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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 26TH JUNE

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Whitty]

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 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.

*The Lord Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Austria have fulfilled any of the criteria laid down by the European Union for the resumption of normal relations.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

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

In the Moses Room

At 3.30 pm

Transport Bill—Grand Committee [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston] [20th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill—House to be again in Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [18th and 21st Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

THURSDAY 29TH JUNE

*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.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will bring forward legislation to ratify the International Criminal Court.

†Trustee Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Chancellor]

Postal Services Bill—Report [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 4) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 25th May be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Restoration of Devolved Government) Order 2000—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

Northern Ireland Act 2000 (Modification) Order 2000—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

Northern Ireland Act 1998 (Designation of Public Authorities) Order 2000—The Lord Falconer of Thoroton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 8th June be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

FRIDAY 30TH JUNE

[At eleven o’clock]

Street Works Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Peyton of Yeovil]

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).

Divorce (Religious Marriages) Bill [HL]—Second Reading [The Lord Lester of Herne Hill]

Contracts (Applicable Law) Act 1990 (Amendment) Order 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments Act 1982 (Amendment) Order 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th June be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

Attorney General’s Salary Order 2000—The Lord Bach to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 15th June be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee]

London Local Authorities (Charges for Stopping Up Orders) Regulations 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 8th June be approved. [21st Report from the Joint Committee]

European Court of Human Rights (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 19th June be approved.

International Seabed Authority (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000—The Baroness Scotland of Asthal to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on be 19th June approved.

MONDAY 3RD JULY

*The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they intend to take to deal with the widespread abuse of proxy voting in elections.

*The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to promote cricket in English schools.

*The Lord Steel of Aikwood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the conditions under which electoral observers are working in Zimbabwe.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent they feel that present regional policies are benefiting the Northern Region.

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

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

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

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.

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.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to alleviate the shortage of pathologists in the National Health Service.

*The Baroness Masham of Ilton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of nurses employed in London hospitals are agency nurses.

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what instructions they have given to National Health Service hospitals to make funds available for preparations for Britain to join the Euro.

Government Resources and Accounts Bill—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Terrorism Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

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.

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.

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives they have taken to help British farmers and growers obtain a local market and a fair return for their produce.

*The Lord Hylton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the work of clearing the Danube at Novi Sad, funded by the European Union, will be completed; and whether temporary arrangements can be made for transferring freight around the obstructions.

†Utilities Bill—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

THURSDAY 6TH JULY

*The Lord Davies of Oldham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Stewart Report, they will introduce legislation to ban the use of mobile telephones whilst driving.

*The Lord Hardy of Wath—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether significant action has been taken to respond to the problem of fuel poverty.

*The Lord Lea of Crondall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the scope of the European Union High Level Group on a Single European Sky, which is to present its final report in the first half of 2001.

†[It is expected that the Committee (on Re-commitment) stage of the Transport Bill will begin]

FRIDAY 7TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord Kingsland]

Health Service Commissioners (Amendment) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Hanham]

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

MONDAY 10TH JULY

*The Lord Quirk—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the most recent annual report from H M Chief Inspector of Prisons, published on 13th June.

*The Viscount Craigavon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how their aim of universal access to reproductive health care is affected by the recent reduction in the proportion of funding which they give to NGO projects in this field.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal for a university degree course in detection and investigation of crime.

*The Lord Mackay of Ardbrecknish—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the report of the inspectors into the affairs of the business dealing of the late Robert Maxwell and Mirror Group Newspapers to be published.

TUESDAY 11TH JULY

*The Lord Tombs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the consultation paper on nuclear waste which was promised in their response to the report of the Select Committee on Science and Technology on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 41).

*The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the spread of HIV/AIDS in some African countries, what warnings, if any, they offer to men and women from the United Kingdom about to visit Africa.

*The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to combat tobacco smuggling.

*The Lord Islwyn—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any further consideration has been given to the starting time for the proposed minimum half-fare concession for pensioners on public transport.

WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY

*The Lord Ackner—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the decisions of the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division) in R v. Weiz and the Attorney General’s Reference No. 3/1999 on 26th May, whether they will refer to the Law Commission the question whether the statutory restrictions on the use of DNA to be found in section 64 (3B) of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 should be maintained or relaxed; and, if not, why not.

*The Countess of Mar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chief Medical Officer’s Task Force on chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis is expected to report.

*The Lord Dubs—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make any decisions regarding treatment of multiple sclerosis in the light of recommendations from NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence).

THURSDAY 13TH JULY

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will raise the compulsory retirement age of the legal secretary to the Law Officers and other senior officials in the Law Officers’ Department from 60 to 65.

*The Lord Williamson of Horton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether National Health Service arrangements for the care and treatment of patients with schizophrenia are adequate.

*The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that upgrading early warning radar sites in the United Kingdom to support the proposed United States nuclear missile defence system would break the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

MONDAY 17TH JULY

*The Lord Hunt of Chesterton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their energy policy in the light of the 22nd Report of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

TUESDAY 18TH JULY

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy regarding the acquisition and development of future armoured vehicles for the British army.

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what new proposals they will be putting to the United Nations millennium meetings on the future of humanitarian intervention by the United Nations, including military intervention.

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 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 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 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 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.

The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to publish the findings of the Ministerial working party on the welfare of park home owners before the summer recess.

The Baroness Hooper—To call attention to developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what relationship they have in mind for the National Health Service with the private health sector.

The Lord Thomas of Gresford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Court of Appeal decision in Heil v. Rankin and others, given on 23rd March, they will restore the scheme for compensation of the victims of violent crime assessed on the basis of common law damages, and abandon the tariff scheme which replaced it on 1st April 1996.

The Lord Vivian—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current situation in Cyprus.

The Lord Bishop of Rochester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of Turkey’s application for membership of the European Union, what they and the European Union are doing to assist Turkey in its efforts to improve its internal human rights record.

The Lord Tanlaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what conclusions they have drawn regarding potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects.

†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.

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 Tomlinson—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The World Trade Organisation: the EU mandate after Seattle (10th Report, HL Paper 76). [22nd June]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled or amended on 23rd June]

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the last convenient 12 month period, how many people—

The Lord HaskelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce the regional organisation of the proposed Gas and Electricity Consumers’ Council.      (HL3018)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the case R v. Reilly Concrete Pumping, what is the correct taxation class for the following types of vehicle—

where the vehicle was originally designed and constructed as a goods vehicle.      (HL3019)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the case R v. Reilly Concrete Pumping, what is the correct taxation for the following classes of vehicle if they were originally designed, constructed and are still used as—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedure an individual should follow if they are not sure of the correct taxation class of a vehicle for which they are responsible.      (HL3022)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the appropriate vehicle excise duty rate for a concrete pumping machine based on a 32 ton eight wheel tipper truck chassis—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to amend the Finance Bill in respect of the vehicle excise duty class and rate for a concrete pumping vehicle.      (HL3024)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Ben Evans was appointed as a content editor for the Dome after a competitive appointment process; whether the post was advertised and interviewed for; how many applicants there were; and whether equal opportunities procedures were followed.      (HL3025)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what role Mr Ben Evans played in the planning and development of the Dome exhibits; and whether he was responsible for key decisions on content.      (HL3026)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the fact that some police forces are currently taking several weeks to renew firearms and shotgun certificates, whether chief officers should be obliged to provide certificate holders with written assurance that in the event of the expiry of their current certificates before renewal they will not be liable to prosecution should they continue to hold firearms (listed on their current certificate) without a renewed certificate.      (HL3027)

The Earl of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many content editors were involved by the New Millennium Experience Company in the development of the content of the Dome; who they were; what were their qualifications; and what payments, if any, were made to them.      (HL3028)

The Earl of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the New Millennium Experience Company, whether they agree with the statement of Mr Ben Evans that he “act(s) as a kind of bridge-builder between the shareholder and the company”; and who, if anyone, currently plays that role for the sole shareholder.      (HL3029)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Bingham of Cornhill on behalf of the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary on 22nd June (HL Deb, col. 419), whether it is intended that the Lord Chancellor, as a Lord of Appeal, will be guided by the principles contained in the statement when deciding (a) whether to participate in debates and votes in the House of Lords and (b) his eligibility to sit as a Lord of Appeal in particular cases or categories of case.      (HL3030)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were in full-time employment in the United Kingdom on (a) 31st December 1998 and (b) 31st May 2000; and what was the United Kingdom unemployment rate on those dates.      (HL3031)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cumulative value of acquisitions of British companies by French companies which were announced or consummated between 1st January 2000 and 23rd June 2000; and what was the corresponding cumulative value of acquisitions of French companies by British companies during the same period.      (HL3032)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their statement on page 13 of the Command Paper Developments in the EU, July-December 1999 (Cm 4762) that “enlargement....will reunite the European Continent”, what is their definition of “the European Continent”; and in which period of European history it was united.      (HL3033)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which pensions schemes are in place for public sector employees; and what additional capital sum would need to be provided for each scheme if current liabilities for future pension payments were to be fully funded out of invested capital.      (HL3034)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

23RD JUNE 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

24th May

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)

25th May

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)

6th June

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)

7th June

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 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)

8th June

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 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 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)

12th June

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 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 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 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 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 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)

13th June

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 Foreign and Commonwealth Office.      (HL2839)

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 Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions.      (HL2840)

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 Home Office.      (HL2842)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an undertaking at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development Ministers’ meeting on 26th June to prepare legislation immediately to outlaw bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions.      (HL2844)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is the Chairman of the Council of the National Army Museum; and when he last chaired a full meeting.      (HL2845)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last time the Council of the National Army Museum met for a full meeting.      (HL2846)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it has been drawn to the individual attention of the members of the Council of the National Army Museum that the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley may not be able to display its 119 vehicles after August 2000 due to financial difficulties.      (HL2847)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what alternatives there are to displaying the National Army Museum’s collection of vehicles at the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley.      (HL2848)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 14th March (WA 200), whether the Council of the National Army Museum have now concluded their strategic review including the collection currently housed at the Museum of Army Transport at Beverley.      (HL2849)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the last convenient 12 month period, how many people—

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have for the future of the apartments at Osborne House, Isle of Wight, currently occupied by the King Edward VII convalescent home.      (HL2851)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to fulfil the undertaking made to Parliament by the Minister of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Mr Howarth, on 4th February 1999 (HL Deb, col. 694) to keep the convalescent home at Osborne House open, until Parliament approves its closure by amending the Osborne Estate Act 1902, given the decision of the Civil Service Benevolent Fund to cease to operate it.      (HL2852)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the number of persons on hospital waiting lists in Northern Ireland increased by some 2,500 to some 47,000 in the three month period from January to March 2000.      (HL2853)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they propose to take to reduce hospital waiting lists in Northern Ireland from the longest in the United Kingdom to the national average or below.      (HL2854)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June (WA 176), and in view of his responsibility for the terms and conditions of Board members of the New Millennium Experience Company, what agreement he has reached with Mr David Quarmby as to his terms and conditions as Chairman; and whether they differ in any way from those of Mr Robert Ayling.      (HL2856)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Levy was representing the Prime Minister on a mission to any country on Monday 12th June; and, if so, which country.      (HL2857)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Haskins was chairing a Task Force meeting on Monday 12th June; and, if so, what the meeting was discussing and where it was being held.      (HL2858)

The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence replied to the letter from Sheriff Sir Stephen Young of 17th February 1996 to all parties in the Chinook Fatal Accident Inquiry; and, if so, in what terms.      (HL2861)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list their various initiatives and programmes to develop more sustainable construction processes in the building industry; and, under these programmes, what organisations and institutions have been grant aided, how many applications have been received for research funding, how many have been awarded Government funding and what was the amount of each grant.      (HL2864)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what reports they have received concerning attacks on and persecution of Christians in the Sudan (a) in 1999 and (b) in 2000.      (HL2867)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what provision was made for farmworkers under the latest offer of land reform and compensation made through the United Nations and rejected by the Zimbabwean government.      (HL2873)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the sole shareholder of the Millennium Dome last read a business plan or budget forecast by the New Millennium Experience Company, or a summary of such a plan or forecast prepared by officials.      (HL2874)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June (WA 176), whether, in view of his responsibility for appointing Board members of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC), he will publish in the Official Report any correspondence between himself and the outgoing and incoming Chairmen of the NMEC, Mr Bob Ayling and Mr David Quarmby.      (HL2875)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 8th June (WA 177), how the sole shareholder of the Millennium Dome discharges his responsibility to ensure that the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) meets the Government’s commitments for the Experience covering cost and effective management if he does not see the business plans and budget forecasts of the NMEC.      (HL2876)

14th June

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 Ministry of Defence.      (HL2886)

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 Department for Culture, Media and Sport.      (HL2887)

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 Cabinet Office.      (HL2888)

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 Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.      (HL2889)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given the increased identification of BSE cases in France, whether they are taking steps to protect the public from exposure to infected material coming from Europe.      (HL2890)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to allocate European Objective 3 funds to individual Learning and Skills Councils.      (HL2891)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to make any representations to the European Commission about the delays in approval of the United Kingdom’s Single Programme Documents for Objective 2 areas, which are now only likely to be approved in December 2000 at the earliest; and whether they will consider the implications for achieving spending profiles in those areas which are designated “transitional”.      (HL2892)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances it is permissible to apply the instruction “Do not resuscitate” to patients in National Health Service hospitals; and in how many cases such instructions were issued in the latest year for which figures are available.      (HL2893)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monitoring takes place of the use of “Do not resuscitate” instructions in National Health Service hospitals.      (HL2894)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the current underlying rate of inflation if the depreciation of owner occupied houses which has been a component of the retail price index since 1995 had never been introduced.      (HL2899)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what annual rate the average price of owner occupied homes has depreciated or appreciated since 1995.      (HL2900)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, under the New Deal for Young People, how many young people have opted for (a) training and (b) self employment, giving figures separately for England and South Yorkshire.      (HL2902)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have had discussions with the Environment Agency and the Sports Council with a view to obtaining finance for the promotion of angling; and especially the promotion of the sport in the education and training of young people.      (HL2903)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the Treasury’s estimate of the economic and fiscal consequences of joining the first wave of the euro in 1999, when the Chancellor made his statement in November 1997 that the United Kingdom would not be joining then; and what revisions to that estimate have subsequently been made.      (HL2906)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to proceed with the building of a new county court house at Chester on the site of the Roman amphitheatre and have appropriate planning consents to do so.      (HL2907)

15th June

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further measures have been introduced since the establishment of the Environment Agency to curb illegal fishing; and with what success.      (HL2919)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to initiate the “major co-ordinated programme of change” which is recommended in an Organisational Stress Audit Management Report of May on staff attitudes and stress in the Crown Prosecution Service.      (HL2920)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to reduce public expenditure in the coming year on the Crown Prosecution Service; and, if so, what are the reasons.      (HL2921)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are planning to merge the offices of H M Chief Inspector of Prisons and H M Chief Inspector of Probation; and, if so, what justification there is for making such a change.      (HL2922)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when, and for what reasons, the words “After-Care” were omitted from the formal title of the Probation Service.      (HL2923)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Whitty on 16th May (WA 7), what additional funding has been sought by the Countryside Agency for a new restoration initiative to restore open downland and provide access to it in the South Downs; whether such funding includes a number of mechanisms which would allow the Countryside Agency, or another body, to purchase targeted land on the open market; and whether they can confirm that £60 million has been allocated to the Countryside Agency or other bodies for the purpose of restoration work in the South Downs.      (HL2924)

The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards implementing the recommendations, made to the Government and accepted by the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 1st February, by the three working groups established to look into red tape and bureaucracy; how many of these proposals, which do not require approval by the European Union, have been acted upon, and how many are outstanding; and how many of these proposals which require agreement by the European Union have been approved and acted upon, and how many are outstanding.      (HL2925)

The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chinook Mark 2 had a complete set of Flight Reference Cards at the time of the fatal crash of ZD 576 in June 1994; and, if so, whether they included drills covering the possibility of Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) malfunctions.      (HL2926)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the advice they have given to the government of the Republic of Austria on how they can cease to be the only member of the United Nations with whom the Government has a policy of refusing bilateral Ministerial meetings.      (HL2927)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the political, human rights or other offences committed by the government of the Republic of Austria which have led to their being the only member of the United Nations with which the Government has a policy of refusing bilateral Ministerial meetings.      (HL2928)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give, for the last year for which figures are available, the hectarage of tobacco grown in each country of the European Union and the amount of subsidy paid from the Common Agricultural Policy.      (HL2929)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will introduce a marked register, open to inspection, of persons voting by post in elections.      (HL2930)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what services, other than accommodation, are provided to asylum seekers who are dispersed under the new arrangements in place since 3rd April under the terms of the contracts with accommodation providers.      (HL2931)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms of the contracts with the providers of accommodation to asylum seekers, who are dispersed under the new arrangements in place since 3rd April, will be varied so that local authorities, voluntary organisations and churches who wish to provide support to the asylum seekers in their areas may be provided with their names and addresses.      (HL2932)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what additions and changes have been made in the list of contracts that have been entered into between the National Asylum Support Agency and the providers of accommodation since 15th May.      (HL2933)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide for asylum seekers to collect their vouchers from sub-post offices where they are the main post office in a town and where—

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give urgent consideration to the re-inclusion of Carsebridge, Alloa, as an Assisted Area for Regional Selective Assistance.      (HL2935)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which banks issue notes which are legal tender throughout the United Kingdom; what is the highest denomination note currently issued by each such bank; and what is the Government’s policy on the issue, use and availability of high value bank notes.      (HL2936)

16th June

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15th June (WA 209), what type and make of cars the Government Car and Despatch Agency provides to the Treasury for Ministers and senior officials.      (HL2938)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 22nd May (WA 59) in relation to the advertisement for the post of the Lieutenant-Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, how many persons were short-listed for this position; and what were their occupations and gender.      (HL2939)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what aspects of defence policy the Baroness Scotland of Asthal was referring when she said “There is a clear view that a treaty amendment is not necessary” (HL Deb, 14th June, col. 1638); how this statement fits with paragraph 36 of the Government’s White Paper IGC: Reform for Enlargement; and what is the latest state of play with the European Strategic Defence Initiative.      (HL2940)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will in practice consult the Law Officers before making statements of compatibility under section 19 of the Human Rights Act 1998; and, if not, why not.      (HL2941)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether every effort is being made to re-open Hammersmith bridge to traffic as soon as possible following the bomb explosion; and when they expect it to re-open.      (HL2942)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what method they will use to estimate the impact of the revised Standards of Modern Zoo Practice (published in March) on the operation of farm attractions; and when they expect such a study to be completed.      (HL2943)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the projected cost of modifications to the Millennium Bridge; and who will pay for such modifications.      (HL2944)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Millennium Bridge to re-open to the public.      (HL2945)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies were made of the safety issues at the Millennium Bridge by the Health and Safety Executive prior to its opening.      (HL2946)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what guarantees or indemnities were provided by the architects and the builders of the Millennium Bridge in relation to safety issues.      (HL2947)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether one of their aims in introducing the bill which became the Armed Forces Discipline Act 2000 was to provide that the timing of any election for court martial ensured that the court martial was a court of first instance and not an appeal from summary jurisdiction.      (HL2948)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the enforcement of payment of civil penalties by court proceedings under the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 is by way of an appeal against the decisions of immigration officials.      (HL2949)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 16th June (WA 217), whether they will now say what was the rank of the civil servant who signed the rejection of appeal reference CPCAU/070.      (HL2950)

19th June

The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the total international export shipments undertaken by Parcelforce from the United Kingdom may be categorised as (a) business to business shipments; (b) business to consumer shipments; (c) private consumer to private consumer shipments; and (d) shipments of gifts between family members.      (HL2956)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many drivers of motor vehicles have been prosecuted for speeding in the London Royal Parks in the last five years.      (HL2957)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the definition of the concept “managed retreat” in relation to coastal erosion; and to what kinds of coastline it is intended to apply.      (HL2958)

The Lord InglewoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be publishing their response to the consultations sought in the Department of Trade and Industry’s paper “Proposed Changes to the Brussels Convention” before the House of Lords European Union Committee publishes its report on e-commerce; and, if not, whether they will treat the report as if it were a formal response to the consultation.      (HL2959)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to propose to both Houses of Parliament the terms of reference of the Joint Committee on Human Rights.      (HL2960)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider the report “Charging for care in later life” before publishing their response to the Royal Commission on the long-term care of the elderly.      (HL2961)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the age addition of 25 pence which was awarded to the over-eighties in 1971 remains at 25 pence; and what is now the comparative purchasing power of that 25 pence.      (HL2962)

20h June

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the accounts for the New Millennium Experience Company have been signed for the period ended 31st December 1999; and, if not, why not.      (HL2965)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 5th June (WA 135-136) that “there is evidence that those who are sanctioned subsequently comply with the responsibilities they have as New Deal participants”, what is the nature of that evidence, what points it demonstrates, and where it is to be found.      (HL2966)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the remark by the Secretary of State for Education and Employment in a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research on 7th June that “in return for measures which increase people’s security, it is right to insist on strict enforcement of the responsibilities which people have in return for benefit”, whether they will provide a comprehensive list of what they believe those responsibilities are.      (HL2967)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list public expenditure by Government Departments, ranking those Departments from the largest to the smallest in terms of expenditure.      (HL2968)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Zambia on how to make good the fall in the number of teachers in Zambia following the recent evidence that more teachers there are dying of AIDS than there are students completing teacher training.      (HL2969)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they are making of the consequences of increasing commitment to a global market economy in the absence of the free international movement of labour; and what policies they are pursuing to meet the economic and social challenges flowing from this.      (HL2970)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the “Single European Sky” will cover the deployment of NATO aircraft in the United Kingdom or in British airspace.      (HL2971)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions the Asian Longhorn Beetle has been detected in the United Kingdom; and what research they are funding into parasites of the beetle, means of breeding such parasites, and their safety for release in the United Kingdom.      (HL2972)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures are in place to deal with an outbreak of Asian Longhorn Beetle in the United Kingdom.      (HL2973)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that extended drinking hours on licensed premises will increase or decrease alcohol-related hooliganism.      (HL2974)

21st June

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a school with good Information Communication Technology (ICT) facilities but with a need for language laboratories is entitled to spend a Government grant for ICT facilities on language laboratories instead.      (HL2976)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent NatWest quarterly survey of small firms showing that few small and medium-sized enterprises have taken advantage of the statutory right of interest on late payments of commercial debt, how the relevant legislation can be improved or better implemented.      (HL2977)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the recent survey performed by Experian which suggests that average payment periods on commercial debt have extended form 59 to 62 days, how small and medium-sized enterprises might be helped to overcome this additional burden on their survival and growth.      (HL2978)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Amos on 20th June (HL Deb, col. 150), what role the British Council will play in developing primary and secondary education in developing countries.      (HL2979)

The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 20th June (HL Deb, col. 155), how many countries have received debt cancellation by the Government under the policy of cancellation of all debts owed to the United Kingdom by developing countries; and how much debt they have cancelled in each case.      (HL2980)

The Lord Harris of HaringeyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the numbers of cases of tuberculosis notified in each of the London health authorities in each of the last five years.      (HL2981)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they have taken through international channels to promote the cause of 580 Kuwaiti and other civilians and prisoners of war still held in Iraq against international conventions.      (HL2982)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made by the International Committee of the Red Cross to assist the families of Kuwaiti and other prisoners in Iraq to make contact with the authorities and to urge their release.      (HL2983)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long, on average, the Department of Trade and Industry takes to process an application for essential medical equipment for Iraqi hospitals by recognised United Kingdom-based charities.      (HL2984)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 21st June, what number of cars of each make and type are used by the Department of Trade and Industry.      (HL2985)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sentences were passed under section 2(2)(b) of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 in the last year for which figures are available; and what proportion of Crown Court sentences passed for violent and sexual offences did this represent.      (HL2986)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the announced review of the rehabilitation periods contained in the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 will begin; what form the review will take; and what will be the composition of the review group.      (HL2987)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the government of Tunisia to comply with the request by the United Nations Special Rapporteurs on Torture and on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers for invitations to visit Tunisia.      (HL2988)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they have given to the presentation of the National Service Medal to those Bevin Boys who were conscripted to serve in the coal mines during the 1939-45 war.      (HL2989)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether rebel forces in Sierra Leone are receiving weapons, food, medicine and training from the authorities in Liberia; and, if so, what action they propose.      (HL2990)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have evidence that diamonds are being exported illegally from Sierra Leone via Liberia; and what means exist for identifying such diamonds when offered on world markets.      (HL2991)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their current practice of constructive engagement with the Sudan has so far led to changes in the conduct and policies of the Sudanese government towards its own citizens; and whether the time has come for a review of their policy.      (HL2992)

The Lord Fraser of CarmyllieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to amend Part IX and Schedule 18 of the Political Parties and Referendums Bill to ensure that the activities of all-party Parliamentary groups and associate Parliamentary groups are excluded from the definition of political activities.      (HL2993)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to make commencement orders under the Human Rights Act 1998 providing for the coming into effect of the provisions of the Act.      (HL2994)

The Viscount TenbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of maintaining the European Parliament, the House of Commons and the House of Lords, including—

The Lord CarverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Rodin’s statue of the Burghers of Calais in Victoria Tower Gardens has been covered in wax; and if so, why.      (HL2996)

The Lord CarverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any history of vandalism affecting Rodin’s statue of the Burghers of Calais in Victoria Tower Gardens; and if so, whether its condition would be improved by being moved to Abingdon Green.      (HL2997)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in assessing beta interferon in the treatment of multiple sclerosis, whether they believe the drug’s effectiveness varies between relapsing-remitting, secondary progressive and primary progressive forms of the illness.      (HL2998)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they currently support any research into the effectiveness of beta interferon in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.      (HL2999)

22nd June

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any new appointments to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Management Board.      (HL3002)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to participate in the European Union’s car free day on Friday 22nd September; and what advice or encouragement they are giving to local authorities to support it.      (HL3003)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many employees in—

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who pays for the additional police patrolling the Eurostar trains during the Euro 2000 football matches.      (HL3005)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 6th June (WA 149), in considering whether road or rail transport is used for the movement of military equipment within the United Kingdom, what monetary value is applied in the calculation to cover—

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people resident in the United Kingdom who are considered non domiciled for tax purposes.      (HL3007)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of people resident and voting in the United Kingdom who are considered non domiciled for tax purposes.      (HL3008)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the tax loss to the Exchequer from people who are considered non domiciled for tax purposes.      (HL3009)

The Lord Mackay of ArdbrecknishTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of staff in the Scotland Office immediately after the transfer of responsibilities to the Scottish Parliament and Executive; and what is the number now.      (HL3010)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the average number of holders of Ordinary Accounts in National Savings in each of the last five years, the average total balance invested and the total cost of administering the accounts during each year.      (HL3011)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask the Chairman of Committees which persons or organisations the Parliamentary Works Directorate is required to consult prior to making a decision to re-locate a work of art that is within its care.      (HL3012)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received since January regarding the relocation of Rodin’s statue of the Burghers of Calais which is currently located in Victoria Gardens.      (HL3013)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to reach a decision on section 23 grant-in-aid for the Refugee Legal Centre for the years 2000-01.      (HL3014)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made regarding the effectiveness of (a) physiotherapy and (b) diet in helping multiple sclerosis sufferers.      (HL3015)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to increase the resources devoted to (a) physiotherapy and (b) dietary advice for multiple sclerosis sufferers.      (HL3016)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale on 22nd June, what type, make and number of cars in each category are provided under contract by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials in the Scottish Office.      (HL3017)

23rd June

The Lord HaskelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce the regional organisation of the proposed Gas and Electricity Consumers’ Council.      (HL3018)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the case R v. Reilly Concrete Pumping, what is the correct taxation class for the following types of vehicle—

where the vehicle was originally designed and constructed as a goods vehicle.      (HL3019)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the case R v. Reilly Concrete Pumping, what is the correct taxation for the following classes of vehicle if they were originally designed, constructed and are still used as—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedure an individual should follow if they are not sure of the correct taxation class of a vehicle for which they are responsible.      (HL3022)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the appropriate vehicle excise duty rate for a concrete pumping machine based on a 32 ton eight wheel tipper truck chassis—

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to amend the Finance Bill in respect of the vehicle excise duty class and rate for a concrete pumping vehicle.      (HL3024)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Mr Ben Evans was appointed as a content editor for the Dome after a competitive appointment process; whether the post was advertised and interviewed for; how many applicants there were; and whether equal opportunities procedures were followed.      (HL3025)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what role Mr Ben Evans played in the planning and development of the Dome exhibits; and whether he was responsible for key decisions on content.      (HL3026)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in view of the fact that some police forces are currently taking several weeks to renew firearms and shotgun certificates, whether chief officers should be obliged to provide certificate holders with written assurance that in the event of the expiry of their current certificates before renewal they will not be liable to prosecution should they continue to hold firearms (listed on their current certificate) without a renewed certificate.      (HL3027)

The Earl of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many content editors were involved by the New Millennium Experience Company in the development of the content of the Dome; who they were; what were their qualifications; and what payments, if any, were made to them.      (HL3028)

The Earl of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to the New Millennium Experience Company, whether they agree with the statement of Mr Ben Evans that he “act(s) as a kind of bridge-builder between the shareholder and the company”; and who, if anyone, currently plays that role for the sole shareholder.      (HL3029)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Bingham of Cornhill on behalf of the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary on 22nd June (HL Deb, col. 419), whether it is intended that the Lord Chancellor, as a Lord of Appeal, will be guided by the principles contained in the statement when deciding (a) whether to participate in debates and votes in the House of Lords and (b) his eligibility to sit as a Lord of Appeal in particular cases or categories of case.      (HL3030)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were in full-time employment in the United Kingdom on (a) 31st December 1998 and (b) 31st May 2000; and what was the United Kingdom unemployment rate on those dates.      (HL3031)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cumulative value of acquisitions of British companies by French companies which were announced or consummated between 1st January 2000 and 23rd June 2000; and what was the corresponding cumulative value of acquisitions of French companies by British companies during the same period.      (HL3032)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their statement on page 13 of the Command Paper Developments in the EU, July-December 1999 (Cm 4762) that “enlargement....will reunite the European Continent”, what is their definition of “the European Continent”; and in which period of European history it was united.      (HL3033)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which pensions schemes are in place for public sector employees; and what additional capital sum would need to be provided for each scheme if current liabilities for future pension payments were to be fully funded out of invested capital.      (HL3034)

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

    Transport [27th 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)
    Freedom of Information
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers [28th June]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) [3rd July]
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL] [3rd July]
    Royal Parks (Trading)
    Sea Fishing Grants (Charges)
    Carers and Disabled Children

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    European Parliamentary Elections [HL]

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security [27th June]
    Government Resources and Accounts [4th July]
    Postal Services [29th June]
    Insolvency [HL]
    Utilities [5th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL] [7th July]
    Terrorism [4th July]
    Trustee [HL] [29th July]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [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]
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft European Court of Human Rights (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000
    Draft International Seabed Authority (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000
    Draft Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2000
    Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Sheep
    Draft Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) (Amendment) Order 2000
    Draft Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) (No. 2) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security Amendment (Students) Regulations 2000
    Draft Insider Dealing (Securities and Regulated Markets) (Amendment) Order 2000
    Draft Education (School Government) (Terms of Reference) (England) Regulations 2000
    Draft National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    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
    Draft Attorney General’s Salary Order 2000
    Draft Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 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]

MONDAY 26TH JUNE

Liaison Committee4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

TUESDAY 27TH JUNE

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.30 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)4.10 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Library and Computers (Sub-Committee)4.45 pm

WEDNESDAY 28TH JUNE

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

MONDAY 3RD JULY

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

TUESDAY 4TH JULY

Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

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

WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Berkshire

 
 
 
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