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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.

TUESDAY 6TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Employment Relations Bill—The Lord Simon of Highbury to move, that the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clause 2

Schedule 2

Clauses 3 and 4

Schedule 3

Clauses 5 to 9

Schedule 4

Clauses 10 to 15

Schedule 5

Clauses 16 to 26

Schedule 6

Clauses 27 and 28

Schedule 7

Clauses 29 to 36

Schedule 8

Clauses 37 to 39.

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 Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to privatise the Post Office, or any part of its operations.

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

‡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.

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

Miss Vivien Stern, CBE

*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 full aims of the Britain in Europe campaign.

†Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts Bill [HL]—Third Reading

‡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

Sir Dennis Stevenson, CBE

*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 Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Forsyth

and

Miss Diana Warwick

*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

Richard Faulkner, Esq.,

and

William Brett, Esq.

*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

David Lea, Esq., OBE

*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 heavily 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.

†*The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sufficient trained troops available to meet their commitments in Kosovo, Bosnia and Northern Ireland in view of their commitment to provide 8,000 troops for a United Nations force anywhere in the world in the future.

MONDAY 26TH JULY

Miss Usha Prashar, CBE

and

Professor William Bradshaw

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

†*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources they intend to provide for the British Council and the BBC World Service over the next three years.

†*The Baroness Turner of Camden—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are being made to ensure that civilian victims of NATO bombing in Kosovo, whether Albanian or Serbian, receive adequate compensation for injuries sustained.

†*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the timetable for the review of workforce planning promised in the Department of Health’s reply (Cm 4379) to the House of Commons Health Committee’s Report on future staffing requirements (1998-99, HC 38-I).

TUESDAY 27TH JULY

Christopher Rennard, Esq., MBE

†*The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent progress has been made with the training of interpreters in the National Health Service.

†*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the reports of the nine pilot schemes which they set up to discover and analyse the reasons why some one million pensioners do not claim the income support to which they are entitled.

†*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the comprehensive Test Ban Treaty agreed in 1995-96, with its verification and monitoring regime, has not come into force and whether they will exercise their right under the Treaty to call a Special Conference to accelerate ratification.

†*The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been in implementing the European Union’s Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive in Scotland.

WEDNESDAY 28TH JULY

Professor Alan Watson, CBE

†*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek ways to exclude historic road and rail vehicles from the proposed Pressure Equipment Regulations shortly to be introduced, so as not to add regulatory burdens to this part of the National Transport Heritage.

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.

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 future sovereignty 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.

†House of Lords Bill—The Duke of Montrose to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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

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

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

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 5th July, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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)

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)

5th July

The Baroness ThorntonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for July; and whether they will list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL3472)

The Lord MonkswellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish information about preparations made by other countries to deal with the millennium bug.      (HL3473)

The Lord MonkswellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for stimulating the availability of finance for small and medium-sized enterprises through the regional venture capital funds element of the Enterprise Fund.      (HL3474)

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the countryside access scheme to be closed to new entrants.      (HL3475)

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report by the Institute of Occupational Medicine in Edinburgh into the effects of exposure to organophosphorous sheep dips will be published.      (HL3476)

The Baroness LudfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Whitty on 29th June (HL Deb, cols. 174-176), what are (a) the characteristics of the PPP contract and (b) the special position of Railtrack which make the exclusive negotiations with Railtrack for the London Transport contract escape the competitive bidding requirements of the European Union Utilities Directive.      (HL3477)

The Baroness LudfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Whitty on 29th June (HL Deb, cols. 174-176), which principal aspects of the proposed London Transport-Railtrack contract place it within the description of Part B (services) under the European Union Utilities Directive; and within which specific service does it fall.      (HL3478)

The Baroness LudfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Whitty on 29th June (HL Deb, cols. 174-176), why the contract does not fall in the category of “works” contract of the European Union Utilities Directive for which full competition is required, if it is, in the words of the 15th June statement, for “maintenance and upgrading” of the sub-surface Underground lines and to “build links between the Underground and the national rail lines”.      (HL3479)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a real need to renew a passport; and whether they would consider making a passport into a lifelong document.      (HL3480)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, considering that the evaluation report of the European Union’s Sustainable Development in the Paraguayan Chaco project shows that indigenous people’s land claims in the area of the project have not been satisfactorily resolved, they will move to suspend the project for two years when it comes before the Asia and Latin America Committee on 13th July, pending a further analysis of the land claims situation in eighteen months’ time.      (HL3481)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what catering services are provided to meet the needs of members of the armed forces who are vegetarians.      (HL3482)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last occasion upon which there was an independent enquiry into the provision of psychiatric medical services in prisons.      (HL3483)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is intended that the effect of the Access to Justice Bill will be to enable solicitors to charge contingency fees for proceedings before employment tribunals.      (HL3484)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence there is for the statement published in standing station orders and shortly to be issued as a Defence Council Instruction that “organisations of a secretive nature such as the Freemasons” carry a “perception of preferential treatment and undue influence”.      (HL3485)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of a statement announced by the Government in standing station orders and shortly to be issued as a Defence Council Instruction, what “organisations of a secretive nature” other than Freemasonry are listed as among those for which “serving personnel should not encourage or promote membership”.      (HL3486)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in the development of (a) a measure and (b) a target for their objective of reducing the long run rate of the growth of crime.      (HL3487)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the baselines against which the achievement of the objectives (a) to reduce the level of disorder and (b) to reduce the fear of crime will be measured.      (HL3488)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the development of a measure for the objective of reducing the economic cost of crime.      (HL3489)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the development of measures to assess the achievement of the objectives (a) to ensure just processes and outcomes in the criminal justice and (b) to respect the rights of defendants.      (HL3490)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the development of measures to assess (a) the level of confidence in the criminal justice system and (b) the satisfaction of victims, witnesses and jurors with their treatment in the criminal justice system.      (HL3491)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders; (b) sex offender orders; (c) parenting orders; (d) child safety orders; (e) drug treatment and testing orders; (f) reparation orders; (g) action plan orders; and (h) detention and training orders have been made by the courts to date under the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.      (HL3492)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how general medical practitioners and serving regimental medical officers are informed of illnesses within the Gulf veterans’ community; and when such information was last disseminated.      (HL3493)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the Territorial Army have resigned in the last twelve months; how many have not completed their twelve months’ training; and what is the position of members of the TA who are injured or become ill as a result of their service with regard to their life, medical and mortgage protection insurances.      (HL3494)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of the Territorial Army are currently in post and serving with H M Armed Forces in (a) the Falklands; (b) Bosnia; and (c) the Yugoslavian provinces; what is the average length of their tours; and what is their position if they are away from their civilian jobs for more than twelve months.      (HL3495)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many appeals relating to Gulf War illnesses are currently outstanding at the War Pensions Agency; and what was the comparative figure at 30th June 1999.      (HL3496)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all members of the Territorial Army and the Reserves were fully informed of the correct procedures, including rights of appeal, for medical discharge prior to their discharge from service in the Gulf War; and, if they were, in what form this information was provided.      (HL3497)

The Lord CadmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the West Coast Main Line Upgrade Project will require orders under the Transport and Works Act 1992; if so, whether such orders have been applied for; and, if so, how long is envisaged before they can be granted.      (HL3498)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Non Regular Permanent Staff of the Territorial Army being made redundant under the Strategic Defence Review are prohibited for being considered for employment as civilians when the duties involved would be no different.      (HL3499)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimate of the average redundancy payment to Non Regular Permanent Staff of the Territorial Army who are being made redundant under the Strategic Defence Review.      (HL3500)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current arrangements, if any, for calculating redundancy payments applicable to Non Regular Permanent Staff of the Territorial Army who are being made redundant but take on employment with the Ministry of Defence as a civilian.      (HL3501)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a non-European Union driving licence holder can drive an European Union registered light goods vehicle or public carriage vehicle in the United Kingdom.      (HL3502)

The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce a firm date for the demolition of the former headquarters of the Department of the Environment at Number 2 Marsham Street; and, if not, why not.      (HL3503)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what prior briefing was given to members of the City of London Police and the Metropolitan Police who were on duty on 18th June at the riot in the City of London and elsewhere in London about sub-section (4A) recently added to section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994.      (HL3504)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in respect of the riot which occurred in the City of London on 18th June and spilled over to other parts of London, how many persons were required by police officers, pursuant to section 60(4A) of the Criminal Justice and Public Order 1994, to remove any item which the officer believed was bring worn wholly or mainly to conceal the wearer’s identity; and how many such items were seized pursuant to that subsection.      (HL3505)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons were arrested pursuant to section 24(2) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 during the recent riot in the City of London and elsewhere in London for failure to comply with a requirement by a police constable to remove a mask.      (HL3506)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for reviewing higher education pay and conditions in response to the Bett Report.      (HL3507)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount of money available to Sheffield local education authority for education in the year 1998-99 and in 1999-2000 from central Government; and what was the total sum spent by Sheffield local education authority on education in each of the last two periods.      (HL3508)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total sum of money allocated directly to schools by Sheffield local education authority in the year 1998-99 and 1999-2000.      (HL3509)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the education Standard Spending Assessment for Sheffield local education authority; and what is their level of expenditure on education in relation to it.      (HL3510)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been invested in the Joint Industrial and Commercial Attachments programme between 1990-1999; and what the programme has achieved.      (HL3511)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what programmes will replace the Joint Industrial and Commercial Attachments programme.      (HL3512)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the business management programmes in which the Department for International Development commissions the British Council to act as manager or contractor; and what is the value of each contract to the British Council.      (HL3513)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the priority areas in which British aid can be deployed to assist the Russian Federation and nations formerly under the control of the Soviet Union; and what importance they place on co-operation with those nations’ commercial sectors.      (HL3514)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to improve the links the Department of International Development has established between themselves and the Commercial Attachés in British Embassies in Central and Eastern Europe.      (HL3515)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask English Heritage to produce illustrations of the Stonehenge landscape during the multi-year period of construction of the two kilometre cut-and-cover tunnel they propose, and of the landscape with the scar of the cut-and-cover tunnel, similar to the airbrushed illustrations of the Stonehenge landscape in the long term, that is, when the tunnel has been completed and the scar mitigated by the passage of time, which they publish in their documentation for the Visitors Centre, or associated developments, and including illustrations of the various portals of the tunnel and of the approach cuts for it, and of the landscaping proposed in Stonehenge Bottom, all within the World Heritage Site.      (HL3516)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Commission have been monitoring the activities of Mr Morningstar, the United States Secretary of State’s Special Adviser on the Caspian region, who has been seeking to influence various Governments concerning the legal status of the Caspian Sea.      (HL3517)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether English Heritage was within its rights in (a) intervening for research purposes, and (b) moving, “Seahenge” (the Bronze Age wooden structure discovered on the north Norfolk foreshore); and, if so, whether the law is sufficiently precise about newly discovered antiquities offshore, other than wrecks.      (HL3518)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 23rd June (WA 90-91), what were the economic, political and health effects of (a) the use of depleted uranium (including airborne particles), cluster bombs, and other unconventional weapons; (b) targeting chemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical works; (c) targeting the civil water supply; and (d) the use of (classified) weapons that disrupted the civil electricity supply of Belgrade and other towns in Kosovo and Serbia.      (HL3519)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research, by whom and where, has been done in the United Kingdom into the health and happiness of people born through medically-assisted procreation and into their awareness of their origins.      (HL3520)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions for public policy they draw from research into the health and happiness of people born through medically-assisted procreation and their awareness of their origins.      (HL3521)

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 [7th 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]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL] [8th July]
    House of Lords
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL] [13th July]

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]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Protection of Children

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
    Draft INTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland Act Tribunal (Procedure) Rules 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

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Orders laid under s.1(4) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999
    Draft Deregulation (Millennium Licensing) 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]

TUESDAY 6TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)in Brussels
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

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.00 am
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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