FRIDAY 24TH JULY
[At eleven oclock]
Pensions (Amendment) Bill [HL] Committee [The Lord Morris of Manchester]
Private Hire Vehicles (London) BillCommittee [The Baroness Gardner of Parkes] [27th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]
Landmines BillCommittee (and remaining stages) [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]
MONDAY 27TH JULY
The Baroness Goudie
*The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the progress made by companies in ensuring internationally agreed minimum labour standards for overseas workers.
*The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that consumers in the United Kingdom do not have to pay as much as twenty per cent more for new cars than consumers in Belgium.
*The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will review, in consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers, the use of CS spray by police forces.
*The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to discourage spitting in public, particularly at sporting venues.
City of Edinburgh (Guided Busways) Order Confirmation BillConsideration on Report [The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale]
National Minimum Wage BillThird Reading [The Lord Clinton-Davis]
Education (Student Support) Regulations 1998The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17th July be approved. [42nd Report from the Joint Committee]
Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1998The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17th July be approved. [42nd Report from the Joint Committee]
[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]
TUESDAY 28TH JULY
Mrs Peta Buscombe
will be introduced as a Baroness.
*The Lord CheshamTo ask Her Majestys Government why their treatment of English, Welsh and Northern Irish students at Scottish universities was not part of their election manifesto.
*The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are content with the present level of communication between Ministers and leading scientists.
*The Lord RentonTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made since 31st December 1997 in reducing the number of bogus asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.
*The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are proposing to modernise National Health Service hearing aids to close the technological gap between them and privately bought hearing aids.
The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That this House take note with approval of the Governments assessment as set out in the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1998 and Comprehensive Spending Review for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.
[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]
WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY
Sir Herbert Laming, CBE
will be introduced as a Baron.
*The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the comprehensive spending review will affect the number of overseas diplomatic posts.
*The Lord HoosonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements being made for the adequate translation of documents into the Welsh language in time for the first sitting of the Welsh Assembly in 1999.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the progress being made in the training of teachers wishing to become headteachers.
*The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider it to be in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions 487 and 687 that the United States should transfer to Israel 25 strike aircraft capable of reaching Iran.
Finance (No. 2) BillSecond Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)
Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 1998The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Rules laid before the House on 2nd July be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Lord Ackner]
THURSDAY 30TH JULY
*The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majestys Government what consideration they have given to improving the working hours and conditions of the House of Lords in line with proposals being put forward for the House of Commons by the Leader of that House.
*The Lord Hurd of WestwellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there is any intention on their part to discuss the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, or relations between the Falkland Islands and Argentina, with President Menem when he visits the United Kingdom in the autumn.
*The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will introduce ECGD (Export Credits Guarantee Department) cover for Iran; and, if so, when.
[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]
FRIDAY 31ST JULY
[At eleven oclock]
The Baroness Symons of Vernham DeanTo move, That this House take note of NATOs invitation to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland to join NATO.
NO DAY NAMED
The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo call attention to the opportunities for trade with and investment in Latin America; and to move for papers.
The Lord Ashley of StokeTo call attention to the need for full, enforceable civil rights for chronically sick and disabled people; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Perry of SouthwarkTo call attention to the importance of higher education policy for the social, economic and intellectual welfare of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.
The Lord BarnettTo call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.
The Lord Armstrong of IlminsterTo move, That a Select Committee be appointed to undertake an inquiry, and within three calendar months to make recommendations, as to how a procedure might be implemented whereby the House would nominate approximately one hundred peers by succession to be voting peers and whereby the remaining peers by succession would renounce their rights to vote but would retain their rights to speak in the House or Committees of the House.
The Lord MoynihanTo call attention to the current situation in Algeria; and to move for papers.
The Earl of NortheskTo call attention to political and economic developments in the South Atlantic; and to move for papers.
The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there is a need throughout the United Kingdom for a comprehensive and cohesive policy relating to the commercial, business and financial sectors in towns, cities and other urban areas.
The Earl of CarlisleTo call attention to the number of people from ethnic minorities in senior positions in public life; and to move for papers.
The Lord SandbergTo ask Her Majestys Government what effect the financial crisis in the Far East is likely to have on the British economy.
The Lord HoosonTo call attention to plans to restructure the United Nations for the next century; and to move for papers.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on the use of sanctions.
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that the Charter of the United Nations permits, and the international rule of law can survive, claims by individual member states to a right of unilateral interpretation of UN Security Council Resolutions, and a right to engage in military operations under such unilateral interpretations.
Succession to the CrownThe Lord Alderdice 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 of Parliament during the present session of any measure to remove the bar on a person who is not, or who is married to a person who is not, a protestant to succeed to the Crown.
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to continuing delays in the completion of the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre.
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will take steps to replace measurements of gross domestic product and gross national product, both within the United Kingdom and in international bodies, with measurements that are being developed by the Office for National Statistics which are able to take into account economically significant unpaid and unrecorded work and the reduction through consumption or otherwise of irreplaceable natural resources.
The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to promote family-friendly working practices to enable people to balance the responsibilities of family life with the demands of paid work.
The Earl of CarlisleTo call attention to the long-term future of Central and Eastern Europe, with particular reference to the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and to move for papers.
The Earl of OnslowTo call attention to the science of genetically-modified organisms, and its implications for the breeding of plants and animals; and to move for papers.
The Viscount HanworthTo call attention to the need to encourage teachers in primary and secondary education, and to the role of OFSTED; and to move for papers.
The Lord Bishop of OxfordTo call attention to the commitment in the Labour Party manifesto to a fairer, faster and firmer asylum procedure; and to move for papers.
The Lord AcknerTo call attention to the case for effectively monitoring the operation of conditional fee agreements; and to move for papers.
The Lord DholakiaTo call attention to the need for a national strategy for dealing with paedophiles; and to move for papers.
The Baroness LudfordTo call attention to the need for firm action by the European Union and its international partners to secure peace and justice in Kosovo; and to move for papers.
The Lord BirdwoodTo call attention to changes in the duties of back-bench members of both Houses of Parliament in the last thirty years; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Linklater of ButterstoneTo call attention to the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school; and to move for papers.
The Lord Hardy of WathTo call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; and to move for papers.
The Earl of KinnoullTo call attention to the need to retain a viable British fishing industry beyond 2002; and to move for papers.
The Earl of ClanwilliamTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support the industrialisation of farming practices in the United Kingdom.
The Lord HyltonTo move to resolve, That this House deplores the attempted murder of Mr Akin Birdal, President of the Turkish Human Rights Association, on 12th May; the refusal by the Turkish Government to admit United Nations Rapporteurs on Human Rights, or representatives of the OSCE or ICRC; the imprisonment and exile of members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey; and the banning and dissolution in Turkey of numerous bona fide political parties.
The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to ban or restrict smoking in restaurants, other eating places and other public places.
The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their long-term policy towards help lines in the field of health services.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are continuing a policy of cutting expenditure in real terms per prisoner, and of cutting the total expenditure in real terms on the probation service and on prisoner education.
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what further consideration they are giving to improving Service Pensions and War and War Widows Pensions; and when they expect to announce any improvements.
The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their intentions for taxing pesticides, and what will be the implications of such a tax for farming and the countryside.
The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to address the problem of bullying of pupils in secondary schools.
The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to improve the quality of the housing stock following the recent publication of the English House Condition Survey for 1996.
The Viscount ChelmsfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that the link between the United Kingdoms Balance of Payments and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by the nations leaders and managers is sufficiently understood.
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their view of the economic and business opportunities presented by the information age, which was the subject of a Government paper published in April by the Central Office of Information.
The Lord VinsonTo call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdoms Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of CO2 emissions; and to move for papers.
The Lord BorrieTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to modernise the regulation of the utility industries so as to provide a fair deal for consumers in general and vulnerable consumers in particular.
The Lord HayhoeTo call attention to the case for establishing an Independent Statutory Commission responsible for the conduct of referendums, their organisation and administration along the lines proposed by the Commission on the Conduct of Referendums chaired by Sir Patrick Nairne which reported in November 1996; and to move for papers.
The Duke of AbercornTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are considering a request to the European Union for additional funding to ensure that the Londonderry-Strabane-Ballygawley A5 road is upgraded to the required modern standard.
The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majestys Government what discussions they have had with the Press Complaints Commission about the outcome of their respective inquiries into the events surrounding the publication of Cries Unheard concerning Mary Bell.
The Lord IronsideTo call attention to the strengths of the Armed Forces and the investments needed to sustain their capabilities for deployment and intervention in defence of the United Kingdoms sovereign interests; and to move for papers.
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to amend current mental health legislation in order to facilitate positive intervention to assist the mentally ill living in the community.
The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the cost of converting Kensington Gardens to a memorial park for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be met from public funds if the proposal is proceeded with.
The Lord AcknerTo call attention to the Governments consultation paper Rights of Audience and Rights to Conduct Litigation in England and Wales: The Way Ahead (June 1998); and to move for papers.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord KingslandTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Enhancing Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Third Pillar (6th Report, HL Paper 25). [12th September]
The Lord Slynn of HadleyTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Public Service (HL Paper 55). [19th January]
The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Sustainable Landfill (17th Report, HL Paper 83). [7th April]
The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham PriorTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Resistance to Antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents (7th Report, HL Paper 81). [23rd April]
The Lord HoffmannTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Acquired Rights Revisited (22nd Report, HL Paper 98). [18th May]
The Lord BarnettTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on the European Central Bank (24th Report, HL Paper 112). [9th June]
The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Student Mobility in the European Union (27th Report, HL Paper 116). [3rd July]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 22nd July]
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are considering appropriate guidance for tourist organisations in the United Kingdom to support tourism in Palestine in the context of the Millennium Jubilee and of the Bethlehem 2000 project. (HL2984)
The Lord MonkswellTo ask Her Majestys Government what key performance targets agriculture ministers have set the Intervention Board for 1998-99. (HL3006)
The Lord MonkswellTo ask Her Majestys Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 20th July. (HL3007)
The Baroness LockwoodTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made on the review of Training and Enterprise Councils in England. (HL3008)
The Baroness LockwoodTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will publish details of the public expenditure plans for environmental protection programmes. (HL3009)
The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will allow local authorities an extension of the time allowed for them to submit their Transport Policies and Programme bids for 1999-2000 to enable them to take account of the contents of the Integrated Transport White Paper. (HL3010)
The Earl of DundonaldTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider the removal of all salmon farming operations from estuaries of river systems on the west of Scotland to offshore locations, in order to stop sea lice, concentrated in great numbers around these farms, from attaching themselves to wild salmon and sea trout. (HL3011)
The Earl of DundonaldTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider implementing all measures already being undertaken in Norway and the Republic of Ireland in order to protect west of Scotland fisheries from further declines in the number of wild sea trout and salmon. (HL3012)
The Earl of DundonaldTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their estimate of the economic effect of further falls in rod-caught wild salmon and sea trout on the rural economy of the Highlands and west coast of Scotland. (HL3013)
The Earl of DundonaldTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have carried out an economic impact study on the effect of moving salmon farms from their present inshore locations to ecologically safe offshore sites. (HL3014)
The Earl of DundonaldTo ask Her Majestys Government, in view of the fact that oysters are considered only potential carriers of infectious salmon anaemia and of the consequences of restriction on their movement for operators of oyster farms, when they will complete their review as to when compensation will be paid to oyster farmers. (HL3015)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are discussing with the Government of Turkey
(a) allegations that police officers sexually abused and tortured five children from the Haci Husrev district of Istanbul, while they were held in custody for three days in May or June; and
(b) the events in a village near Kulp in the region of Diyarbakir, depopulated by security forces and then made uninhabitable in June. (HL3016)
The Earl of KinnoullTo ask Her Majestys Government why patients in south east London are being forced to have operations for varicose veins, lipomas and sebaceous cysts done privately. (HL3017)
The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to refer the recent acquisition by Monsanto of Plant Breeding International Cambridge Ltd. to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission. (HL3018)
The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the trials of genetically modified crops, currently being undertaken in the United Kingdom, are subject to comprehensive post-release monitoring systems which encompass their effect on biological processes and their indirect effects. (HL3019)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the procedures and rules governing senior civil servants who move from posts in the Pesticides Safety Directorate to those in private industry. (HL3020)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will publish tables for each year from 1992 to 1997 showing the food vehicles in food-borne outbreaks of illness confirmed by microbiological, statistical or descriptive evidence. (HL3021)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will reply to the Written Question [HL 1825] by the Countess of Mar dated 7th May; and why an answer to this question was published on the front page of The Daily Telegraph dated 7th June. (HL3022)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the figures included in Mr Spellars Answer on 29th July 1997 (HC Deb, cols. 185W-186W) on the subject of Departmental expenditure on major and medium scale computer-related systems included possible costs incurred in the course of co-operation between the United Kingdom, the United States and other allies on the protection of vulnerable infrastructures, as adumbrated in United States Presidential Decision Directive 63 of June 1998. (HL3023)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it is their view that tourism into this country is likely to
(a) continue at the present level;
(b) increase substantially; or
(c) diminish substantially;
and, in whichever case, what is the evidence that supports this view. (HL3024)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the foundation in research for the statement by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport that tourism is an industry with immense potential for future growth. (HL3025)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the purpose in 1998 of the economic sanctions against Iraq; and whether, since they were initiated, the original purpose has been achieved. (HL3026)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in the case of economic sanctions, governments imposing them are required by international law or custom to consider any consequent collateral casualties. (HL3027)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their estimate of the number of children (a) malnourished and (b) dead in Iraq as a result of sanctions; and on what evidence is that estimate based. (HL3028)
The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16th July (WA 48), which seven European Union member states joined the United Kingdom in a joint statement deploring the European Commissions decision to re-impose provisional anti-dumping duties on imports of unbleached cotton fabric from six non-European Union countries; and how many qualified majority votes accrue to each of those member states. (HL3029)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will list the quantities of arms, explosives and other weapons which have now been surrendered or decommissioned under the Good Friday Agreement. (HL3030)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will state under which powers they released terrorist prisoners to campaign for a Yes vote in the recent Northern Ireland referendum campaign. (HL3031)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Finance (No. 2) (Money Bill2nd July) [29th July]
Prime Minister (Ecclesiastical Functions) [HL]
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL] [28th July]
Registration of Political Parties
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
City of Westminster [HL] [23rd July]
Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee
London Local Authorities [HL]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Regional Development Agencies
Scotland [23rd July]
Pensions (Amendment) [HL] [24th July]
Landmines [24th July]
Private Hire Vehicles (London) [24th July]
Waiting for Consideration on Report
City of Edinburgh (Guided Busways) [27th July]
Waiting for Report
Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
European Parliamentary Elections
Waiting for Third Reading
National Minimum Wage [27th July]
Tamar Bridge [23rd July]
Sent to the Commons
Coordinated Universal Time [HL]
Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) [HL]
Geneva Conventions (Amendment) [HL]
British Nationality (St. Helena) [HL]
Human Rights [HL]
Local Government (Experimental Arrangements) [HL]
Business Improvement Districts [HL]
Electricity Generation [HL]
Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL]
Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) [HL]
Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL]
Statute Law (Repeals) [HL]
Bodmin Moor Commons [HL]
Lloyds TSB [HL]
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments
Returned to the Commons amended
Government of Wales
Northern Ireland (Sentences)
Returned to the Commons with reasons
Waiting for Royal Assent
School Standards and Framework
Police (Northern Ireland)
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Meat and Livestock Commission Levy (Variation) Scheme (Confirmation) Order 1998
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 1998
Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998
Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998
Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 1998
Draft Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
Draft Local Government (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
Draft Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1998
Draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1998
Draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1998
DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS
Proposals laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998
Draft Deregulation (Occasional Licences) Order 1998
Proposal Reported from the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
THURSDAY 23RD JULY