MONDAY 24TH MAY
*The Earl RussellTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will revoke the Habitual Residence Test, in the light of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in the Swaddling case that it is illegal.
*The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what recent assessment they have made of the special needs of people with haemophilia who were infected with Hepatitis C during NHS treatment, and the dependants of those for whom the infection proved fatal.
*The Baroness SeccombeTo ask Her Majestys Government what representations the Minister for Women has received about the potential consequence of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill on the reduction in the age of consent for an act of buggery committed on a woman, and whether it remains Government policy to reduce the level of protection for young women against this form of indecent assault.
*The Lord Peyton of YeovilTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 10th May (HL Deb, col. 960), concerning the United Kingdom joining the single European currency, whether they will arrange for the publication by a non-partisan body of a statement of the arguments for and against joining.
§Rating (Valuation) BillThird Reading [The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton]
§Northern Ireland (Location of Victims Remains) BillCommittee (and remaining stages) [The Lord Dubs]
Tax Credits BillFurther consideration on Report [The Baroness Hollis of Heigham]
The Lord MestonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any proposals to reform the law and practice relating to adoption and fostering.
TUESDAY 25TH MAY
*The Lord Clinton-DavisTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will use their influence in the European Union to install a new Commission of the European Communities before the autumn of 1999.
*The Lord EzraTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their plans for dealing with fuel poverty.
*The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majestys Government when the review of the London Underground penalty fares appeals procedure will be completed, and when the details of the outcome of the review will be made public.
*The Baroness Gardner of ParkesTo ask Her Majestys Government how many NHS health authorities or trusts have invited former non-executive directors, who were not re-appointed by the Department of Health, to return on another basis and what costs were incurred as a result.
House of Lords BillCommittee (on Recommitment) in respect of clause 2 [The Baroness Jay of Paddington]
The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps the Department of Health are taking to preserve the publics access to a full range of safe dietary supplements.
WEDNESDAY 26TH MAY
*The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government what cooperation there is between the Veterinary Medicines Directorate and the Pesticides Safety Directorate on licensing policies.
*The Viscount WaverleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether it would assist future conflict resolution if United Nations, Commonwealth, Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Organisation for African Unity principles were modernised by clarifying the criteria when the right of self determination can supersede that of territorial integrity.
*The Lord BarnettTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to ensure that major international sports can be seen on television by all those who have paid a licence fee.
The Lord KennetTo call attention to the developments in the greater Middle East; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
The Earl of ClancartyTo call attention to the role of the regional museums and galleries (particularly local authority museums) within the United Kingdom; and to move for papers. (Short debate)
The Lord McIntosh of HaringeyTo move, That this House approves, for the purposes of section 5 of the European Communities (Amendment) Act 1993, Her Majestys Governments assessment as set out in the Financial Statement and Budget Report 1999-2000 and the Economic and Fiscal Strategy Report 1999-2000.
The Lord CheshamTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have considered the effects of their changes to conditional inheritance tax exemptions as promulgated in the Finance Act 1998 and whether they are prepared to reconsider the requirements in relation to items held on private property.
THURSDAY 27TH MAY
[At eleven oclock]
*The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they propose to take to implement the recommendations of the Betts report on university pay.
*The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will introduce lower speed limits on all types of roads.
*The Lord Clement-JonesTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take in response to the recent report on cancer treatment produced by the Campaign for Effective and Rational Treatment (CERT).
Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) Bill [HL] Report [The Lord Chancellor]
The Lord ReayTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on EC Regulation of Genetic Modification in Agriculture (2nd Report, HL Paper 11).
MONDAY 7TH JUNE
*The Viscount FalklandTo ask Her Majestys Government how the interests of the British horse racing industry will be affected by the recent decision of a leading credit bookmaker to move operations to Gibraltar in order to offer clients tax free betting.
*The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majestys Government what arrangements they are proposing to make to allow citizens of St Helena free access to the United Kingdom in the interim period before permanent legislation can be introduced.
*The Lord McNallyTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect the publication of the Office of Fair Trading report into alleged predatory pricing by Times newspapers.
*The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there have been any recent developments regarding the crash of Chinook ZT576 on the Mull of Kintyre on 2nd June 1994.
Employment Relations BillCommittee [The Lord Simon of Highbury] [13th Report from the Delegated Powers Committee]
The Baroness Sharp of GuildfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they welcome Surrey County Councils decision to seek private sector bids for the running of Kings Manor School, Guildford; and, if so, whether they will lay down guidelines for the procedures to be adopted by local education authorities seeking similar bids in the future.
TUESDAY 8TH JUNE
*The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what reports they have received concerning civil aircraft on international flights carrying less than the prescribed minimum amount of fuel at the time of their reaching British airports.
*The Earl of DroghedaTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider it is now time to halt the war in Yugoslavia.
*The Lord Renton of Mount HarryTo ask Her Majestys Government what qualifications they consider that the new Director-General of the BBC should possess.
*The Lord BorrieTo ask Her Majestys Government when they will introduce regulations to ensure minimum seat size and spacing for airline passengers.
WEDNESDAY 9TH JUNE
*The Baroness Knight of CollingtreeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will take steps to make it easier to apply for the new personal photograph driving licences.
*The Baroness BernersTo ask Her Majestys Government what funding they are sending to South Africa to support non-governmental organisations who are working to improve standards of education within black communities.
The Lord Cowdrey of TonbridgeTo call attention to measures to improve sport in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.
THURSDAY 10TH JUNE
*The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking to remove litter and graffiti from public sector housing in Northern Ireland.
*The Lord MoyneTo ask Her Majestys Government what stage has been reached in the case against them before the International Court of Justice by the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and whether they are satisfied that they have a watertight defence.
*The Lord BurnhamTo ask Her Majestys Government who owns the Tote.
MONDAY 14TH JUNE
*The Lord Hurd of WestwellTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress is being made in involving the family in planning the sentencing of young offenders.
*The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether NATO will stop bombing Yugoslavia for one week of discussion and negotiation with the Milosevic Government.
TUESDAY 15TH JUNE
*The Lord Janner of BraunstoneTo ask Her Majestys Government what consultations they are proposing to carry out concerning the Middle East peace process.
*The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majestys Government what concordats have been agreed between the Welsh Assembly and Government Departments.
WEDNESDAY 16TH JUNE
*The Lord Harris of High CrossTo ask Her Majestys Government whether in the legal system wealthy litigants have an unfair advantage against litigants of modest means; and, if so, whether this is consistent with their aim of justice for all.
*The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether a parent with parental responsibility for a child aged 16 or 17 who is no longer living at home is liable in law to provide for board and lodging for that child.
THURSDAY 17TH JUNE
*The Viscount TrenchardTo ask Her Majestys Government why the Environment Agencys national bye-laws require the release of all salmon caught by rod and line until 16th June whereas net fisheries are only so restricted until 1st June in any year.
TUESDAY 22ND JUNE
will be introduced.
NO DAY NAMED
The Lord Simon of GlaisdaleTo move to resolve, That the prolixity of the Statute Book has increased, is increasing and ought to be diminished.
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made on the institutional and financing reforms, including the re-weighting of votes in the Council of Ministers, necessary for European Union enlargement.
The Lord BarnettTo call attention to the prospects for the United Kingdom joining EMU in the foreseeable future; and to move for papers.
The Lord PaulTo call attention to the role of privately owned businesses in the British economy; and to move for papers.
The Lord VinsonTo call attention to the case for using nuclear energy to meet the United Kingdoms Kyoto Conference obligations for the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions; and to move for papers.
The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo call attention to political developments in Latin America; and to move for papers.
The Lord Ponsonby of ShulbredeTo ask Her Majestys Government how they see the development of the defence role of the Western European Union.
The Lord ReaTo call attention to the Report of the Independent Inquiry into Inequalities in Health chaired by Sir Donald Acheson; and to move for papers.
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they are taking to reduce the incidence of violent and disruptive behaviour by passengers on aircraft entering or leaving the United Kingdom.
The Earl of GowrieTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the recent financial settlement for the arts constitutes a stable basis of arts funding for the early years of the forthcoming millennium.
The Baroness Denton of WakefieldTo call attention to the future for small businesses in the United Kingdom; and to move for papers.
The Baroness HooperTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their current policy towards Cuba.
The Lord TeviotTo ask Her Majestys Government whether present arrangements to ensure that public footpaths remain open and the powers available to local authorities in this regard are adequate.
The Earl of NortheskTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to their response to the 6th Report of the House of Commons Select Committee on Public Administration (Session 1997-98), whether they will clarify how the Strategic Communications Unit distinguishes between legitimate activity on behalf of the Government and activity which could unduly advantage the party of Government.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether their policy that an individual convicted three times of burglary should be sentenced to at least three years in prison was formulated with full regard to the alternatives to prison in such cases.
The Baroness Denton of WakefieldTo call attention to the role of the Minister for Women; and to move for papers.
The Baroness Anelay of St JohnsTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they consider should be taken to increase the participation of girls and women in sport.
The Lord RowallanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider allowing the limbless a greater choice in deciding who their prosthetist should be and what type of artificial limb to purchase, by introducing a voucher scheme.
The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will arrange for a pardon to be granted to the 343 officers, non-commissioned officers and soldiers from the United Kingdom and the British Empire, who, during the First World War, were shot at dawn.
The Lord HindlipTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their assessment of the effect of the changes made to the rules governing exempt chattels on the reservoir of works of art remaining in the United Kingdom.
The Lord TaverneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the arrangements now in force to ensure the safety of genetically modified foods.
The Lord MarlesfordTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect to comply with their obligation under section 39 of the Firearms (Amendment) Act 1997, which came into force on 1st October 1997, to establish a central computerised register of persons who have applied for a firearm or shotgun certificate or to whom a firearm or shotgun certificate has been granted.
The Lord CadmanTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their assessment of the effect of the introduction of the Working Time Directive on the well-being of the Tourist Industry.
The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo call attention to the renewal of arms export licences for British companies selling arms to Indonesia; and to move for papers.
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government what are their plans for the funding and role of art colleges in the United Kingdom.
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their view of the current divergences between the United States, Russia and China about the future of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and their effect on the credibility of the British thermonuclear deterrent.
The Lord Pilkington of OxenfordTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are prepared to accept that some selection in education has value.
The Lord LukeTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress they have made in promoting the regeneration of seaside resorts.
The Lord Lamont of LerwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what were the circumstances and background of the arrest of General Pinochet; what was the role of the police, the Crown Prosecution Service, Ministers and the Diplomatic Service; and what has been the effect on Anglo-Chilean relations.
The Lord Mackenzie of FramwellgateTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to ensure the continuance of a professional, impartial and accountable police service, with high morale.
The Lord Archer of SandwellTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy in relation to human rights in Iran.
The Lord RenwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what decisions were taken at the Council of Ministers of the European Space Agency on 11th and 12th May; and what were the implications of these decisions for United Kingdom space policy.
The Lord Harris of GreenwichTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on H M Young Offender Institution and Remand Centre Feltham.
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government what is now their policy towards a sustainable peace settlement in the Middle East five years after the signing of the Oslo Peace Agreement.
The Earl of Mar and KellieTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have a strategy for the safe disposal of sewage sludge and waste in Scotland.
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with the performance and effectiveness of the Meat Hygiene Service.
The Baroness ByfordTo call attention to the contribution made by rural businesses to the United Kingdom economy; and to move for papers.
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government what examples they have of good practice in long-term overseas development, with special reference to Africa and India.
The Lord ChadlingtonTo call attention to the levels of suicide in the United Kingdom, particularly amongst the young, the elderly and those in high risk occupations such as farming; to consider ways in which such suicides can be reduced; and to move for papers.
The Lord Harris of High CrossTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they approve of the policy of the National Trust and Wealden District Council to permit the continuing erosion of the cliff at Birling Gap near Eastbourne which affects homes, local employment and tourism.
The Viscount Montgomery of AlameinTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in implementing the White Paper proposals for the overseas territories (Cm 4264).
The Lord RotherwickTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy regarding the planning provisions and facilities for General Aviation (GA).
The Lord Wade of ChorltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they provide an appropriate level of support for the export of United Kingdom environmental technologies and services.
The Earl of ClancartyTo ask Her Majestys Government what help is being given to artists (including writers, performing artists and visual artists) whose work in the field of culture is unable to generate a living income for them.
The Lord McNairTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will reconsider their support for the American cruise missile attack on the al-Shifa pharmaceutical factory in the light of subsequent scientific and technical reports on the matter.
The Lord FreybergTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their policy regarding the funding and care of university museums, galleries and collections.
The Lord MethuenTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will consider revoking dormant mineral planning consents granted before 1960.
The Lord Hunt of TanworthTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress they have made on plans, referred to in paragraph 8.8 of the White Paper Modern Local Government: In Touch with the People, to introduce a new duty on local authorities to promote the economic, social and environmental well-being of their area and accompanying powers.
The Earl of KinnoullTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they are satisfied with arrangements for air traffic control at Londons airports and what is their response to recent reports of near misses between civil aircraft.
The Viscount TenbyTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to raise public awareness of the dangers of excessive speeding.
The Earl of ListowelTo call attention to the case for an increase in specialised high quality hostel provision for young homeless people addicted to drugs or alcohol; and to move for papers.
The Earl of ListowelTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they have taken to increase the availability of counselling for young homeless people.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask HMG what is their response to the latest annual report from Her Majestys Chief Inspector of Prisons; and what developments there have been since the report was published.
The Viscount AstorTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to the Steering Groups recommendations on the future of the Tote.
The Lord Lofthouse of PontefractTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have any plans to expedite the British Coal Respiratory Disease Handling Agreement.
The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their assessment of the contribution of the city of Aberdeen and North-East Scotland to the economy of the United Kingdom.
The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will encourage India and Pakistan to sign the nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).
The Lord AhmedTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they would support lifting of sanctions and debt relief for India and Pakistan if they resolve the Kashmir problem in accordance with the United Nations Resolutions.
SELECT COMMITTEE REPORTS
[The date in brackets is that on which the Report was published]
The Lord Hope of CraigheadTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the European Communities Committee on Delegation of Powers to the Commission: Reforming Comitology (3rd Report, HL Paper 23). [18th February]
The Lord TombsTo move, That this House take note of the Report of the Science and Technology Committee on Management of Nuclear Waste (3rd Report, HL Paper 41). [24th March]
QUESTIONS FOR WRITTEN ANSWER
[Tabled or amended on 20th May, or unanswered after 21 days]
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 or any other legislation, they have a duty to assess the risk of genetically modified animals escaping from captivity, cross-breeding or entering the food chain; what is their current practice in this respect; and whether there are adequate penalties for anyone accidentally or intentionally releasing genetically modified animals, including fish. (HL1474)
The Lord JuddTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in view of the support already being mobilised by the Social Development Fund of the Council of Europe for emergency assistance to Kosovo refugees and the preparations being made by the Fund for assistance with resettlement, they will reconsider their position and take immediate steps to participate fully in the Fund. (HL2052)
The Earl of CarlisleTo ask Her Majestys Government what measures they are taking to assist Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania fully to meet their obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and to respect the jurisdiction of the Court; and what further assistance they are contemplating. (HL2054)
The Lord Pearson of RannochTo ask Her Majestys Government what are the reference numbers of any present or proposed European Union legislation which might affect working time in the United Kingdom; what is the state of play of that legislation; and what is their estimate of its cost and benefit to the United Kingdom. (HL2117)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether depleted uranium shells are being used by any NATO forces in Serbia and Kosovo. (HL2139)
The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will place in the Library of the House a copy of the report on the results of the enquiry, published on 22nd April, into the air accident which occurred near Schipol airport involving an El Al cargo aeroplane carrying nerve agents. (HL2145)
The Lord Beaumont of WhitleyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will specify, for each of the plantings of genetically-modified crops participating in the recently-announced farm-scale evaluations, the respective (a) crop; (b) planting company; (c) location of planting; (d) release consent date, nature and reference number; (e) national list application date and reference number; (f) date of plant breeders rights application and consent; and (g) date and nature of any pesticide approval. (HL2194)
The Lord IronsideTo ask Her Majestys Government how many shipbuilding yards capable of building and fitting out large vessels of 40,000 tonnes or more are currently operational in the United Kingdom; and who are the registered owners in each case. (HL2245)
The Lord IronsideTo ask Her Majestys Government how many United Kingdom-owned shipbuilding yards in the United Kingdom have the capability of building and fitting out the planned 40,000 tonnes replacement aircraft carriers. (HL2246)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether all members of the European Union are observing the provisions of the deliberate release directive, 90/220/EEC; and, if not, whether they will encourage the European Union to ensure that this directive is properly observed and enforced. (HL2292)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government how many new weapons or weapon systems (a) were used in operation Desert Fox by the joint United Kingdom/United States forces engaged in it, and (b) are being used by the NATO forces now operating in the former Yugoslavia; and whether the firms who have manufactured these weapons or weapon systems were or have representatives present alongside the forces using the weapons. (HL2293)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will invite the United States Government to carry out a review of the Central Intelligence Agencys kids page which states of the United Kingdom Elections: none. (HL2607)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether in their view countries whose armed forces have most damaged the civil infrastructure of Serbia, including Kosovo, should pay for its reconstruction; and, if not, why not. (HL2608)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the United States would retain a veto (in the form of the requirement for consensus in NATO decisions) over European Security and Defence Identity. (HL2609)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government what have been the annual grants which they have made to the Royal Parks Agency since 1992, and within these to Hyde Park and Kensington Gardens; whether the Agency publishes detailed accounts; and, if so, whether they will place a copy of the accounts in the Library of the House. (HL2610)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will explain in ordinary English the meaning of the advertisement from the Project Manager of the Royal Parks Agency for proposals to develop a playground dedicated to Diana, Princes of Wales, viz the design for the playground is required to create an outstanding, innovative play environment which caters not just for childrens physical development but also provide opportunities for a wider range of play types (for example, symbolic, socio-dramatic, social creative, communication, exploratory, fantasy, imaginative, locomotor, mastery, object, role and dramatic play). (HL2611)
The Lord KennetTo ask Her Majestys Government how visitor satisfaction over the Royal Parks is measured, how the visitors who rate the Royal Parks are chosen and by whom; what questions are put to them; how many visitors are interrogated and on what days of the year and in what weather; and what is soft landscape presentation for which the Royal Parks Agency are being required to maintain an average score of at least 85 per cent compared with a score of 84 per cent in 1998-99. (HL2612)
The Viscount BrentfordTo ask Her Majestys Government how many Justices of the Peace and stipendiary magistrates come from ethnic minorities; and what proportion of the whole they represent. (HL2613)
The Lord Williams of ElvelTo ask Her Majestys Government whether applications for redirection of mail from one address to another are confidential between the applicant and the Post Office or whether they are available for publication to unrelated third parties; and, if so, on what authority and on what legal basis. (HL2614)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will discuss with the Government of Iran the subject of equal access for Iranians to higher education, without discrimination on grounds of religion. (HL2615)
The Lord HayhoeTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether any arrangements are being made for celebrations within the Palace of Westminster on 31st December 1999 to 1st January 2000. (HL2616)
The Lord HoyleTo ask Her Majestys Government how many American bulldogs have been imported, to date, to the United Kingdom. (HL2617)
The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they consider that the population transfer aspects of the proposed China Western Poverty Reduction Project have been the subject of local consultation in accordance with World Bank guidelines; whether an environmental assessment of the project has been published; and, if either of these conditions has not been satisfied, whether they will instruct the United Kingdom Director of the World Bank to vote for reference of the project to the Inspection Panel. (HL2618)
The Lord Dormand of EasingtonTo ask the Chairman of Committees whether he will make arrangements for copies of the Official Report of the devolved Parliament and Assemblies to be made available to Peers in the Printer Paper Office; and, if not, why not. (HL2619)
The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government what evidence exists of the effect upon the natural predators of aphids when the latter have fed upon, or partly upon, genetically modified plants. (HL2620)
The Lord NorthbourneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether there is a need for a substantial programme of training for teachers and other staff who are or will be working in pre-schools, nursery education and reception classes which accept four year olds; and, if so, what plans they have for the timing, delivery and funding of such a programme of training. (HL2621)
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Government of Pakistan is conducting a campaign of intimidation and harassment against human rights and anti-slavery organisations, including the Human Rights Commission; and, if so, whether they will lodge suitable protests through diplomatic and United Nations channels. (HL2622)
The Earl of SandwichTo ask Her Majestys Government whether funding, staffing and programming by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Macedonia and Albania are adequate; and, if not, whether they can help further to strengthen existing HCR capacity. (HL2623)
The Earl Baldwin of BewdleyTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Answers by the Lord Sainsbury of Turville on 19th May (HL Deb, cols. 294-296), that members of expert scientific committees are chosen on merit only, why the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment is currently being reconstituted to reflect differences of scientific opinion; and whether this principle has wider application to other committees. (HL2624)
The Lord JoplingTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean on 12th May (WA 151), on what dates over the last two years approaches have been made to the Governments of Syria, Jordan and Turkey about alleged breaches in the United Nations sanctions regime on Iraq; and what responses were received in each case. (HL2625)
The Lord Mayhew of TwysdenTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the statement by the Lord Chancellor on 18th May (HL Deb, col. 151), whether they will identify by reference to the division list of 17th May each hereditary Peer who constituted the busloads to which the Lord Chancellor referred. (HL2626)
The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government, in the light of Greeces call on 19th May for a 48-hour cease-fire in Kosovo, whether this contrasts with the Prime Ministers recent statements; whether they are concerned that there are divisions between NATO member governments over the handling of the crisis on Kosovo; and whether they are concerned that such a division could undermine the message being sent to President Milosevic by NATOs air operation. (HL2627)
The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government what verification they have sought of the report in the 24th May edition of Newsweek magazine that several weeks ago the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff wrote to the United States Secretary of State for Defense saying that ground troops must be committed to guarantee fulfilment of the Administrations political objectives; whether they agree with this assessment; and what is their response to suggestions that it confirms the existence of a gap between the political and military leadership of NATO. (HL2628)
The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government what is their response to criticism this week by General Colin Powell, the former head of the United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, that NATOs current policy towards Yugoslavia hands President Milosevic a veto over the Alliances action by effectively allowing him, and not NATO, to decide when ground troops can enter Kosovo to oversee the return of Kosovo Albanian refugees. (HL2629)
The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government why the fleet of 24 Apache AH-64s helicopters declared ready for use in Kosovo after training in Albania have not yet gone into action; and whether they are to be used at all. (HL2630)
The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government whether President Yeltsins sacking of the Russian Government and Prime Minister Primakov has affected Russias position towards Kosovo and towards NATO. (HL2631)
The Baroness RawlingsTo ask Her Majestys Government, following the endorsement by European Union Foreign Ministers of the involvement of President Ahtisaari of Finland in the diplomatic track on 19th May, what role it is intended that he should play in the brokering and implementation of a peace agreement in relation to the roles of the United Nations Secretary-Generals special advisors, Carl Bildt and Mr Kukan of Slovakia, and that of the Russian peace envoy, Viktor Chernomyrdin. (HL2632)
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th May (WA 1), whether they will now make it clear that they will not agree to any European Union proposals for a withholding tax which risks serious damage to United Kingdom financial markets as distinct from European Union financial markets. (HL2633)
The Lord Stoddart of SwindonTo ask Her Majestys Government, further to the Written Answer by the Lord McIntosh of Haringey on 17th May (WA 1)
(a) whether parliamentary scrutiny arrangements can prevent them from agreeing to any proposal by the European Council for a withholding tax;
(b) whether, following such an agreement, there would be a breach of European Community law if the necessary tax legislation was not enacted in the United Kingdom; and
(c) whether such a breach would undermine both Parliaments control of supply and the constitutional principle that one Parliament cannot bind its successors. (HL2634)
The Earl HoweTo ask Her Majestys Government whether computer software currently being used by NHS Direct allows for clinical information to be exchanged via computer with other organisations in the National Health Service. (HL2635)
The Lord AshbourneTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Video Appeals Committee is empowered to overturn decisions of the British Board of Film Classification concerning the classification of pornographic videos. (HL2636)
BILLS IN PROGRESS
[The date in brackets is the date for which the bill is set down]
Waiting for Second Reading
Genetically Modified Crops [HL]
Further and Higher Education (Scotland) (Amendment) [HL]
Parliamentary Government [HL]
European Tax Harmonisation Veto [HL]
Academic and Academic-Related Staff Pay and Conditions [HL]
European Community Legislation (Impact) [HL]
Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty [HL] [21st May]
Time Zones and Summer Time (Devolution) [HL]
European Parliamentary Elections (Amendment) [HL]
Protection of Children [21st May]
Road Traffic (Use of Mobile Telephones) [HL]
Breeding and Sale of Dogs (Welfare)
Company and Business Names (Chamber of Commerce, Etc.)
Committed to a Select Committee
City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
Kent County Council [HL]
Committed to an Unopposed Bill Committee
Medway Council [HL]
Baxi Partnership Limited Trusts [HL]
United Reformed Church [HL]
University College London [9th June]
Imperial College [10th June]
HFC Bank [16th June]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Freedom of Information [HL]
Employment Relations [7th June]
Northern Ireland (Location of Victims Remains) [24th May]
Greater London Authority
Committed to a Committee on Recommitment
House of Lords [25th May]
Waiting for Report
Contracts (Rights of Third Parties) [HL] [27th May]
Tax Credits [24th May]
Obscenity [HL] [21st May]
Waiting for Third Reading
Rating (Valuation) [24th May]
Sent to the Commons
Sea Fisheries (Shellfish) (Amendment) [HL]
Trustee Delegation [HL]
Commonwealth Development Corporation [HL]
Access to Justice [HL]
Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence [HL]
Disability Rights Commission [HL]
Births and Deaths Registration (Amendment) [HL]
Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) [HL]
European Parliamentary Elections (Gibraltar) [HL]
Scottish Parliamentary Constituencies [HL]
Road Traffic Regulation (Cycle Parking) [HL]
Pollution Prevention and Control [HL]
Alliance & Leicester plc (Group Reorganisation) [HL]
London Local Authorities [HL]
Waiting for Royal Assent
MEASURE IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for consideration by the Joint Committee
Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Speech and Language Therapists Board) Order of Council 1999
Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Clinical Scientists Board) Order of Council 1999
Draft Professions Supplementary to Medicine (Paramedics Board) Order of Council 1999
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (Amendment) Order 1999
Draft Social Security Commissioners (Procedure) Regulations 1999
Draft Unfair Dismissal and Statement of Reasons for Dismissal (Variation of Qualifying Period) Order 1999
Draft Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) (Amendment) Regulations 1999
Draft Army, Air Force and Naval Discipline Acts (Continuation) Order 1999
Draft Northern Ireland (Emergency and Prevention of Terrorism Provisions) (Continuance) Order 1999
SPECIAL PROCEDURE ORDER IN PROGRESS
Waiting for expiry of petitioning period
City of Stoke-on-Trent Tunstall Northern By-Pass Local Government Act Compulsory Purchase Order 1997 [7th June]
DEREGULATION PROPOSALS IN PROGRESS
Proposals laid under s.3(3) referred to the Deregulation Committee
Draft Deregulation (New Year Licensing) Order 1999 [21st June]
Draft Deregulation (Casinos) Order 1999 [27th June]
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
MONDAY 24TH MAY