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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Dixon-Smith—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they next expect any of the three members of the de Chastelain Commission to visit or revisit IRA arms dumps.

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

‡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 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.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have adopted or will adopt one or more of the Ten Ways to a Culture of Peace recommended by Labour Action for Peace.

*The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value of euro reserves purchased by the Bank of England from both sale of gold reserves and other market intervention since the euro was launched, and what is the loss in sterling value of those reserves at current exchange rates.

†*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the recent statement by the Food Standards Agency about organically grown food.

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

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

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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many secondary schools based on a system of selection have changed to the comprehensive system since 1st May 1997.

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

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

‡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.

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 join the euro zone.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether existing legislation is sufficient to deal with the problem of litter.

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

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

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.

*The Baroness Billingham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve awareness and treatment of breast cancer.

†*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whom they consider to be responsible for the outbreak of violence in the Gaza Strip and West Bank on 29th September.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill will be continued this day]

FRIDAY 13TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Newton of Braintree]

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).

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

        Introduction—

The Lord Jordan

          will be introduced.

*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.

WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recently reorganised London medical colleges can maintain their teaching standards and commitments as envisaged under the National Plan for the National Health Service.

WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a public enquiry under a senior judge into the circumstances of the Omagh bombing and the absence of any prosecutions.

THURSDAY 26TH OCTOBER

*The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with their plans to sell the site of the Millennium Dome.

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

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.

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements will be made to ensure that, if Community Health Councils are abolished as is envisaged in the National Health Service Plan, the new arrangements for empowering National Health Service users and the new Patient Advocate and Liaison Service will be independent, and will be perceived as independent, of the local National Health Service structures.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To call attention to the case for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Common Agricultural Policy; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the practical advantages of the United Kingdom joining the Single European Currency.

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 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 2nd October, 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)

25th July

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)

27th July

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 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)

2nd October

The Lord BrettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will bring further areas into the badger culling trial recommended by Professor Krebs so as to address questions about the incidence of tuberculosis in cattle.      (HL3972)

The Lord BrettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to use their powers under section 8B of the Immigration Act 1971, as inserted by section 8 of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, to designate certain international instruments excluding certain individuals or categories of person from the United Kingdom.      (HL3973)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have proposals to require all forms of public transport and related property with public access to be non-smoking.      (HL3974)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any specific proposals to highlight the dangers of passive smoking for children over 10.      (HL3975)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the guarantee of parity of esteem for all communities in the island of Ireland, they will make representations to the government of the Irish Republic to ensure that their application of human rights law is to the same standard as that in Northern Ireland.      (HL3976)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the threat posed by dissident Republicans, they will outline measures to increase further security along the border in Northern Ireland.      (HL3977)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will require all hotel and bed and breakfast accommodation to be regarded as non-smoking except where specifically advertised.      (HL3978)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the geographical location of Northern Ireland and its land border with the Republic of Ireland, what special consideration is being given to mitigate the effects of the high cost of fuel.      (HL3979)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 27th September (WA 169), why they have no present plans to sign and ratify Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights at the Rome Meeting on 4th November 2000 (commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Convention).      (HL3980)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any previous United Kingdom Government failed to sign an Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL3981)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 27th September (WA 152-153), whether he will publish a table showing for July and August the numbers of visitors admitted free to the Millennium Dome and the numbers admitted on a reduced price ticket.      (HL3982)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 27th September (HL Deb, col. 779), whether their commitment “to a long-term future for the Dome” involves a commitment to retaining the structure of the Dome as a condition of any contract of sale of the Dome site.      (HL3983)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Lord Falconer of Thoroton first became aware that the New Millennium Experience Company proposed to sign unlimited liability contracts with Zee TV regarding the staging of the Miss World contest at the Millennium Dome.      (HL3984)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts were made by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton to persuade the New Millennium Experience Company to include in their contract with Zee TV conditions which would exclude unlimited liability for compensation if the Millennium Dome were closed prior to the date of the staging of the Miss World contest.      (HL3985)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what undertakings were given to the Millennium Commission by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton and the Government as a condition of the grant of £47 million being made from Lottery funds to the Millennium Dome in August.      (HL3986)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis the monies promised to the Millennium Dome company by commercial sponsors have not yet been paid in full.      (HL3987)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance is being given to Bangladesh to help with the current heavy flooding and the influx of refugees from West Bengal.      (HL3988)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many appeals have been decided by the English and Scottish Employment Appeals Tribunals for each year during the past five years.      (HL3989)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average annual period of time within which appeals have been determined by the English and Scottish Employment Appeal Tribunals during each of the last five years.      (HL3990)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what period of time they consider to be reasonable within which the Employment Appeal Tribunals should determine appeals.      (HL3991)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since 1945 they have called upon the armed forces to assist in maintaining law and order and to protect essential services during national strikes and national demonstrations, giving the dates, the reasons for the call out during each stoppage, the duration of each stoppage and the estimated cost of each operation.      (HL3992)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used to call out the armed forces to protect property and persons and the security of the State; and whether the same criteria have been used in every instance since 1945.      (HL3993)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent difficulties regarding the distribution of liquid fuels, they intend to amend further the Transport Bill.      (HL3994)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many drivers under 21 years of age have at least one current penalty point on their licence.      (HL3995)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government approximately how many Armed Forces Defence Driving Instructors have—

    (a) qualified recently enough so that their qualification is considered to be current; and

    (b) qualified at some point in their careers but their qualification cannot be considered to be current.      (HL3996)

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 [13th October]

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 [10th October]
    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 [4th October]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition)
    Police (Northern Ireland)
    Disqualifications

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    European Parliamentary Elections [HL] (Consolidation)

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Transport

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL] [10th October]
    Licensing (Young Persons)

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
    Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 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 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)

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

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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