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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.

THURSDAY 13TH APRIL

At three o’clock

*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.

†Terrorism Bill—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That it be an instruction to the Committee of the Whole House to whom the Terrorism Bill has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clauses 1 and 2

Schedule 1

Clause 3

Schedule 2

Clauses 4 and 5

Schedule 3

Clauses 6 to 23

Schedule 4

Clauses 24 to 37

Schedule 5

Clause 38

Schedule 6

Clauses 39 to 41

Schedule 8

Clauses 42 to 53

Schedule 7

Clauses 54 to 65

Schedule 9

Clauses 66 to 84

Schedule 10

Clauses 85 to 98

Schedule 11

Clauses 99 to 102

Schedule 12

Clauses 103 to 106

Schedule 13

Clauses 107 to 115

Schedule 14

Clauses 116 to 124

Schedules 15 and 16

Clauses 125 to 130.

†Financial Services and Markets Bill—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [12th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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]

†In the event of the bill being read a second time, the Lord Chancellor to move, That the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

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.

†*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that current sanctions are harming the population of Serbia, while strengthening the Milosevic government; and, if so, what modifications they would propose.

†*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans for the future role of H M Chief Inspector of Prisons.

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 Rodgers 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.

†*The Baroness Seccombe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the revelations at the Saville inquiry about Mr Martin McGuinness and the decisions of Sinn Fein at their annual conference, how they see the role of Sinn Fein in the future of the peace process.

†*The Lord St John of Fawsley—To ask the Leader of the House what action she has taken in relation to the proposed enquiry by the Committee on Standards in Public Life into standards of conduct in the House of Lords.

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.

†*The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their decision not to mark the bicentenary in 2001 of the creation of the United Kingdom.

WEDNESDAY 10TH MAY

†*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have altered the policy outlined in their manifesto on the establishment of regional assemblies in England.

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.

†The Lord Rees-Mogg—To move to resolve, That the House asserts its responsibility for the conduct of its own affairs and that the Sub-Committee of the Committee for Privileges should investigate the effectiveness of the House of Lords’ Register of Interests.

†Asylum Support Regulations 2000—The Lord Dholakia to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 13th March, be annulled (S.I. 2000/704).

†The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake an official inquiry into the practicability of an international tax on currency transfers (Tobin Tax) as a means of mobilising funds for world development.

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 12th 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—

12th April

The Baroness Howells of St DavidsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what previous political activity will make a person unsuitable to be appointed as an electoral commissioner.      (HL2047)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to appoint a commissioner under section 4 of the Security Service Act 1989 given that Lord Justice Stuart-Smith’s appointment expired on 13th December 1999.      (HL2048)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to appoint a commissioner under section 8 of the Intelligence Services Act 1994 given that Lord Justice Stuart-Smith’s appointment expired on 15th December 1999.      (HL2049)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made following the expiry of the terms of appointment of the members of the Intelligence Service Tribunal on 15th December 1999.      (HL2050)

The Lord HaskelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who are the members of the Advisory Committee on Business Appointments.      (HL2051)

The Lord HaskelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are now able to announce the membership and terms of reference of the Spoliation Advisory Panel.      (HL2052)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on development along the Thames, especially in relation to the appropriate height of buildings.      (HL2053)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is safe for people of the United Kingdom to travel to Zimbabwe in present circumstances.      (HL2054)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers represented the United Kingdom at the second Mediterranean conference on women’s participation in economic and social life, at Brussels on 25th March; what issues were discussed; and what action they have agreed to undertake as a consequence of this conference.      (HL2055)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers will represent the United Kingdom at the conference of the presidents of the Euro-Mediterranean Parliaments and European Parliament that will take place in Alexandria on 23rd and 24th May 2000; and whether they will place the agenda for the meeting in the Library of the House.      (HL2056)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any children born to mothers who have, within three years of the birth, shown clinical signs of new-variant CJD, and, if so, whether any of them are displaying signs of a neurological condition that might be caused by a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy; and, if so, how many and whether they are homozygous or heterozygous at codon 129 of the prion protein.      (HL2057)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the Freedom of Information Bill, a person who receives information from a public authority under the terms of the bill may freely publish that information on the Internet; and, if not, why not, and what restrictions apply.      (HL2058)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which public bodies (a) they intend to designate by order under clause 4 of the Freedom of Information Bill; (b) are publicly-owned company as defined in clause 5 of that bill; and (c) are public bodies neither in (a) nor (b) above nor in Schedule 1 to the bill.      (HL2059)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when under the Freedom of Information Bill a public authority replies to an applicant on a matter where the duty to confirm or deny does not arise, they anticipate that the public authority will in every case state that the duty to confirm or deny does not arise (whether or not there is any undisclosed information); and, if so, what form of words they expect to be used.      (HL2060)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under clause 19 of the Freedom of Information Bill, information is “reasonably accessible to the applicant” if it is not available in electronic form and the applicant requires information in that form.      (HL2061)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the Veterinary Laboratories Agency’s and the Wellcome Trust Centre for Epidemiology of Infectious Disease’s forecasts for United Kingdom BSE cases in 2000 and 2001 (a) in 1997; (b) in 1998; (c) in 1999; and (d) at the latest date available; and to what factors any changes are ascribed.      (HL2062)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 10th April (WA 5-6), why information on the number of persons held in police and court cells is no longer collected centrally, given that such cells are not designed for detention longer than overnight.      (HL2063)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that sufficient school places are available throughout Northern Ireland for pupils (and their parents) who wish to be in integrated education.      (HL2064)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, since most insurgents have abandoned their armed struggle, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe High Commissioner for Minorities will soon be able to visit Turkey to assess the situation of minorities.      (HL2065)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the 1995 Hague Recommendations on the Education Rights of National Minorities and the 1996 Oslo Recommendations on Linguistic Rights apply or should apply in Turkey, as an Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe member and European Union candidate.      (HL2066)

The Lord BleaseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the dates on which the last ten reports from the Examiner of Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland were published and circulated to interested parties.      (HL2067)

The Lord BleaseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland made by each Northern Ireland Department during the last five years for which figures are available.      (HL2068)

The Lord BleaseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of Statutory Instruments pertaining to each Northern Ireland Department made during the last five years for which figures are available.      (HL2069)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the railway line from Belfast to Larne is regarded by the European Union as a Euro-route; and, if so, what benefits this confers.      (HL2070)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their policy on teaching of history, as outlined by the Lord Bach on 27th March (HL Deb, col. 591), that “History has an important role in putting lives, beliefs, values and attitudes in a much broader context”, is consistent with their decision not to mark the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom.      (HL2071)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake to consult local councils which might be affected by any possible changes in the next few years to the railway system in Northern Ireland.      (HL2072)

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 they will explain the use of the wording “commercially confidential” by a public organisation and on a topic which was the subject of detailed research by telephone and focus groups which included children.      (HL2073)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will call for an impartial and international enquiry into the massacre of 35 Sikh men in Chatle-Singhpura on 20th March.      (HL2074)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the United Nations Resolutions pertaining to Kashmir.      (HL2075)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that all relevant United Nations Resolutions should be implemented in full prior to consideration of any country’s application for a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council.      (HL2076)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to prevent the escalation of tension between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control, and to prevent a nuclear catastrophe.      (HL2077)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise with the Indian government the health of Mohammad Yasin Malik.      (HL2078)

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)
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]

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 consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Development Commission (Dissolution) Order 2000

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]

THURSDAY 13TH APRIL

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)Cardiff Airport
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
European Union (Sub-Committee A)Geneva
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

WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee11.00 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm

TUESDAY 2ND MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

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

 
 
 
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