THURSDAY 10TH FEBRUARY
*The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the forward sale of tickets to the Millennium Dome Experience is adequate to ensure that the whole project will run at a profit by the end of the year.
*The Baroness TrumpingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what will be the status of established British hallmarks following the possible implementation of a draft harmonisation directive of the European Union.
*The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they propose to take any action following the decision of the American cargo airline FedEx to cancel flights to Prestwick.
*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majestys Government what importance they place on access to services when measuring the quality of life in rural areas.
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Eriskay Causeway) Order Confirmation BillThird Reading [The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale]
Learning and Skills Bill [HL]House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Blackstone]
[It is expected that the remaining stages of the Northern Ireland Bill will be taken this day]
In the Moses Room
At 4.00 pm
Children (Leaving Care) Bill [HL]Grand Committee [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]
MONDAY 14TH FEBRUARY
*The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it is their intention to introduce legislation to give effect to the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Reform of the House of Lords; and, if so, when.
*The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majestys Government what percentage of expenditure on health care in the United Kingdom, Germany, France and the Netherlands is attributable to administrative costs in each case.
*The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government how much money has accrued to them from their share of the profits of the British Coal pension fund; and whether this should be allocated to coalfield areas as additional funding for the rehabilitation and retraining of former mineworkers.
*The Baroness Massey of DarwenTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the role and responsibilities of the new Health Development Agency.
Representation of the People BillCommittee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]
The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Report of the Football Task Force on Commercial Issues.
TUESDAY 15TH FEBRUARY
will be introduced as a Baroness.
*The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the progress so far achieved through the Stability Pact for South-East Europe, and with the funding provided.
*The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majestys Government how many off-licences and supermarkets have been prosecuted over the last three years for selling alcoholic drinks to minors.
*The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will promote both the greater provision of sites and containers where rubbish can be deposited and the effective enforcement of existing legislation.
*The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have expressed any concern about the new Coalition Government in Austria.
[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Learning and Skills Bill will be continued this day]
WEDNESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY
Adam Hafejee Patel, Esq.
will be introduced as a Baron.
*The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to appoint a Minister of Information.
*The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether a legitimate revising chamber should occasionally be able to revise legislation in ways the House of Commons would not have wished.
*The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their current policy on the licensing of products containing organophosphates as their active ingredient for agricultural and domestic use.
The Earl RussellTo call attention to the Rowntree Report on poverty and social exclusion, and to measures needed to reduce them; and to move for papers.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take on the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on Wandsworth Prison.
THURSDAY 17TH FEBRUARY
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to draw attention to St Johns Wort as a treatment for depression.
*The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any concerns about issues arising from political donations in other European Union Member States.
*The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in view of the incidence of motor accidents involving young or new drivers, they will introduce regulations for the display on vehicles of R (restricted) or P (provisional) plates for newly qualified drivers.
The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to ensure the maintenance of law and order in Northern Ireland now that devolution has taken place.
[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Learning and Skills Bill will be concluded this day]
MONDAY 21ST FEBRUARY
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the arrangements for free visits by school children to the Millennium Dome; and from what sources these visits are subsidised.
*The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will make available to the public all letters to Lords which give answers to questions put to Ministers on the floor of the House and all papers placed in the Library of the House in answer to such questions.
*The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they propose to take in the light of the court decision in Edinburgh that section 172 of the Road Traffic Act 1988, used extensively in speeding charges, contravenes the European Convention on Human Rights.
*The Viscount FalklandTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it remains their policy to introduce free admission for all to national museums and galleries.
TUESDAY 22ND FEBRUARY
Joel Joffe, Esq., CBE
will be introduced as a Baron.
*The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government whether Lieutenant-Colonel Tharicisse Muvunyi has applied for political asylum.
*The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government what they are doing to help African governments end the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
*The Lord RentonTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they propose to take to cover the situation which might arise if members of the Armed Forces exercise their rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 in ways which conflict with service discipline.
WEDNESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY
*The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they agree with the recommendation by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that the right of asylum should be incorporated into the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.
*The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action is being taken to prevent child prostitution and to provide escape routes for those involved in it.
*The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the rules governing the flying of the Union Flag at British embassies.
TUESDAY 29TH FEBRUARY
Rt. Hon. Sir Leon Brittan QC
will be introduced as a Baron.
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government what impact the current rate of exchange between Sterling and the Euro has on exports of British goods.
*The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majestys Government why there has been a delay in their consideration of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property.
*The Lord Hurd of WestwellTo ask Her Majestys Government how many governors of Her Majestys prisons were, during 1998 and 1999, transferred to other positions after less than two years in post.
TUESDAY 7TH MARCH
Sir Charles Powell, KCMG
Sir John Birt
will be introduced as Barons.
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 Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether their policy objectives towards Iraq are being achieved.
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 Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what further help they are considering for people who were infected with hepatitis C by contaminated NHS blood products and the dependants of those who have since died in consequence of their infection.
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 Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have made any response to Rehabilitation Internationals newly promulgated Charter for disabled people worldwide.
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 Cowdrey of TonbridgeTo ask Her Majestys Government what they consider to be the role of sport in schools.
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 Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Forty-fifth Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.
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 LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will ensure that account is taken in education programmes and in the workplace of the particular abilities of those classed as dyslexic.
The Baroness Chalker of WallaseyTo call attention to the opportunities in Africa and the ways in which the United Kingdom can enhance economic growth both in that continent and at home; and to move for papers.
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 BradshawTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider paying members of the Special Constabulary.
The Lord PalmerTo call attention to the economics of agriculture within the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.
The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majestys Government whether their policy objectives in relation to devolution of power to Wales are being achieved.
The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo call attention to the level of health care for people with epilepsy; and to move for papers.
The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are aware of the present intention of the Link Bank Network to impose new charges on users of cash machines; and whether this would be consistent with the Governments policy to combat social exclusion.
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 BramallTo call attention to the state of the nations defences in the light of the Defence White Paper (Cm 4446); and to move for papers.
The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking towards eliminating child poverty in Britain.
The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo call attention to the agenda for the forthcoming Special European Council on employment in Lisbon; and to move for papers.
The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo call attention to the case for a Constitutional Committee, a Human Rights Committee and a power of delay on Statutory Instruments, as recommended by the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords; and to move for papers.
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 Baroness Ashton of UphollandTo ask Her Majestys Government what has been the impact of their policies since May 1997 on the prospects for lone parents.
The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majestys Government what effect the new rules on Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) payments will have on farmers and wildlife.
MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE
[Ballot on 9th February for debate on 23rd February]
The Lord Smith of CliftonTo call attention to the number and nature of Task Forces and similar bodies created since May 1997; and to move for papers.
The Lord BridgesTo call attention to the long-term problems caused by coastal erosion; and to move for papers.
The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo call attention to the application of the Salisbury convention in present day circumstances; and to move for papers.
The Lord GreenwayTo call attention to the future use of the River Thames for both commercial and leisure purposes; and to move for papers.
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo call attention to the continuing need for a professional civil service and the role of special advisers and information officers; and to move for papers.
The Lord ChalfontTo call attention to the study on Changing Trends in British Television published recently by the Campaign for Quality Television; and to move for papers.
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]
The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prospects for the Tampere Special European Council (19th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 101). [7th September]
The Baroness HoggTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Non-Food Crops (First Report, HL Paper 5). [9th December]
The Lord WalpoleTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Biodiversity in the European Union Final Report: International Issues (22nd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 119). [18th January]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 8th February, or unanswered after 21 days]
The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will incorporate the study undertaken by the National Pollen Research Unit for the Soil Association into their recommendations on the distances that pollen from genetically modified plants can travel. (HL605)
The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, as reported in the Farmers Guardian on 7th January, the Intervention Board broke its own rules when it chose the abattoirs which would service the Over Thirty Month Scheme. (HL606)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government how many meetings of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe there have been in the year to 31st January 2000; and how many were attended by British Ministers. (HL888)
The Lord Gladwin of CleeTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will announce decisions on whether insulin pen needles and reusable insulin injection pens can be prescribed on the National Health Service. (HL951)
The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the costings for each project announced under the Agriculture Development Scheme on 2nd February and the length of each project. (HL952)
The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what consultations they have had with regard to early retirement schemes for farmers. (HL953)
The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 22nd June 1999 (WA 82), what progress has been made on the European Unions offer of a reduction of VAT on building maintenance and repairs. (HL954)
The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government how many local authority council dwellings were vacant during the years 1997, 1998 and 1999 respectively. (HL955)
The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government how many dwellings owned by Government Departments and other public agencies were vacant during the years 1997, 1998 and 1999 respectively. (HL956)
The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majestys Government when they intend to lay the Orders to enable hereditary peers who no longer sit in Parliament to vote in Parliamentary by-elections or general elections. (HL957)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will discuss with the Government of India the Orissa State Government Order of November 1999 concerning religious conversions and the Uttar Pradesh Bill concerning the use of buildings for religious purposes; and whether they will raise the compatibility of these measures with the constitution of India and international covenants. (HL958)
The Lord BarnettTo ask the Chairman of Committees who are the House Authorities. (HL959)
The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government when they propose to introduce revised hedgerow regulations; and what proportion of existing hedgerows they wish to protect. (HL960)
The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their estimate of the number of miles of hedgerow which have been removed since 1996. (HL961)
The Lord DenhamTo ask Her Majestys Government how many times in the first two Sessions of this Parliament they were defeated in divisions in the House of Lords on amendments at various stages of bills; and on how many of these occasions have the outcomes (a) been accepted in principle in another place; (b) reversed outright; or (c) resolved by the substitution of compromise amendments. (HL962)
The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majestys Government how many surgical operations by category have been performed at the Royal Hospital Haslar during 1999; and how many have been carried out at the Military District Hospital Unit Frimley Park. (HL963)
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government by what criteria they decide to support or oppose the holding of weapons of mass destruction by another sovereign state. (HL964)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the revised version of the Health and Safety Executives MS 17 has been published; and to whom it is to be distributed. (HL965)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answers by the Earl Howe on 18th January 1995 (WA 42), and the Lord Lucas on 8th February 1996 (WA 577), what progress is being made with the three research and development projects being funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food into alternative treatments for sheep scab, including immunological and non-chemical control, and what has been the cost of these projects to date. (HL966)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any studies were conducted by the Health and Safety Directorate into the effects of bacteriological contamination, and of combination with disinfectants, in organophosphate sheep dips between 1989 and 1993; and, if so, what were the results of these studies. (HL967)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 11th January (WA 277), what evidence was before the Veterinary Products Committee in 1992 to prompt the further requests for data from the manufacturers of organophosphate sheep dips; and whether it is now the practice of Her Majestys Government to speculate upon the manufacturers reasons for the withdrawal of products or formulations from the market. (HL968)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the recommendations of the Veterinary Products Committee that manufacturers be approached with a view to improving the safety of the designs of containers for organophosphate sheep dips in 1994, in January 1995 and in July 1999 were acted upon; if so, what proposals for changes to container design were made following those approaches and with what results; and whether there have been any requests for the decision that all organophosphate sheep dip formulations be withdrawn, announced on 20th December 1999, to be rescinded. (HL969)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it is now a requirement of the Wool Marketing Board that sheep owners who send fleeces to Wool Marketing Board depots must guarantee that their sheep have not been dipped in organophosphate sheep dips within six months of shearing. (HL970)
The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Ministry of Defence is buying meat or meat products from France; if so, how much of what type; and whether the meat is produced to the same standards in terms of feed and housing as meat produced in the United Kingdom. (HL971)
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 2nd February (WA 45), whether in the light of their expressed support he will approach the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, the Royal Parks Agency, and the Traffic Director for London for a financial contribution to the £2.44 million Old Palace Yard refurbishment project. (HL972)
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in the light of Lord Peyton of Yeovils question on 7th February (HL Deb, col. 395), the pedestrianisation of Parliament Square as part of the World Squares for All masterplan is compatible with the sessional order that passages through the streets leading to the Houses of Parliament should be kept free and open. (HL973)
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government how many police forces have not accepted the Association of Chief Police Officers police pursuit driver training document, issued in September 1998; and how many are still considering their position. (HL974)
The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo ask Her Majestys Government, in the light of the recent trial involving Gary Glitter, what steps they propose to take to implement the recommendations made by the National Heritage Committee in its report on Press Activity Affecting Court Cases. (HL975)
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Victoria and Albert Museum, following the recovery of two oil-sketches by John Constable in January, have discovered how the sketches were stolen in November 1998; and whether such an incident could happen again. (HL976)
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government how often the security of works of art in the national museums is reviewed; and how their security arrangements compare with other national museums outside the United Kingdom. (HL977)
The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a table showing the number of persons employed in agriculture in the United Kingdom in each of the last twelve years, showing separately the numbers for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. (HL978)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
Healthcare Services [HL]
Deafblind Persons [HL]
Copyright and Trade Marks [HL]
Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
Northern Ireland [9th February]
Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]
Colchester Borough Council [HL]
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Transport Salaried Staffs Association (Amendment of Rules) [16th February]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
Learning and Skills [HL] [10th February]
Representation of the People [14th February]
Committed to a Grand Committee
Children (Leaving Care) [HL] [10th February]
Waiting for Report
Care Standards [HL]
Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
Census (Amendment) [HL]
Local Government [HL]
Waiting for Third Reading
Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar (Eriskay Causeway) Order Confirmation [10th February]
Sent to the Commons
Armed Forces Discipline [HL]
Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
London Local Authorities [HL]
City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
Kent County Council [HL]
Medway Council [HL]
Waiting for Royal Assent
United Reformed Church [HL]
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft African Development Bank (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999
Draft International Development Association (Twelfth Replenishment) Order 1999
Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999
Draft Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (Further Subscription to Capital Stock) Order 1999
Draft African Development Fund (Eighth Replenishment) Order 1999
Draft Greater London Authority (Election Expenses) Order 2000
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Contracting Out (Functions in Relation to Petroleum Royalty Payments) Order 2000
Draft Industrial Training Levy (Construction Board) Order 2000
Draft Industrial Training Levy (Engineering Construction Board) Order 2000
Draft Census Order 2000
Draft Films (Modification of the Definition of British Film) Order 2000
Draft Competition Act 1998 (Determination of Turnover for Penalties) Order 2000
Draft Competition Act 1998 (Land and Vertical Agreements Exclusion) Order 2000
Draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000
Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2000
Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 2000
Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000
Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 2000
Draft Greater London Authority (Disqualification) Order 2000
DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date of expiry of the period for parliamentary consideration]
Proposal laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing and Licensing) Order 2000 [16th March]
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
WEDNESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY