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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 1ST NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

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.

Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Wednesday next so far as to allow the Food Standards Bill to be taken before the motion standing in the name of the Lord Grenfell.

Greater London Authority Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

‡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.

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.

Immigration and Asylum Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [27th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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.

†The Baroness Jay of Paddington—To move to resolve, That notwithstanding the practice of the House on Introductions, a Peer who has sat by virtue of a hereditary peerage may sit by virtue of a life peerage without introduction.

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).

Food Standards Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

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).

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.

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).

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 3rd August, be annulled (S.I. 1999/2170).

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.

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 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.

*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the policing of the State Visit of the President of China, they will undertake a review of public order legislation and its enforcement.

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.

THURSDAY 11TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Grenfell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the probable consequences of NATO’s decision not to provide assistance for clearing the Danube of debris as long as President Milosevic remains in power.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they have given to the coalfield regeneration trust in its efforts to form partnerships with companies receiving investments from the miners’ pension fund to assist in the regeneration of the former coalfield areas.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the United Nations and United States Government’s efforts to bring North Korea within the system of international treaties so as to control weapons of mass destruction.

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 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 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 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.

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.

The Baroness Thornton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to address the damage caused to the lives of young women with eating disorders.

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 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]

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 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)

11th October

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 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)

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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)

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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 why 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 in the last year 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 in the last year 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)

25th October

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to the executive functions of the Secretary of State for Scotland.      (HL4385)

The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations were made by J Sainsbury plc to the Department of Trade and Industry investigation into supermarket and retail pricing.      (HL4386)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many states have so far ratified the treaty establishing the International Criminal Court; and when they expect to be able to ratify it.      (HL4387)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend, before the next General Election, to introduce legislation enabling them to ratify Protocol No 7 to the European Convention on Human Rights and to give effect to the Protocol in relation to the United Kingdom.      (HL4388)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the health, safety and environmental standards observed at the Atomic Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston, are satisfactory having regard to the report published in The Observer on 24th October.      (HL4389)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether certain states are conducting military espionage or other hostile military activities in outer space; and, if so, whether these states are acting in contravention of Article 1 of the 1967 Treaty Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, which states that “the exploration and use of outer space....shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic and scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind”.      (HL4390)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether existing international law concerning outer space is sufficient to secure the sovereign rights of all members of the United Nations.      (HL4391)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken and by whom to restore navigation throughout the Danube, particularly in view of the dangers posed by ice during the winter months and the danger of flooding in countries other than Serbia.      (HL4392)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been a full assessment of, and consultation with local authorities and public throughout the South West on, the proposed dualling of the A303 at Stonehenge.      (HL4393)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the instructions and advice which they have given to, and questions which they have asked of, firms in the course of commissioning estimates for a twin bore tunnel at Stonehenge.      (HL4394)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the laws of agricultural tenancy differ in World Heritage Sites from elsewhere; and, if so, how.      (HL4395)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the Royal National Institute for the Blind’s recent report Rights of Way; and what action they will be taking.      (HL4396)

The Earl of DartmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what rights airport security staff have in relation to searching and questioning private citizens; what is the statutory or other basis for these rights; and whether the police are obliged to take representations or requests for action from airport security staff more seriously than those made by private citizens.      (HL4397)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in their judgment French meat is safe to eat.      (HL4398)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give the total amount of payments made to the Rt. Hon. Christopher Patten or on his behalf in respect of his work in the production of his Report on the Royal Ulster Constabulary.      (HL4399)

The Lord SeafordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Medical Advisory Panel on BSE quantify the percentage risk of contracting new variant CJD from eating beef on the bone.      (HL4400)

The Lord SeafordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that the velveting of deer is deemed an illegal act under the Welfare of Livestock (Prohibited Operations) Regulation 1982, whether imports of venison from animals that have been subjected to velveting or raised on farms benefiting from income from velvet should be excluded from the British market on welfare grounds.      (HL4401)

The Lord SeafordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many abattoirs have been closed since November 1998; and how many they anticipate will close in the coming 12 months.      (HL4402)

The Lord SeafordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the training undertaken by Spanish veterinary practitioners sub-contracted to the Official Veterinary Service to be of sufficient standard for the responsibilities devolved on them; and what steps they are taking to control any failure to discharge those responsibilities.      (HL4403)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of appointment letters for all Official Veterinary Surgeons and Meat Hygiene inspectors appointed by Ministers since the inception of the Meat Hygiene Service in 1995.      (HL4404)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the revised Health and Safety Executive form MS17 to be published; and to whom it will be distributed.      (HL4405)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Committee on Toxicity working party to publish their report on organophosphates.      (HL4406)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether papers sent to the Committee on Toxicity working party on organophosphates by individual members of the public under strict confidentiality are expected to be kept confidential to the members of the working party; and, if so, what recourse there is for any individual who finds that the information has been released without their consent.      (HL4407)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the ratification of the following Council of Europe treaties, conventions and protocols; and, if appropriate, what is their target date for such ratification—

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they give to the following: (a) the Council of Europe; (b) the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and (c) the European Union, in the development of human rights policy and in the implementation of such policy.      (HL4409)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many anti-personnel mines and (b) how many devices which could be used as anti-personnel mines are currently stocked in the United Kingdom; to whom they belong; and how such stocks relate to the United Kingdom Government’s policy on the use of such weapons.      (HL4410)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current level of expenditure by each member state of NATO and by each member state of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development which is not a member of NATO on humanitarian work to deal with the consequences of past anti-personnel mine laying.      (HL4411)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions in the past 15 months at arms exhibitions or fairs held within the United Kingdom anti-personnel mines or equipment which could be used as such have been exhibited; by whom they were exhibited; and how such exhibition relates to the United Kingdom Government’s policy on the future use of anti-personnel mines.      (HL4412)

26th October

The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what military equipment they have exported for the use of the international civil and security presences in Kosovo since 26th July.      (HL4418)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a teacher working in a deprived area will have no lesser chance of securing additional payment than one working in an affluent locality.      (HL4421)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will request appropriate officials within the European Union to conduct examinations to ensure that the numbers of BSE cases in member states have been accurately reported.      (HL4422)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the condition of the interior of the Blackfriars underpass in central London is appropriate to a world capital city in Millennium Year; and, if not, what action they propose for its improvement.      (HL4423)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what trunk road and motorway building projects costing over £20 million are currently under construction, indicating the estimated cost, length of road involved and planned date of completion in each case.      (HL4424)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to ensure that Braintree District Council does not interfere with the shrubbery and other screening planting on land owned by the Highways Agency along the A12 Witham by-pass in Essex.      (HL4425)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for arresting those who attempted to murder Mr Zeljko Kopanja, a newspaper editor in Bosnia; and what action is being taken by the international authorities there and by NATO troops.      (HL4426)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and, if so, how they will ensure that there is a three-year moratorium on the growing of commercial crops of genetically modified plants in the United Kingdom; and how they will vote on this subject at the forthcoming meeting of Environment Ministers of the European Union.      (HL4427)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the application fee for a new passport—

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what decisions have been reached on introducing legislation to reform the law on non-fatal offences against the person, as recommended by the Law Commission.      (HL4429)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to repeal any archaic and unclear provisions of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.      (HL4430)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of offenders who were under supervision in the community by the Probation Service in England and Wales for each of the most recent five years for which statistics are available; and how many in each year—

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a table for the most recent five years for which statistics are available showing—

The Lord Eames—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with the increase in those claiming refugee status in the United Kingdom.      (HL4433)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the particular fears of the Northern Ireland farming community over the current beef and pig crisis and the loss of morale among the farming community in Northern Ireland.      (HL4434)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the current levels of compensation and financial support for widows and families of members of the Royal Ulster Constabulary killed or injured as a result of terrorist action are adequate or just.      (HL4435)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that current arrangements to curtail and detect the entry of illegal drugs into Northern Ireland are adequate.      (HL4436)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in Northern Ireland for the period 1998-99 have been convicted of importing illegal drugs into the Province.      (HL4437)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of security operations in Northern Ireland for the period June to September with particular reference to the Drumcree area of Portadown.      (HL4438)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present status of Crown Immunity; what bodies and agencies may still claim it; whether it is to be abolished; and, if so, when.      (HL4439)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the present state of planning law and land use law in World Heritage Sites is adequate for the Government to be able to fulfil its obligations under the World Heritage Convention; and, if not, how they can improve it.      (HL4440)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what bearing the Common Agricultural Policy has on land use in World Heritage Sites.      (HL4441)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a comprehensive assessment of the number, behaviour and needs of visitors to Stonehenge is still not available more than a year into the development of the master plan; and how, if at all, a Visitors’ Centre can be contracted, built and managed without it.      (HL4442)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of British (a) imports and (b) exports pass through British sea ports.      (HL4443)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for the Meat Hygiene Service to adopt the “Better Regulation Enforcement Concordat”.      (HL4444)

27th October

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Fisheries Council held in Luxembourg on 26th October.      (HL4445)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what key performance targets Ministers have set the Intervention Board for 1999-2000.      (HL4446)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current membership of the National Health Service pay review bodies.      (HL4447)

The Viscount BrentfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assist the new Pakistan Government to develop systems to protect that country against corruption in government.      (HL4449)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are adopted in filling vacancies for lay membership of the Transport Tribunal to ensure a balance between the public interest and the interests of providers of transport.      (HL4450)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the strength of the Special Constabulary during the last year for which figures are available compared with the two previous years.      (HL4451)

The Lord WedgwoodTo ask the Chairman of Committees what consideration has been given to providing Peers who cease to be Members of the House with financial assistance to enable them to make redundancy payments to existing personal staff engaged exclusively to provide secretarial and research assistance in the discharge of parliamentary duties.      (HL4452)

The Lord WedgwoodTo ask the Chairman of Committees what guidance he can provide to Peers who are obliged to make staff redundant, on ceasing to be Members of the House, so that statutory procedures are adhered to.      (HL4453)

The Lord WedgwoodTo ask the Chairman of Committees what financial provision may be available to defray the cost to Peers who, on ceasing to be Members of the House, are obliged to arrange for the removal of personal effects from the Palace of Westminster.      (HL4454)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in law, they consider Outer Space to be res nullius or, in the light of Article 1 of the Space Treaty, res communis.      (HL4455)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the producers of animal feed in Britain have ever made use of organic matter recovered from sewage.      (HL4456)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessments and what public consultations underpin English Heritage’s decision that a large commercially operated Visitors’ Centre is appropriate for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.      (HL4457)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether English Heritage has been given carte blanche by Ministers to choose a commercial operator for a Visitors’ Centre for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site; and, if so, whether one has yet been chosen.      (HL4458)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria and what conditions an operator for a Visitors’ Centre for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site will be required to meet.      (HL4459)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Highways Agency has undertaken to construct a flyover for the A303 at Countess Roundabout in advance of the opening of a commercially-operated Visitors’ Centre for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site at Countess East, Amesbury; and, if so, who would pay for it.      (HL4460)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Immigration Service is given information by Czech Airlines as to which of their passengers travelling to the United Kingdom are of Roma ethnic origin.      (HL4461)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 28th July (WA 205), whether “an intentional act of fare evasion” by London bus passengers is fraud or fraudulent behaviour.      (HL4462)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Works of Art Export Reviewing Committee are under any obligation when important works of art come before them for temporary export to ascertain whether they are for genuine exhibition purposes or are being offered for sale; and whether such knowledge would affect their decision to grant temporary export licences.      (HL4463)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether works of art that come before the Works of Art Export Reviewing Committee for a permanent export licence can be seen by members of the public during the deferral period.      (HL4464)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the British Medical Association Guidelines and Code of Practice on Advance Statements about Medical Treatment; and whether they have made any response to those guidelines.      (HL4465)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any differences between their policies in relation to the removal of assisted nutrition and hydration from (a) patients in persistent vegetative state; and (b) other mentally incapacitated patients; and whether they have any plans to propose changes to the law or practice in relation to such matters.      (HL4466)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether (a) they have any plans to change their policy not to enshrine in statute law the judgment in Airedale NHS Trust v Bland (1993) in relation to the definition of assisted food and fluid as treatment and the removal of tubal feeding from Mr Tony Bland, or (b) they intend to introduce legislation defining assisted food and fluid as treatment which may be withdrawn from patients with mental incapacities other than persistent vegetative state.      (HL4467)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made of the annual numbers of mentally incapable adults in (a) Scotland and (b) the rest of the United Kingdom whose death could be brought about by the removal of artificial nutrition and hydration if such removal were legally sanctioned (a) without recourse to the courts for such patients not in persistent vegetative state and (b) through recourse to the courts for such patients in persistent vegetative state; and how many and what percentage of those patients they estimate each year would (a) have issued an advance directive requesting such a course of action, or (b) have such nutrition and hydration removed without their own express request.      (HL4468)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether and on what grounds they differentiate between advance directives and advance refusals; what definition they use of the meaning of the phrase “a patient’s best interests”; and in what precise circumstances they consider that definition to include intentionally bringing about the death of a patient by action or omission.      (HL4469)

The Earl of MunsterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support a campaign to improve public appreciation of the medical professions.      (HL4470)

The Earl of MunsterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies to reduce the present tendency for early retirement among consultants and the emigration of junior doctors.      (HL4471)

28th October

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the European Convention on Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on Civil and Political Rights, together with the fundamental principles of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, may have been breached in respect of Chechnya and the Chechens.      (HL4474)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether issues arising from Chechnya and Dagestan have already been raised at meetings of the Permanent Council and Senior Council of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.      (HL4475)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe or the High Commission for Minorities have received any request for help from the Russian Federation in respect of Chechnya.      (HL4476)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether language and cultural rights and reasonable self-determination for the Kurds of Turkey are on the agenda for the Istanbul summit meeting of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe; and, if not, why not.      (HL4477)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made since the end of March towards the target of deciding most initial asylum applications within two months of their receipt; and whether they still believe that the target can be achieved by April 2001.      (HL4478)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in testing the Siemens casework system, designed for the Immigration and Nationality Department; and when they expect it to be fully commissioned.      (HL4479)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have reached from their examination of web page management and design for Government Departments.      (HL4480)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as reported in The Times on 28th October, they have abandoned the Labour party manifesto commitment “to ensure that, over time, party appointees as life peers more accurately reflect the proportion of votes cast at the previous general election”.      (HL4481)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the net cost to public funds of the Norplant litigation.      (HL4482)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the names of the firms of solicitors and barristers who represented the legally aided claimants in the Norplant litigation.      (HL4483)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many legally aided claimants obtained compensation in the Norplant litigation.      (HL4484)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many legally aided claimants there were in the multi-party Norplant litigation.      (HL4485)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for their policy of opposition to euthanasia of: (a) the recent document Withholding and Withdrawing Life Prolonging Medical Treatment, produced by the British Medical Association; (b) those sections of the Incapable Adults (Scotland) Bill recently introduced into the Scottish Parliament providing for the definition of assisted food and fluid as treatment; and (c) the differentiation made in correspondence from the Minister for Public Health between the withdrawal of medical treatment (including assisted hydration and nutrition) from a patient who is unable to make his or her own decisions, and the withdrawal of assisted nutrition and hydration from patients in persistent vegetative state.      (HL4486)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements exist in each member state of the European Union for farmers to appeal against Ministry of Agriculture rulings on the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS).      (HL4487)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what remedial steps are available to a farmer who has his field areas measured in two successive years by the Ministry of Agriculture inspectors for the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS), with different results in each of the years, when there have been no changes in field boundaries.      (HL4488)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when, following the improvements in the accommodation and security of United Nations agencies, they will review the restrictions on funding of United Kingdom non-governmental organisations working in Afghanistan.      (HL4489)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, after the end of the current Session, the Salisbury convention and the convention that this House should not amend or reject secondary legislation will continue to apply.      (HL4490)

The Marquess of AilesburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is routinely taken by each train-operating company against drivers who pass red signals; and whether in each case they will indicate whether there has been any change since the major accident outside Paddington.      (HL4491)

The Lord BrettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for November; and whether they will list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL4492)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions there have been so far under the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170); and whether they will keep a register of such prosecutions.      (HL4495)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the guidance issued to police forces on the enforcement of the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170)      (HL4496)

29th October

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to implement section 37 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 so that guide dogs for the blind have to be accepted by taxis and minicabs at no extra charge.      (HL4497)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of funds is a prospective goods vehicles operator required to have available for his first vehicle; and whether those funds can be used to effect repairs or whether it is a requirement for a minimum, but unusable, level of cash or other liquid asset.      (HL4498)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 28th October (WA 39-40), whether the initiatives and activities of the King’s Cross Partnership meet their expectations.      (HL4499)

The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 28th October (WA 39-40), how much of the £163 million given to regenerate the King’s Cross area has been spent by the King’s Cross Partnership; whether any of that money is awaiting distribution to various projects; and, if so, how much.      (HL4500)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ministers have been shown mock-up pictures of how the Stonehenge World Heritage Site would look if the currently proposed cut-and-cover tunnel and road-dualling throughout the World Heritage Site were carried out, alongside pictures of the proposed twin-bore tunnel.      (HL4501)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the bidders for the commercial operator licence to design, finance, build and operate a new Visitors’ Centre for the Stonehenge World Heritage Site.      (HL4502)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the “Associated Sites” mentioned in English Heritage’s appellation of the Stonehenge, Avebury and Associated Sites World Heritage Site; and what Management Plan is being prepared for them.      (HL4503)

The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the intended relationship between the Stonehenge World Heritage Site Management Plan (which is to be submitted to UNESCO) and the Stonehenge Master Plan which is not; and whether the two plans are compatible.      (HL4504)

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] [3rd November]
    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]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Immigration and Asylum [2nd November]
    Greater London Authority [1st November]
    Food Standards [3rd November]

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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    House of Lords
    Welfare Reform and Pensions

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Tax Credit (New Category of Child Care Provider) Regulations 1999
    Draft Chartered Institute of Patent Agents Order 1999
    Draft Dental Auxiliaries (Amendment) Regulations 1999

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (No. 2) Regulations 1999
    Draft Working Time Regulations 1999

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Referred to a Joint Committee

    City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 2ND NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Communities (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 3RD NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)in Copenhagen
(Science and Society)
Kent County Council Bill [HL] and Medway Council Bill [HL]10.30 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
City of Newcastle upon Tyne Bill [HL]11.15 am
Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room
European Communities (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Communities (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 4TH NOVEMBER

European Communities (Sub-Committee B)11.30 am

TUESDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in Committee Room G

 
 
 
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