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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.

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.

†§Rating (Valuation) Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton]

†§Northern Ireland (Location of Victims’ Remains) Bill—Committee (and remaining stages) [The Lord Dubs]

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

‡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.

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.

†House of Lords Bill—Committee (on Recommitment) in respect of clause 2 [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

‡The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Department of Health are taking to preserve the public’s access to a full range of safe dietary supplements.

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 McIntosh of Haringey—To move, That this House approves, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, Her Majesty’s Government’s assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1999-2000 and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1999-2000.

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.

†ROYAL ASSENT

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).

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

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).

MONDAY 7TH JUNE

*The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the interests of the British horse racing industry will be affected by the recent decision of a leading credit bookmaker to move operations to Gibraltar in order to offer clients tax free betting.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are proposing to make to allow citizens of St Helena free access to the United Kingdom in the interim period before permanent legislation can be introduced.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the publication of the Office of Fair Trading report into alleged predatory pricing by Times newspapers.

†*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any recent developments regarding the crash of Chinook ZT576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.

Employment Relations Bill—Committee [The Lord Simon of Highbury] [13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡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.

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.

*The Lord Borrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will introduce regulations to ensure minimum seat size and spacing for airline passengers.

WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to make it easier to apply for the new personal photograph driving licences.

*The Baroness Berners—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they are sending to South Africa to support non-governmental organisations who are working to improve standards of education within black communities.

†The Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge—To call attention to measures to improve sport in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

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.

*The Lord Moyne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what stage has been reached in the case against them before the International Court of Justice by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and whether they are satisfied that they have a watertight defence.

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who owns the Tote.

MONDAY 14TH JUNE

†*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in involving the family in planning the sentencing of young offenders.

†*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO will stop bombing Yugoslavia for one week of discussion and negotiation with the Milosevic Government.

TUESDAY 15TH JUNE

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they are proposing to carry out concerning the Middle East peace process.

†*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what concordats have been agreed between the Welsh Assembly and Government Departments.

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.

†*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 17TH JUNE

*The Viscount Trenchard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Environment Agency’s national bye-laws require the release of all salmon caught by rod and line until 16th June whereas net fisheries are only so restricted until 1st June in any year.

TUESDAY 22ND JUNE

will be introduced.

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 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.

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Steering Group’s recommendations on the future of the Tote.

The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to expedite the British Coal Respiratory Disease Handling Agreement.

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the contribution of the city of Aberdeen and North-East Scotland to the economy of the United Kingdom.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage India and Pakistan to sign the nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support lifting of sanctions and debt relief for India and Pakistan if they resolve the Kashmir problem in accordance with the United Nations Resolutions.

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 20th 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)

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)

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)

28th April

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 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)

20th May

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will invite the United States Government to carry out a review of the Central Intelligence Agency’s kids page which states of the United Kingdom “Elections: none”.      (HL2607)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in their view countries whose armed forces have most damaged the civil infrastructure of Serbia, including Kosovo, should pay for its reconstruction; and, if not, why not.      (HL2608)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States would retain a veto (in the form of the requirement for consensus in NATO decisions) over European Security and Defence Identity.      (HL2609)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the annual grants which they have made to the Royal Parks Agency since 1992, and within these to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; whether the Agency publishes detailed accounts; and, if so, whether they will place a copy of the accounts in the Library of the House.      (HL2610)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain in ordinary English the meaning of the advertisement from the Project Manager of the Royal Parks Agency for proposals to develop a “playground dedicated to Diana, Princes of Wales, viz the design for the playground is required to create an outstanding, innovative play environment which caters not just for children’s physical development but also provide opportunities for a wider range of play types (for example, symbolic, socio-dramatic, social creative, communication, exploratory, fantasy, imaginative, locomotor, mastery, object, role and dramatic play)”.      (HL2611)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how visitor satisfaction over the Royal Parks is measured, how the visitors who rate the Royal Parks are chosen and by whom; what questions are put to them; how many visitors are interrogated and on what days of the year and in what weather; and what is “soft landscape presentation” for which the Royal Parks Agency are being required to maintain an average score of at least 85 per cent compared with a score of 84 per cent in 1998-99.      (HL2612)

The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Justices of the Peace and stipendiary magistrates come from ethnic minorities; and what proportion of the whole they represent.      (HL2613)

The Lord Williams of Elvel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether applications for redirection of mail from one address to another are confidential between the applicant and the Post Office or whether they are available for publication to unrelated third parties; and, if so, on what authority and on what legal basis.      (HL2614)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Iran the subject of equal access for Iranians to higher education, without discrimination on grounds of religion.      (HL2615)

The Lord Hayhoe—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether any arrangements are being made for celebrations within the Palace of Westminster on 31st December 1999 to 1st January 2000.      (HL2616)

The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many American bulldogs have been imported, to date, to the United Kingdom.      (HL2617)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the population transfer aspects of the proposed China Western Poverty Reduction Project have been the subject of local consultation in accordance with World Bank guidelines; whether an environmental assessment of the project has been published; and, if either of these conditions has not been satisfied, whether they will instruct the United Kingdom Director of the World Bank to vote for reference of the project to the Inspection Panel.      (HL2618)

The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will make arrangements for copies of the Official Report of the devolved Parliament and Assemblies to be made available to Peers in the Printer Paper Office; and, if not, why not.      (HL2619)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence exists of the effect upon the natural predators of aphids when the latter have fed upon, or partly upon, genetically modified plants.      (HL2620)

The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a need for a substantial programme of training for teachers and other staff who are or will be working in pre-schools, nursery education and reception classes which accept four year olds; and, if so, what plans they have for the timing, delivery and funding of such a programme of training.      (HL2621)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Government of Pakistan is conducting a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights and anti-slavery organisations, including the Human Rights Commission; and, if so, whether they will lodge suitable protests through diplomatic and United Nations channels.      (HL2622)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether funding, staffing and programming by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Macedonia and Albania are adequate; and, if not, whether they can help further to strengthen existing HCR capacity.      (HL2623)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19th May (HL Deb, cols. 294-296), that members of expert scientific committees are chosen on merit only, why the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment is currently being reconstituted to reflect differences of scientific opinion; and whether this principle has wider application to other committees.      (HL2624)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 12th May (WA 151), on what dates over the last two years approaches have been made to the Governments of Syria, Jordan and Turkey about alleged breaches in the United Nations sanctions regime on Iraq; and what responses were received in each case.      (HL2625)

The Lord Mayhew of Twysden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Chancellor on 18th May (HL Deb, col. 151), whether they will identify by reference to the division list of 17th May each hereditary Peer who constituted the busloads to which the Lord Chancellor referred.      (HL2626)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Greece’s call on 19th May for a 48-hour cease-fire in Kosovo, whether this contrasts with the Prime Minister’s recent statements; whether they are concerned that there are divisions between NATO member governments over the handling of the crisis on Kosovo; and whether they are concerned that such a division could undermine the message being sent to President Milosevic by NATO’s air operation.      (HL2627)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what verification they have sought of the report in the 24th May edition of Newsweek magazine that several weeks ago the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote to the United States Secretary of State for Defense saying that ground troops must be committed to “guarantee fulfilment of the Administration’s political objectives”; whether they agree with this assessment; and what is their response to suggestions that it confirms the existence of a gap between the political and military leadership of NATO.      (HL2628)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to criticism this week by General Colin Powell, the former head of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, that NATO’s current policy towards Yugoslavia hands President Milosevic a veto over the Alliance’s action by effectively allowing him, and not NATO, to decide when ground troops can enter Kosovo to oversee the return of Kosovo Albanian refugees.      (HL2629)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the fleet of 24 Apache AH-64s helicopters declared ready for use in Kosovo after training in Albania have not yet gone into action; and whether they are to be used at all.      (HL2630)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether President Yeltsin’s sacking of the Russian Government and Prime Minister Primakov has affected Russia’s position towards Kosovo and towards NATO.      (HL2631)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the endorsement by European Union Foreign Ministers of the involvement of President Ahtisaari of Finland in the diplomatic track on 19th May, what role it is intended that he should play in the brokering and implementation of a peace agreement in relation to the roles of the United Nations Secretary-General’s special advisors, Carl Bildt and Mr Kukan of Slovakia, and that of the Russian peace envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin.      (HL2632)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th May (WA 1), whether they will now make it clear that they will not agree to any European Union proposals for a withholding tax which risks serious damage to United Kingdom financial markets as distinct from European Union financial markets.      (HL2633)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th May (WA 1)—

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether computer software currently being used by NHS Direct allows for clinical information to be exchanged via computer with other organisations in the National Health Service.      (HL2635)

The Lord Ashbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Video Appeals Committee is empowered to overturn decisions of the British Board of Film Classification concerning the classification of pornographic videos.      (HL2636)

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 [10th June]
    HFC Bank [16th June]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Employment Relations [7th June]
    Northern Ireland (Location of Victims’ Remains) [24th May]
    Greater London Authority

Committed to a Committee on Recommitment

    House of Lords [25th May]

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [27th May]
    Water Industry
    Tax Credits [24th May]
    Obscenity [HL] [21st May]
    Local Government

Waiting for Third Reading

    Rating (Valuation) [24th 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]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [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 Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Speech and Language Therapists Board) Order of Council 1999
    Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Clinical Scientists Board) Order of Council 1999
    Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Paramedics Board) Order of Council 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
    Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) 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]

MONDAY 24TH MAY

Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)3.30 pm
Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure: conference with
General Synod Legislative Committee)

TUESDAY 25TH MAY

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 26TH MAY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.00 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England10.30 am
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)3.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 27TH MAY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am

TUESDAY 8TH JUNE

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE

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

THURSDAY 10TH JUNE

Imperial College Bill10.30 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee) in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 15TH JUNE

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

WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE

HFC Bank Bill10.45 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee) in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 22ND JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)

WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.30 am

 
 
 
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