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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 10TH APRIL

At half past two o’clock

*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.

European Union Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Jopling be appointed a member of the Select Committee in the place of the Lord Trefgarne.

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.

†Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL] (Consolidation)—Committee (on recommitment) [The Lord Chancellor]

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 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 Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the forthcoming conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York, they will press for a nuclear weapons convention along the same lines as the conventions now in force regarding chemical and biological weapons so as to emphasise international commitment to nuclear disarmament.

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.

†The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To call attention to the recent Audit Commission Report on the provision by the National Health Service of specialist disability equipment; 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]

†‡Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 30th March be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd April be approved. [15th Report from the Joint Committee]

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]

MONDAY 17TH APRIL

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the improvements to the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative for developing countries have produced the faster, wider and deeper debt relief which was intended.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take on the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on H M Prison Rochester.

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of reported delays in the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line, they will call together the parties involved to agree a programme for timely completion of the project.

†*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reduce their annual claim on the British Coal pension fund in order to increase the payments made to claimants who are former miners.

†Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

†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.

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.

†‡The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider paying members of the Special Constabulary.

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

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.

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. (Short debate)

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. (Short debate)

†The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to support amateur sports clubs in their work for the social development and health of the community.

THURSDAY 20TH APRIL

†[At eleven o’clock]

†Freedom of Information Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

TUESDAY 2ND MAY

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in the international community to ensure the survival of the tiger both in India and in Sumatra.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many women were in prison in England and Wales in March 1996; how many in March 2000; and what plans they have to forestall a further increase.

†*The Lord Sheppard of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how, after two years of the New Deal, they assess the potential offered by intermediate labour market projects to ease the period of transition for those furthest from the labour market.

WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the licence regulations banning insulin-treated diabetics from driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes should be replaced by a system of individual assessment of fitness to drive.

*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to reverse the decline in the numbers of British students taking German and French at A level.

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 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 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 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 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.

The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reasonable grounds there are for the continued imprisonment of Myra Hindley after 35 years.

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.

PART II

MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE

[Ballot on 10th May for debate on 24th May]

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 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 Waddington—To call attention to the situation of Zimbabwe public service pensioners living in Britain; and to move for papers.

The Lord Watson of Richmond—To call attention to the contribution of the United Kingdom to the development of European Union trade policy; 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 6th April]

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will continue to uphold the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s embargo on the export of weapons and military equipment to Azerbaijan.      (HL1942)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring the sale and distribution of publicly-owned assets in Zimbabwe before the currently postponed elections take place.      (HL1943)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have offered any assistance to the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe; and at which meetings, on which dates and with whom present any possible assistance was discussed.      (HL1944)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the current economic crisis in Zimbabwe, they have reviewed the Zimbabwean’s government’s “Millennium Recovery Plan”; and whether they have made representations to President Mugabe and his colleagues.      (HL1945)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have prepared a strategy in the event that President Mugabe declares a state of emergency in Zimbabwe prior to the delayed proposed elections.      (HL1946)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider President Mugabe to have departed from Zimbabwe’s constitutional law or to have encouraged violence; and, if so, on what occasions during the last twelve months.      (HL1947)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the elections in Zimbabwe, under the ministerial direction of Mr Dubengwa, are held by mid-June.      (HL1948)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that the decline in overseas aid worldwide of over 20 per cent in real terms between 1992 and 1997 has now been reversed; and what pressure they are bringing to bear on members of the Development Assistance Committee to ensure this reversal.      (HL1949)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the report Reality of Aid 2000 that the number of poor, currently about one billion, is growing and that over 25 million more live in absolute poverty as a direct result of aid cuts.      (HL1950)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they see any differences between the economy, politics and culture of the United Kingdom and those of Scandinavian countries which could account for any divergence between the volume and quality of overseas aid given by the United Kingdom and those countries; and, if so, what those differences are.      (HL1951)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking economies in their roads programme; and, if so, how they justify the use of more than three wooden rails in the fencing of motorways and dual carriageways.      (HL1952)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 3rd April (WA 108-109), whether the remit of the Ministerial Network on Social Exclusion allows it to consider rural social exclusion; what were the dates of the visits made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office to the countryside in the Duchy of Lancaster; and what were the purposes of those visits.      (HL1953)

The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they agreed to the European Union Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation treating the Channel Islands as dependent territories of the United Kingdom.      (HL1954)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will impose sanctions similar to those they have imposed on Austria against any country whose leader or leaders have expressed sympathy, support or understanding for the national socialist or communist regimes in the former Soviet Union, in China, or in Cuba; and, if not, why not.      (HL1955)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to amend the Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 in order to ensure that those organisations which are responsible for managing sheltered accommodation in which all the residents are over 75 are not required to buy television licences for the television equipment used in communal areas.      (HL1956)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 6th March (WA 128), whether all ten local authorities that were identified in the Appraisal of Annual Library Plans 1990 as having “poor” plan assessments (Hackney, Haringey, Dudley, Sefton, Bracknell Forest, Poole, Thurrock, West Berkshire, Dorset and Warwickshire) have now redrafted their Plans and reported back to the Secretary of State on their action; and, if so, whether the Secretary of State is satisfied by those reports.      (HL1957)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what issues are on the agenda for the next meeting of the Tourism Forum on 18th April.      (HL1958)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations have been invited to attend the next meeting of the Tourism Forum on 18th April.      (HL1959)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 29th February (WA 59), what discussions have been held by the Minister for Tourism with the Minister for Women and the body “Women in Film and Television” about how to take forward the recommendations in the report A Survey on Working Conditions in the Film and Television Industry; and when they will publish their plans to put the recommendations into effect.      (HL1960)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sanctions, if any, are available to them when Ministers of the Crown breach the underlying principles of paragraph 27 of the Ministerial Code.      (HL1961)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to put in place measures to ensure that, in future, Ministers comply properly with paragraph 27 of the Ministerial Code; and, if so, what measures they have in mind.      (HL1962)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 6th April, whether they are satisfied that no record is kept centrally of the value of external consultancy contracts entered into by the Government on a Departmental basis.      (HL1963)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 31st January (WA 11), how accurate is the figure of £67 million spent on Government advertising from April to December 1999 when, according to a further Written Answer on 6th April, information relating to the value of external public relations and consultancy contracts entered into by Government is not held centrally.      (HL1964)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of Gross Domestic Product was accounted for by defence expenditure in the following years: 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996; what was the proportion of GDP spent on defence in the last available year; and what is their estimate of the percentage of GDP that will be taken by defence spending in the years 2001 and 2002.      (HL1965)

The Lady Saltoun of AbernethyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether red deer antlers are designated as specified risk material in draft European Union Commission Document XXIV/2905/99.      (HL1966)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

6TH APRIL 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

20th March

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

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

The Lord 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 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 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)

23rd March

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 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 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 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 (WA 45), 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 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)

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 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 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 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)

29th March

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 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)

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)

3rd April

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many states have made a declaration under Article 14 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination so as to allow individual petition to the monitoring body set up by the treaty; and whether the United Kingdom will join them.      (HL1858)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many states have ratified the First Optional Protocol of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, thus providing a right of individual petition; whether the other Member States of the European Union have so ratified; and whether the United Kingdom will join them.      (HL1859)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will lift their reservation on Article 10(2)(b) and (3) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which prohibits mixing young offenders and adult prisoners.      (HL1860)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will lift their reservation on Article 20 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights relating to the advocacy of religious hatred.      (HL1861)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many states have made a declaration under the Convention Against Torture so as to allow individual petition; and whether the United Kingdom will now make a similar declaration.      (HL1862)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will lift their reservation on the provision to prohibit separating young from adult offenders in the Convention on the Rights of the Child.      (HL1863)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hung of Kings Heath on 27th March (WA 59), what is the “strong epidemiological evidence to suggest that classic CJD is not transmitted through blood”; which of the many variants of “classic CJD” this evidence applies to; and whether they will place copies of the relevant papers in the Library of the House.      (HL1864)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cattle born in the United Kingdom in each month since 1st January 1996 have died of BSE in each year since 1996, including the current year to date.      (HL1865)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of BSE in cattle have been strain-typed; and what were the results of these experiments.      (HL1866)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of new-variant CJD in humans have been strain-typed; and what were the results of these experiments.      (HL1867)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any indications that there might be more than one strain of new-variant CJD in humans.      (HL1868)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost for the current year of the proposed television advertising campaign to encourage pensioners to take up their entitlement to the minimum income guarantee; when the rest of the items in the campaign will be introduced, including the new free telephone claim service, the new Tele-Claims centre, the electronic claim form and the two million letters to pensioners; and at what cost respectively.      (HL1869)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the external commercial interests, insofar as they may exist, of special advisers employed by the Government are required to be declared; and, if so, to what extent they are subject to appropriate public and parliamentary scrutiny.      (HL1870)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any of the special advisers working in 10 Downing Street have any external commercial interests which would give rise to either an actual or a perceived conflict of interest with their duties in the formulation of Government policy.      (HL1871)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the Post Office to publish the successful and unsuccessful suggestions for special stamp issue during 2001.      (HL1872)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to make representations to the Post Office concerning the suitability or otherwise of topics for special stamp issues; whether such representations were made about the bicentenary in 2001 of the United Kingdom; and, if so, by which Department, and what was their nature.      (HL1873)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be represented at the events in the Republic of Ireland designed to mark the bicentenary in 2001 of the creation of the United Kingdom; and, if so, by whom.      (HL1874)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their decision not to mark in the year 2001 the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom is consistent with the remarks of the Prime Minister reported in The Belfast Telegraph of 21st May 1998 that “I am proud to speak to you as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. I value that Union.”      (HL1875)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the detailed costs of the Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to the centre of Belfast upon which the decision was taken not to proceed; how the calculations were made; and by whom.      (HL1876)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the response to the public consultation exercise concerning the Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to the centre of Belfast.      (HL1877)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 29th March (WA 75) about the losses incurred for BMW by the Rover Group, what were the total sales of Rover cars and of other products of the Birmingham plant in each year from 1995 to 1999; and, of the totals, how many were sold abroad.      (HL1878)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the recent announcement of the creation of new life peers, whether they will tabulate by party or group (Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Cross-Bench) the percentage of former hereditaries of the party or group now sitting as life peers as against the former total of hereditary peers of that party or group; and whether they will indicate whether the manifesto commitment to the abolition of hereditary rights to sit and vote in the House of Lords has now been abandoned in relation to the Labour peerage.      (HL1879)

The Earl of CaithnessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union Commissioner for Agriculture has written to the Minister for Agriculture accepting that the United Kingdom should, for this year, continue the existing practice for measuring field margins; and, if so, on what date and at what time the letter was received, and whether it will be published.      (HL1880)

4th April

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the number of deaths in Northern Ireland related to smoking, by encouraging organisations to ban smoking by employees and the public in areas over which they have control.      (HL1882)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultation took place between them and the European Commission before the statement was issued by the President of the Commission on 31st January, announcing procedures to be adopted by the other 14 Member States in their relations with Austria.      (HL1883)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they know the whereabouts and health of Min Ko Naing, the Burmese pro-democracy activist.      (HL1884)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy the National Asylum Support Service is following in relation to (a) the provision of toys for refugee children; and (b) the giving of change to asylum seekers when the purchase price of food is less than the value of a voucher.      (HL1885)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Chechen refugees are in Georgia; and whether the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is providing funds to meet their needs.      (HL1886)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current budget of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the 900,000 or so displaced people living in Serbia.      (HL1887)

The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any indication can be given to independent hospices of the extra funds which they will receive out of the extra £2 billion being allocated to the National Health Service as announced in the Budget Statement.      (HL1888)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in their view, the study by Mackey and Derrick Contamination of deep tissues of carcasses by bacteria present on slaughter instruments or in the gut (Journal of Applied Bacteriology 1979 Apr; 46(2): 355-66), and the study reported in the Lancet in September 1996 by Tam Garland, demonstrate that brain material becomes spread through the whole carcass of an animal after stunning.      (HL1889)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any studies are under way to determine how far mice, that express only human PrP with methionine only at codon 129, and such mice which are heterozygous for valine and methionine at this codon, are susceptible to infection with BSE.      (HL1890)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any studies in humans or animals are under way with the object of determining whether infectious diseases and gastrointestinal disorders play a part in determining susceptibility to BSE infection by the oral route.      (HL1891)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any large scale studies are in progress for the molecular strain typing of scrapie in sheep.      (HL1892)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any studies are in progress or contemplation to screen brain tissue from food animals other than cattle and sheep for the presence of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies.      (HL1893)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House and on the Internet full details of all research into Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies currently funded by the Government including—

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received information from the British High Commission in Zimbabwe on the alleged role of the ruling Zanu-PF party in Zimbabwe in a campaign of violence, intimidation and lawlessness in that country.      (HL1895)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reviewed the possibility of President Mugabe declaring a State of Emergency in Zimbabwe; and, if a military coup with popular backing and a clearly defined timetable for new elections should be announced, whether they would then consider there to be sufficient grounds to call for the suspension of Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth.      (HL1896)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of conditions in Zimbabwe, they will call for a review of the rules of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group regarding suspension from the Commonwealth.      (HL1897)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sale of spare parts for Hawk aircraft in use in Africa from the Congo to Zimbabwe is consistent with the ethical dimension of their foreign policy and with the statement by the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Hain, at Wilton Park on 13th September 1999 that Britain must not supply defence material where this could start, sustain or stoke internal or external oppression.      (HL1898)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group is the custodian of the Harare Principles.      (HL1899)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether membership of the Commonwealth implies the observation of the fundamental values expressed in the Harare Declaration, and in particular the values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and good governance.      (HL1900)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the findings of the study by the National Health Service Health Technology Assessment Programme in relation to prostate cancer, referred to in the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 23rd July 1998 (WA 134).      (HL1901)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring up to date the table of Government funding of cancer research included in the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 19th May 1998 (WA 166).      (HL1902)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what developments there have been, since the Written Answers of the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 19th May 1998 (WA 165-6) and 23rd July 1998 (WA 134), in Government funding of research into prostate cancer; and what further expenditure is planned.      (HL1903)

5th April

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a detailed breakdown of the £44 million they have contributed to President Mugabe’s land reform programme, including specific project assistance and dates of disbursement, coupled with details of how such expenditure has been targeted towards poverty alleviation in a cost effective way.      (HL1904)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports that, following the compulsory purchase of land from white farmers in Zimbabwe, government ministers, members of the judiciary and members of the armed forces have received farms from the state.      (HL1905)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received reports that public servants and members of the armed forces have taken advantage of the Ordinary Tenant Farmer Scheme as “ordinary tenants” in Zimbabwe; and whether land reform there was initiated as a policy to help the poor.      (HL1906)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would constitute a serious and continuous violation of the Harare Declaration, worthy of demanding investigation by the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group, in the context of the farm policy in Zimbabwe.      (HL1907)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Zimbabwe government’s farm policy undermines the Commonwealth’s fundamental political values.      (HL1908)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they share the concern expressed by Human Rights Watch over the recent crackdown on press freedom in Zimbabwe.      (HL1909)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring is done of the use of diamorphine in the treatment of elderly patients in National Health Service hospitals; and what evidence the Department of Health has of such patients being overdosed with diamorphine.      (HL1910)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the dossier sent to the General Medical Council by Dr Rita Pal of Sutton Coldfield, which detailed cases of abuse of elderly patients in NHS hospitals overdosed with diamorphine; and what action they are taking in response to it.      (HL1911)

The Lord Smith of CliftonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 25th January (HL Deb, cols. 1416-1419), why there has been a delay in the promised announcement by the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on directors’ remuneration; and when it can now be expected.      (HL1912)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 23rd March (WA 37), whether they will list by name all of the individuals for whom they use the expression “envoy” and “Czar”, together with an explanation of the status and level of responsibility that applies in the case of each of those so listed.      (HL1913)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when is the likely completion date of the M6 extension to the M74.      (HL1914)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the number of fatalities on the M40 and M6 in each of the past five years.      (HL1915)

The Baroness MaddockTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether for planning purposes radio station sites are considered to be “greenfield” or “brownfield” sites.      (HL1916)

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why H M Prison Parc is the only prison in England and Wales not to provide the Prison Service Directorate of Heath Care with statistics on recorded incidents of self-harm.      (HL1917)

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many extra days’ detention were imposed on prisoners failing mandatory drugs tests in 1997-98 and 1998-99; and what was the total cost of imposing these extra days.      (HL1918)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the World Health Organisation has reported or will report on tuberculosis in Chechnya and adjoining regions, on the probable consequences for public health in Russia and eastern Europe and on the necessary preventative measures; and if not, whether they will ask the WHO to do so.      (HL1919)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are involved in monitoring the municipal elections in Bosnia-Herzegovina; and if so whether they satisfy standard tests of freedom and fairness.      (HL1920)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the causes and possible consequences of the attempted assassination and wounding of Mr Arkady Ghukasian, the elected president of Nagorno Karabakh, on 22nd March.      (HL1921)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total sum allocated for preventing and remedying the effects of the suspension and exclusion of pupils from schools; how this sum is divided between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and in which financial years; and whether the portion available to Northern Ireland is ring-fenced, in view of the current suspension of devolved government.      (HL1922)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the international interest in navigation along the whole length of the Danube, they will seek to mobilise funds for the removal of the debris of the three bridges that were destroyed at Novi Sad; and what they estimate the cost of such work to be.      (HL1923)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations they held before deciding on the accreditation scheme for the e-commerce certification programme; and whether the criteria for accreditation were agreed by those consulted, as offering adequate protection for consumers, and thus to encourage e-commerce in the United Kingdom.      (HL1924)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Turkish government has reported the incursion by Turkish troops into Iraq, as required by Article 51 of the United Nations Convention.      (HL1925)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to legislate to control “spam” e-mail under Article 10 of the European Union’s Distance Selling Directive by the opt-in or opt-out method.      (HL1926)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 14th March (CWH 25-26), why they consider that a small business is more capable of dealing with “spam” e-mail than the average private user of e-mail.      (HL1927)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officials in (a) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, (b) the Department of Health, and (c) the Food Standards Agency spend more than half their time on Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy; and what the functions and grades of these officials are.      (HL1928)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any one official or department has an overall co-ordinating role for BSE/new-variant CJD; which official or department that is; and what their co-ordinating role is.      (HL1929)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the Spongiform Encephalopathy Advisory Committee if, in the light of current research and the actions taken to protect human health with reference to human blood, they still consider it appropriate to allow blood, gelatin and tallow to be fed to calves.      (HL1930)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is considered by those investigating the occurrence of new-variant CJD that a sufficient number of cattle with BSE have been strain-typed to provide an accurate assessment of the nature of the presumed infective agent.      (HL1931)

The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether The Guardian of Tuesday 4th April was accurate in estimating 400-500 rural post office closures in the next year; and if not, what is their estimate.      (HL1932)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the e-czar has expressed any views as to the effect and practicality of the Government’s IR35 provisions (on the treatment for tax and National Insurance purposes of the provision of services through intermediaries such as personal service companies); if so, what those views are; and whether they are being taken into account by Ministers in the determination of policy in this area.      (HL1933)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the Government’s IR35 provisions have had on one-person personal service companies in knowledge-based industries, particularly in terms of such individuals electing which country’s tax regime they will be subject to.      (HL1934)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria the Inland Revenue will apply in determining exemptions from their IR35 provisions.      (HL1935)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the IR35 provisions are consistent with the Chancellor’s determination to establish the United Kingdom as a knowledge-based economy.      (HL1936)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many lone parents under the age of 25 are benefiting from the Sure Start programme during the first year of their child’s life at present; and how many are anticipated to be doing so in (a) six months, (b) one year, and (c) two years.      (HL1937)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16th March (WA 230-1) and 5th April (WA 134), whether it is now their policy to take note of the views of the Republic of Ireland’s government in issues that reflect the history and culture of the whole of the United Kingdom; and whether they consider that their views in such matters have been sufficiently taken into account by the Government of the Republic of Ireland.      (HL1938)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Health and Social Services Trusts in Northern Ireland have not implemented Regulation 16 of the Working Time Regulations 1998 (Payment in Respect of Periods of Annual Leave); and what are their reasons for not doing so.      (HL1939)

6th April

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Kingdom will continue to uphold the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s embargo on the export of weapons and military equipment to Azerbaijan.      (HL1942)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are monitoring the sale and distribution of publicly-owned assets in Zimbabwe before the currently postponed elections take place.      (HL1943)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have offered any assistance to the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe; and at which meetings, on which dates and with whom present any possible assistance was discussed.      (HL1944)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the current economic crisis in Zimbabwe, they have reviewed the Zimbabwean’s government’s “Millennium Recovery Plan”; and whether they have made representations to President Mugabe and his colleagues.      (HL1945)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have prepared a strategy in the event that President Mugabe declares a state of emergency in Zimbabwe prior to the delayed proposed elections.      (HL1946)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider President Mugabe to have departed from Zimbabwe’s constitutional law or to have encouraged violence; and, if so, on what occasions during the last twelve months.      (HL1947)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the elections in Zimbabwe, under the ministerial direction of Mr Dubengwa, are held by mid-June.      (HL1948)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that the decline in overseas aid worldwide of over 20 per cent in real terms between 1992 and 1997 has now been reversed; and what pressure they are bringing to bear on members of the Development Assistance Committee to ensure this reversal.      (HL1949)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the report Reality of Aid 2000 that the number of poor, currently about one billion, is growing and that over 25 million more live in absolute poverty as a direct result of aid cuts.      (HL1950)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they see any differences between the economy, politics and culture of the United Kingdom and those of Scandinavian countries which could account for any divergence between the volume and quality of overseas aid given by the United Kingdom and those countries; and, if so, what those differences are.      (HL1951)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are seeking economies in their roads programme; and, if so, how they justify the use of more than three wooden rails in the fencing of motorways and dual carriageways.      (HL1952)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 3rd April (WA 108-109), whether the remit of the Ministerial Network on Social Exclusion allows it to consider rural social exclusion; what were the dates of the visits made by the Minister for the Cabinet Office to the countryside in the Duchy of Lancaster; and what were the purposes of those visits.      (HL1953)

The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they agreed to the European Union Code of Conduct Group on Business Taxation treating the Channel Islands as dependent territories of the United Kingdom.      (HL1954)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will impose sanctions similar to those they have imposed on Austria against any country whose leader or leaders have expressed sympathy, support or understanding for the national socialist or communist regimes in the former Soviet Union, in China, or in Cuba; and, if not, why not.      (HL1955)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to amend the Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000 in order to ensure that those organisations which are responsible for managing sheltered accommodation in which all the residents are over 75 are not required to buy television licences for the television equipment used in communal areas.      (HL1956)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 6th March (WA 128), whether all ten local authorities that were identified in the Appraisal of Annual Library Plans 1990 as having “poor” plan assessments (Hackney, Haringey, Dudley, Sefton, Bracknell Forest, Poole, Thurrock, West Berkshire, Dorset and Warwickshire) have now redrafted their Plans and reported back to the Secretary of State on their action; and, if so, whether the Secretary of State is satisfied by those reports.      (HL1957)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what issues are on the agenda for the next meeting of the Tourism Forum on 18th April.      (HL1958)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations have been invited to attend the next meeting of the Tourism Forum on 18th April.      (HL1959)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 29th February (WA 59), what discussions have been held by the Minister for Tourism with the Minister for Women and the body “Women in Film and Television” about how to take forward the recommendations in the report A Survey on Working Conditions in the Film and Television Industry; and when they will publish their plans to put the recommendations into effect.      (HL1960)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sanctions, if any, are available to them when Ministers of the Crown breach the underlying principles of paragraph 27 of the Ministerial Code.      (HL1961)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are proposing to put in place measures to ensure that, in future, Ministers comply properly with paragraph 27 of the Ministerial Code; and, if so, what measures they have in mind.      (HL1962)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 6th April, whether they are satisfied that no record is kept centrally of the value of external consultancy contracts entered into by the Government on a Departmental basis.      (HL1963)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 31st January (WA 11), how accurate is the figure of £67 million spent on Government advertising from April to December 1999 when, according to a further Written Answer on 6th April, information relating to the value of external public relations and consultancy contracts entered into by Government is not held centrally.      (HL1964)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of Gross Domestic Product was accounted for by defence expenditure in the following years: 1946, 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996; what was the proportion of GDP spent on defence in the last available year; and what is their estimate of the percentage of GDP that will be taken by defence spending in the years 2001 and 2002.      (HL1965)

The Lady Saltoun of AbernethyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether red deer antlers are designated as specified risk material in draft European Union Commission Document XXIV/2905/99.      (HL1966)

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]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Insolvency [HL]
    Terrorism

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) [HL] (Consolidation) [11th April]

Waiting for Report

    Electronic Communications
    Financial Services and Markets [13th April]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    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]
    Care Standards [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Armed Forces Discipline [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2000
    Draft Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000
    Draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Order 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 10TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee B)Washington DC

TUESDAY 11TH APRIL

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)

WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee A)Geneva
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee11.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 13TH APRIL

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)Cardiff Airport
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 18TH APRIL

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

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)Rutherford Appleton Laboratory,
Oxfordshire

 
 
 
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