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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 19TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester

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.

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

†§Genetically Modified Crops Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Baroness Miller of Hendon]

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.

Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc) Bill—Third Reading [The Viscount Montgomery of Alamein]

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

‡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 Lord Laird,

and

The Lord Rogan

*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.

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 3rd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 81) be agreed to.

The Viscount Bledisloe—To move, as an amendment to the Chairman of Committees’ motion, at end insert (“with the following amendments:

Page 1, line 5, leave out (“hereditary”) and insert (“qualified”)

Page 1, line 6, leave out (“hereditary”) and insert (“qualified”)

Page 1, line 7, leave out (“hereditary”) and insert (“qualified”)

Page 1, line 8, leave out (“hereditary”) and insert (“qualified”)

Page 1, line 12, at end insert—

Page 2, line 11, leave out (“excepted hereditary peers”) and insert (“qualified peers who are members of the House”)

Page 2, line 21, after (“Paragraphs”) insert (“(2A,)”)

Page 3, line 11, leave out (“but the numbers voting will be smaller since only hereditary peers will be voting”)

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 4th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 84) be agreed to.

Commonwealth Development Corporation Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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

FRIDAY 23RD JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

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

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

MONDAY 26TH JULY

†The Baroness Prashar

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

†The Baroness Hanham

*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,

and

Tarsem King, Esq.

*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 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)

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 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 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 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)

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 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)

28th June

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)

29th June

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 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)

30th June

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 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 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)

1st July

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

since 1992.      (HL3449)

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 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 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)

5th July

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 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 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 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 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)

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

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 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)

7th July

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

12th July

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any difference in the taxes levied upon a passenger vehicle modified for the use of disabled persons before being imported and those levied upon similar vehicles first imported and then modified in the United Kingdom.      (HL3630)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their view that acts of adultery, fornication, sex between juveniles, perverted sex, violence within marriage, theft, trespass, or use of drugs by fictional characters in popular television soap operas, such as Coronation Street and EastEnders, are likely to cause young people to emulate such behaviour.      (HL3631)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 24th June (HL Deb, col. 1064) that “We have taken the view that, although there are important constitutional considerations, those considerations would not rule out membership of EMU if the balance of economic advantage were in favour of our membership”, whether they will list each of those important constitutional considerations.      (HL3632)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many midwives (whole time equivalent) are currently employed in the National Health Service and on what grades; how many were employed in 1994 and in 1989 and on what grades; and what is the age profile of the current midwifery workforce.      (HL3633)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many consultant obstetricians are currently employed in the National Health Service; and how many were employed in 1994 and in 1989.      (HL3634)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current rate of caesarean births as a percentage of all births; what was the current rate in 1994 and 1989; and what is the current rate of other operative births including forceps and ventouse.      (HL3635)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the additional costs of a caesarean delivery compared with a vaginal birth including all expenses such as capital costs, costs of drugs, resulting morbidity, increased length of stay and professional time.      (HL3636)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of women are left without a midwife in attendance during any time of their labour and delivery.      (HL3637)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pilot schemes have been set up as a result of the Changing Childbirth initiative; how many were funded through this initiative; how many pilot schemes have been discontinued; and how many have been modified.      (HL3638)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of all contracts entered into by the Prison Service with Kairos; how much they have paid to Kairos since the inception of its operations; and whether they consider that the trustees have conformed with the Charities Acts.      (HL3639)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to give effect to the report of the Joint Committee on Parliamentary Privilege which reported on 30th March (HL Paper 43-I).      (HL3640)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the national museums and galleries have tendered out exhibition or other ticketing services to private companies; and, where appropriate, whether they will identify the particular aspects of such services so tendered.      (HL3641)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the private companies to whom national museums and galleries have tendered out exhibition or other ticketing services.      (HL3642)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which national museums and galleries do not allow re-admission to temporary exhibitions which carry an entrance fee.      (HL3643)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions Ministers have had with the Football Association or football clubs in relation to Manchester United’s participation in next year’s FA Cup; and whether, and for what reason, they made any request or expressed any view about whether the club should participate in the competition.      (HL3644)

13th July

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 HillTo 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 Transport 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)

14th July

The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of road deaths in each of the years 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992 and 1998.      (HL3686)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following devolution of power to the Welsh Assembly, the United Kingdom Parliament remains responsible for primary legislation in Wales; and, if so, whether all Welsh matters are of concern to both the United Kingdom Parliament and the Welsh Assembly.      (HL3687)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what way Members of both Houses of the United Kingdom Parliament can hold the Secretary of State for Wales and other United Kingdom Ministers accountable for Welsh matters.      (HL3688)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much each local education authority in England is receiving, or will receive, from Government sources in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 in aggregate revenue grants for school-related purposes, excluding revenue support grant, specifying the amount received from each funding source; and whether such amounts are included in that authority’s Local Schools Budget or Individual Schools Budget.      (HL3689)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much each local education authority in England is receiving, or will receive, from Government sources in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 in the form of capital grants for school-related purposes, excluding capital payments and debt charges met from revenue support grant, and specifying the amount received from each funding source.      (HL3690)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much each local education authority in England is permitted to borrow in (a) 1998-99 and (b) 1999-2000 for school-related purposes, specifying the amounts for each specific purpose.      (HL3691)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request the Court of Appeal to issue guidelines to all courts on appropriate sentencing for convicted women, in accordance with the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; and, if not, why not.      (HL3692)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what meaning they attach to the phrase “a national roll-out of accredited programmes” in relation to the supervision in the community of offenders; whether both young people and adults will be included in work to be done from April 2000 onwards; and by when “best practice” will be available for the whole of England and Wales.      (HL3693)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Traffic Commissioner in the Western area who recently attended the opening of the new bus depot at Filwood Bristol was able to satisfy himself that there would be no increase in the incidence of respiratory disease, especially in young children, in the residential area around the new bus depot; what inquiries the Traffic Commissioner made about the monitoring of air quality; and what assurances he was given by the FirstGroup Company on this matter.      (HL3694)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recently published Rogers Report, Toward a Modern Renaissance, the Government will invite Bristol County Council to reconsider the decision to close both Pen Park and Merrywood schools.      (HL3695)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask the Leader of the House, following the guidance issued by the Speaker of the House of Commons, what issues relating to Scotland may or may not be raised in the House of Lords.      (HL3696)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Concordats there are relating to Scotland; what areas they cover; and when they will be published.      (HL3697)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Concordats relating to Scotland have been redrafted.      (HL3698)

The Lord Steel of AikwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the Bank of England’s announcement in May that gold sales would be conducted in an orderly manner so as not to disrupt markets, what assurances were given by them in the letter delivered to President Mbeki in June concerning the adverse effects on jobs in South Africa and neighbouring countries caused by the fall in gold prices.      (HL3699)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will confirm the statement in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport news release of 12th July that the Secretary of State will scrap admission charges for national museums and galleries for everybody in 2001; and whether they will give further details of how this will be achieved.      (HL3700)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the appointees to the proposed new Independent Expert Advisory Group on Cloning will be expert in non embryonic cell duplication techniques which may be used as alternatives in therapeutic cloning; and, if not, why not.      (HL3701)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why detainees held in immigration and asylum centres, pending determination of their cases, are denied access to the Internet.      (HL3702)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the cost of administering the voucher scheme proposed in the Immigration and Asylum Bill compared with the cost of the present arrangements; and what account they have taken of overseas experiences with voucher schemes in introducing a voucher scheme in United Kingdom.      (HL3703)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, apart from the section on water fluoridation, the absence of any reference to dental and oral health in the White Paper, Saving Lives—Our Healthier Nation, can be seen as an encouragement to the 23,400 practitioners and 36,070 dental nurses, hygienists, therapists and technicians working within the general dental service.      (HL3704)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their statement in the White Paper, Saving Lives—Our Healthier Nation that “the present legislation on fluoridation is not working”, what effect their decision to transfer the requirement to undertake public consultation on fluoridation from health authorities to local authorities will have.      (HL3705)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions of pedal cyclists riding without lights at night have been brought within the Metropolitan Police area in the latest period for which figures are readily available.      (HL3706)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why traffic islands on the A2 on Blackheath have remained unlit for many weeks.      (HL3707)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government at what level in Government the decision to install traffic lights on the A2 at Kender Street, London SE14, was taken; on what advice the decision was based; and whether they will consider stopping the lights operating.      (HL3708)

The Lord BurtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 6th May (WA 104), what survey of wild mallard was made to ascertain the base 100 per cent number; by whom the survey was made; when the survey was done; and where the survey was done.      (HL3709)

The Lord BurtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 6th May (WA 104), how he reconciles his Answer that “2.3 per cent of wild mallard dying each year from lead poisoning was of a similar scale of mortality to that reported for the USA where 2.3 per cent are alleged to die each year” with the fact that there has been a ban on lead shot in the United States since 1991.      (HL3710)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of Invalid Care Allowance recipients who undertake work; and whether they will express this figure as a percentage of the total number of recipients.      (HL3711)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Invalid Care Allowance recipients have been on the benefit for—

and whether they will express these figures as a percentage of the total number of recipients.      (HL3712)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the possible impact of compulsory work-focused interviews on future take-up of Invalid Care Allowance.      (HL3713)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a correlation has been made in government research between an individual’s level of education and the likelihood of them claiming social security benefits to which they may be entitled.      (HL3714)

15th July

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether control over conduct of public policy by Government and Parliament has been reduced by the privatisation of the Arms Industry.      (HL3721)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, before agreeing to any further TransAtlantic Defence Industry teamings or mergers, they will conduct an inquiry into the political pressures these fully-privatised industries may exert on Governments, particularly as to (a) the development of unnecessary, undesirable or inhumane weapon systems; and (b) the promotion of military actions or activities in which these systems may be tested at the taxpayer’s expense.      (HL3722)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether contributions to the reconstruction envisaged in the Security Pact for the Balkans should be roughly proportional to the quantity of ordinance expended by each state which participated in the recent NATO action in and around former Yugoslavia.      (HL3723)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Treasury was not involved in decisions about the destruction of infrastructure targets in former Yugoslavia when the British taxpayer is to contribute to the reconstruction.      (HL3724)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why NATO has kept no record of which targets were attacked with what weapons by the forces of which member state; how without these data NATO will be able to form a judgment on the military effectiveness or the legality of the action; and whether they will now seek to establish such a record.      (HL3725)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a significant difference between the criteria used by London Transport Buses to impose penalty fares on London bus passengers and the criteria used to bring criminal proceedings against passengers for fare evasion.      (HL3726)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will define the terms “fare evader” and “misuse” as they occur within the following text from London Transport Buses’ current advertising campaign, “Last year, 7,800 fare evaders were caught and successfully prosecuted. If you misuse your Bus Pass, Travelcard or ticket on London Transport Buses you risk possible prosecution and a fine of up to £1,000”.      (HL3727)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were successfully prosecuted by London Transport Buses for fare evasion in 1998; and on what grounds were these prosecutions brought.      (HL3728)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many failed prosecutions by London Transport Buses for fare evasion (including all cases where compensations and/or costs were not awarded to the plaintiff) were brought in 1998; and why these prosecutions failed.      (HL3729)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 2nd March (WA 182), from what date holders of current South African driving licences will be able to exchange such licences for United Kingdom driving licences.      (HL3730)

The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 8th July (WA 116), which, if any, of the five economic tests for joining the European Single Currency have now been met.      (HL3731)

The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any developments in Nicaragua and Honduras following the recent visit by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Development.      (HL3732)

The Viscount BridgemanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the North Carriageway of Hyde Park was closed in preparation for the Open Air Concert on Sunday 4th July; and when it is to be re-opened.      (HL3733)

The Viscount BridgemanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the serious and extended disruption to traffic in the Bayswater Road and at Marble Arch caused by the closure of the North Carriageway of Hyde Park in preparation for the Open Air Concert on Sunday 4th July, what further similar events are planned; and what steps they are taking to reduce the resultant disruption to traffic in the area.      (HL3734)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish on the Internet the report of the “Epidemiological study of the relationship between exposure to organophosphate pesticides and indices of chronic peripheral neuropathy and neuro-psychological abnormalities in sheep farmers and dippers” prepared by the Institute of Occupation Medicine.      (HL3735)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event of the European Union discontinuing the school milk subsidy scheme, whether they will undertake to protect free welfare milk so that local authorities can continue to be fully reimbursed for nursery class milk.      (HL3736)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider ring fencing their contribution to the European Union school milk subsidy scheme so that, if the scheme does not continue, the money can be used for a United Kingdom school milk subsidy scheme.      (HL3737)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to phase in the increases in business rates payable in London following the non-domestic rating revaluation due to take effect in April 2000.      (HL3738)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to set absolute traffic reduction targets (a) for the country as a whole; and (b) for London; and, if so, when and what steps will be put in place to achieve such targets.      (HL3739)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the populations of England, Scotland and Wales are covered by the new Assisted Area map compared with its predecessor.      (HL3740)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Treasury have agreed to consider, as part of the comprehensive spending review, representations from the National Assembly of Wales about the public spending implications of Objective One status for a substantial part of Wales.      (HL3741)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are proposed for funding expenditure on projects in Wales approved and secured under Objective One criteria.      (HL3742)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how Objective One projects in Wales are to be funded; and which sources may be drawn upon for matching funding.      (HL3743)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Barnett formula is applicable to the allocation of funds to Wales to support expenditure under Objective One status; and, if so, how it will be applied.      (HL3744)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have refined their plans in respect of the Armed Forces Pay System (Pay 2000); and, if so, what is the outcome.      (HL3745)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have found ways of reconciling the need to maintain reasonable career structures in the Armed Forces and extending the 22 year engagement term for servicemen and women for those who wish it.      (HL3746)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to extend their re-enlistment bounty scheme to Armed Forces personnel in the medical services; whether the scheme will be inclusive of all ranks; and when the extension will be introduced.      (HL3747)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what results have been obtained by the Territorial Army “job shop” opened at the Army Internet site and by Army recruitment offices in recruiting for Regular Army personnel from disbanded Territorial Army units.      (HL3748)

16th July

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards for wildlife, especially whales and dolphins, are in force in the area of sea between the United Kingdom and the Faroe Islands.      (HL3749)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the Kingdom of Denmark to end the indiscriminate hunting of whales and dolphins in the Faroe Islands and surrounding waters.      (HL3750)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the report of H M Inspectorate of Prisons’ visit to H M Prison Risley in December 1998.      (HL3751)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received the results of the leak enquiry into the Law Lords’ second hearing on the case of General Pinochet; and what are the conclusions.      (HL3752)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in recent months objections have been raised to Lord Hoffman taking part in judicial cases.      (HL3753)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the speech by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 6th July (HL Deb, cols. 808-811), why the Government did not alert the Chilean Embassy on Friday 16th October 1998 after they had received inquiries from the police about the diplomatic status of General Pinochet, and after the Chilean Embassy had made enquiries to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office about the possible arrest of the Senator on that date.      (HL3754)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest estimate of the cost so far to public funds of the extradition proceedings against General Pinochet including the cost of Counsel to the Crown Prosecution Service, the cost of Counsel to the Home Secretary and the direct cost to the Crown Prosecution Service and any other costs.      (HL3755)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the dicta of the World Court in June that—

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are examining how to ensure that military actions entered into—

are always (i) lawful and (ii) generally accepted as lawful, and, if not, are not entered into.      (HL3757)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any generally recognised customary law permitting military action—

and, if so, what.      (HL3758)

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]
    Immigration and Asylum [19th July]
    Northern Ireland
    Football (Offences and Disorder) [23rd July]

Waiting for Report

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    House of Lords
    Adoption (Intercountry Aspects) [20th July]
    Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) [21st July]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL] [20th July]
    Road Traffic (Use of Mobile Telephones) [HL] [21st July]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [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]
    Obscenity [HL]
    Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL]
    Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL]
    Road Traffic (Enforcement Powers) [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Disability Rights Commission [HL] [19th July]
    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL] [22nd July]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Local Government
    Employment Relations

Returned to the Commons with reasons

    Access to Justice [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Courses for Drink-Drive Offenders (Experimental Period) (Termination of Restrictions) Order 1999
    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance Amendment (New Deal) Regulations 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Contracting Out (Jury Summoning Functions) Order 1999
    Draft Northern Ireland Act Tribunal (Procedure) Rules 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]

MONDAY 19TH JULY

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 20TH JULY

Freedom of Information (Select Committee)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)4.00 pm
(Joint Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
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

TUESDAY 27TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee E)11.30 am

 
 
 
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