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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.

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 Hayhoe—To call attention to the case for establishing an Independent Statutory Commission responsible for the conduct of referendums, their organisation and administration; and to move for papers.

The Lord 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.

†‡Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]— Report [The Lord Whitty]

[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.

†‡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.

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

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.

†HFC Bank Bill—Second Reading

†Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill [HL]— Report [The Lord Chancellor]

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.

†The Lord Astor of Hever—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the National Health Service has sufficient resources to cope from 11.00 pm on 31st December 1999 till 7.00 am on 1st January 2000.

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.

†*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase their endeavours to promote the abolition of slavery in those countries where it persists.

FRIDAY 21ST MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

†Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Renton of Mount Harry]

†Protection of Children Bill - Second Reading [The Lord Laming]

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 (including 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 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 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.

†The Lord Hunt of Tanworth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on plans, referred to in paragraph 8.8 of the White Paper Modern Local Government: In Touch with the People, to introduce a new duty on local authorities to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area and accompanying powers.

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 6th 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)

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)

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)

6th May

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 28th April (WA 38), whether they will list the Articles in the Treaty of European Union which came into force on 1st May 1999 which permit, without unanimity or common accord, actions by police forces, including actions by joint teams, and the progressive adoption by judicial authorities of minimal rules relating to certain categories of criminal acts and penalties related thereto.      (HL2378)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether primary schools have been told that pupils will be expected to reach level 2A or 2B in National Curriculum tests at Key Stage 1 this year and level 2C is no longer regarded as a satisfactory level of attainment for 7 year-olds; and, if so, whether this change in expectations has been reported to parents and governors.      (HL2379)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is now their policy for two passport checks to be carried out on Eurostar passengers arriving from Brussels, one on the train and the other at Waterloo station (as occurred on the 17.56 train on 27th April); and what cost implications this change has for the Immigration Service.      (HL2380)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 29th April (WA 63)—

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 29th April (WA 63), what steps they have taken to evaluate the Economic Crime Units set up by some European Police Forces (for example, Sweden) to tackle such subjects as fraud; and why they have not introduced such units into United Kingdom police forces.      (HL2382)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 29th April (WA 63), whether they will ask Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies to evaluate and compare the amount of police resources used by each Chief Officer of Police in tackling the different categories of crime contained in the Home Office National Police Objectives with the resources used in tackling those categories of crime which do not appear in the Objectives.      (HL2383)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 29th April (WA 63), when they will request Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies to evaluate and compare the resources (both financial and manpower) directed to the subjects on which Chief Officers of Police in some constabularies hold committee positions on the Association of Chief Police Officers Ltd.’s Specialist Interest Committees, with the resources deployed by those Chief Officers of Police who hold no direct staff involvement in those Special Interest Committees.      (HL2384)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results of their departmental audit of laws and practices that may be incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights and the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL2385)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their departmental audit has identified any laws or practices which should be changed before the Human Rights Act 1998 is brought fully into force; and, if so, what are those laws or practices.      (HL2386)

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the decisions reached at the Berlin European Council, how much of the existing Objective 2 and 5b areas in England will lose their designation; and how much of that will be in the North West Region.      (HL2387)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Simon of Highbury on 30th March (WA 32-33) on job creation in the Single Market, what are the organisations which have carried out the “various calculations” referred to; when those calculations were made; and in respect of which European Union Member States.      (HL2388)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why an extension of normal public house licensing hours is permitted on St Patrick’s day but not on St George’s day.      (HL2389)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they will take, bilaterally and with the European Union, in the light of the recent murder of a member of the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan, and the arrest of the leader of the community and a colleague, to urge the Government of Pakistan to restore the human rights of the Ahmadiyya community, in accordance with their international obligations.      (HL2390)

The Lord Mancroft—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to extend the role of the Firearms Consultative Committee beyond 31st January 2000; and, if not, why not.      (HL2391)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the statement by the Lord Donoughue on 19th April (HL Deb, col. 941) that “... no junior vet ... would be able to pursue the law against an abattoir owner” with his replies to Questions for Written Answer from the Countess of Mar (HL2124 and HL2125) to the effect that Official Veterinary Surgeons, whether junior or not, who are individually authorised to carry out various enforcement responsibilities, are able to pursue the law against abattoir owners.      (HL2392)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of competence non-United Kingdom national veterinary surgeons are required to demonstrate in United Kingdom law enforcement practice before they commence their duties as Official Veterinary Surgeons employed by the Meat Hygiene Service; and how that competence is required to be demonstrated.      (HL2393)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the closure of formerly profitable small and medium abattoirs, brought about solely by the inability of their owners to meet increased hygiene charges, can be attributed to market forces.      (HL2394)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether increased veterinary surgeons’ hours, which are to be or have been imposed on abattoirs, will lead to any direct improvement in the hygiene standards of those abattoirs which are already producing Hygiene Assessment System scores of 95.      (HL2395)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in small and medium abattoirs where hygiene inspections are currently carried out by Meat Hygiene Inspectors under the supervision of Official Veterinary Surgeons and an increase in veterinary surgeons’ hours is proposed or has been implemented, they will require the OVSs to carry out meat inspection duties in place of Meat Hygiene Inspectors as a means of reducing the costs to the abattoirs concerned.      (HL2396)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the guidelines on induced abortion currently being produced by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists include standards on the level of provision for abortion in each health authority in proportion to local need.      (HL2397)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


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] [18th May]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL] [13th May]
    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
    Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) 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 Potato Industry Development Council (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Aeroplane Noise Regulations 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 PROPOSALS 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 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

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
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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