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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.

TUESDAY 23RD JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

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

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.

†Government of Wales Bill—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the amendments for the Report Stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 and 2Clause 113
Schedule 1Schedule 11
Clauses 3 to 22Clauses 114 to 125
Schedules 2 and 3Schedule 12
Clauses 23 to 28Clauses 126 and 127
Schedule 4Schedule 13
Clauses 29 to 74Clause 128
Schedule 5Schedule 14
Clauses 75 to 104Clause 129
Schedule 6Schedule 15
Clause 105Clauses 130 to 140
Schedule 7Schedule 16
Clauses 106 to 109Clauses 141 to 144
Schedule 8Schedule 17
Clauses 110 and 111Clauses 145 to 152
Schedule 9Schedule 18
Clause 112Clauses 153 to 159.
Schedule 10

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

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

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

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

[Prayers will have been read]

*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 without preconditions fully comprehensive single stage Lords reform before talks with Her Majesty’s Opposition were broken off.

†The Lord Craig of Radley—To move, That this House take note of the Reports of the Science and Technology Committee on Digital Images as Evidence (5th Report, HL Paper 64), and Digital Images as Evidence: Government Response (8th Report, HL Paper 121).

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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the European Parliamentary Elections Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

Fireworks Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Monkswell]

Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Dubs]

National Institutions Measure—The Lord Bishop of Blackburn to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

Public Interest Disclosure Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Borrie]

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 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.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the recommendations made in the Film Review Group’s report entitled “A Bigger Picture”.

Pesticides Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Stone of Blackheath]

School Standards and Framework Bill—Report [The Baroness Blackstone]

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

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.

Government of Wales Bill—Report [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡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.

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

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the publication on 21st May of the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions’ consultation paper Limiting Fair Rent Increases, what estimate they have made of the impact of these proposals on future investment in the private rented residential sector.

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

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.

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

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 they are satisfied with progress on improvements in teacher training.

*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.

‡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.

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.

MONDAY 13TH JULY

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that advances in medical science and engineering technology have substantially removed the dangers to health, in particular to lungs, of work in deep mining of coal.

*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take the initiative in trying to bring the various parties in Sri Lanka to the negotiating table.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to strengthen the safeguards against a government seeking to extend the duration of a Parliament beyond five years.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether disproportionate industrial action in the public sector will be proscribed as unlawful unless submitted to mandatory arbitration with binding effect.

TUESDAY 14TH JULY

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the Russian Federation has done all in its power, in accordance with its request for membership of the Council of Europe, “to settle outstanding international border disputes according to the principles of international law, abiding by the existing international treaties”.

*The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for further reform of the liquor licensing laws.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what technical, commercial and frontier control reasons still prevent Eurostar services from operating north of London.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the request of the Royal British Legion that they commission a public enquiry into the way the aftermath of the Gulf War has been handled.

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

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY

*The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the National Museum authorities in Wales resite and rebuild the Industrial Maritime Museum as soon as possible.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support inexperienced mothers with the care and parenting of their young children.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider labelling all food products which have been exposed to pesticide sprays with a warning similar to that required for raw milk.

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the persons to be nominated to the Firearms Consultative Committee in August are properly qualified.

THURSDAY 16TH JULY

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking with the European Union and other appropriate multilateral organisations to promote an internationally agreed strategy towards migration and towards respect for, and protection of, the rights of refugees and asylum seekers.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to modernise National Health Service hearing aids to close the technological gap between them and privately bought hearing aids.

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present rate or number of owner-occupied houses being repossessed by building societies due to the lapse of mortgage repayments.

MONDAY 20TH JULY

†*The Lord Randall of St Budeaux—To ask the Chairman of Committees what are the main impediments to providing reasonable accommodation for peers in the Palace by October.

†*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement made by the Minister of State, Department of Social Security, in a broadcast regarding means-testing of social security benefit on Sunday 31st May represents Government policy.

†*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 Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress of the Global Environmental Facility; and what is their response to the criticism from developing countries that the Facility ignores the most crucial issues affecting the Third World.

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

†*The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the rapid introduction of regional Eurostar services through the Channel Tunnel.

†*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 Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they see any early prospect of being able to have the security gates at the entrance to Downing Street removed.

†*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the leaflet Don’t leave your pension to chance, issued by the Department of Social Security in June, does not refer to the arrangements to make proof against inflation the pension received under SERPS, occupational pension schemes and personal pensions respectively.

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

†*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to broaden the membership of their scientific advisory committees.

†*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Report of the Advisory Group on Quarantine is due to be published, and how soon after receipt of the Report they plan to announce their decision.

†*The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits they expect to accrue from the centralisation of magistrates’ courts at four locations in Derbyshire, and how they expect defendants and witnesses to attend, given the paucity of public transport in parts of Derbyshire.

†*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that, following their decision to allow the sale of former railway lands to proceed, the land requirements of the rail freight industry will be adequately provided for.

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

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 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 Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the problem of bullying of pupils in secondary schools.

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to improve the quality of the housing stock following the recent publication of the English House Condition Survey for 1996.

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 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]

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). [9th June]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 22nd June]

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Advisory Board on Family Law intends to publish its first annual report.      (HL2387)

The Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes are proposed to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office cash limits and running cost limits for 1998-99.      (HL2388)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they used in choosing people to serve on the Independent Commission on the Voting System.      (HL2389)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements were made to invite applications for the chairmanship of the Arts Council before the recent appointment of the new chairman.      (HL2390)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have received about alcohol consumption by children between the ages of 8 and 18, and in particular about rates of increase over the last five years; and whether they have introduced any new measures to combat alcohol abuse by children since they came into office.       (HL2391)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the activities of military consultants operating from UK territory, and in particular their acquisition of weapons and other military material from third countries, should be further regulated by law.       (HL2392)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any request has been made by Sierra Rutile to the World Bank for a loan; for how much and for what purposes; how the UK director has voted or will vote on the project; and what conditions of transparency and corruption-proofing the Bank will demand or has demanded.      (HL2393)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to encourage employers to give mothers time off work to breastfeed their babies; and whether, in order further to encourage breastfeeding, they will extend maternity allowance to a year after the birth of a baby, on production of a note from the doctor or health visitor that the mother is continuing to breastfeed a baby.      (HL2394)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the terms of reference for an investigation by Pat Niner of Birmingham University School of Public Policy on local authority powers to deal with unauthorised encampments; and whether they will ask the researchers to consult Members of both Houses who spoke in the debates on the Criminal Justice Act 1996 before publishing their findings.      (HL2395)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 16th June (WA 128), whether they will list the officials from the Home Office who have attended meetings of the Association of Chief Police Officers Sub-Group on the Administration of Firearms Licensing Review Group; and the dates of each meeting held in 1995 and 1996.      (HL2396)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the annual accounts for each of the last five years of the Association of Chief Police Officers (Scotland); and why they have not acceded to previous written question requests to provide this information.      (HL2397)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the annual accounts for each of the last five years of the Association of Chief Police Officers (England, Wales and Northern Ireland); and why they have not acceded to previous written question requests to provide this information.      (HL2398)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence has received reports from the Edinburgh consultancy firm Environmental Resources Management on the environmental condition of Holy Loch; if so, whether they have published these reports; and, if not, whether they will do so.      (HL2399)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what implications the new plans for the Channel Tunnel link will have for the many listed buildings at St Pancras, including gasholders.      (HL2400)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the emergency loans organised by the International Monetary Fund have been used to repay Japanese, European and United States banks that made loans in the Far East which have not been repaid; and what is the reason for protecting these lenders from market forces.      (HL2401)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed the United States exercise, Eligible Receiver, with the United States authorities; and what are the implications of the findings from this exercise for the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL2402)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed United States Presidential Decision Directives 62 and 63, on the subject of Infrastructure Vulnerability, with the United States authorities; and what are the implications of these Directives for the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL2403)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States Government have discussed Presidential Decision Directives 62 and 63, on the subject of Infrastructure Vulnerability, with NATO allies; and what are the implications of these Directives for NATO’s new Strategic Concept.      (HL2404)

The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, when the Minimum Wage starts; whether cut-off levels for benefits, including council tax and council house rent levels, will be increased correspondingly; and whether they have given consideration to the impact of the minimum wage on Welfare to Work.      (HL2405)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will be taking to apply the High Court’s ruling of 20th June on the Department of Health’s liability for claims from people treated with contaminated human growth hormone as children and who now fear that they will develop Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease; how many such people whose cases were not considered by the High Court are affected by the ruling; when payments can be expected by those affected; and what estimate they have made of the total cost of discharging the liability.      (HL2406)

The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why tax relief is given on contributions to occupational pension schemes and personal pensions but not on contributions to SERPS.      (HL2407)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce new arrangements for the protection of hedgerows.      (HL2408)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of Gross Domestic Product devoted to defence in each NATO member state both in the year 1997-98 and in the year 1987-88.      (HL2409)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will monitor on ethnic grounds information held centrally on the Home Office Court Proceedings database on prosecutions brought under section 154 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.      (HL2410)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the prison population of England and Wales on 31st May; and by how much had it risen or fallen since—

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]
    European Parliamentary Elections [24th June]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL]
    Scotland

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    Government of Wales [1st July]
    School Standards and Framework [30th June]
    Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) [24th June]
    National Minimum Wage

Waiting for Third Reading

    Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) [HL] [23rd June]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL] [24th June]
    Pesticides [30th June]
    Public Interest Disclosure [29th June]
    Fireworks [29th June]
    Registered Establishments (Scotland) [6th July]
    Police (Northern Ireland)

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]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Teaching and Higher Education [HL] [23rd June]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    National Lottery [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    National Institutions [29th June]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Houses in Multiple Occupation (Charges for Registration Schemes) Regulations 1998
    Draft Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 1998

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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
    Draft Appropriation (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

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

    Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1998
    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1998

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

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

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Deregulation (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) Order 1998 [23rd Report]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 23RD JUNE

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

WEDNESDAY 24TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee3.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Consolidation Bills Joint Committee4.30 pm
(Statute Law (Repeals) Bill [HL])
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 25TH JUNE

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

TUESDAY 30TH JUNE

Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

MONDAY 13TH JULY

House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.00 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY

Works of Art Advisory Panel4.15 pm

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