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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.

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 fodder maize, named Chardon LL, was produced; whether it has been authorised for public sale and what tests for all aspects of safety have so far been carried out, both in this country and elsewhere.

*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.

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they are going to reach conclusions on whether it is necessary to involve highly trained police officers and their equipment when transporting abnormal loads.

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

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 and 30th Reports 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.

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

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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Freedom of Information Bill will be continued this day]

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 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.

†*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the idea of a national flagship which would be of use in Britain’s overseas diplomatic and commercial representation.

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.

*The Lord Northbrook—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the additional revenue accruing to the Treasury in the current financial year as a result of recent increases in the price of crude oil, given that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s budgetary projections were based on an oil price of $20 a barrel.

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.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the New Electricity Trading Arrangements (NETA) to be introduced.

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.

*The Lord Carver—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the Resolution of the New Agenda Coalition to the First Committee on Disarmament at the 55th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

*The Lord Merlyn-Rees—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reverse the decision to reduce the allowance paid to gardeners in the Commonwealth war cemeteries in European countries.

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public money was invested in the Jubilee Line extension generally and Westminster Tube Station in particular.

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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they are taking to improve the economy of the north-east of England.

*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.

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

*The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why sufferers from multiple sclerosis cannot receive the drug Beta Interferon in certain parts of the United Kingdom while in other parts it is available.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any new plan to increase the recruitment of nurses throughout the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering accepting changes in majority voting and the number of European Union Commissioners at the forthcoming Inter-governmental Conference in Nice.

THURSDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the Audit Commission’s report “Fully Equipped” in relation to Artificial Limb Services.

†*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is evidence that the financial hardships of which some road hauliers complain are the result of overcapacity in the industry rather than high fuel costs.

†*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that their legislation next Session is less detailed and contains more statements of purpose and of principle, and that adequate time is provided for its thorough consideration by each House of Parliament.

MONDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been received on the timing and content of the Consumer Bill; when these representations were received and from whom.

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 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 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.

Immigration Appeals (Family Visitor) (No. 2) Regulations 2000—The Lord Judd to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 13th September, be annulled (S.I. 2000/2446).

The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they consider the arts and entertainment are keeping pace with advances towards a multicultural society in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Tanlaw—To call attention to the 14 recommendations of the Task Force report on potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to ensure that the National Lottery is operated with integrity and without interruption beyond the date of the termination of the current licence held by Camelot.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations made by the Maclean Report concerning the costs of inspection and regulation of slaughterhouses.

The Lord Carlile of Berriew—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to relieve poverty in rural areas in the light of the changes in the agriculture industry.

†The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the complaint made by Durham County Education Committee against OFSTED’s conduct in relation to the inspection of certain schools in County Durham in 1997 and the subsequent actions taken by OFSTED.

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 12th October, or unanswered after 21 days]

21st September

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking together with other governments and international organisations to ensure that adequate educational facilities and schooling are available for all children of school age in Kosovo including those of minority ethnic groups such as the Roma, Ashkalia and Serbs.      (HL3800)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current involvement of the World Bank with Turkey; and how, in the light of its 1991 report The Challenge of Development and its 1997 framework for post-conflict reconstruction, it is approaching the following issues in Turkey—

    (a) demobilisation of conventional forces;

    (b) police training;

    (c) the needs of internally displaced people;

    (d) poverty reduction; and

    (e) the control of inflation.      (HL3809)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Audit Commission’s Report of June 2000, they will ensure that the Departments of Health and Education and Employment issue good practice guidance to their respective local authorities regarding the effective delivery of services to asylum seekers and refugees.      (HL3810)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct Forest Enterprise to take full account of the interests of private forest producers, when deciding the size of their own annual production of softwood thinnings and setting acceptable prices for it.      (HL3811)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to ensure that only English Members of Parliament will be able to vote on legislation concerning England alone, and similarly only English and Welsh Members of Parliament on legislation concerning only England and Wales; and, if not, why not.      (HL3813)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 19th June (WA 10), whether they will give three examples of policies that represent their new and distinctive approach, together with an evaluation of their progress to date in each case.      (HL3815)

The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4th August, why a decision has been reached to reduce essential services at Crawley Hospital in advance of recommendations from the working group being set up by the South East Regional Office of the National Health Service to consider the long-term provision of acute primary and intermediate care services, having regard to the effect of long-term population growth in the area.      (HL3817)

12th October

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that those who come before the adjudicators of the Immigration Appeal Tribunal, and are prevented by the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 (Commencement No. 6 Transitional and Consequential Provisions) Order 2000 from raising human rights relating to decisions taken before 2nd October, are informed by the Home Office of their right to raise human rights issues when a decision is made to remove them.      (HL4170)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), whether the interests of the United Kingdom and its peoples are likely to be harmed as a result of the generality of the text of Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights; and, if so, which.      (HL4178)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), whether they consider the text of Article 26 of the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to have the defects they discern in the text of Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL4179)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), what is the significance of the fact that Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights does not make clear whether “rights set forth by law” include international as well as national law.      (HL4180)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), whether they consider that the text of the Preamble to Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights, “Reaffirming that the principle of non-discrimination does not prevent States Parties from taking measures in order to promote full and effective equality, provided that there is an objective and reasonable justification for those measures”, is intended to enable Contracting States to take positive measures; and, if not, what is their understanding of the meaning of the Preamble.      (HL4181)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton of 11th October (WA 37), in what respects they consider that the text of Protocol 12 does not follow the case law of the European Convention on Human Rights in allowing objective and reasonably justified distinctions.      (HL4182)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the United Kingdom Immigration Service is continuing to use a form of removal directions which states that the individual concerned has “exhausted all rights of appeal” without making clear that there is an opportunity to ask the Secretary of State to reconsider on human rights grounds.      (HL4183)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is—

    (a) the total potential cost to the Department of Health of the provision of free personal care, as defined by the Royal Commission on Long Term Care, in both 1995 and 2000 prices; and

    (b) whether the Department of Health’s proposals in response to the Royal Commission will have increased or decreased these costs.      (HL4184)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports the Department of Health has commissioned or undertaken in the last year on the management or administration of—

    (a) National Health Service pensions;

    (b) general procurement;

    (c) National Health Service payroll; and

    (d) drug procurement; and

    and whether these reports will be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL4185)

The Lord Gilmour of CraigmillarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any study has been undertaken of air pollution at Heathrow Airport; and what breakdown has been identified between pollution from aircraft and pollution from cars.      (HL4186)

The Lord DubsTo ask the Chairman of Committees what discussions have taken place with the House of Commons authorities regarding the return to the House of Lords of certain Commons office accommodation in the light of the extra space that will be available at Portcullis House.      (HL4187)

The Lord DubsTo ask the Chairman of Committees what was the cost of installing the Refreshment Department’s new computerised billing system; what benefits were supposed to be achieved; and what assessment he has made of the delays that have resulted.      (HL4188)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees when Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor were appointed to survey the Houses of Parliament; how and by whom the appointment was made; what is the total cost; and whether he will give a breakdown of the costs between remuneration and estimated expenses.      (HL4189)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what was the remit given to Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor; and how many of their staff will be employed over what period of time.      (HL4190)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what guidance has been given to the staff of Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor on answering questions from Members of the House.      (HL4191)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what work has been undertaken previously for the Houses of Parliament by Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor; and what were the dates and cost of this.      (HL4192)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees when it is anticipated the report of Tuffini Ferraly and Taylor will be completed; to whom it will be submitted; and when it will be available to Members of the House of Lords.      (HL4193)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria by which they believe the appointment of the next High Commissioner for Refugees should be made; and what representations they have made in this respect.      (HL4194)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many life sentence prisoners were considered for release on licence since the beginning of 2000; and whether they will publish a table showing the applications determined; the number of prisoners among those applicants claiming to be innocent and not innocent respectively, and the proportion of each group who were successful in their applications.      (HL4195)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contributions are made from the National Health Service to hospices; and what proportion this represents of the total cost of the hospice movement, including specialised staff training courses in palliative treatment.      (HL4196)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of King’s Heath on 2nd October (WA 203), what information they have on differences in the rates of incidence of, and mortality from, prostate cancer in differing racial groups in the area of each National Health Service Trust; which three areas had the highest rates, at the latest date for which figures are available, and which three the lowest rates; which racial group appears to have the highest risks; what research on this issue has been publicly funded; and what further research is planned.      (HL4197)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what comparative information they have from other countries on differences in the rates of incidence of, and mortality from, prostate cancer in differing racial groups.      (HL4198)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 10th October (WA 31), on what assumption the estimates she previously gave to the House of the amounts by which they estimated that entitlements to Disability Living Allowance and those of retirement pensioners to Income Support went unclaimed; and, using the same assumptions, what the total amounts would be for the year 1999-2000.      (HL4199)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Majors and Captains, and how many Warrant Officers Class I and II and Sergeants, have left the army in the current year; and what percentage these figures are of establishment.      (HL4200)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to disseminate the advice contained in the report “Interim Guidance on the Inspection and Maintenance of Multi-Storey Car Parks” published by the National Steering Committee on Multi-Storey Car Parks and to promote its implementation by car park owners, operators and local authorities to ensure that the public are protected from the risk of structural failure.      (HL4201)

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 [18th October]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Freedom of Information [17th October]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [16th 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]
    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]
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)

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 17TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
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

WEDNESDAY 18TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 19TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

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

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.45 pm

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

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

 
 
 
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