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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

THURSDAY 6TH MAY

At three o’clock

*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 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]

†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—The Lord Carter to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st April be approved. [16th Report from the Joint Committee]

†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—The Lord Carter to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th April be approved. [17th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 1999—The Lord Carter to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 13th 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 Baroness Blackstone intends to move the following two motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately.]

†General Teaching Council for England (Constitution) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

†General Teaching Council for Wales (Constitution) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in setting up an independent panel to review decisions on advertisements to be made by the Medicines Control Agency under the new Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations.

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.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the culling of badgers is carried out in a humane way.

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.

THURSDAY 20TH MAY

†*The Lord Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate that the Human Rights Act 1998 will be brought into force, and what is the reason for the current delay.

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.

†*The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of the London Underground penalty fares appeals procedure will be completed, and when the details of the outcome of the review will be made public.

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.

†The Lord Kennet—To call attention to the developments in the greater Middle East; and to move for papers. (Short debate)

†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. (Short debate)

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

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 5th 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)

5th May

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take urgent steps to clarify the law regarding election expenses for parliamentary candidates so as to achieve reasonable certainty.      (HL2347)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they have exercised their duty under section 95 of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 to inform sentencers of the financial implications of their decisions.      (HL2348)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Community Sentence Demonstration Projects in Shropshire and Teesside, what are their plans for (a) extending the programme nationally; (b) publicising the research findings; and (c) taking any other action arising from the projects and the research findings.      (HL2349)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the costs of running the Community Sentence Demonstration Projects in Shropshire and Teesside, excluding research costs.      (HL2350)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of fine defaulters in prison for the last three years for which figures are available.      (HL2351)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of TV licence fine defaulters in prison for the last three years for which figures are available.      (HL2352)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timescale for the national implementation of home curfews with electronic monitoring.      (HL2353)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 22nd April (WA 165) on the British Museum’s display of prints and drawings, what number of visitors to the Students’ Room of the Department of Prints and Drawings are the staff able to deal with at any one time.      (HL2354)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give their latest estimate of the dates on which each section and each station of the Jubilee line extension is to be open for full use.      (HL2355)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report an updated table showing the numbers of cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy confirmed in Great Britain each week during 1999 to date, together with the moving annual total of cases reported in each 52 week period.      (HL2356)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners have been released during each week since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement; and what are the cumulative figures of all prisoners released by the end of each week.      (HL2357)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 19th April (WA 139), what is the cost to public funds of rectifying the design faults of the emergency telephone and hazard lights on the M74 road south of Glasgow; what compensation has been claimed from those responsible; and what reprimands or employment terminations have been applied to those who caused this added public expenditure.      (HL2358)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision there is for members of the public to view the Millennium Dome at present; and whether there might be provision for the public to visit the inside of the Millennium Dome to view its preparation before the official opening.      (HL2359)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what groups of people are being allowed in to visit the Millennium Dome site prior to the official opening; and how much is being spent on such visits.      (HL2360)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their existing knowledge of, and what research they have or will commission into, sponsorship or encouragement by states (or factions within them) of rape during wars or internal violence or to intimidate opposition movements.      (HL2361)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 4th May (HL Deb, col. 545), what are their reasons for believing that the Social Security Act 1986 is compatible with Article I of the First Protocol of the European Convention on Human Rights in changing spouses’ benefits under SERPS so as to cut back accrued rights.      (HL2362)

The Lord Robertson of Oakridge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether United Christian Broadcasters have been prevented from applying for a licence to broadcast programmes in the United Kingdom; and, if so, why.      (HL2363)

The Lord Robertson of Oakridge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will, as a contribution to the Millennium celebrations, arrange for United Christian Broadcasters to be given a licence to broadcast in the United Kingdom at least in the years 2000 and 2001.      (HL2364)

The Lord Robertson of Oakridge—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the present situation whereby a person aged 65 or over can neither be granted the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance for the first time nor can move to a higher level of the mobility component of the DLA.      (HL2365)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect operators of goods and passenger vehicles to be able to make statutory notifications to the Licensing Authority via the Internet.      (HL2366)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect operators of goods and passenger vehicles to be able to licence their vehicles via the Internet; and what changes would be required for this to be possible.      (HL2367)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect operators of goods vehicles to be able to make the notifications in accordance with the Authorisation of Special Types (General) Order via the Internet; and what would be the advantages to both operators and the authorities.      (HL2368)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government against what criteria written and oral English language skills of non-United Kingdom, European national veterinary surgeons are assessed; by whom they are assessed; what form the assessment takes; and what are the assessors’ qualifications.      (HL2369)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Official Veterinary Surgeons are employed by the Meat Hygiene Service; and how many of these carry out meat hygiene inspection tasks in abattoirs in person.      (HL2370)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the results of the research conducted by scientists at the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research, and in particular by Dr A Maule, on the survivability of E-coli 0157 on grassland.      (HL2371)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many instances, where a British Official Veterinary Surgeon employed by the Meat Hygiene Service has been replaced by a veterinary surgeon trained in another European country, has the hourly rate charged for OVS services to the abattoirs been reduced.      (HL2372)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the hourly rate charged to abattoirs for the employment of Official Veterinary Surgeons of non-British origin is paid directly to the OVSs concerned; what proportion, where applicable, to the employing contractor; and what proportion is absorbed by the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL2373)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many veterinary surgeons employed by the company Eville and Jones are sub-contracted to the Meat Hygiene Service as Official Veterinary Surgeons; and, for the first quarter of 1999, what sum in excess of the salaries paid to those OVSs was paid to the company either as fees or as a percentage of the hourly rate for the supply of the veterinary surgeons.      (HL2374)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the value in 1996 of the value-added component of British exports of goods and services (not including investment income) to the other 14 European Union countries.      (HL2375)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in developing targets for flood and coastal defence operating authorities and in developing the Environment Agency’s general supervisory duty for flood defence.      (HL2377)

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]

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
    Rating (Valuation)

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]

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)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.00 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 12TH MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 18TH MAY

Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 19TH MAY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 20TH MAY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Harlow

TUESDAY 25TH MAY

House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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