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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.

THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

At three o’clock

*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.

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what confidence they have that an adequate supply of anti-flu vaccine will be available to the National Health Service by the end of November.

†City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Commons message of yesterday be now considered; and that the promoters of the bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Monday 27th November;

    That the bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next session with a declaration annexed, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present session;

    That the proceedings on the bill in the next session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the bill has passed in the present session, and that no new fees be charged to such stages;

    That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to the bill in the next session only in regard to any stage through which the bill has passed in the present session.

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

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Whitty] [24th, 26th, 27th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2000—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 6th November be approved. [31st Report from the Joint Committee]

MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the measures proposed in the Pre-Budget Report to encourage the use of cleaner fuels for road vehicles, they can estimate the rate of reduction in air pollution caused by road traffic over the next five years.

*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.

*The Lord Winston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the management of nuclear waste.

Disqualifications Bill—Report [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

†Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—Report [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [34th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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 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.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following recent developments in Scotland, they will reconsider their refusal to pay for personal care for elderly and disabled people in residential homes.

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

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 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.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the levels of recruitment and retention of speech and language therapists are satisfactory.

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

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.

FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

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”.

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.

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what security of tenure military museums have on Ministry of Defence property.

*The Lord Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any grounds on which criticism of the European Union could be restricted without violating the right to free speech.

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.

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office enquiry into how Mr Rafiu Odetayo, a black British citizen, spent a month in prison in Germany after British consular officials refused to recognise his citizenship.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any assessment of the impact on ACP producers of rice, sugar, rum and bananas of the European Commission’s “Everything but Arms” initiative which seeks to extend duty and quota free access to the European Union market to 48 Least Developed Countries.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recompense they propose to offer to those in flooded areas who have lost homes or businesses in cases where warnings from the Environment Agency and other public bodies have not been heeded.

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.

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will postpone instructions to the National Health Service to incur expenditure on preparations for Britain joining the euro until such time as Britain decides to do so.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, after the adoption of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Court of Justice will take account of its provisions in interpreting and considering the scope of community law.

THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will conduct an open consultation on the Draft Detention Centre Rules before presenting them to Parliament.

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the central register of all persons who hold, or who have applied for, a firearm or shotgun certificate which was required to be set up under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 has not been set up and by what date it will be set up.

*The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their aid policy for Sierra Leone.

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 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 when they expect to reply 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 15th November, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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)

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)

19th October

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health is free to employ the legal advisers who act for their French counterparts; and, if not, why not.      (HL4305)

20th October

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Prime Minister last announced a new Government policy specifically as a Third Way policy; and what was the nature of the announcement.      (HL4317)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the last general election, what policy announcements have been made by (a) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; (b) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and (c) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which specifically mentioned the Third Way; and on what dates.      (HL4318)

23rd October

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 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)

24th October

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 Welsh Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4365)

15th November

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the investment levels set out in their 10 year plan, they will announce further additions to the targeted programme of trunk road improvements.      (HL4643)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their evaluation of the prediction by the British Antarctic Survey that the Antarctic ozone hole could be replicated over the Arctic within the next twenty years; and what they believe the consequences, including health risks, would be.      (HL4644)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their evaluation of the relationship between changes in the world’s coral reef systems and climate change; and what action they are taking to stimulate public awareness of any such relationship and its causes.      (HL4645)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to stimulate public awareness of the relationship between carbon dioxide emissions and climate change and of the dangers inherent in such change.      (HL4646)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking beyond the Montreal Protocol to combat the development of an ozone hole over the North Pole comparable in size with that over Antarctica.      (HL4647)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in promoting appropriate multilateral action to evaluate the significance of diamonds and other precious metals in the causes of conflict throughout the world and to deal effectively with any connections which are established.      (HL4648)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their evaluation of any negative relationship between the development of a United States national missile defence system and the willingness of China to work constructively with other nuclear weapon states on strategic arms control measures; and what representations they are making to the United States government in this respect.      (HL4649)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the categories of policy where Britain’s veto may be suspended by the European Commission by the Treaty of Nice.      (HL4650)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what increases in pay would be receivable by a private soldier on a six monthly overseas unaccompanied emergency tour if he were paid at the rate of the National Minimum Wage.      (HL4651)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with their reviews of the commissioning of specialised services in the National Health Service and of neurosurgery for Parkinson’s disease; and whether they are now in a position to implement their proposals relating to long-term service agreements and regional consortia.      (HL4652)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the implications of the conviction at Liverpool Crown Court of Edward Butler who, when a patient in a mixed sex ward at Southport and Formby District General Hospital in March this year, sexually assaulted a female patient in the same ward; and whether the hospital authorities aided and abetted the crime by placing Mr Butler on a mixed sex ward.      (HL4653)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether mixed sex wards have now been phased out at Southport and Formby District Hospital; and, if not, why not.      (HL4654)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now order all hospital authorities to expedite the elimination of mixed sex wards.      (HL4655)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all public service pensions and any others restricted by Treasury edict may be increased in line with percentage increases in the state retirement pension operative from 1st April 2001.      (HL4656)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 9th November (WA 167-168) concerning the proposed European Charter of Human Rights, how the statement that “The Charter is not legally binding” can be reconciled with a following statement “In deciding how to interpret fundamental rights the ECJ is now, and will remain, free to have regard to relevant material. That may include the Charter”.      (HL4657)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted research to enable them to judge the effectiveness of the teaching methods promoted by the Dyslexia Association both for dyslexics and for others with learning difficulties.      (HL4658)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines have been given to local authorities and to schools concerning policies on reporting racist incidents which occur on school premises.      (HL4659)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the style and content of local authority Best Value Performance Plans published in March are satisfactory; and whether they intend to change the guidelines for their publication in future years.      (HL4660)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what language groups were consulted by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in the production of a pamphlet entitled “The Bill of Rights—Language” in September; whether it contains the views of the Commission; and whether it satisfies the requirements of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 which guaranteed total parity of esteem and equality.      (HL4661)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the annual sum that would need to be invested during the remaining normal working lifetime of men and women aged (a) 16, (b) 20, (c) 25 and (d) 30 to accumulate a capital sum on retirement that would secure the equivalent income from investments as is promised by the basic state pension after taking account of the recent announcements on increased payment levels, and assuming future uplifts in line with inflation.      (HL4662)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total annual funding in £ billion that would be required if all working men and women aged under 30 made an annual pension investment sufficient to accumulate a capital sum on retirement that would secure the equivalent income from investments as is promised by the basic state pension after taking account of recent announcements on increased payment levels; and what that annual funding requirement would be after 5, 15, 25 and 35 years if all new entrants into the workforce were funded on the same basis.      (HL4663)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of National Insurance Contribution rebate they plan for those contracting out of the new second state pension when introduced; and whether they intend that those earning £9,000 or less with an existing stakeholder pension would benefit from contracting out of the second state pension.      (HL4664)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Communications Unit has its own website; and, if not, why not.      (HL4665)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they draw from the publication by “MMXI Europe” of Internet statistics for the United Kingdom for the year from October 1999 to September 2000.      (HL4666)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support fully the current draft of the treaty on Internet crime prepared by the Council of Europe.      (HL4667)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they endorse the appointment of Jose Maria Figueres to the United Nations’ Information and Communication Technologies Advisory Group; and what plans they have to assist the ICT Group in its work.      (HL4668)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the analysis of Nicholas Negroponte, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology media laboratory, that the developing world will dominate the Internet in the future; and whether this will affect their aim to make the United Kingdom the best place in the world for e-commerce.      (HL4669)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans, if any, they have to tackle the findings of the recent Microsoft sponsored survey by Mori and the Cranfield School of Management revealing that only 2 per cent of companies’ supplier relationships are conducted over the web.      (HL4670)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that budget line B3/301 of the European Union Commission’s draft general budget for 2001 reveals financial support for the European Movement in 1999, whether they stand by the Written Answer from Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 28th July (WA 113).      (HL4671)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the 7,921,875.56 euros, revealed in budget line B3/301 of the European Union Commission’s draft general budget as paid to “information outlets”, went to the European Movement in the United Kingdom.      (HL4672)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convicted offenders have been sentenced under each of the three categories of mandatory sentence in conformity with the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997; and on what dates were the provisions brought into force.      (HL4673)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in relation to the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 and in the light of the statement in the Official Report (HL Deb, 4th February 1997, col. 1593) that, “The Government will also pay compensation to owners for ammunition .... and for other accessories and other ancillary equipment which they own and which have no use other than in connection with prohibited higher calibre handguns”, why it is that some manufacturers have been denied compensation for specialist tooling equipment, including dies for prohibited handguns, which cannot be used for other purposes.      (HL4674)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Home Office have altered their interpretation of ancillary equipment from that contained in section 17(2)(a) of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 from the wording of that section “designed or adapted for use in connection with firearms prohibited by virtue of section 1(2)” to “equipment which is ancillary to the use or the possession of prohibited handguns”.      (HL4675)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office intend to instruct Chief Officers of Police throughout the country to return equipment and component parts which can only be used for the manufacture of and in connection with, prohibited handguns.      (HL4676)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why prototypes and their component parts of prohibited firearms which had, by law, to be handed in for destruction, were not included in the compensation scheme under the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.      (HL4677)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what promises they have given to Zimbabwe this year.      (HL4678)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monies they have withheld from Zimbabwe this year.      (HL4679)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what future Government funding they envisage for Zimbabwe.      (HL4680)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their policy on the up-rating of national insurance retirement pensions earned by United Kingdom citizens now resident in Commonwealth countries in the light of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recently announced size of the surplus on Government accounts for the year 1999-2000 and the likelihood of continuing surpluses.      (HL4681)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, what are their reasons for approving incorporation of the Charter in the Treaties of the European Union; and what they consider to be the main differences in practice between a Declaratory Charter and a Treaty Charter.      (HL4682)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners have formally claimed income support since the start of the current take-up campaign; how many of those claims have been decided; and how many have succeeded.      (HL4683)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the Minimum Income Guarantee will be increased in April 2001 for pensioners aged (a) under 75, (b) 75-79 and (c) 80 or over.      (HL4684)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of pensioners will be entitled to the proposed pension credit in 2003-04, 2020-21 and 2050-51 if the credit is introduced in the form proposed in the consultation paper (Cm 4900).      (HL4685)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of the pension credit in 2003-04.      (HL4686)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners entitled to the proposed pension credit will be liable for income tax in 2003-04.      (HL4687)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed pension credit will be subject to a means test.      (HL4688)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Spoliation Advisory Panel; and when they expect the Panel to publish their report on the work they are currently investigating.      (HL4689)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide any assistance to the Council of Europe following the Vilnius Conference on Looted Art in setting up a website to list all works of art with dubious provenance between the years 1933-1945.      (HL4690)

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]
    Parliament Acts (Amendment) [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment) [24th November]

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 [16th November]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [20th November]
    Disqualifications [20th November]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation [16th November]
    Freedom of Information
    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Transport
    Fur Farming (Prohibition)
    Police (Northern Ireland)

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    Criminal Justice and Court Services

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)
    Trustee [HL]
    Licensing (Young Persons)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 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
    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
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)11.00 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.55 pm
(Select Committee)

TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

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

TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation10.30 am
(Select Committee)

 
 
 
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