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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

TUESDAY 4TH MAY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 38 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday next to allow the motion on Kosovo standing in the name of the Lord Gilbert to be taken first.

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 intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.]

†Visiting Forces and International Headquarters (Application of Law) Order 1999—The Lord Gilbert to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 15th April be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

†International Headquarters and Defence Organisations (Designation and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 1999—The Lord Gilbert to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 15th April be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

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]

†Aeroplane Noise Regulations 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 14th April be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

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

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.

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

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 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.

†*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing a National Identity Card.

TUESDAY 18TH MAY

†*The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, having voted on, 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 the House of the subsequent change to this policy.

†*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the ratio of civilian casualties to bombs dropped by (a) British aircraft, and (b) other NATO aircraft in Yugoslavia.

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.

†*The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements for the distribution of food aid by the European Union to the Russian Federation and that the aid is reaching those for whom it is intended.

†The Lord Gladwyn—To call attention to the issues raised by the increasing public demand for access to the countryside; 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.

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.

TUESDAY 25TH MAY

†*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their influence in the European Union to install a new Commission of the European Communities before the autumn of 1999.

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 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 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.

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 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.

†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.

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)

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)

12th April

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 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)

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 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)

15th April

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)

19th April

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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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)

21st April

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

26th April

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations have been made by the Human Rights Committee, the Committee Against Torture, and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination about possible acceptance by the United Kingdom of the jurisdiction of those bodies to receive complaints from individuals of breaches by the United Kingdom of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; and when such recommendations were made.      (HL2174)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 31st March (WA 77), what is their estimate of the resources likely to be required by Government Departments in preparing for the right of individual petition under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; and in responding to any complaints which may be brought under those procedures.      (HL2175)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the current programme of judicial training about the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998; and when the programme is likely to be completed.      (HL2176)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the budget for the current programme of judicial training about the impact of the Human Rights Act 1998, showing how the moneys allocated to the programme are to be spent.      (HL2177)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they informed Parliament or the public, before or during the passage through Parliament of the Human Rights Act 1998, that they intended to delay bringing its provisions fully into force for more than a year.      (HL2178)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since the Human Rights Act 1998 received Royal Assent on 9th November 1998 have Ministers discussed collectively when to bring the provisions of the Act fully into force.      (HL2179)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the figure for safe intakes of fluoride for bottle-fed infants in areas with fluoridated water has been changed from 0.05 mg/kg/day in the 1991 Department of Health Report on Health and Social Subjects 41 (at paragraph 36.2) to 0.22 mg/kg/day in the 1996 version (36.8.1); and in particular whether this change is dependent on the finding in 36.8.1 that this is what some infants are in fact ingesting.      (HL2180)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still believe that the 0.05 mg/kg/day figure for safe intakes of fluoride for bottle-fed infants in areas with fluoridated water represents 50 per cent of the amount likely to cause dental fluorosis, as stated in the 1991 Department of Health Report on Health and Social Subjects 41 at paragraph 36.2; and, if they do not, what evidence has caused them to change their minds.      (HL2181)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals have been made by the European Commission to amend the existing asbestos directive; what comments have been made by the United Kingdom Health and Safety Commission on those proposals; and what is their policy on amending the directive.      (HL2182)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have conducted or commissioned to establish whether asbestos fibre dust can be produced by cutting, sawing or otherwise shaping blocks in which chrysotile is encapsulated in a matrix of either cement or resin; and whether they are satisfied that workers engaged in these operations are fully protected from the risk of contracting mesothelioma.      (HL2183)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have conducted or commissioned to ensure that products manufactured from blocks of chrysotile fibre encapsulated in a matrix of either cement or resin do not generate airborne chrysotile fibre under any possible conditions of use.      (HL2184)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations, and whether they will ask other Member States of the European Union to make representations, to the Israeli Government about—

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sanctions would be the most appropriate and effective response to any breaches of international law and agreements by Israel and any disregard by Israel of United Nations resolutions.      (HL2186)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the contractual terms and arrangements under which research is commissioned by the Department of Health; and what steps the Department takes to ensure that those terms and arrangements are met.      (HL2187)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the forthcoming conference entitled “Improving Quality in Residential Supports for People with Learning Disabilities”, whether the conference will include presentations of research commissioned by the Department of Health; and, if so—

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have further to review the laws on disclosure.      (HL2189)

The Earl of Munster—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 26th January (WA 143-144), what specific measures are being taken to ascertain that the new Osteoporosis Guidelines for General Practitioners, developed under the auspices of the National Osteoporosis Society and the Royal College of Physicians, will be implemented at the national and local level.      (HL2190)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not table or co-sponsor resolutions on human rights in China at the 55th United Nations Commission for Human Rights.      (HL2191)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect they believe their decision not to sponsor a human rights resolution on China at the 55th United Nations Commission for Human Rights will have in Tibet.      (HL2192)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign Secretary mentioned the situation in Tibet during his address to the 55th United Nations Commission for Human Rights in Geneva.      (HL2193)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify, for each of the plantings of genetically-modified crops participating in the recently-announced farm-scale evaluations, the respective (a) crop; (b) planting company; (c) location of planting; (d) release consent date, nature and reference number; (e) national list application date and reference number; (f) date of plant breeders’ rights application and consent; and (g) date and nature of any pesticide approval.      (HL2194)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify, for each of the plantings of genetically-modified crops participating in the recently-announced farm-scale evaluations, (a) the tests and trials which have been, are being and are planned to be, carried out for the purpose of the Seeds (National Lists of Varieties) Regulations 1982 (as amended); and (b) the date they expect a proposed listing decision to be made under those Regulations.      (HL2195)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement of the Prime Minister on 2nd September 1998 (HC Deb, cols. 708-709), whether they will automatically endorse any military attack by the United States against Sudan in the future.      (HL2196)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they are giving to Sudan to aid its preparations for the internationally-supervised referendum on the status of southern Sudan as envisaged in the 1997 Khartoum Peace Agreement.      (HL2197)

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 133), whether the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Sudan, or any other of the sources used by Her Majesty’s Government, has figures detailing the carrying out of hudud punishments in the Sudan in the 10 years prior to 1989 compared with the past nine years.      (HL2198)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the current numbers of political detainees in Sudan.      (HL2199)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the human rights situation in Sudan; and what has been the effect on human rights there of British and European Union policy.      (HL2200)

27th April

The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total movement of freight from each of the European freight depots in England in each year of their operation.      (HL2204)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports of alleged irregularities in the conduct of the recent general and municipal elections in Turkey; and in particular whether they have information about—

and, if so, whether they will discuss these matters with the Turkish Government and raise them in the Council of Europe and the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).      (HL2205)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many arrests have been made under the Criminal Justice (Terrorism and Conspiracy) Act 1998; and how many prosecutions have been brought.      (HL2206)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether officials of Her Majesty’s embassy in Sudan have advised British businessmen to visit the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in Khartoum; and, if so, on what occasions.      (HL2207)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many food distribution points within southern Sudan have been operated by Operation Lifeline Sudan in each year since 1990.      (HL2208)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the European Union’s humanitarian aid budget has been directed to Sudan annually since 1996.      (HL2209)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have of the number of active landmines in Sudan.      (HL2210)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the outstanding Sudanese aid loan debt, if any, to the United Kingdom; and when such debt was incurred.      (HL2211)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for England showing, for state primary and secondary schools separately, the amount of money spent per pupil, the total amount of money spent and the percentage of the total budget spent on—

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 and the number of pupils on roll.      (HL2212)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Wales showing, for state primary and secondary schools separately, the amount of money spent per pupil, the total amount of money spent and the percentage of the total budget spent on—

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 and the number of pupils on roll.      (HL2213)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Scotland showing, for state primary and secondary schools separately, the amount of money spent per pupil, the total amount of money spent and the percentage of the total budget spent on—

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 and the number of pupils on roll.      (HL2214)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland showing, for state primary and secondary schools separately, the amount of money spent per pupil, the total amount of money spent and the percentage of the total budget spent on—

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 and the number of pupils on roll.      (HL2215)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland showing, for secondary schools, grammar schools and all state schools, the percentage of all 14 year-old pupils in 1998 passing National Curriculum tests at levels 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 together with the average level attained per pupil in the following subjects: mathematics, English and science, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the numbers of schools and the number of 14 year-old pupils.      (HL2216)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland showing, for secondary schools, grammar schools and all state schools, the percentage of all 11 year-old pupils in 1998 passing National Curriculum tests at levels 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 together with the average level attained per pupil in the following subjects: mathematics, English and science, showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including, for each category of school, the number of schools and the number of 11 year-old pupils.      (HL2217)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Parliament should be consulted about the appointment of the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration; and, if not, why not.      (HL2218)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Practice Directions on Civil Procedure in England and Wales, in force on 26th April, have not yet been published to members of the public and their legal advisers, and to the judiciary, so as to ensure legal certainty.      (HL2219)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when they decided to introduce the Human Rights Bill in 1998, they took a decision at that time to delay bringing it into force until more than a year after Royal Assent.      (HL2220)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any further negotiation is going on within the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development or elsewhere on the Multilateral Agreement on Investment which was agreed last year; and, if so, where, and who are the participants.      (HL2221)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many refugees there are in the former Yugoslavia; what is (a) their official nationality and (b) their religion and/or ethnic origin; from where they have been expelled, and by whom; and whether it is NATO’s intention that they should all be helped and escorted to return to their ancestral homes; and, if so, at whose expense.      (HL2222)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been agreed that the European Union is to pay for reconstruction in the Balkans; and, if so, why.      (HL2223)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the destruction in Serbia and Kosovo has been caused by missiles and bombs, launched from United States, United Kingdom, French and other platforms; and whether the need and the costs of eventual reconstruction are kept in mind by the military authorities commanding operations.      (HL2224)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Kosovo Liberation Army are or have been receiving weapons from Croats and/or Bosniaks who have been equipped and trained by American mercenaries.      (HL2225)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that none of the reports of the Kosovo Liberation Army’s association with the drug trade is soundly based; and whether this is the view of the International Narcotics Control Board and the United Kingdom and other European police forces.      (HL2226)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the policy aims which, in their view, qualifies an organisation to be described as “extreme right wing”, which expression was frequently used by the Home Secretary in BBC broadcasts on 26th April.      (HL2227)

28th April

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)

29th April

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the modernisation of the National Blood Service.      (HL2265)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the European Union oil embargo against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) came into force.      (HL2266)

The Lord Orme—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance targets they have set the Meat Hygiene Service for 1999-2000.      (HL2267)

The Lord Orme—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance targets they have set the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for 1999-2000.      (HL2268)

The Lord Orme—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance targets they have set the Veterinary Laboratories Agency for 1999-2000.      (HL2269)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance targets they have set the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency for 1999-2000.      (HL2270)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance targets they have set the Pesticides Safety Directorate for 1999-2000.      (HL2271)

The Lord Hughes of Woodside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance targets they have set the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture for 1999-2000.      (HL2272)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance targets they have set the Central Science Laboratory for 1999-2000.      (HL2273)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland 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.      (HL2274)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish data for Northern Ireland 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.      (HL2275)

The Earl Kitchener—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have concerning the outcome of the recent meetings at the European Commission at which possible amendments were considered to European Union Directive 75/318.      (HL2276)

The Earl Kitchener—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific action they are taking in Europe to further their policy objective of securing the continuing availability on general retail sale of safe higher dose vitamin and mineral supplements.      (HL2277)

The Earl Kitchener—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will identify the authors of the three letters that they have received supporting the proposals outlined in the Medicines Control Agency Consultation Document, MLX249; and whether they will indicate what changes they intend to make to those proposals to take account of the 3,400 letters of opposition they have received to them.      (HL2278)

The Earl of Bradford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in preventing unauthorised advertising in London telephone boxes.      (HL2279)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest information on the conditions of confinement and state of health of Mr Abdullah Ocalan in Turkey; when they expect that his trial will start; and what they consider should be done, and by whom, to make possible a fair trial.      (HL2280)

The Lords Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the direct and indirect financial interests declared by members of the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment.      (HL2281)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the effectiveness of United Nations trade sanctions against Iraq on that country’s border with Syria.      (HL2282)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many crossing places exist on the Iraq-Syria border capable of carrying heavy lorries and oil tankers; and which of them are monitored by the United Nations.      (HL2283)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the quantity of oil or other goods being illegally transported either into or out of Iraq across the Syrian border.      (HL2284)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of heavy lorries and oil tankers with Iraqi number plates, travelling each day either into or out of Iraq along the Euphrates valley or through Palmyra.      (HL2285)

The Lord Craigmyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to bring up-to-date the McClement’s scale (which has been used to calculate net equivalised income since the 1970s).      (HL2286)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the response by the Lord Gilbert on 28th April (HL Deb, col. 306), why they were unable to estimate the number of casualties to non-combatants resulting from the NATO air attacks on Yugoslavia; and whether they have since been able to make an estimate.      (HL2287)

The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Report by the Centre for Policy on Ageing on National Required Standards for Residential and Nursing Homes, which was commissioned by the Department of Health and presented to them and the Welsh Office on 19th January.      (HL2288)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the hormones in hormone-treated beef, which are used to enhance growth, may contribute to human obesity.      (HL2289)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by Mr Rooker on 11th March (HC Deb, WA 337), what were the grounds on which they decided not to accept the recommendations of English Nature concerning herbicide tolerance and insect resistant crops; whether they have since come to a different conclusion; and, if so, what is that conclusion.      (HL2290)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider fining polluters proportionately to their annual British (or global) turnover.      (HL2291)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all members of the European Union are observing the provisions of the “deliberate release directive”, 90/220/EEC; and, if not, whether they will encourage the European Union to ensure that this directive is properly observed and enforced.      (HL2292)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new weapons or weapon systems (a) were used in operation Desert Fox by the joint United Kingdom/United States forces engaged in it, and (b) are being used by the NATO forces now operating in the former Yugoslavia; and whether the firms who have manufactured these weapons or weapon systems have or had representatives present alongside the forces using the weapons.      (HL2293)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 26th April (WA 1), why they have not investigated the assertion by Mr Hugo Young that he had received a copy of the secret text of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s own history of negotiations on United Kingdom entry to the European Economic Community; and whether they will now make the “secret text” available to the public.      (HL2294)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the total United Kingdom overseas aid budget is now administered by the European Union; whether they are satisfied that it is efficiently administered without fraud; and whether the aid is being directed to Third World countries in greatest need of it and is not being targeted by the European Union for political reasons.      (HL2295)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the assertion by the Highways Agency in the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd April (WA 167) that the bus, coach and taxi lane between Junction 3 and the elevated section of the M4 motorway will reduce the operating costs of buses, coaches and taxis, whether the operators of those services between central London and Heathrow Airport have as a result agreed to reduce fares.      (HL2296)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the assertion by the Highways Agency in the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd April (WA 167) that the bus, coach and taxi lane between Junction 3 and the elevated section of the M4 motorway will reduce the operating costs of buses, coaches and taxis, what is their estimate of the reduction in car journeys arising from the provision of the bus, coach and taxi lane between Junction 3 and the elevated section of the M4 motorway.      (HL2297)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the assertion by the Highways Agency in the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd April (WA 167) that the bus, coach and taxi lane between Junction 3 and the elevated section of the M4 motorway will reduce the operating costs of buses, coaches and taxis, whether road safety will be improved or worsened by the provision of the bus, coach and taxi lane between Junction 3 and the elevated section of the M4 motorway.      (HL2298)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 1st April (WA 98) on the sale of British Railways Board land holdings and in respect of sites authorised by them to be released for sale for transport use—

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the rail freight grants that have been made since May 1997.      (HL2300)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list by region how many applications were received by the Highways Agency to move abnormal loads on motorways and all-purpose trunk roads in 1997 and 1998.      (HL2301)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy is adopted by the Highways Agency to ensure that abnormal load movements are planned so as to minimise disruption and delay to other vehicles and road users.      (HL2302)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the Highways Agency have sufficient powers to restrict abnormal load movements to routes and times which minimise road user delays and disruption.      (HL2303)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the policy of abnormal load movements and strengthen the powers of the Highways Agency to ensure that abnormal load movements only take place at such times and on such routes which minimise road user delay and inconvenience.      (HL2304)

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask the Leader of the House whether the time allowed for an individual starred question and its associated supplementary questions is now limited to 10 minutes, as indicated by her on 28th April (HL Deb, col. 313), even if more time is available, within the 30 minutes allotted daily to starred questions, because of withdrawals or expeditious treatment of the other three questions.      (HL2305)

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the state of negotiations within the European Union on the system that allows foreign fishing boats (“quota-hoppers”) to catch fish using quotas which have been allocated to the United Kingdom.      (HL2306)

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 [11th May]
    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]

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
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 6TH MAY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

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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