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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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.

†House of Lords Bill—Adjourned debate on the motion that the bill be now read a second time, and on the amendment of the Lord Cobbold 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”).

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

*The Baroness Wilcox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what view they advocated during the United Nations Biosafety Protocol negotiations in Colombia 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.

Standing Orders (Public Business)— The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Standing Orders relating to public business be amended as follows:

Standing Order 32, line 4, after (“sitting”) insert (“other than a Friday”)

Standing Order 51(4), line 1, leave out (“six”) and insert (“eight”).

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]

Local Government Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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]

Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Ackner]

Births and Deaths (Registration) Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Elis-Thomas]

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.

The Lord Williams of Mostyn—To move, That this House take note of the report of the Stephen Lawrence Enquiry (Cm 4262).

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.

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.

*The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to take to reform the European Commission “root and branch”.

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.

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the report by Sir Claus Moser’s Working Group on literacy and numeracy.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in designing the Peace Process in Northern Ireland, they have studied the Reconciliation Process pursued in recent years in Chile.

The Lord Clinton-Davis—To call attention to trading relations between the European Union and the United States; and to move for papers.

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.

†*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the action of the United States regarding the “Banana War” affects adversely various industries of the United Kingdom, in particular the carton manufacturing industry; and whether they will take steps to negotiate with the Government of the United States with a view to ending the punitive action which it has taken.

MONDAY 26TH APRIL

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what developments they perceive to have taken place since December 1997 to bring Turkey into alignment with the conditions set for entry into the European Union accession process by the European Council’s declaration A European strategy for Turkey.

†*The Lord Hunt of Wirral—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that all necessary systems and resources are in place for the introduction today of Lord Woolf’s civil justice reforms.

†*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to protect small, efficient, hygienic slaughterhouses from bankruptcy as a result of certain European regulations.

THURSDAY 29TH APRIL

†*The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advances they have made in bringing back into use the 19,000 empty flats and houses in England owned by the Government and Government Agencies.

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 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 issues raised by 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 ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the funding and role of art colleges in the United Kingdom.

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.

†The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances and background of the arrest of General Pinochet; what was the role of the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Ministers and the Diplomatic Service; and what has been the effect on Anglo-Chilean relations.

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 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.

†The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To call attention to the effect of sanctions on Iraq; 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 29th 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)

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)

8th March

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)

29th March

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will use the £10 million worth of new assistance for Sierra Leone which was announced on 2nd March; and what is their policy with regard to arms sales to Sierra Leone.      (HL1799)

The Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish their criminal justice system plans.      (HL1800)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of rockets sent into space has had a significantly adverse effect upon the ozone layer.      (HL1801)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider amending S.I. 3144/1994 (which enforced EC Directive 65/65), concerning the Medicines Control Agency and the definition of a medicine, to take account of the views expressed by the National Association of Health Stores.      (HL1802)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who was responsible for the abduction of Red Cross relief workers in southern Sudan in February 1999.      (HL1803)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent report by Médecins Sans Frontières criticising Operation Lifeline Sudan procedures and the resultant diversion of food aid by combatants in southern Sudan; and whether they will place a copy of this report in the Library of the House.      (HL1804)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the United States Government concerning the payment of compensation to the owner for the destruction of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum.      (HL1805)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in preparing a country strategy paper with regard to business in Sudan.      (HL1806)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students from Sudan were in receipt of Department for International Development awards to study in Britain annually since 1989.      (HL1807)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have shared with fellow members of the European Union information held by the Ministry of Defence regarding the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory’s alleged involvement with weapons of mass destruction and related technology.      (HL1808)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the outcome of civil proceedings taken by the Ministry of Defence against Miss Lindis Percy for trespass on land owned by the Ministry, resulting in a sentence of nine months imprisonment on Miss Percy for a breach of injunctions, whether they intend to take steps to have Miss Percy released.      (HL1809)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Pakistan about the effects of action by the latter against the Hubco power project, a 1,200 MW electricity generating plant part owned by National Power, and other “Independent Power Projects”; and when they expect those matters to be resolved.      (HL1810)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise, at the United Nations Human Rights Commission the problems of violence, harassment and discrimination against religious minorities, particularly Ahmadis, in Pakistan.      (HL1811)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ascertain why the United Nations Human Rights Commission’s server has gone down, so that during the current Session of the Commission those who need to assess information about the Commission’s work on the World Wide Web are unable to do so; and whether they will also ascertain whether the reports of the Rapporteurs and Working Groups are likely to be published in time for consideration by delegates before the agenda items to which they relate are reached.      (HL1812)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing a measure to provide for the approval of an appointment to the office of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration by both Houses of Parliament by a two-thirds majority using a proportional system of voting.      (HL1813)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which member states of the Council of Europe have not ratified the First Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966).      (HL1814)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which member states of the Council of Europe have not made the declaration pursuant to Article 14 of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1966) to recognise the competence of the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination to receive and consider communications from individuals.      (HL1815)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which member states of the Council of Europe have not made the declaration pursuant to Article 21 of the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1984) to recognise the competence of the Committee against Torture to receive and consider communications from individuals.      (HL1816)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Home Secretary has discussed any aspect of the case of General Pinochet with the Prime Minister; whether they will give details; and whether minutes exist of these meetings.      (HL1817)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases since the last election the Government have refused requests for extradition; and on what grounds.      (HL1818)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the Home Secretary has discussed the case of General Pinochet with Jeremy Corbyn MP; and whether they will give details.      (HL1819)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Crown Prosecution Service lawyers, when they travelled to Madrid before the issue of the first warrant for the arrest of General Pinochet, met Joan Garces, former advisor to President Allende.      (HL1820)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about (a) the timetable; (b) the purpose; and (c) the extent of the forthcoming review by the European Commission of the Medicines Directive EC 65/66.      (HL1821)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations have been received from (a) Members of Parliament; and (b) others about the proposals set out in the Medicines Control Agency consultation document MLX249; and how many of those representations (a) broadly supported or (b) broadly opposed the proposals in that document.      (HL1822)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the number of homeless people who have been refused hostel places because they do not possess two pieces of identification.      (HL1823)

The Lord Bishop of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to prevent or control the opening of shops on Christmas Day.      (HL1824)

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

Waiting for Report

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

Waiting for Third Reading

    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL] [13th April]

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]
    Health [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999
    Draft Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

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
    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]

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)
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.15 am
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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