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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

At three o’clock

[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.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will convene an urgent meeting with representatives of the Federation of Small Abattoirs and other interested parties in order to discuss the current position of abattoirs and the rural community.

†The Baroness Jay of Paddington—To move that, in the event that one or more statutory instruments relating to Northern Ireland are laid before the House this day, a motion or motions to approve them may, notwithstanding the practice of the House, be moved this day without notice; and that Standing Order 70 (Affirmative Instruments) be dispensed with to enable the motion or motions to be taken, notwithstanding that no report from the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments on the instruments has been laid before the House.

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

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.

Protection of Children Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Laming]

‡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.

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

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]

Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Earl Attlee]

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.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the Britain in Europe campaign.

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.

MONDAY 19TH JULY

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to increase air passenger duty, now charged on airline tickets, as anticipated by the European Commission.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance of the Highways Agency and, if so, why.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Blandford fly has spread from its original habitat.

†*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the outcome of their criminal memoirs review.

TUESDAY 20TH JULY

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will have discussions with the Highways Agency to ensure that heavy loads are moved on roads only during the night.

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have received for the award of ex gratia payments to former British prisoners of war of the Japanese during the Second World War, and what response they have made.

†*The Lord Leigh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the removal of temporary road signs.

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.

*The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to permit religious bodies to hold digital broadcasting licences.

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.

The Lord Thomas of Swynnerton—To call attention to the problem of Gibraltar; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Trefgarne—To move, That the Offices Committee do consider the question of rights of access to the House for hereditary Peers who would otherwise be excluded when and if the House of Lords Bill becomes law.

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 30th June, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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)

7th June

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

8th June

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

9th June

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

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

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

30th June

The Lord Howie of Troon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the position regarding the giving of advice by the First Minister to Her Majesty the Queen on the exercise of Her functions in connection with the implementation of the Scotland Act 1998.      (HL3388)

The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Internal Market Council held in Luxembourg on 21st June.      (HL3389)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many adults were given custodial sentences by—

in the last three years for which figures are available.      (HL3390)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people were given custodial sentences by—

in the last three years for which figures are available.      (HL3391)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average lengths of custodial sentences for adults sentenced by—

in the last three years for which figures are available.      (HL3392)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average lengths of custodial sentences for young people sentenced by—

in the last three years for which figures are available.      (HL3393)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total number of days spent in prison by adults given custodial sentences by—

in the last three years for which figures are available.      (HL3394)

The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total number of days spent in prison by young people given custodial sentences by—

in the last three years for which figures are available.      (HL3395)

The Lord Merrivale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the potential of Gibraltar Airport, what consideration they are giving to ways in which it can be commercially exploited to a greater extent.      (HL3396)

The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 25th June (WA 111) that no further evidence has recently been submitted in the affair of the sale of the Sevso silver, whether the Crown Prosecution Service has sought access to any written statements and documents submitted to the Court on behalf of the Marquess of Northampton by his solicitors, Lane and Partners, in the Sevso Case (Marquess of Northampton v. Allen & Overy and Peter Mimpriss) in which allegations were made of fraud and fraudulent misrepresentation; and, if not, whether they will now seek to obtain the documentation from the Marquess of Northampton or his solicitors.      (HL3397)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what opinion polls they have commissioned or seen on the questions of introducing identity card schemes on a voluntary or mandatory basis; and what percentages of responses were registered for and against either schemes.      (HL3398)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the latest stated position of the Police Federation on the question of introducing an identification card scheme; and what are their observations on it.      (HL3399)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the conclusion of the last examination by the House of Commons Select Commission on Home Affairs of the introduction of a voluntary identity card scheme; and what was their response.      (HL3400)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that a voluntary identification card scheme on a “must-show” basis would help in the curbing of social security fraud, drug dealing, criminal activity and terrorist activity.      (HL3401)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many letters they have received on the question of introducing an identity card scheme; how many were in favour, and how many against.      (HL3402)

The Lord Mason of Barnsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a voluntary or mandatory identity card scheme would help control the illegal immigrant problem and ease the congestion and backlog of passport enquiries.      (HL3403)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of the lease between the Crown Services Agency and the tenant of Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park governing the maintenance and use of Pembroke Lodge.      (HL3404)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the safeguards to ensure that traffic through Richmond Park is regulated so as to protect the wildlife in the Park and its character as an area of special scientific interest.      (HL3405)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what restrictions are imposed on public access to Pembroke Lodge, Richmond Park by reason of the leasing arrangement with a private individual.      (HL3406)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the safeguards to protect wildlife in Richmond Park against the effects of night traffic attending private functions at Pembroke Lodge.      (HL3407)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the procedure for determining the needs of the Law Lords in performing their judicial functions on behalf of the House of Lords from year to year.      (HL3408)

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Law Lords are formally consulted from year to year about their needs in performing their judicial functions on behalf of the House of Lords.      (HL3409)

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the talks to discuss implementation of the Washington Accord held in Washington between the Kurdish parties of northern Iraq, attended by representatives of the United Kingdom Government; and what they will do to promote the establishment of an interim assembly, joint administration and revenue pooling in the area controlled by the two groups.      (HL3410)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what immediate steps are being taken through NATO to increase the current strength of KFOR in Kosovo from some 23,000 to the planned total of 55,000 troops.      (HL3411)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that the Allied Commander in Kosovo will have a police force of 3,000 at his disposal, as was originally agreed.      (HL3412)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the degree of control so far exercised by KFOR in Mitrovica and other places; and what improvements they foresee.      (HL3413)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask for the earliest possible appointment of the Head of the United Nations interim administration in Kosovo; and whether this person will be located in the same building as the Military Commander.      (HL3414)

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that Mr A Ocalan received a fair trial in Turkey, or not; and whether they will ask for internationally acceptable conditions for defence counsel, in any appeal against conviction or sentence.      (HL3415)

The Earl of Haddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to provide a certificate or other award to persons born in the 19th century, who are still surviving upon the arrival of the new millennium; and, if so, what proposals they are considering to provide a form of notification to advise appropriate organisations.      (HL3416)

The Lord Cadman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many responses have been received following the recent consultation by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions into Airport Transport Forums and Airport Surface Access Strategies; and from whom those responses have come.      (HL3417)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many offenders respectively aged 10-13, 10-16 and 10-17 inclusive were found guilty of (a) murder and (b) manslaughter in each year from 1979 to 1998.      (HL3418)

The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the age of criminal responsibility in each Council of Europe country.      (HL3419)

The Marquess of Ailesbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether on 29th June traffic in London was disrupted by an allegedly very small number of demonstrators; and, if so, whether the extent of the disruption was commensurate with the size of the demonstration.      (HL3420)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what pre-deployment costs have been incurred by the Ministry of Defence for operations related to Kosovo under the accounting code **34.      (HL3421)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs have been incurred by the Ministry of Defence for operations related to Kosovo under the accounting code **37.      (HL3422)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs, for the rest of this financial year, have been budgeted for by the Ministry of Defence for operations related to Kosovo under the accounting codes **34 and **37.      (HL3423)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what pre-deployment costs (less cost of munitions) have been incurred by the Ministry of Defence for operations related to Kosovo under the accounting code **34.      (HL3424)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs (less costs of munitions) have been incurred by the Ministry of Defence for operations related to Kosovo under the accounting code **37.      (HL3425)

The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what costs, for the rest of this financial year (less the cost of munitions), have been budgeted for by the Ministry of Defence for operations related to Kosovo under the accounting codes **34 and **37.      (HL3426)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the “mapping of the flood plain for every water course” (Environment Agency Action Plan for Flood Forecasting, Warning and Response, progress report March 1999) will include river tributaries not hitherto the responsibility of the National Rivers Authority or the Environment Agency.      (HL3427)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any progress has been made in strengthening the system of objecting to inappropriate development in flood risk areas.      (HL3428)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the development of a standard approach for archiving information on extreme floods is still on target.      (HL3429)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategy they have for dealing with floods caused by tributaries outside the Environment Agency remit which flow into rivers and streams within the Environment Agency’s remit; and in particular how any such strategy has been implemented in and around Rugby.      (HL3430)

The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 29th March (WA 14) and the Written Answer by Ms Armstrong MP on 28th June (HC Deb, WA 24), what is the reason for the discrepancy in the figures given in these answers.      (HL3431)

The Lord Dixon—To ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 22nd June (WA 75) relating to the line of route project—

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 July]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Greater London Authority [1st July]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [6th July]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL] [9th July]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) [HL] [9th July]
    Adoption (Intercountry Aspects)
    Immigration and Asylum
    Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.)

Waiting for Report

    Employment Relations [8th July]
    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Local Government
    Protection of Children [5th July]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL] [8th July]
    House of Lords
    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]
    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]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Aeroplane Noise (Amendment) Regulations 1999
    Draft Ministerial and other Salaries Order 1999
    Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1999
    Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1999
    Draft Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) 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
    Draft Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Amendment) 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]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 1ST JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)3.30 pm
(Joint Committee)

MONDAY 5TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.15 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.00 pm
Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 6TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Freedom of Information (Select Committee)2.30 pm
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
Procedure of the House Committee 4.00 pm
in the Moses Room
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

MONDAY 12TH JULY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee4.00 pm

TUESDAY 13TH JULY

Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee III)10.45 am
(Alternative Medicine)
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

MONDAY 19TH JULY

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY

London Docklands Railway (Lewisham) Act 199311.00 am
(Chairman of Committees’ determination underin the Moses Room
Private Business Standing Order 130)

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

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

 
 
 
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