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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*The Lord Razzall—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations have been received on the timing and content of the Consumer Bill; when these representations were received and from whom.

*The Lord Peyton of Yeovil—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are able to give an approximate estimate of the number of committees existing under the auspices of the National Health Service.

*The Baroness Sharples—To ask the Leader of the House whether she has any plans to reduce the number of hours for which it is necessary for the House to sit in Committee next session.

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the results of the Human Rights Dialogue held between the United Kingdom and China in October.

Colchester Borough Council Bill [HL]The Chairman of Committees to move, That the promoters of the bill have leave to suspend any further proceedings thereon in order to proceed with it, if they think fit, in the next session of Parliament, provided that notice of their intention to do so is lodged in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than 12 noon on Monday 27th November and that all fees due on or before that day have been paid;

    That the bill be deposited in the Office of the Clerk of the Parliaments not later than noon on the second sitting day in the next session with a declaration annexed, signed by the agent, stating that the bill is the same in every respect as the bill at the last stage of the proceedings thereon in this House in the present session;

    That the proceedings on the bill in the next session of Parliament be pro forma in regard to every stage through which the bill has passed in the present session, and that no new fees be charged to such stages;

    That the Private Business Standing Orders apply to the bill in the next session only in regard to any stage through which the bill has not passed during the present session.

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

Disqualifications Bill—Committee [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

‡The Baroness Rendell of Babergh—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they consider the arts and entertainment are keeping pace with advances towards a multicultural society in the United Kingdom.

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to reduce the harassment of 900,000 men and women each year by stalkers, as detailed in the Home Office report The Nature and Extent of Stalking.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to facilitate the building of an airport on St Helena.

*The Lord Hoyle—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they are going to reach conclusions on whether it is necessary to involve highly trained police officers and their equipment when transporting abnormal loads.

*The Baroness Walmsley—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to bring to justice the killers of two British journalists, Malcolm Rennie and Brian Peters, as well as two Australian journalists and a New Zealand journalist, at Balibo in East Timor in 1975.

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Whitty] [24th, 26th, 27th, 31st and 32nd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000—The Lord Sainsbury of Turville to move, That the Order laid before the House on 12th September be approved. [28th Report from the Joint Committee]

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Paul—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of recently published key performance indicators for universities, whether their policies have been effective in widening participation and achieving greater social inclusion.

*The Lord Clinton-Davis—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any drain of talent from family and criminal work at the Bar is likely, following the Lord Chancellor’s proposals for criminal and family legal aid.

*The Lord McCarthy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why local railway stations no longer operate telephone advisory services, which provide the public with up-to-date information concerning such matters as train cancellations, late arrivals and the state of station facilities.

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

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

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Rotherwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to ensure that the United Kingdom’s reciprocal health care arrangements with other countries are in practice fully reciprocal.

*The Earl of Longford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the treatment of Ian Brady who is serving a life sentence as a patient in Ashworth Hospital, particularly in regard to visits.

*The Baroness Greengross—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what response they will make to the Government Actuary’s statement on 17th October concerning the economic effects of early retirement on health grounds.

†City of London (Ward Elections) Bill—The Chairman of Committees to move, That this House do agree with the orders made by the Commons set out in their message of 2nd November.

†Transport Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are now their priorities for humanitarian and development assistance, both bilateral and multilateral, for Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.

*The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what additional resources they are devoting to the implementation of their dental strategy.

*The Lord Taverne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the prospects for Japanese owned firms in Wales.

*The Lord Lamont of Lerwick—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals have been put forward for a common European Union passport; and what is their reaction.

†Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill—Committee [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Goodhart—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many of the responses to the consultation paper “Financial conditions for funding by the Legal Services Commission” have (a) supported and (b) opposed the proposals in that paper for taking into account the equity value in homes in assessing the liability of applicants to pay contributions to the Community Legal Service Fund.

*The Lord Campbell of Alloway—To ask the Leader of the House whether the proposed constitutional committee of this House will have a remit to advise on the exercise of the House’s guardianship of the constitution; and, if so, whether the committee’s membership will include Law Lords, one of whom could be appointed chairman.

*The Lord Campbell of Croy—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what powers they have to influence the choice and location of statues in central London.

*The Lord Blaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they propose any changes in policy towards Yugoslavia.

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

†Freedom of Information Bill—Report [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Thomson of Monifieth—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, at the forthcoming Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, they will put forward proposals to increase the funding and effectiveness of the Commonwealth Scholarships and Fellowships Plan.

*The Lord Brookman—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the programme of track replacement, to bring some 2,000 miles of railway track up to satisfactory standards, can be completed quickly and efficiently.

*The Lord Newby—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made towards the establishment of a Universal Bank.

†[It is expected that the Report stage of the Freedom of Information Bill will be concluded this day]

THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Higgins—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether winter fuel allowances in respect of past winters have now been paid to all men between the ages of 60 and 65 entitled to them.

*The Earl Russell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the MORI survey for the Reader’s Digest, whether they have any plans to improve the standard of information available to the public about asylum seekers and refugees in this country.

*The Lord Trefgarne—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost to the London Ambulance Service of the wear and tear caused by the traffic calming measures now in place in many London streets.

†Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Newton of Braintree]

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

MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Howell of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the principles which they believe should guide humanitarian intervention and conflict involvement.

*The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps, in addition to those mentioned by the Prime Minister in his speech on 24th October, they will be taking to make vehicles cleaner and more fuel efficient.

*The Baroness Noakes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the Tax Manifesto published recently by the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

†*The Lord Blackwell—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will undertake that the Prime Minister will not agree any significant changes to the powers and decision processes of the European Union at the forthcoming European Council unless they have been debated and approved by both Houses of Parliament.

TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Thomas of Walliswood—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average penalty applied to a person convicted of accidentally killing another person whilst in charge of a motor vehicle.

*The Lord Dixon-Smith—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they see and contribute to reports by the National Audit Office before these are made.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many firms are (a) included in and (b) excluded from the employment provisions of the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

*The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will announce spending plans for the higher education sector for years 2 and 3 of the 2000 Comprehensive Spending Review.

WEDNESDAY 22ND NOVEMBER

*The Lord Janner of Braunstone—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will take action to remove rules within the civil service which discriminate on grounds of age, and in particular the requirement to retire at the age of 60.

†*The Lord Carver—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to support the draft Resolution of the New Agenda Coalition to the First Committee on Disarmament at the 55th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations.

†*The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how far they have succeeded in meeting their 1997 target of halving the proportion (23 per cent in 1995) of the world population living in extreme poverty by 2015.

THURSDAY 23RD NOVEMBER

*The Lord Hunt of Chesterton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers’ report on the emergence of BSE and CJD, whether they will explain the principles on which they will introduce changes in the management of important scientific issues in Government Departments and agencies.

*The Lord Dormand of Easington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the quality of teaching in further education colleges.

†*The Baroness Hooper—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their contingency plan to protect the international competitiveness of energy intensive United Kingdom companies, if the European Commission refuses the package of measures associated with the introduction of the Climate Change Levy.

MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

†*The Lord Renton—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ensure that their legislation next Session is less detailed and contains more statements of purpose and of principle, and that adequate time is provided for its thorough consideration by each House of Parliament.

TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish details of requirements governing the admission to the United Kingdom of special skills applicants.

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Baroness Gardner of Parkes—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take following their consultation on “High hedges: possible solutions”.

The Lord Ezra—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to revise their energy policy.

The Lord Vinson—To call attention to the effect of disproportionate regulation on small businesses; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the increase in religious persecution in many countries; and whether they will consider measures similar to those adopted by the United States Congress.

The Baroness Cox—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review their policy towards the government of Sudan, in the light of continuing violations of human rights.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To call attention to the case for the United Kingdom to withdraw from the Common Agricultural Policy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Judd—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Russian Federation government have yet begun to fulfil their human rights obligations as a member of the Council of Europe in the conduct of their military and security operations in the Chechen Republic, and their administration of that republic.

The Baroness Sharp of Guildford—To call attention to the recommendation in London University’s Institute for Education report that optimal class sizes in primary schools should be less than 25; and to move for papers.

The Lord Brougham and Vaux—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to ensure sufficient financial support for British competitors at the next Olympics.

The Lord Tanlaw—To call attention to the 14 recommendations of the Task Force report on potentially hazardous Near Earth Objects; and to move for papers.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are their plans to ensure that the National Lottery is operated with integrity and without interruption beyond the date of the termination of the current licence held by Camelot.

The Lord Willoughby de Broke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the recommendations made by the Maclean Report concerning the costs of inspection and regulation of slaughterhouses.

The Lord Carlile of Berriew—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to relieve poverty in rural areas in the light of the changes in the agriculture industry.

The Lord Lofthouse of Pontefract—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made on compensation payments for miners and miners’ widows for bronchitis and emphysema.

The Lord Mancroft—To move to resolve, That this House do appoint a select committee to examine the management and financial controls by the New Millennium Experience Company in its management of the Millennium Dome project.

The Baroness Anelay of St Johns—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to promote the marketing of British tourism to visitors from overseas.

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how the ambulance and paramedic services are incorporated into the modernisation programme in the National Health Service National Plan.

The Baroness Ashton of Upholland—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what strategies they are pursuing to support children in danger of exclusion from school, their families and teachers.

The Lord Phillips of Sudbury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what dangers they see in the widening differentials in earnings, and what steps they propose to take to address them.

The Baroness Walmsley—To call attention to the problems of student poverty and the anomalies arising between support systems in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England; and to move for papers.

The Lord Faulkner of Worcester—To ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will respond to the Health and Safety Commission’s draft Approved Code of Practice and Guidance on Passive Smoking at Work.

The Baroness Uddin—To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will respond to the recommendations of the Parekh Report on the future of multi-ethnic Britain.

The Lord Chalfont—To call attention to the recent white paper issued by the Chinese government on China’s National Defence Policy; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what proposals they have to ensure the comprehensive subtitling of television programmes.

The Lord Clement-Jones—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why they have no plans to review the list of medical conditions conferring prescription charge exemption.

The Lord Lester of Herne Hill—To call attention to Equality: A New Framework, the Report of the Independent Review of the Enforcement of United Kingdom Anti-Discrimination Legislation, and to the options for reform of anti-discrimination legislation in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.

The Lord Ahmed—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have plans to improve British schooling for ethnic minority children.

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 1999]

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]

The Baroness Hilton of Eggardon—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on The Common European Policy on Security and Defence (15th Report, HL Paper 101). [3rd August]

The Lord Hope of Craighead—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Public Access to EU Documents (16th Report, HL Paper 102). [1st August]

The Lord Wallace of Saltaire—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Union Committee on Enlargement and EU External Frontier Controls (17th Report, HL Paper 110). [1st November]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 2nd November]

The Baroness Cohen of PimlicoTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make an application to the European Union Commission for agrimonetary compensation for cereal producers.      (HL4503)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the results of the road traffic accident survey of badger carcasses recommended by the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle Tuberculosis.      (HL4504)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prepare in the event that BSE is present in the United Kingdom sheep flock.      (HL4505)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any changes to the Assistance to Support Stability with In-Service Training (ASSIST) programme have recently been made.      (HL4506)

The Lord Taylor of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for November, and also list the major European Union events for the period between 30th November and April 2001.      (HL4507)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to publish model questionnaires for communications and complaints, similar to those already provided for some of the Commission’s mandates, for the rest of their thematic and country mechanisms, and to make these documents available on their website.      (HL4508)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received a report from the Commonwealth Observer Group on the Zanzibar Electoral Commission’s handling of the poll on 29th October; and what steps they intend taking, with other Commonwealth member states, to persuade the Zanzibar authorities to re-run the elections, as recommended by the chairman of the Observer Group, Dr Gaositwe Chiepe.      (HL4509)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms of reference for the United Nations Special Tribunal on war crimes in Sierra Leone have yet been determined.      (HL4510)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about investigations by the United Nations into allegations by the former UNAMSIL commander, General Jetley, of illicit diamond mining operations by UNAMSIL personnel; and whether the report will be published.      (HL4511)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Sierra Leone has informed them of plans to hold a general election in April 2001; and, if this appears to be unfeasible because rebels are still in control of most of the territory, what arrangements that government intends to make for the lawful administration of the country following the expiry of their term of office.      (HL4512)

The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average annual amount of grant paid to religious schools for (a) capital and (b) revenue costs over each of the last ten years.      (HL4513)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response of 31st October to the House of Commons Procedure Committee’s 2nd Report of Session 1999-2000 (HC 210), whether they would support a proposal to establish a House of Lords Select Committee on Treaties to scrutinise treaties laid before Parliament under the Ponsonby Rule and treaties subject to proceedings in Parliament; and, if not, why not.      (HL4514)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Secretary of State for Education and Employment made his decision to close Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, he was aware that Gay Elms Primary School, Withywood Road, Withywood, and Whitehouse Primary School, Fulford Road, Hartcliffe, were to be threatened with closure.      (HL4515)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to non-governmental organisations supporting demining teams in the latest financial year in (a) Sudan, (b) Cambodia and (c) Afghanistan.      (HL4516)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they monitor progress towards the international development targets year on year, both bilaterally and multilaterally; and where they publish the results.      (HL4517)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been their response to the recent scandal affecting CMAC, the Cambodian government’s demining organisation; and what is the present alternative channel of United Kingdom funding for such work.      (HL4518)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission considers that the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill fails to make every effort to recruit from the ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, as suggested in paragraph 14.6 of the Patten Report; and, if so, what is the Government’s response.      (HL4519)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the coming into force of the “Safe Harbour” agreement between the European Union and the United States on data protection will ensure that data transfers between the United Kingdom and the United States comply with the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.      (HL4520)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures they have in place to monitor the operation of the “Safe Harbour” agreement between the European Union and the United States on data protection.      (HL4521)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the “Safe Harbour” agreement between the European Union and the United States on data protection will have any adverse effect on the financial services industry in the United Kingdom.      (HL4522)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the on-line poll on the YouGov web-site in which 75 per cent of respondents believed that civil liberties are being compromised by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.      (HL4523)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 31st October (WA 99), how many pieces of equipment have been outstanding for repair by or on behalf of the Army Base Repair Organisation’s workshop at Sennybridge, as at 9th October, for between two and six months.      (HL4524)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the annual Policing Plan, described in clause 26 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, will include—

    (a) a statement of the Police Board’s priorities;

    (b) the financial resources available to the Board;

    (c) the proposed allocation of those resources; and

    (d) particulars of objectives determined by the Secretary of State and the Board, and of performance targets set by the Board;

and, if so, whether they will set out the above on the face of the Bill.      (HL4525)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to keep to the absolute minimum the grounds upon which the Chief Constable and the Secretary of State may restrict the freedom of the Police Board to initiate inquiries under clause 60 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill.      (HL4526)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to publish the report of the review of the proposal for a new police fund to assist the widows and families of Royal Ulster Constabulary officers murdered as a result of terrorism action.      (HL4527)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances were required of them by the Millennium Commission that no further request would be made by the New Millennium Experience Company for Millennium Commission funds once the grant of £47 million was made in September; which Minister or Ministers were expected by the Millennium Commission to provide such assurances; and by what stage were such assurances to be provided.      (HL4528)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that those people who attend the New Year’s celebrations at the Millennium Dome will be able to travel to and from the event by public transport.      (HL4529)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the retail price index excluding mortgage interest payments (RPIX) in September 2000 if the depreciation of owner occupied houses, which has been a component of the index since 1995, had never been introduced; and how this compares with the RPIX for that month.      (HL4530)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will given an approximate calculation of the theoretical RPIX for September 2000 on the following basis: (a) that the depreciation component for owner occupied houses was introduced in 1950, (b) that the rate of inflation since 1950 has been 2,000 per cent, and (c) that the increase in house prices since 1950 has been 4,750 per cent; and how this figure compares with the actual RPIX for September 2000.      (HL4531)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

2ND NOVEMBER 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

28th September

The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the excess winter deaths for each English region, and for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, in each year from 1998-89 to 1999-2000, with a breakdown by age for each year.      (HL3917)

10th October

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action has been taken by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton in his capacity as Minister and as a shadow director of the New Millennium Experience Company to comply with the advice given by PriceWaterhouse Coopers (PWC) at page 39 of their Project Mozart presentation that shadow directors “must be on notice and need to take urgent action to address the position after taking appropriate legal and commercial advice” in the light of PWC’s statement at page 39 that “There is clear evidence to suggest that NMEC is currently insolvent.”      (HL4134)

The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many County Court judgments were outstanding against the New Millennium Experience Company as at—

    (a) 31st May;

    (b) 30th June;

    (c) 31st July;

    (d) 31st August; and

    (e) 30th September.      (HL4135)

11th October

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Millennium Dome’s New Millennium Experience Company has, at any time, traded while insolvent; and, if so, over which periods.      (HL4159)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether scientific evidence shows that anal sex carries a higher risk to health than vaginal sex.      (HL4160)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many County Court summonses had been issued against the New Millennium Experience Company as at—

    (a) 31st May;

    (b) 30th June;

    (c) 31st July;

    (d) 31st August; and

    (e) 30th September.      (HL4174)

13th October

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Hunt of Kings Heath on 4th October (WA 218) on resuscitation policy in National Health Service hospitals, whether in future they will be able to report to Parliament on clinical practice in resuscitation decision-making in National Health Service hospitals; and what information they have or will be seeking on comparative practice in non-National Health Service hospitals.      (HL4207)

16th October

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 5th October (HL Deb, col. 1684) that “discussions are taking place to finalise how the other pre-condition will be achieved, but they are almost there”, whether those discussions have now been completed; and whether, as a consequence, the pre-condition imposed by the Millennium Commission on the grant of £47 million on 4th September that that amount represented the last draw-down from the Millennium Commission is now in place.      (HL4237)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the sources of funding for ex-prisoners and for victims’ groups in Northern Ireland; and what are the amounts of money supplied to them.      (HL4244)

17th October

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what professional advice was given to the Ministry of Defence concerning the sale of the Royal Army Medical Corps site at Millbank, London.      (HL4269)

18th October

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people are employed by the Army Base Repair Organisation’s workshop at Sennybridge in—

    (a) productive work; and

    (b) administrative functions.      (HL4283)

19th October

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their assessment of the needs for the provision of flu vaccination by the National Health Service; and what are the arrangements for meeting those needs.      (HL4286)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they have made for the National Health Service to meet the need for flu vaccination for people under the age of 65 years.      (HL4287)

The Lord Graham of EdmontonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when was the last review and settlement of salaries and allowances for Ministers in the House of Commons; Ministers in the House of Lords; and Members of the House of Commons.      (HL4288)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have received concerning the future of Rehab UK’s Greater Manchester Brain Injury Vocation Centre.      (HL4289)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what evidence they have on the provision in the North West of mix-funding from local health, employment and social services agencies for helping to rehabilitate those with acquired brain injury back into work; and what advice they have received from the Social Services Inspectorate on this issue.      (HL4290)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the success of rehabilitation programmes in Greater Manchester for helping chronically sick and disabled people to obtain and retain employment; and whether they have any plans to put in place a framework of responsibility to guarantee long-term funding support for approved projects for such help from local agencies.      (HL4291)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Ministers in the Ministry of Defence approved the adoption of 5.56 mm as the calibre of army rifle to replace the 7.62 mm self loading rifle.      (HL4293)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Ministers in the Ministry of Defence approved the putting into production of the vehicle-mounted range of Clansman radios.      (HL4294)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date Ministers in the Ministry of Defence approved the putting into production of the portable range of Clansman radios.      (HL4295)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4296)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Cabinet Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4297)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4298)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Ministry of Defence in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4299)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department for Education and Employment in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4300)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4301)

The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the case of each “Learning from Success” conference held in September, what was the date on which it was held; what was the venue; the cost; and the number of persons attending; and what proportion of conference attendees were headteachers.      (HL4302)

The Lord Shutt of GreetlandTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the case of each “Learning from Success” conference held in September, what was the response to the question asked at the conference about who gave schools most support to raise standards; and, for each conference, what was the percentage of attendees who responded that (a) local education authorities and (b) the Government supported schools in their work in raising standards.      (HL4303)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Department of Health is free to employ the legal advisers who act for their French counterparts; and, if not, why not.      (HL4305)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether a letter of direction was issued in respect of the Millennium Commission’s grant of £47 million to the Millennium Dome in September; and, if so, when they will put copies of that letter of direction in the Library of the House.      (HL4306)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of the interim licence by which Camelot has been granted an extension to its licence to run the National Lottery until December 2001.      (HL4307)

20th October

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4311)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of Health in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4312)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Home Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4313)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Law Officers Department in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4315)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Lord Chancellor’s Department in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4316)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date the Prime Minister last announced a new Government policy specifically as a Third Way policy; and what was the nature of the announcement.      (HL4317)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the last general election, what policy announcements have been made by (a) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food; (b) the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; and (c) the Foreign and Commonwealth Office which specifically mentioned the Third Way; and on what dates.      (HL4318)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, since the last general election, which policy changes have been made by Ministers regarding the National Health Service that have been specifically related to the Third Way approach to health care; and on what dates.      (HL4319)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their Third Way policy towards social security.      (HL4320)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what the timetable will be for the establishment of diplomatic relations with North Korea; and how they intend to make it clear that this does not signal approval of the conduct of the North Korean regime, in terms of both its human rights record and the risk of nuclear proliferation.      (HL4327)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they sought to engage China in finding a solution to the situation in Burma when hosting the October 2000 United Kingdom/China dialogue meetings; and, if so, to what effect.      (HL4330)

23rd October

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Northern Ireland Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4332)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Privy Council in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4333)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Scottish Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4334)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of Social Security in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4335)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Department of Trade and Industry in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4336)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Treasury in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4337)

The Baroness GreengrossTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue would be raised if the winter fuel payment were taxed; and whether they will estimate how much more that payment would be if the money so raised were added to the current £150 winter fuel payment paid to non-taxpaying people aged over 60.      (HL4338)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the government of the Irish Republic paid in rent and expenses for the Maryfield Anglo-Irish Secretariat Office from 1985 to 1998.      (HL4339)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the government of the Irish Republic is paying for the use of offices in Windsor House, Belfast.      (HL4340)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what tasks officials from the government of the Irish Republic currently working in Northern Ireland are performing; what rank those officials hold; and where they are located.      (HL4341)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to highlight the danger of smoking on petrol station forecourts; and whether they will consider banning the sale of tobacco products from such locations.      (HL4342)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will consider re-imposing the ban on the sale and private use of fireworks in Northern Ireland.      (HL4343)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent employers have changed their practices and procedures as a result of the Department for Education and Employment’s Code of Practice on Age Diversity in Employment.      (HL4345)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that people over the age of 50 believe that employers discriminate against older employees; and, if so, what does that evidence show.      (HL4346)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual expenditure of the European Court of Human Rights.      (HL4347)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the current case load of the European Court of Human Rights, having regard to all registered applications.      (HL4348)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the budgeted expenditure for the European Court of Human Rights is sufficient to enable the Court to determine cases within a reasonable time.      (HL4349)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what measures they are taking to prevail upon the National Islamic Front government of Sudan to allow humanitarian aid and human rights organisations access to all parts of Sudan to assist with the identification, rescue and return to their homes of men, women and children who have been abducted into slavery.      (HL4358)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any evidence that women from Sudan to whom visas have been granted have been brought to this country against their will to work in enforced domestic service for any Sudanese diplomat serving in London.      (HL4359)

24th October

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 16th October (WA 68), what is the policy of the Welsh Office in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4365)

The Lord DonoughueTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the roadworks extending along Buckingham Palace Road began; when they were originally expected to be completed; and why on a majority of days in that period nobody was working towards completion of the works.      (HL4370)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that whenever possible satellites are used for telecommunications purposes instead of masts.      (HL4372)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that all companies installing telecommunications masts will have a statutory obligation to remove them and to rehabilitate the land on which they were sited as soon as they become technologically unnecessary.      (HL4373)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Public Safety Radio Communications Project will respect the statutory purposes of the national parks, especially with regard to the siting of masts and equipment.      (HL4374)

25th October

The Lord BerkeleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 18th October (WA 91) on the Immigration (Carriers’ Liability) Act 1987, what charges were incurred and owed for each of the last five years by carriers registered in—

    (a) the United Kingdom;

    (b) each other European Union Member State; and

    (c) other countries.      (HL4381)

The Lord AveburyTo ask the Chairman of Committees how many copies of the House of Lords Annual Report were sold to members of the public; how many were given away; what was the total number printed; what was the net cost of the publication; and whether he will consider publishing it only on the web in the future.      (HL4382)

The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 25th October that a judicial enquiry into the Omagh bombing could jeopardise legal proceedings, whether that means that there cannot be any prosecutions relating to Bloody Sunday now that a judicial enquiry has been set up to investigate those events.      (HL4384)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the number and qualifications of the applicants for entry into training for the Diploma in Social Work this year; how this number compares with the same figure for each of the previous three years; and whether they propose to take any action to attract a larger number of suitably qualified applicants in future.      (HL4385)

The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are satisfied with the number of persons achieving NVQ’s in Social Care in the last period for which figures are available; and whether they propose to take any action to attract a larger number of suitably qualified applicants in future.      (HL4386)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 23rd October (WA 1) that Tesco sponsorship of £500,000 due for payment to the Millennium Dome on 1st March had been withheld pending the resolution of certain issues and had not been paid over as at 23rd October, why Mrs Janet Anderson, Minister for Tourism, stated on 4th July that “At 31st May, all contractual sponsorship payments had been made” (HC Deb, col. 194W).      (HL4387)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the definition of poverty referred to by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 28th September (HL Deb, col. 943) in relation to child poverty is that which the Government uses in relation to pensioners.      (HL4388)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why their definition of child poverty given by the Baroness Hollis of Heigham on 28th September (HL Deb, col. 943) makes no allowance for the number of children in a household.      (HL4389)

26th October

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25th October (WA 41), how many people in the public sector in the Cayman Islands are members of trade unions.      (HL4397)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 25th October (WA 41), why the Governor of the Cayman Islands was not present during the recent visit to the Islands by the Commonwealth parliamentary delegation; and why the Governor of Gibraltar was not present during the recent visit to Gibraltar by a United Kingdom parliamentary delegation.      (HL4398)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25th October (WA 45), whether they will now state what steps they are taking to open the selection of Lieutenant Governors beyond the field of service persons or diplomats.      (HL4399)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the examination performance of English children at KS2, GCSE and A level still varies to a statistically significant extent according to the month of their birth; if so, what is the extent of this variation at each level; and whether the examination performance of children with unfavourable birth months might be raised by letting them start school a year later.      (HL4400)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they approve of the practice of allowing children who are falling behind at school, or who have come to England from abroad and need time to catch up, to drop back a year; and, if so, whether they will amend the format of schools performances tables so that year group performance is measured rather than age group performance.      (HL4401)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the calf serum used in the preparation of the polio vaccine which has recently been withdrawn from use came from a “controlled veterinary herd”; if so, how many animals were in the herd at the time that the serum was taken; and when (if ever) any of those animals were diagnosed as having BSE.      (HL4402)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will offer technical help to the government of Bangladesh to get the Chittagong Hill Tracts Land Commission operational and effective.      (HL4403)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what matters were discussed by the Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr John Battle, during his visit to Jakarta in October; and what agreements were reached with the Indonesian authorities.      (HL4404)

The Lord BridgesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is appropriate that the current revision of the regional strategy of the East of England Development Agency should be undertaken without consultation with individual non-governmental organisations, other than indirectly through the region’s voluntary regional chamber.      (HL4406)

27th October

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the patrolling of high crime areas in Nottingham by police officers carrying firearms conforms with Home Office guidance to Chief Officers of Police.      (HL4409)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what were the total numbers of staff employed by the Home Office on 1st January or other convenient date in 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000, and the overall staff costs in each of these years.      (HL4410)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent Foreign and Commonwealth Office Report on the work of United Kingdom consular officials, what action they can take to reduce the number of fatal accidents to British tourists in Spain and other European Union Member States.      (HL4411)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the arrangements for the repatriation of bodies to the United Kingdom of Britons dying in the European Union are satisfactory; and whether they would support co-ordinated action across the European Union to tackle this problem which confronts families at a time of highest distress.      (HL4412)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the Chief Executive of the British Tourist Authority’s view that the strength of the pound is detrimental to the promotion of British tourism.      (HL4413)

30th October

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for what reasons the number of persons detained under the Immigration Acts increased to an all time high of 1,108 at the end of September, notwithstanding that the number of asylum seekers in the preceding three months was 9 per cent lower than the equivalent figure for 1999.      (HL4416)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take in the light of the University of California’s research into the treatment of prostate cancer by PC-SPES.      (HL4417)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the criteria used by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in deciding whether to investigate a case; and whether the Commission will investigate the murder of Billy Wright in the Maze Prison in December 1998.      (HL4418)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was asked by the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland to investigate the circumstances of the murder of Rosemary Nelson; and, if so, what was its response.      (HL4419)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much the International Independent Commission on Disarmament has cost since its creation, including this year; and what contribution to this cost has been made by the government of the Irish Republic.      (HL4420)

The Viscount SimonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their recent announcement on compensation for families of victims of nvCJD, whether they have plans to compensate the families of victims of smoking-related diseases.      (HL4421)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their current policy towards the reform and reorganisation of the Commission of the European Union.      (HL4422)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their preferred date for the next Inter-Governmental Conference between European Union Member States.      (HL4423)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy towards the eventual creation of a European Constitution.      (HL4424)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with the government of the United States on ballistic missile defences.      (HL4425)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking to maintain a unified defence planning system between NATO and the European Security and Defence Program.      (HL4426)

The Lord Howell of GuildfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they support the proposal that the European Charter of Fundamental Rights should become mandatory.      (HL4427)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 23rd October (WA 12), what steps will be taken by the Immigration and Nationality Department to inform asylum seekers and would-be immigrants appealing against decisions taken before 2nd October of their entitlement to ask the Secretary of State to reconsider their cases in the light of human rights issues.      (HL4428)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 23rd October (WA 13), which human rights and which international agreement the Government have in mind in relation to their concern that the European Court of Human Rights might hold (under Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights) that such rights are protected against discrimination under Protocol 12.      (HL4429)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 23rd October (WA 14), whether there is any basis in the case law of the European Court of Human Rights or in any other international or comparative jurisprudence to support the Government’s concern that the European Court of Human Rights might interpret Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights in a way which did not allow objective and reasonably justified distinctions; and, if not, what is the basis for the Government’s concern.      (HL4430)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 23rd October (WA 14), whether there is any basis in the case law of the European Court of Human rights or in any other international or comparative jurisprudence to suggest that the European Court of Human Rights would not interpret Protocol 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights in a way which enabled Contracting States to take positive and proportionate measures to overcome the effects of past discrimination and to promote the effective enjoyment of equality of treatment without discrimination; and, if not, what is the basis for the Government’s concern.      (HL4431)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement by a Downing Street spokesman that the Prime Minister had “considerable reservations” about the European Union proposal to standardise passports and remove the Royal Coat of Arms from the cover of the British passport, whether they will list each of those reservations.      (HL4432)

31st October

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the terms of the agreements between the Immigration and Nationality Department and the Prison Services in England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively, under which the Prison Services make accommodation available within their estate for Immigration Act detainees; and what is the current number of places being provided in prisons in each jurisdiction for this purpose.      (HL4447)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the government of Bahrain about the activities of the Human Rights Committee of the Shura Council and the reasons why that government refused to allow the formation of a non-governmental human rights committee.      (HL4448)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the review of the use of immigration detention in Northern Ireland, promised during the proceedings on the Immigration and Asylum Bill.      (HL4449)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many caravan pitches were provided by local authorities and private persons or landlords respectively, and how many caravans there were on unauthorised encampments, as recorded by the January local authority counts since the information was first collected; and whether they consider that, in the absence of any new measures, unauthorised encampments will become unnecessary.      (HL4450)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have sought an explanation from the Cuban government for its failure to allow officials from the British Embassy immediate access to the seven detained Britons in Cuba; and, if so, what was the response.      (HL4451)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether their decision to establish diplomatic relations with North Korea was discussed with Japan beforehand; and whether the decision carried the support of the Japanese government.      (HL4452)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to investigate whether British equipment has been used in Israeli helicopter attacks on Palestinians; and whether the future of arms sales to Israel is also under consideration, as reported in the Guardian on 25th October.      (HL4453)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why they did not oppose the appointment of Ambassador Tan, Burma’s permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva, as chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s first Committee on Disarmament and International Security.      (HL4454)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of their ethical dimension to foreign policy and the Baroness Scotland of Asthal’s statement that Burma is a “country bled white by misdirections of resources into arms” (HL Deb, 2nd October, col. 1222), the appointment of Ambassador Tan, Burma’s permanent representative at the United Nations in Geneva, as chairman of the United Nations General Assembly’s first Committee on Disarmament and International Security carries their support.      (HL4455)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how long they expect repairs to take on the nuclear submarine HMS Tireless currently docked in Gibraltar; and what response has been given to the Spanish government’s concern that they have received insufficient information over the repairs to HMS Tireless.      (HL4456)

The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether emissions from waste incinerators, such as dioxins and heavy metals, pose any threat to human health.      (HL4457)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government (a) what amount was raised from Capital Gains Tax; (b) what was the number of payers of Capital Gains Tax; and (c) what was the estimated cost of collection, in the latest year for which figures are available.      (HL4458)

The Baroness Scott of Needham MarketTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all the major road schemes costing over £5 million included in the full Local Transport Plans submitted by local authorities; and whether they will place copies of the Appraisal Summary Tables for these, where submitted, in the Library of the House.      (HL4459)

The Baroness Scott of Needham MarketTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list all major road schemes by each local authority which cost over £5 million and which were submitted to the Government as supplementary bids to the full Local Transport Plan.      (HL4460)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 25th October (WA 45), whether they signed the Political Declaration adopted by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 13th October, at the conclusion of the European Conference Against Racism; and, if so, what are their reasons for being willing to adopt this statement while being unwilling to sign and ratify Protocol No. 12 to the European Convention on Human Rights on behalf of the United Kingdom.      (HL4461)

The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the judgment in the Manchester County Court on 11th October by Judge Richard Holman awarding damages against Trafford Education Authority to a school pupil who had suffered a lengthy period of bullying, they will issue new guidance reminding schools that they have a duty of care to protect pupils from homophobic bullying, and requiring them to include in personal, social and health education programmes lessons which lead pupils to understand the problems which young gay and lesbian people face.      (HL4462)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission was invited by the Chief Constable of the Royal Ulster Constabulary to investigate the murder of Rosemary Nelson; if so, on what date; and what was the response.      (HL4463)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why a proportion of the extra funding made available to the railway systems in the United Kingdom to improve safety does not apply to Northern Ireland Railways; and whether railway safety in Northern Ireland has a different priority for them compared with railway safety in other parts of the United Kingdom.      (HL4464)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much revenue they estimate they lose annually through smuggling of tobacco products.      (HL4465)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of their recent statement of commitment to the environment, which of their policies are aimed at reducing pollution by smoking.      (HL4466)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what sums they have obtained annually as guarantor from surpluses arising from the Mineworkers Pension Scheme (MPS) and the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme (BCSSS) since 1994 at constant prices; what percentage increases have been awarded annually to pensioner beneficiaries under the MPS and the BCSSS; and what has been their total value annually at constant prices.      (HL4467)

1st November

The Lord DesaiTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to publish the Annual Report of the Chief Inspector of the Magistrates’ Courts Service.      (HL4471)

The Lord BrookmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish the most recent figures for confirmed BSE cases broken down by year of birth.      (HL4472)

The Lord BrookmanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the review of the Organic Farming Scheme will be completed.      (HL4473)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why attempts to access the Department of Trade and Industry web-pages http://www.dti.gov.uk/cii/regulation.html and http://www.dti.gov.uk/cii/lbpresponse.html are met with the message “Sorry, the page you requested does not exist”.      (HL4474)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans, if any, they have to review the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 in light of the fact that its legality under European law is currently under investigation by the European Commission.      (HL4475)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has received any formal complaints against the New Millennium Experience Company; and, if so, whether they will list the names of those companies or organisations which have laid such complaints.      (HL4476)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry has to appoint inspectors to investigate the financial operations of the New Millennium Experience Company.      (HL4477)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 23rd October (WA 14) on standard notifications of removal of asylum seekers, what is the new wording of the form in question; and whether it makes clear that there is an opportunity for asylum seekers to ask the Secretary of State to reconsider his decision on human rights grounds.      (HL4478)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will propose that an independent audit be conducted of United Nations’ operations in West Papua leading up to the “Act of Free Choice” in 1969.      (HL4479)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have received from the Ethiopian government about the reasons for its withdrawal from the proximity talks on proposals by President Abdulaziz Bouteflika of Algeria for delimitation and demarcation of the boundary between Ethiopia and Eritrea, compensation and investigation of the origins of the conflict.      (HL4480)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prisoners went on Reasoning and Rehabilitation courses in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and of these, how many dropped out and how many were asked to leave the course.      (HL4481)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what courses are offered by the Prison Service on addressing offending behaviour; and what comparisons they make of the effectiveness of these courses.      (HL4482)

The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many organisations and individuals had by 31st October expressed support for the proposal to merge the Prison and Probation Inspectorates.      (HL4483)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Chief Commissioner for the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is a member of the Committee of the Administration of Justice; and, if so, what is the term of his membership.      (HL4484)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission intends to fulfil its commitment, as stated in its Strategic Plan 2000-02, “to be completely independent from any outside influence” such as “a non-governmental human rights organisation”, when six out of ten of the Commission’s members are also members of the Committee for the Administration of Justice.      (HL4485)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission has fulfilled its statutory duty under section 69(1) of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 by reviewing the adequacy and effectiveness of the law and practice in relation to marches by the Loyal Institutions in Northern Ireland.      (HL4486)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated overall cost in 1999-2000 to local education authorities of educational provision for children with an autistic spectrum disorder in (a) special school provision (both autism specific and generic) and (b) mainstream provision; and what the projected cost is for 2000-01.      (HL4487)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which local education authorities have accessed monies, and if so how much, from the Standards Fund 1999-2000 (a) for improvement of speech and language therapy for children with communication difficulties, including autistic spectrum disorders; (b) for Special Educational Needs training and professional development of teachers and other staff; and (c) to support special schools outreach provision.      (HL4488)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many bids were received by the Department for Education and Employment from the Standards Fund 1999-2000 for autism specific projects by (a) local education authority and (b) amount of grant.      (HL4489)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide a breakdown by allocation of Standards Fund money for Special Educational Needs in 1999-2000 by nature of application of grant.      (HL4490)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide an analysis of the bids, according to nature of application, for Standards Fund money in 1999-2000.      (HL4491)

The Lord Astor of HeverTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much will be spent in total per year on administering the Concessionary Television Licence Scheme for the over 75s, broken down into staff costs, publicity, postage and any other major areas of expenditure; and what discussions they have had with the BBC to ensure the money is used efficiently.      (HL4492)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the answer by the Baroness Ramsay of Cartvale on 26th October on closer political integration with the European Union (HL Deb, col. 480), what mechanism they will use to stop any attempt by any institution of the European Community, including the European Court of Justice, to make the charter of fundamental rights or any provision or provisions contained in it legally binding on and enforceable in the United Kingdom.      (HL4493)

The Lord Willoughby de BrokeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to reply to the recommendations made by the Maclean Report concerning the costs of inspection and regulation of slaughterhouses.      (HL4494)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Hayman on 16th October (WA 67), whether Forest Enterprise has in the last five years sold timber, including softwood thinnings, at roadside prices less than the landed prices of equivalent imports (including cost, freight, insurance etc.); and, if so, in what quantities.      (HL4495)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they are making in reviewing the voucher system applying to asylum seekers; when they expect to reach conclusions; and whether they will give instructions that change in full in cash should always be given when vouchers are tendered for purchases.      (HL4496)

The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to deal with the situation where African-Caribbean pupils enter compulsory schooling as the highest achieving group but leave it as the group least likely to gain five high-grade GCSEs, as revealed in the recent Report Educational Inequality: Mapping Race, Class and Gender, commissioned by OFSTED.      (HL4497)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many miles of new motorway were completed in England and Wales in each year between 1956 and 1999.      (HL4498)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the amount spent on motorway building and widening schemes in each year between 1956 and 1999—

    (a) at actual prices; and

    (b) at adjusted to 2000 prices.      (HL4499)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many miles of new motorway are expected to be completed in 2000 and 2001.      (HL4500)

The Lord GreavesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much they forecast will be spent on motorway building and widening schemes in 2000 and 2001 respectively.      (HL4501)

2nd November

The Baroness Cohen of PimlicoTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will make an application to the European Union Commission for agrimonetary compensation for cereal producers.      (HL4503)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they will publish the results of the road traffic accident survey of badger carcasses recommended by the Independent Scientific Group on Cattle Tuberculosis.      (HL4504)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they are taking to prepare in the event that BSE is present in the United Kingdom sheep flock.      (HL4505)

The Lord ActonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any changes to the Assistance to Support Stability with In-Service Training (ASSIST) programme have recently been made.      (HL4506)

The Lord Taylor of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for November, and also list the major European Union events for the period between 30th November and April 2001.      (HL4507)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will ask the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to publish model questionnaires for communications and complaints, similar to those already provided for some of the Commission’s mandates, for the rest of their thematic and country mechanisms, and to make these documents available on their website.      (HL4508)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have received a report from the Commonwealth Observer Group on the Zanzibar Electoral Commission’s handling of the poll on 29th October; and what steps they intend taking, with other Commonwealth member states, to persuade the Zanzibar authorities to re-run the elections, as recommended by the chairman of the Observer Group, Dr Gaositwe Chiepe.      (HL4509)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the terms of reference for the United Nations Special Tribunal on war crimes in Sierra Leone have yet been determined.      (HL4510)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what information they have about investigations by the United Nations into allegations by the former UNAMSIL commander, General Jetley, of illicit diamond mining operations by UNAMSIL personnel; and whether the report will be published.      (HL4511)

The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the government of Sierra Leone has informed them of plans to hold a general election in April 2001; and, if this appears to be unfeasible because rebels are still in control of most of the territory, what arrangements that government intends to make for the lawful administration of the country following the expiry of their term of office.      (HL4512)

The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the average annual amount of grant paid to religious schools for (a) capital and (b) revenue costs over each of the last ten years.      (HL4513)

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to their response of 31st October to the House of Commons Procedure Committee’s 2nd Report of Session 1999-2000 (HC 210), whether they would support a proposal to establish a House of Lords Select Committee on Treaties to scrutinise treaties laid before Parliament under the Ponsonby Rule and treaties subject to proceedings in Parliament; and, if not, why not.      (HL4514)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the Secretary of State for Education and Employment made his decision to close Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, he was aware that Gay Elms Primary School, Withywood Road, Withywood, and Whitehouse Primary School, Fulford Road, Hartcliffe, were to be threatened with closure.      (HL4515)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assistance they have given to non-governmental organisations supporting demining teams in the latest financial year in (a) Sudan, (b) Cambodia and (c) Afghanistan.      (HL4516)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they monitor progress towards the international development targets year on year, both bilaterally and multilaterally; and where they publish the results.      (HL4517)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been their response to the recent scandal affecting CMAC, the Cambodian government’s demining organisation; and what is the present alternative channel of United Kingdom funding for such work.      (HL4518)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission considers that the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill fails to make every effort to recruit from the ethnic minorities in Northern Ireland, as suggested in paragraph 14.6 of the Patten Report; and, if so, what is the Government’s response.      (HL4519)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the coming into force of the “Safe Harbour” agreement between the European Union and the United States on data protection will ensure that data transfers between the United Kingdom and the United States comply with the terms of the Data Protection Act 1998.      (HL4520)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what procedures they have in place to monitor the operation of the “Safe Harbour” agreement between the European Union and the United States on data protection.      (HL4521)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the “Safe Harbour” agreement between the European Union and the United States on data protection will have any adverse effect on the financial services industry in the United Kingdom.      (HL4522)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the on-line poll on the YouGov web-site in which 75 per cent of respondents believed that civil liberties are being compromised by the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.      (HL4523)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 31st October (WA 99), how many pieces of equipment have been outstanding for repair by or on behalf of the Army Base Repair Organisation’s workshop at Sennybridge, as at 9th October, for between two and six months.      (HL4524)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend that the annual Policing Plan, described in clause 26 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill, will include—

    (a) a statement of the Police Board’s priorities;

    (b) the financial resources available to the Board;

    (c) the proposed allocation of those resources; and

    (d) particulars of objectives determined by the Secretary of State and the Board, and of performance targets set by the Board;

and, if so, whether they will set out the above on the face of the Bill.      (HL4525)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is their intention to keep to the absolute minimum the grounds upon which the Chief Constable and the Secretary of State may restrict the freedom of the Police Board to initiate inquiries under clause 60 of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill.      (HL4526)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to publish the report of the review of the proposal for a new police fund to assist the widows and families of Royal Ulster Constabulary officers murdered as a result of terrorism action.      (HL4527)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assurances were required of them by the Millennium Commission that no further request would be made by the New Millennium Experience Company for Millennium Commission funds once the grant of £47 million was made in September; which Minister or Ministers were expected by the Millennium Commission to provide such assurances; and by what stage were such assurances to be provided.      (HL4528)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they have taken to ensure that those people who attend the New Year’s celebrations at the Millennium Dome will be able to travel to and from the event by public transport.      (HL4529)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what would be the retail price index excluding mortgage interest payments (RPIX) in September 2000 if the depreciation of owner occupied houses, which has been a component of the index since 1995, had never been introduced; and how this compares with the RPIX for that month.      (HL4530)

The Lord JacobsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will given an approximate calculation of the theoretical RPIX for September 2000 on the following basis: (a) that the depreciation component for owner occupied houses was introduced in 1950, (b) that the rate of inflation since 1950 has been 2,000 per cent, and (c) that the increase in house prices since 1950 has been 4,750 per cent; and how this figure compares with the actual RPIX for September 2000.      (HL4531)

BILLS IN PROGRESS

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

Waiting for Second Reading

    Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL]
    Healthcare Services [HL]
    European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
    Psychotherapy [HL]

Committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment) [13th November]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]
    Disqualifications [6th November]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment)

Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House

    European Parliamentary Elections [HL] (Consolidation)

Waiting for Report

    Deafblind Persons [HL]
    Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
    Countryside and Rights of Way [7th November]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition) [6th November]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
    Police (Northern Ireland) [8th November]
    Freedom of Information [14th November]

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Licensing (Young Persons) [14th November]
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation [16th November]
    Criminal Justice and Court Services [8th November]
    Transport [9th November]
    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
    Trustee [HL]
    Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
    Divorce (Religious Marriages) [HL]
    Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
    Street Works [HL]
    Insolvency [HL]
    Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) [HL]
    City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
    Kent County Council [HL]
    Medway Council [HL]
    Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL]

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft EUTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2000
    Draft Terrorism Act 2000 (Video recording of interviews) Order 2000
    Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Transfer of Functions to the Scottish Ministers etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) (No. 2) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 2000
    Energy Act 1976 (Reserve Powers) Order 2000
    Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000
    Draft Social Security (New Deal Pilot) Regulations 2000
    Farm Waste Grant (Nitrate Vulnerable Zones) (England) (No. 2) Scheme 2000

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 6TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee F)3.00 pm

TUESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation Committee10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee II)3.00 pm
(Aircraft Cabin Environment)
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 8TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)
Science and Technology (Select Committee)4.40 pm
in Portcullis House

THURSDAY 9TH NOVEMBER

Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.30 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)3.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.45 pm
in the Moses Room

WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

 
 
 
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