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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.

TUESDAY 2ND MAY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

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

Postal Services Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

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

Daniel Brennan, QC

Mrs Janet Cohen

*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 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.

†*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the costs of introducing the new electricity trading arrangements.

†Utilities Bill—Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

†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.

MONDAY 8TH MAY

*The Lord Feldman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to meet their National Health Service waiting list targets.

*The Lord Brabazon of Tara—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the annual Local Authority Road Maintenance Survey published on 17th April, local authorities are receiving enough money to maintain their roads and road safety.

*The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the Russian government on Montenegro.

*The Baroness Richardson of Calow—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to implement the recommendations of the 1991 Allen Report that followed the Hillsborough, Clapham and Marchioness disasters, with regard to post traumatic stress counselling for casualties of major disasters.

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.

The Lord Peston—To 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.

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.

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.

MONDAY 15TH MAY

Mrs Rosalind Scott

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, and under what authority, they have pressed Premier Oil and other United Kingdom companies to give up their operations in Burma.

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

†*The Lord Dholakia—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 10th April (HL Deb, col. 9) that “prison works” is consistent with the finding of Home Office Research Study No 187 that the largest reductions in offending occur in community based programmes.

TUESDAY 16TH MAY

Professor Julian Hunt, CB, FRS

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what support they are giving to the efforts of the European football bodies to persuade the European Union institutions to exempt sport from the free movement of labour provisions of the Treaty of Rome.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to review the level of state pensions.

WEDNESDAY 17TH MAY

Matthew Evans, CBE

and

†John Roper, Esq.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the standard of Physical Education in all types of school is satisfactory.

*The Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider requiring all public limited companies to make, in their annual report, a statement about their policy in relation to employees who have caring responsibilities for children.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still considering changes in the proposals for a climate change levy.

THURSDAY 18TH MAY

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been achieved in relations with Russia on the enhancement of human rights and the promotion of a political peace settlement in Chechnya.

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the banning of all nuclear weapons can only be achieved by the adoption of a timed plan by the nuclear powers along the lines proposed by the Canberra Commission, and whether they will now propose such a plan.

MONDAY 22ND MAY

Alexander Bernstein, Esq.

WEDNESDAY 24TH MAY

Parry Mitchell, Esq.

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 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 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.

The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s 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.

The Baroness Maddock—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to implement the proposals in the Housing Green Paper.

The Lord Harris of Haringey—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they have to the issues raised and recommendations made by the Commission on the National Health Service, chaired by Mr Will Hutton, and published as New Life for Health in April 2000.

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 20th April]

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any development in the trial of the thirteen Jews detained in Iran for espionage.      (HL2206)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of Europe for May; and list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL2207)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the decision of the European Farm Council on 18th April that all Member States will have to be separately identified over the labelling of beef, they will seek to ensure that these conditions should apply to all meat products.      (HL2208)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the country of origin of meat products will be identified by that country’s national flag in order to assist instant recognition by the consumer.      (HL2209)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the pig industry since the Prime Minister’s meeting on 30th March when some £26 million was allocated; and whether some pig producers may be declared ineligible for the restructuring scheme.      (HL2210)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their decision not to set up a retirement scheme for farmers, especially tenant farmers who might be willing to take early retirement should such a package be available.      (HL2211)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take into account the difficulty of obtaining planning permission for the conversion of uninhabitable farm properties, before making the owners of those properties liable for council tax.      (HL2212)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 19th April (HL Deb, col. 701) concerning the proposed waste incineration directive, whether the lack of European Union support for a derogation for farmers is because the rest of the European Union is not constrained by the United Kingdom’s BSE regulations; and whether United Kingdom farmers are at a commercial disadvantage in the European Union.      (HL2213)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton of 18th April (WA 87) regarding Belfast City Airport, whether they will give an undertaking that any further increase in air transport movements at the airport will be considered only after a full public inquiry.      (HL2214)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton of 18th April (WA 86) regarding the Belfast to Bangor railway line, what was the date of application for the European grant for relaying the track; why the estimated cost has increased by over 50 per cent since that date; and why an application for European Union funding for the new estimate of costs has not been made.      (HL2215)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the proposed Railway Transport Task Force in Northern Ireland will take into account the Draft Regional Framework Document entitled Shaping Our Future published in 1999 as well as a proposal for a light railway connection from Portadown to Armagh using the original track bed.      (HL2216)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 19th April (WA 110) regarding the Belfast to Larne railway line, why there have been no applications for European Union funding for the line since its classification as a Euro-route in 1994; and whether they will list other benefits which have accrued to the line as a result of being so designated.      (HL2217)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 19th April (WA 110) concerning their policy about the average age of bus fleets, why this safety policy applies only to England, Scotland and Wales and not to Northern Ireland.      (HL2218)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether among the topics considered by the Post Office for special stamp issue in 2001 were (a) the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom; and (b) pondlife.      (HL2219)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what enquiries are being made into the allegations that Kenneth Noye was shielded by senior police officers because he was a member of a masonic lodge.      (HL2220)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for—

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for—

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for total mortgages outstanding to lending institutions.      (HL2223)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for corporate overdrafts, that is, credit limits for small and large businesses.      (HL2224)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for corporate terms loans, that is, loans by small and large businesses that are repayable by a deadline.      (HL2225)

The Lord AlderdiceTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26th October 1999 (WA 22-23), whether they are yet in a position to say why the United Kingdom is not a signatory to the Optional Protocol of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations concerning Acquisition of Nationality.      (HL2226)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify what the Baroness Scotland of Asthal meant by “smart sanctions” in her Answer on 20th April.      (HL2227)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what persons have been designated as public bodies for the purposes of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.      (HL2228)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many men were convicted of bestiality in England and Wales in each of the last ten years for which statistics are available; of these, how many were (a) imprisoned, (b) fined, and (c) put on probation or otherwise dealt with; and what was the longest sentence of imprisonment.      (HL2229)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by whom the Chairman and Members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life are appointed.      (HL2230)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what areas, and for what reasons, they believe the Royal Prerogative should be asserted over the rights of the House of Lords to regulate its own affairs.      (HL2231)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would oppose an investigation by a Committee or Sub-Committee of the House into the effectiveness of the House of Lords’ Register of Interests.      (HL2232)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their view that Bishops and Lords of Appeal in Ordinary should be subject to the same requirements to register their interests as other Members of the House.      (HL2233)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they lack confidence in the House of Lords’ Register of Interests; and, if so, for what reasons.      (HL2234)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Freedom of Information Bill will apply to the internal papers of the Committee for Standards in Public Life; and, if all evidence submitted to its study on “Standards of conduct in the House of Lords” will be published.      (HL2235)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that minutes of meetings of members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life should be published in the interests of openness about the decisions and actions they take.      (HL2236)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any staff attached to the Committee for Standards in Public Life have been engaged in political activity or have been members of a political party within the last ten years; and what has been the nature of that activity.      (HL2237)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the judiciary, both inside and outside the House of Lords, are holders of public office in terms of the Committee for Standards in Public Life.      (HL2238)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a Register of Interests of members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life; and, if not, whether they have plans to institute such a Register.      (HL2239)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff have been attached to the Committee for Standards in Public Life; and what has been its annual budget for each year since it has been established.      (HL2240)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life have made any political donations over the last ten years, or have shareholdings in companies that have made such donations.      (HL2241)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when each of the current members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life was appointed; for what term; and whether they receive any payments from public funds.      (HL2242)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life are placed under any restrictions as to (a) their employment; (b) acceptance of honours; (c) election to the House of Commons; and (d) elevation to membership of the House of Lords, while they are serving on the Committee, or for any period after their term ends.      (HL2243)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to place the Committee for Standards in Public Life on a statutory basis.      (HL2244)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the Committee for Standards in Public Life is accountable for the proper and effective conduct of its duties.      (HL2245)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chairman of the Committee for Standards in Public Life last met the Prime Minister; and whether he has discussed with him his proposed enquiry into Standards of Conduct in the House of Lords.      (HL2246)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are attached to the Committee for Standards in Public Life; what are their salary bands; and what is the current annual budget of the Committee.      (HL2247)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations were received by the Committee for Standards in Public Life expressing concern about the effectiveness of the Register of Interests of peers established under the Griffiths Report; and how many of those representations came from (a) Members of the House of Lords; (b) Members of Parliament; (c) journalists; (d) political parties; and (e) members of the public.      (HL2248)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chairman of the Committee for Standards in Public Life informed (a) the Leader of the House; (b) the Leader of the Opposition; (c) the Leader of the Liberal Democrat peers; (d) the Convenor of the Cross-bench peers; and (e) the Prime Minister of his intention to conduct an enquiry into the House of Lords.      (HL2249)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of staff of the Committee for Standards in Public Life have been seconded from civil service Departments; and from what Departments they have been seconded.      (HL2250)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any members of staff of the Committee for Standards in Public Life have made political donations over the last ten years.      (HL2251)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19th April (HL Deb, col. 703) when Ministers will next meet Ministers from Austria for bilateral discussions of issues of concern.      (HL2252)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all state schools will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act; and, if so, under which wording in the present bill.      (HL2253)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, where a Scottish student with special needs has to attend an English university as the only place where that student’s particular needs can be met, whether the student will receive the concession of having tuition fees waived.      (HL2254)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 18th April (WA 97-98), whether they will provide a breakdown of the £14,600 and £185,755 expenditure on grammar school ballots and petitions.      (HL2255)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

20TH APRIL 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

28th March

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)

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 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 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 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)

5th April

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

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they 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)

6th April

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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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)

12th April

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 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 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 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 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 Lord Renfrew of KaimsthornTo ask Her Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 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 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 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)

17th April

The Baroness StrangeTo ask Her Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 WaddingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s Government, following the winding up of the Medical Commission on Accident Prevention, to whom they go for advice.      (HL2145)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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 Majesty’s 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)

18th April

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the legislation on the use of car seats for the transport of infants and children in cars also applies to emergency and passenger transport service ambulances; how many journeys infants and children took in ambulances without being carried in appropriate car seats in each of the last five years for which figures are available; what methods are used to secure infants and children; and whether the safety of these methods matches that of car seats.      (HL2157)

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the benefits of breast milk for premature and sick babies, what plans they have to increase the number and distribution of milk banks throughout the United Kingdom.      (HL2158)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th April (WA 38) concerning the Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast, who decided “that there are currently no plans to proceed with such a scheme”; and when that decision was made.      (HL2159)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 17th April (WA 80) regarding the implementation of Regulation 16 of the Working Time Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998, whether the nature of the complexity of Regulation 16 could be explained and a list supplied of when each Health Trust in Northern Ireland expects to operate the Regulation fully.      (HL2160)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the policy of Translink in Northern Ireland that all buses and coaches when leaving the depots for commercial tasks are in a roadworthy condition as required by law.      (HL2161)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected level of overspend for 1999-2000 by each of the Health Trusts in Northern Ireland and by each of the four Area Boards; and whether this overspend is higher than the average based on population in England and Wales.      (HL2162)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to proceed with the restructuring of hospital services in Northern Ireland.      (HL2163)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16th March (WA 220-221), 27th March (WA 45), 10th April (WA 10) and 14th April (WA 72-73) concerning the Post Office’s stamp programme, and in view of the timescale for consideration of special issues being disclosed, whether they will require the Post Office to publish the successful suggestions for special stamp issue during 2002.      (HL2164)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 12th April (WA 49-50), in what way would acceptance of new rights of petition under United Nations human rights treaties, by which the United Kingdom is already bound, affect the implementation and bedding down of the Human Rights Act 1998.      (HL2165)

The Lord Pilkington of OxenfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, following the receipt of legal advice by the Department for Education and Employment early in 1997 that “no religious beliefs urged on pupils would fall foul of section 376(2) of the 1996 [Education] Act”, the Department for Education and Employment has not withdrawn the advisory circular 1/94 (para 32) which states that “syllabuses must not be designed....to urge a particular religion or religious belief on pupils”.      (HL2166)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in composing a protocol with the National Assembly of Wales to deal with issues connected with primary legislation.      (HL2167)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received regarding the impact on the operation of farm attractions of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions’ Standards of Modern Zoo Practice published in March.      (HL2168)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made regarding the impact on the operation of farm attractions of the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions’ Standards of Modern Zoo Practice published in March.      (HL2169)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations or authorities inspect farm attractions that are open to the public.      (HL2170)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which bodies were represented on the Zoo Forum and which persons were consulted by the Secretary of State for the Environment, Transport and the Regions in the preparation of Standards of Modern Zoo Practice published in March.      (HL2171)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether minutes were kept of the meetings that were held by the Zoo Forum; and, if so, whether they were made available to those organisations who were not represented on the Forum but who had expressed an interest in the issues discussed by the Forum.      (HL2172)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the Audit Commission report Testing Times: a review of diabetes services in England and Wales; and what action they have taken since receiving the report.      (HL2173)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in introducing the European Union Parking Card for facilitating improved mobility for people with disabilities; and what action they have taken in relation to use of the card in the United Kingdom.      (HL2174)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the cost to the Exchequer if all asylum seekers applying for entry into the United Kingdom were to be placed in secure accommodation.      (HL2175)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out the number of (a) directives, (b) regulations, and (c) other legislative instruments issued by the European Union in each of 1997, 1998 and 1999.      (HL2176)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that European Union legislation is becoming “less, but better”; and, if so, upon what basis.      (HL2177)

19th April

The Lord PestonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the high level targets for the Medicines Control Agency.      (HL2179)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take in Northern Ireland to correct the shortage of intensive care beds in the Health Service; whether one of the steps could be the creation of more high dependency beds; and whether they will provide any resources additional to those available currently.      (HL2181)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the report from the working party looking at intensive care and high dependency provision in Northern Ireland will be available.      (HL2182)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend the remit of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence to Northern Ireland; and, if not, why not.      (HL2183)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 18th April (WA 87) concerning Belfast City Airport, and in view of the information that legal action for any non-compliance with limits of passengers and flights would be taken against the airport by the planning service, whether they consider that the voluntary agreement to submit information from the airport without independent monitoring is satisfactory.      (HL2184)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 18th April (WA 87) concerning Belfast City Airport, whether they will list the number of air transport movements and scheduled seats for sale for 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999; and whether they are satisfied that in any twelve month period the limits imposed by agreements in 1994 and 1997 were not exceeded.      (HL2185)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 18th April (WA 87) concerning Belfast City Airport, what was the reason for the second agreement of 22nd January 1997 with the City Airport; who was involved in the decision to increase air transport movements from 38,000 per year to 45,000; and what public consultation took place.      (HL2186)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from the Podgorica government on easing the sanctions against Montenegro.      (HL2187)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will press the North Atlantic Council to task the NATO military command formally to prepare contingency plans in case of escalation of the crisis in Montenegro.      (HL2188)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are considering following Germany’s lead in providing investment guarantees for companies prepared to invest in Montenegro.      (HL2189)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what bilateral support they have provided to Montenegro to advance stabilisation of the republic.      (HL2190)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the Russian government on Russian involvement towards stabilisation in the Balkans.      (HL2191)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the reasons for the change in title from the Crime and Public Protection Bill to the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill currently before Parliament.      (HL2192)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following research carried out by the Criminal Policy Research Unit at South Bank University for the second audit commissioned by the Association of Chief Officers of Probation, what proportion of offenders subject to a probation order either complied with its terms or were brought back to the courts in proceedings for breach.      (HL2193)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to exempt farm attractions from the requirements laid down in the Standards of Modern Zoo Practice published in March, and to introduce Standards of Practice appropriate to farm attractions.      (HL2194)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish a report of the discussions held at the Tourism Forum on 18th April.      (HL2195)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the most recent figures for exports and imports between the United Kingdom and the Ukraine; whether they have forecast figures for the current year; and what were the outcomes of the recent visit to the Ukraine by the Foreign Secretary.      (HL2196)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the draft of a bill that will make possible ratification of the Statute of the International Criminal Court.      (HL2197)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the context of their Response to the 1st Report of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on the Annual Report on Human Rights of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Cm 4687), whether they consider that non-Muslim religious groups in Saudi Arabia have adequate and reasonable facilities for worship and church life; and, if not, what they propose to do to improve the situation.      (HL2198)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government upon what legal authority the Ministry of Defence issues health questionnaires to the General Practitioners of former members of H M Armed Forces, former Army Reservists and former members of the Territorial Army who served in Operation Granby, without the consent of the individual concerned; how many questionnaires have been distributed, and over what period; what is the response rate; what fees are paid to GPs who complete and return the questionnaires; and for what purpose and by whom they are used.      (HL2199)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18th April (WA 89), whether they will implement measures similar to those which limit their political relationship with 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.      (HL2200)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18th April (WA 89), what are the considerations which lead them to describe Mr Haider’s party in Austria as “far right”.      (HL2201)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the Baroness Scotland of Asthal’s statement that “We are not members of the EEA” (HL Deb, 17th March, col. 1878) with the facts that the United Kingdom was a signatory to the 1992 Oporto agreement which brought the European Economic Area (EEA) into being; that Schedule 3 to the Financial Services and Markets Bill assumes the United Kingdom to be a member of the EEA; and that a reduced rate of Air Passenger Duty applies to flights from the United Kingdom to fellow EEA member states.      (HL2202)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions they have chartered United States registered aircraft in each of the last three years; and to what total contract value.      (HL2203)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 18th April (WA 89), why they are developing and improving bilateral relations with the Russian Federation and its President Elect, Mr Putin, in the face of their action in Chechnya, whilst at the same time limiting their bilateral political relationship with Austria which adheres to the United Nations Convention on Human Rights and has recently re-affirmed its adherence to the treaties and principles of the European Union.      (HL2204)

20th April

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any development in the trial of the thirteen Jews detained in Iran for espionage.      (HL2206)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of Europe for May; and list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL2207)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the decision of the European Farm Council on 18th April that all Member States will have to be separately identified over the labelling of beef, they will seek to ensure that these conditions should apply to all meat products.      (HL2208)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the country of origin of meat products will be identified by that country’s national flag in order to assist instant recognition by the consumer.      (HL2209)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the pig industry since the Prime Minister’s meeting on 30th March when some £26 million was allocated; and whether some pig producers may be declared ineligible for the restructuring scheme.      (HL2210)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their decision not to set up a retirement scheme for farmers, especially tenant farmers who might be willing to take early retirement should such a package be available.      (HL2211)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take into account the difficulty of obtaining planning permission for the conversion of uninhabitable farm properties, before making the owners of those properties liable for council tax.      (HL2212)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Whitty on 19th April (HL Deb, col. 701) concerning the proposed waste incineration directive, whether the lack of European Union support for a derogation for farmers is because the rest of the European Union is not constrained by the United Kingdom’s BSE regulations; and whether United Kingdom farmers are at a commercial disadvantage in the European Union.      (HL2213)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton of 18th April (WA 87) regarding Belfast City Airport, whether they will give an undertaking that any further increase in air transport movements at the airport will be considered only after a full public inquiry.      (HL2214)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton of 18th April (WA 86) regarding the Belfast to Bangor railway line, what was the date of application for the European grant for relaying the track; why the estimated cost has increased by over 50 per cent since that date; and why an application for European Union funding for the new estimate of costs has not been made.      (HL2215)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the proposed Railway Transport Task Force in Northern Ireland will take into account the Draft Regional Framework Document entitled Shaping Our Future published in 1999 as well as a proposal for a light railway connection from Portadown to Armagh using the original track bed.      (HL2216)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 19th April (WA 110) regarding the Belfast to Larne railway line, why there have been no applications for European Union funding for the line since its classification as a Euro-route in 1994; and whether they will list other benefits which have accrued to the line as a result of being so designated.      (HL2217)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 19th April (WA 110) concerning their policy about the average age of bus fleets, why this safety policy applies only to England, Scotland and Wales and not to Northern Ireland.      (HL2218)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether among the topics considered by the Post Office for special stamp issue in 2001 were (a) the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom; and (b) pondlife.      (HL2219)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what enquiries are being made into the allegations that Kenneth Noye was shielded by senior police officers because he was a member of a masonic lodge.      (HL2220)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for—

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for—

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for total mortgages outstanding to lending institutions.      (HL2223)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for corporate overdrafts, that is, credit limits for small and large businesses.      (HL2224)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the current figures and what have the figures been over the last 30 years for corporate terms loans, that is, loans by small and large businesses that are repayable by a deadline.      (HL2225)

The Lord AlderdiceTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 26th October 1999 (WA 22-23), whether they are yet in a position to say why the United Kingdom is not a signatory to the Optional Protocol of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations concerning Acquisition of Nationality.      (HL2226)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will clarify what the Baroness Scotland of Asthal meant by “smart sanctions” in her Answer on 20th April.      (HL2227)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what persons have been designated as public bodies for the purposes of section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.      (HL2228)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many men were convicted of bestiality in England and Wales in each of the last ten years for which statistics are available; of these, how many were (a) imprisoned, (b) fined, and (c) put on probation or otherwise dealt with; and what was the longest sentence of imprisonment.      (HL2229)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by whom the Chairman and Members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life are appointed.      (HL2230)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what areas, and for what reasons, they believe the Royal Prerogative should be asserted over the rights of the House of Lords to regulate its own affairs.      (HL2231)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would oppose an investigation by a Committee or Sub-Committee of the House into the effectiveness of the House of Lords’ Register of Interests.      (HL2232)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their view that Bishops and Lords of Appeal in Ordinary should be subject to the same requirements to register their interests as other Members of the House.      (HL2233)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they lack confidence in the House of Lords’ Register of Interests; and, if so, for what reasons.      (HL2234)

The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Freedom of Information Bill will apply to the internal papers of the Committee for Standards in Public Life; and, if all evidence submitted to its study on “Standards of conduct in the House of Lords” will be published.      (HL2235)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that minutes of meetings of members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life should be published in the interests of openness about the decisions and actions they take.      (HL2236)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any staff attached to the Committee for Standards in Public Life have been engaged in political activity or have been members of a political party within the last ten years; and what has been the nature of that activity.      (HL2237)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the judiciary, both inside and outside the House of Lords, are holders of public office in terms of the Committee for Standards in Public Life.      (HL2238)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a Register of Interests of members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life; and, if not, whether they have plans to institute such a Register.      (HL2239)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff have been attached to the Committee for Standards in Public Life; and what has been its annual budget for each year since it has been established.      (HL2240)

The Lord MancroftTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life have made any political donations over the last ten years, or have shareholdings in companies that have made such donations.      (HL2241)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when each of the current members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life was appointed; for what term; and whether they receive any payments from public funds.      (HL2242)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the Committee for Standards in Public Life are placed under any restrictions as to (a) their employment; (b) acceptance of honours; (c) election to the House of Commons; and (d) elevation to membership of the House of Lords, while they are serving on the Committee, or for any period after their term ends.      (HL2243)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to place the Committee for Standards in Public Life on a statutory basis.      (HL2244)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom the Committee for Standards in Public Life is accountable for the proper and effective conduct of its duties.      (HL2245)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chairman of the Committee for Standards in Public Life last met the Prime Minister; and whether he has discussed with him his proposed enquiry into Standards of Conduct in the House of Lords.      (HL2246)

The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many staff are attached to the Committee for Standards in Public Life; what are their salary bands; and what is the current annual budget of the Committee.      (HL2247)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many representations were received by the Committee for Standards in Public Life expressing concern about the effectiveness of the Register of Interests of peers established under the Griffiths Report; and how many of those representations came from (a) Members of the House of Lords; (b) Members of Parliament; (c) journalists; (d) political parties; and (e) members of the public.      (HL2248)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chairman of the Committee for Standards in Public Life informed (a) the Leader of the House; (b) the Leader of the Opposition; (c) the Leader of the Liberal Democrat peers; (d) the Convenor of the Cross-bench peers; and (e) the Prime Minister of his intention to conduct an enquiry into the House of Lords.      (HL2249)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many members of staff of the Committee for Standards in Public Life have been seconded from civil service Departments; and from what Departments they have been seconded.      (HL2250)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any members of staff of the Committee for Standards in Public Life have made political donations over the last ten years.      (HL2251)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 19th April (HL Deb, col. 703) when Ministers will next meet Ministers from Austria for bilateral discussions of issues of concern.      (HL2252)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all state schools will be subject to the Freedom of Information Act; and, if so, under which wording in the present bill.      (HL2253)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, where a Scottish student with special needs has to attend an English university as the only place where that student’s particular needs can be met, whether the student will receive the concession of having tuition fees waived.      (HL2254)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 18th April (WA 97-98), whether they will provide a breakdown of the £14,600 and £185,755 expenditure on grammar school ballots and petitions.      (HL2255)

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]
    Government Resources and Accounts

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
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security
    Freedom of Information

Waiting for Report

    Electronic Communications
    Financial Services and Markets
    Deafblind Persons [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Local Government [HL]
    Learning and Skills [HL]
    Census (Amendment) [HL]
    Care Standards [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) [HL] (Consolidation)
    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 Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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 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)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee3.30 pm
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 4TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 8TH MAY

Liaison (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 9TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 10TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 16TH MAY

Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

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

 
 
 
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