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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.

Bills marked § have been set down before the expiry of the

recommended minimum interval between stages.

MONDAY 6TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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]

§Northern Ireland (Sentences) Bill—Committee [The Lord Dubs]

‡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 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.

*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 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.

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

†School Standards and Framework BillFurther consideration on Report [The Baroness Blackstone]

‡Welfare of Livestock (Amendment) Regulations 1998—The Lord Hoyle to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st May be approved. [35th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Air Carrier Liability Order 1998—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 23rd June be approved. [38th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Deregulation (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) Order 1998—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Deregulation Committee]

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.

Scotland Bill—Committee [The Lord Sewel] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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

‡Appropriation (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th June be approved.

FRIDAY 10TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Pensions (Amendment) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Morris of Manchester]

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

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.

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.

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.

‡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.

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 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.

*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.

*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking, in conjunction with their European Union partners, to prevent a collapse of the Japanese currency and economy.

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.

MONDAY 27TH JULY

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress made by companies in ensuring internationally agreed minimum labour standards for overseas workers.

*The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that consumers in the United Kingdom do not have to pay as much as twenty per cent more for new cars than consumers in Belgium.

*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review, in consultation with the Association of Chief Police Officers, the use of CS spray by police forces.

*The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to discourage spitting in public, particularly at sporting venues.

TUESDAY 28TH JULY

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities provide community care for disabled people to match their needs.

*The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their treatment of English, Welsh and Northern Irish students at Scottish universities was not part of their election manifesto.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are content with the present level of communication between Ministers and leading scientists.

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since 31st December 1997 in reducing the number of bogus asylum seekers in the United Kingdom.

WEDNESDAY 29TH JULY

*The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the comprehensive spending review will affect the number of overseas diplomatic posts.

*The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements being made for the adequate translation of documents into the Welsh language in time for the first sitting of the Welsh Assembly in 1999.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress being made in the training of teachers wishing to become headteachers.

*The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it to be in accordance with United Nations Security Council Resolutions 487 and 687 that the United States should transfer to Israel 25 strike aircraft capable of reaching Iran.

THURSDAY 30TH JULY

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the responses received in regard to their recent energy review.

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to improving the working hours and conditions of the House of Lords in line with proposals being put forward for the House of Commons by the Leader of that House.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any intention on their part to discuss the sovereignty of the Falkland Islands, or relations between the Falkland Islands and Argentina, with President Menem when he visits the United Kingdom in the autumn.

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 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 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 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 leaders 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.

The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To move to resolve, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that Her Majesty should exercise the Prerogative of Mercy to release Guardsmen Fisher and Wright from mandatory life imprisonment in exceptional circumstances as other available mechanisms would unduly delay their release.

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will sign the Irish Government’s Nuclear Disarmament initiative which has been signed by Brazil, Mexico, Egypt, South Africa, Slovenia and Sweden.

The Lord Borrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to modernise the regulation of the utility industries so as to provide a fair deal for consumers in general and vulnerable consumers in particular.

†The Lord Hayhoe—To call attention to the case for establishing an Independent Statutory Commission responsible for the conduct of referendums, their organisation and administration along the lines proposed by the Commission on the Conduct of Referendums chaired by Sir Patrick Nairne which reported in November 1996; 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 2nd July]

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in accordance with the practice established in the case of the European Union Troika visit to Tibet, they will place a copy of the report by the European Union Troika mission to East Timor in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament.      (HL2575)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will subdivide the ML1 category used in the Export of Goods (Control) Order, so as to distinguish between firearms and other items.      (HL2576)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that companies are not able to circumvent restrictions on the sale of arms and other material, by licensing the manufacture overseas of items, the export of which might be prohibited under the European Union Code of Conduct on Arms Sales.      (HL2577)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have implemented in women’s prisons in England and Wales the recommendations of the Chief Inspector of Prisons in Women in Prison: A Thematic Review (paragraph 9.31) about screening for breast and cervical cancers.      (HL2578)

The Lord Gisborough—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the irritation caused to train passengers by users of mobile phones, whether they will recommend to the rail companies that at least one half of one carriage in every train be designated a mobile phone free compartment.      (HL2579)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision of the Department of Trade and Industry, on the advice of the Serious Fraud Office, not to appeal the 1988 judgment of the Licensed Dealers Tribunal in the matter of TWH Management Limited which found, inter alia, that there had been “no false market” and “no breach of the Take-Over Code” in certain share transactions, in case failure would have prejudiced the forthcoming Guinness prosecutions, had been discussed or agreed with the then Attorney General.      (HL2580)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the decision not to disclose to the defendants in the second Guinness Appeal in 1996 (despite the undertakings given by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to the Court of Appeal, Criminal Division) the letter of 13th January 1989 from Mrs J D Olsen of the SFO to the Department of Trade and Industry advising against any appeal from the judgment of the Licensed Dealers Tribunal in the matter of TWH Management Limited, in case the forthcoming Guinness prosecutions were prejudiced, was discussed or agreed with the then Attorney General.      (HL2581)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings and discussions have been held between employees of the Serious Fraud Office and the Attorney General and his staff on the matter of the Guinness prosecutions and the subsequent appeals; and, further to the Written Answer of the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 30th June (WA 77), whether this involvement indicates more than a “statutory superintendence” role of the Attorney General in the prosecution of the Guinness trials.      (HL2582)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a failure by the Serious Fraud Office to disclose a relevant document to the defence in criminal proceedings, in breach of undertakings to the court, would fall within the scope of the “statutory superintendence” referred to in the Written Answer of the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 30th June (WA 77).      (HL2583)

The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their medical advisers take the view that those taking non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) should do so while standing up and that a patient should not lie flat for half-an-hour afterwards; and, if so, whether they will ensure that NHS doctors give appropriate advice and that manufacturers of NSAIDs include such advice in leaflets issued with such drugs.      (HL2584)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of motorised police escorts in London—

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a report of the results of the examination by the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) of the review by the Medical Research Council Institute for Environment and Health: Organophosphorous esters: an evaluation of the chronic neurotoxic effects; including particularly the COT’s answers to the questions posed in paragraph 3.24 of Official Group on OPs—Report to Ministers.      (HL2586)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies have been conducted into the amounts of pirimiphos-methyl likely to be ingested over their lifetime by—

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how users of pirimiphos-methyl grain treatments are to reconcile instructions that “Grain treated by admixture as specified may be consumed by humans and livestock” without a withdrawal period, with the recently-added instruction to “Keep [the chemical] away from food and animal feedstuff”, particularly in the light of the review of this chemical which revealed that it remains active for between one and five years in controlled conditions.      (HL2588)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the known immune system and reproductive system effects of deficiency in (a) copper and (b) selenium in cattle.      (HL2589)

The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom, other than Ministers, officials in departments and special advisers, the Report of the Low Pay Commission and the accompanying Executive Summary were distributed subsequent to their delivery to the Government on 27th May and prior to their becoming available to Parliament.      (HL2590)

The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the President of the Board of Trade discussed the contents of the Report by the Low Pay Commission at the Trade Union Congress dinner on 16th June.      (HL2591)

The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, since Mr John Edmonds of the GMB Union has acknowledged that he had a copy of the Executive Summary of the Report of the Low Pay Commission prior to its official publication, what steps are being taken to investigate how he came by it.      (HL2592)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of observations from the House of Commons Select Committee on Agriculture (5th Report, Session 1997-98) that the recommendations of the Committee on Toxicity of Chemicals in Food, Consumer Products and the Environment (COT) in relation to vitamin B6 safety were “palpably wrong”, they continue to have confidence in the suitability of Professor Woods to chair (a) the COT and (b) the new Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals.      (HL2593)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the timetable and working arrangements for the new Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals; and what specific steps are being taken to ensure that the new Group bases its report on sound science.      (HL2594)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the membership and proposed chairmanship of the new Expert Group on Vitamins and Minerals.      (HL2595)

The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the research on piscivorous birds, currently funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, is due for completion; and whether this research will assess the impact of these birds on juvenile and smolt stage salmon and sea trout.      (HL2596)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why a letter addressed to Mr Enahoro Esemuze, an inmate at Her Majesty’s Prison, Bullingdon, was returned marked “Deported” when he was actually in Her Majesty’s Prison, Rochester.      (HL2597)

The Lord Davies of Oldham—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether steps are being taken to ensure that bells signalling divisions in the House of Lords are rung in rooms in the House of Commons and in other parliamentary buildings.      (HL2598)

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]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL] [10th July]
    Scotland [8th July]
    Northern Ireland (Sentences) [6th July]

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 [9th July]
    School Standards and Framework [7th July]
    National Minimum Wage
    European Parliamentary Elections

Waiting for Third Reading

    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]
    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 amended

    Fireworks
    Pesticides

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

Teaching and Higher Education [HL] [7th July]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    Draft Security for Private Road Works (Scotland) Amendment Regulations 1998
    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998
    (S.I. 1998/1582)
    Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Amendment Regulations 1998
    Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 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 Appropriation (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998
    Draft Air Carrier Liability Order 1998
    Draft Houses in Multiple Occupation (Charges for Registration Schemes) Regulations 1998
    Draft Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 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

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Deregulation (Taxis and Private Hire Vehicles) Order 1998 [23rd Report]
    Draft Deregulation (Exchangeable Driving Licences) Order 1998 [26th Report]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 7TH JULY

Tamar Bridge Bill10.30 am
Select Committee
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm
European Communities Committee4.15 pm
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 8TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)in Brussels
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 9TH JULY

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

MONDAY 13TH JULY

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

TUESDAY 14TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Cannabis)
Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Works of Art Advisory Panel4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am

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