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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.

TUESDAY 8TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on the implementation of the National Carers’ Strategy.

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]

†‡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.

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.

†Employment Relations Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Simon of Highbury] [13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

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 Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the ban on the publication of the poems of Denis Nilsen, a prisoner in H M Prison Whitemoor, since Mr Nilsen has stated that he will donate any proceeds to charity.

†*The Earl of Clanwilliam—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken within the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to settle the Azerbaijan-Armenia dispute in the context of the three principles agreed at the 1996 Lisbon Summit.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to achieve their energy saving objectives by the year 2010.

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.

MONDAY 28TH JUNE

†*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 29TH JUNE

†*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for restoring the morale of junior hospital doctors.

†*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist future relations between India and Pakistan.

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

†*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recent OFSTED report on Summerhill School.

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to consult Parliament on the United Kingdom’s preferred agenda for the European Union Inter-governmental Conference now planned for next year.

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 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.

†The Earl of Clancarty—To call attention to the United Kingdom-wide effects of devolution, including the institution of the Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly, on the arts and their administration; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in the review of electricity trading arrangements.

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 7th June, or unanswered after 21 days]

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 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)

11th May

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)

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)

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 is the average income of people in each decile of the income distribution.      (HL2530)

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 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)

7th June

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 employers in the House of Lords.      (HL2748)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when ministerial and departmental responsibility for the Crown Prosecution Service was transferred from the Home Office to the Law Officers Department.      (HL2761)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which body or individual will have the final responsibility for determining planning appeals in Wales under the devolved arrangements.      (HL2762)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners were held two in a cell designed for one person (a) on average in 1998-99 and (b) on the latest available date.      (HL2763)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of prisoners (a) per prison office and (b) per prison staff member on the latest available date.      (HL2764)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average number of education hours per prisoner (a) in 1998-99 and (b) in the first quarter of 1999.      (HL2765)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of prisoners were held in 1998-99 in prisons which unlocked those on standard and enhanced regimes for 10 hours or more per weekday.      (HL2766)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average number of hours’ purposeful activity per prisoner per week in 1998-99.      (HL2767)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many seconded probation officers were working in prisons in June 1998 and December 1998 respectively; and what plans there are for the future number of seconded probation officers.      (HL2768)

The Duke of Montrose—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the definition of the administrative boundaries in the North Sea, as contained in the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order, has affected the administration of, or responsibility for, any of the current production sites for oil or gas; and, if so, what are the size of these.      (HL2769)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency authorised the mechanical cutting, on the verge of the northbound carriageway of the A12 trunk road Witham bypass, of the hedge and shrubs adjoining that trunk road, on the afternoon of Monday 7th June, thus exposing the advertising hoardings erected on land belonging to Braintree District Council adjacent to the A12 trunk road; if so, why; and, if not, what action the Agency proposes to take to deal with unauthorised trimming of hedges from its property.      (HL2770)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since neither the World Bank’s Staff Appraisal Report nor the English version of the Environmental Impact Assessment on the proposed China Western Poverty Reduction Project has yet been published, they will instruct the United Kingdom Director of the World Bank to seek deferment of the decision on the project to allow non-governmental organisations a reasonable time in which to study these reports and make representations to the World Bank.      (HL2771)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what services are to be provided for benefit claimants through the computerisation of the Post Office network; whether it is intended to pay benefits directly into the claimant’s bank account wherever possible; what is the proportion of claimants who now receive benefits by direct transfer; and what is the amount of benefit fraud arising from direct transfer and cash payment of benefits respectively.      (HL2772)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, for the latest convenient date, a list of foreign nationals in the prisons of England and Wales, giving the name of the country and the number of citizens of that country, as in the Written Answer given on 20th May 1996 (WA 79-82).      (HL2773)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they will give the United Nations Security Council about the disposal of the arms and ammunition collected by sub-regional peacekeepers from the ex-combatants in Liberia 1997; and whether any decision in this case may be a precedent for the disposal of weapons at the end of other internal conflicts which are settled with the help of the United Nations.      (HL2774)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the contracts entered into by the Prison Service with Kairos-APAC Trust for services provided at The Verne, Highpoint and Swaleside prisons; what payments have been made to the Trust for those services; what management systems are in place to determine whether the services provided are good value for money; and what are the comparative recidivism rates for prisoners who went through the Kairos programme and control groups of other similar offenders.      (HL2775)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any constitutional convention governing the Lord Chancellor’s power to decide which appeals are heard by the Appellate Committee or to determine the composition of the Appellate Committee to hear appeals.      (HL2776)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any constitutional convention whereby the Lord Chancellor will follow the advice of the Senior Law Lord or Law Lords collectively as regards the Lord Chancellor’s participation as a member of the Appellate Committee in certain categories of case or particular cases.      (HL2777)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Chancellor would follow the advice of the Senior Law Lord or Law Lords collectively in regard to his participation as a member of the Appellate Committee in certain categories of case or particular cases.      (HL2778)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington of 27th May (WA 102), whether the reference to the examination of legislation by the proposed joint committee on human rights includes secondary legislation.      (HL2779)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have ratified the Convention on Simplified Extradition Procedure between the Member States of the European Union of 1995; and, if not, why not.      (HL2780)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which states have ratified the Convention on Simplified Extradition Procedure between the Member States of the European Union of 1995; and on what date their ratifications became effective.      (HL2781)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their Consultation Document on the regulation of healthcare outside the NHS will be published before the further consideration of the Health Bill by this House; and, if not, whether they will give the reason for the delay.      (HL2782)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal advice they have received in connection with the legality under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention on Human Rights of the new procedures to be adopted by the Medicines Control Agency under the provisions of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. 267); and whether they will place a copy of all the legal advice given concerning this matter in the Library of the House.      (HL2783)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what circumstances a notice, a threat of a notice or a request to cease advertising will be made by Ministers or Medicines Control Agency officials under the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. 267); and whether the Independent Panel will have the right to consider whether such a notice, threat of issue of notice or request has been properly issued.      (HL2784)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, under the new procedures to be adopted by the Medicines Control Agency under the provisions of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. 267) they will ensure that justice is not only done but is seen to be done and that the critical precedents needed to ensure consistency in future advertising decisions will routinely be made publicly available.      (HL2785)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether pre-publication approval of specific advertisements will be routinely undertaken by the Medicines Control Agency (MCA) secretariat; and, if so, how the MCA will avoid pre-approvals by them unduly influencing decisions by the same officials following a complaint after publication of the advertisement on whether that advertisement is in breach of the Medicines (Advertising) Regulations.      (HL2786)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new procedures to be adopted by the Medicines Control Agency under the provisions of the Medicines (Advertising and Monitoring of Advertising) Amendment Regulations 1999 (S.I. 267) give a company to whom the Agency issues a notice that it is minded to take action the right to a full oral hearing before the Independent Review Panel at which all evidence can be challenged and questioned.      (HL2787)

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the publication of the annual report of the Board of Visitors of H M Prison Pentonville; and in particular what steps are being taken to provide a purpose-built health care centre.      (HL2788)

The Viscount Thurso—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to warn the public that absinthe, in addition to alcohol, contains the hallucinogenic agent thujone.      (HL2789)

The Viscount Thurso—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the fact that the sale of absinthe is banned in many European countries and in the United States, they are considering a similar ban in this country.      (HL2790)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the changes in the Habitual Residence Test reported in The Guardian on 31st May.      (HL2791)

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the NHS allergy clinics in the United Kingdom, indicating in each case the time a patient suffering from a potentially life-threatening allergy is likely to have to wait before seeing a consultant.      (HL2792)

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent instructions have been given to NHS trusts about the priority that should be given to spending on allergy services.      (HL2793)

The Lord Onslow of Woking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the annual rate of increase of allergic diseases per cent of the population of the United Kingdom.      (HL2794)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 7th May (WA 116), whether they will enumerate the eight chapters of the Acquis Communautaire on which negotiations have not yet begun with the six applicant countries; and whether they can give an idea when these negotiations are due to begin.      (HL2795)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 7th May (WA 116), whether they will specify which countries will be affected by the higher import duties on wheat, pork, poultry and dairy products introduced by the Polish Government on 1st April.      (HL2796)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a list of duties imposed by the European Union on agricultural goods imported from Poland.      (HL2797)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 10th May (WA 122), whether they will enumerate the precautions taken by the European Union intended to ensure that aid for the victims of Hurricane Mitch reaches them rather than fraudsters and racketeers.      (HL2798)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 10th May (WA 122-123), whether they will enumerate the proposals made in the new MEDA regulation for 2000-6 that would ensure that aid given to Algeria and Morocco will be properly, honestly and efficiently administered; and whether they will further specify on whom the burden of administration will fall.      (HL2799)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th May (WA 99), what damage to the financial services industry in the City of London caused by a withholding tax they would regard as serious; and what damage they would regard as not serious.      (HL2800)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require slaughterhouse operators to affix to freshly killed animals suitable labels, stating their species, so that the Official Veterinary Surgeons employed by the Meat Hygiene Service are able to identify them.      (HL2801)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the House of Commons report on the draft Food Standards Agency bill, they still intend to integrate the Meat Hygiene Service with the Food Standards Agency.      (HL2802)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used by the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, in the event of a report by one or more of his officers of alleged contraventions by meat plant operators of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations, to determine whether alleged offenders should be prosecuted.      (HL2803)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in making a decision whether to prosecute a meat plant operator for alleged breaches of Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations, the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food takes account of the adequacy and fairness of previous enforcement action.      (HL2804)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times since the commencement of the duties of the Meat Hygiene Service on 1st April 1995 have the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food prosecuted owners or staff in (a) licensed red meat slaughterhouses; (b) licensed poultry meat processing plants; and (c) licensed meat cutting plants; and, in each case, how many of these prosecutions have been successful.      (HL2805)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific actions are taken to detect unlicensed slaughterhouses or unlicensed slaughtering activity.      (HL2806)

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom’s military contribution to the planned Kosovo force being assembled in Macedonia will have an adequate supply of landmines as necessary defensive weapons against tanks and other vehicles.      (HL2807)

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is now the total estimated cost of procuring the site, preparing it, and constructing the proposed Scottish Parliament buildings at Holyrood; and what was the original estimate.      (HL2808)

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the proposed buildings for the Scottish Parliament at Holyrood are now expected to be completed and ready for occupation.      (HL2809)

The Lord Gladwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to institute a public consultation on the implementation of the European Union Directives on Environmental Impact Assessments, in the light of evidence of accelerated loss of England’s grasslands to the plough.      (HL2810)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case, as alleged on Albanian television, that the leadership of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) has been received by the Foreign Secretary, by Secretary of State Albright and many officials of foreign ministries in different European countries; if so, what have been the results of these meetings; and whether, in these meetings, either the disarming of the KLA, as required at Rambouillet, or its incorporation in Kosovo military forces was discussed.      (HL2811)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the estimate of the total cost of the damage to Yugoslavia from the bombing, published in The Independent on 17th May, of £200 billion.      (HL2812)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British representatives at NATO consulted the Treasury over the targeting doctrine that NATO had adopted.      (HL2813)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications of the Turkish Government’s 5th May announcement that Article 50 of the Turkish Straits Sea Traffic Order Regulations regarding the right of free crossing and right of simple crossing was annulled; whether new conditions have in practice been imposed on passage through the Straits; and, if so, what are these conditions.      (HL2814)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help the Vietnamese Government obtain scientifically sound data concerning the effect of Monsanto’s “Agent Orange” on Vietnamese citizens equivalent to the data provided for United States veterans who are being compensated for injury linked to Agent Orange in Vietnam.      (HL2815)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is in accordance with the conclusions of the G8 that bombing of Yugoslavia should be continued after the Ahtisaari-Chernomyrdin terms had been accepted by the Yugoslav authorities.      (HL2816)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what article of the European Treaties gives authority to the European Commission and Council of Ministers to abolish the sale of duty free goods to passengers on British Airlines flying to and from European Union countries; and whether the decision to ban the sale of duty free goods as from June 1999 fits with Article 5 of the European Community Treaty (consolidated version) which enunciates the principal of subsidiarity and which states that “any action by the Community shall not go beyond what is necessary to achieve the objectives of this Treaty”.      (HL2817)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the percentage unemployment in each of the countries of the European Union excluding Finland, Austria and Sweden; and, still excluding Finland, Austria and Sweden, what was the numerical total of unemployed in the European Union as a whole in each year since 1990.      (HL2818)

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 [16th 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)
Draft Local Government (Organisation and Standards)3.30 pm
Bill (Joint Committee)
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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