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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.

Bills marked § have been set down before the expiry of the

recommended minimum interval between stages.

MONDAY 8TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 38(4) (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday next to enable the motion in the name of the Baroness Blatch to be taken immediately after the Disability Rights Commission Bill.

§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.

†ROYAL ASSENT

THURSDAY 11TH MARCH

[Prayers will have been read]

*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]

†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.

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.

†Health Bill [HL]— Report [The Baroness Hayman]

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.

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

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

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.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, as shown by the most recent unemployment figures, unemployment has increased in the Northern Region, while it has decreased in all other regions; and why the figure for the Northern Region remains the highest for all regions except Northern Ireland.

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.

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the Early Years Plans of all local authorities make provision to support and fund early years provision by the voluntary sector, where such provision is already in existence and is of satisfactory quality.

†*The Lord Gainford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information is available relating to the danger of mobile telephones being used on board passenger aircraft in flight; and whether they will take any action to increase the amount of such information which is available.

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 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.

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 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 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)

15th February

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 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 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)

17th February

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)

18th February

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 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 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 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)

22nd February

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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

1st March

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the finding by the Home Office Research, Development and Statistics Directorate that, in the five establishments studied in their evaluation of the Incentives and Earned Privileges scheme, there were no significant overall improvements in prisoner behaviour, they will consider whether the resources allocated to the scheme could be more usefully applied to other projects such as enhanced prisoner education.      (HL1323)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to extending the scope of permissible use of Housing Capital Receipts so that they could be used for the provision of traveller accommodation; and whether they will have particular regard to the problem which has arisen in the London Borough of Hackney, which wants to upgrade an existing temporary site but cannot fund the project.      (HL1324)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd February (WA 104-105), which sites they have permitted the British Railways Board to continue to sell, in contravention of the commitment given in the Transport White Paper July 1998, in the following categories—

The Lord Mottistone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of a recent Ministry of Defence statement that, on the introduction of a multi-role aircraft for the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force in 2012 it would be logical to draw aircrew from the same service, they can give an assurance that there will always continue to be opportunities for naval warfare officers to specialise in fixed wing flying from aircraft carriers.      (HL1326)

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.      (HL1327)

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister has delegated any aspect of his responsibility for the general conduct of the Office of Parliamentary Counsel to any other Minister; if so, what aspect and to which Minister; and in particular whether this includes responsibility for observing the recommendations of the Renton Committee on Preparation of Legislation.      (HL1328)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether additional resources will be made available so as to enable the Lords of Appeal to determine, within a reasonable time, appeals involving human rights or devolution issues.      (HL1329)

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define integrated transport.      (HL1330)

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will set targets for the employment of officers and ratings registered with the British Chamber of Shipping.      (HL1331)

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much additional taxpayers’ money will be given to shipping as a result of British Shipping: Charting a New Course,      (HL1332)

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what increases in tonnage they expect in the United Kingdom fleet over the next five and ten years.      (HL1333)

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have for new lines or extension of existing lines in the London Underground.      (HL1334)

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to publish their 30 year plan for aviation.      (HL1335)

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), who, other than the Foreign Secretary, has seen the representations from the Vatican about General Pinochet.      (HL1336)

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), on what date the representations from the Vatican about General Pinochet were received.      (HL1337)

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a security camera which requires a tape has other appreciable running costs apart from the cost of the tape.      (HL1338)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many girls under 18 are in Prison Service establishments.      (HL1339)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many boys and girls are at the Medway Secure Training Centre.      (HL1340)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reportedly stated by the Albanian Foreign Minister, Mr Paskal Milo, the United States at Rambouillet (or elsewhere) has guaranteed the NATO presence in Kosova, which will support the establishment of democratic institutions in the transitional period and has guaranteed that the UCK (the Kosova Liberation Army) would be assisted in its professionalisation and adjustment of Kosova’s political and military life by becoming part of the Kosova military forces, with direct funding from the United States and with an official in the United States State Department designated to carry out this work; and, if so, whether these arrangements (a) have been agreed by the Contact Group; (b) explicitly form part of the Rambouillet agreements that the Serbian authorities have been invited to agree; or (c) are compatible with the arms control provisions of those agreements.      (HL1341)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information, as members of the Contact Group, they have concerning the sources of weapons, training, supplies and funding for the Kosova Liberation Army in recent months; whether there is to be any limitation on such provisions; and, if so, how such limitations are to be enforced.      (HL1342)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken within NATO to promote autonomy for the Kurds within Turkey, similar to that which is in being promoted for the Kosovo Albanians within Yugoslavia.      (HL1343)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government where in the United Kingdom the genetically modified oilseed hybrid seeds, for which Plant Genetic Systems NV were granted in 1996 a marketing consent for seed production only, have been planted; and, in respect of each year since 1996, what area was planted at what location.      (HL1344)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any monitoring has taken place of the effects of growing in the United Kingdom the genetically modified oilseed hybrid seeds, for which Plant Genetic Systems NV were granted in 1996 a marketing consent for seed production only; if so, who carried out the monitoring; and when the results will be published.      (HL1345)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when calculating the Retail Price Index, account is taken of Clubcards, Airmiles or other loyalty schemes.      (HL1346)

The Baroness Denton of Wakefield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11th January (WA 12) which stated that no conflict of interest had arisen necessitating him to absent himself from official discussions, how this Answer is compatible with the Department of Trade and Industry press release of 16th February, which stated that he has not participated in any discussions concerning genetic modification.      (HL1347)

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in relation to advertising posts within the Scottish Office in the Gaelic language only.      (HL1348)

2nd March

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering day, night-time or weekend imprisonment, as opposed to full imprisonment, for women who have been convicted of serious offences.      (HL1353)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the possibility of unescorted home leaves or paroles (as happens in Germany) for women in prison for non-violent offences.      (HL1354)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women in prison in England and Wales have next of kin or immediate family overseas; and what percentage this is of the current total.      (HL1355)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange pilot schemes enabling women to defer the start of a prison sentence, until the best possible arrangements have been made for the care of all dependent children (as occurs in the Netherlands).      (HL1356)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women they expect will benefit from their plans for early release from prison of non-violent offenders.      (HL1357)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue guidance on current best practice in effective non-custodial sentences for women, especially those responsible for children.      (HL1358)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the budget for running each of the NHS Regional Offices in England in 1998-99 and 1999-2000.      (HL1359)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the budget has yet been set for community health councils in Wales for 1999-2000; if so, what is the aggregate total; and, if not, when the budget will be set.      (HL1360)

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the risk of death from eating beef on the bone compared with the risk of choking to death from eating fish on the bone.      (HL1361)

The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether consideration will be given to merging the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions into a single rural affairs ministry, following the setting up of a Food Standards Agency.      (HL1362)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the German Government policy of seeking to review NATO’s nuclear philosophy, including the endorsement of first use, or whether they support the United States Government policy of discouraging such a review; and what their position will be on this issue at the forthcoming NATO summit in Washington.      (HL1363)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek assurances from the new Nigerian Government that it will continue to maintain an Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG) presence in Sierra Leone; and whether such a joint presence might benefit from financial aid from the United Kingdom.      (HL1364)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in their first full financial year in office in reaching the Gross National Product targets for international development aid recommended by the United Nations, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Development Assistance Committee and the European Union.      (HL1365)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to renovate the Buxton Memorial Fountain in Victoria Tower Gardens, which commemorates the emancipation of slaves in 1834.      (HL1366)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to refer to the Scottish Law Commission Recommendation 38 of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report (Cm 4262-I), which raises the question of whether the law should be amended to permit the further prosecution of an accused after his acquittal, in circumstances where fresh and viable evidence has become available to the Crown.      (HL1367)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider there is any need to amend the law of Scotland to permit the prosecution in Scotland of offences involving racist language or behaviour and of offences involving the possession of offensive weapons, where such conduct can be proved to have taken place otherwise than in a public place; and, if so, whether they intend to refer to the Scottish Law Commission, Recommendation 39 of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report (Cm 4262-I)      (HL1368)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept that Recommendation 57 of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report (Cm 4262-I) should apply to police officers in Scotland; and, if so, what steps they intend to take to implement that recommendation in Scotland.      (HL1369)

3rd March

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 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 simplify 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)

4th March

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial arrangements are being made in respect of the thirty-seven NHS trusts dissolved on 1st April 1998.      (HL1399)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that their commitment to NATO and the preservation of its prerogatives is shared equally by their French partners in the St Malo Declaration.      (HL1400)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are at present 12,000 Yugoslav army troops and up to 14,000 Serbian special police in Kosovo contrary to the agreements reached in October 1998.      (HL1401)

The Lord Norton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 2nd March (WA 179), how long it will take to clear the current visa backlog at the Immigration Centre in Croydon.      (HL1402)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to the United Nations Human Rights Commission that the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Summary and Arbitrary Executions should conduct an inquiry into the assassination of Grand Ayatollah Sayyid Muhammad al-Sadr and his two sons at the Kufah Mosque in Najaf, Iraq, on Friday 19th February; that the Rapporteur should invite persons with knowledge of this crime to communicate their evidence to him; and that the invitation should be broadcast over as many radio and television channels receivable in Iraq as possible.      (HL1403)

The Lord Monro of Langholm—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what rules have been laid down for the Special Advisers to the Secretary of State for Scotland during the election campaign for the Scottish Parliament; and from what date they will apply.      (HL1404)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report which, as reported in The Times on 4 March (page 17), was handed to the Prime Minister by the Spanish Prime Minister during a meeting in Germany, and which contains certain serious allegations against the people of Gibraltar.      (HL1405)

The Lord Coleraine—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 2nd March (WA 174), whether they will give the number of peers taking no party whip, in the following categories—

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the OFSTED inspectors carrying out inspections at reception classes as part of a school inspection during 1998 used the same criteria in assessing the social and emotional development of four year olds as were used by inspectors from OFSTED inspecting pupils of similar age in pre-school playgroups, nursery classes and nursery schools; and whether the provision of child centred education was of a comparable standard in each case.      (HL1407)

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether inspections carried out by OFSTED in 1998 of reception classes in primary schools included a representative sample of schools serving inner city and other severely disadvantaged communities.      (HL1408)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current debts of the world’s twenty five poorest nations; what is the estimated size of the debts of the developing countries; what are the current levels of repayment; how much is repaid to the United Kingdom annually; and how this compares with the size of our current aid programme.      (HL1409)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated increase in time for rail passenger traffic to traverse the Severn estuary upon closure of the Severn rail tunnel; and what speed restriction will be imposed on intercity passenger traffic diverted via the Stroud line.      (HL1410)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Health and Safety Executive has in conjunction with Railtrack to undertake test borings into the structure and stability of the Severn rail tunnel walls, the strata and the detritus behind the walls.      (HL1411)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to close the Severn rail tunnel until a full examination has been undertaken into the structure and stability of the Severn rail tunnel to safeguard rail operator’s passengers.      (HL1412)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the request of the tunnel engineering staff for test borings into—

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the state of the Severn rail tunnel and in particular with—

The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to end the present regulation which limits the sale of 75 mg aspirin to 32 tablets at one time.      (HL1415)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further preparations are being made for a NATO force in Kovoso.      (HL1416)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will view the video tape of the proceedings on the House of Lords’ Offices Committee Report on Tuesday 12th January and confirm that the correction made in the Official Report of 1st February (col. 1410) was accurate.      (HL1417)

The Lord Blease—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish details of the induction and training arrangements, known as the Transition Programme, designed to assist Members and Committee ancillary personnel of the Northern Ireland Assembly, with particular reference to—

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a new agreement with the United States and Turkey (as reported in the International Herald Tribune, 3rd March) on “technical rules of engagement in the North of Iraq which will give pilots even greater flexibility to decide when to fire their weapons”.      (HL1419)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to establish the facts concerning damage to the Iraqi-Turkish pipeline; whether attacks on this pipeline such as those of 28th February and 1st March are now permitted under the new rules of engagement agreed by the United States and Turkey; and whether this new policy is compatible with United Kingdom policy that Saddam Hussein can “sell as much oil as he wants for food and medicine for the Iraqi people” (Answer by the Prime Minister on 3rd March, HC Deb, col. 1074).      (HL1420)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will cite the United Nations Security Council Resolution which legitimates attacks under the new United States policy to topple Saddam Hussein, in which British aircraft are now taking part.      (HL1421)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would welcome the adoption by the United Nations Security Council of a policy to seek the global elimination of the nuclear weapon.      (HL1422)

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

    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
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]

Committed to a Select Committee

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

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL]
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Water Industry

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]
    Health [HL] [15th March]

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 Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999
    Draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 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]

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
Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 11TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

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

MONDAY 29TH MARCH

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 30TH MARCH

Procedure of the House Committee 4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.45 am
(Science and Society)

 
 
 
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