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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 23RD MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

†*The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reduce the discrepancy between the life of copyright for sound recordings in the United Kingdom (generally life of author plus 50 years) and in the United States (now between life of author plus 70 years 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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 44 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with to enable the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill to be taken through all its stages this day.

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]

†[If the Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill is brought from the Commons, it will be taken through all its stages this day]

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”.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Northbourne set down for today shall be limited to 3½ hours and that in the name of the Viscount Tenby to 2½ hours.

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.

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

†Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Elis-Thomas]

†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.

†ROYAL ASSENT

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 quality 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.

†The Lord Skidelsky—To call attention to current levels of taxation and public expenditure and their consequences; and to move for papers.

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.

MONDAY 19TH APRIL

†*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet completed the review announced on 11th January by the Foreign Secretary of the system by which his Department gives advice on safety to British citizens living or travelling abroad.

†*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to comply with section 4 of the Railways Act 1993 in considering proposed new passenger train services from train operators, for example from East Anglia to the South West and North West of London.

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define “security” in the new programme of the Department for International Development for “security sector reform”; what will be the budget for such reform in the next financial year; and what proportion this expenditure will represent of the total aid budget for that year.

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given that functions under meat hygiene legislation are primarily those of law enforcement, such enforcement in the United Kingdom should be assigned to untrained officials from other European Union countries.

TUESDAY 20TH APRIL

†*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce a British standard for additives to be used by oil companies in lead replacement petrol; and whether the Government will require adequate testing before such products are sold.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Expert Advisory Group is expected to report to the Hillingdon Health Authority concerning the future of the Plastic Surgery and Burns Unit at Mount Vernon Hospital; and whether the Government expect to be consulted about the decision.

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 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.

†The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are prepared to accept that some selection in education has value.

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 special needs education, with particular reference to the promotion of conductive education for severely disabled people 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.

†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.

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 22nd 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)

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)

22nd March

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Chancellor will be considering the recommendations made by the Law Commission in its 1994 report “Administering Law: Judicial Review and Statutory Appeals”, and by Lord Woolf in Chapter 18 of his 1996 Report “Access to Justice”.      (HL1652)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British personnel are currently deployed in the Balkans.      (HL1653)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from shellfish interests about measures to protect lobsters and crawfish.      (HL1654)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when work will resume on the revision of the regulations controlling artificial insemination of cattle and pigs.      (HL1655)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place a copy of the report by Dr Helena Ranta on the killings at Recak, Kosovo, in the Libraries of both Houses of Parliament; and what steps they consider should be taken to bring to trial those responsible, according to Dr Ranta, for a crime against humanity.      (HL1656)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the person whose Home Office reference is B538623/3(S), who was recognised as a refugee on 15th May 1998 and whose wife and five children arrived to join him in August 1998 with valid entry certificates, why they have refused to provide him with documentation confirming their eligibility for social security payments; and whether it is possible to feed, clothe and house a family of seven people on social security benefits for a single person.      (HL1657)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will put in place arrangements for the payment of emergency benefits to the spouse and children of refugees, pending the confirmation of their status by the Immigration and Nationality Department.      (HL1658)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the “MP’s hotline”, for queries about asylum and immigration casework, is permanently engaged.      (HL1659)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which officials of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ministry of Defence and the Department of Trade and Industry took part in a visit to Iran during February; what was the purpose of their visit; whether any of them raised human rights concerns; if so, which ones; and whether any of these officials or officials from the British Embassy in Tehran asked at any time to visit prisoners in Evin or any other prison.      (HL1660)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Report on Latchmere House by the Chief Inspector of Prisons (1996), what action they are taking on temporary and early release from prison to participate in employment.      (HL1661)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest information from Kosovo regarding the numbers of refugees outside the country, of those internally displaced and of villages, houses and schools destroyed.      (HL1662)

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), when they will report their response to the information currently sought from the six library authorities which are considering service cuts; and what form this response will take.      (HL1663)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd February (WA 104-5), whether they will place in the Library of the House the list of sites which the Government has allowed British Rail to release for sale comprising—

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring the Human Rights Act 1998 into force during the year 2000.      (HL1665)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will decide to bring the Human Rights Act 1998 into force.      (HL1666)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to fill the gap in the Race Relations Act 1976, identified by the Employment Appeal Tribunal in Arthur v. Attorney General, so as to enable an alleged victim of racial discrimination by an Advisory Committee on Justices of the Peace to obtain an effective legal remedy following its failure to recommend his or her appointment as a lay magistrate.      (HL1667)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to consult the public about the proposals for a possible Judicial Appointments Commission to advise the Lord Chancellor on selecting judges.      (HL1668)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as alleged in a report in The Mail on Sunday on 21st March, the present Home Secretary met Salvador Allende in Chile in 1966.      (HL1669)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as alleged in a report in The Mail on Sunday on 21st March, the present Home Secretary has participated in London in protest marches against General Pinochet.      (HL1670)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy on forestry in England that there should be no further new planting of conifers in England.      (HL1671)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the production of timber from English conifer plantations in each of the last ten years; and what is the estimate of such production in each of the next twenty years.      (HL1672)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the demand for softwood by English timber users in each of the last ten years; and what is the estimate of such demand over the next twenty years.      (HL1673)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the quantity and value of softwood and softwood timber products imported into the United Kingdom in each of the last ten years; and what are the estimates in each of the next twenty years.      (HL1674)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the comments by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th March (HL Deb, cols. 792 and 793), whether they propose to legislate for the recommendations made by the Committee chaired by Lord Nolan on the conduct of referendums before any further referendums are held.      (HL1675)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reason to doubt the reports of statements by HRH Prince Sultan Bin Abdullah Aziz, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence and Aviation and Inspector General of Saudi Arabia, that “Neither Kuwait nor any other Gulf Co-operation Council Member State now fears Iraq” and “We do not believe in the toppling of the Iraq regime under any form”.      (HL1676)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have now been able to examine the evidence that the Al-Shifa plant in Sudan was being used for the production of chemical weapons material; and whether the evidence they have is limited to statements made to them by the United States Administration.      (HL1677)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the situation regarding the rescheduling of the Yamamah Deal, for the sale of weapons to Saudi Arabia; and whether compensation is being paid to the British firms involved by the British taxpayer; and, if so, how much.      (HL1678)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, in international law, is the status (a) of Iraqi airspace and (b) of the air defence systems which American and British aircraft have been attacking.      (HL1679)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept (a) the opinion expressed by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency that “Iraq is completely free of nuclear weapons and that it does not at present have the practical and technical ability or the materials to make nuclear weapons” and (b) his statement that Israel has “the biggest nuclear reactors for making atomic weapons which the IAEA doesn’t have the authority to control”.      (HL1680)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 17th March (WA 98) that “the United Kingdom is unaware of any stocks of the [smallpox] virus located in other countries”, whether they will discuss with the Israeli Government reports that it is maintaining stocks of the virus.      (HL1681)

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the Prime Minister—

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the Department of Trade and Industry—

The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office—

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)
    Scottish Enterprise
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]

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
    Draft General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 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 Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulations 1999
    Draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 1999
    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 1999
    Draft Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) (No. 2) Regulations 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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.45 am
(Science and Society)
Liaison Committee4.00 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 13TH APRIL

Procedure of the House Committee 4.15 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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