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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.

TUESDAY 14TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†[If the Teaching and Higher Education Bill [HL] is returned from the Commons, the Commons Message may be considered forthwith]

Scotland Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Sewel] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

Government of Wales Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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 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.

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect a decision to be taken on the proposal to develop Kensington Gardens as a memorial to the late Diana, Princess of Wales and whether there will be an opportunity for Parliamentary consideration before that decision.

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

†‡Houses in Multiple Occupation (Charges for Registration Schemes) Regulations 1998—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd June be approved. [39th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) Amendment Regulations 1998—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 2nd July be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 1998—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd June be approved. [39th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Deregulation (Exchangeable Driving Licences) Order 1998—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th March be approved. [26th Report from the Deregulation Committee]

†ROYAL ASSENT

†[If the Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill is brought from the Commons, it will be taken through all its stages this day]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]

FRIDAY 17TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Waste Minimisation Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hardy of Wath]

†§Landmines Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

Private Hire Vehicles (London) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Gardner of Parkes]

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.

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

National Minimum Wage Bill—Report [The Lord Clinton-Davis]

‡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.

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 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.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent developments in Nigeria, they will encourage European Union and Commonwealth countries to lift visa restrictions on Government personnel from Nigeria, with immediate effect, with a view to facilitating dialogue with the new administration.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]

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.

†House of Lords’ Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 6th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 130) be agreed to.

Crime and Disorder Bill [HL]— Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Dubs]

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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Scotland Bill will be continued this day]

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 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.

†*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.

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 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.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce ECGD (Export Credits Guarantee Department) cover for Iran; and, if so, when.

MONDAY 3RD AUGUST

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to highlight the dangers of addiction to smoking, when the treatment of smoking-related disease costs the NHS between $1.4 billion and £1.7 billion per year.

*The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposals for tax harmonisation contained in the European Commission’s document A package to tackle harmful tax competition in the European Union.

*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 Baroness Oppenheim-Barnes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current practice of stockpiling new and second-hand cars at RAF Upper Heyford, to prevent a drop in prices, is in breach of restrictive practices legislation.

TUESDAY 4TH AUGUST

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards vertical integration in the electricity industry.

*The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Viagra should be issued through the NHS.

†*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the outcomes thus far of the Department of Trade and Industry campaign “Languages for Export”.

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.

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 family-friendly working practices to enable people to balance the responsibilities of family life with the demands of paid work.

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 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 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.

The Duke of Abercorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering a request to the European Union for additional funding to ensure that the Londonderry-Strabane-Ballygawley A5 road is upgraded to the required modern standard.

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]

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Student Mobility in the European Union (27th Report, HL Paper 116). [3rd July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 13th July]

The Lord Brightman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they refused to include in the Competition Bill an Index of Defined Expressions (60 in number) as in the Government of Wales Bill, the Scotland Bill, the School Standards and Framework Bill and the Data Protection Bill enabling the reader to ascertain instantly whether a particular word has a special meaning and where that meaning is to be found.      (HL2733)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to issue for public consultation their detailed proposals for changes to the pre-export procedures for live animals.      (HL2760)

The Baroness Serota—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the departmental objectives promised as an outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review when it was announced on 11th June last year.      (HL2761)

The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost in terms of loss of revenue of the tax relief granted on contributions to personal pensions since they were introduced; what is the current annual cost; and what would be the cost of extending such tax relief to contributions to SERPS.      (HL2762)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether under the Crime and Disorder Bill the proposed statutory obligation on the police service, education service, health service and social services departments to supply members for youth offending teams should be met by seconding staff part time rather than full time in appropriate circumstances.      (HL2763)

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 26th June 1997 (WA 186), how many soldiers from ethnic minorities are serving in each regiment of the Household Division.      (HL2764)

The Lord Robertson of Oakridge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to the NHS of treating—

The Lord Robertson of Oakridge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the life expectancy of a man aged 20 with—

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what study the Department of Health has made of research findings in the United States that African Americans are at higher risk of developing breast cancer and cervical cancer and at much higher risk of developing prostate cancer; and what comparable information is available in the United Kingdom.      (HL2767)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health’s decision not to screen for prostate cancer excludes selective screening even where research findings show that a particular group is at much higher risk of developing the condition.      (HL2768)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information is available on regional variations in the incidence, per thousand of the population, of breast cancer, lung cancer, cervical cancer, prostate cancer, bowel cancer and liver cancer.      (HL2769)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 19th May (WA 162-164), how much they estimate it would cost to make centrally available information on current waiting times for patients in need of radical therapy in the area of each health authority for—

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 19th May (WA 162-164), how much they estimate it would cost to make centrally available information on current waiting times for cancer patients in need of radical therapy in NHS hospitals in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester.       (HL2771)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd June (HL Deb, col. 6) that the Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC) consists of men and women “in roughly equal proportions”, whether there are currently nine women and four men members of the EOC; and whether they intend to ensure a better gender balance for the future.      (HL2772)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO or any other international grouping knows—

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO or any other international grouping is seeking to prevent new arms reaching those fighting in Kosovo; and, if so, how.      (HL2774)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reported in the BBC Monitoring Service Summary of World Broadcasts in July 1997, Japan is helping Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan to dismantle nuclear weapons inherited by those countries from the former Soviet Union; and, if so, whether this activity is being supervised by the International Atomic Energy Authority or any other international body.      (HL2775)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the firms loaning members of their staff to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are wholly or in part foreign-owned; and, if they are in part foreign-owned, in which country that ownership is legally based.      (HL2776)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Department for International Development will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2777)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2778)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Lord Chancellor’s Department will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2779)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Attorney General’s Office will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2780)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Department for Education and Employment will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2781)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2782)

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Department of Social Security will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2783)

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Office of Public Service will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2784)

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Privy Council Office will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2785)

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2786)

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Defence will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2787)

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Northern Ireland Office will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2788)

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Department of Health will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2789)

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Welsh Office will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2790)

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Treasury will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2791)

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Home Office will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2792)

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Scottish Office will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2793)

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Department of Trade and Industry will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2794)

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the reviews currently being undertaken by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will be published during the Parliamentary summer recess.      (HL2795)

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] [23rd July]

Recommitted to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pharmacists [HL]
    Regional Development Agencies
    Scotland [14th July]
    Pensions (Amendment) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    National Minimum Wage [20th July]
    European Parliamentary Elections
    Northern Ireland (Sentences) [16th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Police (Northern Ireland) [22nd July]
    Government of Wales [15th July]
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL] [20th July]
    Statute Law (Repeals) [HL]
    Tamar Bridge

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]
    Business Improvement Districts [HL]
    Electricity Generation [HL]
    Mental Health (Amendment) (No. 2) [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] [22nd July]
    Competition [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Fireworks
    School Standards and Framework

Returned to the Commons further amended

    Teaching and Higher Education [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Data Protection [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Houses in Multiple Occupation (Charges for Registration Schemes) Regulations 1998
    Draft Community Drivers’ Hours and Recording Equipment (Amendment) Regulations 1998
    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
    Draft Health and Safety at Work (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

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

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

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 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
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 15TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
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
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 16TH JULY

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

MONDAY 20TH JULY

Liaison Committee4.00 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

Parliamentary Privilege Joint Committee10.30 am
European Communities Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am

THURSDAY 23RD JULY

City of Westminster Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committee

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