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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 8TH MAY

At half-past two o’clock

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay

and

The Lord Greaves

*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.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be dispensed with on Thursday 11th May to allow the motion standing in the name of the Baroness Jay of Paddington to be taken before the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill, and also on Friday 12th May to allow the motion standing in the name of the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to be taken before the European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) Bill.

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 Baroness Billingham

and

The Lord Turnberg

*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 Baroness Northover

*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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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]

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

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

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 consider that upgrading early warning radar sites in the United Kingdom to support the proposed United States nuclear missile defence system would break 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.

†The Baroness Warwick of Undercliffe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to increase the awareness among employers and young people of the case for taking gap years and undertaking voluntary service.

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 4th May]

The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the refurbishment of the Treasury building.      (HL2302)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 3rd May (WA 178-179) regarding the policy of a lesser priority being given to the funding of public transport in Northern Ireland compared with the rest of the United Kingdom, when and why that policy decision was taken.      (HL2303)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the allocation of £10 million of additional National Health Service funding for Northern Ireland to community care, what additional resources are to be allocated to health care in Northern Ireland to ensure that it receives the same percentage allocation of resources to health care as in the rest of the United Kingdom.      (HL2304)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why some of the additional resources allocated to the National Health Service have been used to write off Health Trust overspending in England and Wales and not in Northern Ireland.      (HL2305)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what urgent steps they propose to take to fill the shortage of qualified nurses in Northern Ireland.      (HL2306)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which British and foreign non-governmental organisations, which are active in Pakistan, India and Kashmir, received funding directly or indirectly from the British Government in the fiscal years 1997-98 and 1998-99; and whether they will provide details of the funding provided by each organisation.      (HL2307)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the present humanitarian need in Kashmir (Azad and Indian occupied); and what steps they are taking to address the situation.      (HL2308)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to relieve Pakistan’s debts to Britain.      (HL2309)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the tension on the line of control between India and Pakistan.      (HL2310)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence of British men training to take part in hostilities in Kashmir.      (HL2311)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support a final resolution of the Kashmir conflict; and what steps they have taken in this regard.      (HL2312)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 2nd May (WA 162), whether their answer is a “Yes” or a “No.      (HL2313)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 2nd May (WA 162), whether they would ask the permission of the individual concerned to release the information in question, since that individual has stated publicly that she would be happy for the information to be released.      (HL2314)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in addition to the data published in the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 6th April (WA 151-152), they will publish similar data for—

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to the All-Party Pharmacy Group’s Report to Health Ministers on Management in Community Pharmacies; and what action they will be taking on its recommendations.      (HL2316)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 20th April (WA 139), and in the light of the depreciation of the euro against the pound sterling and other currencies since its launch on 1st January 1999, on what occasions the Chancellor of the Exchequer has raised the problem of undervaluation of the euro with his fellow members of ECOFIN (Economic and Finance Council of Ministers); and with what results.      (HL2317)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will adopt and implement the Model Convention on the prohibition of the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons and on their elimination contained in Security and Survival—The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, issued by the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, the International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and others.      (HL2318)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as suggested in a recent Economist leader, they will look again at the issue of returning the Elgin marbles to Greece.      (HL2319)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what a benefit recipient will present to the Post Office for payment after the end of the present payment book system.      (HL2320)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the objectives of their plans to bring farm land in the South Downs into public ownership, under proposals being prepared in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and by certain agencies associated with that Department.      (HL2321)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of their intention to bring farm land into public ownership in the South Downs in each of the next five years, under proposals being prepared by officials in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and by agencies associated with that Department.      (HL2322)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their intention to bring farm land into public ownership in the South Downs, under proposals being prepared in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and by certain agencies associated with that Department, will include compulsory purchase.      (HL2323)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hectares of farm land are to be purchased in the South Downs with public money in each of the next five years, under proposals being prepared by officials in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and by agencies associated with that Department.      (HL2324)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations have been consulted, formally or otherwise, about their intention to bring farm land into public ownership in the South Downs under proposals being prepared by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, or by agencies associated with that Department.      (HL2325)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the projects on which the Prison Service spent money without contractual backing in 1999-2000, giving in each case the name of the project and the amount spent.      (HL2326)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in preparation for the second stage of reform of the House of Lords, they will —

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many countries have reached decision point in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative; how many will complete the process by the end of this year; and in how many countries there will be further delay.      (HL2328)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the 100 million US dollars in debt relief announced at the G8 Summit in Cologne last year had already been promised under the Naples terms; how much has not been delivered; and, in the case of Tanzania, what has been its reduction in debt service under the latest Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative.      (HL2329)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to celebrate the bicentenary of the United Kingdom in 2001; and, if so, whether they will list the events to be undertaken.      (HL2330)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 2nd May (WA 157), what examples they can give of the successful “chasing of progress on the implementation of previous Social Exclusion Unit reports”.      (HL2331)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 2nd May (WA 157-158), why they state that during the visit of the Minister for the Cabinet Office to the Duchy of Lancaster on 25th February she discussed topics including rural issues, whereas in the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 3rd April (WA 108-109), it was stated that the Minister had made visits to the countryside in the Duchy of Lancaster; and what were the places in the countryside that were visited that day.      (HL2332)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answers by the Lord Whitty on 19th April on the European Union waste incineration Directive (HL Deb, cols. 700-701), whether they will give details of—

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

4TH MAY 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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 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)

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 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 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, 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)

17th April

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 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 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)

18th April

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

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 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)

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)

4th May

The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the refurbishment of the Treasury building.      (HL2302)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 3rd May (WA 178-179) regarding the policy of a lesser priority being given to the funding of public transport in Northern Ireland compared with the rest of the United Kingdom, when and why that policy decision was taken.      (HL2303)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the allocation of £10 million of additional National Health Service funding for Northern Ireland to community care, what additional resources are to be allocated to health care in Northern Ireland to ensure that it receives the same percentage allocation of resources to health care as in the rest of the United Kingdom.      (HL2304)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why some of the additional resources allocated to the National Health Service have been used to write off Health Trust overspending in England and Wales and not in Northern Ireland.      (HL2305)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what urgent steps they propose to take to fill the shortage of qualified nurses in Northern Ireland.      (HL2306)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which British and foreign non-governmental organisations, which are active in Pakistan, India and Kashmir, received funding directly or indirectly from the British Government in the fiscal years 1997-98 and 1998-99; and whether they will provide details of the funding provided by each organisation.      (HL2307)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the present humanitarian need in Kashmir (Azad and Indian occupied); and what steps they are taking to address the situation.      (HL2308)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to relieve Pakistan’s debts to Britain.      (HL2309)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the tension on the line of control between India and Pakistan.      (HL2310)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence of British men training to take part in hostilities in Kashmir.      (HL2311)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support a final resolution of the Kashmir conflict; and what steps they have taken in this regard.      (HL2312)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 2nd May (WA 162), whether their answer is a “Yes” or a “No.      (HL2313)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 2nd May (WA 162), whether they would ask the permission of the individual concerned to release the information in question, since that individual has stated publicly that she would be happy for the information to be released.      (HL2314)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in addition to the data published in the Written Answer by the Lord Bach on 6th April (WA 151-152), they will publish similar data for—

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to the All-Party Pharmacy Group’s Report to Health Ministers on Management in Community Pharmacies; and what action they will be taking on its recommendations.      (HL2316)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 20th April (WA 139), and in the light of the depreciation of the euro against the pound sterling and other currencies since its launch on 1st January 1999, on what occasions the Chancellor of the Exchequer has raised the problem of undervaluation of the euro with his fellow members of ECOFIN (Economic and Finance Council of Ministers); and with what results.      (HL2317)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will adopt and implement the Model Convention on the prohibition of the development, testing, production, stockpiling, transfer, use and threat of use of nuclear weapons and on their elimination contained in Security and Survival—The Case for a Nuclear Weapons Convention, issued by the International Association of Lawyers Against Nuclear Arms, the International Network of Engineers and Scientists Against Proliferation, the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and others.      (HL2318)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as suggested in a recent Economist leader, they will look again at the issue of returning the Elgin marbles to Greece.      (HL2319)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what a benefit recipient will present to the Post Office for payment after the end of the present payment book system.      (HL2320)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the objectives of their plans to bring farm land in the South Downs into public ownership, under proposals being prepared in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and by certain agencies associated with that Department.      (HL2321)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of their intention to bring farm land into public ownership in the South Downs in each of the next five years, under proposals being prepared by officials in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and by agencies associated with that Department.      (HL2322)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their intention to bring farm land into public ownership in the South Downs, under proposals being prepared in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and by certain agencies associated with that Department, will include compulsory purchase.      (HL2323)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hectares of farm land are to be purchased in the South Downs with public money in each of the next five years, under proposals being prepared by officials in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and by agencies associated with that Department.      (HL2324)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations have been consulted, formally or otherwise, about their intention to bring farm land into public ownership in the South Downs under proposals being prepared by the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions, or by agencies associated with that Department.      (HL2325)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the projects on which the Prison Service spent money without contractual backing in 1999-2000, giving in each case the name of the project and the amount spent.      (HL2326)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in preparation for the second stage of reform of the House of Lords, they will —

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many countries have reached decision point in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative; how many will complete the process by the end of this year; and in how many countries there will be further delay.      (HL2328)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the 100 million US dollars in debt relief announced at the G8 Summit in Cologne last year had already been promised under the Naples terms; how much has not been delivered; and, in the case of Tanzania, what has been its reduction in debt service under the latest Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative.      (HL2329)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to celebrate the bicentenary of the United Kingdom in 2001; and, if so, whether they will list the events to be undertaken.      (HL2330)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 2nd May (WA 157), what examples they can give of the successful “chasing of progress on the implementation of previous Social Exclusion Unit reports”.      (HL2331)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 2nd May (WA 157-158), why they state that during the visit of the Minister for the Cabinet Office to the Duchy of Lancaster on 25th February she discussed topics including rural issues, whereas in the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 3rd April (WA 108-109), it was stated that the Minister had made visits to the countryside in the Duchy of Lancaster; and what were the places in the countryside that were visited that day.      (HL2332)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answers by the Lord Whitty on 19th April on the European Union waste incineration Directive (HL Deb, cols. 700-701), whether they will give details of—

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
    Utilities

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
    Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2000
    Draft National Minimum Wage (Increase in Development Rate for Young Workers) 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]

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 18TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

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

 
 
 
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