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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.

THURSDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER

At three o’clock

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to expedite the consideration of claims made by former miners under the scheme dealing with lung diseases.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of no win/no fee charging, its effect on the levels of litigation before courts, and the costs to businesses and other service providers of obtaining insurance cover against such litigation.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the recent King’s Fund report on hospitals built under the Private Finance Initiative.

†*The Baroness Thornton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the announcement last week of a significant reduction in child poverty, what plans they have to ensure that this progress is maintained and further reductions made.

Freedom of Information Bill—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Freedom of Information Bill has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 and 2

Schedule 1

Clauses 3 to 16

Schedule 2

Clauses 17 to 54

Schedule 3

Clauses 55 to 60

Schedule 4

Clauses 61 to 66

Schedule 5

Clauses 67 to 72

Schedule 6

Clauses 73 to 83

Schedule 7

Clauses 84 and 85.

Transport Bill—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 30

Schedules 1 and 2

Clauses 31 to 33

Schedule 3

Clauses 34 to 36

Schedule 4

Clause 37

Schedule 5

Clauses 38 to 63

Schedule 6

Clause 64

Schedule 7

Clauses 65 to 96

Schedule 8

Clauses 97 to 101

Schedule 9

Clauses 102 to 152

Schedule 10

Clauses 153 to 160

Schedule 11

Clauses 161 to 190

Schedule 12

Clauses 191 to 198

Schedule 13

Clauses 199 to 203

Schedule 14

Clauses 204 to 210

Schedule 15

Clauses 211 to 214

Schedule 16

Clause 215

Schedule 17

Clause 216

Schedule 18

Clause 217

Schedule 19

Clause 218

Schedule 20

Clause 219

Schedule 21

Clauses 220 to 226

Schedule 22

Clauses 227 and 228

Schedule 23

Clauses 229 and 230

Schedule 24

Clauses 231 to 238

Schedule 25

Clauses 239 to 248

Schedule 26

Clauses 249 and 250

Schedule 27

Clause 251

Schedule 28

Clauses 252 to 254

Schedule 29

Clauses 255 to 261

Schedule 30

Clauses 262 to 267.

Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No.2) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

The Lord Cope of Berkeley—To move, as an amendment to the motion That the bill be now read a second time, to leave out “now” and at end insert “this day six months”.

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.

FRIDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill—Committee [The Baroness Hanham]

Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) Bill [HL]—Report [The Baroness Anelay of St Johns]

Licensing (Young Persons) Bill—Committee [The Baroness Thornton]

The Lord Tordoff—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The 2000 Inter-Governmental Conference (11th Report, HL Paper 92).

MONDAY 2ND OCTOBER

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the nature and extent of the British military commitment in Sierra Leone.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the respective roles of the European Commission and the International Energy Agency in the light of the current high oil prices.

*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the creation of a Select Committee to scrutinise international treaties concluded outside the framework of the European Union before they are ratified by the United Kingdom.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the conclusions reached in the report Women’s Representation in UK Politics: What can be done within the Law (Constitution Unit, University College, London) will help them to implement their obligations as stated in the Beijing Platform for Action.

†Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [22nd and 28th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they rely only on economic tests in deciding whether to apply for membership of the euro.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to grant powers to the Disability Rights Commission to assist individuals seeking to take cases related to disability under the Human Rights Act 1998, as recommended by the Disability Rights Task Force (recommendation 10.13).

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the World Health Organisation’s report on the destructive effects on health of air pollution, what action they are taking to ensure that the polluter pays the full public health and social costs of the estimated 19,000 deaths which pollution causes annually in the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what view they take on the likely future course of oil prices.

†Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Whitty] [24th, 26th and 27th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to ensure that there will be no crisis this winter in the National Health Service.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that it is in accordance with the status of this House that members of the public should be invited to propose themselves for membership.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what orders have been given to the commander of British forces in Sierra Leone on how to deal with mercenaries flying a helicopter gunship on behalf of the government of Sierra Leone.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Committee Stage of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill will be continued this day]

THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they intend to make to the recommendation of the Panel on United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (the Brahimi Report) that member states working in partnership should develop coherent, multi-national brigade-sized forces in readiness for future peacekeeping needs.

†*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the financial position of the Millennium Dome.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the recommendations of the recently formed fuel emergency task force to be made public.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Committee Stage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill will be continued this day]

MONDAY 9TH OCTOBER

†*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to the taxpayer of the provision of personal protection to Mr Salman Rushdie.

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the findings and conclusions of the Griffiths Report of 8th May reviewing the research framework in the North Staffordshire National Health Service Trust, in the light of the criticisms set out in the paper by Sir Iain Chalmers and Dr Edmund Hey, published in the British Medical Journal on 22nd September.

†*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that teachers have sufficient powers to deal with disruptive children in the classroom.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims are outstanding in Wales by miners seeking compensation for chest and lung diseases as a result of employment in the mining industry.

WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER

†*The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to remove the legal uncertainty for asylum seekers and would-be immigrants created by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Commencement No. 6 Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2000, and to avoid any risk that the Order may break the European Convention on Human Rights.

†*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish at six-monthly intervals an assessment of progress towards meeting the five tests laid down for deciding whether the United Kingdom should joint the euro zone.

THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER

*The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the recommendations of the Audit Commission’s report dated 24th August on the acquisition by the Post Office of German Parcel.

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission a study of the impact on the economy of St Helena of changes in the financing of public services on Ascension Island.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what skills administrators in the National Health Service require before they qualify for appointment as business managers exercising control over medical staff.

†*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to charitable organisations working to promote the welfare of children in the Russian Federation.

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

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 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.

The Lord Brennan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to establish a specialist Environmental Court for England and Wales.

The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following their consultation on “High hedges: possible solutions”.

The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase the training of dentists and dental nurses in dental sedation following the abolition of the use of general anaesthetics by general dental practitioners.

The Lord Haskel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect on the economy, on knowledge and on the environment of the Government’s science and innovation policy paper “Excellence and Opportunity”.

Greater London Authority (Protected Information) Order 2000—The Baroness Hamwee to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 8th August, be annulled (S.I. 2000/2060).

The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to revise their energy policy.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the education currently provided in prisons.

†The Lord Vinson—To call attention to the effect of disproportionate regulation on small businesses; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the increase in religious persecution in many countries; and whether they will consider measures similar to those adopted by the United States Congress.

†The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their policy towards the government of Sudan, in the light of continuing violations of human rights.

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 1999]

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]

†The Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on e-Commerce: Policy Development and Co-ordination in the EU (14th Report, HL Paper 95). [1st August]

†The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Common European Policy on Security and Defence (15th Report, HL Paper 101). [3rd August]

†The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Public Access to EU Documents (16th Report, HL Paper 102). [1st August]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 27th September, or unanswered after 21 days]

18th July

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they now have information on how many people have been refused a Sure Start Maternity Grant because they had not taken advice from an approved health professional.      (HL3454)

24th July

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Senior Royal Air Force Reviewing officers overturned the findings of the President of the RAF Board of Inquiry investigating the Chinook helicopter accident on the Mull of Kintyre; and what were their justifications for doing so.      (HL3573)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Squadron Leader R. Burke was not allowed to give evidence to the Royal Air Force Board of Inquiry, the Air Accidents Investigation Board and the Scottish Sheriff’s fatal accident inquiry concerning the Chinook accident on the Mull of Kintyre.      (HL3574)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Ministry of Defence will not reopen the inquiry to hear the evidence of Squadron Leader R. Burke concerning the Chinook helicopter accident on the Mull of Kintyre.      (HL3575)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 26th June (WA 51) on cockpit voice and flight data recorders to be fitted to the Royal Air Force Chinook Mark 2/2A fleet as part of the Health and Usage Monitoring (HUMS) programme, how many aircraft have not yet had these recorders fitted; and when it is expected that all the fleet will have been so equipped.      (HL3579)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chinooks being used in Sierra Leone are part of the Mark 2/2A fleet; and whether they are being equipped with cockpit voice and flight data recorders.      (HL3580)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Chinooks operating in Northern Ireland, Kosovo and Iraq respectively are from the Mark 2/2A fleet; and whether they are being equipped with cockpit voice and flight data recorders.      (HL3581)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of supplying and fitting each cockpit voice and flight data recorder to the Royal Air Force Chinook Mark 2/2A fleet.      (HL3582)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of a helicopter in the Chinook Mark 2/2A fleet.      (HL3583)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask the Leader of the House, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 12th July (WA 33) in relation to smoking and Government Ministers, whether it is in order for noble Lords, by means of the House of Lords Order Paper, to seek to persuade Ministers to alter their lifestyle in specific ways.      (HL3609)

25th July

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the sanctions and arms embargoes currently implemented by the United Kingdom.      (HL3623)

The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether delivery of the special operations configured Boeing Chinook Mk.III helicopters has been delayed; and, if so, what is the reason for the delay.      (HL3624)

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 Chinook helicopter crash in June 1994, whether the conclusion by the Board of Inquiry as to the most probable cause of the accident and the speculation as to the sequence of events immediately preceding the accident can be reconciled with the requirement that a finding of negligence must only be made “where there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever”.      (HL3663)

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 Chinook helicopter crash in June 1994, whether the words “probable” and “absolutely no doubt whatsoever” are in contradiction to each other.      (HL3664)

26th July

The Lord StrabolgiTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in draft the legislation to enable United Kingdom ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.      (HL3688)

27th July

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they have made available to assist with the anti-meningitis vaccination campaign in northern and southern Sudan in the light of the current pandemic.      (HL3742)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have funded, or intend to provide funding for, the activities of the Committee for the Eradication of the Abduction of Women and Children in Sudan.      (HL3743)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the Memorandum of Understanding imposed by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army on humanitarian activities in southern Sudan.      (HL3745)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the exchange rates of sterling and the euro are misaligned; and, if so, whether they have made public their view and communicated it to the President and Governing Body of the European Central Bank and to Ministers in the Economic and Finance Council of Ministers.      (HL3772)

28th July

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Millennium Dome can be operated by the New Millennium Experience Company until 31st December without any further moneys being made available to it from the Millennium Commission after 27th July.      (HL3781)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the standards to which the Defence School of Transport operates are satisfactory.      (HL3787)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the principal makes, models and types of vehicles used at the Defence School of Transport for training light goods vehicle and car drivers, instructors and examiners.      (HL3788)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any difference between the “system of driving” trained by the Defence School of Transport and the Driving Standards Agency; and, if so, what are they.      (HL3789)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the start standards for a student on the Defence School of Transport’s Defence Driving Instructor Course.      (HL3790)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what range of driving experience would a student on the Defence School of Transport’s Defence Driving Instructor Course be expected to have.      (HL3791)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the duration and content of the Defence School of Transport’s Defence Driving Instructor Course; and what training would a civilian-approved driving instructor that a Defence Driving Instructor would not have.      (HL3792)

27th September

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement made on Newsnight on 12th September by Mr David James, the Chairman of the New Millennium Experience Company, in respect of the Millennium Dome that “the operating building costs did go over budget”.      (HL3847)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations or companies have submitted bids since August to buy the site of the Millennium Dome.      (HL3848)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider are the implications for the directors and shadow directors of the New Millennium Experience Company of the report prepared by PriceWaterhouse Coopers on the finances of the Millennium Dome.      (HL3849)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister or Ministers made the decision that the bids for the Millennium Dome made by Nomura and Dome Legacy in the spring of 2000 should not be proceeded with at that stage.      (HL3850)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that an adequate number of dentists and dental nurses are being trained in sedation; and whether they have any plans to increase the number of training courses to make sedation for dental patients more widely available.      (HL3851)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they had from the Royal National Institute for Deaf People to the consultation undertaken by the Departments of Trade and Industry and of Culture, Media and Sport on the forthcoming Communications Reform White Paper; and what action they will be taking to ensure that the document’s proposals provide equal access for deaf and hard-of-hearing people.      (HL3852)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th September, by what amounts they estimate that disability benefits and the income support entitlements of frail, elderly people went unclaimed in the year 1998-99.      (HL3853)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the estimates previously given to Parliament of the amounts by which they estimated that entitlements to Disability Allowance and those of retirement pensioners to Income Support went unclaimed, to include the year 1998-99.      (HL3854)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments and international organisations to ensure that, as the United Nations High Commission for Refugees scales down its operations in Kosovo, adequate resources are available to UNMIK and all those responsible for civil administration to ensure that the economic, security and other needs of returning and returned refugees and displaced people are fully met.      (HL3855)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments and international organisations to ensure that the numbers of expatriate civilian police in Kosovo are brought up to the required level and that they have the qualifications and skills for the task in hand.      (HL3856)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the forced repatriation of certain refugees to Kosovo on the ground that they have been guilty of a crime in the past, even when their sentences may have been long since completed; and what representations they are making to governments which pursue such a policy.      (HL3857)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their ultimate objective for the future of Kosovo is clear to all those carrying responsibility in UNMIK, KFOR, the United Nations High Commission for Refugees and other administrative agencies in Kosovo.      (HL3858)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what role they envisage for the South East Europe Stability Pact in a regional policy approach to a lasting solution in Kosovo.      (HL3859)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the preparation of a new legal code for Kosovo relates to their ultimate objective for the future of Kosovo.      (HL3860)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a member of the House of Keys of the Isle of Man or the States of the Channel Islands can stand for election to the House of Commons and can sit, if so elected, in both legislatures.      (HL3861)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances an elected member of the House of Commons is prevented by law from becoming a Minister in any part of the United Kingdom.      (HL3862)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the obligation placed upon the Secretary of State by section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (information for financial and other purposes) has been interpreted annually since enactment.      (HL3863)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding East German espionage in the United Kingdom involving Vic Allen, Robin Pearson and Milita Norwood, what action has finally been taken against them; and whether research into their activities revealed allies and agents working for East Germany from within the National Executive of the Labour Party, the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, or the offices of the major political parties and the national trade unions.      (HL3864)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken into recent revelations of activities of the East German Secret Police within the Royal Institute of International Affairs, the Labour Party National Executive Committee, Conservative Party Headquarters and the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament; and what action is being taken against those already uncovered.      (HL3865)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the increase in the estimated cost of the proposed parliamentary building at Holyrood, Edinburgh, from the original £50 million to £230 million, reported in September by the Auditor General, will involve H M Treasury, or whether any increase in costs will be borne by the Scottish Parliament from funds assigned to it for general purposes.      (HL3866)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recruitment process of Chief Probation Officers for the probation areas that are to be amalgamated and other vacancies between now and 1st April 2001 will meet the Home Office’s equal opportunities policies.      (HL3867)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the basis of the estimate announced by the Prime Minister in his speech on 31st August that a DNA database holding over three million samples will cover virtually the entire criminally active population.      (HL3868)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they first reached agreement with Nomura that the Millennium Dome would be sold to Dome Europe, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nomura.      (HL3869)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they rejected the bid of £120 million made by Bourne/Legacy in July for the purchase of the Millennium Dome.      (HL3870)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much visitor number targets must be increased in order to recoup the costs to the Millennium Dome of the lower admission prices paid by the customers of sponsors that have been allowed by the New Millennium Experience Company to offer discounted ticket schemes throughout the year 2000.      (HL3871)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the impact on the revenue of the Millennium Dome of the announcement by the New Millennium Experience Company in August that entry tickets to the Dome are to be discounted generally for the period between October and December from £20 per adult down to £12.50 when purchased from travel agents, tour operators and group organisers.      (HL3872)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they informed English Partnerships that they must consider all offers to buy the Millennium Dome site; that the offers should include those from former bidders or property developers; and that it is no longer essential to retain the Dome structure as part of the contract of sale.      (HL3873)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still their intention, as stated by Lord Falconer of Thoroton, as sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), on 27th July (HL 581), that £53 million should be paid to NEMC from the proceeds of the sale of the Millennium Dome site.      (HL3874)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister or Ministers had sight of the reports presented in June 1997 to the Millennium Commission by Deloitte & Touche and by Mr Bob Stubbs prior to Cabinet approval for the Millennium Dome project.      (HL3875)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company, first had knowledge of the findings of the report on projected visitor numbers to the Millennium Dome, prepared by Deloitte & Touche; and why those findings were rejected by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton.      (HL3876)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), first became aware that the management of NMEC had not constructed an asset register.      (HL3877)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), first became aware that the management of NMEC had not included a calculation of the costs of closing the exhibition on 31st December 2000 in the Company’s business plan.      (HL3878)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Millennium Dome was advanced a further £43 million from the funds of the Millennium Commission on 3rd August.      (HL3879)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the sum of £43 million advanced to the Millennium Dome on 3rd August was a grant or a loan; and what were the terms express or implied under which the money was advanced.      (HL3880)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the New Millennium Experience Company was trading solvently on 2nd August.      (HL3881)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Millennium Dome was advanced a further £47 million from the funds of the Millennium Commission on 5th September.      (HL3882)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the sum of £47 million advanced to the Millennium Dome on 5th September was a grant or a loan; and what were the terms express or implied under which the money was advanced.      (HL3883)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the New Millennium Experience Company was trading solvently on 4th September.      (HL3884)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that the Millennium Dome will continue to be operated by the New Millennium Experience Company until 31st December without further advances of Lottery funds.      (HL3885)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 27th July (WA 84), whether any Minister informed M. Gerbeau that the Millennium Dome project was on budget at the time when he was engaged as Chief Executive to the New Millennium Experience Company; and, if so, on what basis.      (HL3886)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps are being taken to restore democracy in Burma following the speech by Mr John Battle, MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office supporting the condemnation of the military regime by the United Nations.      (HL3887)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will examine the experience in the Netherlands of allowing women with the care of children, who are sentenced to imprisonment, a period of grace before starting their sentence in order to make the best possible care arrangements for their children.      (HL3888)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of estimates that 200,000 or more people in the United Kingdom may be infected with hepatitis C, whether they are developing a national strategy for this condition; what is their estimate of the current level of the hepatitis C epidemic in the United Kingdom; and what projections exist for its future course.      (HL3889)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many units there are in the United Kingdom which provide facilities for needle exchange for intravenous drug users; and whether these have increased or decreased in number in recent years.      (HL3890)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current effectiveness and availability of treatment for hepatitis C through the National Health Service.      (HL3891)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with particular reference to the high costs of antiviral drugs for treating hepatitis C and HIV, whether they intend to review price mechanisms and monopolies among pharmaceutical companies.      (HL3892)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give a breakdown of how the additional £360 million they are making available to assist people to meet the cost of their residential and nursing home care will be allocated and a similar breakdown of the £900 million they are making available for intermediate care.      (HL3893)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the government of Burma (Myanmar) to ensure access by an appropriately qualified medical practitioner to James Maudsley in prison so as to assess and treat injuries reportedly sustained during recent severe beatings.      (HL3894)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Burmese government following the beating of James Maudsley by Burmese prison officials; what is known of his physical condition; what progress is being made in processing his appeal against sentence; and what further action they intend to take to secure his release.      (HL3895)

The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chairman of the SERPLAN Members Policy Group has advised on the distribution of dwellings to be built in the South East up to 2016 in the light of the policies set out in Planning Policy Guidance Note 3 and of the proposed changes to the Draft Regional Planning Guidance for the South East (RPG 9), as requested by the Minister for Housing and Planning in March; and, if so, when this advice will be made public.      (HL3896)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require tobacco companies to support, through funding, health education campaigns highlighting the risks of smoking.      (HL3897)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a levy on tobacco companies to fund anti-litter campaigning.      (HL3898)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can estimate the number of days lost to the workforce through smoking-related illnesses per year.      (HL3899)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to Queens University Belfast about its refusal to allow an exhibition stand for the Officers Training Corps at this year’s Freshers’ Fair.      (HL3900)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which universities in the United Kingdom refuse access to their facilities for Ministry of Defence-related activities.      (HL3901)

The Lord GrenfellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the restructuring of the Territorial, Auxiliary and Volunteer Reserve Associations recommended in the Strategic Defence Review has been completed.      (HL3902)

The Lord GrenfellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been on the Report of the Near Earth Objects Task Force, which was appointed in January by the Minister for Science.      (HL3903)

The Lord GrenfellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the fourth report of the animal welfare advisory committee on the use of animals in defence research.      (HL3904)

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]
    European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
    Psychotherapy [HL]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment)
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation
    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No.2) [28th September]

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 [3rd October]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services [2nd October]
    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) [29th September]
    Licensing (Young Persons) [29th September]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition)
    Police (Northern Ireland)
    Disqualifications

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    European Parliamentary Elections [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL] [29th September]
    Transport

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (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]
    Insolvency [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Amendment of Section 10) Order 2000
    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000
    Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
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

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)4.10 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 11TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

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

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

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

 
 
 
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