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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 3RD APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Lord St John of Fawsley—To ask the Chairman of Committees what plans the Parliamentary Works Directorate have to improve the approaches to the entrance to the Palace of Westminster from Westminster Underground station.

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.

*The Lord Hogg of Cumbernauld—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to monitor the effectiveness of functions devolved to the Scottish Parliament.

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the Chief Inspector’s Report on Portland, whether they will take steps to ensure a greater focus on education and training in all Young Offender Institutions.

†Government Resources and Accounts Bill—Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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

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.

†Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

†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.

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.

†The Lord Harrison—To call attention to the steps being taken by Her Majesty’s Government and the European Commission to promote Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the United Kingdom and the European Union; and to move for papers.

†Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Baroness Knight of Collingtree]

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.

†Financial Services and Markets Bill—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

FRIDAY 14TH APRIL

†[At eleven o’clock]

†Trustee Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

†Deafblind Persons Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Ashley of Stoke]

†Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Kingsland]

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.

†*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have entered into any arrangement to provide support for an American national missile defence system if the United States government should decide to establish such a system.

†*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will negotiate with those governments which signed the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees with a view to its revision.

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take on the Audit Commission’s Report on the provision of equipment for older and disabled people.

†The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Bowman project to provide an effective replacement for the Army’s Clansman range of radios that is both secure and resistant to electronic warfare.

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.

†The Lord Rix—To call attention to the 30th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, and to developments in the provision and planning of community care services for disabled and elderly people; and to move for papers.

†The Lord Waddington—To call attention to the situation of Zimbabwe public service pensioners living in Britain; 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 30th March]

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Takeover Directive could subject the findings of the United Kingdom’s Takeover Panel to the British courts or the European Court of Justice.      (HL1824)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that rail freight will be taken into consideration when assessment is made of passenger franchise proposals.      (HL1825)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether reports on the arrangements in the United States which provide comparison with the role and work of Railtrack will be considered by both the Rail Regulator and Ministers.      (HL1826)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which vaccines or other injectible medical products in use in the United Kingdom contain bovine serum derivatives from (a) United Kingdom sources or (b) abroad; and, if none (in either case), when was the last known date that such products were in use in the United Kingdom.      (HL1827)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the response of the European Commission to the National Pig Association’s and Meat and Livestock Commission’s proposals for structural and retirement aid packages for the pig industry.      (HL1828)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to submit a plan for assistance for those faced with insolvency in the pig industry.      (HL1829)

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and on what dates since his appointment, the present Minister of Transport has had formal meetings with—

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days the Minister of Transport attended the World Road Congress in Kuala Lumpur; how many officials accompanied him; what was the total cost to the taxpayer; and what was the purpose of attending.      (HL1831)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings on Sex Education Guidance were held between Ministers and the Bishop of Blackburn; when did they take place; who was present at each meeting; and which of those present were acting as individuals and which were acting on behalf of particular bodies or organisations.      (HL1832)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998, they will clarify the position of Independent Schools where there is a ban on heterosexual or homosexual activity among the pupils, in the event of pupils claiming a human right to disobey the ban.      (HL1833)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998, they will clarify the position of Independent Schools where attendance by pupils at church is compulsory, in the event that a pupil claims a human right not to attend.      (HL1834)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are—

for entrants to initial Teacher Training courses, showing figures for BEd and PGCE courses separately, for each of the last ten years.      (HL1835)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many initial teacher trainees, for years for which the information is available—

showing the figures for primary and secondary teachers separately and, for secondary teachers, showing the numbers for each subject separately.      (HL1836)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what applications have been made for European Union funding over the last ten years for any aspect of activities of Northern Ireland Railways; what has been the amount sought; and what was the response.      (HL1837)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will outline the amount of support received from the European Union for Northern Ireland Railways per head of the population in Northern Ireland compared with the same calculation for the railway system in the rest of the United Kingdom.      (HL1838)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether European Union funding was sought for an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast; how much funding was sought and when; and what was the response.      (HL1839)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any approaches have been made from private sources to part fund an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast; and what was the response.      (HL1840)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the decision not to proceed with an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast was announced; by what method; and which local bodies were informed.      (HL1841)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their decision not to proceed with an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast, which alternatives are being considered to offer public transport to this growth area which would be in line with the policy to reduce car dependence.      (HL1842)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they started their review of the future defence use of RAF Northolt; when they expect to complete the review; and whether they will publish the completed review.      (HL1843)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of hours of Community Service handed out by the courts in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what was the number of offenders who were sentenced to Community Service in each of the last five years.      (HL1844)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard litter picking as an appropriate form of Community Service for offenders sentenced to Community Service; and, if not, why not.      (HL1845)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the guidance available to the Courts on the length of driving licence bans which are appropriate for different categories of offences.      (HL1846)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom shipbuilders have the capability of designing a roll-on, roll-off ship of the type required by the Ministry of Defence.      (HL1847)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom shipbuilders have the capability of constructing a roll-on, roll-off ship of the type required by the Ministry of Defence.      (HL1848)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have recently been taken to allow Army cadets to gain experience of helicopter operations in the South West of England without a disproportionate increase in helicopter usage.      (HL1849)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether providing cadets with experience of helicopter operations is of benefit to the cadet units in terms of retention and meeting their organisations’ objectives.      (HL1850)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force units are (a) allocated and (b) issued live and blank ammunition on the same per capita basis; and, if not, why not.      (HL1851)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what they attribute the rise of 367 per cent between 1997-98 and 1998-99 in racist incidents collected by the Police for the City of London, reported in the Home Office’s Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System for 1999.      (HL1852)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed to the Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights relating to the right not to be discriminated against; and, if not, why not.      (HL1853)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

30TH MARCH 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

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)

15th March

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 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)

16th March

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 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 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)

17th March

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 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)

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

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

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 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)

27th March

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the European Union flight ban against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was suspended.      (HL1744)

The Baroness SerotaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for April and list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL1745)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure that the forthcoming United Nations Millennium NGO Forum will receive representations from adequate numbers of Asian and Black led non-governmental organisations.      (HL1746)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they will take to assist the pig production and processing industries in Northern Ireland.      (HL1747)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all agrimonetary compensation available to United Kingdom agriculture in the year 2000 will be taken up.      (HL1748)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27th March (HL 1589), whether the Post Office will publish the detailed research which indicated that the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom was not an appropriate subject for the stamp programme; and whether they will indicate how the research was carried out and by whom.      (HL1749)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what respects they consider the Local Government Bill, in its current form, to be incompatible with particular European Convention Human Rights.      (HL1750)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the Opinion obtained by JUSTICE from David Pannick QC and Helen Mountfield, dated 17th February, they consider that section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 breaches the rights of parents, pupils and teachers in maintained schools under Articles 8, 10 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and Article 2 of the First Protocol to the Convention.      (HL1751)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum percentage of those serving on a National Health Service Trust from any one political party that is desirable.      (HL1752)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they intend to pledge for the Stability Pact for south east Europe at the Brussels Funding Conference starting on 29th March.      (HL1753)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many police officers have been sent to Kosovo (a) from the United Kingdom and (b) in total; and, if this total is less than in the undertaking given by the Foreign Secretary on 30th June 1999, why.      (HL1754)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review KFOR’s efforts to keep the peace in Kosovo.      (HL1755)

28th March

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)

29th March

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Audit Commission fees payable by National Health Service Trusts for audits during 1999-2000 have been uprated by 4.25 per cent when the general NHS inflation uplift for that year is only 2.5 per cent.      (HL1795)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when United Kingdom Ministers last met Ministers of the Scottish Executive; what subjects were discussed; when they will meet again; and with what frequency will such meetings take place.      (HL1796)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that speed limits are observed on motorways and trunk roads.      (HL1797)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in support of local authorities introducing traffic calming measures in English villages.      (HL1798)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans exist to upgrade the A44 in Herefordshire and Worcestershire; and when these are likely to be implemented.      (HL1799)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the data which form the basis for the Baroness Blackstone’s statement on 15th March (HL Deb, col. 1546) that “The average performance of the top 24 per cent of pupils in maintained comprehensive schools is slightly higher than in grammar schools”.      (HL1800)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 29th March, why the Department for Education and Employment abandoned appointing a Chairman of the Millennium Volunteers following advertisements in the media for the post.      (HL1801)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with what authority did the Lord Sainsbury of Turville announce a definitive spending commitment arising from the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.      (HL1802)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in addition to the spending commitment arising from the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review announced by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville, what other commitments have been determined; and when will they be announced to Parliament.      (HL1803)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide funds for a crime prevention scheme and a programme for limiting domestic violence, both previously financed or planned by the Probation Board for Northern Ireland.      (HL1804)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the trade and economic blockade imposed by Belgrade on Montenegro is valid in international law; and whether they and their international partners will offer guarantees to protect Montenegrin autonomy and interests.      (HL1805)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons were in detention in police or court cells at the most recent date; how many of them were detained under the Immigration Acts; and how recent figures compare with those of one year ago.      (HL1806)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 27th March (WA 55-56), whether they will provide data on those who have died from, or been diagnosed with, new-variant CJD in the United Kingdom as to—

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 15th December 1999 (WA 42), whether the investigations into the ill health caused by exposure to pesticides, as opposed to investigations into complaints of exposure to pesticides, of employees at Mersley Farm, Isle of Wight, included an epidemiological study and clinical investigations; and, if not, whether they will establish these studies as a matter of urgency.      (HL1808)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 31st January (WA 4), whether the Environment Agency has completed their investigations into pesticide incidents at Mersley Farm, Isle of Wight; if they have, whether they have decided to prosecute; and, if not, how much longer they anticipate the investigations will take.      (HL1809)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate the epidemiological study into morbidity and mortality among Gulf War veterans, conducted by Professor Nicola Cherry at Manchester University, will be published.      (HL1810)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence apart from death certificates was used for the mortality section of the epidemiological study into morbidity and mortality of Gulf War veterans conducted by Professor Nicola Cherry of Manchester University.      (HL1811)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they anticipate the results of the neurological and immunological study of Gulf War veterans being conducted at King’s College Hospital will be published.      (HL1812)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 21st March (WA 18) stating that there is no statutory definition of family in the Taxes Acts, whether they will say what definition they use, and upon what authority they use it, in decisions concerning the exemption of businesses from payment of the national minimum wage to members of a family working in their family business.      (HL1813)

The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what number of replies were received by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions by the closing date, 31st January, in response to their consultation document High Hedges: Possible Solutions, in support of each of the four offered options and for none of them.      (HL1814)

The Lord Watson of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with which authority’s agreement the present pig meat protests on display in Parliament Square have become apparently permanent.      (HL1815)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present state of play of the Takeover Directive.      (HL1816)

The Baroness LockwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to ensure that the commitments agreed at the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe Istanbul Summit concerning Russian withdrawal from the Transdniestrian region of Moldova are met.      (HL1818)

30th March

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Takeover Directive could subject the findings of the United Kingdom’s Takeover Panel to the British courts or the European Court of Justice.      (HL1824)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that rail freight will be taken into consideration when assessment is made of passenger franchise proposals.      (HL1825)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether reports on the arrangements in the United States which provide comparison with the role and work of Railtrack will be considered by both the Rail Regulator and Ministers.      (HL1826)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which vaccines or other injectible medical products in use in the United Kingdom contain bovine serum derivatives from (a) United Kingdom sources or (b) abroad; and, if none (in either case), when was the last known date that such products were in use in the United Kingdom.      (HL1827)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the response of the European Commission to the National Pig Association’s and Meat and Livestock Commission’s proposals for structural and retirement aid packages for the pig industry.      (HL1828)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to submit a plan for assistance for those faced with insolvency in the pig industry.      (HL1829)

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, and on what dates since his appointment, the present Minister of Transport has had formal meetings with—

The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days the Minister of Transport attended the World Road Congress in Kuala Lumpur; how many officials accompanied him; what was the total cost to the taxpayer; and what was the purpose of attending.      (HL1831)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings on Sex Education Guidance were held between Ministers and the Bishop of Blackburn; when did they take place; who was present at each meeting; and which of those present were acting as individuals and which were acting on behalf of particular bodies or organisations.      (HL1832)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998, they will clarify the position of Independent Schools where there is a ban on heterosexual or homosexual activity among the pupils, in the event of pupils claiming a human right to disobey the ban.      (HL1833)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in relation to the Human Rights Act 1998, they will clarify the position of Independent Schools where attendance by pupils at church is compulsory, in the event that a pupil claims a human right not to attend.      (HL1834)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are—

for entrants to initial Teacher Training courses, showing figures for BEd and PGCE courses separately, for each of the last ten years.      (HL1835)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many initial teacher trainees, for years for which the information is available—

showing the figures for primary and secondary teachers separately and, for secondary teachers, showing the numbers for each subject separately.      (HL1836)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what applications have been made for European Union funding over the last ten years for any aspect of activities of Northern Ireland Railways; what has been the amount sought; and what was the response.      (HL1837)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will outline the amount of support received from the European Union for Northern Ireland Railways per head of the population in Northern Ireland compared with the same calculation for the railway system in the rest of the United Kingdom.      (HL1838)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether European Union funding was sought for an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast; how much funding was sought and when; and what was the response.      (HL1839)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any approaches have been made from private sources to part fund an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast; and what was the response.      (HL1840)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the decision not to proceed with an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast was announced; by what method; and which local bodies were informed.      (HL1841)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their decision not to proceed with an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast, which alternatives are being considered to offer public transport to this growth area which would be in line with the policy to reduce car dependence.      (HL1842)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they started their review of the future defence use of RAF Northolt; when they expect to complete the review; and whether they will publish the completed review.      (HL1843)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of hours of Community Service handed out by the courts in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what was the number of offenders who were sentenced to Community Service in each of the last five years.      (HL1844)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard litter picking as an appropriate form of Community Service for offenders sentenced to Community Service; and, if not, why not.      (HL1845)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the guidance available to the Courts on the length of driving licence bans which are appropriate for different categories of offences.      (HL1846)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom shipbuilders have the capability of designing a roll-on, roll-off ship of the type required by the Ministry of Defence.      (HL1847)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many United Kingdom shipbuilders have the capability of constructing a roll-on, roll-off ship of the type required by the Ministry of Defence.      (HL1848)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps have recently been taken to allow Army cadets to gain experience of helicopter operations in the South West of England without a disproportionate increase in helicopter usage.      (HL1849)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether providing cadets with experience of helicopter operations is of benefit to the cadet units in terms of retention and meeting their organisations’ objectives.      (HL1850)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Army Cadet Force and Combined Cadet Force units are (a) allocated and (b) issued live and blank ammunition on the same per capita basis; and, if not, why not.      (HL1851)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what they attribute the rise of 367 per cent between 1997-98 and 1998-99 in racist incidents collected by the Police for the City of London, reported in the Home Office’s Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System for 1999.      (HL1852)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have agreed to the Additional Protocol to the European Convention on Human Rights relating to the right not to be discriminated against; and, if not, why not.      (HL1853)

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]
    Deafblind Persons [HL] [14th April]
    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
    Financial Services and Markets [13th April]

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
    Draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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]

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

Science and Technology (Select Committee)Hammersmith Hospital
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 11TH APRIL

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

WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee11.00 am

THURSDAY 13TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

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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