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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 12TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 7th July be approved.

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

[If the Northern Ireland Bill is brought from the Commons, Second Reading is expected to be taken this day.]

THURSDAY 15TH JULY

[Prayers will have been read]

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]

Employment Relations Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Simon of Highbury]

Local Government Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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

Football (Offences and Disorder) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare]

[If the Northern Ireland Bill is brought from the Commons, remaining stages are expected to be taken this day.]

ROYAL ASSENT

FRIDAY 16TH JULY

North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th June be approved. [24th Report from the Joint Committee]

[The Lord Dubs intends to move the following three motions en bloc: but if any Lord objects the motions must be moved separately to the extent desired.]

Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Procedural Rules) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th June be approved. [24th Report from the Joint Committee]

Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Guidelines) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th June be approved. [24th Report from the Joint Committee]

Public Processions (Northern Ireland) Act 1998 (Code of Conduct) Order 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th June be approved. [24th Report from the Joint Committee]

Aeroplane Noise (Amendment) Regulations 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 29th June be approved. [24th Report from the Joint Committee]

Local Authorities (Contracting Out of Highway Functions) Order 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 26th May be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

Stansted Airport Aircraft Movement Limit (Amendment) Order 1999—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

International Organisations (Immunities and Privileges) Miscellaneous Provisions Order 1999—The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st July be approved. [24th Report from the Joint Committee]

INTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 1999—The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th July be approved.

International Copper Study Group (Legal Capacities) Order 1999—The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

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

†Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Earl Attlee]

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.

‡Disability Rights Commission Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Baroness Blackstone]

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Immigration and Asylum Bill will be continued this day]

TUESDAY 20TH JULY

Richard Faulkner, Esq.,

and

William Brett, Esq.

*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.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the level of malnutrition in the United Kingdom and what action they are taking to tackle it.

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

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.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Immigration and Asylum Bill will be continued this day]

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.

FRIDAY 23RD JULY

†[At eleven o’clock]

Finance Bill—Second Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Archer of Weston-Super-Mare]

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.

*The Lord Tombs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish their response to the Report of the Select Committee on Science and Technology on “The Management of Nuclear Waste” (HL Paper 41), published on 24th March.

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.

*The Earl of Clanwilliam—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent projection of pension costs in Germany, France and Italy at 16 per cent of Gross Domestic Product in 2000, any United Kingdom taxes are likely to be subject to harmonisation.

*The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they would give in relation to security measures to be taken by owners of conditionally exempt chattels for inheritance tax purposes who are required by the Inland Revenue to open private houses to the public.

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 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.

The Lord Paul—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to encourage parents to play a more positive role in the education of their children.

†The Lord Monk Bretton—To call attention to milk marketing in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

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]

The Lord Geddes—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Electricity from Renewables (12th Report, HL Paper 78). [7th July]

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)

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)

15th June

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

21st June

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)

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 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 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)

23rd June

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), 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 what performance indicators are used to measure the performance of the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3261)

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)

24th June

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 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 what was the total expenditure on offices and administration for the Meat Hygiene Service for the last financial year.      (HL3304)

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

29th June

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

5th July

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 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)

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, 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)

7th July

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications were made to the police forces in England and Wales for permission to transport an abnormal load in each of the last five calendar years; how many were granted; and at what cost to the police forces involved.      (HL3552)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 5th July (WA 68), what Members of the House, other than the Lord Levy, have served in diplomatic missions as personal representatives of the Prime Minister.      (HL3553)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 5th July (WA 68), whether the Prime Minister’s personal representative, Lord Levy, had met President Assad of Syria on previous occasions prior to his meeting on 7th June; if so, in what capacity; and on how many occasions Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Syrian Arab Republic has met President Assad.      (HL3554)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 5th July (WA 68), whether the rules governing official secrets or the commercial use of information gained in government service which apply to Ministerial Special Advisers apply to personal representatives of the Prime Minister; and, if not, whether they will publish the rules of conduct for such personal representatives.      (HL3555)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 5th July (WA 68), whether any Jordanian businessmen or women were invited to the official lunch hosted in the Embassy in Amman for the Prime Minister’s personal representative, Lord Levy, in June; and what were the names of any persons other than United Kingdom and Jordanian officials and their spouses who were present.      (HL3556)

The Baroness HooperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to support the Binational Plan for Border Integration between Ecuador and Peru, following the successful conclusion of the peace process between the two countries.      (HL3557)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Good Friday Agreement prohibits the exclusion of Sinn Fein from the Northern Ireland executive if the IRA fail to decommission their arms and ammunition by May 2000.      (HL3558)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Parliament need be inhibited by the sub judice rule, when debating the case of General Pinochet, from referring to the events in Chile and elsewhere prior to 29th September 1988.      (HL3559)

The Lord MonkswellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on average what percentage of the income of those in the bottom 10 percentile of earnings is spent on—

and what percentage of extra income they lose for every £1 in extra earnings.      (HL3560)

The Lord MonkswellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on average what percentage of the income of those in the top 10 percentile of earnings is spent on—

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people from the former Republic of Yugoslavia have been indicted as war criminals; and how many of these have been taken into custody.      (HL3562)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration is being given to the use of part of the additional resources to be made available under both European Union and national regional policies in order to reduce crime and nuisance and to protect persons and property.      (HL3563)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many criminal offences were recorded in each police force area in England in both 1978 and 1998.      (HL3564)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to prevent the importation of musk into the United Kingdom and the European Union.      (HL3565)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that any police intervention in family disputes involving violence is even handed, and will deal with violence by women towards their husbands or children as well as violence by men towards their wives or children; and whether they will ensure that any sanctions imposed apply equally to both sexes.      (HL3566)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake a detailed study of physical, mental and verbal abuse by wives against husbands, including common law relationships.      (HL3567)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up an inquiry into the part played by alcohol abuse in family violence.      (HL3568)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing bilaterally and through the United Nations agencies to encourage the peace process in the Congo; and what material assistance they have given to peace-keeping and reconstruction.      (HL3569)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have that debt relief through the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative is linked to poverty reduction in countries like Tanzania, where health and education spending is declining in real terms because of debt servicing and falling aid.      (HL3570)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have statistics to show that Heavily Indebted Poor Countries debt relief has already demonstrated a direct or indirect link with poverty reduction in Uganda, Mozambique or any other country now benefiting from this initiative.      (HL3571)

The Viscount ExmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 6th July that “It is well known that the possession of a diplomatic passport is not proof in itself of immunity.” (HL Deb, col. 809), whether they will outline those requirements necessary to provide proof of diplomatic immunity.      (HL3572)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have given to the British Railways Board regarding retention of ex-British Rail land.      (HL3573)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they advise the British Railways Board to use when deciding whether land should be retained.      (HL3574)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard forecasts of passenger and freight growth as one of the criteria that should be taken into account when deciding whether or not to retain railway land.      (HL3575)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 1st July (HL Deb, cols. 437-442), whether there is a conflict in Scotland between the proposed formula for child support payments in Great Britain and the duty to maintain contact with estranged children, as laid down in sections 1 and 2 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1996.      (HL3576)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that imported French wines which have been prepared with dried bulls’ blood present no health hazard to British consumers.      (HL3577)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are taken to ensure that imported French wines do not contain impurities.      (HL3578)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the French methods of checking their wine production for impurities are as good as those used in the United Kingdom.      (HL3579)

8th July

The Lord MonsonTo ask the Leader of the House whether Parliament need not be inhibited by the sub judice rule when debating the case of General Pinochet from referring to events in Chile before a certain date, as claimed by Lord Thomas of Gresford (HL Deb, 6th July, col. 806); and, if so, what is the approximate date of the most recent event in Chile that can be cited without infringing the sub judice rule.      (HL3559)

The Viscount HanworthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ban the use of Lindane for seed treatment.      (HL3581)

The Viscount HanworthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with which consumer and environmental pressure groups the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Ministers or officials have held meetings since June 1998, indicating in how many of these meetings genetically-modified organisms or biotechnology were discussed.      (HL3582)

The Viscount HanworthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food has provided to farmers on ways they can reduce the risk of diseases spreading to their cattle.      (HL3583)

The Viscount HanworthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for consultation on the proposed level of fees for cattle passports.      (HL3584)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their future intentions for the provision and maintenance of the National Attack Warning System.      (HL3585)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Burlison on 5th May (HL Deb, cols. 680) that the National Attack Warning System is expected to be ready by the end of this financial year, whether the procedures and trained personnel are ready to bring the system into effect.      (HL3586)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of funding has been allocated in each of the current and subsequent years for maintenance, development and modernisation of the National Attack Warning System.      (HL3587)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will have a National Attack Warning System to warn the public of attack, which is capable of use for war and peacetime emergencies.      (HL3588)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to validate, by exercise, a National Attack Warning System; and, if so, when.      (HL3589)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 19th November 1998 (WA 183), what plans they have to improve the decoration, hygiene, lighting and safety of the pedestrian underpass leading from Westminster Bridge to Waterloo Station.      (HL3590)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Chief of the Defence Staff, General Sir Charles Guthrie visited Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania; and whether, as a result of the visit, additional resources will be made available to assist the Baltic States in their quest to improve their defence capability and to join NATO.      (HL3591)

The Lord MerrivaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to prevent overcrowding and discomfort on London Underground trains, to improve the management and planning of the Underground system and to prevent line closures from happening during busy periods of the year.      (HL3592)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be more than one level of precision available for the Galileo global positioning system.      (HL3593)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the basic level of precision for the Galileo global positioning system will be freely available, as is currently the case with the United States global positioning system.      (HL3594)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the basic level of precision for the Galileo global positioning system will be of use as part of the guidance system of a missile.      (HL3595)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are envisaged for the Galileo global positioning system so that appropriate and immediate action can be taken in the event of a hostile missile or unmanned aircraft attack being detected.      (HL3596)

The Viscount HanworthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the incidence of insulin-dependent diabetes in the British population; and whether it is increasing markedly.      (HL3597)

The Viscount TenbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the costs of maintaining the European Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, including—

and whether they will indicate the per capita cost per Member as well as the average number of sitting days for each institution for 1998-99 and the previous four years.      (HL3598)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the revised regime for access to environmental information during the consultation period for the draft Freedom of Information Bill.      (HL3599)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the annual amount contributed to public investment projects made through Private Finance Initiative schemes agreed in 1997 and 1998; and what are present estimates for such investments under PFI agreements in 1999 and 2000.      (HL3600)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many personnel will be required to administer the voucher system envisaged in the Immigration and Asylum Bill; and how many asylum applications could these personnel process in the course of an average year if they were deployed for that purpose.      (HL3601)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference of the proposed new Independent Expert Advisory Group on Human Cloning; when they expect to announce appointments of members of the Group; and when they expect it to commence work.      (HL3602)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with whom they intend to consult about appointments to the proposed new Independent Expert Advisory Group on Human Cloning; when they expect that consultation to take place; and whether membership of the Group will include experts on medical ethics and lay members as well medical and scientific representatives.      (HL3603)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that individuals with financial links with the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries are not appointed to membership of the proposed new Independent Expert Advisory Group on Human Cloning; and, if not, why not.      (HL3604)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that individuals who are appointed to membership of the proposed new Independent Expert Advisory Group on Human Cloning include those who respect the sanctity of human life; and, if not, why not.      (HL3605)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed new Independent Expert Advisory Group on Human Cloning will specifically be required to look into alternatives to human cloning for ostensibly therapeutic purposes.      (HL3606)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by Mr Tony Lloyd MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, that their “first priority is to investigate and establish the details of atrocities committed in Kosovo” (HC Deb, WA 316), whether they will investigate and establish details of all atrocities and ethnic cleansings in former Yugoslavia since the break up of that country.      (HL3607)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary General of NATO has been given permission by the NATO Council to approve further military action against Yugoslavia; and, if so, in what circumstances.      (HL3608)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the judgment of Mr Michael O’Hanlon of the Brookings Institute that “...the single most important data point of the war was that 80 per cent of all Serbian armour losses occurred...precisely when the KLA offensive began”; and, if so, what are the implications of this fact for NATO’s relations with the Kosovo Liberation Army.      (HL3609)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how a statement by a member of the Strategic Institute of the United States Army War College that “in the end, NATO had to go after the civilian infrastructure” tallies with their assertions that all targets were military-related, as stated by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 14th June (HL Deb, col. 9), that “It was never part of NATO’s agenda to attack civilian targets, nor to wear down the civilian population.”      (HL3610)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been (a) their definition, and (b) NATO’s definition, of “military-related” as applicable to targets in Yugoslavia.      (HL3611)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the 107 million dollars that the United Nations purportedly owes the United States, which is mentioned in a United States Senate Bill authorising part of the back payments which the United States owes to the United Nations; and whether this debt is generally recognised.      (HL3612)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to reduce the quantity of ragwort on roadside verges in England and Wales.      (HL3613)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent action has been taken to enforce the Import of Live Fish (England and Wales) Act 1980.      (HL3614)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made for free school meals for children of asylum seekers attending nursery, primary or secondary schools.      (HL3615)

9th July

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many colleges in the United Kingdom provide dedicated courses to train stenographers.      (HL3617)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to promote the training of stenographers.      (HL3618)

The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the 14 respondents who replied in the affirmative to the question in the internal report by the Government Information Communication Service dated January 1999, entitled “Trust Values: New Ways”, “Do any of your campaigns involve the use of sponsorship (direct or “in kind” such as free campaign extension through partnership)?”.      (HL3619)

The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to list by Department which companies provided sponsorship to the 14 respondents who replied in the affirmative as indicated in the internal report by the Government Information Communication Service dated January 1999, entitled “Trust Values: New Ways”.      (HL3620)

The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total value of the sponsorship provided to each of the 14 respondents who replied in the affirmative as indicated in the internal report by the Government Information Communication Service dated January 1999, entitled “Trust Values: New Ways”, for each of the last two years split into direct or “in kind” sponsorship.      (HL3621)

The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the six respondents who replied in the negative to the question in the internal report by the Government Information Communication Service dated January 1999, entitled “Trust Values: New Ways”, “Do any of your campaigns involve the use of sponsorship (direct or “in kind” such as free campaign extension through partnership)?”.      (HL3622)

The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 3rd September 1998 (WA 44), whether they will place in the Library of the House the list of the 400 companies to whom Integrated Communication Projects Ltd. sought sponsorship for the presidency events.      (HL3623)

The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the letter of approach that Integrated Communication Projects Ltd. used in the first instance to seek sponsors for the presidency events from the 400 companies approached.      (HL3624)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have compared the results of research into the causes of illnesses suffered by farm workers who have come into contact with organophosphate sheep dips with the results of research into the causes of undiagnosed Gulf War illnesses; and, if so, what conclusions they have drawn.      (HL3625)

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]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL]
    United Reformed Church [HL] [22nd July]
    Kent County Council [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Greater London Authority
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [13th July]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) [15th July]
    Immigration and Asylum [12th July]
    Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) [15th July]
    Road Traffic (Use of Mobile Telephones) [HL] [16th July]

Waiting for Report

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL] [16th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Local Government [15th July]
    House of Lords
    Employment Relations [15th July]
    Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) [HL] [16th July]
    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]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [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] [19th July]

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
    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1974 (Interim Period Extension) Order 1999
    Draft Films (Modification of the Definition of “British Film”) Order 1999
    Draft Financial Services Act 1986 (Restriction of Exemptions) 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
    Draft North/South Co-operation (Implementation Bodies) (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Aeroplane Noise (Amendment) Regulations 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]

MONDAY 12TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)in Paris
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee4.00 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)5.00 pm

TUESDAY 13TH JULY

Freedom of Information (Select Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.00 am
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)4.00 pm
(Joint Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
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

THURSDAY 15TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.00 am

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

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