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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.

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to remove decisions about the release of all mandatory life prisoners from the Home Secretary and transfer them to an independent body.

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty] [24th, 26th, 27th and 31st Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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 remind all members of the Privy Council of their duty to preserve confidentiality after discussing affairs of state confidentially with other privy councillors whatever their party.

†*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now press for those war criminals in the Former Republic of Yugoslavia, whose whereabouts are known, to be arrested and brought before the War Crimes Tribunal.

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

‡Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 23rd October be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡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).

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.

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

Disqualifications Bill—Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

‡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.

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.

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

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.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—Report [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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.

MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are now their priorities for humanitarian and development assistance, both bilateral and multilateral, for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional resources they are devoting to the implementation of their dental strategy.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the prospects for Japanese owned firms in Wales.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals have been put forward for a common European Union passport; and what is their reaction.

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask the Leader of the House whether the proposed constitutional committee of this House will have a remit to advise on the exercise of the House’s guardianship of the constitution; and, if so, whether the committee’s membership will include Law Lords, one of whom could be appointed chairman.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they have to influence the choice and location of statues in central London.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose any changes in policy towards Yugoslavia.

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.

*The Lord Brookman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the programme of track replacement, to bring some 2,000 miles of railway track up to satisfactory standards, can be completed quickly and efficiently.

*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the establishment of a Universal Bank.

THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether winter fuel allowances in respect of past winters have now been paid to all men between the ages of 60 and 65 entitled to them.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the MORI survey for the Reader’s Digest, whether they have any plans to improve the standard of information available to the public about asylum seekers and refugees in this country.

*The Lord Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to the London Ambulance Service of the wear and tear caused by the traffic calming measures now in place in many London streets.

MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the principles which they believe should guide humanitarian intervention and conflict involvement.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, in addition to those mentioned by the Prime Minister in his speech on 24th October, they will be taking to make vehicles cleaner and more fuel efficient.

†*The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the Tax Manifesto published recently by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

†*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average penalty applied to a person convicted of accidentally killing another person whilst in charge of a motor vehicle.

†*The Lord Dixon-Smith—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they see and contribute to reports by the National Audit Office before these are made.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firms are (a) included in and (b) excluded from the employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action to remove rules within the civil service which discriminate on grounds of age, and in particular the requirement to retire at the age of 60.

THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Hunt of Chesterton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers’ report on the emergence of BSE and CJD, whether they will explain the principles on which they will introduce changes in the management of important scientific issues in Government Departments and agencies.

TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish details of requirements governing the admission to the United Kingdom of special skills applicants.

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.

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.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the Health and Safety Commission’s draft Approved Code of Practice and Guidance on Passive Smoking at Work.

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the recommendations of the Parekh Report on the future of multi-ethnic Britain.

The Lord Chalfont—To call attention to the recent white paper issued by the Chinese government on China’s National Defence Policy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to ensure the comprehensive subtitling of television programmes.

†The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have no plans to review the list of medical conditions conferring prescription charge exemption.

†The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To call attention to Equality: A New Framework, the Report of the Independent Review of the Enforcement of United Kingdom Anti-Discrimination Legislation, and to the options for reform of anti-discrimination legislation in the United Kingdom; 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 31st October, or unanswered after 21 days]

27th September

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)

28th September

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)

3rd October

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Government Car and Despatch Agency dispose of cars after use.      (HL4007)

10th October

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton in his capacity as Minister and as a shadow director of the New Millennium Experience Company to comply with the advice given by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) at page 39 of their Project Mozart presentation that shadow directors “must be on notice and need to take urgent action to address the position after taking appropriate legal and commercial advice” in the light of PWC’s statement at page 39 that “There is clear evidence to suggest that NMEC is currently insolvent.”      (HL4134)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many County Court judgments were outstanding against the New Millennium Experience Company as at—

    (a) 31st May;

    (b) 30th June;

    (c) 31st July;

    (d) 31st August; and

    (e) 30th September.      (HL4135)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have met Sir Richard Branson since the passage of the National Lottery Act 1998.      (HL4148)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport next plan to meet Sir Richard Branson.      (HL4149)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Ministers in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport have discussed the issue of the next National Lottery licence with Sir Richard Branson since the passage of the National Lottery Act 1998.      (HL4150)

31st October

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Justice and Home Affairs Council held in Luxembourg on 17th October.      (HL4439)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will report progress on the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s recent meeting with other European Union Agriculture Ministers to discuss further reform of the Common Agricultural Policy.      (HL4440)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the operation of the United Kingdom Register of Organic Food Standards.      (HL4441)

The Baroness SerotaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to respond to the 2nd Report of the House of Commons Procedure Committee of Session 1999-2000, Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties (HC210).      (HL4442)

The Baroness SerotaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the recent decision of the BBC to move the BBC World Service to Broadcasting House.      (HL4443)

The Baroness Smith of GilmorehillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the annual report of the British-Russian Centre/British East-West Centre will be available.      (HL4444)

The Baroness Smith of GilmorehillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approved the issue of an export licence to supply hydraulic lifting equipment to Kosovo for use by the Irish Kosovo Force (KFOR) contingent.      (HL4445)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce spending plans for the higher education sector for years 2 and 3 of the 2000 Comprehensive Spending Review.      (HL4446)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of the agreements between the Immigration and Nationality Department and the Prison Services in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively, under which the Prison Services make accommodation available within their estate for Immigration Act detainees; and what is the current number of places being provided in prisons in each jurisdiction for this purpose.      (HL4447)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the government of Bahrain about the activities of the Human Rights Committee of the Shura Council and the reasons why that government refused to allow the formation of a non-governmental human rights committee.      (HL4448)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the review of the use of immigration detention in Northern Ireland, promised during the proceedings on the Immigration and Asylum Bill.      (HL4449)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many caravan pitches were provided by local authorities and private persons or landlords respectively, and how many caravans there were on unauthorised encampments, as recorded by the January local authority counts since the information was first collected; and whether they consider that, in the absence of any new measures, unauthorised encampments will become unnecessary.      (HL4450)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought an explanation from the Cuban government for its failure to allow officials from the British Embassy immediate access to the seven detained Britons in Cuba; and, if so, what was the response.      (HL4451)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their decision to establish diplomatic relations with North Korea was discussed with Japan beforehand; and whether the decision carried the support of the Japanese government.      (HL4452)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to investigate whether British equipment has been used in Israeli helicopter attacks on Palestinians; and whether the future of arms sales to Israel is also under consideration, as reported in the Guardian on 25th October.      (HL4453)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not oppose the appointment of Ambassador Tan, Burma’s permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva, as chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s first Committee on Disarmament and International Security.      (HL4454)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of their ethical dimension to foreign policy and the Baroness Scotland of Asthal’s statement that Burma is a “country bled white by misdirections of resources into arms” (HL Deb, 2nd October, col. 1222), the appointment of Ambassador Tan, Burma’s permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva, as chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s first Committee on Disarmament and International Security carries their support.      (HL4455)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they expect repairs to take on the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless currently docked in Gibraltar; and what response has been given to the Spanish government’s concern that they have received insufficient information over the repairs to HMS Tireless.      (HL4456)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether emissions from waste incinerators, such as dioxins and heavy metals, pose any threat to human health.      (HL4457)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what amount was raised from Capital Gains Tax; (b) what was the number of payers of Capital Gains Tax; and (c) what was the estimated cost of collection, in the latest year for which figures are available.      (HL4458)

The Baroness Scott of Needham MarketTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the major road schemes costing over £5 million included in the full Local Transport Plans submitted by local authorities; and whether they will place copies of the Appraisal Summary Tables for these, where submitted, in the Library of the House.      (HL4459)

The Baroness Scott of Needham MarketTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all major road schemes by each local authority which cost over £5 million and which were submitted to the Government as supplementary bids to the full Local Transport Plan.      (HL4460)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25th October (WA 45), whether they signed the Political Declaration adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 13th October, at the conclusion of the European Conference Against Racism; and, if so, what are their reasons for being willing to adopt this statement while being unwilling to sign and ratify Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights on behalf of the United Kingdom.      (HL4461)

The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the judgment in the Manchester County Court on 11th October by Judge Richard Holman awarding damages against Trafford Education Authority to a school pupil who had suffered a lengthy period of bullying, they will issue new guidance reminding schools that they have a duty of care to protect pupils from homophobic bullying, and requiring them to include in personal, social and health education programmes lessons which lead pupils to understand the problems which young gay and lesbian people face.      (HL4462)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was invited by the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to investigate the murder of Rosemary Nelson; if so, on what date; and what was the response.      (HL4463)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why a proportion of the extra funding made available to the railway systems in the United Kingdom to improve safety does not apply to Northern Ireland Railways; and whether railway safety in Northern Ireland has a different priority for them compared with railway safety in other parts of the United Kingdom.      (HL4464)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue they estimate they lose annually through smuggling of tobacco products.      (HL4465)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their recent statement of commitment to the environment, which of their policies are aimed at reducing pollution by smoking.      (HL4466)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sums they have obtained annually as guarantor from surpluses arising from the Mineworkers Pension Scheme (MPS) and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme (BCSSS) since 1994 at constant prices; what percentage increases have been awarded annually to pensioner beneficiaries under the MPS and the BCSSS; and what has been their total value annually at constant prices.      (HL4467)

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]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Disqualifications [6th November]
    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 [2nd November]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [1st November]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition) [6th November]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Police (Northern Ireland) [8th November]
    Freedom of Information

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Licensing (Young Persons)
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation
    Criminal Justice and Court Services
    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    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 consideration of Commons amendments

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft EUTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000
    Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000
    Draft Flags Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2000
    Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 2000
    Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) (No. 2) Scheme 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.00 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.45 pm
in Portcullis House
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)3.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.45 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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