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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 6TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many chairs of academic medicine are now vacant, and what action they propose to take to encourage suitable candidates to come forward.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what efforts they have made to secure the worldwide abolition of the death penalty.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response to the Report of the Meat Industry Red Tape Working Group, how they propose to prevent widespread closure of small and medium sized abattoirs and cutting plants, and give confidence to their owners and to the wider farming community.

*The Lord Borrie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when their proposals to restrict Ministerial involvement in merger cases, as announced in August 1999, will be implemented.

Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That a Select Committee be appointed to consider the operation of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England and to make recommendations; and that, as proposed by the Committee of Selection, the following Lords be named of the Committee:

L. Barnett

L. Burns

L. Cuckney

L. Elder

L. Forsyth of Drumlean

B. Hogg

L. Newby

B. O’Cathain

L. Paul

L. Peston

(Chairman)

L. Roll of Ipsden

L. Taverne;

That the Committee have leave to report from time to time;

That the Committee have power to adjourn from place to place;

That the Committee have power to appoint specialist advisers;

That the Committee do meet on Tuesday 7th March at quarter-past four o’clock.

†Financial Services and Markets Bill—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Financial Services and Markets Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 20

Schedule 2

Clauses 21 to 29

Schedules 3 and 4

Clauses 30 to 34

Schedule 5

Clauses 35 to 39

Schedule 6

Clauses 40 to 72

Schedule 7

Clauses 73 to 85

Schedule 8

Clause 86

Schedule 9

Clauses 87 to 98

Schedule 10

Clauses 99 to 106

Schedule 11

Clauses 107 to 123

Schedule 12

Clauses 124 to 153

Schedule 13

Clauses 154 to 156

Schedule 14

Clauses 157 to 196

Schedule 15

Clauses 197 to 219

Schedule 16

Clauses 220 to 324

Schedule 17

Clauses 325 to 407

Schedules 18 and 19

Clause 408.

Prosecution Service Inspectorate Bill [HL]Third Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

Representation of the People Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

Greater London Authority Elections (Expenses) Order 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [HL]Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 2000—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 28th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to allow expeditious participation in the European Southern Observatory (ESO).

TUESDAY 7TH MARCH

The Lord Powell of Bayswater

and

The Lord Birt

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present situation regarding the payment to miners suffering from lung diseases as a result of their employment in the coal mining industry.

*The Lord Rea—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the recommendation in the Royal College of Physicians report, “Nicotine Addiction in Britain”, that nicotine replacement therapy should be improved and made available on prescription through the National Health Service.

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend race relations legislation so as to outlaw discrimination on grounds of religion.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what restrictions apply to the provision by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency of names and addresses of licence holders to unofficial enquirers.

The Baroness Jay of Paddington—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords A House for the Future (Cm 4534).

WEDNESDAY 8TH MARCH

*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support they are giving to the institution of marriage.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the latest figures for the total number of police officers in England and Wales; and whether these figures represent an increase or reduction in the total number of police officers in England and Wales since March 1997.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to respond to the report from the National Audit Office which suggests that 5,000 patients a year are killed by infections in hospital.

The Lord Bramall—To call attention to the state of the nation’s defences in the light of the Defence White Paper (Cm 4446); and to move for papers.

The Lord Palmer—To call attention to the economics of agriculture within the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

Cheques (Scotland) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Viscount Younger of Leckie]

THURSDAY 9TH MARCH

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the promotion of inward investment does not disadvantage the growth prospects of British-owned companies.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made a decision about the future management of Apsley House and the Wellington Museum.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the European beaver to be introduced into the United Kingdom during the next three years.

Local Government Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Whitty]

MONDAY 13TH MARCH

*The Lord Kimball—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will reconvene the lead shot working group to assess the effectiveness of the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170), as announced on 9th November 1999.

*The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to support the British airline GO in its complaint to the European Commission of alleged anti-competitive behaviour by Lufthansa on the London-Munich route.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government from what organisations responses have been received to the consultation paper on Civil Court Fees issued by the Court Service in January 2000.

*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy with respect to recent developments in Sudan.

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the First Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 25) be agreed to.

Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—Report [The Baroness Blackstone]

‡The Lords Davies of Oldham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote their Road Safety Strategy.

TUESDAY 14TH MARCH

*The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the advance sales of tickets for the Millennium Dome are still adequate to ensure that the whole project will have been run at a profit by the end of the year.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take in the light of the Waterhouse report on the abuse of children in care.

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

*The Lord Taylor of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what stage they have reached in the consultation procedure regarding the proposal for centralising the appointments of magistrates and the administration of justice for Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Learning and Skills Bill will be concluded this day]

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

†Electronic Communications Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville] [5th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

WEDNESDAY 15TH MARCH

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ensure that those patients currently receiving beneficial National Health Service treatments or drug therapies will not be disadvantaged when discriminatory postcode prescribing is abolished.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile their Private Finance Initiative hospital building programme with the recent findings of the National Beds Inquiry.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will establish a statutory hotel registration scheme.

The Baroness Whitaker—To call attention to the role of education in developing countries; and to move for papers.

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their objectives for the forthcoming Lisbon Special European Council.

THURSDAY 16TH MARCH

*The Lord Cope of Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the expected cost of the new team of press officers being set up to react to breaking news stories involving the Home Office.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their attitude to the proposal by the European Commission that some members of the European Parliament should be elected on European lists, presented to all voters throughout the European Union.

*The Lord Tombs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the consultation paper on Nuclear Waste which was promised in their response to the report of the Select Committee on Science and Technology on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 41).

†Financial Services and Markets Bill—Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [7th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

FRIDAY 17TH MARCH

Copyright and Trade Marks Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord McNally]

MONDAY 20TH MARCH

*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect that all those entitled to Winter Fuel Payments will have received them.

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what machinery has been established by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe to assess its experience in reconstructing civil society in Kosovo, and to reform and reduce the bureaucratic delays that have damaged its effectiveness.

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent events at British Nuclear Fuels Limited, what is their policy regarding the future of the Thorp and Mox plants at Sellafield.

TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

*The Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their tax policies are redistributive.

*The Lord Boardman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what percentage the Euro has depreciated against Sterling since its introduction and what is the effect of this upon the British economy.

*The Lord Hooson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what benefits accrue to the people of Iraq from United Nations sanctions; and whether they will take steps to get the sanctions lifted.

*The Lord Fraser of Carmyllie—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the outcome to date of their auction of United Kingdom gold reserves is satisfactory.

WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they envisage as the roles of the European Parliament and the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union in the scrutiny and accountability of the emerging European Security and Defence Initiative.

NO DAY NAMED

PART I

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has further increased, is still increasing and ought significantly to be diminished.

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 Lord Pearson of Rannoch—To call attention to the United Kingdom’s present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.

The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further help they are considering for people who were infected with hepatitis ’C’ by contaminated NHS blood products and the dependants of those who have since died in consequence of their infection.

The Lord Northbourne—To call attention to the role of voluntary youth services in combating social exclusion and promoting social inclusion; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Darcy de Knayth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have made any response to Rehabilitation International’s newly promulgated Charter for disabled people worldwide.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to changes in the influence and prestige of this House and to examine how they should be addressed; and to move for papers.

The Lord Stone of Blackheath—To call attention to the case for earlier detection and palliative intervention in countries exposed to ethnic conflicts; and to move for papers.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is operating within its remit.

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Forty-fifth Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.

The Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the standards of care given to elderly patients in NHS hospitals.

The Lord Selsdon—To call attention to the future role of the pound sterling and of the euro; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their principles and policies with regard to end-user accountability for the sale of weapons and related equipment.

The Lord Simon of Glaisdale—To call attention to the Salisbury Convention in the light of recent constitutional developments; and to move for papers.

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To move to resolve, That this House regrets the conduct of the Lord Hoffmann in not disclosing his connection with Amnesty International during the House of Lords first hearing of the extradition appeal of General Pinochet; and calls on the Lord Chancellor to reconsider his support for Lord Hoffmann.

The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that account is taken in education programmes and in the workplace of the particular abilities of those classed as dyslexic.

The Baroness Chalker of Wallasey—To call attention to the opportunities in Africa and the ways in which the United Kingdom can enhance economic growth both in that continent and at home; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the present circumstances of disabled people whose disabilities were caused by wounds or injuries from enemy action in the Second World War; and to move for papers.

The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to address the high levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly in prisons and amongst the young male population.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made about the problem of litter; and what initiatives they propose to pursue, especially in those areas where the problem is most grievous.

The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider paying members of the Special Constabulary.

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on further measures to limit the sale, brokering and international shipment of arms to countries involved in conflict.

The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking towards eliminating child poverty in Britain.

The Lord Puttnam—To call attention to the case for the United Kingdom remaining competitive in the wake of recent changes in the media and communication industries; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the impact of their policies since May 1997 on the prospects for lone parents.

The Earl of Caithness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the new rules on Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) payments will have on farmers and wildlife.

The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider adopting the Tobin Tax Initiative to enable the maintenance of a comprehensive welfare state.

The Lord Selsdon—To call attention to the political situation in Austria and in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what their long term objectives are for the Defence Evaluation Research Agency as part of the development of the United Kingdom’s knowledge-based economy.

The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy criteria they would apply before directing the Bank of England to intervene in foreign exchange markets, and what are the criteria and the budget provision under which the Bank of England may use its discretionary power to intervene in foreign exchange markets.

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they see as the future of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in the light of American and other proposals for the National Missile Defence System.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will modernise the working practices of H M Coroner Service to meet the needs of a multi-faith Britain.

†The Lord Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the teaching of British history in schools is satisfactory.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 15th March for debate on 29th March]

The Lord Bridges—To call attention to the long-term problems caused by coastal erosion; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To call attention to the application of the Salisbury convention in present day circumstances; and to move for papers.

The Lord Campbell of Croy—To call attention to the continuing need for a professional civil service and the role of special advisers and information officers; and to move for papers.

The Lord Chalfont—To call attention to the study on Changing Trends in British Television published recently by the Campaign for Quality Television; and to move for papers.

The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to the situation regarding Iraq; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To call attention to the implementation by National Health Service Trusts of Government guidelines on infection control in hospitals; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Carnegy of Lour—To call attention to the effect of the media on devolution; and to move for papers.

The Lord Borrie—To call attention to the economic and social effects of globalisation and its impact on fair competition, employment conditions and the environment; and to move for papers.

The Lord Hardy of Wath—To call attention to the case for maintaining the existing role of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union within the political structure concerned with European security and defence; and to move for papers.

The Lord Dean of Harptree—To call attention to the case for a power of delay on Statutory Instruments, as recommended by the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To call attention to the role of an International Criminal Court in bringing to justice those responsible for genocide, torture and crimes against humanity; and to move for papers.

PART III

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Lewis of Newnham—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Waste Incineration (11th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 71). [21st July]

The Lord Walpole—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Biodiversity in the European Union Final Report: International Issues (22nd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 119). [18th January]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Reforming EC Competition Procedures (4th Report, HL Paper 33). [29th February]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 3rd March]

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure that all dispersed asylum seekers (a) are only sent to destinations where their religious, dietary and cultural needs can be met; (b) are provided with the funds for travel to places where specialist legal advice is available; and (c) are, together with other immigrants in a similar position, financially enabled to travel to Croydon to pursue work permits when the issue of these is delayed.      (HL1387)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the proposal by the Association of Citizen’s Advice Bureaux that all refugees and asylum seekers should be issued with an appropriate statement of their rights, including rights to work and to stay, at the port of entry or whenever their immigration status is being varied.      (HL1388)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how, in the context of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, they intend to respond to the decision of the European Parliament not to accept the amendment to the Mutual Legal Assistance Directive that sought to give authorities powers to demand encryption keys and to require Internet Service Providers to give police interception facilities.      (HL1389)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any special advisers are currently employed by Government Ministers in the House of Lords; if so, how many; and by which Ministers.      (HL1390)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 14th February (WA 128), what mechanisms are in place to satisfy the Inland Revenue that expenditure on business sponsorship of Government activity is revenue expenditure incurred wholly and exclusively for business purposes.      (HL1391)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms exist, if any, for Parliament to hold to account and scrutinise the executive functions and actions of the Prime Minister’s Chief Press Secretary and Chief of Staff.      (HL1392)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the freedom of the press is being properly and adequately maintained.      (HL1393)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Prime Minister’s Chief Press Secretary has responsibility for the Strategic Communications Unit.      (HL1394)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any conclusions have been reached on whether it is necessary to use highly trained police officers and their equipment when transporting abnormal loads.      (HL1395)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that oil revenues are being used by the government of Angola for the purchase of arms.      (HL1396)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their legal definition of a war crime.      (HL1397)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to re-grade Pakistani Basmati rice; and whether they would define it as pure, traditional or hybrid.      (HL1398)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on asylum seekers on 1st March, whether the cost arising in the current year to Kent County Council from unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, in excess of that provided for in central Government funding, was £1.7 million; and whether they propose to leave the council taxpayers of Kent to meet that cost.      (HL1399)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since 6th January the Jubilee Line service has been disrupted by signal failure.      (HL1400)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why prisoners at Blakenhurst prison first have to complete a general application form in order to receive a request and complaint form; and at how many other prisons this is the practice.      (HL1401)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether appeals to the Chief Executive against decisions in relation to complaints at Blakenhurst prison are in practice dealt with by the same person who dealt with the initial complaint.      (HL1402)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Ministers have expressed sympathy, support or understanding for the communist regimes in China, North Korea or the former Soviet Union before they took office; and, if so, whether the appointment of these Ministers is consistent with Government policy towards Austria.      (HL1403)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission a review of the number and location of piers on the River Thames, with particular reference to the convenience of existing piers and their proximity to public passenger transport on land.      (HL1404)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many helicopters are now available for relief work in Mozambique; (b) how many helicopters or trained pilots they have made available; and (c) how many helicopters have been offered by the Ministry of Defence.      (HL1405)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) why the Ministry of Defence sought £2 million remuneration from the Department for International Development for the use of helicopters in Mozambique; (b) whether the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer were consulted before reimbursement was requested; and (c) why this financial requirement was not met from central contingency funds.      (HL1406)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure, when granting financial assistance to judges and other Crown servants to bring defamation proceedings, that there is equality of arms between the parties, given the absence of legal aid for defendants in such proceedings.      (HL1407)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much additional funding has been made available to the health service in England and Wales since 1st May 1997; and under what headings; and how much funding was supplied to the health service in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the same period, under the same headings.      (HL1408)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support and advice has been offered to the range of organisations in the Irish Republic who are proposing to mark the bi-centenary of the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland which created the United Kingdom.      (HL1409)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to mark, as opposed to celebrate, the bi-centenary of the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland which created the United Kingdom; and whether the administrations of Scotland and Wales have been consulted.      (HL1410)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what considerations are taken into account by the Royal Mail in the selection of an important event as a theme suitable for celebration on postage stamps.      (HL1411)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to celebrate in 2001 the success of the United Kingdom in terms of its cultural diversity.      (HL1412)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

3RD MARCH 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

8th February

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many dwellings owned by Government Departments and other public agencies were vacant during the years 1997, 1998 and 1999 respectively.      (HL956)

10th February

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which national museums have reclaimed VAT on monies received from the National Lottery, and in each case how much VAT has been reclaimed; and how much VAT those national museums with projects currently underway will be entitled to reclaim.      (HL1010)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which national museums are applying, or are proposing to apply, for National Lottery grants and how much is being applied for in each case.      (HL1011)

The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money non-charging national museums have received from the National Lottery; and, if they had been able to reclaim the VAT from their respective Lottery grants, how much each non-charging museum would have be entitled to receive, and how much VAT they would have been entitled to reclaim from current ongoing projects.      (HL1012)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many contracts were awarded by the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) to (a) advertisers and (b) designers; and what is the total cost to the NMEC of those contracts to date.      (HL1022)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the contracts awarded by the New Millennium Experience Company to (a) advertisers and (b) designers were granted after a process of competitive tendering; and how many of those contracts were still in place on 31st January 2000.      (HL1023)

14th February

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many C170 large aircraft will be leased or purchased from the United States for United Kingdom strategic lift capability; and when they will be in service.      (HL1067)

15th February

The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their recent pledge to put maternity services at the heart of Government policy, what steps they plan to take to analyse the lack of midwifery involvement in decisions affecting midwives taken at local levels.      (HL1073)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the new European guidance on the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) of the Common Agricultural Policy, in cases where field boundaries do not exceed two metres the Ordnance Survey acres will continue to be allowed for the Arable Area Payments Scheme; and whether in cases where field boundaries do exceed two metres, it is the excess over two metres or the whole width of the boundary which has to be excluded from the claimed area; and, if the latter, why fields with wider boundaries are not to be allowed the new standard of two metres under customary agricultural practice.      (HL1077)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) of the Common Agricultural Policy, in cases where the width of the boundary between two fields exceeds two metres but does not exceed four metres the two metre distance is allowed for each field, or whether, where the boundary consists of a hedge and ditch and the field boundary under customary agricultural practice is regarded as the root of the hedge, the whole width of the boundary between the two fields has to be deducted from the cropped area of the field bordered by the ditch.      (HL1078)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a table stating which Government Departments have used Electoral Reform Ballot Services in each of the past six years; and what was the cost in each case.      (HL1093)

17th February

The Lord FilkinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any changes in the composition of the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of the Western European Union.      (HL1134)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there are no ticket concessions for disabled visitors to the Millennium Dome unless they are accompanied by carers.      (HL1137)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take in response to the publication in the Appraisal of Annual Library Plans 1999 of a list of 10 authorities (Hackney, Haringey, Dudley, Sefton, Bracknell Forest, Poole, Thurrock, West Berkshire, Dorset, Warwickshire) whose plan assessments are graded as “poor”.      (HL1138)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports have been made by consultants and auditors about financial mismanagement and irregularities at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees; and what action the United Kingdom is taking, as a major contributor, to ensure that management controls and auditing of UNHCR spending are improved.      (HL1140)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have made to the recent cyclone in Orissa; in what form; and with the help of which United Kingdom and Indian non-governmental organisations.      (HL1157)

21st February

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms under which British Gas (BG) sold the site of the Millennium Dome with reference to the amount that will be paid to BG when the site is resold.      (HL1165)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of accommodation so far identified for use by the Home Office to house asylum-seekers under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; and, in particular, what offers of property for this purpose have been made by the Ministry of Defence Housing Executive.      (HL1169)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the Polish and Czech Governments about the possible diversion to Sudan of arms sold to Yemen; and whether they consider that the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Principles Governing Conventional Arms Transfers of November 1993 need to be amended to strengthen monitoring of the end use of arms exports to prevent diversion to third countries and ensure that exported equipment is used only on the conditions under which the export licence has been granted.      (HL1170)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they maintain that British exports to Chile have not been affected by the arrest of General Pinochet when Marconi Marine’s Yarrow Yard has been excluded by the Chilean Navy from a £500 million order for Type 23 Frigates.      (HL1171)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the total budget of the Crown Prosecution Service has been accounted for by the case of General Pinochet.      (HL1173)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Crown Prosecution Service has had meetings with Salvador Allende’s political secretary, Joan Garces, about General Pinochet; and whether the CPS is meant to act simply as the agent of the Kingdom of Spain.      (HL1174)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list by county the number of magistrates’ courts in England ten years ago, five years ago and today; and how many it is planned that there should be in each county after the current amalgamation and closure programme is complete.      (HL1177)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria should determine the number of magistrates’ courts in English counties.      (HL1178)

22nd February

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 16th December 1999 (WA 47) that no person or persons were responsible for a leak of the conclusions of the second hearing on General Pinochet by the House of Lords but that this was the result of skilful journalism, how the Government think skilful journalism could make such accurate and highly detailed predictions with no inside information.      (HL1189)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the handbrake of the Army’s FV430 range of armoured personnel carriers is—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the Ministry of Defence’s IMPACT data cell.      (HL1199)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Landrovers issued to Ministry of Defence units in the United Kingdom are—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many accidents have involved Landrovers issued to Ministry of Defence units for use in the United Kingdom which are—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the accident rate compared to distance travelled for Landrovers issued to Ministry of Defence units for use in the United Kingdom which are—

The Lord SelsdonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any law or laws have been broken by Austria which would justify the imposition of sanctions by the fourteen other Member States of the European Union, including the United Kingdom; and, if so, what they are.      (HL1207)

The Lord SelsdonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any treaty provisions have been broken by any of the other fourteen Member States of the European Union who sought to impose sanctions against Austria; if so, which treaty provisions were broken; and by whom.      (HL1208)

The Lord Alexander of WeedonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments subject to the negative resolution procedure were laid before Parliament in each of the following years—

The Lord Alexander of WeedonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many statutory instruments subject to the affirmative resolution procedure were laid before Parliament in each of the following years—

The Lord Alexander of WeedonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions statutory instruments have been debated on the floor of the House of Commons in each of the last 10 years.      (HL1211)

The Lord Craig of RadleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Interim Appointments Commission will be asked to recommend four or five individuals twice a year (as foreshadowed in the PriceWaterhouseCoopers Executive Search Advertisement in The Sunday Times of 6th February) for life peerages; whether these will be created as independent peers to sit in the Upper House for life; and whether those peerages recommended by the Interim Appointments Commission will be in place of the life peerages awarded by Her Majesty in the Birthday and New Year Honours Lists on the recommendation of the Prime Minister, commencing with the Birthday Honours List this year.      (HL1212)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought or received views on the regulation of long-term care insurance from —

and, if so, what they were.      (HL1214)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 21st February about the Treasury’s committee on long-term care costs (HL Deb, col. 90)—

23rd February

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements for payment to those who suffer from bronchitis and emphysema as a result of employment underground, and the operation of the monitoring group, have been successful.      (HL1219)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made and what financial support has been provided or is planned in regard to administrative and legal costs relating to the claims for compensation of former mineworkers suffering from bronchitis or emphysema or their dependants; and whether it is expected that their legal advisers will take a significant share of any payments awarded under this scheme.      (HL1220)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make funds available to the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency to develop a portable humanitarian mine detector.      (HL1221)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in finding new ways of detecting landmines and thereby making land available again in underdeveloped countries.      (HL1222)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the design of the Prison Service website conforms to the recommendations in the Cabinet Office Guidelines “Framework policy and guidelines for the use, management and design of public sector websites”.      (HL1223)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the value of the Christmas bonus paid to pensioners if it had been uprated annually since introduction by (a) prices, (b) earnings and (c) the higher of prices or earnings; and how much it would cost to uprate it to these levels.      (HL1224)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on the Christmas bonus for pensioners in 1999.      (HL1225)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the capital limits for income support if they had been uprated annually since introduction by (a) prices, (b) earnings and (c) the higher of prices or earnings; how much it would cost to uprate them to these levels; and how many more people aged 60 or over would become eligible for income support.      (HL1226)

The Baroness BarkerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost if the capital limit for income support for people aged 60 or over was increased from a lower limit of £3,000 and an upper limit of £8,000 to one limit of (a) £16,000, (b) £20,000, (c) £40,000 and (d) £50,000; and how many more people aged 60 or over would become eligible for income support at these levels.      (HL1227)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th February (WA 151), what are the locations where the experimental reduced VAT rate is or has been applied.      (HL1228)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local authority council dwellings there were in the housing stock in England at 1st April 1997, 1998 and 1999.      (HL1229)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 23rd February, whether they have a responsibility for General Pinochet’s health, and therefore should not wait for representations to be made to them but should take steps to ensure they are automatically informed about his health.      (HL1230)

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of reference of the recently announced Road Haulage Forum.      (HL1231)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the government of Turkey the recent arrests of the elected mayors of Diyarbakir, Bingol and Siirt and ascertain their current situation.      (HL1232)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they evaluate the claim by HADEP (Peoples Democracy Party) that landmines are preventing former inhabitants from returning to their deserted villages in south-east Turkey.      (HL1233)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Turkey has signed or ratified the Convention against Anti-Personnel Mines.      (HL1234)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are studying the statement of 9th February from the presidential council of the Kurdistan Workers Party.      (HL1235)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask for an impartial and public investigation into the Güçlükonak massacre on 15th January 1996 in south-east Turkey.      (HL1236)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, whether any of the restrictions on the movement of sheep or cattle in the restricted areas are still in force; and, if not, when was the last such restriction lifted, and in what part or parts of the United Kingdom.      (HL1237)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, whether there were any increases in 1986 or subsequent years in the number of—

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Chernobyl disaster in 1986, whether any particular areas of the United Kingdom were more severely affected by the fall-out than other areas; and, if so, which were the worst affected areas.      (HL1239)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights in relation to the M25 murder case, they will expedite the appeal procedure for other similar cases.      (HL1240)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the compensation arrangements for the compulsory slaughter of cattle over 30 months to be fair; and whether they will consider raising the current weight ceiling on slaughtered cattle to compensate at a price reflecting open market value.      (HL1241)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sheep under four years of age could be contaminated with BSE by consuming meat and bone meal; and, if not, (a) what purpose is served by the introduction of a compulsory identification scheme and its attendant costs; and (b) whether they will raise the age at which specified sheep offal has to be removed from 12 months to 24 months.      (HL1242)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in considering allowing the commercial planting of genetically modified maize, they intend to observe the criterion laid down last year (HL Deb, 27th May 1999, col. 1129) of limiting such planting to 20 fields for each crop per year.      (HL1243)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have resolved the issue of acceptable distances between genetically modified and organic crops.      (HL1244)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to ascertain that planting of genetically modified crops is limited to 20 fields once the commercial release of seed has taken place.      (HL1245)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what training inspectors can receive to allow them to distinguish genetically modified from non genetically modified crops; and whether suspected genetically modified crops exceeding the 20 field limit would be destroyed.      (HL1246)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, if they decide at the end of February to place genetically modified seed on the National Seed List, what account they must take of representations following such a decision.      (HL1247)

28th February

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will concentrate aid for the National Cycle Network on (a) the areas of highest unemployment and (b) safe routes to school, particularly where these can be connected to the National Network.      (HL1248)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) when the new Prison Service Order on Regimes for Women will be issued; and whether it will be published; (b) whether the Prison Service Order on Regimes for Juveniles has been published; and, if not, when it will be; (c) when the new Prison Service Standard on Mothers with Children in Prisons will be available; and whether it will assert the paramountcy of the best interests of the child.      (HL1249)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many non-British women were serving sentences for drug offences in England and Wales at the most recent date; and what was the average length of their sentence.      (HL1250)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider greater use of suspended sentences to be appropriate (whether or not in combination with other sentences) for female offenders, particularly for non-violent crimes.      (HL1251)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Court of Appeal to issue guidelines on the sentencing of women; and, if not, why not.      (HL1252)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to introduce measures to tag stalkers and wife beaters electronically; and, if so, whether such measures will apply to female stalkers and husband beaters.      (HL1253)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can confirm press reports that they intend to introduce a major programme to tackle violence against women by men; and whether it is also intended that identical measures will be introduced at the same time to tackle violence against men by women.      (HL1254)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many men and how many women currently serve on the Equal Opportunities Commission.      (HL1255)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what statutory provisions contain the current rules barring offenders who have served prison sentences of over 12 months from entering the United Kingdom and the making of exceptions to these rules.      (HL1256)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether outside organisations with an interest in the resettlement of offenders will be consulted in the course of the review of the rules barring ex-prisoners from entering the United Kingdom to work; and whether a public consultation document will be issued before final decisions are taken.      (HL1257)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 23rd February (HL Deb, col. 225), whether they consider that (a) every asylum seeker in Europe should have access to a fair and effective decision-making procedure which is independent, impartial, well-informed and sufficiently resourced; (b) reasoned decisions should be taken promptly; and (c) asylum and refuge should be accorded both to refugees within the meaning of the 1951 Convention and to others to whom European States owe a duty of protection.      (HL1258)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much public money is spent on public transport per head of the population in Northern Ireland; and how this compares with the similar calculation per head of the population in the rest of the United Kingdom.      (HL1259)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to invest in the railway system in Northern Ireland in the next five years; and whether plans include funding for new rolling stock.      (HL1260)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to introduce a rapid transit system, based on rail or bus, from North Down to the centre of Belfast.      (HL1261)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations they have undertaken into the reasons for the underspend on disability benefits of £754 million reported by the National Audit Office; and what action they have taken since receiving the report.      (HL1262)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total amount by which entitlement to Disability Living Allowance went unclaimed by disabled people due to low take-up in the latest year for which figures are available; and what percentage of anticipated total expenditure on the allowance went unclaimed.      (HL1263)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the current levels of take-up of disability benefits, what research they have undertaken into why disabled people do not claim the benefits to which they are entitled.      (HL1264)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations were consulted before it was decided to introduce car parking charges in Greenwich Park; and what is the estimated revenue in the financial year 2000-01.      (HL1265)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any stabiliser is currently used in formulations of pesticides or veterinary medicines for commercial or domestic use with diazinon as their active ingredient to prevent the formation of TEPP or SULPHOTEPP; and, if not, under what conditions of storage and use these products of degradation are known to form.      (HL1266)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total value of the private finance initiative and partnership projects so far negotiated; and what, if any, part of these totals count against the Public Sector Borrowing Requirement.      (HL1267)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the estimates for the loss of revenue to the Treasury due to (a) smuggling and (b) increased personal allowances in respect of the import of tobacco and tobacco products and wines, spirits and other alcohol products from the Member States of the European Union.      (HL1268)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when agreement was reached on the tax free limits of importing tobacco and alcohol products from the Member States of the European Union; what were those quantified limits; what is the legal basis for their observance; and what action the Government intend to take to reduce these limits.      (HL1269)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidelines, if any, exist to specify the period within which Ministers who, in debate, have offered to write to Members of the House should do so.      (HL1270)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the assessment of the Better Regulation Taskforce that the 60 initiatives on Information Technology regulation currently being conducted by Government could result in 4,000 pieces of legislation.      (HL1271)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent decision of the Radio-communications Agency to delay issuing new telecom licences for microwave technology is consistent with the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s determination to reduce the cost of access to the Internet.      (HL1272)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of Internet and technology stocks, adequate procedures are in place to protect investors from “scalping” and “pumping and dumping”.      (HL1273)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned at the proliferation of websites, particularly those beyond the scope of United Kingdom regulatory bodies, offering often unsubstantiated and inaccurate share tips; and, if so, what action they propose to take to protect investors from them.      (HL1274)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is planned to change the role of Blantyre House prison in Kent to a juvenile institution; and, if so, what is the rationale for this in view of the prison’s record of successful work with adult long-term prisoners.      (HL1275)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are concerned with the accuracy of press statements issued by OFSTED relating to OFSTED’s reports and, in particular, the inclusion in such statements of matters outside its responsibilities.      (HL1276)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many citizens of Member States of the Council of Europe have sought asylum within the United Kingdom during the last three years.      (HL1277)

29th February

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which specific scientific papers led the Prime Minister to say that there is cause for legitimate public concern about genetically modified food.      (HL1283)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the sharing of cells by prisoners segregated either for their own protection or for reasons of good order and discipline; and how many prisoners are sharing cells in segregation units, in what prisons.      (HL1284)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what prisons the Kainos Community is allowed to operate, under what contractual or other arrangements and at what cost to the Prison Service; whether they intend to measure the recidivism rates of prisoners who have been through courses run by the Kainos Community; and, if so, with what control groups such prisoners will be compared.      (HL1285)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Country Assessment Unit of the Home Office has studied the reports of the Special Rapporteurs and Working Groups of the United Nations Human Rights Commission; and which Country Assessments have been amended so far in the light of this information.      (HL1286)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many child support cases of reduced benefit direction went to appeal in 1999; and how many appeals were won.      (HL1287)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they undertake ethnic monitoring of families subject to child support reduced benefit directions; and, if so, what is the ethnic composition of those families.      (HL1288)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that there would be a reduction in levels of child poverty if all child support reduced benefit directions were not implemented until confirmed by an appeal tribunal.      (HL1289)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many local co-ordinators have been appointed to implement the policy set out in the Social Exclusion Unit’s teenage pregnancy report; and what training or guidance they will receive.      (HL1290)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have invited organisations to apply for funding to provide care and support homes for teenage mothers; what guidelines have been issued to these organisations; and how many applications have been received and from whom.      (HL1291)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many comments have been received about the proposal contained in Fairer, Faster and Firmer for a bond scheme for visitors to the United Kingdom; how many responses have been received to the consultation document Financial Bonds for Visitors; and, of both of these, how many have supported the proposal and how many have opposed it.      (HL1292)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of applicants for visitors’ visas in the last twelve months have involved the difficult decisions referred to in Fairer, Faster and Firmer, such that the applicant would therefore be required to put forward a financial bond.      (HL1293)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in a full year they expect to be deterred from visiting the United Kingdom as a result of the scheme to require financial bonds from certain visitors; and how many people they expect to be able to visit the United Kingdom, a bond having been supplied, who would not otherwise have been given a visa.      (HL1294)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria they will use to determine whether the financial bond scheme proposed in Fairer, Faster and Firmer is discriminatory; and what process will be used to assess whether those criteria have been met.      (HL1295)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Embassies or High Commissions are likely to be included in the proposed pilot scheme envisaged in the consultation document Financial Bonds for Visitors.      (HL1296)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose rationalisation of responsibilities in Kosova, at present divided between UNMIK, KFOR, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the Transitional Administrative Council.      (HL1297)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will use their best efforts to restore production at the Trepca mine in northern Kosova, with part of the revenue being used for the benefit of Kosova as a whole.      (HL1298)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a full postal service has been restored both within Kosova, and to and from the rest of the world; and, if not, when it will be.      (HL1299)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UNMIK is now in a position to issue travel documents to inhabitants of Kosova, who need to travel outside their country; and, if not, whether they will ask for this matter to be expedited.      (HL1300)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the proposals from the Balkan Action Council of Washington DC, dated 22nd December 1999, for improving the electoral law of Bosnia-Herzegovina.      (HL1301)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make representations on behalf of up to 2,000 Albanians, including Dr Flora Brovina and Mr Albin Kurti, currently held in Serbian prisons, many without charge; and in particular whether they will seek access for the International Committee of the Red Cross.      (HL1302)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in cleaning up the River Don in South Yorkshire from the effects of polluted mine water; whether any fresh breakouts of mine water are causing the Environment Agency concern; and in particular what steps are being taken by the Agency to tackle the recurring pollution in Cranberry Holes Brook and its threat to the fish in the River Don.      (HL1303)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of this year’s portion of the additional £700 million allocated for mental health services has gone to adult mental health services; and on which specific areas it has been spent.      (HL1304)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the additional £700 million allocated for mental health services has been allocated to implementing the new National Service Framework; how much has been allocated for the current year; and whether the amount allocated to the implementation of National Service Frameworks is ring-fenced.      (HL1305)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Hayman on 22nd February (WA 28) and 28th February (WA 52), and the Written Answer by the Earl Howe on 1st March 1993 (WA 31-32), in which other diazinon-based sheep dips epichlorohydrin was used as a stabiliser; and when it was removed from these formulations.      (HL1306)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the recommended period of time between dipping sheep in organophosphate or synthetic pyrethroid sheep dips and “crutching” of the animals by professional shearers prior to slaughter.      (HL1307)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for each year since 1990, how many asylum seekers from each of Turkey, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, India, Ghana, Nigeria, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Romania were refused asylum and exceptional leave to remain after full consideration; how many were refused under paragraph 340 of the Immigration Rules; how many were refused on safe third country grounds; and how many were removed from the United Kingdom.      (HL1308)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent United Kingdom taxpayers will be expected to pay for the difference between the original estimate and the total final cost of the proposed new Scottish Parliament buildings at Holyrood, Edinburgh, including site preparations and fees.      (HL1309)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they share the reported doubts of other NATO countries as to the legality of the proposed United States National Missile Defence System.      (HL1310)

1st March

The Baroness Young of Old SconeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for taking forward work on the modernisation of public services.      (HL1315)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vehicles owned by the National Army Museum are displayed at the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley.      (HL1318)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the vehicles owned by the National Army Museum but displayed at the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley are of national historical significance.      (HL1319)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the status of the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley.      (HL1320)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is the chairman of the Council of the National Army Museum.      (HL1321)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans are in place for storing and displaying vehicles belonging to the National Army Museum should the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley close; and what the cost would be of implementing the plans.      (HL1322)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what facilities are operated or supported by the National Army Museum north of Watford.      (HL1323)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the contract for a mobile telephone network in Kosova was properly awarded; and whether the network will be compatible with those in neighbouring countries.      (HL1324)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the salary levels and expenses enjoyed by UNMIK personnel are appropriate.      (HL1325)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken to identify and arrest those responsible for—

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that Serbian State security forces have been fomenting disorder and intransigence in Kosovska Mitrovica; and, if so, what is their response and that of UNMIK and KFOR.      (HL1327)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise issues concerning the reported killing of non-combatants, torture and rape, by Russian armed forces and police in and near Chechnya, at the session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, starting on 20th March.      (HL1328)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they received the report on the schemes which provide wheelchairs under the National Health Service; whether they will now summarise its findings; and when they will publish the report.      (HL1330)

The Lord StewartbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Staff Officers’ Handbook, Army Code 71038 issue 1 of July 1999, is a classified document; and, if not, why not.      (HL1331)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are giving consideration, under Article 2 of the 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, to the institution of genocide charges against the Burmese military leadership.      (HL1332)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have received a letter from Mrs Diana Mawdsley concerning the captivity of her son, James, in Burma; and when they anticipate acknowledging and replying to this correspondence.      (HL1333)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) whether they have obtained a transcript of James Mawdsley’s trial in Burma; (b) whether they have obtained details of who was present at the trial; (c) whether the Burmese authorities have agreed to an appeal being held in public; and (d) what arrangements will be made to ensure that James Mawdsley is properly represented at an appeal.      (HL1334)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present level of the Department for International Development establishment at the British Embassy in Beijing; how many are employed on a permanent basis or on contract; what are their terms of reference; and what was the comparable number of personnel five years ago.      (HL1335)

The Lord Fraser of CarmyllieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is considered necessary or desirable to seek variation of the terms of the Trust for Bute House, Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, now that it is being used exclusively as the residence for the First Minister of the Scottish Parliament.      (HL1336)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which British non-governmental organisations and foreign non-governmental organisations based in Britain are active in Sudan.      (HL1337)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which British and foreign non-governmental organisations, which are active in Sudan, received funding directly or indirectly from the British Government in the fiscal years 1997-98 and 1998-99; and whether they will provide details of the funding received by each organisation.      (HL1338)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to relieve Sudan’s debts to Britain.      (HL1339)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the November 1999 political and peace agreement signed between Sadiq al-Mahdi’s Umma party and the government of Sudan.      (HL1340)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the friendship and cooperation agreements recently reached between Sudan, Eritrea and Uganda; and what they are doing to support these agreements.      (HL1341)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any non-governmental organisation has been directly involved in supplying and transporting arms and ammunition, including anti-aircraft weapons and landmines, to combatants in the civil war in Sudan.      (HL1342)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any mechanism exists to enable the people of Wales to require the Government to hold a referendum to decide whether the Welsh Assembly should continue; and, if not, whether they will introduce legislation to provide such a mechanism.      (HL1343)

The Baroness FookesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed to the pilot scheme on early voting put forward by Plymouth City Council under the terms of the Representation of the People Bill, including the proposal for identification of all voters by the production of poll cards.      (HL1344)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the increased Ethnic Minority and Traveller Educational Achievement Grant will be spent on; and what targets have been set for 2000-01.      (HL1345)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the outcome measures for the success of the ten United Kingdom Territorial Employment Pacts agreed at the Dublin European Council are in relation to ethnic minority targets; and how far they have been achieved.      (HL1346)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage best practice in ethnic monitoring among private sector employers.      (HL1347)

2nd March

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the report from Mr J J Rowe on the operation in 1999 of the Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989.      (HL1348)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish civil service advice to Ministers on mergers in the same way that they propose that there should be full disclosure of the main points of Office of Fair Trading advice on whether cases should be referred for a full investigation by the Competition Commission.      (HL1349)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in relation to the cost overruns for the new Scottish Parliament building at Holyrood in Edinburgh.      (HL1350)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Minister is responsible for the work of its e-envoy.      (HL1351)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of the role and responsibilities of an “envoy” in the civil service.      (HL1352)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 16th December 1999 (WA 56-57), what meetings have been held by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport in 2000 with employers in film and broadcasting to determine what should be done to encourage greater involvement of people from ethnic minorities in programme making; and what action has been taken by both Industry and Government as a direct consequence of those meetings.      (HL1353)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 16th December 1999 (WA 56-57), what meetings they have held in 2000 with the Football Association to discuss ways of increasing participation by girls in football at school; and what action has been taken by both the Government and the Football Association as a direct consequence of those meetings.      (HL1354)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the report of the Tourism Summit held on 1st March.      (HL1355)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations they consulted regarding the establishment of the Spoliation Advisory Panel both with regard to its remit and to its composition.      (HL1356)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the names of those who have been appointed to the Spoliation Advisory Panel; and whether the members represent organisations or have been appointed in an independent capacity.      (HL1357)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to review regularly, with local authorities and the charities involved, the working of the cash, voucher and other support systems for asylum seekers.      (HL1358)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will put in place arrangements to review, at least every six months, the adequacy of cash and voucher support for asylum seekers.      (HL1359)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will put in place arrangements to review, at least every six months the working of the voucher scheme for asylum seekers, with particular reference to (a) the cost of administering the scheme; (b) its effectiveness in meeting the needs of asylum seekers; and (c) the social experience of those compelled to use vouchers.      (HL1360)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the voucher system for asylum seekers to ensure that the vouchers can be used where it is most economic to shop and that change in cash will be available when purchases are made.      (HL1361)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their latest plans to ensure that any fast track treatment of asylum seekers does not conflict with the obligation to consider all applications fully and fairly on their individual merits; and how they will avoid making presumptions that applications are unsubstantiated.      (HL1362)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the new detention centre at Oakington with regard to any plans they have for fast track treatment of asylum seekers.      (HL1363)

The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the procedures by which the UN-Iraq Sanctions Committee reaches decisions on applications under the Oil for Food programme and under other humanitarian programmes.      (HL1364)

The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the most recent year for which figures are available, (a) how many applications were made to the UN-Iraq Sanctions Committee under the Oil for Food programme and under other humanitarian programmes; (b) how many of these applications were approved; (c) how many were refused; (d) how many are still outstanding; and (e) what was the average length of time taken to consider each application.      (HL1365)

The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give itemised details, for the most recent year for which figures are available, of each application refused by the UN-Iraq Sanctions Committee under the Oil for Food programme and under other humanitarian programmes.      (HL1366)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they blocked the draft Common Position on a European Armaments Policy in December last; and, if so, what additional elements, if any, they wish to include in such a policy; or whether their present policy is that there should be no European Armaments Policy.      (HL1367)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their recent policy announcement on breaking down the demarcation between the medical profession and other professions and maximising the use of skills within them is applicable to podiatric surgery.      (HL1368)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of their intention to maximise the use of the skills of the medical profession and other professions, they will reconsider the extension of prescribing rights for chiropodists and podiatrists.      (HL1369)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the findings of the Crown Report on the Review of the prescribing, supply and administration of medicines and what is the timescale for consultation with interested parties on that report.      (HL1370)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the tests that were conducted on blood and urine samples collected by personnel of Operation Lifeline Sudan and provided to the United Nations confirmed allegations that the government of Sudan had used chemical weapons in southern Sudan in July 1999.      (HL1371)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the staff complement at the British Embassy in Sudan is up to the number and rank that it was prior to the withdrawal of Embassy personnel following the American missile attack on the al-Shifa medicine factory in August 1998.      (HL1372)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the present humanitarian need in Sudan; and what steps they are taking to address this situation.      (HL1373)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the percentage of British, European and other humanitarian aid to Sudan that is diverted by the parties in the civil war.      (HL1374)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide details of the dialogue between the European Union and Sudan, the basis for this interaction, dates and details of any meetings that have taken place as part of this dialogue, and the results to date of this process.      (HL1375)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that oil revenues are being used by the government of Sudan for the purchase of arms.      (HL1376)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reached any conclusions regarding the publication of revised draft Regulations relating to hedgerows or whether the evaluation of the review group’s recommendations which was underway in October 1999 is still continuing.      (HL1377)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on asylum seekers on 1st March, how many dependants accompanied the applicants for asylum in each of the years recorded in table 4.1 on page 66 of Control of Immigration: Statistics United Kingdom 1998 (Cm 4431).      (HL1378)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on asylum seekers on 1st March, how many dependants accompanied the applicants for asylum in each of the months recorded in Asylum Statistics: December 1999 United Kingdom, published by the Research Development Section.      (HL1379)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on asylum seekers on 1st March, how many asylum seekers are known to have been removed or to have departed voluntarily in each of the months recorded in Asylum Statistics: December 1999 United Kingdom, published by the Research Development Section.      (HL1380)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on asylum seekers on 1st March, whether they consider that an agency other than the Police is needed to carry out, or to assist the Immigration and Nationality Department to carry out, the removal of asylum seekers whose applications have been refused.      (HL1381)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on asylum seekers on 1st March, whether they will ensure that, under the voucher scheme, asylum seekers tendering vouchers for goods of a lesser value are given change in cash or vouchers to the full value of the difference.      (HL1382)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on asylum seekers on 1st March, whether they will arrange (a) for all asylum seekers to receive a clear written statement of their legal rights, accompanied by a verbal explanation if they are illiterate, as soon as practicable after their application has been made; and (b) ensure that no inference unfavourable to such asylum seekers shall be drawn by any court for anything said or omitted to be said by them at any interview given prior to their receipt of it.      (HL1383)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which states have so far ratified the United Nations Convention against torture.      (HL1384)

The Lord Williamson of HortonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Carers and Disabled Children Bill becomes law, advice to statutory services will make it clear that it is not only the number of hours of contact but also the burden of care which needs to be taken into consideration in determining the eligibility of carers to have their needs assessed.      (HL1385)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategies the Department of Health has in place to meet the needs of minority ethnic communities generally; what proportion are focused on meeting the needs of religious and faith communities; and, of those, what proportion are focused on Muslim communities.      (HL1386)

3rd March

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have in place to ensure that all dispersed asylum seekers (a) are only sent to destinations where their religious, dietary and cultural needs can be met; (b) are provided with the funds for travel to places where specialist legal advice is available; and (c) are, together with other immigrants in a similar position, financially enabled to travel to Croydon to pursue work permits when the issue of these is delayed.      (HL1387)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their position on the proposal by the Association of Citizen’s Advice Bureaux that all refugees and asylum seekers should be issued with an appropriate statement of their rights, including rights to work and to stay, at the port of entry or whenever their immigration status is being varied.      (HL1388)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how, in the context of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, they intend to respond to the decision of the European Parliament not to accept the amendment to the Mutual Legal Assistance Directive that sought to give authorities powers to demand encryption keys and to require Internet Service Providers to give police interception facilities.      (HL1389)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any special advisers are currently employed by Government Ministers in the House of Lords; if so, how many; and by which Ministers.      (HL1390)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 14th February (WA 128), what mechanisms are in place to satisfy the Inland Revenue that expenditure on business sponsorship of Government activity is revenue expenditure incurred wholly and exclusively for business purposes.      (HL1391)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms exist, if any, for Parliament to hold to account and scrutinise the executive functions and actions of the Prime Minister’s Chief Press Secretary and Chief of Staff.      (HL1392)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the freedom of the press is being properly and adequately maintained.      (HL1393)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Prime Minister’s Chief Press Secretary has responsibility for the Strategic Communications Unit.      (HL1394)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any conclusions have been reached on whether it is necessary to use highly trained police officers and their equipment when transporting abnormal loads.      (HL1395)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that oil revenues are being used by the government of Angola for the purchase of arms.      (HL1396)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their legal definition of a war crime.      (HL1397)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to re-grade Pakistani Basmati rice; and whether they would define it as pure, traditional or hybrid.      (HL1398)

The Lord EltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on asylum seekers on 1st March, whether the cost arising in the current year to Kent County Council from unaccompanied minors seeking asylum, in excess of that provided for in central Government funding, was £1.7 million; and whether they propose to leave the council taxpayers of Kent to meet that cost.      (HL1399)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since 6th January the Jubilee Line service has been disrupted by signal failure.      (HL1400)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why prisoners at Blakenhurst prison first have to complete a general application form in order to receive a request and complaint form; and at how many other prisons this is the practice.      (HL1401)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether appeals to the Chief Executive against decisions in relation to complaints at Blakenhurst prison are in practice dealt with by the same person who dealt with the initial complaint.      (HL1402)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Ministers have expressed sympathy, support or understanding for the communist regimes in China, North Korea or the former Soviet Union before they took office; and, if so, whether the appointment of these Ministers is consistent with Government policy towards Austria.      (HL1403)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission a review of the number and location of piers on the River Thames, with particular reference to the convenience of existing piers and their proximity to public passenger transport on land.      (HL1404)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many helicopters are now available for relief work in Mozambique; (b) how many helicopters or trained pilots they have made available; and (c) how many helicopters have been offered by the Ministry of Defence.      (HL1405)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) why the Ministry of Defence sought £2 million remuneration from the Department for International Development for the use of helicopters in Mozambique; (b) whether the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer were consulted before reimbursement was requested; and (c) why this financial requirement was not met from central contingency funds.      (HL1406)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure, when granting financial assistance to judges and other Crown servants to bring defamation proceedings, that there is equality of arms between the parties, given the absence of legal aid for defendants in such proceedings.      (HL1407)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much additional funding has been made available to the health service in England and Wales since 1st May 1997; and under what headings; and how much funding was supplied to the health service in Scotland and Northern Ireland for the same period, under the same headings.      (HL1408)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what support and advice has been offered to the range of organisations in the Irish Republic who are proposing to mark the bi-centenary of the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland which created the United Kingdom.      (HL1409)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to mark, as opposed to celebrate, the bi-centenary of the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland which created the United Kingdom; and whether the administrations of Scotland and Wales have been consulted.      (HL1410)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what considerations are taken into account by the Royal Mail in the selection of an important event as a theme suitable for celebration on postage stamps.      (HL1411)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to celebrate in 2001 the success of the United Kingdom in terms of its cultural diversity.      (HL1412)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Referred to the Examiners

    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

Committed to a Select Committee

    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Electronic Communications [14th March]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Financial Services and Markets [16th March]
    Deafblind Persons [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Care Standards [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL] [6th March]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Learning and Skills [HL] [13th March]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL] [6th March]
    Representation of the People [6th March]
    Local Government [HL] [9th March]
    Census (Amendment) [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Armed Forces Discipline [HL]
    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association (Amendment of Rules)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000
    Draft Energy from Waste Plants (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Non-Domestic Rating (Chargeable Amounts) (Amendment) (England) Regulations 2000
    Draft Docks and Harbours (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Railways (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Gas Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Water Undertakers (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security (Work-focused Interviews) Regulations 2000
    Draft Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000
    Draft Contracting Out (Functions relating to Social Security) Order 2000
    Draft Electricity Supply Industry (Rateable Values) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 2000
    Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2000
    Draft Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transfer of NAO Staff etc.) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000
    Draft Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000
    Draft Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Occupational and Personal Pension Schemes (Penalties) Regulations 2000
    Draft Appropriation (Northern Ireland) Order 2000
    Draft Greater London Authority Elections (Expenses) Order 2000

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

    [The date in brackets is the date of expiry of the period for parliamentary consideration]

Proposal laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee

    Draft Deregulation (Sunday Dancing and Licensing) Order 2000 [21st March]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 7TH MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)
Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 8TH MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 9TH MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 13TH MARCH

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)

TUESDAY 14TH MARCH

House of Lords’ Offices4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure
Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure)

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL

Procedure of the House4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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