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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether full naval and Royal Air Force patrols will continue over the Christmas period.

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 Croy—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 Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they will use to assess bids for the Millennium Dome and ancillary areas to be sold after the end of the Millennium Experience on 31st December 2000.

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to introduce substantial changes in the National Lottery, and in the way in which the proceeds are distributed, when the Lottery licence is next renewed.

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

THURSDAY 13TH JANUARY

†*The Lord Davies of Oldham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies are being developed to reduce the number of child deaths caused by road accidents.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they are giving to the transport needs of Wales.

TUESDAY 18TH JANUARY

†Kent County Council Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Thomson of Monifieth]

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.

†The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Forty-fifth Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.

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 14th December, or unanswered after 21 days]

23rd November

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the documents relevant to the death of haemophiliacs from hepatitis C after being given Factor 8, referred to in The Observer on 21st November; and, if not, why not.      (HL69)

14th December

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Legal Education and Conduct intends to publish its eighth and final report.      (HL381)

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the Bilateral Concordat between the Lord Chancellor’s Department and the Cabinet of the National Assembly for Wales.      (HL382)

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for publishing a Defence White Paper.      (HL383)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints Trading Standards Officers have received concerning contraventions of the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Regulations 1995.      (HL384)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times manufacturers and distributors have been found to be in contravention of the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Regulations 1995.      (HL385)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times manufacturers or distributors of formula or follow-on milks have been fined under the Infant Formula and Follow-on Formula Regulations 1995.      (HL386)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of health authorities and trusts have made sufficient breast pumps available for free loan to mothers of premature or sick babies who cannot feed at the breast.      (HL387)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the advantages of breast milk for premature babies, what plans they have to increase the number and distribution of milk banks throughout the United Kingdom.      (HL388)

The Lord ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether political staff at 10 Downing Street, whose salaries are funded by the Labour Party, are covered by the same restrictions as civil servants regarding publication of memoirs; and whether they are required to sign the Official Secrets Act.      (HL389)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the role and responsibilities of the office of Prime Minister.      (HL390)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the statute law and common law provisions that govern the office of Prime Minister.      (HL391)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to cap the numbers of those who work in 10 Downing Street and the expenditure on them.      (HL392)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a Prime Minister’s Department.      (HL393)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what Parliamentary scrutiny there is of the operations of, and expenditure on, 10 Downing Street.      (HL394)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a joint committee of both Houses of Parliament to oversee the constitutional role of 10 Downing Street.      (HL395)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what acts of racial discrimination, if any, have been done for the purpose of safeguarding national security, under section 42 of the Race Relations Act 1976, since the entry into force of that Act.      (HL396)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that section 76 of the Race Relations Act 1976 applies to the appointment of Queen’s Counsel and judicial appointments.      (HL397)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a practice for Ministers to inform Parliament whether they consider that primary and secondary legislation being considered by Parliament is compatible with the obligations of the United Kingdom under European Community law.      (HL398)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the net effect on public expenditure of scrapping the arrangements for dispersal and support of asylum seekers set up in the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and restoring full entitlement of social security benefits (a) at a 90 per cent rate of income support and (b) at a 100 per cent rate of income support.      (HL399)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost of restoring full entitlement to social security benefits to 16 to 17-year-olds (a) at the present rates for those under 18 and (b) at full adult rates.      (HL400)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost of abolishing the Single Room Rent restriction on housing benefit for those under 25 (a) as a gross cost and (b) as a net cost; and how they calculate the difference between the two.      (HL401)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the administrative costs of the Child Support Agency.      (HL402)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost of raising (a) social security benefits across the board by one per cent and (b) income support by one per cent, assuming no change in the numbers of people dependent on benefits.      (HL403)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many courts-martial took place in London district for each of the last six years for which figures are available; and, if no figures are available, why not.      (HL404)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the last five years, how many courts-martial found the accused other than guilty; and, if no figures are available, why not.      (HL405)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many army personnel in London district elected for court-martial trial in each of the last six years for which figures are available; and, if no figures are available, why not.      (HL406)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what use is made of the UNICOM computer system in administering summary jurisdiction.      (HL407)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when development of the army’s current UNICOM computer system was first started; and what has been the cost of the system to date.      (HL408)

The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent investigation has been undertaken to validate the financial and employment consequences of a European Union-wide withholding tax.      (HL409)

The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the proposals they intend to put forward during the new round of discussions on the European Union withholding tax following the Helsinki European Council on 10th to 11th December.      (HL410)

The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals, trusts and companies they believe would be adversely affected by a European Union-wide withholding tax.      (HL411)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals for the management of rural common land in England and Wales; and, if so, when they will appear.      (HL412)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what recognition in terms of additional remuneration will be given to staff who are working in the Palace of Westminster on 31st December 1999 or 1st January 2000 or both.      (HL413)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received concerning arms purchases by the Government of Sudan as a result of income from oil derived from the southern provinces; and whether they will discuss these reports within the European Union, the Inter-Government Authority on Development, and more widely.      (HL414)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what articles in the European Treaties and what regulations, Directives or decisions made with the authority of those Treaties, and what judgments made by the European Court of Justice require the United Kingdom to permit companies in the European Union, not incorporated in the United Kingdom, to donate funds in support of one or other side in a United Kingdom referendum campaign; and what they will do to mitigate or limit the effects of such foreign donations on domestic electoral affairs.      (HL415)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their Pre-Budget Statement and to the statement by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 9th December (HL Deb, col. 1460) about low British investment and productivity, what are their present estimates of the time required to close the gap between United Kingdom productivity performance and that of our principal competitors, Germany, France and Italy, in the European Union.      (HL416)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the principal differences between the United Kingdom’s definition of Government borrowing in the Public Sector Borrowing Requirement and that used in the European Union in calculating excess deficits; what has been the percentage of Gross Domestic Product borrowed by the Government under United Kingdom definitions during the last four available years; and what would have been the percentage figures, using European Union definitions.      (HL417)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 8th December (WA 93), what were the particular features of the original scheme for granting small and medium firms in Northern Ireland 100 per cent capital allowances to which the Commission objected when the scheme was notified to Brussels on 30th September 1998; what reasons were given by the Commission to justify its ruling that the scheme was incompatible with the State Aid rules; and in particular why the scheme was not exempted from those rules by the provisions of paragraph 3(a) and (c) of Treaty Article 87.      (HL418)

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) [16th February]

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]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Kent County Council [HL] [18th January]
    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]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [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]

WEDNESDAY 15TH DECEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass12.15 pm
Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 (Joint Committee)
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)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 12TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

TUESDAY 18TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 25TH JANUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

 
 
 
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