THURSDAY 6TH APRIL
[Prayers will have been read]
*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.
*The Lord St John of FawsleyTo ask the Chairman of Committees what plans the Parliamentary Works Directorate have to improve the approaches to the entrance to the Palace of Westminster from Westminster Underground station.
*The Lord Roberts of ConwyTo ask Her Majestys Government by what percentage council tax rates have been increased above their forecasts, (a) in England, and (b) in Wales.
Limited Liability Partnerships Bill [HL]Third Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]
Terrorism BillSecond Reading [The Lord Bassam of Brighton]
Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000The Baroness Symons of Vernham Dean to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 7th March be approved. [13th Report from the Joint Committee]
Equality (Disability, etc.) (Northern Ireland) Order 2000The Baroness Farrington of Ribbleton to move, That the draft Order laid before the House on 16th March be approved. [14th Report from the Joint Committee]
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.
*The Lord Hogg of CumbernauldTo ask Her Majestys Government what arrangements have been made to monitor the effectiveness of functions devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
*The Lord QuirkTo ask Her Majestys Government, following the Chief Inspectors Report on Portland, whether they will take steps to ensure a greater focus on education and training in all Young Offender Institutions.
European Union CommitteeThe Chairman of Committees to move, That the Lord Jopling be appointed a member of the Select Committee in the place of the Lord Trefgarne.
Government Resources and Accounts BillSecond Reading [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]
The Lord TopeTo ask Her Majestys Government how their plans to implement performance related pay for teachers in schools are progressing.
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.
Sexual Offences (Amendment) BillSecond Reading [The Lord Williams of Mostyn]
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.
WEDNESDAY 12TH APRIL
*The Baroness ByfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what progress has been made in paying welfare benefits through Post Offices.
*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.
*The Lord Jenkins of PutneyTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, at the forthcoming conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty in New York, they will press for a nuclear weapons convention along the same lines as the conventions now in force regarding chemical and biological weapons so as to formalise international commitment to nuclear disarmament.
The Lord HarrisonTo call attention to the steps being taken by Her Majestys Government and the European Commission to promote Small and Medium Sized Enterprises in the United Kingdom and the European Union; and to move for papers.
Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Baroness Knight of Collingtree]
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.
Financial Services and Markets BillReport [The Lord McIntosh of Haringey]
FRIDAY 14TH APRIL
[At eleven oclock]
Trustee Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Lord Chancellor]
Deafblind Persons Bill [HL]Committee [The Lord Ashley of Stoke]
Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) Bill [HL]Second Reading [The Lord Kingsland]
MONDAY 17TH APRIL
*The Baroness WhitakerTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the improvements to the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative for developing countries have produced the faster, wider and deeper debt relief which was intended.
*The Lord AveburyTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take on the report of the Chief Inspector of Prisons on H M Prison Rochester.
*The Baroness Thomas of WalliswoodTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in the light of reported delays in the modernisation of the West Coast Main Line, they will call together the parties involved to agree a programme for timely completion of the project.
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.
*The Lord ChalfontTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have entered into any arrangement to provide support for an American national missile defence system if the United States government should decide to establish such a system.
*The Lord RentonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will negotiate with those governments which signed the 1951 Geneva Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees with a view to its revision.
WEDNESDAY 19TH APRIL
*The Lord IslwynTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the present level of manufacturing industry in the British economy as a percentage of Gross National Product and how this figure compares with 1979.
*The Countess of MarTo ask Her Majestys Government what communications took place between officials in the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions during the consultation period for the European Union Directive on the incineration of waste.
*The Baroness Knight of CollingtreeTo ask Her Majestys Government what steps they are taking to ensure the preservation of consumer choice in the light of a number of recent takeovers and consolidations of life assurance and pension companies.
TUESDAY 2ND MAY
*The Lord Hardy of WathTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking in the international community to ensure the survival of the tiger both in India and in Sumatra.
*The Lord Hurd of WestwellTo ask Her Majestys Government how many women were in prison in England and Wales in March 1996; how many in March 2000; and what plans they have to forestall a further increase.
WEDNESDAY 3RD MAY
*The Lord HarrisonTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the licence regulations banning insulin-treated diabetics from driving vehicles over 3.5 tonnes should be replaced by a system of individual assessment of fitness to drive.
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 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 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 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.
The Baroness Masham of IltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they are taking to ensure that the Government guidelines on infection control in hospitals are being implemented by National Health Service Trusts.
The Lord IslwynTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will now review their policy of support for sanctions against Iraq.
The Lord FeldmanTo call attention to the state of the British clothing and textile industry; and to move for papers.
The Lord Ashley of StokeTo ask Her Majestys Government what action they propose to take on the Audit Commissions Report on the provision of equipment for older and disabled people.
The Earl AttleeTo ask Her Majestys Government when they expect the Bowman project to provide an effective replacement for the Armys Clansman range of radios that is both secure and resistant to electronic warfare.
The Earl of LongfordTo ask Her Majestys Government what reasonable grounds there are for the continued imprisonment of Myra Hindley after 35 years.
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.
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 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.
The Lord RixTo call attention to the 30th anniversary of the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970, and to developments in the provision and planning of community care services for disabled and elderly people; and to move for papers.
The Lord WaddingtonTo call attention to the situation of Zimbabwe public service pensioners living in Britain; and to move for papers.
The Lord Watson of RichmondTo call attention to the contribution of the United Kingdom to the development of European Union trade policy; 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 4th April]
The Lord LairdTo ask Her Majestys Government what plans they have to reduce the number of deaths in Northern Ireland related to smoking, by encouraging organisations to ban smoking by employees and the public in areas over which they have control. (HL1882)
The Lord Campbell of CroyTo ask Her Majestys Government what consultation took place between them and the European Commission before the statement was issued by the President of the Commission on 31st January, announcing procedures to be adopted by the other 14 Member States in their relations with Austria. (HL1883)
The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they know the whereabouts and health of Min Ko Naing, the Burmese pro-democracy activist. (HL1884)
The Lord Alton of LiverpoolTo ask Her Majestys Government what policy the National Asylum Support Service is following in relation to (a) the provision of toys for refugee children; and (b) the giving of change to asylum seekers when the purchase price of food is less than the value of a voucher. (HL1885)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government how many Chechen refugees are in Georgia; and whether the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is providing funds to meet their needs. (HL1886)
The Lord HyltonTo ask Her Majestys Government what is the current budget of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees for the 900,000 or so displaced people living in Serbia. (HL1887)
The Lord HayhoeTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any indication can be given to independent hospices of the extra funds which they will receive out of the extra £2 billion being allocated to the National Health Service as announced in the Budget Statement. (HL1888)
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in their view, the study by Mackey and Derrick Contamination of deep tissues of carcasses by bacteria present on slaughter instruments or in the gut (Journal of Applied Bacteriology 1979 Apr; 46(2): 355-66), and the study reported in the Lancet in September 1996 by Tam Garland, demonstrate that brain material becomes spread through the whole carcass of an animal after stunning. (HL1889)
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any studies are under way to determine how far mice, that express only human PrP with methionine only at codon 129, and such mice which are heterozygous for valine and methionine at this codon, are susceptible to infection with BSE. (HL1890)
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any studies in humans or animals are under way with the object of determining whether infectious diseases and gastrointestinal disorders play a part in determining susceptibility to BSE infection by the oral route. (HL1891)
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any large scale studies are in progress for the molecular strain typing of scrapie in sheep. (HL1892)
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government whether any studies are in progress or contemplation to screen brain tissue from food animals other than cattle and sheep for the presence of Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies. (HL1893)
The Lord LucasTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will place in the Library of the House and on the Internet full details of all research into Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies currently funded by the Government including
(a) the subject of the research;
(b) the researcher in charge of it;
(c) the institution for which the researcher works;
(d) the expected completion date of the research; and
(e) the funding provided by the Government. (HL1894)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have received information from the British High Commission in Zimbabwe on the alleged role of the ruling Zanu-PF party in Zimbabwe in a campaign of violence, intimidation and lawlessness in that country. (HL1895)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they have reviewed the possibility of President Mugabe declaring a State of Emergency in Zimbabwe; and, if a military coup with popular backing and a clearly defined timetable for new elections should be announced, whether they would then consider there to be sufficient grounds to call for the suspension of Zimbabwe from the Commonwealth. (HL1896)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether, in view of conditions in Zimbabwe, they will call for a review of the rules of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group regarding suspension from the Commonwealth. (HL1897)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the sale of spare parts for Hawk aircraft in use in Africa from the Congo to Zimbabwe is consistent with the ethical dimension of their foreign policy and with the statement by the Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Mr Hain, at Wilton Park on 13th September 1999 that Britain must not supply defence material where this could start, sustain or stoke internal or external oppression. (HL1898)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group is the custodian of the Harare Principles. (HL1899)
The Lord MoynihanTo ask Her Majestys Government whether membership of the Commonwealth implies the observation of the fundamental values expressed in the Harare Declaration, and in particular the values of democracy, human rights, the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and good governance. (HL1900)
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what were the findings of the study by the National Health Service Health Technology Assessment Programme in relation to prostate cancer, referred to in the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 23rd July 1998 (WA 134). (HL1901)
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government whether they will bring up to date the table of Government funding of cancer research included in the Written Answer by the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 19th May 1998 (WA 166). (HL1902)
The Lord Morris of ManchesterTo ask Her Majestys Government what developments there have been, since the Written Answers of the Baroness Jay of Paddington on 19th May 1998 (WA 165-6) and 23rd July 1998 (WA 134), in Government funding of research into prostate cancer; and what further expenditure is planned. (HL1903)
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]
Trustee [HL] [14th April]
Life Peerages (Appointments Commission) [HL] [14th April]
Suspension of Hospital Medical Practitioners [HL] [12th April]
European Communities (Amendment) [HL]
Sexual Offences (Amendment) [11th April]
Government Resources and Accounts [10th 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]
Committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Criminal Justice (Mode of Trial) [HL]
Statutory Nuisances (Hedgerows in Residential Areas) [HL]
Deafblind Persons [HL] [14th April]
Cheques (Scotland) [HL]
European Union (Implications of Withdrawal) [HL]
Political Parties, Elections and Referendums
Re-committed to a Committee of the Whole House
Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) [HL]
Waiting for Report
Financial Services and Markets [13th April]
Waiting for Third Reading
Limited Liability Partnerships [HL] [6th April]
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]
Census (Amendment) [HL]
Care Standards [HL]
London Local Authorities [HL]
City of Newcastle upon Tyne [HL]
Kent County Council [HL]
Medway Council [HL]
AFFIRMATIVE INSTRUMENTS IN PROGRESS
Waiting for Affirmative Resolution
Draft Organisation for Joint Armament Cooperation (Immunities and Privileges) Order 2000
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 Immigration (Leave to Enter and Remain) Order 2000
Draft Youth Justice Board for England and Wales Order 2000
[Unless otherwise indicated, Committees meet in the Lords rooms
in the Committee Corridor as indicated in the daily broadsheets]
WEDNESDAY 5TH APRIL