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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

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

recommended minimum interval between stages.

WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†*The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the NATO Council unanimously approved the request to Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary to deny their airspace to Russian planes bringing peace keepers to Kosovo.

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

and

†Sir Dennis Stevenson, 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

†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 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.

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 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.

†*The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to improve the distribution of British films; and to assist the British film industry generally.

THURSDAY 29TH JULY

†*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average increase in the budgets and in the number of police officers employed in the police forces of England this year.

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.

†The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will hold and publish a political, military and economic review of the recent NATO campaign in the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

†The Lord Bishop of Salisbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the Women’s Institute report The Changing Village, and what is their response.

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 6th 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 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)

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)

6th July

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is not possible to exclude those who default on a commitment to decommissioning, or on actual decommissioning, from the Northern Ireland Assembly.      (HL3524)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event of a default on the requirement to decommission arms by Sinn Fein/IRA the Northern Ireland Assembly were suspended, further legislation would be required to establish a new Assembly which excluded the defaulting parties; and, if not, under what power such an Assembly would be set up.      (HL3525)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the timetable or time limits over which General de Chastelaine is to preside will be included in the Northern Ireland legislation which is to establish an Assembly.      (HL3526)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Committee set up to look into the impact of the decision to charge English, Welsh and Northern Irish students attending Scottish Universities four years of fees for an Honours Degree has met; and when it is likely to report.      (HL3527)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proposed housing density at the Millennium Village development in Greenwich; and how it compares with the housing density in the Hampstead Garden Suburb or another comparable area.      (HL3528)

The Earl of CourtownTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when a draft bill on the funding of political parties will be published.      (HL3529)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local child curfew schemes have been put in place by local authorities under the provisions of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998.      (HL3530)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many penalty fares have been levied per annum on the London Underground since their introduction.      (HL3531)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been issued with penalty fares per annum on the London Underground since the introduction of penalty fares.      (HL3532)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those members of the Cabinet whose departmental responsibilities extend to Scotland.      (HL3533)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many payments to National Health Service Trusts were made by the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency under the terms of the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 during the three months to 30th June; and what was the aggregate value of those payments.      (HL3534)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the computer system commissioned for use by the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency under the remit conferred by the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 is fully operational; and, if so, on what date it was deemed to be so.      (HL3535)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency has a complement of staff sufficient to meet its full responsibilities under the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999; and whether all such staff have been fully trained to operate the system for recovering charges on behalf of National Health Service Trusts.      (HL3536)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service Trusts and commercial insurers are experiencing any difficulties with the interpretation and operation of the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999 in the context of their dealings with the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency.      (HL3537)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Forms CRU100 (Certificates of Recoverable Benefits) issued to commercial insurers by the Compensation Recovery Unit of the Benefits Agency prior to 5th April 1999 preclude the recovery of NHS fees, where these have been incurred, under the terms of the Road Traffic (NHS Charges) Act 1999.      (HL3538)

The Lord SpensTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to guarantee the safety and well-being of Peter Clarence Foster when he is returned to this country after his extradition from Australia.      (HL3539)

The Lord SpensTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prison Service was in breach of its regulations when, in 1996, it permitted a serving inmate, Peter Clarence Foster, to participate as a registered informant in Operation Outreach.      (HL3540)

The Lord SpensTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action, if any, was taken to investigate the detailed allegations of corruption within the Prison Service outlined in the letters of 18th June 1998 sent by Peter Clarence Foster’s lawyers, Janes Solicitors, to the Home Secretary and the Prime Minister.      (HL3541)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what subjects will be discussed with the Government of Turkey by the Rt. Hon. Joyce Quin MP, Minister for State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, when she visits that country in the near future.      (HL3542)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the highest security classification of documents normally handled by—

of the Territorial Army which are not involved with Special Forces or intelligence matters.      (HL3543)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the highest security classification of information technology equipment normally found in—

of the Territorial Army which are not involved with Special Forces or intelligence matters.      (HL3544)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the regular increase in tubercular lesions in cattle between 1995 and 1998, revealed in the Written Answer by the Lord Donoughue on 1st July (WA 49), gives them cause for concern; and, if so, what action they are taking.      (HL3545)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the recommendations of the Snowdon Survey in relation to the centralisation of information on sources of funds for disabled students and the “geographical lottery” involved in applying for these funds; and what action they will be taking.      (HL3546)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 24th June (WA 103), whether they consider that to put an upper age limit on membership of the House of Commons or of the House of Lords would be contrary to human rights.      (HL3547)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent ageism in politics.      (HL3548)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the report made public on 5th July that accidents involving police vehicles in the London Metropolitan Police area have been occurring at an average rate of 16 a day, they will advise police authorities to continue to provide for effective readiness for immediate departure of their vehicles on receiving emergency calls but not to compete in times taken to reach destinations entailing excessive speed, ignoring traffic lights and disrupting other traffic.      (HL3550)

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 [13th 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 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
    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

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

Referred to a Joint Committee

    City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 7TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)in Brussels
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 A)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)3.30 pm
(Joint Committee)

TUESDAY 13TH JULY

Freedom of Information (Select Committee)10.00 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
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)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

MONDAY 19TH JULY

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 20TH JULY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm

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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