MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER
*The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys 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 YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to provide adequate accommodation for the Prime Ministers official staff.
*The Lord TaverneTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to revoke the European Commissions ban on phthalate plasticisers.
*The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys 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]db1
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government how they view the current state of peace negotiations in the Middle East.
Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [HL]Grand Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)
TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys 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 Kingdoms trade exports; and whether they will consider altering the relevant Customs forms to accommodate this.
*The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy towards the rising rate of caesarian sections.
*The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys 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 DholakiaTo ask Her Majestys 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 DarwenTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to help children living with HIV/AIDS.
WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER
*The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majestys 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-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government what they anticipate the NHS financial deficit will be in this financial year.
*The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they favour retention of the Salisbury convention when Her Majestys Opposition have no voting majority in either House of Parliament.
The Earl of CarnarvonTo 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 WathTo call attention to the future of the coal industry and related coal engineering industries; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majestys 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 oclock]
*The Lord MethuenTo ask Her Majestys 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 AnnanTo ask Her Majestys Government how often the flight paths into Heathrow Airport are changed.
*The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to retain the United Kingdoms veto seat on the United Nations Security Council.
Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]Committee [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]
[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
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has further increased, is still increasing and ought significantly to be diminished.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys 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 WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether their policy objectives towards Iraq are being achieved.
The Lord Pearson of RannochTo call attention to the UKs present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys 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 ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys 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 RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will set up a nationwide network of childrens refuges as recommended in the Childrens Society study Still Running.
The Lord NorthbourneTo 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 KnaythTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have made any response to Rehabilitation Internationals newly promulgated Charter for disabled people worldwide.
The Viscount Colville of CulrossTo ask Her Majestys 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 VinsonTo 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 TonbridgeTo ask Her Majestys Government what they consider to be the role of sport in schools.
The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo call attention to the case for earlier detection and palliative intervention in countries exposed to ethnic conflicts; and to move for papers.
The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to improve maternity services.
The Lord Holme of CheltenhamTo ask Her Majestys 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 NasebyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on opening up transatlantic flights to new entrant carriers.
The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majestys Government how they reconcile their maintenance of nuclear weapons with their claim to support nuclear disarmament.
The Earl RussellTo call attention to the Rowntree Report Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 1999; and to move for papers.
The Viscount FalklandTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to improve and increase the control and regulation of betting on horse racing in order to combat any increase in criminal activity.
MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE
[Ballot on 12th January for debate on 26th January]
The Lord Smith of CliftonTo call attention to the number and nature of Task Forces and similar bodies created since May 1997; and to move for papers.
The Lord BridgesTo call attention to the long-term problems caused by coastal erosion; and to move for papers.
The Lord HaskelTo 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 ChadlingtonTo 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.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord Lewis of NewnhamTo 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 SaltaireTo 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 8th December]
The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majestys Government when they intend to agree the Ministry of Defence concordat with the Scottish Executive and Welsh Assembly. (HL283)
The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect to publish the Bilateral Concordat between the Lord Chancellors Department and the Scottish Executive. (HL284)
The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majestys Government who are the current members of the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee; and what were the dates of their appointment. (HL285)
The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th December, whether they are satisfied that impartiality and political balance are maintained in the event that a trustee of or contributor to a ministerial blind trust is appointed to the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee. (HL286)
The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they believe that the European Unions proposed Takeover Directive will act in the best interests of the City of London in particular and of Europe-wide competition more generally. (HL287)
The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majestys Government to what extent they believe that the German Governments support for Mannesmann against the hostile takeover bid from Vodafone AirTouch is consistent with their Third Way principles. (HL288)
The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the European Unions proposed Takeover Directive makes adequate competitive and commercial provision for trans-national takeovers of Member States companies. (HL289)
The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majestys Government whether German opposition to Vodafone AirTouchs bid for Mannesmann exposes deficiencies in the European Unions proposed Takeover Directive, particularly with respect to European competition policy. (HL290)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 10th November (WA 160-161), whether they agree with the advice given by the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group that the use of sewage sludge in French animal feed causes no immediate public health risk. (HL291)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 24th November (WA 15), why they will not say what are the political and constitutional issues concerning entry to the European Monetary Union which the Prime Minister has resolved in his own mind. (HL292)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government for which categories of professional and vocational qualifications VAT is charged on training. (HL293)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government when they changed their minds from the policy articulated by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on second reading of the Geneva Conventions (Amendment) Bill (HL Deb, 15th July 1997, col. 989) that they could not support the criminalisation of offences under common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions in United Kingdom domestic law. (HL294)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government when they intend to establish a Joint Committee on Human Rights. (HL295)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government how many contracts have been concluded, and with which firms or agencies, to undertake public law work under the new legal aid contracts; and how many starts are allowed and for what period of time in each contract. (HL296)
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Home Secretary has at any time written to Mr Valdes, the Chilean Foreign Minister, about General Pinochet. (HL297)
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government how many prisoners there are in the United Kingdom aged over 80; and what is the age of the oldest prisoner in the United Kingdom. (HL298)
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government why the leak enquiry into the second hearing on General Pinochet by the House of Lords has still not reported; and when it is expected to do so. (HL299)
The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majestys Government what level of Climate Change Levy is to apply to (a) kerosene for industrial use and (b) liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) for industrial use. (HL300)
The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the emissions of carbon dioxide per tonne used in industrial use of (a) kerosene and (b) liquefied petroleum gas (LPG). (HL301)
The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will define rural poverty. (HL302)
The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will publish the terms of reference of the Political Honours Scrutiny Committee. (HL303)
The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their regional policy. (HL304)
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government which Government Department takes the lead on issues of discrimination based on sexual orientation; and what policies are being formulated to outlaw such discrimination. (HL305)
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government what actions they have taken in the last few weeks to support the peace process in the Democratic Republic of Congo following the Lusaka agreement. (HL306)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Limited Liability Partnerships [HL] [9th December]
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
Care Standards [HL] [13th December]
Race Relations (Amendment) [HL] [14th December]
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Transport Salaried Staffs Association (Amendment of Rules)
Committed to a Grand Committee
Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL] [13th December]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Armed Forces Discipline [HL] [16th December]
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
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
THURSDAY 9TH DECEMBER