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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 24TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

        †Introduction—

The Lord Ashcroft

          will be introduced.

*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.

†Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 4

Schedule 1

Clauses 5 to 11

Schedule 2

Clauses 12 to 19

Schedule 3

Clauses 20 to 26

Schedule 4

Clauses 27 to 63

Schedule 5

Clauses 64 to 67

Schedule 6

Clauses 68 to 71

Schedule 7

Clause 72

Schedule 8

Clauses 73 to 79.

Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [29th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

Freedom of Information Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton] [14th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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 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.

*The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what criteria they consider that the publication of the magazine Voices represented an appropriate use of public funds.

†*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to continue with the National Changeover Plan for the Euro in the light of the Prime Minister’s statement that he would vote “No” in a referendum held today.

†Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton] [27th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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

THURSDAY 26TH OCTOBER

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

Transport Bill—Report [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston] [30th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

FRIDAY 27TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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).

Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill—Committee [The Lord Newton of Braintree] [30th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†Regulation of Investigatory Powers (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the Order laid before the House on 22nd September be approved.

†Investigatory Powers Tribunal Rules 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the Rules laid before the House on 29th September be approved.

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).

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.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Transport Bill will be continued this day]

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.

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—Report [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

†‡The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assess their progress to date in the development of policies which are specifically designed to embody the Third Way.

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.

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

‡The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the care and treatment of patients with hepatitis C.

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.

Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill—Report [The Baroness Hayman]

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.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to give an approximate estimate of the number of committees existing under the auspices of the National Health Service.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask the Leader of the House whether she has any plans to reduce the number of hours for which it is necessary for the House to sit in Committee next session.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the Human Rights Dialogue held between the United Kingdom and China in October.

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the harassment of 900,000 men and women each year by stalkers, as detailed in the Home Office report The Nature and Extent of Stalking.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to facilitate the building of an airport on St Helena.

*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.

*The Baroness Walmsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to bring to justice the killers of two British journalists, Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters, as well as two Australian journalists and a New Zealand journalist, at Balibo in East Timor in 1975.

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Paul—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recently published key performance indicators for universities, whether their policies have been effective in widening participation and achieving greater social inclusion.

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any drain of talent from family and criminal work at the Bar is likely, following the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for criminal and family legal aid.

*The Lord McCarthy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why local railway stations no longer operate telephone advisory services, which provide the public with up-to-date information concerning such matters as train cancellations, late arrivals and the state of station facilities.

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom’s reciprocal health care arrangements with other countries are in practice fully reciprocal.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the treatment of Ian Brady who is serving a life sentence as a patient in Ashworth Hospital, particularly in regard to visits.

†*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they will make to the Government Actuary’s statement on 17th October concerning the economic effects of early retirement on health grounds.

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the responses to the consultation paper “Financial conditions for funding by the Legal Services Commission” have (a) supported and (b) opposed the proposals in that paper for taking into account the equity value in homes in assessing the liability of applicants to pay contributions to the Community Legal Service Fund.

WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the forthcoming Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, they will put forward proposals to increase the funding and effectiveness of the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan.

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 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 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 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”.

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 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 Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on compensation payments for miners and miners’ widows for bronchitis and emphysema.

The Lord Mancroft—To move to resolve, That this House do appoint a select committee to examine the management and financial controls by the New Millennium Experience Company in its management of the Millennium Dome project.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the marketing of British tourism to visitors from overseas.

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the ambulance and paramedic services are incorporated into the modernisation programme in the National Health Service National Plan.

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategies they are pursuing to support children in danger of exclusion from school, their families and teachers.

The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what dangers they see in the widening differentials in earnings, and what steps they propose to take to address them.

The Baroness Walmsley—To call attention to the problems of student poverty and the anomalies arising between support systems in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England; 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 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 23rd October, or unanswered after 21 days]

21st September

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)

27th September

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

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

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

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

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

28th September

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government at what level any decision to scale down the Prime Minister’s web-addresses was taken; to what extent the Strategic Communications Unit was involved; and whether the decision is compatible with the Government’s promotion of new technology.      (HL3911)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the excess winter deaths for each English region, and for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in each year from 1998-89 to 1999-2000, with a breakdown by age for each year.      (HL3917)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table showing the average hours of work, remuneration and allowances of chairmen and members of National Health Service Trusts; Rail Users’ Consultative Committees; Parole Boards; Probation Boards; local authorities; and Boards of Visitors.      (HL3926)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many murders of (a) members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary; (b) members of the Army; (c) civilian Protestants; and (d) civilian Roman Catholics have taken place in Northern Ireland since 1969; and how many have led to a successful conviction for murder.      (HL3940)

29th September

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the prohibition on financial gain from the “making of the human body and its parts” in Article 3(2) of the draft European Union Charter on Fundamental Rights would include “therapeutic cloning”; and, if so, whether they will refuse any future proposals by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority to allow researchers and their financial sources to profit from the development of clinical solutions developed as a result of their research into therapeutic cloning.      (HL3958)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconfirm their support for those organisations seeking to implement the Belfast Agreement of 1998, and in particular its guarantee of parity of esteem for both cultures and traditions on the island of Ireland.      (HL3968)

2nd October

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23rd October

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the bilateral Concordat between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales will come into force.      (HL4331)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Northern Ireland Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4332)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Privy Council in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4333)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Scottish Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4334)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of Social Security in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4335)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of Trade and Industry in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4336)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Treasury in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4337)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue would be raised if the winter fuel payment were taxed; and whether they will estimate how much more that payment would be if the money so raised were added to the current £150 winter fuel payment paid to non-taxpaying people aged over 60.      (HL4338)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the government of the Irish Republic paid in rent and expenses for the Maryfield Anglo-Irish Secretariat Office from 1985 to 1998.      (HL4339)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the government of the Irish Republic is paying for the use of offices in Windsor House, Belfast.      (HL4340)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what tasks officials from the government of the Irish Republic currently working in Northern Ireland are performing; what rank those officials hold; and where they are located.      (HL4341)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to highlight the danger of smoking on petrol station forecourts; and whether they will consider banning the sale of tobacco products from such locations.      (HL4342)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider re-imposing the ban on the sale and private use of fireworks in Northern Ireland.      (HL4343)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following recent railway accidents, any extra funding to improve rail safety will apply to all rail networks in the United Kingdom.      (HL4344)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent employers have changed their practices and procedures as a result of the Department for Education and Employment’s Code of Practice on Age Diversity in Employment.      (HL4345)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that people over the age of 50 believe that employers discriminate against older employees; and, if so, what does that evidence show.      (HL4346)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual expenditure of the European Court of Human Rights.      (HL4347)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current case load of the European Court of Human Rights, having regard to all registered applications.      (HL4348)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the budgeted expenditure for the European Court of Human Rights is sufficient to enable the Court to determine cases within a reasonable time.      (HL4349)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates the Minister for Science himself first saw a draft report and the final report respectively of the National Audit Office on the acquisition by the Post Office of German Parcel.      (HL4350)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the “number of people” within the Department of Trade and Industry referred to by the Minister for Science on 12th October (HL Deb, col. 497) to whom the draft report of the National Audit Office relating to the acquisition of German Parcel was shown on 27th June.      (HL4351)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Minister for Science reconciles his statement to the House of Lords on 11th July (HL Deb, col. 181) that, “when one refers to the Department giving authority to the report, that must mean Ministers” with his reply to a question by the Lord Razzall on 12th October (HL Deb, col. 498) that, “Noble Lords will appreciate that the Report is agreed by the Permanent Secretary, not by Departmental Ministers. It is a matter for the NAO and the Public Accounts Committee, and it is the Permanent Secretary who takes the role of accounting officer”.      (HL4352)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Sir Michael Scholar, or any other senior official of the Department of Trade and Industry, was aware when they received the draft report of the NAO on the acquisition by the Post Office of German Parcel prior to the Report State and Third Reading of the Postal Services Bill that an amendment was being proposed dealing with the matter of disclosure of major transactions in line with the Stock Exchange procedures; whether the Department’s intention to agree with the National Audit Office’s proposals was brought to the Minister’s attention prior to either of the two debates on the amendment; and, if not, why not.      (HL4353)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still their view, as expressed by the Minister for Science on 11th July (HL Deb, col. 181) that, in comparison with inserting a provision in the Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Post Office Company, disclosure of major transactions in line with Stock Exchange requirements would be “unnecessarily onerous and inflexible”; and, if so, in what way do the Post Office Company’s commercial operations differ from ordinary commercial concerns.      (HL4354)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to submit the draft Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Post Office Company to parliamentary scrutiny before it is adopted by the sole shareholder.      (HL4355)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case that the only person entitled to enforce the terms of the Articles of Association of the Post Office Company will be the sole shareholder; and, if so, what steps would be taken by them and what sanctions would be available if there were a breach of the Article requiring the prior disclosure of major transactions in accordance with Stock Exchange requirements.      (HL4356)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of local authorities distributing voluntary questionnaires to householders with the statutory form for the electoral register; whether they have examined the distribution by the London Borough of Lambeth of a survey on energy efficiency attached to the electoral registration form; and whether they have estimated the effect of such practices on the level of electoral registration.      (HL4357)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to prevail upon the National Islamic Front government of Sudan to allow humanitarian aid and human rights organisations access to all parts of Sudan to assist with the identification, rescue and return to their homes of men, women and children who have been abducted into slavery.      (HL4358)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that women from Sudan to whom visas have been granted have been brought to this country against their will to work in enforced domestic service for any Sudanese diplomat serving in London.      (HL4359)

The Baroness Kennedy of the ShawsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current operational availability of the United Kingdom’s submarine fleet.      (HL4360)

The Baroness Kennedy of the ShawsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all changes to sanctions regimes implemented by the United Kingdom since 28th July.      (HL4361)

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]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [24th October]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Freedom of Information [24th October]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Police (Northern Ireland) [25th October]
    Disqualifications
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation [27th October]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment)

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 [26th October]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services [31st October]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [1st November]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition) [2nd November]

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
    Draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000
    Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.45 am
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee IIA)2.00 pm
(Human Genetic Databases)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 25TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 26TH OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 31ST OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

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

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.45 pm
in Portcullis House

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

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

 
 
 
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