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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 10TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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, the Immigration and Asylum Appeals (Notices) Regulations 2000, and the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Commencement No. 6 Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2000 to avoid any risk that they may breach 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 Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to consult Parliament on the proposal for a European second chamber drawn from national Parliaments, floated by the Prime Minister in his speech in Warsaw on 6th October.

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

†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 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”.

THURSDAY 12TH OCTOBER

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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 what action they are taking to underpin the democratic process in Serbia.

[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 Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have confidence in the decision-making processes of the Lottery Commission.

†*The Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any evidence that women doctors in the National Health Service are more, or less, productive than their male counterparts.

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

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.

†Freedom of Information Bill—Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton] [14th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

†Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill—Grand Committee [The Baroness Hayman] [26th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

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

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

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.

FRIDAY 20TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Fookes]

MONDAY 23RD OCTOBER

*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their family policies will take account of the initiatives of Parents’ Week.

*The Baroness Trumpington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements in place to ensure that people who change their surnames are able to receive benefits to which they are entitled.

*The Baroness Wilkins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the Independent Living Fund’s current financial review of its client contributions is having on their policy of “welfare to work”.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask the Chairman of Committees how it is envisaged that the House authorities will comply with the approved code of practice on passive smoking at work recently proposed by the Health and Safety Commission.

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are encouraging the experiment being conducted with paving stones containing titanium oxide in order to test their effectiveness in extracting polluting substances from the atmosphere.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce a comprehensive system of licensing for arms brokering and trafficking.

*The Lord St John of Fawsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the role of the Royal Parks Agency in relation to The Regent’s Park.

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.

†*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.

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.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards closer political integration in the European Union.

MONDAY 30TH OCTOBER

†*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so why, they are encouraging the British Council to redirect the balance of its future resources away from Europe.

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.

*The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to participate in further operations in support of the euro.

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 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 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.

†The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure sufficient financial support for British competitors at the next Olympics.

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 9th October, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

9th October

The Baroness Howells of St DavidsTo ask the Leader of the House what plans there are to review the arrangements for the pay and allowances of Members and Ministers.      (HL4079)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the European Commission to deal with adventitious presence of genetically modified seed in conventional seed.      (HL4080)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that 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 5th October 2000.      (HL4081)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the wearing of trousers by girls in primary schools.      (HL4082)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether preventing girls from wearing trousers in schools constitutes a breach of equal opportunities or human rights legislation.      (HL4083)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Asian women have been appointed to non-governmental organisations over the past 24 months.      (HL4084)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many locally employed staff there are at the High Commissions in Delhi, Islamabad and Dhaka; and what are their grades and status.      (HL4085)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the regulations, and the dates on which they come into effect, in the European Union’s Working Time Directive in respect of—

    (a) railway workers;

    (b) self-employed road freight transport drivers;

    (c) other road freight transport drivers;

    (d) public service vehicle drivers;

    (e) marine operatives; and

    (f) port operatives.      (HL4086)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are, for the last five years and for each of air, sea or Channel Tunnel carriers, the values of penalties imposed for contravening the Immigration (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1987, and the value of fines outstanding.      (HL4087)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are, for each carrier, the number of contraventions and penalties imposed for contravening the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999, and the value of fines outstanding.      (HL4088)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask the Chairman of Committees what scope there is for using the House of Lords’ shop as a showcase for modern British design.      (HL4089)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard the posts of Secretary of State for Scotland and Secretary of State for Wales as full time in comparison to the roles of other Cabinet Ministers.      (HL4090)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the revenue yield from reintroducing a system of indexation of capital gains from 6th April 2001 and simultaneously abolishing taper relief from the same date for (a) non business assets and (b) business assets for each of the next five financial years on an assumption of unchanged asset values in real terms.      (HL4091)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people who were in employment in 1999-2000 paid Class 1 National Insurance Contributions for less than 52 weeks; for how many weeks on average those people paid National Insurance Contributions; what was their average annual income from employment; and what was their average National Insurance Contribution.      (HL4092)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees who were in employment in 1999-2000 paid Class 1 National Insurance Contributions for more than one job simultaneously; and what was the total number of jobs held by employees who held more than one job simultaneously.      (HL4093)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated revenue yield if Class 1 National Insurance Contributions were charged on the basis of total income rather than weekly income per employer.      (HL4094)

The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what tax and tax credit statistics are collected on (1) a local authority and (2) a parliamentary constituency level.      (HL4095)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of milk and diary products consumed in the United Kingdom originate in each of—

    (a) the United Kingdom;

    (b) other European Union Member States; and

    (c) countries outside the European Union.      (HL4096)

The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days in each of the last three years all lanes on Westminster Bridge and the roads immediately leading to it have been open to normal traffic; and when they next expect them to be so.      (HL4097)

The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many criminal offences have been committed with legally held shotguns in each of the last five years.      (HL4098)

The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many legally held shotguns have been reported as stolen and then subsequently used in criminal offences in each of the last five years.      (HL4099)

The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what decision, if any, they have made as to the recommendations they will make for subjects for inclusion in the “Working Agenda” of the Firearms Consultative Committee due to report to Parliament in July 2001.      (HL4100)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 3rd October (WA 212), whether they consider that the bringing into force of Protocol No 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights would assist the Roma in protecting them against racial discrimination across Europe in those countries which have ratified the Protocol; and, if not, what are their reasons.      (HL4101)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 371 charted wrecks of H M ships in United Kingdom coastal waters are known or believed to contain human remains; and what steps are taken to protect such wrecks.      (HL4102)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many wrecks of merchant ships co-opted into military service have been charted in United Kingdom waters; and how many of these are known or believed to contain human remains.      (HL4103)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that not to be subject to passive smoking is a basic human right.      (HL4104)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the conclusion in section 12.9 of the report of the systematic scientific review of water fluoridation, published on 6th October by the National Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at York, that the quality of research hitherto has been “generally low”, whether they will indicate which of the future research needs identified in the report they intend to act upon, and within what timescale; or, if there are areas highlighted where they do not intend to instigate research, why not.      (HL4105)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the reply by the Baroness Hayman of 20th April 1999 (WA 158) that “dental fluorosis is a manifestation of systemic toxicity”, what action they propose to take following the publication of the report of the systematic scientific review of water fluoridation by the National Health Service Centre for Reviews and Dissemination, which suggested that, where water is fluoridated at 1 part per million, an estimated 48 per cent of the population suffer from fluorosis.      (HL4106)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what expenditure has been authorised for the development of facilities, including equipping of existing new buildings, at Epsom General Hospital; and when that expenditure is planned to take place.      (HL4107)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any plans to reduce the scope of accident and emergency cover or maternity care at Epsom General Hospital as part of the integration with the St Helier National Health Service Trust.      (HL4108)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent announcement of regulations to restrict the backdating of Housing Benefit to three months is consistent with the assurances given by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 6th April 1998 (HL Deb, cols. 546-547) in withdrawing the proposed clause 72 of the Social Security Bill.      (HL4109)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who was responsible for the use of imported French stone in the south portico of the British Museum when Portland stone had been contracted; and what action is being taken and at what cost to rectify this mistake.      (HL4110)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how a 5 pence per litre cut in fuel duties would benefit people of different income groups expressed in deciles both in absolute terms and as a proportion of their income.      (HL4111)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what justification there is for exempting the first 15 pence of the value of luncheon vouchers from income tax and national insurance.      (HL4112)

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) [20th October]
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation [13th October]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Fur Farming (Prohibition) [17th 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 [17th October]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [11th October]
    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) [11th October]
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL] [10th October]
    Licensing (Young Persons)
    Colchester Borough Council [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
    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 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
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)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England
(Select Committee)4.10 pm

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

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)3.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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