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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 26TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†‡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.

[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 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 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.

FRIDAY 7TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

†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).

†Obscenity Bill [HL]— Committee [The Earl of Halsbury]

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.

†*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask the Chairman of Committees when he expects the results of the survey into smoking in the House of Lords to be published.

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.

†*The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that it is in the interest of open government to place full Answers to Written Questions in the Library of the House, where they are not readily accessible to the public, rather than to publish them in the Official Report.

THURSDAY 13TH MAY

†*The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 20th January (WA 110-111), what progress has been made in improving the dialogue between the Government and the horse industry.

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 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 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 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]

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)

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 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)

12th April

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 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 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 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 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 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 when they expect to publish the results of their review of the vaccine damage compensation scheme.      (HL1973)

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 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 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) or “LE” (line of communication, 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 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 Privy Council have included Lords of Appeal other than Lords of Appeal in Ordinary 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 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 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 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 Baroness 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 Baroness 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 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)

19th April

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 1987 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)

20th April

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the European Commission’s draft amendment to the Working Time Directive which, while including within its scope all other transport workers, specifically excludes HGV owner drivers.      (HL2082)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the exclusion of HGV owner-drivers from the draft amendment to the EC Working Time Directive is acceptable in terms of—

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which conclusions and recommendations of the Hesketh Report on signalling, produced for British Rail before privatisation, have not been implemented in full or in part; and whether they will place a copy of this report in the Library of the House.      (HL2084)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the lay membership of the proposed Independent Panel to review the working of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. 267) will be drawn from consumers of dietary supplements and herbal remedies, and not from organisations which are antagonistic to such supplements and remedies.      (HL2085)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be approaching Consumers for Health Choice to nominate lay membership of the proposed Independent Panel to review the working of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. 267).      (HL2086)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which bodies and organisations they intend to consult about the appointment of individuals with (a) medical, (b) scientific, (c) legal, (d) consumer, and (e) other backgrounds to the Independent Panel to review the working of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. 267).      (HL2087)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they think that BBC Radio 1 should be in public ownership.      (HL2088)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons that they would give for not privatising BBC Radio 2.      (HL2089)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the nature and benefits of Trustee Governance of National Museums and Galleries.      (HL2090)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors they are taking into account in deciding when to bring fully into force the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL2091)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any United Kingdom laws or practices which they consider need to be changed before they bring the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 fully into force; and, if so, whether they will identify such laws or practices.      (HL2092)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether factors which they are taking into account in deciding when to bring the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 fully into force include the potential liability of Government departments and other public authorities to pay damages for breaches of Convention rights occurring once the Act is fully in force.      (HL2093)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they remain of the view, expressed when the Human Rights Bill 1998 was published, that, apart from an initial cost in training judges, magistrates and tribunal members to handle Convention points, the other provisions of the bill would have no significant financial effects.      (HL2094)

The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what applications have been received to date from Departments for financial assistance from the Invest to Save budget of £150 million over three years to establish electronic interfaces with the public.      (HL2095)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have obtained any information on the effects of low dose alpha radiation on the morbidity and mortality rates in Iraqi children as a result of contamination from depleted uranium ammunition used in Iraq during the Gulf War.      (HL2096)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any depleted uranium ammunition is in use by NATO forces in Kosovo.      (HL2097)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify in which European Directives and which United Kingdom Acts of Parliament the standards of training for Official Veterinary Surgeons are set out.      (HL2098)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training is given to non-United Kingdom, European Union national veterinary surgeons appointed to posts within the Official Veterinary Service in United Kingdom law enforcement practice before they take up their appointments; and what is the duration of the training and the level of competence these Official Veterinary Surgeons are required to demonstrate before they commence their duties.      (HL2099)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are taken to ensure that non-United Kingdom, European Union national veterinary surgeons appointed to posts with the Official Veterinary Service demonstrate written and oral English language skills of a standard necessary for them to carry out their duties effectively.      (HL2100)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether knowledge of the “hierarchy of enforcement” set out in the training manual of the Meat Hygiene Service personnel is a mandatory requirement for non-United Kingdom, European Union national veterinary surgeons appointed to posts as Official Veterinary Surgeons; and whether conformity with this “hierarchy of enforcement” is a mandatory requirement for Official Veterinary Surgeons in United Kingdom abattoir practice.      (HL2101)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed that, as stated by the United States Secretary of Defense, whatever General Clark feels he needs to carry out the campaign in Serbia successfully he will receive, or whether some limits are in fact envisaged.      (HL2102)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NATO allies were informed of the commitments entered into by the United States to the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) at Rambouillet and whether these were at any time agreed by either all the Contact Group or all the NATO allies; whether the KLA now has representatives in Washington and whether NATO representatives are now operating with the KLA; whether the nature of the funds available to the KLA has been fully examined; and whether the decision to use KLA cooperation for targeting purposes was a military or a political decision.      (HL2103)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, while seeking to degrade the military capabilities available to the Serbian Government, NATO is estimating the economic and social value to the various communities of the targets currently being damaged or destroyed; their importance to the non-military viability of the communities, and the likely costs of their reconstruction; and, if they are not currently doing so, whether they intend to do so in order to know whether the costs of reconstruction will exceed the assumed benefits of total victory.      (HL2104)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States has undertaken to contribute and, if so how and to what extent, to the eventual administration and reconstruction of the countries whose economic and social infrastructure is currently being destroyed by the war in the former Yugoslavia, whether by military action or by the presence of unsustainable numbers of refugees; and whether it is anticipated that NATO would have any role to play at this stage.      (HL2105)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the war in the former Yugoslavia is having on (a) the Euro and (b) the dollar.      (HL2106)

21st April

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 Conference on 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)

22nd April

The Lord Skelmersdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the ratio of the total United Kingdom central and local government expenditure on social services to gross domestic product in 1979-80, 1987-88 and 1997-98.      (HL2142)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of fully qualified clinical toxicologists employed exclusively by the National Health Service for each year since 1990; and by which health authorities or NHS Trusts they have been employed.      (HL2143)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year since 1990, what was the total number of fully qualified clinical toxicologists contracted to the National Health Service who were also employed by, or had consultancies with, other organisations; with which health authorities or NHS Trusts they were contracted; and with which other organisations they were employed or contracted to.      (HL2144)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the report on the results of the enquiry, published on 22nd April, into the air accident which occurred near Schipol airport involving an El Al cargo aeroplane carrying nerve agents.      (HL2145)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current time devoted to clinical toxicology in the curricula of medical schools in the United Kingdom; and whether this includes the acute and chronic clinical effects of exposure to toxic chemicals found in agriculture, industry and the home.      (HL2146)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the normal life of E-coli bacteria outside host animals; whether the organisms of E-coli 0157 are destroyed by the heat generated by the rotting process in farmyard manure; and whether the organisms continue to be viable after farm or human slurry is spread to land.      (HL2147)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the results of the research, commissioned from the Institute of Occupational Medicine, Edinburgh, into the effects of exposure to organophosphate sheep dips.      (HL2148)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the numbers of farm businesses receiving total Integrated Administration and Control System related subsidies in the following bands: (a) over £5 million; (b) £5 million to £1 million; (c) £1 million to £500,000; (d) £500,000 to £200,000; (e) £200,000 to £100,000, (f) £100,000 to £75,000, (g) £75,000 to £50,000, (h) £50,000 to £40,000; (i) £40,000 to £30,000, (j) £30,000 to £20,000, (k) £20,000 to £15,000, (l) £15,000 to £10,000, (m) £10,000 to £5,000 and (n) less than £5,000.      (HL2149)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the numbers of farm businesses receiving subsidies from the Common Agricultural Policy, including Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances, in the United Kingdom.      (HL2150)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average expenditure from Government funds to support a family with two children when neither parent works.      (HL2151)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government approximately what proportion of current cancer research is targeted at the possible carcinogenic effects of chemicals in the environment; and of that proportion how much is privately and how much publicly funded.      (HL2152)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all research and case histories involving autopsies on deaths or injuries allegedly caused by the ingestion of lead short by birds of all types; what evidence they have which enables them to differentiate between the lead shot used in shotgun cartridges and the lead shot weights used by anglers; and whether they will place copies of all such research in the Library of the House.      (HL2153)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all research completed on the efficacy of, and comparisons between (a) lead shot, (b) steel shot and (c) bismuth shot as used or proposed for use in shotgun cartridges or for fishing line weights for use by anglers; and whether they will place copies of all such research in the Library of the House.      (HL2154)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the draft and final copy reports by the Cardiff District Auditors into continuing elderly care in Cardiff.      (HL2155)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Whitty on 16th March (WA 95) and 31st March (WA 49), what legal responsibility they had to retain copies of all reports of (a) weekend surveys, (b) detailed quarterly surveys and (c) annual reviews of the Severn rail tunnel in each of the last 15 years in which the responsibility of the Severn rail tunnel came under the control of the British Railways Board; and why such information was not held centrally.      (HL2156)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many birds have been found poisoned by lead shot from shotguns; and how many birds have been found poisoned by lead shot used for fishing tackle by fishermen.      (HL2157)

The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of Eurostar trains built to serve the regions north of London—

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 21st April (WA 163), upon what independent research was that Answer based; who funded that research; and whether they will list the titles of the research papers, their authors and the organisations for which the research was undertaken.      (HL2159)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they are making to President Chirac’s criticism of those countries that have not signed the Council of Europe protocol banning human cloning which thereby may continue to provide a safe haven for scientists seeking to evade international prohibitions on human cloning.      (HL2160)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16th November 1998 (WA 140), whether the doctrine of “overwhelming humanitarian necessity” has now been fully set out in international law.      (HL2161)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 22nd March (WA 122), whether they now recognise the bilateral strategic defence agreement between the United States and Israel, which was signed alongside the Wye Valley Agreement between the United States, Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation in which the United States undertook to enhance Israel’s “deterrent capabilities”; and whether they consider that such an enhancement would be compatible with Article 1 of the Non-proliferation Treaty.      (HL2162)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the Israeli Government’s announcement on 24th March of a major development project in Jerusalem, and to the current demolition of houses there; and whether they consider that this forms part of an ethnic cleansing policy.      (HL2163)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the taxpayer is funding the regulation of genetically modified food and the research underpinning that regulation; if so, on what grounds; and whether this represents a subsidy of genetically modified food on the market in the United Kingdom.      (HL2164)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the refusal of the Turkish authorities to discuss greater autonomy for the Kurdish areas of Turkey may have results similar to those now seen in Kosovo as a result of the Yugoslav Government’s refusal to discuss greater autonomy for the Kosovars; and whether they consider that crisis prevention procedures should be set in motion.      (HL2165)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed independent panel which will review preliminary decisions on advertising under Regulation B of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. No. 267) will—

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many child curfew orders have now been made.      (HL2167)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the conditions under which police forces pay compensation to the victims or families of victims of crime.      (HL2168)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost in the year 1988-89 of military action taken overseas by British armed forces acting other than as part of the United Nations forces.      (HL2169)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to answer Dr I C Perry’s letter of 3rd December 1998 to the Secretary of State for Defence concerning human research in aviation medicine following the closure of the RAF Institute of Aviation Medicine.      (HL2170)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

To be heard by the Examiners on Tuesday 27th April at 11.00 am


Waiting for Second Reading

    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    European Tax Harmonisation Veto [HL]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL] [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
    European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) [HL]

Committed to a Select Committee

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

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

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

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Local Government
    Rating (Valuation) [5th May]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Obscenity [HL] [7th May]
    House of Lords [27th April]
    Tax Credits [26th April]

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
    Water Industry

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]
    Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Scottish Enterprise

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    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
    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 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
    Draft Alterations to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme

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]

TUESDAY 27TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)2.30 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 28TH APRIL

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

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)
Administration and Works Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 11TH MAY

European Communities (Select Committee)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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