WEDNESDAY 18TH NOVEMBER
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government why they have abandoned their proposal to establish a Foods Standards Agency.
*The Lord Taylor of BlackburnTo ask Her Majestys Government why the Ordnance Survey are no longer depicting county boundaries on their maps and whether they will revert to the original method of including both county and administrative data.
*The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it remains their policy that dietary supplements are sold under the law relating to food provided they are safe and make no medicinal claims.
*The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they have taken to assist the government and people of Bangladesh to deal with the recent flood disaster; and what assessment has been made of their continuing needs and priorities.
Standing Orders (Public Business) The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Standing Orders relating to public business be amended as follows
Standing Order 15
At end insert
(2) In order better to discharge his duties as a Minister of the Crown, the Lord Chancellor may, if he thinks fit, leave the Woolsack and sit in such other part of the House as he may find convenient; and in such circumstances his place on the Woolsack shall be taken by a Deputy Speaker or Deputy Chairman.;
Standing Order 16
At end insert or such other part of the House as he may find convenient.
House of Lords OfficesThe Chairman of Committees to move, That the 7th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 153) be agreed to.
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees motion, leave out all the words after (That) and insert (this House declines to approve the 7th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 153), in view of the substantial disagreement amongst the members of the Administration and Works Sub-Committee on the question whether the scheme to refurbish Old Palace Yard be proceeded with at a cost of £2.44 million.).
Registration of Political Parties BillThird Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the present state of agriculture in the United Kingdom with particular reference to the upland regions and Scotland.
THURSDAY 19TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the operation of the new regulations which limit the sale of aspirin and other similar products to 32 tablets at one time without the express agreement of a pharmacist.
*The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that Primary Care Group Boards are so structured as to make proper use of the skills and knowledge of pharmacists.
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what encouragement or assistance they are giving to the development of offshore wind generation of electricity.
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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 will be the responsibilities and the objectives of the Minister for Women.
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.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy on the use of sanctions.
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government how many servicemen 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 Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy towards recent developments in Sudan.
The Lord Mackie of BenshieTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking or intend to take to deal with the serious crisis facing British farmers.
The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask HMG what representations they have received about their proposals for a modern system for corporation tax payments following the abolition of advance corporation tax in April 1999.
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the indefinite unilateral ceasefire from 1st September by the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party), and the presence of Turkish troops in Iraq and recent military threats against Syria.
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 dispense with the regulations governing traffic on public roads.
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 Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Department of Health plans to issue new guidance on MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccines in the light of new medical evidence and litigation recently instituted against pharmaceutical companies manufacturing the vaccines.
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that further measures are needed to protect and maintain the separation of powers and the independence and impartiality of the Judiciary in determining devolution issues, human rights issues and other issues involving the misuse of power by public authorities.
The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they intend to take to address the difficulties facing the agricultural industry.
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 Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majestys Government what future defence role they see for the Western European Union.
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 Earl of IveaghTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will provide additional financial support for conductive education.
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 AhmedTo call attention to the case for fresh international initiatives to solve the problem of Kashmir; and to move for papers.
The Lord PaulTo call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers.
The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take to alleviate the funding difficulties faced by the British Library.
The Lord BerkeleyTo call attention to the Government White Paper A New Deal for Transport: better for everyone (Cm 3950); and to move for papers.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether heads of government and foreign or trade ministers from countries outside the European Union enjoy sufficient access to United Kingdom ministers; how many requests for meetings at heads of government or ministerial level have been made since 1st May 1997; what such meetings have taken place; and what such further meetings have been arranged.
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.
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 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 TopeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the level of safety in private rented accommodation occupied by university undergraduates.
The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider lowering the age of eligibility for candidates in local elections to 18.
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 Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they will take to encourage the governments of Poland and other nations to restore to their rightful owners assets now in the custody of those nations which were stolen from individual victims by the Nazis or their allies.
The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take in response to Lord Marshall of Knightsbridges report on economic instruments and the business use of energy.
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.
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 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 Reform of the Structural Funds and the Cohesion Fund (30th Report, HL Paper 138). [3rd August]
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). [11th November]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 16th November, or unanswered after 21 days]
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government
(a) which heads of government, foreign or trade ministers from outside the European Union have since 1st May 1997 requested through their High Commissioners or Ambassadors a meeting with the Prime Minister, a Secretary of State or a Minister;
(b) what such meetings have taken place; and
(c) what further such meetings have been arranged;
giving in each case in (b) and (c) the date of the meeting and the British Minister involved. (HL1061)
[As amended on 21st April.]
The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majestys Government, in the context of the growing humanitarian crisis in Burma, what representations they have made to the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees concerning the establishment of an adequate refugee admission procedure for Burmese refugees, including the processing and designation of refugees. (HL3544)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will reply to the letter from the Kurdish community in London to the Prime Minister, dated 21st October, concerning political solutions to internal conflict in Turkey and the jamming of international television broadcasts by Turkey; and whether they will place copies of their reply in the Libraries of the two Houses of Parliament. (HL3566)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what new appointments they have made to the Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals. (HL3898)
The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have made to carry out research into badger capture methods. (HL3899)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the British Embassy in Luanda is permitted to maintain contact with UNITA officials in Angola. (HL3900)
The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majestys Government what was the outcome of the General Affairs Council in Brussels on 9th to 10th November. (HL3901)
The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majestys Government why the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 is not applicable to Northern Ireland; and what safeguards there are in that province against the irresponsible sale of wild animals. (HL3902)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what information they have received from the Bahraini Government, following their assurances that the death in custody of Mr Nooh Khalil al-Noor was being investigated and that the authorities would keep the British Embassy in Bahrain fully informed. (HL3903)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will make available to Members of both Houses of Parliament, who go on overseas visits at the expense of their hosts, information in their possession about the antecedents of those hosts. (HL3904)
The Lord IronsideTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the latest total net sum that has been spent by the Legal Aid Board on cases in which plaintiffs have sought and are still continuing to seek compensation for injuries caused by the use of radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer. (HL3905)
The Lord IronsideTo ask Her Majestys Government, in respect of the Legal Aid Boards multi-party action in which 41 of the remaining plaintiffs are still seeking compensation for injuries caused by radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer, whether the experts meetings fixed for early November to consider some or all of these cases have taken place; and what the result has been. (HL3906)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what specific steps they are taking, in conjunction with the European Union and the United States, to prevent the construction of Israeli settlements at Har Homa. (HL3907)
The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 20th October (WA 143), whether the United States Air Force 5th Space Surveillance Squadron based at RAF Feltwell searches for or tracks any objects other than satellites, space debris and space probes; and, if so, what these objects are. (HL3908)
The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 14th October (WA 100), whether they will authorise the opening of the thirty-three closed files at the Public Record Office which contain information about unidentified flying objects. (HL3909)
The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will list the references and titles of all open and closed files currently held by the Ministry of Defence which contain information about unidentified flying objects. (HL3910)
The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majestys Government when the report of the Inspectors inquiry on the River Wye Navigation Order was received; and when the results of the inquiry will be announced. (HL3911)
The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majestys Government what responses they have received to the consultation document Improving Decision Making; and how they intend to proceed with determinate sentences of between 4 and 15 years. (HL3912)
The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the purpose and scope of the reservation of intellectual property in the Scotland Bill. (HL3913)
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]
Energy Efficiency (No. 2) [HL]
Hereditary Peerage (Election) [HL]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Criminal Appeal (Amendment) [HL]
Waiting for Report
Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
Waiting for Third Reading
Northern Ireland [17th November]
Registration of Political Parties [18th November]
London Local Authorities [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]
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]
Pensions (Amendment) [HL]
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
City of Westminster [HL]
Returned to the Commons amended
Regional Development Agencies
Waiting for consideration of Commons Reasons
Returned to the Commons with a Reason
European Parliamentary Elections
Waiting for Royal Assent
Statute Law (Repeals) [HL]
MEASURE IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Functions of Traffic Wardens (Scotland) Order 1998
Draft Broadcasting (Restrictions on the Holding of Licences) (Amendment) Order 1998
Draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) (No. 2) Order 1998
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998
Draft Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1998
Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1998
Draft Channel 4 (Application of Excess Revenues) Order 1998
Draft Parliamentary Constituencies (England) (Miscellaneous Changes) Order 1998
Draft Rates (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS
Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 17TH NOVEMBER