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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

Items marked are expected to be taken during the dinner adjournment.

MONDAY 17TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

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

The Viscount Younger of Leckie to move, That the order of commitment be discharged.

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

The Lord Peyton of Yeovil 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]

‡Patents Regulations 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 3rd July be approved. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Consumer Protection Act 1987 (Product Liability) (Modification) Order 2000—The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd July be approved. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Vaccine Damage Payments Act 1979 Statutory Sum Order 2000—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 5th July be approved. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

‡Scotland Act 1998 (Consequential Modifications) Order 2000—The Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 7th July be approved. [25th Report from the Joint Committee]

TUESDAY 18TH JULY

        †Introduction—

The Rt. Hon. Sir Richard Scott

          will be introduced as a Lord of Appeal in Ordinary.

*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.

*The Earl Attlee—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect the Bowman project to provide in service an effective replacement for the Army’s Clansman range of radios that is both secure and resistant to electronic warfare.

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

Care Standards Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

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.

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

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

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]

Fur Farming (Prohibition) Bill—Second Reading [The Baroness Hayman]

THURSDAY 20TH JULY

[Prayers will have been read]

*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]

[If the Football (Disorder) Bill is brought from the Commons, Second Reading will be taken this day]

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.

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

Local Government Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons amendments [The Lord Whitty]

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.

‡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.

[It is expected that the Committee stage of the Countryside and Rights of Way Bill will be continued this day]

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.

Insolvency Bill [HL]—Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

‡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.

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

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.

Police (Northern Ireland) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

FRIDAY 28TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

[If the Finance Bill is brought from the Commons all stages will be taken this day]

ROYAL ASSENT

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 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 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.

†The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that in future the Queen’s Speech at the Opening of Parliament is of reasonable length, and, while containing details of the Government’s legislative programme, omits an account of past events.

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 14th July]

The Lord Gordon of StrathblaneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what key targets have been set for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency for the financial year 2000-01.      (HL3394)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the retail price of Allapurinol 300 mg in blister packs of 28 tablets; and how it compares with the price in France of FFr20.30 for 28 tablets.      (HL3395)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the National Health Service is currently paying for Allapurinol 300 mg blister packs of 28 tablets; and how this price compares with the last available price it was paying for loose packed tablets.      (HL3396)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Health Service can still purchase loose packet tablets of Allapurinol 300 mg; and, if so, at what price.      (HL3397)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what price the National Health Service will pay, under the new regulations on the purchase of generic medicines, for Allapurinol 300 mg in blister packs of 28 tablets; how that price will compare with the current retail price; and by what percentage the new price would differ from the current retail price.      (HL3398)

The Lord TurnbergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chief Medical Officer’s report on Therapeutic Cloning will become available.      (HL3399)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 12th July (WA 35) on the Chinook helicopter ZD576, whether they will now say “whether there were any advantages in terms of safety or of time in overflying the Mull of Kintyre rather than following the original flight plan”.      (HL3400)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Strategic Communications Unit was involved in the preparation of the Government’s Annual Report; and whether they consider that involvement, insofar as it exists, to be satisfactory.      (HL3401)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent and from which companies, if any, commercial sponsorship has been used to defray the costs of preparation, publication and distribution of the Government’s Annual Report.      (HL3402)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the observation of the Leader of the House that the Annual Report was written by civil servants and is “a wholly official document” (HL Deb, 12th July, col. 395), from which Government Departments the civil servants who prepared the document were drawn.      (HL3403)

The Lord Bishop of WakefieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient opportunity has been given by Ofwat to the people of Yorkshire to express their views regarding the sale of Yorkshire Water.      (HL3404)

The Lord Sanderson of BowdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to stop the practice of drift netting at sea off the coast of North East England, bearing in mind the estimated catch of salmon by such methods in 1999.      (HL3405)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

14TH JULY 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

    [As amended on 19th June]

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)

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)

28th June

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)

29th June

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 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 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 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 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)

3rd July

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 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 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)

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 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 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—

    (a) building and running more prisons;

    (b) recruiting more police officers;

    (c) installing closed circuit television;

    (d) drug treatment programmes; or

    (e) programmes of social and educational support for young people at risk, especially those leaving care or excluded from school.      (HL3188)

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)

    [As amended on 5th July]

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 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 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—

    (a) what are the procedures in the Inland Revenue to protect citizens having details of their private tax situation published to outsiders;

    (b) whether these procedures were followed when the details of Lord Levy’s taxes were revealed to outsiders, and, if not, why not; and

    (c) what action is being taken to ensure that this occurrence is not repeated.      (HL3224)

6th July

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 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 , 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 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 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 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 Members of the House of Lords is composed of—

    (a) men of Afro Caribbean ethnic origin;

    (b) women of Afro Caribbean ethnic origin;

    (c) men of Asian ethnic origin; and

    (d) women of Asian ethnic origin.      (HL3254)

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 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—

      (a) the number of acts of vandalism; and

      (b) the number of convictions for acts of vandalism,

      against the railway.      (HL3261)

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

      (a) Ministers in the United Kingdom Government;

      (b) Ministers in the Scottish Executive;

      (c) Assembly secretaries in Wales; and

      (d) Ministers in the Northern Ireland executive.      (HL3262)

    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)

    10th July

    The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in respect of the EU Document “Preliminary Draft Budget 2001, Volume 0, General Introduction (Provisional version—May 2000)”, they will issue an amendment to their Explanatory Memorandum of 3rd July (Glossary) setting out a detailed commentary on, and explanation of, the textual introduction at page 3 of the Budget, and, in particular, the following terms—

      (a) “Activity-based Budgeting (ABB)”;

      (b) “Activity-based Management”;

      (c) “top-down budgeting”;

      (d) “quantitative guidelines”;

      (e) “the Commission’s twenty-nine policy areas”;

      (f) “priorities expressed by Parliament”;

      (g) “the employment proposal linked to the new economy”;

      (h) “overview of all the various resources”; and

      (i) “major exercise of matching human resources to activities”;

      and their collective interpretation.      (HL3277)

    The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will indicate what arrangements have been made, or will be made, for consideration to be given by each House of Parliament to the EU Document “Preliminary Draft Budget 2001”, together with the Explanatory Memorandum thereon; the Report of House of Commons Standing Committee B thereon (No. 21337); and their answer to HL3277.      (HL3278)

    The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to encourage the International Maritime Organisation to introduce a total prohibition on the use of tributylin (TBT) anti-fouling paint on commercial vessels; and when they expect such a ban to come into effect.      (HL3279)

    The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the absence of a world-wide prohibition on the use of tributylin (TBT) anti-fouling paint on commercial vessels, they will support such a prohibition on all ships entering European ports.      (HL3280)

    The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that ill-treatment of foreign migrant workers should be dealt with as a manifestation of racism by the United Nations World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in September 2001; and, if so, what analysis of this phenomenon they will assist or promote.      (HL3283)

    The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they possess any information on the proportion of young offenders who at the time of offending were—

      (a) residing in the parental home;

      (b) in care;

      (c) in other accommodation; and

      (d) homeless.      (HL3284)

    The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Youth Justice Board collects information on the financial means of support available to young offenders at the time of offending.      (HL3285)

    The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask the Chairman of Committees—

      (a) who are the members of the Advisory Panel on Works of Art;

      (b) how often the Panel meets; and

      (c) when the Panel last met.      (HL3286)

    The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many states owning chemical weapons have complied with their obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (1993); how many have not; and whether they think that Russia will be able to meet its next deadline of 29th April 2002, with or without assistance.      (HL3287)

    The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, on humanitarian grounds, they are taking up with the government of Yemen the case of Mr Mohamed Omer Haji, a Somali refugee, facing possible execution for apostasy from Islam.      (HL3288)

    The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many boys and girls were resident in each of the Training Schools in Northern Ireland at the most recent date.      (HL3289)

    The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to Lisnevin Training School, Northern Ireland, how many of those detained were on remand and what has been, in practice, the average length of time spent on remand during the past three years; and, in cases where young people were being held by order of a court, what were the maximum and minimum periods of detention and training ordered during the last three years.      (HL3290)

    The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many hours per week of education have been provided for those detained at Lisnevin Training School, Northern Ireland, in each of the last three years; whether education is provided throughout the year, or only during school terms; whether training is available in addition to education; and, if so, for how many hours per week.      (HL3291)

    The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to provide bodyguards for the children of the Prime Minister.      (HL3292)

    The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the projected increases in (a) the prison population; and (b) recorded crime over the next five years.      (HL3293)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 28th June (WA 88), what approximately would have been the retail price index excluding mortgage interest payments (RPIX) in May 2000 if the depreciation component of the retail price index for owner-occupied houses had not been introduced in 1995, but had been introduced in (a) 1985 and (b) 1950.      (HL3294)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 28th June (WA 88), how much has the price of owner-occupied homes appreciated (a) since May 1985 and (b) since May 1950.      (HL3295)

    The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government in which companies, since 1980, the Government has held a golden share; and in which companies they still hold a golden share.      (HL3296)

    The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the number of new jobs created by the New Deal in 1998 and 1999; and what is their estimate for the year 2000.      (HL3297)

    The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many visits the Personal Investment Authority has made to independent financial advisers in the last twelve months for the purposes of—

      (a) ordinary compliance checks; and

      (b) pensions review monitoring,

      and from those visits, how much money has been gathered in fines for breaches of the regulations in relation to—

      (a) ordinary compliance; and

      (b) pensions misselling.      (HL3298)

    The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees, further to his Written Answer on 10th July, on how many square feet the House of Lords will pay £33.50 per square foot for the lease of 7 Little College Street and Millbank House.      (HL3299)

    11th July

    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 to gain access to Social Security benefits 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)

      [As amended on 13th July]

    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)

    12th July

    The Baroness Howells of St DavidsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the United Nations have introduced an embargo on the import of rough diamonds from Sierra Leone.      (HL3336)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support the commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the Battle of El Alamein in 2002.      (HL3337)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which training subjects are currently being reviewed by the Ministry of Defence Training Scheme.      (HL3338)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which infantry battalions have not carried out primary role infantry training at battalion and formation level during the last five years and the last ten years.      (HL3339)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the cost of building new barracks in the United Kingdom; and whether it would help the Ministry of Defence budgetary problems if units remained in British Forces Germany.      (HL3340)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many operational aircraft by type are grounded due to a shortage of pilots.      (HL3341)

    The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they will not give a £7,500 bounty to any serviceman or woman who has to carry out a second six month unaccompanied tour within a twenty-four month period.      (HL3342)

    The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what numbers and species of birds have been reported to have been killed by wind farms in 1997, 1998 and 1999.      (HL3343)

    The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 27th June (WA 66) in relation to the advertisement for the post of the Lieutenant Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey, what was the cost of advertising and interviewing candidates for this post.      (HL3344)

    The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any people other than service people and diplomats have been interviewed for the post of Lieutenant Governor of the Bailiwick of Guernsey; and whether there have been any female candidates.      (HL3345)

    The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th July (WA 28), whether the Welsh Office will follow other Departments by stating which cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency are for use by Ministers and senior officials in the Welsh Office; and what are the numbers, types and makes of vehicles used.      (HL3346)

    The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton on 11th July (WA 28), what are the security reasons preventing the release of the details of the cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency to the Welsh Office; and why these reasons do not apply to other Government Departments.      (HL3347)

    The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 11th July (WA 25), which cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency are for the use of Ministers and senior officials in the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and what are the numbers, types and makes of the vehicles used.      (HL3348)

    The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 11th July (WA 20), what is the form of the inquiry being undertaken into the disclosure of a telegram from H M Ambassador to Japan; when the inquiry is expected to report; and whether its findings will be made public.      (HL3349)

    The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the date when the Secretary of State for Education made the decision to close Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol.      (HL3350)

    The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, will help to reduce the number of accidents to children travelling to and from school.      (HL3351)

    The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had concerning the playing fields of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol.      (HL3352)

    The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many British military cemeteries are situated in Sudan; where they are located; and how many British and Commonwealth war graves are to be found in these cemeteries.      (HL3353)

    The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how often, and on what occasions, British Embassy officials visit British military cemeteries in Sudan; and when was the last such visit.      (HL3354)

    The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how frequently the Commonwealth War Graves Commission visits British military cemeteries in Sudan.      (HL3355)

    The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received about the Belize-Guatemala border dispute.      (HL3356)

    The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what have been the annual budgets of the British Council since 1990; and what projects have been funded by the British Council in Sudan since 1996.      (HL3357)

    The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to increase funding for English language learning projects in Sudan.      (HL3358)

    The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the role of the Countryside Agency as distinct from other Government Agencies.      (HL3359)

    The Lord PalmerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much it costs annually to fund the Countryside Agency.      (HL3360)

    The Lord Brougham and VauxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 28th June 1999 (WA 6), what plans they now have for the future of 2 Marsham Street.      (HL3361)

    The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many public appointments the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is authorised to make; and how many of those posts are vacant.      (HL3362)

    13th July

    The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when their Response to the Defence, Foreign Affairs, International Development and Trade and Industry Committees Report (HC225) on the 1997 and 1998 Annual Reports on Strategic Export Controls will be published.      (HL3369)

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they expect “Plan Colombia” to contribute to peace and stability in Colombia.      (HL3370)

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether “Plan Colombia” is essentially military in purpose; whether it addresses adequately economic and social issues; whether it deals with corruption in official quarters and with the need to ensure accountability and professionalism in the armed services; and whether there was wide enough consultation in its preparation.      (HL3371)

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the response of the United Kingdom and the European Union to requests for support for “Plan Colombia”.      (HL3372)

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their long term plans for a coordinated approach to combating the globally adverse economic and social effects of existing levels of carbon emissions; and whether taxation policies, investment in energy conservation, effective encouragement of renewable energy resources and support for research into the conversation of solar radiation into electricity will be part of such plans.      (HL3373)

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their estimates of the implications for long term peace and security in the Middle East of the reported development by Israel of a sea-launched cruise missile with the capability of carrying a nuclear weapon.      (HL3374)

    The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are on the home based and overseas staff of the Department for International Development; how many people are on the Brussels-based and overseas staff of the European Commission covering comparable work; and what is the current size of the Department for International Development budget and that of the European Union for comparable work.      (HL3375)

    The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the number of families receiving a disability living allowance for children who have been designated as having special needs mainly because of, or including, emotional behavioural difficulties, has increased or decreased over the past five years; and by how much, in (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; and (d) Northern Ireland.      (HL3376)

    The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many families are receiving a disability living allowance for children who have been designated as having special educational needs mainly because of, or including, emotional behavioural difficulties, in (a) England; (b) Wales; (c) Scotland; and (d) Northern Ireland.      (HL3377)

    The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to arrange the independent observation of the trial of Mr Miroslav Filipovic, journalist, starting in Serbia on 25th July, before a military court.      (HL3378)

    The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to discourage investment by political parties in the arms industry.      (HL3379)

    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 cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency are for the use of Ministers and senior officials in the Home Office; and what are the numbers, types and makes of the vehicles used.      (HL3380)

    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 cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency are for the use of Ministers and senior officials in the Home Office; and what are the numbers, types and makes of the vehicles used.      (HL3381)

    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 cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency are for the use of Ministers and senior officials in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; and what is the number, type and make of each vehicle.      (HL3382)

    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 cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency are for the use of Ministers and senior officials in the Ministry of Defence; and what are the numbers, types and makes of the vehicles used.      (HL3383)

    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 cars supplied by the Government Car and Despatch Agency are for the use of Ministers and senior officials in the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions; and what is the number, type and make of each vehicle.      (HL3384)

    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 cars are supplied to each Department by the Government Car and Despatch Agency, including the Cabinet Office; and what is the number, type and make of each vehicle.      (HL3385)

    The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have had with the government of Bahrain about the report by the Bar Human Rights Committee and the Parliamentary Human Rights Court on the State Security Courts; and what assistance they have offered on reform of judicial procedures in Bahrain.      (HL3386)

    The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the plans by the government of Bahrain to hold elections to the Shura Council in 2004, and to give the Shura Council legislative powers, they will offer the government of Bahrain technical assistance in drafting the law on elections and in training the staff who will serve the legislature.      (HL3387)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Ministry of Defence considered the Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC) system for the Chinook Mk2 to be flight safety critical at the time of the Mull of Kintyre crash in 1994.      (HL3388)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the weight restriction imposed on the Chinook Mk2 in 1994 would have protected the aircraft from any safety-related problem in the event of an engine surge due to a Full Authority Digital Electronic Control (FADEC)-related problem.      (HL3389)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the ground speed on impact of Royal Air Force Chinook ZD576 as determined by the Air Accident Investigation Branch.      (HL3390)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who was the Controller Aircraft who granted an Initial CA Release for the Chinook Mk2; and who was the then Assistant Chief of the Air Staff.      (HL3391)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government who was Air Officer Commander in Chief on 6th June 1994.      (HL3392)

    The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 11th July (WA 21), whether they will now publish in the Official Report the amount of money which was raised in the last financial year from tobacco-related taxes; and, if not, why not.      (HL3393)

    14th July

    The Lord Gordon of StrathblaneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what key targets have been set for the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency for the financial year 2000-01.      (HL3394)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the retail price of Allapurinol 300 mg in blister packs of 28 tablets; and how it compares with the price in France of FFr20.30 for 28 tablets.      (HL3395)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the National Health Service is currently paying for Allapurinol 300 mg blister packs of 28 tablets; and how this price compares with the last available price it was paying for loose packed tablets.      (HL3396)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the National Health Service can still purchase loose packet tablets of Allapurinol 300 mg; and, if so, at what price.      (HL3397)

    The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what price the National Health Service will pay, under the new regulations on the purchase of generic medicines, for Allapurinol 300 mg in blister packs of 28 tablets; how that price will compare with the current retail price; and by what percentage the new price would differ from the current retail price.      (HL3398)

    The Lord TurnbergTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chief Medical Officer’s report on Therapeutic Cloning will become available.      (HL3399)

    The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 12th July (WA 35) on the Chinook helicopter ZD576, whether they will now say “whether there were any advantages in terms of safety or of time in overflying the Mull of Kintyre rather than following the original flight plan”.      (HL3400)

    The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Strategic Communications Unit was involved in the preparation of the Government’s Annual Report; and whether they consider that involvement, insofar as it exists, to be satisfactory.      (HL3401)

    The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent and from which companies, if any, commercial sponsorship has been used to defray the costs of preparation, publication and distribution of the Government’s Annual Report.      (HL3402)

    The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the observation of the Leader of the House that the Annual Report was written by civil servants and is “a wholly official document” (HL Deb, 12th July, col. 395), from which Government Departments the civil servants who prepared the document were drawn.      (HL3403)

    The Lord Bishop of WakefieldTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether sufficient opportunity has been given by Ofwat to the people of Yorkshire to express their views regarding the sale of Yorkshire Water.      (HL3404)

    The Lord Sanderson of BowdenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to stop the practice of drift netting at sea off the coast of North East England, bearing in mind the estimated catch of salmon by such methods in 1999.      (HL3405)

    BILLS IN PROGRESS

    [The date in square brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]

    Waiting for Second Reading

      Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
      Healthcare Services [HL]
      Disqualifications
      European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
      Psychotherapy [HL]
      Fur Farming (Prohibition) [19th July]
      Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) (Money Bill-11th July)
      Police (Northern Ireland) [27th July]

    Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee

      Colchester Borough Council [HL] [5th October]

    Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

      Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
      Cheques (Scotland) [HL] [17th July]
      Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
      Sexual Offences (Amendment)
      Freedom of Information
      Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
      Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
      Countryside and Rights of Way [20th July]
      Street Works [HL] [17th July]
      Criminal Justice and Court Services
      Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)
      Licensing (Young Persons)

    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]
      Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL]

    Waiting for Third Reading

      European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
      Child Support, Pensions and Social Security [19th July]
      Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) [24th July]
      Insolvency [HL] [26th July]
      Television Licences (Disclosure of Information) [19th July]
      Regulation of Investigatory Powers [19th July]
      Carers and Disabled Children

    Sent to the Commons

      Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
      Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
      Census (Amendment) [HL]
      Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
      Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
      Trustee [HL]
      Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
      Divorce (Religious Marriages) [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
      Government Resources and Accounts

    Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

      Learning and Skills [HL] [18th July]
      Local Government [HL] [24th July]
      Care Standards [HL] [18th July]

    Waiting for Royal Assent

      Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
      Terrorism
      Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
      Royal Parks (Trading)
      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 Social Security Amendment (Students) Regulations 2000
      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]

    TUESDAY 18TH 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)
    Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)4.00 pm
    (Aircraft Cabin Environment)
    Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
    European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

    WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

    Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
    Science and Technology (Select Committee)10.45 am
    European Union (Sub-Committee D)3.15 pm
    European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
    European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.15 pm
    House of Lords’ Offices Committee4.15 pm
    in the Moses Room

    THURSDAY 20TH JULY

    European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

    THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER

    Colchester Borough Council,10.30 am
    Unopposed Bill Committeein the Moses Room

    TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

    Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)4.15 pm

     
     
     
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