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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items markedare expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

MONDAY 10TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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]

†The Baroness Hayman to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

Transport Bill—House to be again in Committee (on Re-commitment) [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

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.

Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Utilities Bill—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

Postal Services Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Sainsbury of Turville] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

Insolvency Bill [HL]—Report [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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).

†Human Rights—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That it is expedient that a Joint Committee of Lords and Commons be appointed to consider and report on:

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

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.

Her Majesty The Queen Mother—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That an humble Address be presented to Her Majesty The Queen as follows—

Most Gracious Sovereign,

      We, Your Majesty’s most dutiful and loyal subjects, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, beg leave to assure Your Majesty that this House looks forward eagerly to the hundredth Birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, an occasion which the entire Nation will wish to celebrate:

      To convey to Your Majesty the admiration and the deep sense of affection that is felt for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, both by this House and by the British people and the Commonwealth, to whose service She has devoted so much of her life:

      To express the hope that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother may long continue to enjoy good health and happiness.

Her Majesty The Queen Mother—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That a Message be conveyed to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother as follows—

Your Majesty,

      We, the Lords Spiritual and Temporal in Parliament assembled, warmly congratulate Your Majesty on Your Majesty’s forthcoming hundredth Birthday and express our gratitude for Your Majesty’s outstanding service to the Nation for over 64 years;

      We remember the courage of Your Majesty and His late Majesty King George VI during the last War and the inspiration You then provided;

      We thank Your Majesty for the immense joy You have given the British people and wish Your Majesty many happy returns.

†Royal Parks (Trading) Bill—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

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

[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]

Code of Practice on Industrial Action Ballots and Notice to Employers—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Code of Practice laid before the House on 26th June be approved.

National Minimum Wage Regulations 1999 (Amendment) Regulations 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 26th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Education (School Government) (Terms of Reference) (England) Regulations 2000—The Baroness Blackstone to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 22nd June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Pollution Prevention and Control (England and Wales) Regulations 2000—The Lord Whitty to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 15th June be approved. [22nd Report from the Joint Committee]

Welfare of Farmed Animals Regulations 2000—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 19th June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Sheep—The Baroness Hayman to move, That the draft Code of Practice laid before the House on 19th June be approved. [24th Report from the Joint Committee]

Insider Dealing (Securities and Regulated Markets) (Amendment) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 22nd June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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.

Liaison Committee—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 2nd and 3rd Reports from the Select Committee (HL Papers 62 and 81) be agreed to.

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

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.

Learning and Skills Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons amendments [The Baroness Blackstone]

The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their strategy for manufacturing industry.

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.

Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

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.

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

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.

THURSDAY 27TH JULY

*The Lord Berkeley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to achieve access to the protected United States aviation market for British cargo airlines which are unable to pursue strategic alliances.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to disestablish the Church of England.

*The Viscount Simon—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they propose to alleviate the shortage of immunologists in the National Health Service.

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 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 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 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 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.

The Baroness Massey of Darwen—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the English Cricket Board’s report for 1999-2000, what is their policy towards encouraging young people to take up cricket.

The Lord Alton of Liverpool—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider measures to bring to justice those responsible for genocide and abuses of human rights in Burma.

The Lord Chalfont—To move to resolve, That it is desirable that a Select Committee be appointed to consider all the circumstances surrounding the crash of Chinook helicopter ZD 576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.

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 7th July]

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure cooperation between Regional Development Agencies and National Park Authorities to guarantee the protection and enhancement of the purposes of national parks.      (HL3257)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have undertaken to evaluate the contribution by universities and higher education to the future economic and social viability of the United Kingdom; and what was the outcome of such studies.      (HL3258)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent an acute shortage of funding resulting in a reduction in the quality of human resources available to ensure the effectiveness of teaching and research in universities and higher education throughout the United Kingdom.      (HL3259)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days (a) the House of Lords and (b) the House of Commons sat during the 1998-99 Session; and on how many days the Lords rose later than the Commons.      (HL3260)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list, for each region and for each of the last five years—

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many special advisers work for—

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to re-open the shortlist of two bidders for the Millennium Dome site, in light of the announcement on Friday 7th July by BBC Worldwide that they are supporting the Tussaud’s Group in a new joint venture to bid for the Dome site.      (HL3263)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any pressure has been exerted by the Government of the Republic of Ireland on the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank to appoint Mr Hugh O’Flaherty as a Vice-President of the Bank.      (HL3264)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what qualifications in banking or finance (or both) Mr O’Flaherty possesses that would make him a suitable candidate for a Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.      (HL3265)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why vacancies in the posts of Vice-Presidents of the European Investment Bank are not advertised.      (HL3266)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to defer the appointment of Mr O’Flaherty as a Vice-President of the European Investment Bank until proceedings in the Irish Courts seeking an injunction to prevent his appointment have been decided.      (HL3267)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were convicted of drug-related crimes in Northern Ireland in each year from 1990 to 1999.      (HL3268)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning smoking in Government buildings.      (HL3269)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to broadcasting organisations about the amount of smoking in all forms of drama.      (HL3270)

The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the archaeological remains of the Roman City of Verulamium at St Albans are not damaged by ploughing and other activity likely to cause permanent harm to this site of national importance.      (HL3271)

The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the Written Answer by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale (WA 91) on the shipment of arms supplies to Sierra Leone stating that “the details were passed to the United Nations Sanctions Committee” with the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean (WA 99) on the same subject which stated that “the shipment will be notified to the United Nations Sanctions Committee”, both on 29th June.      (HL3272)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

7TH JULY 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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 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 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 (HC 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)

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)

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)

19th June

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 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)

22nd June

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—

23rd June

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 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 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)

26th June

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 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)

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

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

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 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 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 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 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 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 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)

29th June

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 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 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)

3rd July

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 21st June (WA 32-33) on the type and make of cars used by the Department for Education and Employment, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Department for Education and Employment by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3161)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 26th June (WA 61-63) on the type and make of cars used by the Home Office, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Home Office by the Government Car Service for the use of Ministers and senior officials.      (HL3163)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 29th June (WA 98) on the type and make of cars used by the Ministry of Defence, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Ministry of Defence by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and who has the use of these cars.      (HL3164)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 29th June (WA 96) on the type and make of cars used by the Northern Ireland Office, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Northern Ireland Office by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and who has the use of these cars.      (HL3165)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15th June (WA 209) on the type and make of cars used by the Treasury, what types, makes and number of cars are supplied to the Treasury by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and who has the use of these cars.      (HL3166)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to respond to the resolution adopted by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Thursday 29th June in Strasbourg concerning Russia, Chechnya and the Committee of Ministers.      (HL3167)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of their amendments to Government bills were agreed to by the House of Lords in each of the Parliamentary Sessions 1997-98 and 1998-99; and how many amendments which the Government opposed were agreed to.      (HL3168)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total cost to public funds of the Football Association’s bid to host the 2006 World Cup.      (HL3169)

The Lord McColl of DulwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £5 million promised by the Prime Minister to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia last year has actually been given.      (HL3170)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much money was raised in the last financial year from tobacco-related taxes.      (HL3171)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the National Health Service in the whole of the United Kingdom spent during the last financial year on smoking-related illnesses.      (HL3172)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to ban smoking in public places.      (HL3173)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to restrict further the advertising and marketing of tobacco.      (HL3174)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will encourage those members of the Government who smoke to stop.      (HL3175)

The Lord MonsonTo ask the Leader of the House how many hereditary peers (of any category) who were entitled to sit and vote in the House of Lords in July 1999 are still entitled (however now designated) to sit and vote in the House of Lords in July 2000; what proportion they form of the hereditary peers who had taken the Oath and were not on Leave of Absence in July 1999; and what proportion they form of the current House.      (HL3176)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have incomes below—

4th July

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in writing off Third World debt since the G8 Summit in Cologne; and what progress they anticipate before the end of this year.      (HL3182)

The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the works at either end of Westminster Bridge to be completed; and whether access to the bridge will, as a result, be improved.      (HL3183)

The Earl of ShrewsburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by what authority the Chief Constable of Lincolnshire authorised civilian personnel from the Environment Agency to fire weapons prohibited under section 5 of the Firearms Act 1968 at Police Headquarters sometime prior to 14th June.      (HL3184)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when (a) Home and Interior Ministers and (b) Senior Police Officers, within the European Union, last discussed the trafficking of women for prostitution; and whether fully coordinated action will be taken, in conjunction with the countries of eastern Europe, against this growing abuse.      (HL3185)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the military occupation, in connection with the Royal Tattoo, of the eastern part of St James’ Park was necessary or justified; whether civilian interests (other than the Royal Parks) were consulted in advance; and whether the Royal Parks will be fully compensated for any damage done.      (HL3186)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what they are doing to assist United Kingdom citizens in Germany who, in the light of a media campaign against certain breeds of dog, are seeking to bring their dogs back to the United Kingdom in order to protect them.      (HL3187)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what estimate they have made (in the Comprehensive Spending Review) of the amount and type of crime which could be prevented by each additional £1 million invested in—

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any studies have been made to determine whether the measures introduced to improve standards in schools have had any impact on children’s emotional well-being; and, if so, what are the findings to date.      (HL3189)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the last twelve months in increasing the number of professionals working in the field of children’s mental health.      (HL3190)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what difficulties have been encountered in the last twelve months in recruiting professionals to work in the field of children’s mental health; and what steps have been taken to overcome them.      (HL3191)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have instituted an inquiry into how the contents of a telegram from H M Ambassador to Japan came to be disclosed to the media, as reported in The Times of 4th July.      (HL3192)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider adopting the Tobin Tax Initiative to enable the maintenance of a comprehensive welfare state.      (HL3193)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo 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.      (HL3194)

The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo 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.      (HL3195)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what, on the basis of purchasing power parities, they calculate the correct exchange rates should be between the £ and the euro and the £ and the dollar.      (HL3196)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 12th June (WA 188), whether they will list, by name, the countries whose performance in regard to human rights causes them concern and with which they pursue a policy of political dialogue in an attempt to improve that performance.      (HL3197)

The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 12th June (WA 188), whether they will list, by name, the countries whose human rights performance they consider to be unsatisfactory and against which the United Kingdom in currently implementing sanctions, whether under a United Nations, European Union or a national regime.      (HL3198)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 3rd July (WA 121-122), whether they have any plans for “do not resuscitate” decisions made in National Health Service hospitals to be collected centrally.      (HL3199)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what initiatives are in place to recruit nurses from the ethnic and religious communities in the United Kingdom.      (HL3200)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are recruiting nurses from the Indian sub-continent and the Middle East; and, if so, what are the numbers in the National Health Service in comparison to the numbers recruited from China, Thailand and African countries.      (HL3201)

The Lord WalpoleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are willing to recognise the killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire of 1915 as genocide within the definition of the United Nations Convention on the prevention and punishment of the Crime of Genocide; and, if not, why not.      (HL3202)

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement made by the Lord Chancellor that the Weatherill Amendment to the House of Lords Bill was “a compromise negotiated between Privy Councillors on Privy Council terms” (HL Deb, 30th March 1999, col. 207), who were the parties to the negotiations; and where and between which dates did the negotiations take place.      (HL3203)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their revised estimate of the number of additional persons likely to be imprisoned annually if the provisions contained in clause 48 of the Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill are enacted unamended, taking into account the findings of the research on the effects of deterrence commissioned by the Home Office from the Institute of Criminology at Cambridge University.      (HL3204)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Anti-Social Behaviour Orders have been made by the courts since the authorising legislation came into force.      (HL3205)

5th July

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have approved the export of demining equipment to Armenia.      (HL3207)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what amounts were paid by the United Nations to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to cover administrative expenditure in the last three years for which accounts are available.      (HL3211)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their future plans for the Agricultural Wages Board; and when they expect the 1999 report of the Board to be published.      (HL3212)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the difficulties and dangers for traffic attempting to leave the M25 to join the A13, they will arrange for traffic lights to be installed at the M25/A13 road junction.      (HL3213)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard Railtrack as having kept the rail approaches to Liverpool Street Station in London adequately clean and free from litter and railway detritus; and, if not, what action they propose to take.      (HL3214)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the size of the United Kingdom dairy herd for each year since 1986.      (HL3215)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what independent research has been conducted to evaluate the levels of heavy metals, dioxins and oxides of nitrogen emitted by the burning of animal carcasses in the current range of small incinerators used by farmers, veterinary practices, hunt kennels and pet crematoria; and, if there is any, how the results compare with the standards set by the draft directive on the Incineration of Waste.      (HL3216)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a full epidemiological study, to include exposure of the affected animal or her dam to veterinary medicines such as vaccines and hormone injections containing bovine tissues, organophosphate parasiticides, or feeds which were likely to have contained residues of organophosphate grain dressings, will be conducted on the four year old Holstein cow recently found to be suffering from BSE; and whether her toxic load has been investigated.      (HL3217)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recent reports that BSE may be found in cattle in several countries, where they are now sourcing bovine tissues for the production of human innoculants; and what precautions are taken to ensure the integrity of these products.      (HL3218)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 3rd July (WA 123), what monitoring will be undertaken and what enforcement action will be put in hand to ensure that crops produced from the unauthorised sowing of genetically modified seed will not enter the food chain.      (HL3219)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they will take to ensure that development of newer forms of renewable energy proceeds and, in particular, to promote the use of biomass by ensuring that outlets for willow to be used as a renewable energy source will be available within a reasonable timescale.      (HL3220)

The Lord Onslow of WokingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for listing the wrecks of military vessels in United Kingdom waters; and what consideration has been given to establishing a centrally held list of all such wrecks.      (HL3221)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 29th June (WA 96) that a number of the Dome’s sponsors have recently introduced discounted ticket offers, which organisation bears the revenue costs of these discounted ticket offers: the sponsor or the New Millennium Experience Company.      (HL3222)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 3rd May (WA 179), what steps they intend to take as a result of their consultations at the start of this year with the body “Women in Film and Television” about how to take forward the recommendations in the report A Survey on Working Conditions in the Film and Television Industry.      (HL3223)

The Lord DonoughueTo ask Her Majesty’s Government—

6th July

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any changes in the composition of the United Kingdom delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the Assembly of the Western European Union.      (HL3226)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, under the terms of the Data Protection Act, National Health Service hospitals are prevented from communicating the details of a patient’s condition to the patient’s family by telephone.      (HL3228)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many inspections of farms, in connection with the audit of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) returns made by farmers, were carried out in each county in England during 1999; and what was the total number and amount of penalties and repayments imposed in each county.      (HL3229)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of complaint by farmers against the administration of the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS) have been referred to the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration during each of the last five years.      (HL3230)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in response to the recent review by NHS Estates of device decontamination practices.      (HL3231)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they propose to make to the Report by the Commissioner for Public Appointments on Public Appointments to National Health Service Trusts and Health Authorities, published in March this year.      (HL3232)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Government agency or Department is responsible for the selection and appointment of specialist members of tribunals established under the Registered Homes Act 1984 and the Protection of Children Act 1999; what are the criteria for such appointments; and whether the qualifications and experience of appointees are available for inspection by the public.      (HL3233)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the cost to the gaming machine industry of physical conversion to euros; and whether they will permit the doubling of numerical values in gaming machines, in order to reduce this cost.      (HL3234)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consult the German, Spanish and Dutch governments on their approach to reducing the cost to the gaming machine industry of physical conversion to euros.      (HL3235)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government , in the light of the anticipated impact of conversion to euros on the number and total value of coins in circulation, and the consequences for the gaming machine industry, what progress is being made with a deregulation order to allow note accepters, smart cards and replay-off-win meters for gaming machines.      (HL3236)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners received discharge grants in each of the last three years at the standard and higher rates; and what was the total amount paid in each of those years.      (HL3237)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that the system of discharge grants payable to prisoners provides ex-prisoners with sufficient means of support until benefit becomes payable; whether they will replace grants by an interest-free loan equivalent to two weeks’ benefit repayable from benefit over several weeks; and whether they accept that this would reduce the temptation to commit further offences.      (HL3238)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions and convictions there have been under the incitement provisions of Part III of the Public Order Act 1986 in each of the last three years.      (HL3239)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many disabled people (as defined in Schedule 1 of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995) there are in the United Kingdom.      (HL3240)

The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in estimating the number of disabled people in the United Kingdom, they take account of the 1991 census which records approximately 6.5 million chronically ill and disabled people.      (HL3241)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the cost of administering the Ordinary Accounts of National Savings as a percentage of average total balances in 1970-71; and whether they believe that the average administration cost of 4.2 per cent of balances in the 16 million accounts in 1999-2000 would be reduced if the £10,000 limit on the accounts set in July 1969 were to be increased to take account of inflation.      (HL3242)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Leader of the House on which occasions during the last twenty years the recommended minimum intervals between stages of bills in the House have not been observed.      (HL3243)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to amend the Sex Discrimination Acts to include a public duty to promote equality.      (HL3244)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the dates and locations of known punishment beatings undertaken by terrorist organisations in Northern Ireland between 1st January and 30th June 2000; and how this total compares with the same period in 1999.      (HL3245)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are known to have left Northern Ireland because of terrorist threats between 1st January and 30th June 2000; and how the total compares with the same period in 1999.      (HL3246)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to combat punishment beatings and the threats by terrorist groups which force people to leave Northern Ireland.      (HL3247)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many cases of drug-related psychosis were diagnosed within the National Health Service in each year from 1990 to 1999 inclusive.      (HL3248)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times sections 2, 3 and 4 of the Mental Health Act 1983 have been invoked in cases involving drug-related psychosis in each year from 1990 to 1999 inclusive.      (HL3249)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider the resources and facilities available to the National Health Service to treat drug-related psychosis are adequate.      (HL3250)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answers by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 24th May (WA 86) and 7th June (WA 159), whether any public bill in the last 30 years has been subject to more Government amendments in each House (both tabled and made) than the Financial Services and Markets Bill; and, if so, which bills.      (HL3251)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they provide towards the fuel costs of those with physical disabilities who depend on transport by car.      (HL3252)

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the population of the United Kingdom is composed of—

The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the Members of the House of Lords is composed of—

The Lord MonsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will set out in tabular form the percentage by which the pound sterling has (a) strengthened or (b) weakened against each of the following currencies in the 18 month period from the close of business (London) on 4th January 1999 to the close of business on 4th July 2000—

    Euro

    Danish krone

    Swedish krona

    Norwegian krone

    Swiss franc

    United States dollar

    Canadian dollar

    Mexican new peso

    Japanese yen

    Australian dollar

    New Zealand dollar

    South African rand

    Israeli shekel

    Saudi riyal

    Hong Kong dollar

    Singapore dollar

    South Korean won

    Taiwan dollar

    Indian rupee

    Thai baht. (HL3255)

    The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconcile the figures for arms exports to Sierra Leone given in the Written Answer by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to the Lord Roberts of Conwy (WA 91) with those given in the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to the Lord Hoyle (WA 99), both on 29th June.      (HL3256)

    7th July

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure cooperation between Regional Development Agencies and National Park Authorities to guarantee the protection and enhancement of the purposes of national parks.      (HL3257)

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what studies they have undertaken to evaluate the contribution by universities and higher education to the future economic and social viability of the United Kingdom; and what was the outcome of such studies.      (HL3258)

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prevent an acute shortage of funding resulting in a reduction in the quality of human resources available to ensure the effectiveness of teaching and research in universities and higher education throughout the United Kingdom.      (HL3259)

    The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many days (a) the House of Lords and (b) the House of Commons sat during the 1998-99 Session; and on how many days the Lords rose later than the Commons.      (HL3260)

    The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list, for each region and for each of the last five years—

    The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many special advisers work for—

    The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to re-open the shortlist of two bidders for the Millennium Dome site, in light of the announcement on Friday 7th July by BBC Worldwide that they are supporting the Tussaud’s Group in a new joint venture to bid for the Dome site.      (HL3263)

    The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any pressure has been exerted by the Government of the Republic of Ireland on the Board of Directors of the European Investment Bank to appoint Mr Hugh O’Flaherty as a Vice-President of the Bank.      (HL3264)

    The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what qualifications in banking or finance (or both) Mr O’Flaherty possesses that would make him a suitable candidate for a Vice-President of the European Investment Bank.      (HL3265)

    The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why vacancies in the posts of Vice-Presidents of the European Investment Bank are not advertised.      (HL3266)

    The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to defer the appointment of Mr O’Flaherty as a Vice-President of the European Investment Bank until proceedings in the Irish Courts seeking an injunction to prevent his appointment have been decided.      (HL3267)

    The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were convicted of drug-related crimes in Northern Ireland in each year from 1990 to 1999.      (HL3268)

    The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy concerning smoking in Government buildings.      (HL3269)

    The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to broadcasting organisations about the amount of smoking in all forms of drama.      (HL3270)

    The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the archaeological remains of the Roman City of Verulamium at St Albans are not damaged by ploughing and other activity likely to cause permanent harm to this site of national importance.      (HL3271)

    The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they reconcile the Written Answer by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale (WA 91) on the shipment of arms supplies to Sierra Leone stating that “the details were passed to the United Nations Sanctions Committee” with the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean (WA 99) on the same subject which stated that “the shipment will be notified to the United Nations Sanctions Committee”, both on 29th June.      (HL3272)

    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]
      Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) [10th July]
      Carers and Disabled Children [14th July]
      Countryside and Rights of Way [20th July]
      Street Works [HL]
      Criminal Justice and Court Services
      Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)

    Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

      European Parliamentary Elections [HL]
      Transport [10th July]

    Waiting for Report

      Deafblind Persons [HL]
      Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
      Insolvency [HL] [11th July]
      Regulation of Investigatory Powers [12th July]
      Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) [13th July]
      Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL]

    Waiting for Third Reading

      European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
      Child Support, Pensions and Social Security [19th July]
      Postal Services [11th July]
      Government Resources and Accounts [12th July]
      Royal Parks (Trading) [13th July]
      Utilities [11th July]
      Divorce (Religious Marriages) [HL]

    Sent to the Commons

      Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
      Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
      Census (Amendment) [HL]
      Care Standards [HL]
      Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
      Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
      Trustee [HL]
      Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
      City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
      Kent County Council [HL]
      Medway Council [HL]
      Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

    Returned to the Commons amended

      Terrorism

    Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

      Learning and Skills [HL] [18th July]
      Limited Liability Partnerships [HL] [11th July]
      Local Government [HL]

    Waiting for Royal Assent

      Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
      London Local Authorities [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 Patents Regulations 2000
      Draft Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability) (Modification) Order 2000
      Draft Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 2000
      Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2000

    Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

      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 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
      Draft Code of Recommendations for the Welfare of Sheep

    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]

    TUESDAY 11TH JULY

    European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
    European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
    Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
    (Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
    Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)4.10 pm
    Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
    European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
    (Inter-Governmental Conference)
    Finance and Staff (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
    in the Moses Room

    WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY

    European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.15 pm

    THURSDAY 13TH JULY

    European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

    FRIDAY 14TH JULY

    Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Colindale

    TUESDAY 18TH JULY

    Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)4.00 pm
    (Aircraft Cabin Environment)

    WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

    Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
    European Union (Sub-Committee D)3.15 pm
    European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
    House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
    in the Moses Room

     
     
     
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