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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 5TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

The Lord Coe

*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.

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

‡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.

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.

The 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

[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

*The Lord Hurd of Westwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have yet reached a decision on the future of the Inspectorates for prisons and the probation service.

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to deal with the risk to public health posed by feral pigeons, particularly in Trafalgar Square.

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

†‡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.

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

†Government Resources and Accounts Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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.

The Lord Baker of Dorking—To call attention to the state of Higher Education in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

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.

*The Baroness Lockwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy for funding hospices.

FRIDAY 16TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights (8th Report, HL Paper 67).

MONDAY 19TH JUNE

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will increase the retirement age for Ambassadors from 60 to 65.

*The Lord Deedes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what considerations led to the establishment of an asylum centre for 350 people with 200 staff in the village of Aldington.

*The Lord Beaumont of Whitley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many farms have been affected by Advanta’s GM-contaminated rapeseed and what steps they are taking to determine where these are located and to ensure that the farmers affected will be compensated.

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their decision to replace the Territorial Army’s Non-Regular Permanent Staff Financial Systems Administrators with Band D civil servants by means of compulsory redundancy.

TUESDAY 20TH JUNE

*The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will in future make British aid payments to recipient countries direct rather than through the European Union institutions.

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by what criteria the proportion of the overseas development aid budget spent on primary and secondary education is decided; and what proportion they expect to assign to them in each of the next five years.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have not yet been able to make the appropriate orders in pursuance of their undertaking to implement section 74 of the New Roads and Street Works Act 1991.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they expect in the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative at the G8 Summit in Okinawa.

WEDNESDAY 21ST JUNE

*The Lord Bishop of Durham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to support Plan Colombia at its meeting with donor governments in Madrid on 6th and 7th July.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the additional resources allocated to the National Health Service by the Budget have been devoted to the accumulated deficits and debts of Health Authorities and Trusts.

†*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking as a result of the Audit Commission’s report, published in March, on the quality of artificial limbs, surgical appliances and disability equipment services in the United Kingdom.

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 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.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of driving licence regulations, which currently prevent insulin-treated diabetics from driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes and many passenger carrying vehicles, will examine the merits of individual assessment of fitness to drive, taking into account the practices of other European Union States.

The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to a requirement for light civil aircraft and helicopters to be fitted with quieter engines and, where practicable, with hush kits.

†The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether implementation of the arrangements for the dispersal and support of asylum seekers is satisfactory.

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]

The Earl of Selborne—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on A European Food Authority (7th Report, HL Paper 66). [24th May]

†The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on EU Proposals to Combat Discrimination (9th Report, HL Paper 68). [25th May]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 25th May]

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the system of appointment to the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to give Parliament the opportunity to scrutinise the choices of the Treasury.      (HL2654)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on setting up an independent national advisory group on teenage pregnancy.      (HL2662)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the position of victims in the criminal justice system.      (HL2663)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Development Council on 18th May.      (HL2664)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 12th April (WA 41), when a further announcement will be made on part-time judicial appointments to tribunals.      (HL2665)

The Lord Hunt of WirralTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 6th May (WA 117-118), what plans they now have to review the laws of disclosure following the changes introduced in April 1997 by the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act.      (HL2666)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a letter of direction was sent by the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the accounting officer to the Millennium Commission, Mr Mike O’Connor, on the release of £29 million to the New Millennium Experience Company; and whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport instructed his Permanent Secretary to issue such a letter.      (HL2667)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 16th May (WA 9), what is the policy for applying council tax to disused farm buildings when planning permission is being sought to convert buildings for human habitation.      (HL2668)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what liability the owner of a disused farm building has for council tax when (a) planning permission is being sought to change use of that building to human habitation; and (b) when building works are underway to convert that building for human habitation.      (HL2669)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current system for claiming Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) payments will continue for 2000-01; and, if not, when any changes to this system will be announced.      (HL2670)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, had any conversation with any member of the Board of the New Millennium Experience Company on 21st, 22nd or 23rd May; and whether they will publish a list of any such conversations.      (HL2671)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sole shareholder has considered accelerating the sale of the Dome before December 2000.      (HL2672)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future funding requirements of the Dome.      (HL2673)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 773) that it was necessary to prepare a new business plan for the Dome as a result of over-estimates of visitor numbers, when the sole shareholder in the New Millennium Experience Company was informed of the need for such a plan.      (HL2674)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of visitors to the Dome, on a month by month basis, have been admitted free or on a reduced price ticket.      (HL2675)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport or the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, had a conversation with Mr Michael Grade on 22nd or 23rd May; and, if so, what was the subject of the conversation.      (HL2676)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 773) that the Millennium Commission concluded independently that an extra £29 million should be committed to funding the Dome, whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport issued any guidance or direction to the Commission, or its accounting officer, in this matter.      (HL2677)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has issued any letter of direction to officials in connection with the financing of the Dome, whether as Secretary of State or as Chairman of the Millennium Commission.      (HL2678)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the sole shareholder in the New Millennium Experience Company became aware that there was a proposal for Mr Bob Ayling to be replaced as its Chairman.      (HL2679)

The Baroness BuscombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, has any plans to meet Mr David Quarmby.      (HL2680)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers of the Crown have Ministerial responsibility for oversight of the Dome project; and whether they will publish in Hansard the responsibilities with regard to the New Millennium Experience Company and the Dome of the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton.      (HL2681)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to organise an end-of-the-year celebration in the Dome; and whether there have been any discussions with broadcasting bodies about broadcasting such a celebration.      (HL2682)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 774) that “the New Millennium Experience Company had to make a convincing case to the Millennium Commission in order to receive further funding, which it did” is to be reconciled with his statement, in response to a question on Ministerial involvement in the funding decision by the Millennium Commission on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 852), that “I am not in a position to answer the question that she has asked in relation to that matter; nor should I be.”      (HL2683)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 774) that it is a matter for the Board of the New Millennium Experience Company to determine whether or not it is trading while insolvent, whether the sole shareholder in the Dome intends to call for an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss the trading position.      (HL2684)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the inquiry into the crash of a Chinook helicopter on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1984—

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the police should issue a permit under section 7(1) of the Firearms Act 1968 where an application for renewal of a firearms or shotgun certificate has been submitted in good time, but where the issue of the certificate is delayed beyond the expiry date of the existing certificate.      (HL2686)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (WA 96), whether the safety policy which applies to the rest of the United Kingdom only applies to Northern Ireland if and when funding is available.      (HL2687)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (WA 100), why the Answer was restricted to only some and not all investigations; why it costs over £500 to supply a printout of all such investigations; and whether the earlier Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 30th May (WA 102) would indicate that the total cost over the 10 years of approximately 250 reports would be in the region of £3.5 million.      (HL2688)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th May concerning rail safety arrangements for Northern Ireland, whether they will outline the timetable for the discussions between the Department for Regional Development and the Great Britain Health and Safety Executive; and when the proposal will be available.      (HL2689)

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 no proposal to carry freight on the Belfast to Londonderry railway line has been made, what was the purpose of a report into building a freight spur into the new port outside Londonderry.      (HL2690)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum financial penalty that can be imposed for causing or permitting a goods vehicle to be 100 per cent overloaded; and how would this compare with the standard civil penalty for inadvertently carrying four clandestine immigrants.      (HL2691)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum financial penalty available to the courts for a goods vehicle operator who has caused or permitted a vehicle to be operated with defective brakes; and how would this compare with the standard civil penalty for inadvertently carrying four clandestine immigrants.      (HL2692)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum financial penalty available to the courts for a driver who has driven a goods vehicle when he knew or should have known that the vehicle had defective brakes; and how would this compare with the standard civil penalty for inadvertently carrying four clandestine immigrants.      (HL2693)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many notifications, which have involved the operation of goods vehicles, the Health and Safety Executive has received under the Reporting of Injuries, Deaths and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations during the last convenient 24 month period.      (HL2694)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum financial penalty that the Health and Safety Executive has secured, on conviction, against a goods vehicle operator during the last convenient 24 month period; and how would this compare with the standard civil penalty for inadvertently carrying four clandestine immigrants.      (HL2695)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would be legal or desirable for midwives when involved with medical emergencies to use a green flashing light on their vehicles.      (HL2696)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

25TH MAY 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

8th May

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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

15th May

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)

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 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)

17th May

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 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 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 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 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 the number of police officers serving in England and Wales (a) at the present time; and (b) five years ago.      (HL2549)

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 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 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 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 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 given full and true answers to the Fourth Renewables Tranche questionnaire, particularly in respect of unreleased 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)

22nd May

The Baroness Rendell of BaberghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that children are protected from abuse through prostitution and that those who coerce children into prostitution are investigated and prosecuted.      (HL2577)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 23rd March (WA 38), which Ministers, other than the Secretary of State for Education and Employment and the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for School Standards, discussed the proposed closure of Merrywood School, Bristol, with the Member of Parliament for Bristol South.      (HL2581)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are considered by the Ministry of Defence in deciding whether road or rail transport is used for the movement of military equipment within the United Kingdom.      (HL2582)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the next funding round of the European Structural Funds (Objective 2 and 3), what effort they are making to ensure greater participation in projects from the private sector.      (HL2583)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the recent European Commission’s proposed Directive on Food Supplements; with whom they intend to consult about its provisions; and whether they intend to take steps in future discussions on it to ensure customers’ right of access to higher potency vitamin and mineral supplements, and to ensure that decisions on this are taken on the basis of upper safe levels and not population reference intakes.      (HL2584)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in regard to the European Commission’s proposed Directive on Food Supplements, what steps they intend to take to ensure that the limited list of approved nutrients which it puts forward is extended further before being enacted to include all those vitamins and minerals which are currently available on general retail sale under food law in the United Kingdom; and whether they will press for amendments to provide for the speedy future addition of nutrients to the permitted list.      (HL2585)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought clarification as to whether the European Commission’s proposed Directive on Food Supplements is intended to prohibit, or will have the effect of prohibiting, the sale as food supplements of products which contain nutrients other than vitamins and minerals.      (HL2586)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) which Education and Library Boards in Northern Ireland allow free assessment to school children who may be suffering from an education learning disorder such as dyslexia; (b) which Boards offer assessment on a restricted or quota basis; and (c) for those Boards offering assessment on a restricted or quota basis, what is the reason and the basis for such restrictions.      (HL2587)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps are being taken by Belfast Education and Library Boards to improve assessment, understanding and support offered to those suffering from education learning disorders such as dyslexia.      (HL2588)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are still committed to publishing the report from the Northern Ireland Railway Task Force in July 2000.      (HL2589)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current budget of the Britain-Russian Centre; how much of this is funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office; and whether they will list the projects now funded by the grant-in-aid.      (HL2590)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that any exports from Russia or the Baltic States to the United Kingdom of timber and timber products constitute “dumping”; and, if so, what action they are taking.      (HL2591)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what bilateral and multi-lateral assistance and monitoring are being afforded to the Russian Federation in respect of nuclear submarines and other nuclear material in the Kola Peninsula, White Sea and Arctic Ocean.      (HL2592)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what items are on the current agenda of the NATO/Russia Permanent Joint Council.      (HL2593)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the list of organisations in Schedule 2 to the Terrorism Bill is compatible with the government of the United States’ list contained in the document Patterns of Global Terrorism.      (HL2594)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to include non-Irish organisations in Schedule 2 to the Terrorism Bill.      (HL2595)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what non-Irish terrorist groups they believe to be operating within the United Kingdom.      (HL2596)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to take advantage of the opportunity to legislate for cyber-terrorism in the Terrorism Bill currently before Parliament; and, if so, how.      (HL2597)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which policies developed since the last General Election exemplify their Third Way approach.      (HL2598)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord Whitty on 17th May (WA 26) about the European Union Waste Incineration Directive, whether they will give details of—

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposals put forward by the German Foreign Minister, Herr Joschka Fischer, for a federal European Union; and, if they do not, how they intend to frustrate them.      (HL2600)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will estimate the number of people who have been subject to benefit sanctions on each New Deal programme and in each year since their introduction, breaking these totals down, where possible, by (a) gender, (b) ethnic minority and (c) region.      (HL2601)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will estimate for the New Deal for Young People the number of sanctions imposed in each year since April 1998 for (a) each New Deal option, (b) each unit of delivery and (c) each region, stating in each case the number of young people on the scheme and the number and percentage of young people on New Deal who have been sanctioned.      (HL2602)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have conducted, or are due to conduct, research into whether those subject to benefit sanctions are more or less likely to become involved in criminal activities; whether they will list actual or prospective publication dates and details; and whether they will summarise any results.      (HL2603)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a list of the headings under which data are being collected for the New Deal Evaluation Database; and whether they will detail the information which relates to the impact of benefit sanctions on New Deal clients.      (HL2604)

23rd May

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions for causing explosions, criminal damage etc, have been brought in respect of animal liberation groups in the last five years; how many resulted in convictions; and whether they are satisfied with the level of co-operation between police forces with the purpose of preventing such crimes.      (HL2608)

The Lord Jenkin of RodingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 22nd May (WA 43), whether the figures for turnout in the elections for the Mayor and Greater London Assembly include or exclude spoiled ballot papers; and whether they will give the figures for spoiled ballot papers at each of the seven London elections referred to in that Written Answer.      (HL2609)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether anyone other than a military person or a diplomat has been appointed as a Lieutenant Governor of any of the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man; and, if so, when and where.      (HL2610)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22nd May (WA 59), whether the salaries of the Lieutenant Governors of the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man are tax free.      (HL2611)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is necessary to have a Lieutenant Governor for Jersey and one for Guernsey.      (HL2612)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the evidence for the statement by Lord Sainsbury of Turville during the debate on Part-time Workers Regulations 2000 (HL Deb, 22nd May, col. 563) that “All businesses knew that the legislation was imminent and had plenty of time to prepare for it”.      (HL2613)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the debate on the Part-time Workers Regulations 2000 on 22nd May, who will pay for the backdated pension costs of (a) the £4 billion estimated by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville at col. 564 and (b) the eventual cost of the Regulations themselves; and, if these burdens are to fall on business, how they equate that with his statement at col. 553 that “The Government are concerned that the regulations placed on business are not overly burdensome, particularly on small businesses”.      (HL2614)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would have introduced the Part-time Workers Regulations 2000 in their present form if they had not been obliged to do so by the European Union.      (HL2615)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money they have spent and are planning to spend in the immediate future on killing badgers.      (HL2616)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the French whole herd slaughter policy of BSE-affected herds has led to a serious distortion of the recorded figures for the incidence of BSE.      (HL2617)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to adopt a whole herd slaughter policy for future BSE incidents.      (HL2618)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the action, last week, of the Labour Members of the European Parliament who voted for a retrospective whole herd slaughter policy.      (HL2619)

The Lord GlentoranTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much progress has been made in reaching an accurate assessment of the number of pig and poultry installations which are subject to regulation under the Pollution Prevention and Control Act 1999.      (HL2620)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their advice to former Directors General of the Security Service about publishing their memoirs.      (HL2621)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that, in notifying the Government on 17th April of the genetically modified contamination of certain oil seed rape seed, Advanta had effectively put the issue in the public domain.      (HL2622)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent genetically modified seed contamination incident, by what date they will publish the results of the promised review into safe planting distances.      (HL2623)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many versions of genetically modified food crops have already been granted a European part C marketing consent.      (HL2624)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the purpose of the Farm Scale Evaluations will be undermined by European part C marketing consents.      (HL2625)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will advise farmers who have inadvertently planted genetically modified contaminated seed to plough it up; and, if so, whether they will advise them to do so before 31st May or to wait until the crop has flowered.      (HL2626)

The Lord WeatherillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for revising the original cost of criminal record checks on volunteers under Part V of the Police Act 1997; and what is the likely cost per annum to individuals.      (HL2627)

The Lord WeatherillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research they have undertaken to examine the financial impact of criminal record checks on the voluntary sector; and whether the report will be published.      (HL2628)

The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many girls in care became pregnant in 1999; and what percentage of the total number of girls in care became pregnant before they reached the age of 16.      (HL2629)

The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children in the care of local authorities are now housed in Bed and Breakfast accommodation.      (HL2630)

The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children currently in care are known to be suffering from sexually transmitted diseases.      (HL2631)

The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many school age children of 16 or below are known to be suffering from sexually transmitted diseases; what are the comparative figures for 1970, 1980, 1990 and 1998-99; and what is the annual cost of their treatment.      (HL2632)

24th May

The Baroness Howells of St DavidsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to European Union sanctions in place against Burma.      (HL2637)

The Baroness Howells of St DavidsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have seen the report from the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs on the prospects for free and fair elections in Zimbabwe.      (HL2638)

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the members of the Agriculture and Environment Biotechnology Commission will be announced.      (HL2639)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, within European Union rules, they are permitted to make payments to fishermen as compensation for damage to their businesses caused by the imposition of the ban on cod fishing in the North Sea.      (HL2640)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the 28,000 offenders serving community sentences in England and Wales who were returned to court in 1998 appeared in court within—

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies have been carried out or are proceeding in regard to the social and economic consequences of the development of wind power; and what advice they have given to planning authorities in respect of such developments.      (HL2642)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total generation capacity of existing wind farms in the United Kingdom; and what additional capacity they expect will be provided by those which are currently proposed.      (HL2643)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in consideration of any agreement to supply training or weapons to the Sierra Leone armed forces, they will require those forces not to employ any persons under 18 years of age; and whether they will take steps to recover weapons previously supplied now in the hands of child soldiers.      (HL2644)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether human body parts such as skin, tendons, heart valves, bones and dura mater are imported into the United Kingdom for use in the National Health Service; and, if so, from which countries, with what safeguards, and at what annual cost.      (HL2645)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether human body parts such as skin, tendons, heart valves, bones and dura mater are exported from the United Kingdom; and, if so, from where these originate, with what safeguards, to what annual value, and who receives this value.      (HL2646)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they make available to businesses as to their VAT liability on sales of information in electronic form over the Internet, and, in particular, as to how it should be established that “goods” have been exported outside the United Kingdom for VAT purposes; where a member of the public may find such advice; and whether the VAT enquiry lines provide the answers to the previous questions.      (HL2647)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they make available to businesses as to their VAT liability on sales of books where the selling price of the book includes a right of access to the same information on the Internet; where a member of the public may find such advice; and whether the VAT enquiry lines provide the answers to the previous questions.      (HL2648)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the extended interval between the Second Reading and Committee stages of the Freedom of Information Bill will enable them to put down all Government amendments to the Bill not less than one clear week before the first day in Committee.      (HL2649)

The Lord Russell-JohnstonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often, since the election of 1997, they have been represented in the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe by the Foreign Secretary; how often by junior ministers; and how often unrepresented.      (HL2650)

The Lord Russell-JohnstonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they were not represented at ministerial level at the meeting of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on 11th May concerning Chechnya.      (HL2651)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 24th May (WA 86), how many (a) Government amendments and (b) non-Government amendments were made to the Financial Services and Markets Bill.      (HL2652)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the observations of the Institute of Chartered Accountants that press releases and related materials issued by the Treasury in the context of this year’s Budget “are being given a political slant which obscures vital technical issues”; and whether the Budget press releases improve public understanding of the tax system.      (HL2653)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to review the system of appointment to the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee to give Parliament the opportunity to scrutinise the choices of the Treasury.      (HL2654)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given this year through international and non-governmental channels to the victims of conflict in Sri Lanka.      (HL2655)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will summarise the support they are giving this year to drought-affected areas of Rajasthan; and through which organisations.      (HL2656)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of escalators at central London Underground stations are out of service at any one time; and how many of those stations offer alternatives for the elderly and disabled.      (HL2657)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask the Chairman of Committees in what year the Select Committee on the European Communities was first established and with what terms of reference; and when the present Sub-Committees A, B, C, D, E and F of the European Union Committees were established and with what subject matters they are dealing.      (HL2658)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 23rd May (WA 78), what are the criteria or definitions that the British Government use in defining an economic cycle; whether the British definition of an economic cycle is the same as that used by the European Commission in the context of economic and monetary union; when the economic cycle that ended in the United Kingdom in the second half of 1996 began; and what the budget surpluses and deficits were as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product in those years.      (HL2659)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 3rd May (WA 178-179) and 24th May (WA 100) regarding the policy of a less 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.      (HL2660)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why a public consultation exercise concerning an Expressway-style rapid transit system from the northern part of County Down to the centre of Belfast was carried out if there are no plans to proceed with the project.      (HL2661)

25th May

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made on setting up an independent national advisory group on teenage pregnancy.      (HL2662)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to improve the position of victims in the criminal justice system.      (HL2663)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Development Council on 18th May.      (HL2664)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Chancellor on 12th April (WA 41), when a further announcement will be made on part-time judicial appointments to tribunals.      (HL2665)

The Lord Hunt of WirralTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Burlison on 6th May (WA 117-118), what plans they now have to review the laws of disclosure following the changes introduced in April 1997 by the Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act.      (HL2666)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a letter of direction was sent by the Permanent Secretary at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to the accounting officer to the Millennium Commission, Mr Mike O’Connor, on the release of £29 million to the New Millennium Experience Company; and whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport instructed his Permanent Secretary to issue such a letter.      (HL2667)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 16th May (WA 9), what is the policy for applying council tax to disused farm buildings when planning permission is being sought to convert buildings for human habitation.      (HL2668)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what liability the owner of a disused farm building has for council tax when (a) planning permission is being sought to change use of that building to human habitation; and (b) when building works are underway to convert that building for human habitation.      (HL2669)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the current system for claiming Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) payments will continue for 2000-01; and, if not, when any changes to this system will be announced.      (HL2670)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, had any conversation with any member of the Board of the New Millennium Experience Company on 21st, 22nd or 23rd May; and whether they will publish a list of any such conversations.      (HL2671)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sole shareholder has considered accelerating the sale of the Dome before December 2000.      (HL2672)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the future funding requirements of the Dome.      (HL2673)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 773) that it was necessary to prepare a new business plan for the Dome as a result of over-estimates of visitor numbers, when the sole shareholder in the New Millennium Experience Company was informed of the need for such a plan.      (HL2674)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of visitors to the Dome, on a month by month basis, have been admitted free or on a reduced price ticket.      (HL2675)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport or the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, had a conversation with Mr Michael Grade on 22nd or 23rd May; and, if so, what was the subject of the conversation.      (HL2676)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 773) that the Millennium Commission concluded independently that an extra £29 million should be committed to funding the Dome, whether the Department for Culture, Media and Sport issued any guidance or direction to the Commission, or its accounting officer, in this matter.      (HL2677)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has issued any letter of direction to officials in connection with the financing of the Dome, whether as Secretary of State or as Chairman of the Millennium Commission.      (HL2678)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the sole shareholder in the New Millennium Experience Company became aware that there was a proposal for Mr Bob Ayling to be replaced as its Chairman.      (HL2679)

The Baroness BuscombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton, has any plans to meet Mr David Quarmby.      (HL2680)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers of the Crown have Ministerial responsibility for oversight of the Dome project; and whether they will publish in Hansard the responsibilities with regard to the New Millennium Experience Company and the Dome of the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office, Lord Falconer of Thoroton.      (HL2681)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect to organise an end-of-the-year celebration in the Dome; and whether there have been any discussions with broadcasting bodies about broadcasting such a celebration.      (HL2682)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 774) that “the New Millennium Experience Company had to make a convincing case to the Millennium Commission in order to receive further funding, which it did” is to be reconciled with his statement, in response to a question on Ministerial involvement in the funding decision by the Millennium Commission on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 852), that “I am not in a position to answer the question that she has asked in relation to that matter; nor should I be.”      (HL2683)

The Lord Dixon-SmithTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (HL Deb, col. 774) that it is a matter for the Board of the New Millennium Experience Company to determine whether or not it is trading while insolvent, whether the sole shareholder in the Dome intends to call for an Extraordinary General Meeting to discuss the trading position.      (HL2684)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, regarding the inquiry into the crash of a Chinook helicopter on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1984—

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the police should issue a permit under section 7(1) of the Firearms Act 1968 where an application for renewal of a firearms or shotgun certificate has been submitted in good time, but where the issue of the certificate is delayed beyond the expiry date of the existing certificate.      (HL2686)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (WA 96), whether the safety policy which applies to the rest of the United Kingdom only applies to Northern Ireland if and when funding is available.      (HL2687)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 24th May (WA 100), why the Answer was restricted to only some and not all investigations; why it costs over £500 to supply a printout of all such investigations; and whether the earlier Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 30th May (WA 102) would indicate that the total cost over the 10 years of approximately 250 reports would be in the region of £3.5 million.      (HL2688)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th May concerning rail safety arrangements for Northern Ireland, whether they will outline the timetable for the discussions between the Department for Regional Development and the Great Britain Health and Safety Executive; and when the proposal will be available.      (HL2689)

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 no proposal to carry freight on the Belfast to Londonderry railway line has been made, what was the purpose of a report into building a freight spur into the new port outside Londonderry.      (HL2690)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum financial penalty that can be imposed for causing or permitting a goods vehicle to be 100 per cent overloaded; and how would this compare with the standard civil penalty for inadvertently carrying four clandestine immigrants.      (HL2691)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum financial penalty available to the courts for a goods vehicle operator who has caused or permitted a vehicle to be operated with defective brakes; and how would this compare with the standard civil penalty for inadvertently carrying four clandestine immigrants.      (HL2692)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum financial penalty available to the courts for a driver who has driven a goods vehicle when he knew or should have known that the vehicle had defective brakes; and how would this compare with the standard civil penalty for inadvertently carrying four clandestine immigrants.      (HL2693)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many notifications, which have involved the operation of goods vehicles, the Health and Safety Executive has received under the Reporting of Injuries, Deaths and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations during the last convenient 24 month period.      (HL2694)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the maximum financial penalty that the Health and Safety Executive has secured, on conviction, against a goods vehicle operator during the last convenient 24 month period; and how would this compare with the standard civil penalty for inadvertently carrying four clandestine immigrants.      (HL2695)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would be legal or desirable for midwives when involved with medical emergencies to use a green flashing light on their vehicles.      (HL2696)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

[The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

Waiting for Second Reading


Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL] [8th June]

Committed to a Select Committee

    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Trustee [HL] [7th June]
    Government Resources and Accounts [12th June]
    Insolvency [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Terrorism [6th June]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
    Freedom of Information
    Postal Services [8th June]
    Utilities
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers [12th June]

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    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]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    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

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000
    Draft Local Authority (Stocks and Bonds) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Uncertificated Securities (Amendment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Horticultural Development Council (Amendment) Order 2000
    Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) Order 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 6TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee C)in Brussels
European Union (Sub-Committee B)in Brussels
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)
Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.30 pm
(jointly with the House of Commons Information Committee)in Committee Room 6

WEDNESDAY 7TH JUNE

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)3.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 8TH JUNE

Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) Bill [HL] 10.30 am
(Unopposed Bill Committee)in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 13TH JUNE

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am

 
 
 
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