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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.

THURSDAY 25TH MARCH

At three o’clock

[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.

*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the computer system in the Immigration and Nationality Department of the Home Office to work satisfactorily, and what interim arrangements are in hand to deal with the backlog and the situation of those whose immigration and asylum status is uncertain.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 38 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with so far as is necessary to enable the motion standing in the name of the Lord Gilbert to be taken after the Third Reading of the Health Bill.

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

†The Lord Elis-Thomas to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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

†The Lord Gilbert—To move, That this House take note of the situation in Kosovo.

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]

†The Lord Cobbold to move, as an amendment to the motion That the bill be now read a Second time, at end to insert (“but this House regrets that the bill radically alters the historic composition of the House of Lords for party political advantage, without consultation or consensus on the successor House’s role and composition and without making it more democratic”).

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]

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.

†Tax Credits Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

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.

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

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

†Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

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 what priority they intend to give to introducing a new grading scheme for all hotels and guest houses as proposed in the policy document “Tomorrow’s Tourism”.

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

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 the British Standard for additives to be used by oil companies in lead replacement petrol or as marketed by independent manufacturers; 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.

*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have received from the business community to the Outline National Changeover Plan for the United Kingdom to join Economic and Monetary Union.

WEDNESDAY 21ST APRIL

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when one of the impediments to normalising relations with Iran, namely the delay by the United Kingdom to confirm its Ambassador appointment to Tehran, will be resolved.

THURSDAY 22ND APRIL

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the negotiation of a Fissile Material Cut-off Convention.

†*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with their European Union partners in strengthening the European Union Common Position on Burma.

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 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 ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their refusal to make 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).

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

The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in promoting the regeneration of seaside resorts.

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.

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 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]

†The Lord Tombs—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, HL Paper 41). [24th March]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 24th 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)

24th March

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for April; and list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL1722)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been in discussion with the Government of Iran about measures to combat the trade in narcotics.      (HL1723)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to update the Summary of Government Commitments regarding the application of Strategic Export Controls.      (HL1724)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls.      (HL1725)

The Earl of Dundonald—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken a review of the financial regulatory regime in Gibraltar; and whether they consider the regime satisfactory.      (HL1726)

The Earl of Dundonald—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to urge change to the financial regulatory regime in Gibraltar.      (HL1727)

The Earl of Dundonald—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether measures to achieve full political integration of Gibraltar into the United Kingdom would offer a solution to the border disputes between Spain and Gibraltar.      (HL1728)

The Earl of Dundonald—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether measures to achieve full political integration of Gibraltar into the United Kingdom would be contrary to the Treaty of Utrecht.      (HL1729)

The Earl of Dundonald—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the time-scale for entering discussions with the European Union on amending the European Parliamentary Elections Act 1978 to secure the right of Gibraltarians to vote in European elections.      (HL1730)

The Earl of Dundonald—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held discussions with representatives of the Spanish Government regarding allegations made by Spanish politicians of criminal activity in Gibraltar.      (HL1731)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 30th November 1998 (HL Deb, col. 232) and to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 11th January (WA 12-13), whether any relevant authorities are proceeding toward prosecution of any officials or staff of the European Union; and, if not, why not.      (HL1732)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd December 1998 (WA 56), what degree of autonomy in foreign policy is retained by the United Kingdom in the areas and subjects covered by the European Union Common Foreign and Security Policy working groups mentioned in that Answer.      (HL1733)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 18th January (WA 89-90), what proportion of the 14.4 per cent of the United Kingdom gross domestic product (GDP) which went to the European Union (EU) continued to a final destination outside the EU, particularly via the ports of Rotterdam and Antwerp.      (HL1734)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the reply given by the Leader of the House on 14th December 1998 (HL Deb, col. 1138) and to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 18th January (WA 89-90), why it would be “profoundly damaging” for the United Kingdom to stay in the European Common Market but to leave the rest of the Treaty of Rome.      (HL1735)

The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have drawn up in association with English Partnerships regarding any possible developments on the North Greenwich peninsula adjacent to the Millennium Dome.      (HL1736)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the spending commitments from the proportion of £19 billion announced in the budget in 1998 for spending on education which is allocated for 1999-2000.      (HL1737)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the spending commitments announced so far and planned from the proportion of £19 billion announced in the budget in 1998 for spending on education which is allocated for 2000-01.      (HL1738)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the spending commitments announced so far and planned from the proportion of £19 billion announced in the budget in 1998 for spending on education which is allocated for 2001-02.      (HL1739)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what method will be used to select able children for specialist provision; and how such provision will be funded.      (HL1740)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who will employ the mentors referred to in the statement “Excellence in Cities”; how they will be funded; what their pay scales will be; and on what basis they will be deployed.      (HL1741)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many learning units will be provided under the “Excellence in Cities” policy in 1999-2000, 2000-01 and 2001-02; and at what cost.      (HL1742)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have completed their review of the Chevening Scholarships; and how many and of what value will be awarded, in 1999-2000, to the three Baltic States, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.      (HL1743)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the proposed Joint Committee on Human Rights should be empowered to scrutinise proposed legislation for its compatibility with human rights.      (HL1744)

The Lord Ironside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Ministry of Defence, in conjunction with the United States Department of Defense, have examined the possible health hazards attributable to exposure of personnel to the effects of using depleted uranium in battlefield weaponry; and whether they will place their reported findings in the Library of the House.      (HL1745)

The Lord Ironside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members and ex-members of the armed forces taking part in the Ministry of Defence Medical Assessment Programme have undergone tests for health hazards related to the alleged exposure to depleted uranium during Gulf War service; and how many have tested positive to the presence of uranium or its derivatives in the samples taken.      (HL1746)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the members of the Royal Commission on House of Lords reform receive payment or other remuneration for their services.      (HL1747)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 23rd March (WA 155-156), what plans they have to label food containing genetically modified soya or maize for animal consumption, particularly where those animals or their products (for example, eggs or milk) enter or may potentially enter the food chain.      (HL1748)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Iraq is contributing financially to the cost of removing the estimated five million mines laid by its forces in Kuwait during their occupation.      (HL1749)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are supporting Egypt in efforts to locate the surviving Kuwaiti prisoners of war in Iraq.      (HL1750)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many notifications of human tuberculosis were made in (a) 1995; (b) 1996; (c) 1997 and (d) 1998.      (HL1751)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many human deaths in the United Kingdom were attributable to tuberculosis in (a) 1995; (b) 1996; (c) 1997 and (d) 1998.      (HL1752)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to combat the incidence of human tuberculosis.      (HL1753)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost of treatment for (a) an individual suffering from ordinary tuberculosis; and (b) an individual suffering from multi-drug resistant tuberculosis.      (HL1754)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will intervene to ensure that the admission charges (including charges to school children) recently introduced by the British Museum for some displays drawn wholly from its permanent collection will be dropped.      (HL1755)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government where members of the public can see displays of the nation’s collection of prints and drawings in the British Museum without prior appointment free of charge.      (HL1756)

The Baroness Macleod of Borve—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long the organisers of the national lottery take to disperse money to charities.      (HL1757)

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] [25th April]
    Obscenity [HL]
    Rating (Valuation)
    Scottish Enterprise [13th April]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL] [13th April]
    Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Health [HL] [25th March]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Consolidated Fund (No. 2)
    City of Westminster [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft European Parliamentary Elections 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 Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 1999
    Traffic Areas (Reorganisation) (Wales) Order 1999
    Draft 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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 25TH MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)2.45 pm

TUESDAY 30TH MARCH

Parliamentary Privilege (Joint Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
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 E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 20TH APRIL

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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