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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 22ND FEBRUARY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†The Lord Trefgarne—To call attention to the problems of current deployment and overstretch in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces; and to move for papers.

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

†Deregulation (Pipe-lines) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th November 1998 be approved. [2nd Report from the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee]

†Deregulation (Weights and Measures) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 14th December 1998 be approved. [4th Report from the Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee]

†National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 10th February be approved. [9th Report from the Joint Committee]

†National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 15th February be approved. [9th Report from the Joint Committee]

†National Assembly for Wales (Transfer of Functions) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th February be approved.

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]

†‡Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 1999—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th February be approved.

†‡Scottish Parliament (First Ordinary General Election and First Meeting) Order 1999—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th February be approved.

†‡Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th February be approved.

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]

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

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 Bragg—To call attention to the future of public service broadcasting in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To call attention to the role of NATO in international peace and security, with particular reference to the new Strategic Concept and to crisis management; and to move for papers.

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.

†*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to announce their response to the public consultation of the report by the Advisory Group on Quarantine.

†*The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the discrepancy between the life of copyright in the United Kingdom (generally 50 years) and in the United States (now between 70 and 125 years).

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.

THURSDAY 18TH MARCH

†*The Earl Kitchener—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the possibilities of using nutritional supplements or improved nutrition to reduce offending by young people in detention.

†*The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of unemployed people in Scotland in February; and how this compares with the numbers in January 1999 and February 1998.

†*The Lord Napier and Ettrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made for the Ceremonial, and for the attendance of the Peerage of Scotland, at the Opening of the new Scottish Parliament by The Sovereign on Thursday 1st July 1999.

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 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.

†The Lord Gladwyn—To call attention to the public demand for greater access to the countryside; and to move for papers.

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 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]

†The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Delegation of Powers to the Commission: Reforming Comitology (3rd Report, HL Paper 23). [18th February]

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)

27th January

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)

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)

2nd February

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 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)

3rd February

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

11th February

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 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 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)

15th February

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of secondary school teachers in Scotland in each year since 1992.      (HL1081)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, by local authority area in Scotland, the level of primary education funding per primary school pupil in cash terms and in 1998-99 prices in each year since 1992.      (HL1082)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, by local authority area in Scotland, the level of secondary education funding per secondary school pupil in cash terms and in 1998-99 prices in each year since 1992.      (HL1083)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, by local authority area in Scotland, the level of nursery education funding per nursery school pupil in cash terms and in 1998-99 prices in each year since 1992.      (HL1084)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number and percentage of young people aged 15-25 in full time education in Scotland for each year since 1992.      (HL1085)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number and percentage of young people aged 15-25 attending a further education course in Scotland for each year since 1992.      (HL1086)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the United Nations Secretary-General to ensure that experts appointed to provide material for the comprehensive report called for by the General Assembly in paragraph 18 of their Resolution 53/55 of 13th January 1999 are persons who are recognisably independent of the United Nations and of any of the member states which contributed troops at the material times to the United Nations Protection Force (UNPROFOR).      (HL1087)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Scotland House in Brussels will be based in a purchased or rented property; and what is the anticipated cost attaching to either option.      (HL1088)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether costs incurred by Scotland House in Brussels will be borne solely by the Scottish Office or whether some costs will be borne by other Departments; and, if so, which.      (HL1089)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made for a ceremony to mark the opening of the Scottish Parliament.      (HL1090)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations, individuals and holders of traditional and hereditary offices have been consulted on the form of ceremony that should mark the official opening of the Scottish Parliament.      (HL1091)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made for debating in Westminster matters relating to Scotland and Governmental matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament after 1st July 1999.      (HL1092)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made for the answering of written and oral parliamentary questions relating to Scotland and Governmental matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament after 1st July 1999.      (HL1093)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vehicle tow ropes, NATO stock number 6MT11 2540 99 881 2893 or equivalent, have been issued to Army units in each of the last five years; and what is their unit cost.      (HL1094)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the United Nations Security Council are electorally committed to the elimination of nuclear weapons.      (HL1095)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for what items of controlled production equipment/technology or controlled components or sub-assemblies export licences are currently required before a United Kingdom company can conclude an agreement for production in a third country.      (HL1096)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what they attribute the rise in the women’s prison population between December 1992 when it was 1353 and December 1998 when it stood at 3066.      (HL1097)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission research to examine the sentencing of women by courts.      (HL1098)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to stem the increase in the female prison population.      (HL1099)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sentencing alternatives to custody suitable for women offenders are available to courts.      (HL1100)

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in view of the role played by structural engineering in contemporary architecture, no practising structural engineer has been appointed to the steering committee for the new national body for architecture; and whether any steps are being taken to change this.      (HL1101)

The Lord Robertson of Oakridge—To ask the Leader of the House how many Government bills in each of the Sessions from 1988-89 to 1998-99 started in the House of Lords and how many in the House of Commons.      (HL1102)

The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest available annual figures for deaths in alcohol-related accidents on the roads; and (a) how many of these were caused by drivers over the legally-permitted limit; (b) how many were caused by drivers with alcohol in their bloodstream but below the legal limit; and (c) how many were due to drunken pedestrians or cyclists.      (HL1103)

The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the report of Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology on the Military Corrective Training Centre at Colchester.      (HL1104)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 11th February (WA 186), whether they will announce the results of their review of the United Kingdom’s obligations under various human rights treaties before the end of February 1999.      (HL1105)

The Lord Colwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution to the increase in the number of patients on hospital waiting lists has arisen as a result of patients being unable to obtain general anaesthesia in general dental practice.      (HL1107)

The Lord Colwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the ban on the use of general anaesthesia in general dental practice and the number of patients who require anaesthesia and sedation for dental treatment, they will make funds available for the post graduate training of dentists in sedation skills.      (HL1108)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 15th February (WA 63), whether, as well as having a duty to act in good faith in the enforcement of their statutory duties, officials of the Meat Hygiene Service and the State Veterinary Service have a common law duty to act fairly.      (HL1109)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the country strategy papers for (a) India; (b) Uganda; and (c) Bulgaria.      (HL1110)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government with which countries the United Kingdom has established a “Development partnership” on the basis set out in the White Paper Eliminating World Poverty (Panel 14, page 39).      (HL1111)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Secretary of State for International Development on 19th November 1998 (HC Deb, col. 707), why her economic advisers do not monitor Bulgaria.      (HL1112)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what grants they have awarded to each international agency and non-governmental organisation involved in the relief effort in Kosovo.      (HL1113)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the cash plans allocations for 1998-99 bilateral aid for East Africa, India and Eastern Europe.      (HL1114)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the cash plans allocations for 1998-99 bilateral aid for Uganda and Bulgaria.      (HL1115)

16th February

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the cash plans allocations for 1998-99 bilateral aid on the following sector programmes: forestry; land development and irrigation; public administration; water and sanitation; and education      (HL1120)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what of the cash plans allocations for 1998-99 have been allocated to (a) governmental bodies in developing countries and (b) to non-governmental organisations.      (HL1121)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the results of the evaluation of the Performance Reporting Information System for Management (PRISM) pilot phase.      (HL1122)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what bilateral funding they have planned for economic reform in 1998-99 in (a) Africa; (b) South East Asia; and (c) Central and Eastern Europe.      (HL1123)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list recipient projects and the funds allocated to them by the United Kingdom bilateral aid budget towards sound policies and pro-poor economic growth in 1998-99 in Uganda.      (HL1124)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of United Kingdom bilateral aid has been allocated to good governance projects in (a) 1996-97; and (b) 1997-98; and what will be allocated in 1998-99.      (HL1125)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will select the air-to-air missile which will equip the Eurofighter; and whether they consider that this selection will have long-term consequences for both defence and industry.      (HL1126)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the aggregate budget set for Scottish Local Health Councils in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.      (HL1127)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the reported comments of Sir David Hannay on 21st January in which he purportedly suggested that a solution to the problems of Cyprus would be found by following a Swiss model of government.      (HL1128)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the situation has changed since the 1994 Home Office survey “Mothers in Prison” found that 61 per cent of women in prison had children under 18 and over 30 per cent had children under 5; and what consideration they are giving to realistic alternative sentences for mothers.      (HL1129)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sewel on 15th February (WA 60), when the transitional Standing Orders for the Scottish Parliament will be put in place by order under section 129 of the Scotland Act 1998.      (HL1130)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sewel on 11th February (WA 51-53), whether they will publish the number of houses sold (a) in England, and (b) in Scotland to sitting tenants annually from 1979 to date as a percentage of the total number of houses in the public sector.      (HL1131)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report the letter from English Nature which the Rt Hon Dr Jack Cunningham MP referred to, and asked to quote from, in the Today programme on 12th February.      (HL1132)

The Lord Dixon—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 2nd February (WA 187-88), whether the tendering procedure in the House of Lords is subject to the same restrictions and penalties as those imposed on local government.      (HL1133)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 11th February (WA 36-37), on what issues the United Kingdom sought to invoke the Luxembourg Compromise in July 1978 and May 1982; whether the United Kingdom Government was successful; and, if not, what were the grounds on which the United Kingdom’s application was refused.      (HL1134)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15th February (HL Deb, col. 458) on European Union tax harmonisation, whether the United Kingdom has the right of veto on the proposal to increase the rate of VAT on imported art objects from 2½ per cent to 5 per cent at the end of June 1999; and whether the United Kingdom would have a veto over the possible Droit de Suite directive.      (HL1135)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the BSE Inquiry to be completed by 30th June.      (HL1136)

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 approved 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)

18th February

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to provide emergency ferries for doctors, ambulances and fire-fighters to and from the smaller Scottish islands in the light of Caledonian MacBrayne being forced to withdraw these services as a result of the European Union Working Time Directive.      (HL1164)

The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they have achieved since May 1997 in the Wakefield District Council area of West Yorkshire in the fields of (a) economic growth and (b) social services.      (HL1165)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to legislate for mandatory insurance for firearms licence holders and shotgun Certificate holders, and owners of low powered airguns and air pistols.      (HL1166)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to legislate for the inclusion of low powered airguns and air pistols in the firearms licensing scheme.      (HL1167)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when, why, how and under what legal power the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme was established.      (HL1168)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many seeds have been entered in the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme; and whether they will list all the seeds they have refused to enter on the national seed list after entry in the provisional scheme.      (HL1169)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are in place for access to information from, and participation of the public in, the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme.      (HL1170)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify which applications have been made for genetically-modified seeds to be entered in the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme by company, date and the corresponding deliberate release consent under Directive 90/220 and national seed list application, whether before or after 5th February 1999.      (HL1171)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since the introduction of the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme, seeds can be, or have been, entered on the national seed list without having previously been entered in the provisional scheme.      (HL1172)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why their original decision to exclude genetically modified seeds from the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme has recently been reversed.      (HL1173)

The Baroness Cumberlege—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the report from the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions on genetically modified foods was circulated; and to whom it was sent.      (HL1174)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to press the Security Council to ensure that oil-for-food imports for the Iraqi people reach the full $5.256 billion allowed in the current six months for the Fifth Security Council Programme, given that Iraq’s oil revenues for this period will fall far short of this figure.      (HL1175)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that essential oilfield maintenance and production equipment and spare parts are reaching Iraq and are not being unduly held up by the review process, thus slowing oil production and revenues for the oil-for-food programme.      (HL1176)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures they intend to take to increase international pressure on Burma to end internal armed conflict and, in particular, the repression of the Karen who are forced to seek refuge in Thailand.      (HL1177)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the European Common Position on Burma; and, if not, whether they intend to recommend further measures in accordance with World Trade Organisation obligations.      (HL1178)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the saving to the courts resulting from the growth in mediation services since 1995.      (HL1179)

The Lord Teviot—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make available the 1901 census to the public on microform or in other machine readable form at the Family Record Centre.      (HL1180)

The Lord Coleraine—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify the peers taking no party whips who, according to paragraph 7 of chapter 5 of the White Paper on reform of the House of Lords, “have a significant voting record of consistently supporting one political party, in spite of their nominal independence.”      (HL1181)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the recent abduction of Mr Abdullah Ocalan from Kenya to Turkey; whether they consider that this constituted a breach of international law or civilised behaviour; and whether they will ask the Government of Turkey what are the reasons for their reported refusal to admit foreign observers to the proposed trial of Mr Ocalan.      (HL1182)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether genetically modified foods are safe for—

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what grants have been made and are planned to be made by the Department for Education and Employment to each local education authority in England and Wales in addition to revenue support grant in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000.      (HL1184)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm the authenticity of the Spanish Government minute of December 1997, in which the Spanish Foreign Minister, Abel Matutes, is reported to have said that the status quo regarding Gibraltar is “unacceptable” to Spain and to have pledged “to continue to prevent Gibraltar from living and prospering at the expense of Spain.      (HL1185)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, they took in December 1997, and what action they have taken subsequently, to inform the Spanish Government that threats to disrupt Gibraltar’s economy are unacceptable to the British Government.      (HL1186)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to condemn breaches of European law.      (HL1187)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not rejected the Spanish proposals for joint sovereignty over Gibraltar when their policy is based on the commitment in the preamble to the 1969 Constitution.      (HL1188)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reason to believe that the views of the 30,000 inhabitants of Gibraltar have altered materially on the subject of Spanish sovereignty since 1st May 1997.      (HL1189)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish their policy towards alternative dispute resolution in non family civil disputes.      (HL1190)

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Muslim children are in local authority care; and how many are awaiting adoption or foster-care.      (HL1191)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date approval was given for the sale of genetically modified food; and whether requests for clear labelling of such food were rejected.      (HL1192)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which species of British wildlife appear likely to be seriously affected by the commercial production of genetically modified crops if there are no regulations to prevent or significantly control such developments.      (HL1193)

The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support codes of practice and standards to regulate the activities of international humanitarian and development organisations such as the corporate sector’s ISO 9000 or the standards for international fundraising organisations as promoted by the Accrediting Bureau for Fundraising Organisations (ABFO).      (HL1194)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

To be head by the Examiners on Thursday 25th February at 10.30 am


Waiting for Second Reading

    Water Industry [4th March]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Easter Act 1928 (Commencement) [HL]

Committed to a Select Committee

    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    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]
    Road Traffic (NHS Charges) [2nd March]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL]
    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL] [24th February]

Sent to the Commons

    Social Security Contributions (Transfer of Functions, etc.) [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    City of Westminster [HL]
    London Local Authorities [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 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]

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

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

THURSDAY 25TH FEBRUARY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Refreshment Sub-Committee4.15 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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