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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.

WEDNESDAY 31ST MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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]

†European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Bethell]

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

†The Baroness Young—To move, as an amendment to the motion That the bill be now read a Second time, to leave out (“now”) and at end insert (“this day six months”).

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”.

†House of Lords Bill—Committee [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

†‡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.

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.

†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.

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.

TUESDAY 27TH APRIL

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the establishment of a Shadow Arts Council.

THURSDAY 29TH APRIL

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

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 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 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.

†The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to preserve the public’s access to a full range of safe dietary supplements.

†The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the NHS has sufficient resources to cope from 11.00 pm on 31st December 1999 till 7.00 am on 1st January 2000.

†The Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the continuance of a professional, impartial and accountable police service, with high morale.

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 30th 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)

9th March

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Donoughue on 15th February (WA 63) and 9th March (WA 25), whether, as well as having a duty to act in good faith and being expected to act fairly in the enforcement of their statutory duties, officials of the Meat Hygiene Service and the State Veterinary Service have a common law duty to act fairly.      (HL1461)

30th March

The Baroness Scotland of Asthal—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to continue to call out reservists to support military operations.      (HL1826)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the key performance targets for Her Majesty’s Land Registry, the Public Record Office, the Public Trust Office and the Court Service Executive Agencies for 1999-2000.      (HL1831)

The Lord Mackenzie of Framwellgate—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on the review of long service awards in the armed forces.      (HL1832)

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the percentage of refugees from Kosovo currently entering Albania who were born in Albania.      (HL1833)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide an opportunity to debate the proposals currently before them on whether human cloning should be permitted; whether this can be before they publish their own response; and, if not, why not.      (HL1834)

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are giving to the resettlement of 300,000 stateless refugees from the Mozambique civil war, now that the South African Government has agreed to allow those who wish to remain in South Africa to do so.      (HL1835)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of Her Majesty’s judges currently hold commercial company directorships; and, if so, which.      (HL1836)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of “a commercial directorship” in relation to rules concerning the conduct of Her Majesty’s judges upon appointment to the bench.      (HL1837)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their support for the American bombing of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum in August 1998, in the light of (a) the chemical tests on the factory site, supervised by Professor Thomas Tullius, chairman of Boston University’s department of chemistry, which showed no evidence of chemical weapons technology; and (b) the February 1999 report by Kroll Associates which stated that the American Government’s allegations about the al-Shifa factory’s involvement in chemical weapons production were unsustainable.      (HL1838)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the interview with the Secretary of State for Defence published on 23rd October 1998 by the Arabic-language newspaper al-Sharq al-Awsat was an accurate account of their position with regard to the bombing of the al-Shifa factory; and whether they will place a translated copy of the article in the Library of the House.      (HL1839)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the interview with the Secretary of State for Defence published by al-Sharq al-Awsat newspaper on 23rd October 1998, whether they have shared the Defence Secretary’s information regarding the alleged involvement with weapons of mass destruction and related technology of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Sudan with (a) the United Nations Security Council; if so, when; and with what result; and (b) the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.      (HL1840)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role and function of the United States Senate NATO Observer Group; whether it has any official relationship with, or duties concerning, NATO; and, if so, whether the Government collaborate with the Group in any way.      (HL1841)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider a new International Convention is required to regulate sea-based satellite launches from international waters; and, if so, whether they will take steps to this end.      (HL1842)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to set up a body similar to the United States Defence Computer Forensics Laboratory (Aviation Week, 22nd March, page 82); and, if not, why not.      (HL1843)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of possible proliferation risks, they will make representations to the Japanese Government about participation in the reprocessing of Russian weapons-grade plutonium.      (HL1844)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 22nd March (WA 122), whether the bilateral strategic defence agreement between the United States and Israel, which was signed alongside the Wye Valley Agreement between the United States, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation, is compatible with Article 1 of the Non-proliferation Treaty.      (HL1845)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they now expect the Phase II Evaluation of Residential Care Provision including the Village Communities Report, due out at the end of last year, to be published; and when they expect to be able to act on its findings.      (HL1846)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the emergency telephones on the M74 road approaching Glasgow have been placed so that they frequently obscure from motorists the lower of the two vertical hazard lights which adjoin the motorway.      (HL1847)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the difficulties surrounding the implementation of the Attributable Benefits for Reservists Scheme for members of the territorial army and the reserve forces who served in Operation Granby; and when they expect to be in a position to implement the Scheme.      (HL1848)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the potential contribution of vitamin and mineral supplementation in prevention of heart disease, cancer and other serious conditions.      (HL1849)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the effectiveness of legislation for the regulation of dietary supplements and herbal remedies in other countries, including the United States, Canada and Australia; and what was the outcome of that consideration.      (HL1850)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish a Commission to consider the future regulation of vitamin and mineral supplements, herbal remedies, and other alternative and complementary therapies.      (HL1851)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers or officials in the Ministry of Defence have had any part in the input to, or decisions about, the parameters for research proposals, or protocols for research, into Gulf War illnesses.      (HL1852)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been conducted into the reasons why some animals and humans appear to demonstrate natural resistance to tuberculosis.      (HL1853)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received confirmation of the killing of the following civilians in Kosovo—

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 29th March (WA 10) about the Home Secretary’s visit to Chile in 1966 stating that “to the best of his recollection” the Home Secretary had never met Salvador Allende, whether he will now consult Peter Geldard quoted in The Mail on Sunday of 21st March who stated that the Home Secretary did meet Salvador Allende; and whether they will clarify how this confusion has arisen.      (HL1855)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 29th March (WA 10), why, in view of the use of the words “to the best of his recollection”, the Home Secretary had not met Salvador Allende, the Home Office issued a categorical denial on Sunday 21st March carried in The Daily Telegraph of 22nd March that “he did not meet Allende”.      (HL1856)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 29th March (WA 10) that the Home Secretary had to the best of his recollection not met Salvador Allende, whether the Home Secretary informed those from whom he took legal advice about his visit to Chile and its relevance to the Pinochet case; and whether he informed them there was a possibility that he had met Salvador Allende.      (HL1857)

The Lord Thurlow—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the main recommendations from the Better Regulation Task Force in relation to avoiding over-regulation; and whether they have applied those principles to the proposals published by the Medicines Control Agency in its Consultation Document MLX249.      (HL1858)

The Lord Thurlow—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their policy that vitamin and mineral supplements should remain on general retail sale under food law provided that they are safe; and whether they will indicate what steps they are taking to ensure that the proposed European Directive on vitamin and mineral supplements is consistent with this policy.      (HL1859)

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Department has been identified to co-ordinate policy on the Cornish language.      (HL1860)

The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking on the Low Pay Commission’s Review of the National Minimum Wage Accommodation offset.      (HL1861)

The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Environment Agency has made in implementing its Action Plan in response to the Independent Report on the Easter 1998 floods.      (HL1862)

The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the pilot study commissioned by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on tuberculosis in cattle.      (HL1863)

The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to issue a consultation paper on the management of the under 10 metre fishing fleet.      (HL1864)

The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they received the Report of the Working Group announced by Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in December 1997 to review the operation of the current fishing vessel licensing arrangements; and what action they are taking to implement its recommendations.      (HL1865)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to amend the measures to control landings by vessels of 20 metres and over of whitefish and shellfish into the United Kingdom.      (HL1866)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs.      (HL1867)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Brussels on 30th March.      (HL1868)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Covent Garden Market Authority to begin negotiations with market tenants concerning new leases.      (HL1869)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Referred to the Examiners


Waiting for Second Reading

    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment) [13th April]
    Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    Tax Credits [12th April]
    European Tax Harmonisation Veto [HL]
    Local Government [12th April]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL]

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] [13th April]
    House of Lords [20th April]

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 Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme
    Food Protection (Emergency Prohibitions) (Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning) Order 1999
    Draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) 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
    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
    Draft General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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

THURSDAY 1ST APRIL

Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)10.30 am

TUESDAY 13TH APRIL

Procedure of the House Committee 4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 14TH APRIL

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Englandin Frankfurt
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 20TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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