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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

TUESDAY 2ND FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debate on the motion in the name of the Baroness Gardner of Parkes set down for today shall be limited to 6 hours.

†Select Committee on the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Roll of Ipsden be appointed to serve as a member of the Committee.

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.

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

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

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.

MONDAY 22ND FEBRUARY

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to ensure that the general elections to be held in Turkey are free and fair.

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to ensure that local communities do not lose the services of community pharmacies.

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.

†*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve public understanding of gene technology applied to food.

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.

†The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their refusal to recognise as genocide the action against the Armenian people by Turkey in 1915.

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.

†The Lord Dahrendorf—To call attention to changes in the labour market and their consequences for education and training, families, benefits and welfare services; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Bragg—To call attention to the case for re-affirming the principles of public service broadcasting; 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 1st February, 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)

1st February

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, South Korea, Israel, Turkey or Greece or (b) in space.      (HL739)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the reports and recommendations of the Health Pay Review Bodies.      (HL826)

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for exporting two armoured Land Rovers to the office of the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) in Belgrade in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY).      (HL827)

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for exporting a ballistic undervest to the European Community Monitoring Mission (ECMM) in Bosnia.      (HL828)

The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for February; and list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL829)

The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will continue to impose an arms embargo on Afghanistan in line with the European Union’s Common Position of 17th December 1996.      (HL830)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they consider it necessary to ascertain that digital hearing aids are safe and effective.      (HL831)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hearing aids outside the normal NHS range have been prescribed so far.      (HL832)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their legislative proposals for the House of Lords, whether it is appropriate that four Lords members of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe should be hereditary peers.      (HL833)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent media comments from President Menem with respect to Argentina “freezing” its claims to sovereignty over the Falkland Islands, they have any intention of changing United Kingdom policy on this issue.      (HL834)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last occasion that the European Commission laid a report before the Council of Ministers, as they are obliged to do under Article 28(2) of the 6th Directive on VAT, on the question of reduced rates; and with what results.      (HL835)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions on closer cooperation, as agreed in the Amsterdam Treaty of 1997, which feature in the consolidated version of the Treaty on European Union as Articles 43, 44 and 45 of Title VII and in Article 11 in the consolidated version of the Treaty establishing the European Communities, apply to all parts of both Treaties.      (HL836)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the right to shoot on the foreshore in Scotland is extended to people who are not domiciled in Scotland.      (HL837)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when future sentences include Drug Treatment and Testing Orders and sentenced persons are willing to accept treatment, whether funds will be made available to pay for residential and day-care treatment.      (HL838)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the International Monetary Fund is currently considering a major loan to the Government of Zimbabwe; and, if so, whether satisfactory guarantees about human rights will be a necessary precondition of any such loan.      (HL839)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which year the British Council’s Grants to Artists Scheme was last funded; and how much funding it received that year.      (HL840)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the British Council’s Grants to Artists Scheme is to be reinstated; and what amount of funding is to be allotted to it.      (HL841)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the development of their policy towards electronic commerce will be informed by the recent decision of France to raise the limit of freely usable cryptography from 40-bit to 128-bit keys.      (HL842)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact on United Kingdom and European Union relations with the United States would result if European data regulators halted exports of personal data to the United States so as to comply with the Data Protection Directive (given the current dispute concerning the adequacy of the United States’ data protection arrangements).      (HL843)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the operation of United Kingdom copyright legislation, following the recent launch in America of Advantage by Amazon.com and its prospective launch in Europe.      (HL844)

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the oral health of minority ethnic communities; and what financial resources are being given by the Department of Health or the NHS executive to support these efforts.      (HL845)

The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom has stopped all dumping of sewage waste at sea from 1st January 1999; and whether any public announcement has been made of this action.      (HL846)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent consideration they have given to helping the City of Manchester to close any funding gap in relation to staging the Commonwealth Games in 2002; and what discussions Ministers have had about this with civic leaders.      (HL847)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Ashdown is free to impart to other Members of the House of Commons details of the discussions which take place and the papers circulated within the Cabinet committees of which he is a member.      (HL848)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the level of violence in Northern Ireland beyond which they would recognise a breach of the ceasefire agreement.      (HL849)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much has been spent by each Government Department on opinion polls, surveys and focus groups since 1st May 1997.      (HL850)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the report of Detective Sergeant Hughes delivered to the Procurator Fiscal in Scotland on 6th September 1991, which included ten charges drafted against Thomas Hamilton of Dunblane and reflected upon his suitability to possess a firearms certificate, and which was made available to the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into the Dunblane killings, is subject to a secrecy order for 100 years.      (HL851)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each propellant currently supplied to the armed forces from the Royal Ordnance Factory at Bishopton, what is the intended future source of these propellants after the closure of the plant, indicating for each if a contract has been entered into, and what guarantees have been given as to the secure continuity of supplies.      (HL852)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates have been made of the optimum number of breeding sows in Scotland to sustain a viable pig industry; what the current numbers are; and by how much Scotland is over or under provided.      (HL853)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any fish farm has been reported to the Procurator Fiscal for infringing the regulations on fish movement in 1998; and, if any, what prosecutions have been undertaken.      (HL854)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency is exempt from planning law; and, if so, whether they will take steps to ensure that any exemptions are now removed.      (HL855)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees now has a full mandate to operate on behalf of Karen, Karenni, Mon and other refugees from Burma seeking asylum in Thailand; and whether there are any limitations on the UNHCR mandate.      (HL856)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can provide recent figures for (1) the total number of registered refugees from Burma to Thailand (a) on 1st January 1998 and (b) 1st January 1999; (2) the estimated number of displaced persons currently along the border; and (3) the number of displaced persons who have been forcibly sent back by the Thai army.      (HL857)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list Royal Commissions set up since the war, with the date on which each was set up and on which each reported.      (HL858)

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] [8th February]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [4th February]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [2nd February]
    Trustee Delegation [HL] [2nd February]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL] [11th February]

Waiting for Third Reading

    London Local Authorities [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL]
    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
    Draft Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) 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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