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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.

WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the debate on the motion in the name of the Lord Cowdrey of Tonbridge set down for today shall be limited to 3½ hours and that in the name of the Viscount Montgomery of Alamein to 2½ hours.

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 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.

*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 Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current delays in responding to applications by British citizens for passports are likely to continue, or to be repeated during this summer.

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.

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

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.

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]

†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).

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.

†*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are terminating the Joint Industrial and Commercial Attachments Programme for British businesses in Russia and Central and Eastern Europe, and what they intend to put in its place.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to be in a position to estimate the total cost of the NATO operation against Serbia, how it will be shared out between the Member States, and by whom the matter will be decided.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to temper the impact on manufacturing industry of increases in taxation of energy, or to offer compensation.

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.

†*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can require the Channel Islands to change their taxation laws if these constitute harmful tax competition.

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.

†*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration will be given to ensuring that the climate change levy will not place high energy-using industries, including the engineering steels industry, in an internationally uncompetitive position.

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been done to improve access to justice for disabled people.

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.

†*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further action they will propose to other NATO countries by way of reviewing NATO’s Strategic Concept.

THURSDAY 8TH JULY

†*The Viscount Craigavon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what key future actions and benchmarks about Reproductive Health were agreed at the recent special session at the United Nations General Assembly, and how Her Majesty’s Government will respond.

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.

†The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the role of fathers in the family and in the rearing of children, whether they believe that role to be important, and what they are doing to support men in their role as fathers.

†The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the issues raised in the Computer Weekly report RAF Justice are serious enough to justify re-opening the RAF Board of Inquiry into the crash of Chinook Helicopter ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

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 8th 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 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)

18th May

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)

8th June

The Lord Bragg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to investigate the activities of non-legally qualified claims assessors.      (HL2819)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the racecourse owners, collectively, to take over the Tote, with a view to establishing a Tote monopoly on British racecourses, and directing more money into the racing industry.      (HL2820)

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pigs were imported from China in the late 1980s with the intention of transferring genes into British pigs to achieve larger litter sizes; how many of these pigs, or their offspring, are still in Britain; and what progress has been made in successful genetic transfer.      (HL2821)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will remove VAT at the point of sale from smoke detectors, in order to encourage householders to install them in their residences.      (HL2822)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs will visit Estonia to open the new Embassy in Tallinn; and whether he will have discussions with Mr Toomas Heindrik Ilves, Foreign Minister of Estonia, on the early accession of Estonia to the European Union.      (HL2823)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when Estonia can expect to join the European Union.      (HL2824)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the purpose of the visit to Estonia by the Minister of Transport, Glenda Jackson MP, on 2nd and 3rd June; and what it achieved.      (HL2825)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times since the commencement of duties of the Meat Hygiene Service on 1st April 1995 complaints have been made to the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in respect of known or suspected unlicensed slaughterhouses.      (HL2826)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times since the commencement of duties of the Meat Hygiene Service on 1st April 1995 the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have undertaken prosecutions against operators slaughtering animals in unlicensed slaughterhouses; and how many of these prosecutions have been successful.      (HL2827)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider publishing details of unsuccessful prosecutions of slaughterhouse licence holders under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations and other legislation in the Meat Hygiene Service Enforcement Bulletin and in press releases, giving them equal prominence with intended and successful prosecutions.      (HL2828)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have to demonstrate that the Hygiene Assessment Scheme measures the hygiene of the carcasses produced in United Kingdom slaughterhouses, in terms of microbiological standards and the keeping qualities of fresh meat; and whether the scores produced in respect of specific slaughterhouses give any indication of the microbiological standards achieved by them.      (HL2829)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours are dedicated to training veterinary surgeons on the implication of the Hygiene Assessment Scheme.      (HL2830)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new criminal offences have been created or are currently proposed in (a) public legislation and (b) private acts and bye-laws since 1st May 1997.      (HL2831)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principles they observe, and what considerations they take into account, when proposing the creation of new criminal offences and the maximum penalties which they should attract.      (HL2832)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether coal has been, and is being, imported at prices which are significantly below the cost of production and transport; and what action is being taken to prevent this practice.      (HL2833)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many operational sorties have been flown over Serbia, including Kosovo, by Royal Air Force and Royal Navy aircraft.      (HL2834)

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they anticipate that the number of juveniles in prison custody will rise or fall as a result of the proposals contained in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.      (HL2835)

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the membership of the External Reference Group for the review of sexual offences.      (HL2836)

The Baroness Goudie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will identify the nature and involvement of statutory and voluntary agencies, other than the five core agencies, in each of the Youth Offending Team (YOT) pilot areas—

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have ratified the Convention Relating to Extradition between the Member States of the European Union of 1996; and, if not, why not.      (HL2838)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which states have ratified the Convention Relating to Extradition between the Member States of the European Union of 1996; and on what date their ratifications became effective.      (HL2839)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be a reasonable time within which the Passport Agency should deal with applications for passports.      (HL2840)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average period of time for determining applications for passports during each of the last three years in Belfast, Glasgow, Liverpool, London, Newport and Peterborough respectively.      (HL2841)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to introduce to ensure that applications for passports are dealt with within a reasonable time at each of the Passport Agency’s offices.      (HL2842)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to privatise the Passport Agency; and, if not, why not.      (HL2843)

The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any responsibility to ensure that customers of privatised bus companies in London should be able to communicate with the companies.      (HL2844)

The Lord Warner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the export of arms to Iran.      (HL2845)

The Lord Warner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislative steps have been taken to provide for a visit and search regime in respect of ships suspected of carrying fuel to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in breach of the European Union-led embargo.      (HL2846)

The Lord Warner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the suspension of United Nations sanctions, they have any plans to lift the national controls on the export of aircraft, aircraft parts and flight simulators to Libya.      (HL2847)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the United Kingdom will submit its 1999 return to the United Nations Register of Conventional Arms; and whether copies of the return will be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL2848)

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many outstanding parking and other minor traffic violation fines were incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in London during 1998.      (HL2849)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were informed about the series of underground “sub-critical” nuclear tests, not subject to the nuclear weapons test ban, conducted by the Russian Ministry of Atomic Energy and the Ministry of Defence at Novaya Zemlya last autumn and to be conducted again this year; whether the United States is conducting similar weapon tests; and whether United Kingdom nuclear weapons are also being tested in this manner.      (HL2850)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the development by any country of exceptionally low yield non-strategic nuclear weapons, a programme for the development of which was endorsed by the Russian Security Council on 29th April.      (HL2851)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they welcome the development (announced by United States officials) of an Invulnerable Second Strike Nuclear Capability by China as a contribution to a stable balance of Mutual Assured Destruction among the world’s major nuclear powers.      (HL2852)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency has developed a preferred route for improving the A303 through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site; if so, whether this was in advance of any comprehensive environmental assessment of the site, conducted in accordance with the combined requirements of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, English Heritage, the National Trust, the International Commission on Monuments and Sites and the statutory amenity societies; and, if so, whether they will now commission such a study.      (HL2853)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Authority have made use of the Assessment Method proposed by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology in its POST note on Cost Benefit Analysis of Tunnels of January 1997; and, if not, whether they will now require the Authority to do so.      (HL2854)

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

    Local Government [16th June]
    House of Lords [15th June]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [14th June]
    Water Industry

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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Tax Credits

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals
    Care of Places of Worship

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 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 memorial time

    City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 [14th 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]

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)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.00 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Library and Computers Sub-Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE

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

THURSDAY 17TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am

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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