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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 21ST JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Perry of Southwark—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the use of lay persons as leaders of OFSTED inspection teams.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures, if any, they are proposing to take to counter the growing deficit in the balance of trade.

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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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

†Water Industry Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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

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.

Immigration and Asylum Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) Bill—Second Reading [The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein]

Cathedrals Measure—The Lord Bishop of London to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

Care of Places of Worship Measure—The Lord Bishop of London to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

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.

‡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.

[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.

†‡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.

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.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether standards for the disposal of health care waste are satisfactory.

TUESDAY 13TH JULY

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce their decision on the future status, as protected areas of landscape, of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and the arrangements for the long-term funding of their management.

WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY

*The Lord Walpole—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to build on the links between individuals which have already been forged by twinning with towns and cities in former Yugoslavia.

†*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are proposing to take to ensure that both United Kingdom primary school children and United Kingdom dairy farmers continue to benefit from the European Union School Milk Subsidy Scheme.

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 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 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.

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 on the dates shown]

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)

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 advisers, Carl Bildt and Mr Kukan of Slovakia, and that of the Russian peace envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin.      (HL2632)

21st May

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

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

24th May

The Lord 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 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)

27th May

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

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

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

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

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

7th June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8th June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9th June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10th June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

11th June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14th June

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have sought and received respectively, in considering whether to grant export credit in relation to the Ilisu dam in the south east of Turkey, on the environmental impact of the project, the resettlement of local communities including the consultation process and the issue of compensation, the riparian rights of neighbouring states, and the impact on the local cultural heritage; and whether they will place copies of any documentation in the Library of the House.      (HL2976)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether collection agents such as Capita Business Services Limited, engaged by Lambeth Borough Council, are using magistrates courts as part of the collection process for council tax without first using normal civil enforcement methods; and, if so, whether this is an acceptable addition to the workload of magistrates’ courts.      (HL2977)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Chancellor has plans to ensure that magistrates’ courts are used only as a last resort for the collection of council tax.      (HL2978)

The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to simplify the system for the recruitment of United Kingdom police officers by Europol; whether these officers remain members of their own forces; and what pension arrangements are made.      (HL2979)

The Viscount Addison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out on the effect of routine sterilisation of knives and other tools in use in slaughterhouses, and in particular as to the effect on the total microbial count on the meat produced.      (HL2980)

The Viscount Addison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have assessed the degree to which the contamination burden on meat is increased as a result of post mortem inspection of carcasses by Meat Hygiene Inspectors in accordance with the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995.      (HL2981)

The Viscount Addison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out to determine the effect of the implementation of requirements under the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995 on increasing the humidity in slaughterhouses, and the effect thereby on the keeping quality of meat.      (HL2983)

The Viscount Addison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used by Meat Hygiene Service staff to assess whether soiling in slaughterhouse lairages after retention of animals overnight should be considered unacceptable.      (HL2984)

The Viscount Addison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have carried out to determine whether the Meat Hygiene Service clean animals campaign has resulted in a lower incidence overall of E-coli 0157 incidence in finished carcasses.      (HL2985)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider calling in the planning decision to be made by the Braintree District Council when it meets on 12th July to consider whether or not to renew the advertisement control consents and licences for the advertising hoardings which line the side of the Witham by-pass on the A12 trunk road.      (HL2986)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the name “Agricola” for NATO’s current operations in Kosovo is a reference to the phrase in Tacitus’ Agricola, “They made a desert and called it peace”; and, if so, who chose it.      (HL2987)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe’s freedom to designate targets in ex-Yugoslavia has, in the light of the Security Council’s recent Resolution, now been withdrawn.      (HL2988)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, alongside the lists of military personnel, equipment and installations that were attacked and/or destroyed during the air war against Serbia which they have already published, they will publish, or otherwise make available, lists of the non-military targets attacked and destroyed (distinguishing between those intentionally hit and those not).      (HL2989)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which force present in Kosovo is to be responsible for demilitarising the Kosovo Liberation Army; what demilitarising will involve now, and in the longer run; and whether only the Kosovo Liberation Army’s heavy weapons are to be removed from them.      (HL2990)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the process of demilitarisation in Kosovo is to be under United Nations authority; and, if so, how, and by whom.      (HL2991)

The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 25th May (WA 79) and 7th June (WA 123-124), whether they now wish to see an upper age limit for membership of the House of Lords that would make it unique amongst the legislative chambers of the countries of the European Union.      (HL2992)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 9th June (WA 157), whether any domestic remedies are available for individuals involved in complex cases of public importance who are unable to obtain other sources of representation and are not eligible for legal aid in proceedings in employment tribunals.      (HL2993)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have been taken to secure compliance in English law with the judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 28th October 1998 in the case of Osman v. United Kingdom that the automatic exclusionary common law rule protecting the police from negligence actions is disproportionate and in breach of Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL2994)

15th June

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 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)

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 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 Word 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 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)

17th June

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average taxable income per household for each local authority area in England.      (HL3153)

The Lord Williams of Elvel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds the Legal Aid Board’s decision to grant legal aid to Lord Spens for his action against the Bank of England was revoked; and why the decision was made so late.      (HL3154)

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much residual cash from the Milk Marketing Board is being retained; and when it will be distributed finally.      (HL3155)

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure that owners of historic steam vehicles, part of the country’s heritage, do not suffer disproportionate costs to satisfy legislation introduced under the Pressure Systems Directive 97/23/EC.      (HL3156)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, for all English Local Education Authorities (LEAs), what were the numbers of outborough secondary pupils in schools within the LEA as a percentage of all secondary places available within the LEA.      (HL3157)

The Lord Peston—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the spending per primary pupil as a proportion of spending per secondary pupil in each English Local Education Authority in the most recent year for which figures are available.      (HL3158)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what distances need to be enforced to prevent pollen pollution between genetically modified maize and unmodified maize and between genetically modified oil seed rape and unmodified oil seed rape; and what distances have been arranged in trial areas.      (HL3159)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements will be made to ensure that the right to roam does not enable children to gain access to swim in lakes, ponds and rivers without supervision; and whether such activity will involve private owners in bearing public liability.      (HL3160)

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many operational sorties have been carried out by United Kingdom aircraft during the Kosovo crisis.      (HL3161)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of the GUUAM Alliance reputedly signed in Washington in late April between Georgia, the Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, Moldova and the United States; whether this alliance has been registered at the United Nations; and, if so, for what purposes.      (HL3162)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their intentions and those of the European Union for the World Trade Organisation’s third Ministerial Meeting to be held in the United States later this year; and whether the need to co-ordinate the activities of the WTO with those of the International Labour Office and of the United Nations’ environmental programme will be uppermost.      (HL3163)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government Departments are developing their and the European Union’s policies for the World Trade Organisation Ministerial Meeting to be held later this year; and whether the economic, social and environmental interests of developing countries will be uppermost in the formation of these policies.      (HL3164)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to the World Trade Organisation that it adopt as its motto or slogan the statement, “the world economy is a subset of the world environment”.      (HL3165)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the European Union intend to propose (a) that all World Trade Organisation countries give foreign investors the right to enter those countries and establish themselves with 100 per cent ownership, and (b) that governments, in their procurement and contracts for projects (including privatisation deals), should no longer be able to give preferences or advantages to citizens or local firms; if so, whether the political and social implications of such proposals have been fully considered, and by whom.      (HL3166)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the G8 countries have discussed the implications of increased climate change for the world economy.      (HL3167)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the current account surplus or deficit in United Kingdom trade with the other countries in the European Union in the latest available year; and what were the figures for the United Kingdom’s current account with other countries in the European Union (excluding Finland, Austria and Sweden) in each year since 1990 at constant prices.      (HL3168)

The Lord Mackay of Drumadoon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm that, as stated on 9th June by the First Minister of the Scottish Executive, the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill will be re-introduced in the House of Commons in the next Session of Parliament and that the bill, once enacted, would apply to Scotland although the subject matter of the bill is a devolved matter; and, if so, why they will not allow the Scottish Parliament to enact its own legislation in this area.      (HL3169)

The Baroness Jeger—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are proposing to ban tobacco advertising while at the same time subsidising tobacco farms in European Union countries; and how much of United Kingdom taxpayers’ money has been spent during the last financial year on such subsidiaries.      (HL3170)

18th June

The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 17th June (HL Deb, col. 411), whether restaurants may serve calves’ brains.      (HL3171)

The Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Parliament voted in 1995 to replenish a deficiency in a European Community pension fund with money which had been allocated for office expenses; and, if so, whether this conformed with Her Majesty’s Government’s policy, set out in the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 14th June (WA 1), of pushing for the same principles of rigour and cost-effectiveness in spending by the institutions of the European Communities as they apply to the United Kingdom budget.      (HL3172)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 19th May (WA 35), whether they will, as a matter of normal practice, disclose their reasons for withholding statements of compatibility under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 or for making statements of compatibility, in the course of the parliamentary proceedings on bills.      (HL3173)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have refused to disclose their reasons, during the parliamentary proceedings on the Immigration and Asylum Bill (HC Deb, 20th April, cols. 770 and 954) and the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill (HL Deb, 10th June, cols. 1648-9) for their statements under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 that the bills’ provisions are compatible with Convention rights.      (HL3174)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is now the legal status of NATO forces in Kosovo, in view of the United Nations Security Council having determined in its Resolution that the effective international civil and security presences, including K-FOR, are there under United Nations auspices and that no specific role was designated for NATO.      (HL3175)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British and other K-FOR forces are prepared to use force to disarm the Kosovo Liberation Army.      (HL3176)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present status of the “equip and train programme” for equipping and training the army of the Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina by a United States mercenary firm, the funding of which is controlled by the United States State Department.      (HL3177)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken and by whom to assess and clean up the Danube river and to repair ships, bridges, river banks, docks and other installations related to the river; whether it is known which ally’s forces caused what damage, destruction or pollution; and at whose expense clean up and repair should be done.      (HL3178)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what compensation is to be paid to those parties whose business or well-being has suffered from pollution of the Danube or damage to ships, bridges, river banks, docks and other installations related to the river; and how this compensation is to be determined.      (HL3179)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the approach of the World Trade Organisation to the fact that the necessary scientific studies undertaken to assess the harmlessness or otherwise of a product or process may take longer than originally anticipated.      (HL3180)

The Lord Hacking—To ask the Chairman of Committees, in light of the discomfort caused by smoke and ash-filled ashtrays to non-smoking members of the House, whether steps will be taken to prohibit smoking at the telephone tables in the corridors of the House.      (HL3181)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of the London Underground penalty fares appeals procedure will be announced; whether the details of this review, in particular the criteria for the judgment of appeals against penalty fares, will be made public; and whether a copy of the report of the review including such criteria will be placed in the Library of the House.      (HL3182)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the total costs of administering the London Underground penalty fares regime with a detailed breakdown of such costs, including such costs as those borne by the London Regional Passenger Committee in dealing with representations concerning penalty fares.      (HL3183)

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)
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    House of Lords [22nd June]
    Protection of Children [25th June]
    Employment Relations

Waiting for Third Reading

    Water Industry [24th June]
    Local Government
    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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Tax Credits

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health [HL]

MEASURES IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Cathedrals [29th June]
    Care of Places of Worship [29th June]

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

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]

TUESDAY 22ND JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)in Brussels
(Non-food crops)
Freedom of Information (Select Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Local Government (Functions and Standards)4.00 pm
(Joint Committee)
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

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
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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