WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL
*The Lord IslwynTo ask Her Majestys 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 MarTo ask Her Majestys 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 CollingtreeTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to ensure the preservation of consumer choice in the light of a number of recent takeovers and consolidations of life assurance and pension companies.
*The Baroness TrumpingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress they have made in persuading President Mugabe to restrain intimidation and violence in Zimbabwe and to fix a date for an election; and when Ministers will next meet ministers from Zimbabwe to discuss these issues.
Procedure of the HouseThe Chairman of Committees to move, That the 2nd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 55) be agreed to.
The Lord RixTo 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 BorrieTo 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 AddingtonTo ask Her Majestys 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 oclock]
*The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they propose to make it a requirement that home surveys for mortgage purposes shall include energy efficiency audits.
*The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys 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 DholakiaTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their plans for the future role of H M Chief Inspector of Prisons.
Freedom of Information BillSecond Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]
Asylum Support Regulations 2000The 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 WathTo ask Her Majestys 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 WestwellTo ask Her Majestys 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 LiverpoolTo ask Her Majestys 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 WeedonTo ask Her Majestys 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 HarrisonTo ask Her Majestys 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
Daniel Brennan, QC
will be introduced as a Baron.
*The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majestys 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 RichmondTo ask Her Majestys 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 YeovilTo ask Her Majestys 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 BankTo 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 DubsTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to encourage the use of vehicles powered by environmentally friendly fuels.
THURSDAY 4TH MAY
*The Baroness CumberlegeTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy towards the closure of maternity units.
*The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majestys 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 FawsleyTo 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.
MONDAY 8TH MAY
*The Lord FeldmanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have met their National Health Service waiting list targets.
TUESDAY 9TH MAY
*The Lord Dixon-SmithTo 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 LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will reconsider their decision not to mark the bicentenary in 2001 of the creation of the United Kingdom.
*The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the operation of the welfare state in respect of the elderly is satisfactory.
*The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys 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 ConwyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have altered the policy outlined in their manifesto on the establishment of regional assemblies in England.
*The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what legislation they intend to introduce in the light of the report by the European Unions Scientific Committee on Animal Health and Animal Welfare entitled The welfare of chickens kept for meat production (broilers).
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the process for the recent election of the Mayor of London.
The Lord PestonTo call attention to the case for a review of the workings of the House of Lords in the twenty-first century; and to move for papers.
THURSDAY 11TH MAY
*The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majestys 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 BraunstoneTo ask Her Majestys 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 CrosbyTo ask Her Majestys 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.
MONDAY 15TH MAY
Mrs Rosalind Scott
will be introduced as a Baroness.
TUESDAY 16TH MAY
Professor Julian Hunt, CB, FRS
will be introduced as a Baron.
WEDNESDAY 17TH MAY
Matthew Evans, CBE
will be introduced as a Baron.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the standard of Physical Education in all types of school is satisfactory.
NO DAY NAMED
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has further increased, is still increasing and ought significantly to be diminished.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys 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 RannochTo call attention to the United Kingdoms present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.
The Lord NorthbourneTo 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 KnaythTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have made any response to Rehabilitation Internationals newly promulgated Charter for disabled people worldwide.
The Lord VinsonTo 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 BlackheathTo call attention to the case for earlier detection and palliative intervention in countries exposed to ethnic conflicts; and to move for papers.
The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is operating within its remit.
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Forty-fifth Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.
The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the standards of care given to elderly patients in NHS hospitals.
The Lord SelsdonTo call attention to the future role of the pound sterling and of the euro; and to move for papers.
The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys 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 GlaisdaleTo call attention to the Salisbury Convention in the light of recent constitutional developments; and to move for papers.
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo 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 LairdTo ask Her Majestys 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 CroyTo 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 ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majestys 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 WathTo ask Her Majestys 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 AveburyTo ask Her Majestys 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 PuttnamTo 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 PutneyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider adopting the Tobin Tax Initiative to enable the maintenance of a comprehensive welfare state.
The Lord SelsdonTo 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 CrosbyTo ask Her Majestys 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 AhmedTo ask Her Majestys 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 CamdenTo call attention to the current problems surrounding care of the elderly, including long-term residential care; and to move for papers.
The Lord IslwynTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will give further consideration to the removal of sanctions against Iraq.
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys 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 TomlinsonTo call attention to the resources available to the House of Lords; and to move for papers.
The Earl of CarnarvonTo call attention to the case for additional housing in London and the South East and the Governments proposals for achieving their targets; and to move for papers.
The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their policies towards promoting general aviation.
The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the state of United Kingdom relations with Russia is satisfactory, in the light of the Presidential elections there.
The Lord GreenwayTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they are taking to prevent the spread of Crohns disease.
The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majestys 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 IslwynTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will now review their policy of support for sanctions against Iraq.
The Lord FeldmanTo call attention to the state of the British clothing and textile industry; and to move for papers.
The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect the Bowman project to provide an effective replacement for the Armys Clansman range of radios that is both secure and resistant to electronic warfare.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what reasonable grounds there are for the continued imprisonment of Myra Hindley after 35 years.
The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majestys 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 EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their strategy for manufacturing industry.
The Lord Rees-MoggTo 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 JuddTo ask Her Majestys 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 FalklandTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they share the concerns of some parents and educationalists that many children are entering formal education at too early an age.
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the legal aid expenditure to date, and what is the projected funding, for the multi-party actions by Gulf War veterans and sheep farmers.
MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE
[Ballot on 10th May for debate on 24th May]
The Lord BridgesTo call attention to the long-term problems caused by coastal erosion; and to move for papers.
The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo call attention to the application of the Salisbury convention in present day circumstances; and to move for papers.
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo 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 ChalfontTo 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 WathTo 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 LiverpoolTo 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 SandwellTo call attention to infringements of human rights in Tibet; and to move for papers.
The Viscount WaverleyTo call attention to the situation regarding Iraq; and to move for papers.
The Lord WaddingtonTo call attention to the situation of Zimbabwe public service pensioners living in Britain; and to move for papers.
The Lord Watson of RichmondTo call attention to the contribution of the United Kingdom to the development of European Union trade policy; and to move for papers.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord Lewis of NewnhamTo 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 WalpoleTo 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 CraigheadTo 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 RodingTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Society (3rd Report, HL Paper 38). [14th March]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 17th April, or unanswered after 21 days]
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to ban pithing. (HL1656)
The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 20th March (WA 14), which specific scientific papers justified the Prime Ministers 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 Ministers statement made on 27th February; and whether the Prime Minister will consider withdrawing or amending his remarks. (HL1740)
The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majestys Government what were their detailed reasons for deciding not to subscribe to the 1995 Unidroit Convention on Stolen or Illegally Exported Cultural Objects. (HL2089)
The Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majestys Government what were their detailed reasons for deciding 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 their two years consideration of this matter has resulted in any alternative proposals to restrict the illicit trade in cultural property. (HL2090)
The Lord BrettTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the effectiveness of the Defence Evaluation Research Agency will be maintained if the proposals for its part-privatisation are implemented. (HL2131)
The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Department for Education and Employment has any links with the new Local Government Network organisation either by way of consultation or by officials cooperating on working groups. (HL2132)
The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majestys Government what will be the likely costs to higher education of the implementation of the proposed bill on Special Educational Needs and disability rights in education. (HL2133)
The Baroness StrangeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are responsible for the good government of the Crown Dependencies; if so, how they define good government; and in what circumstances they would intervene to that end in the affairs of the Dependencies. (HL2134)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what information they have received from the United Nations High Commission on Refugees on the proportion of the projects conducted through implementing partners for which audit reports were not received in 1997 and 1998 respectively; how many of the implementing partners whose projects were not audited were through non-governmental organisations whose formation the United Nations High Commission on Refugees had encouraged; and what proportion the unaudited projects represented of the total value of projects carried out through implementing partners. (HL2135)
The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have decided to give a lesser priority to funding public transport in Northern Ireland than in other parts of the United Kingdom; if so, when and why that policy decision was taken; and whether they consider that, where railways are concerned, the limited availability of funds for renewals and upgrades has contributed to recently identified safety inadequacies in infrastructure and rolling stock. (HL2136)
The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government, in view of the recent review of safety on Northern Ireland Railways, what steps are being taken to address safety issues in the short term; and whether these steps include the establishment of a safety committee at board level to ensure strategic rail safety competence and the allocation of a non-executive board member with the duty to monitor safety issues. (HL2137)
The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majestys Government how many new cars were purchased by United Kingdom residents in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999; how many motor cars were imported into the United Kingdom in each of those years; and what were the total exports from the United Kingdom of motor cars in each year of the same period. (HL2138)
The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majestys Government why Members of Parliament should be charged the sum of £30 when lodging an objection to the introduction of a genetically modified crop with the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions. (HL2139)
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, before they made the decision to approve the closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, they had seen the consultation paper issued by Avon County Council Education Committee in January 1994 saying that, if there was no secondary school in the Knowle West Area, it would leave a significant area of this community without reasonable access to a local secondary school (paragraph 2.1). (HL2140)
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the proposed closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, will increase or decrease the number and length of journeys to school for Knowle West children. (HL2141)
The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majestys Government what was the opinion of the Downing Street Social Exclusion Unit on the desirability of closing Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol. (HL2142)
The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government why they now assert that the Channel Islands are dependent territories of the United Kingdom rather than self-governing Crown Dependencies as stated by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 29th June 1999 (HL Deb, col. 170). (HL2143)
The Viscount of OxfuirdTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the current arrangements for advice on medical suitability for driving are satisfactory; and whether they have given any consideration to the regular updating of Medical Aspects of Fitness to Drive, formerly published by the Medical Commission on Accident Prevention. (HL2144)
The Viscount of OxfuirdTo ask Her Majestys Government, following the winding up of the Medical Commission on Accident Prevention, to whom they go for advice. (HL2145)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have made any representations concerning the use of public money to finance the visit by socialist Members of the European Parliament to Lisbon for a socialist conference. (HL2146)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government how many people have died since 1963 in England and Wales at the hands of persons previously convicted of homicide. (HL2147)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the incidence of the carriage or use of firearms by persons engaged in crime has decreased since the passage of the Firearms Acts. (HL2148)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Human Rights Act 1998 limits the authority of those responsible for the welfare of children placed in their care to restrict the rights of those children to participate in any form of sex when over the age of consent. (HL2149)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government what help they give to United Kingdom nationals refused reciprocal health care benefits in other European Union Member States. (HL2150)
The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 7th April (WA 11), in the absence of a definition of family in the National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999, what criteria are used by Inland Revenue officials in deciding whether particular individuals for whom exemption from National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 is sought are members of a family. (HL2151)
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made with the proposed Regulatory Reform Bill. (HL2152)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
Healthcare Services [HL]
European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
Freedom of Information [20th April]
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
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
Government Resources and Accounts
Sexual Offences (Amendment)
Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
Child Support, Pensions and Social Security
Waiting for Report
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
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 18TH APRIL