WEDNESDAY 2ND DECEMBER
*The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will use their veto to block moves to harmonise taxes in the European Union.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action is being taken to increase the number of mature students at universities.
*The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that all local authorities now employ in their residential childrens homes staff and management of a calibre, and with training, appropriate to the needs of the children in their care.
*The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majestys Government what would be the yield in tax revenue if the highest rate of tax were to be increased from 40 per cent to 50 percent on taxable income of £150,000 a year and £100,000 a year respectively, and how many taxpayers would be involved in each case.
[It is expected that the debate on the Address will be concluded this day and that the principal topics for debate will be Health and Home Affairs.]
THURSDAY 3RD DECEMBER
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the circumstances in which civil servants in press and private offices can be exempted from the rules governing the 48 hour working week.
*The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their current assessment of relations between the United Kingdom and Malaysia.
*The Lord Archer of Weston-Super-MareTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their attitude to the continued detention of Leyla Zana and other DEP Members of the Turkish Parliament, in the light of decisions of the European Commission and Court of Human Rights that the proceedings leading up to their detention were in breach of the European Convention.
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, Session 1997-98).
The Lord Perry of WaltonTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Cannabis: the scientific and medical evidence (9th Report, HL Paper 151, Session 1997-98).
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government, in view of their welcome for the 3rd report (Session 1997-98) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee recommending greater use of alternatives to prison (HL Deb, 19th October, col. 1172), what steps they intend to take to give effect to the report.
MONDAY 7TH DECEMBER
*The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to pursue the objective declared by the Prime Minister in his speech to the North Atlantic Assembly on 13th November, of a stronger, more effective Europe in foreign policy and security with a European decision-making capacity and command structure.
*The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any planned reductions in the Ministry of Defences use of rail freight would be in accordance with the Governments model environmental policy statement, launched in January 1998.
*The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in implementing the Holbrooke package in Kosovo, and in facilitating talks between President Milosevic, the ethnic Albanian leadership and the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).
*The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that regular balloting on grammar schools will have unsettling effects on the staff and the pupils, especially those taking public examinations.
Parliamentary PrivilegeThe Chairman of Committees to move, That the Commons message of Monday last be now considered and that a Select Committee of six Lords be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons, as the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege, to review parliamentary privilege and make recommendations thereon;
That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:
L. Archer of Sandwell
L. Mayhew of Twysden
L. Nicholls of Birkenhead
That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;
That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;
That the Committee have power to appoint Specialist Advisers;
That the proceedings of the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege in the last session of Parliament be referred to the Committee;
That the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out; and
That the Attorney General, the Lord Advocate, the Solicitor General and the Solicitor General for Scotland, being members of either House, may attend the Committee, may take part in deliberations, may receive Committee papers and may give such other assistance to the Committee as may be appropriate, but shall not vote or make any motion or move any amendment or be counted in the quorum.
Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]
Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]
The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider lowering the minimum age for candidates standing in local elections to eighteen.
TUESDAY 8TH DECEMBER
*The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government when they intend to abolish the Benefits Integrity Project, and what are their plans for a replacement.
*The Baroness LudfordTo ask Her Majestys Government why their proposed quality of life barometer excludes indicators on crime and poverty.
*The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in negotiating European Union Objective One status for Wales as a whole, or for part of it.
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will announce their decisions regarding future legislation for the protection of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest; and what is the proposed timetable for such legislation.
The Lord GilbertTo move, That this House take note of the conclusions of Her Majestys Governments Strategic Defence Review (Cm 3999).
The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy towards recent developments in Sudan.
WEDNESDAY 9TH DECEMBER
*The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they intend to take to resist attempts by the European Union to become involved in the affairs of the Channel Islands and levels of taxation pertaining there.
*The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what assessment they have made of the Motability schemes contribution to improving the mobility of disabled people.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the progress being made in implementing the new deal for the young unemployed.
*The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the proposed new arrangements under which the Medicines Control Agency will decide whether a product is a medicine or not.
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.
THURSDAY 10TH DECEMBER
*The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will take steps to discover what proportion of 16 and 17 year olds in detention were, at the time of offending, without legal visible means of support.
*The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majestys Government what proposals they have which would affect the place of church representatives on local authority education committees.
*The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are considering the regulation, qualification and recruitment of nursing auxiliaries and healthcare assistants.
Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]
The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made towards alleviating the devastation caused by the recent hurricane in Central America.
MONDAY 14TH DECEMBER
*The Lord PenderTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the reason for the proposed division of the Cinque Port of Sandwich into two electoral constituencies for District Council elections.
*The Baroness SharplesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will take steps to encourage local councils to promote the use of allotments.
*The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majestys Government when they propose to release the result of the Department for Culture, Media and Sports consultation exercise concerning a possible merger between the Library Information Commission and the Museums and Galleries Commission.
*The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have been able to consider the views of the Lord Chief Justice about the responsibility for the sentencing of life prisoners.
TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government by what measures they intend to pursue reform of the United Nations and an early resolution to its funding crisis.
*The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the provision of education in prisons and young offender institutions.
*The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the balloting system for grammar schools is consistent with their aim of raising standards in schools.
*The Lord Dean of BeswickTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that present funding for the Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester is sufficient to meet the present demand of people requiring cancer treatment at that hospital.
WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER
*The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government how many service men 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 Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they propose to take the same action against meat inspectors and other officials in breach of statutory rules as they have promised to take against private companies.
*The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majestys Government what consultations the Civil Aviation Authority are required to have and what consideration is given to local residents views before they authorise helicopter landings in central London.
*The Lord IslwynTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the £168 million surplus in the Pension Fund of the National Bus Company has now been handed back to the pensioners, and what are the up to date costs in legal fees involving the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the official solicitor.
THURSDAY 17TH DECEMBER
*The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government how they propose to monitor the progress of 18-24 year old New Deal clients who have been sanctioned, while their database does not give the length of the sanction or indicate whether benefit has been totally withdrawn.
*The Lord Dean of BeswickTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the number of houses they expect to be completed in the next twelve months by (a) local authorities and (b) housing associations.
*The Lord IslwynTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have made any recent assessment of the cost of train delays and cancellations on the rail network.
NO DAY NAMED
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished.
The Lord Phillips of SudburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the final report of the Crick Advisory Group on Education for Citizenship and the Teaching of Democracy in Schools.
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made on the institutional and financing reforms, including the re-weighting of votes in the Council of Ministers, necessary for European Union enlargement.
The Lord HayhoeTo call attention to the case for establishing an Independent Statutory Commission responsible for the conduct of referendums, their organisation and administration; and to move for papers.
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Department of Health plan to issue new guidance on MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccine in the light of new medical evidence and litigation recently instituted against pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the vaccine.
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 disregard the regulations governing traffic on public roads.
The Lord NorthbourneTo call attention to the economic and social role of marriage; and to move for papers.
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress they are making in their investigations into the undiagnosed illnesses of service men and women who served in the Gulf War.
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what further action they propose to increase the take-up of social security benefits.
The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support current proposals for tax harmonisation in the European Union.
The Lord Hardy of WathTo call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; 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 Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majestys Government what further measures they propose to deal with crimes of violence on board aircraft; and how they intend to ensure that those found guilty of such crimes receive appropriate punishments.
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 KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government to what extent they think NATO actions out of area must be in accordance with United Nations and Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe resolutions and international law.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the 3rd Report (Session 1997-98) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on Alternatives to Prison Sentences.
The Lord PaulTo call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers.
The Lord Vinson To call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdoms Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions; and to move for papers.
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 Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo call attention to political developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.
The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that adequate measures and inspection arrangements are in force to ensure the safety of university students who rent accommodation.
MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE
[Ballot on 2nd December for debate on 16th December]
The Lord AcknerTo call attention to the Lord Chancellors consultation paper Rights of Audience and Rights to Conduct Litigation in England and Wales: The Way Ahead, of June 1998; and to move for papers.
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo call attention to the amount of crime in the United Kingdom involving theft of road vehicles or breaking into them to steal the contents; and to move for papers.
The Lord CheshamTo call attention to the relations between the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone; and to move for papers.
The Lord Dean of BeswickTo call attention to the need for an accelerated public sector house building programme for houses to rent; and to move for papers.
The Lord WalpoleTo call attention to increased time for leisure activities and the pressures and problems this causes; and to move for papers.
The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo call attention to the future defence role of the Western European Union; 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 Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo call attention to the case for a scientifically defensible review of the available evidence as part of a public enquiry into all aspects of fluoridating the water supply; and to move for papers.
The Earl of CaithnessTo call attention to the impact of the debt-based monetary system on Governments, businesses and individuals; and to move for papers.
The Lord HyltonTo call attention to the case for preventing worldwide proliferation of small arms and controlling the actions of military companies; 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, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 25). [12th September 1997]
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, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 138). [3rd August]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 30th November]
The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect to receive further scientific advice on the public health risk from beef bones from the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee. (HL122)
The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect to publish the Annual Report and Accounts 1996-97 for the Intervention Board Executive Agency. (HL123)
The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will set out the Governments response to the Judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of John Murray v. the United Kingdom. (HL124)
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government when it is expected that the joint review by the Department of Health and the Home Office of the provision of health service for prisoners will be completed and its conclusions published. (HL125)
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government when the Department of Health will be issuing specific guidance to hospital trusts on what elements of medical services can be provided through the Private Finance Initiative. (HL126)
The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government, in respect of the proposals in the Maidenhead flood relief scheme to remove about three million tonnes of gravel for resale to the construction industry, whether the Environment Agency has investigated the full environmental effects of removing the gravel by road and rail; and how, in coming to its decision about the preferred option, it will take into account the full environmental benefits of rail transport. (HL127)
The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what disciplinary and other action they plan to take following publication of the National Audit Offices Report criticising the Ministry of Defence for spending £34.6 million on developing a computerised defence intelligence system which never worked. (HL128)
The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the submission document handed by Railtrack to Dr John Reid, Minister of Transport, in mid-November on the Channel Tunnel to Glasgow piggyback gauge upgrade project. (HL129)
The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majestys Government how much Government funding has been allocated to Age Concern during 1997-98; whether any of this money was ear-marked for the Millennium Debate of the Age; and, if so, how much. (HL130)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will publish Council Recommendation 11393/97 of 28th October 1997. (HL131)
The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made on the review of the present policy on pen needles for diabetics. (HL132)
The Lord DixonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will introduce a policy for provision of pen needles on prescription for all insulin-dependent diabetics. (HL133)
The Lord BrightmanTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 16th November (WA 127), on what dates the last two reports by the Parliamentary Counsel Office were made to the Prime Minister. (HL134)
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what role general practitioners in Scotland will have (equivalent to the role proposed for general practitioners in England under the proposals in the White Paper Designed to Care) in commissioning secondary health services. (HL135)
The Baroness PitkeathleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they have taken to develop their approach to sustainable development and environmental protection. (HL136)
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have had any discussion with Bristol City Council regarding the possible closure of Merrywood and Pen Park Secondary Schools. (HL137)
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will give an undertaking that the granite used in the refurbishment of Old Palace Yard will be British. (HL138)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL] [10th December]
Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL] [7th December]
Pollution Prevention and Control [HL] [7th December]
Waiting for Third Reading
London Local Authorities [HL]
Sent to the Commons
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
MEASURE IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Parole Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 1998
Draft Police Act 1997 (Authorisation of Action in Respect of Property) (Code of Practice) Order 1998
Draft Police Act 1997 (Notification of Authorisations etc.) Order 1998
Town and Country Planning (Minerals) (Scotland) Regulations 1998
Town and Country Planning (Compensation for Restrictions on Mineral Working and Mineral Waste depositing) (Scotland) Regulations 1998
Draft Government of Wales Act 1998 (Housing) (Amendments) Order 1998
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998
Draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
Draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Scotland) Order 1998
Draft Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) Order 1998
Draft Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS
Order laid under s.1(4) referred to the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 1ST DECEMBER