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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

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.

†Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointed Day) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th November be approved.

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 of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to save the 3,000 jobs threatened at Scottish offshore fabrication yards.

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.

†Local Government Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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.

†Children (Leaving Care) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

†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).

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 Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing the number of QUANGOs.

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.

†Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

†The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That this House approves the Government’s assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1999-2000, the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1999-2000, and the Pre-Budget Report 1999 for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.

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 take into account the final destination of goods, as opposed to their transit destination, when calculating the figures for the United Kingdom’s trade exports per country by country of destination.

*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.

†*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they anticipate the NHS financial deficit will be in this financial year.

†*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they favour retention of the Salisbury convention.

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.

†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 Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help children living with HIV/AIDS.

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 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.

†The Lord Haskel—To call attention to the need for British industry to be innovative, to adopt growth strategies and to exploit new science and technology in order to create a more competitive economy; 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]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 29th November]

The Earl of CourtownTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to bring rail freight within the scope of the Rail Regulator.      (HL119)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the numbers recorded as belonging to each of the non-Christian faiths at Haslar Prison at the latest date for which figures are available; and what arrangements have been made by the Governor to meet the spiritual needs of each of those faiths.      (HL120)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have given the Governors of Prisons in England and Wales the power to appoint visiting ministers of some non-Christian faiths, but not others, against the advice of the authorities of the faiths concerned, and sometimes without any consultation.      (HL121)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would be prepared to certify that the Prison Act 1952, as amended, complies with the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL122)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the National Beds enquiry report will be published.      (HL123)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to follow up the consultation document Fit for the Future on national standards for residential and nursing homes for older people.      (HL124)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Primary Care Groups it is anticipated will be given Primary Care Trust (PCT) status by Spring 2000; and how many will become PCTs in 2001.      (HL125)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been their financial contributions to the British Fluoridation Society for the years 1998-99 and 1999-2000.      (HL126)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what issues were discussed at the European Union Cultural Council on 23rd November; what conclusions were reached; and what future action will be taken by Her Majesty’s Government as a result of those conclusions.      (HL127)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy at the World Trade Organisation towards (a) zero tariff access for agricultural, textile and other primary and processed exports of the poorest countries to the markets of the industrialised world; (b) the elimination of subsidies on the agricultural exports of “northern” countries; and (c) flexibility in the pace of liberalisation of the economies of the poorest and most vulnerable countries.      (HL128)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they will apply in deciding which countries are eligible for 100 per cent debt relief; and what progress has been made towards introducing such debt relief.      (HL129)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the restriction of the movement of capital in poorer and more vulnerable countries of the world in order to prevent financial crises; and what they advocate as the appropriate policy of the International Monetary Fund in this respect.      (HL130)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made bilaterally and multilaterally in prioritising human development and sustainable economic policies in the application of debt relief policies; and how far the role of the International Monetary Fund in the recognition of which countries should be eligible for such relief is now shared by the World Bank, individual governments and other appropriate agencies.      (HL131)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards greater transparency and accountability in the work of the International Monetary Fund with particular reference to (a) the publication of background analysis and documents; (b) reporting by Executive Directors to national legislatures; (c) independent programme monitoring and education; and (d) stricter scrutiny of loan conditions to ensure that the social well-being of the people of the countries receiving such loans is paramount.      (HL132)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of progress towards the goal of universal primary education; when they now expect that goal to be fulfilled; and what action they are taking to speed the process.      (HL133)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and if so when, they intend to ratify the International Labour Organisation Worst Forms of Child Labour Convention, adopted on 17th June.      (HL134)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 25th November (WA 15), what were the reasons given by the European Commission for judging the small firms capital allowance to non-agricultural enterprises in Northern Ireland under Article 87 of the EC Treaties to be incompatible with state aid rules, when paragraph 3(a) of that article specifically allows for “aid to promote the economic development of areas where the standard of living is abnormally low or where there is serious under-employment”.      (HL135)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 25th November (WA 15), what representations were made by Ministers to the European Commission before the latter decided that the non-agriculture elements of the small firms in Northern Ireland capital allowance were judged to be incompatible with state aid rules; and whether Her Majesty’s Government will publish the exchanges that took place with the Commission before their decision was made.      (HL136)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many delegates are attending the World Trade Organisation meeting in Seattle from (a) the United States; (b) the United Kingdom; (c) South Africa; (d) India; and (e) Bangladesh; and what is their ratio to the population of those countries.      (HL137)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided to the poorest developing countries (a) within the African, Caribbean and Pacific group; and (b) in Asia specifically to support them during the World Trade Organisation trade negotiations in Seattle.      (HL138)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken to ensure the safety of road users from loose cats-eyes following the fatal accident on the M3 motorway in which a car passenger was killed by a dislodged cats-eye.      (HL139)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Prime Minister in his speech to the Confederation for British Industry Conference on 12th November that “the special European Council in Lisbon next spring would provide a fundamental reform of the European social model so that the European Union as a whole will be able to compete and thrive in a fast-moving global economy”, whether they will set out the reform programme to which he referred.      (HL140)

The Baroness Massey of DarwenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have approved the export licence for the supply of one Bedford truck to ACORD, a relief organisation in Sudan.      (HL141)

The Lord Gladwin of CleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Development Council held in Brussels on 11th November.      (HL142)

The Lord HaskelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what their approach is to equality issues.      (HL144)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is—

in (i) London and (ii) Birmingham; and what is the population of each city.      (HL145)

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)

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Armed Forces Discipline [HL]

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
    Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Appointed Day) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 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]

TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

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

THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)11.00 am

WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

 
 
 
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