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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.

THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY

At three o’clock

*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 Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they and other Member States of the European Union propose to take to confront the threat made by the United States to impose sanctions on $520m of European Union exports as from 1st February in consequence of the breakdown of negotiations between the European Union and the United States.

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

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

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.

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

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 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.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent consultations they have had with other European Union governments about the harmonisation of taxes.

Trustee Delegation Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Chancellor]

†Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath] [6th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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 Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether nurses sacked for gross misconduct in the NHS should be free to seek employment elsewhere in the health service.

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.

The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the case for a change in the way in which the arts in this country are governed and managed; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Listowel—To call attention to the case for an appropriate range of effective services to meet the needs of homeless young people under the age of 25; and to move for papers.

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.

*The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to harmonise with the European time zone before or after entry to the European Monetary Union.

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.

†*The Lord Dixon-Smith—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the date on which the Dartford-Thurrock crossing of the River Thames will become toll-free.

†Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Whitty] [3rd and 6th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the law and current technology provide adequately for police to test drivers at the roadside for drugs in quantities that might make them unfit to drive.

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define “decommissioning” as referred to in the April 1998 Belfast Agreement (Cm 3883).

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.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask the Chairman of Committees what special help, in relation to their parliamentary work, is available to Lords with severe visual impairments; and what consideration is being given to providing more help.

*The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to achieve in state schools other than grammar schools the standards in mathematics and science now achieved in grammar schools.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the public inquiry into the continuing military use of the artillery firing range at Otterburn has been re-opened.

THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Annaly—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the current safeguards for sign language users being interviewed at police stations.

†*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether advice and guidance on the protection of hedgerows and other field boundaries will be included in the proposed Code of Conduct of Good Agricultural Practice.

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

*The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the United States Government regarding the trade dispute arising from the European Union agreement with ACP countries on banana production.

†*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect of the decision that the nuclear processing plant at Drigg cannot accept waste from nuclear power plants because it has exceeded the level of carbon 14 allowed for the next 25 years.

WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the privatisation of the Commonwealth Development Corporation will be allowed to proceed without the repayment of £60m by the state of Cameroon.

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 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 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.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy that an individual convicted three times of burglary should be sentenced to at least three years in prison was formulated with full regard to the alternatives to prison in such cases.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for tourism.

†Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999—The Earl of Lytton to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Order, laid before the House on 11th January, be annulled (S.I. 1999/6).

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.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to the renewal of arms export licences for British companies selling arms to Indonesia; and to move for papers.

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

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the current arrangements for the protection of hedgerows; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To call attention to the arrangements for maintaining the separation of powers in the House of Lords between the judicial branch and the legislative and executive branches of government; 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 or amended on 27th January, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

27th January

The Lord Sheppard of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce the appointment of the lead adjudicator for school organisation and admissions issues.      (HL752)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which British and other European Union citizens, and Commonwealth nationals, have been kidnapped in Sudan since 1990; who was responsible for the kidnappings; and what was the outcome of the kidnappings.      (HL753)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which of the votes pertaining to Sudan at the International Monetary Fund and World Bank they have participated since 1996; what the substantive nature of those votes was; and which way the United Kingdom voted.       (HL754)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have funded, or intend to fund, either bilaterally or through Operation Lifeline Sudan, the improvement of facilities at al-Obeid, Khartoum or Malakal airports to ensure the more efficient and effective use of those airports by Operation Lifeline Sudan.       (HL755)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Operation Lifeline Sudan is using, or intends to use, Malakal airport as part of its efforts to assist in the more direct delivery of emergency humanitarian assistance; and, if not, why this airport is not being used.      (HL756)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the Home Secretary’s recently announced decision to bring into force section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 will have on the projections of long term trends in the prison population as published in Issue 1/99 of the Home Office Statistical Bulletin on 20th January.      (HL757)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for their decision to implement section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 with effect from December 1999.      (HL758)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigrants were granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom indefinitely during the last period of 12 months for which figures are available.      (HL759)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many would-be immigrants were refused leave to remain in the United Kingdom indefinitely during the last period of 12 months for which figures are available.      (HL760)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were granted asylum during the last period of 12 months for which figures are available.      (HL761)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were refused asylum during the last period of 12 months for which figures are available.      (HL762)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are estimated to be living in the United Kingdom who have no lawful right to do so.      (HL763)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current level of aid to Zimbabwe; and whether maintaining that level of aid depends on the record of the Government of Zimbabwe on human rights.      (HL764)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many allotment sites have been (a) approved for sale and (b) sold; and whether they will name the sites and specify “new use” where data are available.      (HL765)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farming families in the following categories are in receipt of Family Credit: (a) employed labourers, (b) smallholders, (c) tenant farmers or (d) owner occupiers as on the register of the second week in December of 1996, 1997 and 1998.      (HL766)

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will institute discussions with the British Airports Authority in order to improve facilities for immigration staff at Heathrow and other British airports.      (HL767)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list by name, date of conviction, nature of offence, length of original sentence and date of release all those prisoners who have been granted early release under the terms of the April 1998 Belfast Agreement (Cm 3883).      (HL768)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report an updated table showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Great Britain each week during 1998 and 1999 to date, together with the moving annual total of cases reported in each 52 week period.      (HL769)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sums have been set aside during the current and next financial year respectively to meet their obligation under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 to establish a central register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted, which obligation came into force on 1st October 1997; and whether they will estimate the cost of complying with this statutory obligation.      (HL770)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what facilities exist for the authorities to establish whether a person suspected of, arrested for or convicted of a criminal offence has been granted a firearm or shotgun certificate by a police force which is not that of the area in which the suspect, accused or criminal is currently residing.      (HL771)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which statutory obligations on the Government have been in force for over one year, with which the Government has not yet complied.      (HL772)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their achievements in South Yorkshire, covering Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley, since May 1997 in the economic field and in the social services areas.      (HL773)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 138-139), whether an indefinite number of provisional warrants could be issued, following concerns about the validity of a previous one.      (HL774)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 138-139), why General Pinochet was not informed about the concern about the validity of the warrant referred to in the Lord Chancellor’s reply.      (HL775)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 138-139), whether the concerns about the validity of the first warrant, referred to in the Lord Chancellor’s reply, made the first warrant invalid.      (HL776)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 138-139), what precisely were the concerns referred to in the Lord Chancellor’s reply about the validity of the first warrant.      (HL777)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 138-139), on what date did the concerns referred to in the Lord Chancellor’s reply about the validity of the first warrant emerge.      (HL778)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 139) about the Crown Prosecution Service’s involvement in the preparation of the warrant for the arrest of General Pinochet, who expressed the concerns, referred to in the Lord Chancellor’s reply, about the validity of the first warrant.      (HL779)

The Duke of Montrose—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sums which are now going to be added to the Scottish Bloc Grant, in the form of the Departmental Expenditure Limit of the Scottish Department of Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries, will remain separately identifiable under the next Comprehensive Spending Review.      (HL780)

The Duke of Montrose—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role of management and accountability the Scottish Parliament will have over the Annual Managed Expenditure funds provided to the Scottish Department of Agriculture, Environment and Fisheries.      (HL781)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the long-term security interests of Western Europe are assisted, and whether fair competition is served, when surplus United States combat aircraft are given to Member States of the European Union.      (HL782)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether—

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new United States policy of attacking Iraqi air defence systems in the United States/United Kingdom-declared “no-fly zones” whether or not these systems’ radar locks onto United States or United Kingdom aircraft (as announced by Mr Berger, President Clinton’s National Security Adviser, International Herald Tribune, 27th January), is permitted in international law; whether this escalation was agreed between them and the United States; and, if so, whether they will spell out those United Nations Security Council Resolutions or articles in the United Nations Charter under which such attacks may be lawful.      (HL784)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States are exempt from the operation of the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998 which forbids any activity in this country aimed at the toppling by violent means of governments abroad; and, if not, whether United States officials have been conducting such activities here with some Iraqi opposition groups.      (HL785)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they do not believe the reports of infant ill-health and mortality in Iraq made by Mr Halliday, the former Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations; whether they agree with Mr Scott Ritter that a “Marshall Plan” for Iraq holds the best chance for a change of government in that country; and, if not, how long they propose supporting the present sanctions regime.      (HL786)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have obtained any independent information to confirm President Clinton’s assurance to the Prime Minister that the al-Shifa factory in Khartoum which United States forces attacked last summer was engaged in the production of weapons of mass destruction; and, if not, why they have not accepted the Sudanese Government’s invitation to the United Nations Security Council and to the international community to inspect the factory and other facilities in the Sudan concerning which the United States has expressed similar suspicions.      (HL787)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are inclined to accept the “demand” from the Arab Foreign Ministers, meeting in Cairo last weekend, that “military operations against Iraq” be not repeated; and whether (a) Kuwait, (b) Saudi Arabia and (c) Turkey are content that the United States and the United Kingdom should continue to use their territory from which to carry out military operations over Iraq.      (HL788)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States decision heavily to fortify its embassies in Muslim countries may leave British embassies increasingly vulnerable to retaliatory attack, in the light of the unique support this country is giving to United States military action.      (HL789)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the scientific evidence which suggests that some people are allergic to fluoride (Fluoride 1993; 26,4:267-273), what alternative provision is being made for those who receive fluoridated water in this country.      (HL790)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which scientific studies indicate that dental fluorosis is only a cosmetic side-effect of water fluoridation and not an early indication of systemic toxicity.      (HL791)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Hayman on 3rd September 1998 (WA 24) and 21st January 1999 (WA 120), how they know what are “typical intakes of fluoride at levels experienced by the population of this country”, if monitoring of fluoride exposure from all sources by means of urine samples, as recommended in the Report of the United Kingdom Mission (1953) cited in the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 26th January (WA 144), and bone assays where appropriate, is not carried out.      (HL792)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the classification of the River Forth as a Special Protection Area will have any effect on salmon fishing rights and salmon netting rights on the River Forth and its tributaries.      (HL793)

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] [15th February]
    Access to Justice [HL] [28th January]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [1st February]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [4th February]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [2nd February]
    Trustee Delegation [HL] [2nd February]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL] [1st February]
    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 Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice No. 5) Order 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
    Draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 1999
    Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1999
    Draft Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 1999
    Draft Departments (Northern Ireland) 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]

THURSDAY 28TH JANUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 3RD FEBRUARY

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

TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)

WEDNESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

 
 
 
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