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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 19TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Water Industry Bill—The Lord Whitty to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 12

Schedule 2

Clauses 13 to 15

Schedules 3 and 4

Clauses 16 and 17.

Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]Committee (on Recommitment)    [The Lord Whitty] [3rd, 6th and 9th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

†*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that companies pay their workers the National Minimum Wage.

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 what action they are taking to exchange ambassadors with Iran, as agreed between foreign ministers in September 1998 in New York.

*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.

†University College London Bill—Second Reading

†Liaison Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 49) be agreed to.

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

European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Bethell]

†Scottish Enterprise Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

Water Industry Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty]

†Draft European Parliamentary Elections Regulations 1999—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 24th March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Draft Civil Procedure (Modification of Enactments) Order 1999—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th April be approved.

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).

†The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote democracy and human rights in Indonesia.

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.

†Tax Credits Bill—Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [12th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the House of Lords Bill will be continued this day]

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)

Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Rotherwick]

The Lord Thomas of Gresford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to prevent the imminent extinction of the capercaillie 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.

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.

†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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the House of Lords Bill will be continued this day]

TUESDAY 4TH MAY

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in the light of the Review on Prescribing, Supply and Administration of Medicines by Dr June Crown.

*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.

*The Earl of Clanwilliam—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be a cap limiting the extent of the subsidy payable under the new Organic Farm Scheme.

WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with local authorities concerning subsidies for rail and bus services, following the recent Audit Commission report.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, or place in the Library, their response to the Amnesty International document EUR 45/23/98 “UK Briefing for the UN Committee Against Torture”.

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on bringing in the National Air Warning System.

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.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, together with other European Union Member States, to provide support to Romania and Bulgaria to offset the continuing damage to their economies and societies caused by the conflict in former Yugoslavia.

TUESDAY 11TH MAY

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the comments in the Annual Report of Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Schools on religious education in primary and secondary schools, they will propose changes in the teaching of that subject.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance and effectiveness of the Meat Hygiene Service.

†The Baroness Byford—To call attention to the contribution made by rural businesses to the United Kingdom economy; 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 on the dates shown]

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)

22nd March

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)

24th March

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 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 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 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)

29th March

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 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)

30th March

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

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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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)

12th April

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; and, if not, why not.      (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)

13th April

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 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)

14th April

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; and, if not, why not.      (HL1926)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are refusing licences for the export of arms and military equipment (including dual-use) to both Ethiopia and Eritrea, until such times as their border disputes are satisfactorily resolved; and whether they will ask the members of NATO, the European Union, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Commonwealth to adopt similar policies.      (HL2001)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to amend section 89 of the Broadcasting Act 1996 so as to provide that in considering, under subsection (3), whether it is necessary in the public interest to revoke the licence in question, the Independent Television Commission should have regard to—

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures the World Trade Organisation has in place to adjudicate on the scientific bases on which governments may control or restrict imports of products believed to be harmful.      (HL2003)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the World Trade Organisation’s technical experts are appointed and by whom; how many there are; and whether peer review is in place to examine their adjudications.      (HL2004)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence the World Trade Organisation’s technical experts solicit and from whom in the course of their adjudications; whether their adjudications are published; and, if so, with what evidence attached; and how the adjudications are funded.      (HL2005)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which import bans the World Trade Organisation has up to now rejected on the grounds of scientific inadequacy.      (HL2006)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the World Trade Organisation’s adjudications are immune from lobbying by interested parties; and, if so, how this immunity is secured.      (HL2007)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether World Trade Organisation Adjudicators may take democratic, social or environmental criteria into account in their adjudications; and, if not, what steps are being taken to ensure that they should.      (HL2008)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask the Lord Chancellor how many judicial decisions of the House of Lords and of the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council respectively have been made by a majority of three votes to two during the past year.      (HL2009)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask the Lord Chancellor on how many occasions during the past year the Appeal and Appellate Committees of the House of Lords and the Judicial Committee of the House of Lords have included retired Lords of Appeal in their composition.      (HL2010)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult Parliament as to the contents of their reports before carrying out their reporting obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.      (HL2011)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will report to Parliament on the contents of their reports, together with their response to any recommendations made by the international treaty bodies, after carrying out their reporting obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political rights, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child.      (HL2012)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have investigated the assertion by Mr Hugo Young in his recent book This Blessed Plot that someone had given him a copy of the secret text of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s own history of the negotiations on entry to the European Economic Community; and, if so, with what result.      (HL2013)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent civil servants were involved in the political campaign to persuade Northern Ireland electors to vote “Yes” in the referendum on the Good Friday Agreement.      (HL2014)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the nature of the roadworks on the eastbound section of the M4 between Junctions 4A and 1; what is the expected date of completion; and whether night and weekend working are planned to speed up the completion.      (HL2015)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the nature of the roadworks on the eastbound section of the A4 between the Hogarth Roundabout and the Hammersmith flyover; whether it is necessary to close one carriageway to traffic; and whether night and weekend working are planned to speed up completion.      (HL2016)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why a wide load on 31st March was allowed to travel on the northbound carriageway of the M1 between 3.30 pm and 5.30 pm; what police forces were involved in this wide load movement; at what cost; and what was the content of the wide load.      (HL2017)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to make sure that the enquiry into the possibility of a leak from the Law Lords conclusions on the case of General Pinochet will be independent from the Law Lords who sat on the case.      (HL2018)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 13th April (WA 113), 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 second warrant for the arrest of General Pinochet.      (HL2019)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 12th April (WA 97), whether the Crown Prosecution Service lawyers, when they travelled to Madrid before the issue of the second warrant for the arrest of General Pinochet, met Joan Garces, former advisor to President Allende.      (HL2020)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the known costs hitherto incurred by the Crown in the case for the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL2021)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether General Pinochet, if he is no longer assisted by supporters from Chile, would be entitled to apply for legal aid in fighting the case to extradite him.      (HL2022)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 13th April (WA 112), what is their target for the reduction in the number of those sleeping rough in the Victoria rough sleeping zone in (a) 6 months’ time; and (b) 12 months.      (HL2023)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 12th April (WA 97), why part-time judges may hold commercial company directorships; and why the Lord Chancellor’s Department does not collect information listing these interests.      (HL2024)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Whitty on 12th January (HL Deb, col. 1153), when they intend to add a new offence to the Air Navigation Order of interfering with or obstructing a member of the cabin crew in the exercise of their duty.      (HL2025)

The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give legal staff in Government service the opportunity to undertake pro bono work during the course of their employment; and whether they will take into account the pro bono activities of firms of solicitors in the private sector when selecting between them for Government work.      (HL2026)

15th April

The Lord Brooks of Tremorfa—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes there have been to the plans for Territorial Army units and their locations contained in the publication Modern Forces for the Modern World: A Territorial Army for the Future.      (HL2028)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what national guidelines are given to the police, local authorities, industry and commerce on the movements of wide loads on motorways during daylight and night-time.      (HL2029)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will issue directives to all the police forces in England and Wales that no wide loads must be moved on motorways between 11.00 pm and 6.00 am.      (HL2030)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to introduce legislation to offer British citizenship to those citizens of the British Dependent Territories who wish to have it.      (HL2031)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.      (HL2032)

The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many road accidents have occurred on the A40 between the Target Roundabout and Hanger Lane since the reduction of the speed limit in 1998; and in how many of these accidents speed was a contributory factor.      (HL2033)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will lay the Statutory Instrument, referred to in their Press Release DCMS 291/98 (25th November 1998), to modify the definition of what constitutes a British film so that the definition takes account of the growing number of international co-productions which bring investment to Britain; and whether the terms of such a Statutory Instrument would require prior clearance by the European Commission before it could be laid in this House; and, if so, whether such clearance has been sought.      (HL2034)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what method they intend to measure “an improvement in the quality of accommodation” of hotels and guest houses required under the proposals in Tomorrow’s Tourism.      (HL2035)

The Earl of Iveagh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their Overseas Territories White Paper, whether they will implement any measures to lessen the bureaucratic burden upon Saint Helenians visiting or working in those places where they currently need permits; and, if so, what would those measures be.      (HL2036)

The Lady Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Millennium Volunteers (MV) Ltd company is up and running; and what it has achieved to date.      (HL2037)

The Lady Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is the chairman of the Millennium Volunteers (MV) Ltd; and what is his salary.      (HL2038)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of night sleeper rolling stock built for services through the Channel Tunnel—

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of land in British Rail ownership and further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 12th April (WA 98) and the Answer by the Lord Whitty on 12th April (HL Deb, cols. 500 and 501)—

The Lord Bowness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the Local Government Bill and the best value provisions therein, what is their estimate of the costs of compliance and implementation which will fall on best value authorities in England and Wales, and how much of this will be met by increases in the Revenue Support grant; and what is their estimate of the costs of audit and inspection which will be incurred by the Audit Commission, and how much of this will be met by Government grant and how much will be recovered from local authorities.      (HL2041)

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether supplies of Form CRU1, issued by the Benefits Agency pursuant to the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999, were available to insurance companies in sufficient quantities from 1st April; how many such forms have been destroyed owing to a design error; what the cost has been of this wastage; and who was responsible for it.      (HL2042)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the NATO operation against Yugoslavia has led to more civilian deaths than would have occurred without a military operation; and whether they will cease the military operations and instead pursue their aims through purely diplomatic means.      (HL2043)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are formally responsible for the external relations of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.      (HL2044)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man are formally territories of the United Kingdom.      (HL2045)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British passport holders resident in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are defined as British nationals for European Union purposes, thus giving them free movement within the European Union.      (HL2046)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal and constitutional basis for applying the terms of Article 227, paragraph 4 of the Treaty of Rome (which states that “The provisions of this Treaty shall apply to the European Territories for whose external relations a Member State is responsible”), to Gibraltar but not to the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.      (HL2047)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, as reported in Partnership for Progress and Prosperity: Britain and the Overseas Territories (Cm 4264, March 1999), it has not so far been possible to eliminate completely drug and tobacco smuggling using boats based in Gibraltar.      (HL2048)

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent ruling of the European Court of Human Rights on the right of British citizens in Gibraltar to vote in elections to the European Parliament is also applicable to British citizens in the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.      (HL2049)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to a Select Committee

    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL]
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]
    United Reformed Church [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Water Industry [22nd April]
    Obscenity [HL]
    Rating (Valuation)
    House of Lords [20th April]
    Tax Credits [26th April]
    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 [22nd April]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [HL] [22nd April]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL] [22nd 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]
    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
    Draft Aeroplane Noise Regulations 1999
    Draft Visiting Forces and International Headquarters (Application of Law) Order 1999
    Draft International Headquarters and Defence Organisations (Designation and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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

    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]

TUESDAY 20TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
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 21ST APRIL

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

WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 29TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY

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

 
 
 
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