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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 27TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Bill—House 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).

†Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1st March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]

THURSDAY 30TH MARCH

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

†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.

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.

†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.

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.

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

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.

†Terrorism Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

MONDAY 10TH APRIL

†*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on inspection of close supervision centres.

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.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in order to reduce fraud, they will in future require all local authorities to arrange with the Post Office for housing benefit correspondence not to be re-directed to other addresses, as already arranged in the present voluntary scheme.

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

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 on 23rd March]

The Baroness SerotaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the Domiciliary Oxygen Service in England in the light of the Royal College of Physicians’ guidance “Domiciliary oxygen therapy services”.      (HL1714)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made concerning the review of the Code for Crown Prosecutors.      (HL1715)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the wide-ranging recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) in their report on Microbial Antibiotic Resistance in Relation to Food Safety which was published in August 1999.      (HL1716)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, because of the scale of civilian suffering in Chechnya, the conflict can any longer be regarded as an internal matter for Russia.      (HL1717)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the face of violation of human rights in Chechnya by the Russian authorities, the principle of territorial integrity should not be applied in the case of Chechnya.      (HL1718)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British diplomats are on secondment in the Foreign Ministries of other European Union Member States; and what is the normal length of such secondments.      (HL1719)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nationals from other European Union Member States Foreign Ministries are working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; from which countries; and what is the normal length of such secondments.      (HL1720)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British diplomats (a) based in London and (b) based in Europe are normally engaged in working groups on the Common Foreign and Security Policy in Brussels.      (HL1721)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Common Foreign and Security Policy working groups there are.      (HL1722)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to implement the recommendations of H M Chief Inspector of Prisons following his report on the Portland Young Offenders’ Institution.      (HL1723)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what priorities they have so far identified for the reform and regeneration of the United Nations.      (HL1724)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, bearing in mind the implications of the European security and defence initiative for the Western European Union, what they envisage as the future role of the WEU Parliamentary Assembly, with particular reference to European nations which are members of NATO but not of the European Union and European nations which are members of neither NATO nor the European Union.      (HL1725)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to public funds of the increase in the Minimum Income Guarantee to pensioners announced in this year’s budget.      (HL1726)

The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the eighty or so licence holders who have code powers to dig up the roads; and what steps they have in mind to curtail their activities, with a view to diminishing the nuisance they cause to the public.      (HL1727)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the creation of a Working Group to consider the Draft Optional Protocol to the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.      (HL1728)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to have Zimbabwe’s human rights record investigated by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.      (HL1729)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press for a change to the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) rules whereby all the area of a field margin over 2 metres from the centre line of the hedge has to be deducted from the field area so that only the excess over and above 2 metres is deducted.      (HL1730)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they consider the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food should remain the lead partner in its biodiversity action plan when so many hedges are under threat as a result of the revised Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) guidelines on field margins.      (HL1731)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, as a result of the revised Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) guidelines on field margins, farmers are not to be compensated by higher area payments.      (HL1732)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it is right that the revised Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) guidelines on field margins should impact retrospectively on farmers who had planted their winter crops before they knew of the guidelines and their significance.      (HL1733)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Agriculture Ministers are next due to meet to discuss the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) guidelines on field margins following the Government’s representation to the European Commission.      (HL1734)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Malawi’s debts will be waived, in part or in total, under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative.      (HL1735)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define “affordable” in “affordable housing”.      (HL1736)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the recent revision of Planning Policy Guidance has on the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.      (HL1737)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many units of housing were provided by Registered Social Landlords and local authorities in settlements of under 3,000 people in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999; and how many are estimated to be provided in 2000.      (HL1738)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, for the purposes of calculating the appropriate political balance of Education Committees, and in particular when calculating the size of a controlling majority on such committees, it is customary to include the voting representatives of the churches.      (HL1739)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 20th March (WA 14), which specific scientific papers justified the Prime Minister’s public statement that there is cause for legitimate public concern about genetically modified food; why they prayed in aid the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Conference in Edinburgh (held from 28th February to 1st March) as scientific support for the Prime Minister’s statement made on 27th February; and whether the Prime Minister will consider withdrawing or amending his remarks.      (HL1740)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

23rd MARCH 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

2nd March

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)

3rd March

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)

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)

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 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)

9th March

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)

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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 17th March (WA 235), 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)

20th March

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the positive and negative effects over the next decade on the Britain’s microbusiness (small and medium-sized enterprises 0-10) of the advent of the Euro, whether or not the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.      (HL1619)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the positive and negative effects over the next decade on the Britain’s small and medium-sized enterprises of the advent of the Euro, whether or not the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.      (HL1620)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the positive and negative effects over the next decade on Britain’s vending and coin-operated industries of the advent of the Euro, whether or not the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.      (HL1621)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the positive and negative effects over the next decade on Britain’s mortgage and insurance industries of the advent of the Euro, whether or not the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.      (HL1622)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Director of Qualifications at the Department for Education and Employment wrote to the Chief Education Officers of local education authorities in England in November 1999 about the funding implications of the forthcoming reforms of the post-16 curriculum for secondary schools with sixth-forms; and whether

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the terms of the imposition of droit de suite taxation on art re-sales in the United Kingdom as agreed by the European Union on 15th March.      (HL1624)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they voted in favour of the decision by the European Union on 15th March to impose droit de suite taxation on art re-sales in the United Kingdom.      (HL1625)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the appointment of trustees and senior staff to the new Football Foundation will follow Nolan rules and be subject to public advertisement.      (HL1626)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the Traveller Law Research Unit of Cardiff University regarding the pitch losses since the repeal of the Caravan Sites Act 1968 by the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994; and what action they will take to ensure that there is sufficient accommodation for gypsies and other travellers.      (HL1627)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the re-arrest of Mr Abdul Wahab Hussain, who was released on 17th March after more than four years of imprisonment in Bahrain without charge or trial; and whether they will raise his case and those of other long-term detainees in Bahrain at the meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Commission.      (HL1628)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken to implement Recommendations 222 and 223 of the Royal Commission on Criminal Justice (Cm. 2263, 1993).      (HL1629)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why short time-scales have been set for professional body nominations to such newly-constituted bodies as the Commission for Health Improvement, the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and the National Service Frameworks; and whether longer time-scales can be set in future.      (HL1630)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Lord Chancellor’s Department has made in respect of the recent review of the Public Trust Office.      (HL1631)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the findings of the qualitative research on disallowed and sanctioned claimants for Jobseekers’ Allowance, mentioned by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 17th March (HL Deb, col. 1917).      (HL1632)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information is contained in the research on disallowed and sanctioned claimants for Jobseekers’ Allowance, mentioned by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 17th March (HL Deb, col. 1917), on the means of subsistence available to claimants so disallowed or sanctioned.      (HL1633)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the White Paper dealing with liquor licensing to be published.      (HL1634)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the existing Local Licensing Committees to retain the licensing jurisdiction; and, if not, what alternative arrangement they have in mind.      (HL1635)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many industrial disputes have occurred in the year 1999-2000 in each London postal district which have had any affect on the collection or distribution of mail.      (HL1636)

The Lord Alexander of WeedonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether “Henry VIII clauses” have become more common over the past decade.      (HL1637)

The Lord Alexander of WeedonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the time on the floor of the House of Lords was spent in discussing statutory instruments in—

21st March

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets relate to ethnic minority achievement in their 1999 National Action Plan introduced under Title VIII of the Treaty of Amsterdam.      (HL1641)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Member States of the European Union and which members of the Commonwealth have statutory or constitutional provision to prohibit discrimination on grounds of religion.      (HL1642)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the impartiality of the review committee on the recent Royal College of Gynaecology Guidelines “The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion” is affected by the presence of seven representatives from organisations affiliated to or otherwise associated with the abortion reform lobby group “Voice of Choice”.      (HL1643)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the impartiality of the guideline group on the recent Royal College of Gynaecology Guidelines “The Care of Women Requesting Induced Abortion” is affected by the presence of three representatives affiliated to or otherwise associated with the abortion reform lobby group “Voice of Choice”.      (HL1644)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many girls, under the age of 16 and in the care of a local authority —

in the latest year for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area.      (HL1645)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many girls, under the age of 16 in England and Wales—

in the latest year for which figures are available      (HL1646)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy to provide assistance in the form of police, judges and others with the function of restoring a stable system of criminal and civil justice in Kosovo.      (HL1647)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient progress is being made in Kosovo towards the restoration of the rule of law in accordance with the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1648)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce measures to facilitate the retirement of farmers from farms which are to continue as farming units.      (HL1649)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are supporting to ensure the cleanliness of Welsh beaches and their improved safety for holidaymakers visiting Wales in 2000.      (HL1650)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the conviction rate within two years of release of (a) all prisoners; (b) prisoners sentenced to 12 months or more; and (c) prisoners sentenced to less than 12 months; and what were the equivalent figures five, ten and fifteen years ago respectively.      (HL1651)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Ministry of Defence has made with the refurbishment or redevelopment of Marne Barracks at Catterick; and what use will be made of the barracks in the future.      (HL1652)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the redevelopment of Marne Barracks at Catterick is being impeded by residual gliding activities at that location.      (HL1653)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the SA80 rifle compares to its predecessor the SLR in terms of

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what successful steps have been taken by H M Armed Forces to improve the operation of the railway system in Kosovo in the last twelve months.      (HL1655)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ban pithing.      (HL1656)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend, in conjunction with the devolved authorities, to eradicate scrapie from the United Kingdom.      (HL1657)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take as a result of the studies on the heat resistance of hamster-adapted scrapie agent report in Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 10. 1073/pnas.050566797, Paul Brown et al.      (HL1658)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why an ethics committee has become involved in Professor Collinge’s proposed prospective study of tonsil samples; and whether the involvement of this Committee will contribute to the speedy determination of whether, when and how abnormal prions in tonsils led on to clinical disease.      (HL1659)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why patients who have received blood or blood products from people who have subsequently developed CJD are allowed to donate blood.      (HL1660)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will permit insurance companies to require that candidates for life insurance be tested for incipient new-variant CJD.      (HL1661)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any evaluation of the effectiveness of Education Action Zones; and whether there are any plans to publish the findings.      (HL1662)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Education Action Zones have been established; what were their starting dates; what is the name of the lead body in each case; and which schools are participating in each Zone.      (HL1663)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a breakdown of funds and materials-in-kind, listed separately, which have been allocated to each Education Action Zone by—

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funds have been set aside to create more Education Action Zones and over what timescale.      (HL1665)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the pilot scheme to provide education maintenance allowances for 16 year olds and on what basis those involved were selected for the allowance.      (HL1666)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many 16 year olds have benefited from the pilot scheme to provide education maintenance allowances for 16 year olds.      (HL1667)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deaths were associated with an anaesthetic for a dental procedure in each year from 1970; and how many of those deaths in each year were associated with—

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the annual loss figures for BMW for 1998 and 1999 given by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry in his statement on the future of Rover (HC Deb, 16th March, col. 577), what were the equivalent figures for 1995, 1996 and 1997.      (HL1669)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out in a table the number of reduced benefit directions currently in force against parents with care, the amount of the reduction, the duration of those directions, and the total amount of benefit not paid.      (HL1670)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the decision to impose a reduced benefit direction upon a parent with care is considered quickly as a matter of course under the revision or supersession procedure.      (HL1671)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in how many cases, where a reduced benefit direction was imposed on a parent with care, was the decision to impose such a penalty subject to the revision or supersession procedure under the system of Decision Making and Appeals before being considered by an appeal tribunal; and what this number of cases represents as a percentage.      (HL1672)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of (a) parents with care who successfully appealed against a reduced benefit direction; and (b) parents with care who unsuccessfully appealed against a reduced benefit direction, had their cases subject to the revision or supersession procedure under the system of Decision Making and Appeals.      (HL1673)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the mean average period during which parents with care who successfully appealed against the imposition of a reduced benefit direction were subject to such a direction whilst appealing under (a) the Decision Making and Appeals system; (b) the former system.      (HL1674)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was (a) the shortest period between the imposition of a reduced benefit direction on a parent with care and the decision by the appeal body that the direction had been imposed wrongly and (b) the longest such period under (i) the system of Decision Making and Appeals and (ii) the former system.      (HL1675)

The Lord Alexander of WeedonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the time on the floor of the House of Commons was spent in discussing statutory instruments in—

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.      (HL1713)

The Baroness BlatchTo 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)

23rd March

The Baroness SerotaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the Domiciliary Oxygen Service in England in the light of the Royal College of Physicians’ guidance “Domiciliary oxygen therapy services”.      (HL1714)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made concerning the review of the Code for Crown Prosecutors.      (HL1715)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the wide-ranging recommendations made by the Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) in their report on Microbial Antibiotic Resistance in Relation to Food Safety which was published in August 1999.      (HL1716)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, because of the scale of civilian suffering in Chechnya, the conflict can any longer be regarded as an internal matter for Russia.      (HL1717)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the face of violation of human rights in Chechnya by the Russian authorities, the principle of territorial integrity should not be applied in the case of Chechnya.      (HL1718)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British diplomats are on secondment in the Foreign Ministries of other European Union Member States; and what is the normal length of such secondments.      (HL1719)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many nationals from other European Union Member States Foreign Ministries are working in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; from which countries; and what is the normal length of such secondments.      (HL1720)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British diplomats (a) based in London and (b) based in Europe are normally engaged in working groups on the Common Foreign and Security Policy in Brussels.      (HL1721)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Common Foreign and Security Policy working groups there are.      (HL1722)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to implement the recommendations of H M Chief Inspector of Prisons following his report on the Portland Young Offenders’ Institution.      (HL1723)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what priorities they have so far identified for the reform and regeneration of the United Nations.      (HL1724)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, bearing in mind the implications of the European security and defence initiative for the Western European Union, what they envisage as the future role of the WEU Parliamentary Assembly, with particular reference to European nations which are members of NATO but not of the European Union and European nations which are members of neither NATO nor the European Union.      (HL1725)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to public funds of the increase in the Minimum Income Guarantee to pensioners announced in this year’s budget.      (HL1726)

The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which are the eighty or so licence holders who have code powers to dig up the roads; and what steps they have in mind to curtail their activities, with a view to diminishing the nuisance they cause to the public.      (HL1727)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the creation of a Working Group to consider the Draft Optional Protocol to the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.      (HL1728)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to have Zimbabwe’s human rights record investigated by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group.      (HL1729)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press for a change to the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) rules whereby all the area of a field margin over 2 metres from the centre line of the hedge has to be deducted from the field area so that only the excess over and above 2 metres is deducted.      (HL1730)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they consider the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food should remain the lead partner in its biodiversity action plan when so many hedges are under threat as a result of the revised Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) guidelines on field margins.      (HL1731)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, as a result of the revised Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) guidelines on field margins, farmers are not to be compensated by higher area payments.      (HL1732)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it is right that the revised Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) guidelines on field margins should impact retrospectively on farmers who had planted their winter crops before they knew of the guidelines and their significance.      (HL1733)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when Agriculture Ministers are next due to meet to discuss the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) guidelines on field margins following the Government’s representation to the European Commission.      (HL1734)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Malawi’s debts will be waived, in part or in total, under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) initiative.      (HL1735)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they define “affordable” in “affordable housing”.      (HL1736)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the recent revision of Planning Policy Guidance has on the provision of affordable housing in rural areas.      (HL1737)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many units of housing were provided by Registered Social Landlords and local authorities in settlements of under 3,000 people in (a) 1997, (b) 1998 and (c) 1999; and how many are estimated to be provided in 2000.      (HL1738)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, for the purposes of calculating the appropriate political balance of Education Committees, and in particular when calculating the size of a controlling majority on such committees, it is customary to include the voting representatives of the churches.      (HL1739)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 20th March (WA 14), which specific scientific papers justified the Prime Minister’s public statement that there is cause for legitimate public concern about genetically modified food; why they prayed in aid the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Conference in Edinburgh (held from 28th February to 1st March) as scientific support for the Prime Minister’s statement made on 27th February; and whether the Prime Minister will consider withdrawing or amending his remarks.      (HL1740)

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]

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]
    Learning and Skills [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 Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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)
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

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 5TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)Hammersmith Hospital
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 2ND MAY

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

 
 
 
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