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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 20TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Consolidated Fund (No. 2) Bill—Second Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

Financial Services and Markets Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [7th, 8th and 10th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡Prevention of Terrorism (Temporary Provisions) Act 1989 (Continuance) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

Consolidation Bills—The Lord Chancellor to move That, pursuant to Standing Order 51, the following Lords be appointed to join with a Committee of the Commons as the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills:

L Campbell of Alloway

L Christopher

L Clyde

V Colville of Culross

E Dundee

B Fookes

L Hobhouse of Woodborough

L Janner of Braunstone

B Mallalieu

L Phillips of Sudbury

L Razzall

L Strabolgi;

That the Committee have the power to agree with the Committee of the Commons in the appointment of a Chairman;

That the minutes of evidence taken before the Committee from time to time be printed and, if the Committee think fit, be delivered out; and

That a message be sent to the Commons to propose that the Joint Committee do meet on Tuesday 28th March at a quarter-past four o’clock.

Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL] (Consolidation)—Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

‡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.

ROYAL ASSENT

[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 and challenges 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 Park of Monmouth—To call attention to the intrinsic issues in Northern Ireland; 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 Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to save the British pig farming industry.

*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards putting an end to female circumcision in the United Kingdom.

Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Baroness Blackstone]

‡Air Quality (England) Regulations 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 9th March be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Audit Commission’s Code of Audit Practice: March 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Code laid before the House on 9th March be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Public Finance and Accountability (Scotland) Act 2000 (Transfer of NAO Staff etc.) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

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

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

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.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that, when the rectitude of a statement on a bill’s compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights is challenged, a reasoned justification will be given in the course of debate on that bill.

Care Standards Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

‡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.

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 Synchrotron 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.

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 Freyberg—To call attention to the case for extending section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to include national museums and galleries which are the responsibility of central Government; and to move for papers.

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.

*The Lord St John of Bletso—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair.

*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.

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

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.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to change the law regarding the sentencing of aggressive beggars.

*The Baroness Fookes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the decision by the Australian government to terminate a social security agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia, they plan to increase the pensions of expatriates currently receiving frozen pensions.

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.

*The Earl Peel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take any action to protect the economic base of rural areas from the effects of the current programme of bank branch closures.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people who entered employment during the last two financial years and have become payers of income tax.

WEDNESDAY 5TH APRIL

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to make the Channel Islands modify or dismantle their tax arrangements to comply with the demands of the European Union’s Code of Conduct Group on “unfair tax competition” and, if so, how.

*The Viscount Tenby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure that contractors remove road repair signs, once the repairs have been completed.

*The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to safeguard the livelihoods of makers of shepherds’ crooks and walking sticks, in the light of draft European Union Commission Document XXIV/2905/99 which would designate sheep horns as specified risk material.

THURSDAY 6TH APRIL

†*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what radio is fitted to the Army’s FV432 armoured ambulance.

TUESDAY 11TH APRIL

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they are making to the Chinese government regarding the continuing independence of Taiwan.

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 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 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 Baroness Anelay of St Johns 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.

The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what planning and preparation are being done for the eventual withdrawal of international peace-keeping forces from Bosnia and Kosova, especially as regards permanent systems for justice and law enforcement.

The Lord Tomlinson—To call attention to the resources available to the House of Lords; and to move for papers.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the introduction of the Euro will be good for the British tourism industry, regardless of whether the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.

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 Earl of Carnarvon—To call attention to the case for additional housing in London and the South East and the Government’s proposals for achieving their targets; and to move for papers.

The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies towards promoting general aviation.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 5th April for debate on 19th April]

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 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 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.

The Viscount Waverley—To call attention to the situation regarding Iraq; 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]

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Society (3rd Report, HL Paper 38). [14th March]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 17th March]

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the lift to the Jubilee Line platforms at Westminster Underground station became unserviceable; and on what date they expect it to be back in service.      (HL1603)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of rifles, indicating the number of rifles of each different model, that are at present on issue to H M Armed Forces; what steps they are taking to replace or modify them to bring them to the necessary standard of robustness and reliability; and whether they can estimate the time and cost required to take the necessary remedial action for this purpose.      (HL1604)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applicants for asylum have so far been dispersed from the points at which they originally claimed asylum; to which local authority areas; and what standards are specified for their accommodation.      (HL1605)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15th March (HL Deb, col. 1541) that “First, we want to evaluate the voluntary approach” to hotel registration—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to the replacement of the Territorial Army’s Financial Systems Administrators (non-regular permanent staff) by Executive Officer civil servants, what will be the “pay-back” period, taking into account the need to train Executive Officers and then rotate them in accordance with civil service regulations.      (HL1607)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the full cost of accommodating all the civil servants being trained on residential courses to take up the posts of Financial Systems Administrators (non-regular permanent staff) in the Territorial Army currently being undertaken by ex-Regular Army paid Non-commissioned Officers.      (HL1608)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect on morale for the Territorial Army’s Financial Systems Administrators (non-regular permanent staff) being ordered to train the civil servants who will replace them.      (HL1609)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence will recognise the Industrial Tribunal in respect of any claims by the Territorial Army’s Financial Systems Administrators (non-regular permanent staff) who have been made redundant, in order to arrive at a fair resolution of their grievance.      (HL1610)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the need, function or role of the Financial Systems Administrator (non-regular permanent staff) of Territorial Army units has been changed by the Strategic Defence Review; and, if not, how the non-regular permanent staff Non-commissioned Officers currently undertaking this duty can be redundant.      (HL1611)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they are funding into (a) the normal functions of prions; (b) early diagnosis of prion diseases; and (c) rogue conformer therapy; and what is the annual cost to the Government of such research.      (HL1612)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether prompt release of results is a condition of Medical Research Council grants for prion research.      (HL1613)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will host a central prion disease research website to carry material such as detailed and current survey information, planned and ongoing experiments (including daily lab book entries) and meeting transcripts, to expedite the pace of discovery.      (HL1614)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what blood functions or derivatives, made from United Kingdom donated human blood, and “pooled” so that a given sample may contain elements from many different donors, are in current use in the National Health Service.      (HL1615)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 17th March (HL1522), which test was used in the survey of 4,163 cattle; and (a) what were the results of this survey or (b) when will these results be made public.      (HL1616)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

17TH 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)

15th February

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)

28th February

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 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)

1st March

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)

2nd March

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 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 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 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)

3rd March

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 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 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 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 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)

6th March

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 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 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 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)

8th March

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 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 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)

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)

13th March

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of (a) lay and (b) stipendiary magistrates in England and Wales are drawn from Afro-Caribbean or Asian ethnic minorities.      (HL1510)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are advising patients who are on treatment for depression and also taking a St John’s Wort preparation to stop taking St John’s Wort, rather than to stop taking either St John’s Wort or their prescribed medication, in view of the Deputy Chief Medical Officer’s advice that “St John’s Wort when taken alone...causes no harm” and in view of patients’ freedom of choice.      (HL1511)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial and other steps are being taken to assist all those fishermen in the Northern Irish Sea whose livelihoods are being affected by the European Community’s decision to prohibit most methods of fishing in much of that area between 14th February and 1st May 2000.      (HL1512)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research is being carried out to find out why a disproportionate number of black patients are in psychiatric custody.      (HL1513)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the findings of the Mental Health Act Commission on the treatment of black and ethnic minority patients.      (HL1514)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent Charity Tax Review has addressed the issue of VAT refunds on village and community halls.      (HL1515)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guidance the Treasury has given Customs and Excise on whether (and under what circumstances) village halls should be eligible for VAT refunds.      (HL1516)

14th March

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether gelatin, tallow, blood and protein of animal origin are permitted ingredients in feeds for cattle; and whether to the best of their knowledge any such ingredients are in current use in the United Kingdom.      (HL1521)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the practice of “pithing” cattle at slaughter results in the contamination of the carcass with brain material; and, if so, what is the level of such contamination.      (HL1523)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is the potential for transmission of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies through the use of inadequately sterilised dentists’ instruments.      (HL1524)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any cases in which it appears possible that a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy has been transmitted by a human mother to her child in utero; and, if so, what is their current state of knowledge of such cases.      (HL1525)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of sterilisation they believe to be necessary to rid surgical instruments of the risk of carrying Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies; and whether they will place in the Library copies of the principal scientific papers underlying such belief.      (HL1526)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have of attacks by Sudan government forces on unarmed civilians including the bombing of schools and hospitals; and whether they will raise any evidence at the forthcoming session of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.      (HL1527)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the United Nations Rapporteur, Leonardo Franco, that 4.5 million people have been displaced from their homes since 1983, as a result of internal conflict in the Sudan; and whether their information shows that as many as 150,000 have been displaced since April 1999 from the oil-producing areas in and near Ruweng country.      (HL1528)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that arms purchases by the Sudan are likely to be funded by the oil revenues of the Greater Nile Oil Company; and, if so, whether they will make representations to the governments of China, Malaysia and Canada, whose companies are partners in it.      (HL1529)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether oil extraction and pipeline equipment come within the definition of strategic goods; and, if so, whether they will refuse licences for the export of such goods to the Sudan.      (HL1530)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to amend European Union milk quota legislation so as to free certified organic milk production from quota restrictions, given the unsatisfied demand for this commodity.      (HL1531)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will remove the maximum weight limit on payments for cows slaughtered over three years old.      (HL1532)

The Lord Pilkington of OxenfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the National Grammar Schools Association’s request to the Department for Education and Employment made on 12th December 1999 to provide the data which would enable it to carry out an exercise similar to the one the Department made in its Statistical Bulletin 13/84 has not been acknowledged.      (HL1533)

The Lord Pilkington of OxenfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that Government policies on religious education conform with the law.      (HL1534)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the post of Senior Advisor Ethnic Minorities to be filled; and what has been the cause of delay since the post was advertised in September 1999.      (HL1535)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedure has been used in the recruitment process for the post of Senior Advisor Ethnic Minorities; and how many referees candidates are required to provide.      (HL1536)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their Equal Opportunity Policy allows the Cabinet Office to seek references from referees not provided by the applicants; and whether such references are discussed with candidates.      (HL1537)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consequences the enactment of the Abolition of Poindings and Warrant Sales Bill currently before the Scottish Parliament would have for businesses and consumers throughout the United Kingdom; and what effect it would have on the tax burden placed on the United Kingdom population as a whole.      (HL1538)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the amount of the United Kingdom’s contribution to the United Nations’ Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture; and how does the rate of contribution compare with contributions made by other comparable countries.      (HL1539)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, when an asylum seeker supported under the voucher scheme tenders a voucher whose face value exceeds that of the goods he is purchasing, whether the change will be returned to the asylum seeker; and, if not, by what legal authority it will be detained.      (HL1540)

15th March

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the positive and negative effects over the next decade on the British tourism industry of the advent of the Euro, whether or not the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.      (HL1541)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the positive and negative effects over the next decade on the British automobile industry of the advent of the Euro, whether or not the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.      (HL1542)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the positive and negative effects over the next decade on the British agricultural industry of the advent of the Euro, whether or not the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.      (HL1543)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the positive and negative effects over the next decade on Northern Ireland, which shares a common border with the Republic of Ireland, of the advent of the Euro, whether or not the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.      (HL1544)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any evidence that any Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy in any species can be transmitted through blood; and whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the principal relevant scientific papers.      (HL1545)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on evaluating the capillary electrophoresis test, developed by Mary Jo Schmerr of the National Animal Disease Center of the United States Department of Agriculture, for abnormal prions in blood; what tests are underway; and when it is expected that they will be completed.      (HL1546)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the programme of screening tonsils removed in routine operations for the presence of abnormal prions; and whether they will publish the results of the screening to date.      (HL1547)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Rod Griffiths, the West Midlands director of public health, has been correctly quoted as saying (in respect of instruments used in subsequent operations having been used on a woman with new-variant CJD) that the risk to other women was vanishingly small, as the prion that caused CJD was removed simply by washing before sterilisation; and, if so, whether they agree with him.      (HL1548)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House, or on the Internet, full details of each of the persons who have died in the United Kingdom of new-variant CJD, showing (a) the date of death; (b) the age at death; (c) the age at onset of symptoms; (d) identified exposure to possible sources of infection; and (e) the genetic makeup of the prion genes.      (HL1549)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are prepared to provide independent researchers with authenticated samples of new-variant CJD DNA; and, if so, what procedures such a researcher must go through, and what criteria they must satisfy, before such samples will be provided.      (HL1550)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the targets set in paragraph 36 of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Social Inclusion Action Plan, whether the Department has developed evaluation and monitoring criteria which can be made integral to regeneration and community-based programmes and projects; if so, whether those criteria have been published on the Department for Culture, Media and Sport website; and how they may be assessed via the site’s search facility.      (HL1551)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which companies or groups are on the shortlist of bidders who have expressed an interest in developing the site of the Millennium Dome.      (HL1552)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they endorse the view of former President Carter as expressed in The Washington Post on 23rd February that the world is facing a nuclear crisis for a variety of reasons including the failure of the nuclear powers to meet the terms of the proviso stipulated by potential nuclear powers at the time of the renewal of the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty in 1995 and the continual maintenance by the United States and Russia of nuclear missiles in a “hair-trigger alert” status.      (HL1553)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Nuclear Non Proliferation Treaty must be reconfirmed in April 2000; and what specific steps they are taking to put disarmament back on course.      (HL1554)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define “a good return on their investment in public forests” (HL Deb, col. 1530); and whether they consider that the investment yield should be capable of significant variation from year to year, in accordance with market conditions and to protect the interests of private timber producers.      (HL1555)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they expect to make to the structure and location of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s offices in the light of the recent review of the Common Agricultural Policy administration in England.      (HL1556)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what account they will take in any reorganisation of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s local structure of the proximity of offices to the farmers they serve.      (HL1557)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether major new information technology systems for Common Agricultural Policy administration will not be introduced in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food until any such systems have been fully tested and their efficiency and reliability have been proven.      (HL1558)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 1st February (WA 29-30), whether they will give further details of the payments to police officers on duty.      (HL1559)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in regard to applications for asylum from citizens of member states of the Council of Europe which have accepted the obligation to observe human rights.      (HL1560)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that, where use of a motor vehicle has been necessary in order to assist or enable a crime to be committed, the courts should be able and encouraged to order that such a vehicle should be confiscated.      (HL1561)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will enable and encourage courts to order the confiscation of any air gun used or involved in the committing of an offence.      (HL1562)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from elected representatives regarding the proposed closure of Merrywood School, Bristol; when these were made; and by whom.      (HL1563)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the letter of 4th February concerning Merrywood School, sent to the Department for Education and Employment by Bristol Council.      (HL1564)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the closure notices issued by Bristol Council for the closure of Merrywood School, Bristol, fulfilled the statutory requirements for such notices.      (HL1565)

The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on hospices on 1st March (HL Deb, cols. 605-628), when the present decline in their financial support for independent hospices is expected to be arrested and reversed.      (HL1566)

The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific attention they give to issues concerning the financial support of independent hospices in their regular review meetings with regional health authorities.      (HL1567)

The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many health improvement programmes incorporating appropriate strategies for hospices and palliative care have been agreed; and how many are outstanding.      (HL1568)

The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is in hand to increase the number of health authorities with agreed palliative care strategies in place.      (HL1569)

The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the current work referred to by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 1st March (HL Deb, cols. 624-628) to establish performance standards and education concerning palliative care is expected to be completed; and what action is then proposed to ensure their adoption and implementation.      (HL1570)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of freedom of the press and freedom of information, Ministers and their advisers should be permitted to define the scope and range of questions put to them by media interviewers.      (HL1571)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of freedom of the press and freedom of information, the quality of political debate is improved by the practice of Ministers and their advisers being permitted to pre-determine the scope and range of questions put to them by media interviewers.      (HL1572)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the public have a right to open and frank probing of both Government Ministers and Government policy by media interviewers.      (HL1573)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 9th March (WA 157), whether they will issue guidelines specifying the period within which Ministers, who in debate have offered to write to Members of the House, should do so.      (HL1574)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 14th March (WA 202), how many members of the public have expressed support for the introduction of car parking charges in Greenwich Park; which of the organisations consulted supported the proposal; and what is the estimated cost of administering the scheme in the financial year 2000-01.      (HL1575)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how far they have fulfilled their pledge to match the United States’ commitment to write off 100 per cent of the bilateral debt of the poorest countries.      (HL1576)

16th March

The Lord Davies of CoityTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to bring further areas into the badger culling trial recommended by Professor Sir John Krebs to address questions about the incidence of tuberculosis in cattle.      (HL1583)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Flood Defence Emergency Response Project, established by the Environment Agency.      (HL1584)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the latest volume of Agriculture in the United Kingdom to be published.      (HL1585)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what investigations and reports on bus and rail transport in Northern Ireland have been carried out over the last ten years, by whom, covering what periods, and costing how much.      (HL1587)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 29th February (WA 62), what consultations were undertaken and what factors were taken into account in the development of policy on the celebration of the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom.      (HL1588)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16th March (WA 220-221), what arrangements the Royal Mail are making to celebrate the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom in 2001.      (HL1589)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have now agreed to the designation of Menwith Hill as the European ground relay station for the Space Based Infra Red System (SBIRS) as part of the ballistic missile defence system.      (HL1590)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Prison Chaplaincy’s official policy or mission statement.      (HL1591)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have decided not to appoint a successor when the present Prison Chaplain General retires; and what role the Bishop to Prisons will then play.      (HL1592)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard the 10 Downing Street website as factual in content and free of party political bias.      (HL1593)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their policies for freedom of information, what their response is to the recent survey by the Society of Editors that reveals that an increasing number of new “cabinet” governments at local authority level are not allowing the public or press to witness their deliberations.      (HL1594)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many self-employed people will be subject to increased Class 4 National Insurance contributions from April 2000; and what the total value of this increase will be to the Treasury.      (HL1595)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what, on a departmental basis, has been the total value of external consultancy contracts, excluding public relations and marketing consultancies, entered into by the Government for the periods (a) 1st May 1997 to 31st March 1998, (b) 1st April 1998 to 31st March 1999, and (c) 1st March 1999 to date.      (HL1596)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what, on a departmental basis, has been the total value of external public relations and marketing consultancy contracts entered into by the Government for the periods (a) 1st May 1997 to 31st March 1998, (b) 1st April 1998 to 31st March 1999, and (c) 1st March 1999 to date.      (HL1597)

The Lord Craig of RadleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 13th March (WA 195), whether the non-political persons recommended for peerages by the interim Appointments Commission will sit in the House as Life Peers for life.      (HL1598)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any proposals under consideration in the machinery of the European Union relating to the size of cinema and theatre seats.      (HL1599)

The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the powers for local authorities to promote and improve the well-being of their area contained in the Local Government Bill will, when enacted, enable local authorities to take steps to enforce controls on aircraft noise connected with airports in their area; and, if not, why not.      (HL1600)

The Lord AcknerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many civil actions were commenced in each of the years 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999—

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish, for the industries specified, (a) the total employee jobs figures for 1948 and (b) an index based on 1948 = 100, showing the changes that have occurred in these industries from 1948 to 1998 in ten-year steps: coal mining; ports and docks; railways; steel production; shipbuilding; agriculture; motor vehicle manufacture.      (HL1602)

17th March

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the lift to the Jubilee Line platforms at Westminster Underground station became unserviceable; and on what date they expect it to be back in service.      (HL1603)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total number of rifles, indicating the number of rifles of each different model, that are at present on issue to H M Armed Forces; what steps they are taking to replace or modify them to bring them to the necessary standard of robustness and reliability; and whether they can estimate the time and cost required to take the necessary remedial action for this purpose.      (HL1604)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applicants for asylum have so far been dispersed from the points at which they originally claimed asylum; to which local authority areas; and what standards are specified for their accommodation.      (HL1605)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15th March (HL Deb, col. 1541) that “First, we want to evaluate the voluntary approach” to hotel registration—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to the replacement of the Territorial Army’s Financial Systems Administrators (non-regular permanent staff) by Executive Officer civil servants, what will be the “pay-back” period, taking into account the need to train Executive Officers and then rotate them in accordance with civil service regulations.      (HL1607)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the full cost of accommodating all the civil servants being trained on residential courses to take up the posts of Financial Systems Administrators (non-regular permanent staff) in the Territorial Army currently being undertaken by ex-Regular Army paid Non-commissioned Officers.      (HL1608)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the effect on morale for the Territorial Army’s Financial Systems Administrators (non-regular permanent staff) being ordered to train the civil servants who will replace them.      (HL1609)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence will recognise the Industrial Tribunal in respect of any claims by the Territorial Army’s Financial Systems Administrators (non-regular permanent staff) who have been made redundant, in order to arrive at a fair resolution of their grievance.      (HL1610)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the need, function or role of the Financial Systems Administrator (non-regular permanent staff) of Territorial Army units has been changed by the Strategic Defence Review; and, if not, how the non-regular permanent staff Non-commissioned Officers currently undertaking this duty can be redundant.      (HL1611)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they are funding into (a) the normal functions of prions; (b) early diagnosis of prion diseases; and (c) rogue conformer therapy; and what is the annual cost to the Government of such research.      (HL1612)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether prompt release of results is a condition of Medical Research Council grants for prion research.      (HL1613)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will host a central prion disease research website to carry material such as detailed and current survey information, planned and ongoing experiments (including daily lab book entries) and meeting transcripts, to expedite the pace of discovery.      (HL1614)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what blood functions or derivatives, made from United Kingdom donated human blood, and “pooled” so that a given sample may contain elements from many different donors, are in current use in the National Health Service.      (HL1615)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 17th March (HL1522), which test was used in the survey of 4,163 cattle; and (a) what were the results of this survey or (b) when will these results be made public.      (HL1616)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in square 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 Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Financial Services and Markets [20th March]
    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Care Standards [HL] [28th March]
    Electronic Communications

Waiting for Third Reading

    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Learning and Skills [HL] [23rd March]

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]
    Census (Amendment) [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 Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000
    Draft Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) 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 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
    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

DEREGULATION PROPOSAL IN PROGRESS

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

Proposal reported from 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 21ST MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 22ND MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee D)in Brussels
European Union (Sub-Committee E)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 28TH MARCH

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.15 pm
(Select Committee)

WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee2.00 pm
Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure
Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure)

THURSDAY 30TH MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 4TH APRIL

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

 
 
 
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