NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY
Items marked are new or have been altered.
TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
At half-past two oclock
*The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will publish details of requirements governing the admission to the United Kingdom of special skills applicants.
*The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have undertaken any assessment of the impact on ACP producers of rice, sugar, rum and bananas of the European Commissions Everything but Arms initiative which seeks to extend duty and quota free access to the European Union market to 48 Least Developed Countries.
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government what recompense they propose to offer to those in flooded areas who have lost homes or businesses in cases where warnings from the Environment Agency and other public bodies have not been heeded.
*The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking, through the European Union, to prevent faulty domestic electrical appliances manufactured outside the European Union and carrying forged trade marks from entering the United Kingdom by means of the Single European Market.
Disqualifications BillThird Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]
Children (Leaving Care) Bill [HL]Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]
Criminal Justice and Court Services BillConsideration of Commons Amendments and Reasons [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]
WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majestys Government what importance they attach to the recommendations in the Competition Commissions report on supermarkets, published in October, that a code of practice should be drawn up to counter adverse practices that supermarkets inflict on suppliers and that an independent third party should be established to report breaches to the Office of Fair Trading.
*The Baroness Knight of CollingtreeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will postpone instructions to the National Health Service to incur expenditure on preparations for Britain joining the euro until such time as Britain decides to do so.
*The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, after the adoption of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Court of Justice will take account of its provisions in interpreting and considering the scope of community law.
*The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the latest monthly figures for asylum applications shed any light on the progress of their attempt to deter applicants from applying for asylum in the United Kingdom by changing the way they are treated when they arrive.
Insolvency Bill [HL]Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]
The Lord Falconer of ThorotonTo move, That this House takes note of the planning, management and operation of the Millennium Dome, and of its future.
THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
[At eleven oclock]
*The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will conduct an open consultation on the Draft Detention Centre Rules before presenting them to Parliament.
*The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government why the central register of all persons who hold, or who have applied for, a firearm or shotgun certificate which was required to be set up under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 has not been set up and by what date it will be set up.
*The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their aid policy for Sierra Leone.
Protection of Animals (Amendment) BillThird Reading [The Baroness Fookes]
NO DAY NAMED
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has further increased, is still increasing and ought significantly to be diminished.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it would assist future conflict resolution if United Nations principles were modernised by clarifying the criteria when the right of self determination can supersede that of territorial integrity.
The Lord Pearson of RannochTo call attention to the United Kingdoms present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.
The Lord NorthbourneTo call attention to the role of voluntary youth services in combating social exclusion and promoting social inclusion; and to move for papers.
The Lord VinsonTo call attention to changes in the influence and prestige of this House and to examine how they should be addressed; and to move for papers.
The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo call attention to the case for earlier detection and palliative intervention in countries exposed to ethnic conflicts; and to move for papers.
The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is operating within its remit.
The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the standards of care given to elderly patients in NHS hospitals.
The Lord SelsdonTo call attention to the future role of the pound sterling and of the euro; and to move for papers.
The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their principles and policies with regard to end-user accountability for the sale of weapons and related equipment.
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo call attention to the Salisbury Convention in the light of recent constitutional developments; and to move for papers.
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo move to resolve, That this House regrets the conduct of the Lord Hoffmann in not disclosing his connection with Amnesty International during the House of Lords first hearing of the extradition appeal of General Pinochet; and calls on the Lord Chancellor to reconsider his support for Lord Hoffmann.
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo call attention to the present circumstances of disabled people whose disabilities were caused by wounds or injuries from enemy action in the Second World War; and to move for papers.
The Lord ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to address the high levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly in prisons and amongst the young male population.
The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government what assessment they have made about the problem of litter; and what initiatives they propose to pursue, especially in those areas where the problem is most grievous.
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on further measures to limit the sale, brokering and international shipment of arms to countries involved in conflict.
The Lord PuttnamTo call attention to the case for the United Kingdom remaining competitive in the wake of recent changes in the media and communication industries; and to move for papers.
The Lord SelsdonTo call attention to the political situation in Austria and in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe; and to move for papers.
The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will modernise the working practices of H M Coroner Service to meet the needs of a multi-faith Britain.
The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo call attention to the current problems surrounding care of the elderly, including long-term residential care; and to move for papers.
The Lord TomlinsonTo call attention to the resources available to the House of Lords; and to move for papers.
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what planning and preparation are being done for the eventual withdrawal of international peace-keeping forces from Bosnia and Kosova, especially as regards permanent systems for justice and law enforcement.
The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their policies towards promoting general aviation.
The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect the Bowman project to provide an effective replacement for the Armys Clansman range of radios that is both secure and resistant to electronic warfare.
The Viscount FalklandTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they share the concerns of some parents and educationalists that many children are entering formal education at too early an age.
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they consider should be taken to increase participation in sport by women and girls.
The Lord ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what they consider the role of religion to be in Britains multi-cultural society.
The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Countryside Agency report The State of the Countryside 2000 and in particular what proposals they have for ensuring that rural communities remain inclusive.
The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures can be taken by European Union and United Nations member states to stop the import of oil and diamonds from guerrilla and other groups challenging democratically elected governments in Africa by military means.
The Earl of ListowelTo call attention to the needs of children and of their parents and carers; and to move for papers.
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress they have made in resolving the issue of how national museums and galleries can recover VAT.
The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what consideration they have given to a requirement for light civil aircraft and helicopters to be fitted with quieter engines and, where practicable, with hush kits.
The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government what aid provision they have made for British-based small charities operating overseas.
The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the possibility of a world shortage of oil should influence strategic plans for the electrification of a greater proportion of the railway system.
The Baroness HooperTo call attention to developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government what relationship they have in mind for the National Health Service with the private health sector.
The Lord Thomas of GresfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in the light of the Court of Appeal decision in Heil v. Rankin and others, given on 23rd March, they will restore the scheme for compensation of the victims of violent crime assessed on the basis of common law damages, and abandon the tariff scheme which replaced it on 1st April 1996.
The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the current situation in Cyprus.
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government whether since 1997 their international development budget has been directed more towards the worlds poorest and most neglected communities.
The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they propose to incorporate the recommendations of the working group on forced marriage into their overall strategy for dealing with domestic violence.
The Lord ChalfontTo move to resolve, That it is desirable that a Select Committee be appointed to consider all the circumstances surrounding the crash of Chinook helicopter ZD 576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.
The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on a referendum about the Western Sahara.
The Lord ParekhTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in the light of the Human Rights Act 1998, they will amend the law so as to allow Members of the House of Lords to vote in parliamentary elections.
The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to revise their energy policy.
The Lord VinsonTo call attention to the effect of disproportionate regulation on small businesses; and to move for papers.
The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the increase in religious persecution in many countries; and whether they will consider measures similar to those adopted by the United States Congress.
The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will review their policy towards the government of Sudan, in the light of continuing violations of human rights.
The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo call attention to the case for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Common Agricultural Policy; and to move for papers.
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Russian Federation government have yet begun to fulfil their human rights obligations as a member of the Council of Europe in the conduct of their military and security operations in the Chechen Republic, and their administration of that republic.
The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo call attention to the recommendation in London Universitys Institute for Education report that optimal class sizes in primary schools should be less than 25; and to move for papers.
The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to ensure sufficient financial support for British competitors at the next Olympics.
The Lord TanlawTo call attention to the 14 recommendations of the Task Force report on potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their plans to ensure that the National Lottery is operated with integrity and without interruption beyond the date of the termination of the current licence held by Camelot.
The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to relieve poverty in rural areas in the light of the changes in the agriculture industry.
The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made on compensation payments for miners and miners widows for bronchitis and emphysema.
The Lord MancroftTo move to resolve, That this House do appoint a select committee to examine the management and financial controls by the New Millennium Experience Company in its management of the Millennium Dome project.
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to promote the marketing of British tourism to visitors from overseas.
The Baroness Ashton of UphollandTo ask Her Majestys Government how the ambulance and paramedic services are incorporated into the modernisation programme in the National Health Service National Plan.
The Baroness Ashton of UphollandTo ask Her Majestys Government what strategies they are pursuing to support children in danger of exclusion from school, their families and teachers.
The Lord Phillips of SudburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what dangers they see in the widening differentials in earnings, and what steps they propose to take to address them.
The Baroness WalmsleyTo call attention to the problems of student poverty and the anomalies arising between support systems in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England; and to move for papers.
The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will respond to the Health and Safety Commissions draft Approved Code of Practice and Guidance on Passive Smoking at Work.
The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majestys Government how they will respond to the recommendations of the Parekh Report on the future of multi-ethnic Britain.
The Lord ChalfontTo call attention to the recent white paper issued by the Chinese government on Chinas National Defence Policy; and to move for papers.
The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government what proposals they have to ensure the comprehensive subtitling of television programmes.
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government why they have no plans to review the list of medical conditions conferring prescription charge exemption.
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo call attention to Equality: A New Framework, the Report of the Independent Review of the Enforcement of United Kingdom Anti-Discrimination Legislation, and to the options for reform of anti-discrimination legislation in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.
The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have plans to improve British schooling for ethnic minority children.
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in the reform of the European Unions development policy.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord Lewis of NewnhamTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Waste Incineration (11th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 71). [21st July 1999]
The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Society (3rd Report, HL Paper 38). [14th March]
The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Common European Policy on Security and Defence (15th Report, HL Paper 101). [3rd August]
The Lord Hope of CraigheadTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Public Access to EU Documents (16th Report, HL Paper 102). [1st August]
The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Enlargement and EU External Frontier Controls (17th Report, HL Paper 110). [1st November]
The Baroness WilcoxTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Air Travel and Health (5th Report, HL Paper 121). [22nd November]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled on 27th November, or unanswered after 21 days]
The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majestys Government what action has been taken by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton in his capacity as Minister and as a shadow director of the New Millennium Experience Company to comply with the advice given by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) at page 39 of their Project Mozart presentation that shadow directors must be on notice and need to take urgent action to address the position after taking appropriate legal and commercial advice in the light of PWCs statement at page 39 that There is clear evidence to suggest that NMEC is currently insolvent. (HL4134)
The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Millennium Domes New Millennium Experience Company has, at any time, traded while insolvent; and, if so, over which periods. (HL4159)
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 5th October (HL Deb, col. 1684) that discussions are taking place to finalise how the other pre-condition will be achieved, but they are almost there, whether those discussions have now been completed; and whether, as a consequence, the pre-condition imposed by the Millennium Commission on the grant of £47 million on 4th September that that amount represented the last draw-down from the Millennium Commission is now in place. (HL4237)
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the calf serum used in the preparation of the polio vaccine which has recently been withdrawn from use came from a controlled veterinary herd; if so, how many animals were in the herd at the time that the serum was taken; and when (if ever) any of those animals were diagnosed as having BSE. (HL4402)
The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in view of the uncertainty about the future levels of new housing development in the South East (and the distribution between counties) over the period to 2016, the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions will withdraw his Direction requiring West Sussex County Council to provide for an additional 12,800 dwellings in the county by 2011. (HL4819)
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys Government how many incidents of self harm were recorded in each prison establishment in England and Wales in the year 1999-2000. (HL4820)
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys Government how many cases of tuberculosis existed in prisons in England and Wales on the last date for which figures are available, broken down by establishment. (HL4821)
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys Government how many prisoners were identified as psychiatric in-patients in prison health care units on the last date for which figures are available; and what are their future plans for holding and caring for these prisoners within prison establishments. (HL4822)
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys Government how many prisoners saw a dentist while in prison in 1997, 1998 and 1999; what is the average waiting time to see a dentist; and how many dentists the prison service employs. (HL4823)
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys Government what proportion of doctors employed by the prison service have general practitioner training. (HL4824)
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the range of alternative therapies that are available to prisoners to supplement conventional medical treatments, at the latest possible date, broken down by establishment. (HL4825)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government what evidence they have to suggest that the policy of critical engagement with Sudan has improved Sudans human rights record. (HL4826)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government what specific criteria they use to measure human rights improvements in a country. (HL4827)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the agreement on technical cooperation with the Chinese government signed by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, on 20th November commits China to any specific improvements in its human rights practices. (HL4828)
The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any Minister knew of, or authorised, the disclosure to The Times newspaper of 27th November of certain of the proposed contents of the legislative programme for the next session of Parliament. (HL4829)
The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to implement section 10 of the Fire Safety and Safety of Places of Sport Act 1987 which amended section 18 of the Fire Precautions Act 1971 so placing a duty upon fire authorities to carry out fire safety inspection of premises to which that Act applies; and whether they intend to provide guidance to fire authorities in pursuance of that duty until such time as a new Fire Safety Bill is introduced. (HL4830)
The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majestys Government how many fire safety inspections have been carried out by fire authorities of premises falling within section 9A of the Fire Precautions Act 1971; and how many improvement notices under section 9D of the Act were served by fire authorities on such premises between 1st April 1989 and 31st December 1997. (HL4831)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
Healthcare Services [HL]
European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
Parliament Acts (Amendment) [HL]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House
European Parliamentary Elections [HL] (Consolidation)
Waiting for Report
Deafblind Persons [HL]
Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
Sexual Offences (Amendment)
Waiting for Third Reading
European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
Disqualifications [28th November]
Protection of Animals (Amendment) [30th November]
Colchester Borough Council [HL]
Sent to the Commons
Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
Divorce (Religious Marriages) [HL]
Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
Street Works [HL]
Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL]
City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
Kent County Council [HL]
Medway Council [HL]
Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]
Returned to the Commons amended
Freedom of Information
Countryside and Rights of Way
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments
Children (Leaving Care) [HL] [28th November]
Insolvency [HL] [29th November]
Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons
Criminal Justice and Court Services [28th November]
Returned to the Commons with a reason
Waiting for Royal Assent
Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Mink Keeping (England) Order 2000
Draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 2000
Draft Millennium Commission (Substitution of a Later Date) Order 2000
Draft Human Fertilisation and Embryology (Research Purposes) Regulations 2000
Animals and Animal Products (Import and Export) (England and Wales) (Amendment) (No. 3) Regulations 2000
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000
Draft EUTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2000
Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000
Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000
NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY LEGISLATION ON
RESERVED/EXCEPTED MATTERS IN PROGRESS
Awaiting expiry of period for notice of motion that the Act shall cease to have effect
Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 [17th January]
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER
|European Union (Sub-Committee A)||10.30 am|
|Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England||4.10 pm|
|Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)||4.15 pm|
|European Union (Select Committee)||4.15 pm|
|Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)||4.15 pm|
|in the Moses Room|
|Lords Interests||4.15 pm|
|(Sub-Committee)||in the Law Lords Conference Room|
WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
|European Union (Sub-Committee B)||10.30 am |
|European Union (Sub-Committee D)||10.30 am|
|Delegated Powers and Deregulation||11.15 am|
|European Union (Sub-Committee E)||4.15 pm |
THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
|European Union (Sub-Committee C)||10.30 am |