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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 15TH MAY

At half-past two o’clock

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

†The Lord Shutt of Greetland

*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]

†Northern Ireland Arms Decommissioning Act 1997 (Amnesty Period) (No. 2) Order 2000—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 10th May be approved.

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

†The Lord Roper

*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

†Lennox Fyfe, 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.

*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.

†*The Viscount Goschen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimates they have made of the cost of their proposals to rebrand the National Health Service.

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

MONDAY 5TH JUNE

†*The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the continuing conflict in Sudan, with particular reference to reports of military offensives against civilians in the Nuba mountains.

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.

†The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding Zimbabwe public service pensioners living in Britain.

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 on 12th May]

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Government’s policy on arms sales to Zimbabwe.      (HL2460)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when it is intended to set up a parliamentary Select Committee on Human Rights in accordance with paragraphs 3.7-3.8 of the White Paper Rights Brought Home (Cm 3782, 1997).      (HL2461)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what subjects will be on the agenda for the European Union/Russia summit in Moscow on 17th May; and whether they will raise European Union help to the Russian Prison Service, particularly in relation to tuberculosis and prisoners’ diets.      (HL2462)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill will create an unnecessary traffic obstruction; and whether alternative sites could be examined.      (HL2463)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the record in recent years of H M Prison Blantyre House by reference to the proportion of its inmates who have been reconvicted within two years of their discharge, or to any other standard measure of recidivism; and comparing that record with other establishments of the same category in England and Wales.      (HL2464)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long Mr McLennan-Murray had been Governor of H M Prison Blantyre House before his removal in May.      (HL2465)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the date of the most recent inspection of H M Prison Blantyre House by H M Inspector of Prisons; and when his report was published, or when they expect it to be published.      (HL2466)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided through the Department for International Development for the victims of drought in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.      (HL2467)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the initiatives on which the Prison Service spent money without contractual backing in 1999-2000, giving in each case the name of the initiative and the money spent.      (HL2468)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the contractual or other documents relating to the occupation of the land known as RAF Menwith Hill by third parties.      (HL2469)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that, in any report from the Railway Task Force in Northern Ireland, social and environmental issues as well as financial issues are fully addressed.      (HL2470)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what European Union grants are available for public transport in Northern Ireland; what applications are currently lodged; and what is the channel for such applications.      (HL2471)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11th May (WA 230-231), whether they will require the Post Office to confirm that in the process of telephone research and in-depth market research, carried out amongst small focus groups including children on the topic of special stamp issues, that the population so researched in Northern Ireland is in line with the Province’s percentage of the total United Kingdom population.      (HL2472)

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to—

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

12TH MAY 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

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 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)

2nd May

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 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 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)

3rd May

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 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, 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 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 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 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 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 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 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—

8th May

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask the Leader of the House what means are available to provide an effective remedy (in accordance with Article 13 of the European Convention on Human Rights) for a breach of the right to free expression (guaranteed by Article 10 of the Convention), resulting from the rules of the House on discussion of matters sub judice, where such rules authorise or require breaches of Article 10, or where their application creates an unnecessary or disproportionate restriction upon the freedom to discuss active civil proceedings or appellate proceedings.      (HL2337)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 12th April (WA 49), what are the “particular circumstances” (other than distance from court) making it appropriate for young men to be temporarily held in adult prisons.      (HL2338)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 12th April (WA 49), how many 17 year olds on remand share facilities with adults in prison.      (HL2339)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 12th April (WA 49), what is their estimate for the period of time it will take for young women aged (a) 15 to 16 and (b) 17 to be placed in non-Prison Service accommodation.      (HL2340)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 12th April (WA 50), what is the justification for banning the advocacy of religious hatred in Northern Ireland but not in Great Britain.      (HL2341)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the capital sum that would need to be given to a pensioner retiring today to enable them to secure the equivalent income from investments as is promised by the current state pension.      (HL2342)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the annual sum that would need to be invested during a normal working lifetime to accumulate a capital sum on retirement that would secure the equivalent income from investments as is promised by the current state pension.      (HL2343)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people in England and Wales are estimated to be working on a Sunday in the year 2000 compared with the year 1990; what percentage of the working population this represents; how many are estimated to be women; and how many are estimated to have children.      (HL2344)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many companies are estimated to have drawn up contracts, since the passage of the 1994 Sunday trading legislation, requiring their employees to work on a Sunday.      (HL2345)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the impact on health and stress and on the unity of family life since workers have been unable to take a shared day off from work following the 1994 Sunday trading legislation.      (HL2346)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to raise the question of 22 Kashmiri leaders who are currently being held in prison without charge by the Indian government.      (HL2347)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons have been detained for longer than 24 hours in police or court cells in the Metropolitan Police Area in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many of them were Immigration Act detainees held for reasons other than early deportation.      (HL2348)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that the Merseyside Objective 1 Single Programming Document will be submitted to the European Commission for approval on 20th June.      (HL2349)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will require the Post Office to publish the major events in the history of the United Kingdom, including its defence of freedom, the Industrial Revolution and its contribution to world sport and culture for which a Special Stamp issue was made available during the last ten years.      (HL2350)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will outline their proposed spending in Northern Ireland on (a) public bus transport; (b) the railway system and (c) the road system for the years 2000, 2001 and 2002.      (HL2351)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the postponement of the Expressway-style rapid transit system from North Down to Belfast, what arrangements they are making to compensate those property owners who have been affected by planning blight.      (HL2352)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current structure of the Northern Ireland Department of Regional Development is adequate to reflect the competing priorities of public and private transport in such a way as to create public confidence; and whether they will underline the Department’s commitment to public transport, including railways.      (HL2353)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 8th March (WA 154), whether the announcement of the deferring of an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to Belfast was the correct way to inform all the many interested groups and the general public; and whether they will wish to update the Answer.      (HL2354)

The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what fees they expect in respect of the recent auction of mobile telephone licences; what were the amounts; and who were the recipients.      (HL2355)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, they are aware of any suggestions that the United Kingdom’s oil reserves should become a common resource of the European Communities; and, if so, what is their reaction to such suggestions.      (HL2356)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 4th May (WA 189), what criteria will be applied, and upon whose determination, to assess whether evidence relating to standards of conduct in the House of Lords submitted to the Committee for Standards in Public Life is defamatory.      (HL2357)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 4th May (WA 189), whether “defamatory” evidence submitted to the Committee for Standards in Public Life’s study of conduct in the House of Lords will be referred to the Crown Prosecution Service.      (HL2358)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 28th February (WA 41) concerning Government computer network protection, and given the self-replicating nature of the “ILOVEYOU” e-mail virus which creates an equivalence with a “pingstorm” attack, whether they remain satisfied that their servers and routers are adequately protected.      (HL2359)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Departmental computer systems were infected by the “ILOVEYOU” e-mail virus; if so, which Departments; and to what detrimental effect.      (HL2360)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the new Food Standards Agency will take steps to examine and assess the scientific rationale used by the Soil Association when awarding organic status to various food products.      (HL2361)

9th May

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department of Health will issue revised guidelines on the care of young asylum seekers.      (HL2364)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will put arrangements in place to identify young asylum seekers better and to provide the statistical information necessary to plan better and more effective local services.      (HL2365)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration is being given to placing young asylum seekers as close as possible to their relatives or community.      (HL2366)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make it a priority to speed up the processing of asylum claims of young asylum seekers over and above those of other applicants.      (HL2367)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any experimental results that show that, when cattle infected with BSE are used in the preparation of substances used in making human vaccines and injectible medicines, no infectious material reaches the final product; and, if not, whether they propose to sponsor any such research.      (HL2368)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the conclusions of the article The risk of blood-borne Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, Dev Biol Stand 2000; 102: 53-9, Brown P, and in particular the conclusion that “infectivity is not reduced by leukodepletion filtration”, will affect policy on blood donation in the United Kingdom.      (HL2369)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what impact the European Water Framework Directive, if imposed in its current form, will have on whisky distilling.      (HL2370)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the European Commission on behalf of the Scotch whisky distillers on the current terms of the European Water Framework Directive.      (HL2371)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of recent tests of the propellant for Charm 3 training rounds which are now manufactured by Nitrochemie in Germany in place of Bishopton in Scotland.      (HL2372)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were treated for skin exposure to nitro-glycerine leaking from shells manufactured by Nitrochemie in Germany, which is planned to replace Bishopton in Scotland as the manufacturer of these shells.      (HL2373)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there was any evidence in recent trials that shells now manufactured by Nitrochemie are damaging the gun barrels of the Challenger 2 tank; and, if so, what.      (HL2374)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have found a suitable source to replace the Royal Ordnance factory Bishopton as a source for “desertised” ammunition capable of operating in Middle Eastern conditions.      (HL2375)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on whose authority the Strategic Communications Unit issued a memorandum recommending that Ministers should not participate in the Channel 4 programme Tony’s New Boy Network      (HL2376)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the memorandum issued by the Strategic Communications Unit recommending that Ministers should not participate in the Channel 4 programme Tony’s New Boy Network is consistent with their policy towards on freedom of information.      (HL2377)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 28th March (WA 62-63) that “The Government welcome the opportunity to explain their policies and programmes to the public through the media,” whether the memorandum issued by the Strategic Communications Unit recommending that Ministers should not participate in the Channel 4 programme Tony’s New Boy Network is consistent with this approach.      (HL2378)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8th May (WA 202), whether they will list the members of the United Nations, other than Austria, in respect of whose Ministers the United Kingdom currently has a policy of refusing bilateral discussions.      (HL2379)

The Earl of CourtownTo ask the Leader of the House whether she has yet agreed to the placing in the Library of the House the document referred to by the Lord Rodgers of Quarry Bank, at col. 926 of the Official Report of 7th March.      (HL2380)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 13th March (HL Deb, col. 1275), what are the terms of reference of the reconvened Lead Shot Working Group; and whether they will enable it to take into account any representations made about new alternatives to lead shot as stated in the Answer.      (HL2381)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy in relation to the cases of severely disabled people whose income support is reduced by as much as £18 a week to pay for essential social services provided by their local authorities; and what action they have taken, or will be taking, in such cases.      (HL2382)

The Lord MarshTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the shortfall in Royal Air Force recruitment in each of the last five years.      (HL2383)

The Lord MarshTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of Royal Air Force personnel receive compulsory instruction in the flying of gliders.      (HL2384)

The Lord MarshTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial support is provided by the Royal Air Force to the Bicester Flying Club and any similar clubs.      (HL2385)

The Lord MarshTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total membership of the Bicester Flying Club and similar Royal Air Force supported clubs.      (HL2386)

The Lord MarshTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many flights by gliders, self-powered, with tugs, or launched by catapult have taken place from RAF Little Rissington in each of the last five years; and what is the estimated number of similar flights for each of the next five years.      (HL2387)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of total exports of goods and services worldwide they estimate to be invoiced in dollars or dollar-related currencies either by virtue of destination or by type of product or service.      (HL2388)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of total export receipts are paid in euros or euro-participating currencies.      (HL2389)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in consideration of the future of the rail connection between Belfast and Londonderry and its importance to Donegal, the government of the Republic of Ireland will be consulted.      (HL2390)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what methodologies they intend to put in place to measure the effect of open access on the environment and on those who earn their living on the land.      (HL2391)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 8th May (WA 207), whether they have specifically raised within the European Union the question whether all meat products will be separately identified in the same manner as beef.      (HL2392)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list by country the number of European Union directives, laws and regulations which have not been implemented in each of the last three years for which figures have been calculated.      (HL2393)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions will publish the report of their research findings on the impact that the planning system has on the development of tourism.      (HL2394)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the report of the proceedings at the Tourism Summit held on 1st March, what steps they will take to explore the disincentive to recruitment caused by the tax position of staff accommodation commonly provided in the tourism industry.      (HL2395)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which organisations they will consult about options for modernising the Tourism (Sleeping Accommodation Price Display) Order 1977; when that consultation will take place; and when they will report on the results of that consultation.      (HL2396)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Departments will be represented by officials on the Tourism and Hospitality Contact Group; and on how many occasions they will meet during the forthcoming year.      (HL2497)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which bodies they will consult as a consequence of their undertaking given at the Tourism Summit to investigate the tourism potential of the United Kingdom’s ethnic and cultural diversity.      (HL2498)

10th May

The Lord MarshTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the required qualifications for membership of the Royal Air Force funded Bicester Flying Club, which has recently moved to RAF Little Rissington.      (HL2401)

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.      (HL2402)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8th May (WA 202), whether the United Kingdom would remain a member of the European Economic Area if it were to withdraw from the European Union.      (HL2403)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many parents have been found guilty and fined in connection with the offence of non-attendance at school.      (HL2404)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average fine for parents found guilty in connection with the offence of non-attendance at school.      (HL2405)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many parents have received the maximum fine of £2,500 in connection with the offence of non-attendance at school.      (HL2406)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which schools have been selected for the “Fresh Start” programme; which schools continue to be part of the programme; which schools have failed or been recommended for closure; and what are the costs for each school associated with the Fresh Start programme.      (HL2407)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House, and in the libraries of all the prisons where the charity Kainos operates or where there is a proposal that they should operate, full information about the Kainos trustees, the address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail of their headquarters, their annual report and accounts, and their objectives.      (HL2408)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give details of any proposals by Kainos that the latter should give presentations on their work to prisons where they do not currently operate.      (HL2409)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about the qualifications and experience of Kainos personnel working in prisons.      (HL2410)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the implications under the Human Rights Act 1998 of the requirement that prisoners who undergo the Kainos course must take part in Christian observances.      (HL2411)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, prior to the appointment of Governors by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the posts are advertised; what criteria are used in the filling of these posts; and who short lists the candidates and interviews them.      (HL2413)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which cases they make additional payments to ensure that the salaries of Governors appointed by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office are appropriate for senior members of the diplomatic service.      (HL2414)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is yet possible for a peer to request that copies of all replies to his Written Questions should be sent to him by e-mail; and, if so, how.      (HL2415)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the £6,000 grant to trainee teachers by the Teacher Training Agency does not apply to Northern Ireland.      (HL2416)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost to them of the ENTEC report on the environmental and regulatory impacts of the draft Incineration of Waste Directive; and whether they are satisfied with the quality of that report.      (HL2417)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date they were advised that the draft Incineration of Waste Directive was to apply to the incineration of animal carcasses; and who was informed that the exemptions for incineration of animal carcasses were to be withdrawn.      (HL2418)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures have been taken to inform manufacturers and users of small incinerators for the disposal of animal carcasses of the effects of the draft Incineration of Waste Directive.      (HL2419)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the compliance costs associated with the draft Incineration of Waste Directive to be reasonable; and, if so, whether this is in accord with the advice of ENTEC given in June 1999.      (HL2420)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have considered the proposal at the conciliation phase of an amendment to the draft Incineration of Waste Directive to re-introduce the exemption for the incineration of animal carcasses in small rural incinerators.      (HL2421)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many amendments they tabled to the Financial Services and Markets Bill (a) in Committee in the House of Commons; (b) at Report Stage in the House of Commons; (c) in Committee in the House of Lords; (d) at Report Stage in the House of Lords; and (e) in total.      (HL2422)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the implications for the parliamentary accountability of the Financial Services Authority of the statement by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 9th May (HL Deb, col. 1378) that the consideration of the Financial Service Authority’s treatment of the merger between the London Stock Exchange and the Deutsche Börse “ is not a responsibility of the Government and [it] is not my responsibility as the Minister for steering the Bill through the House”.      (HL2423)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the analysis of the World Gold Council that the Chancellor’s decision to sell to date 120 tonnes of the United Kingdom’s gold reserves has cost £25 million.      (HL2424)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated likely increase in (a) the number of people imprisoned each year and (b) the average daily prison population as a result of clause 46 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill (breach of community orders: warning and punishment).      (HL2425)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Vehicle Excise Duty rate for goods vehicles is set to take account of the annual mileage likely to be covered.      (HL2426)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice is being given by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency regarding the correct taxation class for a vehicle used to pump concrete or other building materials at a building site, when the vehicle is not used to carry any materials other than water used in conjunction with the machinery.      (HL2427)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether advice given by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency is given on behalf of the Secretary of State; and, if not, on whose behalf it is given.      (HL2428)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the purpose for which a vehicle used for pumping concrete was originally designed is relevant in considering for what it is currently “designed and constructed”.      (HL2429)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would be in the public interest for the Crown Prosecution Service to prosecute a vehicle operator when the operator had followed the advice of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.      (HL2430)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many spoilt ballot papers there were for each relevant constituency in the Greater London area, and for Greater London as a whole, for (a) the London Assembly elections 2000; (b) the European Parliament elections 1999; (c) the Borough Council elections 1998; and (d) the General Election 1997; both in absolute terms and as a percentage of total votes cast.      (HL2431)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 4th May (WA 187) concerning European Union funding for the Belfast to Larne Railway, which is the appropriate agency to apply for European Union funding for the relaying of the railway line from Belfast to Larne; what part the Northern Ireland Transport Holding Company has in making any such application; and, in view of the route’s Euro-route status, why no such application has been made.      (HL2432)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for compensation have been dealt with under the scheme providing payment to mineworkers suffering from bronchitis or emphysema in each of the last six months; and how many applicants have died during this period.      (HL2433)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action is being taken to reduce the delays in repairs to broken escalators at London Underground stations; and how many of these escalators have been out of operation (a) for over three months and (b) for over six months.      (HL2434)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask the Chairman of Committees what are the rules governing the use of mobile phones within that part of the Palace of Westminster controlled by the House of Lords.      (HL2435)

11th May

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)

12th May

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the Government’s policy on arms sales to Zimbabwe.      (HL2460)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when it is intended to set up a parliamentary Select Committee on Human Rights in accordance with paragraphs 3.7-3.8 of the White Paper Rights Brought Home (Cm 3782, 1997).      (HL2461)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what subjects will be on the agenda for the European Union/Russia summit in Moscow on 17th May; and whether they will raise European Union help to the Russian Prison Service, particularly in relation to tuberculosis and prisoners’ diets.      (HL2462)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill will create an unnecessary traffic obstruction; and whether alternative sites could be examined.      (HL2463)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the record in recent years of H M Prison Blantyre House by reference to the proportion of its inmates who have been reconvicted within two years of their discharge, or to any other standard measure of recidivism; and comparing that record with other establishments of the same category in England and Wales.      (HL2464)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long Mr McLennan-Murray had been Governor of H M Prison Blantyre House before his removal in May.      (HL2465)

The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the date of the most recent inspection of H M Prison Blantyre House by H M Inspector of Prisons; and when his report was published, or when they expect it to be published.      (HL2466)

The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have provided through the Department for International Development for the victims of drought in India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.      (HL2467)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the initiatives on which the Prison Service spent money without contractual backing in 1999-2000, giving in each case the name of the initiative and the money spent.      (HL2468)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will place in the Library of the House the contractual or other documents relating to the occupation of the land known as RAF Menwith Hill by third parties.      (HL2469)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that, in any report from the Railway Task Force in Northern Ireland, social and environmental issues as well as financial issues are fully addressed.      (HL2470)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what European Union grants are available for public transport in Northern Ireland; what applications are currently lodged; and what is the channel for such applications.      (HL2471)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 11th May (WA 230-231), whether they will require the Post Office to confirm that in the process of telephone research and in-depth market research, carried out amongst small focus groups including children on the topic of special stamp issues, that the population so researched in Northern Ireland is in line with the Province’s percentage of the total United Kingdom population.      (HL2472)

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the proportion of—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to—

The Lord AlliTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to—

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]
    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]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [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
    Draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) 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)4.30 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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