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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL

At half past two o’clock

*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 Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations from the newly-formed Conservatives Against a Federal Europe (CAFE) and, if so, what has been their response.

†Financial Services and Markets Bill—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the amendments for the Report stage be marshalled and considered in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clauses 2 to 20

Schedule 2

Clauses 21 to 29

Schedule 3 and 4

Clauses 30 to 34

Schedule 5

Clauses 35 to 39

Schedule 6

Clauses 40 to 72

Schedules 7 and 8

Clauses 73 to 86

Schedule 9

Clauses 87 and 88

Schedule 10

Clauses 89 to 101

Schedule 11

Clauses 102 to 109

Schedule 12

Clauses 110 to 129

Schedule 13

Clauses 130 to 158

Schedule 14

Clauses 159 to 161

Schedule 15

Clauses 162 to 199

Schedule 16

Clauses 200 to 221

Schedule 17

Clauses 222 to 329

Schedule 18

Clauses 330 to 421

Schedules 19 to 21

Clause 422.

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. (3-hour debate)

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. (2-hour debate)

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.

†*The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to assist in famine relief in Ethiopia.

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]

†Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers’ Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 20th March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

†Deputy Chairmen of Committees—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Viscount Falkland and the Lord Geddes be added to the Panel of Lords appointed to act as Deputy Chairmen of Committees for this Session.

†Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Bill [HL] (Consolidation)—Third Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

‡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.

†Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 2nd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 55) be agreed to.

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]

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to make it a requirement that home surveys for mortgage purposes shall include energy efficiency audits.

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.

*The Lord Alexander of Weedon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the European Union designation of Cornwall for Objective 1 funding, they will support the establishment of the Combined Universities in Cornwall by providing the necessary matching funding.

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.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government for what reasons traffic in Piccadilly is to be reduced to one lane each way for a further twelve months and whether they will use their best endeavours to speed things up.

The Lord Rogers of Quarry Bank—To call attention to the provision of essential services to communities in particular need, including banking, post office facilities, transport and health; and to move for papers.

THURSDAY 4TH MAY

†*The Baroness Cumberlege—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the closure of maternity units.

TUESDAY 9TH MAY

†*The Lord Dixon-Smith—To ask the Leader of the House whether the House can exercise its responsibility towards the whole of the United Kingdom if it is unable to discuss matters for which responsibility is shared between the United Kingdom and a devolved body.

THURSDAY 11TH MAY

†*The Lord Windlesham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the appointment of Lords of Appeal in Ordinary or Lords Justices of Appeal to chair or carry out public inquiries or reviews.

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.

The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for manufacturing industry.

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 or amended on 11th April, or unanswered after 21 days]

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—

11th April

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Chancellor has completed his review of the terms of service of part-time judicial office-holders in England and Wales following the judgment of the High Court of Justiciary in Scotland in the Starrs case.      (HL2002)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the review of the Crown Office List.      (HL2003)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of a Ministerial Network, as in the case of that chaired by the Minister for the Cabinet Office in respect of social exclusion; and how such a Network differs from a committee.      (HL2004)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the forward plans of CDC Group plc will ensure that (a) over the next five years more than 70 per cent of its new investments will be in countries with a Gross National Product per capita of less than US$1,740 based on World Bank data published in 1998; and (b) more than half its new investment each year will be in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.      (HL2005)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who responded to their consultation paper on holes in the roads Reducing Disruption from Utilities’ Street Works, identifying those which had an interest in avoiding charges for roadworks.      (HL2006)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they estimate to be the costs incurred by business as a result of holes in the road, using the £16.28 valuation of business time which applies in the evaluation of new road building.      (HL2007)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Trade and Industry or the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions is the lead Department for policy on holes in the roads.      (HL2008)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated yield of a £1,000 per lane per day levy on those who dig holes in the roads.      (HL2009)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements are in force in other European countries to charge those who dig holes in the road for doing so.      (HL2010)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will commission an appropriate economic consultancy to assess the costs and benefits of charging statutory undertakers who dig holes in the road.      (HL2011)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now make available such information as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Ministry of Defence have about “Operation Silver” which took place more than 50 years ago.      (HL2012)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the 94 page document, dealing with British intelligence operations in South Eastern Europe which George Blake is alleged to have handed over to the Russians in the early 1950s, is now available for public scrutiny.      (HL2013)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when a convicted sex offender is released from prison, it is standard practice to alert the police force covering the area in which it is expected that the offender will reside; and, if not, why not.      (HL2014)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will enquire into the circumstances of the release from prison of Kevin Chambers, who on 3rd April was sentenced to life imprisonment for a rape committed in Ipswich within 18 hours of being released from serving four years imprisonment for an earlier conviction for rape; and why the Suffolk Police were not informed that he was accommodated at public expense in the Chequers Hotel in Ipswich on his release from the earlier custodial sentence.      (HL2015)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether illegal immigrants who refuse to disclose their country of origin can claim, and be granted, political asylum; and, if not, whether it is possible for them to be deported.      (HL2016)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries of the European Union have a system of national identity cards, and in which of them (a) the system is mandatory and (b) the carrying of identity cards is mandatory; and from which of these countries such identity cards are an acceptable travel document for entry into the United Kingdom.      (HL2017)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the statement attributed to Mr Keith Best, Chief Executive of the Immigration Advisory Service, by The Times in its annexe of 11th April, that when the Human Rights Act 1998 is brought fully into force on 2nd October, the rate of hearing asylum appeals by adjudicators will decline to an average of one a day “because of all the time needed to go through the evidence”.      (HL2018)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the performance standard requirements for the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for processing applications for driving licences and their renewal within a reasonable time.      (HL2019)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they hold on the outcomes of Reduced Benefit Directions under the Child Support Act 1991; and, in particular, when parents with care ultimately chose to cooperate, what was the average length of time they were subject to a reduced benefit direction before deciding to do so.      (HL2020)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the incidence among parents with care, who have been subject to a reduced benefit direction, of

and how these figures compare with those for the adult population as a whole.      (HL2021)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of parents with care who have been subject to a reduced benefit direction, and have subsequently agreed to cooperate, have been victims of domestic violence; and how this figure compares with figures for the population as a whole.      (HL2022)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the official report, written by Sir Con O’Neill, on the United Kingdom’s failed negotiations for entry into the European Community in 1961/3, is available to scholars and others; and, if not, in which year they plan to make it available.      (HL2023)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total net contribution made by the United Kingdom to the European Community, at constant prices, during the period 1973 to 1995; what was the United Kingdom’s net contribution in each of the years 1996 to 1999; and what is their estimate for the United Kingdom’s net contribution in 2000, 2001 and 2002.      (HL2024)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Service married quarters estates have become “mixed estates” with council tenants; and, if so, whether they will (a) list these estates; and (b) give reasons why this has occurred when assurances were given to the contrary by the Ministry of Defence and Annington Homes.      (HL2025)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Aldershot Military Garrison or parts of it are being prepared for sale.      (HL2026)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many new barracks and married quarters estates are being constructed or are due for construction for all three Services of the Armed Forces; and what are the cost and area of each project.      (HL2027)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are confident that their UK Online initiative will not be confused with the Internet Service Provider of the same name.      (HL2028)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received any representations about their use of the phrase UK Online as the name for their initiative to offer Government services over the Internet; and, if so, what form these have taken.      (HL2029)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are unwilling to state the genetic makeup of the infant born to a mother with new-variant CJD when this information is readily available from other sources.      (HL2030)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what validation has been carried out of the methodology being used in the new-variant CJD tonsil and appendix surveys; and what rate of (a) false positives and (b) false negatives they currently expect in the results.      (HL2031)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the recent meeting of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy researchers in Keele was held in private; who was invited to it; what confidentiality agreements they were required to sign; and whether the minutes of that meeting will now be published.      (HL2032)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the public will be better prepared for the eventuality of a sizeable epidemic of new-variant CJD if they (a) are not aware of developments in research into the disease or (b) have all available information offered to them at all stages.      (HL2033)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House copies of the protocols of the new-variant CJD tonsil and appendix surveys currently under way, and the data gathered to date.      (HL2034)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of the basis on which AFSSA (the French food safety agency) has banned pithing in slaughterhouses; and whether they will place in the Library of the House their evaluation of the French decision and their reasons for differing from AFSSA’s conclusions.      (HL2035)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask the Chairman of Committees what was the purpose of the visit by Sub-Committee B of the European Union to Washington between 9th and 12th April; how many members and officers took part in the visit; and what was its total cost.      (HL2036)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any truth in recent reports that France (or French interests) have agreed to stand surety for Kuwait to supply oil to Zimbabwe after the original application to that country was refused.      (HL2037)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their policy, as outlined by the Deputy Prime Minister in November 1999, of a target average bus fleet age of 8 years to be achieved by the autumn of 2001, what is the average age of the Ulsterbus fleet in Northern Ireland; and, if necessary, what steps will be taken to bring that fleet into line with policy.      (HL2038)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 10th April (WA 10), whether the Post Office has confirmed that the bi-centenary of the creation of the United Kingdom was on the list of events for which telephone research for the 2001 programme of stamp issues was undertaken; and, if so, what percentage of those polled were in each of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.      (HL2039)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the planning agreements of 1994 and 1997 for Belfast City Airport, an upper limit of flights or passengers per year was set; if so, what is that limit, how is it monitored, and what sanctions are imposed if it is exceeded.      (HL2040)

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
    Government Resources and Accounts
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)

Waiting for Report

    Electronic Communications
    Financial Services and Markets [13th April]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) [HL] (Consolidation) [18th April]

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]

WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)Marylebone
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
European Union (Sub-Committee B)Washington DC
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)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

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

 
 
 
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