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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 8TH FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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]

†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).

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 Geraint—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that the estimated 800 million people currently undernourished in the world will be given food aid from the surpluses in Europe.

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.

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

†*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the likely effect of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the public’s perception of the impartiality of judges.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many extra teaching assistants have been appointed since May 1997; whether there is a target for the number to be appointed; and what provision there is for the training of such assistants.

THURSDAY 4TH MARCH

†*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.

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.

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.

†The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to strengthen the role of women in the elimination of world poverty.

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.

†The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the role of design in improving competitiveness and qualify of life; 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)

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)

18th January

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)

20th January

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

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 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)

25th January

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)

26th January

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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)

1st February

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 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)

2nd February

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all teachers who qualify to pass through the recently announced performance threshold will be paid at the higher level.      (HL861)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether schools which have a higher than average number of teachers passing through the performance threshold will be funded to meet the higher level of salaries.      (HL862)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the total cost of the recently announced pay award for teachers in each of the next three years.      (HL863)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they expect all Local Education Authorities to have achieved the target of limiting class sizes for 5, 6 and 7 year olds; and what sanctions are proposed for any LEA which does not meet the target.      (HL864)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 27th January (WA 151) about the Chilean Ambassador’s telephone call to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 16th October, whether the Foreign Office has received any communication from the Chilean Embassy about that telephone call; and, if so, what was its content and purpose.      (HL865)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 27th January (WA 151) about the Chilean Ambassador’s telephone call to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on 16th October, what was the name and position of the official to whom the Ambassador spoke.      (HL866)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the Council of Ministers and on what issues have the member states of the European Union made use of their non-Treaty veto, embodied in the Luxembourg Compromise of 1966; and when that veto was last exercised by the United Kingdom Government.      (HL867)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contacts they have had with the Constitution Unit regarding the one-day conference entitled “Constitutional Futures” on Thursday 25th February at the Senate House, University of London; what were the nature and subjects of the contacts; and on which dates they occurred.      (HL868)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the Liberal Democrat party attend cabinet committee meetings.      (HL869)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which cabinet committees are attended by Liberal Democrats.      (HL870)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received about the likely effect upon wildlife if genetically modified crops are planted.      (HL871)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding is to be made available to secure implementation of their objectives for forestry in England.      (HL872)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken unilaterally or through the European Union in order to secure the effective implementation by France of her obligations in regard to the extensive shooting of protected species of migratory and other birds.      (HL873)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether future NATO-led missions, including those which are out of area, are likely to include personnel from other European Union states which are not members of the Alliance; and whether such states have accepted that command and control of such missions will be exercised by NATO.      (HL874)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of offices for the Members of the Scottish Parliament; and when they are likely to be in a state of readiness.      (HL875)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the projected plans for building the Scottish Parliament are on schedule and within cost.      (HL876)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of electronic equipment for the Scottish Parliament.      (HL877)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and in what form the proposed Standing Orders for the Scottish Parliament will be made available to the public.      (HL878)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the costs of renovating the Forth Railway Bridge, and over what time scale; and whether safety will remain a top priority.      (HL879)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any direct evidence to support the view that SS Gruppenführer Heinrich Müller, Head of the Gestapo, survived the Second World War.      (HL880)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 1st February (WA 184), how many mentally disordered convicted offenders are held in secure psychiatric hospitals (or wings); whether they can estimate the number of such persons held in prison service establishments whose condition is serious enough to require treatment; and what proportion of them are receiving appropriate treatment.      (HL881)

The Lord Bethell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken, in the light of the letter dated 23rd June 1998 from Mrs Anita Gradin, Member of the European Commission, to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment, indicating that “serious irregularities have occurred in the London Borough of Camden and certain other London boroughs in relation to moneys from the European Social Fund from 1989 onwards”, and in particular whether the papers on the question have been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service.      (HL882)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Working Group of the Committee of Experts of the Council of Europe in drafting an additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights to broaden the scope of Article 14 of the Convention by including an open-ended list of grounds of discrimination.      (HL883)

The Lord Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many 16 and 17 year old males convicted of homosexual practices which are not illegal when committed by an older male have been (a) imprisoned, (b) fined, (c) placed on probation and (d) awarded other penalties in each of the last ten years for which statistics are available.      (HL884)

The Lord Monro of Langholm—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name each section of the A7 trunk road between Hawick and the English border that has been improved during the last 15 years, giving the cost and date of each improvement.      (HL885)

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport on the administration of the Protection of Wrecks Act 1973; how many of these are (a) full-time and (b) trained in heritage management; and what steps are taken to ensure some continuity of experience in the administration of this legislation.      (HL886)

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent discussions there have been with the Dutch Government about the preservation of the wreck of the Amsterdam at Hastings.      (HL887)

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the incidents of pollution of watercourses in England and Wales by synthetic pyrethroid sheep dip during 1998, indicating the extent of the environmental damage caused in each case.      (HL888)

The Earl of Dartmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of legal aid for asylum seekers in (a) 1998 and (b) 1988.      (HL889)

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 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)

4th February

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the BBC World Service has decided to close its post of Middle East and Islamic Affairs Analyst; and, if so, why.      (HL926)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations from the Vatican about the arrest of Senator Pinochet.      (HL927)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 18th January (WA 88) about the visit of the Home Secretary to Chile in 1966, whether the Home Secretary engaged in any political activity; and, if so, whether they will give full details.      (HL928)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the new policy announced on 25th January, a prisoner whose visitor has attempted to smuggle drugs will be banned from receiving visits from all visitors for three months followed by closed visits for three months, or whether this applies only to visits from the offending visitor; and what arrangements will be made in appropriate cases for visits from the prisoner’s children to continue.      (HL929)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost to the United Kingdom taxpayer of administering the Rhizomania Containment Policy; and whether this represents good value for money.      (HL930)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in pursuance of United Nations Security Council Resolutions on Angola, they will take up the recommendations in the Global Witness report A Rough Trade: the role of companies and governments in the Angola conflict with those to whom they are addressed, with a view to stopping the flow of contraband diamonds onto the market from Angola, and hence the financing of the civil war.      (HL931)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 21st October 1997 (WA 207), what were the results of the review with respect to the United Kingdom’s possible participation in the work of the European Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission).      (HL932)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 19th October 1998 (WA 129), whether they have yet received advice on the situation for harbour porpoises in West Wales; and what steps they now intend to take for their protection.      (HL933)

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]
    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]
    Disability Rights Commission [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
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Order 1999
    Draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) 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]

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

THURSDAY 11TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

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
Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.00 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

 
 
 
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