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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.

MONDAY 18TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to extend the policy of allowing parents to vote on the future of grammar schools to other education issues.

*The Lord Dean of Beswick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the publication of the Cervical Screening Programme Review 1998.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was discussed by the Prime Minister at his meeting with the Prime Minister of Bahrain in the Seychelles.

*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure that European banks charge minimal commission for euro-zone currency conversions by individual travellers.

Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to implement the recommendations of the final report of the Crick Advisory Group on Education for Citizenship and the Teaching of Democracy in Schools.

TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to deal with the shortage of teachers of mathematics, modern languages and science in secondary schools.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any assessment has been made of the overall cost of outstanding road maintenance work throughout the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the government of Sweden in pressing the European Union for a ban on commercial advertising targeted at children.

*The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Governors of the BBC on whether there should be a Scottish-based 6.00 pm news programme on BBC1.

Access to Justice Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Chancellor] [5th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in 1997, the conception rate for 13-15 year old girls rose by 11 per cent over the figure for 1996; and, if so, what action they propose to take to reverse this trend.

*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Railtrack plc’s apparent lack of plans for the provision of “piggyback” freight facilities in the context of the upgrading of the West Coast Main Line will undermine their policies in respect of the transfer of freight from road to rail.

*The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have in mind any change to the system for lay visiting to police stations, to satisfy the public that those in custody are being treated fairly.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what means they are using or planning to increase the number of prosecutions for abusing and exploiting children under 18; and when they expect to publish a national plan concerning child abuse.

The Lord Taverne—To call attention to the significance for the British economy of the introduction of the euro; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy for preventing worldwide proliferation of small arms and controlling the actions of military companies.

THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any assessment has been made of the implications of the cutback in new road building on traffic congestion throughout the United Kingdom.

*The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a planning inquiry procedure that has so far taken four years is a satisfactory way of examining in public the Terminal 5 project at Heathrow Airport.

*The Lord Laming—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refer the research paper Homicides by people with Mental Illness—myth and reality (Taylor and Gunn—British Journal of Psychiatry) to the review of the Mental Health Services.

†‡Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th January be approved.

†‡Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Fund Payments) Order 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th January be approved.

†‡Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th January be approved.

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

MONDAY 25TH JANUARY

*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there was no mention made of rail freight in the draft guidance document issued to local authorities by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in respect of their obligation to produce a Local Transport Plan by July 1999.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that their present policies constitute no threat to the traditional independence of the judiciary.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered introducing a carbon tax.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether paragraph 88, on contacts with the media, in the Ministerial Code issued on 31st July 1997 applies to unattributable briefings by Ministers’ special advisers and their information officers.

†Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) Bill [HL]— Report [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

†Registration of Political Parties (Prohibited Words and Expressions) Order 1998—The Earl of Onslow to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 23rd November, be annulled (S.I. 1998/2873).

TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient progress is being made concerning the implementation by companies of the recommendations of the Greenbury and Hampel Reports.

*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have now completed their review of plans for the eastern end of the M40/A40 at Acton, and whether they now intend to complete the work.

*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the use of Warfarin for the control of squirrels where there is no suitable alternative.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the National Health Service hearing aid by replacing it with a modern version.

‡The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to end the practice whereby an investigating accountant appointed to a company subsequently becomes the Receiver of the company.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Access to Justice Bill will be continued this day]

WEDNESDAY 27TH JANUARY

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the recent reductions in funding for complementary medical treatment on the part of health authorities.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to ratify the Statute of the International Criminal Court.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many positions for Non-Executive Directors of NHS Trusts are currently vacant and what number have been unfilled for three months or more from the date of vacancy, since the General Election on 1st May 1997.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue guidance to planning authorities on factors to be taken into account when applications for constructing transmission masts for mobile telephones are being considered.

The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in procedure and liaison between the Home Office and the Press Complaints Commission have taken place following their respective inquiries into the circumstances surrounding press serialisation of Cries Unheard concerning the case of Mary Bell.

THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY

*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are sufficient facilities and expertise to provide for patients suffering from meningitis; and whether the level of research being carried out into the causes of meningitis is appropriate.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their two policies of maintaining the nuclear deterrent and eliminating nuclear weapons are consistent, and whether their vote for the former at the United Nations was in conflict with the latter.

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the results of the epidemiological study conducted by the King’s Fund War Illness Research Unit.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Access to Justice Bill will be concluded this day]

MONDAY 1ST FEBRUARY

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the morale of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has so far been made in the drafting of a new “Strategic Concept” for NATO.

†*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to amend the law to enable public disciplinary proceedings to be initiated or continued following the retirement of a police officer.

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

‡The Lord Gladwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that current planning procedures respecting proposals for new commercial airports take adequate account of environmental considerations and national policy requirements.

WEDNESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue a White Paper on the advantages and disadvantages of the United Kingdom joining the Single European Currency.

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current position with regard to the documents misappropriated from the Medical Assessment Programme of the Ministry of Defence in November 1998.

MONDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further news they have concerning the Millennium Dome.

TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they plan to take to discourage excessive mileage by company cars.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate that the first group of applicant states from Central and Eastern Europe will become full members of the European Union.

WEDNESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits they expect British agriculture to gain from the reform of the Common Agricultural Policy under the European Union’s Agenda 2000 dossier.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished.

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the institutional and financing reforms, including the re-weighting of votes in the Council of Ministers, necessary for European Union enlargement.

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; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give advice to police authorities on the circumstances in which police vehicles may exceed speed limits, ignore traffic lights and in other ways disregard the regulations governing traffic on public roads.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the economic and social role of marriage; and to move for papers.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in their investigations into the undiagnosed illnesses of service men and women who served in the Gulf War.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they propose to increase the take-up of social security benefits.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support current proposals for tax harmonisation in the European Union.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the apparent increase in cruelty to animals; 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 Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have in mind a change in the way in which the arts in this country are governed and managed.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the 3rd Report (Session 1997-98) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee on Alternatives to Prison Sentences.

The Lord Paul—To call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers.

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 carbon dioxide emissions; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To call attention to political developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that adequate measures and inspection arrangements are in force to ensure the safety of university students who rent accommodation.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to the regulations that affect the job creating potential of small firms; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they see the development of the defence role of the Western European Union.

The Lord Rea—To call attention to the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health chaired by Sir Donald Acheson; and to move for papers.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their policy is concerning the use of human embryos in cloning procedures.

The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to the role of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Trade and Industry in serving the United Kingdom’s overseas interests; and to move for papers.

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to reduce the incidence of violent and disruptive behaviour by passengers on aircraft entering or leaving the United Kingdom.

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to alleviate the economic hardships, both present and forecast, of those involved in family farms.

The Earl of Gowrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent financial settlement for the arts constitutes a stable basis of arts funding for the early years of the forthcoming millennium.

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe solutions to the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh.

The Lord Dean of Beswick—To call attention to developments in the Football Association; and to move for papers.

The Lord Glenarthur—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they apply to the timeliness and completeness of replies by Ministers and officials to correspondence from members of both Houses of Parliament and the public; and whether they are satisfied that they are meeting such criteria.

†The Lord Vivian—To call attention to the shortages of manpower in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, and the limitation these shortages impose on the ability of the Forces to sustain operations; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To call attention to the future for small businesses in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

†The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the recent Social Services Inspectorate Report on the Medway Secure Training Centre.

†The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the way in which the current enquiry into possible criminal activities in horse racing is proceeding and, in particular, whether they consider that damage could be done to the reputation of jockeys who are arrested and subsequently released without charge in the course of the enquiry.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 3rd February for debate on 17th February]

The Lord Ackner—To call attention to the Lord Chancellor’s consultation paper Rights of Audience and Rights to Conduct Litigation in England and Wales: The Way Ahead, of June 1998; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the amount of crime in the United Kingdom involving theft of road vehicles or breaking into them to steal the contents; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dean of Beswick—To call attention to the case for an accelerated public sector house building programme for houses to rent; and to move for papers.

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 Earl of Caithness—To call attention to the impact of the debt-based monetary system on Governments, businesses and individuals; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ahmed—To call attention to the case for fresh international initiatives to alleviate the current state of tension between India and Pakistan; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Winchilsea and Nottingham—To call attention to the humanitarian problems faced by the people of Iraq; and to move for papers.

The Lord Astor of Hever—To call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s proposals for the abolition of grammar schools; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Iveagh—To call attention to the needs of severely disabled people, with particular reference to the promotion of conductive education in the United Kingdom; 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.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Geddes—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Airline Competition (32nd Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 156). [11th December]

†The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Partnership and Trust: The Tacis Programme (33rd Report, Session 1997-98, HL Paper 157). [14th January]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on the dates shown]

7th December

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for improving dialogue with the horse industry, particularly in relation to health, welfare, taxation and betting, in order to influence the priority of equine matters within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and communication, co-ordination and decision making.      (HL226)

8th December

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage schools to take up (a) apples and (b) pears which are withdrawn from the market when the price is low to supplement the diet of school children; and whether they can facilitate this by lowering the minimum weight requirement of this scheme from 750 kg.      (HL257)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for grants to farmers for the rehabilitation of old orchards have been refused in the last two years for lack of available funds; how much money would have been required to make the grants; and what steps they propose to take to enable such grants to be made in the future.      (HL258)

14th December

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which officials attended the COPEX 98 exhibition; and in pursuance of what departmental responsibilities.      (HL327)

16th December

The Lord Hamilton of Dalzell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement by the Lord Dubs on the Northern Ireland Bill on 27th October (HL Deb, col. 1842) that “Corporation tax provisions are determined centrally by the Treasury in the context of the United Kingdom’s overall fiscal policy. To do otherwise might produce undesirable distortions within the United Kingdom single market. For that reason, it is important that corporation tax, like other taxes, remains an excepted matter”, means that these powers to tax would have to be surrendered by the United Kingdom to the European Union to avoid similar undesirable distortions.      (HL361)

17th December

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply given by the Leader of the House on 14th December (HL Deb, col. 1138)—

11th January

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any comparable precedents for the type of statutory duty imposed on local authorities and the police by section 17(1) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.      (HL406)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to contact and inform owners of small boats registered on the Part 1 Register of British Ships and Seamen that the registration for the life of the boat is no longer applicable and that they must re-register their boats by 21st March or face removal from the register.      (HL407)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they will give owners of boats registered on the Part 1 Register of British Ships and Seamen if their boats are impounded abroad owing to the original registration no longer being valid.      (HL408)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 15th December 1998 (WA 139-140) noting that section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987 explicitly requires the British Railways Board’s plan to include measures which it considers ought to be taken by any person in the United Kingdom or France in relation to through rail passenger services to and from the United Kingdom’s regions, what measures the BRB has taken in light of these wider requirements, notwithstanding the loss of its direct responsibility for their service provision.      (HL409)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 15th December 1998 (WA 139-140) that the British Railways Board published a plan in December 1989 as required under section 40 of the Channel Tunnel Act 1987 on the development of through Channel Tunnel rail passenger services to the United Kingdom’s regions, and the ongoing duties retained by the BRB in respect of the section, whether they will now request the BRB to publish an update of its plan.      (HL410)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria govern the allocation of capital grants from European Commission Structural Funds to rail freight terminals in areas with Objective 1 status, including any limitation on whether the recipient is in the public or private sector.      (HL411)

The Baroness Brigstocke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any record of the numbers of those suffering from systemic Lupus Erythematosis in the United Kingdom.      (HL412)

The Baroness Brigstocke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the training of Benefit Officers includes a proper appreciation of systemic Lupus Erythematosis and the disabilities it can cause.      (HL413)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to amending or repealing section 24 of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986; and whether they will be taking any action in this regard.      (HL414)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been received in regard to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th November 1998 (WA 202) about the future of the Braille grant to the Royal National Institute for the Blind; and whether they have given further consideration to the terms of the reply.      (HL415)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths there have been from breast cancer and prostate cancer over the past five years.      (HL416)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual public expenditure in the United Kingdom on—

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether statistics are gathered showing the proportion of the National Health budget spent on men and women separately; and, if so, what are those proportions for the past five years.      (HL418)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the grant of permission by a landowner to ride a motor cycle on a public footpath overrides the provision of the Roads (Scotland) Act 1984 which states that vehicles are not permitted on public footpaths.      (HL419)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a motor cyclist riding on a public footpath with the landowner’s consent requires a vehicle licence and insurance.      (HL420)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to establish a public footpath maintenance fund to complement the availability of funds for public footpath construction and creation.      (HL421)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions Scottish Natural Heritage (or the agency’s predecessor bodies) have recorded activities likely to damage notified Sites of Special Scientific Interest taking place without consent under Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (a) prior to April 1985 and (b) since April 1985.      (HL422)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions Scottish Natural Heritage (or the agency’s predecessor bodies) have reported alleged activities likely to damage notified Sites of Special Scientific Interest taking place without consent under Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 to the Procurators Fiscal (a) prior to April 1985 and (b) since April 1985.      (HL423)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions Procurators Fiscal have instituted proceedings in the courts in relation to activities likely to damage notified Sites of Special Scientific Interest taking place without consent under Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (a) prior to April 1985 and (b) since April 1985.      (HL424)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to complete the current review of penalties for sexual offences.      (HL425)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect that the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998, taken with earlier legislation on conspiracy, will lead to more prosecutions for planning child abuse or pornography involving children, whether in the United Kingdom or elsewhere.      (HL426)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will submit to the United Nations the 2nd Report of the United Kingdom under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child; and whether it will be made public.      (HL427)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many of the existing police authorities in England and Wales child prostitution and living off immoral earnings appear to present significant problems and ought to be included in Crime and Disorder Audits.      (HL428)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the submissions to the Working Group on Human Cloning (Joint Sub-Committee of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Human Genetics Advisory Commission (HGAC)) will be deposited in the Libraries of both Houses; why the Working Group comprised four scientists, but no philosophers, professional theologians, psychologists or sociologists; how a group composed in this way can deal adequately with such an issue; and how they intend to prevent “therapeutic” cloning from becoming a stepping stone to full pregnancy cloning.      (HL429)

The Lord Stallard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be in a position to introduce measures ensuring equal treatment regarding retirement pensions between expatriate pensioners domiciled in Commonwealth countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa and expatriates resident in other countries.      (HL430)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, on 20th January, the third anniversary of the detention without charge or trial of Sheikh Abdul Amir al-Jamri in Bahrain, they will comply with the request by his family that the British Embassy in Manama should ask to visit him in prison.      (HL431)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Immigration Act detainees were held in each of the prisons or detention centres in use for this purpose, on 30th November and 31st December 1998 respectively.      (HL432)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps, with other member states of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, to secure the release of Nedzad Hasic, Ahmo Harbasa and Behudin Husic, survivors from Srebrenica who are now serving long jail sentences in the Republic of Serbia following their conviction by the court in Bijeljina in a process regarded as unjust by the High Representative in Bosnia-Herzegovina.      (HL433)

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still adhere to the principle that no charges should be made when motorists use motorway service areas either to picnic or to use toilets, as promised at the time of the disposal of the service areas; and whether they will take steps to ensure that no restrictions will be placed on motorists using such parking areas.      (HL434)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 20th November 1997 (WA 93), whether the final 10 of the 170 new places under the Secure Accommodation Development Programme have been completed; and whether they now contemplate a further Secure Accommodation Development Programme.      (HL435)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are looking into the situation revealed in the Answer by the Minister of State, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Mr Rooker, on 30th July 1998 (HC Deb, col. 523) concerning work done in the United Kingdom on behalf of overseas clients on pesticides; and whether the biological and chemical warfare implications of this situation are being examined.      (HL436)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention, or the intention of the European Union, that a biodiversity dimension should be inserted into the Common Fisheries Policy when it is reviewed for the year 2002.      (HL437)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is in accordance with the Convention on the Prevention of Environmental Modification for the herbicide Tebuthiuron to be used to eradicate illegal drug crops, in the course of military action in the “War on Drugs”, when the chemical may leave the ground permanently unusable for agriculture and may permanently contaminate groundwater.      (HL438)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Secretary of State for the Environment has adopted for calling in planning applications to which there is substantial local objection or substantial expert objection.      (HL439)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 8th December 1998 (WA 84) concerning World Trade Organisation (WTO) regulations, to the effect that “measures necessary for the protection of human, animal or plant life or health” may be taken “provided that these are based on scientific principles and are not maintained without sufficient scientific evidence” means that application of the precautionary principle is being disallowed by the WTO when “sufficient scientific evidence” is not available; and, if so, whether they will take steps to secure a reversal of this practice to ensure that the precautionary principle is always applied.      (HL440)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government within what time they propose to write off the housing debt of Glasgow City Council; and how.      (HL441)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what authorities in Scotland other than Glasgow are to have their housing debt written off, and within what time-scale; and whether they intend to treat all authorities in Scotland equally, or to treat Glasgow as a special case.      (HL442)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information or policy commitment was announced for the first time in Building a Better Britain for Older People.      (HL445)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether or to what extent the minimum income guarantee will be unconditionally available to all pensioners.      (HL446)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the situation of pensioners who have worked abroad for extended periods.      (HL447)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 5.21 of the Green Paper Partnership in Pensions, whether they will make arrangements for the regular uprating of the savings limits for the minimum income guarantee.      (HL448)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether or under what circumstances those who have worked abroad for long periods will be eligible for the new state second pension; and how far European Union law on free movement of workers may bear on this question.      (HL449)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraph 6.12 of the Green Paper Partnership in Pensions, how far the credits for the state second pension there described will be available to those with broken work records because no work was available.      (HL450)

12th January

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations Security Council has discussed the South Korean contribution to the costs of maintaining United States troops stationed in South Korea under the auspices of the United Nations, which contribution the United States has recently proposed should be increased.      (HL454)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations Security Council or the United Nations Secretary-General are informed when United States troops present in South Korea under United Nations auspices undertake military exercises either alone or together with other forces such as the Japanese Self-Defence Forces.      (HL455)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the European Union’s substantial contribution to the Korea Energy Development Organisation (KEDO), and of the United Nations’ auspices under which United States forces are currently in South Korea, they will ensure the United States Administration is aware of their views during the current “Review of policy towards North Korea”, which is being conducted by former United States Secretary of Defense, William Perry.      (HL456)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States has discussed with the European Union, as a contributor to the Korea Energy Development Organisation (KEDO), its reported thinking about attacking with United Nations troops certain North Korean constructions which the United States suspects might eventually have military implications and the new “contingency plans” (“Operation Plans 027”) of the forces under United Nations auspices for an attack on North Korea; and, if so, what legal basis was quoted for such an attack.      (HL457)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions they gave to the British Brigadier-General who took part in discussions earlier this year between the North Korean Government and the Military Armistice Commission; and what did he report.      (HL458)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the “sunshine policy” now being pursued by the Government of South Korea towards North Korea.      (HL459)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 17th December 1998 (WA 187) indicating that the Home Office was not involved in the preparation of the warrant for the extradition of General Pinochet, whether the Crown Prosecution Service was involved in the preparation of either of the warrants for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL460)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present Home Secretary visited Chile during the Presidency of either Salvador Allende or Augusto Pinochet; and, if so, whether they will give details.      (HL461)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chilean Ambassador informed the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in advance of the visit of General Pinochet.      (HL462)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office gave any assurances to the Military Attaché at the Chilean Embassy about the safety from arrest of General Pinochet.      (HL463)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why lawyers from the Crown Prosecution Service visited Madrid prior to the issue of the second warrant for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL464)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what powers General Pinochet was detained between the first and second warrants for his extradition to Spain.      (HL465)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average length of time taken to determine a planning application in England.      (HL466)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of planning applications in England take more than the statutory period to determine.      (HL467)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of planning appeals are lodged on the basis of non-determination; and whether this percentage has increased or decreased over the last five years.      (HL468)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Rhizomania Containment Policy agreement with other European countries that expires in November 1999, whether they will announce any changes that may affect the sugar beet crop for 1999.      (HL469)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards closing the Castlereagh Holding and Interrogation Centre in Northern Ireland, as recommended by the United Nations Human Rights Committee and others.      (HL470)

The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the National Family and Parenting Institute; and what are its terms of reference.      (HL471)

The Lord Marsh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of applying payment of the £20 winter fuel allowance to those persons in each of the top two bands of income tax.      (HL472)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission studies to evaluate public and community involvement in Health Action Zones.      (HL473)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many beds will be created by each hospital development in the Private Finance Initiative; and how many beds are in each of the hospitals which such developments will replace.      (HL474)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the European Commission to amend Agenda 2000 to accommodate provisions of the Amsterdam Treaty, especially 158 and 159 (which relate to European Union islands), prior to the allocation of European Union structural funding for 2000-07.      (HL475)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why local area gross domestic product figures contained in an Office for National Statistics press release dated 22nd October 1998 were forwarded to Eurostat for use in establishing eligibility for European Union structural funding from 2000, despite the figures being provisional and new local data for 1996 being imminently available.      (HL476)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any revisions which may be made, in the light either of the availability of new local data or the Isle of Wight Council’s representations, to local area gross domestic product figures contained in an Office for National Statistics press release dated 22nd October 1998 will be taken into account by Eurostat in establishing eligibility for European Union structural funding from 2000.      (HL477)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures have been taken to enforce sanctions against Iraq since the Gulf War; and how much confidence they have in the effectiveness of international sanctions against Iraq.      (HL478)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the physical restrictions upon entry and exit from Iraq that have been in force since the Gulf War; which airports, sea ports and land routes allow access and departure from Iraq; and how these are monitored.      (HL479)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it was possible for several hundred Scud missiles systems to have evaded international sanctions and to have left Iraq since the end of the Gulf War, as reported in February 1998 by the United States Congressional Task Force on Terrorism and Unconventional Warfare.      (HL480)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that weapons of mass destruction technology have been exported from Iraq to other countries in the Middle East or Africa.      (HL481)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Organisation of African Unity held a Conference and Ministerial Meeting on Refugees, Returnees and Displaced Persons in Africa, in Khartoum on 10th-15th December 1998; and, if so, whether the United Nations High Commission on Refugees and the United Nations Secretary General were represented at this meeting; whether the United Kingdom was represented, officially or unofficially; and whether this Ministerial Conference and Meeting contravened United Nations sanctions against Sudan.      (HL482)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest estimates of the number of non-Sudanese refugees presently in the Sudan; whether Her Majesty’s Government provides, or has provided humanitarian assistance in relation to these refugees; and what the nature of any such assistance has been.      (HL483)

13th January

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether hearing aids provided by the NHS are of at least the same quality as any available in the private sector.      (HL485)

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reform the working practices of Her Majesty’s coroners to include weekend and bank holiday service to families who wish to take the deceased abroad for burial.      (HL486)

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have investigated the activities of so-called terrorist training camps in the United Kingdom, in order to establish whether any criminal offences have been committed.      (HL487)

The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the failure of the United Nations to hold the referendum last month, what is their current policy on Western Sahara.      (HL488)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the action of fluoride at 1 part per million in water on human teeth is topical or systemic.      (HL489)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the principal study or studies which demonstrate that 1 part per million of fluoride in water is an “optimal” level for human teeth.      (HL490)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the three recent United States studies which show neurological damage to the brains of rats fed with fluorides (Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1995; 17,2:169-177; Brain Research 1998; 784:284-298; Neurotoxicology and Teratology 1998; 20:537-542).      (HL491)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the two recent Chinese studies which suggest that fluoridated water may adversely affect the IQs of children (Fluoride 1995; 28,4:189-192; Fluoride 1996; 29,4:190-192).      (HL492)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the proposals advocated in Fast Track to Zero Nuclear Weapons by the Under-Secretary General of the United Nations.      (HL493)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received a message on behalf of the non-nuclear weapon states asking them to start work immediately on the practical steps and negotiations required for the achievement of a nuclear weapon-free world; whether they have replied to any such message; and, if so, what was their response.      (HL494)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the police operation to protect General Pinochet during the journey to and from the Magistrate’s Court at which he appeared.      (HL495)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chilean Ambassador informed the Ministry of Defence in advance of the visit of General Pinochet.      (HL496)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which weapons systems or armaments have been the subject of discussion between Britain and Chile since May 1997; and whether General Pinochet has been involved in these discussions.      (HL497)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been responsible for the costs of the hospital accommodation of General Pinochet from the moment of his arrest.      (HL498)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations from Henry Kissinger about the arrest of General Pinochet; and, if so, what they were.      (HL499)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when, following an application for extradition, the accompanying warrant is found to be defective, the Home Office normally would so advise the legal representatives of the accused and the police.      (HL500)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning the opening of supermarkets on Christmas Day and Easter Day; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that the law is enforced.      (HL501)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to require supermarket chains and food producers to label clearly foods which have been genetically modified.      (HL502)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which reviews and task forces announced since 1st May 1997 have not yet reported; when they were originally due to report; and when they are likely to report.      (HL503)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the European Union’s interest in human rights in Turkey, whether they will ask the Government of Turkey why distribution, in the provinces of Turkey under martial law, of the newspaper Yeni Evrensel, was banned on 4th January; and whether the ban is intended to be permanent.      (HL504)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought the agreement of other members of the European Union to their support for the American destruction of the al-Shifa medicine factory in Khartoum in August 1998; and, if so, with what results.      (HL505)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the destruction of the al-Shifa medicine factory in Khartoum in August 1998 has harmed humanitarian efforts in Sudan through interrupting the Sudanese production of anti-malarial and other drugs.      (HL506)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there were Ugandan military incursions into southern Sudan in September 1998.      (HL507)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 14th December 1998 (WA 134) with regard to the alleged massacre of 34 traders in Renk in Upper Nile State, Sudan, in November 1998, whether they now have a clearer picture of what occurred.      (HL508)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the announcement by the Home Secretary on 21st October 1998 of the setting up of a task force to assist the Government in the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998 in England and Wales, (a) whether they have any plans to establish a similar task force or committee for Scotland; (b) if not, why not; and (c) if so, when this will be done.      (HL509)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to discuss with public authorities involved in the Criminal Justice System in Scotland the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the statutory duties that will rest on members of the Scottish Executive, when they take up office, to act in a manner compatible with Convention Rights.      (HL510)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish details of any advice being given to members of the public authorities involved in the Criminal Justice System in Scotland about the implications, for their work, of the Human Rights Act 1998 and the statutory duties that will rest on members of the Scottish Executive to act in a manner compatible with Convention Rights.      (HL511)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to arrange that the Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland publishes the report it is preparing into the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for policing Scotland.      (HL512)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) in how many Sheriff Courts in Scotland Sheriffs can currently be provided with access to the textbooks, law reports, statutory materials and computer databases necessary to enable them to take into account any judgement, decision, declaration or advisory opinion of the European Court of Human Rights or the European Commission of Human Rights relevant to any decision that may arise in court proceedings as to whether a member of the Scottish Executive has acted or failed to act in a manner incompatible with Convention Rights, and (b) in respect of each of those Sheriff Courts in which such facilities do not currently exist, by which dates they will be provided.      (HL513)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) in how many court buildings in Scotland in which the High Court of Justiciary customarily sits, High Court judges can currently be provided with access to the textbooks, law reports, statutory materials and computer databases necessary to enable them to take into account any judgement, decision, declaration or advisory opinion of the European Court of Human Rights or the European Commission of Human Rights relevant to any decisions that may arise in court proceedings as to whether a member of the Scottish Executive has acted or failed to act in a manner compatible with Convention Rights, and (b) in respect of each of those court buildings in which such facilities do not currently exist, by which dates they will be provided.      (HL514)

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to clarify the rights and responsibilities of fathers and mothers respectively in relation to their children.      (HL515)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the United States’ plan to maintain a permanent military presence in South Korea in the event of reunification on the Korean peninsula; whether the American troops would be under the United Nations Command as are the United States troops currently based in South Korea; and whether the United Nations Security Council will examine the plan.      (HL516)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Rimpac exercises carried out in the vicinity of the Korean peninsula in July 1998 involved the United Nations command in South Korea; and whether they consider that these exercises contributed to the solution of the problems of the Korean peninsula.      (HL517)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to which country the Spratley Islands belong.      (HL518)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States has discussed with all Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organisation contributors attacking certain North Korean constructions which the United States suspects might eventually have military implications.      (HL519)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States has discussed with the United Nations Security Council attacking certain North Korean constructions which the United States suspects might eventually have military implications, and its contingency plans for attacking North Korea.      (HL520)

14th January

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the action of fluoride at 1 part per million in water on human teeth is topical or systemic.      (HL489)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the principal study or studies which demonstrate that 1 part per million of fluoride in water is an “optimal” level for human teeth.      (HL490)

The Lord Grenfell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the costs of enforcing specified risk material controls in licensed slaughterhouses and cutting plants.      (HL523)

The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in Wales since May 1997 in reducing hospital waiting lists and waiting times.      (HL524)

The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list their achievements in Wales since May 1997 in the economic field and in the social services area.      (HL525)

The Lord McConnell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why nuisance callers on the telephone are allowed to prevent their telephone numbers from being disclosed by automatic ringback services.      (HL526)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Queen’s Counsel were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the hearings before the House of Lords for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL527)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Queen’s Counsel were employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in the case for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL528)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Chilean Ambassador telephoned the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Friday 16th October to discuss the departure of General Pinochet from the United Kingdom, they were aware that a warrant for General Pinochet’s arrest was pending.      (HL529)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Scotland Yard, the Metropolitan Police, or any other part of the police force rang the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on Thursday 15th October to ask whether General Pinochet had diplomatic immunity.      (HL530)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the legal costs incurred by the Crown up to 31st December 1998 on the case brought for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL531)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what is the total value of the sixty new export licences granted to British firms selling arms to Indonesia since the last General Election and which companies are involved; (b) whether they will list the arms purchased by Indonesia in the past two years; and (c) what consideration is being given to the continuation of their policy in this area.      (HL532)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have re-opened the investigation into the killings of five journalists, including two Britons, at Balibo in Indonesia; and what action they intend to take to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice.      (HL533)

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which (if any) “Special Advisers” to Ministers or Members of the Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street have recourse to material produced by the Civil Service.      (HL534)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role and establishment of the All Arms Watchkeeping Pool at the Central Volunteer Headquarters, Royal Artillery (CVHQ RA).      (HL535)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many personnel from the All Arms Watchkeeping Pool at the Central Volunteer Headquarters, Royal Artillery (CVHQ RA) have served in Bosnia since January 1995; and what other operations they have supported since this date.      (HL536)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what pools of reserve officers exist, other than the All Arms Watchkeeping Pool, that can be trawled for “unposted” reserve officers likely to be available for duties.      (HL537)

The Lord Moran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to establish Marine Protected Areas similar to that which the Canadian Government are to set up in the Gully, 200 kilometres off the cost of Nova Scotia.      (HL538)

The Lord Moran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with the provision of quieter road surfaces on motorways and major roads.      (HL539)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures are available in the event of it becoming necessary to terminate the judicial duties of a Law Lord.      (HL540)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any further steps to restore the reputation for impartiality which has traditionally been enjoyed by the Law Lords.      (HL541)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the recent conduct of Israeli tax authorities who removed employees’ cars from the British Consulate in occupied Jerusalem, on grounds of the Consulate’s “tax arrears”.      (HL542)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reduction of “differentials” within the United Kingdom economy, and globally, is among their policies.      (HL543)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the anticipated cost of removing debris related to United States naval activities in Holy Loch; and whether they will now secure the application within NATO and within all bilateral United States/United Kingdom agreements, of the Polluter Pays Principle.      (HL544)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether General Pinochet was intending to visit Royal Ordnance to discuss with them a project, RAYO, for a multiple rocket system with a detachable warhead system, suitable for purchase by poorer countries; and whether such a system, or designs for such a system, had been at any time cleared for export or transfer from Britain to Chile or elsewhere.      (HL545)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as stated for the previous Government by the Lord Caithness on 19th November 1992, “The issue, transfer or receipt of, or any dealing with, any security or secondary security is exempt from VAT; the making of arrangements for, or the underwriting of, any such transaction is also exempt from VAT”; and, if so, whether they will explain the reasons for this exemption.      (HL546)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether issuing, transferring or receiving, or otherwise dealing in securities or secondary securities (a) within the United Kingdom and (b) within the European Union count as providing “economic growth” and are deemed to contribute to the United Kingdom’s or to any other country’s Gross Domestic Product (and appear in the statistics); and, if so, what is the nature of the “product”.      (HL547)

The Baroness Jeger—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average payment of an agency nurse working temporarily in the NHS compared with a nurse of similar qualifications on the permanent NHS staff; and what average charge is made by the supplying agencies.      (HL548)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during their determination of the River Wye Navigation Order, the ancient right of free navigation will be a paramount consideration.      (HL549)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are developing a National Strategy for Countryside Access in Scotland; and, if so, when it will be published.      (HL550)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of countryside access reform in Scotland, they expect to integrate cycling and horse riding with walking.      (HL551)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree that increased informal public access to the countryside in Scotland will lead to benefits in terms of—

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when it is expected that a conclusion will be reached to the investigation into a shooting incident by Christopher Sherwood during a police raid on a suspected drugs gang in Sussex on 15th January 1998.      (HL553)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Peter Mandelson MP continues to have access to Government papers not given to other members of the House of Commons.      (HL554)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Peter Mandelson MP has access to information supplied in confidence or under statute to the Government by non-governmental entities.      (HL555)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what enquiries they have made to ascertain if any Ministers other than Peter Mandelson MP have accepted loans from Geoffrey Robinson MP.      (HL556)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is compatible with Ministerial Codes of Conduct for one Minister to owe substantial sums of money to another.      (HL557)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard unethical conduct in the private lives of Ministers as likely to impair their ability to conduct ethical public policy on behalf of the Government.      (HL558)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the nature of the conduct which required the resignation of the previous Paymaster General.      (HL559)

The Earl of Munster—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which measures have been undertaken by the Department of Health to ensure that national guidelines on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis produced recently in co-operation with the Royal College of Physicians will be implemented.      (HL560)

The Earl of Munster—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health plans to assess to what extent general practitioners have changed their practice in accordance with the recommendations of the guidelines on the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis.      (HL561)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether HMS Intrepid will remain fully operational until 2003 when HMS Bulwark is commissioned into service.      (HL562)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will waive public interest immunity in relation to evidence in the possession of the security services which may have a bearing on the conviction of two persons found guilty of conspiracy to bomb the Israeli Embassy in 1994.      (HL563)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL] [19th January]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [18th January]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL] [25th January]

Waiting for Third Reading

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    City of Westminster [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) Order 1999
    Draft European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) Order 1999
    Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 1999
    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Fund Payments) Order 1999
    Draft Guaranteed Minimum Pensions Increase Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998
    Draft Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998
    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice No. 5) Order 1998
    Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) Regulations 1998
    Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) Regulations 1998
    Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1998

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for affirmative resolution

    Draft Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999 [2nd Report, Session 1998-99]
    Draft Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999 [4th Report, Session 1998-99]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 19TH JANUARY

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 20TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY

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

TUESDAY 26TH JANUARY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

WEDNESDAY 27TH JANUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

 
 
 
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