House of Lords - Minute
          
House of Lords
Session 1998-99
Publications on the internet
Minutes and Order Papers

Minutes and Order Paper - Order Paper and Future Business

Back to Judicial Business
 

NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

TUESDAY 13TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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 how many firms are exempt from the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 and what proportion they are of the total number of firms in the United Kingdom.

*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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 38 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday next to allow the motion standing in the name of the Lord Williams of Mostyn to be taken first after the Chairman of Committees’ business.

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

†The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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

†The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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

†The Lord Ackner to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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

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

†The Lord Bethell to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]The Lord Whitty to move, That the bill be re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House.

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.

†House of Lords’ Offices Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Morris of Castle Morris be appointed a member of the Select Committee in the place of the late Lord Dean of Beswick.

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]

†Traffic Areas (Reorganisation) (Wales) Order 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the Order laid before the House on 10th March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†[Note: The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton 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 Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton 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 Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton 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.

†The Lord Simon of Highbury to move, That this House take note of the Government’s outline proposals for a National Changeover Plan for EMU.

†[It is expected that the Pollution Prevention and Control Bill will be considered in Committee (on Re-commitment) as first business this day]

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.

†Water Industry Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty]

†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).

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 adapt the 1996 Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) Treaty between NATO and the Russian Federation.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the brochure Releasing the Power of Rail, compiled by the Department of Trade and Industry and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and offering British expertise on privatisation of railways to prospective customers abroad, represents their most recent conclusions.

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 Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of casualties to non-combatants so far resulting from NATO air attacks on Yugoslavia.

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.

†*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to curb the spread of Japanese knotweed.

†*The Lord Layton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many decisions made by Benefits Agency appointed Adjudication Officers have been overturned by the Independent Tribunals Service since July 1996.

THURSDAY 6TH MAY

†*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans English Partnerships have for residential developments on the Greenwich peninsula.

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.

†The Baroness Warnock—To call attention to the public understanding of human cloning, including its nature and its legal status, and the case for public discussion and the clarification of the law; and to move for papers.

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 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 12th April, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

16th March

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)

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 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 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—

12th April

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what peace terms were privately offered in the course of the Rambouillet discussions (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 Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any risk to public health in Scotland from the practice of spreading partially treated sewage sludge on agricultural land.      (HL1921)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for investment in sewage sludge treatment plants in Scotland to replace the practice of spreading sewage sludge on agricultural land.      (HL1922)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult Scottish National Heritage about the guidelines issued by the Lord Advocate to Procurators Fiscal in respect of prosecutions under Part II of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.      (HL1923)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they evaluate the “Bridges Project” set up in Sheffield as a community alternative to secure training orders (STOs); whether it will be continued and repeated elsewhere; and, given that STOs are 100 per cent Home Office funded, whether they propose to take any action to overcome the difficulty posed by the cost of community alternatives falling mainly on local authorities.      (HL1924)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their proposal that 50 pence per day is adequate support for all children aged between 3 and 18 seeking asylum in the United Kingdom.      (HL1925)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring criminal charges against the persons who caused injuries to Mr David Adams in Northern Ireland, when arrested and in custody in February 1994, for which in 1998 he was awarded substantial compensation.      (HL1926)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for a replacement for Castlereagh Holding and Interrogation Centre in Northern Ireland.      (HL1927)

The Lord Bethell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Sir John Freeland was most recently appointed as a judge to the European Court of Human Rights; on what date he relinquished that appointment; and whether his duties concerned exclusively the case Matthews v United Kingdom.      (HL1928)

The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they had (a) at the time and (b) now to suggest that the Al Shifa pharmaceutical factory, which was bombed by United States forces in Sudan with their support, was associated with terrorism.      (HL1929)

The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider unfreezing bank assets of individual medical doctors who used to work in this country to ease their plight in Iraq.      (HL1930)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of persons prosecuted for a criminal offence in (a) the magistrates’ courts and (b) the crown court were legally aided for all or part of the cost of legal representation during the most recent year for which statistics are available.      (HL1931)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria for deciding which defendants in criminal proceedings are eligible to receive legal aid from public funds.      (HL1932)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total annual expenditure on criminal legal aid in each of the last five years.      (HL1933)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent meetings Ministers have had with organisations representing people with hearing impairments about NHS hearing aid services and technology; what response they gave to the representations made to them; and what action they are taking to improve existing NHS audiology services with respect to their quality, consistency and range.      (HL1934)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the NHS currently spends on each person being tested for hearing impairment and fitted with one of its range of hearing aids; and by what date the NHS will be funded to bring the full benefits of modern technology to people in need of such aids.      (HL1935)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to respond to the findings in the Report of the Food Standards Committee on the proposal in the draft Food Standards Bill for an annual levy of £90 on all food outlets.      (HL1936)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the effect of the strengthening of the gateway to Income Support described at paragraph 2.14 of Safeguarding Social Security (Cm 4276) on the speed with which new claims for Income Support are met.      (HL1937)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make progress towards the elimination of nuclear weapons at the 1999 session of the Geneva Conference on Disarmament.      (HL1938)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO Council unanimity is required (a) for the continuation of air operations in former Yugoslavia; (b) for the cessation of air operations; and (c) for the escalation of military action either (i) in numbers of strikes, etc., or (ii) in character of targets; whether General Clark remains fully under the political control of NATO member governments in all these areas; and whether NATO governments together discussed Mr Primakov’s and Mr Yeltsin’s recent remarks before President Clinton dismissed them.      (HL1939)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost of NATO’s military operations against Yugoslavia since 24th March and how, in the long run, the costs of these operations are to be divided up between the members of NATO, particularly the costs of the provision of equipment and services to NATO members’ forces by the United States.      (HL1940)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is to pay (a) for looking after the refugees from Kosovo until they can return home; and (b) for repairing the damage caused by the air attacks on the infrastructures of Serbia (including Kosovo) and Montenegro, including the bridges over the Danube; and whether the destruction of the Danube bridges was a political or military decision.      (HL1941)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether compensation is payable to those whose use of the Danube has been interrupted; and, if so, by whom.      (HL1942)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any limit envisaged to the escalation of military activity in ex-Yugoslavia.      (HL1943)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is NATO’s purpose to secure the dissolution of the state of Serbia; and, if so, whose responsibility it will be to reconstruct it.      (HL1944)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the refusal by the Independent Television Commission to allow witnesses called by MED TV in proceedings held to decide whether MED TV’s licence should be revoked under section 89 of the Broadcasting Act 1996 on Friday 8th April, they will seek to amend section 89 so as to require the ITC to hear any witnesses brought by the appellants to show why it is not necessary in the public interest to revoke the licence.      (HL1945)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will amend section 89 of the Broadcasting Act 1996 so as to provide that any hearing at which a licence-holder makes representations to the Independent Television Commission under section 89(2)(b) takes place in public.      (HL1946)

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]
    European Tax Harmonisation Veto [HL]
    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 [22nd April]
    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]
    Tax Credits
    Local Government

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]

TUESDAY 13TH APRIL

Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
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)

 
 
 
House of Lords home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Commons home page search page enquiries ordering


© Parliamentary copyright 1999
Prepared: 13 april 1999