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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

TUESDAY 21ST JULY

At half-past two o’clock

The Baroness Uddin, and

The Lord Alli

*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.

School Standards and Framework Bill—Consideration of Commons reasons and amendments [The Baroness Blackstone]

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

‡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.

WEDNESDAY 22ND JULY

†The Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge

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.

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

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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†Tamar Bridge Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Fookes]

‡Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) Rules 1998—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Rules laid before the House on 2nd July be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1998—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th July be approved.

†‡The Lord Ackner to move, as an amendment to the above motion, to leave out from (“That”) to end and insert (“this House calls on Her Majesty’s Government to withdraw the draft Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1998 and re-lay it in amended form so that the maximum amount payable under a conditional fee agreement expressed in percentage terms in relation to the amount of any sums which may be recovered shall not exceed 25 per cent.”).

‡Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning) (No. 2) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/1582)— The Lord Sewel to move, That the Order laid before the House on 1st July be approved. [40th Report from the Joint Committee]

[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]

Landmines Bill—Committee (and remaining stages) [The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean]

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.

†National Minimum Wage Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Clinton-Davis]

†‡Education (Student Support) Regulations 1998—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17th July be approved.

†‡Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1998—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17th July be approved.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

†The Lord Bishop of Lincoln—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend current mental health legislation in order to facilitate positive intervention to assist the mentally ill living in the community.

†The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost of converting Kensington Gardens to a memorial park for the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be met from public funds if the proposal is proceeded with.

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 20th July]

The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide figures listing the annual cost of providing Customs and Immigration facilities at the principal international seaports, airports and railway stations in the United Kingdom; and by how much these costs are reduced by charges levied on the operators of those installations.      (HL2814)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to announce their proposals for a Disability Rights Commission.      (HL2923)

The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the third of the reports to Parliament on Hong Kong and the implementation of the Joint Declaration.      (HL2924)

The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish figures recording the number of parking fines incurred by diplomatic missions and organisations in London during 1997.      (HL2925)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the number of cases of ill-treatment of prisoners being reported to the Chief Inspector of Prisons and the Prisons Ombudsman, they are satisfied that Boards of Visitors are effectively discharging their duty under Prison Rule 94, to “inform the Secretary of State immediately of any abuse which comes to their knowledge”.      (HL2926)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require that the annual reports of Boards of Visitors at prisons in England and Wales be published.      (HL2927)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they make to ensure that disabled prisoners are kept in establishments with appropriate facilities.      (HL2928)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Social Exclusion Unit has formed an estimate of the proportion of rough sleepers who become homeless after being disentitled to Social Security benefits.      (HL2929)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people of permissible age are receiving less than the full state pension because of defective contribution records.      (HL2930)

The Lord Strathclyde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether meetings between officials, information officers or special advisers and lobbying organisations are, under the Civil Service Code or Rules for Special Advisers or otherwise, reported to Ministers or the Permanent Secretary in each Department; if so, whether they will publish the rules for recording such meetings; and, if not, whether they have plans to introduce routine logging of them.      (HL2931)

The Lord Strathclyde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether meetings between Ministers and lobbying organisations are, under the Rules of Procedure for Ministers or otherwise, reported to the Permanent Secretary in each Department; if so, whether they will publish the rules for reporting and recording such meetings; and, if not, whether they have plans to introduce routine logging of them.      (HL2932)

The Lord Strathclyde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether meetings between Ministers, special advisers, information officers or officials and lobbying organisations are logged and recorded by any Government Department; and, if so, whether they will state by which ones they are recorded, in what way they are recorded and whether they are reported centrally.      (HL2933)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children with cerebral palsy have attended British conductive centres over the last five years; and how this compares with the numbers of British children who have had a similar education overseas.      (HL2934)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial support has been given to United Kingdom based conductive educational establishments over the last five years; and how this compares with the financial support given to their overseas counterparts over the same period.      (HL2935)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside spent on marketing in the years (a) 1996-97 and (b) 1997-98.      (HL2936)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside have spent so far on promoting the Ei8ht Pass; and what is the breakdown of these costs according to type of marketing.      (HL2937)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has issued any guidelines for the spending of the £7 million Museums and Galleries Access Fund; if so, what they are; and whether the Secretary of State has placed any constraints on which type of museums and galleries can be allowed the use of such monies.      (HL2938)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define the term “DCMS (Department of Culture, Media and Sport) directly funded institutions” (Comprehensive Spending Review, Cm 4011, page 83); and what are the institutions covered by this term.      (HL2939)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their intended “at least 1 to 3 per cent” increase by the end of the Parliament in “the number of visitors to DCMS (Department of Culture, Media and Sport) directly funded institutions” (Comprehensive Spending Review, Cm 4011, page 83) is meant to be understood as an average of all such institutions, or if it represents their aim for each institution individually.      (HL2940)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used for appointing the chairman and trustees of the National Museums and Galleries; and what criteria are used to determine the balance of a board of such trustees.      (HL2941)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the level of education expenditure for each local education authority in England and Wales in relation to its Education Standard Spending Assessment for the three years 1996-97, 1995-96 and 1994-95.      (HL2942)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to an article in The Times on 16th July, when the radio station “Youth FM” was set up by the Department for Education and Employment; at what cost; and who has control over editorial content and policy.      (HL2943)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out in the Official Report their response to the points made in the Haemophilia Society’s letter to the Department of Health of 24th June about the debate on 5th June concerning financial assistance for people with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C.      (HL2944)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to reduce the high level of absenteeism in the Police Service; and what further measures are being taken to ensure that no police officer is allowed to take ill-health retirement when facing a disciplinary investigation.      (HL2945)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which Government Departments a special adviser is paid more than the Parliamentary Under Secretary.      (HL2946)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take on the regulation of the Scottish Herring Fishing Industry as a result of the recent decision at Lerwick Sheriff Court that it is unlawful to ban a boat from fishing both in Western Waters, West of the four degree line and in the North Sea, East of the four degree line, on the same fishing trip.      (HL2947)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fish farming sites have notified an outbreak of Infectious Salmon Anaemia.      (HL2948)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking on fish farm sites in the same area as sites which have had an attack of Infectious Salmon Anaemia.      (HL2949)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have banned the movement of live salmon from any fish farm sites as a precaution against the spread of Infectious Salmon Anaemia; and, if so, how many sites have been affected by the ban.      (HL2950)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have established the source of infection of Infectious Salmon Anaemia; and, if so, what is the source so identified.      (HL2951)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they withdrew from the commitments entered into by the last Government concerning the Royal Parks when they accepted the Jenkins Report; whether there is now any limit on the commercialisation of the Royal Parks; and, if so, what.      (HL2952)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the marketing company Cardington is required to find the £750,000 necessary to make up the reduction in taxpayer contributions to the Royal Parks; and, if so, what activities are permitted to it.      (HL2953)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a panel of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) has decided that the United States may not prohibit shrimp imports from countries that fail to protect sea turtles form being killed by shrimping boats; and, if so, what steps they will take to ensure that the WTO in future abides by appropriate environmental principles and rescinds this particular decision.      (HL2954)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the need to increase defence expenditure is generally discussed within NATO; and whether the statement of the Turkish Minister of National Defence, Mr Ismet Sezgin, that the Turkish armed forces need an investment of 150 billion United States dollars is agreed within NATO.      (HL2955)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they receive from the United States when they urge the United States to pay their arrears and future contributions to the United Nations promptly and in full.      (HL2956)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the consultants that the Treasury is to pay to review the Office for National Statistics; what are the qualifications of these consultants; and how much are they to be paid.      (HL2957)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the precise meaning of the words “potentially available to the United Nations” with reference to what is described as “a much larger proportion of our readily available forces” in the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL2958)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the establishment of a Five Power Nuclear Forum to discuss nuclear weapons safety, verification, transparency and related matters; and what they would envisage to be the relationship between any such forum and India, Pakistan and other nuclear or potentially nuclear powers.      (HL2959)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Strategic Defence Review, how many guns each of the proposed six AS90 regiments will have; and how many gun battalions there will be in each regiment.      (HL2960)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Strategic Defence Review, where the proposed six AS90 regiments will be based and train.      (HL2961)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Strategic Defence Review, how many Apache helicopters the three proposed Apache regiments will have.      (HL2962)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Strategic Defence Review, where the three proposed Apache regiments will be based and train.      (HL2963)

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 [21st July]
    Pensions (Amendment) [HL] [24th July]
    Waste Minimisation
    Landmines [24th July]
    Private Hire Vehicles (London)

Waiting for Report

    Lord Chancellor (Tenure of Office) (Amendment) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections

Waiting for Third Reading

    Police (Northern Ireland) [22nd July]
    Northern Ireland (Sentences) [22nd July]
    National Minimum Wage [27th July]
    Tamar Bridge [23rd July]

Sent to the Commons

    Coordinated Universal Time [HL]
    Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons (Amendment) [HL]
    Geneva Conventions (Amendment) [HL]
    British Nationality (St. Helena) [HL]
    Human Rights [HL]
    Local Government (Experimental Arrangements) [HL]
    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]
    Sexual Orientation Discrimination [HL]
    Statute Law (Repeals) [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
    Government of Wales

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    School Standards and Framework [21st July]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Conditional Fee Agreements Order 1998
    Draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1998
    Draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1998

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Management of Nuclear Waste)
City of Westminster Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committee

TUESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

Science & Technology Committee10.45 am
Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 21ST OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

3566 HL 20th July 1998

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