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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

At three o’clock

[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.

*The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Minister or other representative of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office met Dennis Halliday, the former United Nations Assistant Secretary General and Humanitarian Coordinator for Iraq, during his recent visit to United Kingdom; and, if not, why not.

†Access to Justice Bill [HL]— The Lord Chancellor to move, That the Amendments for the Report Stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 7

Schedule 2

Clauses 8 to 14

Schedule 3

Clauses 15 to 22

Schedule 4

Clauses 23 to 34

Schedule 5

Clauses 35 and 36

Schedule 6

Clauses 37 to 50

Schedule 7

Clause 51

Schedule 8

Clauses 52 to 60

Schedule 9

Clauses 61 to 74

Schedule 10

Clause 75

Schedule 11

Clauses 76 to 79.

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]

†‡European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) Order 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th January be approved. [5th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡European Communities (Immunities and Privileges of the North-East Atlantic Fisheries Commission) Order 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th January be approved. [5th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) Order 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡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]

†‡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).

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.

†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. [Short debate]

†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. [Short debate]

†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.

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.

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

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 have any contingency plans to ensure that local communities do not lose the services of community pharmacies if Resale Price Maintenance on over-the-counter medicines ends.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Commission is fulfilling its obligations to pay its contractual commitments to British institutions and companies within 60 days.

†*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the additional funding required from Health Authorities beyond the £100 million from the central fund for modernisation of the NHS to meet the NHS pay awards announced recently.

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

Sir Peter Imbert

*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.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help secure a peaceful settlement of the territorial dispute between Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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.

*The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current and future levels of student debt are having harmful effects on the health of university students.

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.

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support an enhanced role for the Territorial Army in rapid relief response to natural and man-made disasters.

MONDAY 1ST MARCH

*The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance has been given to Colombia following the recent earthquake in Armenia.

TUESDAY 2ND MARCH

*The Lord Mackie of Benshie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to deal with the problems in the Scottish salmon farming industry caused by the spread of Infectious Salmon Anaemia.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to issue the White Paper on United Kingdom Overseas Territories announced by the Foreign Secretary in a speech on 4th February 1998.

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose taking to ensure that patients do not have to move house to receive the medication they need.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to expedite the decision on awards to former miners suffering from bronchitis and emphysema.

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 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.

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.

The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the refurbishment of houses in poor condition has been taken into account in the Government’s plans for additional housing.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to increase the participation of girls and women in sport.

The Earl of Carrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to assist the Tibetans to have meaningful dialogue with the People’s Republic of China leading to a negotiated settlement of the Tibetan issue.

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider allowing the limbless a greater choice in deciding who their prosthetist should be and what type of artificial limb to purchase, by introducing a voucher scheme.

†The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enable digital terrestrial television to be broadcast throughout the United Kingdom.

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

†The Lord Sandberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any progress has been made in persuading the Export Credits Guarantee Department to reinstate Cuba as an insurable risk for British exporters.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

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 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 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 Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the current arrangements for the protection of hedgerows; 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.

The Lord Dholakia—To call attention to Age Concern’s “Debate of the Age” and the case for changes in public policy in the new millennium as a result of the ageing population; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Thornton—To call attention to the policies of Her Majesty’s Government which are of particular benefit to women; 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 3rd 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)

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)

3rd February

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the House are currently serving as non-executive members of National Health Service Trusts or Health Authorities.      (HL892)

The Lord Hughes of Woodside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the fourth of the reports to Parliament on Hong Kong and the implementation of the Joint Declaration.      (HL893)

The Lord Hughes of Woodside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish the memorandum on the Zinoviev letter which was commissioned from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office historians.      (HL894)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 26th January (WA 139-140) saying that members of her Majesty’s Government have not been in discussion with General Pinochet since 1997, whether any officials have had such discussions with General Pinochet in that time.      (HL895)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Secretary will instigate regular medical reports on the effects of detention on General Pinochet.      (HL896)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 21st January (WA 117), for what particular reason they believe the cost of the police protection for General Pinochet during the journey to and from the Magistrates Court at which he appeared cannot be revealed for security reasons; and whether they will reconsider this Answer in light of the Government’s claimed commitment to open government and freedom of information.      (HL897)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 138-139), why the Crown Prosecution Service could not have acted as the agent of the Kingdom of Spain in the preparation of the first provisional warrant for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL898)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 138-139), what criteria determined that the Crown Prosecution Service was able to act as the agent of the Kingdom of Spain for the arrest of General Pinochet.      (HL899)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 26th January (WA 138-139) and its references to concerns about the validity of the first warrant for the extradition of General Pinochet, why no reply was given to Kingsley Napley’s letter about the first warrant before the second warrant was issued.      (HL900)

The Earl of Dartmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which other Member States of the European Union provide legal aid or its equivalent for asylum seekers.      (HL901)

The Earl of Dartmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what number and proportion of those currently seeking asylum in the United Kingdom come from (a) the former Yugoslavia and (b) Rwanda.      (HL902)

The Earl of Dartmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Member States of the European Union are able to supply electricity to the National Grid; and what steps are being taken to enable additional Member States to do this.      (HL903)

The Lord Milverton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the recent fare increases announced by some rail companies are justified by performance.      (HL904)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current definition of and the purpose assigned to the term “Standard Spending Assessment” as applied to local authorities.      (HL905)

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of staff in British diplomatic and consular representation in the Yemen in (a) Sana’a and (b) Aden are United Kingdom-based; and how many of them are Arabic speakers.      (HL906)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the Report by the Council of Europe’s fact-finding mission, which visited Turkey in 1998, when available.      (HL907)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the dogs taken to Colombia by British Rescue teams to help search for survivors of the earthquake will have to undergo quarantine on their return to the United Kingdom; and, if not, why not.      (HL908)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sewel on 2nd February relating to housing, what percentage figure of the total number of public sector houses sold in Scotland since 1970 423,860 represents.      (HL909)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Scottish Office will have an estimate of home ownership as a percentage of all housing in Scotland at 31st December 1998.      (HL910)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the total housing stock of Scotland the figure of 117,937 housing association dwellings represents.      (HL911)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a graph showing the trend of public sector sales in Scotland of—

in comparison to England from 1979 to date.      (HL912)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of rents to mortgage sales in Scotland.      (HL913)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of—

in Scotland built from 1979 to date.      (HL914)

The Earl of Lindsey and Abingdon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Charter Mark Award has been withdrawn from companies which have failed to continue to offer excellence in delivering public services.      (HL915)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what military assistance is being given in the current year to each of the states which were formerly constituent Republics of the Soviet Union.      (HL916)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent increase in the cost of letters to other European Union countries from 26p to 30p was in response to European Union proposals to levy VAT on postal services; and what public consultation took place prior to this increase.      (HL917)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will veto any proposal by the European Union to impose VAT on postal services.      (HL918)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the working group on airline passengers’ violent and disruptive behaviour to consider the desirability or otherwise of providing free on-board alcoholic drinks to airline passengers.      (HL919)

The Lord Elton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 1st February (WA 184), whether they will publish a table showing the percentage of prisoners surveyed in 1997 who displayed evidence of each of the disorders, and each combination of the disorders, listed in that Answer together with an indication of the size of the sample surveyed.      (HL920)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the United States is authorised and, if so, by what authority to act unilaterally against violations of international non-proliferation standards; and, if so, what limits the Charter of the United Nations puts on such unilateral actions.       (HL921)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their representatives abroad are expected to promote exports of harmful products such as cigarettes and small arms, as well as beneficial and useful ones.       (HL922)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the proposal made by the United States delegation to the most recent plenary meeting of the North Atlantic Assembly (in the context of NATO actions out of area), that member states should be required to act merely “in the spirit” of international instruments such as the United Nations Charter, United Nations Security Council Resolutions and Resolutions of the North Atlantic Council, instead of in accordance with them—

The Lord Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Broadcasting Licence Fees are payable by Registered Blind Persons resident in—

      respectively.      (HL924)

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]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Road Traffic (NHS Charges) [18th February]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL] [11th February]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    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 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
    Draft Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999
    Draft Diplomatic Privileges (British Nationals) Order 1999

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for affirmative resolution

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 4TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 9TH FEBRUARY

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

WEDNESDAY 10TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 16TH FEBRUARY

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

480 HL 3rd February 1999

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