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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 13TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Lord 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.

†Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Weatherill]

†‡Social Security (Contributions) (Re-rating and National Insurance Funds Payments) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 31st January be approved. [9th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Forestry Commissioners) Order 2000—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd February be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Milk Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 14th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

[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 Baroness McIntosh of Hudnall—To call attention to the case for promoting access to, and education and training in, the arts; 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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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 and 8th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡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.

FRIDAY 17TH MARCH

[At eleven o’clock]

European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Pearson of Rannoch]

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.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to eradicate feral cats from Ascension Island in pursuance of their obligation under the United Nations Convention on Biodiversity.

†‡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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Financial Services and Markets Bill will be continued this day]

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.

†‡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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Financial Services and Markets Bill will be continued this day]

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.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to take action in relation to the rising price of oil.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require all those whose operations have the effect of denying or partially denying use of the highway to normal traffic to exhibit at the site notices stating who they are, what is the purpose of the work they are undertaking and for how long it will continue.

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 Baroness Wilkins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of personal assistance support for disabled people of working age in order to further the Government’s policies for independent living, welfare to work and the prevention of social exclusion.

THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the implications for public policy of the Uff Report into the 1997 rail accident at Southall.

*The Lord Allen of Abbeydale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are now in prison in England and Wales; and how many are likely to be there in twelve months’ time.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to save the British pig farming industry.

MONDAY 27TH MARCH

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure the success of the forthcoming United Nations Millennium NGO Forum.

*The Viscount Astor—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will bring forward a revised Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) Order to comply with the Press Complaints Commission’s revised code.

*The Lord Davies of Coity—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, if any, they are taking to appoint a football regulator.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Conference in Edinburgh on genetically modified foods and health, they will promote the use of genetically modified crops in the developing world.

TUESDAY 28TH MARCH

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their most recent assessment of the future of the British steel industry.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that universities will be able to recruit and retain staff following the estimated one per cent fall in the value of Government grants for the “unit of resource”.

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reached any conclusions on whether it is necessary to use highly trained police officers and their equipment when transporting abnormal loads.

WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long they intend to refuse to meet Austrian Ministers.

*The Lord Wade of Chorlton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the joint United Kingdom/French Synchroton Diamond Project will be sited at the Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, or the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford.

*The Lord Bowness—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that, in the first year of the Greater London Authority, the extra cost to the council taxpayer will be no more than the predicted three pence at band D.

THURSDAY 30TH MARCH

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will reply to the letter from the President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture dated 27th March 1998, which transmitted the Committee’s report on their visit to the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man from 8th to 17th September 1997, and asked the Government to provide a report within six months on action taken to deal with the matters raised.

MONDAY 3RD APRIL

†*The Baroness Miller of Hendon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they intend to make to the European Union proposal for VAT on postal services.

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress in development and sales is being made with the Eurofighter.

†*The Lord Lea of Crondall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given the publication on 9th March of the second Outline National Changeover Plan, they visualise use of euro notes and coins in the United Kingdom becoming common practice after 1st January 2002.

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 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 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 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 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.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they are making to the continuing conflict in central Africa.

The Baroness Turner of Camden—To call attention to the current problems surrounding care of the elderly, including long-term residential care; and to move for papers.

The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give further consideration to the removal of sanctions against Iraq.

Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000—The Lord Luke to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 8th March, be annulled (S.I. 2000/630).

†The Lord Tope—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their plans to implement performance related pay for teachers in schools are progressing.

†The Lord Addington—To draw attention to the importance of amateur sports clubs for the social development and health of the community; and to move for papers.

†The Baroness Crawley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the operation of the Sure Start programme with its aim of improving outcomes for disadvantaged children.

†The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Charter of Intent signed by the Mediterranean Forum of Women Parliamentarians in Naples on 8th March.

†The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what preventative measures they are taking and what preparations they are making to deal with the possibility of a sizeable epidemic of new-variant CJD.

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 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.

The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To call attention to infringements of human rights in Tibet; 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 9th March]

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were consulted before the European Patent Office issued a patent on altering cells and human embryos to researchers at Edinburgh University; whether the European Patent Office has made it clear to the patent holders that the patent may not be used in the context of human beings; and whether, in the light of the admission by the European Patent Office that a mistake was made in issuing the patent, the Government has registered a formal protest and asked for the patent to be withdrawn.      (HL1482)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any official representation on the International Law Enforcement Telecommunications Seminar.      (HL1483)

The Lord RentonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present strength of the Army Cadet Force in the United Kingdom; in which three counties it is strongest; and in which three counties it is weakest.      (HL1484)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 8th March (WA 153-154), what is their explanation for the considerably lower level of expenditure in Northern Ireland on public transport per head of the population; and what plans they have to bring spending up to the same level as the rest of the United Kingdom.      (HL1485)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 8th March (WA 154), what form of rapid transit they have considered from the northern part of County Down to the centre of Belfast; whether it included the use of an Express-way; and, if so, why that idea has been abandoned.      (HL1486)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their views on the growing practice by employers of asking for details of job applicants’ sexual orientation; whether they will make it clear that employers should not discriminate against a job applicant who declines to give this information; and whether they have taken advice on the compatibility of this practice with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1487)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 19th May 1999 (WA 35) and 30th June 1999 (WA 41-42) and the requests by the Lord Campbell of Alloway on 29th February 2000 (HL Deb, cols. 460 and 467) and 6th March 2000 (HL Deb. col. 803) that they disclose their full reasons for considering the Representation of the People Bill to be compatible with the right to respect for private life guaranteed by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, why they have failed to disclose those reasons.      (HL1488)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for considering the Representation of the People Bill to be compatible with the right to respect for private life guaranteed by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1489)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their practice regarding the disclosure to Parliament of the reasons upon which Ministers’ statements of compatibility are made under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL1490)

The Lord MethuenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 28th April 1998 (HL Deb, cols. 150-151) and the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 3rd June 1998 (WA 30), whether there has been any spread of the termite infestation in Saunton, North Devon, beyond the two properties stated; and what success there has been in controlling the infestation in those two properties.      (HL1491)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the Ministry of Defence to buy British chicken, lamb, beef and pigmeat; and, if not, why not.      (HL1492)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8th March (WA 137-138), whether any law or laws have been broken by Austria which would justify the imposition of sanctions by the 14 other Member States of the European Union, including the United Kingdom.      (HL1493)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of the word “Czar” when used in official announcements.      (HL1494)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those appointed “Czars” become civil servants by virtue of the appointment.      (HL1495)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since her appointment on 6th December 1999 as co-ordinator of Social Exclusion Unit Policies, Dr Mo Mowlam has (a) chaired meetings on rural social exclusion; and (b) visited the countryside to see first-hand problems of social exclusion.      (HL1496)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they expect United Kingdom exports of goods to Mexico to increase as a direct result of the European Union-Mexico Free Trade Agreement.      (HL1497)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the years 1996, 1997 and 1998, how many cars and commercial vehicles were—

and what were the corresponding values, for the three years concerned, of production in the United Kingdom, exports to the European Union and imports from the European Union.      (HL1498)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 25th January (WA 190), of the £2.8 billion which the United Kingdom received in 1998 in respect of customs duties and excise duties on goods imported into the United Kingdom from outside the European Union, how much was attributable to goods imported from the United States.      (HL1499)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the definition of “family” used by the Inland Revenue.      (HL1500)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update their 1995 publication The Settlement of Refugees in Britain.      (HL1501)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what responses they have had to their consultation document The Integration of Recognised Refugees in the United Kingdom; and what action they will take to improve integration.      (HL1502)

The Lord Evans of WatfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report of the independent Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review Group will be published.      (HL1503)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

9TH 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)

15th February

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 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)

22nd February

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 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)

23rd February

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 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 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)

28th February

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th December 1999 (WA 54), 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 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 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)

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 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)

6th March

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Regional Tourist Boards currently work to the strategic areas defined by the boundaries of the Regional Development Agencies; and what changes, if any, will occur to the boundaries of the Regional Tourist Boards after 1st April 2000.      (HL1417)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they foresee any social consequences of the decision by Barclays Bank plc to close branches in Northumberland with the result that elderly and disabled individuals living in remote rural areas may no longer have access to banking facilities; and, if so, whether there is any action which they can take.      (HL1418)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are putting in place to ensure, within the priority of the Department for International Development for long-term development and the elimination of poverty, inter-Departmental cooperation for rapid and effective response on the scale necessary to humanitarian disasters and emergencies like that in Mozambique wherever and whenever they occur.      (HL1419)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to thank the aircrew and ground support staff who made possible the relief work in the Mozambique disaster before the global response began to be effectively mobilised.      (HL1420)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether effective cooperation and coordination are taking place between the Department for International Development and appropriate non-governmental organisations to ensure maximum short, medium and long-term responses to the disaster in Mozambique; and whether consultations will take place between Government and these non-governmental organisations on the most effective arrangements for responding to similar emergencies in future and in order to determine the international action, including monitoring, which the United Kingdom should advocate in relevant international institutions.      (HL1421)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are putting in place to ensure rapid and effective contributions by the Armed Services to relief work in humanitarian emergencies wherever and whenever they occur.      (HL1422)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they are now putting in place, on an inter-Departmental basis, to ensure effective monitoring of potential humanitarian emergencies before they develop into an avoidable scale of disaster, so that an adequate response can be made bilaterally and the United Kingdom can assist in mobilising an adequate response multilaterally.      (HL1423)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had consultations with the non-governmental organisations which have recently decided to withdraw from humanitarian work in south Sudan; if so, what were the reasons for that withdrawal; what the consequences will be; and what action they will take bilaterally and multilaterally to address the situation.      (HL1424)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to obtain information from the European Union Member States concerning regulations in each State regarding veterinary supervision in abattoirs of both live and dead stock.      (HL1425)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Whitty on 21st February (WA 4-5), how they intend to progress measures to secure the long-term funding and protection of Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty.      (HL1426)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, after the closure of the two reactors in April 1999, what advice they have received from the Nuclear Installations Inspectorate and the Environment Agency with regard to the long-term future of Hinkley “A” Nuclear Power Station.      (HL1427)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the stockpiles of intermediate level waste and splitter fin residues accumulating at Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station are stored according to safety guidelines.      (HL1428)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long a temporary store for nuclear waste can exist before its operator is required to apply for a permanent consent.      (HL1429)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have contingency plans for dealing with the spent fuel from Magnox nuclear reactors in the event that the British Nuclear Fuels Limited Sellafield plant is unable to take such spent fuel for reprocessing.      (HL1430)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the Cabinet Office review of the organisation of public sector ombudsmen in England.      (HL1431)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present position of the Order proposed to have been made under section 31 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1985 to forbid increases of more than 7.5 per cent (plus the Retail Price Index) being made by landlords in rents being paid by tenants with fair rent registrations under the Housing Act 1988.      (HL1432)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 29th February (WA 62), why the Foreign and Commonwealth Office answers for that policy area.      (HL1433)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Services Cotswold Centre is to close; if so, (a) how they propose to provide in one place the services for families suffering marital breakdown or other turbulence, for example, a crêche, counselling and a small school for stressed children, as well as accommodation; and (b) what saving the closure represents; and whether the money is being ring-fenced for family welfare.      (HL1434)

7th March

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister is content with recent press coverage of health and other issues.      (HL1435)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Prime Minister’s chief press secretary has, in any official capacity, expressed an opinion, on behalf of the Prime Minister or of the Government as a whole, on recent press coverage of health and other issues; and, if so, what that opinion is.      (HL1436)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of their assessment of recent press coverage of health and other issues, they are satisfied with the performance of the Strategic Communications Unit; whether they consider that the Unit’s projected cost of £839,440 for the current year represents value for money; and whether they intend to review its activities.      (HL1437)

The Earl of CourtownTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recently-released viewing figures for the BBC Wales programme, The Point, represent an endorsement of their devolutionary settlement for Wales.      (HL1438)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to complete their current review of sexual offences; how they will publish their views; and whether they intend to enhance the legal protection available for children against sexual exploitation.      (HL1439)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards remitting Government external debt and re-scheduling commercial debt in (a) Mozambique and (b) Ecuador; and when they expect payment of (a) interest and (b) capital on Government debt to be cancelled in each case.      (HL1440)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they or UNMIK have received from the Bar Human Rights Committee about justice in Kosova.      (HL1441)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Convention on Human Rights applies in Kosova; and whether they will seek to ensure that its provisions concerning the fairness of trials will be upheld in that territory.      (HL1442)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the proposed composition of the Kosovo Court for War Crimes and Ethnically Motivated Crimes.      (HL1443)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made towards the creation of a sufficiently large and well-trained police service in Kosova.      (HL1444)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of asylum seekers who are living in Kent who are awaiting decisions on applications.      (HL1445)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of asylum seekers who are living in Kent who are awaiting appeals on decisions concerning heir applications for asylum.      (HL1446)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what how many people living in Kent have been given asylum.      (HL1447)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what concessions will be given in regard to the imposition of the Climate Change Levy upon electricity generated by combined heat and power stations.      (HL1448)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will exempt all electricity generated from combined heat and power (CHP) plant of good quality from the Climate Change Levy in line with their stated intention to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, by treating sales of electricity from CHPs in the same way as electricity generated by renewable means.      (HL1449)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of those who are unemployed and receiving benefit have convictions for standard list offences; and what estimate the Government have made of the extent to which the fact of those convictions prevents them from finding work.      (HL1450)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ban smoking in areas where food for the general public is prepared and consumed commercially.      (HL1451)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the humanitarian and developmental priorities of European Union aid to North and South Sudan; and what political conditionality is being applied.      (HL1452)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the median period between (a) the publication of a Law Commission Report containing recommendations for legislative reform; (b) the Government’s acceptance or rejection of its recommendations for legislative reform; and (c) the enactment of those accepted legislative reforms.      (HL1453)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Law Commission reports recommending legislative reform, which have been accepted in whole or in part, are awaiting enactment.      (HL1454)

The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Law Commission recommendations for legislative reform they have caused to be enacted so far in this Parliament.      (HL1455)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in implementing the Private Hire Vehicles (London) Act 1998.      (HL1456)

8th March

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their target for the percentage of bed occupancy in the National Health Service in the medical and surgical specialisms.      (HL1460)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton of 3rd March (WA 117), what proposals they have to mark the bi-centenary of the creation of the Union flag as the flag of the United Kingdom through the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland of 1801.      (HL1461)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths due to smoking related causes occurred in Northern Ireland in each of the last ten years.      (HL1462)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the setting up of a special Task Force composed of the various elements required to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to areas of disaster and emergency.      (HL1463)

The Lord EamesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise in the United Nations the desirability of securing agreement among member nations for the establishment of an international response force to provide speedy humanitarian responses to urgent needs and natural disasters.      (HL1464)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Member States of the European Union have signed the new Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; and which Member States have not done so.      (HL1465)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for having failed to sign the new Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women      (HL1466)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 22nd February (WA 13), whether the failure to fly the Union flag over British embassies in Belgium is because this could pose a security risk or whether it is because of the need to avoid offending local sensitivities.      (HL1467)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what analysis they have made of worldwide natural disasters during the past ten years; what conclusions they have reached; and what are the implications for the priority of environment policy in Government action.      (HL1468)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil servants’ deaths over the last five years were attributable to their service.      (HL1469)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many post-1973 Ministry of Defence non-attributable widows are currently in receipt of Forces Family Pensions.      (HL1470)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new post-1973 Ministry of Defence non-attributable widows there have been in each of the last ten years.      (HL1471)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Ministry of Defence widows under the age of 60 are in receipt of both a Forces Family Pension and an attributable Forces Family Pension.      (HL1472)

The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many teachers have received Industrial Injury Benefit due to anxiety or depression caused by bullying.      (HL1473)

The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide figures showing how their commitment to revise expenditure in Scotland under the “Barnett Formula” to take account of population changes on an annual basis has been met.      (HL1474)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to address the shortage of dentists working in the National Health Service.      (HL1475)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to tackle the problem of access to National Health Service dentistry where there is no “phone and go” centre.      (HL1476)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the proposed changes to the Dentists Act 1984 that affect the General Dental Council will take place; and what changes will be the first priority.      (HL1477)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the British Dental Association on how to implement the Review Body’s recommendations to pay National Health Service dentists for the extra time required to take part in (a) the Government’s quality improvement initiatives and (b) the General Dental Council’s re-certification proposals.      (HL1478)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the results of the scientific review of water fluoridation are to be published.      (HL1479)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the privacy of individual citizens is adequately protected from the practice of “triangulation” of data.      (HL1480)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill is based on the International User Requirements for Interception.      (HL1481)

9th March

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were consulted before the European Patent Office issued a patent on altering cells and human embryos to researchers at Edinburgh University; whether the European Patent Office has made it clear to the patent holders that the patent may not be used in the context of human beings; and whether, in the light of the admission by the European Patent Office that a mistake was made in issuing the patent, the Government has registered a formal protest and asked for the patent to be withdrawn.      (HL1482)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any official representation on the International Law Enforcement Telecommunications Seminar.      (HL1483)

The Lord RentonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present strength of the Army Cadet Force in the United Kingdom; in which three counties it is strongest; and in which three counties it is weakest.      (HL1484)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 8th March (WA 153-154), what is their explanation for the considerably lower level of expenditure in Northern Ireland on public transport per head of the population; and what plans they have to bring spending up to the same level as the rest of the United Kingdom.      (HL1485)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 8th March (WA 154), what form of rapid transit they have considered from the northern part of County Down to the centre of Belfast; whether it included the use of an Express-way; and, if so, why that idea has been abandoned.      (HL1486)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their views on the growing practice by employers of asking for details of job applicants’ sexual orientation; whether they will make it clear that employers should not discriminate against a job applicant who declines to give this information; and whether they have taken advice on the compatibility of this practice with Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1487)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 19th May 1999 (WA 35) and 30th June 1999 (WA 41-42) and the requests by the Lord Campbell of Alloway on 29th February 2000 (HL Deb, cols. 460 and 467) and 6th March 2000 (HL Deb. col. 803) that they disclose their full reasons for considering the Representation of the People Bill to be compatible with the right to respect for private life guaranteed by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, why they have failed to disclose those reasons.      (HL1488)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their reasons for considering the Representation of the People Bill to be compatible with the right to respect for private life guaranteed by Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1489)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their practice regarding the disclosure to Parliament of the reasons upon which Ministers’ statements of compatibility are made under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL1490)

The Lord MethuenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 28th April 1998 (HL Deb, cols. 150-151) and the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 3rd June 1998 (WA 30), whether there has been any spread of the termite infestation in Saunton, North Devon, beyond the two properties stated; and what success there has been in controlling the infestation in those two properties.      (HL1491)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the Ministry of Defence to buy British chicken, lamb, beef and pigmeat; and, if not, why not.      (HL1492)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8th March (WA 137-138), whether any law or laws have been broken by Austria which would justify the imposition of sanctions by the 14 other Member States of the European Union, including the United Kingdom.      (HL1493)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of the word “Czar” when used in official announcements.      (HL1494)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those appointed “Czars” become civil servants by virtue of the appointment.      (HL1495)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since her appointment on 6th December 1999 as co-ordinator of Social Exclusion Unit Policies, Dr Mo Mowlam has (a) chaired meetings on rural social exclusion; and (b) visited the countryside to see first-hand problems of social exclusion.      (HL1496)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they expect United Kingdom exports of goods to Mexico to increase as a direct result of the European Union-Mexico Free Trade Agreement.      (HL1497)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the years 1996, 1997 and 1998, how many cars and commercial vehicles were—

and what were the corresponding values, for the three years concerned, of production in the United Kingdom, exports to the European Union and imports from the European Union.      (HL1498)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 25th January (WA 190), of the £2.8 billion which the United Kingdom received in 1998 in respect of customs duties and excise duties on goods imported into the United Kingdom from outside the European Union, how much was attributable to goods imported from the United States.      (HL1499)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the definition of “family” used by the Inland Revenue.      (HL1500)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update their 1995 publication The Settlement of Refugees in Britain.      (HL1501)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what responses they have had to their consultation document The Integration of Recognised Refugees in the United Kingdom; and what action they will take to improve integration.      (HL1502)

The Lord Evans of WatfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report of the independent Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Review Group will be published.      (HL1503)

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]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Care Standards [HL]
    Learning and Skills [HL] [13th March]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Census (Amendment) [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]

Sent to the Commons

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

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000
    Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice: March 2000
    Draft Air Quality (England) Regulations 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 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

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]

MONDAY 13TH MARCH

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

TUESDAY 14TH MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.15 pm
(Select Committee)
House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 15TH 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 F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 21ST MARCH

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee E)3.30 pm

TUESDAY 28TH MARCH

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)

WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

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

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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