WEDNESDAY 11TH NOVEMBER
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will relax the visa regime for Iran to accommodate the business community; and, if so, when.
*The Lord NicksonTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to eradicate the outbreak of infectious salmon anaemia in Scottish fish farms.
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking to control the flow into the United Kingdom of applicants for asylum, of whom only a small percentage have to date been accepted after the processes of investigation.
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the refurbished Royal Opera House opens on time and with a full cast.
Regional Development Agencies BillThird Reading [The Lord Whitty]
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they are implementing to improve bilateral and trading links with Iran.
[It is expected that the Report stage of the Northern Ireland Bill will be concluded this day]
THURSDAY 12TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord Holme of CheltenhamTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the North Irish Horse Squadron will be disbanded as a result of the reserve forces cuts set out in the Strategic Defence Review.
*The Viscount LongTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in line with their policy to encourage the use of bicycles, they have any plans to introduce a form of licensing for cyclists.
*The Lord NewbyTo ask Her Majestys Government where matters currently stand in the negotiations on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment.
Waste Minimisation BillThird Reading [The Lord Hardy of Wath]
Registration of Political Parties BillReport [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
The Lord Gordon of StrathblaneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they believe that a reduction in VAT on hotel accommodation might boost tourist traffic and so increase Exchequer revenues.
FRIDAY 13TH NOVEMBER
[At eleven oclock]
Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1998The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th November be approved.
Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1998The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19th October be approved. [45th Report from the Joint Committee]
Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations 1998The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st October be approved. [46th Report from the Joint Committee]
Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 1998The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 29th October be approved. [46th Report from the Joint Committee]
Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Insurance) Order 1998The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd October be approved. [45th Report from the Joint Committee]
Meat and Livestock Commission Levy (Variation) Scheme (Confirmation) Order 1998The Lord Hoyle to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st July be approved. [43rd Report from the Joint Committee]
The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the implications for social security of the changing role of women in society.
MONDAY 16TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majestys Government what contingency plans are in place for transport to and from the Millennium Dome in the event of the Jubilee Line extension not opening on schedule.
*The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government what arrangements are in place to monitor the standards of health and nutrition of children at school; and whether any deterioration in such standards has been noted since changes were made in the arrangements for school meals in the 1980s.
*The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government on how many occasions the full inter-departmental working group on overseas development cooperation has met at ministerial level since May 1997 and what consideration it has given to security sector reform.
*The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress they are making in setting up the Foods Standards Agency.
Procedure of the HouseThe Chairman of Committees to move, That the 4th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 144) be agreed to.
The Earl FerrersTo move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees motion, at end insert (except the recommendation relating to the Lord Chancellors Dress).
The Earl FerrersTo move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees motion, at end insert (except the recommendation that the Lord Chancellor should be able to speak from the Government Front Bench when the House is sitting as a House).
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).
The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress is being made to deal with claims for compensation by mineworkers who are suffering from respiratory diseases such as bronchitis and emphysema.
TUESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord CadmanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that the prices paid by British consumers for foodstuffs and other commodities, which are reported to be higher than those in other European Union Member States, are consistent with the existence of a single market within the European Union.
*The Lord Phillips of SudburyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will require the forthcoming Royal Commission on reform of the House of Lords to undertake a campaign of information and consultation with the general public.
*The Lord McCarthyTo ask Her Majestys Government how many employees who now earn less than the National Insurance lower earnings limit of £64 a week will be lifted above this limit by the introduction of the National Minimum Wage; and what would be the annual cost of providing those that remain with the right to full contributory benefits.
*The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majestys Government whether their plans for constitutional reform include modernisation of the relationship between the Channel Islands and the United Kingdom.
The Baroness OCathainTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to encourage marketing and its contribution to business success.
WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government why they have abandoned their proposal to establish a Foods Standards Agency.
*The Lord Taylor of BlackburnTo ask Her Majestys Government why the Ordnance Survey are no longer depicting county boundaries on their maps and whether they will revert to the original method of including both county and administrative data.
*The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it remains their policy that dietary supplements are sold under the law relating to food provided they are safe and make no medicinal claims.
*The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they have taken to assist the government and people of Bangladesh to deal with the recent flood disaster; and what assessment has been made of their continuing needs and priorities.
House of Lords OfficesThe Chairman of Committees to move, That the 7th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 153) be agreed to.
The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the present state of agriculture in the United Kingdom with particular reference to the upland regions and Scotland.
THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the operation of the new regulations which limit the sale of aspirin and other similar products to 32 tablets at one time without the express agreement of a pharmacist.
*The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that Primary Care Group Boards are so structured as to make proper use of the skills and knowledge of pharmacists.
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what encouragement or assistance they are giving to the development of offshore wind generation of electricity.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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.
The Lord Sefton of GarstonTo call attention to the case for a review of income tax (especially at the top levels) in order to ensure a fairer distribution of resources; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo call attention to the discrepancies in the provision of abortion under the National Health Service; and to move for papers.
The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government what will be the responsibilities and the objectives of the Minister for Women.
The Lord Lloyd-WebberTo call attention to the workings of the licensing system governing the export of art and cultural goods; and to move for papers.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on the use of sanctions.
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government how many servicemen and women who served in the Gulf War have illnesses still awaiting diagnosis; and what progress is being made in their investigations in relation to these illnesses.
The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy towards recent developments in Sudan.
The Lord Mackie of BenshieTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking or intend to take to deal with the serious crisis facing British farmers.
The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask HMG what representations they have received about their proposals for a modern system for corporation tax payments following the abolition of advance corporation tax in April 1999.
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the indefinite unilateral ceasefire from 1st September by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), and the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq and recent military threats against Syria.
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will give advice to police authorities on the circumstances in which police vehicles may exceed speed limits, ignore traffic lights and in other ways dispense with the regulations governing traffic on public roads.
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have in mind a change in the way in which the arts in this country are governed and managed.
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Department of Health plans to issue new guidance on MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines in the light of new medical evidence and litigation recently instituted against pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the vaccines.
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that further measures are needed to protect and maintain the separation of powers and the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary in determining devolution issues, human rights issues and other issues involving the misuse of power by public authorities.
The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they intend to take to address the difficulties facing the agricultural industry.
The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their view of the disparity between farm-gate and supermarket prices for food products; and what steps they intend to take to redress this imbalance.
The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majestys Government what future defence role they see for the Western European Union.
The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majestys Government what changes in procedure and liaison between the Home Office and the Press Complaints Commission have taken place following their respective inquiries into the circumstances surrounding press serialisation of Cries Unheard concerning the case of Mary Bell.
The Earl of IveaghTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will provide additional financial support for conductive education.
The Baroness Knight of CollingtreeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider the case for changes in the procedure to deal with alleged disciplinary misdemeanours by hospital doctors or consultants, particularly to speed up the process.
The Lord AhmedTo call attention to the case for fresh international initiatives to solve the problem of Kashmir; and to move for papers.
The Lord PaulTo call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers;
The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to alleviate the funding difficulties faced by the British Library.
The Lord BerkeleyTo call attention to the Government White Paper A New Deal for Transport: better for everyone (Cm 3950); and to move for papers.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether heads of government and foreign or trade ministers from countries outside the European Union enjoy sufficient access to United Kingdom ministers; how many requests for meetings at heads of government or ministerial level have been made since 1st May 1997; what such meetings have taken place; and what such further meetings have been arranged.
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the report of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of Psychiatrists on organophosphate sheep dips.
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 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 Reform of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund (30th Report, HL Paper 138). [3rd August]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 9th November]
The Baroness MallalieuTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will publish a report on the progress made on issues affecting women since May 1997. (HL3801)
The Lord McNairTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the United Nations Special Commission stated in August, after the missile attack on the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory, that it had no evidence to indicate the transfer of weapons or technology of mass destruction from Iraq to Sudan. (HL3802)
The Lord McNairTo ask Her Majestys Government whether members of or employees at the British Embassy in Khartoum visited the al-Shifa pharmaceutical plant before the missile attack by the United States Government; and, if so, how many of them visited the plant. (HL3803)
The Lord McNairTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the use by Operation Lifeline Sudan of the rail network in Sudan to deliver food aid to central and southern Sudan has been impeded by the refusal of the United States Government to allow delivery to the Sudan of spare parts for rolling stock. (HL3804)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the allegation by the Medical Foundation that the publication of the Immigration and Nationality Departments Country Information and Policy Units country assessments has served to expose a lack of objectivity, amounting in some cases to misrepresentation, in the Home Office treatment of country background information; and what is the time scale for the consultative group which has been appointed to advise on the costs and benefits of an independent documentation centre. (HL3805)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will authorise the publication before the end of the year of the official records relating to the United Kingdoms ratification in 1976 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights. (HL3806)
The Lord SudeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, following the introduction of a single European currency, the supply of money could be removed from banks which charge interest and be re-assumed by elected Governments which could issue currency on a debt free basis. (HL3807)
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government how widely the Ministry of Defences helpline and advice unit for the ex-service community has been publicised; how many requests for guidance and help have so far been received; and what range of problems have been dealt with. (HL3808)
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what the Braille grant to the Royal National Institute of the Blind, funded by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport under its Small Grants Scheme, which has been frozen at the same level since 1991 (following a cut of £50,000) would now be worth if it had been increased in line with the retail price index; and, in view of the increased demand for Braille expected when Part III of the Disability Discrimination Act comes into effect, whether the grants future is assured. (HL3809)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they know of genetic modifications carried out on the Navy Bean (the raw material for baked beans); if so, in what countries; whether such modified beans are being imported; and, if so, whether they are segregated and labelled. (HL3810)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to help prevent the Israeli settlement of Ariel near Nablus from building 3,000 new houses and becoming a city, in contravention of international law. (HL3811)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking to ensure that companies based in the United Kingdom fulfil their responsibilities for health, safety, environmental and other employment and social standards in their operations overseas. (HL3812)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Prime Minister (Ecclesiastical Functions) [HL]
Energy Efficiency (No. 2) [HL]
Hereditary Peerage (Election) [HL]
Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee
London Local Authorities [HL] [11th November]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL]
Waiting for Report
Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
Northern Ireland [10th November]
Registration of Political Parties [12th November]
Waiting for Third Reading
Regional Development Agencies [11th November]
Waste Minimisation [12th November]
Sent to the Commons
Coordinated Universal Time [HL]
Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) [HL]
Geneva Conventions (Amendment) [HL]
British Nationality (St. Helena) [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]
Pensions (Amendment) [HL]
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
City of Westminster [HL]
Returned to the Commons amended
Returned to the Commons with reasons
European Parliamentary Elections
MEASURE IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1998
Draft Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998
Draft Jobseekers Allowance Amendment (New Deal) Regulations 1998
Draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Scotland) Order 1998
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998
Draft Meat and Livestock Commission Levy (Variation) Scheme (Confirmation) Order 1998
Draft Legal Advice and Assistance (Scope) (Amendment) Regulations 1998
Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1998
Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1998
Draft Channel 4 (Application of Excess Revenues) Order 1998
Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Insurance) Order 1998
Draft Education (Grammar School Ballots) Regulations 1998
Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 1998
DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS
Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER