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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

THURSDAY 2ND DECEMBER

At three o’clock

*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.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reject any proposal for a European Union-wide withholding tax.

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 how many hereditary peers who lost the right to sit and vote in the House of Lords on the enactment of the House of Lords Act are on the electoral register in the Kensington and Chelsea parliamentary constituency but were not entitled to vote in the recent by-election.

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 and the Finance Bill 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 Strange—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can give a firm date when the Armed Forces Pension Review is to be published.

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 Bishop of St Albans

*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 when Her Majesty’s Opposition have no voting majority in either House of Parliament.

†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. (Short debate)

†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. (Short debate)

†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.

THURSDAY 16TH DECEMBER

†*The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the 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 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.

The Baroness Cumberlege—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to improve maternity services.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 12th January for debate on 26th January]

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 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 1st December]

The Lord SawyerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish a policy statement on archives.      (HL179)

The Lord SawyerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of sections 17(2) and 18 of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 has been completed.      (HL180)

The Lord SawyerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the review of compensation arrangements for members of the armed forces.      (HL181)

The Lord SawyerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the force levels in East Timor.      (HL182)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the peace keeping mission in Sierra Leone is fully resourced and funded.      (HL183)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that there is an adequate response to the United Nations consolidated appeal for Sierra Leone.      (HL184)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that their lead on the urgent funding of the programme to disarm, demobilise and reintegrate the estimated 45,000 combatants in Sierra Leone is followed by the international community.      (HL185)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the international response to the short and long term humanitarian, economic and social needs of East Timor is generously adequate and effective.      (HL186)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all displaced survivors of the events following the referendum in East Timor are enabled to return home.      (HL187)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all human rights abuses in East Timor are rigorously pursued.      (HL188)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether depleted uranium shells were fired by NATO in the recent attacks in Yugoslavia; and, if so, with what results.      (HL189)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the context of their review of the Mental Health Act 1983 they are considering the amendment of section 62, which permits electro-convulsive therapy to be administered to a patient without his or her consent; and, if so, in what way.      (HL190)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cardiac operations were performed by Great Ormond Street Hospital NHS Trust during each of the quarters ending 30th September 1998, 31st December 1998, 31st March 1999, 30th June 1999 and 30th September 1999; and what has been the average number of such operations per week since 1st October 1999.      (HL191)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the provisions of the Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill which allows for a compensation scheme to be introduced for fur breeders, whether in general it is their policy to pay financial compensation to those whose means of livelihood is removed by Government legislation.      (HL192)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any statutory restriction preventing a woman from being appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.      (HL193)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 30th November (WA 35), in what respects did Financial Times Management Services Ltd conclude that the Immigration and Nationality Directorate does not yet meet the Investors in People standard.      (HL194)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the operating budgets for the Equal Opportunities Commission for Northern Ireland and the Human Rights Commission for Northern Ireland; and upon what basis, and by what procedure, have those budgets been determined.      (HL195)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the World Trade Organisation and the opening of the Millennium Round in Seattle this week, whether the European Commissioner, Mr Lamy, or the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, speaks for the United Kingdom.      (HL196)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the frequent references made by the Chancellor of the Exchequer to his golden rule and the economic cycle, when the current cycle began; and for how many years the economic cycle will last.      (HL197)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to their Review of Television Licence Concessions which they announced would be completed by the end of November—

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the amount of support from central government grant and business rates to local authorities in Wales next year; and what percentage increase this represents.      (HL199)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the amount of income support grants to Welsh local authorities next year; and what percentage increase this represents.      (HL200)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the total amount of specific and special grants given to local authorities in Wales next year; and what percentage increase this represents.      (HL201)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many motor vehicles, recovered by the police after being stolen or abandoned or examined by the police after being dumped, were found to have no known owner or to have no current vehicle excise licence during the last three years; and whether steps are being taken to ensure that the record of ownership or the whereabouts of motor vehicles are kept up-to-date.      (HL202)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of miles of hedgerow which have been protected through the action of local planning authorities under the current regulations since these regulations came into force.      (HL203)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many miles of hedgerow have been removed since the current legislation regarding this matter came into force.      (HL204)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Council of Europe, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the NATO Partnership for Peace to consider and to produce agreed standards on how to deal with terrorism and terrorist threats, using the minimum necessary force.      (HL205)

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]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Nuclear Safeguards [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 Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 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
    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

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 2ND DECEMBER

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

TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER

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

WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)9.30 am
(Science and Society)

MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee11.15 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER

House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 11TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

 
 
 
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