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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.

Bills marked § have been set down before the expiry of the recommended minimum interval between stages.

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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 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.

*The Viscount Waverley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the assassination of Brigadier Saunders, Defence Attaché in Athens, they will conduct a worldwide security review for overseas United Kingdom diplomats.

*The Lord Roberts of Conwy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will investigate how the Prime Minister’s memorandum “Touchstone Issues” came into the possession of The Times.

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

†Consolidated Fund (Appropriation) Bill—Second Reading (and remaining stages) [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] (Money Bill)

Cheques (Scotland) Bill [HL]Third Reading [The Viscount Younger of Leckie]

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

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.

†*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how far the aim stated in their Annual Report that “the United Kingdom will continue to offer refuge to those in genuine fear of political persecution in their own country” is compatible with the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.

Carers and Disabled Children Bill—Third Reading [The Baroness Pitkeathley]

†§Football (Disorder) Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty] [24th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

ROYAL ASSENT

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]

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

†‡The Lord Graham of Edmonton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following the publication of the findings of the Ministerial working party on the welfare of park home owners.

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 may be taken this day]

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.

†The Lord Redesdale—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on a referendum about the Western Sahara.

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 18th July, or unanswered after 21 days]

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)

18th July

The Baroness GoudieTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a statement has been made under the Human Rights Act 1998 in connection with the Finance Bill.      (HL3433)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the accounts of the Central Office of Information Trading Fund.      (HL3434)

The Lord Brooks of TremorfaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what overall assessment they have made of local councils’ plans to improve children’s services.      (HL3435)

The Lord ElderTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the response to the consultation on non-food crops launched by the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food on 7th April.      (HL3436)

The Lord ElderTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1999-2000 Annual Report for the Pesticides Safety Directorate.      (HL3437)

The Lord Hughes of WoodsideTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes they intend to make in the presentation of information on the strength of the Armed Forces.      (HL3438)

The Baroness Young of Old SconeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Foreign and Commonwealth Office will publish its next Annual Report on Human Rights.      (HL3439)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulatory cost assessment was carried out by the Health and Safety Commission before it propagated its new regulations for swimming pool lifeguarding; and what account the Commission took of the impact of its proposals on swimming clubs.      (HL3440)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how Luncheon Vouchers are treated (a) for tax purposes and (b) for the purpose of national insurance contributions.      (HL3441)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to encourage the use of the new publication Developing a Global Dimension in the School Curriculum to influence the content of lessons in schools; and, if so, how.      (HL3442)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will now test the tonsil and appendix samples that were rejected from the tests for nvCJD using one of the tests that does not require the sample to be in good condition.      (HL3443)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will offer tonsil biopsies and magnetic resonance scans to any residents of Leicestershire who wish to be assured that they do not have nvCJD.      (HL3444)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (to the nearest month) the date of onset, duration of illness and age at death of the five nvCJD cases in the Leicestershire cluster.      (HL3445)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many children of nvCJD victims have moderate or severe neurological symptoms of unknown origin.      (HL3446)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether all the Leicestershire tonsil and appendix samples taken since 1985 are to be tested for nvCJD; if so, what test will be used on samples that are not in good condition; and, if not, what criteria will be used to exclude samples.      (HL3447)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are (to the nearest month) the date of onset and current age of victims of nvCJD who are still living.      (HL3448)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much was spent on reproductive health by the Department for International Development in each of the years 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999; and within that total how much was spent on protection against and treatment of HIV-AIDS.      (HL3449)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding and support in kind they are contributing to events connected with the visit of the American Bar Association to the United Kingdom this month—

    (a) in the Palace of Westminster; and

    (b) elsewhere in the United Kingdom.      (HL3450)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there is a policy which prevents British Transport Police from attending calls from freight train drivers, such as the attack on train OZ95 on 8th June at Green Lane near Tyne Dock by 20 youths throwing bricks at the driver.      (HL3451)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether British Transport Police has a policy of only attending incidents involving attacks on freight trains after an injury or fatality is reported.      (HL3452)

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the duties of British Transport Police in respect of protecting trains and railway personnel from attack.      (HL3453)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they now have information on how many people have been refused a Sure Start Maternity Grant because they had not taken advice from an approved health professional.      (HL3454)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Annual Report on the Social Fund (Cm. 4755), paragraph 3.7, what was the guidance issued in November 1999 to clarify when crisis loan restrictions should be applied to sanctioned or disallowed jobseekers.      (HL3455)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether the House of Lords is entitled to decide whether or not peers should be allowed to use franked envelopes, similar to those provided for members of the House of Commons, for correspondence on parliamentary business.      (HL3456)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Chairman of Committees what arrangements exist for free postage for peers communicating with (a) other members of the House of Lords, (b) members of the House of Commons, (c) Ministers, (d) Government Departments and (e) other public bodies.      (HL3457)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Chairman of Committees what arrangements exist for free postage to enable members of the House of Lords to send copies of Hansard to members of the public.      (HL3458)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask the Leader of the House which of the existing travelling and other expense allowances for peers can be varied by the House of Lords itself; and which have to be referred to the Senior Salaries Review Body.      (HL3459)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report an updated table showing the number of cases of BSE confirmed in Great Britain during each week of 2000 to date, together with the moving annual total of cases reported for each 52 week period.      (HL3460)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many defendants were remanded in custody for psychiatric reports in the most recent year for which figures are available.      (HL3461)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners were transferred to hospital under sections 47 and 48 of the Mental Health Act 1983 in 1988 and 1999 respectively.      (HL3462)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many court diversion schemes for mentally disordered defendants currently receive central government funding.      (HL3463)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many medium secure psychiatric hospital beds are currently available; and what were the equivalent figures five, ten, fifteen and twenty years ago.      (HL3464)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the planned and current levels of police manpower in Kosova under the authority of United Nations Mission in Kosova (a) in the International Police Force and (b) in the locally recruited police.      (HL3465)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in relation to Kosova, under the authority of United Nations Mission in Kosova—

    (a) whether the civil and criminal courts are now functioning throughout the country;

    (b) whether there is a shortage of judges, and, if so, how many are needed;

    (c) what is the backlog of court cases (if any); and

    (d) whether adequate prisons are available for sentenced criminals.      (HL3466)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether UNMIK has yet been able to bring the Trepca mines in Kosova into production.      (HL3467)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sums were promised in international aid for Kosova and over what period; and what amount has so far been paid.      (HL3468)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the number of households existing on less than half the average weekly income (after housing costs) in each of the last ten years for which figures are available; and what was the average weekly income, after housing costs, in each of the last five years for which figures are available for (a) the poorest tenth of all households and (b) the richest tenth.      (HL3469)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received in regard to priorities in relation to transport from the Joint Committee on Mobility of Blind and Partially Sighted People and member of the Safe Streets Coalition; what reply they are sending; and what action they will be taking.      (HL3470)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what use was made over the most recent five year period for which information is available of the powers of the Home Secretary under section 11(1) of the Probation Service Act 1993 to ensure the proper discharge by Probation Committees of the duties imposed on them by statute.      (HL3471)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what use was made over the most recent five year period for which information is available of the powers of the Home Secretary under section 26 of the Probation Service Act 1993 to make rules regulating community service orders and the supervision of persons subject to probation orders.      (HL3472)

The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any legal advice was given to the senior Royal Air Force officers responsible for reviewing the conclusions of the Board of Inquiry into the accident involving Chinook Helicopter ZD576 on the Mull of Kintyre in 1994.      (HL3473)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support and invest in the proposed upgrade of facilities at Jodrell Bank’s Merlin radio-imaging telescope.      (HL3474)

The Lord Smith of LeighTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to reduce the wide variation in the proportion of general practitioners to population revealed in the recent health statistics.      (HL3475)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether Ofwat’s consultation period on the Kelda proposals, which ends on 17th July, will now be extended to the end of September.      (HL3476)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether detailed financial information on Yorkshire Water will be made available to customers before any decision on the purchase price is agreed.      (HL3477)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what mechanisms will be put in place to ensure that there is genuine independence in negotiating the sale price of Yorkshire Water; and how customers who are buying will be involved as well as shareholders who are selling.      (HL3478)

The Baroness Harris of RichmondTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why it is proposed that the new Registered Community Asset Mutual (RCAM) which is to take over Yorkshire Water Services will contract for the first five years of its operation with Kelda, which will subcontract the work to others; and whether instead the new RCAM could subcontract the work itself from the start.      (HL3479)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish their response to the UK Sport Report on Nandrolone which was published in January.      (HL3480)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in setting up the independent Sports Dispute Resolution Panel; what costs have been incurred by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in setting up and administering the work of the Panel; who are the members of the Panel; what is their remit; and when they began their work.      (HL3481)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 12th July (WA 35) regarding the inquiry into the crash of a Chinook helicopter in the Mull of Kintyre in June 1994, when they confirmed that the flight plan showed no intention by the crew to overfly the Mull of Kintyre; and what were the advantages to the crew (a) in terms of safety and (b) in terms of time saving in overflying the Mull rather than following the original flight plan.      (HL3482)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th July (WA 64), whether under the statutes of the European Investment Bank the sole and exclusive power of nominating presidents and vice-presidents resides with the Bank’s board of directors and not national governments; and, if so, whether they will reconsider their Answer.      (HL3483)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the granting of a visa to the Foreign Minister of the government of Sudan is consistent with the spirit of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1054, 1966.      (HL3484)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the visit by the Foreign Minister of the government of Sudan is consistent with their commitment to a human rights-based foreign policy; and whether they will raise with the Foreign Minister the continuing bombing of civilian targets by the government of Sudan.      (HL3485)

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) [19th July]
    Police (Northern Ireland) [27th July]
    Football (Disorder) [20th 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]
    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]
    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 [26th 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 [20th July]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL] [19th July]
    Street Works [HL] [19th July]

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
    Learning and Skills [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Local Government [HL] [24th July]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
    Terrorism
    Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
    Royal Parks (Trading)
    Care Standards [HL]
    London Local Authorities [HL]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENT IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Social Security Amendment (Students) Regulations 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

WEDNESDAY 19TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
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

TUESDAY 25TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

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)4.10 pm

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.00 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)

 
 
 
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