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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Jenkins of Hillhead set down for today shall be limited to 5 hours.

†Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [HL]The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the Order of Commitment of 30th November be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

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.

†*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom does not lose European Union regional aid which is available until 31st December 1999.

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 Bach intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.]

†Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 29th November be approved. [3rd Report from the Joint Committee]

†Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1st December be approved. [3rd 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 by country for the United Kingdom’s trade exports; and whether they will consider altering the relevant Customs forms to accommodate this.

*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.

†City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]—Third Reading

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.

†Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

†ROYAL ASSENT

†[In the event that the Consolidated Fund Bill is brought from the Commons, it will be taken through all its stages this day]

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 on 7th December]

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the implementation of Agenda 2000: A New Direction for Agriculture.      (HL270)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much each charging national museum and gallery has said it would require to allow free entry for all adults in 2001; how much each charging national museum and gallery would receive from the £30 million proposed to be set aside for free entry in 2001; and what is the difference between the two figures in each case.      (HL271)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to prevent overfishing of swordfish and blue fin tuna in the Atlantic Ocean; and whether Spain has exceeded the limits on the taking of these species in any of the last seven years.      (HL272)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken both by the United Kingdom and the European Union to prevent the production of shahtoosh clothing and the resulting endangerment of the Tibetan antelope.      (HL273)

The Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to speed up the response time of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.      (HL274)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on relations with Burma, following the findings of the High Court Judicial Review into their refusal to impose economic sanctions on Burma.      (HL275)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Burmese Government to ensure that James Mawdsley can send letters to his family, receive a visit from a priest, and have access to reading and writing material.      (HL276)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the documents relating to the history of the discussions leading up to the enactment of the Merchant Shipping Act 1988 and the making of regulations under it, documents which were disclosed for the purpose of the Factortame litigation in relation to the issue of liability for breaches of Community law, and were referred to in the English courts’ decisions.      (HL277)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contact they have had with the Snowdon Award Scheme in relation to disabled students’ allowances; what conclusions they have reached on extending these allowances to part-time students in England and Wales; and when an announcement can be expected.      (HL278)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was paid by the Crown towards the costs of General Pinochet’s appeal to the House of Lords, following the rehearing of the case necessitated by Lord Hoffmann’s failure to declare his connection with Amnesty International.      (HL279)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the arrest of General Pinochet, they consider that British firms will be excluded from future military equipment orders from Chile; and what is their estimate of the total value of the business potentially lost.      (HL280)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the statement of the representatives of Governments at the Central and South America conference in Havana, rejecting extra territorial application of laws and interference by European countries in the internal affairs of other countries.      (HL281)

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] [16th December]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Local Government [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL] [14th December]
    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 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
    Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) 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]

WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)9.30 am
(Science and Society)
City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass10.00 am
Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 (Joint Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee11.15 am

TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 11TH JANUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

 
 
 
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