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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

THURSDAY 29TH APRIL

At three o’clock

[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 Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal basis in international and maritime law for interrupting the supply of oil to Yugoslavia by sea.

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

‡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.

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.

Tax Credits Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [12th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 30th March be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡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.

WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY

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

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

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

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

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

The Baroness Linklater of Butterstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for rural communities of the closure of their local schools.

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.

The Lord Gilbert—To move, That this House take note of the situation in Kosovo.

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.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask the Chairman of Committees what facilities are available for the parking of bicycles ridden by Peers’ guests arriving at the Peers’ Entrance.

Employment Relations Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Simon of Highbury]

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.

Local Government Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord Whitty] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)

TUESDAY 11TH MAY

*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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering legislation to deal with excessive pay awards to company chairmen and chief executives.

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

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.

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent assessment they have made of the needs of people with haemophilia, who have been infected with Hepatitis “C” during NHS treatment, and the dependants of those for whom the infection proved fatal.

The Lord Norton of Louth—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 Vinson—To call attention to the regulations that affect the job creating potential of small firms; and to move for papers.

†Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) Bill [HL]— Committee [The Lord Rotherwick]

†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).

[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Local Government Bill in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm will be concluded this day]

THURSDAY 13TH MAY

*The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in improving the dialogue between them and the horse industry.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to introduce legislation on strategic export controls, as announced in July 1998 in the White Paper Strategic Export Controls (Cm 3989).

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to reduce the disincentives for small firms arising from regulations under recent employment legislation, as described by the Better Regulation Task Force.

MONDAY 17TH MAY

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their review of the status of the national museums and galleries is intended to achieve and why it is being undertaken.

*The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the future of the Royal Tournament.

†*The Lord Brookman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether magistrates, police officers, prison staff, probation officers and members of the judiciary are responding to the invitation to declare voluntarily whether they are Freemasons.

TUESDAY 18TH MAY

†*The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Beef on the Bone Regulations can be dealt with by the Welsh Assembly.

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.

MONDAY 24TH MAY

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will revoke the Habitual Residence Test, in the light of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in the Swaddling case that it is illegal.

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 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 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 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 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).

The Lord Wade of Chorlton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they provide an appropriate level of support for the export of United Kingdom environmental technologies and services.

The Earl of Clancarty—To call attention to the role of the regional museums and galleries (particularly local authority museums) within the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what help is being given to artists (including writers, performing artists and visual artists) whose work in the field of culture is unable to generate a living income for them.

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their support for the American cruise missile attack on the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in the light of subsequent scientific and technical reports on the matter.

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the funding and care of university museums, galleries and collections.

†The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, having voted, and won a Division, on the question of the responsibility of the Welsh Assembly for policy on beef on the bone, they did not inform this House of the subsequent change to this policy.

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 or amended on 28th April, or unanswered after 21 days]

10th March

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 or any other legislation, they have a duty to assess the risk of genetically modified animals escaping from captivity, cross-breeding or entering the food chain; what is their current practice in this respect; and whether there are adequate penalties for anyone accidentally or intentionally releasing genetically modified animals, including fish.      (HL1474)

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)

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)

28th April

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the pattern of military low flying activity in the United Kingdom during 1998.      (HL2228)

The Lord Cledwyn of Penrhos—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Intervention Board will publish its 1997-98 annual report and accounts.      (HL2229)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Council of Europe in London on 5th May 1999.      (HL2230)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for England showing for comprehensive schools, modern schools, grammar schools and all state secondary schools separately, the percentage of pupils on roll and the percentage of all 16 year-old pupils in each of the years 1983 to 1998—

showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools, the number of pupils on roll and the number of 16 year-old pupils.      (HL2231)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for England showing, for all state primary schools, the percentage of pupils on roll in each of the years 1983 to 1998—

showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including the number of schools and the total number of pupils on roll.      (HL2232)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Wales showing for comprehensive schools, modern schools, grammar schools and all state secondary schools separately, the percentage of pupils on roll and the percentage of all 16 year-old pupils in each of the years 1983 to 1998—

showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools, the number of pupils on roll and the number of 16 year-old pupils.      (HL2233)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Wales showing, for all state primary schools, the percentage of pupils on roll in each of the years 1983 to 1998—

showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including the number of schools and the total number of pupils on roll.      (HL2234)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Scotland showing for comprehensive schools, modern schools, grammar schools and all state secondary schools separately, the percentage of pupils on roll and the percentage of all 16 year-old pupils in each of the years 1983 to 1998—

showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools, the number of pupils on roll and the number of 16 year-old pupils.      (HL2235)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Scotland showing, for all state primary schools, the percentage of pupils on roll in each of the years 1983 to 1998—

showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including the number of schools and the total number of pupils on roll.      (HL2236)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the surpluses and deficits on current account and what were the annual average unemployed percentages for the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Holland and Belgium in 1998 and in each year since 1990.      (HL2237)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when more detail will be provided of the proposals for a reinvigorated model of federated Community Health Councils in Wales announced by the Secretary of State for Wales in March; and what arrangements are to be made for consultation on the detail of these proposals.      (HL2238)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their attitude to the Commission on Representing the Public Interest in the National Health Service established by the Association of Community Health Councils for England and Wales; and whether the Government will be submitting evidence to the Commission.      (HL2239)

The Lord Sefton of Garston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the introduction of a salaried system of legal aid especially in personal injuries cases.      (HL2240)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 14th December 1998 (WA 134), and the recent killing of workers assisting with International Committee of the Red Cross activities, what action they are taking to protect aid workers in Sudan.      (HL2241)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the August 1998 bombing by the American Government of the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum, Sudan, has been discussed in the European Common Foreign and Security Policy working groups on Non-Proliferation, the Middle East/Gulf, Security, Africa and Global Disarmament.      (HL2242)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence to support the claim (HL Deb, col. 902) that the Sudanese Government has as a policy the use of slavery on a widespread, systematic scale.      (HL2243)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that the Sudanese Government was involved in the bombing of the United States embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in August 1998.      (HL2244)

The Lord Ironside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many shipbuilding yards capable of building and fitting out large vessels of 40,000 tonnes or more are currently operational in the United Kingdom; and who are the registered owners in each case.      (HL2245)

The Lord Ironside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom-owned shipbuilding yards in the United Kingdom have the capability of building and fitting out the planned 40,000 tonnes replacement aircraft carriers.      (HL2246)

The Lord Northfield—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the proposals to pedestrianise parts of Trafalgar Square; and when the work will begin.      (HL2247)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have, as a Permanent Member of the United Nations Security Council, of a notification by Turkey under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter of the entry into Northern Iraq by Turkish forces; on what date the Turkish forces crossed the frontier; and on what date Turkey notified the Security Council.      (HL2248)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have ordered Colonel Robert Stewart to comply with a summons issued by Trial Chamber 1 of the International Criminal Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia in the case of Blaskic; and what information they have about the compliance by the countries, whose nationals are mentioned in the summons, with their obligation to assist the Tribunal.      (HL2249)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will enumerate the seven chapters of the Acquis Communautaire that are already the subject of enlargement negotiations with the applicant countries and the eight on which negotiations are to open during the German presidency.      (HL2250)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the riots in Poland between January and March 1999 have altered their view that Poland is ready for admission to the European Union.      (HL2251)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm the accuracy of the statement by the Romanian Miners’ Leader (Mr Miron Cozna) that the 35 per cent rise in miners’ wages will be financed by the European Union; and, if so, whether such use of European Union funds is legal.      (HL2252)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether safeguards attached to European Union aid to the victims of Hurricane Mitch in Central America will ensure that such aid reaches the victims rather than fraudsters and racketeers.      (HL2253)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual amount of aid from the European Union to the Palestinian authority; how much is provided by the United Kingdom; and whether the aid is properly, honestly and efficiently administered.      (HL2254)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the amount of aid given by the European Union annually to Algeria and Morocco; how much is provided by the United Kingdom; and whether the aid is properly, honestly and efficiently administered.      (HL2255)

The Lord Wise—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations they have made to local authorities regarding the siting of mobile phone communication pylons within designated green belt areas.      (HL2256)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult Parliament about the terms of their next report to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.      (HL2257)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the General Osteopathic Council is sufficiently representative of the various institutions of osteopathy; and whether osteopaths who have practised safely and competently for at least five out of the last seven years are being sufficiently encouraged to register under the provisions of the Osteopaths Act 1993.      (HL2258)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 9th July 1997 (WA 78), whether they will place in the Library of the House, copies of all documentation relating to the computerisation of the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, the Document Reception Centre, the Public Enquiry Office and the case work programme, in particular in relation to the service provision contract awarded to Siemens Business Services under the Private Finance Initiative, including all pages of the contract with Siemens Business Services previously withheld in the Answer on 9th July 1997.      (HL2259)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the political situation in Burma has deteriorated since the beginning of the year.      (HL2260)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have responded to the recent calls by Aung San Suu Kyi for “concrete action” with regard to Burma.      (HL2261)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the global campaign to reach with micro-lending 100 million poor people by 2005, launched by the World Bank at the 1997 Micro-Credit Summit; and what progress has been made towards this objective.      (HL2262)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

To be heard by the Examiners on Thursday 6th May 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]
    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 [10th May]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) [HL]
    Imperial College

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 [10th May]
    Rating (Valuation) [5th May]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Obscenity [HL] [7th May]
    House of Lords [29th April]
    Tax Credits [4th May]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL] [12th May]

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) (Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement between the European Community and its Member States and the United Mexican States) Order 1999
    Draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (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 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

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

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

    Draft Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999 [21st June]
    Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999 [27th June]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 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

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
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 D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 11TH MAY

Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Care of Places of Worship Measure)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

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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