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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

THURSDAY 4TH JUNE

At three o’clock

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any steps to reduce the secrecy around the trials, licensing and marketing of medical drugs.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the protection available to pregnant women against dismissal as a result of pregnancy or for taking time off for ante-natal classes.

*The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the existing arrangements at international airports in Great Britain for treating passengers who arrive suffering from ill-health as a consequence of long-distance flights.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what significance the agreement, signed by them with the French, German and Italian Governments at the Sorbonne on 25th May, will have for British higher education.

Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council Bill [HL]—Third Reading

Statute Law Repeals Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor] (Consolidation)

School Standards and Framework Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Blackstone] [17th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in the formulation of an energy policy.

FRIDAY 5TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

Registered Establishments (Scotland) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld]

Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Elis-Thomas]

Public Interest Disclosure Bill—Committee [The Lord Borrie]

Sexual Orientation Discrimination Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Baroness Turner of Camden]

Fireworks Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Monkswell] [16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new help is intended for people with haemophilia who were infected with hepatitis C in the course of NHS treatment or, in the case of those who have died, for their dependants.

MONDAY 8TH JUNE

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider publishing the voting positions of United Kingdom Executive Directors at the board meetings of the International Monetary Fund, World Bank and similar multilateral organisations in order to facilitate parliamentary scrutiny; and whether they will advocate such a policy be adopted by all member countries.

*The Earl of Lytton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the purposes of a Home Office donation to the Association of Chief Police Officers for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (ACPO) of £458,000 in 1996-97, and a contribution from the Police Authorities of £330,000 for the relevant part of ACPO’s 1996-97 accounting period; and what services are provided by ACPO to these donors.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can give any further information on the Millennium Dome, its progress, its contents, and their cost.

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the General Medical Council’s enquiry into children’s deaths while undergoing heart surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary, whether the Department of Health were aware or were informed of the situation at the time of the operations; and, if so, what action, if any, was taken.

‡The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in developing their policies to promote savings.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the School Standards and Framework Bill will be continued this day]

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—Grand Committee (in the Moses Room at 4.00 pm) [The Lord Dubs] [20th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

TUESDAY 9TH JUNE

*The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask the Leader of the House whether he considers it equitable that, over the last financial year, the aggregate of parliamentary salaries (exclusive of ministerial salaries) for Members of the House of Lords was about £156,000 compared with £42 million for Members of the House of Commons; and what commitments of time the Government will expect of unpaid working peers in a reconstituted House of Lords.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking following the recent representations made by American power companies about coal-powered generating stations in the United Kingdom.

*The Earl of Bradford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the Forestry Authority’s performance in monitoring privately owned British forestry, particularly in relation to planting, harvesting and policy on sustainability.

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Green Paper on Pensions Policy, promised for June this year, will be published.

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 3rd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 106) be agreed to.

Community Care (Residential Accommodation) Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Pitkeathley]

†Government of Wales Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn] [18th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the establishment of an international criminal court.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will be continued in the Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm]

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their responsibility for the Falkland Islands includes devising systems to license exploration for oil and gas in the Falklands’ exclusive economic zone and to license production, should commercial quantities be discovered, or introducing an associated tax regime.

*The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, and at what cost, the Department of Health has dropped its logo which states “improving the health of the nation” from its stationery and whether that statement remains the policy of the Government.

*The Lord Bassam of Brighton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they welcome the steps that local authorities are taking to encourage greater participation by the public in local government.

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their power under the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act 1979 to designate Spring Common, Huntingdon, as an area of archaeological importance, and thus prevent the development of six of its remaining 20 acres as a site for building at least 90 houses.

Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Clinton-Davis]

‡The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the European Commission’s negotiating Directive for a post-Lomé agreement, with particular regard to the Caribbean.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the School Standards and Framework Bill will be continued this day]

THURSDAY 11TH JUNE

*The Lord Bethell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the decision to hold the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, they will ask the European Union to urge the Greek Government to take effective action against the “November 17th” group.

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the contributions paid for national insurance, pensions, occupational pension schemes and personal pensions goes on administrative costs.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases a patient failed to attend a hospital appointment in 1996-97, and in 1997-98; and what proportion of total hospital appointments these absences represented in each year.

National Minimum Wage Bill—Committee [The Lord Clinton-Davis] [15th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Tamar Bridge Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Fookes]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill will be continued in the Grand Committee in the Moses Room at 4.00 pm]

MONDAY 15TH JUNE

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the measures to reduce truancy and exclusion from school (Cm 3957, May 1998) will depend upon changing the content of what is taught.

*The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to insist that the European Council reconsiders the proposed abolition of duty free shopping on 1st July 1999.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the planned expenditure in real terms per prisoner for 1998-99, compared with that in 1995-96.

*The Lord Randall of St. Budeaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Managing Trustees of the Parliamentary Contributory Pension Fund to include a Trustee from among the pensioners of the Fund.

Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Nicol]

‡The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to alter the building regulations relating to fire in Scotland to bring them nearer to those applying in England and Wales.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the National Minimum Wage Bill will be continued this day]

TUESDAY 16TH JUNE

*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with respect to the prescribing of beta-interferon for patients with multiple sclerosis.

*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still unable to reply to peers’ written questions by e-mail.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the outcome of their inquiry into the events surrounding the publication of Cries Unheard concerning the case of Mary Bell, with particular reference to any lessons to be learned by the supervising authorities and the media.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why Geographix was not included in the shortlist of companies who have been invited to submit formal tenders for electronic tagging contracts.

‡The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to deal with the problems arising from the recruitment, retention and retirement of nurses in the National Health Service.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the School Standards and Framework Bill will be continued this day]

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards resolving the situation whereby foreign fishing vessels from European Union countries (so-called “quota-hoppers”) are entitled to catch fish reserved for United Kingdom fishermen within the European Union quota system.

*The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reduce fuel duty on natural gas as a road fuel.

*The Lord Evans of Parkside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from building societies about being required to place special deposits with the Bank of England from 1st June.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now urge the nuclear states to take serious steps towards the elimination of nuclear weapons in order to avoid further proliferation.

Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Earl of Lindsay]

†Scotland Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Sewel]

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE

*The Lord Davies of Coity—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether good relations between Church and State depend on the central organisations of the main Christian denominations being located together in Westminster.

*The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they have taken to reduce developing countries’ unsustainable debt following the G8 summit in Birmingham.

*The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in their negotiations with the European Commission over the latter’s proposals for a directive on takeovers.

FRIDAY 19TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) Bill [HL] (formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) Bill [HL])—Third Reading [The Lord Campbell of Croy]

MONDAY 22ND JUNE

*The Lord Skidelsky—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that adequate transport arrangements to and from Greenwich will be in place in good time for the opening of the Dome and the start of the Millennium exhibitions.

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to amend the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 to extend protection to visitors to events organised by trade unions and professional organisations.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they intend to provide to Parliament about progress in formulating NATO’s new Strategic Concept before its adoption by the alliance in the spring of 1999.

*The Lord Randall of St. Budeaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy, when awarding contracts for the Millennium Dome project, for ensuring that British companies have the same opportunities as those from other countries.

TUESDAY 23RD JUNE

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are now confident that viewers of digital terrestrial television and viewers of digital satellite television will not be required to purchase separate decoder boxes when digital services are launched later this year.

*The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider their policies to conserve the native red squirrel are being successful.

*The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the underlying trend in incidents of tuberculosis in the United Kingdom has increased or decreased since 1990.

†*The Viscount Chelmsford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission studies on the future need for electronic vehicle identification by an electronic number plate or licence identification, situated within the body of the vehicle at time of manufacture and not easily removable.

‡The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Guardsmen Fisher and Wright can expect release from life imprisonment.

WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what criteria the Homerton Hospital recently closed the provision of acupuncture in its Rheumatology Department.

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their paper on smoking reduction.

*The Lord Bethell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the recent rise in inflation, they will reconsider their proposal to abolish indexation in the taxation of capital gains.

*The Lord Sainsbury of Turville—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Comprehensive Spending Review has taken note of the substantial increase for basic scientific research in the Japanese and American budgets and the consequences such expenditure can have for growth, innovation and jobs.

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public money was spent in promoting tourism per head of population in Scotland, Wales and England respectively for the years 1995-96 and 1996-97.

*The Lord Bramall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to announce the outcome of the Strategic Defence Review.

*The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the tax concession for vehicles over 25 years old was withdrawn in the recent Budget.

MONDAY 29TH JUNE

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to meet their target of building 60 per cent of new homes on “recycled land”, they will have to ensure that more contaminated land is cleaned up.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make clear the extent to which they regard organophosphates as user-friendly.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will be able to make a statement on the future amount of European Union regional aid to Wales under the Structural Funds’ new Objective 1.

TUESDAY 30TH JUNE

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the most important achievement in the European Union during the term of their Presidency.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to prevent unlawful fishing in Gibraltar waters.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the current recruitment of graduates to teaching posts in secondary schools.

†*The Lord Clifford of Chudleigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reimburse British ex-Prisoners of War, their War Widows or dependants, with the present day value of tax deducted from pay due to them while in captivity.

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY

*The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the payment of industrial development grants to the American firm of Viasystems Ltd for a new factory in North East England, they are aware of the redundancies created in the same firm’s factories at Galashiels and Selkirk, and whether they will review the effects of their present policy on unemployment.

*The Lord Skidelsky—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the assurance given by the British Museum Trustees to the House of Commons on 17th December 1959, that the bequest of Bernard Shaw to the British Library would be “used primarily for the benefit of the Library”, what steps they intend to take to ensure that this assurance is honoured.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any new plans to assist the poorest pensioners.

THURSDAY 2ND JULY

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to discourage couples in receipt of a joint income of over £200,000 per annum from claiming child benefit.

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new measures are being taken in terms of Clinical Audit to ensure that any level of surgical incompetence is revealed, to avoid any repetition of the widely reported deaths in Bristol.

†*The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are considering abolishing the English Tourist Board.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To call attention to the opportunities for trade with and investment in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To 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 Southwark—To 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 Barnett—To call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining the EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.

The Lord Armstrong of Ilminster—To 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 Moynihan—To call attention to the current situation in Algeria; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Northesk—To call attention to political and economic developments in the South Atlantic; and to move for papers.

The Lord Stone of Blackheath—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Viscount Montgomery of Alamein— To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals for reviving provincial repertory theatres.

The Earl of Carlisle—To call attention to the number of people from ethnic minorities in senior positions in public life; and to move for papers.

The Lord Sandberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the financial crisis in the Far East is likely to have on the British economy.

The Lord Hooson—To call attention to plans to restructure the United Nations for the next century; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to the use of sanctions to support United Nations’ resolutions; and to move for papers.

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s 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.

The Lord Thomas of Swynnerton—To call attention to the possibility of resolving the dispute between the United Kingdom and Spain over Gibraltar by introducing a system of dual sovereignty, along the lines which have worked in Andorra; and to move for papers.

The Lord Walpole—To call attention to increased time for leisure activities and the pressures and problems this creates; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have an overall integrated arts strategy for the United Kingdom and, if so, what it is.

Succession to the Crown—The 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 Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in reviewing the way in which vulnerable or intimidated witnesses are treated in the criminal justice system, with particular reference to witnesses in trials of rape or indecent assault.

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to continuing delays in the completion of the Swanwick Air Traffic Control Centre.

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to make it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of sexual orientation in employment, housing, education and the provision of goods and services to the public.

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote the work of the Council of Europe.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new help they are considering to promote in-bound tourism to the North West.

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote and support the responsibilities of family life.

The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reactions to the recommendations of the Countryside Commission for the future management of the New Forest, in the light of the environmental and economic conditions of that area.

The Earl of Carlisle—To 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 Onslow—To 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 Hanworth—To 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 Oxford—To 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 Ackner—To call attention to the case for effectively monitoring the operation of conditional fee agreements; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dholakia—To call attention to the need for a national strategy for dealing with paedophiles; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Ludford—To 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 Birdwood—To 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 Butterstone—To call attention to the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school; and to move for papers.

The Lord Sainsbury of Turville—To call attention to the state of scientific research in Britain relative to its international competitors; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Kinnoull—To call attention to the need to retain a viable British fishing industry beyond 2002; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to improve the procedures for the election of Judges to the European Court of Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe so as to ensure that the Parliamentary Assembly is reliably advised about the qualifications of nominated candidates on the basis of a transparent, thorough and fair process of interview by an independent expert committee.

The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the heavily indebted poor countries are likely to experience substantial cancellation of debt in the next three years.

The Earl of Clanwilliam—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the industrialisation of farming practices in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the North West of England is not disadvantaged by their proposals for the rail links to the Channel Tunnel.

The Lord Hylton—To 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 Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the United States Senate’s Resolution of Ratification of the accession of Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic to NATO, of 30th April, which imposes the following conditions on the United States Administration (which it has accepted), namely that it should reduce the United States’ financial contribution to NATO every year; ensure that American taxpayers are not required to subsidise the national expenses of the three new invitees; report annually to the Senate on the “adequacy of the defense budget of each NATO member ....”; develop plans for the deployment of a NATO ballistic missile defence for the entire territory of all NATO members; and confirm that the North Atlantic Council does not require the consent of the United Nations for any action pursuant to the North Atlantic Treaty; and, if so, what is their reaction.

The Viscount Addison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to demonstrate their determination to go further in addressing the environmental damage caused by quarrying.

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ban or restrict smoking in restaurants, other eating places and other public places.

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their long-term policy towards help lines in the field of health services.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s 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 Hindlip—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they intend to amend the rules on conditional exemption of works of art, and what estimate they make of the impact on the reservoir of works of art remaining in the United Kingdom.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Kingsland—To 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 Craig of Radley—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee, Digital Images as Evidence (5th Report, HL Paper 64). [21st February]

The Lord Slynn of Hadley—To 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 Eggardon—To 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 Prior—To 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 Hoffmann—To 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]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 3rd June]

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to the United Nations Voluntary Fund for the Victims of Torture that contracts with relevant organisations should not normally be funded for periods exceeding 36 months so as to bring the Fund into line with the European Commission Budget Chapter B7-70, European Initiative for Democracy and the Protection of Human Rights.      (HL2108)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to President Habibie of Indonesia for the release of all political prisoners, and particularly of Xanana Gusmao, the East Timorese leader who is serving a 20-year sentence of imprisonment.      (HL2109)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that assault rifles sold by United Kingdom companies to Turkey, or manufactured there under licence from United Kingdom companies, would not be used for purposes of internal repression.      (HL2110)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their policy of seeking to visit certain prisoners in countries such as Cameroon and Ethiopia, but not in others, such as Bahrain; and whether, in evaluating the possible risks to the relatives of prisoners arising from such requests to visit, they will accept the opinion of the next of kin.      (HL2111)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 21st April (WA 200) and the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 18th May (WA 139), when they will take action to deal with rough sleeping and aggressive begging around Westminster Cathedral.      (HL2112)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 21st April (WA 200) and the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 18th May (WA 139), how many beds for the homeless are available within a one mile radius of Westminster Cathedral; and how many have been unoccupied on average as a percentage of those available in the most recent year for which figures are available.      (HL2113)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the continued presence of large Turkish armed forces in northern Iraq; whether this has been reported to the United Nations Security Council; if so, with what outcome; whether they have made representations to the Government of Turkey; and, if so, in what terms.      (HL2114)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 1st June (WA 15), whether they consider that British Aerospace plc is circumventing controls on the export of small arms, by procuring parts for the assembly in Turkey of the HK33 assault rifle from Germany, while the machine tools involved are made in Nottingham; and what they understand by the words in their reply, “at least initially”.      (HL2115)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the licensing contract between British Aerospace plc and the Government of Turkey for the HK33 assault rifle complies fully with the terms of the arms transfer criteria agreed at—

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the special advisers to the Secretary of State for Scotland; and what are their salaries and other emoluments.      (HL2117)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in putting in place within both bilateral and multilateral overseas aid programmes performance indicators by which progress towards poverty elimination targets can be measured.      (HL2118)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken within the European Union to assist the Secretary General of the United Nations in the fulfilment of his policy objectives on conflict, durable peace and sustainable development.      (HL2119)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in the renegotiation of the Lomé Agreement on the enhancement of human rights and in particular whether it is anticipated that responsibility for deciding whether a human rights issue has arisen will lie with the European Union, with the African, Caribbean and Pacific states or with both together.      (HL2120)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the reform of the United Nations.      (HL2121)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the privatisation of the Commonwealth Development Corporation is proceeding; whether the Corporation has put forward proposals for offshore status; and how they are ensuring that the Corporation remains fully part of their poverty eradication priority in international development programmes.      (HL2122)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are opposed to any reduction in care for incontinent patients; and whether they would support improvements in services to incontinent patients.      (HL2123)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide details of the costs which Health Boards in Scotland incur in making incontinence products available direct to patients.      (HL2124)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sewel on 21st May (WA 198) on education expenditure in Scotland over the last 20 years, for the 18 years from 1979-80 to 1996-97 inclusive what was the average—

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the rate of public funds expenditure per head spent on each resident of (a) England and (b) Scotland for each year since 1979, expressed in (a) cash terms and (b) as a percentage of total public expenditure.      (HL2126)

The Lord Evans of Parkside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will detail the outcome of the European Union Development Council meeting on 18th May.      (HL2127)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the reasons for refusing British citizenship to Mr Al Fayed; and, if not, why not.      (HL2128)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many road accident casualties there have been on the A3 Kingston by-pass between the junctions with the A308 and the A309 in the twelve months to 31st May 1997 and the twelve months to 31st May 1998.      (HL2129)

The Lord Randall of St. Budeaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for June; and what are the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL2130)

The Lord Randall of St. Budeaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the General Affairs Council held in Brussels on 25th May.      (HL2131)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, apart from the overall criteria governing arms exports announced on 28th July 1997, any other restrictions apply with respect to sales to Taiwan.      (HL2132)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom continues to impose an arms embargo on Afghanistan in line with the European Union’s Common Position of 17th December 1996.      (HL2133)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will sign the Council of Europe Charter for Regional or Minority Languages.      (HL2134)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made for the Special Education Needs of children accompanying service personnel serving outside the United Kingdom.      (HL2135)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    City of Westminster [HL]

Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Police (Northern Ireland) [8th June]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pharmacists [HL]
    National Minimum Wage [11th June]
    School Standards and Framework [4th June]
    Fireworks [5th June]
    European Parliamentary Elections
    Government of Wales [9th June]
    Public Interest Disclosure [5th June]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) [HL] [15th June]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL] [17th June]

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    Pesticides

Waiting for Third Reading

    Community Care (Residential Accommodation) [9th June]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL] (formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) [HL])
    [19th June]
    Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council [HL] [4th June]

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]
    Competition [HL]
    Teaching and Higher Education [HL]
    Data Protection [HL]
    Crime and Disorder [HL]
    Business Improvement Districts [HL]
    Electricity Generation [HL]
    Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL]
    Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) (Amendment) [HL]
    Bodmin Moor Commons [HL]
    Lloyds TSB [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    European Communities (Amendment)

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Late Payment of Commercial Debts (Interest) [HL] [10th June]
    National Lottery [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Petroleum [HL]

Audit Commission [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

National Institutions

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1998
    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1998

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Homelessness (Decisions on Referrals) (Scotland) Order 1998
    Draft Homelessness (Decisions on Referrals) Order 1998
    Draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998
    Draft Welfare of Livestock (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

Draft Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Proposal laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Proposal for the Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Exchangeable Driving Licences) Order 1998 [19th Report]

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Deregulation (Deduction from Pay of Union Subscriptions) Order 1998 [19th Report]
    Draft Deregulation (Methylated Spirits Sale by Retail) (Scotland) Order 1998 [21st Report]

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 4TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Management of Nuclear Waste)
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 9TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Cannabis)
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm
European Communities Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 10TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

MONDAY 15TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 16TH JUNE

Library and Computers Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 17TH JUNE

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE

Ecclesiastical Committee11.00 am
(Cathedrals Measure)in the Moses Room

3040 HL 3rd June 1998

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