TUESDAY 28TH JULY
The Baroness Buscombe
William Bach Esq.
will be introduced as a Baron.
*The Lord CheshamTo ask Her Majestys Government why their treatment of English, Welsh and Northern Irish students at Scottish universities was not part of their election manifesto.
*The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are content with the present level of communication between Ministers and leading scientists.
*The Lord RentonTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made since 31st December 1997 in reducing the number of bogus asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.
*The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are proposing to modernise National Health Service hearing aids to close the technological gap between them and privately bought hearing aids.
The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That this House approve the Governments assessment as set out in the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1998 and Comprehensive Spending Review for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993.
[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]
WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY
[Prayers will have been read]
Sir Herbert Laming, CBE
will be introduced as a Baron,
The Lord Burns
*The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the comprehensive spending review will affect the number of overseas diplomatic posts.
*The Lord HoosonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements being made for the adequate translation of documents into the Welsh language in time for the first sitting of the Welsh Assembly in 1999.
*The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider it to be in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions 487 and 687 that the United States should transfer to Israel 25 strike aircraft capable of reaching Iran.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will expedite their report on progress made in monitoring the application of best practice principles set out in the Greenbury, Hampel and Cadbury reports on payments made to private sector executives.
Liaison CommitteeThe Chairman of Committees to move, That the Second Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 133) be agreed to.
Pensions (Amendment) Bill [HL] Third Reading [The Lord Morris of Manchester]
Government of Wales BillConsideration of Commons reasons and amendment [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
Finance (No. 2) BillSecond Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)
Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 1998The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Rules laid before the House on 2nd July be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) Bill [HL] Second Reading [The Lord Ackner]
The Lord ChancellorTo move, That this House take note of Her Majestys Governments proposals for Draft Civil Procedure Rules (contained in the document Access to Justice dated July 1998) as part of their proposals for civil justice reform.
THURSDAY 30TH JULY
*The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majestys Government what consideration they have given to improving the working hours and conditions of the House of Lords in line with proposals being put forward for the House of Commons by the Leader of that House.
*The Lord Hurd of WestwellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there is any intention on their part to discuss the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, or relations between the Falkland Islands and Argentina, with President Menem when he visits the United Kingdom in the autumn.
*The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will introduce ECGD (Export Credits Guarantee Department) cover for Iran; and, if so, when.
[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]
FRIDAY 31ST JULY
[At eleven oclock]
Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 1998The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 25th June be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]
The Baroness Symons of Vernham DeanTo move, That this House take note of NATOs invitation to Hungary, the Czech Republic and Poland to join the Alliance.
NO DAY NAMED
The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo call attention to the opportunities for trade with and investment in Latin America; and to move for papers.
The Lord Ashley of StokeTo call attention to the need for full, enforceable civil rights for chronically sick and disabled people; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Perry of SouthwarkTo call attention to the importance of higher education policy for the social, economic and intellectual welfare of the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.
The Lord BarnettTo call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.
The Lord Armstrong of IlminsterTo move, That a Select Committee be appointed to undertake an inquiry, and within three calendar months to make recommendations, as to how a procedure might be implemented whereby the House would nominate approximately one hundred peers by succession to be voting peers and whereby the remaining peers by succession would renounce their rights to vote but would retain their rights to speak in the House or Committees of the House.
The Lord MoynihanTo call attention to the current situation in Algeria; and to move for papers.
The Earl of NortheskTo call attention to political and economic developments in the South Atlantic; and to move for papers.
The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there is a need throughout the United Kingdom for a comprehensive and cohesive policy relating to the commercial, business and financial sectors in towns, cities and other urban areas.
The Earl of CarlisleTo call attention to the number of people from ethnic minorities in senior positions in public life; and to move for papers.
The Lord SandbergTo ask Her Majestys Government what effect the financial crisis in the Far East is likely to have on the British economy.
The Lord HoosonTo call attention to plans to restructure the United Nations for the next century; and to move for papers.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on the use of sanctions.
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that the Charter of the United Nations permits, and the international rule of law can survive, claims by individual member states to a right of unilateral interpretation of UN Security Council Resolutions, and a right to engage in military operations under such unilateral interpretations.
Succession to the CrownThe Lord Alderdice to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty may be graciously pleased to allow that Her undoubted Prerogative and interest may not stand in the way of the consideration of Parliament during the present session of any measure to remove the bar on a person who is not, or who is married to a person who is not, a protestant to succeed to the Crown.
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to continuing delays in the completion of the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre.
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will take steps to replace measurements of gross domestic product and gross national product, both within the United Kingdom and in international bodies, with measurements that are being developed by the Office for National Statistics which are able to take into account economically significant unpaid and unrecorded work and the reduction through consumption or otherwise of irreplaceable natural resources.
The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to promote family-friendly working practices to enable people to balance the responsibilities of family life with the demands of paid work.
The Earl of CarlisleTo call attention to the long-term future of Central and Eastern Europe, with particular reference to the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and to move for papers.
The Earl of OnslowTo call attention to the science of genetically-modified organisms, and its implications for the breeding of plants and animals; and to move for papers.
The Viscount HanworthTo call attention to the need to encourage teachers in primary and secondary education, and to the role of OFSTED; and to move for papers.
The Lord Bishop of OxfordTo call attention to the commitment in the Labour Party manifesto to a fairer, faster and firmer asylum procedure; and to move for papers.
The Lord AcknerTo call attention to the case for effectively monitoring the operation of conditional fee agreements; and to move for papers.
The Lord DholakiaTo call attention to the need for a national strategy for dealing with paedophiles; and to move for papers.
The Baroness LudfordTo call attention to the need for firm action by the European Union and its international partners to secure peace and justice in Kosovo; and to move for papers.
The Lord BirdwoodTo call attention to changes in the duties of back-bench members of both Houses of Parliament in the last thirty years; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Linklater of ButterstoneTo call attention to the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school; and to move for papers.
The Lord Hardy of WathTo call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; and to move for papers.
The Earl of KinnoullTo call attention to the need to retain a viable British fishing industry beyond 2002; and to move for papers.
The Earl of ClanwilliamTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support the industrialisation of farming practices in the United Kingdom.
The Lord HyltonTo move to resolve, That this House deplores the attempted murder of Mr Akin Birdal, President of the Turkish Human Rights Association, on 12th May; the refusal by the Turkish Government to admit United Nations Rapporteurs on Human Rights, or representatives of the OSCE or ICRC; the imprisonment and exile of members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey; and the banning and dissolution in Turkey of numerous bona fide political parties.
The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to ban or restrict smoking in restaurants, other eating places and other public places.
The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their long-term policy towards help lines in the field of health services.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are continuing a policy of cutting expenditure in real terms per prisoner, and of cutting the total expenditure in real terms on the probation service and on prisoner education.
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what further consideration they are giving to improving Service Pensions and War and War Widows Pensions; and when they expect to announce any improvements.
The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their intentions for taxing pesticides, and what will be the implications of such a tax for farming and the countryside.
The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to address the problem of bullying of pupils in secondary schools.
The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to improve the quality of the housing stock following the recent publication of the English House Condition Survey for 1996.
The Viscount ChelmsfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that the link between the United Kingdoms Balance of Payments and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by the nations leaders and managers is sufficiently understood.
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their view of the economic and business opportunities presented by the information age, which was the subject of a Government paper published in April by the Central Office of Information.
The Lord VinsonTo call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdoms Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of CO2 emissions; and to move for papers.
The Lord BorrieTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to modernise the regulation of the utility industries so as to provide a fair deal for consumers in general and vulnerable consumers in particular.
The Lord HayhoeTo call attention to the case for establishing an Independent Statutory Commission responsible for the conduct of referendums, their organisation and administration along the lines proposed by the Commission on the Conduct of Referendums chaired by Sir Patrick Nairne which reported in November 1996; and to move for papers.
The Duke of AbercornTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are considering a request to the European Union for additional funding to ensure that the Londonderry-Strabane-Ballygawley A5 road is upgraded to the required modern standard.
The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majestys Government what discussions they have had with the Press Complaints Commission about the outcome of their respective inquiries into the events surrounding the publication of Cries Unheard concerning Mary Bell.
The Lord IronsideTo call attention to the strengths of the Armed Forces and the investments needed to sustain their capabilities for deployment and intervention in defence of the United Kingdoms sovereign interests; and to move for papers.
The Lord Bishop of LincolnTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to amend current mental health legislation in order to facilitate positive intervention to assist the mentally ill living in the community.
The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the cost of converting Kensington Gardens to a memorial park for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be met from public funds if the proposal is proceeded with.
The Lord AcknerTo call attention to the Governments consultation paper Rights of Audience and Rights to Conduct Litigation in England and Wales: The Way Ahead (June 1998); and to move for papers.
The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo move to resolve, That a Royal Commission be appointed to consider and report on proposals to reconstitute or reform the House of Lords; and that no such proposals be enacted until the said report has been debated in both Houses of Parliament.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord KingslandTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Enhancing Parliamentary Scrutiny of the Third Pillar (6th Report, HL Paper 25). [12th September]
The Lord Slynn of HadleyTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Public Service (HL Paper 55). [19th January]
The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Sustainable Landfill (17th Report, HL Paper 83). [7th April]
The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham PriorTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Resistance to Antibiotics and other antimicrobial agents (7th Report, HL Paper 81). [23rd April]
The Lord HoffmannTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Acquired Rights Revisited (22nd Report, HL Paper 98). [18th May]
The Lord BarnettTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on the European Central Bank (24th Report, HL Paper 112). [9th June]
The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Student Mobility in the European Union (27th Report, HL Paper 116). [3rd July]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 24th July]
The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government when they intend to carry out the review of policy on chemicals in the environment. (HL3077)
The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 22nd July (HL Deb, cols 876-878) on centralising magistrates courts in Derbyshire
(a) how many additional passenger miles will be made by staff and others attending court as a result of this proposal;
(b) whether the availability or otherwise of public transport was taken into account in deciding to centralise the courts;
(c) whether the centralised proposals comply with the Governments White Paper on Transport (Cm 3950) which seeks to reduce the need for travel and, in paragraph 1.49, states Government departments (should) take the lead in introducing green transport plans which cut down on car use;
(d) whether the Lord Chancellors Department plans to provide financial support for public transport to mitigate the effect of the cost and inconvenience of these proposals. (HL3078)
The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 22nd July (HL Deb, cols 876-878) on centralising magistrates courts in Derbyshire, to list for each county
(a) the number of magistrates courts planned to be closed;
(b) the number of new magistrates courts planned to open. (HL3079)
The Lord GainfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there is any evidence of
(a) a decline in qualified maintenance technicians and engineers in aviation; and
(b) increased pressure on existing engineering staff owing to the increase in air traffic. (HL3080)
The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action, if any, they are taking to ensure that all vehicles recalled by manufacturers for safety checks are checked. (HL3081)
The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether OFSTED reports take into account the efforts of schools to promote road safety and to educate children in the attitudes to vehicular use that they will need to adopt in order to become safe drivers. (HL3082)
The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether OFSTED reports take into account the efforts of schools to seek the implementation of safer routes to schools and to provide appropriate fixtures, such as lockers and cycle parking facilities, to make it practical for pupils to cycle to school. (HL3083)
The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether OFSTED reports take into account traffic conditions in the vicinity of schools at their starting and finishing times. (HL3084)
The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will produce a formal response to the 5th Report of the House of Commons Environment, Transport and Regional Affairs Committee, The Future of Allotments (HC 560), published on 11th June 1998. (HL3085)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Finance (No. 2) (Money Bill2nd July) [29th July]
Prime Minister (Ecclesiastical Functions) [HL]
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL] [28th July]
Registration of Political Parties
Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee
London Local Authorities [HL]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Regional Development Agencies
Scotland [27th July]
Waiting for Consideration on report
City of Edinburgh (Guided Busways) Order Confirmation [27th July]
Waiting for Report
Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
European Parliamentary Elections
Waiting for Third Reading
National Minimum Wage [27th July]
Pensions (Amendment) [HL] [29th July]
Private Hire Vehicles (London) [27th July]
City of Westminster [HL]
Sent to the Commons
Coordinated Universal Time [HL]
Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) [HL]
Geneva Conventions (Amendment) [HL]
British Nationality (St. Helena) [HL]
Human Rights [HL]
Local Government (Experimental Arrangements) [HL]
Business Improvement Districts [HL]
Electricity Generation [HL]
Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL]
Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) [HL]
Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL]
Statute Law (Repeals) [HL]
Bodmin Moor Commons [HL]
Lloyds TSB [HL]
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments
Returned to the Commons amended
Northern Ireland (Sentences)
Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons
Government of Wales [29th July]
Returned to the Commons with reasons
Waiting for Royal Assent
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Meat and Livestock Commission Levy (Variation) Scheme (Confirmation) Order 1998
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 1998
Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998
Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 1998
Draft Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
Draft Local Government (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
Draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1998
Draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1998
DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS
Proposals laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998
Draft Deregulation (Occasional Licences) Order 1998
Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 28TH JULY