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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.

TUESDAY 18TH MAY

At half-past two o’clock

*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]

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

†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”).

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 Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, following the first elections to the Scottish Parliament, they plan to answer the West Lothian question.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Gladwyn set down for today shall be limited to 3 hours and that in the name of the Earl of Iveagh to 2 hours.

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]

†Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th March be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) Regulations 1999—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st April be approved. [16th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Amos to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4th May be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th April be approved. [17th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1999—The Lord Gilbert to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 6th May be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what qualifications they consider that the new Director-General of the BBC should possess.

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.

WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE

†*The Lord Harris of High Cross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in the legal system wealthy litigants have an unfair advantage against litigants of modest means; and, if so, whether this is consistent with their aim of justice for all.

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.

†The Earl of Listowel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to increase the availability of counselling for young homeless people.

†The Earl of Longford—To ask HMG what is their response to the latest annual report from Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons; and what developments there have been since the report was published.

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 or amended on 17th 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)

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 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)

17th May

The Lord Davies of Coity—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Treaty of Amsterdam to come into force.      (HL2521)

The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a summary of the responses to the Green Paper, The Learning Age.      (HL2522)

The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be able to recognise the competence of the International Fact-Finding Commission enshrined in Additional Protocol I to the Geneva Conventions.      (HL2523)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether clause 1 of the Geneva Conventions (Amendment) Act 1995, which provides for a sentence of life imprisonment in the case of a grave breach involving the wilful killing of a person protected by the Convention, is applicable to the present conflict in Yugoslavia.      (HL2524)

The Lord Peston—To ask the Chairman of Committees what is the current smoking policy of the House of Lords Refreshment Department.      (HL2525)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for refusing consent for a seven mile trolleybus system between Albert Dock and Page Moss, Liverpool; and whether they are opposed in principle to the re-introduction of the trolleybus for urban stage carriage bus services.      (HL2526)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of Incapacity Benefit recipients who are also receiving occupational pensions lie in each of the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th deciles of the income distribution; what is the latest year for which these figures are available; and whether the income figures are adjusted for household size.      (HL2527)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of people on state retirement pensions who are also receiving occupational pensions lie in each of the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th deciles of the income distribution.      (HL2528)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of Incapacity Benefit recipients lie in each decile of the income distribution.      (HL2529)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average income of people in each decile of the income distribution.      (HL2530)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the income level at the boundaries between the 6th and 7th; the 7th and 8th; the 8th and 9th; and the 9th and 10th deciles of the income distribution.      (HL2531)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average income in the latest year for which income distribution figures are available; and in which decile does it fall.      (HL2532)

The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the brain damage and progressive muscular weakness which result from mitochondrial disease, they intend to introduction regulations to amend the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 so as to permit nuclear transfer from the ovum of a mother carrying an abnormal mitochondrial gene into a donated ovum, thus enabling these women to have normal children, who would carry the full complement of the maternal nuclear DNA.      (HL2533)

The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal set out in the report of the Working Party of the Royal College of Surgeons of England on Organ Transplantation that a National Transplant Service should be established.      (HL2534)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of Foreign and Commonwealth Office personnel, in senior and middle management as at 1st May 1997 and 1st May 1999 are (a) women; (b) from minority ethnic groups; and (c) disabled.      (HL2535)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many personnel have been seconded and recruited into the Foreign and Commonwealth Office other than those entering the diplomatic service from schools or university over the past two years; and whether they intend to accelerate this process.      (HL2536)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the amount and budget sources of public funding spent, and the elements of works for which they were used, in the construction of the Wentloog rail freight terminal in Cardiff.      (HL2537)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly will have to approve the draft Regulations to restrict the use of lead shot; and, if so, whether it will still be possible for the draft Regulations to come into force on 1st September 1999.      (HL2538)

The Lord Burton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would be anomalous for the draft Regulations to restrict the use of lead shot to be in operation on one side of the Solway Firth and the Dee Estuary, but not on the other.      (HL2539)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average time taken in the determination of appeals to the House of Lords, from the date of the decision of the Court of Appeal to the date of the decision of the House of Lords, for each year during the past three years.      (HL2540)

The Earl of Lauderdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries have pledged support for the European Union “Common Position” of 23rd April prohibiting the sale or supply of petroleum and petroleum products in Yugoslavia.      (HL2541)

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether during his recent visit to the United Kingdom the Prime Minster of Spain raised with the Prime Minister the question of General Pinochet’s detention; and, if so, whether they will give details.      (HL2542)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what current responsibilities of the Minister for Transport will be devolved to the Scottish Parliament on 1st July.      (HL2543)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what transport responsibilities will be held by the Minister of Transport for England but will not be held by her for Scotland after 1st July.      (HL2544)

The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Scotland will continue to be the lead Forestry Minister for the United Kingdom after 1st July.      (HL2545)

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 [18th 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

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 26TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE

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

 
 
 
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