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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.

WEDNESDAY 5TH MAY

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their reaction to the judgment in the High Court of Justice on 21st April in Regina v. Secretary of State for Environment, Transport and the Regions ex parte International Air Transport Association.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debates on the motions in the names of the Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank and the Viscount Falkland set down for today shall each be limited to 2½ hours.

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

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

†The Earl of Lauderdale—To move, as an amendment to the above motion, at end to insert (“; but regrets that bomb attacks on the sovereign state of Yugoslavia have resulted in killing and maiming of civilians as well as damage to the economy of Eastern Europe through blockage of the Danube, without clear sanction either in international law or by resolution of the United Nations Security Council.”).

[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]

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 what steps he proposes to take following the publication of the survey into smoking in the House of Lords.

*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 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.

†Imperial College Bill—Second Reading

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.

†*The Lord Saatchi—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers are among those who pay income tax to the Government and receive benefits from the Government, and what they are doing to eliminate this overlap.

†*The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to make it compulsory to fit smoke detectors in all residential properties.

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.

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

†*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations the Minister for Women has received about the potential consequence of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill on the reduction in the age of consent for an act of buggery committed on a woman, and whether it remains Government policy to reduce the level of protection for young women against this form of indecent assault.

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.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for dealing with fuel poverty.

WEDNESDAY 26TH MAY

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what cooperation there is between the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and the Pesticides Safety Directorate on licensing policies.

†*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would assist future conflict resolution if United Nations, Commonwealth, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Organisation for African Unity principles were modernised by clarifying the criteria when the right of self determination can supersede that of territorial integrity.

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.

†The Lord Methuen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider revoking dormant mineral planning consents granted before 1960.

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 Geneva Conventions (Amendment) Act 1995; 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 or amended on 4th May, or unanswered after 21 days]

10th March

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

25th March

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often the Prime Minister has met Isabel Allende; and what comments he has made in her presence about Salvador Allende.      (HL1784)

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)

4th May

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will join the Council of Europe’s Commission for Democracy through Law (the Venice Commission); and, if so, when.      (HL2307)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Home Office, George Howarth MP on 27th April (HC Deb, WA 112) in which he stated that a Commonwealth citizen is eligible in the same way as a United Kingdom citizen to stand for the European Parliament “wherever he or she is resident”, whether “residency” means anywhere in the world and includes permanent as well as temporary residences.      (HL2308)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refrain from agreeing to proposals for a withholding tax or any compromise until the consent of the House of Commons has been obtained.      (HL2309)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 29th April (WA 64), whether one of the factors which they are taking into account in deciding when to bring the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 fully into force is the public expenditure involved where Government Departments and other public authorities are held liable to pay damages for breaches of Convention rights occurring once the Act is fully in force.      (HL2310)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 29th April (WA 64), whether any changes in United Kingdom laws have yet been identified as requiring new legislation to ensure compatibility with the Convention rights.      (HL2311)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 29th April (WA 64), what is their programme for training and preparation required in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998; and what is the timetable for this programme.      (HL2312)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many refugees from Kosovo have been given asylum by each of the members states of the Council of Europe since the beginning of the NATO bombing campaign.      (HL2313)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many refugees from Kosovo they are willing to admit to the United Kingdom during the NATO bombing campaign.      (HL2314)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are willing to admit as many refugees from Kosovo during the allied bombing campaign as are admitted by the Federal Republic of Germany; and, if not, why they are unwilling to do so.      (HL2315)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why less than a calendar month was given for the consultation on the draft outline proposals produced by the mental health legislation scoping study review chaired by Professor Richardson; and whether they will extend the consultation period in the light of the difficulties experienced by the voluntary sector in responding within the original timescale.      (HL2316)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of negotiations over the pay and status of speech and language therapists employed by the NHS; and when it is expected that they will be concluded.      (HL2317)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the names of prisoners visited by staff of British diplomatic posts, and visits to prisoners abroad arranged by them for Ministers and Members of Parliament, during 1998.      (HL2318)

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the expenditure so far on sustaining refugees from the Department for International Development budget.      (HL2319)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the following arguments in the Opinion of Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle in the case of McColl v. Strathclyde Regional Council (Sessions Cases, No. 23, June 29, 1983)—

and, if they dissent from any of these arguments, on what grounds.      (HL2320)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for International Development will purchase relief supplies, medicines and food, to the maximum extent possible, from countries adjacent to and affected by war in Kosovo; and whether they will make a similar recommendation to voluntary organisations working in the Balkans.      (HL2321)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons are currently detained under the Immigration and Asylum Acts; and how many have been in custody for—

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of places in women’s refuges available—

what proportions these figures represent—

how many of these refuges employ a specialist children’s worker.      (HL2323)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are yet able to evaluate the effect of the 1996 Housing Act on the rehousing of women escaping domestic violence.      (HL2324)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministerial Committee on Domestic Violence has been reconstituted since the election; if so, who are its members; and, if not, on what means they are relying for inter-departmental coordination of policy on domestic violence.      (HL2325)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Judicial Studies Board is taking on issues involving domestic violence.      (HL2326)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they are spending to support 24 hour helplines for victims of domestic violence; and how this figure compares with the figure at 1st May 1997.      (HL2327)

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which states of the European Union have second parliamentary chambers with a wholly nominated membership.      (HL2328)

The Baroness Strange—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the proposed addition to the European and international standards for lighters, of a requirement of traceability, will be effectively enforced thereby reducing the number of dangerous illegal lighters that are imported into the United Kingdom each year.      (HL2329)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Film, Janet Anderson MP, on 22nd February (HC Deb, WA 46-48), what plans have been drawn up to establish a Film Marketing Agency as a result of the discussions held between representatives of the distributors and exhibitors; and when the Agency will be launched.      (HL2330)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Film Action Report, due to be published in April 1999, will be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL2331)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Film, Janet Anderson MP, on 22nd February (HC Deb, WA 46-48), when they will make the announcement regarding the Skills Investment Fund; and whether the training made available by the Fund will be extended to acting and directing courses.      (HL2332)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister for Film, Janet Anderson MP, on 22nd February (HC Deb, WA 46-48), when the Film Education Working Group will publish the report which was due to be published in April 1999.      (HL2333)

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which British facilities and locations have been used directly as a result of the work of the British Film Office in Los Angeles that was established specifically to encourage Hollywood producers to use British facilities and locations.      (HL2334)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency (RPA) has been “greened” in the manner required of and described in Executive Agencies, The Government’s Response to Environmental Audit Committee Report on the Greening Government Initiative; and, if “greening” requires Agencies to conduct environmental impact assessments of their activities as a matter of course, whether they will instruct the RPA to do so.      (HL2335)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will initiate consideration in the appropriate international fora of rules to govern the launching of satellites from platforms on the High Seas so as to include environmental assessments.      (HL2336)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any objection to (a) North Korea, (b) Taiwan, (c) Iran and (d) Israel launching satellites; how such launches are to be distinguished from missile launches; and whether they consider launches of either load are acceptable for some countries and not for others.      (HL2337)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or any other party has any intention of discovering the whereabouts of the $76 billion which according to Russian Interior Minister, Sergey Stepashin, has been “smuggled out of Russia” in the last seven years; and, if so, whether they will help to return it.      (HL2338)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that the Export Credits Guarantee Department should insure the dam that is to be built in Turkey from the headwaters of the Tigris, a transboundary waterway, despite the 1997 International Instrument requiring cooperation with other parties dependent on those waters.      (HL2339)

The Lord Birdwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any United Kingdom broadcaster is receiving any form of private information about its subscribers through their digital decoders without the knowledge of those subscribers.      (HL2340)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what day, month and year the current British Ambassador to the Republic of Estonia will relinquish his post; and on what month and year his replacement will be notified of his or her appointment, so that the latter will have sufficient time to prepare himself or herself for the mission to Estonia.      (HL2341)

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.      (HL2342)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the next areas to be brought into the randomised badger culling trial.      (HL2343)

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]
    Protection of Children
    Imperial College [12th May]

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]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL] [12th May]

Waiting for Report

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

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 Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 1999
    Draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 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
    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

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]

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

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Care of Places of Worship Measure)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
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

TUESDAY 4TH MAY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Harlow

 
 
 
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