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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 7TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clause 2

Schedule 2

Clauses 3 to 15

Schedule 3

Clauses 16 to 31

Schedule 4

Clauses 32 to 47

Schedule 5

Clauses 48 to 61

Schedule 6

Clauses 62 to 69

Schedule 7

Clause 70

Schedule 8

Clauses 71 to 77

Schedule 9

Clauses 78 to 92

Schedule 10

Clause 93

Schedule 11

Clauses 94 to 107

Schedule 12

Clause 108

Schedule 13

Clauses 109 to 115

Schedule 14

Clause 116

Schedule 15

Clauses 117 to 127

Schedule 16

Clauses 128 to 134

Schedule 17

Clause 135

Schedule 18

Clause 136

Schedule 19

Clauses 137 to 147

Schedule 20

Clauses 148 to 155

Schedules 21 and 22

Clauses 156 to 159

Schedule 23.

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Whitty] [24th, 26th, 27th, 31st and 32nd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the Order laid before the House on 12th September be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the foreign policy objectives behind the further deployment of troops to Sierra Leone.

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

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.

City of London (Ward Elections) Bill—The Chairman of Committees to move, That this House do agree with the orders made by the Commons set out in their message of 2nd November.

†Greenham and Crookham Commons Bill—The Chairman of Committees to move, That this House do agree with the orders made by the Commons set out in their message of 6th November.

Transport Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

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.

Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill—Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

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.

Licensing (Young Persons) Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Thornton]

Freedom of Information Bill—Report [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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.

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

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.

Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Newton of Braintree]

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

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.

*The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake that the Prime Minister will not agree any significant changes to the powers and decision processes of the European Union at the forthcoming European Council unless they have been debated and approved by both Houses of Parliament.

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.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To 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.

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.

*The Lord Carver—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the draft 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 Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how far they have succeeded in meeting their 1997 target of halving the proportion (23 per cent in 1995) of the world population living in extreme poverty by 2015.

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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the quality of teaching in further education colleges.

*The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their contingency plan to protect the international competitiveness of energy intensive United Kingdom companies, if the European Commission refuses the package of measures associated with the introduction of the Climate Change Levy.

MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

*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.

†*The Baroness Prashar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial resources have been given to the National Health Service and primary care services in areas affected by the Government’s dispersal system, in order to assess and meet the health needs of asylum seekers.

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.

WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food attaches to the recommendation in the Competition Commission’s report on supermarkets, published in October, that a regulator should be appointed to oversee supermarkets’ dealings with suppliers.

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.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to improve British schooling for ethnic minority children.

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]

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Enlargement and EU External Frontier Controls (17th Report, HL Paper 110). [1st November]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 6th November, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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)

11th October

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Millennium Dome’s New Millennium Experience Company has, at any time, traded while insolvent; and, if so, over which periods.      (HL4159)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many County Court summonses had been issued against the New Millennium Experience Company as at—

    (a) 31st May;

    (b) 30th June;

    (c) 31st July;

    (d) 31st August; and

    (e) 30th September.      (HL4174)

16th October

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 5th October (HL Deb, col. 1684) that “discussions are taking place to finalise how the other pre-condition will be achieved, but they are almost there”, whether those discussions have now been completed; and whether, as a consequence, the pre-condition imposed by the Millennium Commission on the grant of £47 million on 4th September that that amount represented the last draw-down from the Millennium Commission is now in place.      (HL4237)

6th November

The Baroness Rendell of BaberghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Special Educational Needs and Disability in Education Bill will be introduced into Parliament.      (HL4532)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to improve the co-ordination and effectiveness of the criminal justice system in England and Wales.      (HL4533)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods subject to strategic export controls have recently been approved for export to Iraq.      (HL4534)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the Armed Forces to undertake a joint exercise in Oman in autumn 2001.      (HL4537)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under the Knives Act 1997 since it was brought into force.      (HL4538)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek the release by the study’s authors of the data on which the epidemiological study of a possible association between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination and autism, commissioned by the Medicines Controls Agency and published in the Lancet in June 1999, is based.      (HL4539)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the study of causal factors of autism announced by the Medical Research Council on 3rd April will investigate the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination.      (HL4540)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a uniform approach to entitlement to free hospital transport for those discharged from hospital in England; and, if so, what it is.      (HL4541)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the Northern Ireland Commission on Human Rights are also members of the Committee for the Administration of Justice; for how long each has been a member of the Committee; and whether those making the appointments to the Commission were aware of this information when they made those appointments.      (HL4542)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reopen the inquiry into the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994 in view of fresh evidence about the reliability of its computer software; and whether the wreckage is still available for re-examination.      (HL4543)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will advise the Central Sussex Partnership Board to take public opinion in mid-Sussex into account when it considers whether to move trauma and emergency surgical services away from the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.      (HL4544)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what rules are in place governing the use of public funds to publish material or to commission advertising to promote or describe the perceived achievements of the Government.      (HL4545)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what publications they have sponsored, and what advertising programmes they have commissioned, since May 1997, which have described the perceived achievements of the Government; and what has been the cost to public funds of these initiatives.      (HL4546)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to sponsor further publications or to commission further advertising which will describe the perceived achievements of the Government; and, if so, what are the anticipated costs of these proposals.      (HL4547)

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) [13th November]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    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]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [7th November]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Police (Northern Ireland) [8th November]
    Freedom of Information [14th November]
    Disqualifications

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Licensing (Young Persons) [14th November]
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation [16th November]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services [8th November]
    Transport [9th November]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition)
    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [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]
    Children (Leaving Care) [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
    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Video recording of interviews) Order 2000
    Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000
    Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 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]

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
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

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)4.40 pm
in Portcullis House

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

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

MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

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

WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

 
 
 
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