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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

THURSDAY 4TH MAY

At three o’clock

*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] [13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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]

†Matters sub judice—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move to resolve, That, subject to the discretion of the Leader of the House, and to the right of the House to legislate on any matter or to discuss any delegated legislation, the House in all its proceedings (including proceedings of committees of the House) shall apply the following rules on matters sub judice:

FRIDAY 12TH MAY

†[At eleven o’clock]

†The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean—To move that this House takes note of the Defence White Paper, published in December 1999 (Cm 4446).

†European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Pearson of Rannoch]

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.

†The Lord Tebbit—To call attention to the problems of maintaining law and order; and to move for papers.

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 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.

†*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.

†*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Workshop on Research on Organophosphates held on 28th March.

†*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will either take powers to reduce the number of companies now at liberty to dig holes in the road or advise the Chairmen and Chief Executives of those companies how they might limit the inconvenience to the public.

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 Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage the Royal Parks Agency to ensure that Parliament Square does not become a site for permanent displays.

†*The Lord Northbrook—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received concerning the Budget proposals for changes to the taxation of “mixer companies”.

†*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made for responding to fuel poverty over the last two and a half years, and with what results.

WEDNESDAY 24TH MAY

Parry Mitchell, Esq.

†*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what deficiencies have been reported in the medical services responsible for examining claimants for sickness and disability benefits.

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.

†The Lord Chadlington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider the role of religion to be in Britain’s multi-cultural society.

†The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the Countryside Agency report The State of the Countryside 2000 and in particular what proposals they have for ensuring that rural communities remain inclusive.

†The Lord Williams of Elvel—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of their commitment to reduce road traffic casualties, they consider that the Road Traffic Act 1988 provides for sufficient penalties where the commitment of a minor offence, such as driving while uninsured, results in death or serious injury.

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 3rd 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)

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)

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)

12th April

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)

3rd May

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking with regard to the supply of demining equipment for use by Bactec International in Kosovo.      (HL2278)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets they have set the Veterinary Laboratories Agency for 2000-01.      (HL2279)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets they have set the Veterinary Medicines Directorate for 2000-01.      (HL2280)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets they have set the Pesticides Safety Directorate for 2000-01.      (HL2281)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets they have set the Farming and Rural Conservation Agency for 2000-01.      (HL2282)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets they have set the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science for 2000-01.      (HL2283)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what targets they have set the Central Science Laboratory for 2000-01.      (HL2284)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3rd February (WA 52) that they would publish their decisions regarding the conclusions and recommendations of the Review of the Royal Parks “as soon as Ministers had the opportunity to consider them”, when they intend to publish their decisions on this matter.      (HL2285)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking in relation to the compensation claims of veterans of the Falklands and Gulf conflicts who have been diagnosed as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder; and when they expect the first of these cases to come before the courts.      (HL2286)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be represented at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe meeting in Geneva; what are the main points for discussion regarding south-east Europe; and whether these include the re-opening of the Danube to navigation at Novi Sad.      (HL2287)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what issues they will be raising at the session of the United Nations Committee against Torture, starting on 19th May.      (HL2288)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, given the right to an independent tribunal under Article 6(1) of the European Convention on Human Rights, they share the concern expressed by the Employment Appeal Tribunal on 11th October 1999 (in Smith v Secretary of State for Trade and Industry) as to whether employment tribunals may properly and lawfully adjudicate on claims made against the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry; and, if so, what steps they intend to take to remedy the situation.      (HL2289)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Royal Parks Agency and English Heritage acted against police advice in not boarding up the statue of Sir Winston Churchill in Parliament Square and the Cenotaph in preparation for the May Day demonstrations in London; and on what date and in what form such police advice was given to the two agencies concerned.      (HL2290)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a detailed timetable of events during the demonstrations in Central London on 1st May, showing the timing of each significant event, or act of criminal damage against property, and the timing of decisions made, and actions taken, by the police authorities during that day.      (HL2291)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Whitty on 19th April (HL Deb, col. 699), on what dates there were communications between officials of the Department of the Environment (and later the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions) and the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on the draft Incineration of Waste Directive and in particular upon the matter of small incinerators specialising in disposal of animal carcasses; between which individuals any such communications took place; and in what terms.      (HL2292)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of human infection by Mycobacterium bovis have occurred since the inception of tuberculin testing of cattle in the United Kingdom; and how many occurred as a result of ingestion of infected cows’ milk and how many from infected meat.      (HL2293)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the quality of Spanish veterinary surgeons whom the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is, by European Union law, required to register is satisfactory; and what effect the employment of Spanish veterinary surgeons has upon the quality of service offered by the Meat Hygiene Service to abattoir owners and managers in the United Kingdom.      (HL2294)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which groups were consulted and which considerations taken into account in their decision to mark the twentieth anniversary of the creation of Zimbabwe.      (HL2295)

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) concerning the Expressway-style rapid transit system for the northern part of County Down to Belfast, why the decision not to proceed due to the lack of funding was made before an application was submitted to the European Union for support and before the concept of private funding had been explored.      (HL2296)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 2nd May (WA 171), how the 4.5 per cent increase in passenger traffic on the Belfast to Dublin railway line between 1995-96 and 1998-99 was calculated; and what was the increase year on year during that period.      (HL2297)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 2nd May (WA 172) that there were no proposals to carry freight on the Belfast to Londonderry railway line, what was the purpose of recent trials involving the transportation of timber from the Republic of Ireland to Londonderry.      (HL2298)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 10th April (WA 10), whether they will require the Post Office to list the percentage of the telephone research and in-depth market research, carried out amongst small focus groups including children on the topic of further stamp issues, which takes place in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland respectively; and what was the cost of such research in 1998.      (HL2299)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 29th February (WA 62) which indicated support for the Australian government’s Centenary celebration on the same day, whether they held any discussions with interested Australian groups, including the native population, about their decision to support the celebration.      (HL2300)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any public demand that judicial proceedings should not be brought against editors and writers who, in accordance with Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights, refuse to submit their sources of information to the police; and, if so, what is their response.      (HL2301)

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]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL] [12th May]
    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]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [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
    Draft Companies Act 1985 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 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]

THURSDAY 4TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

MONDAY 8TH MAY

Liaison Committee4.15 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 D)10.00 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 11TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.00 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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