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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.

THURSDAY 27TH MAY

At eleven o’clock

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

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

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a Permanent Member of the Security Council, they will ask the Secretary-General of the United Nations to report on the shelling by India and Pakistan across the cease-fire line in Kashmir.

*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many refugees from Kosovo have been admitted to this country since the Home Secretary’s statement to the House of Commons on 5th May.

†Consolidation Bills—The Lord Chancellor to move, That, pursuant to Standing Order 49, the following Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills:

E. Alexander of Tunis

L. Clyde

V. Colville of Culross

V. Dilhorne

L. Hacking

L. Campbell of Alloway

L. Hobhouse of Woodborough

L. Janner of Braunstone

B. Mallalieu

L. Meston

L. Razzall

L. Strabolgi;

That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman; and

That the Minutes of Evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out.

†Local Government (Functions and Standards)— The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Commons message of yesterday be now considered and that a Select Committee of eight Lords be appointed to join with the Committee appointed by the Commons, to consider the draft Local Government (Functions and Standards) Bill, published in the Command Paper entitled Local Leadership, Local Choice (Cm. 4298);

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:

L. Bassam of Brighton

L. Bowness

E. Carnarvon

B. Hamwee

L. Marlesford

L. Pilkington of Oxenford

L. Ponsonby of Shulbrede

B. Thornton;

That the Committee have power to agree with the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place within the United Kingdom;

That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall, if the Committee think fit, be printed and delivered out;

That the Committee shall report by 31st July;

and that the Committee do meet with any Committee appointed by the Commons on Tuesday 15th June at half past three o’clock in Committee Room 4.

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).

Obscenity Bill [HL]Third Reading [The Earl of Halsbury]

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 ZD576 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.

Tax Credits Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

Water Industry Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move that the draft Order laid before the House on 13th May be approved. [19th Report from the Joint Committee]

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 Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not appointed an e-commerce envoy to promote the new technology, despite advertising the post in November 1998.

The Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge—To call attention to measures to improve sport in the United Kingdom; 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 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.

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.

Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

†[The Baroness Hayman intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired]

†Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Speech and Language Therapists Board) Order of Council 1999—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Order of Council laid before the House on 18th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Clinical Scientists Board) Order of Council 1999—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Order of Council laid before the House on 18th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Paramedics Board) Order of Council 1999—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Order of Council laid before the House on 18th May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

*The Lord Williamson of Horton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since some of the new and effective medicines for the treatment of schizophrenia, the atypical anti-psychotic drugs, are not being made available by some health authorities due to funding difficulties, they will seek to ensure that this situation is corrected as soon as possible.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what authority will be responsible for the maintenance of standards of dental treatment provided for patients in the mixed private and National Health Service dental clinics now opening in large retail premises and whether controls and consumer rights will differ between the NHS treatments and those provided privately.

†Greater London Authority Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty]

†‡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 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 Centre, 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.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preparations are being made for creating conditions in Kosovo which will encourage refugees to return there once a settlement of the dispute with Yugoslavia has been achieved.

House of Lords Bill—Report [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

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.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they remain committed to the principle of the Social Security Act 1986 that income support is not meant to cover rent.

†Local Government Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

†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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Employment Relations Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

*The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Meat Hygiene Service’s instruction that the head and ears of slaughter lambs should be cut off and discarded prior to grading and inspection will discourage efficient lamb production and traceability.

*The Lord Ellenborough—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to restrict the voting rights of Members of Parliament for Scottish constituencies in the Westminster Parliament in relation to matters affecting England.

FRIDAY 18TH JUNE

†[At eleven o’clock]

†Genetically Modified Crops Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Baroness Miller of Hendon]

†European Community Legislation (Impact) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Willoughby de Broke]

†European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) Bill [HL]— Second Reading [The Lord Waddington]

MONDAY 21ST JUNE

*The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are planning to take in the light of the findings of the Royal National Institute for the Blind report that one third of blind and partially sighted people never use public transport.

†*The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers have had any discussions with the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission following recent intrusions into personal privacy by tabloid newspapers.

TUESDAY 22ND JUNE

will be introduced.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reorganise the rail network.

*The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many rating assessments on sports clubs have been reconsidered and reduced to reflect ability to pay since November 1996.

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

WEDNESDAY 23RD JUNE

†*The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the UNFPA (United Nations Population Fund) Report on sexual violence in Kosovo.

†*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the United Nations High Commission for Refugees is receiving adequate support and recognition for its humanitarian work in the former Yugoslavia.

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 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 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 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.

The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take steps to end the present mandatory requirement on personal pension fund holders to purchase an annuity at the age of 75, in view of the present low return on such annuities.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider will be the impact of the broadcasting revolution on the 8.7 million deaf and hard of hearing people who live in the United Kingdom.

The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help reconstruction and development in Mozambique.

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.

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]

The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on A Reformed CAP? The outcome of Agenda 2000 (8th Report, HL Paper 61). [25th May]

†The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prosecuting Fraud on the Communities’ Finances—the Corpus Juris (9th Report, HL Paper 62). [26th May]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 4th 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)

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)

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)

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)

26th May

The Lord Bach—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the review of the funding arrangements for flood and coastal defence and development of high level targets for flood and coastal defence operating authorities.      (HL2698)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase access to justice by extending legal aid to proceedings in employment tribunals.      (HL2699)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of work done by Lords of Appeal in Ordinary, for each of the past three years, has been spent on (a) appeals to the House of Lords and (b) Commonwealth appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.      (HL2700)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the trinational Common New General Frigate to enter service; and how much later this date will be than the one originally envisaged.      (HL2701)

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the private sector contributors to each Education Action Zone and the level of their contributions in (a) cash and (b) kind.      (HL2702)

The Lord Thurlow—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many health trusts have not established Assertive Outreach Teams to help mentally ill people in the community to persist in required medication; and whether the thirteen new teams authorised in the Budget have been set up.      (HL2703)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the reported overspend by the BSE Inquiry and the alleged strain on the current finances of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, they will consider implementing suggestions for self-supervision of specified risk material controls by abattoir owners under licence; and, if not, why not.      (HL2704)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Service officers in charge of hygiene supervision in abattoirs should be able to differentiate between bovine and porcine carcasses; and what is the legal position of abattoir owners who are accused of failing to remove spinal cords from bovines which turn out to be porcine.      (HL2705)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the active and inert ingredients in the pesticides Actellic D and Actellic Dust.      (HL2706)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total (a) salary costs, (b) social security costs and (c) administrative costs, including in-service training of inspectors, specifically incurred in the last financial year by the Meat Hygiene Service in carrying out controls and inspections required by European Union Directives.      (HL2707)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total income derived from charges to abattoirs and meat cutting plants by the Meat Hygiene Service during the last financial year.      (HL2708)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours were worked in total in the last financial year by directly employed Official Veterinary Surgeons in abattoirs and meat cutting plants, as required by European Union Directive 91/497; what were the total salaries including bonuses and social security costs attributable to their inspection duties; and what were the charges levied in respect of those inspections on the abattoirs and meat cutting plants in which these Official Veterinary Surgeons were employed.      (HL2709)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their interpretation of the new NATO Strategic Concept coincides with that of the United States administration or that of the French Government on the question whether NATO may lawfully engage in out of area military activity, other than in strict accordance with the United Nations Charter and without United Nations Security Council authority.      (HL2710)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO is at war with Serbia; and, if not, what are the legal implications of present air attacks.      (HL2711)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether international law or convention governs attacks on electricity supply (as in Belgrade and other Serbian cities) on which the civil population is dependent.      (HL2712)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present state of international law or convention governing attacks on computer networks; and whether NATO is currently attacking or planning to attack computer networks.      (HL2713)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all targeting in Kosovo is now left to individual military commanders without the political oversight of the NATO Council; and, if so, what legal advice is available to General Clark.      (HL2714)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th May (WA 3), whether the Royal Parks Agency have carried out environmental impact assessments relating to their plans for substantial commercial activities in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens this summer; and whether they will now require them to publish these assessments in accordance with the Government’s “greening” instructions to all agencies.      (HL2715)

The Lord Craig of Radley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence records the number of personnel of each of the three Services who are unfit for duty while awaiting secondary care medical treatment; and, if so, what are the most recent available figures for each Service.      (HL2716)

The Lord Craig of Radley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many servicemen and women currently waiting for secondary care medical treatment expect to receive their treatment within (a) four weeks and (b) thirteen weeks of referral to their consultant; and how many may expect to have to wait for over six months.      (HL2717)

The Lord Craig of Radley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of Service personnel who required secondary medical care in a National Health Service hospital in the latest available twelve month period were placed on the hospital consultant’s or other waiting list and treated in turn with non-Service patients.      (HL2718)

The Lord Craig of Radley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what formal arrangements the Ministry of Defence have made with the National Health Service to treat Service personnel, who require secondary medical care, to ensure their quick return to duty.      (HL2719)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose, to the German Presidency of the European Union, that member states of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe be invited to adhere to any European Union agreement on the control of arms trafficking and brokering which may be reached as a result of current German initiatives; and whether they will seek to place this matter on the agenda for the OSCE Summit meeting in Istanbul in November 1999.      (HL2720)

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the work to be undertaken on human cloning at the Roslin Institute in Edinburgh will be subject to legislation of the Scottish Parliament, or whether it is covered by a reserved power; and what rights the Scottish Parliament will have to debate issues such as cloning, human embryo experimentation, abortion and genetic engineering.      (HL2721)

The Lord Coleraine—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Lord Chancellor’s remarks on 25th May (HL Deb, col. 818), how many Liberal Democrats will be offered nomination for life peerages in accordance with the arrangements for “proportional creations” of life peers outlined in paragraph 6.7 of the White Paper on House of Lords Reform, on the assumption that the House of Lords Bill is enacted with the present clause 2.      (HL2722)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 24th May (HL Deb, cols. 631-632), where it was officially stated that the social stigma of HIV, and the danger of infecting partners, were important considerations in the grant by the Government of special payments to National Health Service patients infected with HIV during treatment.      (HL2723)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the likely timetable for parliamentary consideration of the Food Standards Bill.      (HL2724)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what statistics are collected concerning the ethnicity of those employed as lecturers and teachers in further education colleges in Greater London; whether such statistics are broken down between those employed on permanent contracts and those employed on short-term contracts; and whether such information is made publicly available.      (HL2725)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the inspection of the United Kingdom’s operational arrangements of the Date Based Export Scheme for British Beef due to have taken place in the week commencing 12th April.      (HL2726)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the report of the Urban Taskforce chaired by Lord Rogers of Riverside, they are investigating the possibility of a green field levy; and, if so, what progress has been made.      (HL2727)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reduce VAT on renovations to dwellings, particularly in urban and inner city areas.      (HL2728)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Countryside Stewardship scheme is oversubscribed, either in terms of the number of applications or in terms of the money available; and, if so, by how much.      (HL2729)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what sums have already been granted in each year since the start of the Countryside Stewardship scheme.      (HL2730)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the full financial impact of the Joint Aviation Requirements-Flight Crew Licensing (JAR-FCL) has been considered.      (HL2731)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the results of Regulatory Impact Assessments of the Joint Aviation Requirements-Flight Crew Licensing (JAR-FCL) have been agreed with user organisations.      (HL2732)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current estimate for the total cost of the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood.      (HL2733)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the estimate for the total cost of the Holyrood building when it was chosen as the site for the new Scottish Parliament.      (HL2734)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the breakdown of the costs of the new Scottish Parliament building for—

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current estimate for the annual running costs of the Holyrood Parliament building.      (HL2736)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current estimate of the cost of cancelling the Holyrood Parliament building project.      (HL2737)

The Lord Skelmersdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 21st April (WA 160), what was the correct ratio of total United Kingdom health expenditure to gross domestic product in 1997-98.      (HL2738)

The Baroness Scotland of Asthal—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Advisory Board on Family Law intends to publish its second annual report.      (HL2739)

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]
    Greater London Authority [14th June]
    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Protection of Children [11th June]

Waiting for Report

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [27th May]
    Water Industry [8th June]
    Local Government [16th June]
    House of Lords [15th June]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Obscenity [HL] [27th May]
    Tax Credits [8th June]

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]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Highway Functions) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Assistance for Registered Political Parties) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Modifications of Schedules 4 and 5) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Border Rivers) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Modification of Functions) Order 1999
    Draft Scottish Parliament (Consequential Modifications) (No. 2) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

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]

THURSDAY 27TH MAY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
Financial Services and Markets (Joint Committee)10.30 am

TUESDAY 8TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
University College London Bill10.45 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee) in the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 10TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Imperial College Bill10.30 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee) in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 15TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Finance and Staff Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Library and Computers Sub-Committee4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE

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

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Select Committee)2.00 pm

 
 
 
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