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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 24TH MAY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That this House do concur with the Commons in their message of 21st May, that it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider the draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill published in the Command Paper entitled Local Leadership, Local Choice (Cm. 4298), and that the Committee should report by 31st July 1999.

§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.

FRIDAY 11TH JUNE

†[At eleven o’clock]

†Protection of Children Bill—Committee [The Lord Laming]

†Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior]

†Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord McCarthy]

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.

†*The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to form a National Spaceguard Agency, as part of a European Spaceguard programme, to improve the assessment and probability factor of impact hazard of a Near Earth Object on the continent of Europe or in the seas surrounding it.

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.

†The Lord Ahmed—To ask HMG whether they intend to extend to the rest of the United Kingdom legislation which applies in Northern Ireland against religious discrimination.

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)

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)

4th May

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)

5th May

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 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 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)

7th May

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 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 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 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)

11th May

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 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 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)

12th May

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

13th May

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 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 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)

17th May

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 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 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)

18th May

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of all current Incapacity Benefit claimants have incomes (a) below the average income; (b) above twice the average income; and (c) lying between the average income and half of it.      (HL2551)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of current Incapacity Benefit claimants, who also receive occupational pensions, have incomes (a) below the average income; (b) above twice the average income; and (c) lying between the average income and half of it.      (HL2552)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimated annual savings arising from proposals in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (a) to change the contribution conditions; and (b) to reduce Incapacity Benefit levels when the claimant has an occupational pensions greater than £50 a week.      (HL2553)

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number and proportion of Incapacity Benefit claimants also receiving an occupational pension who will lose some or all of their Incapacity Benefit if the proposals in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill are implemented; and what proportion of those who lose all benefit are in the top 40 per cent of income distribution.      (HL2554)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect of a 50 decibel loss on ability to hear ordinary conversation.      (HL2555)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what medical evidence they rely in assessing the effects of a 50 decibel hearing loss.      (HL2556)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask for clemency to be exercised in the cases of members of the Bahai faith now under sentence of death in Iran, particularly Mrssri Rowhani, Syrus Zabihi and Hhedayat Kashefi.      (HL2557)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the staff of the British Embassy in Ankara they anticipate will attend the trial of Mr Abdullah Ocalan; and what responses they have received to their representations to the Turkish Government concerning attacks on, and death threats against, Mr Ocalan’s defence counsel.      (HL2558)

The Lord Hoyle—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether consideration will be given allowing Blue Badge Guides with Palace of Westminster endorsement access to the Line of Route during the Summer Recess.      (HL2559)

The Lord Hoyle—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether consideration will be given to amending the Houses of Parliament website to indicate that it is possible to have a guide in a foreign language if visitors require one.      (HL2560)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken to implement the recommendations in paragraph 6.10 of the report to Ministers by the Official Group on Organophosphates (the Carden Committee).      (HL2561)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average hourly rate of the salaries paid to qualified veterinary surgeons who are (a) United Kingdom nationals and are employed directly by the Meat Hygiene Service; (b) United Kingdom nationals and are contracted to the Meat Hygiene Service; and (c) non-United Kingdom European Union nationals contracted to the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL2562)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Donoughue on 4th May (WA 83) and the Baroness Hayman on 12th May (WA 148), whether the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is aware of the work of the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research conducted between April 1994 and March 1997 into the survivability of E-coli 0157 on grassland.      (HL2563)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the findings by the Centre for Applied Microbiology and Research on the survivability of E-coli 0157 on grassland, what action they have taken, or propose to take, to advise farmers and waste disposal companies of the possible dangers of the infection of farm livestock by the organism when contaminated waste is spread on grassland or fodder crops; and what measures they advise to prevent the spread of the organism to livestock.      (HL2564)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when knowledge of the survivability of E-coli 0157 on grassland has been available since 1997, and farm animal produce is implicated as the cause of human infection, why investigations are not made into the means by which the animals have become infected.      (HL2565)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been reported any incidence of human infection by E-coli 0157 resulting from eating vegetables that have been grown on land where farmyard manure or human slurry has been spread.      (HL2566)

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 concerning London Underground relate to penalty fares.      (HL2567)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal in paragraph 2 of the report by the Secretary of State for International Development of the meeting of the French, German, Italian, United Kingdom and United States development ministers in London on 22nd April on the subject of Kosovo Refugee Return, to the effect that NATO should be reinforced by providing humanitarian experts who could ensure that humanitarian and military aspects were properly linked, has been put into effect.      (HL2568)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement in paragraph 2 of the report by the Secretary of State for International Development of the meeting of the French, German, Italian, United Kingdom and United States development ministers in London on 22nd April on the subject of Kosovo Refugee Return, that it is important to avoid arrangements which favour one section such as the Kosovo Liberation Army above others, indicates that they have been avoided.      (HL2569)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement in paragraph 5 of the report by the Secretary of State for International Development of the meeting of the French, German, Italian, United Kingdom and United States development ministers in London on 22nd April on the subject of Kosovo Refugee Return, recommending the exploration of whether NATO humanitarian assistance could be brought into effect more quickly in Albania, has been put into effect.      (HL2570)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement in paragraph 6 of the report by the Secretary of State for International Development of the meeting of the French, German, Italian, United Kingdom and United States development ministers in London on 22nd April on the subject of Kosovo Refugee Return, that all partners intend to work for strong international financial institutions and European Union support for countries of the region, indicates that the United States does not propose to participate except through the international financial institutions.      (HL2571)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Rambouillet Agreement, if signed by Mr Milosevic, would have been valid in international law in view of the provisions of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties.      (HL2572)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case that it was agreed at the NATO Summit that General Clark should no longer have to seek approval from the Alliance Member States for targeting; and whether it was General Clark who authorised the attack on the television station in Belgrade, the use of cluster bombs, the use of the weapon that shorted the electricity supply in Belgrade and elsewhere and the attack on the Chinese Embassy.      (HL2573)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many handguns have been handed in to each police force in the United Kingdom under the provisions of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No. 2) Act 1997 respectively.      (HL2574)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements were made by each police force in the United Kingdom to destroy handguns handed in under the provisions of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997.      (HL2575)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made to monitor and audit the destruction of weapons handed in under the provisions of the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997; and whether they are satisfied that all the weapons handed in have been destroyed in such a manner as to make it impossible for them to be re-activated.      (HL2576)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations on the new system of meat hygiene inspection have been initiated by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food with the appropriate trade bodies; on what date formal requests for views were dispatched and by what date replies were asked for; and whether the period for consultation complies with the Government guidance for the conduct of consultation exercises.      (HL2577)

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any political adviser had access to the Macpherson Report on the Lawrence murder before it had general publication.      (HL2578)

19th May

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering increasing funding in order that “atypical” antipsychotic medicines could be more readily dispensed to those suffering from schizophrenia.      (HL2582)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the end of each month, they will place a report in the Library of the House giving details of the post offices automated under the ICL Pathway Project.      (HL2583)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have completed the guidance for food authorities on the action to be taken when it is found that cattle producing milk for cheese production are found to be tuberculin test reactors or show inconclusive results at testing; and, if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House; or, if not, when they expect completion.      (HL2584)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to discourage the production of native British hill sheep such as the Scottish Blackface and Welsh mountain breeds because they fail to meet conformation standards for lamb; and, if so, what is their policy for the farmers who breed these animals and for the environment.      (HL2585)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of organisations and individuals who expressed concerns about the implementation of the proposed new Meat Hygiene Service charges; and which organisations expressed such concern.      (HL2586)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the individuals and organisations who were sent the consultation document dated 7th May, on charging for Meat Hygiene Service inspections, returned their comments by noon on 17th May.      (HL2587)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Veterinary Association and the Meat Hygiene Service officials’ organisation have been asked for their response to the questions on the Meat Hygiene Service consultation document of 7th May; and, if so, whether their responses will be made available on the same basis as those of the other individuals and organisations consulted.      (HL2588)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the list of individuals and organisations consulted by the Meat Hygiene Service on the document of 7th May was not the same as that sent out at the time of the original consultation; and whether provision will be made for those who have not been consulted and who wish to contribute to do so.      (HL2589)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 18th May (WA 22), when the review of licensing law will be completed; and whether it will be published.      (HL2590)

The Lord Ashbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the findings of the Independent Television Commission that the series entitled “Sex and Shopping” contained some imagery which was unacceptable for broadcasting at any time, given that Channel 5 now intends to repeat this series in the autumn.      (HL2591)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of possible interactions between contraception and anti-epileptic drug therapy, and of the risk of causing abnormality in foetuses of material use of conventional anti-epileptic medications.      (HL2592)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many post offices and sub-post offices have been robbed or broken into in each police force area in England in each month during the most recent twelve month period.      (HL2593)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution closed circuit television could make to the reduction of crime in rural areas; and what central government funds are available to help local government to install closed circuit television in small towns and villages.      (HL2594)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the Government of the Republic of Pakistan about the arrest and alleged mistreatment of senior journalists including Najam Sethi, editor of the Friday Times, Lahore, and Hussain Haqqani, former correspondent for the Far Eastern Economic Review.      (HL2595)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 18th May (WA 28-29) whether Government medical advisers believe that, in long-haul passenger aircraft, recycled air is as safe as fresh air with regard to (a) bacterial contamination of healthy passengers; and (b) oxygen level for passengers with respiratory conditions.      (HL2596)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath’s comment on 11th May that “we are consulting with industry, professional and consumer interests on the nomination of suitably qualified people” (HL Deb, col. 1089), to serve on the independent review panel, why in the review decisions on advertisements to be made by the Medicines Control Agency under the new Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations neither the National Association of Health Stores nor the Health Food Manufacturers Association has been included among those consulted.      (HL2597)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 12th May (WA 147), whether they can give an assurance that the White Paper to which they refer will provide full answers to points (b) to (d) and to the final sentence in Question HL2320; and, if they cannot, whether they will now supply those answers.      (HL2598)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce an age limit above which candidates may not stand for election as Members of Parliament; and, if so, what is that age.      (HL2599)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce an age limit above which candidates may not stand for election as Members of the Scottish Parliament; and, if so, what is that age.      (HL2600)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce an age limit above which candidates may not stand for election as Members of the Welsh Assembly; and, if so, what is that age.      (HL2601)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce an age limit above which candidates may not stand for election as councillors; and, if so, what is that age.      (HL2602)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in which Member States of the European Union there is an upper age limit above which candidates may not stand for elections for their parliaments; and whether they will list those limits.      (HL2603)

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)

21st May

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made to secure agreement amongst United Nations Security Council members for a Resolution to translate the conclusions of the United Nations Panels into action.      (HL2637)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a more intrusive system is needed to monitor weapons development in Iraq; and, if so, what action they are taking to ensure that the proposed United Nations Commission on Investigation, Inspection and Monitoring will provide such a system; and whether this is supported by other members of the Security Council.      (HL2638)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Iraq is fulfilling its United Nations obligations to disarm; whether a more intrusive system is needed to monitor disarmament in Iraq; and, if so, what action they are taking to ensure that such a system is implemented; and whether this is supported by other members of the Security Council.      (HL2639)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the United Nations Security Council intend to maintain the oil export ban against Iraq until they are satisfied that Iraq has disarmed in accordance with United Nations resolutions; and what guarantees they will seek that oil revenues are not used for the purposes of re-arming.      (HL2640)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their New Wave Power Research Programme will include research into the possible effects of wave energy exploitation on any adjacent biota.      (HL2641)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the signatories of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources are doing about over-fishing.      (HL2642)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect that Turkey, Norway, Iceland, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic will participate in the European Union’s Common, Foreign and Security Policy formulation, presentation and enactment, as apparently proposed by the United States.      (HL2643)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of useless objects currently in orbit around the earth; how many present risks to useful objects; and what steps are being taken to retrieve them and to reduce garbage in space.      (HL2644)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value to the United Kingdom of the financial service industry; what is the economic character of that value; why is VAT not levied on the industry; and, if it were levied at the average rate, what would be the return to the Exchequer.      (HL2645)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, if they “unequivocally condemn the recruitment, use and financing of mercenaries” (HC Deb, WA 62)—

and whether they will now take steps to prevent the spread of mercenary activity.      (HL2646)

The Lord Dixon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of first class mail is delivered the following day.      (HL2647)

The Lord Dixon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of first class mail from Newcastle sorting office is delivered the following day.      (HL2648)

The Lord Dixon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of first class mail from London is delivered the following day.      (HL2649)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 20th May (WA 56), what are their reasons for delaying asking both Houses to approve motions to appoint a Joint Committee on Human Rights.      (HL2650)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 18th May (WA 27), why they believe the reduction in spouses’ benefits under SERPS does not deprive anyone of a possession within the meaning of Article 1 of the First Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL2651)

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the consultation paper setting out the proposals for the Community Legal Service will be published.      (HL2652)

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
    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Protection of Children [11th June]

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]
    Local Government

Waiting for Third Reading

    Rating (Valuation) [24th May]
    Obscenity [HL]

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
    Draft International Copper Study Group (Legal Capacities) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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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