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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.

WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH

At half-past two o’clock

*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 Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the incoming Russian President, Mr Putin, about human rights abuses in Chechnya.

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. (Short debate)

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. (Short debate)

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 28th 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 Earl of Northesk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government on what statistical basis they state that next year’s tax burden for the working family will be the lowest since 1972.

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 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.

†Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 17th February be approved. [11th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 24th January be approved. [7th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†Care Standards Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

†Insolvency Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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 Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To call attention to the number of statutory undertakers and others with powers to dig holes in the road; and to move for papers.

†The Earl Peel—To call attention to the place of tourism in the future development of the rural economy; and to move for papers.

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.

†Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they will be taking to achieve the new target of 10 gigawatts of combined heat and power generation by 2010.

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.

*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.

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.

WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL

†*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present level of manufacturing industry in the British economy as a percentage of Gross National Product and how this figure compares with 1979.

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what communications took place between officials in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions during the consultation period for the European Union Directive on the incineration of waste.

†*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure the preservation of consumer choice in the light of a number of recent takeovers and consolidations of life assurance and pension companies.

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.

The Lord Greenway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to prevent the spread of Crohn’s disease.

†The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Government guidelines on infection control in hospitals are being implemented by National Health Service Trusts.

†The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now review their policy of support for sanctions against Iraq.

†The Lord Feldman—To call attention to the state of the British clothing and textile industry; and to move for papers.

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 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 28th March, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

28th March

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food’s relations with consumers’ organisations will be affected by the establishment of the Food Standards Agency.      (HL1756)

The Lord Clarke of HampsteadTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ms Ann Chant has completed her review of the Office of the Legal Services Ombudsman; and when they intend to publish her report.      (HL1757)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the vote by British Labour Members of the European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs and the Internal Market against the proposal for a Council Regulation (EC) on jurisdiction and the recognition and enforcement of judgments in civil and commercial matters at the Committee’s meeting on 28th March represents Government policy.      (HL1758)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27th March (WA 45), whether the start date for the 10 year derogation under which the Droit de Suite levy will only apply to the works of living artists will be the date of the ratification of the agreement by the European Parliament or the date of the transposition of the Droit de Suite levy into British law.      (HL1759)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th March (WA 9-10), whether, in view of the costs involved, they will ask the Electoral Reform Ballot Services (ERBS) for the necessary information to publish in the Official Report a table stating which Government Departments have used ERBS services in each of the past six years; and what was the cost in each case.      (HL1760)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the problems of corruption and diversion of oil revenues into arms purchases rather than development in Angola will be discussed at the European Union-Africa summit at Cairo in April.      (HL1761)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what training has been provided for staff in the Lord Chancellor’s Department, the Immigration and Nationality Department and the Prison Service respectively on the provisions of the Human Rights Act and their implications for the work of those Departments.      (HL1762)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average number of hours available to prisoners for education in 1997-98, 1998-99 and 1999-2000 respectively; and what was the spending on education per head of the prison population in England and Wales in each of those years.      (HL1763)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what grants or other payments have been made to Unlock or the Prison Handbook by the Prison Service or the Home Office; and what amounts they expect to pay in the year 2000-01.      (HL1764)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hits the Prison Service website received in the latest month for which figures are available.      (HL1765)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hits are being received per week by (a) the Prime Minister’s webcasts and (b) the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman’s pages on the 10 Downing Street website.      (HL1766)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the level of public response to the Prime Minister’s webcasts on the 10 Downing Street website.      (HL1767)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 23rd March (WA 36), whether, given that the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman is responsible for the Strategic Communications Unit, he receives any remuneration as a result from the Unit’s budget.      (HL1768)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 28th February (WA 45) and 23rd March (WA 36), to what extent the responsibility of the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman for the Strategic Communications Unit confers editorial control over the 10 Downing Street website which is in the hands of three established civil servants.      (HL1769)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th January (WA 189) and 23rd March (WA 36), whether the stated membership of the Strategic Communications Unit as being eight civil servants including two special advisers takes account of the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman’s responsibility for the Unit.      (HL1770)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 23rd March (WA 36), what are the terms of employment of the Government’s special advisers working in the House of Lords.      (HL1771)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to test sheep for BSE; and, if so, how and when.      (HL1772)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any contingency plans have been made, or are being made, for a cull of sheep if BSE is diagnosed in the national flock.      (HL1773)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether research at the Institute for Animal Health has suggested that some cases diagnosed as scrapie in sheep may in fact be BSE.      (HL1774)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all strains of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy (TSE) are faithfully propagated between different species or genotypes of the same species or that such passage can result in modifications to a TSE.      (HL1775)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any cases in which maternal transmission of BSE has been demonstrated.      (HL1776)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any human nutritional supplements on sale in the United Kingdom which contain material from bovine or ovine glands, brain or other nervous tissue.      (HL1777)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will update the table published in the Official Report on 11th May 1998, showing applications for asylum by month and by moving annual total since the beginning of 1966.      (HL1778)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can estimate the average weekly cost of housing asylum seekers.      (HL1779)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give a breakdown by local authority area of the number of asylum seekers presently being housed at public expense; and what they estimate the total cost to public funds of housing asylum seekers during the current financial year will be.      (HL1780)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the cost to public funds of dealing with asylum seekers is cash limited.      (HL1781)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the purpose of the Department of Trade and Industry.      (HL1782)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they wish the Department of Trade and Industry to pursue an interventionist role in the British economy.      (HL1783)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answers by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 27th March (HL Deb, cols. 525-526), whether it is possible for the European Commission to propose tax harmonisation under single market provisions; and, if so, whether the United Kingdom could be outvoted on any such measure.      (HL1784)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answers by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 27th March (HL Deb, cols. 525-526), how they justify the statements that the proposed Takeover Directive—

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the recent article in The New York Times (23rd March) referring to reports of the transfer of Scud weapons by Iraq to Sudan to avoid detection by United Nations inspectors and the current proposals for the building of a ballistic missile plant near Khartoum by North Korea, with financial support of $475 million from Iraq; and, if so, what is their response to these reports.      (HL1786)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the recent bombings by the government of Sudan on a civilian hospital and on targets in northern Uganda; and, if so, how they will respond to these developments in the light of their current policy of “critical dialogue”.      (HL1787)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading


Referred to the Examiners

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

Committed to a Select Committee

    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Financial Services and Markets [30th March]
    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Electronic Communications

Waiting for Third Reading

    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL] [6th April]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Care Standards [HL] [4th April]

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]
    Census (Amendment) [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales 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
    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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

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 11TH APRIL

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

TUESDAY 18TH APRIL

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.15 pm
(Select Committee)

TUESDAY 2ND MAY

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

 
 
 
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