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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

THURSDAY 4TH MARCH

At three o’clock

[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.

*The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as indicated by a survey by the Refined Bitumen Association published on 1st March 1999, there is a £1.5 billion shortfall in this year’s local authorities’ road maintenance budget, and whether this shortfall has increased by 25 per cent over the last year.

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

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. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

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

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

‡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.

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]

Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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]

Obscenity Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Earl of Halsbury]

The Earl of Lytton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their proposals to limit fair rent increases following the Rent Acts (Maximum Fair Rent) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/6) so that, in addition to necessary protection for tenants, private landlords will be able to obtain a fair return on property subject to regulated rents.

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.

†The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they expect in public policy in the new Millennium as a result of the ageing population.

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]

Easter Act 1928 (Commencement) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Earl of Dartmouth]

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]

†The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for tourism.

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.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take 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”.

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.

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.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive from the Office of Fair Trading the results of the inquiry into the pricing policy of Times Newspapers.

*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the security of the computers on board the United Kingdom’s military communication satellites is adequate.

MONDAY 29TH MARCH

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Railtrack’s recently published 1999 Network Management Statement demonstrates an intention to enhance the capacity and reliability of the rail network.

*The Baroness Brigstocke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to improve the situation for those students and others whose passports are held at the Immigration Centre in Croydon.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO policy envisages first use of nuclear weapons and, if so, whether they are party to that policy.

*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will be able to reply to written questions by e-mail.

TUESDAY 30TH MARCH

*The Baroness Trumpington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the harmonisation of emergency telephone numbers throughout the European Union.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in solving the problem of traffic delays at the Gibraltar-Spanish border.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held recent discussions with local authorities concerning the maintenance of local roads.

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

*The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what view they advocated during the United Nations Biosafety Protocol negotiations in Columbia with regard to trade in genetically modified food.

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 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, further to their response to the 6th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration (Session 1997-98), whether they will clarify how the Strategic Communications 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 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 Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enable digital terrestrial television to be broadcast throughout the United Kingdom.

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they welcome Surrey County Council’s decision to seek private sector bids for the running of King’s Manor School, Guildford; and, if so, whether they will lay down guidelines for the procedures to be adopted by local education authorities seeking similar bids in the future.

†Code of Practice on School Admissions—The Baroness Blatch to move, That this House declines to approve the draft Code of Practice on School Admissions laid before the House under sections 84 and 85 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 on 5th February 1999.

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 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 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.

†The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To call attention to the Research Report of the British-American Information Council entitled A Risk Reduction Strategy for NATO: Preparing for the next 50 years; 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 or amended on 3rd March, or unanswered after 21 days]

13th January

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which reviews and task forces announced since 1st May 1997 have not yet reported; when they were originally due to report; and when they are likely to report.      (HL503)

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 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 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)

3rd March

The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to announce the outcome of the review of International Human Rights Instruments.      (HL1370)

The Lord Sawyer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the future of the Fire Service College.      (HL1371)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make available the latest progress report prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on bovine spongiform encephalopathy.      (HL1372)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a copy of the draft interim agreement on Kosovo will be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL1373)

The Lord Carmichael of Kelvingrove—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes the Foreign and Commonwealth Office propose to make in the Department’s cash and running cost limits for 1998-99.      (HL1374)

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Czech Republic, Poland and Hungary will join NATO.      (HL1375)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to change the rules of the Woodland Grant Scheme.      (HL1376)

The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government Departments do not use sponsorship to publicise and promote the Government’s policies.      (HL1377)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on implementing the mandatory qualification for head teachers; and when it is to be made compulsory.      (HL1378)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigrants, whose applications to remain in this country have not yet been approved, will be affected by the seven year amnesty announced by the Home Office on 1st March.      (HL1380)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that in its economic dialogue with Israel the European Commission continues to urge the removal of obstacles to Palestinian-European Union trade and to emphasise that Israeli exports from Settlements, East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Golan are not entitled to preferential treatment in the European Union.      (HL1381)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that in its economic dialogue with Israel the European Commission reminds Israel of her obligations as a member of the World Trade Organisation and encourages her to abide by the WTO rules with regard to Palestinian trade with third parties.      (HL1382)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking within the European Union to encourage support for Palestinian “observership” at the World Trade Organisation with a view to eventual membership.      (HL1383)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the European Commission seeks to simply customs requirements under the European Commission-Palestinian Liberation Organisation interim trade agreement.      (HL1384)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to consider the question of accession to the Council of Europe Convention concerning the welfare of pet animals.      (HL1385)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to prevent the unauthorised spreading of genetically modified oil seed rape; and on what date approval was given for the cultivation of genetically modified oil seed rape.      (HL1386)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken in regard to the export of sheep or any other farm livestock which are purchased for slaughter within another European Union state in circumstances which are not acceptable under both United Kingdom regulations and Article 9 of European Council Directive 93/119/EC.      (HL1387)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 18th February (WA 83) concerning the freedom of the United Kingdom over VAT coverage and rates, whether Parliament is (a) free to extend the coverage of the zero rate of VAT; (b) to reduce the coverage of VAT; (c) to reduce the main rate to 10 per cent; and (d) to reduce the lower rate to 2.5 per cent.      (HL1388)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 1st March (WA 164), whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the letter sent to all maintainers and breeders’ agents in 1975 establishing the non-statutory provisional seed scheme.      (HL1389)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 1st March (WA 165), which varieties have been entered on the national list without having previously been entered in the non-statutory provisional certification scheme, by (a) application reference number and date, (b) application, (c) variety and (d) date of entry.      (HL1390)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 1st March (WA 165), why none of the progeny of the parental lines of the genetically modified spring hybrid rape was brought forward for provisional certification; and why the national list application in respect of the hybrid variety obtained from the two parent lines was withdrawn.      (HL1391)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nuclear warheads have been destroyed by each party to the Strategic Arms Limitation Treaty, since its coming into force.      (HL1392)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many loans have been issued by the European Investment Bank and how many bonds have been issued by the European Investment Fund to support projects in the United Kingdom; (b) the value of any such loans and bonds; and (c) how this compares with other member states of the European Union.      (HL1393)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) why the United Kingdom regards borrowing from the European Investment Bank and the European Investment Fund as counting against the public sector borrowing requirement and the general government financial deficit, while thirteen of the other members of the European Union do not do so; (b) whether steps are being taken to change the definition so that such loans do not count in future; and (c) if no steps are being taken to do so, why this is.      (HL1394)

The Lord Burlison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the Millennium Dome after the year 2000.      (HL1395)

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] [11th March]
    Obscenity [HL] [9th March]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Rating (Valuation) [11th March]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Scottish Enterprise

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] [4th March]
    Freedom of Information [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [11th March]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [8th March]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Trustee Delegation [HL] [9th March]
    Access to Justice [HL] [16th March]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL] [9th March]
    Road Traffic (NHS Charges) [8th 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 International Mobile Satellite Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (Application to Summary Proceedings) Order 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Amendment) 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 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 Northern Ireland (Modification of Enactments—No. 1) 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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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)
Financial Services and Markets Joint Committee11.00 am
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England10.15 am
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 17TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

MONDAY 29TH MARCH

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 30TH MARCH

Procedure of the House (Select Committee) 4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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