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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.

THURSDAY 16TH JULY

At three o’clock

[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.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following publication of vehicle speed data that speed limits were exceeded—

†Business of the House—The Lord Privy Seal (Lord Richard) to move, That Standing Order 44 (No two stages of a Bill to be taken on one day) be suspended until the House adjourns for the summer recess.

†Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (No. 2) Bill—Second Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

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

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

‡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

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

Timothy Clement-Jones Esq., CBE

and

†Brian Mackenzie, Esq., OBE

*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.

Statute Law (Repeals) Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Chancellor] (Consolidation)

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

Sir Colin Marshall

and

†John Tomlinson, Esq.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the replies of the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 26th February (HL Deb, cols. 789-792), 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]

FRIDAY 24TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

MONDAY 27TH JULY

Mrs Mary Goudie

*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

Mrs Peta Buscombe

*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

Sir Herbert Laming, CBE

*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”.

*The Lord McCarthy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to develop a long-term strategy for pay in the public sector.

WEDNESDAY 5TH AUGUST

†*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they view the recent economic action of the Russian Federation against the Republic of Latvia and what action they propose to take to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the Baltic Region.

†*The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure that charges to readers are not introduced at the British Library.

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.

The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Press Complaints Commission about the outcome of their respective inquiries into the events surrounding the publication of Cries Unheard concerning Mary Bell.

†The Lord Ironside—To call attention to the strengths of the Armed Forces and the investments needed to sustain their capabilities for deployment and intervention in defence of the United Kingdom’s sovereign interests; 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]

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 15th July]

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the possible Memorial Garden to the late Diana, Princess of Wales, of the inclusion of Hawksmoor’s Orangery, the formal garden to the south of the Orangery, and the Sunken Garden, in “Area 3” of the map on the leaflet accompanying the questionnaire issued by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.      (HL2821)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the publicity material issued by the British Cattle Movement Service.      (HL2827)

The Lord Burlison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the response to the Consultation Paper Access to Justice with Conditional Fees, and what action they propose to take as a result.      (HL2828)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and his department have received about neglect by commercial radio stations of the demand from radio listeners aged over 55 for more choice of listening; what replies have been sent; and whether they will be taking any action.      (HL2829)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the examination of the side-effects of the drug Viagra will include the possibility of increased sexual crime and abuse as a result of taking the drug.      (HL2830)

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to ratify the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions signed in December 1997.      (HL2831)

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Convention on Combating Bribery of Foreign Public Officials in International Business Transactions for monitoring and follow-up are of importance to the implementation of the convention; and whether the United Kingdom delegation to recent meetings in Paris of the OECD Working Group on Bribery opposed arrangements for such monitoring and follow-up.      (HL2832)

The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what place the Commonwealth will have within the Millennium Dome.      (HL2833)

The Lord Moran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether ivermectin, though it is not formally licensed for use on farmed salmonid fish and has therefore not been through the necessary ecotoxicity assessment, is nevertheless used on a number of fish farms under the “cascade” regulations which permit a vet to prescribe a non-approved medicine to “a small number of animals”; whether its discharge to the marine environment is explicitly permitted by a number of consents issued by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency; and, if so, whether they stand by the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 3rd March (WA 158).       (HL2834)

The Lord Moran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the conclusions of the two papers referred to in the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 3rd March (WA 158) the toxicity and environmental risks of ivermectin, it would now be prudent to stop all use of ivermectin on fish farms, including use under the “cascade” regulations.      (HL2835)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made, since the answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 20th January (HL Deb, col. 1374), with the establishment of a central register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted or whose certificate has been renewed, as required under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, which came into force on 1st October 1997.      (HL2836)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the number of persons currently holding a firearm or shotgun certificate on 31st December 1997 in respect of each police licensing authority in the United Kingdom, and the total number of such certificates.      (HL2837)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had an open market valuation of RAF Northolt; and whether use of the site for private housing is one of the options being considered within the wider review of the defence estate in Greater London, referred to in the geographical impact supplement to the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL2838)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the sentence of life imprisonment, recently imposed in Turkey on Mr Esber Yagmurdereli, a known campaigner for peace, constitutes a set-back for human rights in that country.      (HL2839)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have recently consulted the medical profession on sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers, the risks connected with anal intercourse and proposed changes in the age of consent, particularly for homosexual acts; and, if so, with what results.      (HL2840)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the opinion of the International Monetary Fund that the burden of Ghana’s external debt is unsustainable; whether Ghana qualifies for relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative (HIPC); and, if so, when it will receive relief.      (HL2841)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice was taken from scientific and environmental bodies on the implications of releasing genetically modified salmon, which grew at ten times the normal rate and were able to tolerate much colder sea water, into the oceanic environment, before permission, which had been refused in Canada, was given for these salmon to be bred in Scotland.      (HL2842)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of cheeses produced by Mr Duckett on or after 5th April, and held in any location, which were tested for E coli 0157; whether these tests were from core or surface samples; and what were the results.      (HL2843)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action should be taken by a cheese maker when a tuberculosis reactor is found in a herd of animals from which milk supplies are obtained.      (HL2844)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether samples from cattle, badgers or humans infected by bovine tuberculosis are tested for antibiotic resistance; and, if they are, how many strains of antibiotic resistant tuberculosis have been found since 1990.      (HL2845)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Shitaki pathway, upon which glyphosate acts in parasites, is known to exist in mammals or in man.      (HL2846)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in view of the requirements for training, personal protective equipment, engineering controls and disposal in connection with organophosphate sheep dips, these products do not fall under Article 4.3(b) of Council Directive 90/676/EEC so as to be required to be dispensed by veterinary prescription.      (HL2847)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government upon how many occasions and upon which manufacturers of organophosphate sheep dips have inspections been conducted in accordance with Article 34 of Council Directive 81/851/EEC, as amended by Council Directive 90/67/EEC, since the original Directive came into force.      (HL2848)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the fact that telephone directory inquiries are unable to provide callers with the telephone number for the Independent Commission on the Voting System is conducive to maximum participation by the general public.      (HL2849)

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 [16th July]
    Pensions (Amendment) [HL] [24th July]

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]
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL] [20th July]
    Statute Law (Repeals) [HL] [20th July]
    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]
    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
    Government of Wales

Returned to the Commons further amended

    Teaching and Higher Education [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Data Protection [HL]
    Shrewsbury and Atcham Borough Council [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]

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

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)in Norwich
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Cannabis)
European Communities Committee4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments Joint Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 23RD JULY

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

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

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