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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

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MONDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That, in the event that one or more statutory instruments relating to Northern Ireland are laid before the House this week, a motion or motions to approve them may, notwithstanding the practice of the House, be moved forthwith; and that Standing Order 72 (Affirmative Instruments) be dispensed with to enable the motion or motions to be taken, notwithstanding that no report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on the instruments has been laid before the House.

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]

†The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to help solve the conflict between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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 Williams of Mostyn]

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 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 Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scope of medical examination and follow-up undertaken for members of H M Armed Forces who were at any time located in, or passed through, areas contaminated by depleted uranium during and after Operation Granby.

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.

†*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.

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.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they have to influence local authority social services; and whether they intend to use or augment these powers to reduce the disparities between authorities.

†*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when British citizenship will be given to the people of the Overseas Territories.

WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

†*The Baroness Jeger—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why does the European Union continue to subsidise the growing of tobacco; and how much was spent on this subsidy in the last financial year.

THURSDAY 16TH DECEMBER

†*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 Annan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often the flight paths into Heathrow Airport are changed.

†*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to retain the United Kingdom’s veto seat on the United Nations Security Council.

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 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.

†The Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the role of sport in schools.

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.

†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 Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the future of the coal industry and related coal engineering industries; 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

25TH NOVEMBER 1999

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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 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 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 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)

18th November

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, 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 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)

22nd November

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)

23rd November

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report by Sir David Ramsbotham, Chief Inspector of Prisons, into conditions at H M Prison Wandsworth; and, if not, why not.      (HL68)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the documents relevant to the death of haemophiliacs from hepatitis C after being given Factor 8, referred to in The Observer on 21st November; and, if not, why not.      (HL69)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether normal mail services to and from Serbia have been restored; and, if not, whether they will use their best endeavours to achieve this end.      (HL70)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authorities in England—

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are now able to give a date for the opening of the Westminster underground station for the Jubilee line extension; and, if not, when they expect to be able to do so.      (HL72)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Dubs on 13th May (WA 166-167), whether they will update the table showing the number of prisoners released each week since 6th September 1998 and the cumulative total, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement.      (HL73)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the criteria for de-trunking roads in the United Kingdom; and whether they will list, with the date of de-trunking in each case, those trunk roads which have been de-trunked and those which it is planned to de-trunk.      (HL74)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new by-passes were started on English trunk roads in each of the last ten years; and how many are to be started in the next three years.      (HL75)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Army’s UNICOM computer system was first introduced into units; and what is its life expectancy.      (HL76)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria and methods are used to determine whether a Royal Air Force pilot is unfit to fly through having taken alcohol or drugs; and what relevant tests are made before flights and after flying accidents.      (HL77)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of H M Armed Forces, how many “redress of grievance” cases have been related to the exercise of summary jurisdiction in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.      (HL78)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of military offences were tried summarily in Army units over the last 12 month period for which figures are available in—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of H M Armed Forces, how many “redress of grievance” cases are outstanding after more than eight weeks, in respect of—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what behaviour or actions which constitute military offences have been declared to be “prevalent” for Army units in—

24th November

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)

25th November

The Lord StallardTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the consultation on the revaluation of non-domestic rates in April 2000.      (HL102)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the outcome was of the Health Council held in Brussels on 18th November.      (HL103)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and Environment on the human health implications of organophosphates will be published.      (HL104)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the fact that 16 months have passed since the publication of the White Paper Fairer, Faster and Firmer—A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum, they now consider that where an application was made before 1st November 1994, “delay in itself will normally be considered so serious as to justify, as a matter of fairness, the grant of indefinite leave to enter or remain”, since the applicants in question will have waited for the same length of time as those who applied before 1st July 1993 at the date of the White Paper, to whom that argument was applied by paragraph 8.29 of the White Paper.      (HL105)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many involuntary acts of female genital mutilation are performed on children in the United Kingdom each year.      (HL106)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for female genital mutilation have taken place since the Female Circumcision Act 1985.      (HL107)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what emergency measures are in hand to put right the shortfall in numbers of the international police force agreed for Kosovo; and when it is expected that the planned strength will be achieved.      (HL108)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many “24 hour Operational Ration Packs” have been issued by the Ministry of Defence for operations and training in each of the last five years; and at what annual rate they are planned to be issued during each quarter of the year 2000.      (HL109)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the man-day’s holdings of Ministry of Defence operational ration packs have varied in percentage terms between May 1997 and November 1999 taking May 1997 as 100 per cent.      (HL110)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration will be given to the age profile and size of the membership of the House of Lords in future years if stage two of reform does not occur.      (HL111)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they expect will be the average age and size of the membership of the House of Lords in ten and twenty years time if the age profile of future appointments does not change significantly and if stage two of reform does not occur.      (HL112)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the implications of the GATT Uruguay Round for the protection of the environment.      (HL113)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have consulted the Food Standards Agency concerning any possible implications for food safety of a Millennium Round of Trade negotiations; and, if so, what advice they have received.      (HL114)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the World Bank’s plan to finance the resettlement of approximately 50,000 farmers in Thibet and Inner Mongolia in view of the civil rights and ecological implications of the plan.      (HL115)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development have in consultations with the Channel Islands arms exports licensing authorities over the issue of particular licences.      (HL116)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure that machine guns and stun grenades licensed for export to the Channel Islands in 1997 and 1998 have not been licensed for re-export.      (HL117)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what formula was used to allocate the funding for early education places for three year olds in 2000-01.      (HL118)

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
    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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]

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

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am
Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)11.00 am

 
 
 
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