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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 3RD JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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 worked 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.

Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL)—The Chairman of Committees to move, on behalf of the Committee of Selection, That the Lord Morris of Castle Morris be appointed a member of the Parliamentary Broadcasting Unit Limited (PARBUL).

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

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] [23rd Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

Royal Parks (Trading) Bill—Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Utilities Bill—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

‡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.

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 Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult other Commonwealth governments about action to ensure that the human rights provisions of the Harare Declaration are being observed in relation to the Anglophone minority in the Cameroon Republic.

Transport Bill—Committee (on Re-commitment) [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

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]

National Assembly of Wales (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2000—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th June be approved.

National Assembly of Wales (Transfer of Functions) (Variation) Order 2000—The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th June be approved.

Criminal Justice Act 1993 (Extension of Group A Offences) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 12th June be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Data Protection (Miscellaneous Subject Access Exemptions) (Amendment) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Data Protection (Designated Codes of Practice) (No. 2) Order 2000—The Lord Bassam of Brighton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 21st June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Legal Aid (Functions) Order 2000—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 27th June be approved.

Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 2000—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 27th June be approved.

Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2000—The Lord Chancellor to move, That the draft Rules laid before the House on 27th June be approved.

Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2000—The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 29th June be approved.

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.

Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) Bill—Committee [The Baroness Hayman]

[It is expected that the Committee (on Recommitment) stage of the Transport Bill will be continued this day]

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.

Postal Services Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville]

WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY

The Lord Morgan

and

The Baroness Noakes

*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).

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

‡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.

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.

[It is expected that the Report stage of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Bill will be concluded this day]

FRIDAY 14TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

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).

Licensing (Young Persons) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Thornton]

Carers and Disabled Children Bill—Committee [The Baroness Pitkeathley]

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.

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.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the prospects for a national water grid.

*The Lord Bradshaw—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made in considering the potential of a part-time police force to support regular forces.

*The Lord Addington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been in introducing regulations under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995 to allow the carriage of guide dogs in licensed taxis and private hire cars.

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.

*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government by approximately how many people the population of the United Kingdom has increased since 1st January 1960; and how many square miles of countryside have been used for (a) housing and (b) industrial development since that date.

*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.

*The Lord Chalfont—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any doubts about the cause of the accident involving helicopter ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.

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.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what priorities they advocate for the Commonwealth during the tenure of the present Secretary-General.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total cost to the taxpayer in the current financial year of the Parliaments and Assemblies in the United Kingdom; and how this compares with the cost for the last financial year.

THURSDAY 20TH JULY

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they propose to make public their analysis of the replies to the consultation paper “Higher Hedges: Possible Solutions”.

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what view they take of the recommendations in the Special Report on Mental Health Review Tribunals published by the Council on Tribunals on 28th June.

*The Baroness Blatch—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an assurance that no further public funds will be allocated to the New Millennium Experience Company for the Dome and that the Dome will not cease to operate without the disclosure of full information to Parliament.

MONDAY 24TH JULY

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to relieve the drought in West and South Asia.

†*The Lord Harris of Greenwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Minister of the Crown has discussed with London Underground facilities for disabled passengers at Waterloo underground station.

†*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether recent increases in fares and car parking charges on the railways are consistent with the objectives of their integrated transport strategy.

†*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are opposed to Franco-German proposals for enhanced cooperation within the European Union, and whether they will in future support proposals to allow those countries that wish to integrate at a faster speed within the European Union to decide that for themselves.

TUESDAY 25TH JULY

*The Lord Patten—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their top three priorities for the rest of this Parliament.

*The Lord Bramall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to set up the new Centre of Excellence for the Defence Medical Services.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are content with the state of relations with Zimbabwe.

†*The Lord Lloyd-Webber—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to regulate the noise pollution caused by the recreational flying of light aircraft over the countryside, particularly in areas of outstanding natural beauty.

WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY

*The Earl Baldwin of Bewdley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any trend among health authorities to cut back on funding for complementary therapies for people with HIV/AIDS.

*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the purpose of the White Paper on Globalisation.

*The Earl Ferrers—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal to advertise for applicants for membership of the House of Lords meets with their approval.

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 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 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 Earl Howe—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to improve the care and treatment of patients with hepatitis C.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether since 1997 their international development budget has been directed more towards the world’s poorest and most neglected communities.

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to incorporate the recommendations of the working group on forced marriage into their overall strategy for dealing with domestic violence.

PART II

SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS

[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]

The Lord Lewis of Newnham—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Waste Incineration (11th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 71). [21st July]

The Lord Walpole—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Biodiversity in the European Union Final Report: International Issues (22nd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 119). [18th January]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Reforming EC Competition Procedures (4th Report, HL Paper 33). [29th February]

The Lord Jenkin of Roding—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Society (3rd Report, HL Paper 38). [14th March]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 30th June]

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the sole shareholder of the Dome first received the board papers of the New Millennium Experience Company for the board meeting of May 2000.      (HL3143)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 29th June (WA 15-16), whether he will publish a table showing for each month of 2000 the percentage of visitors admitted free to the Dome, the percentage admitted on a reduced price ticket and the absolute number of visitors in each category.      (HL3144)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company is aware of any proposition to reduce the opening hours of the Dome in any one week, or to reduce the number of shows per day; and, if so, when he anticipates that the implementation of such a proposition may be necessary.      (HL3145)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have taken or will take to examine and assess the scientific rationale used by the Soil Association when awarding organic status to various food products.      (HL3146)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have allowed the government of Sudan to resume commercial operations by Sudanese Airlines in the United Kingdom, in spite of the continued application of United Nations Security Council sanctions.      (HL3147)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will maintain United Nations Security Council sanctions against the government of Sudan, in view of the recent decision by the government of the United States to uphold these sanctions.      (HL3148)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the escalation of violence in the Moluccas in Indonesia; and, in particular, whether they will ask the government of Indonesia to do more to halt the killing of civilians in the region.      (HL3149)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 28th June (WA 81) on the type and make of cars used by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, whether the list includes cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3150)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 28th June (WA 82) on the type and make of cars used by the Department of Trade and Industry, whether the list includes cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3151)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19th June (WA 11) on the type and make of cars used by the Department of Health, whether the list includes cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3152)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 20th June (WA 20) on the type and make of cars used by the Department of Social Security, whether the list includes cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3153)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 14th June (WA 203) on the type and make of cars used by the Welsh Office, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Welsh Office by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.      (HL3154)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 14th June (WA 203) on the type and make of cars used by the Law Officers’ Department, what types, makes and numbers of cars are supplied to the Law Officers’ Department by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.      (HL3155)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 23rd June (WA 48), whether they will draw the attention of the Cabinet Office Women’s Unit and the Home Office to his statement that material sent out by Government Departments should be free from errors of grammar and punctuation and should be of the highest quality.      (HL3156)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the working time of the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary is spent in determining appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in professional disciplinary cases.      (HL3157)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the justification for retaining the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as the final appellate jurisdiction in professional disciplinary cases.      (HL3158)

The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list (a) the countries for which there are travel advisories; and (b) the date on which each advisory came into effect and (c) the reason for each advisory.      (HL3159)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

30TH JUNE 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

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)

12th June

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 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 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)

13th June

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 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)

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 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 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 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)

15th June

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)

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 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)

19th June

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 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)

20th 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 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)

21st June

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 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 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 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—

and whether they will indicate the per capita cost per Member as well as the average number of sitting days for each institution for 1999-2000 and the previous four years.      (HL2995)

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)

22nd June

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 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 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 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 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)

26th June

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the principle that non-designation of public authorities should be the exception rather than the rule, under section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.      (HL3037)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why there have been delays in publishing a full list of authorities to be designated under section 75(3)(a) and (d) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and when the full list will be available to Parliament.      (HL3038)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Secretary of State for Education and Employment spoke in Bristol on 22nd June, he explained his reasons for agreeing to the closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol.      (HL3039)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Secretary of State for Education and Employment spoke in Bristol on 22nd June, he received any representations against the closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, from the Member of Parliament for Bristol South, or the local Councillors Kelvin Blake and George Micklewright.      (HL3040)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what conversations about the closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, the Secretary of State for Education and Employment has had with his Parliamentary Private Secretary, the Member of Parliament for Bristol East.      (HL3041)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the Secretary of State for Education and Employment has listened to the tape asking him to reconsider his decision to close Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, given to him during his visit to Bristol on 22nd June.      (HL3042)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the use of party political slogans in the communications of the Strategic Communications Unit to Government Departments would (a) affect the Unit’s political impartiality; and (b) represent an appropriate use of taxpayers’ money.      (HL3043)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the membership of the Enterprise Initiative Monitoring Unit; and what were the dates of its meetings during the last twelve months.      (HL3044)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many businesses failed in England and Wales during the first three months of this year; what change this represents compared with the same quarter in 1999; and whether the stock of 2.8 million full-time businesses is higher or lower than a decade ago.      (HL3045)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations, if any, they have had with British Telecom in respect of the forthcoming roll-out of ADSL (Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line), particularly in terms of the service’s availability and affordability to home-users and single-user businesses.      (HL3046)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that British Telecom’s proposal to enforce a patent on the concept of “hyperlinks” is consistent with the Government’s strategy for access to the Internet; and, if not, what action they are proposing to take to remedy the situation.      (HL3047)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 23rd June (WA 49) about the proportion of the proceeds of sale from the Millennium Dome site that will be split between the New Millennium Experience Company and English Partnerships, what factors will be taken into consideration when determining the division of the proceeds; and what priority will be given to those factors.      (HL3048)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total sum that will be paid by way of bonus payments to—

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 26th June, what type, make and number of vehicles are supplied for the use of Ministers in the Home Office by the Government Car Service.      (HL3050)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their use of means testing to solve the problem of poverty will in the long run increase barriers between those subject to means testing and those not so subject.      (HL3051)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the inquiry into the crash of a Chinook helicopter on the Mull of Kintyre in June 1984, whether the way point change was made approximately 20 seconds before the accident; whether there is any evidence (a) that the helicopter changed direction; (b) that the crew decided not to change direction, but instead to overfly the Mull of Kintyre and (c) of when any decision not to change direction was made; whether the original flight plan showed an intention to fly over the Mull of Kintyre; and whether there were any advantages in terms of safety or of time saving in overflying the Mull of Kintyre rather than following the original flight plan.      (HL3052)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of men under the age of 30 have a criminal record according to the latest figures available; what were the comparable figures ten years previously; and what were the main categories of offence that these men committed.      (HL3053)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the present maximum weight, height and length of lorries permitted to use roads in the United Kingdom; when these maximum weights, heights and lengths were last imposed and what were the previous dimensions; and whether these maxima are set by United Kingdom or European Union law and, if the latter, whether by unanimity or qualified majority.      (HL3054)

27th June

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which states have signed but not yet ratified the Chemical Weapons Convention; and what action they are taking to persuade such states to ratify.      (HL3061)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which states have not yet signed the Chemical Weapons Convention; and what action they are taking to persuade such states to sign and ratify.      (HL3062)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest evaluation of the technical feasibility and expense of a United States National Missile Defence System.      (HL3063)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress is being made on the preparation of the Protocol to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention; when they expect it to be ready for ratification; and whether they expect it to enhance the prospects for the complete and permanent elimination of biological and toxin weapons.      (HL3064)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what new initiatives they are taking with the United States and other allies to accelerate the elimination of the nuclear and missile threat.      (HL3065)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they are making of the relative future likelihood of missile attack or terrorist attack on the United Kingdom and its major allies; and what global policies they believe are necessary to reduce the prospect of either.      (HL3066)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness David on 14th December 1998 (WA 135), whether corporal punishment of children—

is still permitted under existing legislation in the Crown Dependencies of Guernsey; Jersey; and the Isle of Man.      (HL3068)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken to ensure that section 131 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 is complied with—

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the function of the—

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the best and the worst average police response times to emergency calls in each of the 16 non-Metropolitan Police Forces for each of the last five years.      (HL3071)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the target response time to emergency calls for Metropolitan Police Forces.      (HL3072)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to strengthen the European Union’s position in relation to the government of the Sudan and its human rights record.      (HL3073)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received applications for Export Credits Guarantee Department cover in respect of exports to the Sudan related to the development and production of oil; if so, for what amounts; and whether such cover can be made conditional on the making and implementation of an internal peace agreement.      (HL3074)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to review the roles and functions of theatres whose work falls outside the remit of the Boyden Report and the Arts Council of England report The Next Stage (which covers the 50 English Regional Producing Theatres).      (HL3075)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to assess and clarify the roles of the Arts Council of England and the Regional Arts Boards.      (HL3076)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to launch a national policy on theatre in England.      (HL3077)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the statement in the Boyden Report Stage One, on the English Regional Producing Theatres, that “National policy cannot start from the proposition that all 50 theatres under review have an inalienable right of access to public funding to produce at levels set by historical precedent”.      (HL3078)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they plan to make it a requirement that the cultural plans submitted by local authorities should make funding of theatres within their area a mandatory element of their budget provision.      (HL3079)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to ensure that children leave school with a knowledge of the core texts of English literature.      (HL3080)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take, either alone or in conjunction with other donors, to meet the severe food shortage in Eritrea which is expected to result from population displacement from agricultural areas during the recent conflict.      (HL3081)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will intercede with the Ethiopian government to allow Eritrean farmers to return to areas now occupied by Ethiopia in time for the current planting season.      (HL3082)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the protection offered to asylum seekers from Sri Lanka with a history of torture, in the light of the report published by the Medical Foundation, Caring for the Victims of Torture.      (HL3083)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much violent crime involving handguns has decreased since Royal Assent was given to the Firearms Act 1997.      (HL3084)

28th June

The Baroness GaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many serious offences were alleged to have been committed in the United Kingdom in 1999 by persons entitled to immunity by virtue of their employment by a diplomatic mission or an international organisation.      (HL3086)

The Lord SewelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of Europe for July; and list the major European Union events for the next six months.      (HL3087)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest evaluation of the contribution made by the continued bombing of Iraq to a long term viable political solution.      (HL3088)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what deliberations are taking place within the NATO Alliance on the place of arms control measures in defence and security policy.      (HL3089)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they are making of the effect of future climate change on migration; and what forecasts are now available on the basis of such studies.      (HL3090)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has so far been made with the initiative by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund to encourage impoverished states to produce Poverty Reduction Strategy Papers.      (HL3091)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances Cabinet Ministers are allowed to express personal views, not reflecting Government policy, about the Monarchy.      (HL3092)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is the case that the police in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom will take all possible steps using information from all sources to identify IRA arms dumps; and, where they are in another country, whether they will draw them to the attention of the authorities of that country.      (HL3093)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in devising performance targets for London Underground; and when they expect to make an announcement.      (HL3094)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why Members of Parliament, Members of the Scottish Parliament, Members of the European Parliament and Members of the House of Lords are not allowed to be board members of Transport for London.      (HL3095)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with London Transport’s running of the Jubilee line; and whether the number of interruptions to service and escalator breakdowns on a line with huge capital investment indicates management deficiencies.      (HL3096)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many journeys the Minister for Transport has made on London Underground in the last month, the last three months and the last six months.      (HL3097)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to provide statutory safeguards for those ships which are listed by the National Historic Ships Project as either of “core collection” or “designated” status.      (HL3098)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to provide financial support for the conservation of those ships which are listed by the National Historic Ships Project as either of “core collection” or “designated” status.      (HL3099)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what are the conditions and the cost of the lease for the 80 new desks in Little College Street and the 100 new desks in Millbank House.      (HL3100)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees how it is intended to allocate the new desks in Little College Street and Millbank House; and what criteria will be applied.      (HL3101)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether those peers who move to the new desks in Little College Street and Millbank House will receive the same level of service from attendants and other staff as is enjoyed by peers in the main building.      (HL3102)

The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the recent trial published in the Journal of Molecular Medicine (78:55-62) showing benefit to immunological functions in HIV+ patients from supplementation with the amino acid N-acetyl-cysteine; and whether they will review their advice on the treatment of HIV/AIDS in the light of it.      (HL3103)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they are proposing to downgrade Kent and Canterbury Hospital, which has a bed occupancy of 98 per cent, with the loss of 250 acute beds resulting in cancellation of surgical cases every week.      (HL3104)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the work of clearing bridge debris blocking the Danube at Novi Sad is expected to begin; and when navigation is expected to be resumed.      (HL3105)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs is proposing to travel to Iran.      (HL3107)

29th June

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to propose the appointment of a Joint Committee of both Houses to consider the parliamentary aspects of reform of the House of Lords, as set out in the White Paper Modernising Parliament: Reforming the House of Lords (Cm 4183, January 1999).      (HL3118)

The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes there are in the composition of the United Kingdom Delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe.      (HL3119)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in what circumstances a licence is required to export strategic goods or technology to India or Pakistan; and what is their current policy regarding exports to nuclear or nuclear-related end-users in India and Pakistan.      (HL3120)

The Baroness Rendell of BaberghTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the consultation conducted by the Women’s Unit, when the policy discussion on the Number 10 website will be launched; how long it will run; and how the information will be treated once the consultation is over.      (HL3121)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes are proposed in the licensing and quota management arrangements for the under 10 metre fishing fleet; and whether they will report progress.      (HL3122)

The Lord ReaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing about the most recent SPLA violations of the cease-fire in Bahr at Ghazal, Sudan.      (HL3123)

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

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 26th June (WA 61), (a) what are the recommended retail prices in May 2000 of the 1.6 Ford Focus, the 1.25 Ford Fiesta and the 1.6 Vauxhall Astra taking the model that is the nearest equivalent to those chosen in the answer for May 1999, particularly in respect of number of doors and engine size; and (b) what is the individual percentage increase or decrease of the recommended retail price compared with May 1999 for each of the three car models; and what is the average percentage increase in the recommended retail price for these cars.      (HL3125)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken, if any, to invoke the provision in the Association Agreement between the European Union and Tunisia, signed on 17th July 1995, that “relations between the parties, as well as the Provisions of the Agreement itself, shall be based on respect for human rights and democratic principles...”; and, in particular, whether they have requested the government of Tunisia to respond to the recommendations made by the United Nations Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression in his report to the Fifty-Sixth Session of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, E/CN.4/2000/63.Add.4 of 23rd February.      (HL3126)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the context of the current Session of Parliament, they consider that the Legislative Programme Committee of the Cabinet has performed satisfactorily.      (HL3127)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office on 23rd June (WA 50), whether the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) will now answer the question whether he was involved in any discussions about the replacement of Mr Bob Ayling as Chairman of the NMEC, prior to Mr Ayling informing him of his decision to resign.      (HL3128)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office on 23rd June (WA 50), whether the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company will now answer the question whether he would support the organisation of an end-of-year celebration in the Dome.      (HL3129)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office on 23rd June (WA 49), whether the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) discussed with any person other than Mr David Quarmby the idea of his or her succeeding Mr Bob Ayling as Chairman of the NMEC.      (HL3130)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office on 23rd June (WA 48), whether the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) will agree to the publication of the weekly reports he receives on the trading performance of the NMEC.      (HL3131)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Minister of State at the Cabinet Office on 23rd June (WA 48), whether the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) is satisfied that that company can continue to trade solvently until 31st December 2000, in view of the weekly reports on the trading performance of the NMEC,.      (HL3132)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 21st June (HL Deb, col. 252) about the number of additional places for medical students in the United Kingdom, how many of the figure of 1,126 students announced in June 1998 are now in medical schools; and when the programme for additional students will be fully implemented.      (HL3133)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 8th May (WA 216), what is the latest position with regard to the draft protocol on primary legislative procedure discussed at the National Assembly of Wales on 2nd February; and whether they will place a copy of the protocol in the Library of the House.      (HL3134)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the total cost of bringing the pensions and compensations paid to the families of those Royal Ulster Constabulary members murdered before the increase in pension and compensation in 1982 up to the same level as the pensions and compensation paid to those whose husbands were murdered after the change of calculation, taking account of inflation; and how many families are involved.      (HL3135)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inmates of young offender institutions committed or attempted suicide in each year since 1997.      (HL3136)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of self-harm by inmates of young offender institutions took place in each year since 1997.      (HL3137)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many persons were sentenced under section 53(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 in each year since 1997; and what were their ages and gender.      (HL3138)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the numbers of offenders serving sentences under section 53(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 on 1st May for each year since 1997; and, in each year, what are the numbers serving their sentences in—

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of rape and assault within young offender institutions were reported to the authorities in each year since 1997.      (HL3140)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reduce the number of offences which may carry a sentence under section 53(2) of the Crime and Young Persons Act 1933.      (HL3141)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 19th June (HL Deb, col. 10), whether they will publish the “Treasury Rules”; and, if not, why not.      (HL3142)

30th June

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the sole shareholder of the Dome first received the board papers of the New Millennium Experience Company for the board meeting of May 2000.      (HL3143)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 29th June (WA 15-16), whether he will publish a table showing for each month of 2000 the percentage of visitors admitted free to the Dome, the percentage admitted on a reduced price ticket and the absolute number of visitors in each category.      (HL3144)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the sole shareholder of the New Millennium Experience Company is aware of any proposition to reduce the opening hours of the Dome in any one week, or to reduce the number of shows per day; and, if so, when he anticipates that the implementation of such a proposition may be necessary.      (HL3145)

The Lord VinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food have taken or will take to examine and assess the scientific rationale used by the Soil Association when awarding organic status to various food products.      (HL3146)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have allowed the government of Sudan to resume commercial operations by Sudanese Airlines in the United Kingdom, in spite of the continued application of United Nations Security Council sanctions.      (HL3147)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will maintain United Nations Security Council sanctions against the government of Sudan, in view of the recent decision by the government of the United States to uphold these sanctions.      (HL3148)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the escalation of violence in the Moluccas in Indonesia; and, in particular, whether they will ask the government of Indonesia to do more to halt the killing of civilians in the region.      (HL3149)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 28th June (WA 81) on the type and make of cars used by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, whether the list includes cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3150)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 28th June (WA 82) on the type and make of cars used by the Department of Trade and Industry, whether the list includes cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3151)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19th June (WA 11) on the type and make of cars used by the Department of Health, whether the list includes cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3152)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 20th June (WA 20) on the type and make of cars used by the Department of Social Security, whether the list includes cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3153)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 14th June (WA 203) on the type and make of cars used by the Welsh Office, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Welsh Office by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.      (HL3154)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn on 14th June (WA 203) on the type and make of cars used by the Law Officers’ Department, what types, makes and numbers of cars are supplied to the Law Officers’ Department by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.      (HL3155)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 23rd June (WA 48), whether they will draw the attention of the Cabinet Office Women’s Unit and the Home Office to his statement that material sent out by Government Departments should be free from errors of grammar and punctuation and should be of the highest quality.      (HL3156)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the working time of the Lords of Appeal in Ordinary is spent in determining appeals to the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in professional disciplinary cases.      (HL3157)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the justification for retaining the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council as the final appellate jurisdiction in professional disciplinary cases.      (HL3158)

The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list (a) the countries for which there are travel advisories; and (b) the date on which each advisory came into effect and (c) the reason for each advisory.      (HL3159)

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 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
    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) [5th July]
    Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) [10th July]
    Carers and Disabled Children [14th July]
    Countryside and Rights of Way
    Street Works [HL]
    Divorce (Religious Marriages) [HL]

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    European Parliamentary Elections [HL]
    Transport [6th July]

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Government Resources and Accounts [4th July]
    Insolvency [HL]
    Utilities [5th July]
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers [12th July]

Waiting for Third Reading

    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL] [7th July]
    Terrorism [4th July]
    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security
    Postal Services [11th July]

Sent to the Commons

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    Local Government [HL]
    Census (Amendment) [HL]
    Care Standards [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
    Trustee [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]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Learning and Skills [HL]
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [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 Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Sheep
    Draft Legal Aid (Functions) Order 2000
    Draft Legal Aid (Prescribed Panels) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
    Draft Special Immigration Appeals Commission (Procedure) (Amendment) Rules 2000
    Draft National Assembly of Wales (Transfer of Functions) (Variation) Order 2000
    Draft National Assembly of Wales (Transfer of Functions) (No. 2) Order 2000
    Draft Medical Act 1983 (Amendment) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Criminal Justice Act 1993 (Extension of Group A Offences) Order 2000
    Draft Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000
    Draft Code of Practice on Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers
    Draft Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2000
    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

SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS

Waiting for expiry of Resolution period

    Devil’s Dyke Brighton and Hove Compulsory Rights Order 2000 [17th July]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 3RD JULY

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

TUESDAY 4TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.45 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee IIA)2.00 pm
(Genetic Databases)
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
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 5TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 6TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am

TUESDAY 11TH JULY

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
(Inter-Governmental Conference)
Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room

THURSDAY 13TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

FRIDAY 14TH JULY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Colindale

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

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

 
 
 
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