WEDNESDAY 29TH MARCH
*The Lord Hurd of WestwellTo ask Her Majestys Government for how long they intend to refuse to meet Austrian Ministers.
*The Lord Wade of ChorltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have for the future of the Daresbury Laboratory, Warrington, in view of the decision to site the joint United Kingdom/French Synchrotron Diamond Project at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxford.
*The Lord BownessTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are confident that, in the first year of the Greater London Authority, the extra cost to the council taxpayer will be no more than the predicted three pence at band D.
*The Baroness YoungTo ask Her Majestys Government what representations they have made to the incoming Russian President, Mr Putin, about human rights abuses in Chechnya.
The Lord Dean of HarptreeTo call attention to the case for a power of delay on Statutory Instruments, as recommended by the Royal Commission on the Reform of the House of Lords; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
The Lord FreybergTo call attention to the case for extending section 33 of the Value Added Tax Act 1994 to include national museums and galleries which are the responsibility of central Government; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
Wireless Telegraphy (Television Licence Fees) (Amendment) Regulations 2000The Baroness Anelay of St Johns to move, That an Humble Address be presented to Her Majesty praying that the Regulations, laid before the House on 8th March, be annulled (S.I. 2000/630).
Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 1st March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]
Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Regulations laid before the House on 1st March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]
Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2000The Lord McIntosh of Haringey to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 3rd March be approved. [12th Report from the Joint Committee]
THURSDAY 30TH MARCH
[Prayers will have been read]
*The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will reply to the letter from the President of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture dated 27th March 1998, which transmitted the Committees report on their visit to the United Kingdom and the Isle of Man from 8th to 17th September 1997, and asked the Government to provide a report within six months on action taken to deal with the matters raised.
*The Lord St John of BletsoTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they are taking to ensure that the forthcoming elections in Zimbabwe are free and fair.
*The Lord Allen of AbbeydaleTo ask Her Majestys Government how many people are now in prison in England and Wales; and how many are likely to be there in twelve months time.
Financial Services and Markets BillHouse to be again in Committee [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey] [7th, 8th and 10th Reports from the Delegated Powers Committee]
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what further help they are considering for people who were infected with hepatitis C by contaminated NHS blood products and the dependants of those who have since died in consequence of their infection.
MONDAY 3RD APRIL
*The Baroness Miller of HendonTo ask Her Majestys Government what response they intend to make to the European Union proposal for VAT on postal services.
*The Baroness SharplesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any plans to change the law regarding the sentencing of aggressive beggars.
*The Baroness FookesTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in the light of the decision by the Australian government to terminate a social security agreement between the United Kingdom and Australia, they plan to increase the pensions of expatriates currently receiving frozen pensions.
*The Lord GoodhartTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have considered transferring responsibility for the appointment of members of the VAT and Duties Tribunals from the Treasury to the Lord Chancellors Department.
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums BillSecond Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government what preventative measures they are taking and what preparations they are making to deal with the possibility of a sizeable epidemic of new-variant CJD.
TUESDAY 4TH APRIL
*The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress in development and sales is being made with the Eurofighter.
*The Lord Lea of CrondallTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, given the publication on 9th March of the second Outline National Changeover Plan, they visualise use of euro notes and coins in the United Kingdom becoming increasingly common practice from 1st January 2002.
*The Earl PeelTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will take any action to protect the economic base of rural areas from the effects of the current programme of bank branch closures.
*The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their estimate of the number of people who entered employment during the last two financial years and have become payers of income tax.
The Baroness CrawleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the operation of the Sure Start programme with its aim of improving outcomes for disadvantaged children.
WEDNESDAY 5TH APRIL
*The Lord WaddingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they propose to make the Channel Islands modify or dismantle their tax arrangements to comply with the demands of the European Unions Code of Conduct Group on unfair tax competition and, if so, how.
*The Viscount TenbyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to take steps to ensure that contractors remove road repair signs, once the repairs have been completed.
*The Earl FerrersTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they will take to safeguard the livelihoods of makers of shepherds crooks and walking sticks, in the light of draft European Union Commission Document XXIV/2905/99 which would designate sheep horns as specified risk material.
The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo call attention to the number of statutory undertakers and others with powers to dig holes in the road; and to move for papers.
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government what response they are making to the continuing conflict in central Africa.
THURSDAY 6TH APRIL
*The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majestys Government what radio is fitted to the Armys FV432 armoured ambulance.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there have been increases in the number of (a) students training to be teachers of mathematics, science and modern languages and (b) persons recruited from other professions to be teachers of those subjects.
Terrorism BillSecond Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]
MONDAY 10TH APRIL
*The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on inspection of close supervision centres.
*The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they will be taking to achieve the new target of 10 gigawatts of combined heat and power generation by 2010.
TUESDAY 11TH APRIL
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government what representations they are making to the Chinese government regarding the continuing independence of Taiwan.
*The Lord Faulkner of WorcesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what further steps they will take to protect children from the harmful effects of environmental tobacco smoke.
*The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government what genetic tests they intend to permit insurance companies to carry out.
*The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether political and economic progress in Kosovo is satisfactory.
WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL
*The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in paying welfare benefits through Post Offices.
*The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majestys Government what discussions were held prior to the reported decision to launch a fourth Trident submarine later this year and whether this decision would be consistent with their policy on nuclear disarmament.
*The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government what has been the effect of the judgments in the cases of Regina v. Gloucestershire County Council and the Secretary of State for Health ex parte Barry and Regina v. Gloucestershire County Council and another ex parte Barry on social services for disabled people.
THURSDAY 13TH APRIL
*The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their attitude to the European Charter of Fundamental Rights which it is proposed should be added to the European Union Treaties.
*The Lord Montagu of BeaulieuTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will encourage road authorities to consult the police before road works are in progress about how to adjust traffic lights and other traffic control devices so as to ease traffic flow.
*The Lord DubsTo ask the Chairman of Committees what extra resources would be required to establish an additional Select Committee and how long it would take to recruit and train any new staff.
TUESDAY 18TH APRIL
*The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in view of recent reports by the Chief Inspector of Prisons on the effects of solitary confinement and on the treatment of young offenders, and following two suicides in Leicester prison on 21st March, they will now instigate a policy review of the role of prisons in the rehabilitation and wellbeing of prisoners in the United Kingdom.
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in order to reduce fraud, they will in future require all local authorities to arrange with the Post Office for housing benefit correspondence not to be re-directed to other addresses, as already arranged in the present voluntary scheme.
NO DAY NAMED
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has further increased, is still increasing and ought significantly to be diminished.
The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys 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 RannochTo call attention to the United Kingdoms present relationship with the European Union, and possible alternatives; and to move for papers.
The Lord NorthbourneTo call attention to the role of voluntary youth services in combating social exclusion and promoting social inclusion; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Darcy de KnaythTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have made any response to Rehabilitation Internationals newly promulgated Charter for disabled people worldwide.
The Lord VinsonTo 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 BlackheathTo call attention to the case for earlier detection and palliative intervention in countries exposed to ethnic conflicts; and to move for papers.
The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied that the National Institute for Clinical Excellence is operating within its remit.
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Forty-fifth Report of the Reviewing Committee on the Export of Works of Art.
The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the standards of care given to elderly patients in NHS hospitals.
The Lord SelsdonTo call attention to the future role of the pound sterling and of the euro; and to move for papers.
The Baroness CoxTo ask Her Majestys 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 GlaisdaleTo call attention to the Salisbury Convention in the light of recent constitutional developments; and to move for papers.
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo 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 LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will ensure that account is taken in education programmes and in the workplace of the particular abilities of those classed as dyslexic.
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo 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 ChadlingtonTo ask Her Majestys 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 WathTo ask Her Majestys 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 BradshawTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider paying members of the Special Constabulary.
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys 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 PuttnamTo 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 Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider adopting the Tobin Tax Initiative to enable the maintenance of a comprehensive welfare state.
The Lord SelsdonTo call attention to the political situation in Austria and in other countries of Central and Eastern Europe; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Williams of CrosbyTo ask Her Majestys Government what they see as the future of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in the light of American and other proposals for the National Missile Defence System.
The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majestys 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 CamdenTo call attention to the current problems surrounding care of the elderly, including long-term residential care; and to move for papers.
The Lord IslwynTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will give further consideration to the removal of sanctions against Iraq.
The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majestys Government how their plans to implement performance related pay for teachers in schools are progressing.
The Lord AddingtonTo draw attention to the importance of amateur sports clubs for the social development and health of the community; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Charter of Intent signed by the Euro-Mediterranean Forum of Women Parliamentarians in Naples on 8th March.
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys 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 TomlinsonTo call attention to the resources available to the House of Lords; and to move for papers.
The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the introduction of the Euro will be good for the British tourism industry, regardless of whether the United Kingdom adopts the Euro.
The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majestys Government what their long term objectives are for the Defence Evaluation Research Agency as part of the development of the United Kingdoms knowledge-based economy.
The Earl of CarnarvonTo call attention to the case for additional housing in London and the South East and the Governments proposals for achieving their targets; and to move for papers.
The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their policies towards promoting general aviation.
The Lord HarrisonTo call attention to the Report of the European Communities Committee on Promoting Small and Medium Enterprises in the European Union (20th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 115); and to move for papers.
The Lord DubsTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to encourage the use of vehicles powered by environmentally friendly fuels.
The Lord BlakerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the state of United Kingdom relations with Russia is satisfactory, in the light of the Presidential elections there.
The Lord GreenwayTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they are taking to prevent the spread of Crohns disease.
MOTIONS FOR SHORT DEBATE
[Ballot on 5th April for debate on 19th April]
The Lord BridgesTo call attention to the long-term problems caused by coastal erosion; and to move for papers.
The Lord Campbell of AllowayTo call attention to the application of the Salisbury convention in present day circumstances; and to move for papers.
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo call attention to the continuing need for a professional civil service and the role of special advisers and information officers; and to move for papers.
The Lord ChalfontTo call attention to the study on Changing Trends in British Television published recently by the Campaign for Quality Television; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Masham of IltonTo call attention to the implementation by National Health Service Trusts of Government guidelines on infection control in hospitals; and to move for papers.
The Lord BorrieTo call attention to the economic and social effects of globalisation and its impact on fair competition, employment conditions and the environment; and to move for papers.
The Lord Hardy of WathTo call attention to the case for maintaining the existing role of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Western European Union within the political structure concerned with European security and defence; and to move for papers.
The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo call attention to the role of an International Criminal Court in bringing to justice those responsible for genocide, torture and crimes against humanity; and to move for papers.
The Lord Archer of SandwellTo call attention to infringements of human rights in Tibet; and to move for papers.
The Viscount WaverleyTo call attention to the situation regarding Iraq; and to move for papers.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord Lewis of NewnhamTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Waste Incineration (11th Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 71). [21st July]
The Lord WalpoleTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Biodiversity in the European Union Final Report: International Issues (22nd Report, Session 1998-99, HL Paper 119). [18th January]
The Lord Hope of CraigheadTo 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 RodingTo move, That this House takes note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Science and Society (3rd Report, HL Paper 38). [14th March]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 27th March, or unanswered after 21 days]
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government which national museums have reclaimed VAT on monies received from the National Lottery, and in each case how much VAT has been reclaimed; and how much VAT those national museums with projects currently underway will be entitled to reclaim. (HL1010)
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government which national museums are applying, or are proposing to apply, for National Lottery grants and how much is being applied for in each case. (HL1011)
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government how much money non-charging national museums have received from the National Lottery; and, if they had been able to reclaim the VAT from their respective Lottery grants, how much each non-charging museum would have be entitled to receive, and how much VAT they would have been entitled to reclaim from current ongoing projects. (HL1012)
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government which organisations they consulted regarding the establishment of the Spoliation Advisory Panel both with regard to its remit and to its composition. (HL1356)
The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majestys Government (a) why the Ministry of Defence sought £2 million remuneration from the Department for International Development for the use of helicopters in Mozambique; (b) whether the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of the Exchequer were consulted before reimbursement was requested; and (c) why this financial requirement was not met from central contingency funds. (HL1406)
The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majestys Government when the European Union flight ban against the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was suspended. (HL1744)
The Baroness SerotaTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will list the forthcoming business in the Council of the European Union for April and list the major European Union events for the next six months. (HL1745)
The Baroness UddinTo ask Her Majestys Government what they are doing to ensure that the forthcoming United Nations Millennium NGO Forum will receive representations from adequate numbers of Asian and Black led non-governmental organisations. (HL1746)
The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they will take to assist the pig production and processing industries in Northern Ireland. (HL1747)
The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government whether all agrimonetary compensation available to United Kingdom agriculture in the year 2000 will be taken up. (HL1748)
The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 27th March (HL 1589), whether the Post Office will publish the detailed research which indicated that the bicentenary of the creation of the United Kingdom was not an appropriate subject for the stamp programme; and whether they will indicate how the research was carried out and by whom. (HL1749)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government in what respects they consider the Local Government Bill, in its current form, to be incompatible with particular European Convention Human Rights. (HL1750)
The Lord Lester of Herne HillTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in view of the Opinion obtained by JUSTICE from David Pannick QC and Helen Mountfield, dated 17th February, they consider that section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 breaches the rights of parents, pupils and teachers in maintained schools under Articles 8, 10 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights, and Article 2 of the First Protocol to the Convention. (HL1751)
The Lord PattenTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the maximum percentage of those serving on a National Health Service Trust from any one political party that is desirable. (HL1752)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government how much they intend to pledge for the Stability Pact for south east Europe at the Brussels Funding Conference starting on 29th March. (HL1753)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government how many police officers have been sent to Kosovo (a) from the United Kingdom and (b) in total; and, if this total is less than in the undertaking given by the Foreign Secretary on 30th June 1999, why. (HL1754)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they intend to review KFORs efforts to keep the peace in Kosovo. (HL1755)
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]
Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL]
Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL]
European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
Sexual Offences (Amendment)
Government Resources and Accounts
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums [3rd April]
Terrorism [6th April]
Race Relations (Religious Discrimination) [HL]
Referred to the Examiners
Alliance & Leicester Group Treasury plc (Transfer) [HL]
Committed to a Select Committee
Colchester Borough Council [HL]
Referred to the Joint Committee on Consolidation Bills
Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) [HL]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
Financial Services and Markets [30th March]
Deafblind Persons [HL]
Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
Waiting for Report
Care Standards [HL] [28th March]
Waiting for Third Reading
Limited Liability Partnerships [HL]
Children (Leaving Care) [HL]
Sent to the Commons
Armed Forces Discipline [HL]
Nuclear Safeguards [HL]
Race Relations (Amendment) [HL]
Parliamentary Commissioner (Amendment) [HL]
Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate [HL]
Local Government [HL]
Learning and Skills [HL]
London Local Authorities [HL]
City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
Kent County Council [HL]
Medway Council [HL]
Returned from the Commons
Census (Amendment) [HL] [28th March]
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000
Draft Pneumoconiosis etc. (Workers Compensation) (Payment of Claims) (Amendment) Regulations 2000
Draft Access to Justice Act 1999 (Destination of Appeals) Order 2000
Draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Order 2000
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Foundation Subject (Amendment) (England) Order 2000
Draft Education (Student Loans) (Repayment) Regulations 2000
Draft Official Listing of Securities (Change of Competent Authority) Regulations 2000
Draft Scotland Act 1998 (Cross-Border Public Authorities) (Adaptation of Functions etc.) Order 2000
Draft Tax Credits Up-rating Order 2000
Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
TUESDAY 28TH MARCH