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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 25TH JUNE

At three o’clock

[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*The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the tax concession for vehicles over 25 years old was withdrawn in the recent Budget.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 Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Israel with regard to its plans for further expansion of Jewish settlements on the West Bank.

†School Standards and Framework Bill—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the amendments for the Report Stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 11Clause 55
Schedule 1Schedule 17
Clauses 12 to 20Clauses 56 to 67
Schedule 2Schedule 18
Clauses 21 and 22Clauses 68 and 69
Schedule 3Schedule 19
Clause 23Clause 70
Schedule 4Schedule 20
Clause 24Clauses 71 to 74
Schedule 5Schedule 21
Clauses 25 to 30Clause 75
Schedule 6Schedule 22
Clauses 31 to 33Clauses 76 to 92
Schedule 7Schedule 23
Clause 34Clause 93
Schedule 8Schedule 24
Clause 35Clause 94
Schedules 9 to 11Schedule 25
Clause 36Clauses 95 to 120
Schedule 12Schedule 26
Clauses 37 to 39Clauses 121 and 123
Schedule 13Schedule 27
Clauses 40 to 48Clauses 124 to 132
Schedule 14Schedule 28
Clauses 49 to 51Clauses 133 and 134
Schedule 15Schedule 29
Clauses 52 to 54 Clauses 135 to 142
Schedule 16 Schedules 30 to 32.

†European Parliamentary Elections Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

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.

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]

†Child Benefit and Social Security (Fixing and Adjustment of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 1998—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th June be approved. [37th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 1998—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th June be approved. [37th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

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

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.

†‡Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1998—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st June be approved. [36th Report from the Joint Committee]

†ROYAL ASSENT

[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]

‡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.

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.

THURSDAY 23RD JULY

*The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance of the Radio Authority in consenting to departures from the terms of independent radio licences.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet approved upgrading to motorway status, as part of the M6, of the stretch of trunk road now confined to two lanes each way from the Scottish Border to Junction 44 near Carlisle.

*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people since April 1992 have committed suicide in prisons managed by the commercial sector.

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 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.

The Viscount Chelmsford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the link between the United Kingdom’s Balance of Payments and the use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) by the nation’s lenders and managers is sufficiently understood.

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the economic and business opportunities presented by the information age, which was the subject of a Government paper published in April by the Central Office of Information.

†The Lord Vinson—To call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdom’s Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of CO2 emissions; and to move for papers.

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 24th June]

The Lord Gregson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Joint Environmental and Transport Council held in Luxembourg on 17th June.      (HL2425)

The Lord Gregson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Environment Council held in Luxembourg on 16th and 17th June.      (HL2426)

The Lord Gregson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Transport Council held in Luxembourg on 17th and 18th June.      (HL2427)

The Lord Gregson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the most recent meeting of the Standing Committee on preparations for European Monetary Union (EMU); and what preparations have been made by public authorities to prepare for the launch of the euro in other Member States on 1st January 1999.      (HL2428)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their proposals for modernising rights of audience in the higher courts.      (HL2429)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 18th June (WA 151), whether they will ensure that users of the NHS are treated like paying customers and not supplicants; and whether they will issue an instruction to all NHS hospitals that customers should be addressed by their surnames and titles unless the use of the Christian name is desired and sanctioned by the customer.      (HL2430)

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consultations have begun on amendments to building regulations as promised by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton during the second reading of the Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) Bill on 1st June (HL Deb, col. 87); and whether the target for completion is still the first half of next year.      (HL2431)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the Civil Aviation Authority about the number of incidents involving disruptive behaviour by passengers; and whether, in the interests of aviation safety, they will consult with other states which are members of the International Civil Aviation Organisation on ending the practice of supplying free alcohol to passengers.      (HL2432)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the proposals set out in the School Standards and Framework Bill, church schools have a right of veto on the organisation committee which, in the event of a dissenting voice, would preclude a referral to the adjudicator, even when the dissenting voice represents the interests of the churches.      (HL2433)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the results of reviews currently being undertaken by Government departments will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2434)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask the Chairman of Committees why it is necessary to install new light fittings in the Harcourt corridor in the Palace of Westminster; and what is the cost of the installation.      (HL2435)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have studied the Revised Preliminary Draft Report of the Council of Europe’s Committee on Migration, Refugees and Demography of 20th April on the humanitarian situation of the Kurdish refugees and displaced persons in south-east Turkey and north Iraq; and whether they agree with its conclusions.      (HL2436)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for additional Parliamentary time to be made available so that the United Kingdom may be able to ratify the Ottawa Treaty, banning anti-personnel landmines, before the end of the current session.      (HL2437)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the low rates of breast-feeding of infants in the United Kingdom, how they will follow up the European Community Initiative launched in May; and how they will support the UNICEF’s “Baby Friendly Initiative”.      (HL2438)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the Ugandan Government’s external debt to make possible higher spending in that country on health and education while limiting military expenditure; and whether and when Uganda will benefit from the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPCI).      (HL2439)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any information about the reported expulsion or imprisonment of 11 priests and the closure of 40 churches in Chiapas province of Mexico; and whether they are discussing these matters and the apparent collapse of the Comisión Nacional de Intermediación (CONAI) (as a mediating body) with the Government of Mexico.      (HL2440)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons in Kosovo they estimate to have been displaced (a) into Montenegro, (b) into Albania, (c) into Macedonia and (d) within Kosovo; and whether they have any information about Chechens and Mujahadeen being involved in actions against the Serb forces.      (HL2441)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many dogs have been put down since the Dangerous Dogs (Amendment) Act 1997 came into force (a) under section 1 and (b) under section 3; and how often section 4 of that Act is being used.      (HL2442)

The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amounts of money have been apportioned each year for the last five years to England, Scotland and Wales under the Block Grant Settlement System.      (HL2443)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases of E coli 0157 reported to the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre during the week ending 19th September 1997 was the source of infection traced; and, if it was traced to a food product sold commercially, in how many instances was an Order under section 9 or section 13 of the Food Protection Act 1990 enforced.      (HL2444)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the administration of repeated courses of antibiotics results in a depletion of beneficial human gut flora, particularly in children and the elderly; and, if it does, whether this effect has any relationship to the ability of an individual to resist infection by food poisoning organisms.      (HL2445)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all hospital laboratories routinely test specimens from patients suffering from severe diarrhoea for E coli 0157; and, if they do not, whether they will issue a specific instruction to do so.      (HL2446)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any mechanism is in place to trace the source of an outbreak of infection by E coli 0157 where an unusual number of cases is reported to the Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre at any particular time, but from different geographical locations, which could be attributed to a widely distributed food product.      (HL2447)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any laboratory in the United Kingdom has pulsed-field gel electrophoresis facilities for DNA analysis of E coli 0157; and, if not, whether they would fund the necessary equipment in order to expedite strain typing of the organism so that sources may be traced in the event of a widely dispersed national outbreak of infection.      (HL2448)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance they attach to the early acquisition of natural immunity to gastro-enteric infections by the population; and what advice they offer, particularly to parents of young children.      (HL2449)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether President Clinton’s new Presidential Decision Directive on United States nuclear doctrine contains any proposals for action towards the elimination of nuclear weapons and interim proposals to seek agreement to take nuclear weapons off hair-trigger alert; and, if not, whether they will table such proposals for the consideration of the United Nations Security Council.      (HL2450)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures have been taken by Constabularies to record the serial numbers of all firearms handed in as a result of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997; where such lists are retained; and in what format.      (HL2451)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the locations and dates that officials of the Home Office Operational Police Policy Unit, giving their names in all cases, attended meetings outside the Home Office for which travelling and other expenses were claimed in each of the last two years.      (HL2452)

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

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pharmacists [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections [25th June]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL]
    Scotland

Recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House

    Statute Law Repeals [HL]

Waiting for Report

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

Waiting for Third Reading

    Pesticides [30th June]
    Public Interest Disclosure [29th June]
    Fireworks [29th June]
    Registered Establishments (Scotland) [6th July]
    Police (Northern Ireland)
    Road Traffic Reduction (National Targets) [1st July]

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]
    Business Improvement Districts [HL]
    Electricity Generation [HL]
    Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) [HL]
    Criminal Justice (International Co-operation) (Amendment) [HL]
    Building Regulations (Energy Rating Information) (Amendment) [HL]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (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

    Crime and Disorder [HL]

Returned to the Commons with a reason

    Teaching and Higher Education [HL]

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 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
    Draft Air Carrier Liability 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]

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

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Cannabis)
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 1ST JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 7TH JULY

European Communities Committee4.15 pm

MONDAY 13TH JULY

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

TUESDAY 14TH JULY

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY

Works of Art Advisory Panel4.15 pm

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am

24th June

DIVISIONS

Division No. 1

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS BILL

It was moved by the Lord Holme of Cheltenham, in Clause 1, page 1, line 9, at end to insert (according to the system set out in sections 3 to 3B"); which being objected to, the question was put thereupon, and the Committee divided:

CONTENTS.......73
NOT-CONTENTS...89

CONTENTS
Addington, L.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Avebury, L.
Bath, M.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Bridges, L.
Calverley, L.
Carlisle, E.
Cawley, L.
Chalker of Wallasey, B.
Colgrain, L.
Dahrendorf, L.
Davies, L.
Dholakia, L.
Erroll, E.
Ezra, L.
Falkland, V.
Gladwyn, L.
Goodhart, L.
Grey, E.
Hampton, L.
Hamwee, B.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Hooson, L.
Howie of Troon, L.
Inchyra, L.
Inglewood, L.
Jacobs, L.
Kitchener, E.
Linklater of Butterstone, B.
Lloyd-George of Dwyfor, E.
Ludford, B.
Mackie of Benshie, L.
McNair, L.
McNally, L. [Teller]
Maddock, B.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Meston, L.
Milverton, L.
Naseby, L.
Nathan, L.
Newby, L. [Teller]
Northesk, E.
Ogmore, L.
Onslow of Woking, L.
Perry of Walton, L.
Razzall, L.
Redesdale, L.
Ritchie of Dundee, L.
Rochester, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Russell, E.
Sainsbury, L.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Stafford, L.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Swynnerton, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thomson of Monifieth, L.
Thurso, V.
Tope, L.
Tordoff, L.
Vivian, L.
Wallace of Saltaire, L.
Warnock, B.
Weatherill, L.
Wharton, B.
Wigoder, L.
Williams of Crosby, B.
Wilson of Tillyorn, L.
Winchilsea and Nottingham, E.

NOT-CONTENTS
Acton, L.
Ailesbury, M.
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Amos, B.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Barnett, L.
Berkeley, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blatch, B.
Blease, L.
Brooks of Tremorfa, L.
Burlison, L.
Carter, L. [Teller]
Charteris of Amisfield, L.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
David, B.
Dean of Beswick, L.
Desai, L.
Diamond, L.
Dixon, L.
Dubs, L.
Elis-Thomas, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Fraser of Carmyllie, L.
Gallacher, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Grantchester, L.
Gregson, L.
Halsbury, E.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayman, B.
Healey, L.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hogg of Cumbernauld, L.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Irvine of Lairg, L. (Lord Chancellor)
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Jay of Paddington, B.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Kennedy of The Shaws, B.
Kennet, L.
Kilbracken, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
McIntosh of Haringey, L. [Teller]
Mallalieu, B.
Marlesford, L.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Mishcon, L.
Monkswell, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Nicol, B.
Orme, L.
Paul, L.
Peston, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Prys-Davies, L.
Puttnam, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Richard, L. (Lord Privy Seal)
Serota, B.
Sewel, L.
Shepherd, L.
Simon, V.
Smith of Gilmorehill, B.
Strabolgi, L.
Strange, B.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Turner of Camden, B.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Whitty, L.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Young of Old Scone, B.

Division No. 2

EUROPEAN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS BILL

It was moved by the Lord Bethell in Clause 1, page 1, line 9, at end insert--

((2) In this Act, unless the context otherwise requires, United Kingdom", Great Britain" and England" include Gibraltar.");

which being objected to, the question was put thereupon, and the Committee divided:

CONTENTS.......67
NOT-CONTENTS...110

CONTENTS
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Alton of Liverpool, L.
Ashbourne, L.
Berners, B.
Bethell, L. [Teller]
Blatch, B.
Cadman, L.
Carlisle, E.
Carnock, L.
Chesham, L.
Chorley, L.
Clancarty, E.
Craigavon, V.
Crickhowell, L.
Darcy de Knayth, B.
Elton, L.
Freyberg, L.
Gardner of Parkes, B.
Greenway, L.
Gregson, L.
Grey, E.
Hardwicke, E.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Harrowby, E.
Henley, L.
Holderness, L.
Hooper, B.
Hughes, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Hunt of Wirral, L.
Hylton, L.
Inglewood, L.
Islwyn, L.
Janner of Braunstone, L.
Kitchener, E.
Lawrence, L.
Leigh, L.
Liverpool, E.
Lucas of Chilworth, L.
Lyell, L.
McConnell, L.
Mackay of Ardbrecknish, L.
Mancroft, L.
Masham of Ilton, B.
Massereene and Ferrard, V.
Merrivale, L.
Milverton, L.
Minto, E.
Monson, L.
Mountevans, L.
Norrie, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton, L.
O'Cathain, B.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Rotherwick, L.
Rowallan, L.
Shepherd, L. [Teller]
Skidelsky, L.
Stoddart of Swindon, L.
Strange, B.
Thomas of Gwydir, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Waddington, L.
Wharton, B.
Wise, L.
Wrenbury, L.

NOT-CONTENTS
Acton, L.
Addington, L.
Amos, B.
Ampthill, L.
Archer of Sandwell, L.
Avebury, L.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Beaumont of Whitley, L.
Berkeley, L.
Blackstone, B.
Blease, L.
Borrie, L.
Burlison, L.
Calverley, L.
Carter, L. [Teller]
Chandos, V.
Clinton-Davis, L.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
David, B.
Davies of Oldham, L.
Dean of Beswick, L.
Desai, L.
Diamond, L.
Dixon, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Elis-Thomas, L.
Evans of Parkside, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Gallacher, L.
Gilbert, L.
Gladwin of Clee, L.
Goodhart, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Grantchester, L.
Hacking, L.
Hamwee, B.
Harris of Greenwich, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayman, B.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Hollis of Heigham, B.
Holme of Cheltenham, L.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Jenkins of Hillhead, L.
Jenkins of Putney, L.
Kennedy of The Shaws, B.
Kilbracken, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Linklater of Butterstone, B.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
Longford, E.
McIntosh of Haringey, L. [Teller]
McNair, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mallalieu, B.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Mason of Barnsley, L.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Monkswell, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Montgomery of Alamein, V.
Morris of Castle Morris, L.
Morris of Manchester, L.
Newby, L.
Nicol, B.
Ogmore, L.
Orme, L.
Perry of Walton, L.
Peston, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Prys-Davies, L.
Puttnam, L.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Razzall, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Richard, L. (Lord Privy Seal)
Rochester, L.
Rodgers of Quarry Bank, L.
Rogers of Riverside, L.
Russell, E.
Serota, B.
Sewel, L.
Simon, V.
Smith of Clifton, L.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Stone of Blackheath, L.
Symons of Vernham Dean, B.
Thomas of Gresford, L.
Thomas of Macclesfield, L.
Thomas of Swynnerton, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thurso, V.
Tope, L.
Walker of Doncaster, L.
Whitty, L.
Williams of Elvel, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Young of Old Scone, B.

Division No. 3

ROAD TRAFFIC REDUCTION (NATIONAL TARGETS) BILL

It was moved by the Lord Lucas of Chilworth, in Clause 2, page 2, line 5, at end to insert (, and

    (c) the needs of business, commerce and industry.");
which being objected to, the question was put thereupon, and the House divided:

CONTENTS.......28
NOT-CONTENTS...72

CONTENTS
Allenby of Megiddo, V.
Anelay of St. Johns, B.
Attlee, E. [Teller]
Brabazon of Tara, L.
Brougham and Vaux, L.
Chesham, L.
Dixon-Smith, L.
Fookes, B.
Haslam, L.
Henley, L.
HolmPatrick, L.
Inglewood, L.
Lucas of Chilworth, L. [Teller]
Lyell, L.
McConnell, L.
Massereene and Ferrard, V.
Merrivale, L.
Miller of Hendon, B.
Mountevans, L.
Mowbray and Stourton, L.
Northesk, E.
Norton, L.
Park of Monmouth, B.
Rowallan, L.
Thomas of Gwydir, L.
Trenchard, V.
Waddington, L.
Wise, L.

NOT-CONTENTS
Acton, L.
Addington, L.
Amos, B.
Avebury, L.
Barnett, L.
Bassam of Brighton, L.
Berkeley, L. [Teller]
Borrie, L.
Calverley, L.
Carlisle, E.
Carter, L.
Clancarty, E.
Cocks of Hartcliffe, L.
Currie of Marylebone, L.
David, B.
Desai, L.
Dholakia, L.
Dixon, L.
Dormand of Easington, L.
Dubs, L.
Elis-Thomas, L. [Teller]
Evans of Parkside, L.
Falconer of Thoroton, L.
Farrington of Ribbleton, B.
Gilbert, L.
Gordon of Strathblane, L.
Gould of Potternewton, B.
Graham of Edmonton, L.
Grey, E.
Hamwee, B.
Hardy of Wath, L.
Haskel, L.
Hayman, B.
Hilton of Eggardon, B.
Howie of Troon, L.
Hoyle, L.
Hughes of Woodside, L.
Islwyn, L.
Kennedy of The Shaws, B.
Kilbracken, L.
Kirkhill, L.
Lockwood, B.
Lofthouse of Pontefract, L.
McNair, L.
McNally, L.
Maddock, B.
Mallalieu, B.
Mar and Kellie, E.
Merlyn-Rees, L.
Milner of Leeds, L.
Monkswell, L.
Montague of Oxford, L.
Nicol, B.
Orme, L.
Pitkeathley, B.
Ramsay of Cartvale, B.
Randall of St. Budeaux, L.
Redesdale, L.
Rendell of Babergh, B.
Russell, E.
Sewel, L.
Shepherd, L.
Simon, V.
Steel of Aikwood, L.
Stoddart of Swindon, L.
Thomas of Walliswood, B.
Thurso, V.
Tope, L.
Turner of Camden, B.
Whitty, L.
Williams of Mostyn, L.
Young of Old Scone, B.

3274 HL 24th June 1998

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