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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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 for 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 Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the President of the European Central Bank in his concern about the impact of political decisions on the value of the euro.

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.

†House of Lords’ Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee be agreed to. (HL Paper 9)

†The Lord Williams of Elvel—To move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert “except for paragraph 2(b)”.

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

Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999—The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 2nd November be approved. [30th Report from the Joint Committee, Session 1998-99]

Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd November be approved. [1st Report from the Joint Committee]

Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17th November be approved. [1st Report from the Joint Committee]

Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 1999—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th November be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 25th November be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (England) Regulations 1999—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 25th November be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†Care Standards Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

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

TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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 Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authorities have applied to the Home Office to invoke the powers to impose curfews on children under 10 following the passage of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.

†Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

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

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

†[At eleven o’clock]

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

The Lord Holme of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the creation of sustainable livelihoods as the spearhead of their anti-poverty strategy in the less developed countries.

†The Lord Naseby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on opening up transatlantic flights to small carriers.

†The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile their maintenance of nuclear weapons with their claim to support nuclear disarmament.

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.

†The Lord Chadlington—To call attention to the high levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly in prisons and amongst the young male population; 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 or amended on 6th December]

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British jobs depend on British exports of goods and commercial services to the other 14 European Union countries; and how many jobs in those 14 European Union countries depend on exports of goods and commercial services to the United Kingdom.      (HL175)

The Lord Davies of CoityTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report of the Advisory Group on Openness in the Public Sector is due to be published.      (HL239)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prohibit the use of genetic tests by insurance companies.      (HL240)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in setting up the promised Public Health Observatories.      (HL241)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to follow up Greg Dyke’s review of the NHS Charter.      (HL242)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish a national dental strategy.      (HL243)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many privatised rail companies are still offering apex concessionary fares; and how many have reduced the number offered or altered the terms on which they may be obtained.      (HL244)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they justify taxing travel insurance on flights and holidays, however austere, at 3.5 times the rate applicable to insurance of property, however valuable.      (HL245)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the incidence of marriage break-up in the army compared to the rest of the population.      (HL246)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include the following wards in Cumbria in the new Objective 2 Designation currently under discussion with the European Commission; and, if not, why not—

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which offences triable either way in the magistrates’ courts or on indictment in the Crown Court were re-classified as summary only in 1988; and whether there has been any further re-classification since that date.      (HL248)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the estimated effect of re-classifying either way offences as summary only offences on the number of defendants committed for trial in the Crown Court.      (HL249)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to abolish Green Form assistance in legally aided criminal cases, as recommended in the report of the Review of Delay in the Criminal Justice System, 1997.      (HL250)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list any Home Office Bills in recent times for which the Attorney General has been the principal Government spokesman in either House of Parliament.      (HL251)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal of the European Commission for a directive prohibiting discrimination in employment on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual orientation.      (HL252)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal of the European Commission for a directive prohibiting discrimination on the grounds of racial or ethnic origin in employment, education, the provision of goods and services and social protection.      (HL253)

The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when British citizenship will be given to the people of the Overseas Territories.      (HL254)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current position with respect to the completion of the Secretary of State’s new official residence in Scotland.      (HL255)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funds have already been committed in relation to the Secretary of State’s new official residence in Scotland; and what is the current estimate as to the total cost likely to be incurred.      (HL256)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated date of completion of the Secretary of State for Scotland’s new official residence in Scotland.      (HL257)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Forest Enterprise has sold softwood thinnings during the 1998-99 and 1999-2000 financial years, at uneconomic prices, with consequent harm to other softwood owners, as a result of financial pressure from the Treasury; and, if so, whether they will stop such selling.      (HL258)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask for clemency for the 13 Iranian Jews, four students and any others, facing the penalty of death in Iran.      (HL259)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent closure of three newspapers and the conviction of Mr Abdollah Nowri, editor and Tehran City Councillor, by a Clerical Court, have altered their appreciation of the current situation in Iran.      (HL260)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many anti-personnel mines or devices which could be used as such are stocked by other governments or their armed forces, or on behalf of other governments and their armed forces, in the United Kingdom.      (HL261)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the humanitarian predicament of the people of Congo Brazzaville; and what action they are supporting to meet their needs.      (HL262)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept or reject the analysis in The Observer, including the material published on 25th November, of why the Chinese embassy in Belgrade was bombed in May; and what are the implications, if any, for bilateral relations with China and for the integrated command structure of NATO.      (HL263)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have studied reports of a recent speech by Vice-Premier Li Lanqing to the Chinese Communist Party’s supreme decision-making body in which he is alleged to have stated that 37,792 detentions of members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement took place in Peking between July and October of this year; and what representations about this they have made to the Government of China in pursuance of their foreign policy human rights commitments.      (HL264)

The Lord TrefgarneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of the 160 peers, referred to by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 6th December, who were on the Voters Register in the Kensington and Chelsea parliamentary constituency at the time of the recent by-election.      (HL265)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask the Chairman of Committees what are the rules governing the provision of papers, official reports, documents, The Stationery Office publications and papers on The Stationery Office Daily List to Members of the House of Lords; what are the restrictions on numbers and cost; and whether they will list the organisations and Government bodies who provide such services.      (HL266)

The Earl of DundonaldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the obligations imposed by section 348(1) of the Companies Act 1985 extend to the registered office, being “an office”, of a company as required in accordance with section 287 of the same Act; whether the position is unaltered if the company is dormant or otherwise not trading; and whether, given that section 744 of the same Act defines “place of business” as including a share transfer or share register office, the obligations imposed by section 348 extend to such premises.      (HL267)

The Lord GeddesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Sainsbury of Turville intends to publish the contents of the speech he was to have made during the debate on Electricity from Renewables on 5th November.      (HL268)

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]
    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Local Government [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]

TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee E)in Luxembourg
City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass10.30 am
Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 (Joint Committee)
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
European Union (Select 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

TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER

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

WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
European Union (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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