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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 1ST FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate the allegation that a terrorist cell is being run within the 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]

†‡Social Security Benefits Up-rating (No. 2) Order 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th January be approved. [6th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (Codes of Practice No. 5) Order 1998—The Lord Hoyle to move, That the Order laid before the House on 15th December 1998 be approved. [4th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 20th January be approved. [6th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†‡Departments (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th January be approved.

[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.

†Health Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

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.

†Access to Justice Bill [HL]— Report [The Lord Chancellor]

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).

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

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.

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the procedures for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for members of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

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.

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to appoint a Children’s Rights Commissioner.

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.

†*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no recommendations have been made for the award of peerages to teachers serving in, or recently retired from, maintained schools.

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce tax, benefit and housing policies which more closely reflect the social and economic contribution made to society by those who care for elderly or disabled members of their own family.

THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

†*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have restricted the funding of non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.

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 ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local school.

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).

†Education (School Performance Information) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 1998—The Baroness Blatch to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 23rd December 1998, be annulled (S.I. 1998/3260).

†The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To call attention to the role of the Minister for Women; and to move for papers.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

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

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.

†The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To call attention to the introduction of Rural Development Plans on 1st January 2000, and to the case for consultation thereon; 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)

12th January

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 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 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 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)

14th January

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 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 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)

18th January

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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)

25th January

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given doubts about the success rate of sex offender treatment programmes in the United States, the similarity of United Kingdom programmes to the United States models, and the significant investment in these programmes, they will commission independent research into their effectiveness.      (HL691)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with Mr James O C Jonah, Sierra Leone Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, concerning the Sierra Leone Government’s intention to raise a 15,000 interim civil defence force; whether the Sierra Leone Government have asked Britain to provide training, and to consider providing weapons supplies for the militia; and what their response was.      (HL692)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the names of the members, and the terms of reference, of the working group established by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions to establish standard definitions for reporting incidents involving violent and disruptive airlines passengers, and for more co-ordinated collection of information on this subject.      (HL693)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days in 1998 the British Defence Attaché to Finland and Estonia spent on duty in Helsinki and Tallinn respectively; and whether he is able to fill both appointments to the complete satisfaction of the United Kingdom, Finland and Estonia.      (HL694)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have decided against sending a Defence Attaché to Estonia, whose sole duties will be connected with Estonia; and whether they will reconsider the decision.      (HL695)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint a Defence Attaché to the British Embassies accredited to every European nation that has applied to join NATO.      (HL696)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, concerning the new Embassy in Tallinn—

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the number of deaths caused as a result of accidents on British building sites in each of the last five years, together with a table showing the cause of death.      (HL698)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply given by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 21st January (HL Deb, cols. 698-699), whether there will be no cuts in BBC World Service broadcasts in Arabic to Iraq as a result of the current three year strategic review.      (HL699)

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Eurostar service to be extended to Amsterdam.      (HL700)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 9th December (WA 91), when they will announce the results of their review of the United Kingdom’s obligations under various human rights treaties, including their decision on whether to ratify the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.      (HL701)

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 (WA134), (a) whether they will obtain and study the United Nations report on the murder of World Food Programme and Sudanese Red Crescent aid workers in the Nuba mountains in June 1998, and (b) place a copy of this report in the Library of the House.       (HL702)

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 (WA134), whether the United Nations report on the murder of World Food Programme and Sudanese Red Crescent aid workers in the Nuba mountains in June 1998 identifies the individuals or organisation responsible for the murders.       (HL703)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 16th December 1998 (WA152), whether Operation Lifeline Sudan has arrived at an estimate of either the percentage, or dollar value, of food aid being diverted by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army.       (HL704)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 17th December 1998 (WA170), what evidence there is for food aid diversion by Government of Sudan structures or forces.       (HL705)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 17th December 1998 (WA169) about the diversion of emergency food aid in southern Sudan, whether (a) they have studied the report of the joint Operation Lifeline Sudan and Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association task force which examined allegations of such diversion of aid, and (b) whether they will place a copy of this report in the Library of the House.       (HL706)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 17th December 1998 (WA169), whether, having studied the report of the joint Operation Lifeline Sudan and Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association task force into the diversion of emergency food aid by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, they have directly raised this issue with the SPLA; on which occasions this issue was discussed; and what the response has been.       (HL707)

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to rectify the situation following the withdrawal of the developer of Victoria House from the final selection process for the Greater London Authority building.      (HL708)

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not take the advice of the Greater London Authority Design Advisory Group to adopt a form of open architectural competition in respect of the Greater London Authority building, thereby following the precedent set by the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly buildings.      (HL709)

26th January

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many female prisoners who were—

were in prison in England and Wales on 31st December 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998.      (HL711)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reduction in the number of female prisoners they expect to achieve by 31st December 1999 by means of the electronic tagging scheme.      (HL712)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many incidents have been reported in the last 10 years involving high road vehicles hitting railway bridges.      (HL714)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the owner of a railway bridge is entitled to seek compensation from the owner or driver of a lorry which has damaged it, in respect of—

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria will be used by the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising and the Rail Regulator in assessing applications for new rail passenger services under the “moderation of competition” provision.      (HL716)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it welcomes competition from new entrants in the provision of rail passenger services on—

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to accept the opinion contained in the Report of the European Commission of Human Rights of 20th October 1998 in McGonnell v. United Kingdom, that the United Kingdom is in breach of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights because the Bailiff of the Royal Court in Guernsey, being both a senior member of the judiciary and a senior member of the legislature and the executive, did not satisfy the requirements of independence and impartiality.      (HL718)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask the Lord Chancellor whether, in the light of the opinion contained in the Report of the European Commission of Human Rights of 20th October 1998 in McGonnell v. United Kingdom, he intends to make any changes in the composition of the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords so as to satisfy the requirements of Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL719)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ancient right to shoot on the foreshore in Scotland extends to any other person than the certificated owner of a shotgun.      (HL720)

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 extinguish the ancient right to shoot on the foreshore in the Special Protection Area.      (HL721)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which Act the ancient right to shoot on the foreshore in Scotland is enshrined.      (HL722)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is lawful to fire a shotgun from a boat in the middle of a river in Scotland, such as the River Forth; and, if so, which Act would be relevant.      (HL723)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which dates in each of the next six months they plan to publish the statistics relating to hospital waiting lists.      (HL724)

The Lord Geddes—To ask the Chairman of Committees how many sitting days of this House there were in the 1997-98 Session of Parliament; and, in the same period, what was the average attendance record of (a) Life Peers; and (b) active Hereditary Peers, defining “active” as those attending at least one third of sitting days (or such other definition of that term as may be appropriate).      (HL725)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in pursuit of the “contraceptive security” advocated by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development on 20th January (HC Deb, col. 843), they anticipate any problems arising from the United Kingdom’s obligations under GATT and WTO; and, if so, what their plans are for solving them.      (HL726)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many directions have been made by the Secretary of State under Article 14(1) of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 (S.I. 1988/1813) since 1st May 1997; and how many directions were made in the equivalent period prior to that date.      (HL727)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many planning applications have been called in for decision by the Secretary of State since 1st May 1997; and how many applications were called in during the equivalent period prior to that date.      (HL728)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any change in policy since April 1997 with regard to the use of directions under Article 14(1) of the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1988 (S.I. 1988/1813) and to the calling-in of planning applications.      (HL729)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they last conducted a comprehensive review of their procurement policies.      (HL730)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that their policy towards procurement by Government departments and agencies produces good value for money.      (HL731)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a single Government procurement agency.      (HL732)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 16th December 1998 (WA 164), at what point does it become appropriate for “parcels of work” to be put out for public advertisement.      (HL733)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 16th December 1998 (WA 164), what parcels of work have been undertaken (a) without and (b) with public advertisement in the current Parliament.      (HL734)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 16th December 1998 (WA 164), how the decision was reached that Rochford Paving Ltd. offered the best value for money for the granite setts outside Chancellor’s Gate if the competitive bidding process was not used.      (HL735)

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to ensure that roadworks are not commenced until the contractors are in a position to carry them out without significant interruption.      (HL736)

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce the principle of “lane rental” for all road repairs, so that the passage of traffic is not impeded any longer than necessary.      (HL737)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the economic, financial and strategic consequences for Britain and for Europe of the United States’ recently-stated intention to develop Anti-Ballistic Missile Defenses, and to abrogate the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in order to do so.      (HL738)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the effects on the international situation of new arms races in offensive strategic weapons, or in other asymmetrical (for example, cyber-war) responses, that would result from the development of Anti-Ballistic Missiles and from their deployment (a) in Japan, Taiwan, Sierra Leone, Israel, Turkey or Greece or (b) in space.      (HL739)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have suggested to the United States that a reduction in the weapons systems deployed by Israel and seen by its neighbours as threatening (including weapons of mass destruction, space-derived targeting information and Anti-Ballistic Missile defense systems), would discourage the development of similar capabilities by those neighbours.      (HL740)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the course of its attempt to insert into the revised NATO Strategic Concept the conditions laid down by the United States Senate, the United States Government is seeking from its NATO Allies a commitment to the deployment and funding of strategic or theatre Anti-Ballistic Missile systems.      (HL741)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British defence firms are participating in United States Anti-Ballistic Missile, Ballistic Missile Defense and related programmes; and how many jobs depend on it.      (HL742)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will follow up Baroness Thatcher’s approach to President Reagan at Camp David in 1984 when she obtained an undertaking that his administration would not breach the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty without consultation.      (HL743)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what categories of expenditure are included under (a) general pharmaceutical services; and (b) non-cash limited pharmacists’ remuneration in the notification which has been allocated for the year 1999-2000.      (HL744)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received about the identity of those responsible for the attacks on Sudanese refugee camps near Dungu in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in October 1998, and the Mboki settlement in the Central African Republic in November 1998, as reported by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.       (HL745)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the aid workers murdered in the course of their work in Sudan since 1993; who was responsible for the murders, and whether those responsible have been brought to justice.       (HL746)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view on the effectiveness of the United Nations Special Commission on Iraq.      (HL747)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the report commissioned by the Norwegian government into the activities of Norwegian People’s Aid in Sudan asserts that food and emergency aid was knowingly being diverted to procure weapons and war materials; if so, by whom is this diversion being carried out; and whether they will place a copy of this report in the Library of the House.      (HL748)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government from what sources they derive their assessment of the human rights situation in Sudan.       (HL749)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisations, and British affiliates of international non-governmental organisations, are active in Sudan, both within and outside Operation Lifeline Sudan structures.       (HL750)

27th January

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)

28th January

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report and recommendations of the Armed Forces Pay Review Body.      (HL795)

The Baroness Thornton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned an independent review of alternative proposals for regional Eurostar services.      (HL796)

The Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest position on farm incomes.      (HL797)

The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the recommendation of the Standing Committee of the Bern Convention on the badger culling trial.      (HL798)

The Lord Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether section 87 of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 has solved the environmental and road safety problems caused by the placing of unsolicited advertising material under windscreen wipers; and, if not, whether they will introduce or facilitate legislation to outlaw the practice.      (HL799)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hearing aids have been supplied by the NHS.      (HL800)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what way, and in what numbers, has the NHS range of hearing aids been substantially up-dated in the past three years.      (HL801)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many high frequency hearing aids have been supplied by the NHS.      (HL802)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many mini-hearing aids have been supplied by the NHS.      (HL803)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what number of NHS hearing aids have modern features been incorporated.      (HL804)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what modern features were introduced into some of the range of NHS hearings aids to make sounds clearer; and when they will be introduced into all NHS hearing aids.      (HL805)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many medical posts of consultant status there are in each of the three armed services; what are the medical specialities of the posts; and how many of the posts are filled in each service.      (HL806)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Defence Medical Service Officers are Head of their Department in NHS hospitals incorporating Ministry of Defence hospital units.      (HL807)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Defence Medical Service Officers of consultant status have given notice of resignation or that they do not intend to continue serving beyond their “return of service” or “time bar” since the publication on 14th December 1998 of Defence Medical Services—A Strategy for the Future; and what are their specialities.      (HL808)

The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimated national insurance contribution rates for (a) employers and (b) employees in 2050 under the Government’s current proposals.      (HL809)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the estimate of the number of gallons of water which came from the pipes above room C2-03 on 25th January; and what was the cause of this emission.      (HL810)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees which rooms and corridors suffered water damage from the pipes above room C2-03 on 25th January; which departments required remedial repair work; and what is the initial estimate of the cost of repairing the damage.      (HL811)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether paintings were damaged as a result of the emission from the pipes above room C2-03 on 25th January; if so, which paintings; whether any of them were on loan; if some were on loan, from where; and whether the lenders have been notified.      (HL812)

The Duke of Montrose—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 26th January (HL Deb, col. 873) and the Written Answer by Mr Rooker MP on 18th January in the House of Commons (HC Deb, WA 390), whether they would resist any proposal by the European Commission to remove the approval of Warfarin for plant protection.      (HL813)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the launching of a satellite from a floating pad in international waters requires the organisation responsible for the launch to conduct an environmental assessment of their proposed activity, including in particular its possible effect on fish stocks, both in the international waters adjacent to the launching place and in the Exclusive Economic Zones of nearby states.      (HL814)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency have decided, without consultation, to close the North Carriage Drive of Hyde Park for the summer months so as to facilitate the 12 pop-concerts which they have decided, without local consultation, to allow a commercial firm to mount in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; and whether this closure has been the subject of traffic or environmental impact assessment, and has been agreed by the relevant traffic authorities.      (HL815)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the British Isles of the apparent failure of “heat pumps” in the North Atlantic.      (HL816)

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of a 16 or 17 year old boy being sentenced to imprisonment under the existing age of consent legislation, he would have, during his detention, educational opportunities suited to his academic abilities.      (HL817)

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any controls are at present in place to prevent young people who are believed to be homosexual from serving in Army, Navy or Air Cadet forces, or in Combined Cadet Forces in schools.      (HL818)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the Government of Zimbabwe about the recent torture of Mr Ray Choto and Mr Mark Chavunduka; and, if so, what was the response.      (HL819)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 18th January (WA 88), about the present Home Secretary’s visit to Chile in 1966, the Home Secretary took legal advice on whether his visit in 1966 had any bearing on his ability to make decisions on the request for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL820)

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 the Crown Prosecution Service was not involved in the preparation of the first warrant for the extradition of General Pinochet; and what criteria determine whether the CPS will act as the agent of a foreign bid for extradition.      (HL821)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a list of people who have written to the Prime Minister, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or the Home Office indicating their support for the return of General Pinochet to Chile.      (HL822)

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]
    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]
    Access to Justice [HL] [11th February]

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
    Draft Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) 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]

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

THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

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

TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
(Non-food crops)

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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