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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.

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]

†The Lord Soulsby of Swaffham Prior to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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]

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

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

‡Tax Credits Bill—Consideration of Commons Reasons [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

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. Racial Discrimination (1966).

Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Renton of Mount Harry] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)

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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

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

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.

†Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [17th and 19th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡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.

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.

‡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.

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

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.

Employment Relations Bill—Report [The Lord Simon of Highbury] [19th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

FRIDAY 9TH JULY

†[At eleven o’clock]

†Road Traffic (Use of Mobile Telephones) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Davies of Oldham]

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

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”.

†*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Bett Committee report which has recommended substantial pay increases for academic and academic-related staff in United Kingdom universities.

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 15TH JULY

*The Viscount Trenchard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a member of the Paris Club, they will encourage the Government of Pakistan not to default on its public debt.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to build up the United Nations civilian administration of Kosovo recently authorised by the Security Council.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether satisfactory progress is being made with the compensation scheme instituted for former miners with respiratory problems.

WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and upon what basis the decision was made to increase the maximum residue level of glyphosate in food by 200 per cent; whether the increase also applies to glufosinate ammonium; and whether it is their practice to advise food manufacturers and retailers when such changes are made.

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 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 Ewing of Kirkford—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 24th 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)

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)

24th June

The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to recommendation 69 of the Standing Committee to the Bern Convention regarding tuberculosis and badgers.      (HL3276)

The Baroness Gould of Potternewton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Questions for Written Answer have been tabled in the House of Lords since the Whitsun recess on the subject of slaughterhouses or the Meat Hygiene Service; and what has been the cost of answering those questions.      (HL3277)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many immigrants were granted leave to remain in the United Kingdom indefinitely during the last period of 12 months for which figures are available; and, during the same period, (a) how many applicant immigrants were refused such leave; (b) how many people were granted asylum; and (c) how many people were refused asylum.      (HL3278)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are estimated to be living in the United Kingdom who have no lawful right to do so.      (HL3279)

The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before tabling any amendments in the House of Commons to private member’s bills introduced in the House of Lords, they will consult with and show such amendments to Lords who were responsible for those bills during their passage through the House of Lords.      (HL3280)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will confirm the reports in the Syrian newspaper al-Tishrin and on Syrian television that Lord Levy recently met President Assad of Syria as the personal representative of the Prime Minister; and, if he was not the personal representative of the Prime Minister, whether they are aware in what capacity this meeting took place.      (HL3281)

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what, if any, official support was given by Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials to Lord Levy in connection with, or during, his visit earlier this month to the Syrian Arab Republic and to Jordan.      (HL3282)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take steps to prevent the sale of food by unlicensed vehicles in the Royal Parks.      (HL3283)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports of food poisoning from the sale of food from unlicensed vendors in the Royal Parks; and whether they consider this to be a serious health risk.      (HL3284)

The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Royal Parks Agency and Tourist Boards should offer advice to visitors in the Royal Parks of the dangers of purchasing foods from unlicensed vendors.      (HL3285)

The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which, if any, of the five economic tests for joining the European Single Currency, as set out by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on 27th October 1997, have now been met.      (HL3286)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are working through NATO to ensure that sufficient skilled personnel are available in Kosovo to ensure safety in country areas as well as towns and main roads and to train local people in mine clearance and safe disposal of unexploded bombs.      (HL3287)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the long period of preparation and discussion of the Immigration and Asylum Bill, whether they will arrange for the many secondary rules and orders to be available, at least in summary draft form, in time for the Bill’s Committee Stage in the House of Lords.      (HL3288)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the interests of justice in the former Yugoslavia, they will discuss with Amnesty International the legal cases arising from the death in custody of Mr Sefik Mujkic in Croatia and the alleged miscarriage of justice in the case of the “Zvornic Seven”, heard in the Republika Srpska.      (HL3289)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd June (WA 72), whether the Highways Agency used an assessment method for the proposed A303 improvement scheme at Stonehenge which includes heritage value or sustainability among its criteria.      (HL3290)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what figure for the heritage value of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site the Highways Agency used in their choice of a preferred route for the A303 through the Stonehenge World Heritage Site and how this compares with the figures proposed in the Parliamentary Office and Science and Technology document, Tunnel Vision—the Future role of Tunnels in Transport Infrastructure and in the Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment study commissioned by English Heritage.      (HL3291)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what figure the Highways Agency used for the negative value (a) of the disruption that would be caused during the cutting and covering of a two-mile tunnel in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site to would-be visitors and others, and (b) of the permanent damage that this cutting and covering would cause to the World Heritage Site (including the permanent scar across the chalk landscape); and who they consulted in developing their own figures.      (HL3292)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency has published the cost-benefit analyses of the alternative routes for the A303; and what bodies or individuals it consulted over the quality of the figures and estimates that it used and of the long terms effects on road traffic.      (HL3293)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency has judged that the bored tunnel endorsed in 1994 by English Heritage and the National Trust as “the only feasible...route...which meets the essential requirements of this [Stonehenge] World Heritage Site” would provide no significant environmental benefits beyond those provided by the two kilometre cut-and-cover tunnel; and, if so, on what grounds they based this judgment.      (HL3294)

The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that, with half a million refugees reported to be there, a humanitarian catastrophe within Serbia is averted.      (HL3295)

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the Office of Fair Trading’s report on whether to make referral to the Competition Commission to investigate complaints of anti competitive practices in the private healthcare insurance sector.      (HL3296)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees who sits on the sub-committee appointed by the Administration and Works Sub-Committee to consider proposals for filming in the House; and whether the House has been notified of the membership of this sub-committee.      (HL3297)

The Lord Cocks of Hartcliffe—To ask the Chairman of Committees why the sub-committee of the Administration and Works sub-Committee responsible for filming in the House has accepted an application to make a documentary from a commercial company; and whether that sub-committee makes any distinction between proposals from commercial and non-commercial documentary makers.      (HL3298)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), how many hours they estimate would be reasonable to allocate to the training of candidate Official Veterinary Surgeons in the Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS); and how they can be satisfied that the training of Official Veterinary Surgeons in the implementation of the HAS is adequate, since they are unable to state how many hours are devoted to the HAS in the conversion training for Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3299)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Official Veterinary Surgeons are permitted to draw conclusions as to the failure of licensed slaughterhouse or cutting plant operators to comply with Meat Hygiene of Specified Risk Material Regulations on the basis of incomplete observations and, on the basis of these observations, make allegations as to the lack of compliance.      (HL3300)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 27-28), whether the survey carried out by Hudson and others, published in the Veterinary Record 139, in respect of the relationship between microbiological standards of carcasses and Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) scores, was determined on the basis of a scientifically sound random sample which took account of all the potential variables in slaughterhouses; and whether some slaughterhouses for which high HAS scores were calculated also yielded high carcass microbiological counts and vice versa.      (HL3301)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 27-28), whether the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food is able to demonstrate a negative correlation between Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) scores and total viable bacterial counts in relation to licensed slaughterhouses and cutting plants where the HAS scores are calculated by non-United Kingdom national Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3302)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scientific basis to the revised Hygiene Assessment Scheme, due to be implemented on 1st July 1999.      (HL3303)

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure on offices and administration for the Meat Hygiene Service for the last financial year.      (HL3304)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if the primary purpose of establishing the Meat Hygiene Service was to promote consistency and uniformity of meat hygiene law enforcement and inspection, there is now a justification for the Service, since the role of the proposed Food Standards Agency is to promote the consistency and uniformity of food safety law in general; and whether, therefore, it would be appropriate to return meat hygiene law enforcement to local authorities, under the general supervision of the Food Standards Agency, when it is established.      (HL3305)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the separation of the audit function of the proposed Food Standards Agency in relation to the Meat Hygiene Service from the day-to-day operation of the Service, is sufficient guarantee of its independence and impartiality when the staff carrying out the audit will be employed by the Food Standards Agency, of which the Meat Hygiene Service will be a part.      (HL3306)

The Lord Swinfen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the transfer of the Meat Hygiene Service, as an executive agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, to the proposed Food Standards Agency is compatible with the guiding principles of the Agency expressed in the White Paper on the Food Standards Agency in that its assessments of meat hygiene and safety may be affected by virtue of its ownership of the Meat Hygiene Service and its responsibility for ensuring that it meets its performance targets.      (HL3307)

The Earl Grey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate for the headquarters of the proposed Food Standards Agency to be located in a building, the ground floor of which is a branch of a national supermarket chain.      (HL3308)

The Earl Grey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the proposed Food Standards Agency will ensure fairness in its auditing teams which assess the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service, when those officers will be aware that any shortcomings of the Service might reflect on the Agency which employs them; and how they will prevent pressure by senior officers of the Agency being applied to auditors to tone down criticism of under-performance.      (HL3309)

The Earl Grey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the annual income of the Meat Hygiene Service will contribute to the annual running of the proposed Food Standards Agency; and whether the Agency would require additional funding if the Meat Hygiene Service was not absorbed into its structure.      (HL3310)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of the Food Standards Bill, if approved by Parliament unaltered, would give them sufficient powers to create under the aegis of the proposed Food Standards Agency a national food safety law enforcement authority, assuming in part or in whole the food safety law enforcement powers of local authorities, without further reference to Parliament other than by way of Statutory Instruments; and whether they intend to create such an authority.      (HL3311)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, in the event of a food safety crisis involving the meat industry, arising in whole or in part from the performance of meat hygiene enforcement officials, the proposed Food Standards Agency will be able to act as an independent arbiter of enforcement standards, when it may be perceived to bear some responsibility for that performance by virtue of the absorption of the Meat Hygiene Service into its structure.      (HL3312)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what factors were taken into account when the decision was taken to absorb the Meat Hygiene Service into the structure of the proposed Food Standards Agency was made.      (HL3313)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any alternative arrangements were considered for the continuation of the Meat Hygiene Service, other than its absorption into the structure of the proposed Food Standards Agency; what those arrangements were; and in the event that any were considered, why they were rejected.      (HL3314)

The Lord Blyth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of the proposed Food Standards Agency exercising its auditing function in respect of the Meat Hygiene Service, what powers or authority they will have to enforce its findings, where these indicate that the Meat Hygiene Service is failing to perform satisfactorily; and what sanctions they will be able to impose in the event that the Meat Hygiene Service does not meet its performance targets.      (HL3315)

The Lady Kinloss—To ask Her Majesty’s Government who, in the event of a dispute between the proposed Food Standards Agency and the Meat Hygiene Service, as to the Service’s performance targets set by the Agency, will arbitrate, or whether the Agency will have sole authority to set and enforce its targets.      (HL3316)

The Lady Kinloss—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal to integrate the Meat Hygiene Service into the proposed Food Standards Agency is sound, since the relationship will allow senior officials of the Meat Hygiene Service to attribute to the Agency any failures to meet performance standards, by virtue of the Agency having approved its spending and operations plans.      (HL3317)

The Lady Kinloss—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the relevant Minister, on being informed of alleged contraventions by a slaughterhouse owner, manager or his staff of Meat Hygiene or Specified Risk Material Regulations, has ever decided against initiating a prosecution against the advice of officials; and, if so, on how many times.      (HL3318)

The Lady Kinloss—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any scientific research which indicates that the post mortem inspection procedures applied to carcasses in slaughterhouses, carried out in accordance with the provisions of the Fresh Meat Directive 91/497/EEC, are themselves a significant cause of contamination in fresh meat.      (HL3319)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned, are aware of, or will commission, detailed scientific studies which may identify differences in the microbiological standards of meat produced from slaughterhouses in which there is 50 per cent veterinary attendance or less, compared with those plants where there is 100 per cent attendance.      (HL3320)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Meat Hygiene Service requires any records to be kept as to the number of carcasses in slaughterhouses which have been recommended for condemnation by Meat Hygiene Inspectors, following post mortem inspections, where those recommendations have been rejected by Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3321)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom, and in what manner, a Meat Hygiene Inspector may appeal in the event that his recommendation to condemn a carcass in a slaughterhouse, following his post mortem inspection, is rejected by his Official Veterinary Surgeon; and what arrangements are in force for the retention of such a carcass pending the determination of any appeal.      (HL3322)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that a Meat Hygiene Inspector determines, following a post mortem inspection in a slaughterhouse, that a carcass should be condemned, and his recommendation is rejected by his Official Veterinary Surgeon, whether the Meat Hygiene Inspector is obliged to apply his personal stamp; and who takes responsibility for the condition of the carcass in the event that the meat derived from it is subsequently found to be unfit.      (HL3323)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what training Official Veterinary Surgeons receive in the investigation of food poisoning; and how much time is allocated to this subject.      (HL3324)

The Viscount Long—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when slaughterhouse owners are obliged to provide samples to the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for residue sampling, not all of those samples are tested for residues.      (HL3325)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much salmonella food poisoning has decreased in 1998 compared with 1997; and for what reasons.      (HL3326)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters to slaughterhouse owners and operators were written and signed by the chief executive of the Meat Hygiene Service in the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99; and how many letters sent by slaughterhouse owners and operators, addressed to the chief executive, were received by the Meat Hygiene Service in the same periods.      (HL3327)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, if other European Union Member States are complying fully with the requirements for Official Veterinary Surgeon attendance in slaughterhouses and poultry processing plants, the Meat Hygiene Service, or its contractors, are able to recruit veterinary surgeons from those Member States, especially Spain which has large red meat and poultry industries of its own.      (HL3328)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of a complaint from a consumer regarding unfit red meat or poultry for human consumption, where the unfitness results from a condition which could have or should have been apparent during a post mortem inspection of the carcass from which the meat was derived and the carcass had been duly inspected by Meat Hygiene Service staff, the owner or operator of the plant from which the meat originated has any legal liability for the condition of that meat.      (HL3329)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Veterinary Medicines Directorate charges the meat industry 62 per cent more than the actual costs incurred by it for residue testing.      (HL3330)

The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what stage the European Commission infraction proceedings have reached, in respect of non-compliance by the United Kingdom with the veterinary attendance provisions of the Fresh Meat Directive and the Poultry meat Directive.      (HL3331)

The Lord Tomlinson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Transport Council held in Luxembourg on 17th June.      (HL3332)

The Lord Monkswell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Urban Task Force Report will be published.      (HL3333)

The Lord Hacking—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to sign the Memorandum of Understanding with the United Nations in relation to peacekeeping operations.      (HL3334)

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]
    United Reformed Church [HL] [22nd June]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL] [29th June]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Greater London Authority [28th June]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [6th July]
    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] [9th July]
    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 [8th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Local Government
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Health [HL]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
    Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]
    Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
    Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
    Obscenity [HL]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Access to Justice [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons Reasons

    Tax Credits [28th June]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health [HL]
    Water Industry
    University College London
    Imperial College
    HFC Bank

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 reported from the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999 [27th June] [20th Report]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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)
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)4.00 pm
(Joint Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 30TH JUNE

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)2.00 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

MONDAY 5TH JULY

Procedure of the House Committee 3.30 pm
in the Moses Room

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

United Reformed Church Bill [HL] 11.00 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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