WEDNESDAY 24TH NOVEMBER
*The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majestys Government how many more countries they wish to see joining the European Union.
*The Lord Mackay of DrumadoonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any plans to amend the Scotland Act 1998 to allow the House of Lords to participate in the passage of Scottish legislation.
*The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that research into veterinary matters is adequately coordinated.
*The Earl of CourtownTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have plans to establish safety and security regimes for purchasing via the Internet.
[It is expected that the debate on the Address will be concluded this day and that the principal topics for debate will be Health and Home Affairs.]
THURSDAY 25TH NOVEMBER
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majestys Government what an ethical foreign policy is.
*The Earl of OnslowTo ask Her Majestys Government what representations were received from J Sainsbury plc to the Department of Trade and Industrys investigation into supermarket and retail pricing.
*The Lord SaatchiTo ask Her Majestys Government when an Independent Appointments Commission will be appointed to scrutinise the creation of life peerages.
The Lord ReayTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on A Reformed CAP? The outcome of Agenda 2000 (8th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 61).
The Lord Hope of CraigheadTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prosecuting Fraud on the Communities Financesthe Corpus Juris (9th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 62).
MONDAY 29TH NOVEMBER
The Lord Mackenzie of Culkein
*The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they acknowledge the right of this House to amend, or to reject, secondary legislation.
*The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government in which aspects of the case of General Pinochet the Lord Chancellor has been involved.
*The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they propose to make changes to the system of appointment of Assistant Recorders and Deputy Judges in England and Wales, in the light of the decision of the High Court of Justiciary in Starrs v. Procurator Fiscal, Linlithgow.
*The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress they have made in discouraging the promotion of tobacco products, and in protecting non-smokers from the effects of passive smoking.
TUESDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
The Lord Bishop of Portsmouth
The Lord Bishop of Derby
*The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether low voter turnouts at all levels of election are a cause of concern and, if so, what steps they are taking to improve them.
*The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the subject of political repression in Belarus was discussed at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Istanbul summit-meeting.
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government how they reconcile their intention to build many more residential homes in South East England with the relative absence of brownfield sites and the creation of new national parks in the area.
*The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that disentitlement to means-tested benefits is a form of social exclusion.
WEDNESDAY 1ST DECEMBER
*The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majestys Government whether inquiries have been completed into the reason why the original estimate of casualties in the train crash at Ladbroke Grove proved to be exaggerated; and what actions are being taken to prevent such a situation arising in a future civil disaster.
*The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any plans to call young single mothers with children under four years old for interview under the New Deal, and, if so, whether pressure or inducements will be used to persuade them to go out to work.
*The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majestys Government what they intend in regard to the Working Time Regulations Review, announced at the Conference of the Confederation of British Industry.
The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-FyldeTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will take steps to end the present mandatory requirement on personal pension fund holders to purchase an annuity at the age of 75.
THURSDAY 2ND DECEMBER
*The Lord Bishop of OxfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Christmas Day remains a day of value in the life of the nation, both as the celebration of the birth of Christ and as a shared day of rest.
*The Lord Wallace of SaltaireTo ask Her Majestys Government what recent exchanges they have held with the United States Administration on proposals to develop ballistic missile defence.
*The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Defence Medical Services have the capability to meet the current and potential needs for medical care of the Armed Forces.
MONDAY 6TH DECEMBER
*The Lord SkelmersdaleTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Minister for Women is recommending the Prime Minister to take paternal leave.
*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majestys Government what proposals they will make at the World Trade Organisation talks to ensure environmental concerns are addressed.
TUESDAY 7TH DECEMBER
*The Lord JacobsTo ask the Leader of the House what steps she proposes to take, following the passing of the House of Lords Act 1999, to improve the procedures for debating the budget in this House.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what provision is made in the revised National Curriculum for the inclusion of the non-religious point of view.
*The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the latest regulations covering the travel of British subjects working with charitable non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.
WEDNESDAY 8TH DECEMBER
The Lord Jenkins of HillheadTo call attention to the state of British universities; and to move for papers.
MONDAY 13TH DECEMBER
*The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the reply by the Baroness Hayman on 21st October that Because of issues of food safety and food standards, the decision has been taken that it is sensible not to have different regimes in different countries and for us to act in a concerted, United Kingdom fashion (HL Deb, col. 1292), why they granted powers to the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly to have different regimes concerning food safety and food standards in Scotland and Wales from those in England.
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 UKs present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government what they consider will be the impact of the digital broadcasting revolution on the 8.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people who live in the United Kingdom.
The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will ensure that those who have studied at British schools elsewhere in the European Union can gain access to the student loan scheme.
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 Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what further consideration they have given to setting up a public inquiry into the undiagnosed illnesses of Gulf War veterans, as called for by the Royal British Legion.
The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will set up a nationwide network of childrens refuges as recommended in the Childrens Society study Still Running.
The Lord SkelmersdaleTo move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Postal Privilege (Suspension) Order 1999 (Revocation) Order 1999, laid before the House on 20th October, be annulled (S.I. 1999/2863).
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 Earl of CarnarvonTo call attention to the need for housing in the South East in the years to 2016; and to move for papers.
The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will support changes in procedure to improve Parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation.
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 Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether their penal policy is different from that of the last Government.
The Viscount Colville of CulrossTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have checked all Statutory Instruments issued since May 1997 for compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights (and especially with Article 8, Right to respect for private and family life); and whether they will in future attach to every such Instrument a Statement of Compliance.
MOTION FOR SHORT DEBATE
[Ballot on 1st December for debate on 15th December]
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.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORT
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
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]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled on 22nd November]
The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majestys Government what were the criteria used by the European Commission for judging the Chancellor of the Exchequers proposal to assist small and medium firms in Northern Ireland with a 100 per cent first year capital allowance to be a state aid, and what reasons the Commission gave; on what date the Government was informed of the Commissions ruling; and what period of time they were given by the Commission to make the necessary changes in the Finance Bill. (HL22)
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government what assessment has been made of (a) the loss of revenue and (b) the additional danger of fire resulting from the installation of supplementary fuel tanks in vehicles entering the United Kingdom, both during transit via ferry or train and in a road accident. (HL52)
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in the light of any safety hazards involved, operators of trains or ferries bringing lorries into the United Kingdom have any obligation to refuse to carry vehicles with supplementary fuel tanks. (HL53)
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government which agency is responsible for inspecting lorries entering the United Kingdom to see whether they are fitted with supplementary fuel tanks. (HL54)
The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government how many checks have been carried out at ports of entry during 1999 to detect the use of supplementary fuel tanks by drivers; and how many lorries have been detained as a result. (HL55)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will refuse licences for the export of pumps and other ancillary equipment for use in connection with oil pipelines in the Sudan; and whether they will ask the European Union and other Governments to do likewise. (HL56)
The Baroness HooperTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the reasons for the decision against making food and nutrition a compulsory subject at Key Stage 3 of the National Curriculum, contrary to the results of the consultation process. (HL57)
The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what were the terms of reference given to the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York for conducting the systematic scientific review of the efficacy and safety of water fluoridation; and whether these have since been varied. (HL58)
The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it remains their policy to await the findings of the systematic scientific review of water fluoridation currently being carried out before deciding whether to bring in further legislation in this area. (HL59)
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government whether their review of the Royal Parks Agency was completed by the projected date of 30th November; and when they expect to publish their findings. (HL60)
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government, with reference to the Review of Heritage Policy announced by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on 18th November
(a) which organisation or Government Department will bear the costs of the first stage of the assessment which is to be carried out by English Heritage on behalf of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions; and
(b) what are the names of the non-governmental bodies and developers which they expect English Heritage to consult. (HL61)
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government, with reference to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport press release of 11th November announcing the initial work programme of the Quality Efficiency and Standards Team (QUEST)
(a) how long they expect the independent QUEST team to operate from Department for Culture, Media and Sport offices;
(b) whether the initial budget of £500,000 per annum includes the cost of assumed rent for office space; and
(c) and, if not, what allocation has been made to the future QUEST budget for office rental when the Team moves out of Department for Culture, Media and Sport offices. (HL62)
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government, with reference to the Tourism Forum which will be chaired by the Secretary of State in December
(a) to whom will the Forum report its conclusions, now that the responsibility for the Forum rests with the English Tourism Council instead of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and
(b) what will be the status of its recommendations. (HL63)
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government how they intend to carry out the commitment (HL Deb, 4th November, col. 1096) to explore further what help they can provide to promote specific industry guidance on best practice in providing access for disabled people to tourism; and which organisations they will consult. (HL64)
The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majestys Government what was the outcome of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Summit in Istanbul. (HL65)
The Lord GregsonTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in producing high level targets for improving flood and coastal defence. (HL66)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Armed Forces Discipline [HL]
Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
Waiting for Third Reading
City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
Kent County Council [HL]
Medway Council [HL]
Sent to the Commons
Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]
London Local Authorities [HL]
Alliance and Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) [HL]
United Reformed Church [HL]
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Local Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Order 1999
Draft Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999
Draft Pesticides (Maximum Residue Levels in Crops, Food and Feeding Stuffs) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999
SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS
Referred to a Joint Committee
City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 23RD NOVEMBER