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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.

Bills marked § have been set down before the expiry of the

recommended minimum interval between stages.

MONDAY 17TH MAY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

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

†House of Lords Bill—In the event of the bill being reported from the Committee of the Whole House, the Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the bill be recommitted to a Committee of the Whole House in respect of Clause (“Exception from section 1”).

‡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.

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 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.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia is in breach of the Geneva Conventions Act 1995.

HFC Bank Bill—Second Reading

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

†§Northern Ireland (Location of Victims’ Remains) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Dubs]

Tax Credits Bill—Report [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

The Lord Higgins to move, as an amendment to the motion that the report be now received, to leave out (“now”) and at end insert (“only after Her Majesty’s Government have announced their intentions in respect of passported benefits”).

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 public demand for access to the countryside, in the light of the Government’s statement of 8th March (HL Deb, cols. 40-42); 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.

Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Rotherwick]

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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take immediate action to prevent the importation of American bulldogs.

Rating (Valuation) Bill—Report [The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton]

†Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]— Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

Greater London Authority Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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]

Obscenity Bill [HL]— Report [The Earl of Halsbury]

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.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 10th May (HL Deb, col. 960), concerning the United Kingdom joining the single European currency, whether they will arrange for the publication by a non-partisan body of a statement of the arguments for and against joining.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Tax Credits Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many NHS health authorities or trusts have invited former non-executive directors, who were not re-appointed by the Department of Health, to return on another basis and what costs were incurred as a result.

‡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.

[It is expected that the House of Lords Bill will be considered this day, in Committee on Re-Commitment in respect of the Weatherill amendment]

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 Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that major international sports can be seen on television by all those who have paid a licence fee.

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)

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.

THURSDAY 27TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to implement the recommendations of the Betts report on university pay.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce lower speed limits on all types of roads.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the recent report on cancer treatment produced by the Campaign for Effective and Rational Treatment (CERT).

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).

TUESDAY 8TH JUNE

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received concerning civil aircraft on international flights carrying less than the prescribed minimum amount of fuel at the time of their reaching British airports.

†*The Earl of Drogheda—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it is now time to halt the war in Yugoslavia.

WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a parent with parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or 17 who is no longer living at home is liable in law to provide for board and lodging for that child.

THURSDAY 10TH JUNE

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to remove litter and graffiti from public sector housing in Northern Ireland.

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 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 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 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.

The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with arrangements for air traffic control at London’s airports and what is their response to recent reports of near misses between civil aircraft.

The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise public awareness of the dangers of excessive speeding.

†The Earl of Listowel—To call attention to the case for an increase in specialised high quality hostel provision for young homeless people addicted to drugs or alcohol; and to move for papers.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Delegation of Powers to the Commission: Reforming Comitology (3rd Report, HL Paper 23). [18th February]

The Lord Tombs—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, HL Paper 41). [24th March]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on the dates shown]

10th March

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

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)

19th April

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the support already being mobilised by the Social Development Fund of the Council of Europe for emergency assistance to Kosovo refugees and the preparations being made by the Fund for assistance with resettlement, they will reconsider their position and take immediate steps to participate fully in the Fund.      (HL2052)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to assist Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fully to meet their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and to respect the jurisdiction of the Court; and what further assistance they are contemplating.      (HL2054)

20th April

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they think that BBC Radio 1 should be in public ownership.      (HL2088)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons that they would give for not privatising BBC Radio 2.      (HL2089)

21st April

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reference numbers of any present or proposed European Union legislation which might affect working time in the United Kingdom; what is the state of play of that legislation; and what is their estimate of its cost and benefit to the United Kingdom.      (HL2117)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of the Treaty on the Peaceful Uses of Space cover the need for Environmental Assessments in the case of the launching of satellites from sea-based platforms on the High Seas, close, and therefore possibly damaging, to the Exclusive Economic Zones of States Party to the United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea and in areas where fish stocks may be vulnerable to exhausts.      (HL2138)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether depleted uranium shells are being used by any NATO forces in Serbia and Kosovo.      (HL2139)

22nd April

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the report on the results of the enquiry, published on 22nd April, into the air accident which occurred near Schipol airport involving an El Al cargo aeroplane carrying nerve agents.      (HL2145)

26th April

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

28th April

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

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

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

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

29th April

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

showing data separately for boys, girls and all pupils and including the number of schools and the total number of pupils on roll.      (HL2275)

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

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

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

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

4th May

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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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—

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 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 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)

7th May

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the levying of the London Underground £10 penalty fare on an individual is a penalty incurred on account of that individual’s intent to defraud.      (HL2399)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue per annum has been obtained by London Underground directly from the levying of penalty fares from their introduction in 1994-95 up to the present.      (HL2400)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of representations from members of the public received by the London Regional Passengers Committee relate to penalty fares.      (HL2401)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of people paying London Underground penalty fares had an intent to defraud.      (HL2402)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been three incidents of a “missile falling in Bulgarian territory during the past two weeks”, as stated by the Bulgarian Interior Minister on 29th April.      (HL2403)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of reports by the independent Montenegrin news agency Montena-fax that Kosovar men entering Albania from Kosovo are being “met by United States Marines ... and taken to training camps” and that “these hastily trained fighters are to be used in ground operations against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia”; and whether such action would be in accordance with the relevant International Conventions.      (HL2404)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether neighbouring states are intending to bill NATO for “collateral” and other damage which those states have suffered; and, if so, what steps they are taking —

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether recent statements by Ministers that NATO’s victory will be achieved however long it may take, indicate a change of policy from that where the prevention of humanitarian catastrophe was paramount.      (HL2406)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what relative weight they give to the public interest and to commercial secrecy in decisions concerning genetically modified crops; and how the appropriate criteria are developed.      (HL2407)

10th May

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the practical effect upon the determination of immigration and asylum appeals of the computer problems currently experienced by the Immigration and Nationality Department; and what is the likely backlog in taking decisions and disposing of appeals anticipated to result from these difficulties.      (HL2412)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will, as a matter of normal practice, disclose their reasons for withholding statements of compatibility under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 or make these reasons known to Parliament before the Second Reading of Government Bills.      (HL2413)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what position they have taken in relation to the drafting of a Recommendation of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe to Member States on the rights of journalists not to disclose their sources of information.      (HL2414)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish an authoritative guide to the work and funding of Interpol.      (HL2415)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to give effect to the recommendations of the Joint Committee on the Financial Services and Markets Bill (HL Paper 50-I, HC 328-I of 27th April) that the two Houses of Parliament “should establish a specialist Human Rights Committee as soon as possible”.      (HL2416)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect a Parliamentary Select Committee on Human Rights to be established before the summer recess.      (HL2417)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates, since 25th March 1999, the Home Office gave press briefings on the progress of the private finance initiative partnership with Siemens Business Services on the Immigration and Nationality Department’s casework system; whether the full computer system is still to be made available for testing in June 1999 and, if so, on what date; whether they can now give a more precise date than “early 2000” for the system to be in full operation; and whether they will give the latest available figures to correspond with those given by the Lord Williams of Mostyn in the Official Report on 25th March (HL Deb, col. 1418).      (HL2418)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Immigration Act detainees were held in each of the prisons or detention centres in use for this purpose on 28th February, 31st March and 30th April respectively.      (HL2419)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the publication date of the last annual report of the Board of Visitors of H M Prison Highpoint; on what date the Board of Visitors first recommended that internal sanitation should be provided in the female segregation unit; and when it is planned to carry out this work.      (HL2420)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the findings of the independent evaluation of the Asia and Latin America Committee of the European Union’s project “Sustainable Development in the Paraguayan Chaco (PRODECHACO)”; and whether they will take steps to ensure that the conditions originally stipulated regarding the settlement of indigenous peoples’ land claims are fully satisfied before this project goes ahead.      (HL2421)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how often the Queen’s Proctor has represented the Crown in each of the last five years in (a) maritime and (b) matrimonial causes.      (HL2422)

The Lord Ironside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the High Court proceedings involving plaintiffs in the Legal Aid Board’s multi-party action seeking compensation for injuries caused by radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer have now been completed; and—

The Lord Ironside—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total costs incurred to date by the firm of solicitors acting for the plaintiffs, under contract to the Legal Aid Board, seeking compensation for injuries caused by radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer; and whether these are the final costs.      (HL2424)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reply by Lord Burlison on 4th May (WA 72-73) to Written Question HL2135 tabled by Lord Lamont of Lerwick means that the Secretary of State is entitled to consider whether there is evidence sufficient to warrant the trial of Senator Pinochet in making any future decisions on this matter.      (HL2426)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Archbishop of Canterbury has made any formal or informal verbal or written representations, either to the Prime Minister or to any other Government Minister, at any time about the effects of the detention of Senator Pinochet in this country on the prospects for reconciliation in Chile.      (HL2427)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States Government has made any representations to them at any level and at any time, about the arrest of Senator Pinochet in the United Kingdom.      (HL2428)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what medical advice has been offered by the Chief Medical Officer to the Department responsible for air traffic on health hazards to passengers flying in aircraft using a mix of fresh and recycled air on long distance flights.      (HL2429)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which types of passenger aircraft belonging to United Kingdom passenger airlines use 100 per cent fresh air to ventilate their cabins; and which aircraft use a blend of fresh air and used air in which up to 50 per cent of the air so used is recirculated in the cabins.      (HL2430)

11th May

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money London Underground has lost through fare evasion per annum from 1988-89 to the present; how these figures are calculated; and how these figures are substantiated.      (HL2431)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures the Audit Commission adopts to ensure that individual auditors apply consistent interpretations of local government law and practice.      (HL2432)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what supervisory role the Audit Commission exercises over the work of appointed auditors.      (HL2433)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reviews comparing individual auditors’ decisions have been carried out by the Audit Commission.      (HL2434)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers a local authority possesses to recover audit fees and costs paid to an appointed auditor whose professional calculations of loss in surcharge proceedings brought by him against members and officers of that local authority have been discounted by a court.      (HL2435)

The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the position of Yugoslav nationals who have United Kingdom residency but are prevented from returning to the United Kingdom to renew their residential status by Serbian travel restrictions imposed by law until further notice.      (HL2436)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in applying the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development’s measure for a world-wide ban on bribing public officials; and when this will be in force in respect of British companies and residents.      (HL2437)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to respond to Lord Hylton’s Question for Written Answer HL1474 put down on 10th March.      (HL2438)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reportedly stated by the Albanian Foreign Minister, Mr Paskal Milo, the United States at Rambouillet (or elsewhere) has guaranteed the NATO presence in Kosovo, which will support the establishment of democratic institutions in the transitional period, and has guaranteed that the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) would be assisted in its professionalisation and adjustment to Kosovo’s political and military life by becoming part of the Kosovo military forces with direct funding from the United States, with an official in the United States State Department designated to carry out this work; and if so—

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the alleged arrangements set out in Question HL2439 have been put into effect by the United States authorities, whether this has been agreed by all members of the Contact Group or the NATO Council, and whether it indicates a long-term preference for the KLA’s declared “government” rather than Mr Rugova’s unofficial but elected government.      (HL2440)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the text purporting to be a draft for the fleshing out of Chapter 7 of the Rambouillet text, published recently by Le Monde, was accurately reported.      (HL2441)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government from whom the Kosovo Liberation Army have been obtaining weapons, training, supplies, uniforms and general funding in recent months; whether the NATO Council has approved any NATO ally providing any of this; and, if so, whether there is to be any limitation on such provision.      (HL2442)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Kosovo Liberation Army is controlling camps of refugees; and, if so, with what non-KLA assistance.      (HL2443)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Foreign Secretary describes the former Communist Party member, Mr Milosevic, now leader of the Serbian Socialist Party, as a fascist.      (HL2444)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the political aims of the group styled Combat 18 cause Ministers to describe it as right wing.      (HL2445)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their war aims in the war against Serbia have changed since the Rambouillet talks ended.      (HL2446)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the Turkish Government the sentence of one year’s imprisonment passed on Mr Akin Birdal, President of the Human Rights Association; and whether they will ask the British Embassy in Ankara to seek permission to visit Mr Birdal in prison, notwithstanding the absence of a right of access under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.      (HL2447)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the government of Vietnam the arrest on 4th March of the geophysicist Nguyen Thanh Giang; and whether they will ask the British Embassy in Hanoi to seek permission to visit Mr Giang in prison, notwithstanding the absence of a right of access under the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.      (HL2448)

12th May

The Lord Grantchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make any amendments to the Civil Service Code to take account of devolution for Scotland and Wales.      (HL2450)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the scale of the High Court settlement in Northampton v. Allen & Overy, which was reported in The Times of 8th May to have been over £15 million, what action they will now take to discourage the sale in this country of looted or unprovenanced antiquities.      (HL2451)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 31st March (WA 49), on how many occasions in each of the last two years rails of the permanent way through the Severn rail tunnel have been found to be cracked or damaged; and on how many occasions it has been brought to the attention of the Health and Safety Railway Inspectorate.      (HL2452)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken, or intend to take, to evaluate and compare the prices charged by high street opticians with those charged in other European countries for the identical products for the supply of—

whether they propose to ask the Office of Fair Trading to investigate any price fixing or minimum sale pricing operated by United Kingdom suppliers or dispensers; and, if so, when.      (HL2453)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the United Nations’ plans for independent monitoring of the “consultation” in East Timor.      (HL2454)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to ascertain the effect of the United Nations General Assembly’s ruling that no document can be published until it is translated into all the working languages of the United Nations, they will ask the High Commissioner for Human Rights to provide a list of the reports of the Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups considered at the 55th Session of the Human Rights Commission, giving in each case the date the report was submitted in its original language, the date of publication, and the date on which the report was considered by the Commission; and whether they will then place the list in the Library of the House.      (HL2455)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the current list of best documented cases of prisoners of conscience maintained by European Union missions in Vietnam.      (HL2456)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review, or increase from five, the number of specially trained metropolitan police officers within the “cab law enforcement section” at Scotland Yard who enforce existing minicab touting legislation within London.      (HL2457)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in implementing the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998.      (HL2458)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to call in the recent planning decision by West Berkshire Council to grant Vodafone permission for a site.      (HL2459)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have set a date for the completion and publication of the review into the North Wessex Downs status as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.      (HL2460)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what bodies they consulted on the possible United Kingdom criteria for Objective 2 areas for the purposes of European Union structural funds.      (HL2461)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the Countryside Commission proposal to reclassify Roads Used as Public Paths as Byways Open to All Traffic.      (HL2462)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why Consumers for Health Choice and the National Association of Health Stores were not included by the Medicines Control Agency in the circulation of the consultation letter dated 29th April about membership of the Independent Review Panel for Advertising of medicines; why earlier commitments to involve these organisations in relevant consultations have not been honoured; and what action they intend to take to remedy the situation.      (HL2463)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in what specific circumstances the Medicines Control Agency would either (a) issue a notice, or (b) threaten to issue a notice to a manufacturer or advertiser under the terms of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 without prior reference to and approval of the proposed new Independent Review Panel; and what steps they are taking to ensure that the ability to issue such notices is not used as a means to circumvent the duty to consult the Panel.      (HL2464)

The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether staff working in the London Underground receive directly or indirectly any share of or reward for penalty fares collected by them or at the underground stations where they work.      (HL2465)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Heads of State are known to be going to make state visits to the United Kingdom in the next two to three years; and in which cases have Amnesty International made serious allegations of torture against the governments of those countries.      (HL2466)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 15th April (WA 133) and in view of the fact that members of General Pinochet’s staff maintain that some of the police officers who arrested General Pinochet were armed, whether they will reconsider that reply; and whether they will undertake to meet members of General Pinochet’s staff to clear up this conflict of evidence.      (HL2467)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of providing the bus, coach and taxi lane between junction 3 and the elevated section of the M4 motorway; and how it is to be financed.      (HL2468)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the reason for lowering the speed limit from 50 mph to 40 mph on the elevated section of the M4 motorway; and whether this is a temporary or a permanent measure.      (HL2469)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why ballot papers for the south east constituency in the 1999 European Parliamentary elections are to measure 30.5 inches by 8 inches (80 centimetres by 20 centimetres); whether they can be accommodated in existing ballot boxes; whether this size will be standard throughout the United Kingdom; and, if not, whether they will list the size for each region.      (HL2470)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the law needs clarification, or that further guidance should be provided to doctors and nurses about the treatment of terminally ill patients, in the light of the trial of Dr. Moor.      (HL2471)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton of 7th May (WA 116), whether it is within the terms of reference of the review of the organisation of the public sector ombudsmen in England to consider whether Parliament should be consulted about the appointment of a Parliamentary Commissioner of Administration and other public sector ombudsmen.      (HL2472)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is possible to identify whether imported beef has been implanted with growth promoting hormones, which occur naturally in the animal.      (HL2475)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a higher incidence of naturally occurring hormones in non-implanted bull beef compared to steer beef which has been implanted with those same hormones.      (HL2476)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether —

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sewel on 25th March (WA 169), whether any information has been received from the European Commission on the refusal of the French authorities to allow the Scottish trawlers Unity and Accord to land their catch of bass at Brest.      (HL2478)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the French Government have notified the European Commission and the British Government about the regulation limiting the landing of bass in France.      (HL2479)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what European Commission regulation the French Government can make regulations limiting the landings of any species at French ports.      (HL2480)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any other French regulations similar to the regulations limiting the landing of bass in French ports limiting landings of other species.      (HL2481)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any United Kingdom regulations limiting the landing of any species of fish at United Kingdom ports.      (HL2482)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Member States of the European Union other than France have national regulations limiting the landings of any species of fish at ports in that country.      (HL2483)

13th May

The Lord Orme—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to export spare parts for Canadian NATO Stabilisation Force (SFOR) armoured vehicles in Bosnia.      (HL2485)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to inform fishermen of any national regulations in other Member States of the European Union limiting the landings of fish at ports in that country.      (HL2486)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any progress in seeking compensation from the French authorities for the Scottish trawlers Unity and Accord for their refusal to allow the vessels to land their catch of bass at Brest.      (HL2487)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Macdonald of Tradeston on 23rd February (WA 108-109), whether Cypermethrin has now received all its approvals in order to clear it for use by salmon farmers against sea lice.      (HL2488)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the Pathway project to computerise social security benefit through the Post Office.      (HL2489)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union forensic experts’ investigation of events in Klecka and Volujak, Kosovo, which was due to be completed in March 1999, has yet been published; and, if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.      (HL2490)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the British High Commission in Islamabad to seek permission to visit the detained editor of the Friday Times, Najan Sethi, notwithstanding the absence of any right of access under the Vienna Conventions.      (HL2491)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students in Northern Ireland completed the religious studies examinations at both GCSE and A Level set by the Council for Curriculum, Examination and Assessment for the years 1988 to 1998.      (HL2492)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations have taken place between the Council for Curriculum, Examination and Assessment in Northern Ireland and the four main Churches in the Province over the past three years with particular regard to the review of the A Level syllabus and the provision of the A and AS syllabuses, in view of the responsibilities these Churches have for the core programme in religious education in the years prior to these examinations.      (HL2493)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those persons employed by the Council for Curriculum, Examination and Assessment in Northern Ireland to examine and mark GCSE and A Level papers in religious studies have taught the paper and the syllabus concerned.      (HL2494)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider professional expertise in religious studies from the tertiary sector is adequately represented on the various committees or working groups of Council for Curriculum, Examination and Assessment currently engaged for (a) GCSE; (b) A Level; and (c) A S Level examinations in Northern Ireland.      (HL2495)

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many students from Northern Ireland are currently completing examinations in religious studies with examining boards in England, Scotland and Wales.      (HL2496)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 10th May (WA 124), whether they are aware of any left wing groups “promoting racial and other intolerance, extreme nationalism and bigotry” or whether these attributes are in their view attributes only of right wing parties.      (HL2497)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will arrange for the publication in total of the contents and findings of the leak enquiry into the Law Lords hearing about General Pinochet; and whether they will ensure that if any judges are criticised they are also named.      (HL2498)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask the Leader of the House, further to her intervention in a question from Lord Lamont of Lerwick on 21st April (HL Deb, cols. 1161-4) concerning the application of the sub judice rule to the case of General Pinochet, whether she will reconsider her statement that the Home Secretary’s decision on authority to proceed with extradition proceedings was sub judice at that time.      (HL2499)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the percentage of children in secondary education in private schools per English local education authority and in England as a whole for the latest available year and the two preceding years.      (HL2500)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list for 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1990 and 1995 and the latest year available the number of pupils in comprehensive secondary schools in England as a percentage of all pupils in maintained secondary education.      (HL2501)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list for 1965, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1990 and 1995 and the latest year available for maintained schools in England the number of pupils achieving 5 or more GCSEs, or the equivalent; no GCSEs or equivalent; and the number achieving 2 or more A Levels, each as a percentage of the relevant age group.      (HL2502)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the number of children eligible for free school meals as a percentage of the pupils in each of the 166 grammar schools, compared to the percentage of all school children eligible for free school meals in the relevant local education authorities.      (HL2503)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list in descending order admission appeals as a percentage of the number of secondary places available in maintained schools for each English local education authority in the most recent year for which figures are available.      (HL2504)

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list in descending order the cost of administering admission appeals for each English local education authority for the most recent year for which figures are available.      (HL2505)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any member of the staff of the British Embassy in Ankara has visited the Turkish town of Tunceli in recent years; and in particular whether the health of the inhabitants there has suffered as a result of restrictions placed on the food supply by the Turkish authorities.      (HL2506)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will intervene to prevent the imprisonment in Turkey of Mr Akin Birdal, president of the Human Rights Association, on political charges limiting normal freedom of expression.      (HL2507)

The Lord Hardinge of Penshurst—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to introduce legislation implementing their intention to recognise chess (along with other mind games) as a sport, as announced in the House of Commons on 15th March (HC Deb, col. 862).      (HL2508)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to secure the acceptance in international law of the doctrine of “overwhelming humanitarian catastrophe”, under which NATO intervention in Yugoslavia has been deemed lawful.      (HL2509)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials within (a) the United Kingdom; (b) the European Union; (c) the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and (d) NATO are currently working on the problems of South East Europe when NATO intervention has ceased.      (HL2510)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the achievements of the Israel-Lebanon Monitoring Group since it was set up; what violations of the agreements which it was set up to monitor it has identified; and what party has been responsible for each violation.      (HL2511)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16th November 1998 (WA 140), what is the period during which “a limited use of force...in support of purposes laid down by the Security Council...to avert an immediate and overwhelming humanitarian catastrophe” remains lawful, without further recourse to the Security Council; and whether, if the use of force fails to avert the humanitarian catastrophe, continuation in the use of force remains lawful.      (HL2512)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their advice about the likely length of the war in the former Yugoslavia given by their military advisers now differs from that given in advance of the bombing campaign by (a) their military advisers and by (b) other advisers.      (HL2513)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether parts of the Greater Middle East are included in the “Euro-Atlantic Area” mentioned in NATO’s new Strategic Concept; and, if so, which parts.      (HL2514)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 13th May (HL Deb, cols. 1289-90), whether they envisage that the proposed Joint Committee on Human Rights will be able to conduct enquiries into (a) the case for and against the ratification by the United Kingdom of international human rights treaties and protocols; and (b) the reports made on behalf of the United Kingdom to the human rights treaty bodies, and the recommendations made to the United Kingdom by those bodies.      (HL2515)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the delay in setting a date for the beginning of the work of the Judicial Studies Board in preparing courts and tribunals for the coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL2516)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set a date in the near future to enable the Judicial Studies Board to carry out the programme of training in preparation for the coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL2517)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the reply given by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 11th May (HL Deb, cols. 1088-1089) that “we are consulting with industry, professional and consumer interests on the nomination of suitably qualified people” to serve on the independent review panel which will review decisions on advertisements to be made by the Medicines Control Agency, why Consumers for Health Choice has not been included among those consulted.      (HL2518)

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 [9th June]
    Imperial College

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    House of Lords [17th May]
    Employment Relations

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [18th May]
    Water Industry
    Tax Credits [18th May]
    Rating (Valuation) [20th May]
    Obscenity [HL] [21st May]
    Local Government

Waiting for Third Reading

    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL] [19th May]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL] [20th May]

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 Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) Regulations 1999
    Draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 1999
    Draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1999

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Waiting for expiry of petitioning period

    City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 [7th June]

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 18TH MAY

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)in Paris
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England2.45 pm
(Select Committee)
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
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 19TH 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)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 20TH MAY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Harlow
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)9.30 am

MONDAY 24TH MAY

Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure: conference with
General Synod Legislative Committee)

TUESDAY 25TH MAY

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

WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE

University College London Bill10.45 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee) in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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