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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

Bills marked § have been set down before the expiry of the

recommended minimum interval between stages.

MONDAY 5TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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]

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

‡The Lord Hunt of Tanworth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on plans, referred to in paragraph 8.8 of the White Paper Modern Local Government: In Touch with the People, to introduce a new duty on local authorities to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area and accompanying powers.

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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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]

†‡Ministerial and other Salaries Order 1999—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th June be approved.

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]

†Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Renton of Mount Harry]

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.

†§Immigration and Asylum Bill—Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

†‡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).

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.

†‡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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill will be continued this day]

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.

†Access to Justice Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Chancellor]

†Local Government Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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.

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

†‡Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) Bill—Committee [The Lord Meston]

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill will be continued this day]

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.

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the reconstruction of Kosovo and what is their policy towards the reconstruction of Serb Yugoslavia.

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.

†*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that enhanced debt relief to highly indebted poor countries, agreed in Cologne, will be used to reduce poverty and meet the 2015 international targets.

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.

†*The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further plans they have for monitoring political and judicial developments in Hong Kong.

MONDAY 26TH JULY

†*The Lord Brooke of Alverthorpe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for encouraging moves towards longer term pay agreements.

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 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 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 House of Lords’ 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.

†The Lord Gray—To move, That there be referred to the Committee for Privileges the question whether the House of Lords Bill (as amended on Report) would, if enacted, breach the provisions of the Treaty of Union between England and Scotland.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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

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

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

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on the dates shown]

26th May

The Lord Craig of RadleyTo 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 RannochTo 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)

8th June

The Lord Hardy of WathTo 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 BrokeTo 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 KennetTo 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)

10th June

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

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

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

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

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

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

11th June

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

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

14th June

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

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

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

15th June

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government —

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning is in hand and by whom to ensure that (a) the Danube is re-opened for international transport and (b) the broken bridges are re-built as soon as possible.      (HL3003)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to arrange for the independent auditing of the Meat Hygiene Service by the Food Standards Agency when the Meat Hygiene Service is absorbed into the Food Standards Agency.      (HL3009)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what time limits are imposed on the Meat Hygiene Service responding to complaints about the conduct of Meat Hygiene Service staff.      (HL3011)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements exist for the urgent resolution of complaints about the conduct of Meat Hygiene Service staff where commercial arrangements and income may be affected.      (HL3012)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Meat Hygiene Inspector who soils an area of a slaughterhouse by accidental spillage of ink used for official health marks should be required to clean up the mess himself, or whether the slaughterhouse owner or his staff are required to do so.      (HL3014)

The Lord AddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether plant operators who allow Meat Hygiene Service staff access to telephones on their premises are required to bear the cost of personal telephone calls made by those staff or to pay for time spent on this activity; whether the calls are paid for by the plant or not; and whether plant operators are entitled to monitor telephone calls made by Meat Hygiene Service staff to ensure that they are confined to Meat Hygiene Service business.      (HL3029)

The Lord AddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours of practical tuition and practical experience in slaughterhouses under supervision Meat Hygiene Inspectors are required to have in the post-mortem inspection of animals.      (HL3030)

The Viscount LongTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Meat Hygiene Service personnel making entries in slaughterhouse “day books” recording allegations of verbal abuse on the part of slaughterhouse staff are required to substantiate these allegations and record the circumstances in which they were made; and, in the cases which were substantiated, whether any provocation was involved.      (HL3033)

The Viscount LongTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any instructions have been given to Meat Hygiene Service personnel who make entries in slaughterhouse “day books” which record allegations of verbal abuse on the part of slaughterhouse staff as to their obligations to avoid defamation.      (HL3034)

The Viscount LongTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used by the Meat Hygiene Service to determine the fitness of Meat Hygiene Inspectors; and how many hours experience of carrying out the post-mortem inspection of animals in slaughterhouses a senior Meat Hygiene Inspector would be expected to have.      (HL3035)

The Earl of DenbighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action would be expected of a slaughterhouse owner when served with an Improvement Notice by an Official Veterinary Surgeons which required him to “implement a hazard analysis system to prevent hygiene”.      (HL3040)

The Earl of DenbighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the term “customer” in the context of the relationship between slaughterhouse owners and the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3041)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what principles were observed in the allocation of areas within Kosovo to different national bodies of troops; whether, as envisaged at Rambouillet, but not in the eventual agreement approved by the United Nations Security Council, any NATO or Allied officials are currently holding out to the Kosovo Liberation Army the prospect of eventual independence for Kosovo; and whether the United Kingdom is supporting eventual independence for Kosovo or its incorporation in “Greater Albania”.      (HL3046)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Kosovo will be virtually “walled off” from Yugoslavia; and, if so, what implications would this have for the comprehensive reconstruction of the economic and social infrastructure of the Balkans.      (HL3047)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Serbs are to be defined in the context of the slogan “Serbs out, NATO in, refugees back” used by the Prime Minister and the Foreign Secretary.      (HL3049)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the Palestinians of NATO’s recent determination that refugees should be enabled to return to their homes and ancestral lands in areas of Euro-Atlantic responsibility such as the Mediterranean.      (HL3050)

16th June

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to arrange for the independent auditing of the Meat Hygiene Service, by the Food Standards Agency, when it is absorbed into the Food Standards Agency.      (HL3123)

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

17th June

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

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

18th June

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

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

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

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

21st June

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for asylum lodged before 1st July 1993, and between 1st July 1993 and 31st December 1995, respectively, remain to be decided.      (HL3187)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the rates of total condemnation in bovine, ovine and porcine species have been for the financial years 1995-96, 1996-97, 1997-98 and 1998-99.      (HL3189)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in force for liaison between the Meat Hygiene Service and local authorities, outside the periodic meetings with the Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Trading Standards.      (HL3190)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times in the last financial year representatives of the Meat Hygiene Service met with representatives of the Local Authorities Co-ordinating Body on Trading Standards.      (HL3191)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what formal system is in place for Meat Hygiene Inspectors employed by the Meat Hygiene Service to complain about the competence and performance of Official Veterinary Surgeons in slaughterhouses and poultry processing plants; and what measures exist to prevent Inspectors who complain from being victimised.      (HL3192)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a telephone help-line to enable Meat Hygiene Inspectors to make complaints about the performance and competence of Official Veterinary Surgeons.      (HL3193)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what status they accord to the Kosovo Liberation Army; whether they have any arrangement with this irregular military force, like that reached by United States Secretary of State Albright in February at Rambouillet; and, if so, whether United States and United Kingdom policy to convert the Kosovo Liberation Army into the police force of Kosovo as proposed by Mrs Albright in February is a NATO policy approved by Council consensus, or a policy particular to the United States and the United Kingdom Governments.      (HL3194)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what status or legitimacy within Kosovo the Kosovo Liberation Army has; and how this compares with the unofficially elected government of Mr Rugova.      (HL3195)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed their support for the Kosovo Liberation Army with the Government of Albania, in view of that Government’s concern over armed structures operating outside state control in three Kosovo Liberation Army training camps in Albania; and whether they have informed the Albanian Government of the purposes of the 300 hectare NATO military base being built at Kurjan, also in Albania.      (HL3196)

The Lord HolmPatrickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the level of non-productive time booked by the Meat Hygiene Service working in slaughterhouses during 1997-98 and 1998-99, in terms of number of hours and as a proportion of the total hours available.      (HL3200)

The Lord HolmPatrickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Official Veterinary Surgeons employed by the Meat Hygiene Service have been subjected to disciplinary procedures, either formal or informal, for failure to follow the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual.      (HL3201)

The Lord HolmPatrickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government where the responsibility for carrying out statutory duties in meat inspection lies; whether Meat Hygiene Inspectors are authorised specifically in writing to carry out these duties; and, if so, who signs the authorisations.      (HL3202)

The Lord HolmPatrickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an assessment of the health and safety of Meat Hygiene Service staff working in meat cutting plants and abattoirs has been carried out; and, if so, what recommendations have been made.      (HL3203)

The Lord HolmPatrickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether asking Meat Hygiene Inspectors employed by the Meat Hygiene Service to sign the Official Secrets Act is an appropriate use of this Act.      (HL3204)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate for an experienced Meat Hygiene Inspector to take instructions from a junior veterinary surgeon who holds the post of Official Veterinary Surgeon, as to the judgment of meat fitness during post-mortem inspections.      (HL3206)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Meat Hygiene Service staff are employed to investigate the trade in unfit meat.      (HL3207)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are employed by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to investigate the trade in unfit meat.      (HL3208)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce a “fast-track” system of meat inspection in the United Kingdom; and, if not, what would be the obstacles to the introduction of such a system.      (HL3210)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the procurement of a single microbiological test per week in abattoirs with a throughput of over 1,000 animals a week is sufficient to detect the presence of E-coli 0157 in these plants.      (HL3211)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to give effect to the recommendation of the Law Commission for England and Wales, as set out in its 33rd Annual Report, to take measures to address the backlog in implementing the Commission’s recommended reforms.      (HL3212)

22nd June

The Marquess of AilesburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether statistics show that the westbound elevated section of the M4 was a dangerous stretch of road when it had a 50 mph limit.      (HL3217)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

23rd June

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are committed to ensuring the continued availability of green top milk.      (HL3244)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence has been published in the last three years as to the carcinogenicity of dioxins of the type, and at the concentrations, thought possibly to be present in Belgian food products recently withdrawn from the market.      (HL3246)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what figures or estimates they have, for the most recent three years available, that might give some indication of the amount spent on health and safety measures, pollution control, and other measures to improve the environmental or human costs and risks of production or employment.      (HL3248)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in connection with the installation of a bus, coach and taxi lane on the eastbound carriageway of the M4 between junctions 3 and 2 and associated road works—

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), why the Meat Hygiene Service operations manual refers to the monthly hygiene assessment made by an Official Veterinary Surgeon under the “Enforcement” section, and instructs Official Veterinary Surgeons to write to plant operators to confirm the nature of deficiencies found and the action required to correct them, given that the Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) monitors the hygiene of licensed slaughterhouse and cutting plant operations and does not assess their compliance with statutory and non-statutory requirements.      (HL3250)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), whether the Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) falls within the remit of the Fresh Meat Directive 91/497/EEC and the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995; and, if not, whether slaughterhouse and cutting plant operators can refuse to co-operate with the HAS and ignore any findings from it if the HAS does not assess their compliance with statutory and non-statutory requirements.      (HL3251)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), by what authority Official Veterinary Surgeons carry out hygiene assessments under the Hygiene Assessment Scheme (HAS) if the HAS does not assess the compliance of licensed slaughterhouse owners or operators with statutory or non-statutory requirements and only authority vested in Official Veterinary Surgeons is related specifically to enforcement of the Fresh Meat Directive 91/497/EEC and the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995, in neither of which is there any reference to the HAS.      (HL3252)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), what provision is made for appeals by operators of licensed slaughterhouses or cutting plants as to their Hygiene Assessment Scheme scores if they believe that an appeal to the Meat Hygiene Service has not been properly or fairly determined; whether the current system for appeals is both independent and impartial when the Meat Hygiene Service is the employer of the assessors; and whether arrangements can be made for a review of the scores by an assessor not employed by the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3253)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 27), whether, when they consider whether licensed slaughterhouse or meat cutting plant owners or operators should be prosecuted for alleged offences under the Meat Hygiene and Special Risk Material Regulations, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food officials pay specific regard to previous enforcement actions; and, in particular, how they assess whether such actions have been adequate and fair.      (HL3254)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28), whether a Meat Hygiene Service operations manual is issued to owners or operators of every licensed slaughterhouse and cutting plant to enable them to follow the procedures for appeals against Hygiene Assessment Scheme scores.      (HL3255)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a slaughterhouse owner, who suspects that an animal presented for slaughter at his establishment may produce meat in which veterinary medicines residues may be above the statutory limits, may require a sample to be procured by an Official Veterinary Surgeon for transmission to and testing by the Veterinary Medicines Directorate; and whether he is entitled to receive a result in sufficient time to release the carcass, should residue levels be within acceptable limits.      (HL3256)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the trimming of carcasses in a slaughterhouse by Meat Hygiene Service personnel, to remove contamination, increases the risk of penetration of bacteria into deep muscle by way of the exposed, cut surfaces.      (HL3257)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have commissioned, are aware of, or intend to commission any detailed scientific studies which quantify the overall average microbiological counts on carcasses which have been deemed to have been contaminated by gut contents and which have been kept in dry conditions at ambient temperatures for 12-24 hours, without trimming, and how these counts compare with counts from carcasses held in refrigeration and which have been trimmed in accordance with Meat Hygiene Service policy.      (HL3258)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Food Standards Agency, as the proposed “owner” of the Meat Hygiene Service, will assume the responsibility for authorising the payment of performance bonuses to the chief executive of the Meat Hygiene Service, and its staff.      (HL3259)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the overall microbial counts of fresh meat have improved as a result of Meat Hygiene Service activities, since its inception, compared with the standards produced prior to the establishment of the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3260)

The Lord BlythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what performance indicators are used to measure the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3261)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO intends to carry out a detailed and comprehensive survey of the military effects of the bombing campaign in Serbia identifying the effects of the various weapons used.      (HL3262)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO intends to carry out a detailed and comprehensive survey of the social, political and environmental effects of the bombing campaign in Serbia identifying the effects of the various weapons used and as far as possible estimating the costs of reconstruction and rehabilitation which will fall to the Allies.      (HL3263)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO intends to carry out a detailed and comprehensive survey of the social, political and environmental effects of the bombing campaign in Serbia as far as possible to identify those aspects of the campaign which were not fully in accord with conventional humanitarian law.      (HL3264)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the quality and accuracy of the information promulgated by NATO during the Kosovo campaign, and consider how far departure from strict accuracy in such operations should be permitted.      (HL3265)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether NATO propose to revise any of the statements made by them about the proportion of the Yugoslav forces which were destroyed or put out of action.      (HL3266)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their view that smoking by fictional characters in popular television soap operas such as Coronation Street and EastEnders is likely to cause young people to smoke.      (HL3267)

The Viscount BrentfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what date they expect to achieve their pledge to halve the time from arrest to sentence of persistent young offenders to 71 days.      (HL3268)

The Viscount BrentfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why in some police force areas the average number of days from arrest to sentence for persistent young offenders has increased between 1997 and 1998.      (HL3269)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will give financial assistance to the Jewish Museum when the London Borough Grants Committee’s grant comes to an end in December 2000.      (HL3271)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will give financial assistance to independent museums with designated status.      (HL3272)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Under Secretary Hassan Abdin of the Government of Sudan has been granted a visa to enter the United Kingdom; and, if so, whether this is consistent with United Nations Security Council Resolution 1054 and the Government’s commitment to an ethically based foreign policy and promotion of human rights.      (HL3273)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many unaccompanied children reached the United Kingdom seeking asylum in each of the last twelve months; and whether they can state their countries of origin.      (HL3274)

24th June

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo 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 RentonTo 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 RentonTo 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 RentonTo 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 RotherwickTo 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 RotherwickTo 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 AstorTo 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 AstorTo 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 AstorTo 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 BarnettTo 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 HyltonTo 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 HyltonTo 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 HyltonTo 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 KennetTo 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 KennetTo 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 KennetTo 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 KennetTo 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 KennetTo 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 Clement-JonesTo 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 Countess of MarTo 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 MarTo 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 MarTo 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 MarTo 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 MarTo 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 MarTo 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 SwinfenTo 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 SwinfenTo 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 SwinfenTo 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 GreyTo 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 GreyTo 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 GreyTo 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 BlythTo 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 BlythTo 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 BlythTo 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 BlythTo 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 BlythTo 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 KinlossTo 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 KinlossTo 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 KinlossTo 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 KinlossTo 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 LongTo 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 LongTo 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 LongTo 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 LongTo 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 LongTo 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 LongTo 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 PalmerTo 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 PalmerTo 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 PalmerTo 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 PalmerTo 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 PalmerTo 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 PalmerTo 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 TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Transport Council held in Luxembourg on 17th June.      (HL3332)

25th June

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total tonnage of poultry and poultry meat imported to the United Kingdom from each European Union country for each month since June 1998.      (HL3335)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are taken by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to ensure that poultry and poultry meat imported from European Union countries comply with the latest Commission Decision on dioxin contamination and with poultry meat hygiene directives; how many checks have been conducted on these products in the last 12 months; in how many cases have infringements been found; and what action was taken when directives had not been adhered to.      (HL3336)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether imported Italian chicken is packed in accordance with European hygiene directives; and what action they propose to take to ensure compliance with European Union legislation.      (HL3337)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a discrepancy between the Written Answers by the Lord Donoughue on 16th June (WA 28) and 23rd June (WA 96) where in the former he states that: “the Hygiene Assessment System (HAS) monitors the hygiene of licensed slaughterhouse and cutting plant operations, it does not assess their compliance with statutory and non-statutory requirements” and in the latter he states that the HAS is “...an integral part of Official Veterinary Surgeon supervision...and is therefore directly related to the enforcement of the statutory provisions of the Fresh Meat (Hygiene and Inspection) Regulations 1995”; and whether, if the latter reply is correct, the criteria used for assessing HAS scores should be confined to statutory requirements.      (HL3338)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff of the Meat Hygiene Service have been charged with, or convicted of, criminal offences which were committed at times when those staff were employed by the Meat Hygiene Service or its contractors.      (HL3339)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Meat Hygiene Service staff are required to comply with the instructions set out in the Meat Hygiene Service operation manual at all times; and what action is taken by the Meat Hygiene Service if they do not.      (HL3340)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements the Royal Parks Agency has set up for monitoring (a) the noise levels, (b) the damage to the fabric of Parks and (c) the effects on traffic and car-parking, both within Parks and within neighbouring streets, of the commercial concerts and the related closing of roads that they have authorised in Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; and whether Ministers have approved these arrangements.      (HL3341)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of a building being constructed for NATO occupying 300 hectares in Kurjan in Albania and which, according to Albania reports, was recently looted of the equipment within it by Albania peasants.      (HL3342)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the disposal of mustard gas and VX which were found in the premises of the United Nations Special Commission on its departure from Iraq.      (HL3343)

28th June

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of individuals who have been sentenced on at least one occasion to more than 2½ years’ custody during the last 25 years.      (HL3347)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of offenders sentenced to custody in 1997 and 1998 respectively; and what was the estimated number in each year who were sentenced to more than 2½ years’ custody.      (HL3348)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current sentenced prison population; and what is the estimated number of prisoners currently serving sentences of more than 2½ years.      (HL3349)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were, for each year from 1994 to the present, the number of passenger train miles and freight train miles operated.      (HL3350)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each multi-modal transport corridor study, who are the members of the steering group so far appointed; and what are their affiliations.      (HL3351)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many soldiers from ethnic minorities are now serving in each regiment of the Household Division.      (HL3352)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many apiaries are now infested with the varroa mite; what help and advice they have given beekeepers to reduce varroa infestation to harmless levels; and what progress there has been toward making the techniques of varroa monitoring and control part of routine bee husbandry in the United Kingdom.      (HL3353)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the Haemophilia Society concerning the Written Answer given by the Baroness Hayman on 15th June (WA 18) about the distinction made between people with haemophilia infected with HIV and hepatitis C respectively during NHS treatment; and what action they are taking in response to those representations.      (HL3354)

The Lord Stanley of AlderleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under paragraph 32 of the Sheep Annual Premium/Hill Livestock Compensatory Allowances 2 (1999) Explanatory Leaflet, it is necessary for farmers to inform the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food or the Welsh Office Agriculture Department of the exact date of death of every ewe dying during the Retention Period, should such a loss mean a reduction in the amount claimed under the Sheep Annual Premium Scheme 1999.      (HL3355)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will publish detailed income and expenditure accounts in relation to the performance, by the Law Lords, of the judicial functions of the House of Lords, covering all categories of expenditure other than the salaries of the Law Lords themselves.      (HL3356)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish detailed income and expenditure accounts in relation to the performance, by the Law Lords, of their judicial functions in the Privy Council, covering all categories of expenditure other than the salaries of the Law Lords themselves.      (HL3357)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the answer by the Lord Burlison in response to Written Question HL2987 on 23rd June about the choice of names for NATO’s current operations in Kosovo (WA 91), and in view of the need to avoid misunderstandings, they consider that the practice of selecting operation names “at random” is satisfactory; and, if not, whether they will consider a more logical approach.      (HL3358)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the European Commission’s Information Programme for European Citizens (Prince) was first introduced; what annual expenditures have been financed under it; and what is the Treaty Article on which the Commission’s programme is based.      (HL3359)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in spite of the opt-out provisions of Protocol Number 11 to the Maastricht Treaty, the provisions of EC Treaty Article 104 dealing with excess government deficits apply to the United Kingdom; and, if so, when and on what occasions recommendations have been made to the United Kingdom by the Council of Ministers under paragraphs 7 and 8 of Article 104.      (HL3360)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who authorised the transfer from prison to a special hospital in December 1992 of the Arab terrorist, Marwan al Bana; whether the Foreign Secretary, Home Secretary or Arab governments were consulted prior to his transfer; whether the Israeli government was informed; whether representations had been made on his behalf; and, if so, by whom.      (HL3361)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what medical factors were cited as the grounds for the transfer from prison to special hospital of Marwan al Bana; who carried out the medical assessment; and what were their qualifications.      (HL3362)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the allegations contained in the Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz of 11th June that M15 had prior knowledge of the attempted assassination on 3rd June 1982 of the then Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Mr Shlomo Argov, are correct.      (HL3363)

29th June

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in order to ensure that all primary and secondary schools have a daily act of worship.      (HL3365)

The Lord RichardTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by Government Departments in using BS7799 in order to implement the provisions of the Data Protection Act 1998; and what machinery exists to monitor the activities of individual Government Departments in this respect.      (HL3366)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Regulatory Impact Assessment has been made by the Cabinet Office Better Regulation Unit on Meat Hygiene Service charges; if so, whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House; and, if not, why not.      (HL3367)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many recipients of Severe Disablement Allowance are also in receipt of the higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance.      (HL3368)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of those in receipt of Severe Disablement Allowance who also receive Income Support are also in receipt of the higher rate of the care component of Disability Living Allowance.      (HL3369)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings have been held between Home Office Ministers and the Press Complaints Commission since 1st January 1999 to discuss—

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings have been held between Ministers at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and the Press Complaints Commission since 1st January 1999 to discuss—

The Lord HoyleTo ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 27th May (WA 102), what action has resulted from the consideration being given to amending the Palace of Westminster website to indicate that it is possible to have a guide in a foreign language if visitors require one.      (HL3372)

The Lord Mackenzie of FramwellgateTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in the case of Judge Gee, who has been suspended since November 1995 on full pay.      (HL3373)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to announce the dates of the Summer Parliamentary Recess.      (HL3374)

The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was a leak of the appointment of the new Poet Laureate after the death of Ted Hughes; if so, what investigation has been made into the leak; and with what result.      (HL3375)

The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many leaks of information from central Government Departments have been investigated since 1st May 1997 by the panel maintained by the Cabinet Office; and with what result.      (HL3376)

The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons had access to the summary of the findings of the Macpherson Inquiry into the Lawrence murder and its associated commentary before their general publication.      (HL3377)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning the teaching of English by the British Council to the local employees of British oil companies in Burma.      (HL3378)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why diabetes is increasing at a higher rate in groups of ethnic people in the United Kingdom than in other groups; and what research into this increase is being undertaken.      (HL3379)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have taken any action in response to the maintenance by the United States of the smallpox virus and its decision in 1997 to devote $322 million to make new vaccines for the military; and whether they have studied the implications for world health of other countries, such as Israel, maintaining variola stocks.      (HL3380)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 16th June (WA 24), whether they will reconsider their decision not to assist the Vietnamese Government in obtaining scientifically sound data on the use of Agent Orange, given that any compensation secured by the Vietnamese Government could help alleviate poverty and ill health in Vietnam.      (HL3381)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who advised them that a 20-metre safe zone between genetically modified crops and other crops was sufficient; and whether these advisers remain in their employment.      (HL3382)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any studies which show that weight-enhancing hormones in beef and milk-enhancing hormones in cows which might increase weight (leading to obesity) or the over-production of milk cannot be passed to humans.      (HL3383)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 22nd June (WA 83) concerning Ministers meeting with “senior Kosovo Liberation Army representatives” (a) how such “representatives” were selected; (b) what is the spectrum of Kosovo/Albanian opinion which the Kosovo Liberation Army is taken to represent; and (c) whether Ministers meet other elements of Kosovo/Albanian opinion.      (HL3384)

30th June

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo 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 BraunstoneTo 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 BraunstoneTo 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 BraunstoneTo 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 BraunstoneTo 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 BraunstoneTo 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 MerrivaleTo 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 KaimsthornTo 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 BarnsleyTo 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 BarnsleyTo 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 BarnsleyTo 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 BarnsleyTo 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 BarnsleyTo 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 BarnsleyTo 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 HillTo 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 HillTo 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 HillTo 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 HillTo 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 HillTo 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 HillTo 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 AveburyTo 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 HyltonTo 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 HyltonTo 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 HyltonTo 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 HyltonTo 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 HyltonTo 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 HaddingtonTo 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 CadmanTo 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 DholakiaTo 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 DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the age of criminal responsibility in each Council of Europe country.      (HL3419)

The Marquess of AilesburyTo 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 AttleeTo 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 AttleeTo 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 AttleeTo 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 AttleeTo 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 AttleeTo 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 AttleeTo 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 ByfordTo 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 ByfordTo 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 ByfordTo 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 ByfordTo 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 ByfordTo 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 DixonTo ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 22nd June (WA 75) relating to the line of route project—

1st July

The Lord DenhamTo ask the Leader of the House in what respects the rules of relevance and scope (in relation to public bills and amendments thereto) differ between this House and the House of Commons; and what are the different criteria on the admissibility of amendments which are used in each House.      (HL3434)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that KFOR in Kosovo is effectively protecting the religious buildings of all faiths and churches, as symbols of communal identity, from damage.      (HL3435)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that proper arrangements exist for the care of mentally ill asylum seekers, in the light of the story “The Man who Broke His Journey” in the Annual Report of the Medical Foundation.      (HL3436)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 28th June (WA 5), whether the Administration and Works Sub-Committee will consider making photocopying and fax facilities available for the convenience of parties, and their legal representatives, if necessary upon payment of a reasonable charge.      (HL3437)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 28th June (WA 5), whether the Administration and Works Sub-Committee will consider making photocopying and fax facilities available for the convenience of parties, and their legal representatives, when it becomes necessary in the course of a hearing to make use of such facilities, so that it is no longer necessary to seek the use of these facilities via the doorkeepers and Library of the House.      (HL3438)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 28th June (WA 6), upon how many occasions during the past three years the Lord Chancellor has exercised the power to make a direction under section 4(4)(a) of the Legal Aid Act 1988 to give the Legal Aid Board the power to grant representation under section 4(2)(b) of that Act for proceedings that are ordinarily outside the scope of legal aid; and what were the exceptional circumstances giving rise to the exercise of that power.      (HL3439)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consulted the public in England and Wales before deciding to abolish the writ and replace it with a “claims form” for proceedings in the Royal Courts of Justice; and, if so, what were the results of the consultative process.      (HL3440)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the changes in traffic flows over the Humber Bridge over the last five years for—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes in tolls for the Humber Bridge have been approved over the last five years.      (HL3442)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what expenditure has been (a) authorised and (b) incurred for Urgent Operational Requirements for Operation AGRICOLA in Kosovo.      (HL3443)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many “Corimec” or equivalent 20 foot accommodation and ablution units will be available for use in Kosovo on Operation AGRICOLA before the winter sets in.      (HL3444)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many “Corimec” or equivalent 20 feet accommodation and ablution units are on order for use in Kosovo on Operation AGRICOLA.      (HL3445)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the budget for “Corimec” or equivalent 20 foot accommodation and ablution units for use in Kosovo on Operation AGRICOLA.      (HL3446)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the evidence of high perinatal mortality in Birmingham reported in Why do Birmingham Babies Die? by the West Midlands Perinatal Audit Service, whether the epidemiological analysis commissioned from this Service, and the further systematic review of the causes of prematurity and still births commissioned from the Institute of Public Health, will examine the fluoridation of the local water supply among other possible causes.      (HL3447)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total number of defendants—

since 1992.      (HL3448)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the number of recorded offences by—

since 1992.      (HL3449)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the number of court convictions of—

since 1992.      (HL3450)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 17th May (WA 8)—

The Viscount LongTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether for each employee of the Meat Hygiene Service who has visited countries outside the European Union in 1998 or 1999 they will list (a) the countries; (b) the date of the visit and its duration; (c) the grade of the employee; (d) the total cost of each visit; (e) whether these costs were met from the budget of the Meat Hygiene Service or the budget of a named Government Department; and (f) the purpose of the visit.      (HL3452)

The Viscount LongTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether for each employee of the Veterinary Public Health Unit of the Joint Food Standards and Safety Group within the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food who has visited countries outside the European Union in 1998 or 1999 they will list (a) the countries; (b) the date of the visit and its duration; (c) the grade of the employee; (d) the total cost of each visit; and (e) the purpose of the visit.      (HL3453)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the recent stated position of the Association of Chief Police Officers to the Government on voluntary or mandatory introductions of identity cards.      (HL3454)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what objections have been made to them by civil liberties groups against the introduction of any national identity card schemes.      (HL3455)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the problems that have to be overcome to bring a United Kingdom voluntary identity card scheme in line with those European Union countries where identification schemes exist.      (HL3456)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have already been taken in the review of the need to introduce a voluntary or mandatory identity card scheme; and when the review is likely to conclude.      (HL3457)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the obstacles to be overcome to extend the driver’s photograph identity card to a national card.      (HL3458)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when it is expected that a decision will be taken about the future of William Morris Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham local education authority which is operating without legal status.      (HL3459)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the pupil-teacher ratio at William Morris Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham local education authority.      (HL3460)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the pupil-teacher ratio of all secondary schools in Hammersmith and Fulham local education authority.      (HL3461)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for inspecting William Morris Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham local education authority; and whether it is inspected as a school, a sixth form college or a further education college.      (HL3462)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what “A” level and post 16 qualifications have been achieved by pupils at each secondary school and the William Morris Academy in Hammersmith and Fulham local education authority.      (HL3463)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any areas are held definitely not to be in the Euro-Atlantic area; and whether all former member states of the Soviet Union are deemed to be within it.      (HL3464)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any limit to the “field of common concern” for which NATO is deemed to be “an essential transatlantic forum for allied consultations” (as stated in the Government’s Observations on the House of Commons Defence Committee Report on the Future of NATO and the Washington Summit); whether there are any limits to NATO’s “wider role beyond collective defence”; and, if so, where these various limits may lie.      (HL3465)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which NATO capabilities they believe should not be duplicated within a European Strategic Defence Initiative.      (HL3466)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statements in paragraph 16 of their Observations on the House of Commons Defence Committee Report on the Future of NATO and the Washington Summit (which quoted from paragraph 31 of NATO’s New Strategic Concept) indicate that NATO accepts that the “primordial responsibility for peace keeping and international security” lies with the United Nations Security Council, as declared in the Toulouse Declaration from the Franco-German Summit held on 29th May.      (HL3467)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reference to “militarily effective and defensively structured armed forces that are firmly controlled by democratic civilian authority,” in their Observations on the House of Commons Defence Committee Report on the Future of NATO and the Washington Summit indicates that NATO is encouraging the British Government to subject their military activities to the control of the British Parliament, or alternatively that NATO is content with the British system whereby the Government does not refer the activities of the armed forces to Parliament.      (HL3468)

The Lord CraigmyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to remove from parents their “prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children” (United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948, Article 26, paragraph 4).      (HL3469)

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 [5th 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) [15th July]
    Immigration and Asylum [12th July]
    Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) [15th July]

Waiting for Report

    Employment Relations [8th July]
    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL] [9th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Local Government [14th July]
    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]
    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] [14th July]
    Disability Rights Commission [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
    Draft International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Miscellaneous Provisions 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]

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)
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)4.00 pm
(Joint 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
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee11.00 am

THURSDAY 8TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

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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