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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

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

recommended minimum interval between stages.

WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY

At half-past two o’clock

†The Lord Lea of Crondall

and

The Lord Elder

*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 times; whether the increase also applies to glufosinate ammonium; and whether it is their practice to advise food manufacturers and retailers when such changes are made.

*The Viscount Brentford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to permit religious bodies to hold digital broadcasting licences.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what safeguards will be put in place to ensure that enhanced debt relief to heavily indebted poor countries, agreed in Cologne, will be used to reduce poverty and meet the 2015 international targets.

*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from Commonwealth governments in southern Africa and East Africa about the United Kingdom’s policy of selling gold.

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]

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

‡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.

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

[Prayers will have been read]

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.

†*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not announce their consultation paper, “Managing Dangerous People with Severe Personality Disorder: Proposals for Policy Development”, first to Parliament.

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 2, line 26, leave out first (“hereditary”)

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]

FRIDAY 23RD JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

†Films (Modification of the Definition of “British Film”) Order 1999—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th July be approved. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Northern Ireland Act Tribunal (Procedure) Rules 1999—The Lord Dubs to move, That the draft Rules laid before the House on 5th July be approved. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Contracting Out (Jury Summoning Functions) Order 1999—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 14th June be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee]

†Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999—The Lord Burlison to move, That the draft Deregulation Order laid before the House on 5th July be approved. [24th Report from the Deregulation Committee]

†Deregulation (Millennium Licensing) Order 1999—The Lord Burlison to move, That the draft Deregulation Order laid before the House on 5th July be approved. [24th Report from the Deregulation Committee]

§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).

Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

Pollution Prevention and Control Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Whitty]

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.

TUESDAY 27TH JULY

†The Lord Rennard

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.

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

†The Lord Mayhew of Twysden to move, That the question whether the House of Lords Bill (as amended on Report) 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 be referred to the Committee for Privileges to consider and report on.

‡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.

†ROYAL ASSENT

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.

‡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.

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

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.

†‡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.

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

TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER

Alex Carlile, Esq., QC

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

The Lord Fellowes

Lyndon Harrison, Esq.

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

Anthony Grabiner, Esq., QC

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 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 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 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 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 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.

The Lord Archbishop of Canterbury—To call attention to the role of religions in the promotion of international order and the avoidance of international disorder; and to move for papers.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

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

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

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

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

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 20th July, or unanswered after 21 days]

26th May

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

27th May

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

15th June

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

16th June

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19th May (HL Deb, cols. 294-296) and 7th June (WA 121), (a) whether the Minister for the Environment was correctly quoted in The Times of 12th April as saying “Scientific opinion on genetically modified organisms is split and the new committee [Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment] will reflect this”; and if he was, (b) how this principle can be reconciled with the Answers already given; (c) whether this principle has general application to other committees; and (d) how it relates to the recruitment of “people’s judges” to the main scientific advisory bodies to monitor GM developments.      (HL3063)

The Lord 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 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)

20th July

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the proposal to refurbish the Treasury building under the Private Finance Initiative.      (HL3776)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect publication of the second report from the “Committee of Wise Men” about fraud and irregularities in the European Commission which was due at the end of June; and whether they will encourage its expedition in Brussels.      (HL3777)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 14th July (WA 52) concerning the M4 bus lane, whether their failure to answer point (c), “which motoring organisations, if any, were consulted and what were their responses”, indicates that no motoring organisations were consulted; and, if so, why not.      (HL3778)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remit of the review of the Royal Parks Agency includes examining how far the recommendations of the Jenkins Committee, which the Government accepted, have been or remain to be implemented.      (HL3779)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is to conduct the review of the Royal Parks Agency.      (HL3780)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the assessment of roads, byways etc. in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site, which the Highways Agency conducted in accordance with the new approach to appraisal, based on the concept of environmental capital, together with the estimate of the environmental capital value of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site and an account of how this was worked out and by whom.      (HL3781)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether “Seahenge” was listed or designated; and, if not, why not.      (HL3782)

The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the additional financial cost of the new higher rates of council allowances paid to elected councillors by councils operating a “cabinet system” will be met by the Government in extra Standard Spending Assessment, or whether the cost will fall on the council tax payers.      (HL3783)

The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they monitor the allowances now paid to local councillors; and whether there is a variation in the amounts paid by the different London Boroughs.      (HL3784)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider introducing a BBC World Service provision for Armenia similar to the existing service for Azerbaijan.      (HL3785)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Social Exclusion Unit Report Teenage Pregnancy omitted any reference to the findings of the Review of Effectiveness of Sexual Health Promotion Intervention for Young People carried out, with public funding, by Professor Oakley and her colleagues at the Social Science Research Unit, University of London Institute of Education and published in March 1996.      (HL3786)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 8th July (WA 115) in respect of multi-modal corridor studies, whether they intend to include on steering groups of each study representatives from public transport, rail freight and environmental organisations as well as user groups.      (HL3787)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to the sub-surface lines of London Underground, whether it is proposed that Railtrack should be responsible for the maintenance, repair and enhancement of—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the maintenance, repair and enhancement of track, civil engineering, signalling and power supply of the London sub-surface lines will be undertaken in accordance with Railtrack’s Group Standards to facilitate the through-running of trains between the sub-surface lines and Railtrack’s own infrastructure.      (HL3789)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their plans for London Underground at present envisage transferring some of the surface sections of deep-tube lines to Railtrack to increase through-running possibilities via the sub-surface lines; and whether the bids being sought for the deep tube infrastructure management will reflect these savings.      (HL3790)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which body will decide on the routing and service frequencies of trains operating on both the sub-surface lines and Railtrack’s lines through London.      (HL3791)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether main line stations or depots are likely to be reduced in size or closed as a result of through-running of services between Railtrack lines and sub-surface lines in London; and to whom any resulting development gain will accrue.      (HL3792)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government where they advertised, and how often each advertisement appeared, in their recruitment campaign seeking a chairman and members for the Human Genetics Commission.      (HL3793)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the period for their recruitment campaign, seeking a chairman and members for the Human Genetics Commission, was confined to only ten days inclusive of the original announcement; and why they consider this sufficient.      (HL3794)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nominations were received as a direct consequence of their recruitment campaign seeking a chairman and members for the Human Genetics Commission.      (HL3795)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which individuals and organisations were circulated with a letter notifying them of their recruitment campaign seeking a chairman and members for the Human Genetics Commission.      (HL3796)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to mark the 10th anniversary of the proclamation of Lithuania’s independence on 11th March 1990, and the role that this nation played in the break-up of the Soviet Empire.      (HL3797)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to invite the President of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr Valdas Adamkus, on an official visit to London.      (HL3798)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the Prime Minister’s speech to the Romanian Parliament in Bucharest on 4th May, in which he said that the United Kingdom will support an invitation to Romania at the Helsinki European Council in December to begin negotiations to accede to the European Union, this support extends to the Republics of Latvia and Lithuania.      (HL3799)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Lithuania is on the “fast track” to join NATO; and whether Lithuania will be one of the next countries to become a full member of the Alliance.      (HL3800)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the local authority wards of Great Britain as existing in 1991, ranked by the level of unemployment.      (HL3801)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the wards in Annex C of The Government’s Proposals for new Assisted Areas, published on 15th July, separating each ward or group of wards which is not contiguous to any other ward or group of wards.      (HL3802)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any wards or groups of wards which would otherwise have been eligible for inclusion in their list of proposed assisted areas were excluded because their population did not aggregate to 100,000; and, if so, which.      (HL3803)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the definition of “contiguous” used in Annex C of The Government’s Proposals for new Assisted Areas, published on 15th July; and whether a national, regional or county boundary within the United Kingdom or a river, mountain or sea division prevents two otherwise contiguous wards from being treated as contiguous for the purpose of those proposals.      (HL3804)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish any formula or other methodology used to aggregate the statistical indicators listed in Annex C of The Government’s Proposals for new Assisted Areas, published on 15th July, for the purpose of formulating these proposals.      (HL3805)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the proposals in Annex C of The Government’s Proposals for new Assisted Areas, published on 15th July, were formulated taking account of local dependence on manufacturing and not on other employment sectors.      (HL3806)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 12th July (WA 10), on what dates recommendations under the Excessive Deficit Procedure have been made to the United Kingdom by the European Council of Ministers under paragraphs 7 and 8 of Article 104 of the Maastricht Treaty.      (HL3807)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 7th July (WA 103), how many primary and secondary maintained schools failed to provide daily collective worship during the most recent year for which figures are available.      (HL3808)

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 [27th July]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    Immigration and Asylum [21st July]
    Northern Ireland
    Football (Offences and Disorder) [23rd July]

Waiting for Report

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions

Waiting for Third Reading

    House of Lords
    Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.) [21st 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]
    Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL] [26th July]
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL] [22nd July]
    Pollution Prevention and Control [HL] [26th July]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Local Government
    Employment Relations

Returned to the Commons with reasons

    Access to Justice [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Adoption (Intercountry Aspects)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

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

DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Referred to a Joint Committee

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 21ST JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.00 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England10.30 am
(Select Committee)
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)
Freedom of Information (Select Committee)2.00 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
United Reformed Church Bill [HL] 11.00 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)3.30 pm
(Joint Committee)

TUESDAY 27TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)11.30 am
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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