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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

WEDNESDAY 14TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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”.

†Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]The Lord Whitty to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the bill has been re-committed that they consider the Bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 and 3

Schedules 2 and 3

Clause 4.

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 Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking following the sinking of the Rema off Whitby, North Yorkshire, with the death of five members of the crew.

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 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 Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any prosecutions under the Prohibition of Female Circumcision Act 1985, and whether they plan to introduce a programme of educating Somali immigrant parents to persuade them to stop this practice.

†Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]— Committee (on Recommitment) [The Lord Whitty]

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.

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.

TUESDAY 4TH MAY

†*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in the light of their report on prescribing, supply and administration of medicines.

†*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and, if so, when an explanatory booklet was circulated by the Benefits Agency to contributors to SERPS, warning them of the effect on widows’ pensions of section 18 of the Social Security Act 1986.

†*The Lord Lucas of Chilworth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the practice whereby car hire firms refuse to hire cars to over-70 year olds is contrary to United Kingdom or European legislation or any conventions to which the United Kingdom is a party.

THURSDAY 6TH MAY

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

†*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.

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.

†The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is now their policy towards a sustainable peace settlement in the Middle East five years after the signing of the Oslo Peace Agreement.

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 13th 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 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—

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)

13th April

The Lord Borrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report of the independent evaluation of Clinical Terms Version 3 (the Read Codes).      (HL1950)

The Lord Skelmersdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the ratio of the total United Kingdom health expenditure to gross domestic product in 1979-80, 1987-88 and 1997-98.      (HL1951)

The Lord Skelmersdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the future of the contracted-out country careers services.      (HL1952)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided not to place in the Official Report for 12th April the material produced in answer to the question tabled by Lord Chesham on 13th January, when answers to similar questions had previously appeared in the Official Report.      (HL1953)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that it is in the interest of open government to place answers to questions for written answer in the Library of the House, where they are not readily accessible to the public, rather than to publish them in the Official Report.      (HL1954)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are content that it should take until 31st March to answer a written question dated 13th January; and whether they will publish the answer to this question in the Official Report rather than place it in the Library of the House.      (HL1955)

The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the increased expenditure on means-tested benefits that will result from the halving next year of widow’s and widower’s additional pensions under SERPS.      (HL1956)

The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they propose to give to the dependent territories in the Caribbean following the final adverse decision by the World Trade Organisation on the European Union’s banana regime.      (HL1957)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what enactments have so far been identified as likely to require modification or to have their application excluded pursuant to clause 15(1) of the Local Government Bill 1999, assuming the clause to be enacted in its current form.      (HL1958)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers have so far been identified as likely to be necessary or expedient for the purposes of clause 15(2) of the Local Government Bill 1999, assuming the clause to be enacted in its current form.      (HL1959)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many authorities which will become best value authorities upon the enactment of the Local Government Bill 1999 are due to re-let contracts under the current compulsory competitive tendering regime prior to (a) 2nd January 2000; (b) 1st July 1999; and (c) 30th September 1999.      (HL1960)

The Baroness Hamwee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the case of each authority due to re-let contracts upon the enactment of the Local Government Bill 1999 in each of (a) 2nd January 2000; (b) 1st July 1999; and (c) 30th September 1999, how many contracts are to be re-let.      (HL1961)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are in breach of the treaty protecting the Antarctic environment, in the light of the existence of dilapidated whaling stations on South Georgia and Deception Island and the disused drums and gas canisters, at Holluschickie Bay, James Ross Island; and what steps they intend to take to remove these items.      (HL1962)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they continue to receive subsidies from the United States Government to promote the fluoridation of the United Kingdom water supply; if not, when was the last date such subsidies were received; and what sums were involved.      (HL1963)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the absence of any relevant scientific studies cited in the US Review of Fluoride, 1991, referred to in the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 8th February (WA 1-2), whether they can quote any other scientific sources in support of their belief that dental fluorosis is only a cosmetic side-effect of fluoride and not an indication of early toxicity.      (HL1964)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 8th February (WA 1-2), how they reconcile the statement that there is “no evidence of allergy or intolerance to fluoride as used in the fluoridation of community water supplies” with the findings of the research review by Bruce Spittle MD, published in Fluoride Vol. 26 No. 4 267-273, 1993.      (HL1965)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 29th March (WA 18-19), whether the cited Annexes to Directive 85/337/EEC (as amended by Directive 97/11/EEC) are definitive as regards the projects for which an Environmental Impact Assessment is required; and whether they will specify the standards for fluoride in drinking water and the legislation in which they are framed, as well as the operational environmental quality standards developed by the Environment Agency.      (HL1966)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 30th March (WA 27), whether it is their intention to put into force the remaining provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 before the end of the year 2000; and, if not, why not.      (HL1967)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake to compensate victims of breaches of Convention rights by public authorities acting for the Crown during the period between the enactment of the Human Rights Act 1998 and its being brought into force by the Secretary of State; and, if not, why not.      (HL1968)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which member states of the European Union have not accepted the right of individual petition under the United Nations International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.      (HL1969)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 31st March (WA 69), whether the situation regarding the current engagements of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary in judicial tasks outside the House of Lords and the Privy Council has affected the time within which appeals are heard in the House of Lords or the Privy Council.      (HL1970)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in the light of the coverage of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination for children of 16 and 24 months continuing at a lower level than in years prior to 1997, as reported in Communicable Disease Report of 29th January, and in the light of reduced parental confidence in the safety of MMR vaccine, as shown by Health Education Authority tracking studies, what plans they have to permit parents to choose single vaccines for mumps, measles and rubella.      (HL1971)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in England, in the annual schools’ census conducted by virtue of section 92 of the Education Act 1944, they will follow the example of the Scottish Office in its 1998 schools census and include a question on the incidence of autism; and, if not, why not.      (HL1972)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the results of their review of the vaccine damage compensation scheme.      (HL1973)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Medicines Controls Agency to publish its review of 531 adverse reactions to measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.      (HL1974)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 26th January (HL Deb, cols. 875-877), when they will set out the timescale of the NHS Supplies Authority examination of the future provision of hearing aids; and whether any of the findings of the examination will be publicly available.      (HL1975)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will implement the recommendations of the Prisons and Probation Inspectorates to reduce unnecessary delays in the release of life sentence prisoners.      (HL1976)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the number of life sentence prisoners for the past three years who were held in prison after their tariff dates for release.      (HL1977)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the additional annual cost of holding life sentence prisoners in prison after their tariff dates for release.      (HL1978)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any circumstances in which Meat Hygiene Service staff enforcing Meat Hygiene Regulations have no duty to be fair.      (HL1979)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their current intentions relating to the proposed increase in hours of attendance by Meat Hygiene Service Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL1980)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any measures under European Union or United Kingdom law which prevent suitably qualified Official Veterinary Surgeons from carrying out meat inspection duties.      (HL1981)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports of death, major injury and minor injury have been made as a result of farmers and slaughtermen shaving cattle in accordance with the Meat Hygiene Service clean cattle policy; whether the policy has proven efficacy; and whether they will now conduct a risk/benefit analysis of the procedure.      (HL1982)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th March (WA 170) “that eight weeks should generally be the minimum response time for all consultation exercises, but whenever possible more should be allowed”, on what grounds only four weeks were allowed for responses to the Department of Trade and Industry’s consultation document Building Confidence in Electronic Commerce.      (HL1983)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the subject matter contained within the Department of Trade and Industry’s consultation document Building Confidence in Electronic Commerce falls within the description of the Lord Falconer of Thoroton as being of interest to “clearly defined or specialist groups” (WA 170, 25th March) thereby justifying a shorter consultation period than that promoted by Cabinet Office guidelines.      (HL1984)

The Lord Judd—To ask the Chairman of Committees what progress has been made in the past two years in increasing the representation of ethnic minorities in the staffing of the House in all departments at all levels.      (HL1985)

The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds the Secretary of State for Wales granted full planning permission for the Cemmaes “B” windfarm and thereby ignored the recommendation of his Inspector of Planning who had conducted a Public Inquiry into the application, that conditional permission only should be granted.      (HL1986)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings have been held since 1st January by the Minister for Women either with representatives of sporting organisations or with those who have an interest in the participation of women in sport.      (HL1987)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes were made to the number of Armoured Infantry Battalions under the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL1988)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the establishment of Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles (all variants) before and after implementation of the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL1989)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the establishment for Warrior Infantry Fighting Vehicles (all variants) for an Armoured Infantry Battalion both before and after implementation of the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL1990)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, assuming that an Armoured Infantry Battalion is deployed to both Bosnia and the operation related to the situation in Kosovo, what will be the interval between the end of one post-operational leave period and the start of intensive training for the next operation for an Armoured Infantry Battalion.      (HL1991)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many medical posts of consultant status are established in the armed forces for—

      and, of these, how many are filled by officers who are medically graded “FE” (Forward Everywhere) and are otherwise available for deployment on operations.      (HL1992)

The Earl of Mar and Kellie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a strategy for the safe disposal of sewage sludge and waste in Scotland.      (HL1993)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept that—

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the conditions set out in Question HL1994 were imposed by the United States Senate on the United States Administration in the course of its agreeing the enlargement of NATO last year; and whether United States Senate approval of the new NATO Strategic Concept is contingent on the inclusion of these conditions in it.      (HL1995)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the adoption by NATO of a new Strategic Concept including the conditions set out in Question HL1994; and whether this would be compatible with this country’s membership of the United Nations and of its Security Council.      (HL1996)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that all those in the former Yugoslavia who have been “ethnically cleansed”, including Serbs from what is now Croatia, are to be enabled to return to their homes.      (HL1997)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are at present the roles allotted by NATO to (a) the Kosovo Liberation Army; and (b) the Kosovo grouping, led by Mr Rugova, whose representatives have attended North Atlantic Assembly meetings.      (HL1998)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the establishment of a Muslim “Greater Albania” in the Balkans would be destabilising and should be avoided.      (HL1999)

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]
    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]
    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) [HL]
    Employment Relations

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)
    House of Lords [20th April]
    Tax Credits
    Local Government

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL] [19th April]

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Scottish Enterprise
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]

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]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [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
    Draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1999
    Draft European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 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

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

Proposal laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Proposal for the Draft Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999 [21st June]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)2.45 pm

TUESDAY 20TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Works of Art Advisory Panel4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY

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

 
 
 
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