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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

[Issued 5th October 1999]

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

        †Introductions—

The Baroness Barker

and

The Baroness Wilkins

          will be introduced.

†*The Lord Dunleath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the roadworthiness of coaches in Britain is satisfactory, and whether in recent months 1 in 10 have failed roadside safety checks carried out by the police and by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any steps to compensate for the widening differential between taxation applied to British road haulage vehicles, including fuel, and the taxation of similar vehicles registered in Continental Europe.

†*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the outcome of their criminal memoirs review.

†*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press for a lifting of those sanctions on Iraq which affect baby food, bandages, stethoscopes and school books.

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

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to introduce proposals to change company law following consultation on the Department of Trade and Industry consultation document Directors’ Remuneration.

†*The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies to promote a better understanding by the urban majority of the minority of people who live in the countryside.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the establishment of the Disability Rights Commission and on the appointment of a chairperson.

†*The Lord McNair—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they have done in the past six months to take forward the internal or external peace process in Sudan, and what is the current state of Sudanese-British relations following the recent meeting between the two Foreign Ministers.

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)

WEDNESDAY 13TH OCTOBER

        †Introductions—

The Lord Filkin

and

The Lord Lipsey

          will be introduced as Barons.

†*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress made by the National Assembly of Wales in implementing the Government of Wales Act 1998.

†*The Earl of Clanwilliam—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to persuade the United States Government to repeal section 907 of the Freedom Support Act as it is applied to Azerbaijan.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the useful achievements of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

‡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 Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how United Kingdom airlines will benefit from the unilateral granting of fifth freedom rights to the United States cargo airlines in and out of Prestwick airport.

†*The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the research in the June 1999 report by the Joseph Rowntree Trust that suggests that audio information is the most accessible format for those who speak ethnic minority languages, what provision is available nationally to ensure that information in ethnic minority languages is in formats accessible to all.

†*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in Northern Ireland under the age of 18 have been admitted to hospital for treatment as a result of beatings during the most recent 12-month period for which statistics are available.

‡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

        †Introduction—

The Baroness Gale

          will be introduced.

†*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the working time directive will affect Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

†*The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To ask the Leader of the House what steps are to be taken and when to determine what privileges and facilities, if any, are to be accorded by the House to those hereditary peers who are to lose their right to speak, vote and enjoy the privileges hitherto available to them as members of this House.

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

        †Introduction—

The Lord Woolmer of Leeds

          will be introduced.

†*The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what limitations are placed on public servants in respect of publishing accounts of their time working for Ministers.

†*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek amendments to the revised Convention on jurisdiction to ensure both that e-commerce in the European Union fully benefits from the single market and that consumers can obtain adequate cross border redress.

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

WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

        †Introductions—

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland

and

The Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall

          will be introduced.

†*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the event of a difference of view between NATO, the Security Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations, which body is the supreme authority, and on what basis Her Majesty’s Government would make a decision as to military action.

‡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 Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any prospect of the United Kingdom being admitted to the North Atlantic Free Trade Area.

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).

MONDAY 25TH OCTOBER

        †Introductions—

The Baroness Harris of Richmond

          and

The Baroness Howells

          will be introduced.

†*The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support further steps to promote equality before the law and the equal protection of the law throughout Europe by means of an additional protocol to the European Convention of Human Rights.

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

        Introductions—

The Lord Fellowes

          and

The Lord Harrison

          will be introduced.

†*The Lord Hunt of Wirral—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the progress made since the introduction of the Woolf reforms to civil justice procedure six months ago.

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

        Introductions—

The Lord Grabiner

          and

†The Lord Sharman

          will be introduced.

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

        Introductions—

The Baroness Massey of Darwen

          and

†The Lord Smith of Leigh

          will be introduced.

TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

        †Introduction—

The Baroness Blood

          will be introduced.

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

        †Introduction—

The Baroness Whitaker

          will be introduced.

THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Inglewood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the take up of digital television by those who do not wish to subscribe to subscription channels.

MONDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

        †Introduction—

The Lord Gavron

          will be introduced.

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.

†Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999—The Earl of Lytton to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 10th June, be annulled (S.I. 1999/2170)

†The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that those who have studied at British Schools elsewhere in the European Union can gain access to the student loan scheme.

†The Lord Vinson—To call attention to changes in the influence and prestige of this House; 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 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 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 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)

21st June

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)

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)

24th June

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 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)

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)

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)

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)

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 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)

23rd July

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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—

    (a) outline the guidelines issued to the courts for deciding whether a claimant is entitled to immunity; and

    (b) list the number and nationalities of those applications for diplomatic immunity which have come before the courts during the last three years.      (HL4032)

28th July

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 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)

    [As amended on 29th July]

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 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 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 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 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)

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 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)

5th October

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will recognise Rastafari as a religion for the purposes of prison administration so as to secure the rights of religion without discrimination of prison inmates as guaranteed by Article 9 and Article 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL4107)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a breakdown of the number of staff in each Government Department specifically allocated to the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL4108)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether procedures are being devised to enable local authorities to seek advice and guidance from Government Departments about the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL4109)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (WA 67), what are their reasons for confining their review of the organisation of public sector ombudsmen to England.      (HL4110)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (WA 67), whether their review of the organisation of public sector ombudsmen in England is likely to be concluded and published before the end of 1999; and, if not, when is the probable date of publication.      (HL4111)

The Lord MerrivaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any exchanges are taking place between themselves and the Governments of Gibraltar and Spain towards an agreement with Spain on the joint use and commercial development of Gibraltar Airport.      (HL4112)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the British Military Advisory and Training Team for the Eastern Caribbean in providing counter drug related advice and training to appropriate security organisations and authorities in the region; and whether the Team’s relocation in Antigua was successfully accomplished.      (HL4113)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what requests they have received from the Government of Antigua for assistance in the training of police officers in crisis management for contingencies such as hostage taking and terrorist crime; what reply they have sent; and what action they are taking.      (HL4114)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the implications of the recent disclosure that, while processes to eliminate the hepatitis “C” virus through heat-treating NHS blood products used by patients with haemophilia were introduced in England in 1985, this did not happen in Scotland until 1987; and whether they will now review their policy in relation to new financial help for patients infected with the virus by NHS treatment and the dependants of those who have since died.      (HL4115)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the recent disclosure that haemophilia treatment in Scotland was not inactivated against hepatitis “C” until up to a year after that produced elsewhere in the United Kingdom—

    (a) how many England, Welsh and Northern Irish patients with haemophilia were given clotting factor treatment produced in Scotland between 1985 and 1987;

    (b) what steps the Department of Health is taking to trace and inform such patients that they may have been infected with hepatitis “C” through clotting factor products made in Scotland after 1985; and

    (c) whether they will reverse their decision not to conduct a full inquiry into the effects of contaminated blood products given to patients with haemophilia, in keeping with the decision of the Scottish Health Minister to order a full investigation into how the haemophilia community in Scotland was infected with hepatitis “C”.      (HL1416)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will urgently review the treatment for patients with haemophilia who have been infected with hepatitis “C” by contaminated NHS blood products, so that patients are not denied the only available licensed treatment (interferon/ribavirin) on grounds of cost.      (HL4117)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Audit Commission’s report on the issue of charging by local authorities for care and home services for disabled and older people, due to have been published in the spring, can now be expected.      (HL4118)

The Lord BethellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken as the result of alleged abuses and fraud identified in a letter from European Community Commissioner Gradin to Mr David Blunkett; and, in particular, what plans the Metropolitan Police and the District Auditor of Camden have to investigate these allegations.      (HL4119)

The Lord Thomson of MonifiethTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will oppose any amendments to the copyright provisions of the proposed European Information Society Directive which would deprive individual listeners and viewers of radio and television programmes of their right to continue to make without payment audio and video recordings off air for private consumption.      (HL4120)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many task force committees have been established since May 1997; and what is their total current membership and annual cost.      (HL4121)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many special advisers they employ; at what annual cost; and to whom they are accountable.      (HL4122)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new regulations have been brought into effect since May 1997; and whether the Government will provide an analysis showing the broad areas of government where they apply.      (HL4123)

The Viscount BrentfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

    (a) how many people die from malaria throughout the world each year;

    (b) how much money is spent firstly by Her Majesty’s Government and secondly throughout the world on research into malaria; and

    (c) when they anticipate that a vaccine will be produced and what financial provision they will make for its distribution to developing countries.      (HL4124)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated loss to the Inland Revenue of the introduction of the Working Families Tax Credit; and what is the latest figure for the cost of the Family Credit benefit it replaces.      (HL4125)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any countries which make it illegal to use hand-held mobile phones whilst driving.      (HL4126)

The Earl of KimberleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether France is preventing British beef from being transported by road through France on its way to Spain and Italy; and, if so, what action they propose to take.      (HL4127)

The Earl of KimberleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to take any action to eliminate the price difference between European slaughterhouses and those in the United Kingdom.      (HL4128)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether referrals by the courts in Scotland of young first-time offenders to youth panels are mandatory or discretionary; and, if the latter, whether they will explain the discrepancy with mandatory referrals under section 1 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.      (HL4129)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates the provisions of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 were brought into effect prescribing (a) mandatory life sentence on conviction for the second time of a serious sexual or violent offence (section 2); and (b) a minimum sentence of seven years for a third Class A drug trafficking conviction (section 3).      (HL4130)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convicted offenders have been sentenced under sections 2 and 3 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 since commencement; and in how many cases did the sentencing courts make use of the exceptions contained in sections 1(2) and 1(3) of that Act.      (HL4131)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to bring into force section 4 of the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997 (minimum of three years imprisonment on third conviction for domestic burglary); and what are the reasons why the commencement of this section was delayed for a longer period than the other mandatory sentences in the same Act.      (HL4132)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to which people the Secretary of State for Social Security was referring in his speech at East Ham on 18th July when he spoke of the benefits system “writing people off when it should be providing them with active help to get back on their feet”; and wherein he believes the act of writing off consists.      (HL4133)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to which people the Secretary of State for Social Security was referring in his speech at East Ham on 18th July when he said that “many people....are dependent when they need not be”.      (HL4134)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the logic of the passage in the Secretary of State for Social Security’s speech at East Ham on 18th July which said: “but a Giro can’t get you a job, or improve your skills or prospects. That’s why we’re reforming the benefits system”; and whether job creation is now within the departmental responsibility of the Department of Social Security.      (HL4135)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will explain the logic of the passage in the Secretary of State for Social Security’s speech at East Ham on 18th July which said: “parents have come to expect no better for their children than they do for themselves. We’re determined to change that. That’s why we’ve started a radical overhaul of the benefit system”; whether they will explain why or how they believe the benefit system can contribute to the solution of this problem; and whether the Department of Social Security is now responsible for regional development in areas with little or no employment.      (HL4136)

The Earl of HarrowbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why a scheme similar to the Scottish Homes Lead Tenancies—Empty Property Lease Scheme is not available in England.      (HL4137)

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 20th July (WA 100-102), what were the number of midwives employed in 1994 and in 1989 and on what grades.      (HL4138)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th July (WA 173), whether it is their view that the sole constitutional issue involved in entry into European Monetary Union is that “to share a common monetary policy with other states does represent a major pooling of economic sovereignty”.      (HL4139)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have protested about the treatment of Mr Anwar Ibrahim, presently on trial in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.      (HL4140)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what countries allow United Kingdom citizens to serve in the upper houses or senates of their legislatures.      (HL4141)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make it their policy that peerages and a writ of summons may be offered only to citizens of foreign countries which extend the same opportunity to citizens of the United Kingdom.      (HL4142)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the statement in paragraph 6.3 of the response of the Home Office to the Fifth Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life that the tax relief scheme on donations to political parties as proposed by the Committee would be expensive for the Inland Revenue to administer, what would be the estimated annual cost to the Inland Revenue of administering such a scheme.      (HL4143)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for expiry of petitioning period

    Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules) [Period expires 11th October]

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]

TUESDAY 12TH OCTOBER

Food Standards Bill3.30 pm
(Grand Committee)in the Moses Room
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in Committee Room G
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 Privileges10.15 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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