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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.

THURSDAY 29TH JULY

At three o’clock

*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 Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to investigate the killing of 14 ethnic Serb farmers in Kosovo.

†Committee for Privileges—The Chairman of Committees to move, That, for the purpose of hearing the references on the effect of the House of Lords Bill, the senior Lord of Appeal present be appointed Chairman of the Committee for Privileges; and that the Committee have leave to hear parties interested, by themselves, their counsel, agents, and witnesses so far as the Committee think fit.

The Baroness Jay of Paddington—To move, That, in the opinion of this House, the provisions of this Resolution should have effect in relation to the giving of financial assistance to opposition parties and to the Convenor of the Crossbench Peers in this House:

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

‡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.

FRIDAY 30TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Food Standards Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Donoughue]

In the event that the bill is read a Second Time, the Lord Donoughue to move, That the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

MONDAY 11TH OCTOBER

Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill—Report [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

‡The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the significance of the European Council at Tampere on 15th and 16th October for United Kingdom policing, immigration control and judicial co-operation.

TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER

The Lord Carlile of Berriew

‡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.

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

THURSDAY 14TH OCTOBER

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

FRIDAY 15TH OCTOBER

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.

MONDAY 18TH OCTOBER

†‡The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to raise public awareness of the dangers of excessive speeding.

WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

†‡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.

FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER

†Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld]

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

The Lord Fellowes

†The Lord Harrison

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

The Lord Grabiner

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 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 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 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”.

The Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will take steps to end the present mandatory requirement on personal pension fund holders to purchase an annuity at the age of 75, in view of the present low return on such annuities.

The Lord Vivian—To call attention to H M Armed Forces and the measures required to reduce overstretch; and to move for papers.

The Lord Clifford of Chudleigh—To move, That the House of Lords Bill (as amended on Report) be referred to the Examiners in respect of clause 2(1) and (2).

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]

†The Lord Grenfell—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Taxes in the EU: can co-ordination and competition co-exist? (15th Report, HL Paper 92). [28th July]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 28th July, or unanswered after 21 days]

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

28th July

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify the statement made by the Lord Gilbert on 20th July (HL Deb, col. 806) concerning an announcement to be made by the Minister for the Armed Forces relating to former Prisoners of War of the Japanese.      (HL4033)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a chairman and board members will be recruited for the Food Standards Agency in preparation for the Agency’s Vesting Day.      (HL4034)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to exempt renewable energy generation from the proposed Climate Change Levy.      (HL4035)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many successful Non Fossil Fuel Order (NFFO) planning applications over the last three years and how many NFFO projects have failed to gain planning consent.      (HL4036)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to bring forward policies to support smaller stand-alone renewable energy projects under the “net metering” arrangements.      (HL4037)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce regional targets for renewable energy generation in future Planning Policy Guidance Notes.      (HL4038)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to treat electricity generated from wind energy under the current Review of Electricity Trading Arrangements.      (HL4039)

The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 27th July (HL3783), 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.      (HL4040)

The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that all heritage railways are rendered exempt from the current proposals to enable the Health and Safety Executive to charge railway industries £115 per hour for the services of H M Railway Inspectors.      (HL4041)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they are considering to ensure the three-fold increase in the rate of expanding renewable energy by 2010 to meet the European Union-wide target of 12 per cent of all primary energy from renewables.      (HL4042)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring forward the first Non Fossil Fuel Order round for offshore wind development.      (HL4043)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any outstanding intra-governmental issues to resolve before they announce the first Non Fossil Fuel Order round for offshore wind development.      (HL4044)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, to meet their targets for expanding renewable energy by 2010, available renewable energy sources (notably wind energy, particularly from offshore sites) will need to be expanded at the maximum practicable rate; and what annual forecasts for offshore wind generation they currently plan to implement from 2000 onwards.      (HL4045)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to set up a “one-stop shop” to encourage the various interests involved in granting interests to offshore wind installations in the simplification and integration of procedures; and, if so, when they intend to announce the modus operandi of their policy.      (HL4046)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will take to ensure that the assets of the Training and Enterprise Councils, or that portion of them derived from operating surpluses on Government funded training and workforce development, will transfer to the Learning and Skills Council when that Council is established.      (HL4047)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the value of freehold property and other capital assets owned by Training and Enterprise Councils and utilised by them in delivering Government funded training and workforce development.      (HL4048)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any financial assets of any Training and Enterprise Councils are held in offshore bank accounts; and, if so, whether any estimate can be given of the amount of such assets.      (HL4049)

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps will be taken to ensure that, in the event of the dissolution of any Training and Enterprise Council following the transfer of its functions to the Learning and Skills Council, severance payments for senior staff will be reasonable, and monies derived originally from public funds will not be used to fund excessive settlements.      (HL4050)

The Baroness Turner of CamdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the use of cluster bombs and depleted uranium bombs by NATO in the recent Balkan conflict, over areas known to be populated by civilians, is lawful and authorised by Geneva Conventions.      (HL4051)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what experiments have been conducted on genetically modified Atlantic salmon; where these experiments were carried out, and over what period of time; what were the results of the experiments; and whether the results will be published.      (HL4052)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers have met with official representatives of the Countryside Alliance; and, if so, when, and with which Ministers present.      (HL4053)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have on the use in continental Europe of the genetically engineered hormone rBST in cows; and whether milk from infected cows has been imported into the United Kingdom.      (HL4054)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they are having with the British Medical Association’s junior doctors’ committee about improving the hourly rate of £4.02 paid to some junior doctors for their work at night, weekends and bank holidays.      (HL4055)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the increase in the number of consultant appointments in the National Health Service for each of the past five years in all specialties.      (HL4056)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many fully trained specialist hospital doctors are waiting for consultant posts; and how many consultant vacancies there have been in each of the last five years in all these specialties.      (HL4057)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the numbers of working days lost as a result of industrial action in 1997 and 1998 on a comparable basis in Germany, France, Italy and the United Kingdom.      (HL4058)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the latest year for which statistics are available, how many tender notices were published in the Official Journal by purchasing entities subject to European Union open public procurement legislation, analysed by European Union Member States, including the United Kingdom.      (HL4059)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the latest year for which statistics are available, what share the United Kingdom achieved of public contracts (by value) in each of the other 14 European Union Member States awarded as a result of tender notices published in the Official Journal by purchasing entities subject to European Union open public procurement legislation; and what share each of the other 14 European Union Member States achieved of such contracts in the United Kingdom.      (HL4060)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom deficit on current account in 1993-1998 with the European Union was around £47 billion; and, if so—

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cumulative United Kingdom deficit on trade in goods with the Common Market/European Union in 1973-1998 was around £130 billion; if so, whether they believe that Common Market/European Economic Community/European Union membership has been economically beneficial to the United Kingdom; and, if so, why.      (HL4062)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the period 1993-1998 inclusive, what was the annual average compound rate of growth of British current account credits (goods, services and investment income) in respect of—

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated number of people in recent years who have been murdered or seriously injured by those with severe personality disorder.      (HL4064)

The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many copies of the booklet containing the text of a speech by the Secretary of State for Defence given at the Royal United Services Institute on 29th June and entitled “Kosovo some preliminary thoughts” were printed and distributed; what was the total cost of printing and distribution; whether these costs were borne by the Labour Party; if not, which Department bore these costs; and what was the purpose of this distribution.      (HL4065)

The Lord Hill-NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many copies of the booklet Modernising Defence published by the Secretary of State for Defence were printed and distributed; and what was the total cost of this.      (HL4066)

The Lord CraigmyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are recruited from the local populace in Pakistan to help staff the British consulates there; and what their jobs are within the consulate.      (HL4067)

The Lord CraigmyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of staff in British consulates in Pakistan come from Pakistan’s religious minority groups; and what their jobs are within the consulate.      (HL4068)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Health applied to the Court of Appeal to reverse the judgment of Mr Justice Laws that tooth whiteners should be classified as medical devices.      (HL4069)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total costs involved in the judgment by the Court of Appeal in favour of the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Health against Optident; and what were the total amount of damages being sought by Optident against the Department of Trade and Industry and the Department of Health for alleged loss of sales whilst the legal status of tooth whitening agents was uncertain.      (HL4070)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is in the public interest that, following the Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Health appeal, United Kingdom patients will now be denied the choice of a tooth whitening approach to discoloured teeth and obliged to consider options that are more expensive and destructive of tooth tissue.      (HL4071)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any information that contradicts the opinion that a humanitarian catastrophe is in process in Iraq as a combined result of the policies of Sadam Hussein, the low price of oil, the condition of the Iraqi infrastructure (including that of the Iraqi oil industry) and sanctions.      (HL4072)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the conclusions of the Third International Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, “London 99”, in relation to (a) hormone-disrupting chemicals; and (b) genetically modified foods.      (HL4073)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the concept of “commercial secrecy” plays any role in the regulation of genetically and hormone modified organisms; and, if so, what role.      (HL4074)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British embassies are engaged in exhibitions of British Maritime History, Products and Services for Fisheries, as has been done at the British Embassy in Quito, Ecuador; and whether the Government will do its best to encourage all embassies to promote British maritime expertise.      (HL4075)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

To be heard by the Examiners on Friday 30th July at 11.00 am


Waiting for Second Reading

    Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) [HL]
    Food Standards [30th July]
    Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland) [22nd October]

Committed to a Select Committee

    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]

Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL] [20th October]
    Kent County Council [HL] [20th October]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Freedom of Information [HL]
    Greater London Authority [29th July]
    European Tax Harmonisation (Veto) [HL]
    European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
    Parliamentary Government [HL]
    Northern Ireland
    Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [11th October]
    Immigration and Asylum

Waiting for Third Reading

    House of Lords
    United Reformed Church [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
    Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [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]

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
    Draft Working Time Regulations 1999
    Draft Financial Services Act 1986 (Restriction of Exemption) Order 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]

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
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)10.30 am
(Science and Society)

THURSDAY 14TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Committee for Privileges10.30 am
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 19TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

 
 
 
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