TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER
Scotland BillHouse to be again in Committee [The Lord Sewel] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]
The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to address the problem of bullying of pupils in secondary schools.
WEDNESDAY 7TH OCTOBER
Regional Development Agencies BillCommittee [The Lord Whitty]
THURSDAY 8TH OCTOBER
Registration of Political Parties BillSecond Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
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.
MONDAY 12TH OCTOBER
The Baroness LudfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what action by the European Union and its international partners they are seeking to secure peace and justice in Kosovo.
TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER
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.
WEDNESDAY 14TH OCTOBER
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on the use of sanctions.
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 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 Earl of CarlisleTo call attention to the long-term future of Central and Eastern Europe, with particular reference to the three Baltic States of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and to move for papers.
The Earl of OnslowTo call attention to the science of genetically-modified organisms, and its implications for the breeding of plants and animals; and to move for papers.
The Viscount HanworthTo call attention to the need to encourage teachers in primary and secondary education, and to the role of OFSTED; and to move for papers.
The Lord Bishop of OxfordTo call attention to the commitment in the Labour Party manifesto to a fairer, faster and firmer asylum procedure; and to move for papers.
The Lord AcknerTo call attention to the case for effectively monitoring the operation of conditional fee agreements; and to move for papers.
The Lord DholakiaTo call attention to the need for a national strategy for dealing with paedophiles; and to move for papers.
The Lord BirdwoodTo call attention to changes in the duties of back-bench members of both Houses of Parliament in the last thirty years; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Linklater of ButterstoneTo call attention to the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school; and to move for papers.
The Lord Hardy of WathTo call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; and to move for papers.
The Earl of ClanwilliamTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they support the industrialisation of farming practices in the United Kingdom.
The Lord HyltonTo move to resolve, That this House deplores the attempted murder of Mr Akin Birdal, President of the Turkish Human Rights Association, on 12th May; the refusal by the Turkish Government to admit United Nations Rapporteurs on Human Rights, or representatives of the OSCE or ICRC; the imprisonment and exile of members of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey; and the banning and dissolution in Turkey of numerous bona fide political parties.
The Lord 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 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, and approved in a referendum.
The Baroness OCathainTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to encourage marketing and its contribution to business success.
The Lord Sefton of GarstonTo call attention to the case for a review of income tax (especially at the top levels) in order to ensure a fairer distribution of resources; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo call attention to the discrepancies in the provision of abortion under the National Health Service; and to move for papers.
The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the open letter from members of the Social Policy Association published in The Guardian of 29th July.
The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government what will be the responsibilities and the objectives of the Minister for Women.
The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they have taken, following the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985, in relation to education, prevention and prosecution under the Act.
The Lord Lloyd-WebberTo call attention to the workings of the licensing system governing the export of art and cultural goods; and to move for papers.
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]
The Lord HoffmanTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Europol: Third Country Rules (29th Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 135). [29th July]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 31st July]
The Lord Gordon of StrathblaneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they believe that a reduction in VAT on hotel accommodation might boost tourist traffic and so increase Exchequer revenues. (HL3267)
The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer to Question HL2916 by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 30th July (WA 224), which United Kingdom-based organisations and companies have contributed sponsorship money to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the recent United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union; and how much was donated and what support was provided in kind in each case. (HL3268)
The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer to Question HL2917 by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 30th July (WA 224), on what terms and conditions sponsorship money from United Kingdom-based organisations and companies was received by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office during the recent United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union; whether written sponsorship agreements were signed in all cases; if not, in which cases agreements were not signed; and whether they will place copies of such agreements in the Library of the House. (HL3269)
The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer to Question HL2918 by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 30th July (WA 224), how the Foreign and Commonwealth Office tailored the process of selection of United Kingdom-based sponsors to individual projects in the United Kingdom during the recent United Kingdom Presidency of the European Union; whether any sector of British industry was prevented from offering its services as a sponsor; and, if so, whether that resulted in any company or companies that expressed an interest in being a sponsor being refused. (HL3270)
The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 14th July (WA 10), which companies provided the £500,000 sponsorship of the G8 summit in Birmingham referred to in that Answer. (HL3271)
The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will provide a detailed breakdown of the costs of (a) the Asia-Europe meeting, (b) the European Conference and (c) the Cardiff European Council showing the sponsorship monies donated and the support provided in kind in each case. (HL3272)
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Statement on the Roads Review by the Lord Whitty on 31st July, what financial support will be made available to regional planning conferences which undertake consideration of the 28 schemes mentioned in Annex C to the White Paper A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England. (HL3273)
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Statement on the Roads Review by the Lord Whitty on 31st July, what funds will be made available for major road maintenance and small safety projects (a) this financial year and (b) in each successive financial year up to and including 2001-02. (HL3274)
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Statement on the Roads Review by the Lord Whitty on 31st July, what level of traffic in terms of vehicles per lane, per hour or per day was used to justify the widening of the M25 between junctions 12 and 15. (HL3275)
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect the Review of the Patients Charter under Mr Greg Dykes to be completed and published. (HL3276)
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government what definitive research the Department of Health has commissioned into the physical causes of myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME); and what plans it has to commission such research. (HL3277)
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the detailed timetable for setting up NHS Direct by the year 2000; and what resources, beyond the £14 million recently announced, are planned to be made available for the service when it is fully operational. (HL3278)
The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they anticipate that all Primary Care Groups will be operational by the due date. (HL3279)
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the remarks by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 21st July (HL Deb, col. 813), what steps they propose to take to enhance the role of advisers in the visual arts in schools. (HL3280)
The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they propose to undertake or commission research into the effects of multiple residues of agricultural chemicals in the human body; and, if not, why not. (HL3281)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Prime Minister (Ecclesiastical Functions) [HL]
Registration of Political Parties [8th October]
Energy Efficiency (No. 2) [HL]
Northern Ireland [5th October]
Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee
London Local Authorities [HL]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Regional Development Agencies [7th October]
Scotland [6th October]
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL]
Waiting for Report
Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
European Parliamentary Elections
Waiting for Third Reading
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]
Pensions (Amendment) [HL]
Bodmin Moor Commons [HL]
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments
Returned to the Commons amended
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998
Draft Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
Draft Local Government (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
Draft Meat and Livestock Commission Levy (Variation) Scheme (Confirmation) Order 1998
DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS
Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998
Draft Deregulation (Occasional Licences) Order 1998
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 6TH OCTOBER