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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.

THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

At three o’clock

*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.

*The Lord Geddes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to secure an alternative buyer for the Rover car company and whether they support the proposed sale of Land Rover to Ford.

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.

House of Lords’ Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 4th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 45) be agreed to.

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

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

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.

†Census (Amendment) Bill [HL]—The Lord Weatherill to move, That the proceedings of Tuesday 14th March be vacated.

If the above motion is agreed to—

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

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 what plans they have for the future of the Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, in view of the decision to site the joint United Kingdom/French Synchrotron Diamond Project at 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.

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).

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.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Financial Services and Markets Bill will be concluded 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.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered transferring responsibility for the appointment of members of the VAT and Duties Tribunals from the Treasury to the Lord Chancellor’s Department.

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 increasingly common practice from 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.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been increases in the number of (a) students training to be teachers of mathematics, science and modern languages and (b) persons recruited from other professions to be teachers of those subjects.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the effect of the judgments in the cases of Regina v. Gloucestershire County Council and the Secretary of State for Health ex parte Barry and Regina v. Gloucestershire County Council and another ex parte Barry on social services for disabled people.

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.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what further steps they will take to protect children from the harmful effects of environmental tobacco smoke.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what genetic tests they intend to permit insurance companies to carry out.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether political and economic progress in Kosovo is satisfactory.

WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL

*The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in paying welfare benefits through Post Offices.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions were held prior to the reported decision to launch a fourth Trident submarine later this year and whether this decision would be consistent with their policy on nuclear disarmament.

THURSDAY 13TH APRIL

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their attitude to the European Charter of Fundamental Rights which it is proposed should be added to the European Union Treaties.

†*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage road authorities to consult the police before road works are in progress about how to adjust traffic lights and other traffic control devices so as to ease traffic flow.

†*The Lord Dubs—To ask the Chairman of Committees what extra resources would be required to establish an additional Select Committee and how long it would take to recruit and train any new staff.

TUESDAY 18TH APRIL

†*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of recent reports by the Chief Inspector of Prisons on the effects of solitary confinement and on the treatment of young offenders, and following two suicides in Leicester prison on 21st March, they will now instigate a policy review of the role of prisons in the rehabilitation and wellbeing of prisoners in the United Kingdom.

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 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.

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.

The Lord Harrison—To call attention to the Report of the European Communities Committee on Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises in the European Union (20th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 115); and to move for papers.

The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the use of vehicles powered by environmentally friendly fuels.

The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the state of United Kingdom relations with Russia is satisfactory, in the light of the Presidential elections there.

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 or amended on 22nd March, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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)

22nd March

The Lord Clinton-DavisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last meeting of Green Ministers; what was discussed; and which Departments were represented by (a) Ministers and (b) officials.      (HL1677)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the pilot scheme to provide education maintenance allowances for 16 year olds is funded.      (HL1678)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when it is planned to extend the pilot scheme to provide education maintenance allowances for 16 year olds to all 16 year olds.      (HL1679)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is the chairman of Millennium Volunteers; and what is the salary and period of tenure of this post.

The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government where the offices of Millennium Volunteers are located; and how many staff are employed in the company.      (HL1680)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual budget of Millennium Volunteers; what were the start-up costs of the company; to whom it is accountable; and how it will be evaluated.      (HL1681)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether in all local and national elections throughout Great Britain absent voting facilities are now available to disabled people in receipt of war pension mobility supplement.      (HL1682)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of those parents with care in receipt of income support or income-based jobseekers’ allowance are calculated as being due child support payments of £5 or less, £10 or less, £15 or less, and above £15; and what those figures are expected to be under the system to be established under the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill.      (HL1683)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the additional spending on education and health announced in the Budget will be allocated to Wales.      (HL1684)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish an annual run of expenditure figures for the National Health Service in Wales up to 2004.      (HL1685)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current totality of deficits in National Health Service trusts in Wales.      (HL1686)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the names of members of task forces and review groups currently operating in Wales.      (HL1687)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the names of members of Welsh National Health Service trusts.      (HL1688)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what legislative or regulatory procedure they will introduce a half price television licence fee for those people who are registered blind.      (HL1689)

The Lord BleaseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions are available in Northern Ireland for the regular screening for diabetes of those resident in nursing homes and in care establishments.      (HL1690)

The Lord BleaseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the number of pregnant teenage girls in Northern Ireland in each of the six age groups from 11 year olds to 16 year olds, for each of the last five years for which figures are available.      (HL1691)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what Britain has done to minimise the suffering of the civilian population in Chechnya; and what is being done to help the Chechen refugees in the neighbouring Russian Republic of Ingushetia.      (HL1692)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they have done to implement the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Istanbul Summit resolution towards the peaceful resolution of the conflict in Chechnya.      (HL1693)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard Maskhadov’s government as the only legitimate authority of Chechnya.      (HL1694)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Foreign Secretary has met any Chechen officials since the start of the present conflict in Chechnya.      (HL1695)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the intentions of the Russian Federation to hold Russian Presidential elections within the territory of Chechnya at the time of war activities within the area.      (HL1696)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support suspension or even exclusion of Russia from the Council of Europe due to violation of human rights by the Russian military in Chechnya.      (HL1697)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they still expect BSE to “dwindle to insignificant proportions by the year 2001” (www.maff.gov.uk/animal/bse/index.html); or, if not, what are their current projections for the likely number of cases in United Kingdom cattle for each of the next ten years.      (HL1698)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the United Kingdom official aid budget is now spent through the European Union; and how far the political structures of the European Union help or hinder the fulfilment of the policy priorities of the Department for International Development.      (HL1699)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Commonwealth Development Corporation in its new form has been able to establish policy priorities which are fully consistent with those of the Department for International Development, especially with reference to the eradication of poverty; and whether the Corporation is on course to implement those priorities.      (HL1700)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions is unable to make a statement under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998 that in his view the provisions of the Local Government Bill are compatible with the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1701)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 20th March (WA 12), which agencies in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are responsible for the enforcement of the smoking prohibition where food is prepared for public consumption; and how many prosecutions have been brought in the last five years in each of the four areas.      (HL1702)

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 representation has been made to the Republic of Ireland government about its annual celebration of the 1916 Rebellion in Dublin.      (HL1703)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Medicines Control Agency Consultation Document of 13th March relates only to Patient Group Protocols or addresses also the Crown Report of 1997 giving certain groups of independent health professionals independent prescribing rights.      (HL1704)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which company or companies manufactured diazinon between 1975 and 1999; whether, if more than one company was involved, the appropriate licensing authority was advised on each occasion that epichlorohydrin was removed from the commercial formulation of products with diazinon as the active ingredient; and, if the licensing authority was not advised, why not.      (HL1705)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 13th March (WA 190), why diazinon-based sheep dip formulations containing epichlorohydrin continued to be licensed by the Veterinary Products Committee when epichlorohydrin was categorised as a carcinogen and a mutagen by the World Health Organisation in 1984.      (HL1706)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent research has been conducted into the chemical reactions that occur in formulations of diazinon-based organophosphate sheep dips when they are stored under variable conditions, when the concentrates are mixed according to manufacturers instructions in water of variable PH and temperature and when the mixed dip is left standing; and, if such research has been conducted, whether the results have been published.      (HL1707)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answers by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 29th February (WA 65-66), when the advice on the structure and contents of the annual reports on the new regional specialised commissioning arrangements will be finalised.      (HL1708)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answers by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 29th February (WA 65-66), what steps they are taking to ensure that their advice on the structure and contents of the annual reports on the new regional specialised commissioning arrangements are followed so that performance can be seen to be measured consistently across the National Health Service.      (HL1709)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the written answers by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 29th February (WA 65-66), whether they will circulate their advice on the structure and contents of the annual reports on the new regional specialised commissioning arrangements and the annual report of the National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group to relevant user organisations and disability charities.      (HL1710)

The Lord BoardmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the speech by the Baroness Hayman on 8th March (HL Deb, col. 1143), on what basis the Government calculate that agrimonetary compensation paid to British farmers under the Common Agricultural Policy costs the British taxpayer 85p for every £1 received.      (HL1711)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 21st March (WA 20), which European laws would be contravened if the Ministry of Defence were directed to buy British produce.      (HL1712)

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]

Referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills

    Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) [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 [27th 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]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]

Returned from the Commons

    Census (Amendment) [HL] [28th March]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000
    Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) 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 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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

THURSDAY 23RD MARCH

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)in Exeter
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

TUESDAY 28TH MARCH

European Union (Sub-Committee A)in Geneva
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.15 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Consolidation Bills (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
(Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL])

WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee1.45 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm
Ecclesiastical Committee4.00 pm
(Churchwardens Measure
Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure)
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

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

WEDNESDAY 5TH APRIL

Science and Technology (Select Committee)Hammersmith Hospital
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 2ND MAY

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

 
 
 
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