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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

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

WEDNESDAY 26TH JULY

At half-past two o’clock

*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.

*The Baroness Byford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there have been any contacts with European Union officials about the legality of Government financial assistance for the universal bank recently proposed to assist rural post offices; and, if so, when the first contacts took place.

*The Baroness Harris of Richmond—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Minister of the Crown has been in contact with the Press Complaints Commission following the publication in the News of the World of a list of child sex offenders.

†Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Bill—Consideration of Commons reasons [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]

†Government Resources and Accounts Bill—Consideration of Commons amendments and reasons [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [27th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]

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

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]

THURSDAY 27TH JULY

[Prayers will have been read]

*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 allergists in the National Health Service.

†*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what account they will take of the needs of pupils who stammer in the new Special Needs Action Plan.

†*The Lord Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of recent recommendations by the House of Commons Modernisation Committee, they believe that the House of Lords should be given more power to scrutinise and possibly delay or reject primary and secondary legislation.

House of Lords’ Offices—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 6th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 97) be agreed to.

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

Disqualifications Bill—Second Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

FRIDAY 28TH JULY

[At eleven o’clock]

†§Finance Bill—Second Reading (and remaining stages) [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

†Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Committee [The Lord Whitty] [24th, 26th and 27th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

‡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.

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, it will be set down for Second Reading 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 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.

The Lord Brennan—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose to establish a specialist Environmental Court for England and Wales.

†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.

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 25th July, or unanswered after 21 days]

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, 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 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)

25th July

The Lord Stone of BlackheathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to attract to the United Kingdom entrepreneurs offering exceptional economic benefit but who do not meet the current criteria under the immigration rules.      (HL3615)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they plan to lay before Parliament the Annual Report for the Forensic Science Service.      (HL3616)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make further appointments to the Police Complaints Authority.      (HL3617)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the 1999-2000 Annual Report for the Meat Hygiene Service.      (HL3618)

The Baroness NicolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they intend to publish a White Paper on Science and Innovation.      (HL3619)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment has been made of the Enforcement Procedures Review which was due to end in June 2000.      (HL3620)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish figures recording the number of outstanding parking and other minor traffic violation fines incurred by diplomatic missions and International Organisations in the United Kingdom during the year ending 31st December 1999.      (HL3621)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sanctions the United Kingdom implements in relation to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.      (HL3622)

The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the sanctions and arms embargoes currently implemented by the United Kingdom.      (HL3623)

The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether delivery of the special operations configured Boeing Chinook Mk.III helicopters has been delayed; and, if so, what is the reason for the delay.      (HL3624)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether those grandparents caring for their grandchildren because their child has died of nvCJD are receiving a uniformly good standard of support from the various organs of the state.      (HL3625)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any indications that the onset of nvCJD may be triggered by particular events.      (HL3626)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will fund a support network for the families of those diagnosed with nvCJD.      (HL3627)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in investigating the cluster of nvCJD cases in Leicestershire, they will make reference to the collection of samples relating to the “unfit meat” scandal of 20 years ago held at the Ventress laboratories.      (HL3628)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are conducting surveillance for asymptomatic nvCJD by means of tests on random human autopsies or otherwise.      (HL3629)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the United States Department of Agriculture for samples for research purposes from sheep recently affected by Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy in Vermont.      (HL3630)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support and encourage a United Kingdom-wide screening trial for prostate cancer.      (HL3631)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will support and encourage a United Kingdom-wide men’s health promotion awareness campaign.      (HL3632)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the widening mortality difference between social classes amongst men.      (HL3633)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to address the differences in waiting times for men with suspected prostate cancer compared to those with suspected breast cancer.      (HL3634)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will make an annual report on the state of men’s health nationally, listing strategies to address gender health differences.      (HL3635)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that having a two tier system of pension provision for Royal Ulster Constabulary widows is in keeping with the Belfast Agreement’s call for parity of esteem.      (HL3636)

The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of a film by Danish television called Operation Panther dealing with the atrocities by Croats in Stolac and Dretelj, what action they have taken or intend to take in order to press the International War Crimes organisation to take urgent action.      (HL3637)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pit bull terriers have been reported under the provisions of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1989 in each of the last nine years.      (HL3638)

The Lord Baker of DorkingTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any discussions took place between the French and British governments over the recently announced proposals in France to deal with dangerous dogs.      (HL3639)

The Lord Lea of CrondallTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes are implied by the Ten Year Transport Plan for the financing and scheduling of County Road Schemes such as Surrey County Council’s proposed “Hickleys Corner” underpass on the A31 primary route in Farnham.      (HL3640)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many asylum seekers and how many illegal immigrants arrived and how many have been deported in each year since 1997.      (HL3641)

The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the global market for environmental technology and services, whether they will appoint a dedicated Export Promoter for Environmental Technology and Services to support British exports, in addition to the recent appointment of an Export Promoter focused purely on Energy and Environment.      (HL3642)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 25th July, why they refuse to state in the Official Report the amount of money raised in the last financial year from tobacco-related taxes while at the same time they are prepared to give estimates in money terms of the amount lost to the National Health Service of smoking-related diseases (11th July, WA 22).      (HL3643)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, for the latest full year for which statistics are available, what is the maximum amount of milk which is allowed to be produced from British herds under the Common Agricultural Policy; what is the consumption of milk and dairy products in Britain; and how is the difference between British production and British consumption made up.      (HL3644)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Government Department, directly or indirectly, has contributed to the funding of Britain in Europe; and, if so, by how much.      (HL3645)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any Government Department, directly or indirectly, has contributed to the funding of the European Movement; and, if so, by how much.      (HL3646)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the diet provided in H M Prisons for insulin-dependent and non-insulin dependent inmates is appropriate and properly forms part of an appropriate therapy.      (HL3647)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their view that Euroscepticism, as detailed in the European Commission’s recent publication A Glossary of Eurosceptic Beliefs, discourages British business and industry, and especially small and medium-sized enterprises, from fully and enthusiastically participating in the Single European Market.      (HL3648)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in recognition of its importance to Britain’s economy, they will add tourism to the title of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.      (HL3649)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any empirical evidence that the use of Photo-Fits is effective in catching criminals; if so, whether this evidence compares such Photo-Fits with the facial features of criminals convicted in cases where such technology was used; and, if so, in what percentage of such Photo-Fit pictures there is a reasonable likeness.      (HL3650)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 10 year plan Transport 2010, what proposals or support they have for new or enhanced routes for rail freight from the North of England to the South East and the Channel Tunnel.      (HL3651)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 10 year plan Transport 2010, what proportion of the £7 billion rail modernisation fund and “levered in” private capital is expected to be used for the development and increase of freight capacity on the rail network.      (HL3652)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 10 year plan Transport 2010, what is the target date for phasing out the “Pacer” (classes 14X) units from the rail network.      (HL3653)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the increased capacity that will result from the modernisation of the West Coast main line is intended or expected to be made available for freight traffic.      (HL3654)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with reference to the 10 year plan Transport 2010, what are the expected changes in the amount of domestic freight traffic carried by road between now and 2010 —

    (1) as an absolute tonnage; and

    (2) as a share of the market;

in both cases (a) without, and (b) with, the extra investment set out in the plan.      (HL3655)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the investment and other spending set out in the 10 year plan Transport 2010 will lead to through rail services for passengers from the North of England to the European mainland via the Channel Tunnel.      (HL3656)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 24th July (WA 22), what steps are being taken when filling the position of Lieutenant Governors in the future to ensure that people who are not former service personnel or former diplomats are shortlisted.      (HL3657)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are taken into account when purchasing cars for Government Departments by the Government Car and Despatch Agency.      (HL3658)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria are used when purchasing cars for use by—

    (a) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office;

    (b) the Department of Social Security;

    (c) the Department of Health;

    (d) the Department for Education and Employment;

    (e) the Lord Chancellor’s Department;

    (f) the Northern Ireland Office;

    (g) the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions;

    (h) the Ministry of Defence;

    (i) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food;

    (j) the Home Office; and

    (k) the Department of Trade and Industry.      (HL3659)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what research has been conducted into the increase in smoking among young people due to the smuggling of cheap cigarettes; and whether research can be conducted into the harmful effects of the high tar content of smuggled tobacco.      (HL3660)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the report by Martin Taylor commissioned by the Chancellor of the Exchequer on tobacco smuggling cannot be published.      (HL3661)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the present year and for the two previous years on a quarterly basis, how many applications for entry visas to visit the United Kingdom were made by Chinese nationals, including residents of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region; and how many were approved and rejected.      (HL3662)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 11th July (WA 21) regarding the Chinook helicopter crash in June 1994, whether the conclusion by the Board of Inquiry as to the most probable cause of the accident and the speculation as to the sequence of events immediately preceding the accident can be reconciled with the requirement that a finding of negligence must only be made “where there is absolutely no doubt whatsoever”.      (HL3663)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 11th July (WA 21) regarding the Chinook helicopter crash in June 1994, whether the words “probable” and “absolutely no doubt whatsoever” are in contradiction to each other.      (HL3664)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what criteria govern the decision whether the Home Secretary’s driver should be prosecuted for driving in excess of 100 miles per hour on the M5 motorway.      (HL3665)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the recent publication of memoranda between the Prime Minister, other Ministers, officials and political advisers has prejudiced national security; and what is the security classification of those memoranda.      (HL3666)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the impact upon the level of unemployment of the increased state spending recently announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.      (HL3667)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many layers of management exist in the National Health Service between a staff nurse in a hospital and the Secretary of State.      (HL3668)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total cost of the construction of the Millennium Dome broken down to show the costs of clearance and preparation of the site, the construction of the building itself and of ancillary works such as access roads and parking facilities.      (HL3669)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the number of (a) killings, (b) woundings, and (c) persons exiled by terrorists in Northern Ireland since the signing of the Good Friday Agreement.      (HL3670)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 29th February (WA 65-66), what steps they are taking to ensure that their advice on the structure and content of the annual reports on the new regional specialised commissioning arrangements is followed and that performance of these arrangements can be seen to be measured consistently throughout the National Health Service.      (HL3671)

The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will circulate to relevant user organisations and disability charities their advice on the structure and content of (a) the annual reports on the new regional specialised commissioning arrangements; and (b) the annual report of the National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group; how they propose to disseminate the findings of these reports; and when they expect to place copies of the reports in the Library of the House.      (HL3672)

The Lord RoperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the prohibitions by Mr Harold Wilson, when Prime Minister, of the tapping of telephones of Members of Parliament remains in force; and whether such a prohibition also applies to the telephones of Members of the House of Lords.      (HL3673)

The Lord RoperTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will extend the prohibition on tapping the telephones of Members of Parliament to the interception of any form of electronic communication.      (HL3674)

The Lord Howie of TroonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific means an engineer or an architect has to assert his or her right to be recognised as the author of an artefact under the terms of Part II of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.      (HL3675)

The Lord BownessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many roads in Greater London have been designated as Greater London Authority side roads.      (HL3676)

The Lord BownessTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, as a consequence of designation as Greater London Authority side roads, the Greater London Authority has to be consulted as the highway authority in respect of all applications for planning permission relating to properties fronting the designated length of these side roads.      (HL3677)

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 [27th July]
    European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
    Psychotherapy [HL]
    Police (Northern Ireland) [27th July]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment)
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation

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 [27th September]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services
    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)
    Licensing (Young Persons)
    Fur Farming (Prohibition)

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]
    Insolvency [HL] [26th July]
    Football (Disorder) [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
    Learning and Skills [HL]
    Regulation of Investigatory Powers

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security [26th July]
    Government Resources and Accounts [26th July]

Returned to the Commons with reasons

    Local Government [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Sea Fishing Grants (Charges)

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]

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

TUESDAY 3RD OCTOBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am

WEDNESDAY 4TH OCTOBER

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

THURSDAY 5TH OCTOBER

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

TUESDAY 10TH OCTOBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England (Select Committee)4.10 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

TUESDAY 17TH OCTOBER

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

TUESDAY 24TH OCTOBER

Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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