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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.

MONDAY 15TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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 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.

*The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make funds available to North Lanarkshire and East Ayrshire councils to avoid a deterioration in services as a result of their past financial management.

House of Lords’ Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 5th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 109) be agreed to.

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

†The Baroness Nicol to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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

†National Minimum Wage Bill— House to be again in Committee [The Lord Clinton-Davis] [15th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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.

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

‡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.

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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

The Lord Barnett—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on the European Central Bank (24th Report, HL Paper 112).

†[It is expected that the Second Reading of the Scotland Bill will be concluded this day]

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]

Pesticides Bill—Report [The Lord Stone of Blackheath]

Fireworks Bill—Report [The Lord Monkswell]

Public Interest Disclosure Bill—Report [The Lord Borrie]

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

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.

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.

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

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—Report [The Lord Dubs]

National Lottery Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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.

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.

†Teaching and Higher Education Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Baroness Blackstone]

‡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.

†European Parliamentary Elections Bill—Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

*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.

†*The Lord Denham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they had been prepared to discuss single stage Lords reform before breaking off talks with Her Majesty’s Opposition.

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.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since Turkey entered the European Customs Union, the Turkish record on human rights has improved.

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 Museum 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.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they took, as holders of the Presidency of the European Union, to persuade the Serbian authorities to honour their international obligations under the Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.

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.

MONDAY 6TH JULY

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the effect of the delays and administrative burden which result from the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 on the international competitiveness of the United Kingdom’s research in the medical sciences and biotechnology.

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of dealing with the number of people applying for entry into the United Kingdom and whether any new measures are being considered to combat illegalities.

*The Lord Bridges—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is in accordance with Government policy for a planning application regarding the creation of a regional airport in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to be determined by a local planning authority without a public inquiry, and before the completion of that authority’s own inquiry into its Local Plan policies.

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to protect the role of community hospitals in the National Health Service.

TUESDAY 7TH JULY

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to enhance public appreciation of the teaching profession and understanding of the contribution it makes to the wellbeing of the United Kingdom.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principles will underlie their review of housing benefit.

*The Earl of Drogheda—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an alternative site for a garden dedicated to the memory of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, could be found, in view both of the effect on Kensington Gardens of the one currently under discussion and of the need for more parks and gardens in other parts of London.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the replacement of Lorne House, the only institution in the country offering residential care to young drug addicts and alcoholics, which has been closed following the withdrawal of grants.

WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether satisfactory progress is being made in attracting more and better-qualified recruits to the teaching profession.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider restoring a right to income support and housing benefit during the long vacation to students who are orphaned or estranged from both their parents.

*The Lord Sandberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering steps to modify European Union medicine legislation with regard to horses, due to come into effect in January 2000, in light of the tradition of horse welfare in the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority is being given by the Department for International Development, in relation to women’s sexual and reproductive rights, to provide further relevant services, including education, in the poorest countries.

THURSDAY 9TH JULY

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to increase resources for the United Kingdom Knowhow Fund, as a means of strengthening links with central and east European states now preparing for future membership of the European Union.

†*The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to clean up polluted beaches in England and Wales; what is the role of Water Authorities in the process; and what funds may be available from the European Union.

*The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what form of accountability they consider the Association of Chief Police Officers’ resolutions relating to matters of public interest should be subject.

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 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 ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the use of sanctions to support United Nations’ resolutions.

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support in the United Nations a timetable to eliminate nuclear weapons if the plan secured the agreement of all other states including India and Pakistan.

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

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 11th June]

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any assessment of the costs of NATO expansion has been made in relation to each of the five countries now entering accession negotiations with the European Union.      (HL2251)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the following nations of the Baltic States will receive in the financial year 1998-99 from the ASSIST programme (Assistance to Support Stability with In-Service Training)—

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that public safety in Northern Ireland is prejudiced by the holding of licensed hand guns by members of the general public.      (HL2253)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether persons resident in Great Britain may own hand guns which are kept in Northern Ireland.      (HL2254)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have had from British ex-servicemen held as prisoners of war in Japan who are seeking compensation; what reply they have made; and what action they are taking.      (HL2255)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring takes place of the quality of night time care, including adequacy of staffing, for patients in hospital; and whether they are satisfied with the current provision.      (HL2256)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any difficulties which United Kingdom hauliers are experiencing in the recovery of VAT paid on road fuel purchases made in other European Union member states; and what those difficulties are.      (HL2257)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the weekend at Chequers referred to in the Viscount Runciman of Doxford’s diary (excerpts of which were printed in The Sunday Telegraph on 7th June 1998), which Government Ministers were present that weekend; who, apart from Government Ministers, was also present; and what were the reasons for inviting these people.      (HL2258)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have been given by the Government of Bahrain about the reasons for recruitment of foreigners into their police and armed forces, and the naturalisation of those foreigners and their families; whether they have checked to see whether any of the arms licenced for export from the United Kingdom to Bahrain are to be used by units in which these foreigners serve or may serve; and whether they expect to train any of those units.      (HL2259)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, during their negotiations on the development of Agenda 2000 environmental and rural policy, what account they have taken of the facts that in Great Britain Tenant Farmers’ activities are bound by the Tenant Farmers agreement into which the farmers have already entered, and that if they do anything outwith the remit of the agreement they could risk losing their tenancy.      (HL2260)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to achieve their objectives of plurality and diversity of ownership in the media industries; what assessment they have made of the implications for these policy objectives of the proposed take-over by BskyB/News International of one of the three independent national commercial radio stations; and whether they will hold an inquiry into that bid.      (HL2261)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers the Radio Authority has to intervene in any corporate take-over of an independent national radio licence holder; what criteria are used by the Authority to assess the suitability as a licence-holder of a company mounting such a take-over; and what steps the Authority can take to ensure that promises of performance are adhered to in such a take-over situation.      (HL2262)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed take-over of Talk Radio by BskyB/News International or associated companies would give to the potential new owners the same guaranteed access to digital capacity and control of digital radio multiplexes as is currently guaranteed to Talk Radio; and what consideration they have given to the implications of such access for the further dominance by Mr Rupert Murdoch and his companies of the United Kingdom media industries.      (HL2263)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider referring to the Monopolies and Mergers Commission and the Office of Fair Trading the proposed entry of News International companies into the United Kingdom radio industries through the purchase of one of only three independent national radio licence-holders; and, if not, why not.      (HL2264)

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 Select Committee

    Tamar Bridge

Referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills

    Statute Law Repeals [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pharmacists [HL]
    National Minimum Wage [15th June]
    School Standards and Framework [16th June]
    European Parliamentary Elections [24th June]
    Government of Wales [15th June]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) [HL] [15th June]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL] [17th June]
    Registered Establishments (Scotland) [22nd June]
    Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) [19th June]
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    Pesticides [19th June]
    Public Interest Disclosure [19th June]
    Fireworks [19th June]
    Police (Northern Ireland) [22nd June]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL] (formerly Girobank plc (Transfer) [HL])
    [19th 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]
    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]
    Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    National Lottery [HL] [22nd June]
    Teaching and Higher Education [HL] [23rd June]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    National Institutions

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum 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 Education (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1998
    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

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

    Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

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

Order laid under s.1(4) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) Order 1998

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]

MONDAY 15TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 16TH 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
Library and Computers Sub-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
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 18TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Management of Nuclear Waste)
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Ecclesiastical Committee11.00 am
(Cathedrals Measure)in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 23RD JUNE

European Communities Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE

Consolidation Bills Joint Committee4.30 pm
(Statue Law (Repeals) Bill [HL])

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