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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.

WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

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).

*The Lord Skelmersdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what policy exists at Broadmoor Hospital in respect of the possession of mobile telephones by patients.

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.

†*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what international or European law prevents British public authorities from operating a Buy British policy in respect of building projects.

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,

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,

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).

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

Cheques (Scotland) Bill [HL]—Committee [The Viscount Younger of Leckie]

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

†Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 3rd Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 85) be agreed to.

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

†Social Security Amendment (Students) Regulations 2000—The Baroness Amos to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 21st June be approved. [23rd Report from the Joint Committee]

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] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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 11th July, or unanswered after 21 days]

12th 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 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)

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)

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)

11th July

The Baroness WilkinsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Legal Services Ombudsman intends to publish her Annual Report for 1999-2000.      (HL3302)

The Baroness WilkinsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any decision has been taken on when Glenthorne Youth Treatment Centre will finally close.      (HL3303)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether analyses of schools’ examination results produced by the National Consortium of Examination Results (NCER) are currently available to members of the public under the Code of Practice or other arrangements; and whether they will be available under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Bill from (a) the NCER, or (b) local education authorities; and, if not, why not.      (HL3304)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what data are available to compare the average number of educational courses per year applied for by each prisoner (a) before the introduction of in-cell television in prisons; and (b) after its introduction.      (HL3305)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what data are available to compare the average number of hours per day for which convicted prisoners are unlocked from their cells (a) before the introduction of in-cell television in prisons; and (b) after its introduction.      (HL3306)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been, or is being, conducted into the effects of the introduction of in-cell television in prisons.      (HL3307)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times bail conditions have been broken in Northern Ireland in each of the last ten years.      (HL3308)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people have been charged with offences while on bail from a court in Northern Ireland during each of the last ten years.      (HL3309)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contingency plans they are making, together with other governments, to cope with the consequences of any large scale migration and human displacement which may result from climate change.      (HL3310)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 7th July (WA 165), which cars, type and make are used by Ministers and senior officials as supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.      (HL3311)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Blackstone on 10th July (WA 6), which of the cars listed by the Minister for the Cabinet Office (HC Deb, 287W) in the fleet operated by the Government Car and Despatch Agency are used by Ministers and senior officials in the Department for Education and Employment; and whether they will list them by number, type and make.      (HL3312)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 19th June (WA 11-14), which cars are supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials; and whether they will list them by number, type and make.      (HL3313)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Williams of Mostyn and the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6th July (WA 148), which of the cars listed are those supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Law Officers and senior civil servants; and whether they will list the number, type and make of the vehicles.      (HL3314)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6th July (WA 148), which of the cars listed are supplied to the Northern Ireland Office by the Government Car and Despatch Agency for the use of Ministers and senior officials; and whether they will list the number, type and make of each car.      (HL3315)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 6th July (WA 148), which of the cars listed are supplied to the Cabinet Office for the use of Law Officers and senior officials by the Government Car and Despatch Agency; and whether they will list the number, type and make of each car.      (HL3316)

The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the Acts made by the Scottish Parliament, and give the dates on which they received Royal Assent.      (HL3317)

The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 10th July (HL Deb, col. 9) that the cost of the investigation into the affairs of the Mirror Group was £7.6 million, whether they will provide an analysis of the expenditure to date, including the amounts paid to the two Inspectors.      (HL3318)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to paragraphs 88 and 89 of the Audit Commission Report Another Country, whether they accept that solicitors competent in immigration law are not necessarily competent in asylum law.      (HL3319)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they hold on the proportion of asylum seekers’ children who have been found school places.      (HL3320)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will adjust the performance indicators of schools which take large numbers of asylum seekers’ children to ensure that the school’s statistical record does not suffer as a result.      (HL3321)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who is responsible for finding money for the purchase of school uniforms for asylum seekers’ children.      (HL3322)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will monitor changes in rent levels in areas selected for the dispersal of asylum seekers.      (HL3323)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they accept the finding in paragraph 83 of the Audit Commission Report Another Country that the average time taken for asylum seekers who have received a positive decision on their claim is four to six weeks and that the main reason is delay in obtaining National Insurance numbers; and, if they do not accept this claim, what they consider is the average time, and on what information they base their consideration.      (HL3324)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees what will be the financial saving to the House of Lords of the proposed change in Members’ postal arrangements; and what will be the effect on the staff.      (HL3325)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Ministers will represent the United Kingdom at the meeting of European Union Culture Ministers in Lille 20th to 21st July; and what issues are on the agenda for discussion.      (HL3326)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the approximate total annual cost in the National Health Service of employing an additional (a) 1,000 nurses; (b) 1,000 doctors; and (c) 1,000 specialists.      (HL3327)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the approximate total cost of constructing a 1,000-bed fully equipped hospital including some provision for land.      (HL3328)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the approximate cost of running a 1,000-bed hospital excluding the cost of employing nurses, doctors and specialists.      (HL3329)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in order to satisfy their requirements for an improved performance by the National Health Service, what is their estimate of the number of additional (a) nurses; (b) doctors; (c) specialists; and (d) hospital beds needed.      (HL3330)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their consideration of proposals for raising revenue for transport policies, whether they can estimate the revenue accruing to the French government from French motorway tolls in 1999.      (HL3331)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the Monetary Policy Committee takes into account, when considering the level of interest rates, that in May 2000 the retail price index, excluding mortgage interest payments (RPIX), would have been 1.6 per cent and not 2 per cent if the depreciation component for owner-occupied houses had not been introduced into the index in 1995.      (HL3332)

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] [14th July]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)
    Freedom of Information
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Carers and Disabled Children [14th July]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [20th July]
    Street Works [HL] [14th July]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services
    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    European Parliamentary Elections [HL]
    Transport [17th July]

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    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]
    Government Resources and Accounts [12th July]
    Royal Parks (Trading) [13th July]
    Divorce (Religious Marriages) [HL] [14th July]
    Sea Fishing Grants (Charges)
    Insolvency [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

    Utilities
    Postal Services

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Learning and Skills [HL] [18th July]
    Local Government [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Terrorism
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

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
    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

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]

WEDNESDAY 12TH JULY

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

THURSDAY 13TH JULY

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

FRIDAY 14TH JULY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Colindale

TUESDAY 18TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)4.00 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

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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