999, and (c) 1st March 1999 to date.      (HL1596)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what, on a departmental basis, has been the total value of external public relations and marketing consultancy contracts entered into by the Government for the periods (a) 1st May 1997 to 31st March 1998, (b) 1st April 1998 to 31st March 1999, and (c) 1st March 1999 to date.      (HL1597)

The Lord Craig of RadleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 13th March (WA 195), whether the non-political persons recommended for peerages by the interim Appointments Commission will sit in the House as Life Peers for life.      (HL1598)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any proposals under consideration in the machinery of the European Union relating to the size of cinema and theatre seats.      (HL1599)

The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the powers for local authorities to promote and improve the well-being of their area contained in the Local Government Bill will, when enacted, enable local authorities to take steps to enforce controls on aircraft noise connected with airports in their area; and, if not, why not.      (HL1600)

The Lord AcknerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil actions were commenced in each of the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999—

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, for the industries specified, (a) the total employee jobs figures for 1948 and (b) an index based on 1948 = 100, showing the changes that have occurred in these industries from 1948 to 1998 in ten-year steps: coal mining; ports and docks; railways; steel production; shipbuilding; agriculture; motor vehicle manufacture.      (HL1602)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Referred to the Examiners

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

Committed to a Select Committee

    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

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 [20th March]
    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Care Standards [HL] [28th March]
    Electronic Communications

Waiting for Third Reading

    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Learning and Skills [HL] [23rd March]

Sent to the Commons

    Armed Forces Discipline [HL]
    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Local Government [HL]
    Census (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 Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Penalties) Regulations 2000
    Draft Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000
    Draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security (Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2000
    Draft Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000
    Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to Social Security) Order 2000
    Draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 2000
    Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2000
    Draft Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transfer of NAO Staff etc.) Order 2000
    Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000
    Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice: March 2000
    Draft Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

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

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing and Licensing) Order 2000 [21st March]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee D)in Brussels
European Union (Sub-Committee E)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 28TH MARCH

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.15 pm
(Select Committee)

WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee2.00 pm
Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure
Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure)

THURSDAY 30TH MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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