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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

MONDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†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.”

and on the amendment moved by the Lord Strathclyde, 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 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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†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).

†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).

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.

†*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the subject of political repression in Belarus was discussed at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Istanbul summit-meeting.

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile their intention to build many more residential homes in South East England with the relative absence of brownfield sites and the creation of new national parks in the area.

†*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that disentitlement to means-tested benefits is a form of social exclusion.

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.

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to call young single mothers with children under four years old for interview under the New Deal, and, if so, whether pressure or inducements will be used to persuade them to go out to work.

†*The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they intend in regard to the Working Time Regulations Review, announced at the Conference of the Confederation of British Industry.

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.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent exchanges they have held with the United States Administration on proposals to develop ballistic missile defence.

†*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Defence Medical Services have the capability to meet the current and potential needs for medical care of the Armed Forces.

TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER

†*The Lord Jacobs—To ask the Leader of the House what steps she proposes to take, following the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, to improve the procedures for debating the budget in this House.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made in the revised National Curriculum for the inclusion of the non-religious point of view.

†*The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest regulations covering the travel of British subjects working with charitable non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.

WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

†The Lord Jenkins of Hillhead—To call attention to the state of British universities; and to move for papers.

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).

†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 Earl of Carnarvon—To call attention to the need for housing in the South East in the years to 2016; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Dean of Harptree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support changes in procedure to improve Parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation.

†The Baroness Darcy de Knayth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any response to Rehabilitation International’s newly promulgated Charter for disabled people worldwide.

†The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their penal policy is different from that of the last Government.

PART II

MOTION 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 REPORT

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

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 18th November]

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been employed in the Civil Service under the New Deal for the young and unemployed.      (HL28)

The Lord Evans of ParksideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will report on the recent Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in South Africa.      (HL29)

The Lord Evans of ParksideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a common pay scale for the Armed Forces.      (HL30)

The Lord Evans of ParksideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for the Armed Forces’ system of discipline.      (HL31)

The Lord Evans of ParksideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 15th and 16th November.      (HL32)

The Lord Evans of ParksideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received from the Food Chain Group.      (HL33)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask Indonesia to support the appeal by United Nations Agencies for $200 million to meet emergency needs in the island of Timor.      (HL34)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that inspections under section 432(2) and section 442 of the Companies Act 1985, and the rules of conduct of inspectors, are compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL35)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the White Paper on the forthcoming European Union intergovernmental conference; and what its scope will be.      (HL36)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 8th November (WA 117), whether they will arrange for a copy of the Presidency paper, prepared jointly with the European Union Commission and the Council Secretariat, on the results of the Tampere European Council to be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL37)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to Article 190(4) of the European Union treaty on elections to the European Parliament and to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th July (WA 55), whether, now that the Treaty of Amsterdam is in force, the European Parliament has submitted a formal proposal to the Council of Ministers concerning the adoption of common principles for European Parliamentary elections; whether decisions on these proposals are to be made in the Council by qualified majority vote or by unanimity; and what are the Government’s intentions with regard to debating these matters in Parliament before any decision is taken.      (HL38)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the report of the National Association for Mental Health’s inquiry into social exclusion and mental health problems; and what action they will take in relation to its recommendations.      (HL39)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify, in respect of the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and its use on genetically modified crops—

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify, in respect of the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and its use on genetically modified crops—

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in respect of the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and its use on genetically modified crops—

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in respect of the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and its use on genetically modified crops—

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in respect of the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and its use on genetically modified crops, what consents, if any, they have given under Regulation 6(b) of the Control of Pesticides Regulations 1986; and where and when they published such consents.      (HL44)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify, in respect of the herbicide glufosinate ammonium and its use on genetically modified crops, the extent to which, if any, they consider the Plant Protection Products Regulations 1995 to apply to their consideration of any applications for such use.      (HL45)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is provided for Ministers of the Crown in the running of government departments.      (HL46)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations from Departmental Select Committees in the House of Commons in (a) the 1997-98 and (b) the 1998-99 Sessions of Parliament have been accepted by them; and whether they will list those recommendations in the Official Report.      (HL47)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask the Chairman of Committees who has overall editorial control of the House of Lords website on the Internet; who is responsible for the design of the website; and what plans there are to render it more attractive to users of the Internet.      (HL48)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask the Chairman of Committees how many members of staff of the House of Lords are employed to deal with media inquiries and to disseminate information about the work of the House; and how this figure compares with that for the number of staff employed for media and information purposes by the Scottish Parliament.      (HL49)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, for official purposes, the start of the twenty-first century is being celebrated ninety-nine years after the start of the twentieth century was celebrated.      (HL50)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make the sale of long-term care insurance policies subject to conduct-of-business regulation by the Financial Services Authority.      (HL51)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading


AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999
    Draft Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

TUESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

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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