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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.

WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers and officials have been in contact with the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) or the Political Animal Lobby to discuss policy on foxhunting and whether they will publish the memorandum of 21st May 1999 from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Home Office, Mr George Howarth, reporting a telephone conversation with the Director of IFAW.

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

†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. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

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

The Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe

*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.

†*The Lord Monk Bretton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to amend the changes to milk marketing announced by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on 6th July; and, if so, how soon.

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]

†National Health Service (General Medical Services) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 1999—The Earl Howe to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 10th June, be annulled (S.I. 1999/1627).

†National Health Service (General Medical Services) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 3) Regulations 1999—The Earl Howe to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 10th June, be annulled (S.I. 1999/1620).

[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. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

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]

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

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

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

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.

Immigration and Asylum Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn] [22nd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

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 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.

†*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of criticisms of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Education made by Mr. Justice Kay in the High Court on 12th July, whether they will reconsider their decision to deny pupils who had secured an Assisted Place the right to continue that placement to the end of their secondary education.

†Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [17th and 19th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡The Lord Stoddart of Swindon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the performance and effectiveness of the Meat Hygiene Service.

WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY

David Lea, Esq., OBE

and

Murray Elder, Esq.

*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

John Laird, Esq.,

and

Dennis Rogan, Esq.

*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

and

Mrs. Joan Hanham, CBE

*The Baroness David—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been with the employment of qualified 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 they accept the recent projection of pension costs in Germany, France and Italy at 16 per cent of Gross Domestic Product in 2000, and, if so, what United Kingdom taxes, if any, 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 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 or amended on 13th July, or unanswered after 21 days]

26th May

The Lord Craig of RadleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many servicemen and women currently waiting for secondary care medical treatment expect to receive their treatment within (a) four weeks and (b) thirteen weeks of referral to their consultant; and how many may expect to have to wait for over six months.      (HL2717)

27th May

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the amount spent on entertaining at (a) No. 10 Downing Street and (b) No. 11 Downing Street in each of the years 1996 and 1998, and the breakdown between food, champagne, and other wines and spirits.      (HL2746)

15th June

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

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 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)

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 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 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 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)

13th July

The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the establishment of the Advisory Committee on Animal Feedingstuffs.      (HL3646)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reduction has been made over the last three years in the British taxpayers’ contribution to subsidising the growing of tobacco in European Union countries.      (HL3647)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much British taxpayers are contributing to the Government campaign against smoking.      (HL3648)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current estimated costs to the National Health Service and Social Security of smoking-related illnesses.      (HL3649)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal compulsion there is on trustees of pension funds to invest solely in order to achieve the highest income irrespective of the moral or ethical considerations of the beneficiaries of the funds.      (HL3650)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Crown Prosecution Service, in its letter of the 25th March to the Spanish magistrate about General Pinochet requesting details of allegations of torture after 29th September 1988, referred to “assisting the Secretary of State”, when the Crown Prosecution Service is meant to be independent of the Government.      (HL3651)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the continuing programme of development aid to rebuild Montserrat’s economic infrastructure.      (HL3652)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take with regard to the future of East Timor, if a positive security assessment cannot be made ahead of next month’s United Nations consultation process.      (HL3653)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they consider that it is time for a revision of the foreign policy-led strategic defence review in order to avoid overstretch of British armed forces.      (HL3654)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of Kosovo, what assurances they can give that Russia intends to honour the agreement reached at Helsinki in June 1999.      (HL3655)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring forward policies to support the Secretary of State for International Development’s contention that the Catholic Church is playing a “deeply obstructive role” in the development of women’s reproductive health, as reported in The Guardian of 30th June.      (HL3656)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the terms and conditions of service, including remuneration, of the past two Chairmen of the British Council and the present holder of that office.      (HL3657)

The Duke of Buccleuch and QueensberryTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to send a commission of scientists to the United States to glean first hand information about the benefits and risks of genetically modified crops so as to save time and duplication of effort on tests in this country that have already been carried out in the United States.      (HL3658)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Departments had not, on 13th July, provided replies to Questions for Written Answer within 14 days of them being tabled.      (HL3659)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what help is being given to Uganda to prevent armed incursions and the abduction of children from the northern region by the so-called Lord’s Resistance Army; and whether they have any evidence that this organisation is assisted by the Government of the Sudan.      (HL3660)

The Earl of CourtownTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the price range within which the National Health Service purchases the basic wheelchair.      (HL3661)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers in the House of Lords have visited the European Commission since 31st December 1998.      (HL3662)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many visits have been made by each individual Minister in the House of Lords who has visited the European Commission since 31st December 1998.      (HL3663)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the purpose of each visit made by a Minister in the House of Lords to the European Commission since 31st December 1998.      (HL3664)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the total cost, broken down by Department, of Ministerial visits by Ministers in the House of Lords to the European Commission since 31st December 1998.      (HL3665)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Kosovar civilians have lost their lives as a result of attacks by Serbian armed forces or paramilitary personnel; and, if official figures are not available, what is their estimate of the numbers concerned.      (HL3666)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify the damage inflicted by NATO on Serbian military vehicles, including tanks and trucks, and artillery within Kosovo in recent months.      (HL3667)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered or will consider the introduction of electronic voting in general elections or in elections for members of the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly; and whether such a system would be more cost effective, rapid and efficient than the present voting system.      (HL3668)

The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 12th July (WA 9) concerning the investigation of leaks of official information—

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask the Chairman of Committees whether the Administration and Works Sub-Committee will consider installing facilities for members of the public who have a hearing disability so as to enable them to follow oral argument before the Appellate Committee.      (HL3670)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds and under what legislation London Buses brought an action for fare evasion against Sister Virtus Okwaraoha.      (HL3671)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages is a public authority within the meaning of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL3672)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the intensive care unit at Haslar Hospital is due to be closed; and, if so, whether this means there will be no military hospital in the United Kingdom with an intensive care facility.      (HL3673)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to transfer the intensive care facilities from Haslar Hospital to the Queen Alexandra Hospital; and, if so, whether they will review this decision, given reports in the press that the Queen Alexandra Hospital was so short of staff that the hospital advertised for relatives to take care of their own family members in hospital.      (HL3674)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many orthopaedic surgeons are now working in the Royal Navy; and what is the estimated number of orthopaedic surgeons who will be left in post in the Royal Navy by the end of this year.      (HL3675)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether promotion of officers in the Royal Navy from Commander to Captain may be expected in an average of four years, whereas promotion for medical officers may not be expected for seven to fourteen years; and, if so, what are the implications for morale in the medical services.      (HL3676)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current premature voluntary retirement rate for senior medical personnel in the Services; and what measures, if any, are being taken to retain senior medical officers.      (HL3677)

The Lord LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the removal of temporary road signs and in particular the increasing numbers of road signs on the streets of London which are out of date.      (HL3678)

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 [20th July]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) [15th July]
    Immigration and Asylum [19th 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]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Trustee Delegation [HL]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [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]
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL] [13th July]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Access to Justice [HL] [14th July]
    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [19th July]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Protection of Children

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Courses for Drink-Drive Offenders (Experimental Period) (Termination of Restrictions) 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
    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

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Referred to a Joint Committee

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 14TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee III)10.45 am
(Alternative Medicine)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee11.00 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 15TH JULY

Local Government (Organisation and Standards)9.45 am
(Joint Committee)
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.00 am

MONDAY 19TH JULY

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 20TH JULY

Freedom of Information (Select Committee)10.00 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint 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)
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

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

 
 
 
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