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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

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

recommended minimum interval between stages.

MONDAY 26TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

The Baroness Prashar

and

The Lord 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 (1998-299, HC 38-I).

Standing Orders (Public Business)—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That the Standing Orders relating to public business be amended as follows—

After Standing Order 8

Insert the following new Standing Orders:

 8A.—(1) In implementation of section 2 of the House of Lords Act 1999, this Standing Order makes provision for hereditary peers who are excepted from section 1.

    (2) The excepted hereditary peers shall consist of the following categories:

      (i) (a) 2 peers elected by the Labour hereditary peers;

        (b) 42 peers elected by the Conservative hereditary peers;

        (c) 3 peers elected by the Liberal Democrat hereditary peers;

        (d) 28 peers elected by the Cross-bench hereditary peers;

      (ii) 15 peers, elected by the whole House, from among those ready to serve as Deputy Speakers or in any other office as the House may require; and

      (iii) any peer holding the office of Earl Marshal or performing the office of Lord Great Chamberlain.

    (3) Elections shall be conducted in accordance with arrangements made by the Clerk of the Parliaments.

    (4) In order to stand for election or qualify as an elector under paragraph (2)(i), a peer must register with the Clerk of the Parliaments, identifying the party or Cross-bench group to which he belongs. In order to stand for election under paragraph (2)(ii), a peer must register separately with the Clerk of the Parliaments. A peer may not stand for election nor vote if he has not taken the Oath or is on Leave of Absence.

    (5) In the event of a tie between two or more candidates standing in any of the elections held in accordance with paragraph (2), the matter (if not resolved by the electoral arrangements adopted by the House) shall be decided by the drawing of lots.

    (6) The Clerk of the Parliaments may refer any question concerning the propriety of the electoral process to the Committee for Privileges.

    (7) In the event of a vacancy occurring at any time up to the end of the initial period through death among the peers elected in category (2)(i) or (2)(ii), the vacancy shall be filled by the nearest runner-up in the relevant election under paragraph (2) who both wishes to fill the vacancy and is otherwise available. The provisions of paragraph (5) are applicable for this purpose. If no such runner-up is available, the House shall decide how the vacancy shall be filled.

    (8) In this Standing order and in Standing Order 8B the end of “the initial period” is the end of the first session of the next Parliament after that in which the House of Lords Act 1999 is passed.

Hereditary Peers

 8B.—(1) In implementation of subsection (4) of section 2 of the House of Lords Act 1999, this Standing Order makes provision for by-elections to fill vacancies occurring by death among excepted hereditary peers after the end of the initial period.

    (2) In the event of the death of a hereditary peer excepted under Standing Order 8A(2)(i) only the excepted hereditary peers in the group in which the vacancy has occurred shall be entitled to vote.

    (3) In the event of the death of a hereditary peer excepted under Standing Order 8A(2)(ii) the whole House shall be entitled to vote.

    (4) The provisions of paragraphs (2) and (3) shall apply also in the case of any subsequent by-elections.

    (5) The Clerk of the Parliaments shall maintain, and publish annually, a register of hereditary peers (other than peers of Ireland) who wish to stand in any by-election.

    (6) By-elections shall be conducted in accordance with arrangements made by the Clerk of the Parliaments and shall take place within three months of a vacancy occurring.

    (7) Paragraphs (5) and (6) of Standing Order 8A shall apply to by-elections under this Standing Order.

†Judicial Standing Orders—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the following amendment be made to the Standing Orders regulating judicial business:

Standing Order V

Line 1, after (“that”) insert (“unless otherwise ordered by the House”).

Hereditary Peers:
By-elections

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

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.

[If the Employment Relations Bill is returned from the Commons, it will be further considered this day]

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.

†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.

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

‡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

†The Lord Watson of Richmond

and

The Lord King of West Bromwich

*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 Greater London Authority Bill will be concluded this day]

FRIDAY 30TH JULY

†[At eleven o’clock]

†Food Standards Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Donoughue]

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.

WEDNESAY 13TH OCTOBER

†‡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.

THURSAY 14TH OCTOBER

†‡The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in promoting the regeneration of seaside resorts.

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 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 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.

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.

The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they believe culture and the arts relate to the issue of “social exclusion”.

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 on the dates shown]

26th May

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

27th May

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

15th June

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

16th June

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

The Lord 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)

1st July

The Viscount LongTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether for each employee of the Meat Hygiene Service who has visited countries outside the European Union in 1998 or 1999 they will list (a) the countries; (b) the date of the visit and its duration; (c) the grade of the employee; (d) the total cost of each visit; (e) whether these costs were met from the budget of the Meat Hygiene Service or the budget of a named Government Department; and (f) the purpose of the visit.      (HL3452)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any areas are held definitely not to be in the Euro-Atlantic area; and whether all former member states of the Soviet Union are deemed to be within it.      (HL3464)

5th July

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all members of the Territorial Army and the Reserves were fully informed of the correct procedures, including rights of appeal, for medical discharge prior to their discharge from service in the Gulf War; and, if they were, in what form this information was provided.      (HL3497)

7th July

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

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

8th July

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

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

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

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

9th July

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

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

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

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

12th July

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

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

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

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

13th July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

14th July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

15th July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

16th July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

and, if so, what.      (HL3758)

19th July

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Royal Air Force and (c) the Army were (i) 16 years of age and (ii) 17 years of age on 1st July; which units they are serving with; and what percentage of force numbers this represents in each service.      (HL3761)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the appointment of a Joint Committee on Human Rights with effect from the beginning of the next parliamentary Session; and, if not, why not.      (HL3762)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that any Joint Committee on Human Rights will examine statements of compatibility made by Ministers under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 and report to both Houses of Parliament; and, if not, why not.      (HL3763)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will refrain from accepting any outcome in the United Nations Security Council which would give Saddam Hussein control of Iraq’s oil revenues, for as long as he is in defiance of the Security Council resolutions.      (HL3764)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for breaking the deadlock which occurs in the United Nations Security Council when it is called upon to assert international authority in cases such as Iraq and Kosovo.      (HL3765)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the absence of the required confirmation that Iraq has been disarmed and is being monitored, they will refrain from supporting any proposal during the discussions on a new United Nations Security Council resolution on Iraq to implement the work of the three United Nations Panels which would leap-frog previous Security Council resolutions and lift the sanctions on Iraq.      (HL3766)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the fact that the report of the United Nations Panel on disarmament concluded that Iraq has not fulfilled its obligations as set out in the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions, they will give an assurance that the draft resolution on Iraq seeks to secure a more, rather than less, intrusive monitoring system for disarmament; and what consensus on this has been reached within the United Nations Security Council.      (HL3767)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the progress of the expansion and streamlining of the oil-for-food programme.      (HL3768)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will specify the procedures that are used in the slaughter of animals for Halal meat.      (HL3769)

The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the non-religious point of view is included in the school curriculum.      (HL3770)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to provide or contribute towards an information service for patients seeking complementary medical treatment.      (HL3771)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for using the Internet to market prison-made products.      (HL3772)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the “comprehensive report, including an assessment, on the events dating from the establishment of the safe area of Srebrenica on 16th April 1993 under Security Council resolution 819 (1993) of 16th April 1993, which was followed by the establishment of other safe areas, until the endorsement of the Peace Agreement by the Security Council under resolution 1031 (1995) of 15th December 1995”, called for by the United Nations General Assembly in paragraph 18 of their resolution 53/35 of 13th January 1999, to be submitted in accordance with the resolution by 1st September; and what arrangements are being made for its publication.      (HL3773)

The Viscount ExmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether responsibility for the administration of financial services in Gibraltar lies with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office or with the Treasury.      (HL3774)

The Lord BleaseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish statistics for the twelve labour market regions of the United Kingdom for the periods March to May 1996 and March to May 1999 concerning the total number of people—

19th 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 restoration of 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 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)

21st July

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 on motorways; 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, All 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)

22nd July

The Lord BachTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1998-99 Annual Report and Accounts for the Veterinary Medicines Directorate.      (HL3839)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the standards of service for the British Cattle Movement Service.      (HL3840)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1998-99 Annual Report for the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3841)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1998-99 Annual Report and Accounts for the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science.      (HL3842)

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1998-99 Annual Report and Accounts for the Pesticides Safety Directorate.      (HL3843)

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1998-99 Annual Report and Accounts for the Central Science Laboratory.      (HL3844)

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1998-99 Annual Report and Accounts for the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency.      (HL3845)

The Lord SudeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will regulate banking practice which results in many corporate accounts being overcharged.      (HL3851)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the fact that at 01.00 hours on Tuesday 20th July the electronic display in the Accident and Emergency Department of St George’s Hospital, Tooting, indicated a 3 hour wait for treatment for major injuries and a 5½ hour wait for minor injuries is indicative of an acceptable standard of service; and, if not, what action they propose to ensure that it does not recur.      (HL3852)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report an updated table showing the numbers of cases of bovine spongiform encephalopathy confirmed in Great Britain each week during 1999 to date, together with the moving annual total of cases reported in each 52 week period.      (HL3853)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to complete their review of the future defence use of RAF Northolt; and whether they expect to be able to release the 490 acres on this site for housing.      (HL3854)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many air movements there were from RAF Northolt during the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available; how many of these were for VIP and royal flying tasks; how many for other military and Ministry of Defence charter flights; and how many, on a repayment basis, for other business users.      (HL3855)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the 12th July decision of the Braintree District Council to retain the advertising hoardings alongside the A12 trunk road near Witham, they will arrange for the Highways Agency to undertake fresh planting of trees and shrubs to restore the rural nature of the landscape of that section of the A12.      (HL3856)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in establishing, as part of the Police/Home Office Extended Names Index (PHOENIX), a central register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted, which obligation, under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, came into force on 1st October 1997; and whether they are now in a position to indicate a date by which they will have complied with the law in this matter.      (HL3857)

The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether copies are made when police take fingerprints; and, if so, whether in all cases these copies are destroyed when the original prints are destroyed.      (HL3858)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to raise awareness amongst the public and health professionals with regard to the condition known as Arachnoiditis.      (HL3859)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what treatment is available for Arachnoiditis; and what research is being undertaken into the causes and possible cures of the condition.      (HL3860)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the position of asylum-seekers and other immigrants, in the backlog of some 78,000 cases not yet determined and who are now receiving income support or other welfare benefits, in the event that the Immigration and Asylum Bill receives Royal Assent; and when they expect the relevant sections to come into force.      (HL3861)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event that the Immigration and Asylum Bill receives Royal Assent, what is their best estimate of the number of people who would be deported from the United Kingdom, were it not for conditions of war or social breakdown in their countries of origin.      (HL3862)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, after consideration of the Report being prepared by the Countryside Agency, the Countryside Commission for Wales and the Forestry Commission on Access to “Other” Open Countryside, they will publish their proposals regarding access to these areas for general consultation.      (HL3863)

The Lord IronsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education, has been sent out to schools; and, if not, when schools will receive this document so that responses can be made to the Review of the National Curriculum.      (HL3865)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to resolve the differences between the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education, and the substance of the Review of the National Curriculum consultation document regarding the importance of arts and humanities education within the National Curriculum.      (HL3866)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will incorporate the recommendations of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education report, All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education, into the National Curriculum.      (HL3867)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer given by the Baroness Blackstone that “The Court ruled that the Government’s policy on the duration of assisted places for primary-aged pupils is lawful, and is being applied in a consistent and fair manner” (HL Deb, 20th July, col. 812), whether they will provide the reference for this ruling in the relevant court judgment by Mr Justice Kay.      (HL3868)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the United Kingdom is alone among European Union members excluded from United States trade sanctions in the hormone-treated beef and cows dispute.      (HL3869)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the possibility that hormone-treated beef and milk from hormone-treated cows contributes to human obesity and to human milk production disorders has not been studied by the Department of Health.      (HL3870)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom does General Jackson report; and what is NATO’s role in Kosovo.      (HL3871)

23rd July

The Lord Clarke of HampsteadTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the future of the NHS Estates Agency.      (HL3872)

The Lord Clarke of HampsteadTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the findings of the quinquennial review of the Medical Devices Agency, which was announced on 2nd May; and what is the future status of the Medical Devices Agency and the Medicines Control Agency.      (HL3873)

The Lord Mackenzie of FramwellgateTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Intervention Board will publish the 1998-99 Annual Report and Accounts.      (HL3874)

The Lord Mackenzie of FramwellgateTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 19th and 20th July.      (HL3875)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to strengthen the sources of advice available to the government on agricultural biotechnology, following the announcement that the United States’ Secretary of Agriculture is to appoint a Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Agricultural Biotechnology.      (HL3876)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request the World Trade Organisation (a) to review the use made by its panels of claims originating kin the United States regarding the safety of biotechnologically-modified crops and animals, and (b), if necessary, to review any fines or other penalties imposed by the WTO as a result of the judgments of these panels.      (HL3877)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the present differentials in incomes and health, and what are the current trends—

whether these statistics indicate that polarisation is increasing in the populations listed above; and, if so, what is their view of the political, social and economic consequences of this situation.      (HL3878)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the welfare and health of the 10 year old Panchen Lama, who is detained at an unknown location in China, and whether they will refer his case to the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.      (HL3879)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the assertion in the current poster advertisements by Action on Addiction that 40 per cent of children will use drugs is correct.      (HL3880)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of funding for the organisation Action on Addiction comes from the public sector.      (HL3881)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring the sales activities of competitive gas suppliers in attracting new customers; and whether they are satisfied with these sales practices.      (HL3882)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the time limit for answering Questions for Written Answer in the House of Lords; what sanctions, if any exist when those questions are not answered in the time stipulated; and when they propose to answer the question tabled on 27th May by the Lord Pearson of Rannoch.      (HL3883)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any hereditary peers have been offered life peerages following the passing of the House of Lords Bill.      (HL3884)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have extended the exemption from insurance premium tax and air and passenger duty to 43 international organisations; and which are the 17 not previously entitled to the exemptions.      (HL3885)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what detailed procedures are in place to ensure that the claims of representatives of the international organisations that qualify for the exemptions from air and passenger duty are made purely in connection with official duties; and how many government employees are employed on this assignment.      (HL3886)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are working in this country for the 43 organisations now exempted from the payment of insurance premium tax and air and passenger duty.      (HL3887)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to help the millions of people facing severe hunger as a result of wars and drought in the Horn of Africa, in the light of the United Nations appeal for £5 million to avert a disaster in Ethiopia alone.      (HL3888)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Secretary of State for International Development took towards reversing the criminalisation of Sierra Leone during her visit from the 19th to 21st July.      (HL3889)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal base for the instructions for applying for European Structural Funds, “SEM 2000 Datasheets: Eligibility of Expenditure under the Structural Funds Summary”.      (HL3890)

The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the 1999 budget for limb provision within the National Health Service; and how this is split between components and overheads.      (HL3891)

The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the budget for limb provision within the National Health Service in 1997.      (HL3892)

The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the budget for overhead costs in limb provision for the National Health Service has been increased or decreased between 1997 and 1999.      (HL3893)

The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the budget for limb component provision within the National Health Service has been increased or decreased between 1997 and 1999; and what this is as a percentage.      (HL3894)

The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will break down the costs between clinical care, service accommodation and administrative costs for limb provision within the National Health Service for each of the years from 1979 to 1999.      (HL3895)

The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the supply company providing the new range of silicone covering materials currently being developed for the National Health Service.      (HL3896)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on export credit finance in relation to former Soviet Union dependencies.      (HL3897)

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]
    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
    Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) [HL]

Waiting for Report

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

Waiting for Third Reading

    House of Lords
    Football (Offences and Disorder) [26th July]
    United Reformed Church [HL]

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]
    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

    Finance (Money Bill—7th July)
    Disability Rights Commission [HL]
    Adoption (Intercountry Aspects)
    Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.)
    Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999
    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

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

TUESDAY 27TH JULY

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food crops)
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)11.30 am
Local Government (Organisation and Standards)2.00 pm
(Joint Committee)
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
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee5.00 pm

WEDNESDAY 29TH SEPTEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee C)in Denmark

TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER

Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

 
 
 
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