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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.

FRIDAY 30TH JULY

At eleven o’clock

†Immigration and Asylum Bill—The Lord Williams of Mostyn to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clauses 1 to 36

Schedule 1

Clauses 37 to 50

Schedule 2

Clause 51

Schedule 3

Clause 52

Schedule 4

Clauses 53 to 78

Schedule 5

Clauses 79 and 80

Schedule 6

Clauses 81 and 82

Schedule 7

Clauses 83 to 90

Schedule 8

Clauses 91 to 98

Schedule 9

Clauses 99 to 150

Schedule 10

Clause 151

Schedule 11

Clause 152

Schedule 12

Clauses 153 to 164

Schedules 13 to 15.

†Greater London Authority Bill—The Lord Whitty to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

    Clauses 1 and 2

    Schedule 1

    Clauses 3 and 4

    Schedule 2

    Clauses 5 to 17

    Schedule 3

    Clauses 18 to 30

    Schedule 4

    Clauses 31 to 73

    Schedule 5

    Clauses 74 to 84

    Schedule 6

    Clauses 85 to 119

    Schedule 7

    Clauses 120 to 139

    Schedule 8

    Clauses 140 and 141

    Schedule 9

    Clauses 142 to 194

    Schedules 10 and 11

    Clauses 195 to 212

    Schedule 12

    Clauses 213 to 216

    Schedule 13

    Clauses 217 and 218

    Schedule 14

    Clauses 219 to 221

    Schedule 15

    Clause 222

    Schedule 16

    Clause 223

    Schedule 17

    Clauses 224 to 254

    Schedule 18

    Clause 255

    Schedule 19

    Clauses 256 to 268

    Schedule 20

    Clause 269

    Schedule 21

    Clauses 270 to 285

    Schedule 22

    Clause 286

    Schedules 23 and 24

    Clauses 287 to 328

    Schedule 25

    Clauses 329 to 352

    Schedule 26

    Clauses 353 to 360

    Schedule 27

    Clauses 361 and 362.

    †Food Standards Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

    In the event that the bill is read a Second Time, the Baroness Hayman 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

    and

    †The Lord Oxburgh

    †Greater London Authority Bill—Report [The Lord Whitty]

    ‡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.

    †[It is expected that the Report stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

    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

    †Immigration and Asylum Bill—Report [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

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

    TUESDAY 19TH OCTOBER

    †[It is expected that the Report stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be continued this day]

    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.

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

    THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER

    †‡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.

    †[It is expected that the Report stage of the Greater London Authority Bill will be concluded this day]

    FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER

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

    †The Lord Reay—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Organic Farming and the European Union (16th Report, HL Paper 93).

    TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

    The Lord Fellowes

    The Lord Harrison

    WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

    The Lord Grabiner

    FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER

    †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).

    MONDAY 1ST NOVEMBER

    The Baroness Massey of Darwen

    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 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 Her Majesty’s Government 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 Her Majesty’s Government whether the level of blood stocks and public participation in blood donation are adequate.

    The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government 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 Her Majesty’s Government 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(2).

    †The Baroness Lockwood—To call attention to the publication of Her Majesty’s Government’s strategy document Making a Difference and to the impact on university education of nurses; and to move for papers.

    PART II

    SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

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

    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 29th 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 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 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 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)

    23rd June

    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)

    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 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 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)

    8th July

    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)

    29th July

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

    The Lord HackingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have completed the review of the Highways Agency announced on 27th October 1998 (HL Deb, col. WA 210).      (HL4076)

    The Viscount BrentfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the combined cost of administering £30 worth of vouchers and providing accommodation for one individual asylum-seeker would be £165, whereas the cost for that individual under a system of income support and housing benefit would be only £110.      (HL4077)

    The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British contractors are losing the opportunity to secure overseas construction projects and thus promote exports, because H M Treasury has been withholding approvals of Export Credit Guarantee Department recommendations and applications over the last six months.      (HL4078)

    The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to stop terrorist activities by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the United Kingdom; and what assistance they will give the Sri Lankan authorities in bringing to justice the murderers of Neelam Tiruchelvam who was assassinated in Colombo in the morning of 29th July.      (HL4079)

    The Lord IronsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officer cadets from foreign countries have been accepted for officer training at—

    in each of the years from 1990 to 1999; and what were their countries of origin.      (HL4080)

    The Lord IronsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are now the total costs incurred by the firm of solicitors, under contract to the Legal Aid Board, acting for plaintiffs seeking compensation for injuries caused by radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer; and when the final costs are expected to become available.      (HL4081)

    The Lord IronsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any cases currently outstanding for trial in the autumn term of 1999 in respect of High Court proceedings involving plaintiffs in the Legal Aid Board’s multi-party action seeking compensation for injuries caused by radiotherapy treatment for breast cancer; and whether any dates have now been set for these trials.      (HL4082)

    The Lord Montague of OxfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they can take to make the net cost of telephone calls transparent to consumers.      (HL4083)

    The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Government Task Forces were in existence in May 1997, May 1998 and May 1999, together with the number of individuals comprised in them, distinguishing between civil service employees and non-civil service persons.      (HL4084)

    The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make available to Parliament copies of the reports made from time to time to Ministers and Government Departments by the Task Forces set up by them from time to time.      (HL4085)

    The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that the Check List to ensure Good Quality European Legislation issued by the Regulatory Impact Unit of the Cabinet Office on 21st July is applied at all departmental levels.      (HL4086)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why a net loss of about one hundred Army personnel occurs monthly; and whether more resources will be provided to boost recruiting and retention.      (HL4087)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish Army recruiting figures and departure figures for the last twelve months showing the net gains or losses for the Army.      (HL4088)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made to establish a Centre for Defence Medicine; and when it will be operative.      (HL4089)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Territorial Army Combat Medical Technicians are being made redundant; and why they could not be held against other established posts which cannot be recruited.      (HL4090)

    The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 29th July (HL3884), why it would not be appropriate for them to comment on whether they have indicated to any hereditary peers, apart from those of first creation, that they will or may recommend them to The Queen for a life peerage in connection with the passing of the House of Lords Bill.      (HL4091)

    The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 30th June (HL Deb, col. 279), for each European Union Member State, cumulatively for the 5-year period 1994-98, how much European Union Commission-approved aid governments paid or undertook to pay to car and commercial vehicle manufacturers in their respective countries.      (HL4092)

    The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many passengers have been convicted for failing to wear seat belts in the rear seats of taxis in each year since wearing became compulsory (a) in the Metropolitan Police district and (b) elsewhere in Great Britain; and what was the maximum fine imposed.      (HL4093)

    The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the annual report of the board of visitors to H M Prison Wandsworth, they will take immediate steps to improve the recruitment of nurses at the prison so that mentally ill prisoners and others who are sick can receive proper care and treatment.      (HL4094)

    The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether collectors’ working models of steam powered road and rail vehicles, old or new, will be exempted from the new proposed pressure equipment regulations; and whether they will be exempt in other European Union Member States.      (HL4095)

    The Baroness HooperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Department for Education and Employment’s new one- and two-year Dance and Drama Awards Scheme will operate so as not to apply unfairly to vocational dance training course providers offering three-year courses.      (HL4097)

    The Baroness HooperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will permit dance training course providers offering three-year courses to encourage dance students to apply for a one- or two-year award and to seek other forms of sponsorship, including parental contributions, to finance the third year, rather than requiring course providers to finance the third year themselves.      (HL4098)

    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]
      Kent County Council [HL]

    Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

      Freedom of Information [HL]
      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 [18th October]
      Greater London Authority [12th October]

    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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