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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.

MONDAY 11TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

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.

†Food Standards Bill—Grand Committee [The Baroness Hayman] (in the Moses Room at 3.30 pm)

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]

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Food Standards Bill will be continued this day at 3.30 pm in the Moses Room]

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]

†[It is expected that the Grand Committee on the Food Standards Bill will be concluded this day at 4.30 pm in the Moses Room]

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

†Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) Bill—Second Reading

‡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.

†The Lord Ironside—To call attention to defence developments and their impact on the fighting efficiency and well-being of the United Kingdom Armed Forces; and to move for papers.

†The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect of the judgment in the Adimi case on the Immigration and Asylum Bill now before Parliament; and what changes, if any, they intend to make in the Bill as a result of the judgment.

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 on the dates shown]

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)

13th July

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 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)

14th July

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)

15th July

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 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)

19th July

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 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 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 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)

21st July

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 Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food since April 1998.      (HL3831)

22nd July

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

26th July

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the experts commissioned by the United Nations to produce the report called for by the General Assembly in paragraph 18 of Resolution 53/35 of 13th January on the events dating from the establishment of the safe area of Srebrenica on 16th April 1993 until the endorsement of the Peace Agreement by the Security Council under Resolution 1031 (1995).      (HL3920)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 20th July (WA 95-96), what is the estimated cost in each year 1997-98 to 2000-01 of servicing the private sector capital borrowed under the private finance initiative schemes to finance public investment projects.      (HL3922)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what correspondence they have had recently with the European Commission on the subject of derogation for Low Throughput Abattoirs from some of the provisions of Directive 64/433.      (HL3923)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will place copies in the Library of the House of recent correspondence with the European Commission on the subject of derogation for Low Throughput Abattoirs from some of the provisions of Directive 64/433.      (HL3924)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what legal advice they have received relating to the recent exchange of correspondence between the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the European Commission on the subject of derogation for Low Throughput Abattoirs from some of the provisions of Directive 64/433.      (HL3925)

The Earl of ClanwilliamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support has been given to the following activities in each of the years 1996 to 1999—

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to conduct a review of each of the United Kingdom’s overseas territories constitutions to ensure that it meets the needs of that territory, in the light of the fact that some territories have begun this process.      (HL3927)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often the ministerial liaison committee within the Department for International Development and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office meets.      (HL3928)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether inter-departmental co-ordinating arrangements for the handling of United Kingdom overseas territories have been sufficiently strengthened by the White Paper published in March.      (HL3929)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether clear roles and responsibilities have been established within the parallel arrangements in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development; and whether these arrangements will provide a single focus for the overseas territories within Whitehall.      (HL3930)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Territories Unit will be ultimately responsible for final decisions on aid policy and priorities in the event of disagreement in the Joint Liaison Committee.      (HL3931)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to permit officers and other ranks serving in H M Armed Forces the rights of association outside the chain of command.      (HL3933)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to fill the gap created by their withdrawal from the second project to replace the Type 42 destroyer.      (HL3934)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the overshoot of military equipment collaborative projects, in budget time and cancellation costs, they will wherever possible commission weapons systems that were designed and manufactured by British companies.      (HL3935)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would permit the Ministry of Defence to recover the costs incurred through commissioning weapons systems, such as aircraft carriers, from other Departments of State which directly or indirectly benefit from them, to alleviate pressure on the Defence Budget.      (HL3936)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the right amount of attention or time is devoted to the study of naval, military and air force history at BRNC Dartmouth, RMA Sandhurst and the RAF College Cranwell.      (HL3937)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the outcomes of a public sector financing comparator for each private finance initiative hospital scheme authorised to date, showing in particular in each case—

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what compensation is available in respect of Gurkha casualties serving with NATO compared with other casualties of equivalent rank.      (HL3939)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards a settlement of the Cyprus problem.      (HL3940)

The Lord SudeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what prevents them and the Bank of England from using the M0:M4 ratio as a financial indicator of currency value.      (HL3942)

The Lord SudeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they and the Bank of England have considered the monetary mechanisms necessary for building Sterling as a global stabiliser and as a viable alternative to the Dollar, the Yen and the Euro.      (HL3943)

The Lord SudeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and, if so, how, they and the Bank of England have considered the use of Sterling to provide economic sustainability for the Commonwealth of Nations.      (HL3944)

The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigation has been made into the recent leak of Foreign and Commonwealth Office papers relating to Belize; and with what result.      (HL3945)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice has been given by the Department of Trade and Industry to the Trading Standards Department about tooth whiteners; and whether they intend to modify that advice.      (HL3947)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of the National Health Service artificial limb services and wheelchair services for each of the years 1988 to 1998.      (HL3948)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total expenditure, in real terms, on the National Health Service for each of the years since 1976.      (HL3949)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there was a 33 per cent cut in the number of consultant appointments in obstetrics last year; and what was the percentage increase or decrease in consultant appointments in obstetrics for each of the previous five years.      (HL3950)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new obstetric and gynaecological consultant appointments will be required over the next four years; and what plans they have to increase the number of such posts.      (HL3951)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which units of the Defence Medical Services are deployed in (a) Kosovo and (b) Bosnia; whether these units are up to establishment; and what is the tour interval for personnel serving in such units.      (HL3953)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries other than the United Kingdom are providing medical support and at what level in (a) Kosovo and (b) Bosnia.      (HL3954)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries have promised to provide police with the necessary skills in Kosovo; how many of these are now there; and when it is expected that (a) the full agreed complement of police will be in place; and (b) it will be possible to make a corresponding reduction in the numbers of United Kingdom troops now carrying out police duty in Kosovo.      (HL3955)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to establish a Cyprus confederation between North and South Cyprus; and what is their policy towards this development, particularly with regard to the power-sharing arrangements proposed.      (HL3956)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Greek and Turkish areas of Cyprus are two sovereign, equal and democratically legitimate states.      (HL3957)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why measures were introduced some years ago whereby Turkish Cypriots have to apply for a visa to enter the United Kingdom; and why these regulations should not be rescinded now.      (HL3958)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firearms offences were committed in the twelve months before the coming into force of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 and the Firearms (Amendment) (No 2) Act 1997; and how many were committed in the twelve months afterwards.      (HL3959)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they think that men or women who are not eligible to register to vote in the United Kingdom should be eligible to become life peers.      (HL3960)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they think that men or women who are not ordinarily resident in the United Kingdom should be eligible to become life peers.      (HL3961)

27th July

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which post will be used as a trial for the tape recording of entry clearance interviews, as recommended in the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee Report on entry clearance work of July 1998.      (HL3978)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as part of their Health Impact Assessment, they will collect information showing what percentage of sufferers from malnutrition are—

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will pay ex gratia compensation to homosexual partners bereaved in the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub; and whether they will review the guidelines for the Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme in the light of Article 14 of the European Convention of Human Rights.      (HL3984)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what meetings have been held, and with whom, to discuss proposals to display the Elgin Marbles in Athens under the auspices of the British Museum; and when they expect to make an announcement about the outcome of such meetings.      (HL3985)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 22nd July (WA 118-119), whether they will publish the terms and conditions of service which were agreed on the appointment of the present Chair of the British Council.      (HL3986)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 22nd July (WA 118-119), what further information they have on the question which has been raised by the Charity Commissioners regarding the payment of any honorarium to a trustee of a body with charity status.      (HL3987)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 22nd July (WA 118-119), why the details of the terms and conditions of previous Chairmen of the British Council prior to 1992 are not readily available.      (HL3988)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains Government policy that the provision of aid should not be linked to compliance with the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.      (HL3989)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the institutional and financing reforms, including re-weighting of votes in the Council of Ministers, necessary for European Union enlargement.      (HL3990)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the job description for a new Chief Executive of the Royal Parks emphasises the need for accountancy skills and an ability for income generation, while a proven ability to manage the care of large scale horticultural and landscape features and/or sensitive major visitor attractions is desirable but not essential; and how a performance related bonus is to be calculated.      (HL3991)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons hold accountancy qualifications per head of population in the United Kingdom; and how this compares with figures for other European Union Member States.      (HL3992)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what meaning they currently attach in their policies to the phrase “value for money”.      (HL3993)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have discussed with the United States Administration the possibility of the latter bombing, or otherwise destroying, North Korea’s missile fabrication facilities, in the cause of pre-emptive counterproliferation; if not, whether they will now do so; and whether such an attack would be in accordance with international law.      (HL3994)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend terminating the bombing of Iraq by the United Kingdom and the United States which was described by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean as an “exceptional” and “limited” use of force, as “the only means to avert an immediate and overwhelming humanitarian catastrophe” (16th November 1998, WA 140); and whether in the light of an objective assessment of the factual circumstances and currently developing opinions in the Security Council, they will now consult the Security Council concerning the usefulness of the bombing.      (HL3995)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the British contribution to, and level of participation, in the United Nations space conference recently held in Vienna.      (HL3996)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Social Exclusion Unit Report “Teenage Pregnancy” quoted a number of research projects such as Kirby et al, Reducing the risk, 1991: and Vincent et al, School and community program for sexual risk reduction amongst teens, 1987, which had been described by the Social Science Research Unit as methodologically unsound.      (HL3997)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Institute of Public Policy and Research applied for charitable status; on what date it was granted; who was the original applicant; and who was the original treasurer.      (HL3998)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much tax relief has been given on covenanted monies to the Institute of Public Policy and Research.      (HL3999)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which trustees of the Institute of Public Policy and Research—

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the registered charity “Iran Aid”, how many existing beneficiaries Iran Aid has (a) in the United Kingdom and (b) elsewhere; and what amount of funds Iran Aid is holding for its beneficiaries.      (HL4001)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the registered charity “Iran Aid”, why no report has been produced by the Charity Commissioners on the affairs of the charity, despite investigations lasting over one year; what will be the cost, if any, to the charity of the investigation into its affairs; when they expect a report to be available; and whether it will be published.      (HL4002)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the registered charity “Iran Aid”, whether they consider that the investigation into the affairs of the charity may have breached the rules of natural justice, or infringed the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL4003)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the genetically engineered hormone rBST, which stimulates IGF-I, a blood hormone which causes cells to divide, how many cows in the United Kingdom have so far been injected with such a modified hormone; whether the milk of such cows has been sold without special labelling or health warning; if so, in what quantities; and over what period.      (HL4004)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the genetically engineered hormone rBST, which stimulates IGF-I, a blood hormone which causes cells to divide, whether women with relatively small increases in their blood-levels of IGF-I are up to seven times more likely to develop post-menopausal breast cancer.      (HL4005)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the genetically engineered hormone rBST, which stimulates IGF-I, a blood hormone which causes cells to divide, what research has been carried out into the side-effects of rBST in cows, such as increased mastitis and higher antibiotic residues in milk; whether research has been, or will be, commissioned into related sterility, birth defects, cancer and immunological derangements in both cows and humans; and, if not, why not.      (HL4006)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on gathering performance data on routine audiology and hearing aid services; and whether they have any plans to enhance the information collected for performance management.      (HL4007)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the expenditure by the Department of Health on literature and publicity promoting hearing tests for each of the last five years.      (HL4008)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many corneal, renal, liver and heart transplant operations have been carried out in each of the countries of the European Union in each of the last ten years; and what are the corresponding figures for road traffic accident deaths.      (HL4009)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries received subsidies under the European Union tobacco regime; and what was the total value of those subsidies for each of the years from 1988 to 1998.      (HL4010)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, if the number of junior doctors breaching the nationally agreed limits on hours worked is now rising, they are delaying implementing the Working Time Directive for juniors by agreeing to no upper limit on weekly working hours for the first four years and a sixty hour limit for the following three years.      (HL4013)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of junior doctors working in excess of the nationally agreed limits on hours has risen by 78 per cent since September 1998; and whether one in four junior doctors now work in excess of the new deal arrangements.      (HL4014)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether patients have had the right to have their varicose veins, sebaceous cysts and lipomas operated on under the National Health Service; if so, whether that right still exists; and, if not, what is their attitude to the provision of private health case for these patients.      (HL4015)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 26th July (WA 154), on what grounds each of the relevant national museums and galleries operate a policy of no re-admission to temporary exhibitions which carry an entrance fee.      (HL4020)

The Lord Robertson of OakridgeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they stand by the assurance given by the Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish on behalf of the then Government on 15th June 1995 (HL Deb, col. 1952) that the bill which became the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 covered all medical services.      (HL4021)

The Lord Robertson of OakridgeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the implications of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 as regards the provision of health services to disabled people, especially those with Down’s Syndrome, are properly understood.      (HL4022)

The Lord Robertson of OakridgeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a legal definition has been established for the term “paedophile”.      (HL4023)

The Lord Sefton of GarstonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give consideration to the possibility of a referendum being held on the question of the United Kingdom becoming a republic.      (HL4024)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 15th July (WA 55), on what occasions the Council of Ministers has considered the Resolution of 15th July 1998 of the European Parliament on common principles for elections to the European Parliament.      (HL4025)

The Duke of Buccleuch and QueensberryTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths from new variant CJD in the past decade are known to result from eating beef.      (HL4026)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce legislation to prevent employers in Wales from discriminating against British subjects who cannot speak Welsh.      (HL4027)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 22nd July (WA 115) concerning the costs to the National Health Service of smoking-related illness, how the estimates of such costs were arrived at.      (HL4028)

The Lord KirkwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are funding any development of personnel mine clearing devices; if so, what type of device they are supporting; and what level of reliability for clearance they require.      (HL4029)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what pesticide rules apply to the offshore farmed fish industry.      (HL4030)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what particular codes of conduct apply to the offshore farmed fish industry.      (HL4031)

The Viscount ExmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 22nd July (WA 118) and in light of the fact that a diplomatic passport does not provide proof of diplomatic immunity, whether they will—

28th July

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 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 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 consulates.      (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)

29th July

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)

30th July

The Lord NortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on which occasions and where Virgin have lobbied the National Lottery Commissioners in pursuit of their proposed application to run the National Lottery when the present licence expires on 30th September 2001; and what issues were discussed.      (HL4099)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have already minted or arranged to have minted Euro coins; and whether they have already printed or arranged to have printed Euro notes.      (HL4100)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 27th July (WA 162), what action they intend to take in respect of the 70 per cent of secondary schools that do not comply fully with the requirement to have a specific daily act of worship.      (HL4101)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Royal Army Medical Corps specialist field hospital field units of the Territorial Army have not been deployed in Kosovo to relieve overstretch on regular units; and whether it is their intention to deploy them in the near future.      (HL4102)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Civil Aviation Authority’s target for the clearing of applications for the issue of licences for rotary and fixed wing private pilots; and what percentage of applications are cleared within that target.      (HL4103)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agreed to print a leaflet to be sent out to schools publicising the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education report All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education as part of the consultation process preceding the 23rd July deadline for response to the review of the National Curriculum; and whether this leaflet has been printed.      (HL4104)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 29th July (WA 212), whether the availability of the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education report All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education on the Internet, but without schools having been sent copies of the report or publicising materials, has allowed a proper consultation process within schools for responses to the review of the National Curriculum.      (HL4105)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 28th July (WA 192-193), whether there is no generally accepted international law, conventional or customary, governing the use of force in connection with (a) the prevention of humanitarian catastrophe, (b) the countering of proliferation, and (c) the defence of the common interests and values of NATO; and, if so, how the international legality of possible means of achieving such ends can be determined in advance of reference to the United Nations Security Council or the International Court of Justice.      (HL4106)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for expiry of petitioning period


Waiting for Second Reading

    Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [HL]
    European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) [HL]
    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] [3rd November]
    Kent County Council [HL] [3rd November]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Food Standards [12th October]

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

Food Stands Bill3.30 pm
(Grand Committee)in the Moses Room
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

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

Kent County Council Bill [HL] and Medway Council Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am

 
 
 
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