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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY

At half-past two o’clock

The Lord Brennan

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 Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at a time when the number of late diagnosed and often untreatable cases of prostate cancer in the United Kingdom is rising, they will introduce routine screening for men over 50 by PSA blood test.

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 whether sufficient progress is being made within the European Union to achieve the climate change objectives.

†*The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect their campaign on the price of motor vehicles in the United Kingdom has had on the manufacture and sale of Rover and Ford cars in this country.

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.

†Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill—Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

†‡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.

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”.

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

†‡The Lord Feldman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the state of the British clothing and textile industry is satisfactory.

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.

†The Lord Archer of Sandwell to move, as an amendment to the above motion, to leave out from “House” to the end and insert “welcomes the enquiry into Standards of Conduct in the House of Lords by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, and asserts the House’s ultimate responsibility for the conduct of its own affairs.”

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.

†Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

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.

†*The Baroness Castle of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what reductions they have proposed in the employers’ National Insurance contribution, when these have taken or will take effect, and by how much they will reduce the National Insurance fund.

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.

†*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what talks have been held with the Cypriot government with regard to the withdrawal of British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.

†*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider the decision of the Department of Health to withdraw funding from the Disability Information Trust.

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.

†*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the extension of the age profile of the bus fleet operated by Ulsterbus is consistent with their policy of encouraging the use of public transport.

MONDAY 22ND MAY

Alexander Bernstein, Esq.

†*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have indicated their support for the United States proposal to amend the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

TUESDAY 23RD MAY

†*The Lord McCarthy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to deal with problems of recruitment and retention in higher education institutions following independent reports by Industrial Relations Services and the Office of Manpower Economics.

†*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the National Health Service Executive and the General Medical Council to complete their investigations into Dr Rita Pal’s dossier of cases of abuse of elderly patients in National Health Service hospitals overdosed with diamorphine.

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 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 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.

†The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards recent developments in Indonesia.

†The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they consider should be taken to increase participation in sport by women and girls.

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 2nd May, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

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 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 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)

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—

11th April

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 Aldershot Military Garrison or parts of it are being prepared for sale.      (HL2026)

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 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)

2nd May

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the procedures for monitoring the detailed effects of mandatory sanctions on Serbia under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1160, and any other relevant resolutions, and how often monitoring takes place; and who assesses the impact of similar European Union voluntary measures, and how.      (HL2256)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which of the 52 poorest countries have had their government debts cancelled; how many additional countries are likely to have debts cancelled in the coming year; and whether any unnecessary delays are being created.      (HL2257)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in re-scheduling and relieving the commercial debts of the most heavily indebted poor countries.      (HL2258)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to impose a statutory obligation regarding Best Value on the British Transport Police, as is the case with other Police Authorities.      (HL2259)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now review their grant to the Public Health Laboratory Service in relation to the growing problem of antibiotic resistance and communicable disease surveillance.      (HL2260)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the report of a child abuse scandal in the Evening Standard on 12th April, they consider that the procedures for vetting and appointing those persons responsible for giving advice on matters such as child adoption are sufficiently robust.      (HL2261)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 13th April (WA 58), what is their modernising agenda for the economy; and what is distinctively modern about it.      (HL2262)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to alter the current discharge regulations for new recruits joining the Naval Service.      (HL2263)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in reducing the backlog of correspondence in the visa correspondence unit.      (HL2264)

The Lord GregsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods on the United Kingdom military list have recently been approved for export to Iraq.      (HL2265)

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategic export controls the United Kingdom will apply to the Macau special administrative region.      (HL2266)

The Lord Selkirk of DouglasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Secretaries of State were involved in the decision to remove some 5,000 square miles of sea off the east coast of Scotland from the territorial jurisdiction of the Scottish Courts by means of the Scottish Adjacent Waters Boundaries Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/1126) laid before the House in draft on 8th March 1999.      (HL2267)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the County of Berwickshire is currently without a Lord-Lieutenant, and when they expect an appointment to be made.      (HL2268)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many counties in the United Kingdom are currently without a Lord-Lieutenant, and whether in future, when a Lord-Lieutenant retires, they will do their best to ensure an immediate succession.      (HL2269)

The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a resident of a county in England could be appointed as Lord-Lieutenant for a county in Scotland.      (HL2270)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 16th March (WA 230) which indicated that relations with the Irish government were a factor to be taken into account in their decision not to mark the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom, and in view of the fact that the Irish government is holding events to mark the bicentenary, why they consider that relations with that government would be damaged if they were to mark the bicentenary.      (HL2271)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 19th April (WA 107), whether they will invite the Post Office to explain the use of the word “competitors”; and whether the Post Office has evidence that post offices of other countries may be interested in marking by special stamp issue the bicentenary in 2001 of the creation of the United Kingdom.      (HL2272)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 30th March (WA 102) concerning investigations into public transport in Northern Ireland, whether those listed are all the studies during the period as requested in the original question, or just those authorised by the Department; and in that Answer what was meant by “disproportionate cost” in the supply of a complete answer to a parliamentary question.      (HL2273)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 16th March (WA 220), whether they will invite the Royal Mail to indicate which of the criteria or conventions listed concerning the issue of special stamps caused its decision not to celebrate the bicentenary in 2001 of the creation of the United Kingdom.      (HL2274)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect the same standards of safety for public transport in Northern Ireland as the rest of the United Kingdom; and why Northern Ireland Railways is not subject to the same rail safety arrangements as the rest of the United Kingdom through the Railway Inspectorate.      (HL2275)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the comments of the Deputy Prime Minister, following the recent Paddington crash, that slam door carriages must have electric locks fitted by 2004, apply to Northern Ireland Railways.      (HL2276)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the United Kingdom’s balance of trade is dependent upon the arms trade.      (HL2277)

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 [11th May]
    Insolvency [HL]
    Terrorism
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security [8th May]
    Freedom of Information
    Postal Services

Waiting for Report

    Electronic Communications
    Financial Services and Markets [9th May]
    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]

WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
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
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)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (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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