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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.

TUESDAY 16TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Health Bill [HL]— Further consideration on Report [The Baroness Hayman]

‡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.

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.

†Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 33) be agreed to.

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]

†Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Ackner]

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.

MONDAY 12TH APRIL

†*The Lord Brookman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will submit amendments to the draft Directive on End of Life Vehicles, which would permit the continued production of leaded steel in the United Kingdom.

†*The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have decided to end the moratorium on the sale of former railway land by the British Railways Board in advance of the publication of the review of such sales and consultation with the railway industry.

TUESDAY 13TH APRIL

†*The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether halving the widow’s and widower’s inheritance of SERPS from 6th April 2000 and withdrawing the widow’s bereavement allowance on the same date, instead of extending it to widowers, is consistent with the Government’s general policy towards widows and widowers.

†*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are able to offer to the child protection initiatives currently being undertaken in Asia, particularly those in Nepal and Thailand.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have carried out a gender impact assessment on their Welfare and Pensions Bill.

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the total shortfall in contributions to the United Nations by its member states; which members states are now most in arrears, and by how much; and what are the implications for those states in terms of the rules of procedure of the United Nations.

WEDNESDAY 14TH APRIL

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new measures they are taking to combat cross-channel smuggling of alcohol and tobacco.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue a White Paper setting out the political and economic reasons for and against the United Kingdom joining the European single currency and identifying the questions which need to be answered before a decision is reached.

†*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what success they have had in increasing diplomatic pressure on countries that provide safe havens for suspected pirates or armed robbers at sea.

THURSDAY 15TH APRIL

†*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their attitude to the imminent closure of the Airedale Allergy Centre in West Yorkshire.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the status of the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands in the Council of the Isles.

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.

†The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the effect of the introduction of the Working Time Directive on the well-being of the Tourist Industry.

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 Security 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 or amended on 15th 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)

15th March

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have appointed an external auditor for the randomised badger culling trial.      (HL1529)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they plan to make for the appointment of Special Advisers following devolution for Scotland and Wales.      (HL1530)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the British-Irish Council will be established.      (HL1531)

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s consultation exercise on shellfish conservation, what improvements are planned in the protection of United Kingdom shellfish stocks.      (HL1532)

The Lord Haskel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to encourage greater openness in the public sector to prepare for legislation on freedom of information.      (HL1533)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to sign up to elements of the Schengen Agreement at the forthcoming Justice and Home Affairs Council; which elements are concerned; and what representations they have received on this matter.      (HL1534)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all traffic signals and traffic control systems such as SCOOT (split cycle optimisation operating technique) are millennium compliant.      (HL1535)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance has been given to the police service on the use of enforcement cameras in respect of—

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make new finance available for clearing contaminated land with a view to future development within urban areas which would help to relieve the pressures on building homes on greenfield sites.      (HL1537)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider re-opening the 8¼ mile rail link between Armagh and Portadown in the light of the growing significance of Armagh to the political and business development of Northern Ireland.      (HL1538)

The Lord Blease—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Policy, Planning and Research Unit (PPRU), which is undertaking a community attitudes survey and which issued a First Results Report (occasional paper no. 26) on 19th May 1994, will now publish the results of its latest findings.      (HL1539)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under current arrangements, they are able to issue within a reasonable time residence permits and other documents evidencing status in the United Kingdom via the Immigration and Nationality Department of the Home Office.      (HL1540)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposals by the Starting Line Group for Legislative Measures to Combat Racism and to Promote Equal Rights in the European Union.      (HL1541)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of evidence about the supply of arms to the perpetrators of the genocide in Rwanda, they will ensure that future legislation bringing a United Nations arms embargo into effect covers all British dependencies as well as the United Kingdom.      (HL1542)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation making it a criminal offence for any person within the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom or British dependencies to procure arms from another country other than in accordance with a licensing procedure, using the same criteria as if the arms were being exported from the United Kingdom.      (HL1543)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the causes of the failure of computer systems used by the Immigration and Nationality Department of the Home Office; the steps being taken to remedy the problems; the estimated time-scale for completion of the work, and the probable delays in processing asylum applications; and whether they will include a copy of this statement with all letters from Ministers responding to Members inquiring about delays in relation to particular asylum applications.      (HL1544)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the budget provision which allows an employer to pay a tax-free mileage allowance of 12p to cyclists, they will introduce such an allowance for Members of both Houses.      (HL1545)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it satisfactory that, one week before the United Nations Human Rights Commission is due to begin its 1999 session in Geneva, only 26 of the 119 documents to be considered have been published and that none of the reports by the main thematic and country rapporteurs and workings groups is available.      (HL1546)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will move a Resolution at the United Nations Human Rights Commission 55th Session which begins on 22nd March asserting that decisions on the manner of publication of documents for presentation to the Commission are a matter for the Commission and that all documents shall be published in the language of the original, rather than waiting until translation into all the working languages of the Commission has been completed notwithstanding any decision of the General Assembly to the contrary.      (HL1547)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the estimated costs of the recent proceedings before the Vice-Chancellor, the Rt Hon Sir Richard Scott, against Mr Kevin Maxwell, including the costs of the three Queen’s Counsel, two juniors and thirteen departmental lawyers appearing against Mr Maxwell.      (HL1548)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it can be in the public interest for individuals to be subject to court proceedings without legal representation for the respondent, in circumstances comparable to the case of Kevin Maxwell.      (HL1549)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who authorised the expenditure on the recent court proceedings against Kevin Maxwell; and whether this expenditure will be examined by the National Audit Office to see whether this expenditure was cost or benefit effective.      (HL1550)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Report of the Inspectors in the matter of the Inquiry into Mirror Group Newspapers PLC can now be published; and, if not, whether they will consider an interim report.      (HL1551)

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 11th March (WA 53) concerning the British Chamber of Shipping, what are the “catalyst groups” which have been established to take forward action points in their shipping policy paper; who serves on them; how they are appointed; what are their terms of reference; when they will report; and what is their cost to the taxpayer.      (HL1552)

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much taxpayers’ money was given to shipping in each of the last five years, both in cash and in real terms.      (HL1553)

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that the A5 Hesscliffe bypass will be completed.      (HL1554)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Endowment for Science and Technology (NESTA) is to be funded with £200 million of lottery funds.      (HL1555)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the good causes (other than the Millennium Commission) of sports, arts, heritage and charities have had their share of the net lottery proceeds reduced to 5 per cent for 13 weeks; and whether for that 13 week period the New Opportunities Fund (NOF) is to receive 60 per cent of such proceeds.      (HL1556)

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Operational Requirement for the Anti-Submarine Torpedo Ordnance Rocket (ASTOR) was not amended to take account of new technology revealed by the Radar Technology Insertion Programme providing a greater and more advanced capability.      (HL1557)

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm that the new technology in the Radar Technology Insertion Programme being used by Northrop Grumann/British Aerospace will not require a mid-life improvement programme and that any other known system will require mid-life improvement costing about £450 million.      (HL1558)

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to cover the capital costs of the production of the Anti-Submarine Torpedo Ordnance Rocket (ASTOR) by private financial initiatives.      (HL1559)

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] [23rd March]

Committed to a Select Committee

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

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

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

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    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] [18th 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]

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
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England10.30 am
(Select Committee)

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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