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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

MONDAY 14TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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 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.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the conflict in Kosovo, it is appropriate to intervene in countries where Governments are acting violently against sections of the population by methods which themselves cause injury and death and destroy the means of urban life and communication.

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]

‡Appropriation (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 9th June be approved.

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.

House of Lords Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 2nd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 65) be agreed to.

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

‡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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

Local Government Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

[The Lord Sewel intends to move the following eight motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.]

Scottish Parliament (Assistance for Registered Political Parties) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved.

Scottish Parliament (Modifications of Schedules 4 and 5) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved.

Scottish Parliament (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved.

Scottish Parliament (Border Rivers) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved.

Scottish Parliament (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved.

Scottish Parliament (Functions Exercisable in or as Regards Scotland) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved.

Scottish Parliament (Modification of Functions) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved.

Scottish Parliament (Consequential Modifications) (No. 2) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved.

[If the Health Bill is returned from the Commons, it will be considered as first business this day]

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.

†University College London Bill—Third Reading

†Imperial College Bill—Third Reading

‡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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

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.

‡The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in relation to human rights in Iran.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the House of Lords Bill will be continued this day]

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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

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 a greater role for and effectiveness of country-specific and regional All Party Parliamentary Groups.

*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.

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

‡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.

FRIDAY 25TH JUNE

Parliamentary Government Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Viscount Cranborne]

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

†Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Earl Attlee]

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

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.

*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will have enough diabetic specialists to deal with the projected rise of diabetes and its complications in the twenty-first century.

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

will be introduced.

*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.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have prepared for the reform of the United Nations Security Council, covering both its membership and its procedures.

MONDAY 5TH JULY

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are disappointed with Railtrack’s performance, as highlighted by the Rail Regulator, in relation both to increasing capacity on the West Coast Main Line and in meeting agreed targets for reductions in delays.

*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why no women’s organisations were consulted over the decision to legalise buggery with girls under 18, and whether this is consistent with the declared policy in the document Better for Women, Better for All-Listening to Women of consulting women on all matters of concern to them.

TUESDAY 6TH JULY

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is a proper function of a university to carry out research which involves recruiting and paying 600 homosexual males to have anal intercourse.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they draw from the 130 cases brought against Turkey by the European Commission and Court of Human Rights, and in particular those of Mentes v. Turkey, Akdivar v. Turkey and Selcuk and Asker v. Turkey.

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 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 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 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.

House of Lords Bill—The Lord Nunburnholme to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners in respect of clause 2.

The Lord Teviot—To ask HMG whether the level of blood stocks and public participation in blood donation are adequate.

The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask HMG what is their policy on the education of nurses.

House of Lords Bill—The Lord Northbrook to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners.

The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they are considering to realise the full potential of the Internet and prevent its exploitation.

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to ensure that the Tourism For All initiative is a success.

The Lord Kingsland to move, That the Committee for Privileges do consider whether the House of Lords Bill (as amended in Committee) would, if enacted, affect the right of those hereditary peers who have answered to their Writ of Summons before the bill receives Royal Assent to continue to sit and vote throughout the Parliament in which the bill is enacted.

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 on the dates shown]

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)

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)

13th May

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 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 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)

19th May

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

20th May

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence exists of the effect upon the natural predators of aphids when the latter have fed upon, or partly upon, genetically modified plants.      (HL2620)

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the endorsement by European Union Foreign Ministers of the involvement of President Ahtisaari of Finland in the diplomatic track on 19th May, what role it is intended that he should play in the brokering and implementation of a peace agreement in relation to the roles of the United Nations Secretary-General’s special advisors, Carl Bildt and Mr Kukan of Slovakia, and that of the Russian peace envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin.      (HL2632)

21st May

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

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

24th May

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

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

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

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

25th May

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

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

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

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

26th May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

27th May

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

7th June

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 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)

8th June

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 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 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)

9th June

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the recent meeting of the International Whaling Commission.      (HL2860)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, pursuant to the annual report of the Charity Commission for England and Wales 1998, who were the trustees found guilty of misconduct in the case of the Yorkshire Miners’ Welfare Trust Fund Scheme, and what was the trustees’ status.      (HL2861)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average time taken for a car to travel between junction 4 and junction 2 of the M4 at weekday peak times before the introduction of the bus lane; and what it is now.      (HL2862)

The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cars travel on the M4 between junctions 4 and 2 on an average weekday; and how is that number spread over the day.      (HL2863)

The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when applying for assistance towards tuition fees at university from local education authorities, students are asked to provide details of their ethnic origin.      (HL2864)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they are aware of on the ability to transfer the gene that fixes nitrogen in the soil, known to be present in maize and clover, to wheat, barley and oats.      (HL2865)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many complaints they have received, in each of the last five years for each of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, from apiarists, or apiarist societies or associations, concerning the proximity of genetically modified crops to their sites of honey production.      (HL2866)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in providing details of Hygiene Assessment Scores to meat plant owners and operators, a distinction is made between those aspects which are marked down because of failure to comply with statutory requirements and those which are marked down as a result of failure to conform with non-statutory requirements.      (HL2867)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the time expended by Official Veterinary Surgeons in licensed meat or cutting plants in respect of the Hygiene Assessment Scheme which are not directly related to the enforcement of the statutory provisions of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 is charged to the plant operators at the plants to which the Official Veterinary Surgeons are attached.      (HL2868)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will distinguish, in their publication of monthly Hygiene Assessment Scores relating to specific meat or cutting plants, how many points have been lost by each plant as a result of failure to conform with non-statutory requirements.      (HL2869)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are made for meat or cutting plant operators to appeal against Hygiene Assessment Scores calculated for their plants; to whom the appeals are made; and what criteria are used in determining those appeals.      (HL2870)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards exist to prevent Official Veterinary Surgeons from requiring, by means of improvement notices, downgrading of Hygiene Assessment Scores or other enforcement activities, any works or actions which are not statutory requirements.      (HL2871)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards exist to prevent Meat Hygiene Service staff employed in enforcement duties in meat plants from failing to distinguish between works or actions which are statutory requirements and those which are non-statutory requirements, when requiring or recommending works or actions by meat or cutting plant owners or staff.      (HL2872)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners or operators have any right of redress when Official Veterinary Surgeons make unsubstantiated accusations as to their own staffs’ conduct in respect of compliance with the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995; and what form that redress should take.      (HL2873)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners or operators are entitled to supervise or otherwise check on the activities of their Official Veterinary Surgeons and Meat Hygiene Inspectors as to whether the officials are carrying out official duties on the premises, for which charges are made; and whether Official Veterinary Surgeons can be asked to account for hours worked by filling in timesheets provided by the owners or operators.      (HL2874)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is reasonable to prosecute a slaughterhouse owner or operator for presenting, or causing to be presented, a carcass for inspection to a Meat Hygiene Inspector, to which specified risk material (SRM) is attached, when charges are levied for that Inspector to detect and ensure the removal of that SRM.      (HL2875)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any measure in the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995, or in any other legislation, which prohibits slaughterhouse owners or operators from recording, by means of tape recording apparatus, conversations with their Official Veterinary Surgeon or other Meat Hygiene Service officials, or from making video recordings of the activities of these officials.      (HL2876)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in pursuit of Health and Safety requirements and fire safety regulations, slaughterhouse owners or operators can lawfully prevent any persons entering their premises until such time as those persons have registered their presence with a nominated person on those premises; and whether owners or operators can lawfully require any persons who have entered the premises to notify the nominated person on their departure.      (HL2877)

The Baroness Wharton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons or any other Meat Hygiene Service personnel have any statutory rights of entry to administration offices, maintained by slaughterhouse owners or operators for the conduct of their businesses, where no fresh meat or other foodstuff is handled.      (HL2878)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are applied by Official Veterinary Surgeons and veterinary officers attached to the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group, when they observe slaughterhouse practices which give rise to contamination, as to whether that contamination poses a risk of public health significance.      (HL2879)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons who themselves breach hygiene rules are expected to report those breaches; to whom they should report; in what manner; and what action is taken in respect of those breaches.      (HL2880)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are taken to ensure that Official Veterinary Surgeons are capable of distinguishing between meat animals of different species once the animals are slaughtered and skinned.      (HL2881)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment is made of veterinary surgeons during the conversion course for Official Veterinary Surgeons as to post-mortem meat inspection skills; by whom that assessment is made; and what criteria are applied.      (HL2882)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what definition of the term “hygiene” is adopted by the Official Veterinary Surgeons and veterinary officials attached to the Joint Food Standards and Safety Group for the purpose of implementing the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995.      (HL2883)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific actions are taken by Official Veterinary Surgeons and Meat Hygiene Inspectors to identify E-coli 0157 contamination on visibly clean carcasses during post-mortem examination.      (HL2884)

The Earl of Lytton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in low throughput slaughterhouses staffed by a single Meat Hygiene Inspector and one Official Veterinary Surgeon who are both present throughout slaughtering hours, they will consider dispensing completely with the services of the Inspector and arranging for the Official Veterinary Surgeon to carry out ante-mortem and post-mortem inspections along, in person.      (HL2885)

The Earl of Lytton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how long individual Official Veterinary Surgeons should be expected to work at any specific meat or cutting plant before being transferred to another plant; and whether frequent changes of Official Veterinary Surgeons are conducive to good enforcement practices.      (HL2886)

The Earl of Lytton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether licensed meat or cutting plant operators are required by law to bear the costs of providing telephones in offices allocated for the use of Official Veterinary Surgeons; and whether they are obliged to pay for calls made by Official Veterinary Surgeons in the course of their duties.      (HL2887)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) have given to police forces on front-photos of vehicles taken by GATSO speed cameras; and whether they have updated their 1995 advice.      (HL2888)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what criteria it will be established that there are acceptable conditions including security, winter-proof accommodation, social infrastructure, health services, educational facilities, basic amenities and economic prospects for refugees from Kosovo to be encouraged to return home.      (HL2889)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made to ensure that refugees from Kosovo are able to make an informed choice about their future residence in a way that will look to their educational, employment, health and general needs and to those of their families.      (HL2890)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are making together with their allies to ensure effective and adequate educational facilities and vocational and professional training to provide the essential human resources for the future reconstruction, government and leadership of Kosovo and, as circumstances permit, of Serbian Yugoslavia.      (HL2891)

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what economic and social assistance will be provided for Macedonia and Albania following a peace in Kosovo.      (HL2892)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the fact that 39.3 per cent of part-time teachers in further education colleges in England in 1996-97 were non-white, compared with only 14.8 per cent of full-time teachers, constitutes institutional racism.      (HL2894)

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportions of—

employed in further education colleges in England in 1996-97 were white and non-white respectively.      (HL2895)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether official clinical guidelines on palliative care for managing the last days of life in adults should draw attention to the importance of doctors and nurses giving effect to the wishes of patients in relation to the pharmacological and other treatment of the symptoms.      (HL2896)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Chancellor of 5th February (HL Deb, col. 810), whether they have decided to give effect to Sir Peter Middleton’s proposal that there should be a separate fund to provide assistance for public interest cases, including those involving Convention rights under the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL2897)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to promote open, consistent and fair procedures for the election of judges to the European Court of Human Rights by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.      (HL2898)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the reasons for the delay in processing applications for passports.      (HL2899)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the facts and analysis which they considered important in framing the major policy proposals and decisions that led to preparing the Human Rights Bill 1998; and, if not, why not.      (HL2900)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will include in the Freedom of Information Bill a general requirement for public authorities to publish reasons for administrative decisions to those affected by them (as envisaged by the Government’s White Paper, Your Right to Know, Cm 3818, December 1997, paragraph 2.18).      (HL2901)

The Lord Colwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what legislative provision Westminster City Council can insist that rubbish from business premises may only be collected in special bags which have to be purchased from the Council or sealed with tape which has to be similarly obtained.      (HL2902)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement by the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution on 16th February that new machinery is needed so that genetically modified organism (GMO) decisions will take account of wider considerations and that every official decision about GMOs must be accompanied by an explanation of the reasons for it.      (HL2903)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the company (or companies) marketing pesticides referred to in the answer by the Lord Carter on 26th May (HL Deb, col. 916) which had chosen not to provide the data necessary to market two products containing diazinon, is able freely to sell these products abroad; and whether they will receive support in doing so from British Embassies.      (HL2904)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms under which land on Ascension Island is provided free from rent and charges to the United States Military Space Command preclude them from authorising uses of that land in the national interest, such as the use by civil charter flights to the Falkland Islands of Wideawake airfield.      (HL2905)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have examined the study on “netwar” (including cyberwar and sabotage) produced by the RAND Corporation for the United States Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence; whether they are considering co-operating with the United States authorities in cyber-targeting the Association for Progressive Communications (APC), which provides low cost services to non-governmental organisations and others; and whether such cyber-attacks would be lawful.      (HL2906)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is still the case that “there is no general doctrine of humanitarian necessity in international law” as stated by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean in Written Answers on 16th November 1998 (WA 139) and 7th May 1999 (WA 114).      (HL2907)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to move from measuring economic “growth” principally or exclusively in terms of Gross Domestic Product, towards measuring all economically significant activity, including that currently either not measured or not recorded; if so, what steps they are taking to promote the more accurate measurement of growth in the relevant international bodies (and especially in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development); and by what date can an improved system of measurement be expected to be in operation.      (HL2908)

10th June

The Lord Jopling—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 12th May (WA 151), on what dates over the last six months approaches have been made to the Governments of Syria, Jordan and Turkey about alleged breaches of the United Nations sanctions regime on Iraq; and what responses were received in each case.      (HL2911)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the “organisations directly accountable to Parliament” referred to in paragraph 28 of the Consultation Document in Part I of Freedom of Information: Consultation on Draft Legislation, Cm 4355, May 1999.      (HL2912)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the “specialised areas still in progress” referred to in paragraph 52 of the Consultation Document in Part I of Freedom of Information: Consultation on Draft Legislation, Cm 4355, May 1999.      (HL2913)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Freedom of Information Bill will direct appeals on public records to the independent Information Commissioner rather than to the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Council, as envisaged in paragraph 6.11 of the White Paper Your Right to Know, Cm 3818, December 1997.      (HL2914)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to pursue any remedies for breach of contract against Siemens in respect of the failure of the computer system within the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office.      (HL2915)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish those provisions of their contract with Siemens for the supply of computer services to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office which are not commercially sensitive.      (HL2916)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Siemens are in breach of their contractual obligations in relation to the supply of computer services to the Immigration and Nationality Directorate of the Home Office.      (HL2917)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what are the ministerial responsibilities of the Advocate General for Scotland and (b) whether it is proposed that there should be any change in those responsibilities after 1st July 1999.      (HL2918)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Advocate General for Scotland’s duties as a Law Officer will include the duties, previously undertaken by the Lord Advocate and the Solicitor General for Scotland, of working with the Attorney General and the Solicitor General in the provision of legal advice to Ministers of the Crown on issues relating to: (a) domestic law (other than those confined solely to questions of English law), (b) the United Kingdom’s international obligations, (c) the European Convention on Human Rights and (d) Community law created or arising by or under the Treaties of the European Union.      (HL2919)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government of which Cabinet Committees is the Advocate General for Scotland a member.      (HL2920)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Advocate General for Scotland intends to establish a Legal Secretariat; and, if so, how it will be constituted and where it will be located.      (HL2921)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to preserve the office of First Scottish Parliamentary Counsel after 1st July 1999; and, if so, within which Government Department the holder of such office will be located.      (HL2922)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what plans the Secretary of State for Scotland has to maintain a Solicitor’s Office within his Department, (b) whether the lawyers employed in such office will have any role to play in the provision of legal advice and assistance to the Scottish Executive and the Scottish Parliament, and (c) whether the other members of staff employed in, and working with the lawyers attached to, his Solicitor’s Office will have any additional role to play as support staff to lawyers, who may be providing legal advice and assistance to the Scottish Executive or the Scottish Parliament.      (HL2923)

The Lord Christopher—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current number of (a) open prisons, (b) resettlement prisons and (c) resettlement units in closed prisons in urban areas.      (HL2924)

The Lord Christopher—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what current plans there are for the future development of (a) open prisons and (b) resettlement prisons.      (HL2925)

The Lord Christopher—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans there are for the future development of resettlement units in closed prisons in urban areas.      (HL2926)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours are dedicated by veterinary surgeons to the study of the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual during the conversion course for Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL2927)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are taken to ensure that Official Veterinary Surgeons comply with the instructions to them set out in the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual; and what action is taken if it is found that they do not comply with its requirements.      (HL2928)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff of the Meat Hygiene Service, since 1st April 1995, have been convicted of criminal offences committed during the course of their employment with the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL2929)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours are dedicated to training non-United Kingdom trained veterinary surgeons during the conversion courses for Official Veterinary Surgeons in British law, British enforcement systems and British enforcement practices.      (HL2930)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the conversion course for Official Veterinary Surgeons, the proficiency of veterinary surgeons in implementing the Hygiene Assessment Scheme is assessed; what criteria are used for any such assessment; and what action is taken when candidates fail to show sufficient proficiency.      (HL2931)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the criteria used for assessing meat plant Hygiene Assessment Scores reflect, or can reflect, non-statutory requirements.      (HL2932)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is taken by staff of the Joint Food Standards and Safety Group carrying out audits of Meat Hygiene Service performance to determine whether Meat Hygiene Service staff employed in enforcement duties in meat plants specifically distinguish between works or actions which are statutory requirements and those which are recommended when requiring or recommending works or actions by meat plant owners or staff.      (HL2933)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what disciplinary or other action is taken by staff of the Joint Food Standards and Safety Group carrying out audits of Meat Hygiene Service performance when they discover that Meat Hygiene Service staff employed in enforcement duties in meat or cutting plants have failed to distinguish between works or actions which are statutory requirements and those which are recommendations when requiring or recommending works or actions by meat plant owners or staff.      (HL2934)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many instances during audits of Meat Hygiene Service performance breaches of any of the requirements set out in the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 by Official Veterinary Surgeons or Meat Hygiene Inspectors have been reported.      (HL2935)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Principal Official Veterinary Surgeons are employed by the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL2936)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Principal Official Veterinary Surgeons appointed to the Meat Hygiene Service have any statutory powers in respect of the implementation of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995.      (HL2937)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Resource Managers and other administrative staff employed by the Meat Hygiene Service have any statutory powers of entry to premises licensed under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995.      (HL2938)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they or the European Union have the power to impose legislation, including tax measures, on the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man, without the consent of (a) the Islands’ executives or (b) the Islanders themselves.      (HL2939)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will instruct members of the staff of Her Majesty’s Embassy in Ankara to visit the Mayors and Municipal Authorities in Diyarbakir, Batman, Bingol, Hakkari, Sürt and Sirnak.      (HL2940)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British Council will be able to establish a presence in Diyarbakir, the regional capital of south-east Turkey, within the next few years.      (HL2941)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Turkey the refusal in March 1999 of access to south-east Turkey for a delegation of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales.      (HL2942)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Turkey the case of Mr Akin Birdal (President of the Human Rights Association of Turkey) with a view to his receiving necessary medical treatment to preserve the use of his right arm (whether in prison or elsewhere), following the attempt on his life of May 1998.      (HL2943)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have studied (a) the Report to the Council of Europe about Turkey (by the Committee on the Honouring of Obligations by Member States) dated 15th January and (b) the Statement from the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, dated 18th March, submitted to the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe about Turkey; and, if so, what conclusions they draw.      (HL2944)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government under what conditions, with the United Nations Security Council Resolution in place, might a resumption of bombing in Yugoslavia be authorised; and by whom.      (HL2945)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Gilbert on 19th May (WA 36), how “the costs associated with their own military activity in support of Kosovo related operations” are to be calculated and by whom; and what proportion of the damage done in Serbia (including Kosovo) and in neighbouring countries (including those dependent on using the Danube) is each ally expected to cover in the course of reconstitution work.      (HL2946)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom representative on the NATO Council approved the use of depleted uranium weapons against targets in Yugoslavia; what tonnage of depleted uranium was approved by the NATO Council; whether a record has been kept of where it was used that will allow later examination and clear up; and whether it is supposed that the areas in question will be unsuitable for growing food until they have been cleared up.      (HL2947)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps NATO is taking to establish precisely the results of—

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the methodology used at NATO’s combined air operation in Vicenza to determine the use of unconventional weapons and to select non-military targets; whether the full observance of the Geneva Conventions was required; if not, why not; and what professional advice did the Combined Air Operations Centre have concerning the probable health and environmental effects of these weapons and of the emissions from these targets.      (HL2949)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is expected that NATO governments will reimburse those countries whose embassies and other buildings in Belgrade have been damaged by NATO forces; and, if so, in what proportions.      (HL2950)

11th June

The Lord Sawyer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 10th June.      (HL2951)

The Lord Sawyer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish a consultation paper on legal aid reform in Northern Ireland.      (HL2952)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 27th May (WA 105) that the Welsh Office and Welsh Development Agency had contributed £5 million out of the £15 million capital cost of the new rail freight terminal at Wentloog, Cardiff, what agencies have the powers to provide such funding in respect of rail freight terminal developments and the budget available in—

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether training in wheelchair awareness is being given to all those who will work at the Millennium Dome once it is opened to the public; when such training is being carried out; and which organisation is providing the training.      (HL2954)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish detailed guidance for public authorities and the general public on the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL2955)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any legislative provisions governing the registration or regulation of charities, or any procedures followed by the Charity Commission, which they consider to be incompatible with the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights or the first Protocol to the Convention.      (HL2956)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Kosovar refugees are in front-line states other than Macedonia and Albania; and whether the Government contributes to the work of non-governmental organisations in those areas.      (HL2957)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which British non-governmental organisations are active in helping refugees from Kosovo who are now in neighbouring states.      (HL2958)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many refugees are still receiving international support in Serbia.      (HL2959)

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what material support will be given to refugees returning to Kosovo.      (HL2960)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the ability of the European national veterinary surgeons to communicate effectively with all parties is assessed, that assessment is by means of an examination, oral or written; whether marks are awarded; and, if marked, what is the pass mark.      (HL2961)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, when European national veterinary surgeons are required to complete written tests in English on case studies and legislative requirements relating to meat hygiene, what marks are awarded respectively for addressing the subject material and for competence in English; and what is the overall pass mark.      (HL2962)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether veterinary surgeons are given any specific training to enable them to assess the content and adequacy of slaughterhouse training schemes and their execution during the course for conversion to Official Veterinary Surgeons; and what criteria are used in the assessment of these schemes.      (HL2963)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the standards of personal hygiene and hygienic operation which apply to slaughtermen in licensed premises apply with equal effect to staff employed by the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL2964)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is expected of Meat Hygiene Technicians when they find Specified Risk Material (SRM) attached to a bovine carcass to which an official health mark has been applied; and what measures are in place to ensure that the expected action is in fact carried out.      (HL2965)

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific qualifications and experience in law enforcement are required of veterinary officers auditing Meat Hygiene Service performance in meat or cutting plants; and how their competence is assessed.      (HL2966)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the opinion of the European Commission that European airspace is nearing “full saturation” and will be unable to absorb additional traffic beyond 2002-5; and, if so, what steps are being taken and by whom to address this situation.      (HL2967)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers will be present at the United Nations Global Science Conference taking place this month; what are the purposes, priorities and origins of this series of Conferences; and how the Conferences are funded.      (HL2968)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether women, minorities and other United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) major groups will be represented on the British Delegation to the United Nations Global Science Conference taking place this month.      (HL2969)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether classical economics is to be included among the scientific disciplines to be discussed at the United Nations Global Science Conference taking place this month.      (HL2970)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to ensure public and professional awareness of, and input to, the Conference process at the United Nations Global Science Conference taking place this month; and from whom policy contributions and representations have been received.      (HL2971)

The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are reviewing the salaries and conditions of service of the Retired Officers (ROs) serving in the armed forces with a view to raising them from their current level.      (HL2972)

The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will include the Channel Tunnel in the Pilot Animal Quarantine Scheme.      (HL2973)

The Lord Hoyle—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to the Written Answer by the Chairman of Committees on 7th June (WA 121), whether consideration could be given to Blue Badge Guides being allowed to bring parties, by arrangement, along the Line of Route during the Summer Recess.      (HL2974)

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]
    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]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [24th June]
    Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare) [25th June]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL]
    Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing)

Waiting for Report

    Local Government [17th June]
    House of Lords [15th June]
    Protection of Children [25th June]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [14th June]
    Water Industry
    University College London [21st June]
    Imperial College [21st June]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Access to Justice [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Health [HL]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
    Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
    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
    Draft Appropriation (No. 2) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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]

TUESDAY 15TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Local Government (Functions and Standards)3.30 pm
(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

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
HFC Bank Bill10.45 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee) in the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 17TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 23RD JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)9.30 am
(Science and Society)
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

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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