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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

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THURSDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

At three o’clock

[Prayers will have been read]

†Committee of Selection—The Chairman of Committees to move, That in accordance with Standing Order 63 a Committee of Selection be appointed to select and propose to the House the names of the Lords to form each select committee of the House (except the Committee of Selection itself and any committee otherwise provided for by statute or by order of the House) or any other body not being a select committee referred to it by the Chairman of Committees, and the panel of Deputy Chairmen of Committees; and that the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee—

L. Burnham

L. Carter

L. Harris of Greenwich

L. Henley

B. Jay of Paddington

L. McIntosh of Haringey

L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank

L. Strathclyde

V. Tenby

L. Weatherill.

†The Queen’s Speech—Adjourned Debate on the Motion that an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty as follows—

“Most Gracious Sovereign,

We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to thank Your Majesty for the most gracious Speech which Your Majesty has addressed to both Houses of Parliament.”

†The Lord Strathclyde—To move, as an amendment to the Motion for an Humble Address, at the end of the Address to insert “but regret the failure of Your Majesty’s Government to reduce the burden of taxation and regulation and deplore the incoherence and the lack of vision of the measures proposed by Your Majesty’s Government for the coming Session of Parliament.”

†[It is expected that the principal topics for debate will be Defence, International Development and Foreign Affairs.]

MONDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

†*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to outlaw the practice of national newspapers offering “success fee” contracts to witnesses in criminal trials; and what discussions have taken place with the Press Complaints Commission about the matter.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether nuclear power plants in the United Kingdom are fully year 2000 compliant and whether adequate emergency measures are in place in the event of power failures affecting cooling systems.

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken or intend to take to restrain Russian violence against civilians in Chechnya.

†*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change the planned date for the election of the Mayor of London.

†[It is expected that the debate on the Address will be continued this day and that the principal topics for debate will be Education, Agriculture and Environment.]

TUESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the nature and level of means tests applied to disabled working people for the additional care provision they need.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking action with the Passport Agency to ensure that, in the year 2000, delays are avoided of the kind which, in 1999, affected arrangements made by members of the public for holidays abroad.

†*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards reform of the EC flax regime.

†*The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the extension of the trial period for planting genetically modified crops, what steps they are taking to ensure that the trials will be independently monitored and that the results will be publicly debated before full commercial releases are licensed.

†[It is expected that the debate on the Address will be continued this day and that the principal topics for debate will be Industry, Social and Economic Affairs.]

WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many more countries they wish to see joining the European Union.

†*The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to amend the Scotland Act 1998 to allow the House of Lords to participate in the passage of Scottish legislation.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that research into veterinary matters is adequately coordinated.

†[It is expected that the debate on the Address will be concluded this day and that the principal topics for debate will be Health and Home Affairs.]

THURSDAY 25TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what an ethical foreign policy is.

†*The Earl of Onslow—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations were received from J Sainsbury plc to the Department of Trade and Industry’s investigation into supermarket and retail pricing.

†*The Lord Saatchi—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when an Independent Appointments Commission will be appointed to scrutinise the creation of life peerages.

MONDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

The Lord Mackenzie of Culkein

†*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they acknowledge the right of this House to amend, or to reject, secondary legislation.

†*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which aspects of the case of General Pinochet the Lord Chancellor has been involved.

†*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to make changes to the system of appointment of Assistant Recorders and Deputy Judges in England and Wales, in the light of the decision of the High Court of Justiciary in Starrs v. Procurator Fiscal, Linlithgow.

†*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in discouraging the promotion of tobacco products, and in protecting non-smokers from the effects of passive smoking.

TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth

and

The Lord Bishop of Derby

†*The Lord Smith of Clifton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether low voter turnouts at all levels of election are a cause of concern and, if so, what steps they are taking to improve them.

WEDNESDAY 1ST DECEMBER

†*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether inquiries have been completed into the reason why the original estimate of casualties in the train crash at Ladbroke Grove proved to be exaggerated; and what actions are being taken to prevent such a situation arising in a future civil disaster.

THURSDAY 2ND DECEMBER

†*The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Christmas Day remains a day of value in the life of the nation, both as the celebration of the birth of Christ and as a shared day of rest.

MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER

†*The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Baroness Hayman on 21st October that “Because of issues of food safety and food standards, the decision has been taken that it is sensible not to have different regimes in different countries and for us to act in a concerted, United Kingdom fashion” (HL Deb, col. 1292), why they granted powers to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly to have different regimes concerning food safety and food standards in Scotland and Wales from those in England.

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 Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy objectives towards Iraq are being achieved.

†The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To call attention to the UK’s present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the impact of the digital broadcasting revolution on the 8.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people who live in the United Kingdom.

†The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that those who have studied at British schools elsewhere in the European Union can gain access to the student loan scheme.

†The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further help they are considering for people who were infected with hepatitis ’C’ by contaminated NHS blood products and the dependants of those who have since died in consequence of their infection.

†The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they have given to setting up a public inquiry into the undiagnosed illnesses of Gulf War veterans, as called for by the Royal British Legion.

†The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a nationwide network of children’s refuges as recommended in the Children’s Society study “Still Running”.

†The Lord Skelmersdale—To move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Postal Privilege (Suspension) Order 1999 (Revocation) Order 1999, laid before the House on 20th October, be annulled (S.I. 1999/2863).

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 1st December for debate on 15th December]

†The Lord Smith of Clifton—To call attention to the number and nature of Task Forces and similar bodies created since May 1997; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

†The Lord Reay—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on A Reformed CAP? The outcome of Agenda 2000 (8th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 61). [25th May]

†The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prosecuting Fraud on the Communities’ Finances—the Corpus Juris (9th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 62). [26th May]

†The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prospects for the Tampere Special European Council (19th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 101). [7th September]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 17th November]

The Lord Plant of HighfieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Quinquennial Review of the Public Trust Office will be published.      (HL1)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have asked, or will ask, NATO to disclose to the Interim Authority in Kosovo the sites and areas where armaments containing depleted uranium were used during the military campaign, so that adequate measures can be taken to protect the health of KFOR and local civilians.      (HL2)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessments they, the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Council of Europe have received concerning toxic wastes and other pollutants in the Danube and their impact on the Black Sea.      (HL3)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 31st July 1998 (WA 307), what amount of fines or compensation imposed by the European Court of Human Rights on Turkey remains unpaid; and whether Turkey is complying with the judgment of the Court in the case of Loizidov (re north Cyprus).      (HL4)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss the following matters with the Government of Turkey, in its capacity as a NATO member and European Union applicant—

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a trustee of or contributor to a ministerial blind trust may be appointed to the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee.      (HL6)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the increase in the Minimum Income Guarantee for pensioners is accompanied by any measures to make the delivery of that guarantee more effective.      (HL7)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to estimate what proportion of pensioners eligible to benefit from the Minimum Income Guarantee actually do so.      (HL8)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on the 9th November (WA 145), what is the ground of their confidence that women in Women’s Refuges should be able to supply National Insurance numbers “even if they have left home without being able to remove any personal possessions”; whether they have any information on the proportion of the population who know their National Insurance number by heart; and whether there will be any exemption for those suffering from concussion.      (HL9)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Social Security has concluded or is negotiating on any computer contract with the firm EDS.      (HL10)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what computer contracts they have concluded with the firm EDS in the last ten years.      (HL11)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their past experience of EDS computers has been satisfactory.      (HL12)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to amend the law relating to Parliamentary and Crown copyright so as to facilitate the public’s right of access to legislation and information about the workings of government.      (HL13)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 9th November (WA 142), what were the conclusions of the “pre-assessment audit” of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate’s preparedness for Investors in People.      (HL14)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any discrimination on the basis of gender or disability in the laws or practice obtaining in the Crown Dependencies of Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man.      (HL15)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the right to take part in the conduct of public affairs and the right of access to public service, guaranteed by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, is secured for the people of Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man.      (HL16)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights may be invoked before the domestic courts of Jersey, Guernsey or the Isle of Man.      (HL17)

The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the number of re-markings, both upwards and downwards, of the initial gradings awarded at GCE ’A’ Level examinations in (a) Northern Ireland, and (b) England and Wales for 1997, 1998 and 1999.      (HL18)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, pursuant to the Prime Minister’s statement published in The Daily Telegraph of 20th October concerning entry into European Monetary Union, “That is not to say that the political and constitutional issues are not important. They are. But I have resolved them in my own mind”, what are those constitutional issues which the Prime Minister has so resolved.      (HL19)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the strength of the Retained Fire Service during the last year for which figures are available compared with the two previous years.      (HL20)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 30th July (WA 234), whether, and if so when, the Council of Ministers has adopted the Commission’s proposed amendment to Directive 80/181 on units of measures, making it compulsory for British retailers to display weights and measures of goods for sale in metric units; what steps have been taken to alert retailers, including street traders, to the change in the law which will come into effect on 31st December 1999; and what advice has been given to retailers as to how, in practice, they are to comply with the instruction that imperial measures should henceforth be displayed only as “supplementary indications”.      (HL21)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the criteria used by the European Commission for judging the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s proposal to assist small and medium firms in Northern Ireland with a 100 per cent first year capital allowance to be a state aid; on what date the Government was informed of the Commission’s ruling; and what period of time they were given by the Commission to make the necessary changes in the Finance Bill.      (HL22)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee


Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Referred to a Joint Committee

    City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 18TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)

THURSDAY 25TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)9.30 am

TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

 
 
 
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