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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 11TH FEBRUARY

At three o’clock

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

*The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their appointees to the Royal Commission on the future of the House of Lords represent all shades of opinion and areas of expertise.

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]

Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 27th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

Scotland Act 1998 (Transitory and Transitional Provisions) (Finance) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 4th February be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st January be approved. [6th Report from the Joint 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).

‡Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st February be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

[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.

London Local Authorities Bill [HL]— Third Reading

Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [HL]— Second Reading

City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]— Second Reading

Kent County Council Bill [HL]— Second Reading

Medway Council Bill [HL]— Second Reading

United Reformed Church Bill [HL]— Second Reading

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

Education (Student Support) Regulations 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4th February be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th February be approved. [8th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

The Lord 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.

†Health Bill [HL]— Committee [The Baroness Hayman]

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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Health Bill will be continued this day]

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.

*The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the odds against getting new variant CJD from eating beef on the bone, and what criteria other than risk have a bearing on consumer choice in this matter.

*The Lord Ellenborough—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect will be felt by pensioners, as a result of the recent falls in the rates of interest paid by National Savings Pensioner Bonds.

*The Lord Montague of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist potential British competitors in next year’s Olympic Games in Sydney.

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.

*The Lord Holme of Cheltenham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they can report towards the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the Omagh bombing.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urge use of the European Union’s foreign, trade and development policies in support of the achievement of sustainable peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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.

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the effect on the level of pensions available under money purchase funded pension schemes as a result of the recent reduction in interest rates from 7½ per cent to 5½ per cent.

†*The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is time to strengthen the law with regard to the use of wild animals trained for entertainment purposes.

TUESDAY 9TH MARCH

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their position at the April 1999 NATO Summit in Washington towards United Nations Security Council authorisation for all future NATO operational missions other than territorial defence of the alliance itself.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to expand or contract the network of quality controls on British institutions of higher education which they inherited from the previous government.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the payment of compensation to former miners in Wales suffering from emphysema and other diseases.

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

†*The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the public utilities continuity of services in the first days of the new Millennium.

†*The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will be obliged to increase the rate of VAT on certain imported works of art from 2.5 per cent to 5 per cent in June 1999, and, if so, what effect this will have on the international competitiveness of the British art market when combined with the effects of a possible Droit de Suite Directive.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the provisions of section 137 of the Local Government Act 1972 have been used by local councils to provide new and improved services.

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.

†The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will promote fresh international initiatives to alleviate the current state of tension between India and Pakistan.

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for a pardon to be granted to the 343 officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers from the United Kingdom and the British Empire, who, during the First World War, were “shot at dawn”.

†The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take, in the interests of the urban environment, to encourage the growth in use of Liquid Petroleum Gas fuel for motor vehicles.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 17th March for debate on 31st March]

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 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 or amended on 10th February, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

10th February

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been consulted by the United States Administration on—

and what long-term policy British military activity in Iraq is intended to support.      (HL999)

The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce which roads will make up the Greater London Authority Road Network for which Transport for London will be the highway and traffic authority; and what role Transport for London will have in relation to planning applications which affect Greater London Authority roads.      (HL1005)

The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes will be made to the cash limits of the Department of Health in 1998-99.      (HL1006)

The Lord Burlison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to make changes to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office cash limits and running costs limits for 1998-99.      (HL1007)

The Lord Merlyn-Rees—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the United Kingdom will accept formally Amended Protocol II and Additional Protocol IV to the United Nations Weaponry Convention.      (HL1008)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect any or all of the treatments for sea lice in farmed salmon Cypermethrin, Emmamectin and Calicide, currently licensed and in use in Norway, to be licensed for use in the United Kingdom.      (HL1009)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Director General of the Office of the National Lottery was consulted when Camelot decided to cease publishing the amount of money each social class spends on the National Lottery, in total and per capita.      (HL1010)

The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that in less favoured areas of the country viable rural communities, sustainable farming and good forest management are maintained; and what contribution the Government are prepared to make over and above the European Community contributions to achieve such ends.      (HL1011)

The Earl of Lindsey and Abingdon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to recent statements made by the Zimbabwean authorities that British agents have contributed to the undermining of that country’s economy.      (HL1012)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make an official response to the Government of Togo on their campaign (including a legal ban) against female genital mutilation.      (HL1013)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the review of the Quantum Project, and of the Project itself, up to the date of its suspension; and what changes in the Prison Service information technology budget are being made in the light of the review.      (HL1014)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still their intention ultimately to develop a common database of prisoners, ex-prisoners on parole or licence, and former prisoners convicted of certain serious offences, to be accessed by the Prison Service, the police and the probation service.      (HL1015)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is now their intention to continue using the Local Inmate Database System (LIDS) for computer-based prisoner information in the Prison Service indefinitely; and whether they are satisfied that this system, and the others now to be retained beyond the year 2000, are Y2K compliant.      (HL1016)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Prison Service has sufficient information technology expertise in-house to evaluate competently the proposals made to it by outside contractors.      (HL1017)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to develop a web site for the Prison Service; why a separate Board of Visitors web site has been inaugurated; and what was the cost of this project.      (HL1018)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens are currently resident in Spain.      (HL1019)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British citizens are currently resident in Gibraltar.      (HL1020)

The Lord Birdwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the announcement of the successful bid for the Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) programme.      (HL1021)

The Lord Birdwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution they are making towards the development of the digital battlefield concept.      (HL1022)

The Lord Birdwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are making a technical contribution to the assessment of year 2000 vulnerability in old Soviet missile systems in Eastern Europe.      (HL1023)

The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 30th November 1998 (HL Deb, col. 236) on the constitutional position of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, that the United Kingdom is only entitled to impose legislative solutions “as a matter of last resort”, whether they will clarify the circumstances in which legislative solutions might be imposed, and precisely what action could be taken.      (HL1024)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether tickets for the twelve concerts which the Royal Parks Agency (RPA) is allowing to be mounted in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens throughout the summer months are to cost £35, with tickets for corporate guests at £130 per head; how many tickets are to be on sale; how they are being marketed; and what proportion of the returns will go the RPA and what proportion to the commercial organisers of these events.      (HL1025)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether these activities are compatible with the duty of the Royal Parks Agency and of the commitments of the Government to protect the Parks from commercialisation.      (HL1026)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is with their approval that the Royal Parks Agency has closed the Mall for three months.       (HL1027)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency (RPA) consulted (a) the Palace of Westminster authorities and (b) Westminster City Council over the closure of the Mall for three months and the consequent congestion in Whitehall and Parliament Square; and whether the RPA is to reimburse the relevant police authorities for the extra work involved in dealing with the disturbance to normal traffic, or the bus companies whose schedules are being disrupted.      (HL1028)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the closure of the Mall was professionally planned by an outside agency; if so, by whom; and at what cost.      (HL1029)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the hormone growth promoters used by United States and Canadian firms in animal feed exported to the United Kingdom, or fed to animals exported to the United Kingdom, are excreted in any form that can reach watercourses; and, if so, what is their effect on fish, in rivers or estuaries or in the sea areas into which the latter flow.      (HL1030)

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]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Road Traffic (NHS Charges) [18th February]
    Health [HL] [23rd February]
    Freedom of Information [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL] [11th February]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL] [18th February]

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 European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Euro-Mediterranean Agreement establishing an Association between the European Communities and their Member States and the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan) Order 1999
    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Scotland) Order 1999
    Draft Development Commission (Transfer of Functions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Order 1999
    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
    Draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 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 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 (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
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

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

Refreshment Sub-Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

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

TUESDAY 9TH MARCH

Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

 
 
 
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