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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.

WEDNESDAY 10TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debate on the motion in the name of the Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer set down for today shall be limited to 3½ hours and that in the name of the Baroness Thomas of Walliswood to 2½ hours.

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.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether American intelligence agencies have used UNSCOM teams in Iraq as cover for national intelligence activities.

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

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.

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 on 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 Lord Waddington—To call attention to the need to maintain respect for Parliament and to safeguard democracy; and to move for papers.

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.

†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.

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a standard interval of time is required for special advisers between departure from a position in Government service and taking up a business appointment.

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 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 or amended on 9th 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 Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Buddhists or Hindus are disqualified from serving on the staff of the Prime Minister.      (HL947)

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)

9th March

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report by the Government Actuary on his investigation of the National Health Service Pension Scheme in England and Wales 1989 to 1994.      (HL1443)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the future of the Cattle Health Scheme.      (HL1444)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the response to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food consultation on the proposal to charge industry for the costs of enforcing controls on specified risk material.      (HL1445)

The Lord Winston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make any changes to local and national arrangements to support their objectives for lifelong learning and whether there are any implications for the Training and Enterprise Council.      (HL1446)

The Lord Moran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken to ensure that the operations of the Culmore waste landfill site are in keeping with the designation of Lough Foyle as a Special Protection Area (SPA) under the European Union Birds Directive; and what action has been or will be taken to remove the recently constructed bunding in the inter-tidal area which forms part of the SPA adjacent to the Culmore landfill site in view of the importance of this area for birds.      (HL1447)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering the use of the power in s.10(1)(b) of the Public Libraries and Museums Act 1964 to instigate local enquiries where the Secretary of State believes that library authorities are failing to carry out their duty under s.7(1) of the Act “to provide a comprehensive and efficient library service for all persons desiring to make use thereof”.      (HL1448)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have completed their consideration of the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and of the 1995 UNIDROIT Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects announced on 3rd June 1997 by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey (WA 563); and why they are taking so long in deciding whether to sign.      (HL1449)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that the conditions for access to the open countryside in England and Wales should be brought in line with those currently in force in Scotland.      (HL1450)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that the conditions for access to the open countryside in England and Wales should be brought in line with those currently in force in Northern Ireland      (HL1451)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that at the end of the current review of the National Curriculum, every child will have the opportunity to experience outdoor adventure education.      (HL1452)

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether it is possible to clean the two largest pictures in the Royal Gallery.      (HL1453)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the official review of international human rights instruments in addition to the summary of the conclusions of the review; and, if not, why not.      (HL1454)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for deciding not to accept the right of individual petition under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.      (HL1455)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce legislation to remove inconsistencies in the United Kingdom’s family law provisions so as to enable them to ratify the Seventh Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1456)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will decide whether legislation is necessary to enable the United Kingdom to ratify the Fourth Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1457)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that additional rights are contained in the United Nations Convention Against Torture and the United Nations Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, respectively, over and above those contained in the European Convention on Human Rights; and, if so, what rights.      (HL1458)

The Lord Jopling—To ask the Leader of the House on how many occasions, over each of the last 20 years, backbench motions debated on a Wednesday have been voted on.      (HL1459)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the price differential between dollar area and Caribbean bananas over the last 15 years reflects an improvement in the quality of Caribbean bananas, following the official warnings about poor quality which were issued by the United Kingdom Government in the mid-1980s.      (HL1460)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Donoughue on 15th February (WA 63) and 9th March, whether, as well as having a duty to act in good faith and being expected to act fairly 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.      (HL1461)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency is obtaining estimates, in money and other terms, of the costs to Londoners of their decision recently to close all but one lane of the Mall for three months and all of it for three weeks; and, if not, whether the Government will now instruct them to do so.      (HL1462)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what objections were received by them or the Royal Parks Agency, and from whom, concerning the Royal Parks Agency’s closure of the Mall.      (HL1463)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency is planning to secure estimates of the costs, in money and in other terms, to (a) Londoners and (b) local residents, of their plan to close the North Carriage Drive of Hyde Park during three months this summer, including particularly the costs of any environmental and social degradation involved; and, if not, whether the Government will now instruct them to do so.      (HL1464)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now require the Royal Parks Agency to conduct appropriate cost-benefit analyses of the commercial activities which it is allowed to conduct in the Royal Parks, including particularly the costs of any environmental and social degradation involved.      (HL1465)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they held, and with whom, when they decided to go against their commitments, undertaken in the light of the Jenkins Reports on the Royal Parks, to restrict the commercialisation of the Royal Parks; and whether they will now consult with all the bodies who were consulted by the Jenkins Commission.      (HL1466)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, while they consulted the public over proposals to construct a memorial garden to Diana, Princess of Wales, in Kensington Gardens, they have not consulted the public over their plans for the commercialisation of Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; and whether they will now do so.      (HL1467)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

To be heard by the Examiners on Thursday 18th March at 11.00 am


Waiting for Second Reading

    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Easter Act 1928 (Commencement) [HL] [11th March]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Rating (Valuation) [11th March]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Scottish Enterprise
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]
    Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [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
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
    Obscenity [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [11th March]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
    Health [HL] [15th March]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Access to Justice [HL] [16th March]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    City of Westminster [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Road Traffic (NHS Charges)

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
    Draft Limit in Relation to Licences to Provide Radio Multiplex Services Order 1999
    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1999
    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Code of Practice) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (Application to Summary Proceedings) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries 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]

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

THURSDAY 11TH MARCH

Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)at Canary Wharf
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

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 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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