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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 18TH FEBRUARY

At three o’clock

[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.

*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that current research on genetically modified food is adequate.

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

†Health Bill [HL]The Baroness Hayman to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Health Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 and 2

Schedule 1

Clauses 3 to 14

Schedule 2

Clauses 15 to 47

Schedule 3

Clauses 48 to 50

Schedules 4 and 5

Clauses 51 to 54.

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).

†The Lord Strathclyde—To move, as an amendment to the Baroness Jay of Paddington’s motion, at end insert (“; urges Her Majesty’s Government in carrying forward the proposals in the White Paper to set as its objectives an increase in the independence of Parliament and an enhancement of its ability to scrutinise legislation and hold the executive to account; and therefore specifically calls on the Royal Commission to reject the proposition in paragraph 7.26 of the White Paper that the available powers of this House might be significantly reduced.”).

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

The Lord Imbert

*The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the United States Government regarding the threat of a 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.

†[It is expected that the debate on the White Paper on Lords Reform will be concluded this day]

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.

The Lord Mayhew of Twysden—To call attention to the value of the Belfast Agreement 1998 (the Good Friday Agreement), and to the dangers inherent in failing to secure from all its participants the prompt and complete implementation of all its provisions; and to move for papers.

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

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.

†Health Bill [HL]— Committee [The Baroness Hayman] [7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

‡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.

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

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.

†Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL]— Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

†Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]— Report [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

Dr Onora O’Neill CBE

and

Sir Naren Patel

*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.

†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.

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.

†Water Industry Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

MONDAY 8TH MARCH

*The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible for companies intent upon merging to avoid the obligations in the Transfers of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations by conducting a “merger” by way of share transfer, and, if so, what further steps should be taken to protect employees’ interests.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to improve arrangements for applying salt and grit to public roads in the United Kingdom, including those for which local authorities have responsibilities, in order to reduce accidents in winter conditions.

*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will impose a 5-year moratorium on commercial growing of genetically modified food until adequate independent research and testing of its health and environmental consequences has been carried out, and whether they will seek a similar moratorium throughout the European Union.

*The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in securing a peaceful settlement in Cyprus.

†[It is expected that the Report stage of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

*The Lord Bragg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that local authorities fulfil their statutory duty to provide a comprehensive and efficient public library service.

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 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.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to avoid damage to the cider industry following the increase in tax from its 1996 level of 23p per litre.

THURSDAY 11TH MARCH

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal that the next Secretary-General of the Western European Union should have a senior position within the European Union, and that the two organisations should be merged.

*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 Lord Merrivale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what Gibraltar Government proposals or options they are considering to strengthen the constitutional status of Gibraltar as a British territory.

MONDAY 15TH MARCH

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they consider their plans to rationalise primary meat production will be complete and what will be the level of meat production in the United Kingdom.

†*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have given assurances to non-nuclear states that under no circumstances will they be attacked by a British nuclear weapon and that these assurances will not be unilaterally withdrawn.

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

*The Lord Taylor of Gryfe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are committed to expanding forestry in the United Kingdom, and whether this policy will be pursued by the new separate authorities in England, Scotland and Wales.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are providing to the Government of Nigeria to help them in returning to civilian rule based on democratic institutions.

*The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the ethical issues which originate from the creation of human embryos for the purpose of cloning.

†*The Lord Skidelsky—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that sterling shadow the euro.

WEDNESDAY 17TH MARCH

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still negotiating with the European Commission on implementation in the United Kingdom of the working time Directive and possible exemptions from it.

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest assessment of the effectiveness of sanctions against Iraq.

†*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the recent Unison Report Downsizing for the 21st Century which analyses plans for the North Durham Acute Hospitals Trust Private Finance Initiative development.

†*The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve carers’ awareness of their right to an assessment under the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995.

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 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 rules governing exempt chattels on the reservoir of works of art remaining in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements now in force to ensure the safety of genetically modified foods.

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 17th 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)

17th February

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which projects received what funds from the United Kingdom aid budget towards good governance in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.      (HL1137)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development 1998 meeting on freshwater management.      (HL1138)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the commitment to “adopt a comprehensive framework that takes account of impacts of water use on all aspects of social and economic development” (Eliminating World Poverty, Cm 3789, Panel 5, page 24) has been fulfilled.      (HL1139)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which projects received what funds from the United Kingdom bilateral aid budget towards providing clean and safe water to poor people in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 1998-99.      (HL1140)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the commitment to eradicate poverty, how they explain that the share of the Department for International Development’s bilateral aid (excluding emergency aid) to low income countries has declined by 3.6 per cent between 1996-97 and 1997-98.      (HL1141)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 15th February (WA 65) that the Government spend £36 million per year on forestry in England, how much income is obtained from forestry.      (HL1142)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total value of the United Kingdom’s most recent contribution to the United Nations Family Planning Association’s programme of assistance in China.      (HL1143)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total value of the assistance provided to the United Nations Family Planning Association’s programme since 1981.      (HL1144)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s most recent grant to the China Family Planning Association (CFPA); and what is the total assistance provided to date.      (HL1145)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any decisions on funding the United Nations Family Planning Association in view of the quinquennial review of the International Conference on Population and Development.      (HL1146)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many criminal prosecutions have been brought under the Knives Act 1997 since it came into effect; and how many persons have been sentenced to custodial or non-custodial penalties for the offences contained in section 1 of that Act.      (HL1147)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the report by Railtrack, part funded by the European Commission’s Trans European Networks programme, into the potential for upgrading the main railway line to Devon and Cornwall for passenger and freight traffic.      (HL1148)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what restrictions are placed on cycling on the Stray in Harrogate (owned by the Duchy of Lancaster); and whether, in accordance with their Integrated Transport Policy and transport safety, they will seek means of removing any restrictions.      (HL1149)

The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is, by local education authority, the estimated number of full time equivalent pupils in all maintained schools for January 1999.      (HL1150)

The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received from English Nature regarding the growing of genetically modified crops and their likely impact on the environment.      (HL1151)

The Lord Acton—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 16th February (WA 70), how many of the 222 hereditary peers who attended at least one-third of sitting days in the 1997-98 Session of Parliament were:

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provision of aid to India and Pakistan is intended to be linked to compliance with the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.      (HL1153)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what position they intend to take on China’s human rights record at the 55th annual United Nations Commission on Human Rights when it meets in Geneva from 22nd March to 30th April 1999, in the light of the recent detention and sentencing of pro-democracy activists in China.      (HL1154)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the United States Government on current relations with North Korea and on European Union contributions to the World Food Programme appeals for humanitarian assistance in North Korea.      (HL1155)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Foreign Secretary’s postponed trip to Murmansk and the Kola Peninsula, which was scheduled for 8th February, will now take place.      (HL1156)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances they would veto the holding of the ASEAN-European Union Summit, due to take place on 27th-28th March in Berlin, in view of the question over the attendance of Burmese ministers.      (HL1157)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 43 reports of serious suspected adverse reactions cited in the Appraisal Panel for Human Suspected Adverse Reactions to Veterinary Medicines Report to the Veterinary Products Committee of Appraisal Panel Meetings in 1997 were reported to the European Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products under the terms of Article 42f of Council Directive 93/40/EEC; and, if they were not reported, the reason why.      (HL1158)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports with symptomology of serious suspected adverse reactions in humans to individual veterinary medicines are required before the Veterinary Products Committee considers that the product is not safe to be used according to the manufacturer’s instructions.      (HL1159)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to persuade all manufacturers of sheep dip containers to resolve any outstanding deficiencies in container design; and which sheep dips are sold in defective containers.      (HL1160)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the public and farmers are encouraged to report any suspected adverse reaction (SAR) to an organophosphate sheep dip; and whether the advice of Professor D H Lawson, in his 1996 report to Ministers to the effect that self-reporting of SARs should not be recognised, has been accepted by Ministers.      (HL1161)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals or groups at which institutions are conducting the research projects currently funded by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food into the cause of, and possible solutions to, tuberculosis in cattle.      (HL1162)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is now the policy of the Medical Research Council to fund only large, multi-centre research projects; and, if so, from where they anticipate funds for small and basic medical research projects will be derived.      (HL1163)

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

    Road Traffic (NHS Charges) [18th February]
    Health [HL] [25th February]
    Freedom of Information [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL] [2nd March]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [2nd March]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL] [24th February]
    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 National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (First Ordinary General Election and First Meeting) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999
    Draft National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Education (Student Support) Regulations 1999
    Draft Education (Student Loans) (Scotland) Regulations 1999
    Draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    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
    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for affirmative resolution

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 18TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 23RD FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Refreshment Sub-Committee4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 24TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
Advisory Panel on Works of Art4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 2ND MARCH

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

TUESDAY 9TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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