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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

MONDAY 12TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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).

†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—The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th February be approved. [9th Report from the Joint Committee]

†[Note: The Lord Whitty intends to move the following two motions en bloc; but if any Lord objects, the motions must be moved separately.]

†Carriage by Air Acts (Implementation of Protocol No. 4 of Montreal, 1975) Order 1999—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 18th March be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Carriage by Air Acts (Application of Provisions) (Fifth Amendment) Order 1999—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 18th March be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in improving relations with Iran.

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.

†*The Lord Evans of Parkside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assist refugees from Kosovo who are currently situated in Albania, Macedonia and Montenegro.

†*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consulted the Governments of the Republic of Finland and the three Baltic states before they agreed to adopt the 1996 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty between NATO and the Russian Federation.

WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL

†*The Lord Montague of Oxford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still committed to the principle of reciprocity in their consideration of the allocation of airline traffic rights to the United States.

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to expand opportunities for boys and young men, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to engage in sport and other outdoor leisure activities.

†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. (Short debate)

†The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the current arrangements for the protection of hedgerows; and to move for papers. (Short debate)

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.

†The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in relation to human rights in Iran.

†The Lord Renwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions were taken at the Council of Ministers of the European Space Agency on 11th and 12th May; and what were the implications of these decisions for United Kingdom space policy.

†The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the future international development of civil and military satellite communications and navigation systems, in particular in relation to the European Space Agency and to the Western European Union.

†The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on H M Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre Feltham.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 5th May for debate on 26th May]

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 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 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.

†The Lord Elton—To call attention to the BBC publication The BBC beyond 2000 and the Millennium Experience publication Millennium; 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 on the dates shown]

13th January

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which reviews and task forces announced since 1st May 1997 have not yet reported; when they were originally due to report; and when they are likely to report.      (HL503)

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)

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)

10th March

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 or any other legislation, they have a duty to assess the risk of genetically modified animals escaping from captivity, cross-breeding or entering the food chain; what is their current practice in this respect; and whether there are adequate penalties for anyone accidentally or intentionally releasing genetically modified animals, including fish.      (HL1474)

15th March

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the good causes (other than the Millennium Commission) of sports, arts, heritage and charities have had their share of the net lottery proceeds reduced to 5 per cent for 13 weeks; and whether for that 13 week period the New Opportunities Fund (NOF) is to receive 60 per cent of such proceeds.      (HL1556)

16th March

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

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

17th March

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

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

18th March

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

22nd March

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23rd March

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that there should be greater transparency over the appointment of trustees to the national museums and galleries.      (HL1703)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what trustee appointments are made by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to each of the national museums and galleries.      (HL1704)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current estimated yield of one penny in the £ on the standard rate of income tax for Scottish taxpayers as provided for in the Scotland Act 1998.      (HL1710)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the yield of one penny in the £ on the standard rate of income tax for Scottish taxpayers as provided for in the Scotland Act 1998 after the 20 pence rate has been abolished.      (HL1711)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost to a Scottish taxpayer who pays tax on the full tax band at the standard rate of the one penny in the £ on the standard rate of income tax as provided for in the Scotland Act 1998.      (HL1712)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to a Scottish taxpayer who pays tax on the full standard rate tax band of the one penny in the £ on the standard rate of income tax as provided for in the Scotland Act 1998 after the 20 pence rate has been abolished.      (HL1713)

24th March

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 old master 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 disburse money to charities.      (HL1757)

25th March

The Earl of Dundonald—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that the recent delays and disruption at the land frontier between Gibraltar and Spain are not repeated.      (HL1764)

The Earl of Dundonald—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to prevent illegal fishing in Gibraltar waters.      (HL1765)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty (HL 1299), whether the precautions taken to prevent the escape or transportation of pollen by any means from genetically modified crop trial areas are sufficient, and what are the mesh sizes of netting used to enclose such crops.      (HL1766)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered or will consider “listing” the Severn rail tunnel as a building or structure of historic importance.      (HL1769)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations were consulted before the appointment of a member representing rural interests to each regional development agency was made as required by section 2(3)(d) of the Regional Development Agencies Act 1998.      (HL1772)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who has been appointed as rural representative to each of the regional development agencies.      (HL1773)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is an element of their foreign policy to encourage the governments of the new democratic member states of the Council of Europe to accept the competence of the Committee Against Torture, the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the United Nations Human Rights Committee to receive complaints from individuals of breaches of the relevant international human rights treaties.      (HL1776)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the letter to the Secretary of State for Scotland from Lord Selkirk of Douglas, of 2nd January, calling for a Disability Task Force will be answered.      (HL1779)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest estimate of the total number of empty homes in Scotland; and what plans they have to bring them back into use.      (HL1780)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the police officers, who arrested General Pinochet while he was still partially affected by anaesthetic, did so with drawn revolvers; and, if so, why.      (HL1782)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the names of all the people whom the representatives of the Crown Prosecution Service met when they visited Madrid prior to the issue of the first warrant for the arrest of General Pinochet.      (HL1783)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often the Prime Minister has met Isabel Allende; and what comments he has made in her presence about Salvador Allende.      (HL1784)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Yasser Arafat enjoys Sovereign Immunity when visiting the United Kingdom.      (HL1786)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further information can be provided about the proposed independent panel which will renew preliminary decisions on advertising under Regulation 13 of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 267).      (HL1787)

The Lord Moran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of statements given in December that the conclusions of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions’ three year study on piscivorous birds would be postponed until spring 1999, whether they will now give a date for the release of the conclusions; and whether the conclusions will be considered by the Review Group on Freshwater Fisheries.      (HL1788)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the most appropriate strategy for reducing contamination episodes in primary agricultural produce and its derivatives would be to prevent infection of production animals rather than to rely upon secondary technical measures such as pasteurisation to render innocuous contamination which should not occur.      (HL1790)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the number of incidents of contamination of primary agricultural produce by E coli 0157, what measures they are taking to identify the sources from which the animals involved have become infected.      (HL1791)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether E coli 0157 is endemic in any animals from which products are used for human consumption in the United Kingdom.      (HL1792)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions samples of raw goats’ milk or cheese made from raw goats’ milk have been found to contain infective toxoplasmosis organisms.      (HL1793)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criticisms were made, in the public consultation which ended on 24th March, of the proposal in the draft bill for a Food Standards Agency to impose an annual levy of £90 on all food outlets; and what action they will be taking.      (HL1794)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations were received from the Co-operative Movement, during the public consultation on the draft bill for a Food Standards Agency, on the proposal for an annual levy of £90 on all food outlets.      (HL1795)

29th March

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 access 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 22 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)

30th March

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)

31st March

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union’s structural and cohesion funds can come to an end without the consent of their recipient countries; and, if so, when and how.      (HL1878)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether to which companies the Medicines Control Agency has written in the last 12 months notifying them that it is considering classifying as a medicine products which they currently market as a food, indicating in each case the ingredients concerned and (a) the scientific and (b) the legal basis for the action.      (HL1879)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate for Professor Frank Woods, having resigned as Chairman of the Expert Advisory Group on Vitamins and Minerals following criticisms from the House of Commons Agriculture Select Committee in its report on vitamin B6, to participate in the review of vitamin B6 and other vitamins that will be undertaken by the Food Advisory Committee once it receives the report of the Expert Group; and, if so, on what grounds.      (HL1880)

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many questions for written answer have been tabled by the Lord Lamont of Lerwick concerning the Pinochet case; and what was the estimated cost to public funds of answering them.      (HL1881)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are being taken to counter “clocking” of vehicle odometers.      (HL1882)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the extra annual cost to motor vehicle insurers of the Road Traffic (NHS) Charges Act; and what percentage that represents of the total cost to the total cost of premiums paid by motorists for insurance.      (HL1883)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union is empowered to require that VAT on imported works of art be raised from the present level of 2.5 per cent to 5 per cent.      (HL1884)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union is empowered to require the increase in tax on sparkling cider imposed by the recent Budget.      (HL1885)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring forward legislation to make cycling on public footpaths a fixed penalty offence.      (HL1886)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which languages will be spoken in the Northern Ireland Assembly.      (HL1887)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of rough sleepers in Victoria Street, London SW1, is increasing or declining.      (HL1888)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is necessary to have the Arts Council.      (HL1889)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the United Nations Secretary-General (a) to make a progress report on the comprehensive report on the Srebrenica massacre called for in General Assembly Resolution 53/35; (b) to publish all documents found to be relevant to the assessment made under this Resolution, as and when they are examined; and (c) to publish all the records of the United Nations which deal with the events leading up to the massacre, including the minutes of all meetings attended by Mr Yasushi Akashi, Mr Carl Bildt, Mr Thorvald Stoltenberg, General Rupert Smith and others, at which Srebrenica was discussed.      (HL1890)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the displacement of a large number of people from their homes, and widespread human rights violations over many years reported by the United Nations Human Rights Commission in the south-east of Turkey, they consider that arms for which export licences to Turkey have been issued might be used for internal repression.      (HL1891)

The Earl Kitchener—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Earl Kitchener—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy principles determine their approach to the regulation of herbal remedies:

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held discussions with non-governmental organisations about the security and protection of aid workers in Kosovo.      (HL1894)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they have done to increase the capacity of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Albania and Macedonia.      (HL1895)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much financial aid they have given to (a) United Nations agencies and (b) United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisations for refugee and aid programmes since the beginning of the crisis in Kosovo.      (HL1896)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Parliament’s amendment to Article 5.2(b) of the proposed Copyright in the Information Society Directive means that private copying, such as the timeshifting exception in the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988, will become illegal if any private party introduces a “reliable and effective” technical means to stop such copying.      (HL1897)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the amendment of the European Parliament to Article 6 of the proposed Copyright in the Information Society Directive would allow the rightholders technically to block lawful copying; and whether it would be unlawful to do anything to allow such lawful copying to take place.      (HL1898)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Parliament’s amendment to Article 6 of the proposed European Copyright in the Information Society Directive is compliant with Article 11 of the 1996 World Intellectual Property Organisation Copyright Treaty which does not apply to acts which are authorised or permitted by law.      (HL1899)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are in favour of an exception to the proposed European Copyright in the Information Society Directive in order to ensure that people with a learning disability or with a visual or hearing impairment are able to copy copyright works, which they currently have a lawful right to use in order to be able to enjoy equivalent use of that work to a person without the disability.      (HL1900)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Parliament’s amendment to Article 5.2(b) of the proposed European Copyright in the Information Society Directive means that, in practice, timeshifting will have to be paid for by a levy of some similar payment scheme.      (HL1901)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether General Pinochet was fully conscious and lucid when arrested; and, if not, how he was made aware that he was under arrest.      (HL1902)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the United Kingdom authorities learnt that General Pinochet and his family had a reservation on a BA flight on 20th October 1998 returning to Santiago, Chile; from where they learnt this; and whether this information was communicated to anyone outside the United Kingdom Government.      (HL1903)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there were any telephone contacts between Ministers of the British and Spanish Governments about General Pinochet before the issuing of the first warrant for his arrest; and, if so, whether they will give details of these contacts.      (HL1904)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before the arrest of General Pinochet, any enquiries were made suggesting that Judge Garzon wanted to cross-examine General Pinochet; if such enquiries were made, by whom and when they were made; and what reply was given.      (HL1905)

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the medical evidence about the value for the health of adults of a two mile walk each day, they will make one of the objectives of the Millennium the creation of 2,000 new circular country walks near or adjacent to centres of residential population.      (HL1906)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out in a table the top rate of United Kingdom personal income tax (including where appropriate the investment income surcharge) for each financial year since 1970-71, indicating the threshold of taxable income at which that rate applied, expressing that threshold in both current prices and in 1997-98 prices.      (HL1907)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the relevance to the rest of the Note of 25th February 1976 about the United States presence on Diego Garcia Territory of paragraph 8 “Conservation” which deals with the “restoration” of certain islets for which “neither Government shall be under any obligation to provide funds”; why it was agreed, in paragraph 16, “Property” that “the Government of the United States shall not be responsible for restoring land or other immovable property to its original condition, nor for making any payment in lieu of restoration”; and whether they monitor the environmental damage that may be caused by the presence of the United States Navy support facility at Diego Garcia.      (HL1908)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the supplemental arrangement of 13th December 1982 relating to the Agreement of 25th February 1976 on Diego Garcia concerning the need of the United States to give due consideration to the limited resources of the island, in particular drinking water, and to the avoidance of dumping of vehicles, machinery equipment or other non-natural waste and dredging or reef blasting indicates that these were activities which the United States authorities had either been engaged in or had not prevented; if so, what is the Government’s estimate of the damage that had, at that point, been done; and whether they believe that the American authorities in Diego Garcia are now acting in an environmentally responsible manner towards the islands.      (HL1909)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what peace terms resulting from the Rambouillet discussions were offered (a) by Mrs Allbright to the Kosovo Liberation Army and (b) by Mr Holbrook to the Serbian Government; whether the Government or other members of the Contact Group were fully consulted by the United States Administration about these terms; and whether there is any limit to the military action being taken against Serbia for refusing the terms offered by Mr Holbrook.      (HL1910)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with Senator Arlen Spector’s suggestion that only European countries should provide the ground troops which may be needed to continue military activities in the Balkans.      (HL1911)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they now endorse (a) the bona fides of the Kosovo Liberation Army and (b) the training and other assistance it is now to receive from the United States; and whether they are content with the origin of the resources on which it has been hitherto dependent.      (HL1912)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would advocate a pause in air attacks by NATO if this pause were to be accompanied by the cessation of attacks on civilians by the Yugoslav Government forces.      (HL1913)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 30th March (WA 31-32) concerning statutory certification for oil and fibre plant seeds, whether they will specify which particular piece of information would prove disproportionately costly to answer and why.      (HL1914)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of rabies have been reported in the 13 continental countries of the European Union in each of the last 10 years.      (HL1915)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the study into a possible merger of the Medicines Control Agency and the Medical Devices Agency.      (HL1916)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the seventh annual report of the National Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Surveillance Unit.      (HL1917)

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when revised guidance will be issued to Foreign Office officials on contacts with private military companies.      (HL1918)

The Lord Bassam of Brighton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to prescribe the rateable value of some industries at the 2000 rating evaluation.      (HL1919)

The Lord Bassam of Brighton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance they will give to Regional Development Agencies on their strategies.      (HL1920)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

To be heard by the Examiners on Thursday 15th April at 11.00 am


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]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [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]

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

THURSDAY 15TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

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

WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)

 
 
 
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