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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 15TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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no circumstances will they be attacked by a British nuclear weapon and that these assurances will not be unilaterally withdrawn.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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†*The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the success of Customs and Excise in detecting the illegal importation of hard drugs, what new measures are being taken to prevent the loss of £1 billion per year from tobacco smuggling.

†‡Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 4th March be approved.

[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.

†Scottish Enterprise Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

†Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish]

†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.

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.

†Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

†Disability Rights Commission Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Baroness Blackstone]

†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.

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.

†European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Bethell]

†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.

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To call attention to the case for making available the international remedies for breaches by the United Kingdom of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1996), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984) and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1966); and to move for papers.

†The Lord Thomas of Gresford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to prevent the imminent extinction of the capercaille in the United Kingdom by the creation of special protected areas under Article 3(2)(a) of the Birds Directive (79/409/EEC), and by seeking its re-scheduling as an Annex 1 species, subject to special conservation measures.

†The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to comply with their obligation under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, which came into force on 1st October 1997, to establish a central computerised register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted.

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 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]

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Schengen and the United Kingdom’s Border Controls (7th Report, HL Paper 37). [10th March]

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

22nd February

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)

23rd February

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 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)

25th February

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 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 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)

1st March

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 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 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 what increases in tonnage they expect in the United Kingdom fleet over the next five and ten years.      (HL1333)

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)

2nd March

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 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 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 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—

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 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) applicant, (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 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 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 have any reservations about the state of the Severn rail tunnel and in particular—

and whether they have reached any conclusions on the results of any test borings.      (HL1414)

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 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)

8th March

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether standing spending assessments for specific services for individual local authorities reflect an expectation by the Government that those precise sums will be spent on the services concerned.      (HL1427)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times they have sought an injunction to prevent the publication of an advertisement for a medicinal product.      (HL1428)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have deemed it necessary to introduce Regulation 13 of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 267); why there is no appeal to the courts proposed in respect of Regulation 13; and what are the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for Regulation 13.      (HL1429)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Export Credits Guarantee Department is assessing the Ilisu dam project in Turkey, when it has already been turned down by the World Bank; and whether the Department of Trade and Industry is supporting the application by a British company.      (HL1430)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received concerning (a) possible increased international tension and (b) environmental impact, resulting from the proposed Ilisu dam in Turkey.      (HL1431)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will place in the Library of the House copies of the responses to their consultation on tourism which led to the publication of Tomorrow’s Tourism on 26th February.      (HL1432)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to lay before Parliament the new Railway Safety Regulations.      (HL1433)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their position on decriminalising the therapeutic use of cannabis by critically ill patients in the light of measures passed in Alaska and other American states.      (HL1434)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the bilateral aid to the Palestinian Authority is earmarked for improving their legal system and the capacity of their non-governmental organisations to monitor and report on human rights problems, including those arising from a lack of due process.      (HL1435)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would welcome discussion in the Security Council with a view to forming an agreed policy towards the elimination of nuclear weapons.      (HL1436)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the World Trade Organisation in adjusting its criteria to ensure that its decisions take proper account of the Precautionary Principle as regards their social and environmental effects; and, if not, whether they will seek to halt the WTO’s activities until these improvements in its procedures have been effected.      (HL1437)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations to the World Trade Organisation about financial contributions allegedly made to United States politicians by banana exporters.      (HL1438)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the absence of agreement on a Biosafety Protocol under the Biodiversity Convention, the World Trade Organisation may back exporters of products including genetically modified organisms which governments of importing countries wish to subject to “advance informed consent”; and, if so, whether they will seek to halt activities in this field until agreement on the Protocol has been reached.      (HL1439)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 26th January (WA 142), whether they will work to ensure that the World Trade Organisation should always adopt the Precautionary Principle in the absence of conclusive scientific evidence that a product is safe, and should not assume that the absence of conclusive evidence can amount to conclusive evidence of absence of risk to human, animal or plant life or health.      (HL1440)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Israeli Government reports that it is maintaining stocks of smallpox virus; and whether this is in accordance with its international commitments under the World Health Assembly Resolution of 25th May 1996 on the destruction of variola virus stocks.      (HL1441)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British Forces attacking Iraqi targets, other than in self-defence, are operating under United States Command; if so, whether the British Government have now accepted American policy towards Iraq which explicitly includes the toppling of the present Iraqi Government; and whether that is compatible with the provisions of the Charter of the United Nations or with any Security Council Resolutions.      (HL1442)

9th March

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 (WA 25), 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)

10th March

The Lord Winston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to sequence the genome of the bacterium which causes tuberculosis in cattle.      (HL1469)

The Lord Winston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they intend to conduct into cattle tuberculosis during 1999-2000.      (HL1470)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide details of the pilot schemes on individual learning accounts to be introduced in April 1999.      (HL1471)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a summary of the responses to the Department for Education and Employment Green Paper The Learning Age—A New Britain.      (HL1472)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken following complaints of impropriety by prison officers at HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs.      (HL1473)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 or any other legislation, they have a duty to assess the risk of genetically modified animals escaping from captivity, cross-breeding or entering the food chain; what is their current practice in this respect; and whether there are adequate penalties for anyone accidentally or intentionally releasing genetically modified animals, including fish.      (HL1474)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the extent of the departmental responsibility of the Home Office for genetically modified animals or organisms.      (HL1475)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Government of Turkey—

The Lord Elton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, in the most recent convenient period of twelve months, was —

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what authority officers of the police were able to undertake covert raids throughout the British Isles on so-called “neo-Nazi” members of the group known as Chapter 18.      (HL1478)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their objections to permitting individuals to have recourse to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination established under Article 8 of the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination (1966) in relation to complaints where there is no effective remedy in United Kingdom law.      (HL1479)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their objections to permitting individuals to have recourse to the Committee against Torture established under Article 17 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984) in relation to complaints where there is no effective remedy in United Kingdom law.      (HL1480)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their objections to permitting individuals to have recourse to the United Nations Human Rights Committee established under Article 28 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966) in relation to complaints where there is no effective remedy in United Kingdom law.      (HL1481)

The Earl of Dartmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of larger-scale selling of the Euro on the international markets, there is a treaty obligation on the British Government or the Bank of England to accede to a request to support the Euro currency.      (HL1482)

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who are to be the members of their new think-tank on foreign policy, to be led by Mr Mark Leonard; how they have been chosen; when they are to report; and what will be the cost.      (HL1484)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners have been released to date under the Good Friday Agreement and how many who could be eligible for release under the Agreement remain in custody; and whether they will indicate, in respect of each group, the number convicted of murder, the number not convicted of murder but sentenced to life imprisonment and the number whose offences were committed in England.      (HL1485)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances those prisoners released under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement would be liable to recall to prison to serve the remainder of their sentences.      (HL1486)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in each of the last ten years in which responsibility lay with the British Railways Board, what contracts or projects in connection with the maintenance of the Severn rail tunnel were outsourced.      (HL1488)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 8th March (WA 1) on genetically modified animals—

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 8th March (WA 12-13), whether they will now say what assessment has been made of the risk of conflicts of interest arising from the involvement of persons connected with the pharmaceutical industry in framing recommendations made to the Government concerning human cloning; and how many statutory declarations of interests were made.      (HL1490)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 9th March (WA 23) on who will conduct Public Expenditure Survey negotiations with the Treasury on behalf of the Scottish Executive after 1st July 1999, whether it will be a member of the Scottish Executive, the Secretary of State for Scotland, or a senior official of the Scottish Executive.      (HL1491)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the House of Lords have been appointed to public bodies since the 1997 General Election.      (HL1492)

11th March

The Baroness Thornton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Intervention Board performed against its targets for 1997-98.      (HL1493)

The Baroness Thornton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cattle now have passports issued by the British Cattle Movement Service.      (HL1494)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been made to the French Government over the refusal of the French authorities to allow the Scottish trawlers Unity and Accord to land their catch of bass in Brest.      (HL1495)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking compensation for the trawlers Unity and Accord for the loss suffered by the French refusal to allow them to land their catch of bass at Brest.      (HL1496)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been made to the European Commission over the French refusal to allow the trawlers Unity and Accord to land their catch of bass at Brest.      (HL1497)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tax was levied on petrol in pence per litre for each year since 1980, including for the coming year as a result of the recent budget.      (HL1498)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the annual petrol consumption in the United Kingdom for each year since 1980.      (HL1499)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what tax is levied on petrol in pence per litre in each member state of the European Union, and in the United States.      (HL1500)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 10th March (HL Deb, col. 218) concerning millennium compliance, whether 100 per cent availability of telecommunications will be essential for the effective implementation of all contingency plans both of industry and Government.      (HL1501)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 10th March (HL Deb, col. 218) concerning millennium compliance, how many telecommunication operators licensed by OFTEL have—

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ascertain from the Government of Turkey whether any lawful political parties are being hindered or prevented by Government action from presenting a full list of candidates for the forthcoming local and general elections.      (HL1503)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why 75 per cent of the receipts from the sale of council housing must be used for debt redemption, when similar rules do not apply to the capital receipts of central government.      (HL1504)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost to date of legal action and advice incurred by the British Coal Board or its successors and by Government Departments in respect of compensation for mineworkers and former mineworkers or their dependents who have suffered or suffer from (a) bronchitis and emphysema or (b) vibration white finger.      (HL1505)

The Lord Elton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements will be made from 1st June 1999 onwards for the detention in remand of 12, 13 and 14 year old boys and girls and 15 and 16 year old girls remanded in custody where no local authority secure accommodation is available either locally or within a reasonable distance of the home of the person so remanded; and what, for these purposes, they define as a reasonable distance.      (HL1506)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 8th March (WA 1) on genetically modified animals—

The Viscount Gormanston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, in the Ministerial Foreword to the Consultation Paper Residential Leasehold Reform in England and Wales, they state that leasehold is “totally unsuited to the society of the twentieth, let alone the twenty-first century....the Government believes the leasehold system is fundamentally flawed”, when in the ensuing text of the Consultation Paper they propose retaining and supporting residential long leasehold tenure into the foreseeable future.      (HL1508)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8th March (WA 9), whether, while urging the Russian Duma to ratify the START II agreement, they are also urging the Government and Congress of the United States not to proceed with their proposals to withdraw from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty on which the details of the START II agreement are based.      (HL1509)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 18th February (WA 89), whether the European Union efforts to support the implementation of the Wye Agreement include that element of the Agreement under which the United States undertook to enhance Israel’s deterrent capabilities, to establish a new strategic relationship with Israel, and to provide funding for ballistic missile defences; whether they understand the reference to Israel’s deterrent capabilities to be to nuclear weapons (and, if not, to what it might refer); whether this part of the Wye Agreement is being implemented, while other parts are not; and whether this is compatible with Article 1 of the Non-Proliferation Treaty.      (HL1510)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to follow up the statement of the Secretary General of NATO at the NATO at 50 Conference that the new Strategic Concept will be debated in the national bodies.      (HL1511)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present NATO Command Structure is compatible with an offensive war capability.      (HL1512)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that any Government has the right under international law to insist on access to any location in another sovereign country where it suspects activities of which it disapproves are being carried out; and whether pre-emptive military action against such locations can be lawful (as recently suggested by a spokesman for the Government of Japan (BBC Summary of World Broadcasts, 10th March)).      (HL1513)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out in a table the top rate of personal income tax (including where appropriate the investment income surcharge) for each financial year since 1970-71, indicating the threshold at which that rate applied, expressed in both current prices and in 1997-98 prices.      (HL1514)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the current rate of corporation tax, or its equivalent, in each country in the European Union.      (HL1515)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give, in sterling equivalent, the threshold at which registration for VAT becomes mandatory in each country in the European Union.      (HL1516)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on the right of British citizens resident in Gibraltar to be represented in the European Parliament also applies to British citizens in other British territories within Europe.      (HL1517)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and in what ways, the rights as British citizens of residents of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man differ from those of British citizens resident in Gibraltar.      (HL1518)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what ways the relationship between the United Kingdom and Gibraltar differs from the United Kingdom’s relationship with the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man; and what are the historical and legal bases for any such differences.      (HL1519)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to change any of the consular fees.      (HL1520)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their arrangements for the support and promotion of exports.      (HL1521)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of council homes empty on 1st March 1999; and what was the comparable number on 1st March 1998.      (HL1522)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how soon they expect exports of British beef to begin following the lifting of the beef ban in November 1998.      (HL1523)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abattoirs have closed in the last two years.      (HL1524)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of export abattoirs which have been established to relaunch the beef export trade.      (HL1525)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name the members who have been appointed to the Regional Development Agencies and indicate, where relevant, those who are political appointees and those who are rural representatives.      (HL1526)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which rural groups were consulted before recommendations were made concerning the rural representatives to the new Regional Agencies.      (HL1527)

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] [22nd March]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Scottish Enterprise [22nd March]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL] [25th March]
    Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [HL]
    Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [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]
    Rating (Valuation)

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    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] [23rd March]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [23rd March]

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]

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
    Draft National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) Order 1999
    Draft Social Security (Incapacity, Earnings and Work Trials) Pilot Schemes Regulations 1999
    Traffic Areas (Reorganisation) (Wales) Order 1999
    Draft New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiatives) 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]

MONDAY 15TH MARCH

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 17TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 18TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 24TH MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

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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