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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 5TH OCTOBER

At three o’clock

*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 Rotherwick—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 Earl of Shrewsbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the incorporation of the European Convention on Human Rights into English law this week, the use of enforcement cameras against speeding motorists is legal.

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]

‡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.

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.

†Judicial Standing Orders—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the following amendments be made to the Standing Orders regulating judicial business:

Standing Order V(2)

After “granted” insert “public funding or”.

Standing Order IX

After “for” insert “public funding or”.

Standing Order XIII

After “refused” insert “public funding or”.

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] [29th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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 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).

MONDAY 16TH OCTOBER

†*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for what purpose a genetically modified variety of maize, named Chardon LL, was produced; who authorised its general sale to the public without prior tests relating to human, animal and environmental health; and why.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to deal with the identification, assessment and provision of one-to-one services for deafblind people as outlined in the Deafblind Persons Bill.

†*The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the increase in the volume of litigation which will be brought about by the coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998.

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

        Introductions—

The Lord Jordan

and

The Lord Luce

          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.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they propose to introduce to alleviate the present shortage of teachers in schools.

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.

†*The Lord Selsdon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to decriminalise the possession and use of cannabis.

†*The Lord Barnett—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 28th September (WA 196), on what basis the steering group to review the structure for decisions on services within the House was established.

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Hunt of Chesterton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the current debate about the price of oil and petrol, how they are explaining to the public what their main objective will be at the forthcoming United Nations Conference on climate change at The Hague in November.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom’s traditional apple orchards are being sufficiently encouraged and protected by the grant schemes currently available.

†*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current rate of progress of peace negotiations in Sudan is satisfactory.

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to avoid further erosion of the character of the countryside by advertising and by the erection of telecommunications masts.

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.

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce tax and benefit policies which will support parents who make a long term commitment to work together in partnership to care for and support their children.

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.

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Russian Federation government have yet begun to fulfil their human rights obligations as a member of the Council of Europe in the conduct of their military and security operations in the Chechen Republic, and their administration of that republic.

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To call attention to the recommendation in London University’s Institute for Education report that optimal class sizes in primary schools should be less than 25; and to move for papers.

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 4th October, or unanswered after 21 days]

24th July

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)

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)

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)

4th October

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the east-bound carriageway in Birdcage Walk is now closed; why vehicle access to Horseguards Parade is now blocked; who authorised these works; and when they expect normal traffic to be resumed.      (HL4018)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the numbers of refugees and displaced persons wishing to return to their homes in Bosnia; how many have been able to return since the Dayton Agreement of 1995; and, if they are able to divide the total as between the two political entities in Bosnia-Herzegovina, how many have returned to each.      (HL4019)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the need for greater external funding for basic housing for displaced people throughout Bosnia; and, if so, whether they will seek international funds for this purpose with a view to reducing long-term military and security costs.      (HL4020)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last five years for which figures are available, how many deaths were recorded respectively in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as the result of (a) multiple sclerosis, (b) CJD, and (c) AIDS; what was the total amount of expenditure by the Government in the United Kingdom on research into the identification, treatment, prevention and cure of each of these diseases; and what were the criteria on which this expenditure was allocated.      (HL4021)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Taiwan passport holders have been refused visas to enter the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 to the latest convenient date.      (HL4022)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasons were given for the refusal of visas to Taiwan passport holders to enter the United Kingdom in (a) 1997, (b) 1998, (c) 1999 and (d) 2000 to the latest convenient date.      (HL4023)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve relationships between the United Kingdom and Taiwan.      (HL4024)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the diplomatic status of the staff of the Taipei Representative Office in London, with a view to according them tax and legal treatment similar to that enjoyed by United Kingdom diplomatic staff in Taipei.      (HL4025)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British beaches have been named by the European Commission as failing to meet European Union bathing water standards in 1998, 1999 and 2000.      (HL4026)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the action taken by the European Commission in the European Court of Justice against the Government for their alleged failure to ensure compliance with the minimum pollution levels set down in the bathing water quality Directive.      (HL4027)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th July (WA 69), when they will publish their response to the United Kingdom Sport Report on Nandrolone which was published in January.      (HL4028)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to review the impact of the revised Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (published in March) on the operation of farm attractions; and when they expect such a review to be completed.      (HL4029)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a breakdown of how they arrived at their estimate that “based on a threshold of 60 per cent of median income, after housing costs, there will be a total of 1.2 million children in households lifted out of poverty as a result of measures announced this Parliament” (HC Deb, 8th June, col. 383W).      (HL4030)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in levels of employment have been assumed in the calculation that 1.2 million children will be lifted out of poverty.      (HL4031)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in levels of earnings have been assumed in the calculation that 1.2 million children will be lifted out of poverty.      (HL4032)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect on child poverty has been attributed to each of their measures individually.      (HL4033)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what part of the expected reduction of child poverty is attributed to parents entering work as a result of Government measures; and how much effect is attributed to which measures.      (HL4034)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in calculating reduction in child poverty through the effect of parents entering work, what allowance they have made for the effects of substitution.      (HL4035)

The Lord RoperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which of those member states of the Council of Europe whose citizens require a British visa there is no British Embassy or Consular Representative; and what plans they have to establish Embassies in such countries.      (HL4036)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the date of onset, the age of onset, and (where applicable) the age at death of all those who have been diagnosed as having vCJD, or having died of vCJD, or are suspected of having vCJD, and who are included in the latest statistical release on vCJD.      (HL4037)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether anyone diagnosed with vCJD has other than Met-Met at Codon 129 of the prion gene.      (HL4038)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the incidence of polio in the United Kingdom has yet declined to the point where Inactivated Polio Vaccine would be preferable to Oral Polio Vaccine, with its attendant risks of “paralytic polio”; and, if not, how the United Kingdom differs from the United States in this respect.      (HL4039)

The Viscount SimonTo ask the Chairman of Committees what will be the smoking policy in the Millbank building in both private offices and in public rooms.      (HL4040)

The Viscount SimonTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Health and Safety Commission’s Approved Code of Practice on smoking in the workplace will be implemented in the House of Lords.      (HL4041)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they considered it appropriate to entertain a request for the extradition to the United Arab Emirates of Mr Mohamed Lodhi, who has been convicted there in absentia on charges which carry the death penalty.      (HL4042)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it a basic human right for a voter to have the ability to join the political party of their choice.      (HL4043)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the inspections of IRA arms dumps in June resulted in a detailed list of all the weapons and explosives on display; and, if not, what are the merits of such inspections.      (HL4044)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the citizens of Gibraltar to take part in direct elections to the European Parliament in 2004.      (HL4045)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make all property in their ownership non-smoking.      (HL4046)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 which guarantees parity of esteem for all on the island of Ireland, they will offer advice to the government of the Republic of Ireland on the treatment of those of its residents who consider themselves to be members of the pro-British community.      (HL4047)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided since 1997 for primary and secondary education in (a) Uganda, (b) Northern Sudan, and (c) Southern Sudan.      (HL4048)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase their present commitment to primary and secondary education in Southern Sudan.      (HL4049)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided to higher education and scholarships for Sudan in 1972; in 1982; and since 1997.      (HL4050)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are giving to the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development secretariat for the peace process in Sudan; and when they intend to review that assistance.      (HL4051)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the pilots in the Chinook crash in June 1994 were aware (a) that they were headed directly for the Mull at a height of about 400 feet and (b) that they needed to climb to a height of 2,400 feet if they were to overfly the Mull safely.      (HL4052)

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 [5th 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
    Criminal Justice and Court Services

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]

THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER

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

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee3.30 pm
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 D)10.15 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

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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