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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 17TH APRIL

At half-past two o’clock

*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]

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

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

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]

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).

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.

†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.

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.

Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Gardner of Parkes]

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.

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.

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the operation of the welfare state in respect of the elderly is satisfactory.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what prior consultations were carried out in relation to circular HSC 2000/006 Professions supplementary to medicine: employment of practitioners in the NHS and social services departments issued on 13th March, particularly in relation to “Acquired Rights”.

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.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what legislation they intend to introduce in the light of the report by the European Union’s Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare entitled The welfare of chickens kept for meat production (broilers).

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the process for the recent election of the Mayor of London.

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.

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the Spoliation Advisory Panel of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in the achievement of justice for the owners of looted art which is now in British public collections.

†*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the United States in its appeal for a codified approach to the human rights situation in Tibet, based on pressing China to respect international human rights standards.

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 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 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.

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.

The Viscount Falkland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they share the concerns of some parents and educationalists that many children are entering formal education at too early an age.

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 14th April]

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many Private Finance Initiative projects currently in negotiation on behalf of National Health Service Trusts are currently at the “preferred bidder” stage; (b) how many of these have been at the “preferred bidder” stage for more than twelve months; and (c) what is the longest period for which any of the projects mentioned in (a) have been at the “preferred bidder” stage.      (HL2099)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to all Private Finance Initiative agreements initiated on behalf of National Health Service Trusts since 1st April 1998, what has been the average period of time between identifying a preferred bidder and reaching “financial close”; how many such agreements have been so concluded; and how many have not yet been concluded.      (HL2100)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many Private Finance Initiative projects currently in negotiation on behalf of the Home Office are currently at the “preferred bidder” stage; (b) how many of these have been at the “preferred bidder” stage for more than twelve months; and (c) what is the longest period for which any of the projects mentioned in (a) have been at the “preferred bidder” stage.      (HL2101)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to all Private Finance Initiative agreements initiated on behalf of the Home Office since 1st April 1998, what has been the average period of time between identifying a preferred bidder and reaching “financial close”; how many such agreements have been so concluded; and how many have not yet been concluded.      (HL2102)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13th April (HL Deb, col. 283), whether Commissioners of the European Union and their staff are required to take account of the European Convention on Human Rights in giving advice to the Council of Ministers and the European Union Parliament.      (HL2103)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13th April (HL Deb, col. 281), whether they regard the European Convention on Human Rights as legally obscure.      (HL2104)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to which overseas territories the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs appoints the Governor; and, in each case, what is the previous occupation and present salary of the Governor.      (HL2105)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to which overseas territories the Home Secretary appoints the Governor; and, in each case, what is the previous occupation and present salary of the Governor.      (HL2106)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what records are kept of the membership of magistrates’ benches in those areas which are the responsibility of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and how these are monitored.      (HL2107)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Metropolitan Police have taken to refine the training of drivers of vehicles that respond to emergency calls and to introduce new driving tests with the aim of reducing accidents; and whether other police forces are taking similar action.      (HL2108)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the concern expressed since 1996 by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation, they have had talks with the American and Canadian authorities about the risks involved in raising transgenic salmon; and, if so, with what result.      (HL2109)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any notification has been made to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea by the United States or Canadian governments to release transgenic salmon into open marine or freshwater environments; and, if so, whether the United Kingdom will scrutinise these notifications in detail.      (HL2110)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any progress has been made in reaching an international agreement to prohibit releases of genetically modified fish as proposed by the Select Committee on the European Communities (2nd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 11).      (HL2111)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the sterilisation of artificially reared salmon before they are released into the environment can be guaranteed to be 100 per cent effective.      (HL2112)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received regarding the rate of the accommodation offset for hotel and catering employees.      (HL2113)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not increased the maximum £20 weekly offset for accommodation provided to hotel and catering employees.      (HL2114)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to reduce VAT on hotel accommodation in line with the rates charged by other Member States of the European Union.      (HL2115)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with what frequency the e-forum pages of the e-envoy’s website are updated.      (HL2116)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as of 14th April, all the messages posted to the e-envoy’s e-forum on IR35 express objections to the Government’s policy in this area.      (HL2117)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in giving replies to questions for written answer, they believe it appropriate for Ministers to refer Lords to the content of web-pages rather than giving substantive answers in the Official Report as a matter of record for the benefit of both the questioner and the general public.      (HL2118)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th March (WA 60), whether they will extend the table supplied by publishing for the industries specified below (a) the total job figures and (b) an index based on 1948 = 100 showing the changes that have occurred in these industries from 1948 to 1998 in ten-year steps: coal mining; ports and docks; railways; steel production; shipbuilding; agriculture; motor vehicle manufacture; and textiles.      (HL2119)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the gross output figures for the United Kingdom in £ million at 1948 prices showing the changes that have occurred in the industries specified below from 1948 to the latest available date in ten-year steps: coal mining; steel production; shipbuilding; agriculture; motor vehicle manufacture; and textiles.      (HL2120)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of places for Immigration Act detainees that will become available at Lindholme detention centre; on what date they expect Lindholme to open; and whether the number of places made available by the Prison Service to the Immigration and Nationality Department will then be reduced accordingly.      (HL2121)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will draw the attention of governors of prisons in England and Wales to the practice, commended by H M Chief Inspector of Prisons, of H M Prison Brockhill, in making reception leaflets and tapes available to prisoners in 18 different languages; and whether they will also ensure that at any prison where Immigration Act detainees are held, or have been held, separate leaflets are available in appropriate languages for those who cannot speak English, asking them to state their religion on a multiple choice form; and whether they accept that this is necessary to ensure that visiting ministers can be given accurate information about the number of detainees belonging to their faiths.      (HL2122)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many places they plan to have available for Immigration Act detainees at the end of 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003; and what capital expenditure on the provision of new or refurbished accommodation is budgeted for each of the years from 2000-01 to 2003-04 inclusive.      (HL2123)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will appoint the members of the Transportation Task Force in Northern Ireland; how they will be selected; what are its terms of reference and the time scale for its operation; and what arrangements will be made for public involvement and consultation,      (HL2124)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals have been made since 1990 to carry freight on the Belfast to Londonderry railway line, particularly to and from the new Port of Londonderry and the local electricity power station.      (HL2125)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in consideration of the future of the rail connection between Belfast and Londonderry and to Donegal, the views of the Government of the Republic of Ireland are known; and whether they will be consulted in any future decision.      (HL2126)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in any further proposals for the railway system in Northern Ireland, the maximum European Union funding will be sought as well as any from the private sector; and whether funding so obtained will be additional to and not replacement for Government funding.      (HL2127)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers from the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th April (WA 40), indicating both a positive general reaction to the proposed rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast, and that there were no plans to proceed, why no application has been made to the European Union for funding; and why private sources who have shown an interest in financing have not been explored.      (HL2128)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the assurances given by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13th April (HL Deb, cols. 282-3), they will veto the forthcoming European Charter of Fundamental Rights if it is brought before the European Council in a legally binding form rather than declaratory form.      (HL2129)

The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reached a decision on the future of the Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre.      (HL2130)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

14TH APRIL 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

21st March

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

23rd March

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 whether all agrimonetary compensation available to United Kingdom agriculture in the year 2000 will be taken up.      (HL1748)

28th March

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 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 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)

29th March

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 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)

30th March

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 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 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)

3rd April

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

10th April

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 6th April (WA 147-148), whether the following Departments hold any information as to the value of external consultancy contracts, excluding public relations and marketing consultancies, entered into by the Government since 1st May 1997; and, if so, what is the value of such contracts in each case—

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 6th April (WA 147-148), whether the following Departments hold any information as to the value of external public relations and marketing consultancy contracts entered into by the Government since 1st May 1997; and, if so, what is the value of such contracts in each case—

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on rate relief for equestrian enterprises on farms.      (HL1974)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any equestrian enterprises on farms, whether or not still in active operation, will qualify for rate relief.      (HL1975)

The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any small riding schools not on farms will qualify for rate relief.      (HL1976)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise the following issues at the European Union/Turkey Association Council on 11th April—

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is intended to upgrade the A80 motorway between Stepps and Haggs; and, if so, when the work is likely to be undertaken.      (HL1978)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have held any discussions with Railtrack and the Scottish Executive on the upgrading of the line between Aberdeen and London.      (HL1979)

The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when next the Parliamentary Boundaries Commission will review the boundaries of parliamentary constituencies; and what criteria will be applied to constituencies in Scotland and Wales.      (HL1980)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on Northern Ireland on 22nd March (HL Deb, col. 357), why less public funding is spent on the railway system in the Province per head of the population than any other part of the United Kingdom; and what steps are being taken to redress the imbalance.      (HL1981)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on Northern Ireland on 22nd March (HL Deb, col. 357), on what date the commencement of the relaying of the railway line between Belfast and Bangor will commence; and whether European Union funding is available for the project.      (HL1982)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on Northern Ireland on 22nd March (HL Deb, col. 357), whether Northern Ireland Railways (NIR) will be allowed to lease rolling stock in the same way as other railway companies in the United Kingdom.      (HL1983)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on Northern Ireland on 22nd March (HL Deb, col. 358), whether they will extend the air passenger levies waiver announced in the Budget for the Highland and Islands to Northern Ireland.      (HL1984)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on Northern Ireland on 22nd March (HL Deb, col. 358), what support they are giving, on an ongoing basis, to Belfast International Airport to compete with Dublin Airport in attracting direct international services.      (HL1985)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the extra funds for the National Health Service announced in the Budget which will go directly to National Health Service Trusts, how much of this funding is being allocated to Northern Ireland; which Trusts are involved; and whether any of the money will be used for the relief of current debt.      (HL1986)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the interests of justice, the accuracy of Sign Language interpretation of all police interviews with profoundly deaf suspects and witnesses can be checked at a later date; and, if not, what steps they are taking to correct this situation.      (HL1987)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will be ready to give senior managers and key policy staff of the Prison Service training on the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998 and whether they will place the course material in the Library of the House; whether they will also place course material for existing Prison Service training courses on legal issues in the Library; whether all officers of the Prison Service will have taken these courses by 1st October 2000; and what arrangements have been made for training members of Boards of Visitors on these issues.      (HL1988)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the legal status of the supporting statement for proposed use in respect of Oakington Barracks on behalf of the Home Office (Ref: EM/1998) and in particular of the statement in paragraph 4.2 that “ordinary law-abiding citizens of other countries held at Oakington will have their application for asylum automatically refused if they leave the Centre during the time they are held there”; and whether the statement that the application will automatically be refused conforms to the requirements of natural justice.      (HL1989)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any truth in reports of a fire-bomb attack on a Pentecostal Church near Burnley in Lancashire on 4th April; if so, whether there is any information about the motivation for the attack; whether any investigation is being carried out; and whether the results of any such investigation will be made public.      (HL1990)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a civil legal aid system will be introduced in Guernsey in the course of this year, in accordance with the settlement reached in Application No 30308/96 Faulkner v United Kingdom (judgment of the European Court of Human Rights of 30th November 1999).      (HL1991)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the proposed rules and practice directions for criminal proceedings in relation to the coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL1992)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the proposed rules and practice directions for civil proceedings in magistrates’ courts in relation to the coming into force of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL1993)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the requirement for judges of the European Court of Human Rights to submit themselves to interviews organised by a Sub-Committee of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe before being considered for re-election to the Court is compatible with the guarantee of judicial independence under Article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1994)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the Russian Federation complies with the conditions for membership of the Council of Europe regarding the securing and effective protection of the rights guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL1995)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many youth offending team managers are (a) male or female; (b) white, black, Asian or from other ethnic groups; and (c) from social services, probation, police or from other professional backgrounds.      (HL1996)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions for ethnic monitoring are currently in place for the new youth justice measures contained in the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 and the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999.      (HL1997)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions for ethnic monitoring are in place for anti-social behaviour orders, child safety orders, parenting orders and local child curfews.      (HL1998)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any results yet available from ethnic monitoring of (a) anti-social behaviour orders; and (b) the new youth justice measures in the youth offending team pilot areas; if so, when these will be published; and in what form.      (HL1999)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provisions the Youth Justice Board has made for regular review and action upon the results of ethnic monitoring of the youth justice system; and whether this information will be included in its annual report.      (HL2000)

11th April

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)

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 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)

13th April

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to the implementation of European Union financial sanctions against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.      (HL2079)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make publicly available the latest progress report prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on bovine spongiform encephalopathy.      (HL2081)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 30th March (WA 82), at what point will the “year on year” cost savings exceed the cost of redundancy payments to the Non Regular Permanent Staff Financial Systems Administrators coupled with the full costs of training and rotating the Band D civil servant replacements.      (HL2082)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 30th March (WA 82-83), whether overall it would have been more economic and fairer to replace the Non Regular Permanent Staff Financial Systems Administrators by Band D civil servants by means of natural wastage rather than redundancy.      (HL2083)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to review the effectiveness of the new system for consultant merit awards and discretionary points for medical and dental consultants, and the funding implications.      (HL2084)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many and which of the seventy recommendations made by the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry have been implemented.      (HL2085)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to prevent the excessive classification of official documents as not appropriate for public disclosure.      (HL2086)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions the Chancellor of the Exchequer has with fellow Ministers in the Economic and Finance Council of Ministers (Ecofin) about the misalignment of the exchange rate of the pound and the euro; and whether the Chancellor or the Governor of the Bank of England has had exchanges with the President of the European Central Bank on this and related matters.      (HL2087)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether benefit books and giro cheques for social security beneficiaries will continue to be made available for presentation at Post Offices for those who require them after 2003.      (HL2088)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided not to subscribe to the 1995 Unidroit Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects.      (HL2089)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they decided not to ratify the 1970 UNESCO Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Trade of Cultural Property; and whether they will bring forward alternative proposals to restrict the illicit trade in cultural property.      (HL2090)

The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of their decision not to subscribe to the 1970 UNESCO and 1995 Unidroit Convention on the illicit traffic of cultural materials, under what alternative international legal framework they might seek to recover British antiquities recently illicitly excavated and illegally exported, such as the Icklingham bronzes.      (HL2091)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th April (WA 37-38), under the funding proposals listed in the Transportation Sub-Programme 1994-1999 for the reinstatement of high speed track from Bleach Green to Antrim, what rolling stock was proposed to be used.      (HL2092)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th April (WA 38-40), when the concept of an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast was first considered.      (HL2093)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th April (WA 37-38) concerning funding for railways in Northern Ireland, what were the plans for Newry station as listed in the Transportation Sub-Programme 1994-1999; and what were the reasons for the withdrawal of the funding application from the European Union.      (HL2094)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the increase in passenger traffic over the last five years as a percentage of 1995 figures on the railway line from Belfast to Dublin; and whether the increase is due to the programme of investment.      (HL2095)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th April (WA 40) on the public consultation exercise concerning an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to the centre of Belfast, why, if the public response was positive, the project was not proceeded with.      (HL2096)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Amos on 2nd March (WA 86-87), what is their latest estimate of emergency food requirements in Ethiopia; what numbers are affected in the various provinces; what is the interval between pledges of emergency food aid to Ethiopia and their delivery (a) to ports and (b) to the areas affected; and which United Kingdom-based non-governmental organisations are active in the areas of food shortage; and of these which have been, or will become, channels of official emergency aid during the present crisis.      (HL2097)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 10th April (WA 11-12), whether the Prime Minister agreed at the Lisbon European Council that the proposed Takeover Directive was to be expedited; and, if not, who gave the relevant consent on behalf of the United Kingdom; what is the one point concerning the application of the Directive to Gibraltar which is delaying its agreement, and what other European Union instruments are currently delayed on this issue.      (HL2098)

14th April

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many Private Finance Initiative projects currently in negotiation on behalf of National Health Service Trusts are currently at the “preferred bidder” stage; (b) how many of these have been at the “preferred bidder” stage for more than twelve months; and (c) what is the longest period for which any of the projects mentioned in (a) have been at the “preferred bidder” stage.      (HL2099)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to all Private Finance Initiative agreements initiated on behalf of National Health Service Trusts since 1st April 1998, what has been the average period of time between identifying a preferred bidder and reaching “financial close”; how many such agreements have been so concluded; and how many have not yet been concluded.      (HL2100)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) how many Private Finance Initiative projects currently in negotiation on behalf of the Home Office are currently at the “preferred bidder” stage; (b) how many of these have been at the “preferred bidder” stage for more than twelve months; and (c) what is the longest period for which any of the projects mentioned in (a) have been at the “preferred bidder” stage.      (HL2101)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to all Private Finance Initiative agreements initiated on behalf of the Home Office since 1st April 1998, what has been the average period of time between identifying a preferred bidder and reaching “financial close”; how many such agreements have been so concluded; and how many have not yet been concluded.      (HL2102)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13th April (HL Deb, col. 283), whether Commissioners of the European Union and their staff are required to take account of the European Convention on Human Rights in giving advice to the Council of Ministers and the European Union Parliament.      (HL2103)

The Lord Cope of BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13th April (HL Deb, col. 281), whether they regard the European Convention on Human Rights as legally obscure.      (HL2104)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to which overseas territories the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs appoints the Governor; and, in each case, what is the previous occupation and present salary of the Governor.      (HL2105)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to which overseas territories the Home Secretary appoints the Governor; and, in each case, what is the previous occupation and present salary of the Governor.      (HL2106)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what records are kept of the membership of magistrates’ benches in those areas which are the responsibility of the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, and how these are monitored.      (HL2107)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Metropolitan Police have taken to refine the training of drivers of vehicles that respond to emergency calls and to introduce new driving tests with the aim of reducing accidents; and whether other police forces are taking similar action.      (HL2108)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the concern expressed since 1996 by the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation, they have had talks with the American and Canadian authorities about the risks involved in raising transgenic salmon; and, if so, with what result.      (HL2109)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any notification has been made to the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea by the United States or Canadian governments to release transgenic salmon into open marine or freshwater environments; and, if so, whether the United Kingdom will scrutinise these notifications in detail.      (HL2110)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any progress has been made in reaching an international agreement to prohibit releases of genetically modified fish as proposed by the Select Committee on the European Communities (2nd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 11).      (HL2111)

The Lord MoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the sterilisation of artificially reared salmon before they are released into the environment can be guaranteed to be 100 per cent effective.      (HL2112)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received regarding the rate of the accommodation offset for hotel and catering employees.      (HL2113)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not increased the maximum £20 weekly offset for accommodation provided to hotel and catering employees.      (HL2114)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to reduce VAT on hotel accommodation in line with the rates charged by other Member States of the European Union.      (HL2115)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government with what frequency the e-forum pages of the e-envoy’s website are updated.      (HL2116)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as of 14th April, all the messages posted to the e-envoy’s e-forum on IR35 express objections to the Government’s policy in this area.      (HL2117)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in giving replies to questions for written answer, they believe it appropriate for Ministers to refer Lords to the content of web-pages rather than giving substantive answers in the Official Report as a matter of record for the benefit of both the questioner and the general public.      (HL2118)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 27th March (WA 60), whether they will extend the table supplied by publishing for the industries specified below (a) the total job figures and (b) an index based on 1948 = 100 showing the changes that have occurred in these industries from 1948 to 1998 in ten-year steps: coal mining; ports and docks; railways; steel production; shipbuilding; agriculture; motor vehicle manufacture; and textiles.      (HL2119)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the gross output figures for the United Kingdom in £ million at 1948 prices showing the changes that have occurred in the industries specified below from 1948 to the latest available date in ten-year steps: coal mining; steel production; shipbuilding; agriculture; motor vehicle manufacture; and textiles.      (HL2120)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of places for Immigration Act detainees that will become available at Lindholme detention centre; on what date they expect Lindholme to open; and whether the number of places made available by the Prison Service to the Immigration and Nationality Department will then be reduced accordingly.      (HL2121)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will draw the attention of governors of prisons in England and Wales to the practice, commended by H M Chief Inspector of Prisons, of H M Prison Brockhill, in making reception leaflets and tapes available to prisoners in 18 different languages; and whether they will also ensure that at any prison where Immigration Act detainees are held, or have been held, separate leaflets are available in appropriate languages for those who cannot speak English, asking them to state their religion on a multiple choice form; and whether they accept that this is necessary to ensure that visiting ministers can be given accurate information about the number of detainees belonging to their faiths.      (HL2122)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many places they plan to have available for Immigration Act detainees at the end of 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003; and what capital expenditure on the provision of new or refurbished accommodation is budgeted for each of the years from 2000-01 to 2003-04 inclusive.      (HL2123)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who will appoint the members of the Transportation Task Force in Northern Ireland; how they will be selected; what are its terms of reference and the time scale for its operation; and what arrangements will be made for public involvement and consultation,      (HL2124)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals have been made since 1990 to carry freight on the Belfast to Londonderry railway line, particularly to and from the new Port of Londonderry and the local electricity power station.      (HL2125)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in consideration of the future of the rail connection between Belfast and Londonderry and to Donegal, the views of the Government of the Republic of Ireland are known; and whether they will be consulted in any future decision.      (HL2126)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in any further proposals for the railway system in Northern Ireland, the maximum European Union funding will be sought as well as any from the private sector; and whether funding so obtained will be additional to and not replacement for Government funding.      (HL2127)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers from the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th April (WA 40), indicating both a positive general reaction to the proposed rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast, and that there were no plans to proceed, why no application has been made to the European Union for funding; and why private sources who have shown an interest in financing have not been explored.      (HL2128)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the assurances given by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 13th April (HL Deb, cols. 282-3), they will veto the forthcoming European Charter of Fundamental Rights if it is brought before the European Council in a legally binding form rather than declaratory form.      (HL2129)

The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have reached a decision on the future of the Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre.      (HL2130)

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 Grand Committee

    Trustee [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL] [3rd May]
    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]
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Electronic Communications
    Financial Services and Markets [18th April]
    Deafblind Persons [HL]

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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

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

THURSDAY 20TH APRIL

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

TUESDAY 2ND MAY

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

WEDNESDAY 10TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

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

 
 
 
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