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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

TUESDAY 14TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

[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 Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to investigate allegations that some elderly patients in NHS hospitals are being denied, or prevented from taking, necessary food and drink.

†Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL]—The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Armed Forces Discipline Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 10

Schedule 1

Clauses 11 to 13

Schedule 2

Clauses 14 to 25

Schedule 3

Clauses 26 and 27

Schedule 4

Clause 28.

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]

MONDAY 10TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to start the Pet Travel Pilot Scheme.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the effect on the Post Office and its network of the ending of the payment of benefits through the Post Office.

TUESDAY 11TH JANUARY

†*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 Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and, if so, how, Task Forces are held accountable to Parliament.

†*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 relevant to the carriage by taxis of guide dogs accompanying blind persons will be put into effect.

WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the concern being expressed by educational authorities in developing countries about the demise of the former Education Low-priced Book Scheme, they will consider offering financial support to the Educational Low-priced Sponsored Texts (ELST) charitable trust.

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 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 or amended on 13th December]

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the status of the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong after the Joint Liaison Group ceases to meet on 1st January 2000.      (HL339)

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have granted a licence for the export of electrical firing cable to the HALO Trust in Kosovo.      (HL340)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press the European Commission to bring quickly an action for interlocutory proceedings in the European Court of Justice against France to open up the French market to British beef.      (HL341)

The Lord WigoderTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 9th December (WA 103), what is their estimate of savings obtained or expenditure incurred by making separately each of the six assumptions set out in the Answer; and what is the basis of the calculation in each case.      (HL342)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the practices and procedures for the scrutiny of proposed delegated legislation by Government Departments to secure compatibility with the obligations imposed upon the United Kingdom by the international human rights covenants and conventions to which the United Kingdom is party.      (HL343)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a procedure to ensure that, where secondary legislation amends primary legislation and is not subject to affirmative resolution, written statements made by Ministers as to whether they consider the secondary legislation to be compatible with the Convention rights are published in a form which enables Members of each House of Parliament to be aware of Ministers’ views when such legislation is laid before each House.      (HL344)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify each occasion during the past three years in which a Minister of the Crown, acting personally, or any other person acting on his behalf, has discriminated against another person on grounds of ethnic or national origin in carrying out (a) immigration and (b) nationality functions.      (HL345)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify any acts of racial discrimination done under section 41(1) of the Race Relations Act 1976, since the entry into force of that Act.      (HL346)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made with Ministerial approval under section 41(2)(a) of the Race Relations Act 1976 since the entry into force of that Act.      (HL347)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions, if any, have been imposed by a Minister of the Crown under section 41(2)(b) of the Race Relations Act 1976 since the entry into force of that Act.      (HL348)

The Lord StrathclydeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list, with dates of appointment and of service, Members of the House of Lords who have, since May 1997, served on, or been appointed to—

or who have acted as Ministerial Special Advisers, including in the lists for all categories both those who were Members of the House of Lords at the time of appointment or during service, and those who have been made Members of the House of Lords subsequently.       (HL349)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date in each of the last three years the wreaths laid at the Cenotaph during Remembrance Week were subsequently removed.      (HL350)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th December (HL Deb, col. 1276), how many individuals serve on each of the 250 short-term working groups; what are the group’s titles; and to whom are they are accountable.      (HL351)

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the latest year available, how many—

what is the range of sizes of sixth forms in secondary comprehensive schools in England; and what is the range of sizes of sixth forms in secondary grammar schools in England.       (HL353)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 8th April 1998 (WA 144) and the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 6th December 1999 (WA 76)—

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current annual per capita spend on cancer treatment and research; and how this compares with other European countries.      (HL355)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Department of Health is making in its Human Rights Act 1998 audit.      (HL356)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask the Chairman of Committees what is the total number of “hits” to date on the website pages of each of the separate reports of (a) the European Communities Committee and (b) the Science and Technology Committee in the 1998-99 Session.      (HL357)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the government-wide audit of compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights was begun; and on what date it is expected to be completed.      (HL358)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask the Leader of the House what plans she has to publicise the answers to Peers’ questions and points raised in debate given by way of letters or by placing papers in the Library of the House.      (HL359)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Lagos, the Socialist candidate for the Presidency of Chile, has made any representations, either directly or indirectly through Socialist International, for the release of General Pinochet.      (HL360)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government under what legislative provision central funds paid the legal costs of General Pinochet resulting from the second hearing in the House of Lords.      (HL361)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice has been given to Ministers other than the Home Secretary about comments they may make on General Pinochet.      (HL362)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to support and assist British citizens living abroad with any application to the European Court of Human Rights against a foreign country; and, if not, why not.      (HL363)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will examine the case of Mr Dick-Erickson who has applied for a re-hearing before the European Court of Human Rights of the case of alleged medical manslaughter of his mother in a public hospital in Florence with a view to assisting him with his application.      (HL364)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a proper use of taxpayers’ money to make grants of £154,000 during the past two years to the British Fluoridation Society, in view of the differing views on the moral, commercial and health aspects of water fluoridation.      (HL365)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what scrutiny measures are in place to ensure that the £154,000 of taxpayers’ money given to the British Fluoridation Society is under proper financial control.      (HL366)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Fluoridation Society (BFS) has supplied them with details of what use has been made and is being made of the £154,000 of taxpayers’ money given to them; and what measures are taken to ensure that any information disseminated by the BFS using that money is accurate and impartial.      (HL367)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comment by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 2nd December (HL Deb, col. 915), whether in September 1998 the Government indicated that the threat of a withholding tax was resulting in a flow of money away from the European Union, particularly from London.      (HL368)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the current members of the Strategic Communications Unit together with the dates of their appointment.      (HL369)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the current members of the Media Monitoring Unit together with the dates of their appointment.      (HL370)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of running the Strategic Communications Unit for 1998-99; and what is its estimated cost for the current financial year.      (HL371)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures are in place to ensure that the Strategic Communications Unit distinguishes between legitimate activity on behalf of the Government and activity which could unduly advantage the party of Government.      (HL372)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to Fifa about Fifa’s decision to move the next women’s association football World Cup from 2003 to 2002, the year scheduled for the holding of the men’s World Cup; and what they anticipate will be the consequences of the change of date upon the publicity given to the women’s World Cup by the press and broadcasters.      (HL373)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken in 1999 to promote the playing of football by women.      (HL374)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received on whether European Union rules would forbid funding BBC Online from advertising revenue while it remains a service funded by the licence fee payer.      (HL375)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to introduce statutory protection for historic cinemas on the same basis as that awarded to theatres.      (HL376)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the contribution made by sports tourism to the economy of the United Kingdom.      (HL377)

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]
    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Local Government [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Care Standards [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [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 consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Local Government Best Value (Exemption) (England) Order 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 14TH DECEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass2.00 pm
Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 (Joint Committee)
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

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
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

TUESDAY 25TH JANUARY

Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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