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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 22ND MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees’ motion, at end insert (“save that, in paragraph 1 (“Report of the Group on Procedure in the Chamber”), on page 4, in the sub-paragraph headed “Divisions”, leave out (“in consequence be extended from three to four minutes”) and insert (“remain at three minutes”)”).

The Baroness Young—To move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees’ motion, at end insert (“save that, notwithstanding paragraph 2 (“The General Debate Day”), Wednesday shall remain the general debate day”).

†The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees’ motion, at end insert (“save that, notwithstanding paragraph 2 (“The General Debate Day”), from Wednesday 5th May until the end of the present session:

and that the Procedure Committee shall review these arrangements and report to the House before the House rises for the Summer Recess.”)

The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Future Financing of the EU: who pays and how? (6th Report, HL Paper 36).

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

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

†International Mobile Satellite Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

[The Lord Dubs intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.]

Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Amendment) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved (S.I. 525/99). [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1996 (Code of Practice) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Limit in Relation to Licences to Provide Radio Multiplex Services Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

New Opportunities Fund (Specification of Initiatives) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 11th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

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 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]

†Railways (Rateable Values) (Amendment) Order 1999—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

Note: The Lord Sewel intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects, the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

†Civil Legal Aid (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Advice and Assistance (Financial Conditions) (Scotland) Regulations 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (Application to Summary Proceedings) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Note: The Lord Sewel intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects, the motions must be moved separately.

†Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) (No. 1) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

Note: The Baroness Hollis of Heigham intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects, the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.

†Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Amendment Regulations 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Social Security (Incapacity, Earnings and Work Trials) Pilot Schemes Regulations 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†National Minimum Wage (Offshore Employment) Order 1999—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 10th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

WEDNESDAY 24TH MARCH

[Prayers will have been read]

*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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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]

†Health Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

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.

House of Lords Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

TUESDAY 30TH MARCH

[At eleven o’clock]

*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 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.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will indemnify landowners against insurance claims arising from accidental injury on their land to those exercising a legal right to roam.

[It is expected that the Second Reading of the House of Lords Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

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. [Short debate]

†The Lord Freyberg—To call attention to the role of design in improving competitiveness and qualify of life; and to move for papers. [Short debate]

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.

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.

*The Baroness Trumpington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made regarding the removal of the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh from Whitehall to a more appropriate site.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are giving to schemes to develop power from waves to generate electricity.

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.

*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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce lower speed limits on all types of roads.

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.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to minimise the risk to hearing from noise at work.

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 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 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 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 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 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.

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 Freyberg—To call attention to the funding and role of art colleges in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will enquire into the incidence of cruelty to animals; and, if so, whether they will publish their conclusions.

†The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the current divergences between the United States, Russia and China about the future of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and their effect on the credibility of the British thermonuclear deterrent.

†The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to facilitate economic recovery in the recently devastated republics of Central America.

†The 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.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 31st March for debate on 28th April]

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 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 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.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to Her Majesty’s Government’s policy concerning the use of human embryos in cloning procedures; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Kennet—To call attention to the developments in the greater Middle East; 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)

25th February

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 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 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)

2nd March

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)

4th March

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 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—

8th March

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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

11th March

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 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)

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 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 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 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (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 Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) by private financial initiatives.      (HL1559)

16th March

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Operational Requirement for the Airborne Stand-Off Radar (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 what steps they have taken to cover the capital costs of the production of the Airborne Stand-Off Radar (ASTOR) by private financial initiatives.      (HL1559)

The Lord Clarke of Hampstead—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the latest volume of Agriculture in the United Kingdom to be published.      (HL1560)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to control pesticide residues in baby foods.      (HL1561)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to answer Written Question HL503 dated 13th January in the name of Lord Chesham.      (HL1564)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the results of the January count of caravans occupied by gypsies and other travellers.      (HL1565)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent disruption of Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) navigation signals off the coast of North Carolina was deliberate; whether it was part of a NATO exercise or of a purely United States Atlantic Command exercise; what warning was given to GPS users of the disruption; and how long did it last.      (HL1566)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principal amendments have been made to the 6th VAT Directive since it was adopted in 1977; what is the text of each amendment; and when each amendment was made.      (HL1567)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to Article 14(1) of the Consolidated Version of the European Community Treaty, what proposals have been advanced and what discussions have taken place to agree a new date, other than that of 31st December 1992, by which the Council shall “adopt measures with the aim of progressively establishing the internal market”; and, with reference to Article 14(3) of the European Community Treaty, what proposals the Commission have made to the Council to “determine the guidelines and conditions necessary to ensure balanced progress in all the sectors concerned”.      (HL1568)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reviews and proposals under the provisions of Article 28(4) of the 6th Directive concerning derogations have been received by the Council; and what date has now been set for the end of the transitional period.      (HL1569)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to decisions on Euroland interest rates made by the European Central Bank, whether the Bank’s Governing Council acts by a simple majority vote in which, together with the Executive Board, each governor of the Bank of each state has the same equal vote, regardless of size and wealth of the different member states; or whether bank rate decisions are made by a qualified majority vote or by a vote weighted according to the population and GDP of each member state; and on what decisions made by the Governing Council voting takes place on the basis of the weighting of each country’s vote according to its population size and its GDP.      (HL1570)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, under the provisions of the European Treaties as amended by the Amsterdam Treaty, what will be changed in the procedures for choosing the next President of the European Commission and other Commissioners; and what procedures will be adopted in appointing the Council’s new spokesman, the High Representative on matters covered by the Union’s Common Foreign and Security policy.      (HL1571)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which laboratories have been granted licences to create transgenic animals between 1995 and 1999.      (HL1572)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria for drawing up the areas and boundaries for Assisted Area Status and Objective 2 Status; and whether the use of—

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the maps of United Kingdom Assisted Area Status and Objective 2 Status have to be submitted by the Government of the European Commission.      (HL1574)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of “Operation Outreach” conducted by Derbyshire Police during the years 1995-97; and whether it is ongoing.      (HL1575)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Peter Clarence Foster, currently under process of extradition from Australia by the Serious Fraud Office, is or was a registered informant to the Derbyshire Police involved in “Operation Outreach”.      (HL1576)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the public interest in their continued efforts to extradite Peter Clarence Foster from Australia when the offences for which he stands charged have already been dropped or dismissed against a colleague with costs.      (HL1577)

The Lord Spens—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Audit Office will be asked to examine the costs of the extradition proceedings against Peter Clarence Foster to establish whether the costs to date are justified.      (HL1578)

The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether university students working temporarily in Parliament on “sandwich” courses are exempt from the provisions of the National Minimum Wage.      (HL1579)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statements on health-related matters have been made in the House of Commons in the period 2nd May 1997 to 16th March 1999; and whether these provide an adequate opportunity for Parliament to scrutinise the Government’s policy intentions in this area.      (HL1580)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the Cabinet Office guidelines are for the minimum period allowed for response time to public consultation documents issued by individual Departments of State.      (HL1581)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many equine viral arteritis (EVA) infected stallions or mares there are in the United Kingdom.      (HL1582)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why there is no equine viral arteritis (EVA) test done on imported stallions and mares from other European Union countries.      (HL1583)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why frozen horse semen is not tested for equine viral arteritis (EVA) when imported from other European Union countries.      (HL1584)

The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the Territorial Army completed—

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what amount of funding has been allotted to the British Council’s Grants to Artists Scheme for 1999-2000; and how that amount compares with funding for the three previous years.      (HL1586)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the last 10 oil and fibre plant seeds to have received statutory certification, whether they will specify—

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15th March (WA 56), whether they will place in the Library of the House a list of the consultees—

17th March

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any insurance companies underwrite any part of—

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the process of aid and international development, what is their estimate of the number of people employed in the United Kingdom and overseas by (a) the Government in full time positions; (b) the Government in part time positions or as consultants; and (c) United Kingdom non-governmental organisations.      (HL1591)

The Baroness Mallalieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to review the present practice of conducting the trials of children charged with serious offences in the adult courts.      (HL1592)

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether press reports that legal proceedings were instigated in Argentina with the object of detaining the Prince of Wales were correct.      (HL1593)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total quantity of beef exports from certified herds in Northern Ireland since the lifting of the beef ban on 16th March 1998.      (HL1594)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a veterinary in Europe is identical to a veterinary surgeon in the United Kingdom; and, if not, what are the differences.      (HL1595)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the charges due to begin on 1st April on small abattoirs and their viability.      (HL1596)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they balance their concerns for animal welfare, small businesses and rural communities with their policies towards smaller abattoirs.      (HL1597)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abattoirs and cutting plants have been closed but retained their licences since 1st May 1997.      (HL1598)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims are still outstanding for compensation on handguns under (a) Option A; (b) Option B; and (c) Option C of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997.      (HL1599)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when claimants of compensation schemes may reasonably expect payment for complying with Her Majesty’s Government’s demand for surrendering their lawfully held handguns under the compensation scheme.      (HL1600)

The Lord Ashbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government at what age a child ceases to be the victim of paedophilia (even if consensual) and becomes a responsible sexually active child, entitled to tax-funded contraception.      (HL1601)

The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost per unit of generating electricity in existing coal fired powered stations and in existing gas fired powered stations.      (HL1602)

The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the highest cost per unit and what is the lowest cost per unit of generating electricity in existing coal fired powered stations.      (HL1603)

The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is highest cost per unit and what is the lowest cost per unit of generating electricity in existing gas fired powered stations.      (HL1604)

The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of production of electricity in new coal fired power stations currently being erected or being planned..      (HL1605)

The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what limits there are at present or contemplated on the use of foreign coal in existing or future coal fired power stations.      (HL1606)

The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, at current prices, what is the cost of imported coal used in coal fired power stations; and what is the cost of coal mined in the United Kingdom.      (HL1607)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether water fluoridation schemes in the United Kingdom have been and will in future be subject to environmental impact assessment under European Council Directive 85/337/EEC, since almost all the hexafluorosilicic acid used for this purpose finds its way into the environment; and, if not, why not.      (HL1608)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their interpretation of the research into health problems arising from fluoridation of water supplies presented by Dr Susheela at her meeting with the Minister for Public Health on 26th October 1998.      (HL1609)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will restore diplomatic relations with Sudan.      (HL1610)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the British Council’s budget for its work in the Sudan.      (HL1611)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many places they paid for at the Constitution Unit’s one-day conference entitled “Constitutional Futures” on Thursday 25th February at the Senate House, University of London; which Departments were represented; and by how many people.      (HL1612)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all application forms and accompanying documents and correspondence which they have received, whenever the application was made, in respect of the entry of genetically modified seeds into the non-statutory provisional seed certification scheme.      (HL1613)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are now able to inform the farming industry, meat suppliers and consumers when the ban on the sale of beef on the bone is likely to be lifted.      (HL1614)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering changes to the pay of the Gurkhas.      (HL1615)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost to public funds to abolish the tolls on—

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of maintenance of—

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a graph showing the most optimistic predicted usage of vehicles crossing the Skye Bridge based on current trends and with current arrangements; and what is the earliest time-scale within which the Skye Bridge toll can be ended.      (HL1618)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to table a statutory instrument to bring into force section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997.      (HL1619)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that no administrative arrangements are made to implement the mandatory sentencing provision in section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 until praying time against the statutory instrument to bring it into force has expired.      (HL1620)

18th March

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the role of the United Kingdom Parliament would be enhanced by giving the House of Commons the opportunity to approve the appointment of the United Kingdom’s European Commissioners.      (HL1624)

The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether (a) they consider that the Amsterdam Treaty shifted the balance of power in the European Union away from nation states and intergovernmental control towards a political Commission led by a political President, in which the Commissioners work under the political guidance of the President, who has the power to veto Commissioners nominated by Member States; and (b) if so, whether that is in the United Kingdom’s interest.      (HL1625)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 1st March (WA 162-164), whether they will publish the same information relating to the number of houses sold to sitting tenants in the form of a graph.      (HL1626)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take on allegations that three Russian firms broke United Nations sanctions on Iraq by selling components for the manufacture of surface-to-surface missiles and navigation equipment for fighters and anti-aircraft missiles.      (HL1627)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of Chinese missiles targeted on Taiwan has risen from 30-50 in March 1996 to 150-200 at present; and what increase is forecast.      (HL1628)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what penalties there are in the £70 million contract with Siemens Business Systems for computer systems at the Immigration and Nationality Department for late delivery and failure to meet specifications; and when it is expected that this system will be fully operative.      (HL1629)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still adhere to the aim announced in paragraph 8.9 of the White Paper Fairer, Faster, Firmer—A Modern Approach to Immigration and Asylum that most initial asylum decisions will be made within two months of receipt of applications; and what is the target for April 2000.      (HL1630)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum applications were awaiting decision by the Immigration and Nationality Department on (a) 1st May 1997; (b) 31st December 1997; (c) 31st December 1998 and (d) the latest date for which the information is available.      (HL1631)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evaluated the evidence collected by African Rights, London, of the alleged lead role in the 1994 Rwanda genocide played by Callixte Nzabonimana, who held the position of Minister of Youth in the régime of April-July 1994; whether they will draw this evidence to the attention of the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda; and whether they are satisfied that investigations by the Tribunal are being conducted with efficiency and speed.      (HL1632)

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to monitor the pollution threat from synthetic pyrethroid sheepdip; and when these were last reviewed.      (HL1633)

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies have been made of the time that can be expected to elapse between the pollution of a watercourse and the recovery of invertebrate life in the case of (a) synthetic pyrethroid sheepdip; and (b) other comparable pollutants.      (HL1634)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th March (WA 102), what are the six library authorities which are considering service cuts and from which they are seeking information to establish the details of, and rationale behind, these proposals.      (HL1635)

The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to improve the safety of the prescribing of medicines for children.      (HL1636)

The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the case for children to be treated as a specific client group in the NHS; and whether their needs and interests will receive specific attention in the current review of NHS priorities for research and development.      (HL1637)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the recent discussions between the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, Mr Georgyi Mamedov, and Mr David Manning of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the relation between the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and a possible non-strategic anti-ballistic missile system for Western Europe.      (HL1638)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have issued guidelines governing the publicity that a hospital trust may engage in when a member of its staff is awaiting a hearing from the General Medical Council or is suspended from practice.      (HL1639)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Thanet Healthcare NHS Trust have acted properly in discussing with the press the case of Dr Michael Tai whilst he is awaiting a disciplinary hearing from the General Medical Council and is suspended from practice.      (HL1640)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that adequate arrangements have been made by Thanet Healthcare for pain management clinics to be operated in the absence of Dr Michael Tai.      (HL1641)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce regulations for the enforcement of EC Regulation 1139/98 concerning the labelling of genetically modified soya and maize.      (HL1642)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any leak about the deliberations of judges to a newspaper, in advance of a judgment by those judges, is in the interests of justice.      (HL1643)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the effect of European Single Market legislation upon net United Kingdom job creation figures between 1993 and 1997 in each of the three sectors of the British economy most affected by that legislation.      (HL1644)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


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]
    United Reformed Church [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]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [23rd March]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [23rd March]
    Health [HL] [25th March]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Access to Justice [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

    Carriage by Air Acts (Implementation of Protocol No. 4 of Montreal, 1975) Order 1999
    Draft Carriage by Air Acts (Application of Provisions) (Fifth Amendment) 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
    Draft International Mobile Satellite Organisation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland (Sentences) Act 1998 (Specified Organisations) Order 1999
    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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 22ND MARCH

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.00 pm
(Select Committee)

TUESDAY 23RD MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 24TH MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 25TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 30TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
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)
Liaison Committee4.00 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 14TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 20TH APRIL

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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