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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 25TH OCTOBER

At half-past two o’clock

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.

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

‡The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to help reconstruction and development in Mozambique.

TUESDAY 26TH OCTOBER

The Lord Fellowes,

The Lord Harrison

The Lord Bishop of Guildford

*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

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Geraint—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that 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).

†The Lord Teviot—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the level of blood stocks and public participation in blood donation are adequate.

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.

*The Lord Stallard—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to increase staff levels at accident and emergency departments serving North West London.

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 Bruce of Donington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when and under what circumstances a “gentleman’s agreement” was reached between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament by virtue of which the Council does not present the Draft Budget relating to the expenditure of the latter, and whether Her Majesty’s then Government agreed or did not oppose this arrangement.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the restructuring of the London Underground.

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.

*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.

†*The Earl of Clancarty—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent prosecutions against Sister Virtus Okwaraoha and Philip Bussy, they will encourage London Regional Transport to review their procedures for bringing prosecutions for fare evasion against London bus passengers.

The Lord Peston—To move, That this House take note of the Report of the Select Committee on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (HL Paper 96).

FRIDAY 5TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

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).

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.

*The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest regulations covering the travel of British subjects working with charitable non-governmental organisations in Afghanistan.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider activity courses for young offenders a success.

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Chesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement of the Baroness Hollis of Heigham that “It is a general principle of English and Scottish law that retrospective legislation should be avoided wherever possible” (HL Deb, 13th October, col. 502) applies to conditionally exempt items for inheritance tax purposes.

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in planning the establishment of an independent appointments commission to make recommendations for Cross-Bench Peers as announced by the Leader of the House on 20th January (HL Deb, col. 584).

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they envisage any change of policy regarding restrictions on the employment and duties of members of the armed forces aged 16 and 17.

*The Earl of Carlisle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Treasury’s decision to bill the Ministry of Defence for the cost of operations in Kosovo and East Timor has affected the training, equipment programmes and morale of the Armed Forces.

WEDNESDAY 10TH NOVEMBER

*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 Lord Kennet—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require all local authorities to deal with infestations of mice and other vermin that cannot be dealt with by individual householders.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will reconcile recommendations to build more houses in the South East with the lack of brown-field sites in the area.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

The Lord Smith of Clifton—To call attention to the number and nature of Task Forces and similar bodies created since May 1997; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dholakia—To call attention to the recently held General Election in India and the importance of upholding democratic principles in the election of governments; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Emerton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the education of nurses.

The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how Britain compares in its infrastructure with other developed countries.

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 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)

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, 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 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 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—

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

18th October

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been given any reason for the postponement by the Bahrain Government of the visit by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, originally agreed by them at the meeting of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in August 1998; what date has now been proposed for the visit; and whether they will press the Bahraini authorities to release in particular Sheikh Hussain al-Daihi, Sheikh Ali Ashur, Sheikh Hassan Sultan, Hassan Meshma’a, Sayyid Ibrahim ’Adnan al-’Alawi and ’Abd al-Wahab Hussain, who were arrested on 21st and 22nd January 1996 and have not been charged with any criminal offence.      (HL4265)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how important paintings such as Botticelli’s The Virgin adoring the Christ child can be saved for the nation from going abroad if the public funds once earmarked to halt such exports are no longer available.      (HL4266)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions have been brought per annum by London Transport for bus ticket irregularities since 1981.      (HL4267)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the effectiveness of cluster-bombs outweighs the damage that they do to civilian populations.      (HL4268)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate to be the cost of compensating spouses, whose additional pension was prospectively reduced by the enactment of section 19 of the Social Security Act 1986, by increasing the additional pension payable to them if their spouse dies after 5th April 2000 by a sum equal to 6.25 per cent of the additional pension to which they would have been entitled by virtue of the contributions of their deceased spouse but for the enactment of section 19, multiplied by the number of years or part years before 25th July 1986 during which the spouse made contributions.      (HL4269)

The Lord KennetTo 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.      (HL4270)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions have to be satisfied to obtain a work permit for an overseas skilled workman to work in England, whether from European countries or any other country.      (HL4271)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conditions govern the award of work permits to foreign footballers to play and stay in this country; and what is the estimate of work permits granted at the present time for Europeans and for other countries.      (HL4272)

19th October

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to answer within three weeks letters on Scottish matters which are reserved; and, if not, what is their policy on the speed of replies.      (HL4275)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the time limits for answering, in both Houses of Parliament, written questions on matters relating to Scotland which are reserved; and, in the period since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, what has been their rate of success in adhering to this time limit.      (HL4276)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many written questions, in both Houses of Parliament, on Scottish reserved matters have received holding replies since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament; and what percentage of the total this represents.      (HL4277)

The Lord Selkirk of Douglas To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to written replies on reserved Scottish matters tabled in both Houses of Parliament since the establishment of the Scottish Parliament, what is the average length of time taken to provide a substantive response to those questions which received a holding reply from the date on which the holding reply was given.      (HL4278)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances they have received from London Underground and from bus companies operating in the London area that a public service will be available throughout 31st December.      (HL4279)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the current fighting in Chechnya; whether they have already raised the matter with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and, if not, whether they will so raise it as a matter of urgency.      (HL4280)

The Lord Phillips of SudburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many county courts and magistrates courts in England and Wales have been closed in each of the last five calendar years (including 1999); and how many such courts are under consideration for closure.      (HL4281)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what future they see for the National Waiting List Helpline currently provided by the College of Health; and what discussion they have had or intend to have with the College of Health on this matter.      (HL4282)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for sending members of the armed forces who are under 18 years of age into armed conflict.      (HL4283)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what grounds they consider that clause 20 of the Immigration and Asylum Bill is compatible with the right to respect for personal privacy and the data protection principles prescribed by European Union Directive 95/46 EC.      (HL4284)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions or permissions to sell property they have given to London Transport in the last year.      (HL4285)

The Lord Monro of LangholmTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the life peerages to be offered to hereditary peers of first creation will be conferred and gazetted.      (HL4286)

The Lord Monro of LangholmTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by when they intend to implement their manifesto pledge to appoint an independent Appointments Commission to recommend life peerages and to vet the integrity of political appointments.      (HL4287)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether European Union objective one financial status will be awarded to South Yorkshire; if so, when; and what would the likely financial benefits be, particularly for Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley.      (HL4288)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made following the work and recommendations of the Coalfield Task Force especially in the coalfield communities of South Yorkshire.      (HL4289)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the coalfield communities, particularly in South Yorkshire, have benefited from the European Single Regeneration Budget.      (HL4290)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference of the Bahrain British Defence Committee; and who are the members.      (HL4291)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of military training provided by the United Kingdom to Bahrain.      (HL4292)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of licences issued for the export of arms to Bahrain since the beginning of 1999.      (HL4293)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation procedure was used in the preparation of Statutory Instrument 2170 of 1999; when the first draft of the regulations was published; what was the timetable of consultation; which organisations were consulted; and which offered views on the draft proposals.      (HL4294)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which statutory instruments giving powers of entry to private premises have come into force since May 1997.      (HL4295)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report an updated table showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Great Britain each week during 1999 to date, together with the moving annual total of cases reported in each 52 week period.      (HL4296)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those cases of confirmed New Variant Creutzfeldt-Jacob disease (nvCJD) which have been diagnosed in the United Kingdom, indicating in each case the age, sex and area of residence of the patient, the date of diagnosis and the date of death.      (HL4297)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made, in 1999, with their funding or technical assistance towards the development of a more affordable vaccine against AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa; and what expectations they have of any breakthrough in the coming year.      (HL4298)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Indian and international Non-Governmental Organisations the Department for International Development is supporting in their preventative and curative efforts to contain AIDS in India.      (HL4299)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the population is believed to suffer from acrophobia; and to what extent the needs of those suffering from acrophobia are taken into account in the design of public buildings.      (HL4300)

20th October

The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes to sanctions regimes have been implemented by the United Kingdom in 1999.      (HL4307)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Know-How Fund or other British institutions or consultants are engaged in the restructuring of the steel industry in Russia.      (HL4308)

The Lord Wedderburn of CharltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what is the status of the document Explanatory Notes to the Employment Relations Act 1999 and of its explanations and comments on the Act; (b) whether the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC) or the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) will be expected to comply with, or pay special attention to, its interpretations on points of law; (c) whether Ministers are among those responsible for the interpretations offered in it, and what liability, if any, the Government envisages arising from any erroneous interpretations, in particular any which are found to conflict with decisions of the courts or tribunals or with appropriate advice offered to parties involved in the application of the Act or with government statements made to Parliament; and (d) what consultations, if any, those responsible for the document had, before its publication, with the CAC or with established legal publishers, the social partners or other persons interested in the Act.      (HL4309)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to President Jiang Zemin during his state visit about women’s rights in China and the pursuit of population policies carried out under China’s one child policy.      (HL4310)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current level of funding of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) and the United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA); and whether they consider that any of this money should be made available to the Chinese Population Association.      (HL4311)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who organised the recent rally in Trafalgar Square promoting population control policies which was addressed by the Secretary of State for International Development; who authorised the distribution of departmental literature at the rally; what was the cost of the literature; and whether the distributed text of the Minister’s speech, including her references to abortion, represent Government policy or her personal position.      (HL4312)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19th October (HL Deb, col. 934) that “our trade with the European Union constitutes slightly less than half our overall trade but, as your Lordships know, it still comprises the great bulk”, whether United Kingdom trade with the European Union constitutes less than half the overall trade or the great bulk of the overall trade.      (HL4313)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will split the total expenditure of £9,487,000 on expenses of peers shown in the Annual Report and Accounts of the House of Lords for 1998-99, to show separately the total expenditure on (a) travelling expenses; (b) night subsistence; (c) day subsistence and incidental travel; and (d) secretarial costs, postage and certain additional expenses.      (HL4314)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Chairman of Committees how many peers, of those who claimed expenses in the year 1998-99, claimed total expenses of under £1,000, £1,001-£5,000, £5001-£10,000, £10,001-£15,000, £15,001-£20,000, £20,001-£25,000, and over £25,000 respectively.      (HL4315)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual cost of enforcing the Environmental Protection (Restriction on Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170) which came into force on 1st September; who is to be responsible for enforcing the regulations; and what provision they have made for payment of the cost of enforcement.      (HL4316)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what percentage retirement pensions and other social security benefits can be expected to increase in the year ahead; and by what weekly amount each benefit can be expected to increase.      (HL4317)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many legal claims have been commenced in the courts but not pursued by reason of the £80 fee charge on the filing of allocation questionnaires.      (HL4318)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £80 fee charged on the filing of allocation questionnaires in court cases acts to deter poorer litigants from pursuing legal actions.      (HL4319)

The Lord CraigmyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on human rights issues in China and Tibet as a result of the state visit of President Jiang Zemin of China.      (HL4320)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether English Heritage is to retain full control over all the information, educational and other material to be on offer at the World Heritage Site Visitors’ Centre at Stonehenge; and whether all material for sale or consultation will be archaeologically accurate.      (HL4321)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the operator of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site is being offered control over the level of parking fees in the car parks attached to the Visitors’ Centre; whether these car parks are to be the only car parks within easy distance of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site or of the stones themselves; whether the eventual developer of the Visitors’ Centre is to operate the present Visitors’ Centre until the A344 is closed or until a flyover has been constructed at Countess Roundabout; and what control is envisaged, particularly as regards parking prices.      (HL4322)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what commercial outlets are being envisaged by English Heritage for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Visitors’ Centre.      (HL4323)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the draft Planning Brief for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Visitors’ Centre prepared by English Heritage’s commercial agents, and particularly the proposal that the commercial operator of the Visitors’ Centre should provide the Heritage Funding for improvements to the A303 (including a cut-and-cover tunnel) and a by-pass for Winterbourne Stoke.      (HL4324)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many copies of the Halcrow Report on Stonehenge options are available; to whom they have been circulated; and whether this includes the Management Plan Working Group.      (HL4325)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the procedures whereby London Regional Transport brings prosecutions against bus passengers for bus ticket irregularities will be made public; and whether they will place a copy of such procedures in the Library of the House.      (HL4326)

The Lord SeafordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food will seek to persuade District Councils to adopt standard fees and conditions for Dangerous Wild Animal Licences, where species are used in farming.      (HL4327)

21st October

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many remands to custody have been made since 1st June in relation to males aged 15 to 16 broken down by age and ethnicity.      (HL4328)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many remands to secure local authority accommodation have been made since 1st June in relation to —

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure enough funds to achieve free admission for school children at the National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff; and, if so, when.      (HL4330)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the agreements reached at the Tampere Heads of Government Council on 16th October concerning asylum and immigration diminished or affected in any way the provision in the Protocol to the Amsterdam Treaty on the Position of the United Kingdom and Ireland which states in Article 2 that no provision of title IIIA of the Treaty “shall be binding upon or applicable in the United Kingdom”.      (HL4331)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Protocol to the Amsterdam Treaty relating to incorporating the Schengen Acquis into the European Union, on how many occasions and on what matters they have asked to take part in some of the provisions of the Schengen Acquis, as envisaged in Article 4 of the Protocol.      (HL4332)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the Protocol to the Amsterdam Treaty on the Position of the United Kingdom and Ireland which exempts the United Kingdom from the provisions of title IIIA of the Treaty, on how many occasions and in what matters they have notified the President of the Council of their wish to take part in measures affecting immigration and asylum as allowed for in Articles III, IV and VI of the Protocol; and with what results.      (HL4333)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the average level of tariffs imposed by (a) the United States and (b) Canada on exports from the United Kingdom; and what were the average level of tariffs imposed by the United Kingdom on imports from (a) the United States and (b) Canada in 1972, 1982, 1992 and the latest available 12-month period.      (HL4334)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been consulted or informed by the United States Administration of their proposal to fund the upgrading of Russia’s Anti Ballistic Missile system; and what is their response to this proposal.      (HL4335)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been made clear to possible commercial operators of the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Visitors’ Centre that they and English Heritage could be statutorily committed to the protection of the World Heritage Site, and to its accessibility by the public, and that all plans for commercial activities there, including levels of access, are subject to this commitment.      (HL4336)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the World Trade Organisation’s Appellate Body is currently interpreting the Precautionary Principle as requiring “evidence of certainty of harm”, and is adducing “absence of evidence of risk” as “evidence of absence of risk”; whether the Appellate Body have done so in the recent case of hormones in beef; and, if so, whether they will encourage the European Commission to reject this opinion.      (HL4337)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the minimum and maximum number of beneficiaries (a) per annum; (b) after five years; and (c) after 10 years from the proposal to exempt those who are entitled to the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance from the abatement of Incapacity Benefit by reference to occupational pension which is proposed in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.      (HL4338)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their revised estimate of the savings expected to arise from the proposal to abate Incapacity Benefit by reference to occupational pension in the light of the further proposal to exempt from this measure those who are entitled to the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance.      (HL4339)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the minimum and maximum number of beneficiaries (a) per annum; (b) after five years; and (c) after 10 years from the proposal to exempt those who have been in receipt of disabled person’s tax credit and are earning below the lower earnings limit from the tighter contribution conditions proposed for Incapacity Benefit in the Welfare Reform and Pensions Bill.      (HL4340)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the savings expected to arise from the proposal to tighten the contribution conditions for Incapacity Benefit in the light of the further proposal to exempt those who have been in receipt of the disabled person’s tax credit and are earning below the lower earnings limit.      (HL4341)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the savings to public funds as a result of tax liability from substituting Incapacity Benefit for Severe Disablement Allowance for severely disabled people under the age of 25.      (HL4342)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the cost implications of making exemption from the abatement of Incapacity Benefit retrospective to the onset of higher rate care needs where Disability Living Allowance care component at the highest rate is subsequently awarded.      (HL4343)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the protocol and what are the criteria for selecting studies for consideration in the systematic review as reported in paragraph 2 of Briefing No 4 of the Chief Medical Officer’s Working Group on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis; who is compiling the information; who advised the reviewers on studies to be considered; and what are the interests of those individuals involved with the review.      (HL4344)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which was the country of origin of anthrax vaccine batch number 1030A; and where it was combined with pertussis vaccine prior to its administration to members of H M Armed Forces in 1990-91.      (HL4345)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reports of adverse reactions to vaccines and other medication administered to members of H M Armed Forces deployed in the Gulf in 1990-91 were reported to the Medicines Control Agency by (a) hospitals and (b) general medical practitioners.      (HL4346)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what dates Dr John Reid MP and Lord Robertson of Port Ellen received their second and third anthrax vaccinations.      (HL4347)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to disseminate, or to encourage the dissemination of, best practice advice to universities and colleges to deter self-harm and suicides among students.      (HL4348)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for financial support to strengthen security in magistrates’ courts have been received form Magistrates’ Courts Committees by the Lord Chancellor’s Department since 1st January 1998; and how many of those applications have been approved, wholly or in part.      (HL4349)

The Lord Norton of LouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what resources are provided from public funds for those who have held office as Ministers of the Crown, including those who have served as Prime Minister.      (HL4350)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the Sir Lankan Government concerning the extension of the Executive Presidency in Sri Lanka.      (HL4351)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a full analysis of their role in the funding of advice concerning South Africa’s gun laws.      (HL4352)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether relations between Montenegro and the Milosevic Government in Serbia are worsening; and whether they are taking steps to protect the integrity and security of the Montenegro population in view of the proposed referendum.      (HL4353)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports on the outcome of the Iraqi First Minister’s recent visit to Belgrade; and, if so, what was discussed and achieved.      (HL4354)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what individual cases of human rights dissidents were discussed between the Prime Minister and President Jiang Zemin during his State Visit to London.      (HL4355)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had from emPOWER in regard to the Department of Health’s proposed 3 per cent “efficiency savings” from Trusts’ procurement; and what action they will be taking.      (HL4356)

The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what future projects are planned for the Performance and Innovation Unit.      (HL4357)

The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance has been given to Ministers on the handling of correspondence from Members of the Scottish Parliament, the National Assembly for Wales and the Northern Ireland Assembly.      (HL4358)

The Lord AddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a nationally recognised standard for counselling qualifications; and, if so, what it is.      (HL4362)

22nd October

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 27th May (WA 113), whether they can confirm the dates given for opening the Jubilee Line extension and the stations thereof; if not, whether they will give the currently estimated dates of opening; and on what date they became aware that the dates given in the 27th May reply were no longer valid.      (HL4363)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statutory requirement under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 to establish a central register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted, which came into force on 1st October 1997, has not been complied with; whether they regard such non-compliance as acceptable; and, if not, what action they propose to comply with the law in this respect.      (HL4364)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the national museums and galleries within the United Kingdom have not yet introduced free admission for school children; and, for each museum, what is the reason for this.      (HL4365)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will be initiating within the World Trade Organisation to ensure that targets for liberalisation within Regional Trade Agreements are clear and unambiguous.      (HL4366)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will be initiating to ensure that measures taken with the World Trade Organisation for liberalisation within Regional Trade Agreements do not adversely affect non-members, or the multilateral system.      (HL4367)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that Mr Xu Wenli was released from detention immediately following the British Ambassador’s intervention after the Prime Minister’s visit to China in October 1998, what representations have been made by the Prime Minister to President Jiang Zemin now that Mr Xu Wenli has been returned to gaol to serve a 13 year sentence.      (HL4368)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they advised or instructed the Metropolitan Police during the visit of President Jiang Zemin on how to deal with protests by campaigners objecting to China’s human rights record.      (HL4369)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what occasions they used the opportunity of President Jiang Zemin’s State Visit to press China to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.      (HL4370)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that in “out of area” security and stability challenges all NATO operations must have a proper basis in international law, but that there need not always be a United Nations Security Council resolution.      (HL4371)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether unanimity in NATO is required for the continuation or for the abrogation of the embargo on the supply of heating oil to Yugoslavia.      (HL4372)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their view, the humanitarian considerations which allowed NATO to intervene in Yugoslavia despite the absence at the time of unanimity in the Security Council should also operate to ensure that the absence of unanimity in the NATO Council does not now allow humanitarian disaster in Yugoslavia.      (HL4373)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Highways Agency has spent £794,945 on the design of the Stonehenge part of the scheme for the A303-Berwick Down road scheme, seeing there is currently no publicly agreed proposal for this; and how is the Stonehenge part of the scheme defined (HC Deb, 19th October, WA 427).      (HL4374)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how English Heritage has spent £96, 237 on legal fees relating to the proposed new Visitors’ Centre for Stonehenge World Heritage Site; what has been achieved by publication relations and consultancy firms fees amounting to £179,751 paid by English Heritage; and what firms have received these sums (HC Deb, 19th October, WA 427).      (HL4375)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why maritime studies are no longer a category of university assessment; in which universities maritime studies are now being carried out; and in which they have recently ceased.      (HL4376)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the governments of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council whose foreign ministers participated in the Joint Statement of 23rd September are bound by the Statement’s call for continued efforts to strengthen the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and to preserve its integrity and validity, so that it remains a cornerstone in maintaining global strategic stability and world peace and in promoting further strategic nuclear arms reduction.      (HL4377)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a statutory requirement for youth club provision in areas of high social exclusion; and, if not, why not.      (HL4378)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a nationally recognised preparatory training and qualification for those working in residential care of the young and elderly; and, if not, why not.      (HL4379)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any nationally recognised preparatory training schemes for those who work in—

and, if not, why not.      (HL4380)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Environment Council on 12th October.      (HL4381)

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]
    Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules)

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]
    Mental Health (Amendment) (Scotland)

Waiting for Report

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Greater London Authority [25th October]
    Food Standards [28th October]

Waiting for Third Reading

    House of Lords [26th October]
    Welfare Reform and Pensions [27th October]
    Immigration and Asylum

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]
    United Reformed Church [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Insurance Brokers (Registration) Act 1977 (Amendment) Order 1999
    Draft Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999
    Draft Licensing and Registered Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1999
    Draft Working Time Regulations 1999
    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 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
    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Financial Services Act 1986 (Restriction of Exemption) Order 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 26TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Non-food Crops)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 27TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)9.30 am
(Science and Society)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation9.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 28TH OCTOBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)in Brussels
European Communities (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
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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