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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.

THURSDAY 17TH JUNE

At three o’clock

[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.

†Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 6

Schedule 1

Clauses 7 to 18

Schedule 2

Clause 19

Schedule 3

Clauses 20 and 21

Schedule 4

Clauses 22 to 31

Schedule 5

Clauses 32 to 46

Schedule 6

Clauses 47 to 54

Schedule 7

Clauses 55 to 65

Schedule 8

Clauses 66 to 69

Schedules 9 and 10

Clauses 70 to 76

Schedule 11

Clauses 77 to 79

Schedule 12

Clauses 80 to 82

Schedule 13

Clauses 83 to 85.

†Freedom of Information—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to report on the draft Freedom of Information Bill published in the Command paper entitled Freedom of Information: consultation on draft legislation on 24th May 1999 (Cm 4355);

That, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:

L. Archer of Sandwell (Chairman)

L. Bach

E. Caithness

V. Colville of Culross

B. Crawley

L. Dean of Harptree

L. Freeman

L. Goodhart

L. Lucas

L. McNally

L. Morris of Castle Morris;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee from time to time shall if the Committee think fit be printed and delivered out;

That the Committee shall report by 29th July 1999; and

That the Committee do meet on Tuesday 22nd June at 10 am in Committee Room 4.

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.

†HFC Bank Bill—Third Reading

†Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [17th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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]

†Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Meston]

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.

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

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.

†‡The Lord Pilkington of Oxenford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are prepared to accept that some selection in education has value.

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

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.

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

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.

†*The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to ensure that British enterprise plays an effective role in the reconstruction of Kosovo.

†*The Lord Paul—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current state of relations within the Asian community in England.

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 whether the Highways Agency is responsible for authorising the timing, route and lane occupancy of wide loads on motorways and whether 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.

†*The Lord Laming—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the responsibilities of local authorities for the continuing care of the elderly people they place in independently run residential homes.

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.

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Secretary of State for Education and Employment’s proposals published on 13th May for the new Curriculum for Personal, Social and Health Education and for Citizenship omit any reference to marriage.

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 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 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 ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to increase the availability of counselling for young homeless people.

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 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.

†The Lord St John of Fawsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the present uses of the Royal Parks are appropriate.

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 16th 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 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 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 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)

16th June

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to make a decision on the application to raise the passenger air transport movement limit at Stansted.      (HL3058)

The Lord Acton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish figures for 1998 on the average time taken from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders.      (HL3059)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the outcome of their review of immigration policy in relation to the unmarried partners concession.      (HL3060)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce the outcome of their review of immigration policy in relation to overseas spouses who suffer domestic violence in the first 12 month probationary period.      (HL3061)

The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish draft regulations to implement the Tobacco Advertising Directive 98/43/EC.      (HL3062)

The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19th May (HL Deb, cols. 294-296) and 7th June (WA 121), (a) whether the Minister for the Environment was correctly quoted in The Times of 12th April as saying “Scientific opinion on genetically modified organisms is split and the new committee [Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment] will reflect this”; and if he was, (b) how this principle can be reconciled with the Answers already given; (c) whether this principle has general application to other committees; and (d) how it relates to the recruitment of “people’s judges” to the main scientific advisory bodies to monitor GM developments.      (HL3063)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have died since 1963 in England and Wales at the hands of persons previously convicted of homicide.      (HL3064)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have died since 1963 in Scotland at the hands of persons previously convicted of homicide.      (HL3065)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have died since 1963 in Northern Ireland at the hands of persons previously convicted of homicide.      (HL3066)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the environmental impact statement, the resettlement plan, and any other documents they have received in connection with applications for credit cover in respect of contracts for work on the Ilisu Dam project in Turkey; and what representations they have received from downstream co-riparian states such as Syria and Iraq on the possible impact of this project on water users in their jurisdictions.      (HL3067)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the evaluation report of the European Union’s “Sustainable Development in the Paraguayan Chaco” project which is to be discussed at the Asia and Latin America Committee on 24th June; and whether they will seek to ensure that no decision is made on the project until Parliament has had the opportunity of verifying that the Commission fully respects the four conditions originally stipulated when the project was approved in September 1994, and particularly that relating to the settlement of land claims.      (HL3068)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the governments represented on the Contact Group are bound by the private commitments (including eventual incorporation of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the Kosovo military forces and direct funding for Kosovo institutions under United States State Department guidance) made to the Kosovo Liberation Army by United States Secretary of State Albright during the Rambouillet discussions and made public by the Foreign Minister of Albania on 24th February; and whether this has been communicated to the Kosovo Liberation Army .      (HL3069)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was their reaction to the news of 7th June of Russian concern about NATO’s military plans for Kosovo, which had been articulated without Russian participation.      (HL3070)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the discussion about Russia’s role in Kosovo is being conducted bilaterally between the United States and Russia and how much between the participants in the Kosovo operation collectively and Russia.      (HL3071)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Gilbert on 14th June (WA 5-6), whether NATO (a) has a common understanding of International Law; (b) follows common criteria in terms of which to define legitimate targets; (c) shares information about targets (such as might have prevented the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade); and, if so, to what extent NATO strategy against Yugoslavia was a joint strategy.      (HL3072)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether International Law deals with the possibility of islands disappearing below the surface of the sea in the context of the extent of territorial waters and/or exclusive economic zones; and, if so, how.      (HL3073)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what proportion have the flying hours of service aircraft involved in Kosovo operations exceeded those which would have been flown in normal circumstances.      (HL3074)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Bowman army communication system to enter service; and what is their present estimate of the total cost of the programme.      (HL3075)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements exist for compensating licensed slaughterhouse owners and operators for losses suffered as a result of actions by Meat Hygiene Service staff which have subsequently been proved, or admitted, to have been unjustified.      (HL3076)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is permissible for Official Veterinary Surgeons to deduct marks from a Hygiene Assessment Scheme score on the grounds that a contravention of statutory requirements has been observed and then, on determining that the claimed statutory requirements do not exist, to deduct the same number of marks because the observed practice does not conform with claimed but unpublished “best practice”.      (HL3077)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an abattoir which consistently gains high Hygiene Assessment Scheme scores under the present scoring system but gains lower scores under the revised scheme by virtue of the operator not having produced written policy statements on its operational practices, without there having been any other changes, will be regarded as less hygienic than it was previously considered to be.      (HL3078)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any benefits in requiring slaughterhouse owners to carry out testing of mains water supplies, where the water is supplied by statutory undertakers to minimum standards of purity which conform to European Union requirements and which is frequently tested by those undertakers.      (HL3079)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an Official Veterinary Surgeon, having mistakenly failed to carry out ante-mortem inspections of animals in a slaughterhouse lairage, and having failed to communicate that fact to the slaughterhouse operator, is then entitled to require the destruction of carcasses derived from those animals on the grounds that they have not been inspected in accordance with the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations.      (HL3080)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an Official Veterinary Surgeon, having been made aware by the operator of a slaughterhouse of an animal carcass which has been removed from the slaughterhall after post-mortem inspection but without official health marks having been applied, is then entitled, without evidence to that effect, to accuse the slaughterhouse operator of having killed that animal illegally.      (HL3082)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current arrangements for auditing the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service by veterinary officers attached to the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group (JFSSG) can be considered wholly independent when those officers appoint Official Veterinary Surgeons as local veterinary inspectors who thereby become responsible to the JFSSG veterinary officers.      (HL3083)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will cause the total output of Improvement Notices served by Official Veterinary Surgeons to be subject to independent scrutiny with a view to determining how many non-statutory works have been required.      (HL3084)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are entitled to require the provision of pest-proof sealed doors in slaughterhalls at the point of entry from lairages.      (HL3085)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are entitled to require the fitting of fine-mesh filters over drainage channels to prevent ingress of Specified Risk Material, when the discharge to the channels is already fitted with such filters and the provision required prevents the effective drainage of water.      (HL3086)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons and Meat Hygiene Inspectors engaged in slaughterhouse duties who fail to carry out the statutory provisions of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations are, subject to a satisfactory standard of proof, committing criminal offences.      (HL3087)

The Lord HolmPatrick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners, operators and their staff engaged in slaughterhouse duties who fail to carry out the statutory provisions of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations are, subject to a satisfactory standard of proof, committing criminal offences.      (HL3088)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the implementation of the Hygiene Assessment System solely in the United Kingdom imposes additional burdens on the meat trade which are not borne by plants in other Member States of the European Union; and, if so, whether this is compatible with the need to ensure a level playing field between comparable businesses.      (HL3089)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total costs to the Meat Hygiene Service in the last financial year, including bonuses and social security costs, in employing Official Veterinary Surgeons while carrying out inspection duties under EC Directive 91/497/EEC in slaughterhouses and cutting plants.      (HL3090)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Commission in respect of the recognition of meat inspectors and environmental health officers as official veterinarians.      (HL3091)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they include as a benefit of British membership of the European Union the closure of formerly profitable and well-founded slaughterhouses on the sole grounds that their owners and operators cannot afford to meet the costs of 100 per cent veterinary inspection.      (HL3092)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to seek renegotiation of EC Directive 91/947/EEC; and, if they intend to seek renegotiation, what the possible timescale might be.      (HL3093)

The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider publishing the Meat Hygiene Service’s operations manual in electronic format, available on computer disc; and whether they will also publish the same on the Internet, preferably in Microsoft Work and PDF formats.      (HL3094)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they offer to slaughterhouse owners and operators on the cleaning of high density polyethylene chopping blocks when conventional cleaning techniques fail to secure the adequate cleanliness of these blocks.      (HL3095)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out to demonstrate that high density polyethylene chopping blocks deliver better microbiological standards than wooden blocks, when each type is cleaned in a similar manner, after prolonged use in slaughterhouse or cutting plant environments.      (HL3096)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner is entitled to refuse entry to a slaughterhall to any Meat Hygiene Service official who is incorrectly dressed or is wearing protective clothing which is contaminated or insufficiently clean.      (HL3097)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action a slaughterhouse owner or operator is entitled or required to take when he becomes aware that a member of the Meat Hygiene Service staff is committing or is about to commit an offence under the Meat Hygiene or specified Risk Material Regulations.      (HL3098)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner or operator is entitled to make representations to a veterinary meat hygiene officer of the Joint Food Safety and Standards Group who is carrying out a performance audit of Meat Hygiene Service on his premises as to the performance of those staff; and whether the officer is required to take note of any such representations and to have regard to them in formulating his report.      (HL3099)

The Viscount Exmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners and operators are entitled to have access to the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual for the purpose of study and verification; and whether it will cause one copy of the manual to be supplied to each licensed premises for the exclusive use of slaughterhouse operators.      (HL3100)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate is the current average annual cost per premises to local authorities enforcing food safety laws, and the average annual cost per premises to the Meat Hygiene Service in enforcing food safety regulations in respect of slaughterhouses and poultry processing plants, without taking into account receipt of any fees paid to them for those activities.      (HL3101)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, owing to the difficulties experienced by the Meat Hygiene Service in recruiting official veterinary officers to service abattoirs in remote areas, it is fair that some small abattoirs should be required to pay a higher hourly rate for their Official Veterinary Surgeons, plus travelling time, than abattoirs in more accessible locations.      (HL3102)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many slaughterhouses and poultry processing plants they expect to close as a direct result of the increase in veterinary hours imposed on their operators; and whether this will represent, overall, an improvement in the hygiene of the meat supply.      (HL3103)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether slaughterhouse owners and operators are entitled to ask for verbal directions and advice given to them or their staff by Official Veterinary Surgeons to be confirmed in writing as soon as practicable after they have been given; and whether they will instruct the Meat Hygiene Service to make arrangements to ensure that such directions and advice are so confirmed.      (HL3104)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in assessing the relevance and potential risks of microbiological contamination in any foodstuff with a view to determining unfitness, enforcement officers should have regard to the nature of the contamination and the treatment to which the food will be exposed prior to consumption; and whether a structured risk assessment should be carried out before any action is taken.      (HL3105)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether improvements in the European Union meat inspection system will form part of the next round of talks in the World Trade Organisation; and what they expect the outcome might be.      (HL3106)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are completely satisfied with the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3107)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what hygiene benefits accrue, in the continued absence of any evidence of pest infestation in a licensed slaughterhouse, from requiring owners and operators to provide numbered bait points and a plan showing the location of those bait points.      (HL3108)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner or operator is entitled to exclude from his premises any member of the Meat Hygiene Service staff who is so disruptive as to interfere unlawfully in the conduct of operations.      (HL3109)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner who, on being instructed to carry out works by way of an Improvement Notice served by an Official Veterinary Surgeon, carries out those works and then, subsequently, discovers that those works were not a statutory requirement, is entitled to claim compensation for the costs of those works; and to whom any claim should be addressed.      (HL3110)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether meat produced from a slaughterhouse, in which there is a full compliance with the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations, is necessarily hygienic and safe.      (HL3111)

The Lord Rowallan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what expenditure and how much time is being expended by officials of the Meat Hygiene Service on its integration into the Food Standards Agency; and whether the meat industry should be contributing to the set-up costs of the Agency by this means when the rest of the food industry is now being relieved of charges.      (HL3112)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have carried out a cost of compliance assessment on the costs which would be incurred by slaughterhouse owners or operators to meet the non-statutory criteria set out by the Hygiene Assessment Scheme in order to qualify for maximum scores.      (HL3113)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons take account of the costs of compliance when recommending to slaughterhouse owners or operators works or activities which are not statutory requirements; whether any such recommendations are withdrawn if representations are received that their completion is not economically viable; and whether slaughterhouse owners or operators are subsequently penalised by being marked down on their Hygiene Assessment Scheme scores if those works or activities are not undertaken.      (HL3114)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the relevant provisions of the Food Safety Act 1990 (section 40, Codes of Practice) apply to Meat Hygiene Service engaged in enforcement duties; and, if not, why not.      (HL3115)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether licensed slaughterhouse owners or operators are entitled to require the publication of corrected Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) scores where HAS scores previously published have been shown to have been in error.      (HL3116)

The Earl of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours of practical tuition, and practical experience in slaughterhouses under supervision, Official Veterinary Surgeons are required to have in post-mortem inspection of animals; and how much of that time is spent in carrying out the post-mortem inspection of animals.      (HL3117)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Improvement Notices were served by Official Veterinary Surgeons, employed by the Meat Hygiene Service, in the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL3118)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Regulation 10 Notices under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations were served by Official Veterinary Surgeons, employed by the Meat Hygiene Service, in the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL3119)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Hygiene Assessment Scheme reports supplied to slaughterhouse owners and others may be handwritten by Official Veterinary Surgeons; and whether standards of legibility apply to such reports.      (HL3120)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are required to submit copies of Improvement Notices to their superior officers, for checking and approval, before those Notices are served.      (HL3121)

The Lord Glentoran—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is taken by Meat Hygiene Service supervisory officials when they detect defective Improvement Notices which have been served by Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3122)

The Lord Glentoran—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 it is absorbed into the Food Standards Agency.      (HL3123)

The Viscount Torrington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given the complexity of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995, they consider it advisable that the full text of the Regulations and of the Meat Hygiene Service’s operating manual should be displayed within slaughterhalls for the guidance of slaughterhouse employees.      (HL3124)

The Viscount Torrington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they recommend small specialist livestock producers to take, in view of the demise of small slaughterhouses and the fact that the retention of ear tags is considered unhygienic, to ensure that, in the interests of traceability and the retention of quality premiums, they receive their own meat at the end of the slaughter process.      (HL3125)

The Earl Alexander of Tunis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner or operator is required to carry out a direction from an Official Veterinary Surgeon if compliance would lead to committing an illegal act.      (HL3126)

The Earl Alexander of Tunis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons who demonstrate a consistent inability to distinguish between statutory requirements in respect of slaughterhouse operations, and non-statutory requirements, are subject to re-training.      (HL3127)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 committed Britain to a nuclear weapons policy of 48 nuclear weapons on each Trident submarine, as reported in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June; and if not, what is the correct figure per submarine.      (HL3128)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 committed Britain to a 50 per cent cut in the number of its nuclear warheads, as reported in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June; and if not, what is the correct percentage cut.      (HL3129)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 committed Britain to an operational stockpile of 200 nuclear warheads, as reported in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June; and if not, what is the size of the stockpile.      (HL3130)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 included a commitment to replace or upgrade the Trident warhead, as reported in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June.      (HL3131)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 included a refusal to reduce the number of Britain’s nuclear weapons or to negotiate such reductions until the nuclear weapons of the United States and Russia have been greatly reduced in number, as stated in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June.      (HL3132)

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Defence Review of July 1998 included the retention of (a) the option to use nuclear weapons first; and (b) the option to use nuclear weapons in a sub-strategic role as a warning shot across the bows of a potential aggressor, as stated in the CND parliamentary briefing paper of 1st June.      (HL3133)

The Lord Wedderburn of Charlton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still intend to implement Part II of the Family Law Act 1996 in 2000.      (HL3134)

The Lord Burns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to respond to the First and Second Reports from the Joint Committee on Financial Services and Markets.      (HL3135)

The Lord Grantchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 14th and 15th June.      (HL3136)

The Lord Dixon—To ask the Chairman of Committees, following the debate in the House of Commons on 26th May (HC Deb, cols. 382-410) on the charging of visitors to the Palace of Westminster during the Summer Adjournment, what is the up-to-date cost of the consultants’ study; and what proportion of this will be charged to the House of Lords.      (HL3137)

The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask the Leader of the House whether she will refer to the House of Lords’ Offices Committee the question whether the Bishops who read Prayers could be allowed more discretion as to the contents thereof.      (HL3138)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Social Exclusion Unit’s Policy Action Team 10’s report on art and sport will be published; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.      (HL3139)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 15th June (WA 18), what are their grounds for saying that infection with hepatitis C carries no social stigma nor any danger of cross infection of partners.      (HL3140)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 15th June (WA 18), whether there has been any change of policy between this government and the previous government in relation to the relevance of social stigma to the giving of special treatment and financial help to patients with haemophilia infected with hepatitis C through National Health Service treatment and to the dependents of those who have died.      (HL3141)

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 15th June (WA 18), whether they will consult the Haemophilia Society about remedying the social stigma which can attach to infection with hepatitis C.      (HL3142)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 9th June (WA 169), what is the relationship between 46,000 cases of people claiming Incapacity Benefit and receiving a pension income of £200 per week or more and her statement that “Around 100,000 of those who get a pension get one of more than £230 a week, with Incapacity Benefit of £66 a week paid on top” (10th June, HL Deb, col. 1565).      (HL3143)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that the use of the electricity mains to distribute Internet data (Power Line Telecommunications) through the use of radio frequencies in the short wave band does not cause interference to legitimate users of the short wave spectrum, affect the Ministry of Defence, international broadcasting authorities, radio amateur and civil and military aviation users.      (HL3144)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Power Line Telecommunications technology will result in the electricity mains, house wiring and street furniture such as lamp posts, acting as antennae, transmitting Internet data as wideband noise across the short wave bands.      (HL3145)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government with whom they have consulted on Power Line Telecommunications; and whether agreement has been reached.      (HL3146)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Power Line Telecommunications will run contrary to the principles of “Electromagnetic Compatibility” developed over the last 50 years to control levels of interference to the radio spectrum, from one user to another.      (HL3147)

The Lord Rix—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, when controlling Power Line Telecommunications, they will ensure that radio frequencies already used for national and international communication and safety of life operations will not be affected.      (HL3148)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Gatso speed cameras are within the Metropolitan Police District; and what is the annual cost of traffic camera operations.      (HL3149)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fatal accidents there were on the roads within the Metropolitan Police District for each of the past five years; and what is the current average total cost of each fatal accident.      (HL3150)

The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated average annual reduction in road fatalities within the Metropolitan Police District attributable to the presence of Gatso cameras.      (HL3151)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it the best use of taxpayers’ money to dispense part of the international aid budget through the European Union rather than through the Department for International Development, given that distribution through the European Union involves increased costs and opportunities for misappropriation.      (HL3152)

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]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    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]
    Employment Relations

Waiting for Third Reading

    Water Industry
    University College London [21st June]
    Imperial College [21st June]
    HFC Bank [24th 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
    Draft Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Amendment) 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 Expiry of Resolution period

    City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 [6th July]

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

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

    Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999 [27th June]

Proposal reported from the Deregulation Committee

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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 C)10.00 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
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

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)2.00 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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