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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.

THURSDAY 22ND APRIL

At three o’clock

*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.

*The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the task force set up to find a buyer for the Govan shipyard, in view of its planned sale by Kvaerner.

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.

†Local Government Bill—The Lord Whitty to move, That it be an instruction to the Grand Committee to whom the bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 29

Schedule 1

Clauses 30 to 33

Schedule 2

Clauses 34 and 35.

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]

†Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish]

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. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

*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.

House of Lords Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

†‡European Parliamentary Elections (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 13th April be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

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]

†Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme—The Lord Burlison to move, That the draft laid before the House on 25th March be approved.

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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Tax Credits Bill will be concluded this day]

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 Attack Warning System.

The Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank—To call attention to the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Falkland—To call attention to the case for preserving the quality and diversity of public service broadcasting in the digital age, against the background of increasing global competition; and to move for papers.

†Rating (Valuation) Bill—Grand Committee [The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)

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.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 14th April (HL Deb, col. 767) concerning the question of the United Kingdom joining the single European currency, whether they will publish a White Paper setting out the political and economic arguments, as they now see them, both for and against joining.

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.

*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are content with the level of interest shown in ISAs (Individual Savings Accounts) by both providers and individual investors.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent unnecessary deaths of people suffering from nut allergies.

WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the economic and political development of the Balkans.

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.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the background of members appointed to expert scientific advisory committees.

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.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what examples they have of good practice in long-term overseas development, with special reference to Africa and India.

The Lord Chadlington—To call attention to the levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly amongst the young, the elderly and those in high risk occupations such as farming; to consider ways in which such suicides can be reduced; and to move for papers.

The Lord Harris of High Cross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of the policy of the National Trust and Wealden District Council to permit the continuing erosion of the cliff at Birling Gap near Eastbourne which affects homes, local employment and tourism.

†The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in implementing the White Paper proposals for the overseas territories (Cm 4264).

†The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the planning provisions and facilities for General Aviation (GA).

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.

The Lord Chadlington—To call attention to the global possibilities of the Internet and to the steps required to realise that potential while preventing abuse and exploitation; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Berkeley—To call attention to the Review by Lord Donaldson of Lymington of Salvage and Intervention and their Control and Command, following the accident involving the Sea Empress at Milford Haven in February 1996; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on EC Regulation of Genetic Modification in Agriculture (2nd Report, HL Paper 11). [21st January]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Delegation of Powers to the Commission: Reforming Comitology (3rd Report, HL Paper 23). [18th February]

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Schengen and the United Kingdom’s Border Controls (7th Report, HL Paper 37). [10th March]

The Lord Tombs—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, HL Paper 41). [24th March]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 21st April, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

24th March

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)

25th March

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)

30th March

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)

31st March

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 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 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)

21st April

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when provisions of Part I of the Criminal Justice Act 1993 will come into force.      (HL2108)

The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on the future of the Territorial Auxiliary and Volunteer Reserve Associations.      (HL2109)

The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest estimate of the cost of the Trident Acquisition programme.      (HL2110)

The Lord Hothfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether voluntary organisations will be required to pay for making use of the Criminal Records Bureau for England and Wales when checking adults volunteering to work with young people; and, if so, how much.      (HL2111)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reference numbers of any present or proposed European Union legislation which might affect water in the United Kingdom; what is the state of play of that legislation; and what is their estimate of its cost and benefit to the United Kingdom.      (HL2112)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reference numbers of any present or proposed European Union legislation which might affect data protection in the United Kingdom; what is the state of play of that legislation; and what is their estimate of its cost and benefit to the United Kingdom.      (HL2113)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reference numbers of any present or proposed European Union legislation which might affect waste disposal in the United Kingdom; what is the state of play of that legislation; and what is their estimate of its cost and benefit to the United Kingdom.      (HL2114)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reference numbers of any present or proposed European Union legislation which might affect buses in the United Kingdom; what is the state of play of that legislation; and what is their estimate of its cost and benefit to the United Kingdom.      (HL2115)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reference numbers of any present or proposed European Union legislation which might affect end-of-life electronic equipment in the United Kingdom; what is the state of play of that legislation; and what is their estimate of its cost and benefit to the United Kingdom.      (HL2116)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reference numbers of any present or proposed European Union legislation which might affect working time in the United Kingdom; what is the state of play of that legislation; and what is their estimate of its cost and benefit to the United Kingdom.      (HL2117)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they were not among the nineteen European nations which signed the ban on human cloning agreed in Paris on 12th April.      (HL2118)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the text of the Council of Europe protocol banning human cloning; and whether they will list the countries who are signatories to it.      (HL2119)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support a request by the Government of Sudan for a United Nations examination of the site of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum if such a motion were presented to the United Nations Security Council.      (HL2120)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the involvement with weapons of mass destruction of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum was first drawn to the attention of (a) the non-proliferation section of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and (b) the Defence Intelligence Staff.      (HL2121)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have raised the issue of Sudan’s alleged involvement with weapons of mass destruction and related technology at the United Nations Security Council; and, if so, when, and with what result.      (HL2122)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide details of Sudanese ex-servicemen in receipt of British military pensions.      (HL2123)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons appointed to posts in United Kingdom abattoirs are authorised in person to issue legal prohibition notices, improvement notices and other statutory enforcement tools; and whether junior veterinary surgeons are so authorised when appointed as Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL2124)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before they serve prohibition notices, improvement notices and other statutory enforcement tools, junior veterinary surgeons appointed as Official Veterinary Surgeons in United Kingdom abattoirs are required to consult senior veterinary surgeons or other Meat Hygiene Service personnel.      (HL2125)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, if the costs of employing Official Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom are higher because the costs of British veterinary surgeons are higher than the costs of veterinary surgeons in other European Union countries, charges to abattoir owners are not reduced when veterinary surgeons trained in other European Union countries are employed by the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL2126)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Official Veterinary Surgeons employed by the Meat Hygiene Service are specifically qualified to carry out meat inspection tasks; and how many actually carry out these tasks.      (HL2127)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the closure of currently profitable small and medium-sized abattoirs brought about solely by the inability of their owners to meet the proposed increased meat hygiene charges could be attributable to market forces.      (HL2128)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what officials of the Government and armed forces of Bahrain they have received during the month of April.      (HL2129)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received or sought information from the Government of Bahrain on the date of the resumed hearing of the case against Sheikh Abdul Asmir al-Jamri; and whether they will ask the Government of Bahrain for permission to send a representative of the British Embassy to attend the proceedings.      (HL2130)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to receive further displaced persons from the Balkans in addition to those in the first group; and, if so, what is the approximate number of refugees for whom provision has been made.      (HL2131)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent atrocity in a school in the United States, whether local education authorities are giving sufficient attention to safety in educational establishments in the United Kingdom.      (HL2132)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether current legislation is sufficient to safeguard the welfare of animals in the United Kingdom.      (HL2133)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether present guidelines for television and radio companies are sufficient to protect the more vulnerable in society from explicit scenes of sex and violence.      (HL2134)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Home Secretary on 15th April (HC Deb, WA 311-316) in which he specified that if an extradition request is made by a Convention State under the terms of the European Convention on Extradition Order 1990 it is not necessary for the said State to furnish evidence sufficient to warrant a trial or for the court of committal to be satisfied that there is evidence sufficient to warrant the trial, whether nonetheless at a future stage of the extradition proceedings against Senator Pinochet the Home Secretary will be prepared to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to warrant the trial of Senator Pinochet.      (HL2135)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Serb forces have recently entered the demilitarised Prevlaka peninsular in Croatia, thus breaching the Dayton Agreement; and, if so, what conclusions they draw.      (HL2136)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have enquired of the United States what was its meaning when it warned North Korea of very serious consequences if it test-fired or exported a rocket similar to the one that it launched last summer, purportedly as a “small satellite”; whether international law envisages warnings of this kind in relation to activities which are not forbidden; and, if so, in what circumstances.      (HL2137)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of the Treaty on the Peaceful Uses of Space cover the need for Environmental Assessments in the case of the launching of satellites from sea-based platforms on the High Seas, close, and therefore possibly damaging, to the Exclusive Economic Zones of States Party to the United Nations Convention of the Law of the Sea and in areas where fish stocks may be vulnerable to exhausts.      (HL2138)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether depleted uranium shells are being used by any NATO forces in Serbia and Kosovo.      (HL2139)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration is being given to the possibility that NATO’s attacks on a non-nuclear country will be seen by other non-nuclear countries as a rationale for the acquisition of nuclear weapons.      (HL2140)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether high altitude bombing is prohibited in the general area where there are (a) nuclear plants and (b) pharmaceutical and chemical plants, releases of mixtures of whose products could be dangerous to humans, animals or plants; and whether nuclear or chemical releases so triggered would count as mass destruction.      (HL2141)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Referred to the Examiners


Waiting for Second Reading

    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    European Tax Harmonisation Veto [HL]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL] [28th April]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) [HL]
    Employment Relations
    University College London [22nd April]

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 Grand Committee

    Local Government
    Rating (Valuation) [5th May]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Water Industry [22nd April]
    Obscenity [HL]
    House of Lords [27th April]
    Tax Credits [26th April]

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] [22nd April]
    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
    Draft European Communities (Definition of Treaties) (Framework Agreement for Trade and Cooperation between the European Community and its Member States and the Republic of Korea) Order 1999
    Draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) Regulations 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
    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

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

Proposals 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]

THURSDAY 22ND APRIL

Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)2.30 pm

TUESDAY 27TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 29TH APRIL

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 4TH MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY

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

WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

 
 
 
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