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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

TUESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why financial support provided by the Independent Living Fund for care costs of severely disabled people is means tested where there is no means test for other care costs benefits such as Disability Living Allowance.

*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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That, unless any Lord objects, leave be given to the Chairman of Committees to move the seven motions standing in his name relating to the appointment of Select Committees and the panel of Deputy Chairmen en bloc.

†Examiner of Petitions for Private Bills—The Chairman of Committees to move, That, pursuant to Private Business Standing Order 69, Ms H E Irwin be appointed an Examiner of Petitions for Private Bills in place of Mr W A Proctor.

†Statutory Instruments—The Chairman of Committees to move, pursuant to Standing Order 73 and the resolution of the House of 16th December 1997, That as proposed by the Committee of Selection the following Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments:

L. Burnham

L. Greenway

L. Hardy of Wath

L. Skelmersdale

L. Thomas of Gresford

L. Vivian

L. Walker of Doncaster;

and that the Committee do meet with any Committee appointed by the Commons this day at a quarter past four o’clock.

†Delegated Powers and Deregulation—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to report whether the provisions of any bill inappropriately delegate legislative power, or whether they subject the exercise of legislative power to an inappropriate degree of parliamentary scrutiny; to report on documents laid before Parliament under section 3(3) of the Deregulation and Contracting Out Act 1994 and on draft orders laid under section 1(4) of that Act; and to perform, in respect of such documents and orders, the functions performed in respect of other instruments by the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments;

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:

L. Alexander of Weedon (Chairman)

L. Ampthill

L. Dahrendorf

L. Goodhart

L. Hogg of Cumbernauld

L. Mayhew of Twysden

L. Merlyn-Rees

L. Prys-Davies

L. Waddington;

That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees;

That the Committee and any sub-committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the Committee have power to co-opt any Lord for the purpose of serving on the Committee or a sub-committee;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee or any sub-committee shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out;

That the Committee do meet on Wednesday 1st December at half-past ten o’clock.

†House of Lords Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Select Committee on the House of Lords Offices be appointed and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

E. Caithness

L. Carter

L. Chalfont

L. Colwyn

L. Dholakia

L. Dixon

L. Elton

L. Gilbert

L. Harris of Greenwich

L. Henley

B. Hilton of Eggardon

L. Hunt of Wirral

L. Irvine of Lairg (Lord Chancellor)

B. Jay of Paddington

L. Laming

L. Mackay of Ardbrecknish

L. Marsh

Bp. Oxford

L. Renfrew of Kaimsthorn

L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank

B. Seccombe

B. Serota

L. Strathclyde

B. Thomas of Walliswood

L. Tordoff

L. Weatherill

L. Williams of Mostyn.

†Liaison Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to advise the House on the resources required for select committee work and to allocate resources between select committees; to review the select committee work of the House; to consider requests for ad hoc committees and report to the House with recommendations; to ensure effective co-ordination between the two Houses; and to consider the availability of Lords to serve on committees;

That as proposed by the Committee of Selection the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

L. Clinton-Davis

V. Colville of Culross

B. Jay of Paddington

L. Kimball

B. Pitkeathley

L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank

L. Strathclyde

L. Weatherill

L. Wigoder

B. Young;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers.

†Privileges—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Committee for Privileges be appointed and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees and any four Lords of Appeal be named of the Committee:

L. Allen of Abbeydale

L. Carter

L. Cledwyn of Penrhos

V. Cranborne

L. Glenamara

L. Henley

B. Jay of Paddington

L. Mackay of Clashfern

L. Marsh

L. Mayhew of Twysden

L. Rodgers of Quarry Bank

L. Strabolgi

L. Strathclyde

L. Weatherill

L. Wigoder;

That the Committee have power to appoint sub-committees and that such sub-committees have power to appoint their own Chairman; and

That the Committee have power to co-opt any Lord for the purposes of serving on any sub-committee.

†Personal Bills—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider personal bills and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords together with the Chairman of Committees be named of the Committee:

L. Astor of Hever

L. Hogg of Cumbernauld

L. Sandberg

L. Templeman

L. Wilberforce.

†Deputy Chairmen of Committees—The Chairman of Committees to move, That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be appointed as the panel of Lords to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this session:

L. Aberdare

V. Allenby of Megiddo

L. Ampthill

L. Brougham and Vaux

L. Burnham

L. Carter

L. Cocks of Hartcliffe

B. Cox

L. Dean of Harptree

L. Elliott of Morpeth

L. Elton

B. Gardner of Parkes

L. Graham of Edmonton

L. Henley

B. Hooper

B. Lockwood

L. Lofthouse of Pontefract

L. Lyell

L. McColl of Dulwich

L. McIntosh of Haringey

C. Mar

L. Methuen

L. Murton of Lindisfarne

B. Nicol

V. Oxfuird

B. Serota

V. Simon

L. Skelmersdale

L. Strabolgi

B. Turner of Camden.

†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 Industrial, 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.

†*The Earl of Courtown—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to establish safety and security regimes for purchasing via the Internet.

[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.

†The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take steps to end the present mandatory requirement on personal pension fund holders to purchase an annuity at the age of 75.

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.

MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER

†*The Lord Skelmersdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Minister for Women is recommending the Prime Minister to take paternal leave.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will make at the World Trade Organisation talks to ensure environmental concerns are addressed.

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 they consider 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.

†The Viscount Colville of Culross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have checked all Statutory Instruments issued since May 1997 for compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights (and especially with Article 8, Right to respect for private and family life); and whether they will in future attach to every such Instrument a Statement of Compliance.

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 22nd November]

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, and what reasons the Commission gave; 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)

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of (a) the loss of revenue and (b) the additional danger of fire resulting from the installation of supplementary fuel tanks in vehicles entering the United Kingdom, both during transit via ferry or train and in a road accident.      (HL52)

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of any safety hazards involved, operators of trains or ferries bringing lorries into the United Kingdom have any obligation to refuse to carry vehicles with supplementary fuel tanks.      (HL53)

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which agency is responsible for inspecting lorries entering the United Kingdom to see whether they are fitted with supplementary fuel tanks.      (HL54)

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many checks have been carried out at ports of entry during 1999 to detect the use of supplementary fuel tanks by drivers; and how many lorries have been detained as a result.      (HL55)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refuse licences for the export of pumps and other ancillary equipment for use in connection with oil pipelines in the Sudan; and whether they will ask the European Union and other Governments to do likewise.      (HL56)

The Baroness HooperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the decision against making food and nutrition a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum, contrary to the results of the consultation process.      (HL57)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the terms of reference given to the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York for conducting the systematic scientific review of the efficacy and safety of water fluoridation; and whether these have since been varied.      (HL58)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy to await the findings of the systematic scientific review of water fluoridation currently being carried out before deciding whether to bring in further legislation in this area.      (HL59)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their review of the Royal Parks Agency was completed by the projected date of 30th November; and when they expect to publish their findings.      (HL60)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Review of Heritage Policy announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 18th November —

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport press release of 11th November announcing the initial work programme of the Quality Efficiency and Standards Team (QUEST)—

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Tourism Forum which will be chaired by the Secretary of State in December—

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to carry out the commitment (HL Deb, 4th November, col. 1096) to explore further what help they can provide to promote specific industry guidance on best practice in providing access for disabled people to tourism; and which organisations they will consult.      (HL64)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Summit in Istanbul.      (HL65)

The Lord GregsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in producing high level targets for improving flood and coastal defence.      (HL66)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Waiting for Third Reading

    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) [HL]
    United Reformed Church [HL]

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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