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NOTICES AND ORDERS OF THE DAY

Items marked are new or have been altered.

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

MONDAY 27TH NOVEMBER

At half-past two o’clock

*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 they accept the Opinion of an Advocate-General at the European Court of Justice on 19th October that harmful criticism of the European Union or its institutions is akin to blasphemy and that in such cases the normal right to freedom of expression does not apply; and, if not, whether they will raise the question at the forthcoming European Council in Nice in December.

†Business of the House—The Baroness Jay of Paddington to move, That Standing Order 40 (Arrangement of the Order Paper) be suspended on Wednesday 29th November so far as is necessary to give the Government power to arrange the order of business.

§Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

Race Relations (Amendment) Bill [HL]Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

Transport Bill—Consideration of Commons Reasons [The Lord Macdonald of Tradeston]

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 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.

*The Lord Harrison—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what steps they are taking, through the European Union, to prevent faulty domestic electrical appliances manufactured outside the European Union and carrying forged trade marks from entering the United Kingdom by means of the Single European Market.

Disqualifications Bill—Third Reading [The Lord Falconer of Thoroton]

Children (Leaving Care) Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord Hunt of Kings Heath]

Criminal Justice and Court Services Bill—Consideration of Commons Amendments and Reasons [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]

WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

[Prayers will have been read]

*The Baroness Miller of Chilthorne Domer—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what importance they attach to the recommendations in the Competition Commission’s report on supermarkets, published in October, that a code of practice should be drawn up to counter adverse practices that supermarkets inflict on suppliers and that an independent third party should be established to report breaches to the Office of Fair Trading.

*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.

The Lord Falconer of Thoroton—To move, That this House takes note of the planning, management and operation of the Millennium Dome, and of its future.

Insolvency Bill [HL]—Consideration of Commons Amendments [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]

THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

[At eleven o’clock]

*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.

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

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 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.

The Earl of Sandwich—To ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made in the reform of the European Union’s development policy.

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 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]

The Baroness Wilcox—To move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Air Travel and Health (5th Report, HL Paper 121). [22nd November]

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

[Tabled on 24th November]

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the latest proposals by the European Union Commission on the future of the European Union Sugar Regime, what is their policy towards the future of that regime with particular reference to Commonwealth countries whose economies are largely dependent on secure sugar exports.      (HL4807)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to date of the operation of the scheme of compensation of miners or former miners suffering from bronchitis and emphysema, excluding any payments to applicants.      (HL4808)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 13th November (WA 8), what are the factual inaccuracies and misconceptions that are contained in the YouGov article dated 26th October.      (HL4809)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the report in the Financial Times of 22 November headlined “Euro MPs threaten to stymie hostile takeovers” is accurate; and, if so, whether they can resist the European Parliament’s proposals in the Council of Ministers.      (HL4810)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union has recently asked the United Kingdom and or other Member States to designate further areas to be covered by Special Protection Orders or as Special Areas of Conservation; and, if so, what action is being taken by the United Kingdom.      (HL4811)

QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER

24TH 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)

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)

20th October

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 Privy Council in relation to the disposal of Government cars after use.      (HL4333)

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)

30th October

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)

31st October

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)

2nd November

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)

6th November

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 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 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 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)

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 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)

9th November

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)

13th November

The Lord ShepherdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what changes have been made to European Union sanctions in relation to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.      (HL4606)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the draft protocol on primary legislation procedure, discussed at the National Assembly of Wales on 2nd February, has yet been formally agreed between the Assembly and the Government.      (HL4608)

The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the rails currently being replaced by Railtrack were laid down in the last five years.      (HL4609)

The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 8th November (WA 152) about the recent visit by the United Kingdom Commonwealth Parliamentary Association to the Cayman Islands, what notice the Governor received of the visit; whether he took any of the relevant period as leave; and, if so, why he took leave at that time.      (HL4610)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 8th November (WA 162), what was the professional advice given to the Ministry of Defence concerning the sale of the Royal Army Medical Corps site at Millbank, London.      (HL4616)

14th November

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what arrangements they propose to make to enable British and other competitors at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 to bring firearms into the United Kingdom and for British competitors to be able to practise for pistol shooting events without incurring foreign travel expenses.      (HL4624)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, following the House of Lords ruling on the claim of Mr David Steed against the Home Secretary for interest on the delayed compensation for property confiscated under the Firearms (Amendment) Acts 1997, they will now pay interest on similar cases without the need for claimants to pursue the Home Secretary through the courts.      (HL4625)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 31st October (WA 87), whether the rules of engagement for British forces combating terrorists in Sierra Leone are the same as those for British forces combating terrorism within the United Kingdom.      (HL4626)

The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of violence in recent weeks in Indonesia in the Moluccas, especially in the islands of Ambon and Sapura, whether they have urged the Indonesian government to remove the Lasker Jihad Islamic forces from the region.      (HL4627)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what contribution to the reform of policing Mr Tom Constantine has made since 31st May, when he was appointed Oversight Commissioner in Northern Ireland.      (HL4629)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they expect to announce the names of the members of the new Police Board for Northern Ireland.      (HL4630)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether street numbering, using clear and visible numbers, is a matter that can be dealt with through local bye-laws; and whether a British Standard exists for house and commercial numbers.      (HL4631)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of the resources of the Children’s Fund, amounting to £450 million over three years, will be allocated to Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales respectively; and who will administer such resources in those jurisdictions.      (HL4633)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what recommendations they and the European Union will be making to Turkey following the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in the cases of Ozgur Gundem v. Turkey and Kilic v. Turkey concerning freedom of expression.      (HL4634)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their view of Professor Clifford Shearing’s criticism of the Police (Northern Ireland) Bill in the Guardian of 14th November.      (HL4635)

The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the projected manning state, in terms of quality and numbers, of UNAMSIL for the months of January and February is satisfactory.      (HL4637)

15th November

The Lord Brooke of AlverthorpeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, in the light of the investment levels set out in their 10 year plan, they will announce further additions to the targeted programme of trunk road improvements.      (HL4643)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in promoting appropriate multilateral action to evaluate the significance of diamonds and other precious metals in the causes of conflict throughout the world and to deal effectively with any connections which are established.      (HL4648)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their evaluation of any negative relationship between the development of a United States national missile defence system and the willingness of China to work constructively with other nuclear weapon states on strategic arms control measures; and what representations they are making to the United States government in this respect.      (HL4649)

The Lord VivianTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the categories of policy where Britain’s veto may be suspended by the European Commission by the Treaty of Nice.      (HL4650)

The Lord Hodgson of Astley AbbottsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what increases in pay would be receivable by a private soldier on a six monthly overseas unaccompanied emergency tour if he were paid at the rate of the National Minimum Wage.      (HL4651)

The Lord Walton of DetchantTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress has been made with their reviews of the commissioning of specialised services in the National Health Service and of neurosurgery for Parkinson’s disease; and whether they are now in a position to implement their proposals relating to long-term service agreements and regional consortia.      (HL4652)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 9th November (WA 167-168) concerning the proposed European Charter of Human Rights, how the statement that “The Charter is not legally binding” can be reconciled with a following statement “In deciding how to interpret fundamental rights the ECJ is now, and will remain, free to have regard to relevant material. That may include the Charter”.      (HL4657)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what language groups were consulted by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in the production of a pamphlet entitled “The Bill of Rights—Language” in September; whether it contains the views of the Commission; and whether it satisfies the requirements of the Belfast Agreement of 1998 which guaranteed total parity of esteem and equality.      (HL4661)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the annual sum that would need to be invested during the remaining normal working lifetime of men and women aged (a) 16, (b) 20, (c) 25 and (d) 30 to accumulate a capital sum on retirement that would secure the equivalent income from investments as is promised by the basic state pension after taking account of the recent announcements on increased payment levels, and assuming future uplifts in line with inflation.      (HL4662)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their estimate of the total annual funding in £ billion that would be required if all working men and women aged under 30 made an annual pension investment sufficient to accumulate a capital sum on retirement that would secure the equivalent income from investments as is promised by the basic state pension after taking account of recent announcements on increased payment levels; and what that annual funding requirement would be after 5, 15, 25 and 35 years if all new entrants into the workforce were funded on the same basis.      (HL4663)

The Lord BlackwellTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what level of National Insurance Contribution rebate they plan for those contracting out of the new second state pension when introduced; and whether they intend that those earning £9,000 or less with an existing stakeholder pension would benefit from contracting out of the second state pension.      (HL4664)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Strategic Communications Unit has its own website; and, if not, why not.      (HL4665)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they endorse the appointment of Jose Maria Figueres to the United Nations’ Information and Communication Technologies Advisory Group; and what plans they have to assist the ICT Group in its work.      (HL4668)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the analysis of Nicholas Negroponte, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology media laboratory, that the developing world will dominate the Internet in the future; and whether this will affect their aim to make the United Kingdom the best place in the world for e-commerce.      (HL4669)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, given that budget line B3/301 of the European Union Commission’s draft general budget for 2001 reveals financial support for the European Movement in 1999, whether they stand by the Written Answer from Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 28th July (WA 113).      (HL4671)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much of the 7,921,875.56 euros, revealed in budget line B3/301 of the European Union Commission’s draft general budget as paid to “information outlets”, went to the European Movement in the United Kingdom.      (HL4672)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many convicted offenders have been sentenced under each of the three categories of mandatory sentence in conformity with the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997; and on what dates were the provisions brought into force.      (HL4673)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what funding they have given to Zimbabwe this year.      (HL4678)

    [As amended on 20th November]

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what monies they have withheld from Zimbabwe this year.      (HL4679)

The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what future Government funding they envisage for Zimbabwe.      (HL4680)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will reconsider their policy on the up-rating of national insurance retirement pensions earned by United Kingdom citizens now resident in Commonwealth countries in the light of the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s recently announced size of the surplus on Government accounts for the year 1999-2000 and the likelihood of continuing surpluses.      (HL4681)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with respect to the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union, what are their reasons for not approving incorporation of the Charter in the Treaties of the European Union; and what they consider to be the main differences in practice between a Declaratory Charter and a Treaty Charter.      (HL4682)

    [As amended on 20th November]

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners have formally claimed income support since the start of the current take-up campaign; how many of those claims have been decided; and how many have succeeded.      (HL4683)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by how much the Minimum Income Guarantee will be increased in April 2001 for pensioners aged (a) under 75, (b) 75-79 and (c) 80 or over.      (HL4684)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what proportion of pensioners will be entitled to the proposed pension credit in 2003-04, 2020-21 and 2050-51 if the credit is introduced in the form proposed in the consultation paper (Cm 4900).      (HL4685)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the estimated cost of the pension credit in 2003-04.      (HL4686)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many pensioners entitled to the proposed pension credit will be liable for income tax in 2003-04.      (HL4687)

The Baroness Castle of BlackburnTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the proposed pension credit will be subject to a means test.      (HL4688)

The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will provide any assistance to the Council of Europe following the Vilnius Conference on Looted Art in setting up a website to list all works of art with dubious provenance between the years 1933-1945.      (HL4690)

16th November

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how the quality and reliability of public service in the privatised railways compare with the nationalised railways which preceded them.      (HL4697)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what progress they have made in establishing interdepartmental arrangements for work on conflict prevention and conflict resolution throughout the world; and how effective these arrangements are proving.      (HL4698)

The Earl of SelborneTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Lord Mayor Treloar Hospital, Alton, will be considered as a potential site for the provision of specialist orthopaedic facilities in the forthcoming study of future orthopaedic provision in Hampshire.      (HL4699)

The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how much funding has been allocated to research into the hypothetical link between BSE or vCJD and exposure to (a) organophosphates (OPs), either as warble fly dressing alone or in combination with grain or other feed that has been dressed with OPs, or with OP or synthetic pyrethroid insecticides; (b) vaccines or injectibles where bovine material has been used in the manufacturing process; (c) other environmental factors; and (d) any combination of these factors.      (HL4702)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Devon and Dorset Regiment took part in the annual Remembrance Day Service in Besshook, County Armagh; and whether they were allowed to sell poppies for the British Legion at their base.      (HL4703)

The Lord WindleshamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date electronically monitored curfew orders were made available to the courts in England and Wales as an additional community order; how many orders have been made in each year since introduction; and what have been the failure rates, either because the offender failed to conform to the terms of the order, or because of faults in the electronic equipment.      (HL4704)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government for how long the search engine on the Cabinet Office website has been off-line; and when it can be expected to be operational again.      (HL4707)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the responsibilities of the incoming e-envoy; and how, if at all, these differ from when the post was held by Mr Alex Allan.      (HL4708)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will appoint a Cabinet-level e-commerce Minister, as proposed by Eurim.      (HL4709)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 15th November (WA 35), when they will publish the Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Social Security, the Department for Social Development and the BBC regarding the administration of free television licences for people aged 75 and over.      (HL4710)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had from the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust in regard to the execution of warrants against vulnerable people; and what action they are taking.      (HL4711)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have had from the Mobility Trust on the provision of National Health Service powered wheelchairs and vouchers; what reply they are sending; and what action they are taking.      (HL4712)

The Duke of MontroseTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, if the United Nations Development Programme plan for land redistribution in Zimbabwe is implemented, whether the finance provided by the international community and the United Kingdom, when used as compensation to those being dispossessed, will be paid in Zimbabwean currency or in external hard currency.      (HL4713)

20th November

The Lord ElderTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what plans they have to make further changes to the location of Territorial Army units.      (HL4719)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what representations they have made to the government of Israel following the persistent shelling of Beit Sahour.      (HL4720)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the weapons collection programme introduced in Albania earlier in the year has been a success; whether there were sufficient resources available for effective follow-through; and what direct and indirect contributions the United Kingdom has made to that programme.      (HL4721)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are taking any action, and if so what, following the most recent developments on European defence cooperation to ensure that European states which are not members of the European Union or members of NATO are increasingly drawn into effective partnership for European security.      (HL4722)

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest evaluation of the future role to be played by the South Eastern Europe Stability Pact in the Balkans; what interdepartmental machinery they have put in place to maximise the effectiveness of the United Kingdom’s cooperation with and support for the pact; and what is the total direct and indirect expenditure by the United Kingdom on such cooperation and support.      (HL4723)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government why the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is proposing to appoint a nominee from the Irish language sector to the Education Rights Working Group considering the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights but has made no allowance for an Ulster Scots nominee.      (HL4725)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which appointments affecting Northern Ireland they have made since 1st January 1997 on which they consulted the government of the Republic of Ireland.      (HL4726)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Irish government has complied with its specific human rights obligations as contained in the Belfast Agreement, under the chapter entitled “Rights, Safeguards and Equality of Opportunity”; and, in particular, whether the Irish government has fulfilled its obligation to ratify the Council of Europe Framework Convention on National Minorities.      (HL4727)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which countries the Foreign Secretary had in mind as enemies when he said that Europe will be made “safe and secure” by the new European Union armed force; and how that safety and security will be enhanced above that already provided by NATO.      (HL4728)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Scotland of Asthal on 9th November (WA 165) concerning the annual expenditure of the European Court of Human Rights, why the costs were given in euros rather than in pounds sterling; whether they consider that answers given in the Official Report should be immediately clear to Members of both Houses of Parliament and the British public; and whether their answer was in accordance with that principle.      (HL4729)

The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which signatories to the European Convention on Human Rights are and are not members of the eurozone.      (HL4730)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what specific assistance they propose to offer the new government of Serbia in the clearing of the Danube following the restoration of diplomatic ties between Yugoslavia and the United Kingdom.      (HL4732)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their policy on the future final status of Kosovo; and whether they would support independence for Kosovo.      (HL4733)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to proposals for a United States National Missile Defense system.      (HL4734)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether upgrades to radar stations in Yorkshire would be necessary for a United States National Missile Defense System; and, if so, what is their policy towards such upgrades.      (HL4735)

The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with Russia regarding the United States proposals for a National Missile Defense System.      (HL4736)

The Lord Shore of StepneyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on how many occasions since the House of Lords agreed its Scrutiny Reserve Resolution on 6th December 1999 have Ministers of the Crown given agreement to proposals for European Community legislation or to other Community actions when the subject concerned had not completed scrutiny clearance by the European Union Committee; and what changes they are now considering to strengthen the scrutiny procedures.      (HL4737)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the Specified Risk Materials (Amendment) Regulations 2000 will have the effect of weakening, from 1st October, the previous controls on specified risk materials; and, if so, whether European Union rules do not permit the United Kingdom to do otherwise; whether the French authorities will offer a greater level of protection; and whether the Government will review the Regulations.      (HL4738)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the invalid carers allowance will be paid to family members having care of a severely disabled relative in order to assist them in paying for professional carers to assist in that work.      (HL4739)

21st November

The Lord Mackenzie of FramwellgateTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, over the last five years, what proportion of the police fund in each police area was used annually by the police authority to service the needs of that police authority; and on what it was spent.      (HL4742)

The Lord DholakiaTo ask Her Majesty’s Government which Council of Europe member countries allow sentenced prisoners to vote.      (HL4743)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what is the sum offered by Legacy plc for the purchase of the Dome site and accepted by the Government as the basis for the award to Legacy plc of preferred bidder status.      (HL4744)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), whether any request has been made to Legacy plc by the Government for a portion of the sale price of the Dome site to be paid prior to the signing of the contracts; whether Legacy plc has agreed to such a request; and whether there is an agreement that such a sum will be repaid to Legacy plc in the event that outstanding contractual issues cannot be resolved satisfactorily within an agreed timetable.      (HL4745)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what are the outstanding contractual issues which must be resolved before contracts can be signed with Legacy plc for the sale of the Dome site.      (HL4746)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), which body or bodies will regularly monitor the progress of the negotiations for the sale of the Dome site to Legacy plc; and to which Minister or Ministers the reports on such progress will be made.      (HL4747)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what action they propose to take in order to sell the Dome site in the event that the outstanding issues with Legacy plc cannot be resolved by mid-February.      (HL4748)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the impact of the development of the Excel site in Docklands upon the viability of the Legacy plc offer to develop the Dome site; and whether they will publish the results of that impact assessment.      (HL4749)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their latest information on the number, whereabouts and well-being of Kuwaiti prisoners of war in Iraq; and what further international initiatives they have taken or supported for their release.      (HL4750)

The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what further consideration they have given to extending to severely disabled people under the age of 60 the winter fuel payment currently paid to all pensioner households irrespective of income; and what action they are taking.      (HL4751)

The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of atrocities in the Congo in the last two years; whether the level and nature of these atrocities constitute genocide or crimes against humanity; and what initiatives they have taken to raise the situation in the Congo at an international level.      (HL4752)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many deep mined coal mines are still in production; what are their names and in which regions they are; and how many people are employed underground and overall in the coal industry.      (HL4753)

The Lord Mason of BarnsleyTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what financial assistance has been afforded to the British coal industry since 1997 from the European Commission, the European Coal and Steel Community and the British Government.      (HL4754)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether signatories to an international agreement may implement only those parts of the agreement that they select and ignore others.      (HL4755)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what their response would be if the Irish Republic were to apply to rejoin the Commonwealth.      (HL4756)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government on what date and in what form the government of the Irish Republic indicated that they supported the Disqualifications Bill currently before Parliament.      (HL4757)

The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether staff of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission are required to display any particular attitude towards human rights.      (HL4758)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, with regard to the goods and services contracted by the New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC)—

    (a) how many judgment summonses have been issued against NMEC;

    (b) what is the total amount entered in such judgment summonses; and

    (c) to what extent such judgments have been satisfied, and what funds are available within NMEC to satisfy any outstanding amounts owed.      (HL4760)

The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the total amount of indebtedness of the New Millennium Experience Company as at 21st November.      (HL4761)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will publish in the Official Report a further correction to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 23rd October (WA 30) showing the top rate of direct tax on personal incomes in the United Kingdom for each year from 1970-71 to 1999-2000, with reference to the first three years of the series.      (HL4762)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many prosecutions, and how many convictions, there have so far been for offences under the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170).      (HL4763)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will review the enforcement and administration of, and the need for, the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170); and whether they will consider the repeal or modification of these regulations.      (HL4764)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they regard it as satisfactory that the restrictions on the use of lead shot introduced under the Environmental Protection (Restriction on the Use of Lead Shot) (England) Regulations 1999 (S.I. 1999/2170) do not apply throughout the United Kingdom; and, if not, whether they intend to make representations to the devolved legislatures as to the need to introduce similar regulations.      (HL4765)

The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any British troops committed to action under the proposed European Defence Force would have available the support and protection of those electronic intelligence and surveillance capabilities of the United States which would be made available to NATO under similar conditions.      (HL4766)

The Lord TebbitTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the extent of Government funding to facilitate the provision of disability information since 1990; to whom it has been paid; and with what result.      (HL4767)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what policies they have in place to ensure that broadband high-speed Internet access is as available in rural as in urban areas.      (HL4768)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the operations of the Strategic Communications Unit in producing the Eurogrid are consistent with their policy towards freedom of information.      (HL4769)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will name the staff of the Strategic Communications Unit responsible for the Eurogrid.      (HL4770)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to whom or to which authority the Strategic Communications Unit is accountable for the operation of the Eurogrid.      (HL4771)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the annual cost of running the Eurogrid.      (HL4772)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government to what extent the Eurogrid contains “lines to take” on potential news stories emanating from the European Union.      (HL4773)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what sum will be allocated to the New Millennium Experience Company from the proceeds of sale of the Millennium Dome site; and what sum will be paid to English Partnerships.      (HL4774)

The Baroness HanhamTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what sum they expect to be paid by the New Millennium Experience Company to the Millennium Commission as a repayment in whole or in part of the monies made available by the Millennium Commission to the New Millennium Experience Company above and beyond the original grant of £399 million.      (HL4775)

22nd November

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they respond to the European Commission’s e-invoicing proposals.      (HL4778)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in light of the results of the recent auction of 28 GHz broadband radio spectrum, whether they will consider postponing the proposed auctions of 3.4 GHz, 10 GHz and 40 GHz spectra scheduled for next year.      (HL4779)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether, on the basis of the outcome, the recent auction of 28 GHz broadband radio spectrum was adequately competitive.      (HL4780)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, in the light of the recent auction of 28 GHz broadband radio spectrum, how they intend to address the problem that 40 per cent of the population will not have broadband high-speed Internet access; what impact this has on their policy of making the United Kingdom the best place in the world for e-commerce; and to what extent the lack of sale of any licences for Wales, and, in England, South Central, South West, East Anglia and East Midlands areas will delay the roll-out of high-speed Internet access throughout the United Kingdom.      (HL4781)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what advice they received that Legacy plc should not be named as the preferred bidder for the Millennium Dome; and why they rejected that advice.      (HL4782)

The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Falconer of Thoroton on 20th November (WA 61), what will be the cost of clearing attraction zones from the Millennium Dome after 31st December; and what sum has been allocated for this work within the budget of the New Millennium Experience Company as at 22nd November.      (HL4783)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they consider that majorities of both Israelis and Palestinians wish serious peace negotiations to continue; and, if so, whether they will state their support and facilitate the starting and continuance of such negotiations.      (HL4784)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they are aware of any continuing infringements of the Israel-European Union Association Agreement, relating to goods produced in settlements in Occupied Territories; and, if so, whether they will ask the European Union Council to act in respect of such infringements.      (HL4785)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they will seek to ensure that plans, whether bilateral or multilateral, to reduce worldwide poverty, include prevention of trafficking in women and sexual abuse of young people, whenever this is appropriate.      (HL4786)

The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether there has been any progress by the International Committee of the Red Cross and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees in arranging the return home of those displaced by recent fighting between Eritrea and Ethiopia.      (HL4787)

The Baroness JegerTo ask Her Majesty’s Government by whom the Trustees of the British Museum are appointed; and what are their terms of reference.      (HL4788)

The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether any parts or materials derived from parts of Odocoileus species, or Cervus Cleaphus nebonii, may be imported from North America; and, if so, what safeguards are in place to prevent the introduction of “Chronic Wasting Disease” into the United Kingdom.      (HL4789)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they believe that the British tourism industry and especially small and medium-sized enterprises have prepared actively for the advent of the Euro, whose money and coins will be circulating in Britain in 15 months time, as advised in the publication produced in 1999 by the British Tourism Authority, entitled The Euro and your Business.      (HL4790)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how many times the veto has been used by European Union Member States including the United Kingdom on single market issues in the last ten years; and by which Member States.      (HL4791)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to counter the use by other European Union Member States of the national veto on single market legislation when the effect is to handicap British firms in the single European market.      (HL4792)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the British tax regime has any part to play in the apparent threefold excess cost of share dealings in the British Stock Exchange, compared with those of the United States and Sweden.      (HL4793)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the working of the Late Payments of Commercial Debts (Interest) Act 1998, which sought to tackle small and medium-sized enterprises being paid late, especially by big firms and institutions is satisfactory.      (HL4794)

The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to incorporate into United Kingdom law the European Union’s recently agreed directive on late payment of commercial debts, an issue which affects small firms when participating in the single European market.      (HL4795)

23rd November

The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 13th November (WA 8), whether unrepresented asylum seekers or would be immigrants seeking to argue their case on human rights grounds, when referred to the case of Pardeepan, will be given the decision in an accessible form or will have its implications explained to them.      (HL4799)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the estimated cost according to their business plan, and the actual cost, of moving civil servants in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food from the Tolworth Toby Jug site to Page Street in London; and from where these funds were obtained.      (HL4800)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what was the estimated income from the disposal of the Tolworth Toby Jug site which the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food included in their business plan for moving civil servants to Page Street in London; and what is now the agreed price for its disposal.      (HL4801)

The Baroness BlatchTo ask Her Majesty’s Government when they decided to stop seeking commercial development opportunities for the Tolworth Toby Jug site of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, and to dispose of it to the Ministry of Defence; and what were the consequences of this decision for the cost of moving the civil servants from Tolworth to London.      (HL4802)

The Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove BayTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what percentage of the country’s housing stock they expect to be included in the Stamp Duty exemption areas mentioned in the recent Pre-Budget Report; and when the boundaries of these areas will be announced.      (HL4803)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is their response to the criticisms of the Home Office made in the Medical Foundation’s report on the treatment of 49 Tamil asylum seekers who survived torture in Sri Lanka, published in June.      (HL4804)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government how they will ensure that poverty reduction becomes the main focus of the European Union’s development policy.      (HL4805)

The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what is the average interval between commitment and disbursal of European development assistance; and how this compares with practice in the United Kingdom.      (HL4806)

24th November

The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, following the latest proposals by the European Union Commission on the future of the European Union Sugar Regime, what is their policy towards the future of that regime with particular reference to Commonwealth countries whose economies are largely dependent on secure sugar exports.      (HL4807)

The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majesty’s Government what has been the cost to date of the operation of the scheme of compensation of miners or former miners suffering from bronchitis and emphysema, excluding any payments to applicants.      (HL4808)

The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majesty’s Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Bassam of Brighton on 13th November (WA 8-9), what are the factual inaccuracies and misconceptions that are contained in the YouGov article dated 26th October.      (HL4809)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the report in the Financial Times of 22 November headlined “Euro MPs threaten to stymie hostile takeovers” is accurate; and, if so, whether they can resist the European Parliament’s proposals in the Council of Ministers.      (HL4810)

The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majesty’s Government whether the European Union has recently asked the United Kingdom and or other Member States to designate further areas to be covered by Special Protection Orders or as Special Areas of Conservation; and, if so, what action is being taken by the United Kingdom.      (HL4811)

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]
    Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
    Horserace Totalisator Board [HL]

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]
    Sexual Offences (Amendment)

Waiting for Third Reading

    European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
    Disqualifications [28th November]
    Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [27th November]
    Protection of Animals (Amendment) [30th 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]
    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

    Freedom of Information
    Countryside and Rights of Way

Waiting for consideration of Commons amendments

    Race Relations (Amendment) [HL] [27th November]
    Children (Leaving Care) [HL] [28th November]
    Insolvency [HL] [29th November]

Waiting for consideration of Commons reasons

    Criminal Justice and Court Services [28th November]
    Transport [27th November]

AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS

Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee

    Mink Keeping (England) Order 2000
    Draft Apportionment of Money in the National Lottery Distribution Fund Order 2000
    Draft Millennium Commission (Substitution of a Later Date) Order 2000

Waiting for Affirmative Resolution

    Draft Companies Act 1985 (Electronic Communications) Order 2000
    Draft EUTELSAT (Immunities and Privileges) (Amendment) Order 2000
    Draft Broadcasting (Limit on the Holding of Licences to Provide Television Multiplex Services) Order 2000
    Draft Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) (Amendment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2000

NORTHERN IRELAND ASSEMBLY LEGISLATION ON

RESERVED/EXCEPTED MATTERS IN PROGRESS

Awaiting expiry of period for notice of motion that the Act shall cease to have effect

    Child Support, Pensions and Social Security Act (Northern Ireland) 2000 [17th January]

COMMITTEES

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

in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]

TUESDAY 28TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee A)10.30 am
Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England4.10 pm
(Select Committee)
Statutory Instruments (Joint Committee)4.15 pm
European Union (Select Committee)4.15 pm
Administration and Works (Sub-Committee)4.15 pm
in the Moses Room
Lords’ Interests4.15 pm
(Sub-Committee)in the Law Lords’ Conference Room

WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee B)10.30 am
European Union (Sub-Committee D)10.30 am
Delegated Powers and Deregulation11.15 am
(Select Committee)
European Union (Sub-Committee E)4.15 pm

THURSDAY 30TH NOVEMBER

European Union (Sub-Committee C)10.30 am

 
 
 
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