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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 22ND NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Baroness Carnegy of Lour—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the statement by the Chairman of the British Medical Association that the National Health Service Plan is not deliverable in the timescale envisaged.

Freedom of Information Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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

THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†*The Lord Geddes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to restrict the import of French beef.

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

ROYAL ASSENT

FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

[The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired]

Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 2nd November be approved. [30th Report from the Joint Committee]

Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 2nd November be approved. [30th Report from the Joint Committee]

Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th November be approved. [31st Report from the Joint Committee]

Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 28th July be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 30th October be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee]

Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) (No. 2) Scheme—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the Scheme laid before the House on 30th October be approved. [29th Report from the Joint Committee]

†European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Swiss Confederation on the Free Movement of Persons) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 20th November be approved. [32nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Terrorism Act 2000 (Video recording of interviews) Order 2000—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st November be approved. [30th Report from the Joint Committee]

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 they accept the Opinion of an Advocate-General at the European Court of Justice on 19th October that harmful criticism of the European Union or its institutions is akin to blasphemy and that in such cases the normal right to freedom of expression does not apply; and, if not, whether they will raise the question at the forthcoming European Council in Nice in December.

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

Transport Bill—Consideration of Commons Reasons [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

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 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.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure the harmonisation of procurement procedures between the European Commission and the World Bank, including all Development Banks.

Disqualifications Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

Children (Leaving Care) Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—Consideration of Commons Amendments and Reasons [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

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.

†The Lord Falconer of Thoroton—To move, That this House takes note of the planning, management and operation of the Millennium Dome, and of its future.

Insolvency Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

†[At eleven o’clock]

*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 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 21st 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)

20th October

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)

26th October

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the calf serum used in the preparation of the polio vaccine which has recently been withdrawn from use came from a “controlled veterinary herd”; if so, how many animals were in the herd at the time that the serum was taken; and when (if ever) any of those animals were diagnosed as having BSE.      (HL4402)

30th October

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was asked by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to investigate the circumstances of the murder of Rosemary Nelson; and, if so, what was its response.      (HL4419)

31st October

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)

21st November

The Lord Mackenzie of FramwellgateTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last five years, what proportion of the police fund in each police area was used annually by the police authority to service the needs of that police authority; and on what it was spent.      (HL4742)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Council of Europe member countries allow sentenced prisoners to vote.      (HL4743)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what is the sum offered by Legacy plc for the purchase of the Dome site and accepted by the Government as the basis for the award to Legacy plc of preferred bidder status.      (HL4744)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), whether any request has been made to Legacy plc by the Government for a portion of the sale price of the Dome site to be paid prior to the signing of the contracts; whether Legacy plc has agreed to such a request; and whether there is an agreement that such a sum will be repaid to Legacy plc in the event that outstanding contractual issues cannot be resolved satisfactorily within an agreed timetable.      (HL4745)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what are the outstanding contractual issues which must be resolved before contracts can be signed with Legacy plc for the sale of the Dome site.      (HL4746)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), which body or bodies will regularly monitor the progress of the negotiations for the sale of the Dome site to Legacy plc; and to which Minister or Ministers the reports on such progress will be made.      (HL4747)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what action they propose to take in order to sell the Dome site in the event that the outstanding issues with Legacy plc cannot be resolved by mid-February.      (HL4748)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the development of the Excel site in Docklands upon the viability of the Legacy plc offer to develop the Dome site; and whether they will publish the results of that impact assessment.      (HL4749)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest information on the number, whereabouts and well-being of Kuwaiti prisoners of war in Iraq; and what further international initiatives they have taken or supported for their release.      (HL4750)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they have given to extending to severely disabled people under the age of 60 the winter fuel payment currently paid to all pensioner households irrespective of income; and what action they are taking.      (HL4751)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of atrocities in the Congo in the last two years; whether the level and nature of these atrocities constitute genocide or crimes against humanity; and what initiatives they have taken to raise the situation in the Congo at an international level.      (HL4752)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deep mined coal mines are still in production; what are their names and in which regions they are; and how many people are employed underground and overall in the coal industry.      (HL4753)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial assistance has been afforded to the British coal industry since 1997 from the European Commission, the European Coal and Steel Community and the British Government.      (HL4754)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether signatories to an international agreement may implement only those parts of the agreement that they select and ignore others.      (HL4755)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what their response would be if the Irish Republic were to apply to rejoin the Commonwealth.      (HL4756)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date and in what form the government of the Irish Republic indicated that they supported the Disqualifications Bill currently before Parliament.      (HL4757)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether staff of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission are required to display any particular attitude towards human rights.      (HL4758)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what agreement they have reached with Legacy plc with regard to the warranties and indemnities which will form part of the contract of sale of the Millennium Dome.      (HL4759)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the goods and services contracted by the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC)—

    (a) how many judgment summonses have been issued against NMEC;

    (b) what is the total amount entered in such judgment summonses; and

    (c) to what extent such judgments have been satisfied, and what funds are available within NMEC to satisfy any outstanding amounts owed.      (HL4760)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount of indebtedness of the New Millennium Experience Company as at 21st November.      (HL4761)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a further correction to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 23rd October (WA 30) showing the top rate of direct tax on personal incomes in the United Kingdom for each year from 1970-71 to 1999-2000, with reference to the first three years of the series.      (HL4762)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions, and how many convictions, there have so far been for offences under the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170).      (HL4763)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the enforcement and administration of, and the need for, the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170); and whether they will consider the repeal or modification of these regulations.      (HL4764)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard it as satisfactory that the restrictions on the use of lead shot introduced under the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170) do not apply throughout the United Kingdom; and, if not, whether they intend to make representations to the devolved legislatures as to the need to introduce similar regulations.      (HL4765)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any British troops committed to action under the proposed European Defence Force would have available the support and protection of those electronic intelligence and surveillance capabilities of the United States which would be made available to NATO under similar conditions.      (HL4766)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the extent of Government funding to facilitate the provision of disability information since 1990; to whom it has been paid; and with what result.      (HL4767)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they have in place to ensure that broadband high-speed Internet access is as available in rural as in urban areas.      (HL4768)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the operations of the Strategic Communications Unit in producing the Eurogrid are consistent with their policy towards freedom of information.      (HL4769)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name the staff of the Strategic Communications Unit responsible for the Eurogrid.      (HL4770)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom or to which authority the Strategic Communications Unit is accountable for the operation of the Eurogrid.      (HL4771)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of running the Eurogrid.      (HL4772)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Eurogrid contains “lines to take” on potential news stories emanating from the European Union.      (HL4773)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what sum will be allocated to the New Millennium Experience Company from the proceeds of sale of the Millennium Dome site; and what sum will be paid to English Partnerships.      (HL4774)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what sum they expect to be paid by the New Millennium Experience Company to the Millennium Commission as a repayment in whole or in part of the monies made available by the Millennium Commission to the New Millennium Experience Company above and beyond the original grant of £399 million.      (HL4775)

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]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [22nd November]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Freedom of Information [22nd November]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [23rd November]
    Disqualifications [28th November]
    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]
    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

    Fur Farming (Prohibition)
    Police (Northern Ireland)

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL] [27th November]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL] [28th November]
    Insolvency [HL] [29th November]

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    Criminal Justice and Court Services [28th November]
    Transport [27th November]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)
    Trustee [HL]
    Licensing (Young Persons)
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation

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 Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000
    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the Swiss Confederation on the Free Movement of Persons) Order 2000
    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation11.15 am
(Select Committee)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

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

THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

 
 
 
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