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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.

MONDAY 7TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Local Government Bill—The Lord Whitty to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 29

Schedule 1

Clauses 30 to 33

Schedule 2

Clauses 34 and 35.

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] [16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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]

†Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Lucas of Chilworth]

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] [16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

†*The Baroness Perry of Southwark—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the use of lay persons as leaders of OFSTED inspection teams.

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.

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate to confer upon administrative bodies powers which have the effect of depriving individuals of their property or their means of securing a livelihood without recourse to an appeal at law.

THURSDAY 24TH JUNE

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an assessment has been made of the success or otherwise of their campaign for the recruitment of more teachers.

†*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider giving assistance to the country and regional All Party Parliamentary Groups so as to make their role and activities more effective.

†*The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring forward proposals to abolish the judicial functions of the office of Lord Chancellor.

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

11th May

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 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 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)

13th May

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

19th May

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 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 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 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)

20th May

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

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 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 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, 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 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 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 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)

24th May

The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners of 65 years old and over are currently held in England and Wales.      (HL2655)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Turkey about the confirmation by the General Penal Board of the Turkish Supreme Court of the prison sentence passed on 12th March 1997 on Muzaffer Ilhan Erdost on charges of “disseminating separatist propaganda which questions the indivisible integrity of the Turkish state”.      (HL2656)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what national elections will be held or have been held in the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe region during 1999; what is the OSCE involvement in the preparation, observation or monitoring of the election; and where there was, or is to be, no involvement, whether they will give the OSCE’s reasons.      (HL2657)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Government of Turkey about the sentence of 13 months imprisonment passed by a Turkish court on Mr Oral Calislar, a columnist for the newspaper Cumhuriyet, for two 1993 interviews with Abdullah Ocalan, leader of the PKK.      (HL2658)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the terms of reference for their multimodal transport studies.      (HL2659)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to implement their programme of multimodal transport studies.      (HL2660)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that their multimodal transport studies fully address all transport alternatives, including public transport options.      (HL2661)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what role the Regional Development Agencies have in determining the direction of and the use made of the multimodal transport studies.      (HL2662)

The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the outputs from the multimodal transport studies will be applied to decision making in the Regional Development Agencies, local government and the Highways Agency; and what status the reports will have in this process.      (HL2663)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to invite to the Opening Ceremony of the Millennium Dome on 31st December 1999 the Ambassadors and Heads of Legation from all those nations which have diplomatic representatives accredited to the Court of St James.      (HL2665)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the members of the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council design group.      (HL2670)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and, if so when, they will publish the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council design group’s recommendations; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.      (HL2671)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, preceding implementation, further comments on the design of the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council will be invited; and, if so, how this will proceed.      (HL2672)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 18th May (WA 22), whether they will outline any action taken or planned to be taken, without unanimous consent, in compliance with those Articles of the Treaty on European Union referred to in their previous Answer.      (HL2673)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Dubs on 28th April (WA 40), whether the minute of 4th March 1998 by Mr T Kelly, Direction of Communications, which was circulated to Ministers and civil servants, was in conformity with the Civil Service Code and in accordance with guidance issued on the conduct of home and Northern Ireland civil servants during the referendum campaign.      (HL2674)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they make of the civilian casualties, which have taken place and may be expected to occur consequent on the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia, including estimates of the proportion of injuries to deaths, the nature of the injuries, the causes of death and the ages and sex of the victims.      (HL2675)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the scale of settlement in the Sevso case (Marquess of Northampton v. Allen & Overy and Peter Mimpriss), reportedly in excess of £15 million (The Times, 8th May), whether they will reconsider the decision not to prosecute in respect of matters alleged in those proceedings including fraud and fraudulent misrepresentations.      (HL2676)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned that criminal conduct may have been involved in the Sevso case (Marquess of Northampton v. Allen & Overy and Peter Mimpriss), given the reported scale of the settlement.      (HL2677)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Sevso case (Marquess of Northampton v. Allen & Overy and Peter Mimpriss), whether the policy of freedom of speech in the Human Rights Act 1998 is consonant with the enforcement of conditions of confidentiality arising from such compromise agreements.      (HL2678)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Sevso case (Marquess of Northampton v. Allen & Overy and Peter Mimpriss), whether their policy of encouraging settlement of disputes by way of alternative dispute resolution such as mediation, the terms of which are necessarily confidential, acts adversely upon—

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

25th May

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average period of time for the determination of petitions for leave to appeal to the House of Lords during each of the last three years.      (HL2688)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average period of time for the determination of appeals to the House of Lords from the date when leave to appeal has been granted by the House of Lords to the date of determination of the appeal, during each of the last three years.      (HL2689)

The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will to ensure that all new implementation proposals on quarantine reform will comply with European Community law and in particular with Articles 30 to 36 of the Treaty of Rome.      (HL2690)

The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the drafts of proposed amendments to the Rabies Order 1974 and the Animal Health Act 1981 have been submitted to the European Commission for approval and confirmation of conformity with European Community law; and whether they will place a copy of the draft proposals, which have already been shown to the carriers, in the Library of the House.      (HL2691)

The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their recent announcements on quarantine reform, whether rabies vaccines for pet dogs and cats are now freely available, as is required by European Community Law, to those pet owners wishing to prepare for travel abroad and subsequent return to Britain without quarantine under the proposed new rabies legislation.      (HL2692)

The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their recent announcements on quarantine reform, whether the European laboratories approved by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food for rabies antibody sera-testing for “traded” dogs and cats under the Balai Directive will also be approved for rabies antibody sera-testing for “pet” dogs and cats; and, if not, what is the explanation for this; and, if so, whether they will place a list of those laboratories in the Library of the House.      (HL2693)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make available the latest information about the private and occupational pension entitlement of those entitled to State incapacity benefit, distinguishing between those transferred from the former Invalidity Benefit and those receiving respectively the higher rate and the lower rate of Incapacity Benefit awarded since 1995.      (HL2694)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to Boards of Visitors at H M Prisons on the application of Prison Rule 94.      (HL2695)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what matters Parliament retains the right not to implement judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.      (HL2696)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 3rd November 1998 (WA 41-42) and in the light of the further recent medical reports suggesting that users of mobile telephones are more likely to suffer from cerebral tumours than those who do not, whether they will legislate or issue regulations to ensure that —

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)

27th May

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what Treaty authority the Italian Government was required to limit its 1999 deficit to 2 per cent of Gross Domestic Product; under what authority the meeting of the Economic and Finance Council of Ministers in Brussels on 24th and 25th May was enabled to change the 2 per cent limit to 2.4 per cent; whether there was a vote in the Ministerial Council; whether the United Kingdom was entitled to vote; and, if so, whether the United Kingdom Minister voted for or against the relaxation.      (HL2740)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Treaty base which empowers the European Commission to draft directives regulating the import into a Member State of products, foodstuffs, seeds and plants, produced or grown in other Member States, which are judged by a Member State to threaten the health of humans, animals, plants and crops in that state.      (HL2741)

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people suffer from oscar and sickle cell disorders in the United Kingdom; how many such sufferers are black people; and what action they have taken to raise awareness of these disorders.      (HL2742)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Social Security on 3rd March (HC Deb, col. 1044) that “Fifty decibels is the point at which a persons starts to have trouble following conversation in a noisy environment”, whether they will indicate what scientific and medical evidence there is to justify this statement.      (HL2743)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Simon of Highbury on 17th May (WA 16), whether they agree with the information given in the “supply and use” tables on pages 148 and 149 of the 1998 edition of the United Kingdom National Accounts (the “Blue Book”), and in the article “Inflation and Growth in a Service Economy” by Ms. De Anne Julius in the Bank of England’s Quarterly Bulletin published in November 1998.      (HL2744)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Carter on 19th May (HL Deb, col. 298), how many of the 300 people involved in the programme on the European Union side work in Russia supervising the distribution of food aid there.      (HL2745)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the amount spent on entertaining at (a) No. 10 Downing Street and (b) No. 11 Downing Street in each of the years 1996 and 1998, and the breakdown between food, champagne, and other wines and spirits.      (HL2746)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Parliament voted in 1995 to replenish a deficiency in a European Community pension fund with money which had been allocated for office expenses; and, if so, whether they consider this to be an acceptable use of public funds.      (HL2747)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask the Leader of the House whether Lords who are in receipt of a pension from a former employment should declare that fact when promoting the interest of their former employees in the House of Lords.      (HL2748)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 11th May (HL Deb, col. 1089), whether they or the Medicines Control Agency have consulted with (a) Consumers of Health Choice, (b) The National Association of Health Stores or (c) The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association about membership of the proposed new Independent Advisory Panel; and, if not, why not.      (HL2749)

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to safeguard university collections from being sold.      (HL2750)

The Lord Mayhew of Twysden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether without the protection of anonymity there will be a risk for military witnesses giving evidence in Londonderry to the “Bloody Sunday” Inquiry that they and their families will be attacked.      (HL2751)

The Lord Mayhew of Twysden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any further application for anonymity for military witnesses who served the Crown many years ago, which by order of the “Bloody Sunday” Inquiry must be made publicly, will have the consequence that the very matters which are said to justify the application in the interests of justice will be known to those by whom the witnesses believe themselves to be threatened.      (HL2752)

The Lord Mayhew of Twysden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any, and if so what, restraint preventing them from securing a direction to the “Bloody Sunday” Inquiry that military witnesses shall be protected by anonymity, whether by means of amended resolutions by both Houses of Parliament or otherwise.      (HL2753)

The Lord Mayhew of Twysden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are content with the contrast between the anonymity for those giving evidence of the whereabouts of their murdered victims in Northern Ireland, and the lack of anonymity for those who served the Crown in Northern Ireland and who will now be witnesses before the “Bloody Sunday” Inquiry.      (HL2754)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to harmonise the treatment of ethnic minorities in race relations legislation in all the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom; and, in particular, whether they will ensure that Travelling people who cross from Northern Ireland into the mainland of Britain are treated the same on both sides of the Irish Sea.      (HL2755)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have seen the recent Save the Children report on sanctions and the United Nations food-for-oil programme in Iraq; and, if so, whether they agree that there is inadequate impact assessment and monitoring under this programme.      (HL2756)

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made with trials of the improved police car siren known as “White Noise Localiser” and referred to in the House on 25th March (HL Deb, col. 1527).      (HL2757)

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of emergency calls requiring police cars to attend a scene speedily, in the last six months for which figures are available, have proved to be false alarms—

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fatal accidents involving police cars have occurred in Great Britain since 1st March.      (HL2759)

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] [24th June]
    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

    Water Industry [8th June]
    Local Government [16th June]
    House of Lords [15th June]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Tax Credits [8th June]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [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]
    Obscenity [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]

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

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
HFC Bank Bill10.45 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee) in the Moses Room

THURSDAY 24TH JUNE

Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [HL]10.30 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee) in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Select Committee)2.00 pm

 
 
 
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