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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

TUESDAY 7TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost of the Saville Inquiry into the Bloody Sunday incident has yet exceeded £150 million; and, if not, whether both Houses of Parliament will be notified when it does.

*The Lord Chan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the performance of the National Health Service Appointments Commission in appointing Non Executive Directors of Primary Care Trusts is satisfactory.

*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service breast screening techniques are sufficiently accurate.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to move beyond the enhanced Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative towards full debt sustainability in sub-Saharan Africa.

†Business of the House—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn) to move, That Standing Order 41 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on 14th January to allow the motion standing in the name of the Baroness Harris of Richmond to be taken before the motion standing in the name of the Lord Grenfell.

Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) Bill [HL]Committee [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

The Baroness Scotland of Asthal—To move, That this House takes note of the Convention on the Future of Europe.

†The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Convention on the Future of Europe (30th Report, HL Paper 163, Session 2001-02) and the Minutes of evidence taken on 8th October (HL Paper 33).

The Lord Crickhowell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Reducing the Risk: Regulating Industrial Chemicals (13th Report, HL Paper 81, Session 2001-02).

WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the independence of the Food Standards Agency.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the standards in non-grammar schools in local education authority areas where selection for secondary schools takes place.

*The Lord Bramall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the up-to-date information that appeared in the British Intelligence Dossier on Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction published in September has now been passed to the United Nations observers for verification and any necessary action.

The Lord Tombs—To call attention to the problems in the electricity supply industry created by the absence of a strategic decision mechanism; and to move for papers. [Balloted debate]

The Lord Russell-Johnston—To call attention to the stability pact for the Balkans; and to move for papers. [Balloted debate]

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to combat misleading food labelling.

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Williams of Mostyn)]

THURSDAY 9TH JANUARY

[At eleven o’clock]

National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

Voting Age (Reduction to 16) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Lucas]

    In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Lucas to move, That the bill be committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

High Hedges Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Gardner of Parkes] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

At three o’clock

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what authority they have over the operation of Transport for London.

*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which European Union and accession countries produce tobacco, and what is the present level of Common Agricultural Policy support for the product.

*The Earl of Onslow—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether communication systems within the Armed Forces are operating satisfactorily.

Public Services (Disruption) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Campbell of Alloway]

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to preserve the expertise and quality of the Public Health Laboratory Service.

†The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the well-being and competitiveness of the United Kingdom’s soap and detergent industry.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

MONDAY 13TH JANUARY

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose and annual cost of the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, and how many committees have been generated by it.

*The Lord Russell-Johnston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the operation of the self-assessment tax system is satisfactory.

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new help they are considering for people infected with hepatitis C by contaminated National Health Service blood products, and for the dependants of those who have since died as a result of their infection.

*The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether mixed sex wards have now been phased out in all National Health Service hospitals.

†Licensing Bill [HL]—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Blackstone] [First Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help they are giving to secure peace and good governance in Sudan.

In Committee Rooms 3A and 4B

At 3.30 pm

Crime (International Co-operation) Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Filkin] [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

TUESDAY 14TH JANUARY

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom sovereign bases in Cyprus will become part of the European Union on the accession of Cyprus.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards Iraq.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to regulate the development of equity release schemes.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have put in place to involve the public in their proposed public debate on genetically modified organisms; and how they propose to evaluate the public’s opinion at the conclusion of the debate.

House Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 19) be agreed to.

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the Review of EC Merger Regulation (32nd Report, HL Paper 165, Session 2001-02).

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To call attention to the flexibility of European labour markets in the light of the Report of the European Union Select Committee Working in Europe: Access for all (Session 2001-02, 15th Report, HL 88); and to move for papers.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to enlarge the market for English and Welsh timber.

*The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what calculations they have made of the recent rate of price or cost inflation in the provision of public services, notably health care and education.

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take following the report by the National Screening Committee on the visual screening of children.

THURSDAY 16TH JANUARY

†[At eleven o’clock]

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Licensing Bill will continue and conclude later today]

At three o’clock

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to make information available to the public about the prices for which properties are sold.

*The Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Israel’s settlements will be on the agenda of the Prime Minister’s conference on Palestine.

†*The Lord Mancroft—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the statement by the Minister for Rural Affairs (HC Deb, col. 756, 3rd December), when the “incontrovertible” evidence that justifies the proposed ban on deer hunting and coursing will be published and copies placed in the Libraries of both Houses.

The Baroness Cumberlege—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning the changing configuration of maternity services and the impact this is having on caesarean section rates.

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in the Moses Room]

MONDAY 20TH JANUARY

Courts Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Chancellor] [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to create a charities ombudsman.

TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY

The Lord Howe of Aberavon—To move, That this House takes note of the First Report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform. (HL Paper 17)

WEDNESDAY 22ND JANUARY

The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the needs of families with disabled children as highlighted in the Barnado’s report Still missing out?

[It is expected the debate on the Report of the Joint Committee on House of Lords Reform will continue]

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill will continue at 3.30 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

THURSDAY 23RD JANUARY

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Crime (International Co-operation) Bill will continue at 3.45 pm in Committee Rooms 3A and 4B]

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To call attention to the levels of pay of university teachers; and to move for papers.

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for the future ownership and control of postal addressing.

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies when faced with overwhelming humanitarian crises and massive violations of human rights in other countries.

The Lord Moynihan—To call attention to the state of the United Kingdom’s relations with Cuba; and to move for papers.

The Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance of the Civil Aviation Authority in regulating low-cost airlines.

The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the review of the Control of Trade in Endangered Species (Enforcement) Regulations 1997 (COTES).

The Lord Palmer—To call attention to the situation in the British countryside; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bradshaw—To call attention to the trends in the number of road deaths and casualties; and to move for papers.

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the quality and effectiveness of the United Kingdom’s railways are satisfactory.

The Baroness Scott of Needham Market—To call attention to the state of the bus industry; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Finlay of Llandaff—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to tackle the threat that obesity poses to the health and well-being of the nation.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still expect to meet the international development targets in southern Africa.

The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the role of design in improving public services; and to move for papers.

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the comparative significance of (a) the euro and (b) the United States dollar to the United Kingdom economy.

The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the services available to patients with Motor Neurone Disease are adequate.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the role of parents in providing for the needs of the nation’s children in the 21st century and to the case for making available more encouragement and support for parents; and to move for papers.

The Lord Freeman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether progress to date with the efficient use of resources in East Africa arising from debt relief and increased direct overseas aid is satisfactory.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To call attention to the case for the abolition of the judicial functions of the House of Lords and the creation of separate Supreme and Constitutional Courts; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the implications of taxation on the preservation and conservation of the cultural heritage of the United Kingdom.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the coal industry, the development of clean coal technology and the maintenance of a mining engineering industry within the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Onslow—To call attention to the use of hydrogen-powered vehicles; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts—To call attention to the impact of Attention Deficit Disorder, Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and Hypoglycaemia on academic performance and social behaviour; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lipsey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to fulfil their manifesto commitment to review the experience of new electoral systems and the Jenkins Report, with a view to assessing whether changes might be made to the electoral system for the House of Commons.

The Baroness Hooper—To call attention to recent developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being put in place for commissioning of specialised health services from April 2003.

The Baroness Maddock—To call attention to the effects of poor housing on the health and well-being of the nation; and to move for papers.

The Lord Thomas of Gresford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the law, practice and procedure of Public Interest Immunity in criminal cases.

The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to the causes of terrorism; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Greengross—To call attention to corporate social responsibility; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Greengross—To call attention to women’s health and the case for a lifecourse approach; and to move for papers.

The Lord Fowler—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat HIV/AIDS.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the threat posed by North Korea to international security and to the human rights of its citizens.

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Forum for the Future report Government’s Business—Enabling Corporate Sustainability.

The Lord Avebury—To call attention to homelessness and social deprivation of Gypsies and travellers; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the staffing situation of the Defence Medical Services is satisfactory; and what is their view of the future of the Services.

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what humanitarian assistance they have provided to people living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the last four years of civil war in that country.

The Lord Norton of Louth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the security of the ballot in elections held by postal voting.

†The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to preserve sufficient special schools for children with special needs to meet the demand.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR BALLOTED DEBATE

[Ballot on 29th January for debate on 12th February]

The Baroness Warnock—To call attention to the case for rethinking the provision for special educational needs; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the functioning and effects of the Data Protection Act 1998; and to move for papers.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s policy on the policing of illegal drugs; and to move for papers.

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To call attention to the religious element in global terrorism and appropriate interfaith responses; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dubs—To call attention to the contribution that renewable sources of energy should make to the United Kingdom’s long term energy supply; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Select Committee on Animals in Scientific Procedures (HL Paper 150, Session 2001-02). [24th July]

The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on A Common Policy on Illegal Immigration (37th Report, HL Paper 187, Session 2001-02). [28th November]

The Earl of Selborne—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Environmental Regulation and Agriculture (36th Report, HL Paper 186, Session 2001-02). [5th December]

The Lord Wade of Chorlton—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Chips for Everything: Britain’s opportunities in a key global market (2nd Report, HL Paper 13). [12th December]

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the Review of Scrutiny of European Legislation (First Report, HL Paper 15). [18th December]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 19th December]

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for January; and what are the major European Union events for the period between 1st February and 31st July 2003.    (HL871)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Atomic Energy (Americium) Order 2002 came into force on 1st December when the Dual-Use Items (Export Control) (Amendment) (No 2) Regulations 2002 applied from 21st August.    (HL874)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, under paragraphs 5(4)(a) and (b) of the Electronic Commerce (EC Directive) Regulations 2002, how long a period will be allowed to elapse in each case before the enforcement authority may take the measures referred to in paragraph 5(1).    (HL875)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether under paragraph 4(m) of the Wireless Telegraphy (Public Fixed Wireless Access Licences) Regulations 2002 it is not possible for the Secretary of State to refuse to renew a licence.    (HL876)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions have been held by Ministers or officials to consider a merger of the New Opportunities Fund with the Community Fund.    (HL877)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis they would consider merging the New Opportunities Fund with the Community Fund; and what legislation would be required to enable such a merger to take place.    (HL878)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken to determine how many homeless persons living on the streets have at some stage been discharged from, or have chosen to leave, the armed forces.    (HL879)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they give to armed forces personnel who are homeless after leaving their period in service.    (HL880)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held in the past six months with voluntary agencies to determine how further assistance might be given to ex-forces personnel to ensure that they are not homeless; and what are those agencies.    (HL881)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates have been made of the costs of a deer management scheme on Exmoor.    (HL882)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Minister will publish an impact assessment on the integrity of the deer herd on Exmoor in the event of a ban on hunting.    (HL883)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what direct consultations they have held with farmers and land managers on Exmoor about the implications of a ban on deer hunting for the future of the deer herds.    (HL884)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have considered for the collection of fallen stock in those areas of Exmoor currently hunted by the three stag hound packs; and what will be the costs.    (HL885)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring has been carried out by statutory agencies of the continuing provision made for people benefiting from vocational rehabilitation training provided by the Rehab UK Greater Manchester Brain Injury Centre after the centre was forced to close.    (HL886)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what study has been made of subsequent provisions for trainees at the Rehab UK Greater Manchester Brain Injury Centre who had not completed their full courses at the time of its closure; and at what cost to public funds in each case.    (HL887)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been carried out into alternative methods of culling wild mammals in order to enable the registrar proposed under the Hunting Bill to reach an objective and scientific judgment as to the method of “least suffering”.    (HL888)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals are being considered to ensure that where hunting is prohibited alternative methods of species management are conducted in such a way that animal suffering is not increased and that best practice is always observed.    (HL889)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further research recommended by the Report of the Burns Committee of Inquiry into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales of 2000 has been carried out; when it will be published; and whether copies will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.    (HL890)

The Baroness GoldingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when any further research recommended by the Report of the Burns Committee into Hunting with Dogs in England and Wales of 2000 not yet carried out will be carried out.    (HL891)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the results of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority’s 1993 consultation on sex selection are in the public domain.    (HL892)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the terms of reference of the Commission under Mr Adair Turner announced in the Pensions Green Paper.    (HL893)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be an independent appointments process for members of the Turner Commission on Pensions to ensure that they are genuinely independent; and whether they will be appointed in accordance with the Nolan principles.    (HL894)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend the Turner Commission to include representatives of all three main political parties.    (HL895)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often and when they expect the Turner Commission to report; and how long members will serve in the first instance.    (HL896)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many crimes of violence were reported from the West End Central and Charing Cross police sectors of the Metropolitan police in 2001.    (HL897)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many late night licences have been withdrawn on evidence presented by the Metropolitan Police.    (HL898)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many parking attendants were assaulted in the West End during 2001; and how many of those who committed these offences were charged with a racially aggravated offence within the meaning of section 39 of the Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.    (HL899)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been advised that a ban on deer hunting and coursing was compatible with the United Kingdom’s obligations under the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development 1992, with specific reference to Principle 22 of that declaration; and, if so, by whom.    (HL900)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to prevent deer or hare coursing which is currently unlawful.    (HL901)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the hare population in England to rise or to fall, should currently lawful coursing be banned.    (HL902)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO European member states provide and are likely to provide sufficient marine patrol aircraft to meet the necessary or desirable levels of security over the seas around Europe.    (HL903)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Belfast Agreement of 1998, what criteria were used in the appointment of commissioners to the Irish Human Rights Commission established by the Belfast Agreement; whether at any stage extra commissioners were appointed to reflect Irish society better; and, if so, why this facility was not accorded to the Ulster Scots, Protestants and British communities.    (HL904)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 16th December (WA 80) concerning the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, whether a press release from the Executive Information Service of the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety of 3rd July which refers to spending in the current year and in 2003-04 indicated that £16.2 million was being made available to the Service; whether it will outline how the full £16.2 million will be spent on the Service during period; and whether the press release was correct.    (HL905)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 16th December (WA 80), whether they will now consider methods of accrediting private ambulances in order to ensure a quality of service in which members of the public will not be placed at unnecessary risk.    (HL906)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the action of Galway County Council in restricting planning permission to only those who speak Irish fluently will be considered by the Irish Human Rights Commission established by the Belfast Agreement; and, if not, why.    (HL907)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland have a linguistic diversity policy which treats Ulster Scots on an equal footing with Irish, as required in the Belfast Agreement of 1998; and, if not, why and when one will be available.    (HL908)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what district councils and other organisations have been consulted about the corporate plan for the National Museums and Art Galleries for Northern Ireland; and when the process of consultation will be completed.    (HL909)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews complies with the criteria for governing body status laid down by the sports councils of the four home countries of the United Kingdom.    (HL910)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

        (a)  what is the increase in the retail prices index excluding mortgage interest payments (RPIX) as compared with the relevant month a year ago for each of the 12 months ending 30th November;

        (b)  in respect of each month, what was the figure for the depreciation of owner occupied houses which has been a component of the index since 1995; and

        (c)  what percentage this represents for each of the relevant months’ figures.  (HL911)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 18th December (WA 106), whether they will provide the names of personnel in each position shown on the organisation chart of the Strategic Rail Authority.    (HL912)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the United Kingdom’s Open General Export Licence Limits as recommended in Part 1:42 of the 48th Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.    (HL913)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider extending Gift Aid to include works of art as recommended in Part 1:56 of the 48th Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.    (HL914)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held any discussions with any individuals or organisations about an alternative deer management scheme on Exmoor in light of the proposed ban on deer hunting.    (HL915)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the fact that passive smoking increases the risk of asthma in children, when they plan to implement a ban on smoking in public places.    (HL916)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Privy Seal on 17th December (WA 99), whether they intend to lay a statutory instrument before Parliament, in relation to the Parliamentary contributory pension fund, to extend survivor pensions to unmarried adult dependants and to continue survivor pensions if a spouse remarries.    (HL917)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the allocation of public funds to improve the teaching, learning and study of particular foreign languages, as distinct from foreign languages generally, in accordance with the National Languages Strategy, referred to in Languages for All: Languages for Life: A Strategy for England.    (HL918)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the allocation of public funds to improve the teaching, learning and study of French, German, Spanish, Russian and Chinese languages respectively in primary and secondary schools in accordance with the National Languages Strategy referred to in Languages for All: Languages for Life: A Strategy for England.    (HL919)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the holder of the title and role of Queen’s Counsel may have that removed; and, if so, under what circumstances.    (HL920)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make a statement internationally making it clear that MV Prestige was not bound for Gibraltar and had no connection with Gibraltar.    (HL921)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Union Commissioner for Transport, Loyola de Palacio, about her remarks in relation to MV Prestige and Gibraltar.    (HL922)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often MV Prestige called at Spanish ports in the last five years; at which ports it called; and when such visits were made.    (HL923)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Davies of Oldham on 19th December (HL404), when they intend to publish their response to the United Kingdom Youth Parliament’s Manifesto and Agenda for Action 2002.    (HL924)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the letter from the Lord Bach to the Lord Morris of Manchester dated 2nd December concerning smallpox vaccine—

        (a)  whether the vaccine was administered routinely to members of HM forces until the mid 1970s, and how many members of HM forces, if any, suffered serious adverse reactions or fatalities;

        (b)  which other vaccines administered to troops deploying to the Gulf in 1990 have had similar side effects for a small number of service personnel; and

        (c)  what is the result of the combined immunisation programmes for those who do react adversely;

    and whether they will place a copy of the Minister’s letter in the Library of the House.  (HL925)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

    Patients’ Protection [HL]

    Voting Age (Reduction to 16) [HL] [9th January]

    Wild Mammals (Protection) (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL]

    Road Traffic (Amendment) [HL]

    Public Services (Disruption) [HL] [9th January]

    Greater London Authority Act 1999 (Repeal) [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities and Transport for London [HL]

    London Local Authorities [HL]

    London Development Agency

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Crime (International Co-operation) [HL] [13th January]

    Police (Northern Ireland) [HL] [8th January]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Licensing [HL] [13th January]

    Arms Control and Disarmament (Inspections) [HL] [7th January]

    Courts [HL] [20th January]

    National Minimum Wage (Enforcement Notices) [HL] [9th January]

    High Hedges [HL] [9th January]

Waiting for Report

    Waste and Emissions Trading [HL]

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Commons Affirmative Resolution

    Synodical Government (Amendment)

    Church of England (Pensions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2003

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Marriage (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (Increase of Endowment) Order 2003

    Draft Commissioner for Children and Young People (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

    Draft Audit and Accountability (Northern Ireland) Order 2003

NORTHERN IRELAND ORDERS IN COUNCIL IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is that when the statutory procedures are completed]

Waiting for completion of statutory procedures under section 85(4)(a) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998

    Proposal for a draft Order in Council: Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [17th February]

    Proposal for a draft Order in Council: Strategic Investment and Regeneration of Sites (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [18th February]

    Proposal for a draft Order in Council: Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 [6th March]

REGULATORY REFORM ORDERS IN PROGRESS

Orders referred to the Regulatory Reform Committee for first-stage scrutiny

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Housing Management Agreements) Order 2003

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Schemes under Section 129 of the Housing Act 1988) (England) Order 2003

Orders reported following first-stage scrutiny by the Regulatory Reform Committee

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Sugar Beet Research and Education) Order 2003 [27th Report, Session 2001-02]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Business Tenancies) (England and Wales) Order 2003 [2nd Report]

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Assured Periodic Tenancies) (Rent Increases) Order 2003 [6th Report]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Regulatory Reform (Credit Unions) Order 2003 [6th Report]

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 7TH JANUARY

Economic Affairs (Select Committee)4.00 pm

WEDNESDAY 8TH JANUARY

Information Committee4.00 pm

THURSDAY 9TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
in Millbank House

MONDAY 13TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee B)4.15 pm
Human Rights (Joint Committee)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 14TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 15TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)10.30 am
Constitution (Select Committee)4.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 16TH JANUARY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 21ST JANUARY

European Union (Select Committee)3.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 29TH JANUARY

Commons Standing Committee on the4.30 pm
Convention on the Future of Europein a Commons Committee Room
 
 
 
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