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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 12TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Bill—Consideration on Report [The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale]

Financial Services and Markets Bill—Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [18th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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 4.30 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.

Utilities Bill—Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [19th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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.

Horserace Totalisator Board Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Viscount Astor]

†Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) Order 2000—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd May be approved. [20th Report from the Joint Committee]

†Social Security and Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2000—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 10th May be approved. [19th Report from the Joint Committee]

ROYAL ASSENT

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 to address the gender-related problems of disadvantaged men.

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

Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Baroness Anelay of St Johns]

†Postal Services Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville] [19th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

In the Moses Room

At 4.00 pm

Insolvency Bill [HL]—Grand Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

FRIDAY 16TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

†Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Lord Kingsland]

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

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.

†‡The Lord Greenway—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to prevent the spread of Crohn’s disease.

†[It is expected that the Committee Stage of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill will be continued this day]

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.

†‡The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards recent developments in Indonesia.

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 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.

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards increasing the number of medical students in the United Kingdom.

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

THURSDAY 22ND JUNE

*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 Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have of bullying in the Army; and what steps they are taking to eliminate it.

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made towards phasing out tied aid to developing countries.

FRIDAY 23RD JUNE

†[At eleven o’clock]

†Trustee Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord Chancellor]

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

†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).

†Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

†Carers and Disabled Children Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Pitkeathley]

MONDAY 26TH JUNE

*The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the circumstances which prevent them from adopting and advocating an International Convention outlawing nuclear weapons, as is the case with chemical and biological weapons.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take following the ruling of Mr Justice Kerr on 2nd May in relation to the declaration which Queen’s Counsel in Northern Ireland have since 1995 been required to make that they will “well and truly serve Queen Elizabeth II”.

*The Lord Randall of St Budeaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce graffiti in the United Kingdom significantly.

TUESDAY 27TH JUNE

*The Lord Montagu of Beaulieu—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that, if lessons on vehicle driving and road-craft were included in the appropriate schools curricula, it would improve driving skills for the young and reduce accidents.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they intend to introduce to encourage the take-up of private health insurance.

†*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that valid British credit cards are universally acceptable in France.

†*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the five economic tests proposed by the Chancellor of the Exchequer for joining the European single currency are closer to, or further from, being met than when they were first stated.

WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE

*The Lord Watson of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the recommendation of the Nuffield Languages Inquiry that languages should have the same status as literacy, numeracy and information communication technology as a key skill and whether they will consequently make a commitment to early language training for all children.

*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to co-ordinate United Kingdom interests at the 3rd World Water Forum to be held in Japan in 2003.

†*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to review the Anglo-Peruvian agreement made in July 1998 between the Prime Minister and President Fujimori, in the light of the Peruvian Presidential election.

THURSDAY 29TH JUNE

*The Baroness Williams of Crosby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will bring forward legislation to ratify the International Criminal Court.

†*The Lord Laird—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the levels of compensation and pension paid to the families of Royal Ulster Constabulary members murdered before 1982.

TUESDAY 4TH JULY

†*The Lord Ponsonby of Shulbrede—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what part the Government and the Prime Minister will play in the meetings of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to be held in London and Edinburgh in September.

WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY

*The Lord Morris of Manchester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements have been made to mark the visit to London of Australia’s Prime Minister John Howard and his delegation to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

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 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 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 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.

The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what lessons can be drawn from the reports to the United Nations on UN operations in Srebrenica and Rwanda.

The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the report by Peter Boyden to the Arts Council on English Regional Producing Theatres.

The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set up a Committee of Inquiry into the financing and operation of the Millennium Dome.

The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what aid provision they have made for British-based small charities operating overseas.

The Lord Chalfont—To move to resolve, That this House calls upon Her Majesty’s Government to reconsider, and possibly set aside, the verdict of gross negligence brought against the deceased aircrew of Chinook Helicopter ZD 576.

†The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to encourage the use of information technology to promote the development of the tourism industry in England.

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 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 on 8th June]

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations have been made by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in respect of the pay of medical and dental officers in the Armed Forces.      (HL2763)

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have received to extend the War Widows Pilgrimage Scheme.      (HL2764)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what classes of motor vehicle, and for what purposes, are permitted to drive in the London Royal Parks on—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cyclists have been prosecuted for cycling on footpaths in the London Royal Parks in each of the last five years for which figures are available.      (HL2766)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been, for the most convenient recent year for which information is available, the total Government expenditure in the United Kingdom on sea defences and main river works, indicating how the expenditure has been financed; the proportion of total expenditure financed by drainage rates; and on whom drainage rates are levied.      (HL2767)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can now give a date by which the central register, required under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 which came into force on 1st October 1997, of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted, will be in place; and on what date the detailed impact assessment on the project, which was due to be completed in April 2000, was placed in the Library of the House.      (HL2768)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions and how many convictions there have been in each county of England for infringements of the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170).      (HL2769)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many wrecks of military vessels that might qualify for designation under the provisions of the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 are known to lie in United Kingdom waters.      (HL2770)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what applications have been received for the designation of the wreck of a military vessel in United Kingdom waters under the provisions of the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.      (HL2771)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to protect the sites of military wrecks in United Kingdom waters, where these are known or believed to contain the remains of crew or passengers of the vessel concerned.      (HL2772)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it important that press releases and other printed material emanating from Government Departments should be free from errors of grammar and punctuation.      (HL2773)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reference to loss of state benefits for breach of community sentences, which was contained in the advance press release of the Prime Minister’s speech to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ Triennial General Meeting on 7th June, was included in or omitted from the speech as delivered.      (HL2774)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the private sector housing used for asylum seekers and identified by the Lord Greaves in his oral question on 8th June compares with the best value standards set by the Government.      (HL2775)

The Lord RoperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many formal inquiries for information on financial fraud (Commissions Rogatoires Internationales) were received from each of the other Member States of the European Union in 1999; and how many have been replied to.      (HL2776)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost to public funds of Government hospitality during the current meeting of European Justice Ministers; how many people attended the meeting of Ministers; what is the cost per head; and whether the costs were approved by the Lord Chancellor.      (HL2777)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Independent Television Commission whether Channel 5 is fulfilling the obligations on programme standards that it undertook to meet when awarded the franchise.      (HL2778)

The Lord BownessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Postal Services Bill is enacted, Ministers will answer written enquiries from Members of both Houses of Parliament or parliamentary questions about postal services or whether such questions will be referred to the proposed Postal Services Commission for reply.      (HL2779)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many assaults took place at H M Prisons Manchester and Blakenhurst for the period March 1998 to February 2000.      (HL2780)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Welsh Office.      (HL2781)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Treasury.      (HL2782)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Department of Trade and Industry.      (HL2783)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Department of Social Security.      (HL2784)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Scottish Office.      (HL2785)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what records are maintained of the lapse of time between a Probation Officer’s decision to deliver an offender, serving a community sentence in England and Wales, to court and the offender’s appearance in court; and (b) what is the pattern of delay shown by any such data.      (HL2786)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the flight trials for the cockpit voice and flight data recorders to be fitted to the Royal Air Force Chinook Mark 2/2A fleet were completed in February, how many of the aircraft in the Chinook Mark 2/2A fleet are now equipped with these systems.      (HL2787)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the workings of the Single Intelligence Vote has been completed; and, if so, when the outcome will be made known, to the extent consonant with national security.      (HL2788)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact of 1997 apply to the United Kingdom and other states who have not joined the Single Currency as well as to the eleven Single Currency states.      (HL2789)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

8TH JUNE 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

18th May

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 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 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—

23rd May

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 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 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 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 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)

24th May

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 Irish Sea.      (HL2640)

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 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 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 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)

25th May

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 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, 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 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 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)

5th June

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their policy that small on-farm incinerators should be allowed to continue in operation.      (HL2699)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the work of the Boundary Commission for Scotland is running to schedule; and what are (a) the earliest date and (b) the latest date that the reduction in Scottish representation at Westminster stipulated in section 86 of the Scotland Act 1998 is likely to come into effect.      (HL2700)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made to fulfil their manifesto pledge at the 1997 General Election to halve the time between arrest and sentencing for persistent young offenders.      (HL2701)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the administration of Kosovo as a whole after municipal elections have been held; how this policy will further the principle of democratic and accountable government; and what will be the rights of refugees and displaced people in the municipal elections and the rebuilding of democracy.      (HL2702)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the proposition in the Resolution from the United States House of Representatives on 15th June 1999 that the National Islamic Front government is systematically committing genocide in the Southern Sudan; whether this conclusion is confirmed by the Canadian government’s Harker Report and by Reports from the United Nations special rapporteurs; what consequences, if any, there are for relations between the United Kingdom and the Sudan; and what concerted international action would be appropriate.      (HL2703)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which actions and decisions, authorised under Parts I, II and III of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill, by any member, employee or agent of the Government, or any agency thereof, are not subject to review by any of the Commissioners mentioned in Part IV of that Bill.      (HL2704)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the Declaration by the Presidency of the European Union of 26th May on the withdrawal of the European Union’s electoral observation mission from Peru, and the Preliminary Report to the Secretary-General of the Organisation of American States (OAS) by the Head of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission, Dr Eduardo Stein, of 31st May, they will now consult with other European Union governments on the measures to be taken to persuade the government of Peru to return to constitutionality and genuine democracy; and whether in the meanwhile they will invite former Peruvian presidential candidate Alejandro Toledo to Britain for discussions on further initiatives to promote the rule of law in Peru.      (HL2705)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in addition to the data given in the Written Answers by the Lord Bach on 6th April (WA 151-152) and the Baroness Blackstone on 11th May (WA 232-233), whether they will publish data for the average GCSE point score per 15 year old pupil for each decile of the distribution for—

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their definition of (a) a grammar school, and (b) “a pretty standard grammar school” in the phrase attributed to the Lord Privy Seal.      (HL2707)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the responsibilities of the Board of the New Millennium Experience Company to report to Lord Falconer of Thoroton as the sole shareholder on the trading performance of the company; and how they do so.      (HL2708)

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many meetings Lord Falconer of Thoroton, the sole shareholder in the New Millennium Experience Company, has had with (a) the Chairman; (b) the Board; and (c) the Chief Executive of that company since 31st December 1999.      (HL2709)

The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 20th March (HL Deb, cols. 7-9), whether their feral cat control programme for Ascension Island has been put into operation; if so, what are the results; and, if not, by when they hope to have it completed.      (HL2710)

The Lord Patel of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision is made in the National Health Service for the practice of non-Christian religions, particularly in areas with considerable non-Christian populations; and how they ensure that all providers of health care make such provision.      (HL2711)

The Lord Patel of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what comparative data are available on (a) levels of maternity care and (b) length of hospital stay among patients of different ethnic backgrounds, in particular from areas with a high ethnic population.      (HL2712)

The Lord ColwynTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many claims for clinical negligence against Hospital Trusts in England and Wales were outstanding at the end of March 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000 respectively; what proportion of these claims concerned National Health Service dentistry; and what effect they expect the recent Court of Appeal judgment on the ten personal injury cases to have on future claims.      (HL2713)

6th June

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide further information about the Joint Entry Clearance Unit.      (HL2717)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that all crops produced from the unauthorised sowing of genetically modified seed do not enter the food chain.      (HL2719)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the recent announcement of the extra £14-£15 million support for the textile industry, what plans they have to help that part of the industry located in Northern Ireland.      (HL2720)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how far they have progressed in lifting the visa requirements for Bulgarian citizens coming to the United Kingdom.      (HL2721)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the killing of Constance Brown, aged 72, in Natal Road, Streatham, on 2nd April 1993, was classified as a racist crime.      (HL2722)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the killing of Elizabeth Pinhom, aged 96, at her home in Sunray Avenue, Herne Hill, on 9th June 1997, was classified as a racist crime.      (HL2723)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the killing of Mr Thomas Kidd of Tulse Hill, on 6th May 1995, was classified as a racist crime.      (HL2724)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the killing of Mr Ted Howell, aged 75, at his home in Romborough Road, Lewisham, on 9th November 1995, was classified as a racist crime.      (HL2725)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the killing of Frank Dempsey, aged 56, in Clapham Park Road, on 7th February 1995, was classified as a racist crime.      (HL2726)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ratify the European Agreement relating to Persons Participating in Proceedings of the European Court of Human Rights; and, if not, why not.      (HL2727)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received from Barrister Trustees of the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust and from the Trust direct on the imprisonment of elderly and disabled people, and one terminally ill person, for local taxation debt; and, if so, what action they will be taking.      (HL2728)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Baroness Blackstone on 23rd March (WA 38) and 5th June (WA 133), what discussions took place between the Member of Parliament for Bristol South and Ministers other than in the Department for Education and Employment.      (HL2729)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who were the members of the group convened by the human rights organisation Liberty which produced the independent report on the future of the police complaints system, referred to in the Home Office Consultation Paper Complaints Against the Police.      (HL2730)

7th June

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many attacks by white people on members of ethnic minority groups in the Metropolitan Police area were classified as racial crimes during the last year for which figures are available.      (HL2736)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many attacks by members of ethnic minority groups upon white people in the Metropolitan Police area were classified as racial crimes during the last year for which figures are available.      (HL2737)

The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any papers or documents relating to the crash of Chinook Helicopter ZD 576 have been or are being destroyed; and, if so, whether they will ensure that there is no further such destruction.      (HL2738)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that Governors’ Adjudications are compatible with Article 6.1 of the European Convention on Human Rights (the right to a fair and impartial tribunal), in the light of Campbell & Fell v. United Kingdom (1984) and Article 5.4 (Weeks v. United Kingdom).      (HL2739)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with the independent evaluation of the work of Kainos in prisons; and when they expect to publish the report.      (HL2740)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a prisoner who is suffering from a progressive illness which is likely to cause death within a few years is entitled to make an application for compassionate release on form 210 at his own discretion; and whether, if he is refused permission to make such an application, he may be examined by an independent specialist of his own choice.      (HL2741)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, if a farmer enters conversion to organic production prior to the opening of the Organic Farming Scheme next year, he will remain eligible to apply for grant aid under the Scheme in 2001.      (HL2742)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the military offensive launched by Ethiopia against Eritrea on 12th May, what was the source of information which led Baroness Scotland of Asthal to state on 5th April (HL Deb, col. 1409) that “We understand that the government of Ethiopia are now in a position to accept the OFU peace package and that a peaceful solution may be in sight”.      (HL2743)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the rank or grade of the civil servant who, on behalf of the Secretary of State—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the civil servants who, on behalf of the Secretary of State—

had any legal training or qualifications.      (HL2745)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many days relevant training were undertaken by the civil servants who, on behalf of the Secretary of State—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they believe that the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 and the Carriers’ Liability (Clandestine Entrants and Sale of Transporters) Regulations 2000 comply with the European Convention on Human Rights.      (HL2747)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the proceeds of the sale of the Millennium Dome site will be payable to—

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the letter of direction for the payment of an extra £29 million to the Millennium Dome.      (HL2749)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th March (WA 235-236), whether the Culture Diversity Network has reported to the Secretary of State regarding a specific programme of action to raise the representation of our multicultural society on and behind the television screen; and, if so, whether that report will be published.      (HL2750)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th March (WA 235-236), what steps the Secretary of State has taken to monitor the progress of the Culture Diversity Network.      (HL2751)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th March (WA 235-236), what progress has been made by the group set up by the British Screen Advisory Council at the request of the Secretary of State to raise the representation of our multicultural society in the film industry.      (HL2752)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 22nd May (WA 64-65), when they will announce the timetable of the consultation exercise about options for modernising the Tourism (Sleeping Accommodation Price Display) Order 1997.      (HL2753)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 7th June (WA 148), whether they are satisfied, regardless of whether an investigation under section 59 of the Electricity Act 1989 is to be conducted, 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 in respect of unreleased covenants affecting the land in question.      (HL2754)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Chancellor at any time received representations from the Lord Browne-Wilkinson and other members of the Appellate Committee about Lord Hoffmann during the case of General Pinochet; and, if so, what were those representations.      (HL2755)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the terms of reference of the consultation in respect of additional airport runway capacity in the South East; and which bodies they have invited to respond.      (HL2756)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support British Airways’ proposals for a third runway at Heathrow submitted in response to a two-year Government consultation programme.      (HL2757)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how a consultation programme for additional runway capacity in the South East will be undertaken alongside the Enquiry into Terminal 5 at Heathrow.      (HL2758)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in assessing bids for new or extended rail passenger franchises, what weight is given to—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what levels of poor service to passengers would exclude existing franchise operators from being awarded new or extended rail passenger franchises in compliance with the Office of Passenger Rail Franchising Objectives, Instructions and Guidance for the Secretary of State.      (HL2760)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many drivers of motor vehicles have been prosecuted for speeding in the last five years.      (HL2761)

8th June

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations have been made by the Armed Forces Pay Review Body in respect of the pay of medical and dental officers in the Armed Forces.      (HL2763)

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recent representations they have received to extend the War Widows Pilgrimage Scheme.      (HL2764)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what classes of motor vehicle, and for what purposes, are permitted to drive in the London Royal Parks on—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cyclists have been prosecuted for cycling on footpaths in the London Royal Parks in each of the last five years for which figures are available.      (HL2766)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been, for the most convenient recent year for which information is available, the total Government expenditure in the United Kingdom on sea defences and main river works, indicating how the expenditure has been financed; the proportion of total expenditure financed by drainage rates; and on whom drainage rates are levied.      (HL2767)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they can now give a date by which the central register, required under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 which came into force on 1st October 1997, of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted, will be in place; and on what date the detailed impact assessment on the project, which was due to be completed in April 2000, was placed in the Library of the House.      (HL2768)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions and how many convictions there have been in each county of England for infringements of the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170).      (HL2769)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many wrecks of military vessels that might qualify for designation under the provisions of the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986 are known to lie in United Kingdom waters.      (HL2770)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what applications have been received for the designation of the wreck of a military vessel in United Kingdom waters under the provisions of the Protection of Military Remains Act 1986.      (HL2771)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they intend to take to protect the sites of military wrecks in United Kingdom waters, where these are known or believed to contain the remains of crew or passengers of the vessel concerned.      (HL2772)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider it important that press releases and other printed material emanating from Government Departments should be free from errors of grammar and punctuation.      (HL2773)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the reference to loss of state benefits for breach of community sentences, which was contained in the advance press release of the Prime Minister’s speech to the National Federation of Women’s Institutes’ Triennial General Meeting on 7th June, was included in or omitted from the speech as delivered.      (HL2774)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the private sector housing used for asylum seekers and identified by the Lord Greaves in his oral question on 8th June compares with the best value standards set by the Government.      (HL2775)

The Lord RoperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many formal inquiries for information on financial fraud (Commissions Rogatoires Internationales) were received from each of the other Member States of the European Union in 1999; and how many have been replied to.      (HL2776)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost to public funds of Government hospitality during the current meeting of European Justice Ministers; how many people attended the meeting of Ministers; what is the cost per head; and whether the costs were approved by the Lord Chancellor.      (HL2777)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will discuss with the Independent Television Commission whether Channel 5 is fulfilling the obligations on programme standards that it undertook to meet when awarded the franchise.      (HL2778)

The Lord BownessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Postal Services Bill is enacted, Ministers will answer written enquiries from Members of both Houses of Parliament or parliamentary questions about postal services or whether such questions will be referred to the proposed Postal Services Commission for reply.      (HL2779)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many assaults took place at H M Prisons Manchester and Blakenhurst for the period March 1998 to February 2000.      (HL2780)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Welsh Office.      (HL2781)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Treasury.      (HL2782)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Department of Trade and Industry.      (HL2783)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Department of Social Security.      (HL2784)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June, what type and make of cars are used by the Scottish Office.      (HL2785)

The Lord ChristopherTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what records are maintained of the lapse of time between a Probation Officer’s decision to deliver an offender, serving a community sentence in England and Wales, to court and the offender’s appearance in court; and (b) what is the pattern of delay shown by any such data.      (HL2786)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the flight trials for the cockpit voice and flight data recorders to be fitted to the Royal Air Force Chinook Mark 2/2A fleet were completed in February, how many of the aircraft in the Chinook Mark 2/2A fleet are now equipped with these systems.      (HL2787)

The Baroness Park of MonmouthTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the review of the workings of the Single Intelligence Vote has been completed; and, if so, when the outcome will be made known, to the extent consonant with national security.      (HL2788)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of the Stability and Growth Pact of 1997 apply to the United Kingdom and other states who have not joined the Single Currency as well as to the eleven Single Currency states.      (HL2789)

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

    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Committed to a Grand Committee

    Government Resources and Accounts [12th June]
    Insolvency [HL] [15th June]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL] [16th June]
    Freedom of Information
    Postal Services [15th June]
    Utilities [13th June]
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers [12th June]
    Transport
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL] [23rd June]
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL] [16th June]
    Terrorism
    Trustee [HL] [23rd June]

Waiting for consideration on Report

    Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation [12th June]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [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]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Financial Services and Markets [12th June]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Contracts (Applicable Law) Act 1990 (Amendment) Order 2000
    Draft Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (Amendment) Order 2000
    Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000
    Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000
    Draft London Local Authorities (Charges for Stopping Up Orders) Regulations 2000
    Draft Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2000

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

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Waiting for expiry of petitioning period

    Devil’s Dyke Brighton and Hove Compulsory Rights Order 2000 [26th June]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

FRIDAY 9TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)in Southampton
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

TUESDAY 13TH JUNE

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)4.10 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 14TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

TUESDAY 20TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 27TH JUNE

Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.45 pm
in the Moses Room

MONDAY 3RD JULY

Procedure of the House Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

 
 
 
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