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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the turnout in the European elections, they will institute an enquiry into the operation of the closed list system of election.

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.

†*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of current proposals to cut support for disabled people, they will consider switching resources from the National Changeover Plan to spending on disabled people.

†Health Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons amendments [The Baroness Hayman]

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. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

Scottish Parliament (Border Rivers) Order 1999—The Lord Sewel to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

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. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

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

Greater London Authority Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Whitty] [16th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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.

†House of Lords Bill—Further consideration on report [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

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

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.

‡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.

[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 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.

FRIDAY 25TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

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 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.

†*The Baroness Ludford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how a proposal to award a London Transport contract to Railtrack regarding sub-surface underground lines meets the requirements of European Union tendering rules.

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 to 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, concerning the destruction and depopulation of villages.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for authorising the movement of wide loads on motorways and what compensation is payable by the operator to other drivers for any delay such movements may cause.

†*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether pupils from British Schools in the European Union who qualify for places at British universities are excluded from the student loan scheme.

WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY

*The Lord Gladwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any action to discourage begging in London.

*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.

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 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 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 or amended on 15th June, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

20th May

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 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—

15th June

The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the key targets for 1999-2000 for the NHS Pensions Agency.      (HL2997)

The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 75 recommendations contained in the Review of the Crown Prosecution Service 1998 (Cm. 3960) have been accepted in principle; how many have been implemented; and for what reasons any of the recommendations have either been rejected or remain unimplemented.      (HL2998)

The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much depleted uranium they estimate has been deposited on Kosovo during the NATO action; and what steps are being taken to prevent its harming (a) NATO ground; (b) the inhabitants of Kosovo; and (c) returning refugees.      (HL2999)

The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cumulative deficit on the United Kingdom’s trade (less exports of goods, services and investment income) with the rest of the European Union for the years 1973 to 1998 inclusive.      (HL3001)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cumulative net contribution (gross contributions less gross receipts less the Fontainebleau abatement from 1985 onwards) of the United Kingdom to the European Union budget for the years 1973 to 1998 inclusive.      (HL3002)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning is in hand and by whom to ensure that (a) the Danube is re-opened for international transport and (b) the broken bridges are re-built as soon as possible.      (HL3003)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are ensuring that the needs for goods and services of NATO forces in Kosovo, and those of refugees and displaced people, are being met as much as possible by local purchasing in Bulgaria, Romania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Bosnia.      (HL3004)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refer the current fighting between (a) India and Pakistan and (b) Eritrea and Ethiopia to the United Nations Security Council; if not, why not; and, if not, how they consider these conflicts may best be resolved.      (HL3005)

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial plans they have to help the Royal Parks Agency with the reconstruction and resurfacing of Constitution Hill and Birdcage Walk, the refurbishing of the lavatory blocks at Marlborough Road and Horse Guards Approach and the repair and restoration of fountains and buildings in the Royal Parks.      (HL3006)

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they have provided for the Royal Parks in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.      (HL3007)

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they now have for the future of No. 2 Marsham Street.      (HL3008)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to arrange for the independent auditing of the Meat Hygiene Service by the Food Standards Agency when the Meat Hygiene Service is absorbed into the Food Standards Agency.      (HL3009)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out on the effect of frequent handwashing on the skin of slaughtermen’s hands in terms of its effect on (a) resident microflora and (b) transient microflora; what effect excessive handwashing may have on the inherent antimicrobial properties of the skin; and whether any such studies have guided the requirements for handwashing imposed by Official Veterinary Surgeons for slaughtermen engaged in meat production.      (HL3010)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what time limits are imposed on the Meat Hygiene Service responding to complaints about the conduct of Meat Hygiene Service staff.      (HL3011)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements exist for the urgent resolution of complaints about the conduct of Meat Hygiene Service staff where commercial arrangements and income may be affected.      (HL3012)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner should be prosecuted for an error on the part of one of his staff which gives rise to an alleged offence under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations or the Specified Risk Materials Regulations if officials of the Meat Hygiene Service are not prosecuted for their errors which also give rise to alleged offences under the same Regulations.      (HL3013)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Meat Hygiene Inspector who soils an area of a slaughterhouse by accidental spillage of ink used for official health marks should be required to clean up the mess himself, or whether the slaughterhouse owner or his staff are required to do so.      (HL3014)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many requests for information on the interpretation of EC Directive 91/497/EEC were made by officials of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Meat Hygiene Service to the European Union Commission in the last financial year.      (HL3015)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to extend the remit of the Meat Hygiene Service to include inspection of premises other than licensed slaughterhouses, poultry processing plants, cutting plants and cold stores.      (HL3016)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners and operators should be able to rely upon their Official Veterinary Surgeons to provide advice on compliance with the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 and other regulations which apply to their premises.      (HL3017)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the term “advice” where it relates to Official Veterinary Surgeons and their relationship with slaughterhouse owners and operators; and whether that definition encompasses more than the identification of non-compliance with relevant regulations.      (HL3018)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following inspections of abattoirs by European Union Commission officials from the Food and Veterinary Office, slaughterhouse owners and operators are entitled to see copies of any reports made in respect of their premises.      (HL3019)

The Lord Shepherd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inspections of slaughterhouses and cutting plants by European Union Commission officials from the Food and Veterinary Office were made in the last financial year.      (HL3020)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether food safety law enforcement should be science-led so that the greatest resources are directed at those production sectors and activities where the risk of food-borne disease is greatest.      (HL3021)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the last 10 years the cause of a food poisoning outbreak has been attributed to the failure of a slaughterman to wash his hands prior to handling raw meat.      (HL3022)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the last 10 years the cause of a food poisoning outbreak has been attributed to the failure of a slaughterman to sterilise a knife.      (HL3023)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the last 10 years the cause of a food poisoning outbreak has been attributed to the use by a slaughterman of a wooden chopping board.      (HL3024)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the last 10 years the cause of a food poisoning outbreak has been attributed to the use of galvanised meat hooks in a slaughterhouse.      (HL3025)

The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the last 10 years the cause of a food poisoning outbreak has been attributed to cross contamination between cooked and raw meats in catering or retail establishments, or failure of temperature control.      (HL3026)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to initiate or threaten prosecutions of slaughterhouse licence holders for alleged offences under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations which arise directly from actions or instructions of staff of the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3027)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out to assess the effect of increasing the transport distance between slaughterhouses and farms on the depletion of post-mortem glycogen levels in cattle; and whether those effects have any significant influence on the terminal pH levels in the deep muscle of finished carcasses and the microbiological quality of those carcasses.      (HL3028)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether plant operators who allow Meat Hygiene Service staff access to telephones on their premises are required to bear the cost of personal telephone calls made by those staff or to pay for time spent on this activity; whether the calls are paid for by the plant or not; and whether plant operators are entitled to monitor telephone calls made by Meat Hygiene Service staff to ensure that they are confined to Meat Hygiene Service business.      (HL3029)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours of practical tuition and practical experience in slaughterhouses under supervision Meat Hygiene Inspectors are required to have in the post-mortem inspection of animals.      (HL3030)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether inexperienced veterinary surgeons of non-British training, when acting as Official Veterinary Surgeons, can provide better protection for the consumer than experienced environmental health officers or senior meat inspectors with or without additional qualifications, when acting in the capacity of official veterinarians.      (HL3031)

The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it expects the forthcoming closure of a large number of slaughterhouses, as a result of the costs of financing increased veterinary hours, to be followed by an increase in illegal slaughtering; and what measures are proposed to detect and combat this.      (HL3032)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Meat Hygiene Service personnel making entries in slaughterhouse “day books” recording allegations of verbal abuse on the part of slaughterhouse staff are required to substantiate these allegations and record the circumstances in which they were made; and, in the cases which were substantiated, whether any provocation was involved.      (HL3033)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any instructions have been given to Meat Hygiene Service personnel who make entries in slaughterhouse “day books” which record allegations of verbal abuse on the part of slaughterhouse staff as to their obligations to avoid defamation.      (HL3034)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used by the Meat Hygiene Service to determine the fitness of Meat Hygiene Inspectors; and how many hours experience of carrying out the post-mortem inspection of animals in slaughterhouses a senior Meat Hygiene Inspector would be expected to have.      (HL3035)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations they have received from the British Veterinary Association and the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons as to the qualifications of official veterinarians.      (HL3036)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are entitled to threaten slaughterhouse owners or operators with closure or revocation of licences when there are no grounds for so doing.      (HL3037)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many slaughterhouse owners have been prosecuted for breaches of Specified Risk Material Regulations; and how many have been formally cautioned.      (HL3038)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the revisions to the systems of regulating meat hygiene in New Zealand, Australia and the United States represent an improvement over the regulatory system employed in the United Kingdom.      (HL3039)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action would be expected of a slaughterhouse owner when served with an Improvement Notice by an Official Veterinary Surgeons which required him to “implement a hazard analysis system to prevent hygiene”.      (HL3040)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the term “customer” in the context of the relationship between slaughterhouse owners and the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3041)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any statutory prohibition on the use of knife scabbards in slaughterhouse operations.      (HL3042)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the practice of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to initiate prosecutions of slaughterhouse owners or operators for alleged breaches of Specified Risk Material Regulations when there is no history of any previous offences and the alleged breaches arise from genuine mistakes in circumstances where the incident in unlikely to be repeated.      (HL3043)

The Earl of Denbigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether public safety is prejudiced if a slaughterhouse operator fails to stain a sheep’s head in the prescribed manner, immediately on its removal, when the article is to be destroyed in an incinerator situated on the premises.      (HL3044)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the finding of the Opinion of Lord Jauncey of Tullichettle in the case of McColl v. Strathclyde Regional Council that fluoride falls within the definition of a “medicinal product” under section 130 of the Medicines Act 1968, and of European Directive 65/65, whether they will instruct the Medicines Control Agency to reassess the status of (a) fluoridated toothpaste; (b) fluorides when used for the fluoridation of water supplies; and (c) water artificially fluoridated at 1 part per million, on the grounds that these substances are medicinal by claim or function, and are administered with a view to correcting or modifying physiological function; and, if not, why not.      (HL3045)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what principles were observed in the allocation of areas within Kosovo to different national bodies of troops; whether, as envisaged at Rambouillet, but not in the eventual agreement approved by the United Nations Security Council, any NATO or Allied officials are currently holding out to the Kosovo Liberation Army the prospect of eventual independence for Kosovo; and whether the United Kingdom is supporting eventual independence for Kosovo or its incorporation in “Greater Albania”.      (HL3046)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Kosovo will be virtually “walled off” from Yugoslavia; and, if so, what implications would this have for the comprehensive reconstruction of the economic and social infrastructure of the Balkans.      (HL3047)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention that Kosovo should be restored as a Moslem or as a multicultural society.      (HL3048)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Serbs are to be defined in the context of the slogan “Serbs out, NATO in, refugees back” used by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary.      (HL3049)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the Palestinians of NATO’s recent determination that refugees should be enabled to return to their homes and ancestral lands in areas of Euro-Atlantic responsibility such as the Mediterranean.      (HL3050)

The Baroness Nicol—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Health Council held in Luxembourg on 8th June.      (HL3051)

The Lord Winston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to respond to the report of the Food Standards Select Committee.      (HL3052)

The Lord Winston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report on organic farming and gene transfer from genetically-modified crops commissioned from the John Innes Centre will be published.      (HL3053)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the £6 million of applications refused in 1998 for the Countryside Stewardship scheme were eligible and of high enough environmental value to approve.      (HL3054)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what the European Commission has ruled to clarify the issue of derogation in the poultry meat directive.      (HL3055)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since it is 36 months since any spinal cord was found attached to a bovine carcass during an abattoir inspection, they intend to reduce the burden of inspection and hence its cost.      (HL3056)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they justify the Chancellor’s refusal to accept the European Union’s offer of a reduction of VAT on building maintenance and repairs to 5 per cent.      (HL3057)

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 [21st 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 [22nd June]
    Protection of Children [25th June]

Waiting for Third Reading

    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]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

Waiting for Consideration of Commons amendments

    Health [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 Contracting Out (Jury Summoning Functions) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft International Copper Study Group (Legal Capacities) Order 1999
    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

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Chairmen’s Report

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

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Proposals laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999 [21st June]
    Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999 [27th June]

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 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
Local Government (Functions and Standards)3.30 pm
(Joint Committee)

TUESDAY 22ND JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)in Brussels
(Non-food crops)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

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

TUESDAY 29TH JUNE

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Select Committee)2.00 pm

 
 
 
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