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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.

THURSDAY 20TH JULY

At three o’clock

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to make public their analysis of the replies to the consultation paper “Higher Hedges: Possible Solutions”.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what view they take of the recommendations in the Special Report on Mental Health Review Tribunals published by the Council on Tribunals on 28th June.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an assurance that no further public funds will be allocated to the New Millennium Experience Company for the Dome and that the Dome will not cease to operate without the disclosure of full information to Parliament.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how far the aim stated in their Annual Report that “the United Kingdom will continue to offer refuge to those in genuine fear of political persecution in their own country” is compatible with the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Carers and Disabled Children Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Pitkeathley]

§Football (Disorder) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

†The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for manufacturing industry.

ROYAL ASSENT

MONDAY 24TH JULY

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to relieve the drought in West and South Asia.

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether recent increases in fares and car parking charges on the railways are consistent with the objectives of their integrated transport strategy.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are opposed to Franco-German proposals for enhanced cooperation within the European Union, and whether they will in future support proposals to allow those countries that wish to integrate at a faster speed within the European Union to decide that for themselves.

†*The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their intended timetable for the introduction of elected regional government in England.

Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

Local Government Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord Whitty]

TUESDAY 25TH JULY

*The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their top three priorities for the rest of this Parliament.

*The Lord Bramall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to set up the new Centre of Excellence for the Defence Medical Services.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are content with the state of relations with Zimbabwe.

*The Lord Lloyd-Webber—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to regulate the noise pollution caused by the recreational flying of light aircraft over the countryside, particularly in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

†Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty] [24th and 26th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Bishop of Rochester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Turkey’s application for membership of the European Union, what they and the European Union are doing to assist Turkey in its efforts to improve its internal human rights record.

WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any trend among health authorities to cut back on funding for complementary therapies for people with HIV/AIDS.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the purpose of the White Paper on Globalisation.

*The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal to advertise for applicants for membership of the House of Lords meets with their approval.

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

Transport Bill—House to be again in Committee (on Re-commitment) [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

‡The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the publication of the findings of the Ministerial working party on the welfare of park home owners.

THURSDAY 27TH JULY

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to achieve access to the protected United States aviation market for British cargo airlines which are unable to pursue strategic alliances.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to disestablish the Church of England.

*The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to alleviate the shortage of immunologists in the National Health Service.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

FRIDAY 28TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

[If the Finance Bill is brought from the Commons all stages may be taken this day]

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

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Bowman project to provide an effective replacement for the Army’s Clansman range of radios that is both secure and resistant to electronic warfare.

The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they share the concerns of some parents and educationalists that many children are entering formal education at too early an age.

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to implement the proposals in the Housing Green Paper.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to increase participation in sport by women and girls.

The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider the role of religion to be in Britain’s multi-cultural society.

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Countryside Agency report The State of the Countryside 2000 and in particular what proposals they have for ensuring that rural communities remain inclusive.

The Lord Hylton—To move to resolve, That this House congratulates Her Majesty’s Government and the Government of the Republic of Ireland on their strenuous efforts to secure the full implementation of the Belfast Agreement.

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures can be taken by European Union and United Nations member states to stop the import of oil and diamonds from guerrilla and other groups challenging democratically elected governments in Africa by military means.

The Earl of Listowel—To call attention to the needs of children and of their parents and carers; and to move for papers.

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in resolving the issue of how national museums and galleries can recover VAT.

The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to a requirement for light civil aircraft and helicopters to be fitted with quieter engines and, where practicable, with hush kits.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by Peter Boyden to the Arts Council on English Regional Producing Theatres.

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what aid provision they have made for British-based small charities operating overseas.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the use of information technology to promote the development of the tourism industry in England.

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the possibility of a world shortage of oil should influence strategic plans for the electrification of a greater proportion of the railway system.

The Baroness Hooper—To call attention to developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what relationship they have in mind for the National Health Service with the private health sector.

The Lord Thomas of Gresford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Court of Appeal decision in Heil v. Rankin and others, given on 23rd March, they will restore the scheme for compensation of the victims of violent crime assessed on the basis of common law damages, and abandon the tariff scheme which replaced it on 1st April 1996.

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current situation in Cyprus.

The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn regarding potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the care and treatment of patients with hepatitis C.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether since 1997 their international development budget has been directed more towards the world’s poorest and most neglected communities.

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to incorporate the recommendations of the working group on forced marriage into their overall strategy for dealing with domestic violence.

The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the English Cricket Board’s report for 1999-2000, what is their policy towards encouraging young people to take up cricket.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider measures to bring to justice those responsible for genocide and abuses of human rights in Burma.

The Lord Chalfont—To move to resolve, That it is desirable that a Select Committee be appointed to consider all the circumstances surrounding the crash of Chinook helicopter ZD 576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.

The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that in future the Queen’s Speech at the Opening of Parliament is of reasonable length, and, while containing details of the Government’s legislative programme, omits an account of past events.

The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on a referendum about the Western Sahara.

†The Lord Parekh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Human Rights Act 1998, they will amend the law so as to allow Members of the House of Lords to vote in parliamentary elections.

PART II

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 on 19th July, or unanswered after 21 days]

23rd June

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Ben Evans was appointed as a content editor for the Dome after a competitive appointment process; whether the post was advertised and interviewed for; how many applicants there were; and whether equal opportunities procedures were followed.      (HL3025)

The Earl of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many content editors were involved by the New Millennium Experience Company in the development of the content of the Dome; who they were; what were their qualifications; and what payments, if any, were made to them.      (HL3028)

The Earl of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the New Millennium Experience Company, whether they agree with the statement of Mr Ben Evans that he “act(s) as a kind of bridge-builder between the shareholder and the company”; and who, if anyone, currently plays that role for the sole shareholder.      (HL3029)

19th July

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the Annual Report of the Medicines Commission for 1999; and whether it will be published.      (HL3486)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish a policy document on electronic records management.      (HL3487)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the pattern of military low flying activity in the United Kingdom during the training year 1999-2000.      (HL3488)

The Baroness Rendell of BaberghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the Annual Report and Accounts of the Medicines Control Agency.      (HL3489)

The Baroness Rendell of BaberghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the 1999-2000 Annual Report and Accounts of the Medical Devices Agency.      (HL3490)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish a draft Code of Practice on the management of records under the Freedom of Information Act.      (HL3491)

The Lord Thomas of MacclesfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1999-2000 Annual Report for the Central Science Laboratory.      (HL3492)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to announce the winning bid for the future use of the Millennium Dome at Greenwich.      (HL3493)

The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Director of the Serious Fraud Office intends to publish her Annual Report.      (HL3494)

The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the impact, if any, on the United Kingdom economy of the turmoil in the financial markets of the Far East which began with devaluation of the Thai baht in July 1997.      (HL3495)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that the ethnic minority and faith communities are being involved in the public consultation on their New Sex and Relationship Education Guidance published on 7th July.      (HL3496)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any circumstances in which the use of agricultural land for Farm Scale Evaluation would require planning permission from the relevant local authority.      (HL3497)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the G8 states to strengthen the World Health Organisation’s work for the containment of AIDS and the prevention of other diseases.      (HL3498)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of their proposed increase in overseas development aid will be devoted to (a) debt relief and (b) the prevention and treatment of AIDS, and assistance to children orphaned as a result of AIDS and other causes.      (HL3499)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recruitment and retention of Medicine Laboratory Scientific Officers (MLSOs) is falling; how many unfilled vacancies there are; and whether a contributing cause of the problem is the level of starting salary for a science graduate MLSO.      (HL3500)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remuneration of Medicine Laboratory Scientific Officers should be considered by the appropriate National Health Service Review Body.      (HL3501)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent increase in spending on transport in their Spending Review 2000, they will now give priority to the dualling of the A1 trunk road in north Northumberland.      (HL3502)

The Baroness LockwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the final figures for the Artificial Limb Services for the years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; and what are the estimates for the years 2000-01 and 2001-02.      (HL3503)

The Lord RoperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement in Box 12.1 of the Spending Review 2000, which limits the area of potential deployment of the future forces available to the European Union to “in and around Europe”, represents an explicit agreement with European Union partners or an assumption of the Government.      (HL3504)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 11th July (WA 21) regarding the inquiry into the crash of a Chinook helicopter on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1994, (a) how a decision upon the most probable cause of the accident can be reconciled with the requirement that a finding of negligence must only be made “where there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever” and (b) whether the words “probable” and “absolutely no doubt whatsoever” are in contradiction with each other.      (HL3505)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of section 9 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 operate fairly in relation to British soldiers under NATO command.      (HL3506)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure the continued availability of magistrates’ courts within the Montgomeryshire part of the County of Powys.      (HL3507)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make it their policy to ensure that any arrangements made in Wales for the appointment of a Children’s Commissioner will achieve the impartial representation of the interests of children living in Wales, together with the ability to pursue individual cases; and in addition the establishment of a Commission to advocate and lobby in the general interests of children.      (HL3508)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to improve and define the availability of access to rivers and canals for bona fide canoeists including members of canoeing clubs and of educational courses.      (HL3509)

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether work to improve the acoustics of House of Lords’ committee rooms can be started without delay.      (HL3510)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an account of all their contacts and discussions with members of the Bishop’s Bench regarding guidance and legislation concerning principles of sex education in schools in a form which will enable members of the House of Lords to respond adequately to correspondence from Christian and other groups.      (HL3511)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Healthcare Services [HL]
    Disqualifications
    European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
    Psychotherapy [HL]
    Police (Northern Ireland) [27th July]
    Football (Disorder) [20th July]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Colchester Borough Council [HL] [5th October]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Freedom of Information
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [25th July]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services
    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)
    Licensing (Young Persons)
    Fur Farming (Prohibition)

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    European Parliamentary Elections [HL]
    Transport [26th July]

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) [24th July]
    Insolvency [HL] [26th July]
    Carers and Disabled Children [20th July]

Sent to the Commons

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    Census (Amendment) [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
    Trustee [HL]
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
    Divorce (Religious Marriages) [HL]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    Street Works [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Utilities
    Postal Services
    Government Resources and Accounts
    Learning and Skills [HL]
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Local Government [HL] [24th July]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (Money Bill)
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Terrorism
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Royal Parks (Trading)
    Care Standards [HL]
    Television Licences (Disclosure of Information)
    London Local Authorities [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 20TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)11.00 am

TUESDAY 25TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
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

WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Berkshire
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER

Colchester Borough Council,10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)4.10 pm

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.00 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)

 
 
 
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