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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.

TUESDAY 20TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the comments made by the Prime Minister to CBS News, it is now a British Government war aim to remove President Milosevic from power in Yugoslavia.

†Local Government Bill—The Lord Whitty to move, That the order of Commitment of 12th April be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

†Rating (Valuation) Bill—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the order of Commitment of 11th March be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

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]

†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.

†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]

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.

MONDAY 10TH MAY

†*The Viscount Hanworth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to regulate competition amongst salesmen in the domestic gas supply market.

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.

†*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the proposal that voluntary organisations should be charged a fee for every request for a search to establish whether an applicant for a post has a criminal record.

WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet received the report of the panel set up by the United Nations to consider Iraq’s programme for developing weapons of mass destruction; and, if so, what are the report’s conclusions; and what is their response.

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 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.

†The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the effects of their changes to conditional inheritance tax exemptions as promulgated in the Finance Act 1998 and whether they are prepared to reconsider the requirements in relation to items held on private property.

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)

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)

19th April

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) or “LE” (line of communication, everywhere) and are otherwise available for deployment on operations.      (HL1992)

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 Privy Council have included retired Lords of Appeal other than Lords of Appeal in Ordinary in their composition.      (HL2010)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken by the United Kingdom and the European Union to implement the suspension of United Nations sanctions against Libya.      (HL2050)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their commitment to ensure that Kosovo refugees should be able to return home in security, what arrangements are being made to ensure the availability of all the necessary financial, material and human resources for the reconstruction and rehabilitation of Kosovo; and what arrangements are being made to ensure that these measures will be effectively applied within Kosovo itself.      (HL2051)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the support already being mobilised by the Social Development Fund of the Council of Europe for emergency assistance to Kosovo refugees and the preparations being made by the Fund for assistance with resettlement, they will reconsider their position and take immediate steps to participate fully in the Fund.      (HL2052)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to meet the educational needs at all levels of young Kosovo refugees.      (HL2053)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to assist Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fully to meet their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and to respect the jurisdiction of the Court; and what further assistance they are contemplating.      (HL2054)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have amalgamated the Foreign and Commonwealth Office departments dealing with Europe into two departments, the first dealing with nations belonging to the European Union and the second dealing with those outside the European Union.      (HL2055)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new Foreign and Commonwealth Office department dealing with European nations currently outside the European Union will be able to devote more time and energy to matters concerning Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.      (HL2056)

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a map showing the local authorities which will benefit from Objective 1 European Union Structural Fund status recently agreed in Berlin.      (HL2057)

The Lord Layton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make mortgage payment protection insurance compulsory.      (HL2058)

The Lord Layton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will continue to differentiate between “old” and “new” mortgages in calculating qualifying periods for housing benefit.      (HL2059)

The Lord Layton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to lengthen the qualifying periods of both “old” and “new” mortgages for housing benefit.      (HL2060)

The Lord Layton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether “old” mortgages will be required to have mortgage payment protection insurance in line with “new” mortgages.      (HL2061)

The Lord Layton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether “old” mortgages will be allowed to disappear over time as the mortgage periods expire or the mortgagee moves home and then has a “new” mortgage.      (HL2062)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, at the latest available date, are the real short term interest rates and long term interest rates of the United Kingdom and the Euroland eleven respectively; and what have been the real short and long term interest rates of the United Kingdom and Germany in each of the past ten years.      (HL2063)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes were made in the draft of the European Union Growth and Stability Pact presented and discussed at the Dublin Summit in December 1996 and the final version approved at the Summit meeting in Amsterdam in June 1997.      (HL2064)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have further to amend the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 267); and whether they intend to consult with interested parties prior to proposing such amendments.      (HL2065)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy for future action, and the timetable for any such action, in relation to Medicines Control Agency consultation documents MLX 249 and MLX 239.      (HL2066)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the interests of preventing genocide in all parts of the world, they will re-publish the Government Blue Book of 1916, on the killing of very large numbers of Armenians throughout Turkey.      (HL2067)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office will include fraud amongst the “national police objectives”; and what other steps they will consider to encourage Chief Constables to direct more resources to tackling investigations into cases alleging all categories of fraud.      (HL2068)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask the Lord Chancellor what is the form of the enquiry into the alleged leak of the Law Lords findings’ in the case of General Pinochet.      (HL2069)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost, on the basis of payments so far made, of the counsel employed by the Crown Prosecution Service in the case about the extradition of General Pinochet.      (HL2070)

The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will apply section 26 of the Consumer Protection Act 1982 to the resale of electricity in order that tenants may be clear about the price their landlord is entitled to change.      (HL2071)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional powers were given to the institutions of the European Union, and what powers were extended, under the provisions of the Amsterdam Treaty.      (HL2072)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new arrangements or extensions of existing arrangements were contained in the Treaty of Amsterdam relating to inter-governmental co-operation in the fields of defence, foreign affairs and police and judicial matters.      (HL2073)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the adoption by the European Parliament on 13th April of a Resolution supporting corpus juris and demanding the appointment of a European public prosecutor with wide powers over the criminal law in Member States and having control over Europol.      (HL2074)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 13th April (WA 115), what efforts they have made to secure the release of the four Sudanese abducted by the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army while assisting International Committee of the Red Cross activities in southern Sudan.      (HL2075)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 13th April (WA 115) concerning the murder in March of the four Sudanese abducted by the Sudanese People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) while assisting International Committee of the Red Cross activities in southern Sudan, whether they will review Sudanese government claims that the SPLA were also responsible for the murder of World Food Programme and Sudanese Red Crescent aid workers in the Nuba mountains in June 1998.      (HL2076)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of, and what encouragement and support they are giving to, the Government of Sudan’s declaration of a comprehensive ceasefire in southern Sudan.      (HL2077)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the murder of aid or relief workers by combatants in a civil war constitutes a war crime.      (HL2078)

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

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [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]
    Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999 [27th 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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