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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 25TH JANUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there was no mention made of rail freight in the draft guidance document issued to local authorities by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in respect of their obligation to produce a Local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

Committee of Selection—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Henley be appointed to serve as a member of the Committee in the place of the Viscount Cranborne.

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).

Open-Ended Investment Companies (Investment Companies with Variable Capital) (Fees) Regulations 1998—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the Regulations laid before the House on 10th December 1998 be approved (S.I. 1998/3087). [4th Report from the Joint Committee]

Companies (Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 1998—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the Regulations laid before the House on 10th December 1998 be approved (S.I. 1998/3088). [4th Report from the Joint Committee]

Advice and Assistance (Assistance by Way of Representation) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1st December 1998 be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Criminal Legal Aid (Scotland) (Prescribed Proceedings) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1998—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1st December 1998 be approved. [2nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) Regulations 1998—The Lord Hardie to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 16th December 1998 be approved. [4th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

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.

†Access to Justice Bill [HL]— House to be again in Committee [The Lord Chancellor] [5th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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 Berkeley—To call attention to the White Paper A New Deal for Transport: Better for Everyone (Cm 3950) and other related transport matters; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws—To call attention to the role and future of the British Council; and to move for papers.

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 Gulf War Illness Research Unit.

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

[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 police disciplinary proceedings to be initiated or continued following the retirement of a police officer.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive from the Office of Fair Trading the results of the inquiry into the pricing policy of Times Newspapers.

Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]— House to be again in Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

‡Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Earl of Lindsay]

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take any action following the employment tribunal case relating to Melksham Hospital in Wiltshire, won by Christine Clunie and Alison Hale.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their latest plans for the funding of the external services of the BBC.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been improvements in British-Russian relations since May 1997, and what plans they have for such relations in the medium term, including joint initiatives with other European countries.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now raise the level of state pension for a single pensioner to £75 per week.

Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Whitty] [3rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

‡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 Lord Christopher—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is now timely to consider combining the regulatory bodies for television and radio to avoid overlap or inconsistency.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will respond to the rapid reduction in the number of house sparrows, especially in London, and whether the cause has been identified.

The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To call attention to the state of the National Health Service; and to move for papers.

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.

THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the allegation that a terrorist cell is being run within the Muslim Mosque in Finsbury Park in North London.

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask the Leader of the House whether she will arrange for a Committee of the House to consider whether it should now be made mandatory for those Lords who have taken the oath to register matters which they consider may affect the public perception of the way they discharge their parliamentary duties.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will respond favourably to the Greek Government’s request for the return of the Parthenon Marbles to Athens.

Disability Rights Commission Bill [HL]— Committee [The Baroness Blackstone]

MONDAY 8TH FEBRUARY

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

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Health Service has in place a strategy to ensure cost effective and professional diagnosis and delivery of services across language and culture.

†*The Lord Merrivale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the provisions of the Gibraltar Employment Ordinance were not adhered to in the transfer of the local workforce from Balfour Beatty to Hyder under the new Ministry of Defence contract.

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to change the status of “au pairs” living with families and, if so, what consultations are planned on this matter.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what issues have become the most significant in the current renegotiation of the Lomé Agreement between the European Union and the ACP states; and what are their priority objectives for the outcome of those negotiations.

†*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard it as desirable for the boundaries of the new Regional Development areas to coincide with those of the Regional Tourist Boards.

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

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.

†*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to train police recruits in human rights, with special reference to good race relations.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to provide free public transport for the disabled or pensioners.

†*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the introduction of a new voting system for local authority elections.

†Freedom of Information Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Lucas]

THURSDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the standards of foreign language teaching in Scottish schools and to increase the number of pupils sitting the Higher Leaving Certificate in such subjects.

†*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 15TH FEBRUARY

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what European Union tax harmonisation proposals they have agreed or propose to agree.

*The Lord Bishop of Lincoln—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that by the year 2000 the prison system is less stretched and better able to rehabilitate prisoners.

†*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate that they will receive the Office of Fair Trading report on supermarket pricing.

TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to maximise the benefits both for UNESCO and the United Kingdom of the United Kingdom’s renewed membership of the organisation.

†*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations are being made to the Governments of India and Pakistan to sign the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the recent financial crises in South East Asia, Russia and Brazil have been caused or aggravated by speculative money, based in or passing through “off-shore” funds, largely outside the control of national central banks and inter-governmental institutions; and whether they will raise these questions in the G8 Forum.

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 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 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 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 Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards Cuba.

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to facilitate economic recovery in the recently devastated republics of Central America.

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 Meston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to reform the law and practice relating to adoption and fostering.

The Lord Teviot—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether present arrangements to ensure that public footpaths remain open and the powers available to local authorities in this regard are adequate.

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to ensure greater openness in the appointment of the judiciary, particularly in the light of recent legislation increasing the constitutional role of the judiciary.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Department of Health’s Cervical Cancer Screening Programme is making in implementing the proposals in its 1998 Review, in response to the criticisms contained in the December 1998 Report of the House of Commons’ Public Accounts Committee, and in response to the recent legal cases brought against the NHS.

†The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to respond to the recommendation in the 6th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration (Session 1997-98) that the Government should describe in detail what the Strategic Communications Unit does, and how the Unit distinguishes between legitimate activity on behalf of the Government and activity which could unduly advantage the party of Government.

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.

†The Lord Haskel—To call attention to the Government’s recent White Paper Our Competitive Future: Building the Knowledge Driven Economy (Cm 4176); and to move for papers.

†The Lord Crickhowell—To call attention to the planned closure of the Severn Tunnel this summer and the consequences for users and the Welsh economy; 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]

†The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on EC Regulation of Genetic Modification in Agriculture (2nd Report, HL Paper 11). [21st January]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

11th January

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

12th January

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 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 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 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)

13th January

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 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 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 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 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 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)

14th January

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 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 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 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 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)

18th January

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current shortfall against establishment of district nurses in England by region.      (HL566)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will have any plans to introduce a scheme of funding for public footpath maintenance in Scotland, to complement the existing funding for public footpath creation.      (HL567)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are actively encouraging the establishment of coppicing, and the coppice-crafts, in Scotland.      (HL568)

The Lord Bishop of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what qualities they seek in persons to be appointed to National Park Authorities to represent the national interest.      (HL569)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which states oblige air and sea carriers to check the validity of the passports and visas of incoming passengers; and, in each case, whether fines are levied for passengers with incorrect documents.      (HL570)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have examined the Canadian performance-related system of carrier’s liability for airlines; and, if not, why not.      (HL571)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide tables showing United Kingdom exports and imports from Russia over the last five years, or part-years, in (a) actual and (b) constant values.      (HL572)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place a copy of the 4th January 1989 letter form Mr W B Willott of the Department of Trade and Industry, dealing with his concerns on the possible fatal effect on the Guinness trials of the judgement of Lord Grantchester QC in the Licensed Dealers’ Tribunal in the matter of TWH Management Limited, to Mrs Olsen of the Serious Fraud Office together with the reply of Mrs Olsen of 13th January 1989, in the Library of the House.      (HL573)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers were consulted and, if so, which Minister in 1989 was involved in the decision not to disclose the 1988 judgement of Lord Grantchester QC in the Licensed Dealers’ Tribunal in the matter of TWH Management Ltd.      (HL574)

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the policy priorities for the Biotechnology and Science Research Councils; and which Minister authorises these.      (HL575)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British police officers are now in post as liaison officers in other countries; and in which countries they are posted.      (HL576)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution (a) the Channel Islands and (b) the Isle of Man make to the United Kingdom central budget, in return for the services they receive from the United Kingdom Government.      (HL577)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the revenue lost to the Exchequer through the use of offshore accounts in (a) the Channel Islands and (b) the Isle of Man by companies and individuals resident in the United Kingdom.      (HL578)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the Edwards Report on Financial Regulation in the Channel Islands; and whether this cost was carried entirely on the Home Office budget.      (HL579)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of patrolling the waters around the Channel Islands in the past two years, including fishery patrols; and how this cost has been financed.      (HL580)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many liaison officers from overseas police forces (including financial police) are in post in London; and from which countries they are drawn.      (HL581)

The Baroness Mallalieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in conducting periodic reviews of the electoral arrangements for county councils, the Local Government Commission will be permitted to modify the requirement for numerical equality between electoral divisions to ensure that in sparsely populated areas such as West Somerset very large geographical divisions are not created which will weaken the link between an elected representative and the electorate.      (HL582)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government where in the United Kingdom the products currently manufactured at the Royal Ordnance factory at Bishopton will be sourced after the closure of the Bishopton facility.      (HL583)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what grants and loans have been given by them or by any publicly funded bodies over the last ten years to the agriculture companies of A Simmers, A Simmers (Farms) and A Simmers (Cairnbogie).      (HL584)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Government Department or any publicly funded bodies or the Inland Revenue or Customs and Excise are creditors to A Simmers, A Simmers (Farms) and A Simmers (Cairnbogie), all now in receivership; and, if any, what amounts.      (HL585)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new company Scotpigs which has acquired the assets of A Simmers, A Simmers (Farms) and A Simmers (Cairnbogie) has applied to any Government Department or any publicly funded body for a grant or loan; and whether they will give details of any such application and the decision made on it.      (HL586)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the responsibilities of the Secretary of State for Scotland after devolution.      (HL587)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sewel on 3rd September 1998 (WA 54-55), how many fish farming sites have notified an outbreak of Infectious Salmon Anaemia since then.      (HL588)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct local authorities to include road safety in their Crime and Disorder Audits.      (HL589)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when action will be taken to deal with “cowboy” wheelclampers, as highlighted in the Transport White Paper.      (HL590)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking on the trunk road network to remove unauthorised signs and advertisements which might distract drivers and damage the visual environment.      (HL591)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that local authorities remove unauthorised signs and advertisements from roads under their control.      (HL592)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 3rd December 1998 (WA 50), what is the average unit cost of a typical investigation into deaths caused by (a) road traffic accidents and (b) criminal activity.      (HL594)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether letters addressed to General Pinochet being carried by members of his staff were opened by Special Branch on Tuesday 29th December 1998; if so, why; and who gave the authorisation.      (HL595)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the baggage belonging to General Pinochet’s personal physician and four other members of his staff was broken into by Special Branch at Heathrow on Tuesday 27th December 1998; and, if so, why.      (HL596)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is normal for baggage to be opened by Customs and Excise or Special Branch without the owners of the luggage being present.      (HL597)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for the medical condition and health of General Pinochet while detained.      (HL598)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Secretary is receiving regular medical reports on the health of General Pinochet while detained.      (HL599)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the costs of the Crown in the case for the extradition of General Pinochet will be refunded by the Spanish Government; and whether there is a cap on the amount of expenses the Spanish Government are prepared to pay for.      (HL600)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the resignation of Mr Mandelson was because of his conduct or because his conduct had become public knowledge.      (HL601)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how listeners and viewers are expected to distinguish which views expressed in broadcasts by Ministers are personal views, which are not Government policy and which represent Government policy.      (HL602)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that Ministers being interviewed in their official capacity should mix personal and official views without distinction.      (HL603)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when Mr Mandelson represents the Prime Minister, his conduct is governed by the rules, codes of conduct and conventions governing the conduct of Ministers.      (HL604)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister is responsible to Parliament for the actions of Mr Mandelson whilst he is representing Her Majesty’s Government.      (HL605)

19th January

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made to implement the 1997 Labour Party election manifesto pledge to halve the time between the arrest and sentencing of persistent young offenders; and when it is forecast that the pledge will be redeemed.      (HL608)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Consolidation Bills the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Advocate plan to introduce during the current session of Parliament.      (HL609)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which month of 1999 they expect the Report of the Inquiry, held during 1995, into the proposal to operate a superquarry at Lingerbay, Harris, will be submitted by the Reporter and thereby enable the Secretary of State for Scotland, or the First Minister, to determine the planning application involved.      (HL610)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce “preventive detention” for people who pose a danger to themselves or the community at large; and, if so, when.      (HL611)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce variable and reviewable sentencing for people such as paedophiles who potentially pose a danger to the community at large.      (HL612)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the working group which has been established by the Minister of Transport, Dr John Reid MP to establish standard definitions for reporting incidents involving violent and disruptive airline passengers and for more coordinated information, they will propose that staff be asked to report on the state of sobriety of the passengers in question, whatever the main offence may have been.      (HL613)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have made to the Presidency of the European Union for matters to be raised at the forthcoming meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Commission; and whether existing European Union mechanisms allow for inputs by non-governmental organisations to the formulation of European strategy at the Commission.      (HL614)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the factors taken into consideration by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in deciding whether to intervene at Ministerial level on behalf of British citizens detained without charge or trial in foreign prisons; and after what length of detention would they first assess the desirability of any such intervention.      (HL615)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the Quantum Project, announced by the former Director General of the Prison Service on 10th August 1998 and scheduled to take six months, has been completed; and when the results will be published.      (HL616)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to celebrate the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Oliver Cromwell.      (HL617)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now remove the restriction in Prison Rule 16 that prisoners undergoing solitary confinement may only have in their possession such religious books as may be approved by the Secretary of State.      (HL618)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure protection of the Isokon Flats, Lawn Road, Hampstead; and what future they envisage for this building.      (HL619)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans, or are considering plans, to relocate RAF logistics headquarters from its present site at RAF Brampton/Wyton in Cambridgeshire.      (HL620)

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the final proposals of the Princess Diana Memorial Committee regarding Kensington Gardens, London; and whether these proposals will be published.      (HL621)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have selected sites for any Secure Training Centres in addition to Medway, Gringley, and Medomsley; and, if so, whether they have signed any contracts for such further Secure Training Centres.      (HL623)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many residential units and how many bedrooms in each unit there are, or are planned to be, in the Secure Training Centres at Medway, Gringley and Medomsley respectively.      (HL624)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 5th October 1998 (WA 80)—

whether there have been any girls at the Medway Secure Training Centre subsequently; and, if so, for what periods.      (HL625)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the facts disclosed in the letter of 4th January 1989 (reported in The Mail on Sunday, 22nd November 1998) from Mr W B Willott of the Department of Trade and Industry to Mrs Olsen of the Serious Fraud Office and the Government’s acknowledgement that the judgement of Lord Grantchester QC in the Licensed Dealers’ Tribunal of December 1988 in the matter of TWH Management Ltd. was concealed from the defendants in the first Guinness trial and the regulatory bodies, whether during the years 1988 to 1992 certain officials with the Department of Trade and Industry (and elsewhere) were engaged in the common law offence of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice during the Guinness trials; and, if so, whether they will request the police to investigate the facts.      (HL626)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the arrangements between the Royal Parks Agency and Messrs Cardington (an Ofex-quoted company), particularly concerning the latter’s commercial activities in the Royal Parks to include nine sound-amplified ticketed pop concerts in Hyde Park and three in Kensington Gardens in 1999, have been approved by Ministers and are fully consistent with the Government’s commitments, in line with the recommendations of Dame Jennifer Jenkins’ report on the Royal Parks, not to allow their commercialisation.      (HL627)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency is expecting to receive £1m from Messrs Cardington in respect of the concerts in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in 1999 and other commercial activities related to the Royal Parks.      (HL628)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations with neighbouring amenity societies were conducted before plans for concerts in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens and other commercial activities in the Royal Parks were developed.      (HL629)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency has conducted environmental impact assessments of the proposed events in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens in relation to—

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of public sector houses which have been sold in Scotland since 1970.      (HL631)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of Scottish public sector houses which have been sold to sitting tenants since 1970; and what percentage this represents of Scotland’s public sector housing stock.      (HL632)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current percentage of home ownership as a percentage of all housing in Scotland.      (HL633)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of housing association dwellings in Scotland.      (HL634)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make arrangements for the Scottish Parliament to be bilingual; and what would be the estimated costs.      (HL635)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government where the headquarters of the BBC in Scotland will be located once the new Parliament is in session.      (HL636)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the enforcement of Security Council decisions on Iraq has fallen to the United States and the United Kingdom alone.      (HL637)

20th January

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have reached following their review of the law relating to the drinking of raw cow milk in England and Wales.      (HL639)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 18th and 19th January.      (HL640)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 12th January (HL Deb, col. 173), how many new drug treatment and training centres they expect to provide as a result of the ring-fenced funds and over what period of time; and whether voluntary and private treatment homes, which had to close last year, will be enabled to reopen.      (HL641)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of mentally disordered offenders are included in the current prison population of some 64,000.      (HL642)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they draw from voluntary and compulsory drug-tests carried out on prisoners in recent years.      (HL643)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no woman has been appointed a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.      (HL644)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard Lords of Appeal in Ordinary as having a role in promoting constitutional change.      (HL645)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are developing proposals for a constitutional court.      (HL646)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to develop a permanent Royal Commission to monitor and report on the effects of constitutional change upon the United Kingdom.      (HL647)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what facilities now exist for an individual to be given a certificate that he has no criminal record; and what charge is made by the Criminal Records Bureau for such a certificate.      (HL648)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates the working group set up by the Association of Chief Police Officers to finalise the detailed user requirement for the database needed to fulfil the statutory obligation to establish a central register of firearm and shotgun certificates has met; what further meetings are planned; and whether they can give a date by which this user requirement is expected to be drawn up.      (HL649)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible to detect tuberculosis organisms in milk and cheese.      (HL650)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of cattle which are tuberculin test reactors are found to have active infection upon post-mortem.      (HL651)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of cattle showing inconclusive reactions to tuberculin tests are subsequently found to be clear on further testing.      (HL652)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of cattle which are tuberculin test reactors are found at post-mortem to have udder lesions caused by the organism.      (HL653)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue clear and consistent instructions to cheese makers, veterinarians and environmental health officers in the whole of the United Kingdom as to the action which should be taken when it is found that cattle producing milk for cheese production are found to be (a) tuberculin test reactors or (b) show inconclusive results at testing.      (HL654)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the current research projects funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to discover the cause of, and possible solutions to, tuberculosis in cattle.      (HL655)

The Lord Hothfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what options have been identified by the A66 safety study proposed in A New Deal for Trunk Roads in England, July 1998.      (HL656)

The Lord Hothfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether preparation work to take forward the A66 Temple Sowerby bypass and improvement at Winderwath is now at a state where the next stage towards construction can be anticipated.      (HL657)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 19th January (WA 95-96) that 38 per cent of planning decisions by local planning authorities in England took longer than the statutory period in the 12 months to September 1998, whether they will publish a league table for individual district authorities’ performance for that year.      (HL658)

The Baroness Macleod of Borve—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what health and safety advice they have given to employers and employees with a view to preventing deterioration of eyesight as a result of the use of computers at work.      (HL659)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the composition and status of the Trilateral Commission; why Secretary-General Solana of NATO meets with it; why its activities are secret; and in particular why its meetings with Mr Solana are secret.      (HL660)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what statutes of Henry VII are relevant to their inquiry into the best means of controlling private military companies in this country.      (HL661)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, they propose to take following the report by Mr John Newman on the functioning of the Ecclesiastical Exemption from the application of planning law.      (HL662)

21st January

The Lord Davies of Coity—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with plans to develop new aircraft carriers for the Royal Navy.      (HL663)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the admission of the Indonesian Defence Attaché, Colonel Halim, that United Kingdom manufacturers’ equipment has been used by their forces in East Timor, they will review their decision to renew and to create arms export licences for British companies exporting armaments and military equipment to Indonesia.      (HL664)

The Lord Napier and Ettrick—To ask the Chairman of Committees what has been the daily attendance of Life Peers by party since the start of the present Session of Parliament up to and including Thursday 21st January 1999.      (HL665)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present strength compared to the establishment of the Regular Army and the Territorial Army.      (HL666)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans, if any, they have to alleviate delays in the planning system.      (HL667)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 20th January (WA 105-106), whether they will ask Chief Constables to inform them whether child prostitution and the exploitation of children for pornography appear to be significant in their areas, given the importance of such information for the formulation of the National Plan concerning child abuse.      (HL668)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislation governs type, quantity and quality, labelling requirements and market surveillance of potentially toxic chemicals with which consumer products are impregnated.      (HL669)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all consumer products, apart from human and veterinary medicines, pesticides and chemical weapons, which contain organophosphorus chemicals either as their active ingredient or as an additive.      (HL670)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many suspected adverse reactions to organophosphate sheep dips have been reported to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for each year since 1994 by (a) general medical practitioners, (b) the Health and Safety Directorate and (c) self reporting.      (HL671)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 12th November 1998 (WA 118), whether they are aware of the objection to some of the terms of reference of the Independent Panel of the Ministry of Defence for interactions between vaccines and Nerve Agent Pretreatment Sets and of the proposals made verbally at the second meeting of the Panel and confirmed later in writing by the Gulf Veterans’ Association representative member of the panel; and, if so, what were their responses to these submissions.      (HL672)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the effects on the meat production and processing industries of the requirement that abattoir owners strictly adhere to the Meat Hygiene Directive 91/497 and of the recent Government decision that they should bear the cost for disposal of all specified risk material; and what consequences this will have for domestic beef, lamb and pork production by sector.      (HL673)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether officials of the Meat Hygiene Service and the State Veterinary Service, in the enforcement of their statutory powers, have a duty under Common Law to act fairly.      (HL674)

The Lord Alderdice—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Department of State is responsible for the determination of public holidays in the United Kingdom.      (HL675)

The Lord Alderdice—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the determination of public and bank holidays will become a responsibility of the new devolved institutions within the United Kingdom.      (HL676)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the European Union Research Council on 22nd December 1998.      (HL677)

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the output in megawatts of the proposed windmill at Swaffam in Norfolk.      (HL678)

The Lord Crickhowell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 20th May 1998 (WA 175-176), what is the latest estimate of the period of closure of the Severn Tunnel required for engineering works this summer; and what are the planned dates for the start and finish of this work.      (HL679)

The Lord Crickhowell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reporting they have asked for or received on the current condition of the Severn Tunnel, its drainage system and its rail track; and whether they will publish the results of those enquiries.      (HL680)

The Lord Crickhowell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of the planned repairs to be carried out on the Severn Tunnel, its drainage system and its track; and what impact those costs are expected to have on the charges made to rail companies using the Tunnel.      (HL681)

The Lord Crickhowell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the likely additional costs falling on freight users as a result of the diversions made necessary by the planned closure of the Severn Tunnel this summer.      (HL682)

The Lord Crickhowell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations have taken place between Railtrack and the Government, the Welsh Development Agency, local authorities and representatives of business about the closure of the Severn Tunnel planned for this summer; and what assessment has been made of the impact of the closure on the Welsh economy.      (HL683)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 3rd September 1998 (WA 28), when they expect to publish the report of the review of the protection of working children’s health, safety, welfare and general development.      (HL685)

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] [2nd February]
    Access to Justice [HL] [26th January]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [1st February]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [4th February]
    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 Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 1999
    Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) 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
    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

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 26TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)in Brussels
Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)3.30 pm
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 27TH JANUARY

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

THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

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

 
 
 
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