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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 13TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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 whether they will make a report to the House today on the National Audit Office report on the Millennium Dome.

Procedure of the House—The Chairman of Committees to move, That the 4th Report from the Select Committee (HL Paper 113) be agreed to.

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

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.

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

[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]

Countryside and Rights of Way Bill—Further consideration on Report [The Lord Whitty] [24th, 26th, 27th, 31st, 32nd and 33rd Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]

†‡Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2000—The Baroness Hollis of Heigham to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 6th November be approved.

MONDAY 20TH NOVEMBER

*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.

†Disqualifications Bill—Report [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

†Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—Report [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

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 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.

*The Lord Ashley of Stoke—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following recent developments in Scotland, they will reconsider their refusal to pay for personal care for elderly and disabled people in residential homes.

†[It is expected that the Report stage of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill will be continued this day]

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.

†[It is expected that the Report stage of the Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill will be concluded this day]

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.

FRIDAY 24TH NOVEMBER

†[At eleven o’clock]

†Protection of Animals (Amendment) Bill—Committee [The Baroness Fookes]

†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”.

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.

*The Baroness Prashar—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial resources have been given to the National Health Service and primary care services in areas affected by the Government’s dispersal system, in order to assess and meet the health needs of asylum seekers.

*The Lord Burnham—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what security of tenure military museums have on Ministry of Defence property.

*The Lord Monson—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any grounds on which criticism of the European Union could be restricted without violating the right to free speech.

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.

*The Baroness Whitaker—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress there has been with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office enquiry into how Mr Rafiu Odetayo, a black British citizen, spent a month in prison in Germany after British consular officials refused to recognise his citizenship.

*The Baroness Young—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have undertaken any assessment of the impact on ACP producers of rice, sugar, rum and bananas of the European Commission’s “Everything but Arms” initiative which seeks to extend duty and quota free access to the European Union market to 48 Least Developed Countries.

*The Lord Renton of Mount Harry—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what recompense they propose to offer to those in flooded areas who have lost homes or businesses in cases where warnings from the Environment Agency and other public bodies have not been heeded.

WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food attaches to the recommendation in the Competition Commission’s report on supermarkets, published in October, that a regulator should be appointed to oversee supermarkets’ dealings with suppliers.

*The Baroness Knight of Collingtree—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will postpone instructions to the National Health Service to incur expenditure on preparations for Britain joining the euro until such time as Britain decides to do so.

*The Lord Waddington—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, after the adoption of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights, the European Court of Justice will take account of its provisions in interpreting and considering the scope of community law.

THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

*The Lord Avebury—To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will conduct an open consultation on the Draft Detention Centre Rules before presenting them to Parliament.

*The Lord Marlesford—To ask Her Majesty’s Government why the central register of all persons who hold, or who have applied for, a firearm or shotgun certificate which was required to be set up under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997 has not been set up and by what date it will be set up.

*The Baroness Rawlings—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their aid policy for Sierra Leone.

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 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 when they expect to reply 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 9th November]

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for the posthumous recognition of members of the Armed Forces who are killed in service.      (HL4585)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any proposals to amend the Department of Health and Food Standards Agency departmental expenditure limit or running cost limit for 2000-01.      (HL4586)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the resignation of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Burma, Mr Rajsoomer Lallah, was due to the lack of resources to fulfil his mandate; and whether they will give more funding to support his work.      (HL4587)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent decision by the United Nations Security Council to set up a court to try those accused of war crimes in Sierra Leone, whether the Government will urge that similar action is taken with regard to war crimes committed in Burma.      (HL4588)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether the painting by Andrew Festing of the House debating the Queen’s Speech in November 1995 is intended to be a historical record; and whether he will take steps to ensure that future generations of students and historians are made aware of the decision by some Lords not to appear in the painting because of objections of principle.      (HL4589)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the imprisonment of the former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif; and what progress Commonwealth Ministers have made in agreeing, with the present authorities in Pakistan, a timetable for the restoration of democracy.      (HL4590)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what payments in pursuance of their duties have been made to each of the two Inspectors appointed in 1992 to investigate the affairs of Mirror Group Newspapers plc, broken down for each year since then up to October 2000.      (HL4591)

The Lord Davies of OldhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to prevent the European Commission changing the status of the proposed Directive on pedestrian friendly vehicle fronts to a voluntary code.      (HL4592)

The Lord WinstonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Minister for the Environment has not yet replied to Lord Winston’s letter of 12th October, inviting him to give evidence to the Science and Technology Committee on the non-appearance of the consultation paper on nuclear waste promised for the spring of this year.      (HL4593)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s proposal in his autumn statement to repay public debt will have on annuity rates.      (HL4594)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s autumn statement made no reference to his proposal to increase national insurance contributions.      (HL4595)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will be in a position to write to Lord Laird concerning the criteria for the appointment of committees as promised in the Written Answer HL4240 of 25th October.      (HL4596)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will be in a position to write to Lord Laird concerning investigations undertaken by the Commission as promised in the Written Answer HL4241 of 25th October.      (HL4597)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the current European Commission proposals with respect to customer protection on the Internet, particularly in the light of recent criticism from the Alliance for Electronic Business.      (HL4598)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the recent survey from the SAS Institute revealing that 62 per cent of top tier companies across all sectors in the United Kingdom have no measures in place to combat Internet fraud.      (HL4599)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

9TH NOVEMBER 2000

[Tabled on the dates shown]

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)

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 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)

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)

19th October

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 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 Ministry of Defence in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4299)

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)

20th October

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)

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 Trade and Industry in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4336)

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)

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)

25th October

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 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)

26th October

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)

30th October

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 steps they are taking to maintain a unified defence planning system between NATO and the European Security and Defence Program.      (HL4426)

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)

31st October

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 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 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, 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 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 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 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)

2nd November

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 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 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 89), 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)

6th November

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any goods subject to strategic export controls have recently been approved for export to Iraq.      (HL4534)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there have been under the Knives Act 1997 since it was brought into force.      (HL4538)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek the release by the study’s authors of the data on which the epidemiological study of a possible association between the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination and autism, commissioned by the Medicines Controls Agency and published in the Lancet in June 1999, is based.      (HL4539)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the study of causal factors of autism announced by the Medical Research Council on 3rd April will investigate the measles, mumps and rubella vaccination.      (HL4540)

The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have a uniform approach to entitlement to free hospital transport for those discharged from hospital in England; and, if so, what it is.      (HL4541)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which members of the Northern Ireland Commission on Human Rights are also members of the Committee for the Administration of Justice; for how long each has been a member of the Committee; and whether those making the appointments to the Commission were aware of this information when they made those appointments.      (HL4542)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reopen the inquiry into the Chinook helicopter crash on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994 in view of fresh evidence about the reliability of its computer software; and whether the wreckage is still available for re-examination.      (HL4543)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will advise the Central Sussex Partnership Board to take public opinion in mid-Sussex into account when it considers whether to move trauma and emergency surgical services away from the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.      (HL4544)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what rules are in place governing the use of public funds to publish material or to commission advertising to promote or describe the perceived achievements of the Government.      (HL4545)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what publications they have sponsored, and what advertising programmes they have commissioned, since May 1997, which have described the perceived achievements of the Government; and what has been the cost to public funds of these initiatives.      (HL4546)

The Viscount GoschenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to sponsor further publications or to commission further advertising which will describe the perceived achievements of the Government; and, if so, what are the anticipated costs of these proposals.      (HL4547)

7th November

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in respect of the need of the armed forces for a strategic sea-lift capability, why roll-on, roll-off ferries are defined as “non-warlike”; and on whose authority such a classification is based.      (HL4550)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the recently published agreement on international road transport between the Government of the United Kingdom and the Government of the Ukraine signed on 13th December 1995 entered into force only on 10th June; and whether this agreement is affected by the Common Strategy Agreement between the European Union and the Ukraine, signed in December 1999.      (HL4551)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which local authority secure units have been commissioned by the Youth Justice Board since 1st April; and how many beds are available in each.      (HL4552)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many remands to custody have been made since 1st April in relation to males aged 15 to 16, broken down by age and ethnicity.      (HL4553)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what treatment programmes are available for convicted sex offenders aged under 18 in—

    (a) local authority secure accommodation; and

    (b) young offender institutions.      (HL4554)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to extend literacy and numeracy classes to children and young people in secure training centres and young offender institutions.      (HL4555)

The Baroness DavidTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what educational provision is available to children and young people in secure training centres and young offender institutions who have statements of special educational needs.      (HL4556)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what advice they have received from the Spoliation Advisory Panel with regard to the progress the Panel has achieved.      (HL4557)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress, if any, they are making with the introduction of a nationwide proof of age card designed to help curb under-age drinking and the illegal purchase of tobacco and alcohol.      (HL4558)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any pilot schemes are planned to assess the effectiveness of a proof of age card designed to curb under-age drinking and smoking; and, if so, where.      (HL4559)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many road accident casualties there were on the A3 Kingston by-pass between the junctions with the A308 and the A309 in the 12 months to 31st May in each of the following years: 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000.      (HL4560)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vehicles have benefited from the exemption of historic vehicles from vehicle excise duty, and how much vehicle excise duty has been foregone, in each year since the introduction of the exemption.      (HL4561)

The Lord Brabazon of TaraTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many vehicles that were first registered in 1973, 1974 and 1975 are still registered and paying vehicle excise duty.      (HL4562)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a corrected reply to the question answered by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 23rd October (WA 30-32) showing the top rate of direct tax on personal incomes in the United Kingdom for each year from 1970-71 to 1999-2000.      (HL4563)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in view of the accident record at the junction of the M25 and the A13 roads, they will expedite the provision of traffic lights at that junction; which other road junctions with the M25 do not have traffic lights; and in each such case by which date, if any, they expect to install traffic lights.      (HL4564)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what will be the total value of notes and coins denominated in euros in circulation throughout the European Union at the beginning of 2002.      (HL4565)

The Lord RedesdaleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to reduce the time commitment expected from millennium volunteers.      (HL4566)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether it is within the power of Parliament to reduce or zero rate VAT on repairs to church buildings without the consent of the European Union.      (HL4567)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, when the decision was taken to close Merrywood School, Knowle West, Bristol, local authority consultation of local residents was undertaken by means of the internet and telephone polling; and, if so, whether such consultation can take sufficient account of the views of those in deprived areas who do not necessarily have access to such forms of communication.      (HL4568)

8th November

The Lord Hunt of ChestertonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what consultations have been undertaken with the public and private sector customers of the Meteorological Office on its planned relocation from Bracknell, due to be announced shortly.      (HL4572)

The Lord Hunt of ChestertonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the economic and strategic factors of relocating the Meteorological Office from Bracknell to Shinfield Park, Reading, next to the European Centre for Medium Range Weather Forecasts, determine this to be the best option for the United Kingdom and Europe.      (HL4573)

The Baroness HamweeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty are covered, or may potentially be affected, by the three tranches of multi-modal studies.      (HL4574)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the total number of staff employed in (a) the Home Office and (b) the Lord Chancellor’s Department in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2000; and what was the annual cost of staff employed in each Department in each of these years.      (HL4575)

The Lord RoganTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether an approach was made by the Ministry of Defence to Queen’s University Belfast or its student union with regard to the Queen’s Officer Training Corps being allowed to have a stand at the freshers’ fair; and, if so, what was the outcome.      (HL4576)

The Lord Steel of AikwoodTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the critical report of the Commonwealth observer mission on the election in Zanzibar, what representations they have made to the government of Tanzania to help secure fair and free elections on the island under a genuinely independent electoral commission.      (HL4577)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the statement issued by St Mary’s Hospital, Manchester, that “despite all the efforts of the medical team” to save the life of the conjoined twin, Mary, they were unable to do so, whether they will say what these efforts consisted of.      (HL4578)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to change the law to permit the parents of conjoined twins to challenge before the House of Lords judicial decisions of a life-threatening nature affecting their children, with which they disagree; and why, in the case of baby Mary, the Official Solicitor did not refer the case to the House of Lords.      (HL4579)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many young people have secured employment during the last three years; and by what percentage this differs from the number recorded in the preceding three years.      (HL4580)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last four years, how many people have been required to pay a fixed penalty for dropping litter; and how many have been convicted by the courts for this offence.      (HL4581)

The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they intend to create elected Regional Assemblies in England.      (HL4582)

9th November

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans for the posthumous recognition of members of the Armed Forces who are killed in service.      (HL4585)

The Baroness Gould of PotternewtonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there are any proposals to amend the Department of Health and Food Standards Agency departmental expenditure limit or running cost limit for 2000-01.      (HL4586)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the resignation of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Burma, Mr Rajsoomer Lallah, was due to the lack of resources to fulfil his mandate; and whether they will give more funding to support his work.      (HL4587)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent decision by the United Nations Security Council to set up a court to try those accused of war crimes in Sierra Leone, whether the Government will urge that similar action is taken with regard to war crimes committed in Burma.      (HL4588)

The Lord Cocks of HartcliffeTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether the painting by Andrew Festing of the House debating the Queen’s Speech in November 1995 is intended to be a historical record; and whether he will take steps to ensure that future generations of students and historians are made aware of the decision by some Lords not to appear in the painting because of objections of principle.      (HL4589)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Pakistan about the imprisonment of the former Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif; and what progress Commonwealth Ministers have made in agreeing, with the present authorities in Pakistan, a timetable for the restoration of democracy.      (HL4590)

The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what payments in pursuance of their duties have been made to each of the two Inspectors appointed in 1992 to investigate the affairs of Mirror Group Newspapers plc, broken down for each year since then up to October 2000.      (HL4591)

The Lord Davies of OldhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what action they propose to take to prevent the European Commission changing the status of the proposed Directive on pedestrian friendly vehicle fronts to a voluntary code.      (HL4592)

The Lord WinstonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Minister for the Environment has not yet replied to Lord Winston’s letter of 12th October, inviting him to give evidence to the Science and Technology Committee on the non-appearance of the consultation paper on nuclear waste promised for the spring of this year.      (HL4593)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what effect the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s proposal in his autumn statement to repay public debt will have on annuity rates.      (HL4594)

The Lord HigginsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s autumn statement made no reference to his proposal to increase national insurance contributions.      (HL4595)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will be in a position to write to Lord Laird concerning the criteria for the appointment of committees as promised in the Written Answer HL4240 of 25th October.      (HL4596)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when the Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission will be in a position to write to Lord Laird concerning investigations undertaken by the Commission as promised in the Written Answer HL4241 of 25th October.      (HL4597)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the current European Commission proposals with respect to customer protection on the Internet, particularly in the light of recent criticism from the Alliance for Electronic Business.      (HL4598)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to respond to the recent survey from the SAS Institute revealing that 62 per cent of top tier companies across all sectors in the United Kingdom have no measures in place to combat Internet fraud.      (HL4599)

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]
    Parliament Acts (Amendment) [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]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment) [24th November]

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 [16th November]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [20th November]
    Freedom of Information [14th November]
    Disqualifications [20th November]

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Licensing (Young Persons) [14th November]
    Warm Homes and Energy Conservation [16th November]
    Fur Farming (Prohibition) [13th November]
    Police (Northern Ireland) [15th November]
    Colchester Borough Council [HL]

Sent to the Commons

    Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
    Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [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]

Returned to the Commons amended

    Criminal Justice and Court Services
    Transport

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

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

Waiting for Royal Assent

    Health Service Commissioners (Amendment)
    Trustee [HL]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Draft Social Security (Incapacity Benefit) Miscellaneous Amendments Regulations 2000
    Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Modifications of Schedule 5) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Jobseeker’s Allowance (Joint Claims: Consequential Amendments) Regulations 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
    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

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

MONDAY 13TH NOVEMBER

Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)

TUESDAY 14TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Sub-Committee I)10.45 am
(Complementary and Alternative Medicine)
Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)3.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
Refreshment (Sub-Committee)4.45 pm

WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
Science and Technology (Select Committee)3.00 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm
European Union (Sub-Committee F)4.30 pm

THURSDAY 16TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.45 am

TUESDAY 21ST NOVEMBER

European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm

WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

Delegated Powers and Deregulation10.30 am
(Select Committee)

 
 
 
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