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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.

MONDAY 24TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

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

*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.

*The Lord Greaves—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their intended timetable for the introduction of elected regional government in England.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 49 (Commons Bills, if not taken up in twelve sitting days, to be dropped and not to be further proceeded with except after eight days’ notice) be dispensed with to allow the second reading of the Disqualifications Bill to be taken on Thursday next.

†Standing Orders (Private Business)—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Standing Orders relating to Private Business be amended as follows:

Table of Fees

Line 2, leave out “£3,500” and insert “£4,000”

Line 3, leave out “£3,500” and insert “£4,000”

Line 23, leave out “£3,500” and insert “£4,000”

Line 29, leave out “£1,750” and insert “£2,000”

Line 36, leave out “£1,750” and insert “£2,000”

Line 41, leave out “£1.40” and insert “£1.60”

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

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

†§Football (Disorder) Bill—Committee [The Lord Bassam of Brighton] [26th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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.

†Statutory Instruments—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Lea of Crondall be appointed a member of the Joint Committee in the place of the Lord Walker of Doncaster.

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty] [24th and 26th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY

*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

†[Prayers will have been read]

*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]

†§Finance Bill—Second Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

†Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure—The Lord Bishop of Manchester to move, That this House do direct that, in accordance with the Church of England Assembly (Powers) Act 1919, the Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) Measure be presented to Her Majesty for the Royal Assent.

WEDNESDAY 27TH SEPTEMBER

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

THURSDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER

†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.

†[If the Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) (No.2) Bill is brought from the Commons, Second Reading will 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 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.

The Lord Parekh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the Human Rights Act 1998, they will amend the law so as to allow Members of the House of Lords to vote in parliamentary elections.

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 20th July]

The Lord Brooks of TremorfaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce their conclusions based on the response received to Fit For The Future.      (HL3514)

The Lord Brooks of TremorfaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls for 1999.      (HL3515)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace the current application forms for foreign nationals wishing to apply for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.      (HL3516)

The Lord Evans of WatfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to allocate the money recently agreed for police forces in rural areas in the current year.      (HL3517)

The Lord Clarke of HampsteadTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will meet urgent expenditure relating to the National Probation Service for England and Wales subsequent to the enactment of the Criminal Justice and Court Service Bill.      (HL3518)

The Lord HaskelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be introducing a decommissioning scheme for fishing vessels.      (HL3519)

The Lord Murray of Epping ForestTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce the outcome of the Invitation to Tender for the Criminal Records Bureau Information Systems and Services.      (HL3520)

The Lord GrenfellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to place in the Library of the House the 1999 Report by Dame Elizabeth Anson, the Independent Monitor, relating to the refusal of Entry Clearance where there is no right of appeal.      (HL3521)

The Baroness ThorntonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Government Property Lawyers Report and Accounts for 1997-98 will be published.      (HL3522)

The Baroness Massey of DarwenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make available to the House the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period ending 31st December 1999 of the New Millennium Experience Company.      (HL3523)

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish updated statistics to fulfil the undertaking given in the Children Act Report 1995-99.      (HL3524)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, with regard to the proposed changes to the 1994 Special Educational Needs Regulations and Code of Practice, there is any change in meaning or legal duty intended in the change of terminology whereby in both draft documents the word “specify” is replaced with the words “set out”.      (HL3525)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal in the new Draft Code of Practice on the Assessment of Children with Special Educational Needs to replace the word “specify” with the words “set out” in both the Special Educational Needs Regulations and the Code is intended to change the current legal position whereby special educational provision specified in a statement should normally be quantified (as per the advice in paragraph 4:28of the existing Code and the judgment in L v. Clarke and Somerset County Council 1998).      (HL3526)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to amend section 324(3)(b) of the Education Act 1996 to remove local education authorities’ duty to “specify” special education provision in a statement and replace it with the duty to “set out” special educational provision, in order to bring the Act in line with the proposed new regulations.      (HL3527)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the text of the legal advice on which the Department of Social Security is basing its opinion that there is no difference in meaning between the word “specify”, as this is used in the Schedule (Part B) to the Education (Special Educational Needs) Regulations 1994 and the words “set out”, which they propose as a replacement for “specify” in the amended Regulations.      (HL3528)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the list of voluntary organisations and parents’ groups who have been sent the consultation draft of the new Code of Practice on Special Educational Needs.      (HL3529)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask Forest Enterprise, which produces 60 per cent of United Kingdom coniferous timber, to reduce the volume they produce annually, in the interests of obtaining better prices for all producers.      (HL3530)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Government bills have been laid before Parliament since the beginning of the present Session; how many of these have been sponsored by the Home Office; and, of those sponsored by the Home Office, how many are currently before Parliament.      (HL3531)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Highways Agency has made in its study to identify the legal, fiscal and institutional issues involved in making changes to abnormal load movement procedures on the trunk road network.      (HL3532)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement, what was the undertaking of the United Kingdom government in respect of financing the purchase of commercial farms in Zimbabwe for African settlement; how much of the undertaking was fulfilled and at what cost; if it was not completed, what were the reasons; and, if so, what is the potential cost of fulfilling the remainder of the undertaking.      (HL3533)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have introduced a legal requirement for providing detailed written reasons for the detention of asylum seekers; and, if not, when they will do so.      (HL3534)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 29th June (WA 100), whether they accept that delays in the processing of applications for the export of essential medical equipment to Iraq by recognised charities have occurred, and are still occurring, regardless of United Nations sanctions.      (HL3535)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the conclusion of a new report by Christian Aid that despite promises by the Government to cancel 100 per cent of the debt of the poorest countries, less than 4 per cent had been delivered in time for the G8 Summit in Okinawa.      (HL3536)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the report of the Treasury enquiry into long-term care insurance; and whether it will be published.      (HL3537)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £3 million budget for the Best Practice Research Scholarships programme for teachers has been allocated; and how much was applied for—

    (a) by individuals; and

    (b) by organisations.      (HL3538)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of Gross National Product has been spent on official overseas aid and development programmes in each of the past five years; what proportion it is now anticipated will be so spent in each of the next five years; and when it is expected that the 0.7 per cent of Gross National Product target will be met.      (HL3539)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of anticipated official overseas aid and development expenditure in each of the next five years will be earmarked for debt relief.      (HL3540)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those days during the year 2000 to date when services on the Circle Line of London Underground have been interrupted or suspended for more than a one hour period, indicating the cause of the interruption or suspension in each case.      (HL3541)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that London Underground is providing a satisfactory service on the Circle Line; and, if not, what action they propose to take to see that it is improved.      (HL3542)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the findings of the Committee chaired by Dr Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, into the cloning of human embryos; what timetable they are working to in framing their response; whether they will seek further evidence, especially on the use of adult stem cells as an alternative to the use of stem cells from human embryos; and whether they will publish the Donaldson report.      (HL3543)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enable both Houses of Parliament to debate the scientific and ethical questions which arise from the findings of the Donaldson Committee into human cloning; and whether any use of human embryos for the manufacture of clones will require amendment to the 1991 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act or whether such authorisation may be permitted by licence without fresh Parliamentary authority.      (HL3544)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to change the law which has allowed scientists at Sheffield University to import embryonic stem cells from Wisconsin; what is being done to monitor the use to which these cells are being put and to prevent further trafficking in embryonic stem cells.      (HL3545)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the impact of embryonic stem cell tissue accords with the findings of the Polkinghorne Committee’s recommendations, which were accepted by the previous administration.      (HL3546)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were aware that Sheffield University had decided to import embryonic stem cell tissues; and whether Sheffield University consulted the Department of Health or the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in advance of their action.      (HL3547)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ban the import of stem cell tissues derived from human embryos obtained illegally or against currently agreed ethical principles, as they have done in the case of the import of animal products obtained illegally or against currently agreed ethical principles.      (HL3548)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Baroness Scotland of Asthal will write to the Lord Lamont of Lerwick as she undertook to do on 29th June, following her answer about the International Criminal Court (HL Deb, col. 1064) when she replied to a question about Angola with an answer about Rwanda.      (HL3549)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

20TH JULY 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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 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)

29th June

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)

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 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)

3rd July

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 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)

4th 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)

5th July

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 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)

6th July

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 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 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 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)

7th July

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 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 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)

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 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 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 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 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 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 (WA 8), 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 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 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 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 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 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, 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 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 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 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)

13th July

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 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)

17th July

The Lord BrookmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action the United Nations Secretary-General has taken to look into breaches of United Nations sanctions against the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).      (HL3414)

The Lord SwinfenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will answer question HL3219 tabled on 5th July before any crops referred to in the question are harvested and available to enter the food chain.      (HL3415)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to undertake any new initiatives on the dangers to health of passive smoking.      (HL3416)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what encouragement they give to private organisations to operate a “no smoking policy” in their workplaces.      (HL3417)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake an education programme designed to discourage smoking in the catering industry.      (HL3418)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with plans to mark the bi-centenary in 2001 of the creation of the United Kingdom; and what is their response to proposals already submitted.      (HL3419)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many sentences of imprisonment by magistrates have been declared unlawful by the High Court since 1992 involving—

    (a) council tax default;

    (b) community charge default;

    (c) fines default; and

    (d) fathers in default of payments ordered by the Child Support Agency;

    and how many cases have been reviewed by the High Court in each category.      (HL3420)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many applications for compensation for unlawful imprisonment have been made to the European Court of Human Rights involving—

    (a) council tax default;

    (b) community charge default;

    (c) fines default; and

    (d) fathers in default of payments ordered by the Child Support Agency.      (HL3421)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which of their policies for minimum incomes and health specifically address the need to reduce widening inequality in the expectation of life between unskilled workers and professional workers.      (HL3422)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking with the other Member States of the European Union to reduce inequality in the expectation of life between unskilled workers and professional workers.      (HL3423)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when investigating the Leicestershire nvCJD cluster, particular attention will be paid to investigations of hospital and general practitioner records to find whether injectible medical products of bovine origin were a common factor.      (HL3424)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any rabies vaccines available in the United Kingdom are prepared using nervous tissue from a species known to harbour a Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy.      (HL3425)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it would be a reasonable precaution against developments in the nvCJD outbreak for the Government to establish which injectible medical products in current use in the United Kingdom use bovine or ovine material in their preparation.      (HL3426)

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 for all victims of the nvCJD outbreak.      (HL3427)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have been provided with any samples by the United States Department of Agriculture from the recent sheep Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy outbreak in Vermont; and, if not, whether they expect to receive any such samples.      (HL3428)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask the Chairman of Committees what is the ethnic minority and gender breakdown of the staff of the House of Lords at all grades.      (HL3429)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Paymaster General, when launching the Government’s Annual Report in Bristol on 13th July, explained how the closure of Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, improved the educational opportunities of the children of Knowle West.      (HL3430)

18th July

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 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 organisations of the Safe Streets Coalition; what reply they are sending; and what action they will be taking.      (HL3470)

    [As amended on 5th July]

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, 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)

    [As amended on 19th July]

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)

19th July

The Lord TomlinsonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to announce the winning bid for the future use of the Millennium Dome at Greenwich.      (HL3493)

The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the impact, if any, on the United Kingdom economy of the turmoil in the financial markets of the Far East which began with devaluation of the Thai baht in July 1997.      (HL3495)

The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they are ensuring that the ethnic minority and faith communities are being involved in the public consultation on their New Sex and Relationship Education Guidance published on 7th July.      (HL3496)

The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne DomerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any circumstances in which the use of agricultural land for Farm Scale Evaluation would require planning permission from the relevant local authority.      (HL3497)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the G8 states to strengthen the World Health Organisation’s work for the containment of AIDS and the prevention of other diseases.      (HL3498)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of their proposed increase in overseas development aid will be devoted to (a) debt relief and (b) the prevention and treatment of AIDS, and assistance to children orphaned as a result of AIDS and other causes.      (HL3499)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recruitment and retention of Medicine Laboratory Scientific Officers (MLSOs) is falling; how many unfilled vacancies there are; and whether a contributing cause of the problem is the level of starting salary for a science graduate MLSO.      (HL3500)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the remuneration of Medicine Laboratory Scientific Officers should be considered by the appropriate National Health Service Review Body.      (HL3501)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the recent increase in spending on transport in their Spending Review 2000, they will now give priority to the dualling of the A1 trunk road in north Northumberland.      (HL3502)

The Baroness LockwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the final figures for the Artificial Limb Services for the years 1998-99 and 1999-2000; and what are the estimates for the years 2000-01 and 2001-02.      (HL3503)

The Lord RoperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the statement in Box 12.1 of the Spending Review 2000, which limits the area of potential deployment of the future forces available to the European Union to “in and around Europe”, represents an explicit agreement with European Union partners or an assumption of the Government.      (HL3504)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the provisions of section 9 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 operate fairly in relation to British soldiers under NATO command.      (HL3506)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take steps to ensure the continued availability of magistrates’ courts within the Montgomeryshire part of the County of Powys.      (HL3507)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make it their policy to ensure that any arrangements made in Wales for the appointment of a Children’s Commissioner will achieve the impartial representation of the interests of children living in Wales, together with the ability to pursue individual cases; and in addition the establishment of a Commission to advocate and lobby in the general interests of children.      (HL3508)

The Lord Carlile of BerriewTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any proposals to improve and define the availability of access to rivers and canals for bona fide canoeists including members of canoeing clubs and of educational courses.      (HL3509)

The Lord Bruce of DoningtonTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether work to improve the acoustics of House of Lords’ committee rooms can be started without delay.      (HL3510)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will give an account of all their contacts and discussions with members of the Bishop’s Bench regarding guidance and legislation concerning principles of sex education in schools in a form which will enable members of the House of Lords to respond adequately to correspondence from Christian and other groups.      (HL3511)

20th July

The Lord Brooks of TremorfaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce their conclusions based on the response received to Fit For The Future.      (HL3514)

The Lord Brooks of TremorfaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish their Annual Report on Strategic Export Controls for 1999.      (HL3515)

The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to replace the current application forms for foreign nationals wishing to apply for leave to remain in the United Kingdom.      (HL3516)

The Lord Evans of WatfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to allocate the money recently agreed for police forces in rural areas in the current year.      (HL3517)

The Lord Clarke of HampsteadTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will meet urgent expenditure relating to the National Probation Service for England and Wales subsequent to the enactment of the Criminal Justice and Court Service Bill.      (HL3518)

The Lord HaskelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will be introducing a decommissioning scheme for fishing vessels.      (HL3519)

The Lord Murray of Epping ForestTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will announce the outcome of the Invitation to Tender for the Criminal Records Bureau Information Systems and Services.      (HL3520)

The Lord GrenfellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to place in the Library of the House the 1999 Report by Dame Elizabeth Anson, the Independent Monitor, relating to the refusal of Entry Clearance where there is no right of appeal.      (HL3521)

The Baroness ThorntonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Government Property Lawyers Report and Accounts for 1997-98 will be published.      (HL3522)

The Baroness Massey of DarwenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make available to the House the Annual Report and Financial Statements for the period ending 31st December 1999 of the New Millennium Experience Company.      (HL3523)

The Lord Morris of Castle MorrisTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish updated statistics to fulfil the undertaking given in the Children Act Report 1995-99.      (HL3524)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, with regard to the proposed changes to the 1994 Special Educational Needs Regulations and Code of Practice, there is any change in meaning or legal duty intended in the change of terminology whereby in both draft documents the word “specify” is replaced with the words “set out”.      (HL3525)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposal in the new Draft Code of Practice on the Assessment of Children with Special Educational Needs to replace the word “specify” with the words “set out” in both the Special Educational Needs Regulations and the Code is intended to change the current legal position whereby special educational provision specified in a statement should normally be quantified (as per the advice in paragraph 4:28of the existing Code and the judgment in L v. Clarke and Somerset County Council 1998).      (HL3526)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to amend section 324(3)(b) of the Education Act 1996 to remove local education authorities’ duty to “specify” special education provision in a statement and replace it with the duty to “set out” special educational provision, in order to bring the Act in line with the proposed new regulations.      (HL3527)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the text of the legal advice on which the Department of Social Security is basing its opinion that there is no difference in meaning between the word “specify”, as this is used in the Schedule (Part B) to the Education (Special Educational Needs) Regulations 1994 and the words “set out”, which they propose as a replacement for “specify” in the amended Regulations.      (HL3528)

The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide the list of voluntary organisations and parents’ groups who have been sent the consultation draft of the new Code of Practice on Special Educational Needs.      (HL3529)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask Forest Enterprise, which produces 60 per cent of United Kingdom coniferous timber, to reduce the volume they produce annually, in the interests of obtaining better prices for all producers.      (HL3530)

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many Government bills have been laid before Parliament since the beginning of the present Session; how many of these have been sponsored by the Home Office; and, of those sponsored by the Home Office, how many are currently before Parliament.      (HL3531)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress the Highways Agency has made in its study to identify the legal, fiscal and institutional issues involved in making changes to abnormal load movement procedures on the trunk road network.      (HL3532)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the 1979 Lancaster House Agreement, what was the undertaking of the United Kingdom government in respect of financing the purchase of commercial farms in Zimbabwe for African settlement; how much of the undertaking was fulfilled and at what cost; if it was not completed, what were the reasons; and, if so, what is the potential cost of fulfilling the remainder of the undertaking.      (HL3533)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have introduced a legal requirement for providing detailed written reasons for the detention of asylum seekers; and, if not, when they will do so.      (HL3534)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 29th June (WA 100), whether they accept that delays in the processing of applications for the export of essential medical equipment to Iraq by recognised charities have occurred, and are still occurring, regardless of United Nations sanctions.      (HL3535)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they agree with the conclusion of a new report by Christian Aid that despite promises by the Government to cancel 100 per cent of the debt of the poorest countries, less than 4 per cent had been delivered in time for the G8 Summit in Okinawa.      (HL3536)

The Lord LipseyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to receive the report of the Treasury enquiry into long-term care insurance; and whether it will be published.      (HL3537)

The Baroness WalmsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the £3 million budget for the Best Practice Research Scholarships programme for teachers has been allocated; and how much was applied for—

    (a) by individuals; and

    (b) by organisations.      (HL3538)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of Gross National Product has been spent on official overseas aid and development programmes in each of the past five years; what proportion it is now anticipated will be so spent in each of the next five years; and when it is expected that the 0.7 per cent of Gross National Product target will be met.      (HL3539)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of anticipated official overseas aid and development expenditure in each of the next five years will be earmarked for debt relief.      (HL3540)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list those days during the year 2000 to date when services on the Circle Line of London Underground have been interrupted or suspended for more than a one hour period, indicating the cause of the interruption or suspension in each case.      (HL3541)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied that London Underground is providing a satisfactory service on the Circle Line; and, if not, what action they propose to take to see that it is improved.      (HL3542)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consideration they are giving to the findings of the Committee chaired by Dr Liam Donaldson, the Chief Medical Officer, into the cloning of human embryos; what timetable they are working to in framing their response; whether they will seek further evidence, especially on the use of adult stem cells as an alternative to the use of stem cells from human embryos; and whether they will publish the Donaldson report.      (HL3543)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to enable both Houses of Parliament to debate the scientific and ethical questions which arise from the findings of the Donaldson Committee into human cloning; and whether any use of human embryos for the manufacture of clones will require amendment to the 1991 Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act or whether such authorisation may be permitted by licence without fresh Parliamentary authority.      (HL3544)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to change the law which has allowed scientists at Sheffield University to import embryonic stem cells from Wisconsin; what is being done to monitor the use to which these cells are being put and to prevent further trafficking in embryonic stem cells.      (HL3545)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the impact of embryonic stem cell tissue accords with the findings of the Polkinghorne Committee’s recommendations, which were accepted by the previous administration.      (HL3546)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they were aware that Sheffield University had decided to import embryonic stem cell tissues; and whether Sheffield University consulted the Department of Health or the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority in advance of their action.      (HL3547)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to ban the import of stem cell tissues derived from human embryos obtained illegally or against currently agreed ethical principles, as they have done in the case of the import of animal products obtained illegally or against currently agreed ethical principles.      (HL3548)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Baroness Scotland of Asthal will write to the Lord Lamont of Lerwick as she undertook to do on 29th June, following her answer about the International Criminal Court (HL Deb, col. 1064) when she replied to a question about Angola with an answer about Rwanda.      (HL3549)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    Finance [28th July]
    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Healthcare Services [HL]
    Disqualifications
    European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
    Psychotherapy [HL]
    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]
    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 [25th July]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services
    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)
    Licensing (Young Persons)
    Fur Farming (Prohibition)
    Football (Disorder) [24th July]

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]
    Sea Fishing Grants (Charges) [24th July]
    Insolvency [HL] [26th 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]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    Street Works [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]
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers
    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Local Government [HL] [24th July]

MEASURE IN PROGRESS

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Church of England (Miscellaneous Provisions) [28th July]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 25TH JULY

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 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

WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY

Science and Technology (Select Committee)in Berkshire
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER

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)4.10 pm

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

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

 
 
 
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