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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.

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

†The Baroness Scott of Needham Market

The Baroness Gibson of Market Rasen

*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.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

TUESDAY 16TH MAY

The Lord Hunt of Chesterton

†David Shutt, OBE

*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.

Electronic Communications Bill—Report [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

Terrorism Bill—Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [12th and 13th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

WEDNESDAY 17TH MAY

†The Lord Evans of Temple Guiting

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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

Financial Services and Markets Bill—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

‡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.

MONDAY 22ND MAY

Alexander Bernstein, Esq.

and

The Baroness Andrews

*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.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill will be concluded this day]

TUESDAY 23RD MAY

The Lord Parekh

and

Mrs Joan Walmsley

*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 Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what research into prostate cancer they are supporting.

†‡The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give further consideration to the removal of sanctions against Iraq.

†[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Terrorism Bill will be continued this day]

WEDNESDAY 24TH MAY

The Lord Mitchell

*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.

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, following Railtrack’s Network Management Statement of March that 12,000 line closures per year would be required for the next few years to upgrade the West Coast Main Line, what action they are taking to ensure passenger and freight services are maintained to an adequate quality.

*The Lord Archer of Sandwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent United States proposal to draft a Supplemental Document and to amend Article 98 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court is likely to delay the process of ratification by the United Kingdom.

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To call attention to the merging of the London and Frankfurt stock exchanges, and the consequences for companies and investors, including pension funds, if shares have to be denominated in euros; and to move for papers. (Short debate)

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. (Short debate)

†Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners Bill [HL]—Committee [The Baroness Knight of Collingtree]

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

†[At eleven o’clock]

†*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA).

†*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the outcome on education of the World Education Forum in Dakar is satisfactory.

†Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

TUESDAY 6TH JUNE

*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.

*The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the outcome of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions’ review of the use of Stansted Airport as the Government’s preferred airport for dealing with hijacks, following the major hijack incident involving an Ariana Boeing 727 in February.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the Lord Chancellor proposes to take about the oath of loyalty to the Queen traditionally sworn by Queen’s Counsel in Northern Ireland.

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to respond to the Final Report of the Nuffield Inquiry into the United Kingdom’s foreign language needs over the next twenty years.

WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they will report to the United Nations Beijing +5 conference on reforming the system for elections in the United Kingdom to secure for women an equal part in political power.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the performance to date of the European Central Bank.

THURSDAY 8TH JUNE

†*The Lord Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are contemplating amending, or otherwise altering, the criminal law of self-defence.

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Hylton—To move to resolve, That this House congratulates Her Majesty’s Government and the Government of the Republic of Ireland on their strenuous efforts to secure the full implementation of the Belfast Agreement.

The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures can be taken by European Union and United Nations member states to stop the import of oil and diamonds from guerrilla and other groups challenging democratically elected governments in Africa by military means.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what they consider to be the role of strong mutual companies in promoting a healthy and competitive market in financial services.

The Earl of Listowel—To call attention to the needs of children and of their parents and carers; and to move for papers.

PART II

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 or amended on 11th May, or unanswered after 21 days]

11th April

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Aldershot Military Garrison or parts of it are being prepared for sale.      (HL2026)

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 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)

14th April

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)

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 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)

20th April

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 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 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)

11th May

The Lord MarshTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what special measures can be taken to avoid significant increases in noise pollution over Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty which will be caused by planned increased flights by gliders at RAF Little Rissington.      (HL2402)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult the government of Russia about the report in the Zimbabwe Independent of 5th May that military equipment, including 21,000 AK-47’s, were recently imported into Zimbabwe from Russia; and whether they consider that any exports of weapons to Zimbabwe under present conditions constitute a breach of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s Principles Governing Conventional Arms Transfers of November 1993.      (HL2436)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Countess of Mar may expect a response to that part of her letter of 16th December 1999 to the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath relating to diagnoses of Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy that he referred to the Welsh Office.      (HL2437)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that there should be a small number of large capacity incinerators instead of a large number of small capacity incinerators for the disposal of domestic and farm animal carcasses; and, if so, what arrangements they propose to be made for the storage prior to collection, collection and transportation of carcasses and other animal waste products from farms, hunt kennels and veterinary surgeries with particular regard to the prevention of environmental pollution and disease contamination.      (HL2438)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the volume of animal and bird carcasses currently disposed of by incineration in small capacity incinerators at veterinary surgeries, firms, hunt kennels and other private facilities, for 1999.      (HL2439)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that all small capacity incinerators exceed the emission levels laid down in the draft Incineration of Waste Directive and, if only some makes of incinerator are unsatisfactory, whether those incinerators could not be replaced by machines that comply with the emission requirements.      (HL2440)

The Lord BleaseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of consultations, and what decisions have been made, about the future for employment at Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast and in related shipbuilding industries in Northern Ireland.      (HL2441)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the circumstances in which Mr McLennan-Murray, Governor of H M Prison Blantyre House, was recently removed from his post.      (HL2442)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what notice Mr McLennan-Murray was given of the recent decision to remove him from his post as Governor of H M Prison Blantyre House before he was required to leave.      (HL2443)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who authorised the recent decision to remove Mr McLennan-Murray from his post as Governor of H M Prison Blantyre House; and what notice was given to him that his removal from post had been authorised.      (HL2444)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government over how many hours was a prison search carried out at H M Prison Blantyre House in May; and what contraband, if any, (identified by quantity and category) was discovered.      (HL2445)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances were doors to the Chaplain’s offices in H M Prison Blantyre House smashed open when found to be locked during a search of the prison in May; and what other damage was done to the premises and moveable property caused in that search, specifying the damage.      (HL2446)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, during the recent prison search carried out at H M Prison Blantyre House, how many officers from outside the prison were brought in; and how much longer did the search continue after representatives of the Board of Visitors were told by the Governor, newly installed that day, that the search was complete and that they could leave the prison.      (HL2447)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what basis 1,000 tonsil samples were discarded before being tested for new-variant CJD; and what procedures were followed to make sure that infection with new-variant CJD did not result in the sample being discarded.      (HL2448)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why, when they are prepared to release the results of testing tonsil samples for new-variant CJD before peer review and use a test which has not been fully validated, they insist on waiting for peer review before publishing other crucial information.      (HL2449)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish the review of civil justice in Northern Ireland.      (HL2450)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 2nd May (WA 170) concerning a proposal for an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast and the Written Answer on 2nd May (WA 70) which stated that “the E-way study has been completed”, whether they will enlarge on the wording that the “project is not at a sufficiently advanced stage to warrant an application being made to the European Union for funding”; and what stage the proposal is at.      (HL2451)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the importance of good track work to the safety and comfort of rail passengers in Northern Ireland, whether they will list the track renewed under Northern Ireland Railways annual replacement scheme over each of the last ten years and the yearly cost.      (HL2452)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 2nd May (WA 170), what steps they are taking to resolve the difficulties surrounding the upgrading of the railway station at Newry.      (HL2453)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they carried out a public consultation exercise concerning an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to the centre of Belfast if they had no intention of proceeding with the project.      (HL2454)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will bring forward tighter planning controls on the siting of mobile telephone masts both in respect of health and environmental considerations.      (HL2455)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, to achieve a notional consistency of approach to health risk, they propose to place an immediate ban, similar to the beef bone ban, on the construction of mobile telephone masts of whatever height, whether in receipt of planning permission or not.      (HL2456)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require companies to co-operate in making fuller use of existing mobile telephone masts to restrict the multiplication of such masts.      (HL2457)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what type of cars are used in Government Departments; and whether they will show in tabular form which Departments and which make or makes of cars.      (HL2458)

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
    Insolvency [HL]
    Terrorism [16th May]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL] [24th May]
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security [15th May]
    Freedom of Information
    Postal Services
    Utilities

Waiting for Report

    Electronic Communications [16th May]
    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Financial Services and Markets [18th May]

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 Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) (No. 2) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Development Commission (Dissolution) Order 2000
    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
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Functions) Order 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000
    Draft Code of Practice: Access to Workers during Recognition and Derecognition Ballots

COMMITTEES

[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords’ rooms

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 15TH MAY

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)

TUESDAY 16TH 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
Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 17TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.00 pm

THURSDAY 18TH MAY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am

MONDAY 22ND MAY

House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 23RD MAY

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 24TH MAY

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.00 am
in the Moses Room
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

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

 
 
 
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