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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.

THURSDAY 22ND JULY

At three o’clock

[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).

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

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.

†The Lord Gray—To move, That 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 be referred to the Committee for Privileges.

‡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.

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

‡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.

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

†‡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.

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 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.

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.

†The Lord Grantchester—To ask HMG how their proposals for the milk industry and in particular for the supply of raw milk will affect the rural economy.

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]

†The Earl of Cranbrook—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Waste Incineration (11th Report, HL Paper 71). [21st July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 21st 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)

21st July

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

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Corporate Plan 1999/2000-2001/02, Key Tasks and Targets for 1999/2000 and Business Plan 1999/2000 for the NHS Estates Agency.      (HL3810)

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Annual Report and Accounts for the NHS Pensions Agency.      (HL3811)

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the Annual Report and Accounts 1998-99 for the NHS Estates Executive Agency.      (HL3812)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the 1998-99 Annual Report and Accounts of the Medical Devices Agency.      (HL3813)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the Annual Report on Human Rights.      (HL3814)

The Baroness Rendell of BaberghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to publish the fifth of the reports to Parliament on Hong Kong and the implementation of the Joint Declaration.      (HL3815)

The Baroness Rendell of BaberghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for August and the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL3816)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following concern expressed in the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee Report on the flotation of Railtrack about the Government’s “decision to reduce Railtrack’s debt by £225 million to ensure that the Thameslink rail project went ahead”, whether there is yet a firm start and completion date for this project; and what steps the Government are taking to recover some or all of this debt on account of the already extended delay in its implementation.      (HL3817)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the responsibility for obtaining bids for the operation of trains in the Greater London area on—

will be undertaken by the Franchising Director, London Underground or some other body.      (HL3818)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will operate trains in the Greater London area on—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will provide the rolling stock for trains to operate in the Greater London area on—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will allocate track capacity to the passenger trains which operate in the Greater London area on—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Railtrack’s activities and operation on the sub-surface London lines will be regulated by the Rail Regulator; and, if not, which organisation will undertake the regulator functions as set out in the Railways Act 1994 on the sub-surface lines.      (HL3822)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the United States Administration has said that it has “some problems with parts” of the Anglo-Dutch draft resolution on Iraq currently under consideration by the Security Council, whether agreement is being reached with the United States over the improvements which it would require to be made to the draft resolution.      (HL3823)

The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask the Leader of the House what action is being taken on—

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that French wine producers have been forbidden to add dried bulls blood to French wines by the European Community since October 1997, whether imported French wine produced before 1997 is a health hazard to British drinkers.      (HL3825)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people on the New Deal Scheme have been taken on by the Department for Education and Employment since April 1998.      (HL3826)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people on the New Deal Scheme have been taken on by the Department of Health since April 1998.      (HL3827)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people on the New Deal Scheme have been taken on by the Department for Social Security since April 1998.      (HL3828)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people on the New Deal Scheme have been taken on by the Ministry of Defence since April 1998.      (HL3829)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people on the New Deal Scheme have been taken on by the Department of Trade and Industry since April 1998.      (HL3830)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people on the New Deal Scheme have been taken on by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food since April 1998.      (HL3831)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what issues they sought responses from those consulted about the introduction of private escorts for abnormal loads; from whom responses to the consultation document were sought; who responded; and when they expect to reach conclusions on this question.      (HL3832)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 12th July (WA 12) concerning the accident rate on the elevated section of the M4 motorway, why they reduced the speed limit to 40 miles per hour on the basis of an extra 1.6 personal injury accident per year above the rate for dual 2 lane motorways with a 50 miles per hour speed limit; and on what other stretches of motorways or “A” roads has the speed limit been similarly reduced on the basis of such a small variation in the accident statistics.      (HL3833)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inadequate teachers have been dismissed using the fast track procedure.      (HL3834)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the delay in the publication of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education report, Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education”, whether they will extend the deadline for response to the Review of the National Curriculum from 23rd July 1999 to the autumn to allow for a wider public debate.      (HL3835)

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 [28th 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

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]
    Road Traffic (Use of Mobile Telephones) [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]
    Access to Justice [HL] [26th July]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Local Government
    Employment Relations

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Adoption (Intercountry Aspects)
    Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.)

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 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]

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
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England3.30 pm
(Select Committee)
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 28TH JULY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm
Committee for Privileges4.30 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)in Denmark

TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER

Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

 
 
 
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