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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 1ST MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Health Bill [HL]House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Hayman] [7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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]

‡National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1999—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 16th February be approved. [10th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 16th February be approved. [10th Report from the Joint Committee]

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

†The Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve

and

Sir Naren Patel

will be introduced as a Baron.

*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 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 Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards securing Objective I Status for areas of Wales suffering from high levels of unemployment, poverty and lack of investment.

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

The Lord Kennet—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.

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. [10th Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [10th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999—The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th February be approved.

National Assembly for Wales (Disqualification) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd 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 22nd February be approved.

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.

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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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]

†Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 15th February be approved.

†Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd February be approved.

†Strategic Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd February be approved.

†Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd February be approved.

†Trade Union Subscription Deductions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd February be approved.

†Northern Ireland (Modification of Enactments—No. 1) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd February be approved.

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.

‡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.

[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.

Trustee Delegation Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

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).

Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Elis-Thomas]

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 sparkling cider industry following the increase in tax from its 1996 level of 23p per litre.

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To call attention to the case for policies which will ensure a living, working countryside and in particular to the need for clarity in the new relationships between the Regional Development Agencies, the Countryside Agency, Government offices, the European Commission and local authorities; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To call attention to the case for greater investment in rail infrastructure to enable the rail industry to play its full part in an integrated transport policy whilst maintaining the highest safety standards; and to move for papers.

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.

Disability Rights Commission Bill [HL]— Report [The Baroness Blackstone]

†Rating (Valuation) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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.

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 Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to the regulator for gas and electricity on the promotion of energy efficiency.

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.

†Access to Justice Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

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.

†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.

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.

MONDAY 22ND MARCH

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on revising the national curriculum for schools.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the report of the Monopolies and Mergers Commission into the future ownership of Manchester United Football Club plc.

*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 Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the selection process, the preparation and the language training of Ambassadors and Ministers prior to their appointment to lead the 212 British Embassies and Legations abroad.

TUESDAY 23RD MARCH

*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).

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for considering the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe the most suitable body for establishing peace in Kosovo.

*The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will intervene to help prevent the cuts to arts and community funding made by Westminster City Council for 1999-2000.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any legal limit on the proportion of broadcasting time which may be devoted by commercial television companies to advertising breaks.

WEDNESDAY 24TH MARCH

*The Lord Geddes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any circumstances in which the law permits cyclists to ignore red traffic lights.

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have for their statement that Liberia has been supporting the rebels in Sierra Leone with military supplies.

†*The Lord Stallard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the maintenance of standards of morality on television and videos by the bodies responsible; and, if not, whether they will consider introducing some form of censorship.

THURSDAY 25TH MARCH

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what issues concerning Iran they intend to raise at the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

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 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 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 Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the economic and social role of marriage; and to move for papers.

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.

The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the funding and role of art colleges in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote democracy and human rights in Indonesia.

†The Viscount Tenby—To call attention to the problems of dealing with persistent juvenile offenders, in the light of the report by the Social Services Inspectorate on the Medway Secure Training Centre; 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.

†The Lord Ashbourne—To call attention to the importance of the traditional family; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

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)

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)

8th February

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

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

The Lord Morris of 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 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 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 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)

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

11th February

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 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 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 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 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 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)

16th February

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 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 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)

17th February

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

22nd February

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations from His Holiness the Pope about General Pinochet.      (HL1196)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 18th February (WA 86), whether the Vatican has made representations that General Pinochet be returned to his own country.      (HL1197)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the report of the European Heads of Mission in Dhaka visit to the Chittagong Tracts in early February.      (HL1198)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the European Union project for the reconstruction of two bridges on the road from Berbera to Hargeisa, details of which are reported to have been agreed with the Ministry of Resettlement and Reconstruction in Somaliland in the spring of 1998; and what further assistance is being given to the authorities in Somaliland in repairing the infrastructure of the territory and the institutions of civil society.      (HL1199)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of maintaining the European Union presence in Somaliland in the current financial year, and the budgeted cost in 1999-2000; and what are the objectives of this mission.      (HL1200)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken, or will take, to ensure that only licensed software is used in government departments and agencies, local authorities and health authorities, and in companies providing goods and services to public authorities.      (HL1201)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the need to preserve the independence of Boards of Visitors at Her Majesty’s Prisons with the decision that the Boards of Visitors Secretariat is to continue to be employed in the Prison Service.      (HL1202)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what views have been expressed by the National Advisory Council (NAC) on the changes proposed for the management of Boards of Visitors; and whether they will extend the consultation period during which comments on the proposals may be submitted, so that Boards of Visitors may have an opportunity of expressing their opinions also on the views of the NAC.      (HL1203)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the enquiry launched by the Director General of the Prison Service into matters affecting Wackenhut (UK) Ltd will be published.      (HL1204)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the internal audit report of the contract between the Home Office and Wackenhut (UK) Ltd will be published.      (HL1205)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Wackenhut (UK) Ltd has met its contractual obligation to run H M Prison Coldingley.      (HL1206)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether contracts with Prison Escort Services and Immigration Detention Centres are affected by Wackenhut (UK) Ltd’s decision to withdraw from the contract to run H M Prison Coldingley.      (HL1207)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons for Wackenhut (UK) Ltd, a subsidiary of the Wackenhut Corporation of the United States, withdrawing from the contract to run H M Prison Coldingley.      (HL1208)

The Viscount Thurso—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the criteria applied by the Government when authorising genetically modified foods for public consumption or in products for public consumption are as strict as the criteria which the Government apply to the pharmaceutical industry when authorising new drugs.      (HL1209)

The Viscount Thurso—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government agencies or other bodies are responsible for authorising and regulating—

and what resources, both financial and human, are provided to execute these functions.      (HL1210)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for judicial review against the refusal of asylum have succeeded in each of the past three years.      (HL1211)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the United Kingdom has a positive obligation under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights to secure effective access to judicial review for would-be asylum seekers by ensuring state provision for their social welfare when they seek to apply for judicial review against the refusal of asylum.      (HL1212)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposals for the creation of a legal aid centre to advise needy nations on World Trade Organisation law and help them with the costs of litigating before WTO dispute panels.      (HL1213)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 18th February (WA 84), whether they support in principle the drafting of an additional protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights to broaden the scope of Article 14 of the Convention so as to reflect the protection in Article 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.      (HL1214)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that section 12 of the Human Rights Act 1998 will change existing English law when it is brought into force.      (HL1215)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring section 12 of the Human Rights Act 1998 into force.      (HL1216)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will be taking to rectify the deficiencies in the operation of the Public Trust Office identified by the Comptroller and Auditor General in his recent report “Protecting the Financial Welfare of People with Mental Incapacity”.      (HL1217)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have an ethical strategy for just and lasting peace in separatist conflicts within sovereign states.      (HL1218)

The Earl of Carnarvon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the position regarding the independent review and audit of the research conducted by Dr Arpad Pusztai at the Rowett Institute.      (HL1219)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in response to the proposal by the Social Services Committee of the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to change its policy on domiciliary care services for disabled people by referring them for institutional care where it would be less costly than maintaining them in the community.      (HL1220)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women now in Her Majesty’s prisons had previous addresses in Somerset, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall; and whether they consider that their relatives have special difficulties in visiting, because of distance and poor public transport.      (HL1221)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many genetically modified animals, including fish, are now in existence in England and Wales; and how cross-breeding with conventional animals is to be prevented.      (HL1222)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Nepal religious persecution in Nepal and in particular attacks on existing Christians and arrests of recent converts.      (HL1223)

23rd February

The Lord Acton—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 22nd February (WA 102-103), how many of the 222 hereditary peers who attended at least one-third of sitting days in the 1997-98 Session of Parliament did not speak in the Chamber or in Grand Committee during that Session.      (HL1227)

The Lord Acton—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 22nd February (WA 102-103), how many of the—

hereditary peers who attended at least one-third of sitting days in the 1997-98 Session of Parliament did not speak in the Chamber or in Grand Committee during that Session.      (HL1228)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the role of the resource centre on water and environmental health within the Department for International Development.      (HL1229)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain, in relation to the actions of the Department for International Development in the forestry sector, the discrepancy between the partner countries listed in Forest matters and the countries in which projects are being carried out according to Forest sector projects.      (HL1230)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the Department for International Development’s second workshop on non-governmental organisations and water.      (HL1231)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not include the Chairman of the House of Commons Home Affairs Committee, the Prisons Ombudsman and the Prison Reform Trust among those consulted about changes in the role and title of Director of Boards of Visitors; and whether the Chief Inspector of Prisons was consulted.      (HL1232)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for delaying the bringing into force of section 12 of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL1233)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they and allied powers are taking to help reduce the number of nuclear weapons held by Russia; whether their own reduction of capacity for nuclear war is proceeding pari passu; and what are the cost and duration of current programmes affecting nuclear weapons in Russia, stating separately the cost of eliminating nuclear waste.      (HL1234)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the proposed trial of Mr Abdullah (calan in Turkey, whether they will seek bilaterally and through international fora to secure that—

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they are sponsoring into alternative goods and technologies which could be supplied by British firms now exporting arms and military equipment to the rest of the world.      (HL1236)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate as to when they will introduce legislation to reform the law relating to the making of decisions for mentally incapacitated adults, as foreshadowed in the Consultation Paper Who Decides? published in December 1997.      (HL1237)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to arrange for copies of the parliamentary papers of the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly to be made available to members of both Houses of Parliament.      (HL1238)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 17th February (WA 82), which members of the Liberal Democrat Party have been invited to attend cabinet committee meetings; and in what capacity these members were invited.      (HL1239)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether a moratorium on any loss of car parking space will be applied until the appropriate committee has had a chance to reassess the allocation of 40 spaces in Black Rod’s Garden, in the light of the Garden’s status as a fire muster point and the need for free access for all necessary appliances in the case of emergency.      (HL1240)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been made to the War Pensions Agency about Richard Pruszynski’s claim for a war pension in relation to his service with 32 Field Hospital, Wadi Al Batin, during the Gulf War; and when they expect the case to be resolved.      (HL1241)

The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision will be made for emergency cover for the inhabitants of the Gosport peninsula if the Royal Naval Hospital at Haslar is closed.      (HL1242)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government from what date holders of current South African driving licences will be able to exchange such licences for United Kingdom driving licences.      (HL1243)

The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long it will take to clear the visa backlog at the Immigration Centre in Croydon caused by the office move and the new computer system.      (HL1244)

The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what extra resources, by way of personnel and funds, have been allocated to the Immigration Centre in Croydon to clear the backlog relating to the issue of visas.      (HL1245)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will describe the considerations of “sensitivity” and “safety” which in their view justify their refusal to disclose the names of prisoners they have released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement (Cm 3883).      (HL1246)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who has responsibility for ensuring that litter is cleared from the verges of the M25 between junctions 28 and 30; whether they are satisfied with the cleanliness of this section of the motorway; and, if not, how they propose to deal with the situation.      (HL1247)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list (a) all the non-governmental organisations, British and foreign, that have received funding from them for work and projects in Sudan annually since 1990; (b) those non-governmental organisations, British and foreign, that unsuccessfully applied for funding from them since 1990; and (c) non-governmental organisation work and projects in Sudan funded by European Community development and humanitarian assistance funds since 1990.      (HL1248)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 3rd February (WA 215) in respect of the diversion of food aid by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, what assessment they have made of the statement by Bishop Mazzolari, the Roman Catholic bishop of Rumbek Diocese in southern Sudan (as reported by Agence France Presse on 21st July 1998), that the Sudan People’s Liberation Army was diverting 65 per cent of the emergency food aid being delivered by Operation Lifeline Sudan to affected areas of southern Sudan.      (HL1249)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 3rd February (WA 215), whether, since the United Kingdom contributed £28 million to Operation Lifeline Sudan and associated agencies in 1998, they will request an estimate (either as a percentage figure or in currency value) of how much food aid delivered in southern Sudan by Operation Lifeline Sudan has been diverted by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army and others.      (HL1250)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the claims in July 1998 by the Sudan People’s Liberation Army, as reported by Associated Press on 27th July 1998, of corruption and inefficiency within Operation Lifeline Sudan.      (HL1251)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the annual value of British aid to Sudan, bilaterally, through Operation Lifeline Sudan, by way of the European Community, or otherwise, since 1990.      (HL1252)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Amos on 3rd February (WA 215), what measures the Department for International Development has taken to ensure that British aid to Sudan is not being diverted or misappropriated.      (HL1253)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 22nd February (WA 101-102), following the Strategic Defence Review, what is the revised Order of Battle for HQ Land Command below Brigade level; and whether a diagram could be provided.      (HL1254)

24th February

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that traditional British brandy and rum butters can continue to be marketed in the European Union.      (HL1257)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 17th February (WA 82), whether they will make available to all Members of the House of Commons and the House of Lords all those papers and details of the proceedings of Cabinet committees which the Liberal Democrat members are free to disclose to fellow party members in either House.      (HL1260)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide an estimate, by way of a percentage figure or currency value, of how much British aid to Sudan, bilaterally, through Operation Lifeline Sudan or by way of British contributions to aid channelled through the European Community, was diverted or misappropriated in 1995-96, 1996-97 and 1997-98.      (HL1261)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Amos on 3rd February (WA 215), whether they will urge the United Nations Office for the Co-ordination of Humanitarian Affairs to make public the report of the joint Operation Lifeline Sudan and Sudan Relief and Rehabilitation Association.      (HL1262)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is correct as claimed in the House of Commons on 3rd February (HC Deb, col. 920) that 65 per cent of British aid to Sudan is being stolen to feed combatants in that country’s civil war.      (HL1263)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will quantify, in percentage terms or currency value, the “massive leakage of food to fighters”, by way of misappropriated British aid to Sudan under the previous Administration, as stated by the Secretary of State for International Development in the House of Commons on 3rd February (HC Deb, col. 920); and what are her sources for this statement.      (HL1264)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 4th February (WA 230), whether they intend to obtain and study a copy of the November 1997 report commissioned by the Norwegian Government; and whether they will place a copy of this report in the Library of the House.      (HL1265)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which British citizens have been murdered in the course of their work in Sudan since 1983, who was responsible for the murders, and whether those responsible have been brought to justice.      (HL1266)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether some livestock is still slaughtered by farmers specially licensed to perform that task.      (HL1267)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farmers or other private individuals hold licences to slaughter livestock; and what is the cost of each licence and the total revenue generated therefrom.      (HL1268)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost of the licence held by farmers to slaughter livestock covers the cost of inspection; and, if not, what are the inspection charges.      (HL1269)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to introduce any new legislation or amend existing legislation relating to licences held by farmers to slaughter livestock; and, if so, how many licence holders will be affected; and whether the cost of licences and inspections will change.      (HL1270)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are changing, or what plans they have to change, the facilities at the Ministry of Defence estate centred on Catterick for the storage or handling of weapons (in particular rifles and shotguns) not originally designed for military use.      (HL1271)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all reports and research which have been commissioned for or by them into the availability of sterilising tablets for prisoners in Scottish prisons; how many tablets, of what dosage and chemical make up, have been issued in each of the last nine years to each of H M Prisons; and whether they will also place in the Library copies of each prison authority’s dispensing records.      (HL1272)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of (a) HIV; (b) AIDS; and (c) each type of hepatitis have been detected in how many inmates in each prison in the United Kingdom in each of the last ten years.      (HL1273)

The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) issues new Vehicle Registration Documents (V5) to keepers of vehicles marked “stolen” on the DVLA computer before they contact the police or inform the applicant that the vehicle is registered as stolen.      (HL1274)

The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of 1997 and 1998, how many Vehicle Registration Documents (V5) have been issued to keepers of vehicles marked as “stolen” on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency Computer.      (HL1275)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Serious Fraud Office has to clear any intended extradition proceedings in Australia through the office of the Attorney-General or any other Government office before commencing proceedings.      (HL1276)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost to date of £434,696 of the extradition proceedings against Peter Clarence Foster is justified in view of the failure of their case against “another person” mentioned in the Written Answer of the Lord Chancellor on 22nd February (WA 103) on similar charges, where full costs were awarded against the Serious Fraud Office.      (HL1277)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who in the Serious Fraud Office is accountable for the expenditure on applications such as that involving the extradition of Peter Clarence Foster.      (HL1278)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the full details and the amount of money involved in each of the sixteen charges for which Peter Clarence Foster is being extradited from Australia.      (HL1279)

The Lord Gilmour of Craigmillar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish figures for the 1998-99 financial year (or the latest year for which figures are available) estimating the costs to the Exchequer, in cash benefits and revenue foregone, of (a) social security benefits, housing benefit, council tax benefit and education and employment grants, allowances and loans; (b) income tax allowances; and (c) income tax reliefs.      (HL1280)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the new Civil Procedure Rules abolish the Old English word “writ” and the Medieval Latin word “affidavit” while preserving the legal Latin word “certiorari” and the legal Latin word “mandamus”.      (HL1281)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for delaying the bringing into force of sections 14 and 15 of, and Schedule 1 to, the Defamation Act 1996 extending the scope of the defence of qualified privilege for the media.      (HL1282)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the interests of free and fair elections due in April 1999, they will discuss with the Government of Turkey the release of recently arrested lawyers and members and employees of legitimate political parties.      (HL1283)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals and organisations are being consulted on modernising government by the Better Regulation Unit of the Cabinet Office.      (HL1284)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Better Regulation Unit of the Cabinet Office sent out invitations to contribute views and advice on modernising government; and what was the date by which responses were requested.      (HL1285)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the responses to the invitation to individuals and organisations by the Better Regulation Unit of the Cabinet Office to contribute views and advice on modernising government will be published; and, if so, when.      (HL1286)

The Lady Saltoun of Abernethy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Scottish Parliament will start to sit.      (HL1287)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be represented at the World Trade Organisation’s High Level Symposium on Trade and the Environment on 15th and 16th March 1999; and, if so, what changes to present arrangements they will suggest in order to safeguard the environment and animal welfare.      (HL1288)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will conduct Public Expenditure Survey negotiation with the Treasury on behalf of the Scottish Executive after 1st July 1999.      (HL1289)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Hayman of 17th December 1998 (WA 174) and 19th January (WA 97-98) on human cloning, whether they will indicate why the membership and terms of reference of the sub-group which drafted the report on human cloning by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) and the Human Genetics Advisory Commission (HGAC) are not detailed in an annexe to the report; what assessment they have made of the risk of conflicts of interest arising from the involvement of persons connected with Wellcome, Smithkline Beecham plc and other pharmaceutical companies which might stand to gain by development in human cloning; and whether they will arrange with the HFEA and the HGAC to have the submissions made to the sub-group placed in the Libraries of both Houses.      (HL1290)

25th February

The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes there have been in the composition of the United Kingdom Parliamentary delegation to the North Atlantic Assembly.      (HL1291)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when a Minister last went to Menwith Hill, the United States military base in the United Kingdom; how long he was there; and whether he was able to see and understand all the activities carried on there by the United States personnel.      (HL1292)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the United States activities carried on at Menwith Hill are in full accordance with (a) United Kingdom sovereignty and United Kingdom domestic law; (b) all relevant European Union law; (c) international law; and (d) United States domestic law; including law relating to data protection.      (HL1293)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they monitor the activities which they permit the United States to carry on at Menwith Hill, including policing carried out by United States personnel, to ensure that they do not compromise the rights and interests, commercial, social or other, of United Kingdom or other European Union citizens or firms.      (HL1294)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States authorities at Menwith Hill enjoy, either directly or indirectly, any form of “Crown Immunity” from planning or any other law; and, if so, by what authority.      (HL1295)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the United States maintains bases in the United Kingdom other than NATO bases.      (HL1296)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks have complied with Environmental Guidance 18/84 in their proposal to erect an auditorium for 17,500 people for a series of pop concerts in Hyde Park this summer.      (HL1297)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their research into genetically modified (GM) crops for use in the United Kingdom has exposed risks to the bee population, due to bees collecting pollen from GM crops that have been bred to have insecticidal properties or other anti-viral or anti-bacterial properties.      (HL1298)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what precautions are being taken to prevent the escape of genetically modified (GM) material from the controlled trial areas of GM crops, in particular with respect to the escape of brassica pollen into the natural environment where mutation could be established with brassica weeds.      (HL1299)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last ten years, what contracts or projects in connection with the maintenance of the Severn Tunnel have been awarded to or undertaken by Railtrack; what was the value of these contracts or projects; and what was the nature of the maintenance involved.      (HL1300)

The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 17th February (WA 78), under which specific paragraph between paragraphs 1497 and 1513 of Cmnd 5460 they would be justified in implementing anti-tax avoidance measures in relation to the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; and whether the last sentence of paragraph 1513 would apply in such circumstances; and whether they would have “the right in the last resort to legislate for the Islands”.      (HL1301)

The Earl Atlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many “Corimec” accommodation units or similar Twenty Foot Equivalent Units (TEU) will or could be available for United Kingdom forces deployed in Kosovo by 1st May and 1st September 1999.      (HL1302)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Statement by the Home Secretary, repeated by Lord Williams of Mostyn on 24th February (HL Deb, col. 1159) whether they intend to introduce amendments to the Race Relations Act 1976 and Race Relations (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Sex Discrimination (Northern Ireland) Order 1976, the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, the Northern Ireland Act 1998, and the Fair Employment and Treatment (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 to make it unlawful for public authorities, in discharging their public functions, to discriminate directly or indirectly on any of the grounds of discrimination covered by that body of legislation.      (HL1303)

The Lord Merrivale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take political steps to amend the legislation on direct elections with regard to Gibraltar’s continuing disenfranchisement; and what steps they will take if Spain vetoes their initiative.      (HL1304)

The Viscount Trenchard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the recommendations of the Environment Agency for the introduction of national bye-laws for the conservation of the Atlantic salmon, particularly the proposal that the estuary net fishermen should be permitted to take salmon from rivers from an earlier date than rod fishermen.      (HL1305)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many genetically modified animals have been produced in the United Kingdom each year since 1995; whether records are kept of these animals; how many of the animals contain human genetic code; and what steps they are taking to ensure that labelling of products containing cross-species human genetic material are labelled accordingly.      (HL1307)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that a six metre barrier of non-genetically modified plants around an area of similar but genetically modified plants is a suitable safety measure to prevent the spread of genetically modified pollen when pollen can be carried much further by insects or wind.      (HL1308)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman of 26th January (WA 144) which cited studies from the 1940s and 1950s in support of an “optimal” 1 part per million for fluoridating the water supply, whether the greatly increased exposure to fluorides from all sources in the intervening years, highlighted in the “Findings and Conclusions” section of Review of Fluoride: Benefits and Risks (Department of Health and Human Services, USA, 1991) referred to in the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman of 8th February (WA 2), might give grounds for (a) close monitoring of current individual fluoride intakes; and (b) reconsideration of the figure of 1 ppm.      (HL1309)

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which dependent territories linked to European Union Member States carry the same status as Gibraltar.      (HL1310)

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which dependent territories linked to European Union Member States are able to exercise a right to vote in the forthcoming European parliamentary elections.      (HL1311)

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the differences in status between Ceuta and Gibraltar.      (HL1312)

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

giving in each case in (b) and (c) the date of the meeting and the British Minister involved.      (HL1313)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for ensuring that the railway lines on the approaches to Liverpool Street station are free from litter, whether they are satisfied with the present level of litter in this area; and, if not, whether they will ask the body responsible to clean it up.      (HL1314)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on which date they expect Braintree District Council to review the suitability of the hoardings which stand on its land bordering the A12 trunk road on the Witham by-pass; and what steps they intend to take to ensure that Braintree District Council follows the advice in Planning Policy Guidance Note 19.      (HL1315)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the United States Government about Mr Salah Idris, the owner of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum.      (HL1316)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often Mr Salah Idris has visited the United Kingdom since 20th August 1998.      (HL1317)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ban Mr Salah Idris from the United Kingdom.      (HL1318)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to freeze the assets of Mr Salah Idris within the United Kingdom.      (HL1319)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Referred to the Examiners


Waiting for Second Reading

    Water Industry [4th March]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL] [9th March]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Easter Act 1928 (Commencement) [HL]
    Obscenity [HL]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Rating (Valuation) [11th March]

Committed to a Select Committee

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

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL]
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [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] [11th March]
    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] [9th March]
    Access to Justice [HL] [16th March]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [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 Northern Ireland (Modification of Enactments—No. 1) Order 1999
    Draft National Assembly for Wales (Representation of the People) Order 1999
    Draft Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999
    Draft Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999
    Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Amendment Regulations 1999
    Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) (No. 1) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Elections etc.) Order 1999
    Draft International Mobile Satellite Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 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 Water (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Strategic Planning (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Energy Efficiency (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Trade Union Subscription Deductions (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Disqualification) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (First Ordinary General Election and First Meeting) Order 1999
    Draft National Minimum Wage Act 1998 (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 1ST MARCH

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 2ND MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.15 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 3RD MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)in Cambridgeshire
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 4TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.45 pm

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

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

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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