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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

THURSDAY 25TH NOVEMBER

At three o’clock

[Prayers will have been read]

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

*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 Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take emergency action to get supplies of food, drink, fuel and medicine to St Helena before Christmas, following the temporary immobilisation of the only cargo ship regularly supplying the island.

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.

Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

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).

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.

†Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

†Nuclear Safeguards Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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 Earl Ferrers—To call attention to the countryside; and to move for papers.

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.

†Succession to the Crown (Amendment)—The Lord Forsyth of Drumlean to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to allow that Her undoubted Prerogative and interest may not stand in the way of the consideration by Parliament during the present Session of any measure to remove the bar on a person who is not, or who is married to a person who is not, a protestant to succeed to the Crown, and for connected purposes.

†Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER

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

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are considering to make more effective use of roadside speed cameras and the penalties for driving at excessive speeds.

*The Lord Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum wind strength which the Millennium Wheel (London Eye) has been designed to withstand (a) when stationary and (b) when in use.

†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.

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.

*The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways they seek to modernise the United Nations and how they will work to make the Security Council more effective and more representative.

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.

WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they raised human rights and democracy with the Amir of Bahrain during his visit to Britain.

*The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a contingency plan to protect the public from the effects of radiation in the event of a major nuclear incident at the factory of Rolls Royce Nuclear Energy Services Ltd at Raynesway, Derby.

†*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision of the United States Senate not to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, and the Geneva Conference’s decision to spend a year discussing procedure, increases the possibility of nuclear war early in the coming millennium.

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

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

THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER

*The Lord Bowness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when a response to the report by Stephen Crow and Rosamund Whittaker on house building in the South East is to be published.

*The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what purpose Ministerial blind trusts serve.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a scheme similar to the public bond issue for the New York subway should be introduced for the London Underground.

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.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to provide adequate accommodation for the Prime Minister’s official staff.

†*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to revoke the European Commission’s ban on phthalate plasticisers.

TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER

†*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will re-examine the way in which figures for the United Kingdom’s trade exports by country of destination are calculated.

†*The Baroness Cumberlege—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the rising rate of caesarian sections.

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 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 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 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 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.

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they view the current state of peace negotiations in the Middle East.

†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.

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.

The Lord Bridges—To call attention to the long-term problems caused by coastal erosion; 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.

PART III

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]

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]

†The Lord St John of Bletso—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Enlargement of the EU: progress and problems (21st Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 118). [24th November]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 24th November]

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any changes to the European Union oil embargo against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.      (HL82)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to amend the Forestry Commission’s Departmental Expenditure Limit for 1999-2000.      (HL83)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on lifting the French ban on United Kingdom beef imports.      (HL84)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 22nd November.      (HL85)

The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which missions and international organisations have outstanding balances of over £10,000 as at 31st March in respect of National Non Domestic Rates.      (HL86)

The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the annual report of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority.      (HL87)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Chairman of Committees how he has determined the price at which departing hereditary peers have been offered the opportunity to buy computer equipment on loan from the Computer Office; and what he intends to do with those computers which are handed back to the Computer Office.      (HL88)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect in military law of a military offence being declared “prevalent”.      (HL89)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what joint operations or exercises involving United Kingdom forces have taken place outside the United Kingdom since 1st March with members of the armed forces of states that are not parties to the Ottawa Convention; and how many such joint operations involved the use or planning of the use of anti-personnel mines.      (HL90)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the outcome of the assessment, carried out by the Office for National Statistics at the request of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, of the reasons for the fall in self-employed jobs in the tourist-related industries by 17,000 over the year to December 1998.      (HL91)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the impact of on-line Internet travel bookings on the loss of business suffered by high street travel agencies in the United Kingdom for the years 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL92)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date in 1997 the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture visited the United Kingdom; when they propose to publish the report of that visit; why it has not already been published; and when the Government’s reply will be published.      (HL93)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance by the Law Commission of its statutory functions and with the progress towards legislation on the Commission’s reports.      (HL94)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to bring forward legislation to reform the law concerning offences against the person.      (HL95)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to change the arrangements for the funding of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority so as to make the Authority financially independent of clinics to which it grants or refuses licences.      (HL96)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules)

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 Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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 25TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)9.30 am

MONDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass10.30 am
Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 (Joint Committee)

TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
House of Lords’ Offices Committee3.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)4.30 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 1ST DECEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER

Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)11.00 am

 
 
 
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