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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 22ND MAY

At half-past two o’clock

The Lord Bernstein of Craigwell

and

The Baroness Andrews

*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.

†*The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they plan to stimulate public awareness of, and involvement with, the work of the House of Lords.

Electronic Communications Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

Children (Leaving Care) Bill [HL]Third Reading [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

†Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham] [13th and 16th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡Companies Act 1985 (Audit Exemption) (Amendment) Regulations 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3rd May be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Part-time Workers (Prevention of Less Favourable Treatment) Regulations 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3rd May be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡National Minimum Wage (Increase in Development Rate for Young Workers) Regulations 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 4th May be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

†‡Code of Practice: Access to Workers during Recognition and Derecognition Ballots—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Code of Practice laid before the House on 8th May be approved.

TUESDAY 23RD MAY

The Lord Parekh

and

The Baroness 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.

†Insolvency Bill—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the order of commitment of 4th April be discharged and that the bill be committed to a Grand Committee.

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

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

WEDNESDAY 24TH MAY

The Lord Mitchell

The Lord Fyfe of Fairfield

*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] [8th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†Scotland Act 1998 (Modification of Functions) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th May be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th May be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Development Commission (Dissolution) Order 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th April be approved. [17th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Greater London Authority (Miscellaneous Amendments) Order 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th April be approved. [18th Report from the Joint Committee]

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

[At eleven o’clock]

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

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to rationalise the uneven incidence of charges made by local authorities for community care services needed by some disabled and elderly people, described in the recent report of the Audit Commission.

†*The Lord Lucas—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why, nearly three years after the request was first made, they are still unable consistently to provide copies of Answers to Written Questions by e-mail.

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

The Lord McIntosh of Haringey—To move, That this House approves, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, Her Majesty’s Government’s assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 2000-01 and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 2000-01.

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.

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

*The Lord Patel of Blackburn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards eliminating all forms of discrimination from the National Health Service.

*The Lord Walton of Detchant—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the replacement of extra-contractual referrals (ECRs) by out-of-area transfers (OATs) has been successful in making highly specialised treatment in the National Health Service available to those in need.

†Transport Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

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.

†‡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.

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

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.

*The Lord Geraint—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the state of the sheep industry is satisfactory.

†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.

†Lord Bridges—To call attention to the long-term problems caused by coastal erosion; and to move for papers.

†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.

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

†Trustee Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord Chancellor]

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, and, if not, why not.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what United Kingdom involvement there is in the International Rice Genome Project; and when it will be completed.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements for international monitoring of the elections in Zimbabwe are satisfactory.

†Postal Services Bill—Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

†‡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.

MONDAY 12TH JUNE

*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priority they are giving to public health awareness campaigns relating to HIV and AIDS.

*The Lord Elliott of Morpeth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they plan to take to persuade other European Union Member States rigorously to enforce in their territory the provisions of Council Directive 91/628/EEC on the protection of animals during transport, in respect of lambs and sheep which are being transported from the United Kingdom to or through other Member States.

TUESDAY 13TH JUNE

*The Baroness Pitkeathley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on a review of carers’ benefits.

*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to deter those who deface historic buildings and monuments with graffiti.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether proper checks are being made by the Forestry Commission on the origins of tree saplings being planted by them and others.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take as a result of the Better Regulation Task Force report entitled Red Tape Affecting Head Teachers.

WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase financial provision for mature students wishing to undertake degree courses at universities.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to introduce VAT on toll charges.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the agenda will be agreed for the Inter-Governmental Conference in Nice.

THURSDAY 15TH JUNE

†*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 Lord Northbourne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint a Minister for men.

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 Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their policies towards promoting general aviation.

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 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 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; and to move for papers.

The Lord Freyberg—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in resolving the issue of how national museums and galleries can recover VAT.

†The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will improve the Vaccine Damage Payment Scheme.

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 18th May]

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assent to the opening for signature and ratification of Protocol 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights to secure enjoyment of any rights enforced by law without discrimination.      (HL2526)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the review of paragraph 320 (18) of the Immigration Rules.      (HL2540)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results achieved by the Prison Service on each of its key performance indicators in 1999-2000.      (HL2541)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make a decision on Mr Mike Tyson’s application for entry clearance.      (HL2542)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of the 1 Field Laboratory Unit that operated a Biological Warfare agent detection facility during the 1990-91 Gulf conflict and the work of that unit in detecting Biological Warfare agents.      (HL2543)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the RAND Corporation report entitled A Review of the Scientific Literature as it Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses, volume II: Pyridostigmine Bromide.      (HL2544)

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the Reserve Forces who served in the Gulf are entitled to attributable pensions benefits.      (HL2545)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to the dumping of litter or waste upon private land in connection with the proposed extension of access; what action (a) the owner or occupier of open land and (b) police forces be able to take to prevent or to respond to the problem.      (HL2546)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide for the confiscation of mechanically powered vehicles used to abuse the rights of access under the terms of Schedule 8 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill or in contravention of this measure.      (HL2547)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the loss incurred (a) by British retailers and (b) by the Treasury as a result of (i) the smuggling of tobacco and (ii) the importation of duty paid tobacco between 1996 and 1999.      (HL2548)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of police officers serving in England and Wales (a) at the present time; and (b) five years ago.      (HL2549)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether research is underway into the decline in the population of starlings and house sparrows; and, in view of this decline, whether they will provide protection for these species and cease to classify them as pests.      (HL2550)

The Lord Fraser of CarmyllieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all-party Parliamentary Groups and associate Parliamentary Groups will come within the definition of political activity for the purposes of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill.      (HL2551)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, applying to the carriage of guide dogs for blind people in taxis, have yet been put into effect; and to what extent minicabs are included under those provisions.      (HL2552)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the asylum seekers who entered the United Kingdom in each of the years 1985, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 have been accepted as such, after due process of investigation, and have been granted permission to stay.      (HL2553)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that in any planning proposals over the next ten years, the possibility of re-instating the rail links from Portadown to Armagh and from Templepatrick to Ballyclare using, where possible, the existing track beds is fully taken into account.      (HL2554)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they received the current Translink Corporate Plan for 2000 to 2003; and why it has not yet been published.      (HL2555)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £183 million required to bring Northern Ireland Railways up to safety standards would be reduced by £70 million by the leasing of new rolling stock; and, given that the £80 million required for track work would attract a 75 per cent European Union grant, what would the actual cost be to the Government per year over the next ten years of funding this safety requirement.      (HL2556)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what use has been made of the powers contained in the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.      (HL2557)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many married quarters in the Warminster garrison, managed by the Defence Housing Executive, have gas appliances; and how many complaints about these appliances there have been in the last year.      (HL2558)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last convenient twelve-month period, how many abnormal loads have required a police escort in order to negotiate the A428 due to the 40 tonne weight limit on the A14 at Huntingdon, and which were otherwise not escortable on motorways or linked dual carriageway.      (HL2559)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last convenient three-month period, what has been the approximate number of police-car-hours expended in escorting abnormal loads in order to avoid the 40 tonne weight limit on the A14 at Huntingdon.      (HL2560)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last convenient three-month period, what has been the approximate cost of providing police escorts for abnormal loads in order to avoid the 40 tonne weight limit on the A14 at Huntingdon.      (HL2561)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the bridges supporting the A14 near Huntingdon are rated for 44 tonnes; and, if not, what the limitations are.      (HL2562)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an operator running at 44 tonnes under the Construction and Use Regulations is required to notify any highway or bridge authority of his intention to use the A14 near Huntingdon.      (HL2563)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were aware of the statistics in the Office of National Statistics publication Social Inequalities 2000 when making the decision to confirm the closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol.      (HL2564)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many judges’ lodgings are still used as such; what is the annual cost of running them; how many nights on average each one is occupied by a judge; how many staff work in them; how many are open to the public to visit; and what is their estimated capital value if they were to be sold off.      (HL2565)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what scientific evidence there is that Mycobacterium bovis may be present in the milk of cows that have not been shown to be tuberculosis reactors.      (HL2566)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the anti-epileptic drug acid (Epilim) was first licensed for use for children in the United Kingdom; how many adverse reactions relating to hepatic and psychoneurological effects following the use of this drug in children have been reported; how many deaths in children have been reported; and what measures are in force to ensure adequate surveillance.      (HL2567)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in England and Wales are currently Wards of Court as a result of applications by Social Services departments determination that the children are “at risk”; how many of those children are in foster care; and how many are hospitalised.      (HL2568)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many paediatric pathologists and how many paediatric toxicologists are currently employed by public services in England and Wales.      (HL2569)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost to the National Health Service of (a) creating a new hospital bed place, and (b) training a new non-specialist nurse.      (HL2570)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the applicants for planning permission to construct a woodburning power plant at Newbridge-on-Wye have been given full and true answers to the Fourth Renewables Tranche questionnaire, particularly in respect of unrelated covenants affecting the land in question.      (HL2571)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list (a) the states with which they are conducting a dialogue with regard to unsatisfactory human rights performance, and (b) the states whose observance of human rights is unsatisfactory and against which they are pursuing a policy of sanctions because those states will not engage in such a dialogue.      (HL2572)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all injectible medical products approved for use in the United Kingdom which either contain material of bovine origin or use such material in their preparation.      (HL2573)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

18TH MAY 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

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)

2nd May

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 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 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)

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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)

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 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 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)

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15th May

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what responsibility the Home Office has in respect of the Landmines Act 1998.      (HL2483)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether legislation has been enacted to give effect in the laws of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL2484)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have abandoned the proposed “Bond Scheme” for overseas visitors to the United Kingdom.      (HL2485)

The Lord RixTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many extra offenders they anticipate would be imprisoned each year if clause 46 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill is implemented with the presumption of imprisonment for offenders who breach their community penalty.      (HL2486)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Department of Regional Development’s Transportation Unit is in charge of public transport; whether it is wholly funded, managed and directed by the Road Service Agency; and, if so, whether this is in the best interests of public transport.      (HL2487)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still committed to the concept of “parity of esteem” as set out in the Belfast Agreement; and whether this accords with the views of the Republic of Ireland’s Foreign Minister.      (HL2488)

The Lord TaverneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received a report on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Conference on genetically modified foods and health in Edinburgh at the end of February; and whether the report will be published.      (HL2489)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the comments made by the House of Commons’ Defence Committee (7th Report, HC125) about the Government’s efforts to improve the quality of life of Gulf War veterans with still undiagnosed illnesses; and whether they accept the recommendation that there should now be improved financial provision and better access to medical treatment for such veterans.      (HL2490)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the percentage turnout of the electorate who voted in the recent elections for the London Mayor and the Greater London Assembly; and what were the comparable turnout figures for each election for the old Greater London Council.      (HL2491)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of the present economic cycle and the last economic cycle; what has been the annual deficit or surplus as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product in each year of the present cycle; and what was the annual United Kingdom general Government deficit or surplus in each year of the last economic cycle.      (HL2492)

16th May

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the shortcomings in the European Union External Aid Programme have only recently been discovered; why the Audit Office was not involved sooner; and whether they will seek to ensure that the sum pledged for clearing the Danube at Novi Sad and restoring full navigation is promptly and efficiently spent.      (HL2501)

The Baroness TrumpingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there will be a national holiday to celebrate the 100th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother; and if not, why not.      (HL2502)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the timetable of the Lead Shot working group will make it possible for any recommendations the group may make for changes in the regulations to be brought into effect by 1st September 2000.      (HL2503)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list, county by county, for England and Wales the number of miles of (a) public footpaths and (b) bridleways.      (HL2504)

The Lord TanlawTo ask the Chairman of Committees (a) how many peers or their secretaries or researchers, for whom they are allowed recoverable expenses, have an e-mail address on the Parliamentary Data and Video Network (PDVN); (b) what percentage of the total membership of the House of Lords this represents; and (c) what access points to the PDVN network are available on the Parliamentary Estate for those peers, secretaries or researchers who do not have desks.      (HL2505)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the members of the task forces currently operating in Wales.      (HL2506)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the special advisers operating in Wales.      (HL2507)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Leader of the House on 11th May (WA 235), whether there is a Register of Interests of the special advisers currently employed by the Government; and, if not, whether they have plans to institute such a Register.      (HL2508)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is any requirement in the Civil Service Code for special advisers currently employed by the Government to declare any political donations they may have made over the last ten years or any share-holdings they may have in companies that have made such donations; and, if not, whether they have plans to institute such a requirement.      (HL2509)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Leader of the House on 11th May (WA 236), what mechanisms exist within the Committee on Standards in Public Life for dealing with any potential or perceived conflicts of interest.      (HL2510)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Leader of the House on 11th May (WA 237), whether they are considering placing the Committee on Standards in Public Life on a statutory basis in the future.      (HL2511)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Leader of the House on 11th May (WA 237), what options for the future work of the Committee on Standards in Public Life other than a review of standards of conduct in the House of Lords were discussed between the Prime Minister and the Lord Neill of Bladen on 10th January.      (HL2512)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, they intend to ensure that the House of Lords can consider any report emanating from the Committee on Standards in Public Life’s review of standards of conduct in the House in advance of it being disseminated more widely.      (HL2513)

17th May

The Baroness Hilton of EggardonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will confirm the long-term location of the Joint Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Regiment currently based at RAF Honington.      (HL2516)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the new General Hospital in Gaza, initiated by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNWRA) and funded by the European Union, to be fully open and in use; and whether they will seek to advance that date.      (HL2519)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consulted representatives of bee-keepers and fruit growers before approving sites for trials of genetically modified crops; and, if not, why not.      (HL2520)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether bee-keepers will be compensated for costs incurred in moving hives away from sites of genetically modified crop trials.      (HL2521)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what actions they are taking that will reduce over-crowding in prisons in England and Wales during the current year.      (HL2522)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners in England and Wales have access to (a) work, (b) education and (c) training; for how many hours per week on average; how many have no such access; and whether their figures include remand prisoners.      (HL2523)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to ratify the International Conventions for (a) The Suppression of Terrorist Bombings (Cmd. 4662) and (b) The Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism (Cmd. 4663); whether they consider that the passing into law of the current Terrorism Bill will make ratification possible; or whether further legislation will be needed.      (HL2524)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask the Leader of the House why seven Questions for Written Answer, tabled between 11th and 19th April, remained unanswered on 16th May.      (HL2525)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will assent to the opening for signature and ratification of Protocol 12 of the European Convention on Human Rights to secure enjoyment of any rights enforced by law without discrimination.      (HL2526)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much training has been provided by the Civil Service College to civil servants at the request of the Departments where they were working on the implications and practice of the Code of Practice on Access to Government Information since the inception of that Code.      (HL2527)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that Railtrack plc should be subject to the Freedom of Information Bill, in respect of its statutory responsibilities for safety; and, if so, what other public companies they intend should be similarly subject to that Bill.      (HL2528)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all Defence Housing Executive properties served by gas have an annual safety check; and whether the occupants are given a Landlord’s Gas Safety Certificate.      (HL2529)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose to the United Nations Security Council, as suggested by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Executive Secretary Lansana Konyate, that the United Nations Mission in Sierra Leone’s mandate should be amended to allow them to take offensive action against the armed opposition in Sierra Leone.      (HL2530)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they offered to provide a helicopter to assist in the evacuation of United Nations peacekeepers from the border town of Foya to Monrovia, the capital of Liberia.      (HL2531)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their statistical data relating to e-commerce and the dot.com sector are adequate and accurate; and, if not, what action they propose to take to improve the situation.      (HL2532)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of use of e-mail by employers, any conflicts or anomalies exist between current employment law and practice and the provisions of the Human Rights Act 1998, especially those relating to Article 8 concerning the right to privacy.      (HL2533)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether informing the media of the contents of statements they intend to make to Parliament constitutes a breach of the terms of paragraph 27 of the Ministerial Code.      (HL2534)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent, if at all, (a) the Strategic Communications Unit and (b) the Prime Minister’s Official Spokesman are involved in preparing briefing for Prime Minister’s Question Time; and upon whose (a) initiative and (b) authority a memorandum seeking to improve such briefing was issued recently.      (HL2535)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent memorandum seeking to improve the quality of briefing for Prime Minister’s Question Time, the performance of the Strategic Communications Unit in co-ordinating the message of Government is satisfactory.      (HL2536)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will pay those pensioners who do not have a television the equivalent of the cost of a television licence, which they have proposed should be free to pensioners.      (HL2537)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 4th May (WA 188) which noted that the policy of a target average bus fleet age of eight years does not apply to devolved administrations, why the same answer suggested that the policy is a matter for the Northern Ireland Assembly to consider.      (HL2538)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to legislate to enable pharmacists to prescribe medicines, in certain carefully controlled circumstances, thus giving patients a greater incentive to consult the local chemist; and whether the expertise of community pharmacists would be of local benefit in these circumstances.      (HL2539)

18th May

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on the review of paragraph 320 (18) of the Immigration Rules.      (HL2540)

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the results achieved by the Prison Service on each of its key performance indicators in 1999-2000.      (HL2541)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make a decision on Mr Mike Tyson’s application for entry clearance.      (HL2542)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the role of the 1 Field Laboratory Unit that operated a Biological Warfare agent detection facility during the 1990-91 Gulf conflict and the work of that unit in detecting Biological Warfare agents.      (HL2543)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the RAND Corporation report entitled A Review of the Scientific Literature as it Pertains to Gulf War Illnesses, volume II: Pyridostigmine Bromide.      (HL2544)

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether members of the Reserve Forces who served in the Gulf are entitled to attributable pensions benefits.      (HL2545)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration has been given to the dumping of litter or waste upon private land in connection with the proposed extension of access; what action (a) the owner or occupier of open land and (b) police forces be able to take to prevent or to respond to the problem.      (HL2546)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide for the confiscation of mechanically powered vehicles used to abuse the rights of access under the terms of Schedule 8 of the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill or in contravention of this measure.      (HL2547)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the loss incurred (a) by British retailers and (b) by the Treasury as a result of (i) the smuggling of tobacco and (ii) the importation of duty paid tobacco between 1996 and 1999.      (HL2548)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the number of police officers serving in England and Wales (a) at the present time; and (b) five years ago.      (HL2549)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether research is underway into the decline in the population of starlings and house sparrows; and, in view of this decline, whether they will provide protection for these species and cease to classify them as pests.      (HL2550)

The Lord Fraser of CarmyllieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all-party Parliamentary Groups and associate Parliamentary Groups will come within the definition of political activity for the purposes of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill.      (HL2551)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions in the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, applying to the carriage of guide dogs for blind people in taxis, have yet been put into effect; and to what extent minicabs are included under those provisions.      (HL2552)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the asylum seekers who entered the United Kingdom in each of the years 1985, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1997 and 1998 have been accepted as such, after due process of investigation, and have been granted permission to stay.      (HL2553)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that in any planning proposals over the next ten years, the possibility of re-instating the rail links from Portadown to Armagh and from Templepatrick to Ballyclare using, where possible, the existing track beds is fully taken into account.      (HL2554)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they received the current Translink Corporate Plan for 2000 to 2003; and why it has not yet been published.      (HL2555)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the £183 million required to bring Northern Ireland Railways up to safety standards would be reduced by £70 million by the leasing of new rolling stock; and, given that the £80 million required for track work would attract a 75 per cent European Union grant, what would the actual cost be to the Government per year over the next ten years of funding this safety requirement.      (HL2556)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what use has been made of the powers contained in the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.      (HL2557)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many married quarters in the Warminster garrison, managed by the Defence Housing Executive, have gas appliances; and how many complaints about these appliances there have been in the last year.      (HL2558)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last convenient twelve-month period, how many abnormal loads have required a police escort in order to negotiate the A428 due to the 40 tonne weight limit on the A14 at Huntingdon, and which were otherwise not escortable on motorways or linked dual carriageway.      (HL2559)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last convenient three-month period, what has been the approximate number of police-car-hours expended in escorting abnormal loads in order to avoid the 40 tonne weight limit on the A14 at Huntingdon.      (HL2560)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last convenient three-month period, what has been the approximate cost of providing police escorts for abnormal loads in order to avoid the 40 tonne weight limit on the A14 at Huntingdon.      (HL2561)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the bridges supporting the A14 near Huntingdon are rated for 44 tonnes; and, if not, what the limitations are.      (HL2562)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an operator running at 44 tonnes under the Construction and Use Regulations is required to notify any highway or bridge authority of his intention to use the A14 near Huntingdon.      (HL2563)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were aware of the statistics in the Office of National Statistics publication Social Inequalities 2000 when making the decision to confirm the closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol.      (HL2564)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many judges’ lodgings are still used as such; what is the annual cost of running them; how many nights on average each one is occupied by a judge; how many staff work in them; how many are open to the public to visit; and what is their estimated capital value if they were to be sold off.      (HL2565)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what scientific evidence there is that Mycobacterium bovis may be present in the milk of cows that have not been shown to be tuberculosis reactors.      (HL2566)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the anti-epileptic drug acid (Epilim) was first licensed for use for children in the United Kingdom; how many adverse reactions relating to hepatic and psychoneurological effects following the use of this drug in children have been reported; how many deaths in children have been reported; and what measures are in force to ensure adequate surveillance.      (HL2567)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in England and Wales are currently Wards of Court as a result of applications by Social Services departments determination that the children are “at risk”; how many of those children are in foster care; and how many are hospitalised.      (HL2568)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many paediatric pathologists and how many paediatric toxicologists are currently employed by public services in England and Wales.      (HL2569)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average cost to the National Health Service of (a) creating a new hospital bed place, and (b) training a new non-specialist nurse.      (HL2570)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that the applicants for planning permission to construct a woodburning power plant at Newbridge-on-Wye have been given full and true answers to the Fourth Renewables Tranche questionnaire, particularly in respect of unrelated covenants affecting the land in question.      (HL2571)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list (a) the states with which they are conducting a dialogue with regard to unsatisfactory human rights performance, and (b) the states whose observance of human rights is unsatisfactory and against which they are pursuing a policy of sanctions because those states will not engage in such a dialogue.      (HL2572)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all injectible medical products approved for use in the United Kingdom which either contain material of bovine origin or use such material in their preparation.      (HL2573)

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] [7th June]
    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 [23rd May]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL] [24th May]
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security [22nd May]
    Freedom of Information
    Postal Services [8th June]
    Utilities

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Children (Leaving Care) [HL] [22nd May]
    Electronic Communications [22nd 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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Financial Services and Markets

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Armed Forces Discipline [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 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
    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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 22ND MAY

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

TUESDAY 23RD MAY

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
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
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)3.30 pm

THURSDAY 25TH MAY

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

TUESDAY 6TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)

WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

 
 
 
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