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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.

TUESDAY 13TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

†Insolvency Bill [HL]The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That it be an instruction to the Grand Committee to whom the Insolvency Bill [HL] has been committed that they consider the bill in the following order:

Clause 1

Schedule 1

Clause 2

Schedule 2

Clause 3

Schedule 3

Clauses 4 to 8

Schedule 4

Clauses 9 to 17

Schedule 5.

Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale]

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 Luke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they would support the spending of additional lottery money to stabilise the Millennium Bridge.

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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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.

†European Parliamentary Elections Bill [HL] (Consolidation)—Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

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

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]

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.

†Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [18th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

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.

†Terrorism Bill—Report [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

‡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.

†House of Lords’ Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 5th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 70) be agreed to.

†[It is expected that the Committee Stage of the Utilities Bill will be concluded 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.

†‡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.

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.

†*The Lord Morris of Castle Morris—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to implement the 1991 National Parks Review Panel and Countryside Agency recommendation that national parks funding should increase by £10 million.

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 Hodgson of Astley Abbotts

*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.

†*The Lord Eden of Winton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any action in relation to the situation in Sri Lanka.

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 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.

†The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the possibility of a world shortage of oil should influence strategic plans for the electrification of a greater proportion of the railway system.

†The Lord Jenkins of Putney—To ask the Leader of the House whether she will support the introduction of a procedure in this House comparable to the Early Day Motion procedure in the House of Commons.

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 or amended on 12th June, or unanswered after 21 days]

18th May

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

12th June

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the impact of the decision in the case of Razzaq v. Pala on plans to establish a rescue culture for companies.      (HL2794)

The Baroness MallalieuTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Social Affairs Council held in Luxembourg on 6th June.      (HL2795)

The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the outcome of the Education Council held in Luxembourg on 8th June.      (HL2796)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the Intelligence and Security Committee report into the handling of the information provided by Vasili Mitrokhin.      (HL2797)

The Baroness Massey of DarwenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to amend the Lord Chancellor’s Department’s Departmental Expenditure Limit for 2000-01.      (HL2798)

The Viscount ChandosTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish consultation papers on (i) establishing a salaried defence service and draft code of conduct for salaried defenders employed by the Legal Services Commission; and (ii) choice of representative in criminal proceedings.      (HL2799)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 7th June (WA 158), whether any political letter of direction has been issued within the Department for Culture, Media and Sport or instruction given to the Accounting Officer concerning the financing or operation of the New Millennium Experience Company in 1999 or 2000.      (HL2800)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6th June (WA 149), who were the members of the New Millennium Experience Company Board with whom the sole shareholder met or spoke on 22nd May.      (HL2801)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6th June (WA 149), who were the members of the New Millennium Experience Company Board with whom the sole shareholder met on the afternoon of 23rd May.      (HL2802)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6th June (WA 151), whether the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company would support the organisation of an end-of-year celebration in the Dome; and whether he has been involved in any discussions on the matter.      (HL2803)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6th June (WA 150), what was the subject of the conversation or conversations the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company had with Mr Michael Grade on 23rd May.      (HL2804)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when and by whom the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) was made aware of the advice of the Accounting Officer to the Millennium Commission that a further grant to the NMEC would not represent value for money; and what representations, if any, the sole shareholder made about this further use of lottery money.      (HL2805)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why only original birth certificates are acceptable with claims for winter fuel payments.      (HL2806)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those whose original birth certificates have disintegrated through the passage of time, fire, flood or other accident are capable of qualifying for a winter fuel payment; and, if so, how.      (HL2807)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether clinically certified sufferers from Alzheimer’s disease and other impairments of memory, who cannot remember where they have put their original birth certificate, can qualify for winter fuel payments; and, if so, how.      (HL2808)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether naturalised British subjects who are former refugees, whose original birth certificates are either in countries to which they cannot have safe access, or were destroyed by war or civil commotion, are capable of qualifying for winter fuel payments; and, if so, how.      (HL2809)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for winter fuel payments have so far been refused for the lack of an original birth certificate.      (HL2810)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what percentage of the cases in which a winter fuel payment has been refused for lack of an original birth certificate prosecutions for fraud have been brought or are under consideration.      (HL2811)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last time that the amount of fixed penalties for non-endorsable traffic offences was raised; and when any revision is likely to come into effect.      (HL2812)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the length of time taken, in typical cases, for minor modifications to camera equipment used in traffic enforcement to receive type approval.      (HL2813)

The Lord BradshawTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for type approval for camera equipment used in traffic enforcement are awaiting clearance; and how many of these have been waiting for more than three months.      (HL2814)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 6th June (WA 146), by what methods the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment ascertained that genetically modified (GM) trial crops would have no adverse effects on bees or honey or fruit containing GM pollen; and whether they consider such methods to be valid and trustworthy.      (HL2815)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether studies will be commissioned into the effects of genetically modified pollen ingested and dispersed by bees and other insects.      (HL2816)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 6th June (WA 143), when the European Court of Auditors first commented on the European Union External Aid Programme and what action was taken as a result; and whether they will ask the Court to keep the Aid Programme under continuous review, with particular reference to the European Union commitment to restoring through navigation on the Danube by clearing the obstructions at Novi Sad.      (HL2817)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the quantum of arms by volume and value that has been, is being or will be supplied by the United Kingdom to the Sierra Leone forces trained by the British Army.      (HL2818)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government where copies of temporary licences issued to life sentence prisoners are kept; and whether, following unsuccessful application by a prisoner whose reference is B29411 to the Parole Board and the Lifer Unit of Her Majesty’s Prison Service for a copy of a temporary licence which he is said to have breached, they will now produce a copy of this document to him.      (HL2819)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current top rate of tax on personal incomes in each country of the European Union, indicating in respect of each the threshold of income (expressed in pounds sterling and euros) at which this tax rate applies.      (HL2820)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the top rate of personal inheritance tax, or other comparable tax at death, in each country of the European Union.      (HL2821)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by the Privy Council.      (HL2822)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by the Northern Ireland Office.      (HL2823)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by the Lord Chancellor’s Department.      (HL2824)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June (WA 173), what type and make of cars are used by the Law Officers’ Department.      (HL2825)

The Earl of LiverpoolTo ask the Leader of the House how many hours of parliamentary debating time since 14th May 1997 have so far been given to the matter of “section 28”, as it has come to be widely known, in (a) the House of Commons and (b) the House of Lords.      (HL2826)

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

    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 [19th 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 [20th June]
    Trustee [HL] [23rd June]
    Government Resources and Accounts

Waiting for Third Reading

    Railtrack (Waverley Station) Order Confirmation [13th June]
    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 Royal Assent

    Financial Services and Markets

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
    Draft Criminal Justice Act 1993 (Extension of Group A Offences) 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]

TUESDAY 13TH JUNE

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)
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

THURSDAY 22ND JUNE

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Portcullis House

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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