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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.

Bills marked § have been set down before the expiry of the
recommended minimum interval between stages.

WEDNESDAY 23RD JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to assist future relations between India and Pakistan.

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bill [HL]The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the Order of Commitment of 21st May be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

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

‡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.

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.

†*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would intend any British entry to the European Single Currency to be irrevocable.

HFC Bank Bill—Third Reading

†Committee for Privileges—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Viscount Cranborne be appointed a member of the Select Committee in the place of the Viscount Whitelaw.

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.

Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord McCarthy]

§Genetically Modified Crops Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Miller of Hendon]

Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) Bill—Committee [The Lord Lucas of Chilworth]

[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.

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

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

ROYAL ASSENT

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to consult Parliament on the United Kingdom’s preferred agenda for the European Union Inter-governmental Conference now planned for next year.

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

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

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

MONDAY 5TH JULY

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

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

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

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

‡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.

MONDAY 12TH JULY

*The Lord Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are adequate powers to regulate the use of jet-skis so that they do not prejudice the safety of other users of United Kingdom waters; and, if so, what are these powers.

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they believe the United Nations Security Council should take to assist the peaceful implementation of the popular consultation in East Timor on 8th August under secure, intimidation-free conditions.

†*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in their attempt to resolve the dispute between the European Union and the United States Government in the “Banana War”.

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.

†*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the ministerial complement of the Welsh Office after the Secretary of State has resigned his office to become the First Secretary of the National Assembly for Wales.

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will inquire into the impact of United Nations sanctions against Iraq on the despatch of medical supplies, by post, by individuals on a non-commercial basis.

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.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in the review of electricity trading arrangements.

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

†*The Viscount Gage—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider lowering the rate of VAT on repairs to listed buildings.

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 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.

The Lord Dormand of Easington—To call attention to the BBC’s reporting of the NATO operation in Kosovo; and to move for papers.

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.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

The Lord Tombs—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, HL Paper 41). [24th March]

The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on A Reformed CAP? The outcome of Agenda 2000 (8th Report, HL Paper 61). [25th May]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prosecuting Fraud on the Communities’ Finances—the Corpus Juris (9th Report, HL Paper 62). [26th May]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 22nd June, or unanswered after 21 days]

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 what the signatories of the Convention on the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources are doing about over-fishing.      (HL2642)

24th May

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)

22nd June

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when their review of the London Underground penalty fares regime 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 Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether statistics show that the westbound elevated section of the M4 was a dangerous stretch of road when it had a 50 mph limit.      (HL3217)

The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the completion of the programme for the release, under the terms of the Good Friday Agreement (Cm. 3883), of prisoners convicted of terrorist offences, is dependent on progress being made in the decommissioning of IRA weapons and munitions.      (HL3218)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to restore the stores of bombs and missiles held by the armed services to the levels held before the recent action against Yugoslavia.      (HL3219)

The Lord Tebbit—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to restore the outstanding lives of Royal Air Force engines, airframes and electronics to the levels pertaining before the recent action against Yugoslavia.      (HL3220)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom citizens, in each ten year period since 1945, have emigrated to New Zealand, Australia, Canada, South Africa and the United States; and what are the annual figures since 1995 up to the latest available date.      (HL3221)

The Lord Shore of Stepney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government with reference to article 190(4) of the European Union’s Treaty on elections to the European Parliament, when the Council of Ministers received the proposals contained in the European Parliament’s Resolution of 15th July 1998; and what recommendations for adoption the Council made to Member States.      (HL3222)

The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the case of European Regional Development funding and European Structural funding, commitments to end-beneficiaries under delegated projects must be identified by 31st December; and whether this is likely to reduce the number of businesses likely to benefit from the funds and lead to underspending.      (HL3223)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not banned imports of meat products derived from animal husbandry systems which do not match United Kingdom animal welfare standards.      (HL3224)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all meat and meat products (including poultry products) imported into the United Kingdom meet the same hygiene standards as those which apply to United Kingdom meat and meat products, particularly in relation to imports from the People’s Republic of China and other Far East countries.      (HL3225)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require all meat and meat products imported into the United Kingdom to be labelled with the country of origin, including products which have been processed or repackaged in the United Kingdom; and, if not, why not.      (HL3226)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the meat industry has contributed to the pension fund for Meat Hygiene Service staff in the last financial year; and how much it is estimated that it will contribute in the current financial year.      (HL3227)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Association of Meat Inspectors carried out a survey of carcass condemnations during 1994-95; and whether this indicated a growing problem of tuberculosis lesions in adult bovines.      (HL3228)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bovines were found to have tuberculosis lesions at post mortem inspection in slaughterhouses during the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL3229)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the absence of any significant level of morbidity in lambs presented for slaughter in United Kingdom slaughterhouses, and in view of the fact that the animals from which the carcasses are derived are subject to ante mortem examination, there is any measurable public health benefit in requiring the post mortem inspection of lambs, other than by way of a sample of lambs from each flock or batch presented.      (HL3230)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authority food safety law enforcement officers, who are dealing with a complaint from a member of the public about unfit meat where the nature or condition of the meat is such that it would be reasonable to assume that the cause of the unfitness was or should have been apparent at the time the carcass was inspected in the slaughterhouse, are empowered to enter the slaughterhouse from which that meat originated in order to check whether the control systems in place were and are adequate, in the context of a due diligence defence being offered by the seller of the meat; and whether they are empowered, in carrying out their investigations, to check the effectiveness of Meat Hygiene Service personnel and their procedures.      (HL3231)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether local authority food safety law enforcement officers are empowered to enter slaughterhouses with a view to checking the standards of meat processing and supervision, in the course of investigations into outbreaks of food poisoning, where there are reasonable suspicions that the sources of contamination may reside in slaughterhouses.      (HL3232)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any representations by any other Member States to the European Commission or Council of Ministers, as to the renegotiation of the Fresh Meat Directive 91/497/EEC; and whether they would be willing in principle to support any other Member State in pursuit of that objective.      (HL3233)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned, are aware of, or will commission, any detailed scientific studies to demonstrate that the rapid cooling of carcasses after the slaughter of animals from which they are derived yields better microbiological standards, after 24 hours’ retention, than carcasses which have been cooled slowly at ambient temperature in dry, well-ventilated premises.      (HL3234)

The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned, are aware of, or will commission, any detailed scientific studies which may or do identify differences in the microbiological standards of meat produced from low throughput and full throughput slaughterhouses.      (HL3235)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Home Office will revise the Turkey Country Assessment version 3, issued in March, in the light of criticisms provided by the Medical Foundation for the Care of Victims of Torture.      (HL3236)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise in the Council of Europe the number of primary and secondary schools in the South-East Region of Turkey that are currently closed, together with the question of appropriate languages for education.      (HL3237)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that protection under the Treaty of Lausanne should be widened to include any discrimination in Turkey against members of the Alevi Sect and other minorities not specifically mentioned in the Treaty.      (HL3238)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Administration and Works Sub-Committee will consider making photocopying and fax facilities available to parties, and their legal representatives, appearing before the Appellate Committees of the House, if necessary upon payment of a reasonable charge.      (HL3239)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether photocopying and fax facilities are available to parties, and their legal representatives, appearing before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council; and, if not, whether they will consider making them available, if necessary upon payment of a reasonable charge.      (HL3240)

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their review of the London Underground penalty fares regime will include a review of the criteria for levying penalty fares.      (HL3241)

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 [23rd 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] [28th June]
    Road Traffic (Vehicle Testing) [28th June]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL] [28th June]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    House of Lords [30th June]
    Protection of Children [25th June]
    Employment Relations

Waiting for Third Reading

    Water Industry [24th June]
    Local Government
    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]
    University College London
    Imperial College

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 Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Amendment) Order 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft International Copper Study Group (Legal Capacities) Order 1999
    Draft Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Highway Functions) Order 1999
    Draft Contracting Out (Jury Summoning 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 PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is when the current stage of Parliamentary scrutiny ends]

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

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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

TUESDAY 29TH JUNE

Freedom of Information (Select Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint 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

MONDAY 5TH JULY

Procedure of the House Committee 4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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