WEDNESDAY 16TH DECEMBER
[Prayers will have been read]
*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.
Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) The Chairman of Committees to move, That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be appointed to serve as members of the Board of the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST):
Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL) The Chairman of Committees to move, That as proposed by the Committee of Selection the following Lords be named as members of the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL):
L. Boston of Faversham
L. Morris of Castle Morris
L. Thomson of Monifieth.
The Lord CheshamTo call attention to the relations between the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
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. (Short debate)
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.
THURSDAY 17TH DECEMBER
[At eleven oclock]
*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.
Disability Rights Commission Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Baroness Blackstone]
The Lord Howe of AberavonTo ask Her Majestys Government what proposals they have to secure the future of the Baglan Energy Park project in Neath-Port Talbot.
MONDAY 11TH JANUARY
*The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on the future of the Burns and Plastic Surgery Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital.
*The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the loan of works of art from the Arts Council collection to the Marriott hotel at County Hall enhances their access policy for museums and galleries.
*The Baroness Rendell of BaberghTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the state of progress on the construction of the Millennium Dome.
*The Lord Thomson of MonifiethTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that reductions in payments to the Treasury by independent television companies lead to increased expenditure on programmes.
TUESDAY 12TH JANUARY
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to replace or amend the Official Secrets Act.
*The Lord AveburyTo ask the Chairman of Committees what progress has been made with the review of the rules on smoking in the public rooms of the House of Lords.
*The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will introduce legislation to reverse the Gloucestershire judgment in relation to community care provision.
*The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majestys Government which of the recommendations of Sir Donald Achesons Report Inequalities In Health they are proposing to implement.
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.
Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL] Grand Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)
WEDNESDAY 13TH JANUARY
*The Lord Thomson of MonifiethTo ask Her Majestys Government what response they are making to the Report of the Court of Auditors of the European Union that the reforms of the Common Agricultural Policy are not sufficiently wide-ranging.
*The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will arrange for a pardon to be granted to the 308 officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers who, during the First World War, were shot at dawn.
*The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government how many allegations of unfairly priced imports of steel they have received, how many of these have been found to be justified and what action they have taken in response.
The Earl of SandwichTo call attention to the case for an adequate contribution to the control and prevention of HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
The Lord WalpoleTo call attention to increased time for leisure activities and the pressures and problems this causes; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY
*The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham PriorTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking to regulate the qualification of people practising equine dentistry.
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what assessment they have made of the effectiveness of the contribution made by United Kingdom monitors in the international endeavour to preserve the ceasefire in Kosovo.
*The Lord Bishop of OxfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will be making representations to save the Oxford Poets list published by the Oxford University Press.
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 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 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 VinsonTo 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 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.
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 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 VinsonTo call attention to the regulations that affect the job creating potential of small firms; and to move for papers.
The Earl of ClancartyTo call attention to the Department of Culture, Media & Sports new funding arrangements, and the restructuring of the Arts Council of England, the Museums and Galleries Commission and other publicly funded arts organisations; and to move for papers.
The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majestys Government how they see the development of the defence role of the Western European Union.
The Lord ReaTo call attention to the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health chaired by Sir Donald Acheson; and to move for papers.
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy for preventing worldwide proliferation of small arms and controlling the actions of military companies.
The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-FyldeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any plans to end the practice whereby an investigating accountant appointed to a company subsequently becomes the Receiver of the company.
The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majestys Government what their policy is concerning the use of human embryos in cloning procedures.
The Viscount WaverleyTo call attention to the role of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Trade and Industry in serving the United Kingdoms overseas interests; and to move for papers.
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they are taking to reduce the incidence of violent and disruptive behaviour by passengers on aircraft entering or leaving the United Kingdom.
The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they intend to take to alleviate the economic hardships, both present and forecast, of those involved in family farms.
The Earl of GowrieTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the recent financial settlement for the arts constitutes a stable basis of arts funding for the early years of the forthcoming millennium.
The Lord GladwynTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will defer the authorisation of any new civil airports until after the completion and consideration of the United Kingdom airports policy promised in paragraph 3.189 of their white paper, A New Deal for Transport (Cm 3950).
MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE
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 Dean of BeswickTo call attention to the case for an accelerated public sector house building programme for houses to rent; 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 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 AhmedTo call attention to the case for fresh international initiatives to alleviate the current state of tension between India and Pakistan; and to move for papers.
The Earl of Winchilsea and NottinghamTo call attention to the humanitarian problems faced by the people of Iraq; and to move for papers.
The Lord Astor of HeverTo call attention to Her Majestys Governments proposals for the abolition of grammar schools; and to move for papers.
The Earl of IveaghTo call attention to the needs of severely disabled people, with particular reference to the promotion of conductive education in the United Kingdom; 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.
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]
The Lord GeddesTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Airline Competition (32nd Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 156). [11th December]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 14th December]
The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majestys Government, in the light of the omission of the term universal free entry (to the national museums and galleries) from the Department for Culture, Media and Sports framework document A New Cultural Framework, and in light of their statement that funds have also been set aside to take this programme (of broadening free access) further in 2001, whether they will reiterate their commitment made in July to the reintroduction of universal free entry to the national museums and galleries in 2001. (HL315)
The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the request made on 25th November (HL Deb, col. 97) for the commissioning of a business consultancy to report on the contribution of the active hereditary peers and to consider what effect their removal would have on the functioning of the House of Lords. (HL316)
The Lord Sefton of GarstonTo ask Her Majestys Government when the last research was carried out into the problem of spray on roads; what were the conclusions, if any; and whether they propose to take any action to minimise the dangers caused. (HL317)
The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majestys Government what contribution is being made by United Kingdom taxpayers to subsidise the growing of tobacco by European Union Member States; and why. (HL318)
The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in the implementation of the War Crimes Act 1991; at what financial cost; and to what effect. (HL319)
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it is known when the British Ambassador in Sudan will return to Khartoum; and what representations are being made to the Sudanese Government on this matter. (HL320)
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government why the Nuba Mountains are outside the area of humanitarian relief served by Operation Lifeline Sudan; and what efforts are being made to reach people there who are threatened by starvation. (HL321)
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they still have confidence in the IGAD process as a means of reaching a peaceful settlement in Sudan; and what other channels are being pursued. (HL322)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have given written guidance to Government departments about the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998; and, if so, whether they will make such guidance available to the public. (HL323)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 10th December (WA 116), whether they will inform Parliament, during the Parliamentary proceedings on the bill, of their reasons for concluding that a Government bill is compatible or incompatible with Convention rights. (HL324)
The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any additional planning, development, listed building and other restrictions apply to sites designated as World Heritage Sites; and under what legislation these restrictions are applied. (HL325)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government how many members of Boards of Visitors at Her Majestys prisons in England and Wales have not attended mandatory training courses; what central records of training are maintained by the Boards of Visitors Directorate of the Prison Service; and whether they will introduce a system analogous to that which is in operation for lay magistrates, whereby failure to attend automatically leads to formal warnings. (HL326)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government which officials attended the COPEX 98 exhibition; and in pursuance of what departmental responsibilities. (HL327)
The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government which species of flora and fauna became extinct in the United Kingdom between 1977 and 1997; and which species face the threat of extinction within the next two years. (HL328)
The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government what action is being taken to provide the Royal Air Force with heavy lift capacity. (HL329)
The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have for the development of the Governments Foresight Programme. (HL330)
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will refer the cases of Merrywood and Pen Park Secondary Schools to the Social Exclusion Unit. (HL331)
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or British Embassies have given any advice to former heads of state or former heads of government about the absence of sovereign immunity and the vulnerability to extradition proceedings during visits to Britain; and to whom that advice has been given. (HL332)
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the British Embassy in Madrid gave any warning to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the possibility of extradition proceedings against General Pinochet during his visit to Britain. (HL333)
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support the Local Government Associations initiatives to advise local authorities to employ in schools "experts" on domestic violence who will encourage pupils to report fathers who assault their wives or partners and children; and, if so, whether this will also apply to mothers who assault their husbands or partners and children. (HL334)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
Trustee Delegation [HL]
Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [15th December]
Disability Rights Commission [HL] [17th December]
European Parliamentary Elections [15th December]
Freedom of Information [HL]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL]
Access to Justice [HL]
Committed to a Grand Committee
Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL] [12th January]
Waiting for Third Reading
London Local Authorities [HL]
Sent to the Commons
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
City of Westminster [HL]
MEASURE IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 1999
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) Order 1998
Draft Parole Board (Transfer of Functions) Order 1998
Draft Government of Wales Act 1998 (Housing) (Amendments) Order 1998
Draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998
Draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998
Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 1999
Draft Financing of Maintained Schools Regulations 1998
DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS
Order laid under s.1(4) referred to the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999
Waiting for affirmative resolution
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999 [2nd Report, Session 1998-99]
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 15TH DECEMBER