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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Select Committees of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Craig of Radley be appointed a member of the Committee of Selection, the House of Lords’ Offices Committee, the Liaison Committee, the Committee for Privileges and the Procedure of the House Committee in the place of the Lord Weatherill.

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

†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 Goodhart to move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert “save that this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to defer the coming into force of paragraphs 2 to 7 until section 4 of the Access to Justice Act 1999 has been brought into force”.

†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]

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

†Nuclear Safeguards Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)

Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn] (in the Moses Room)

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

†Life Peerages (Appointments Commission)—The Lord Kingsland 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 establish a Commission to make proposals for the conferment of life peerages under the Life Peerages Act 1958.

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] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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]

WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY

†The Lord Carrington—To call attention to the international situation; and to move for papers.

WEDNESDAY 19TH JANUARY

†The Lord Weatherill—To call attention to the situation in Pakistan; and to move for papers.

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 new entrant 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.

The Earl Russell—To call attention to the Rowntree Report “Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion 1999”; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s 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.

†The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is operating within its remit.

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.

†The Earl of Sandwich—To call attention to the case for action, bilaterally, and through inter-governmental organisations, to end bonded labour and all other contemporary forms of slavery; 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]

†The Baroness Hogg—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Non-Food Crops (First Report, HL Paper 5). [9th December]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 9th December]

The Baroness WilkinsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to implement their commitment to extend direct payments under the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996 to 16 and 17-year-olds as announced by the Secretary of State for Health, the Rt Hon Alan Milburn, at the Annual Social Services Conference on 29th October; and whether this will require legislation.      (HL312)

The Baroness WilkinsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the extension of eligibility for direct payments to people over 65 announced in the White Paper, Modernising Social Services (Cmd. 4169) a year ago, will be implemented.      (HL313)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey in his letter of 17th November that “in the next couple of weeks the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will publish a revised draft of its social inclusion action plan which will set out in more detail how we propose to implement the recommendations of the PAT 10 report for the Department for Culture, Media and Sport”, when the revised draft will be published.      (HL314)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the teaching of football to girls in schools.      (HL315)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to findings in the research report Include Me In, published by the Broadcasting Standards Commission, that broadcasting lags behind society in reflecting the multicultural nature of the United Kingdom, and that programmes are not representing everyday life.      (HL316)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement in the 22nd Annual Report of the Theatres Trust, published this month, that “in many places outside London’s West End theatre now faces a greater crisis of confidence than at any time since the war”.      (HL317)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the version of their reply to the Chilean Government’s representations for the release of General Pinochet, as released by Mr Valdes, the Chilean Foreign Minister, was accurate.      (HL318)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the reply given to the Chilean Government in response to their representations for the release of General Pinochet cannot be published in this country when it has been published in Chile.      (HL319)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the medical tests to be undertaken on General Pinochet as announced by the Home Office have not taken place.      (HL320)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether manufacturers of licensed organophosphate sheep dips are required to notify the licensing authorities of any changes they make in the trade formulation of their products; and, if so, whether any such notifications were received between 1985 and 1994; what they were; and what reasons were given for any changes.      (HL321)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the suspected adverse reactions to organophosphate sheep dips reported to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate indicated the onset of symptoms before the end of 1992 and after that date; and whether any of the reports involved children.      (HL322)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long they anticipate the Over Thirty Months Scheme for cattle will continue.      (HL323)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many licences have been issued by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions for the disposal of all types of sheep dips.      (HL324)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any instances where organs or tissue samples have been removed from the bodies of deceased Gulf Veterans without the consent of the next of kin; and, if so, who was responsible for requesting the samples; and for what purpose.      (HL325)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any evidence of the removal of glands, particularly pituitary glands, from the bodies of deceased children without the consent of their next of kin.      (HL326)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the administrative arrangements in the European Commission for covering political relations as well as aid, development, trade and economic relations with Africa.      (HL327)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify each of the “immigration and nationality functions” referred to in clause 1(1) of the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill by describing the nature of each function.      (HL328)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in respect of which of the “immigration and nationality functions” referred to in clause 1(1) of the Race Relations (Amendment) Bill they consider that it is appropriate and necessary to discriminate against an individual on the grounds of ethnic or national origins in carrying out such functions.      (HL329)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in respect of which “immigration and nationality functions” discrimination on the grounds of ethnic or national origins has been practised during the past three years.      (HL330)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, given that the treaties governing NATO and the World Trade Organisation specifically provide for the free and unilateral withdrawal of Member States from those organisations, no such provision exists in the treaties governing membership of the European Union.      (HL331)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate the value of the United Kingdom mergers and acquisitions industry to be to the British economy; and how many jobs they believe it sustains.      (HL332)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the European Union’s proposed Takeover Directive, in particular the prospect that a statute-based system will mean that takeover bids will be decided in the courts, will deliver appropriate levels of flexibility and speed.      (HL333)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the analysis of the Governor of the Bank of England that “The City has in fact gone from strength to strength, most recently coming through the global financial turbulence of the last couple of years as well as the advent of the euro at least as strong as before”; and, if so, whether they intend to ensure that their policy towards the euro will be framed with this in mind.      (HL334)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to ensure that European Union regulations do not lead to the destruction of hedgerows and, in particular, of those hedgerows which are protected under pre-1840 Enclosure Acts.      (HL335)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what damage has been done in recent years to long-distance national footpaths through the unauthorised use of motor vehicles.      (HL336)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the owner or occupier of private land should continue to be responsible for the collection and disposal of litter or dumped material deposited upon such land without authorisation or permission.      (HL337)

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 Grand Committee

    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL] [13th December]
    Nuclear Safeguards [HL] [13th December]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Armed Forces Discipline [HL] [16th December]
    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Local Government [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [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 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]

MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER

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

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 16TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

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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