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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 15TH FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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).

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

‡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]

WEDNESDAY 17TH FEBRUARY

The Lord Williamson of Horton

*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]

†Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) Bill [HL]— Committee [The Earl of Lindsay]

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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That this House take note of Her Majesty’s Government’s White Paper Modernising Parliament: Reforming the House of Lords (Cm 4183).

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.

†*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urge on the International Monetary Fund the importance of protecting primary education and public health services from expenditure cuts when proposing restructuring schemes for countries facing financial and economic crises.

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.

†The Lord Hindlip—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect of the changes made to the rates governing exempt chattells on the reservoir of works of art remaining in the United Kingdom.

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 on the dates shown]

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)

21st January

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)

27th January

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 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 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 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 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 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)

1st February

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 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 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)

2nd February

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 funding is to be made available to secure implementation of their objectives for forestry in England.      (HL872)

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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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)

8th February

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards collating the information which the Ministry of Defence has about mechanisms which could be used to test for the presence of uranium in the human body.      (HL936)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take in response to the estimate that it will cost the Co-operative Movement collectively £250,000 a year, compared with the £50,000 its multiple competitors would have to pay, if the proposal in the draft bill for a Food Standards Agency to impose an annual levy of £90 on all food outlets becomes law.      (HL937)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent submissions they have had from the Trades Union Congress on its view of economic policy priorities; and what action they have taken, or will be taking, in response.      (HL938)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an estimate of the number of caravans owned by gypsies and other travellers on “tolerated” sites, where no planning permission has been given but the local authority does not intend to take enforcement action.      (HL939)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of appeals against refusal of planing permission for gypsy sites decided in each of the years 1993 to 1998 inclusive, giving in each case the location of the site, the number of caravan pitches and the decision of the Secretary of State.      (HL940)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Immigration Act detainees were held in each of the prisons or detention centres in use for this purpose on 31st January.      (HL941)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Iranian authorities for permission to visit Evin Prison and talk to Mr Abbas Amir-Entezam, the human rights advocate who was taken into custody on 8th September 1998 and allegedly charged with insulting Assadollah Lajevardi, the murdered former head of the prison.      (HL942)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of losses estimated to be £1.5 billion per annum to the Government’s revenues due to tobacco smuggling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will refrain from further increases in tobacco duty in his forthcoming budget.      (HL943)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what connection there is between cheap smuggled tobacco products entering the British market and unregulated sales of such products to children under 16 years of age; and whether they intend to reverse their policy of imposing increases of 6 per cent above inflation in tobacco duties in the forthcoming and subsequent budgets.      (HL944)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the safety record in the United Kingdom and abroad of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which the Strategic Defence Review proposes are used more widely in training exercises.      (HL945)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government following the Strategic Defence Review what is the revised Order of Battle for HQ Land command; and whether a diagram illustrating the revised Order of Battle could be provided.      (HL946)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Buddhists or Hindus are disqualified from serving on the staff of the Prime Minister.      (HL947)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any Buddhists or Hindus amongst the civil servants reporting to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.      (HL948)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 2nd February (HL Deb, col. 1420) that “we are in control of our own fiscal policies”, whether the United Kingdom is entirely free to decide the coverage of VAT and to set the applicable rates.      (HL949)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the terms of reference of the capacity study on the West Coast Main Line being undertaken by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and the Franchising Director of Passenger Rail Franchising.      (HL950)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what organisations have been consulted in connection with the study of capacity of the West Coast Main Line; and what is the expected completion date of the study.      (HL951)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish the capacity study of the West Coast Main Line.      (HL952)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost to date of the action by the Serious Fraud Office against Peter Clarence Foster, whose extradition from Australia they are currently pursuing.      (HL953)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the charges against Peter Clarence Foster for which he is being extradited from Australia by the Serious Fraud Office.      (HL954)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why women over 65 are not routinely invited for screening for breast cancer in view of evidence that risk increases at that age.      (HL955)

The Lord Denham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hereditary peers by succession voted for reform of this House, and how many against, at the end of the debate on the White Paper covering an All-Party Agreement on 21st November 1968.      (HL956)

The Lord Denham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days in each House of Parliament were spent in discussing the Parliament (No. 2) Bill, at Second Reading, Committee, Report and Third Reading stages, during the 1968-69 Session.      (HL957)

The Lord Denham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the largest number of hereditary peers by succession who would still have seats in this House by the end of October this year, if the Parliament No. 2 Bill had received Royal Assent at the last Royal Commission of the Session, on 22nd October 1969.      (HL958)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated total annual cost of introducing a minimum of four weeks paid respite/short break provision per year for carers who assist disabled persons.      (HL959)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated annual cost to local authorities to set national respite care standards which included a requirement to have a minimum of four weeks paid respite/short break provision per year for carers who assist disabled persons.      (HL960)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the estimated annual cost of a national concessionary fare scheme for all persons needing transport who are (a) disabled and (b) severely disabled.      (HL961)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that the European Union’s Policy Planning and Early Warning Units (PPU) and the Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP) High Representative will be in post and fully functioning.      (HL962)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union’s Policy Planning and Early Warning Units (PPU) will have sufficient personnel and resources, and a strong enough mandate, to analyse the impact on vulnerable countries of the aid, trade, military and arms export policies of the European Union Member States, and to be able to make effective recommendations, in particular for conflict prevention.      (HL963)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they are giving to enabling the 13 Associate Members of the European Union to establish effective control over arms exports, including end uses, and to prevent illicit trafficking in weapons and ammunitions.      (HL964)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union special envoy in the Middle East, Ambassador Moratinos, has had some successful negotiations; if so, on what subjects; and on what issues he will concentrate in the coming months.      (HL965)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking to establish a common European Union policy as regards the final status of the Palestinian Administration and the end of the Oslo Declaration period on 4th May 1999.      (HL966)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what they attribute (a) the 20 per cent year-on-year increase in the use of police stop and search powers shown in the most recent national figures; and (b) the 60 per cent increase in such areas as Devon and Cornwall and Kent while forces such as the West Midlands have decreased their use of these powers; and whether there is any firm evidence linking the level of use of stop and search to crime rates or clear up rates between areas.      (HL967)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the potential impact on community relations, they consider that a continuation of the current level of use of stop and search powers can be justified.      (HL968)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in discussions with the Treasury and the Inland Revenue on the Commonwealth Development Corporation’s tax status.      (HL969)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tax concessions they are planning to grant the Commonwealth Development Corporation.      (HL970)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the consequences of the delay in progressing the bill for the establishment of the Commonwealth Development Corporation public/private partnership.      (HL971)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take if no agreement is reached with the Treasury and the Inland Revenue on a tax effective status for the Commonwealth Development Corporation.      (HL972)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to encourage local education authorities to support educational services to schools provided by local public organisations, in view of the threatened closure of the Northamptonshire Heritage Education Service and the Worcestershire Archaeological Service in response to Government imposed restrictions on public spending.      (HL973)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to provide statutory protection for local authority archaeology services in order to ensure that the requirements of Planning Policy Guidance 15 and Planning Policy Guidance 16 can be effectively discharged in view of the threat to cut such services in Worcestershire due to Government imposed restrictions on public spending.      (HL974)

9th February

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new powers, in the form of statutory instruments, codes of practice and other rules have been conferred upon central Government Departments as a result of legislation enacted since 1st May 1997; and how the volume of such new powers compares numerically with the equivalent figure for the 1964-65 session of Parliament.      (HL976)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their policy at the April 1999 NATO Summit Meeting in Washington towards a comprehensive review of the role of nuclear weapons in the security policy of the alliance; and what proposals they will make for reduced significance of such weapons in future.      (HL978)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will make at the April 1999 NATO Summit Meeting in Washington concerning the availability of the resources of the alliance to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations for future peace support operations in Europe.      (HL979)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will make at the April 1999 NATO Summit Meeting in Washington for strengthening the role of the Permanent Joint Council and Partnership for Peace.      (HL980)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they will make at the April 1999 NATO Summit Meeting in Washington for the alliance to enhance the quality of its Mediterranean dialogue, with particular reference to future risks from weapons of mass destruction, ballistic missiles and terrorism.      (HL981)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they will give to disarmament and arms control at the April 1999 NATO Summit Meeting in Washington; and what proposals they will make in this respect from small arms through to weapons of mass destruction.      (HL982)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be their proposals at the April 1999 NATO Summit in Washington for the future role of the Western European Union including its Parliamentary Assembly in relation to movement in the European Union towards a common foreign and security policy.      (HL983)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the review by the British Railways Board of its land holdings, sent to the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions last year.      (HL984)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the terms of reference of the cross-modal transport safety review, announced by Dr John Reid, Minister of Transport, on 8th December 1998.      (HL985)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sea, rail, road and air transport, as well as cycling and walking, will be included in the transport safety review.      (HL986)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in carrying out their transport safety review, what plans they have to consult with operators, customers and users of transport.      (HL987)

The Lord Dixon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 8th December 1998 (WA 80) on provision of pen needles on prescription for all insulin-dependent diabetics, when the Secretary of State for Health will make his expected decision.      (HL988)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the creation of a Council of Europe Human Rights Commissioner; and, if so, whether they support the creation of such a Commissioner by the Council’s 50th Anniversary on 5th May 1999.      (HL990)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the aggregate budget set for Community Health Councils in each of the English regions of the NHS in 1999-2000 and in 1998-99.      (HL991)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the aggregate budget set for Community Health Councils in Wales in 1999-2000 and in 1998-99.      (HL992)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of commitments made in the Labour manifesto at the last general election.      (HL993)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their response to the appeal to all European governments by the Prime Minister of Italy urging them to seek a peaceful, political solution to the long-standing war in south-east Turkey and adjoining areas.      (HL994)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in the Council of Europe if the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Loizidon v Turkey is not enforced.      (HL995)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reported in the International Herald Tribune on 22nd December 1998, the United States and British air strikes demolished Iraq’s “two main factories for producing parts for short-range missiles permitted by the United Nations”; if so, whether these demolitions were intended; and, if so, on what grounds they were justified.       (HL996)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British Forces are giving military training to Iraqi forces to topple the Iraqi Government, as alleged in The Sunday Times of 24th January; and, if so, whether this compatible with the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998.       (HL997)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether United States proposals to topple Saddam Hussein are compatible with the text of the Security Council Resolution 1205 (1998), in which the words are found “reiterating the commitment of all member states to the sovereignty, territorial integrity and political independence of Kuwait and Iraq”.       (HL998)

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 Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current United States and British military activity in and over Iraq remains “humanitarian” as recently stated by the Secretary of State for Defence, or is in aid of other policies as stated by the United States Administration.      (HL1000)

10th February

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 the organisation of commercial concerts is 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)

11th February

The Lord Burlison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to implement the requirement in UNSCR 1160 for United Nations Member States to prevent arming and training for terrorist activities in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.      (HL1033)

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the launch of the Science Enterprise Challenge.      (HL1034)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had on the future of the calf processing aid scheme.      (HL1035)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is, by individual school and local authority, the average number of pupils per primary school class in Scotland.      (HL1036)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is, by individual school and local authority, the average number of pupils per secondary school class in Scotland.      (HL1037)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current number of primary school classes in Scotland with over 30 pupils.      (HL1038)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many primary school classes in Scotland had over 30 pupils in May 1997.      (HL1039)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average class size for primary years 1, 2 and 3 by school in each local authority area in Scotland.      (HL1040)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of primary school teachers in Scotland in each year since 1992.      (HL1041)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual rate of Vehicle Excise Duty for a “Special Types” vehicle used for moving abnormal loads; and how many vehicles are—

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current interval between surrender of licence and payment of the refund for—

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider the likely effect of any significant delay of refund of “Special Types” Vehicle Excise Duty on—

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation took place and with which interested parties before it was decided to establish a permanent presence in Brussels representing the Scottish Parliament and Scottish Office.      (HL1045)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the primary function and purpose of Scotland House in Brussels; and what new functions will attach to Scotland House not currently carried out in the European Community by Her Majesty’s Government.      (HL1046)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff will be permanently based in Scotland House in Brussels; and what will be the designations of the posts, the salary grading of each post and the total salary and wage costs.      (HL1047)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the services provided by the proposed Scotland House in Brussels will be available to Members of both Houses of the Westminster Parliament.      (HL1048)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the initial cost of furnishing and equipping Scotland House in Brussels.      (HL1049)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the anticipated annual cost of maintaining Scotland House in Brussels.      (HL1050)

The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm that under a first TESSA it is impossible to invest less than £3,000, but that this will not apply in the case of ISAs.      (HL1051)

The Lord Napier and Ettrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the Post Office to date stamp the date of dispatch of business envelopes to make it clear when they were posted.      (HL1052)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will outline the agreement, made in October 1998, between the Spanish Foreign Minister and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, regarding fishing within British sovereign waters in the Bay of Gibraltar and ratified by the Prime Minister and the Spanish Prime Minister.      (HL1053)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the dates for the forthcoming meetings between the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the Spanish Foreign Minister and likewise the date for the proposed meeting between the Prime Minister and the Spanish Prime Minister.      (HL1054)

The Viscount Simon—To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the average age on 1st February of—

The Viscount Simon—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) active 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).      (HL1056)

The Viscount Simon—To ask the Chairman of Committees what was the average age on 1st February of—

The Viscount Simon—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) active Life Peers; and (b) all 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).      (HL1058)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the existing liability on Railtrack to maintain fencing bordering railway lines in good condition obtains when the line is not in use; and whether, if Railtrack should sell the line, the same liability is passed on to the new owner.      (HL1059)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint consultants to advise on the development of internet services in government, with particular reference to the needs of users both in government and the public; the possibility of establishing central web page design services; the provision of appropriate hotlinks to emphasise the concept of coordinated government; the use of graphics; and whether or not to use pdf files.      (HL1060)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report on the internal audit of the contract between the Home Office and Wackenhut (UK) Ltd for the operation of industrial functions at Her Majesty’s Prison Coldingley; and whether any disciplinary or criminal proceedings are to be taken against any individuals as a result of this audit.      (HL1061)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of experience at Her Majesty’s Prison Coldingley, they still believe that contracting out industrial functions is the best way of getting over the rigidity of public sector rules on finance and personnel or whether those rules could be amended so as to allow capital to be raised for investment in plant, stocks, marketing and product development, whilst keeping operations under the control of the Prison Service.      (HL1062)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what circumstances, if any, would lead to a cessation of early releases for prisoners under the Belfast Agreement.      (HL1063)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the suicide rate in Northern Ireland; and whether they consider that the suicide rate is now at a level demanding increased Government concern and action.      (HL1064)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient attention has been given to seeking a solution to the current impasse in the Drumcree situation bearing in mind the forthcoming “marching season” in Northern Ireland.      (HL1065)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people sleeping on the streets in Northern Ireland; and whether they consider sufficient efforts have been made to eradicate this problem.      (HL1066)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plan they have for improvements to the Portadown-Armagh road in the light of the greatly increased traffic flow in that area.      (HL1067)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to regenerate the Coalfield Communities; at what cost; and what further measures are in hand to complete this task.      (HL1068)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the names, occupations and qualifications of those Lay Interviewers who are involved in assessing applicants for judicial office, up to and including Circuit Judges.      (HL1069)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the criteria that are used in selecting Lay Interviewers from the members of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace.      (HL1070)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Lords of Appeal in Ordinary have any conflict of interests arising from their dual judicial and legislative roles in the House of Lords.      (HL1071)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with their plans to reform the Crown Prosecution Service.      (HL1072)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer given by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 9th February (HL Deb, cols. 100-101), whether they have carried out any objective research as to whether it would be in the interests of the Central and Eastern European countries to have full membership of the European Union; and (b) whether in so doing they have considered the arguments advanced in the book, The Poisoned Chalice.      (HL1073)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on 26th November 1998 (HL Deb, cols. 196 and 220-230), whether they consider that conflict is more likely to be provoked (a) by democratic nations, or (b) within conglomerations of disparate states, especially when the ties which have bound them together are loosened.      (HL1074)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the amount of funding of the British Council’s Grants to Artist Scheme for each of the financial years 1988-89 to 1997-98.      (HL1075)

The Lord Birdwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any information on increased Chinese military activity near the Malacca Strait.      (HL1076)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the site of the former Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME) depot at Stirling has been cleared of pollution and explosives; if so, what pollutants and explosives were cleared; and, if not, what remains to be cleared.      (HL1077)

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] [16th 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]

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

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

THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

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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