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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 18TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

The Baroness Gale

and

The Lord Waldegrave of North Hill

*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.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, now that construction of the motorway network has been completed at a capital cost of about £80 billion over 20 years, similar investment is required to modernise the rail infrastructure.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to control the rapid population growth of badgers beyond the schemes proposed and in operation.

Immigration and Asylum Bill—Report [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

‡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

The Lord Woolmer of Leeds

and

The Lord Goldsmith

*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.

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Armed Forces Redress of Complaint System is currently operating satisfactorily.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to change the self-employed status of individual long-term carers looking after severely disabled people in their homes.

Greater London Authority Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Whitty]

‡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.

WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland

and

The Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall

*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 Laming—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to improve the training of General Practitioners in response to the growing number of patients with mental health problems who consult them.

*The Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of proposals to legitimate the former Kosovo Liberation Army and to make it the national army of Kosovo.

House of Lords Bill—The Duke of Montrose to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners in respect of clause 1.

House of Lords Bill—The Lord Clifford of Chudleigh to move, That the bill be referred to the Examiners in respect of clause 2(2).

‡The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards Cuba.

[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.

*The Viscount Mountgarret—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it should be a requirement for companies, small businesses and self-employed persons to have compulsory third party insurance against personal injury caused by negligence.

*The Lord Stanley of Alderley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the advice of the Chief Medical Officer that beef on the bone is safe to eat and, if so, whether they will allow it to be offered for sale in England.

United Reformed Church Bill [HL]—Third Reading

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 continued this day]

FRIDAY 22ND OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

The Baroness Harris of Richmond

The Baroness Howells of St Davids

*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.

*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consequences the Human Rights Act 1998 has for the voting rights of prisoners in the United Kingdom.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it remains their intention that the United Kingdom should be among the first sixty states to ratify the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the present arrangements for the protection of Sites of Special Scientific Interest and what consideration is being given to securing the sites’ character.

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

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

The Lord Fellowes

The Lord Harrison

*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they can do to improve the situation of patients with spinal injuries, resulting in paralysis, not being admitted to the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, Aylesbury.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what advantages will arise from payments by results when remunerating teachers.

*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the event that the New Forest is designated as a National Park, the New Forest Acts 1877, 1948, 1964 and 1970 will remain in force.

†*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.

House of Lords Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]

‡The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether arrangements for air traffic control at London’s airports are satisfactory and what is their response to recent reports of near misses between civil aircraft.

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

The Lord Grabiner

The Lord Sharman

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to enforce the provisions of section 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974 in relation to the personal responsibility of directors and managers concerning rail safety.

*The Lord Barnett—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with regard to advertisements for Individual Savings Account investments.

*The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they are making to secure the release of James Mawdsley and Rachel Goldwyn from Burmese gaols.

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

THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

*The Lord Geraint—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present state of the British agricultural industry is satisfactory.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they consider should be taken to bring about a permanent cease-fire and resolution of the Ethiopia-Eritrea conflict.

*The Lord McNally—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the latest published crime statistics.

Food Standards Bill—Report [The Baroness Hayman]

‡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.

FRIDAY 29TH OCTOBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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

The Lord Smith of Leigh

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient information will be available to schools in time to introduce the new AS/A level system in September 2000.

*The Earl of Kinnoull—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce legislation to give local authorities control over the digging up of streets so as to minimise the difficulties caused to both residents and traffic management.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they or others are taking to secure a reduction in the total number of nuclear warheads, estimated at present to be 40,000.

TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

The Baroness Blood

The Lord Kirkham

*The Lord Palmer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the £100 cold weather payment to pensioners living in Scotland.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United States’ legal challenge to the European Union’s preferential tariff regime for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) banana producers (Lomé Convention) is compatible with United States subsidies to their agricultural exporters.

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote research into the environmental causes of cancer.

†*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made with regard to the completion of the Millennium Dome.

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

The Baroness Whitaker

The Lord Foster of Thames Bank

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to consider the employment policies of the companies to which they award contracts for the provision of veterinary services to the Meat Hygiene Service.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal for a timetable for the completion of the European Union accession negotiations currently underway.

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

The Lord Gavron

*The Lord Jacobs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they have taken to ensure that Government departments are taking advantage of the low prices available in the United Kingdom for internal and overseas telephone calls.

*The Lord Moynihan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to publish a White Paper in advance of the forthcoming European Union Inter-Governmental Conference.

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 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 British nuclear forces.

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 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 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 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 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.

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 the arts and sport 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 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.

The Baroness Park of Monmouth—To move, That the Offices Committee be instructed to report by 1st November its recommendations on what ancillary rights, if any, should be accorded to those hereditary peers who are likely to lose their right to sit in this House at the end of this Session, so that the House may consider such recommendations before the end of this Session of Parliament.

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cause of the failure to agree a work programme this year at the Geneva conference on disarmament; what has been the result; and what steps they are taking to resolve matters.

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements made to monitor North Korea’s nuclear missile programme.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their priorities for the effective protection of human rights in light of their annual report on Human Rights, Cm 4404, July 1999.

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]

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Prospects for the Tampere Special European Council (19th Report, HL Paper 101). [7th September]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on the dates shown]

26th July

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 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 counter-proliferation; if not, whether they will now do so; and whether such an attack would be in accordance with international law.      (HL3994)

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 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)

29th July

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)

5th October

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 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 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—

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 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 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 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 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)

11th October

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times, since 1st May 1997, a Redress of Complaint, made by an officer or an other rank in the Armed Forces, has taken more than 12 months to process from submission to conclusion; and what was the reason for the delay in each case.      (HL4144)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken towards the Russian Federation after portraying “Enemy Forces”, wearing the uniforms and bearing the arms of the former Soviet empire, at the Royal College of Defence Studies demonstration.      (HL4145)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they rejected the advice of Her Majesty’s three ambassadors to the Baltic States to increase the Chevening Scholarship budget to £200,000 per annum for each nation (from approximately £70,000); and whether they will re-examine the allocation.      (HL4146)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, during the visit by President Jiang Zermin of China, they will ask him why the Chinese authorities still refuse to enter into discussions with the Dalai Lama, notwithstanding the Dalai Lama’s acceptance that Tibet should not seek more than autonomy within the Chinese People’s Republic.      (HL4147)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, for the end of September, a list of foreign nationals in the prisons of England and Wales, identified by nationality and sex.      (HL4148)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, for each of the licences issued for the export of arms to Bahrain, Colombia, Ecuador, Indonesia, Israel, Kenya, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Zimbabwe, and for government-to-government exports of arms to Saudi Arabia, from the beginning of 1999 to the latest convenient date, they will give the number and types of arms or equipment involved, the identity of the consignee, information on intended use, and any other relevant information taken into account in awarding the licence.      (HL4149)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the weapons and ammunition acquired by the Indonesian army from the United Kingdom in recent years were intended for the purpose of defending Indonesia from external aggression; and whether they were needed for that purpose.      (HL4150)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations transitional administration in East Timor will have jurisdiction over crimes committed within the territory during the Indonesian occupation; and whether the international commission of inquiry, called for by the Commission on Human Rights at their special session on 27th September, will be given the power and resources to safeguard forensic evidence to collect statements from witnesses and to establish a permanent office in Dili to keep this evidence and these statements in safe custody until they are required for the purposes of criminal proceedings.      (HL4151)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek a ruling from the Security Council that the Fourth Geneva Convention applied in East Timor throughout the period of Indonesian occupation.      (HL4152)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the meetings of the International Bioethics Committee, the Council of National Bioethics Committees and the joint meeting between them held this month in Rabat.      (HL4153)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reinforce the Prime Minister’s encouragement to United States Senators to ratify the Comprehensive Test Ban by discouraging them from breaching the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with a National Missile Defense.      (HL4154)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the new regime in NATO to be set up as the European Security and Defence Identity, all ESDI actions, however partial or modest, will continue to be subject to a veto by any member state of NATO.      (HL4155)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are plans for a European Union or European Security and Defence Identity-wide official think-tank to underpin the Common Foreign and Security Policy with appropriate research; and, if so, what would be its scope and remit.      (HL4156)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have recently examined “over 500 bilateral treaties [between the United Kingdom and] the United States” (HC Deb, WA 501) to ensure that since the end of the Cold War they are all still in British interests.      (HL4157)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the “over 500 bilateral treaties [between the United Kingdom and] the United States” (HC Deb, WA 501) have been ratified by the United States Senate and are still lawful under the United States Constitution.      (HL4158)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each month of the last five years, what was the total number of applications for asylum; and how many were (a) at the port of entry and (b) in country.      (HL4160)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each month of the last five years, how many asylum applicants were (a) granted asylum, (b) granted exceptional leave to remain, (c) refused and (d) deported.      (HL4161)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what savings are expected to accrue from the closure of the coastguard stations at (a) Oban and (b) Pentland Firth.      (HL4162)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many search and rescue operations have been conducted by the coastguard stations at (a) Oban and (b) Pentland Firth in each of the last ten years.      (HL4163)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the coastguard stations at Oban and Pentland Firth, how many people are employed and how many have opted for redundancy when the stations close.      (HL4164)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the net benefit or cost to the agriculture industry from the proposed energy tax.      (HL4165)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of their instruction to install the train protection warning system in all passenger and freight trains—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each multi-modal and road based study—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many car parking spaces are available on the north side of the Mall in London; what are the categories of those who may obtain parking permits; and what are the charges made for parking in this area.      (HL4168)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reply to a letter sent by the Lord Stoddart of Swindon to Mr Paul Boateng (then Minister of State at the Home Office) on 14th May (reminder sent 13th July); if so, when; and, if not, why not.      (HL4169)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reply to a letter sent by the Lord Stoddart of Swindon to the Rt Hon Stephen Byers, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, on 19th May (reminder sent 13th July); if so, when; and, if not, why not.      (HL4170)

The Baroness Knight of CollingtreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Baroness Knight of Collingtree can expect an answer concerning the introduction of new rules governing the suspension of hospital doctors, requested by a Committee of medical experts and submitted by her to the Government Minister in July.      (HL4171)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask the Chairman of Committees what steps have been taken since 17th February to extend special help, in relation to their parliamentary work, to Lords with severe visual impairments.      (HL4172)

12th October

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Agriculture Council held in Brussels on 27th September.      (HL4173)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still committed to free access to all national museums and galleries in the third year of their Access scheme.      (HL4174)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make up any shortfall of funds to ensure that the new Tate Modern (at Bankside) will open next year free of charge.      (HL4175)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they are giving to local authorities to involve charities such as Construction Relief and Assistance for Single Homeless to ensure help is given to homeless people over the winter months.      (HL4176)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what is the present estimated cost of the proposed work on the House of Lords car park; and whether this project can be reconsidered in the light of expenditure on Portcullis House.      (HL4177)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of publishing Northern Ireland statistics in their present glossy format; and what is the estimated benefit from doing so.      (HL4178)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the maximum, average and median number of days spent in detention by persons held under the Immigration Acts, in each of the last three years; what was the total of persons detained in each year; and how many of these were asylum-seekers whose cases had not been decided.      (HL4179)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many slaughterhouses are licensed to export meat to France, Germany and the rest of the European Union; and whether there are plans to increase the number.      (HL4180)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the export of live sheep and cattle to be resumed for breeding, rearing and slaughter purposes.      (HL4181)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Indonesia has ratified the Genocide Convention.      (HL4182)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the training periods prescribed for drivers employed by the train operators.      (HL4183)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the training requirements for drivers employed by the train operators have changed since the privatisation of British Rail; and, if so, in what respects they have done so.      (HL4184)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the sanctions imposed upon drivers and train operators where trains pass red lights at danger; and to what extent such sanctions have been imposed during each of the past three years.      (HL4185)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the efficacy and marking of emergency exits on trains.      (HL4186)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is necessary for military vehicles to travel in convoy on English trunk roads.      (HL4187)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the discussions on the regulation of herbal remedies at the meeting of the European Union Pharmaceutical Committee on 27th and 28th September.      (HL4188)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 11th October (WA 70), whether, in the light of the Department of Education and Employment’s expectation that schools and their governing bodies fulfil their statutory requirement in providing collective worship, they will introduce sanctions upon those that fail to do so.      (HL4189)

The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with regard to European Union legislation for the removal of quarantine requirements for pets.      (HL4190)

The Earl of DenbighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police man hours are spent on escort duty for abnormal loads on motorways.      (HL4193)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they interpret the Outer Space Treaty as allowing all military activities except the basing of nuclear weapons on the moon; and, if so, how this is compatible with Article I of the Treaty.      (HL4194)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider national sovereign rights pertain to vehicles, whether civil or military, that operate above national airspace.      (HL4195)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a working definition of the height above sea, or any other, level for the upper limit of national airspace.      (HL4196)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what system of law operates above national airspace.      (HL4197)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the placement above national airspace of space-based laser weapon systems which can be used as weapons of mass destruction is in accordance with international law, whether conventional or customary.      (HL4198)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether currently-planned developments by the United States National Security Council Agency at Menwith Hill are under the United Kingdom’s operational control, and are compatible both with the provisions of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and with the security and commercial interests of the United Kingdom and other members of the European Union.      (HL4199)

The Marquess of AilesburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what percentage of the cars which enter London on the M4 is the driver unaccompanied.      (HL4200)

The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to urge the authorities in Transnistria to release Mr Ilie Ilascu MP and three other Moldovan citizens of the Republic of Moldova who have been illegally imprisoned under inhumane conditions since June 1992.      (HL4201)

The Lord AlderdiceTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Aiming at the Abolition of the Death Penalty.      (HL4202)

The Lord AlderdiceTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the United Kingdom is not a signatory to (a) the Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation or Prostitution of Others, (b) the Optional Protocol of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations concerning Acquisition of Nationality, (c) the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights concerning the Right of Individual Petition, (d) the Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes against Humanity, and (e) the International Convention against the Recruitment, Use, Financing and Training of Mercenaries.      (HL4203)

13th October

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent remark of the Lord Sainsbury of Turville that he supports the introduction of therapeutic cloning represents the position of the Government.      (HL4206)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to exempt Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant from the proposed Climate Change Levy in order to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide emitted from sources in the United Kingdom and so help to reach the targets to which they are internationally committed.      (HL4207)

The Lord GrantchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report will be published which analyses the results of the pilot study in December and January 1999 on tuberculosis incidents from cattle breakdown farms.      (HL4208)

The Lord GrantchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each of the years 1996, 1997 and 1998, what is the amount of income tax refunds paid to farmers as a result of profit averaging and loss relief claims.      (HL4209)

The Earl of ClanwilliamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 11th October (WA 3926), what were the acreages involved in—

over the time-scales referred to in that answer.      (HL4210)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any public danger from experiments that seek to treat cancer by giving the cold virus, and other easily transmissible viruses, highly toxic payloads; and whether they will place in the Library of the House the detailed methodology of any such experiments currently under way in the United Kingdom.      (HL4211)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of the new round of World Trade Organisation negotiations, they will support a “development focus” to correct imbalances following the Uruguay Round, which affected special and differential treatment measures originally designed to favour Net Food Importing Developing Countries.      (HL4212)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of the forthcoming World Trade Organisation negotiations, they will support a balanced agenda accommodating the concerns and interests of African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Supplying States.      (HL4213)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the African, Caribbean and Pacific-European Union sugar accords, namely the Sugar Protocol and the Special Preferential Sugar Agreement, have contributed significantly to poverty alleviation, maintenance of the rule of law, respect for human rights, education and health care in the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries involved in the Sugar Protocol.      (HL4214)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support provisions in the proposed World Trade Organisation agreement on agriculture which give legal security so that trade law evolves in an environment characterised by predictable and stable levels of export earnings.      (HL4215)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support measures to bind the market access commitment under the Special Preferential Sugar Agreement in the proposed new World Trade Organisation agreement.      (HL4216)

14th October

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the relative annual expenditure on (a) the prosecution of offenders; (b) criminal legal aid; and (c) advice and assistance for defendants and suspects, for each of the last five years for which figures are available.      (HL4219)

The Earl of IveaghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of their White Paper on Overseas Territories, when they will fulfil their commitment to implement or introduce full British nationality for the British subjects of Saint Helena and her dependencies.      (HL4220)

The Earl of IveaghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the findings of an Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) sub-committee set up to consider the police response to the criminal use of firearms; and, if so, when those findings are expected.      (HL4221)

The Earl of IveaghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the findings of the National Intelligence Service’s strategic threat assessment of the firearms situation in England and Wales; and, if so, when these findings are expected.      (HL4222)

The Earl of IveaghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether figures are available for the percentage of total firearms offences carried out by (a) legally held firearms and (b) illegally held firearms; and, if so, what they are.      (HL4223)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the Total Allowable Catch for sand eels for each Member State of the European Union for each of the last 10 years; and in each of those years what was the reported catch.      (HL4224)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total reported catch of (a) salmon and (b) sea trout by the North East of England drift net fishing and T net fishing in each of the last ten years.      (HL4225)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many drift net and T net fishing licences were held in the North East of England in each of the last ten years.      (HL4226)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the internationally agreed catch of Atlantic salmon for each country involved in each of the last ten years; and what was the actual reported catch.      (HL4227)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total estimated seal population in each of the last ten years in (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland and (e) the United Kingdom.      (HL4228)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual consumption of fish by weight required by one seal.      (HL4229)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the publication of the UNICEF survey into child and maternal mortality in Iraq, what action they intend to take to encourage additional international funding for humanitarian efforts, in line with UNICEF’s proposals.      (HL4230)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what breaches there have been in the oil-for-food programme; and what steps they intend to take to prevent Saddam Hussein from manipulating the programme.      (HL4231)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the failure to reach consensus with the Permanent Five Security Council members over the United Kingdom-Netherlands draft resolution at the United Nations General Assembly in September, whether they intend to agree to any suspension or lifting of sanctions in the absence of Iraq’s full compliance with its obligations under all existing Security Council resolutions.      (HL4232)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the United Kingdom-Netherlands draft resolution in the United Nations Security Council, following the failure to secure consensus amongst the Permanent Five Security Council members at the United Nations General Assembly in September.      (HL4233)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made representations to the Vatican to urge the Pope to cancel his proposed visit to Iraq in December.      (HL4234)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by Centrepoint and the Countryside Agency Home or Away, tackling youth homelessness in the countryside: the impact of Centrepoint’s work in rural Devon.      (HL4235)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in preparing the Rural Development Regulation Plans, in particular whether they will be drawn up at a national or regional level.      (HL4236)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the respondents to their consultation on Rural Development Regulation Plans preferred (a) Option 1 for a national plan, (b) Option 2 for regional plans, or (c) Option 3 for a hybrid plan drawn up at both levels.      (HL4237)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the European Commission’s deadline for the submission of the Rural Development Regulation Plans.      (HL4238)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the time-scale for drawing up the Rural Development Regulation Plans in line with the European Commission deadline will be met.      (HL4239)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have decided who will implement the Rural Development Regulation measures, in particular those covered by Article 33.      (HL4240)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the reasons given for each of the “signal passed at danger” incidents at the 10 signals most commonly passed when at danger on the rail network.      (HL4241)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they use valuation based on human life calculations in prioritising expenditure upon the road network.      (HL4242)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect privatisation of the National Air Traffic Control network to reduce safety standards.      (HL4243)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that railway safety systems designed to stop trains overrunning signals set at danger are incapable of being overridden by drivers.      (HL4244)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland last visited the headquarters of the Royal Ulster Constabulary.      (HL4245)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the weapons, ammunition, bombs and bomb-making equipment decommissioned by each terrorist group in Northern Ireland since the Good Friday Agreement.      (HL4246)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why eight questions for written answer, tabled before the summer recess, remained unanswered on 13th October; and what steps are being taken to improve the speed of response of Government departments to such questions in this House.      (HL4247)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria which will be used by the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority in assessing bids for new or extended passenger rail franchising; and what is the process and timetable for inviting bids, evaluating them and awarding new or extended franchises.      (HL4248)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the policy of the Shadow Strategic Rail Authority for allocating train paths between different passenger franchise operators, as well as allowing for the reasonable requirements of freight operators.      (HL4249)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many carers caring more than 35 hours a week have an income, from sources other than benefit of—

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the current claimants of Invalid Care Allowance care for more than—

15th October

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are committed to retaining current market access for African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) sugar post 2005.      (HL4252)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of the Lomé Agreement and its anticipated successor, Regional Economic Partnership Agreements will be suitable for all African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries covered by the Agreement.      (HL4253)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider reviewing the current visa régime to permit regional variations in the levels of fees charged to reflect significant distinctions in per capita incomes of developing countries.      (HL4254)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they would interpret the word “review” in the context of the Sugar Protocol in 2004; and whether they will oppose any renegotiation of the Protocol at that time.      (HL4255)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 11th October (WA 9-10), when they anticipate discussions between the British Council trustees and the Charity Commission will be concluded regarding remuneration for the incumbent Chairman; and whether they will publish the final terms of appointment and remuneration package or place them in the Library of the House.      (HL4256)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the weapons and ammunition seized on their way to IRA/Sinn Fein during the last three months.      (HL4257)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the murders of informers on the IRA constitute breaches of the IRA/Sinn Fein ceasefire.      (HL4258)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the security arrangements for the storage facilities of the national museums and galleries are satisfactory, and, if not, whether they will take steps to ensure their improvement.      (HL4259)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the national museums and galleries are properly aware of the content of the collections.      (HL4260)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the joint response by the Department for Education and Employment and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the National Advisory Committee on Creative and Cultural Education report All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education; and whether they will place a copy in the Library of the House.      (HL4261)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in regenerating the King’s Cross area; and which Government and non-Government bodies are responsible for carrying out this project.      (HL4262)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money has been given to regenerate the King’s Cross area; when was it given; and by whom.      (HL4263)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Medway Council [HL] [3rd November]
    Kent County Council [HL] [3rd November]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL] [28th 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]
    Immigration and Asylum [18th October]
    Greater London Authority [19th October]
    Food Standards [28th October]

Waiting for Third Reading

    House of Lords [26th October]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [27th October]
    United Reformed Church [HL] [21st October]

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 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]

MONDAY 18TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)in Washington
(Science and Society)
Committee for Privileges10.30 am
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 19TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.00 am
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation11.00 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 21ST OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food Crops)

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

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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